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  • Safe Children Training: June 4

    The continued safety of our children and youth is a top priority of Derry Church. In compliance with legislative changes (Act 44, 45 and 153 of 2014), Derry Church now has a Safe Children Policy. These changes directly impact our valued volunteers, and we want to be sure you are aware of them.

    Most notably: Pennsylvania law now includes more stringent requirements for checking the background of those in contact with children under the age of 18. These provisions apply to all of our volunteers who work with children, even if they volunteer on a limited and/or infrequent basis.

    The next training session will be held 9-10 am Sunday, June 4 in Room 7 for all those who have not yet participated. Sign up online or contact Teresa Hutcheson (533-9667) to reserve your spot.  

    We ask that all volunteers who work with children read the Safe Children Policy and complete the Volunteer Application and Affidavit. Both are available in the “Quick Links” section of the church’s home page:  

    Kathy McGrath is serving as Derry Church’s Safe Children Compliance Officer. She is available to help individuals to obtain their certifications. To set up an appointment, email Kathy at or call Teresa Hutcheson (533-9667).

    Serving as a volunteer now requires you to give more than just your time helping our children. Now more than ever, we appreciate those who are willing to volunteer. Thank you for your interest and commitment.

  • Coming this Summer: Two Exciting Church School Options
    1. "Milk and Honey Cooking School”: 9-10 am Sundays, June 11- August 20 in Fellowship Hall. Learn the history of God’s people through Bible stories and cooking and eating. Each week we’ll try a different recipe. All ages are welcome! The Milk and Honey Cooking School provides us with a more in-depth look at the culture of the Middle East. Think of the meals you have read about in the Bible, both Old and New Testaments. Each event that happened to God’s people made an impact on their lives, and that included the food they ate. We will be trying some new tastes as we sample such foods as Abraham’s Goat Cheese Dip, Unleavened Bread, Esau’s Pottage, Challah Bread, Grecian Honey Cheesecake, and Roman Bread Pudding (to mention a few of the dishes being served). Come and enjoy the learning and the fun! To lead a session, please contact Debbie Hough. Sessions can be led by individuals, two or three friends, even entire families!
    2. Watching TV Religiously: 9-10 am Sundays, June 18-August 20 in Room 7C. Screens have become inescapable as we carry tiny TVs in our pockets and see big screens almost everywhere we go. How do we choose what to watch, for ourselves and our children? And how do we apply the lens of faith when we watch? Join us as we watch and discuss “Touched by An Angel” episodes from the show that aired on TV from 1994-2003. All ages welcome.
  • Learn About the Holy Spirit on Sunday

    9-10 am Sunday, May 21 in Room 7C, join Derry member Michael Zeigler as he unpacks the mystery and marvel that is the Holy Spirit. What is the Holy Spirit? What role did the Spirit play in Scripture? What is the Spirit’s ministry in the church and the world? Come and learn more about the Third Person of the Holy Trinity, and bring your questions.

  • Derry Church Has Called Rev. Dr. Stephen McKinney-Whitaker

    At a meeting following worship on Sunday, May 7, 2017, the congregation of Derry Presbyterian Church voted to call the Rev. Dr. Stephen McKinney-Whitaker as its next pastor and head of staff. Pastor Stephen comes to us from United Presbyterian Church, Peoria, Illinois, where he has served as Pastor Head of Staff since 2009. Along with his wife Courtney and two-and-a-half year old daughter Verity, they will be relocating to Central Pennsylvania in July. His first Sunday leading worship at Derry Church will be July 16. 

  • Hershey Heroes Day is Saturday!

    10 am - 2 pm on the square in downtown Hershey. Support the Hershey Heroes, Central Pennsylvania's special needs hockey team, and our everyday heroes from the military, police and fire departments. Bring the family and enjoy live music, free games and face painting, Blazing Swine BBQ and more! Be sure to stop by and say hello at the Derry Church table.

  • It's Back: Quarters for Education, A Mission Project You Can Work on All Summer Long!

    Two summers ago, dozens of Derry friends helped to raise money for the Sargodha boys' school in Pakistan by participating in this simple quarter-collecting fundraiser. On Sunday, May 21, you can sign up to get a tube of mini M&Ms. When the tube is empty, fill it with quarters that will provide funds to continue construction on the Sargodha boys' school. Your generosity will enable more children to receive a quality Christian education. Read more at your tube of Quarters for Education to the offering plate when it’s full or by September 10.

  • Pentecost Offering

    The Pentecost Offering is traditionally received on the day of Pentecost (June 4). It provides a direct way to meet the needs of children at risk, youth, and young adults. In addition, 40% of this offering can be kept by individual congregations for use in their own communities. Derry has designated the Community Checkup Center to receive a portion of the 2017 Pentecost Offering receipts. The remaining 60% will be used for leadership development opportunities for Presbyterian youth and young adults and support for children-at-risk programs at the national level. Since 1998, Presbyterians of all ages have raised more than $8 million for these ministries that benefit younger members of God’s family.

  • Thanks for Delicious Dinners!

    A BIG thank-you to all those who have helped with preparing and serving Terrific Tuesday dinners September through April: Nancy & Tom Kitzmiller, Cinny Parrish, Nancy Morgan, Wendy Cooper, Randy Weaver, Blondie Ferguson, Marion Weaver, coordinator Loretta Chubb, Glenda Speicher, Martha Walker, Russ Boeshore, Gary Chubb, Joy McLure, Ron & Barbara Holmes, and Ron Walker. Thanks also to those who help set up and clean up and have a hand in making Tuesdays at Derry Church the place for great food and fellowship.

  • Derry Church Has Called Its Next Pastor

    At a congregational meeting following worship on Sunday, May 7, Derry Church voted to call its next pastor and head of staff. The pastor’s current congregation will be hearing the news in a mailing they will receive on Friday, May 12, so until then no additional information will be posted on the church website or on social media. Watch for more details in a separate eblast coming to your inbox on May 12.

  • Questions For and Questions From the New Pastor

    As a way to get to know our new pastor, you’re invited to submit your questions and starting next week, the pastor will provide video responses that will be posted on social media and Derry’s YouTube channel. What would you like to know about the new pastor? You could ask about favorite flavors of ice cream, what sports the pastor plays, favorite sports teams, books or movies the pastor enjoys, favorite books of the Bible, what the pastor likes to do in free time, or other general interest questions that will help us all learn more about our new pastor.

    At the same time, the pastor has a few questions for us, so we'll be making some short videos featuring your answers to the following questions. Not only will your thoughts be helpful to the new pastor, they'll also be useful to visitors and others who want to know more about Derry Church:

    • What is a moment, program, or event at Derry Church that was particularly meaningful for you?

    • What do you love about Derry Church?

    • What is a hope you have for Derry Church?

    • What, if it went away, would make Derry Church a completely different place?

    • How does Derry Church impact the community?

    • In five words or less, what do you wish everyone in Hershey knew about Derry Church?

    To have your response to any of the above questions recorded on video, talk to Sue George on a Sunday morning or stop by the church office during the week (Monday-Thursday). 

  • Welcome Guest Preacher Rev. Rick Sweeney

    On Sunday, May 14, Derry Church welcomes the Rev. Rick Sweeney to our pulpit. A Pittsburgh native, Rev. Sweeney received his M. Div. and D. Min from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He is honorably retired after serving pastorates in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He recently finished an Interim Ministry call at the Hope U.P. Church in Dauphin where Allison Spooner served as a student pastor and now serves as pastor. Rick and his wife Prudy live in Silver Springs. They have seven children and 10 grandchildren.

  • Troop 200 Boy Scouts on the Go

    In recent weeks, Derry’s Troop 200 Boy Scouts participated in a spring camporee at nearby McNaughton Memorial Park in Hummelstown and traveled to the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh where they played basketball against a robot, among other fun activities. In late June, scouts head to Hidden Valley Scout Reservation for a week of camping and working on merit badges. At the end of July, two Troop 200 scouts and five leaders join 30,000 scouts from across the country for the National Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve. Contact scoutmaster Brian Holley for more information.


  • PW Boxtops & Hygiene Bag Items Needed This Month
    • May 28 is the deadline for the Boxtops4Education collection by Presbyterian Women.  All expiration dates must be 6/1/17 or later.  
    • Hygiene bags for the Domestic Violence Center in Harrisburg will be filled this month. Items in short supply are wide-toothed combs, deodorants, disposable razors, and pocket tissue packets.

    Donations can be dropped off in the Presbyterian Women basket on the atrium mission shelf area.


  • Sign Up for Mission Week Plus!

    On Sunday, look for tables in the Narthex with signup sheets for 27 Mission Week opportunities happening June 9-July 8. Serve a meal at Downtown Daily Bread, go to Joshua Group's summer learning program, play games at the Grantville Family Night, assemble welcome kits for Church World Service and much more. Opportunities abound for all ages. You can also sign up online.

  • April 2017 Financial Snapshot

    Cash Flow - Operating Fund as of 4/30/17
    Income YTD:  $391,068.44
    Expenses YTD: $415,717.96
    Budgeted Expenses YTD:  $419,605.08
    Surplus/(Deficit) YTD:  $(24,649.52)  

    Questions? Contact George Porter. Thank you for your continued support now and throughout the the year.