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  • January - 2018
    • Sign Up for the 2018 Women’s Retreat

      Registration forms are now available online and at the insert rack in the Narthex for the March 2-4 women’s retreat at Kenbrook Bible Camp in nearby Lebanon. 

      This year's theme, "Let's Go to Three Pines," invites us to enter the world created by Louise Penny in her mystery book series featuring Chief Inspector Gamache. While it's helpful if you've read at least one book in the 13-book series, no advance reading is required by participants. 

      Leading this year's retreat is our own Debbie Hough and her Christian Educator colleagues, Joyce MacKichan Walker and Carol Wehrheim of Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, NJ. Joyce is a Canadian native.

    • Worship on Ash Wednesday

      7 pm Wednesday, February 14 in the Chapel. This contemplative hour-long service will include a sermon and celebration of the Lord’s supper along with imposition of ashes made from last year’s palm branches.

      Deacon and Session meetings will be held on Wednesday, February 21.

    • February Film Series at the Hershey Public Library

      2 pm Saturdays, February 3-24 in meeting room 1 at the Hershey Public Library. Sponsored by Friends of the Hershey Public Library and hosted by Derry member Steve Ballard, the winter series is a tribute to Roger Moore. “Bullseye” will be screened on February 3, “The Spy Who Loved Me” on February 10, “The Cannonball Run” on February 17 and “Live and Let Die” on February 24. No charge to attend... free movie-themed snacks will be served.

    • Cub Scout Spaghetti Dinner: Feb 11

      12 pm Sunday, February 11 in Fellowship Hall. Enjoy salad, bread, spaghetti, beverage and dessert for $7 per person. Take-out available. Proceeds support Pack 200 sponsored by Derry Church. RSVP for dine in and take-out by Wednesday, February 7 by signing up online or using forms available at the insert rack.

    • Safety Presentation by Derry Twp Police

      Following 10:30 am worship on Sunday, January 21, Police Sargeant Anthony Clements of the Derry Twp Police Department will give a presentation in the Sanctuary on how to prepare for, and respond to, an active shooter situation. Bring your questions. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

    • More Star Gifts Ready!

      Star gifts -- star-shaped pieces of brightly colored paper with a word printed on it -- were distributed in worship on Epiphany Sunday, January 7. If you did not receive a star gift, more are available in a basket at the Information Center in the Narthex. Let us know on social media what word you received by posting and tagging #derrystargifts. 

    • Fantasy Football Winners

      This year Derry hosted its first ever Fantasy Football league with 14 teams. This year’s winner was Pastor Stephen. Kate Valenziano finished second in her first ever fantasy football team. Jim Pease finished third this year. Thank you to everyone who played. We’ll have a league next season for anyone who would like to take part in the 2018 fantasy football season.

    • Saturday Night Bluegrass Worship

      Saturday night worship is back by popular demand. Join us for a casual, engaging worship experience at 5 pm Saturday, February 3 in the Sanctuary. We’ll worship with bluegrass music and old southern gospel classics like Leaning on the Everlasting Arms, I’ll Fly Away, and Standing on the Promises, and we’ll hear some bluegrass-style songs from Mumford and Sons and the Rend Collective. Liz Gawron will be doing a live painting during the service: she’ll start painting when we begin and finish at the end of worship with a painting inspired by the night’s worship. Arrive by 4:45 pm to enjoy some pre-service bluegrass music.

      There will be no 8 am service on Sunday, February 4. Church school and the 10:30 am service will be held as usual, with the annual meeting following worship. A Soup, Salad & Sandwiches lunch is available following the meeting.

    • Orange Day is Thursday, January 25

      Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence reported at last week’s trombone concert that 102 women were killed in Pennsylvania by a spouse or companion last year. PCADV works for prevention, intervention and change in the problem of domestic violence. Wear orange or an orange ribbon to show support for this organization and others working to end exploitation of women and children.

    • Smashing Success: Jan 5 Trombone Concert

      The Twelfth Night of Christmas Trombone Choir concert was a tremendous success! On Friday, January 5, nine trombone players gathered at Derry Church to perform a concert to raise money for the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV).  With a packed house, a free will offering during the concert raised $5,400 -- and when added to other monies collected in honor of the event, about $10,000 was raised for PCADV. Derry members Tracy and Nicola Burke were among the local musicians who performed. A huge thanks to Derry for hosting the concert!

    • Organ Concerts on Jan 14 & 21

      4 pm Sunday, January 14: Daniel Dorty, Director of Music at Camp Hill Presbyterian Church will showcase the recently installed organ at Middle Spring Presbyterian Church, Shippensburg. 

      2:30 pm Sunday, January 21, a "New Organ" celebration concert at Paxton Presbyterian Church, Harrisburg, featuring organist Dan Miller, St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Beaverton, Oregon. Mr. Miller has recorded 22 organ compact discs. He's in his 19th year at Rodgers Instruments, one of the world’s leading organ builders, in Hillsboro, Oregon, as Rodgers Artist and Tonal Professional. Additionally, Mr. Miller an Adjunct Professor of Organ at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon.

    • Terrific Tuesday Kitchen Subs Needed

      Do you have some free time from 4-7 pm on Tuesdays? Helpers are needed on occasion to support the Terrific Tuesday kitchen crew when someone on the regular team is not available. Tasks will be assigned on arrival, anything from assisting with food preparation and serving to setup and cleanup. No experience necessary. This program runs September through March. Contact Loretta Chubb to be added to the sub list. Thanks, Derry!

    • Confirmation Class Schedule Change

      Confirmation Class for 8th and 9th graders will not be held in January. Class resumes 9 am Sunday, February 4 in room 9. There will be a field trip on Sunday, February 11.

    • January 2018 Mission Core Value: Empowerment, Equality and Justice of Women

      This year the Mission and Peacemaking Committee is doing something different: to involve the entire congregation in mission and peacemaking, we have identified Derry’s Missional Core Values. In coming months we plan to highlight each core value and the non-profit organizations that Derry supports who are aligned with that value. Then most importantly, we are going to give you opportunities to get plugged into our support of these missions.

      In January our core value is the empowerment, equality and justice of women. Derry Church recognizes and embraces women as leaders both in our church and around the world. This is evidenced by our support of organizations like the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg, the Presbyterian Education Board and Friends of SHE. These organizations provide hands-on advocacy and services at the grassroots level by providing shelter, education, vocational opportunities, protections from human trafficking, legal services and ultimately self-esteem both here in the greater Harrisburg area and across the globe in Pakistan.

      On January 14 you'll have the opportunity to hear from our own Debbie Hough at 9:15 am in room 7. She traveled to Pakistan in late 2017 and brings back stories and pictures to share with us of her time at PEB and SHE organizations. 

      We plan to have a representative from the Harrisburg YWCA in worship with us on January 28 so that you can hear more about their work. In Issues Class on January 21 and 28, we will be discussing diversity and ways to fight hate. The equality of some is the fight for the equality of all.

      Derry is full of women and men who embrace the empowerment of women. However, as we have seen in the news on an almost daily basis, the battle is not over for women’s equality at work, at home and in the receipt of services/education. Derry’s Mission and Peacemaking Committee invites you to join us this month in class, in worship, on social media and in service as we focus on the empowerment, equality and justice of women.

      “If you are not using your comfort, position, influence, and privilege to advocate for those who have less of those things – you’re wasting them.” – John Pavlovitz

    • Star Gifts Are Coming

      A star gift is a star-shaped piece of brightly colored paper with a word printed on it. Every person who comes to church on Epiphany Sunday, January 7 receives a star gift and is asked to reflect on that word for the coming year. Everyone who receives a star gift is encouraged to take it home and hang it up where they are sure to see it every day. You are invited to ponder what significance this word might have in your lives, and how God might be speaking to you through that simple message.

      Epiphany is the celebration of God’s presence breaking through to shine as a light in the darkness. With this tradition, each year our congregation can rejoice in the reminder of our generous, giving God—one star gift at a time. Please join us on January 7 to receive your Star Gift for 2018!  

    • December 2017 Session Highlights
      • Met with Christopher Houtz to review his progress in seminary and voted unanimously to recommend to the Carlisle Presbytery that Christopher be enrolled as a Candidate in his preparation to be ordained as a teaching elder.
      • Examined Skip Becker as a newly elected Ruling Elder in preparation for his installation on Jan 14, 2018.
      • Received monthly financial statements from the Treasurer and reports from Derry’s staff, Board of Deacons and all committees. Approved minutes of the Nov 15, 2017 Session meeting, and Nov 15, 2017 Called Trustee meeting.
      • Removed 31 out-of-state members from the Active Membership roll due to relocation.
      • Discussed and approved a proposal for Derry to be a Field Education teaching site for a student-minister from Lancaster or Gettysburg seminaries, with funding for the program coming from the Futures Fund.
      • Accepted an additional contribution to the Oak Fund restricted account and approved changes to address the use and management of that fund.
      • Reviewed and approved the 2018 preliminary budget in preparation for the Congregational Annual Meeting.
      • Approved 2018 Communion dates.
      • Approved the addition of Brad Rhine as a member of the Building & Grounds Committee.
      • Approved a request from the Mission and Peace Committee to hold fundraisers at Isaacs on Jan 28, Feb 22, and Mar 22, proceeds of which will benefit the Sargodha School in Pakistan.
      • Approved the special 2018 Offerings/Fundraisers as submitted by Presbyterian Women.
      • Approved church use requests from Judy McMillan for continued use of Fellowship Hall on Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 6:15 pm for Zumba Fitness classes and from Jim George for the use of Fellowship Hall on Friday mornings from 5:45 to 7:30 am for pickup volleyball.
      • Thanked those Ruling Elders finishing their terms for their dedication and leadership over the past three years.
    • Pilgrim Lock-In Feb 9-10

      6:30 pm February 9 (no dinner) to 8 am February 10 (breakfast included) at Derry Church. Children in grades 3-5 are invited to experience “A Night at the Church.” RSVP to by Wednesday, January 31.

    • Do you like to paint?

      Love INC of Greater Hershey is in need of two volunteers to freshen some walls in the Love INC office. No art skills required: it's just standard monochrome wall painting. Please call the Love INC office (717-835-0101) and let them know when you are available.

    • New Women’s Bible Study Begins January 15

      At 7 pm Monday, January 15 in the John Elder Classroom, the Monday night women’s Bible study will begin Adam Hamilton’s book, Half Truths: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves and Other Things the Bible Doesn't Say. Pastor Stephen led a study of this book in the fall, so if you missed it (or want to take another look), please join us.

      This book explores popular sayings that miss the point. They are simple phrases: “God helps those who help themselves,” “Love the sinner, hate the sin,” and others. They sound Christian - like something you might find in the Bible. They capture some element of truth, yet they miss the point in important ways. Join the discussion as we search for the whole truth by comparing common Christian clichés to the message and ministry of Jesus. The first week is an introduction, then the study will continue for five weeks (January 22 & 29, February 5, 19 & 26). Led by Debbie Hough.

    • January 2018 PW Update & Thanks

      Arise, shine, your light has come! The 2018 Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women will be held August 2-5 in Louisville, Kentucky at the Galt House Hotel. Full registration is $425 and rooms at the hotel start at $144 per night (up to 4 people). A registration booklet is posted on the PW bulletin board and more are available in PW mailbox. The booklet provides more details as well as program and educational opportunities. Registration opens Jan. 15.

      The PW Coordinating Team Thanks...

      • All who contributed to the special offerings, especially the Thank Offering of $2,256.
      • Those who sewed hygiene bags for the Domestic Violence Center and those who contributed the items to fill them.
      • All who contributed to the Cookie Walk/Jumbles Shop which raised $4300. All this, less expenses, will go towards the 2018 mission goal of $4600. Many thanks to those who set up, worked in the kitchen, priced items, sold and bought items, and to Nancy Kitzmiller and Sally McKinney for chairing Jumbles Shop. Extra items were donated to Santa Shops and Jubilee Ministries.
      • All who worked as elves for the Paxton PW Santa Shops.
      • Contributors of Boxtops valued at $159.70 for the Samuel J Green Charter School in New Orleans.
      • Kathie Parsons for sending cards for PW.
    • Greeting Card Ministry: With Sympathy

      From 7-8:30 pm on Monday, January 8, join master card-maker Claudia Holtzman in the Hammond Library next to the Chapel to make these cards: some you can take home, and some you'll leave behind for use by the Deacons. For ages 10 and up. Questions? Contact Claudia Holtzman. Card making continues on the second Monday of each month.

    • Soup, Salad & Sandwiches on Feb 4

      12 pm Sunday, February 4 in Fellowship Hall, following the annual meeting. Enjoy your choice of soups including Wally Patton’s famous chicken sausage chili, in addition to assorted deli sandwiches, salad & chips, hot & cold beverages and homemade desserts. $7 per person or $20 family maximum. No RSVP needed: first come, first served. Hosted by the Communications & Technology Committee. 

    • Meal Train for the Backenstose Family

      Sign up online to provide dinner for Amy Backenstose, a member of our congregation who is a single mom with four young kids (an infant, a toddler and two kindergardeners). Amy fell and broke her leg and is off of her feet for six weeks. Thanks, Derry!

    • Discovery Days Preschool is Enrolling for 2018-19!

      Derry Church families new to Derry Discovery Days preschool are welcome to register Sunday, January 28 through Sunday, February 4 for the upcoming school year. Registration forms are available online and in the nursery suite. Return forms to Kelly Mehaffie’s mailbox or the church office. Spaces are limited and are first come, first served. Community open enrollment begins February 5. Questions? Please contact Kelly Mehaffie: 533-9667.

    • Un-Decorate the Church on January 9

      Christmas decor around the church will be taken down and packed away beginning at 6 pm Tuesday, January 9. Many hands needed to return the Sanctuary and hallways to their normal state.

    • Post-Christmas Update

      Derry Church welcomed 1,158 at three Christmas Eve services with the busiest service at 7:30 pm (446). If you include the 42 people watching our streaming services on Christmas Eve, we had 1,200 total participants... add in the 10 am service and the total jumps to 1,430, our highest Christmas Eve attendance ever. Close behind are 2010 (1,417) and 2006 (1,412). Did you know that 2006 was the last time Christmas Eve fell on Sunday? Thanks to all who led worship, shared gifts of music, and helped out that day ushering, greeting, working in the nursery and tidying up.

  • December - 2018
    • December 2017 Giving Update

















      It's not too late to make a financial pledge for 2018. You can pick up a pledge card in the Narthex or church office, or submit your estimate of giving online. Thanks, Derry!

    • Successful Chipotle Fundraiser!

      Thanks to all who participated in the Friends of PEB fundraiser at Chipotle Mexican Grill on Sunday, December 17. A total of $127 was raised to support education in Pakistan!

    • Derry's eNews Takes a Holiday Break

      For the first time since the weekly eNews began in 2004, we're taking a week off: no eNewsletter will be sent on Thursday, December 28. We'll return to your inbox on Thursday, January 4. Merry Christmas and happy new year to all! 

    • December PW Updates
      • Orange Day lands on Christmas Day this month. Wear an orange ribbon to show support of people and organizations working to end exploitation of women and children as well as remembering them in prayer.
      • Would you like to be added to the Horizons magazine group order? Contact Doris Feil by December 28. Copies come to the church, but will save you $6: the group rate is $18.95. The Bible study alone costs $9-10.  Digital copies can be ordered online.
      • Thanks to all who contributed to the PW Thank Offering. A total of $2,525 was received.
    • Parsonage Ministry Seeks Housekeeping Volunteers

      Three or four new Parsonage housekeeping volunteers are needed one morning a week, biweekly or monthly. If you would find joy in serving Christ and others in this role, please contact Love INC of Greater Hershey at 7171-835-0101.

    • Fleece Fabric Needed for Knotted Blankets

      At 7 pm Sunday, January 28, we’ll be assembling fleece blankets. You can support the effort by providing two-yard lengths of warm fleece fabric in your favorite solid colors and patterns. Pick up fabric at after-Christmas sales and drop off in Room 6.  Remember that two pieces of fleece are needed to make one blanket. Thanks, Derry!

    • Terrific Tuesday Dinners Resume Jan 9

      The Terrific Tuesday kitchen crew and Pastor Stephen's Bible study have the next two weeks off. They'll be back on January 9: dinner will be served in Fellowship Hall 5 to 6:15 pm, and Pastor Stephen's study will resume 6-6:30 pm in the John Elder Classroom. Everyone welcome!

    • Looking For Offering Envelopes?

      For those continuing to use envelopes, boxes for 2018 will be ready for pickup in the Narthex starting this Sunday, December 24. Please note your envelope number may have changed. 

      Approximately 90 Derry Church families have switched to online giving. If you're making the switch, please notify Sandy Miceli by December 28 that you will no longer need a box of envelopes. 

    • Church Office Closed for Christmas & New Year's Day

      The church office will be closed on Monday & Tuesday, December 25 and 26, and Monday, January 1. Merry Christmas and happy new year!

    • Blood Drive Report

      The Jim Cooper Memorial Blood Drive on December 17 was very successful, with 36 pints of blood collected. Many thanks to all who gave the gift of life in the midst of a busy holiday season.

    • New Member Classes Begin January 28

      The  five-week winter series of New Member Discovery Classes will begin Sunday, January 28 at 9:15 am in the Lounge. Classes will be repeated Wednesdays from 6-7 pm beginning January 31. Meet the church staff and leaders, find out more about the mission and ministry of Derry Church, and discover how you can get involved. Those who decide to join will be received as members at the 10:30 am service on Sunday, February 25. Register by Wednesday, January 24 (533-9667).

    • New Dates Added: Meal Train for the Taylor Family

      As Lee Ann Taylor and her family deal with challenging medical treatment, a meal train will help to lessen the daily load while showing the family how much they are loved and supported by their church. Read more and sign up at

    • Congregational Christmas Card

      Thanks to everyone who signed this year's congregational Christmas card and made a donation that will help offset the cost of Derry's food ministries at Downtown Daily Bread, Penn National racetrack, and Delta Housing. 

    • Worship at Derry Church on Christmas Eve

      On Sunday, December 24, Derry Church offers one morning service at 10 am with communion and celebration of the fourth Sunday in Advent. There will be no church school classes.

      Christmas Eve candlelight services will be held at 3 pm, 5 pm and 7:30 pm. All services will be live streamed. Please join us!

    • Saturday Seminar is Jan 27

      9 am - 12 pm Saturday, January 27 at the Presbytery of Carlisle office. All clergy, church staff, and volunteers who work with children in our congregations will learn to recognize child abuse, and report it. Mandated Reporter Training Provided by the PA Family Alliance. RSVP by Jan 17 to the Presbytery office (717-737-6821 or email Suzi Souder).

    • Greeters Needed on Christmas Eve

      Be part of Derry Church’s celebration of Jesus’s birth by serving as a greeter on Sunday, December 24. Greeters are needed for all four services: 10 am, 3 pm, 5 pm and 7:30 pm. Contact Nancy Kitzmiller 

    • Suggest a Christmas Carol for December 31

      It’s been the tradition at Derry Church to enjoy a Christmas carol sing on the Sunday following Christmas. This year while organist Sean McCarthy is away, our own very accomplished Kathy Yingst will be playing. Let’s give her the post-Christmas gift of some advance warning on the music she’ll be playing. Send the name of your favorite carol to Pastor Marie by email or by placing a note in her mailbox by December 20. Marie will select from the top vote-getters for Kathy to play that day. Thanks, Derry!

    • Third Grade Bible Class

      Along with their parents, these third graders just finished a three-week church school class led by Debbie Hough to learn how to use the new Bibles they received in worship last month.L-R: Gavin Hess, Anne Burke, Alex Patton and Mia Kaminski. Not pictured: Emilia Achorn, Zachary Imboden and Dylan Ray.

    • New Year's Eve in Hershey

      The 13th annual Hershey celebration will be happening all day and into the evening on December 31. Singer, songwriter and guitarist Kris Allen will take the main stage for Hershey New Year’s Eve beginning at 10:30 pm. The celebration will feature activities for the entire family, all day at the Hershey Story. From 7 - 10 pm, The First United Methodist Church of Hershey will host food and fun for the whole family, including games courtesy of Funland in Rehoboth Beach. The church will host a free concert by Rizzetta’s Tones  in the sanctuary at 7 pm, 8 pm and 9 pm. Hot beverages and homemade cookies will be available from 7 - 10 pm in the social hall. The evening will culminate with the raising of the giant Hershey’s Kiss replica followed by a spectacular fireworks display at midnight. The event is held at the square in Hershey and is free to the public. Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be available from vendors and nearby restaurants throughout the evening.

    • December 2017 Financial Snapshot

      Cash Flow - Operating Fund as of 11/30/17

      Income YTD:  $1,127,889 $1,128,247
      Expenses YTD: $1,061,402 $1,195,550
      Surplus/(Deficit) YTD:  $66,487 ($67,303)




      Notes from Steven Guenther, treasurer: The year to date number for November are consistent with October results. Some expenses will be skewed toward the end of the year. Actual expenses are trailing budgeted expenses as personnel expenses are $89,000 under budget. This is caused in part because some fringe benefits are paid at the end of the year. We are estimating the fringes will total about $35,000. We have also noted that part of the variance from the budget is that Pastor Stephen was budgeted to start in April. Other variances are due to committees underspending the budget. Again, I would like to thank you for your contributions this year. Merry Christmas!

      Questions? Contact George Porter. Thank you for your continued support now and all year long.

    • Spread Christmas Cheer: Go Caroling on Saturday!

      Join Pastor Stephen and Derry friends at 2 pm Saturday, December 16 at The Gardens of Campbelltown, 2880 Horseshoe Pike, Palmyra. Help spread some joy to Ron Walker and many others. We’ll have song packets ready, so all you have to do is meet us there. All ages welcome. RSVP to Pastor Stephen


    • Derry Seniors Welcome the Hershey-Derry Twp. Historical Society: Jan 16

      Join the Derry Seniors at 10 am Tuesday, January 16 when Hershey native Susan Mittan née Gumpher, volunteer and board member for the Hershey-Derry Twp. Historical Society, will present a general history of the area. Plenty of time will be allowed for comments and questions. Free. Lunch follows in Fellowship Hall ($3/person).

    • 2018 Pledge Update

      Thank you to all who have made a financial pledge to Derry Church for 2018. We still need about $80,000 to reach what Stewardship and Finance believes we need to budget for pledged income in 2018. If you have not yet made a pledge for 2018, please consider making one before the year ends. Your pledged gift helps us make a responsible ministry budget. Thank you for your gifts.

    • Dori Hjalmarson Headed to Honduras in January as Our New Mission Co-worker

      Meet and learn about Dori Hjalmarson in this enews article about her aspirations as our new mission co-worker to Honduras. She begins her service in January 2018.

    • 2017 MHS Senior Division Holiday Concert at Derry Church: Dec 15

      7 pm Friday, December 15 in the Sanctuary, The Milton Hershey School is proud to present our Annual Holiday Concert featuring the Varsity Choir directed by Andrea Kurnat and Concert Band directed by Jeremy Ulrich. The concert is free and open to the public.

    • Attention Users of Online Giving

      If you are changing the amount you give to Derry Church in 2018, you will need to go online and update your account to reflect the change. The good folks in the church office are not able to make those changes for you. Questions? Contact Sandy Miceli (533-9667).

    • HVAC Update #1

      The planned replacement and updates to the churches heating and air conditioning system will begin on December 27, 2017. 

      Between Christmas and the new year,  all the drop ceilings in the lower level hallways will be removed and two temporary walls with doors will be built to separate the construction area from the most used classrooms.

      The project is designed in phases to maintain use of as much of the building as possible at all times. Some activities or classes will need to be moved to other rooms on occasion, and some hallways will be closed except for emergency exits.

      The first phase will close off the back eastern stairway (Mansion Road patio) and the hallway at rooms 9 and 10. A concrete pad will be installed outside near those doors.

      The project will continue throughout the lower level, affecting access some rooms at times during the week. Most if not all rooms will available on weekends.

      The HVAC Task Force has done their best over the last year to put together a plan that will make your church more efficient and comfortable for decades to come and will work to make the construction process as smooth as possible. Direct questions or concerns to Roger Zimmer.

    • Isaac’s Fundraisers Return Next Year

      5-9 pm Thursday, January 25 at Isaac’s Famous Grilled Sandwiches in Hummelstown. The women’s Monday night Bible study invites you to support the building of a school for boys in Sargodha, Pakistan: have dinner at Isaac’s and when it’s time to pay your bill, hand in a flyer (available at the insert rack in the Narthex) and Isaac’s will donate 25% of your food and beverage purchase to the Sargodha School fundraising effort. Bring your friends and family, have a delicious dinner,and help to improve education across the globe. This fundraiser will be repeated on February 22 and March 22. We hope to see you there!

    • Fill and Deliver Blessing Baskets This Sunday

      You’re invited to fill and deliver a Blessing Basket to one of Derry’s neighbors after worship on Sunday, December 10 in Fellowship Hall. Pick a basket and fill it with some of the donated items including candy, mini breads, notepads, flashlights, and more. We’ll include a special invitation to Christmas Eve worship at Derry. Once you fill a basket, you can sign up to take it to a specific neighbor around Derry or someone in your neighborhood. We hope to fill 35 baskets. This is a great opportunity for all ages to reach out in love from Derry to our community. Please join in helping to bless our neighbors this Christmas.

    • A Candlelight Christmas: Concerts Dec 15-17

      The Susquehanna Chorale will present three concerts this Christmas season featuring one of choral music’s most popular Christmas works, Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols: 8 pm Friday, December 15 at High Center, Messiah College, Grantham; 8 pm Saturday, December 16 at Church of the Brethren, Elizabethtown; and 4 pm Sunday, December 17 at Market Square Presbyterian Church, Harrisburg. Participating from Derry Church are choir members Greg Harris, Janice Click Holl and frequent visitor Linda Tedford, artistic director, founder and conductor of the Chorale. Tickets ($20 in advance, $25 at the door; $5 students) through the Messiah College Box Office: 717-691-6036.

    • Silent Auction Shout-Out

      Many thanks to all the Derry artists, craftsmen in Hershey and Nicaragua, and to the bidders who made this year's Silent Auction a success: a total of $950 was raised for Mission Week 2018.

    • Coin Return on Sunday

      Your Change 4 Children coins collected on December 10 at the end of each service go to the Alliance for Children Everywhere, which celebrated 20 years in Zambia. Their outreach has included 1000 children in crisis receiving nurturing care at House of Moses and Bill and Bette Bryant Crisis Nursery, 3000 families receiving nutrition, job training, and spiritual support through Family Preservation Program, 950 orphaned or abandoned children being reintegrated with their biological families or found forever homes and 13,000 students have received quality education through FaithWorks Christian Schools and Helen DeVos Christian School. Through 2016, Derry has contributed $12,600 towards their work. 

      Do you have foreign coins that you no longer need? Bag those separately and they’ll be donated to UNICEF’s Change For Good by Derry member and American Airlines pilot Brian Montgomery. 

      Please return your coins in Ziploc bags to the designated baskets. When you return coins, please make sure that your bag is free of paper clips, guitar picks, stray bits of metal, buttons,and anything that isn’t legal tender: these items clog the coin sorting machine. The next collection will be in March 2018, so keep on gathering those coins.

    • Thanks Christmas Decorators!

      This team of decorating elves went to work on Wednesday night to dress up the church for Christmas. Come see the decorations on Sunday! Thanks for your hard work and creativity.

    • Sign the Congregational Christmas Card!

      It’s the easy way to send Christmas greetings to your entire Derry Church family while you save on paper and postage and help those in need. The Christmas card will be available to sign in the Narthex on Sundays, December 10, 17 & 24. All donations received will help to offset the cost of Derry’s food ministries at Downtown Daily Bread, Penn National racetrack, and Delta Housing. The card will be included in an upcoming edition of this e-newsletter. Merry Christmas from the Mission & Peace Committee!

    • Cookie Walk Report

      These smiling ladies were on hand Saturday morning to welcome shoppers to the 2017 Cookie Walk. Thanks to all the bakers, jumbles donors, callers, organizers, buyers, salespeople, and other helpers for making the Cookie Walk and Jumbles Shop a success.

      Last Saturday’s Cookie Walk raised $2,231 ... the Jumbles Shop received $2,107 for a grand total of $4,338 that will go toward Presbyterian Women’s mission.

      Trays and containers can be picked up in the Narthex near the kitchen until December 17... after that date you can purchase them from the Jubilee shop in Palmyra.

    • Stocking Stuffers

      "These Days" devotional booklets for January through March are now available in baskets throughout the church. Pick up a few extra to give to loved ones this holiday season.

    • Pilgrim Fellowship Brings Christmas Joy: Dec 17

      12-3:30 pm Sunday, December 17 for grades 3-5. Bring your lunch to room 7 following worship. Practice Christmas carols on hand chimes, then travel to Londonderry Village to spread Christmas joy. Pickup 3:15 pm in Palmyra or 3:30 pm at the church. Dress in layers because the room will be warm. Parent chaperones needed! RSVP to by Wednesday, December 13.

  • November - 2018
    • 14 Giving Tree Tags Available

      As of this writing, 14 gift tags are still available for children whose families are clients of the Hershey Food Bank, and a handful of gift cards for racetrack workers. Help yourself to tags and return gifts to the church by December 10. Thanks, Derry!

    • Congratulations, Third Graders!

      On Sunday, November 26, these third graders received their new Spark Bibles in worship. In December classes they’ll learn more about their Bibles and how to use them. Congratulations to the Patton, Kaminski, Hess, Achorn and Burke children (pictured) and to the Imboden and Ray families (not pictured).

    • Saturday Morning Mission Breakfast Opportunity: Dec 30

      Join Karen Leader and a group of Derry Church volunteers as they serve the people of the Allison Hill community. Depart Derry Church at 8 am on Saturday, December 30, return by 11 am. Go to the Unitarian Church on Market Street, Harrisburg to participate in "Gather the Spirit," a monthly breakfast program. Meet Sarah Ballard, one of the organizers and a member of Derry, who will tell about the program. Bring a breakfast item to share (cereal bars, muffins, fruit). RSVP to Karen Leader.

    • Silent Auction Closes 12 pm Sunday

      Have you had the opportunity to check out the assortment of handmade items from Nicaragua and Derry’s own artisans now on display in the Narthex? Proceeds support Mission Week 2018. Bidding closes following the second worship service on Sunday, December 3.

    • Decorate for Christmas: Dec 6

      6 pm Wednesday, December 6, you’re invited to join members of the Worship & Spiritual Life committee to decorate Derry Church for Advent and the Christmas season.

    • Where Do I Find Out About Snow Closings?

      The fastest way to find out about cancellations of church services and activities is on the home page of the church website ( Look for the red box on the left side under the scrolling photos. On a mobile device, swipe down until you find the red box below the news box. Announcements will also be posted on the church's Facebook and Twitter pages. After hours you can check messages on the church answering machine (533-9667). If you would like to be notified by text message, send your cell phone number to Sue George (

      While local media will be contacted, church information does not have priority status for posting on TV. Most stations only post church updates on their websites.

    • GriefShare Begins January 2

      For those grieving the loss of loved ones, a new GriefShare support group will be held 2-4 pm Tuesdays beginning January 2 in room 9. The series will continue weekly through March 20. GriefShare is a Christian program that features biblical teaching, small group discussion, video seminars led by renowned experts on grief and recovery topics, and a workbook to help participants explore topics in depth. Participants can start the program at any time and pick up missed sessions when the next series is offered. No charge to attend. Please RSVP to Marie Buffaloe.

    • “Allies” Needed for Homes of Hope and Faith & Finances

      Mentors or coaches from partnering churches are needed for Love INC of Greater Hershey’s new Homes of Hope Transitional Housing Program, Faith & Finances Program, and also for people who need extra help on their journey out of poverty. Allies walk with individuals and families to provide encouragement, guidance, accountability and advocacy. A nine-month to one-year minimum commitment is required and extensive training and support will be provided. Contact Doug Miller or Michelle Miduri.

    • Sign Up for the DDD Bake Sale on Dec 9

      Derry Discovery Days Preschool is holding a bake sale fundraiser following the 7 pm An American Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 9. Sign up to contribute to the bake sale. Drop off baked goods in the kitchen on Friday, December 8  from 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday, December 9 from 9 - 10 am. Thanks, Derry!

    • November 2017 Giving Update
      It's not too late to make a financial pledge for 2018 before Session meets to set a budget based on 2018 financial commitments. You can pick up a pledge card in the Narthex or church office, or submit your estimate of giving online.
    • Serve Dinner at Delta House: Dec 11

      You're invited to help serve dinner to 35 residents of Gaudenzia Delta House in Harrisburg, one of the missions the church supports that helps temporarily displaced persons. Depart Derry Church at 4 pm Monday, December 11, return by 7 pm. Bring a dessert to share! Contact Karen Leader or Marilyn Koch

    • Quilt on Silent Auction Benefits PW

      This quilt, handmade by our own Derry Quilters, will be sold on silent auction Saturday, December 2 as part of Presbyterian Women's Cookie Walk and Jumbles Shop mission fundraiser. Opening bid for the 90" x 75" Dresden Plate quilt is $300. It's on display now in the Narthex.

    • Photo-A-Day Starts Dec 1!

    • Trombone Choir Benefit Concert: Jan 5

      7 pm Friday, January 5 in the Sanctuary. “Twelfth Night of Christmas” features Derry’s own Tracy & Nicola Burke in this trombone choir. Enjoy holiday favorites including The Wexford Carol, Still Still Still, Angels from the Realms of Glory, Up on the Housetop, O Come All Ye Faithful, Angels We Have Heard on High and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. Free-will offering benefits the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Reception follows in Fellowship Hall.

    • November 28 is Giving Tuesday!

      Giving Tuesday kicks off the season of giving, just like post-Thanksgiving Day sales kick off the holiday shopping season. One way you can begin the season of giving is by making a special #GivingTuesday gift to Derry Church. Go to our online giving website and choose the area of ministry you’d like your gift to support. Thank you for your generosity to Derry Church!

    • Discovery Days Has Teacher Aide Opening

      Searching for a new job with benefits of love and laughter? Derry Discovery Days Preschool seeks an experienced aide for our three-year old students. This position is part-time, approximately 14 hours per week, for morning classes that run 9:00 -11:30 am Monday - Thursday from September through May. Experience with young children required. EOE. Send resumes to

    • 10th Anniversary Celebration and Pie Auction A Big Success!

      Love INC’s 10th Anniversary Celebration and Pie Auction was a wonderful evening of fellowship, food, fun and fundraising. 120 pies were donated to the event that was attended by 150 people. This year an unexpected matching challenge of $2,500 for the final pie allowed the entire room to be involved in the bidding, providing a total of $5,000 for the pie! Total raised for the evening was $24,000. THANK YOU to all who sponsored, volunteered, baked pies, attended and bid to make this event so successful.

    • Your Homemade Cakes & Pies Will Benefit Our Preschool

      Derry Discovery Days is holding a bake sale in Fellowship Hall after Derry Church’s “An American Christmas” concert on Saturday, December 9. Homemade cookies, whole pies and cakes will be sold to raise funds for the preschool.  If you’re willing to bake for the preschool, contact Kelly Mehaffie. Coming to the concert? Stop in to pick up a sweet treat and coffee “to go.” Cash and checks accepted.

    • Christmas Caroling at The Gardens at Campbelltown

      2 pm Saturday, December 16 at The Gardens of Campbelltown, 2880 Horseshoe Pike, Palmyra. Help spread some joy and cheer this Christmas by caroling to residents. We’ll have song packets ready, so all you have to do is meet us there. All ages welcome. RSVP to Pastor Stephen.

    • November 2017 Session Highlights
      • Congregational meeting electing one new Ruling Elder (Class of 2020) and one new member to the 2018 Nominating Committee, and approving the details of the Presbyterian Investment & Loan Program commitment of $600,000 for the upgrading of Derry’s HVAC system.
      • Received 18 new members and their children.
      • Examined newly elected Ruling Elders and Deacons in preparation for ordination/installation on Jan 14, 2018.
      • Received monthly financial statements from the Treasurer and reports from Derry’s staff, Board of Deacons and all committees. Approved minutes of the Oct 18, 2017 Session meeting, the Nov 5, 2017 Called Congregational meeting, and the Nov 5, 2017 Called Session Meeting (with corrections).
      • Removed 16 out-of-state members from the Active Membership roll due to relocation.
      • Approved two Lease Agreements between Derry Church and Laird Morgan for the rental of the property at 233-235 East Derry Road - one for the residential portion of the building and a second for the Art on Derry commercial space.
      • Received a follow-up report on Consecration Sunday and reviewed the 2017 preliminary budget.
      • Approved the use of the church van for upcoming youth activities.
      • Approved the addition of Sara Woodbury as a member of the Worship & Spiritual Life Committee.
      • Approved a worship service on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 5:00 pm and to hold one worship service on Sunday, February 4, 2018 at 10:30 am for the Annual Meeting.
      • Approved a request from the Christian Education Committee to solicit donations from the congregation for the Family Faith Works event.
      • Approved a church use request from Boy Scout Pack 200 for November 19, 2017 to hold a baked potato bar fundraiser luncheon.
      • Held a Trustee Meeting to approve the details of the Presbyterian Investment & Loan Program commitment of $600,000 for the upgrading of Derry’s HVAC system.
    • Suicide Prevention Training for Youth Leaders: Dec 4

      6-8:30 pm Monday, December 4 at the Hershey Free Church, 330 Hilltop Road. Learn warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to Question, Persuade & Refer (QPR). The course focuses on training individuals to be "gatekeepers" (someone able to recognize a crisis and the warning signs of someone that may be contemplating suicide). Gatekeepers include parents, friends, neighbors, squad leaders, foremen, police officers, caseworkers & many others. This course is available at no charge as a part of Philhaven's commitment to improving the mental health and resilience of our community. QPR is a nationally certified, evidence-based programs taught by certified trainers. Register by email: Read more.

    • Orange Day is November 25

      The Safe Harbor bill which will provide a safe harbor for sexually exploited children and prevent delinquency charges from being filed, is still under consideration in the Pennsylvania legislature. Thirty other states already have passed a similar bill. Support this effort and wear orange or an orange ribbon on Saturday.

    • Listen for Derry Church on WITF-FM

      From November 28 through December 24, listen for Derry Church’s sponsorship ads in the morning on WITF-FM 89.5 on Weekend Edition, Top of the News and “On Being with Krista Tippet.”

    • Silent Auction Opens on Sunday

      Support Mission Week 2018 (and do some early Christmas shopping) during the week of November 26-December 3 when a large assortment of items from Nicaragua will be on display in the Narthex, and a selection of handcrafted items by Derry Church artisans and crafters. Bidding will close following the second worship service on  December 3.

    • Pilgrim Fellowship Serves Lunch: Dec 3

      Gather in room 7A following the 10:30 am service on Sunday, December 3 for pizza provided by the Deacons, then serve the Derry Seniors’ holiday lunch and come back for ice cream sundaes. Pickup 2 pm. Parent helpers needed! Please RSVP by Wednesday, November 29.

    • Host an “After 8” Post-Worship Fellowship

      Hosts and hostesses are needed to provide light refreshments following 8 am worship services in December & January. In addition to simple setup and cleanup, all that’s required is to provide a half-gallon of juice and two choices of baked goods (store-bought is fine). Paper products and fresh brewed coffee are provided by the church. Please contact Loretta Blaydon (717-599-5425) to host this important fellowship. Thanks Derry!

    • Church Office Closed for Thanksgiving: Nov 23-24

      The Derry Church office will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 23-24. Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Jim Cooper Memorial Blood Drive

      8:30 am-12:30 pm Sunday, December 17 in Fellowship Hall. Sign up in the Narthex in coming weeks or walk in that day.

    • Blessing Baskets are Coming!

      Derry Church’s Faith Family Works group invites you to help bless our neighbors with holiday Blessing Baskets. Blessing Baskets are filled with simple gifts, gift cards, and goodies to bring joy to someone’s life, and will include a special invitation to Derry’s Christmas Eve services. The plan is to deliver baskets to 25 Derry neighbors and we need your help to provide items, assemble and deliver the baskets. By December 10, bring in items anyone might like that would make good stocking stuffers (some suggestions are listed below), or donate money and mark your gift “Blessing Baskets” so items can be purchased. On December 10, join us to fill the baskets. Then sign up to take your basket to one of 25 listed Derry neighbors. This is a great opportunity for families, couples, or individuals to share some Christmas joy with others. The sign-up table is in the Narthex.

      $5 gift cards to places like Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, Panera, fast food places, etc.

      Candy canes/ Christmas candy

      Small scented candle or LED Candle

      Pocket or keychain flashlight


      Packaged bags of cookies or baked goods

      Thermal coffee/beverage mug/cup

      Christmas potholder/mitt/kitchen towels

      Small first aid kit

      Small sewing kit

    • Some Thoughtful Gift Ideas
      • Fruitbelt Farmworker Christian Ministry is selling fruit boxes for $45 which can be shipped anywhere in continental US for additional shipping charges of $20 or $40. Orders are due by Dec. 3 and forms are available on the PW bulletin board.
      • Looking for an alternative gift? Check out to view four pages of gifts from tire gardens to fishing boats.
    • NEW! Chipotle Fundraiser

       4-8 pm Sunday, December 17 at Chipotle Mexican Grill, 210 W Chocolate Avenue, Hershey. When you bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone, or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause, 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Friends of PEB, supporting education in Pakistan.

    • Dedication Sunday Report

      As of Sunday, November 12, Derry Church has received more than 200 financial commitments totaling $867,054. Thank you! If you haven’t turned in your estimate of giving card for 2018, it’s not too late. You can fill out your estimate online or pick up a card at the Information Center in the Narthex. Return cards to the offering plate or mail to the church office to the attention of Sandy Miceli, administrative/financial secretary. Online giving is also available.

    • What You Need to Know about the Giving Tree

      One of the wonderful traditions of Derry's Christmas season is the "Giving Tree" which provides gifts for 150 children of families using the Hershey Food Bank. The tree will be placed over the Thanksgiving weekend. Look for the decorated gift tag ornaments made by our Pilgrim Fellowship. Each tag lists a child's age (18 and under), gender and family identification number.

      You're invited to choose a tag from the tree. Record your name next to the corresponding number on the master sheet posted nearby. The Mission & Peace committee suggests gifts in the $25 range. Since every child receives a clothing-only voucher, toys and games are recommended for boys and girls while gift cards are great choices for teenagers. All gifts should be returned unwrapped in a Christmas gift bag by Sunday, December 10 with your ornament gift tag attached to the handle.

      Questions? Contact Craig Smith.

    • Longest Night Worship

      7 pm Tuesday, December 19 in the Chapel with communion

      For anyone who this year finds it hard to face the joyous Christmas season: this worship service -- on one of the longest, darkest nights of the year -- intentionally acknowledges the pain and offers solace. Light refreshments following in the John Elder Classroom.

    • PW Christmas Dinner: Dec 11

      6 pm Monday, December 11 in the Lounge. The Presbyterian Women’s annual holiday covered dish dinner will be followed by a program by Derry members Craig & Kelly Barth: guitar and vocals. Bring a dish to serve 6-8 and a place setting for each person. All women welcome - bring a friend!

    • Poinsettia Orders Due by Dec 10

      It's time to order poinsettia plants that will brighten the church during the Advent season. After Christmas, you're invited to take your poinsettias home to enjoy for weeks to come. A single plant is $13; baskets are $25.

    • Christmas Eve at Derry Church

      Sunday, December 24 at 10 am  •  3 pm  •  5 pm   •  7:30 pm • All services held in the Sanctuary

      Information on Derry's four Christmas Eve services is now available. All afternoon/evening services include the traditional candle lighting and singing of “Silent Night.” Special offering collected on Christmas Eve will benefit Friends of PEB and Allison Hill Community Ministry.

    • Share Your Time & Talents

      Your gifts of time and talent are as essential to supporting God's work in the world as any financial commitment you may have made on Consecration Sunday. Discover many ways your talents can be put to good use by checking out "Sharing My Time and Talents." You can find this form on the church website from the “Serving Others/More Opportunities” tab. Paper copies are also available from the church office.

    • Welcome Derry's New Members!

      On Sunday Derry Church welcomed 18 new members. Read more about these new members in the link at top of the weekly enews, or by picking up an insert available at church. Next new member class begins on Sunday, January 28, 2018. 

    • Final CROP Walk Report

      Fantastic totals from the 32nd Hershey/Hummelstown CROP Walk! Thanks to all who walked and contributed to alleviate hunger around the world.

    • Enews Thanksgiving Edition

      Next week’s church e-newsletter will arrive in your inbox a day early, on Wednesday, November 22. Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Outdoor Work Day: Dec 2

      9 am - 12 pm Saturday, December 2, join Derry Church youth for final fall cleanup of the church grounds. All are welcome! Bring rakes, gloves and lots of energy to help make the church property ready for winter. Lunch provided. Questions? Contact Tom Kitzmiller.

    • “Art on Derry” Open House: Nov 24-26

      Art on Derry, the art co-op across the street from Derry Church is hosting an open house over the Thanksgiving weekend. Stop in 10 am - 5 pm November 24-26 for some sweets and treats as you check out the creations made by local artisans. Holiday discounts available, too!

    • Another Giving Tree Option: Gift Cards for Racetrack Workers

      In addition to Giving Tree tags for children, you can also select one of 40 tags for back-of-the-track workers at Penn National race course on or after November 26. These tags invite you to purchase $25 Walmart gift cards to make Christmas brighter for the hard-working men and women at the track. Return gift cards by Sunday, December 17.

    • Meet These New Members on Sunday!

      These new members were received by Session on November 5 and enjoyed breakfast served by Membership & Involvement committee members. They’ll be introduced in worship this Sunday, November 12. Front row, L-R: Erin McCombs, Flynn and Fiona Devlin, Kate Sweezey. Second row: Helen Mayer, Courtney Devlin, Betty Flaig, Kim Holmes, Sarah Bartz, Margi Arris, Michelle Califf, Anne Sweezey. Third row: Ron Flaig, Ryan Bartz, Benjamin Muthambi, Pete and Karin Lee, Erik Sweezey. Adults not pictured: Pat Devlin, Karen Pastrana, Rachel Potter. Welcome!

    • Women’s Pilgrimage to the Holy Land: April 2018

      April 10-21, 2018, led by Bishop Charlene Kammerer, United Methodist Church (retired). Derry’s Nancy Reinert is going and knows that a few spaces are available. Trip itinerary includes the Sea of Galilee, Cana, Nazareth, Jericho, Jerusalem and Bethlehem, with the focus on experiencing the Holy Land through the lens of women in scripture. Contact Nancy for more information.

    • Lunch & Learn about Animals: Nov 16

      12 pm Thursday, November 16 at Londonderry Village, Palmyra. Volunteers from the Humane Society of Harrisburg will tell of their great work with a variety of animals, explain their mission, and even bring a few animals to meet the group! Bring a lunch or place your order by November 9  by calling 838-5406, ext. 3052.

    • Baked Potato Bar Supports Boy Scout Troop 200

      11:30 am Sunday, November 19 in Fellowship Hall, have lunch at Boy Scout Troop 200's baked potato bar. The lunch, also available for take-out, includes a baked potato, deluxe toppings bar, salad, assorted desserts and beverage for $7/person. Funds raised will purchase new camping equipment, defray the cost of camping trips, and provide funding for activities for scouts in financial need. Troop 200 is sponsored by Derry Presbyterian Church.

    • Data Entry Help Needed

      Are you detailed oriented, able to decipher handwriting and ready to have some fun? The Membership and Involvement Committee is looking for two volunteers to transfer information from Sunday's Friendship Registry forms into the church membership system. The time commitment is roughly eight hours per month. You don't need to attend committee meetings, and work can be done on your schedule any time the church office is open. Interested? Submit your name to Pastor Marie.

    • November 2017 Financial Snapshot

      Cash Flow - Operating Fund as of 10/31/17

      Income YTD:  $1,022,538 $1,025,679
      Expenses YTD: $953,543 $1,086,864
      Surplus/(Deficit) YTD:  $68,995 ($61,184)




      Notes from Steven Guenther, treasurer: I would like to thank everyone for their contributions last month. October was the best month we have had in terms of contributions this year. Some expenses will be skewed toward the end of the year. Actual expenses are trailing budgeted expenses as personnel expenses are $81,000 under budget; this is caused in part because some fringe benefits are paid at the end of the year. We are estimating the fringes will total about $35,000. We also note that part of the variance from the budget is that Pastor Stephen was budgeted to start in April. Mission & Peace expenses are currently under budget by about $10,000 and under 2016 spending by $20,000 year to date. 

      Questions? Come to Issues Class at 9:15 am this Sunday, November 12 for "Let's Talk About Church Finances" with members of the Stewardship & Finance Committee. Or contact George Porter. Thank you for your continued support now and throughout the the year.

    • Super Successful Family Fall Festival

      The results are in, and the Derry Discovery Days Preschool Fall Family Festival raised over $7,500!!! Big thanks to everyone who planned, helped, donated, and came out to the event. See pictures on facebook.

    • High Schoolers Face Reality

      Recently these Derry high schooler and adult leaders spent a great weekend together on the north shore of the Chesapeake Bay as part of Reality Retreat. Along with about 200 youth and leaders from area churches, they had a great time learning, worshiping, making new friends and having adventures together.

    • Meals on Wheels Drivers Needed

      Two drivers needed on the third Friday morning of each month from approximately 9:30-10:30 am. Spend an hour of your time delivering a hot meal to homebound seniors in our community and you'll be the one with a big smile on your face for the rest of the day. Can't do every month? We also need substitute drivers to be on call. Contact Cindy Warnock for more info & to volunteer. 

    • Youth Choral Festival: Nov 19 at Messiah College

      4 pm Sunday, November 19 at High Center, Messiah College

      Every fall the Susquehanna Youth, Young Women's and Children's Chorales join members of the Susquehanna Chorale for a dynamic intergenerational concert.Choir performs separately and then share the stage for a moving 200-voice finale. Tickets $15 adults in advance, $20 at the door, $5 students. Order online  or call 717-691-6036.

    • Serve in the Santa Shop: Dec 4-19

      Santa Shop is a traveling party for inner-city impoverished youth held on-site at churches, head starts, and agencies. Sponsored by the Presbyterian Women of Harrisburg’s Paxton Presbyterian Church, this program will be held December 4-19.

      With the addition of music, goofy volunteers, wrapping paper and warm spirits, the day becomes very special as kids "shop" for their family from an array of small donated items. Volunteers are needed to give an hour and a half to three and a half hour commitments during the day, after school or in the evening. Women, men, couples and teens are welcome.

      New sites this year are Big Brothers/Big Sisters in Harrisburg and Vista School in Hershey. The schedule for the shops is posted on the PW bulletin board as you enter the church by Fellowship Hall. To volunteer  contact Doris Feil or sign up at
    • Mental Health First Aid Training: Dec 2

      8 am - 5 pm Saturday, December 2 at Grace United Methodist Church, Hummelstown.  This training has been likened to learning CPR and physical first aid but for mental health.  The training is for adults, and trainees will learn how to help someone experiencing a mental health emergency just as we help those with other physical medical emergencies. The $50 fee includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and materials.  CEU's are available for several professions. Read more and register.

    • Support Presbyterian Women's Thank Offering in November

      The PW Thank Offering, collected in the fall of each year, gives women a tangible way to express their gratitude for the special blessings in their lives. Derry Church’s Presbyterian Women invite your support.

      Fifteen projects have been chosen for 2017: ten projects serve people in the United States and five are international. More than half of the projects are health ministries. One example of an international project is Mara l’il Mara (Woman to Woman) Breast Cancer Project in Palestine. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Palestinian women; it is an urgent health concern. Many women don’t seek treatment or seek it too late. There are many barriers between the woman and her treatment. She will probably have to travel miles to get to a doctor.  At checkpoints there are soldiers who may or may not allow her to pass. There is a shortage of treatment drugs and surgical options are even more difficult. Early treatment means better outcomes. This project will provide culturally sensitive information to raise awareness, screening and treatment. It is hoped that this grant will provide momentum to replicate the effort in more villages across the West Bank.

      The 2017 offering will be received on Sunday, November 26, and envelopes are in the pew racks. Make checks payable to Derry Church notated “Thank Offering.”

    • Fill Out Your Estimate of Giving Card Online

      You can participate in Derry’s 2017 “Rooted, Giving, Growing” stewardship campaign by returning the Estimate of Giving card you received in the mail, or you can complete the card online. Go to the secure page at and your information will be emailed directly to Sandy Miceli, our administrative/financial secretary.

      If you use online giving and the information you enter represents a change from 2017, please be sure to make adjustments on the online giving site.

      Standard paper Estimate of Giving cards are available at the Information Center and in the church office.

    • An American Christmas Concert

      7 pm Saturday, December 9 and 4 pm Sunday, December 10 in the Sanctuary

      Derry Church’s Sanctuary Choir, Celebration Children’s Choir, Chrysalis Youth Choir, and Derry Ringers handbell choir will combine with orchestra to present lively carols from colonial America, as might have been sung at Derry Church in the late 18th century, as well as shape-note folk carols from Southern Appalachia, such as I Wonder as I Wander and Star in the East, with hammered dulcimer accompaniment. Spirituals such as Mary Had a Baby will be featured, as well as great arrangements of modern Christmas classics such as The Little Drummer Boy, and Do You Hear What I Hear.  

      Guest soloists from New York and Philadelphia returning this season include Jennifer Groves, soprano, George Somerville, tenor, Sean Jernigan, tenor and Constantine Tsourakis, baritone. The audience will be invited to join in a sing-a-long of favorite carols.

      Free will offering supports the Arts Alive cultural series.

    • Easy Pledge: It’s Easy and Convenient!

      Easy Pledge is a recurring electronic giving plan that is easy to set up, and automating your gifts means they will be received on a steady, uninterrupted basis. Easy Pledge is one way you can help Derry Church plan and prepare for a new year of ministry. To set up a recurring giving schedule, go to Click on the “give” tab, then “online giving” to set up your schedule of giving. The first time you give, you will select a password that will enable you to log in at any time and make changes to your giving or view your complete online giving history. Questions? Contact Sandy Miceli. She can also help you set up an Easy Pledge account.

    • Pastor Stephen Invites You to Tithe Your Treats!

    • Centre Presbyterian Invites You: Annual Turkey Dinner on Nov 4

      11 am - 4 pm Saturday, November 4 at Centre Presbyterian Church on route 850 west of Loysville. Enjoy a delicious homemade meal. $13 adults and all take-out meals, $6 children ages 6-12. Contact: Ruth Ellerman

    • Preschool Silent Auction Ends Nov 4

      The Derry Discovery Days Preschool Silent Auction now under way in the Narthex will conclude at 11:30 am Saturday November 4 during the Discovery Days' Family Fall Festival.  Winners not present will be notified. Cash or check only. Donations of baked goods are appreciated: drop off items marked “DDD” in Fellowship Hall by Friday, November 3. Thanks for your support!

  • October - 2018
    • Make, Bake or Bring Your Favorite Dessert for “Basically Broadway”

      Following the 4 pm talent show and stewardship celebration on Sunday, November 12 (which will be awesome, by the way: here’s a sneak peek featuring Derry’s own Joseph Chubb), we’ll gather in Fellowship Hall for a dessert buffet. Make, bring or bake your favorite dessert to share, and get ready to sample many other tasty treats from Derry Church kitchens and bakeries.

    • Time Change This Weekend

      Remember to turn your clocks back one hour on Saturday night: daylight savings time ends at 2 am on Sunday.

    • CROP Walk Report #1

      What a beautiful day we enjoyed to walk and celebrate God’s creation and raise awareness of global hunger! Because of you and your efforts to raise funds, our Derry team collected $3,800 toward our $5,000 goal. One-fourth of that amount will be shared with the Hershey and Hummelstown food banks to help our neighbors in need. To date, all churches and people who participated in the Hershey/Hummelstown CROP WALK raised $12,400. It’s not too late to contribute: place checks to “CROP/CWS” in the offering plate. Thanks to all who contributed and walked.

    • Silk Flower Donations Appreciated

      Do you have silk flowers, leaves or greenery you no longer need? Drop them in the “Silk Flowers” collection basket in the mission closet in the lower level atrium, along with containers and vases you are no longer using. Items will be repurposed for arrangements at church. Thanks, Derry!

    • Scholarship Given in Memory of Pat Wiley

      Derry member Pat Wiley passed away in May, yet her legacy of supporting education in Pakistan will continue. The women of Derry Church who worked alongside Pat to raise funds for building a school for boys in Sargodha, Pakistan, have chosen to provide a scholarship in Pat’s memory for a student in that distant land. Of the $450 that was given, $365 will cover the cost of a year’s education for a day student. The remaining $85 will be used where most needed to support the work of Friends of PEB. In 2016, 599 full scholarships were received to support 305 boarding students, 267 day students, and 27 higher education students of Presbyterian Education Board schools. For more information, contact

    • October 2017 Session Report
      • Congregational meeting on October 8 electing Ruling Elders and Deacons for the class of 2020 and members of the 2018 Nominating Committee.
      • Received monthly financial statements from the Treasurer, which showed a year-to-date deficit of $10,374 through September 30, and reports from Derry’s staff, Board of Deacons and all committees.  Approved minutes of the September 20, 2017 Session meeting and the October 8, 2017 Called Congregational meeting.
      • Received a report from Jan Nixon of the Heritage Committee.
      • Approved the removal of Nicholas Smith and Lauren Smith from Derry’s active membership role due to their relocation.
      • Approved the celebration of Communion at the 10:00 am worship service on Sunday, December 24, 2017.
      • Approved the following recommendations from the Personnel Committee:
      • Create a Staffing Model Task Force to review and consider future staffing needs, models, and support at Derry Pres.  The Task Force will be comprised of members from church committees, 2 at-large members, Steven Guenther (Treasurer), and Dr. McKinney-Whitaker
      • Create a Sabbatical Policy which grants a compensated sabbatical of 6 weeks after 4 years of service or 3 months after 7 years of full-time service to eligible staff, which includes full-time Installed Pastors; full-time Parish Associate or supply pastors; full time Director of Worship/Music; and full-time Christian Education Director, Family Ministries Director, and/or Children & Youth Director.
      • Update the Employee Handbook to create a Medical/Parental Leave policy for all non-pastoral staff who have completed one year of continuous service.
      • Approved a Charitable Purpose Lease Agreement between Derry and Love INC for the mission house.
      •  Approved revisions for the accountability of the Mission House Sub-committee.
      • Approved moving the start of the November 15, 2017 session meeting from 7:00 pm to 6:30 pm for the examination of new Ruling Elders.
      • Approved the use of the church van by the Monday night JIF women’s group for a trip to the Pearl S. Buck home on Saturday, October 28.
      • Approved a November 5 called congregational meeting to elect one additional Ruling Elder nominee, one additional member of the 2018 Nominating Committee, and to approve the details of the Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program commitment of $600,000 for the upgrading of Derry’s HVAC system.
      • Approved church use requests:
      • Cub Scout Pack 200 on January 26-27, 2018 for their Pinewood Derby and February 10-11, 2018 for the Spaghetti Fundraiser dinner
      • Milton Hershey Visual & Performing Arts for their Senior High concerts (Founder’s Hall Auditorium is being renovated) on December 15.
    • Mission Concert Report

      Over $2,000 raised at Sunday's mission concert featuring The Lancaster Brass Quintet, making our grand total for hurricane relief more than $15,000! Here Derry choirs and handbells join in the grand finale. Funds benefited Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. Thanks to all who sang, played, enjoyed the concert and contributed to help others in desperate need.

    • Sing with the Chapel Choir on Sunday

      Planning on attending 8 am worship this Sunday, October 29? Arrive in time for the 7:15 am rehearsal, then join the Chapel Choir to sing “All Praise to God, Who Reigns Above” for the offertory. Music reading experience is helpful. Questions? Contact Sean McCarthy (717-533-9667).

    • Sign Up for Supper Clubs on Nov 4 and Jan 7

      Sign up before noon on Sunday, October 29 for Supper Clubs & Conversation happening on Saturday, November 4 and Sunday, January 7. You’ll join church friends new and old over supper at a member’s home with a group of seven or eight. Sign up to host (provide the table setting and entree) or to be a participant bringing a side dish or dessert. Questions? Contact Kris Englund-Krieger.

    • FOUR Seats Left: NYC Bus Trip on Nov 18

      Grab your seat for the annual NYC bus trip that departs Derry Church at 7 am Saturday, November 18 for a day in the city. We have FOUR seats available, so be sure to sign up this Sunday, October 29 in the Narthex. Table will be staffed from 9 am - 9:45 am and for 30 minutes after the 10:30 am service. If you are unable to make your reservation that day, please contact Julie Miller at 717-370-1003.





    • Derry Seniors’ Christmas Luncheon: Dec 3

      12 pm Sunday, December 3 in Fellowship Hall. All 55+ are invited. The menu features hot pineapple casserole, mixed vegetables, congealed salad, rolls, ham balls, cupcakes for dessert and choice of beverages. At 1:15 pm, musical entertainment in the Sanctuary will be presented by a 40-piece wind ensemble from Lower Dauphin High School. Free. Hosted by the Deacons and served by Pilgrim Fellowship children. RSVP to the church office by November 26: 533-9667.

    • Coming Soon: Cookie Walk and Jumbles Shop

      9 am-12 pm Saturday, December 2 in Fellowship Hall. It’s time to start thinking about that special cookie recipe for the Cookie Walk! Shepherd leaders will contact members of their group next month with details. The Jumbles Shop will be held on a limited basis due to space restrictions. Acceptable items include nice Christmas decorations, jewelry, unused small items suitable for gifts, and collectibles. Items will be collected only the week before the Cookie Walk (Nov 27-Dec 1). Proceeds go towards Presbyterian Women's goal for church-wide mission funding. Contact Doris Feil to help with sales or cleanup.

    • Pilgrim Fellowship This Weekend

      6 pm Friday, October 27 Outdoor Movie: “Hotel Transylvania” on the front lawn with popcorn, cider & hot chocolate. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Pilgrims, bring your families, bring a friend and wear a Halloween costume.

      12-2 pm Sunday, October 29, bring your lunch to room 7, then make tiny pies with the apples gleaned last weekend.

      Children in grades 3-5 welcome. RSVP TODAY: