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- 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.
- Greeters Needed on Christmas Eve
- 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!
- Saturday Seminar is Jan 27
9 am - 12 pm Saturday, January 28 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).
- December 2017 Financial Snapshot
Cash Flow - Operating Fund as of 11/30/17
ACTUAL BUDGETED 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!
- 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.
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.