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- Fifth Annual Lace Up with Love INC Sneaker Drive
June 3 through August 7, you’re invited to purchase a new pair of sneakers (name brands preferred) for a child in need (grades K-12) in the Lower Dauphin and Derry Township school districts. Sneakers will be distributed by Love INC of Greater Hershey in mid-August so students will have a new pair in time for the start of the school year. Athletic sneakers for boys and girls, children’s size 12 through women’s size 11/Men’s size 15 are needed, as well as NEW socks (low cut and mid-calf,). Monetary donations are also welcome and appreciated, and can be made online or brought to the Love INC office across the street from Derry Church. Drop off sneakers in the designated basket in the atrium mission closet. More info by calling Love INC: 717-835-0101.
- Congratulations, Confirmands!
Derry’s 2017-18 confirmation class was received on Pentecost Sunday, May 20 at the 10:30 am worship service. L-R, row 1: Jacob Taylor, Anika Hosenfeld, Emma Taylor, Gavin Yutesler, Austin Pease, Matthew Giampetro. Row 2: Justin Yutesler, Hattie Gavazzi, Allison Cooper, Amelia Stagg, Megan Mehaffie, Micah Clary, Jonah Clary. See more photos on Facebook.
- Congratulations 2018 Graduates!
Congratulations to our 2018 high school graduates! (L-R) Keely Schrum, Gillian Miller and Tony O'Shea. These students were recognized in worship on Sunday, May 20 and received handmade dorm blankets blessed by Derry's Shawl Ministry.
- Orange Day is Friday, May 25
In India, when a person hears sounds of domestic violence, they are asked to ring their neighbor's doorbell. This interrupts the action, gives a chance for calming down, makes a rescue possible, and encourages perpetrator to rethink his actions. Wear orange or an orange ribbon tomorrow to show support for these and others who are working to end exploitation of women and children.
- HVAC Update #6
The Chapel is the only part of the church that is without air conditioning at this point in the HVAC project. All the major construction has moved to the chapel and youth room end of the building. The boiler that supplies heat for the church was shut down on May 19 to allow for installation of two high-efficiency gas boilers with water flow pumps and a computer monitored control system. This shutdown will last approximately two weeks. The last two fan coil units in the Chapel will be installed along with heating and air conditioning controls. One new item being added is a large ducted dehumidifier and fresh air supply for the youth room and quilter room area. We still have another month or two for 100% completion and testing/balancing of control systems. Thanks to the committee for their diligence, and everyone for their patience.
- Moses and the Freedom Fanatics on June 3
A fully staged, costumed production of Moses and the Freedom Fanatics will be presented at the 10:30 am worship service on Sunday, June 3 in the Sanctuary. This musical takes us back to the Old Testament as the children in Derry’s Music & Arts program bring the story of the Exodus to life. The musical is directed by Dr. Sean McCarthy. Derry’s annual church picnic follows the musical. The 8 am worship service will be held as usual in the Chapel.
- Art in the Grove Starts June 12!
A new summer arts program will be held weekly on Tuesday evenings from 5:30-8:30 pm June 12 through August 21 in Fellowship Hall. Our Christian Education Committee invites all ages to experience the arts in ways that allow for creative fellowship and spiritual growth. Art experiences will range from artist presentations to collaborative art projects to artistic sharing sessions. Bring a picnic dinner, then enjoy time to learn more about the theme of the month and participate in creative studio activities. Read more next week in the June "Connect" newsletter.
- Sign Up for Supper Clubs on June 24
One more fellowship opportunity happens on June 24, and you’re invited! Join church friends new and old over supper in one another’s homes with a group of seven or eight. Families with young children are encouraged to sign up for a special family club that will most likely meet at the church. We are looking for host homes (provide the table setting and entree) and participants who will bring side dishes and dessert. Sign up online or call the church office (717-533-9667). Questions? Contact Amy Backenstose. We hope you will join the fun.
- Supplies for School Kits Needed by June 17
- Talented Derry Artists Create Paintings in Worship
Two paintings were created by Derry Church artists at the Engage: Celtic worship experience on May 12. Jill Peckelun painted the congregation (left) while Liz Gawron (right) interpreted what she saw and heard in worship by painting a door that opens to show an image of peace. Take a closer look at both pieces in the Narthex.
- May 2018 Financial Snapshot
Cash Flow - Operating Fund as of 4/30/18
Actual Budgeted Income YTD 515,232 414,472 Expenses YTD 469,079 421,695 Surplus (Deficit) YTD 46,153 (7,233)
Contributions to the general fund are $93,000 over budged and $94,000 over 2017. Committee expenses are in line with expectations. Questions? Contact Steven Guenther
- Summer Church School Begins June 10
This summer Derry's Christian Education Committee offers two classes that will be held 9-10 am on Sunday mornings from June 10 through August 26:
- Christmas Around the World in room 7, an opportunity for all ages to learn how Christmas is celebrated in countries across the globe.
- Saving Jesus Redux in room 9 is a video series and discussion for youth and adults.
- Bus Trip to Indiantown Gap National Cemetery
On Tuesday, June 19, join Derry Church members and friends on a bus trip to Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. The bus leaves Derry Church at 1 pm and returns by 5 pm. In between, you'll have a two-hour guided tour of the cemetery and some time on your own to walk the grounds. $20 per person: pay when you arrive at church. RSVP to Chuck Theal.
- RESCHEDULED for June 2: Road Trip for a Cleanup Crew
Depart 7:30 am Saturday, June 2 from Derry Church, return on or before 6 pm. Join Derry members to clean up a yard overgrown with vegetation in Chester County. The home belongs to a friend of Skip Becker who is fighting a rare, aggressive disease that has depleted the family's savings.For the past six months, Lend A Hand alums Skip Becker, Pete Feil and Tom Kitzmiller have been coordinating work at the home which has included a new roof, windows and repainting. The final step is outdoor cleanup. Bring work gloves and tools that will help to uproot and manage overgrown bushes. Lunch provided. No RSVP.
- Wear Red on Sunday
Red is the liturgical color of the day for Pentecost, so plan to wear red in worship on Sunday, May 20.
Did You Know?
Food Bank Sunday on the second Sunday of every month is the designated day to drop off non-perishable foods for the Hershey Food Bank... but donations are accepted any time: find collection baskets/containers at our main entrances. Here's a list of the Hershey Food Bank's most-needed items.