Melissa and her daughter Mia put the finishing touches on a blessing blanket to be delivered to a neighbor in December


February 15, 2018


Melissa Kaminski

Derry Member


WHY am I a member of the Mission and Peace Committee? That's a great question.

Why wouldn't anyone want to do what they can to help others?

Sounds like an easy question, but when I sat and thought long and hard about "WHY," it became clear to me that this was not such an easy question to answer.

The Bible urges us in many places to help our brothers and sisters who are less fortunate in all ways possible. Here are just a few:

     "What should we do then?"  The crowd asked.  John answered, "Anyone who has two shirts should share       with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.” Luke 3:10-11

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you have me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me. Matthew 25:35

Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act. Proverbs 3:27

Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2

I am so blessed to have been raised in a family that instilled in us a passion for helping our fellow man however and wherever possible.  That passion was reignited back in 2012 when my family moved to Hershey.  I became a member at Derry shortly afterwards.   After attending a few Sundays and events here and there, I knew that Derry would be a perfect fit for us.

There is such a spirit of warmness and caring at Derry that is like no other church I have ever attended. I wanted to make a difference somehow; I just wasn't sure where I'd best fit in.  I prayed for guidance.

Then, it happened.  One day, a new friend and fellow church member asked me to sit in on a Mission and Peace Committee meeting. We had spoken previously about how we would both like to get our children more involved in church mission work.  She asked me to attend a Mission and Peace Committee meeting.  I did and the rest is history!  I had finally found where I needed to be!

I love that Derry Church's mission work does not only involve giving money to different charities both local and worldwide, it also provides a vehicle to put your passion for helping others into action.  There are always exciting opportunities to spread the love of Jesus Christ to those that may be in need, whether you have a few hours or only minutes to spare. The best part is that our mission work is constantly changing and evolving!  Many new and exciting things are happening that will allow our congregation to be an even bigger and faster aide to many people in need around the corner or around the world.

What is your passion?

  • Are you a good cook? You can help struggling families by making a dinner for families being assisted by Family Promise.
  • Are you handy around the house? Lend a Hand or Habitat for Humanity could use your help with repairs for their clients.
  • Would you like to help to provide food to the homeless and hungry? Downtown Daily Bread (first Sunday of every even numbered month), Bethesda Mobile Mission on Saturday, March 24 (contact Craig Smith), and Gather the Spirit could use your help!
  • Perhaps, you would like to assist those who were devastated by hurricanes and natural disasters? Come help Derry members assemble first aid and cleanup kits when necessary.     

Whatever your passion may be, there is an opportunity for you to take your passion and put it into action!


Editor’s note: Not sure how to get started? Contact Julie Yutesler, chair of the Mission & Peace Committee, or jump in and participate in any upcoming activities that fit your schedule.