June 21, 2018

​Debbie Hough

Director of Christian Education

Derry is one of the few churches I know that does not take a summer break during the church school hour. In fact, this time gives us the opportunity to do more creative things than is possible during the regular school year. The Christian Education Committee hopes you will join us all summer long. Choose or alternate between these two options:

Christmas Around the World is an extension of our 2017-18 theme, A World of Adventures. Each Sunday we hear the Christmas story in a new way, then travel somewhere around the world and explore how others celebrate Christmas. We listen to stories, taste different foods, and create. And it’s a chance to meet some of Derry’s family who grew up in places more exotic than Hershey. This program meets each week in Room 7. All ages welcome! Except for June 24 when we’re filling school backpacks, here’s where we’ll be traveling:

July 1   Christmas in France with Debbie Hough
July 8    Christmas in Germany with Liz Gawron
July 15  Christmas in the Netherlands with Peter Daems
July 22   Christmas in Canada with the Sweezey family
July 29     Christmas in Korea with Susan Mihalic, Frazier, Sylvia and LillieMae Sweigert
Aug 5  Christmas in Ireland with M.E. Steelman
Aug 12  Christmas in Indonesia with Lily Shade
Aug 19     Christmas in Britain with Jess Delo
Aug 26  Christmas in Poland with the Patton family


Saving Jesus Redux is for those who would like to slow the pace and dig a bit deeper into their faith.  In this video series from Living the Questions you’ll watch 25-minute presentations by world-famous scholar(s) incuding Diana Butler Bass, Walter Brueggemann, Hans Kung and Amy-Jill Levine, then take part in discussion facilitated by a Derry member. Videos and discussion center on the question, “How can Jesus be relevant for the 21st century?” Come listen, learn and share! This program meets each week in Room 9:

June 24 What Can We Know About Jesus (and How)?
July 1 The World into which Jesus Was Born
July 8 Jesus’ Birth: Incarnation
July 15  Teachings of Jesus: Wisdom Tradition
July 22  Jesus’ Program: The Kingdom of God
July 29  Jesus’ Ministry of Compassion
Aug 5 Who Killed Jesus?
Aug 12  The Atonement
Aug 19 The Resurrection of Christ
Aug 26 Why Jesus Is Worth Saving


The 2018-19 program year begins on September 9 with Rally Day and throughout the year we’ll create a number of “Kindness Quilts.”  While I will not be present for these exciting events, I’ve been involved in the planning process and have had a sneak preview of what’s coming and I know you will have a super year of growing in your faith!