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- 19th Annual Chili Cook-off
6:30-9:30 pm Friday, February 23 in Fellowship Hall. There’s no charge to attend, just bring a dish to pass: your favorite salad, dessert or chili recipe. Informal judging will determine winners in the chili and dessert categories. Cornbread provided. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes...following the meal, join the fun by participating in a variety of line and square dances led by caller Dan Prosser. Invite your friends and neighbors! Hosted by the Membership & Involvement Committee.
- Annual Meeting on February 4
The annual meeting of the congregation will be held following 10:30 am worship on Sunday, February 4. You’ll have an opportunity to review the 2017 financial statement and 2018 budget. Stay afterwards for a soup, salad and sandwich lunch in Fellowship Hall ($7): first come, first served.The annual report will be ready for pickup the week before, on Sunday, January 28.
- Personal Care Items Needed
Love INC’s Personal Care Closet Ministry is in urgent need of the following items:
Liquid Laundry Detergent
Regular Size Bar Soap
Men’s & Women’s Deodorant
If you, your family, your Sunday School Class or Small Group would like to donate any of the above items, please collect them and place in your church’s Love INC Collection Box or bring them to the Love INC office across the street from Derry Church. Thank you!
- Want to be in a Show?
Auditions for Music & Arts at Derry’s spring musical production, Moses and the Freedom Fanatics, will be held 5:30 pm Tuesday, January 16 in the choir loft. All talented children in grades 3 – 6 are encouraged to try out. Since all Presbyterian children are talented, this includes everyone! Pick up a script from the choir room, choose a role, and be prepared to read and/or sing. Dance experience is a big plus!
This fully staged, costumed production will be presented in worship at 10:30 am Sunday, June 3. Mandatory dress rehearsal will be held 9 am - 12 pm Saturday, June 2.
This wonderful musical by Hal Hopson is a re-telling of the biblical story of the Exodus. In addition to the Celebration Choir, the show will also feature our Carol Choir in two different roles: plagues of frogs, and then insects! Members of our Chrysalis Youth Choir and Jubilation Ringers will perform in the percussion orchestra that accompanies the show. The congregation and all participants will not soon forget this dramatic story of God’s faithfulness in leading the children of Israel out of bondage.
For additional information, please call Sean McCarthy at 533-9667, ext. 112.
- January 2018 Financial Snapshot
Cash Flow - Operating Fund as of 12/31/17
Actual Budgeted Income YTD $1,309,362 $1,283,499 Expenses YTD $1,190,854 $1,304,236 Surplus (Deficit) YTD $ 118,508 ( $20,737)
I would like to thank everyone for their contributions and the committees for their stewardship of our resources over the past year. We ended the year with a surplus of $118,508 as contributions were about $26,000 over budget and expenses were $113,000 under budget. We started the year with a unrestricted, undesignated net assets defecit of $116,000, so with the surplus this year the defecit has been erased.
Committees are committed to maintaining a balanced budget in 2018 and we are pretty confident that even with some increases next year, the budget will be close to balanced. One item to note: contributions for the year (both budgeted and actual) include $53,000 from the Anderson Trust, which has been designated first for payments on the HVAC mortgage in the coming years. Look for more detail of the church's financial position in the annual report. Please let me know if you have any questions about the church's finances. Steven Guenther, Treasurer
- Thank you, Derry!
- Derry’s Christmas card offering raised $646 for our mission outreach dinners in support of Downtown Daily Bread, the Racetrack ministry, and Delta Housing.
- The Giving Tree provided dozens of gifts to the Derry Township Social Ministry, and 40 $25 gift cards to workers at Penn National Racetrack. In addition, $5,076 was received for the Christmas Joy Offering which benefits retired clergy and church workers, and PCUSA supported racial/ethnic colleges.
- The special Christmas Eve Offering was $5126 which was divided equally between the Friends of PEB/Sargodha School in Pakistan and Allison Hill Community Ministry in Harrisburg.
Thank you for your generous contributions this past Christmas season!
- Young Adult Volunteers Needed for Autism Support Group
The Division of Autism Services at Penn State College of Medicine seeks eight volunteers between the ages of 18 and 35 to assist with an ongoing social group which aims to improve social skills in young adults with Asperger’s Syndrome and high-functioning autism. Volunteers will serve as a peer by socially interacting with these young adults in a variety of activities on Monday evenings from 6:30-8:00 pm now through April 30. Group sessions will take place at Penn State Hershey’s Psychiatry Clinic on Northeast Drive in Hershey. Contact Jesse Northridge (717-531-0003 x285974).
- Can You Spare a Shoebox?
Ten shoeboxes are needed for the Pilgrim Fellowship lock-in on February 9-10. Please drop off any size shoebox in Debbie Hough's office by February 6. Thanks, Derry!
- Good Cooks and Drivers Needed
The Family Promise shelter will be returning to Hershey's Seventh Day Adventist Church during the week of February 4. Volunteers are needed to transport the families, and to provide evening meals. Derry’s mission focus for February happens to be homelessness. Here is a wonderful opportunity to provide some hands-on support to homeless families.
- A Warm Welcome to New Church Officers
On Sunday, January 14, 13 new church officers were installed: Skip Becker, Kristine Elliott, Larry Espenshade, Bob Ganse, Dennis Hosler, Shel Parker, Jill Provins and Susan Stagg to the office of Elder, and Patty Gingrich, Mike Reed, Eleanor Schneider, Mark Verner and Pam van Wyk to the office of Deacon. See photos on Facebook.
A big thank-you to departing church officers, Elders Jack Henderson, Lori Klucker, Greg Poland, Craig Smith, M.E. Steelman and Ron Vance, and Deacons Loretta Blaydon, Kelly Mehaffie, Judy McMillen, Lily Shade and Sally Stultz. Sincere thanks for your time, hard work, and commitment to the church.
Wondering who are currently serving Derry Church as Elders and Deacons? This bulletin board outside the Sanctuary and near the nursery suite helps you to match faces to names.
- New! Video Profiles of Derry Members
Throughout the coming year, we’ll be producing short videos that give you a chance to meet Derry members and learn more about their skills and talents. It’s one way for us to get to know each other. First up is Ben Folts, confirmed at Derry Church in 2011. He’s the son of Tom and Debbi Kees-Folts. Thanks to the Folts family and Grace Gavazzi for participating. If you know someone who would be a good candidate for a video profile, send their name and contact information to Sue George.
- Terrific Tuesday Kitchen Subs Needed
Do you have some free time from 4-7 pm on Tuesdays? Helpers are needed on occasion to support the Terrific Tuesday kitchen crew when someone on the regular team is not available. Tasks will be assigned on arrival, anything from assisting with food preparation and serving to setup and cleanup. No experience necessary. This program runs September through March. Contact Loretta Chubb to be added to the sub list. Thanks, Derry!
- Safety Presentation by Derry Twp Police
Following 10:30 am worship on Sunday, January 21, Police Sargeant Anthony Clements of the Derry Twp Police Department will give a presentation in the Sanctuary on how to prepare for, and respond to, an active shooter situation. Bring your questions. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.
- More Star Gifts Ready!
Star gifts -- star-shaped pieces of brightly colored paper with a word printed on it -- were distributed in worship on Epiphany Sunday, January 7. If you did not receive a star gift, more are available in a basket at the Information Center in the Narthex. Let us know on social media what word you received by posting and tagging #derrystargifts.
- Fantasy Football Winners
This year Derry hosted its first ever Fantasy Football league with 14 teams. This year’s winner was Pastor Stephen. Kate Valenziano finished second in her first ever fantasy football team. Jim Pease finished third this year. Thank you to everyone who played. We’ll have a league next season for anyone who would like to take part in the 2018 fantasy football season.
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.