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- Carlisle Presbytery Returns to Honduras
Carlisle Presbytery's mission team departed on Tuesday for a week of service in Honduras. They are building a home for a family who are members of Peña de Horeb Presbyterian Church. Their current wooden home is no longer stable, and the several adults and children who live there will be safer and drier in a new concrete block home. The Honduran church has already begun the building by designing the home, digging trenches for foundation walls, and bringing in materials. In their work, we see concrete evidence of Matthew's Easter message that the Lord goes ahead of us! The six members of the mission team represent Middle Spring, Shippensburg; First United and Big Spring, Newville; Paxton, Harrisburg; First, Carlisle; and our Executive Presbyter Mark Englund-Krieger representing all of us! Keep them all in your prayers in the week ahead.
- Celebrate with the Hinderliters on May 17
7:30 pm Wednesday, May 17 at Pine Street Presbyterian Church, Harrisburg, a worship service and reception in honor mission co-workers Eric and Becky Hinderliter, who served in Lithuania. Many of our churches have supported the Hinderliters in their service, and all are welcome to attend.
- Orange Day is April 25
April is also Child Abuse Prevention Month. According to Pennsylvania’s 2015 Annual Child Protective Service Report:
- 34 children died as a result of abuse
- There were 4,203 cases of child abuse substantiated in all 67 counties
- Physical injuries accounted for 31%, while 50% were sexual
- 61% of abuse cases were perpetrated on girls
Remember to report any suspected abuse, and wear orange next Tuesday to show support for programs designed to eliminate child abuse.
- New Pastor Information & Upcoming Events
All members will receive a mailing in late April giving biographical information on the candidate selected by the Pastor Nominating Committee to be our next pastor and head of staff. The candidate's statement of faith will be included.
Meet the Candidate Receptions on May 5 & 6:
- 5-7 pm Friday, May 5 for Session members, Deacons, church staff and their families at the Hershey Country Club
- 2-4 pm Saturday, May 6 for the congregation at the Hershey Country Club
Due to previously scheduled events, the church building is not available to host these receptions.
Congregational Meeting on May 7:
- The Session has called a congregational meeting for Sunday, May 7, 2017 immediately following the candidate's sermon and conclusion of the 10:30 am worship service, to consider and vote by ballot on the candidate's terms of call. There will be NO 8 am service on May 7 so that the congregation of Derry can hear the sermon and vote as one body in Christ. Overflow seating will be available in room 7C via live stream, then those participating in the vote can come up to the Sanctuary. Church school classes will be held as usual, 9-10 am. A reception follows the meeting in Fellowship Hall.
- Learn More About the Apostle Paul
7 pm Wednesdays, April 26 and May 24 in Room 7AB, led by Derry member Bob Hanna. James D. Tabor is a Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he has taught since 1989 and served as Chair from 2004-14. He is the author of Paul and Jesus (2012). Using this book and the authentic letters of Paul (I Thessalonians, Galatians, I and II Corinthians, Romans, Philippians, and Philemon) with Tabor's help, together we will establish the basic ideas and beliefs of Paul and do some comparing and contrasting the Nazarene movement led by James the Just, Peter and the Apostles. Contact Bob at email@example.com for more information.
- Welcome Back Guest Preacher Drew Stockstill
On Sunday, April 23, Derry Church welcomes back Drew Stockstill, Director of Health Ministries at Christ Lutheran Church in the heart of Harrisburg's vibrant Allison Hill neighborhood. An ordained PC(USA) pastor, Drew has served as associate pastor at Morningside Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Georgia, as Presbyterian campus minister at Emory University and Agnes Scott College, and as a freelance writer for the PC(USA). Drew is a graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary (MDiv) and Presbyterian College. Before seminary Drew served the Presbyterian Church of East Africa in Kenya with The Outreach Foundation. Drew grew up in Thomasville, Georgia and is married to Dr. Ellen Stockstill, Assistant Professor of English at Penn State Harrisburg. They have a daughter, Lydia Grace, and two Bernese Mountain Dogs.
- Congratulations, Confirmands!
Derry’s 2016-17 confirmation class was received at the Easter Vigil on Saturday night. L-R, row 1: Natalie Taylor, Amanda Ruch, Abby Han. Row 2: Ben Clary, Nick Giampetro, Chris Kyper. See more photos on Facebook.
- Derry's Softball Season Opens May 2
Play Ball! The first games for Derry’s co-ed softball team will be played 8-10 pm Tuesday, May 2 and Thursday, May 4 at Veteran’s Park, off Elmerton Avenue in Harrisburg. Men and women age 16 and older are welcome to play on Derry’s recreational softball team. Players, please sign up online. Questions? Contact Matt Speck.
- Recognizing Our Graduates
In preparation for Graduate Recognition Sunday on May 21, the church office needs information on all those graduating from high school and college by 12 pm Thursday, May 4. Please send the following details to Jackie Lerch: name(s) of the graduate(s) and their parent or parents; school graduating from, school attending in the fall and anticipated course of study or the graduate’s future plans if known. Submit pictures of high school seniors to Jackie by Sunday, May 7.
- Student Film Festival: April 22
2 pm Saturday, April 22 at the Hershey Public Library. Organized by Derry member Steve Ballard, the fifth annual Friends Student Film Festival will feature short films by local student filmmakers in high school and college. The audience votes for their favorite film. No charge to attend.
- Walk for a Healthy Community: May 20
Saturday, May 20 at Harrisburg Area Community College, held rain or shine. This year’s walk celebrates its 12th year in Harrisburg and benefits 48 health and human service organizations including many supported by Derry Church: Bethesda Mission, Boys & Girls Club of Harrisburg, Community Check-Up Center, Habitat for Humanity, Hope Within, and Ronald McDonald House. All registered walkers who raise or donate $30 will receive a Walk for a Healthy Community T-shirt while supplies last. For every $50 that you donate to participating organizations, you will receive one chance for raffle prizes valued at more than $1,000.
Onsite registration and check-in begins 7:45 am. The 5K walk starts at 9 am, and a 1-Mile Fun Walk starts at 9:15 am. After the walk, there will be food, entertainment and prizes and fun activities for children, as well as free health screenings and valuable health information.
- One Great Hour Update
A total of $13,539 has been received for the One Great Hour of Sharing offering. This special offering helps those affected by natural disasters by providing food to the hungry and empowering the poor and oppressed. While the offering was received on Easter Sunday, April 16, it’s not too late to make a gift. Return the fish coin banks, give online, use envelopes available in pew racks, or designate "OGHS" on the memo line of your check and return it to the offering plate. Derry's Mission & Peace Committee has set a goal of $15,000 for the 2017 offering.
- Save the Date: 2018 Women’s Retreat!
March 2-4 at nearby Camp Kenbrook for all women of Derry Church. Join us as we travel to Three Pines, meet Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec, and enter the world of Louise Penny mystery novels set in the Canadian province of Quebec.
Registration begins in January 2018. Questions? Contact Debbie Hough (533-9667).
- Big News from the PNC!
Have you heard the great news? After reviewing more than 170 pastor's resumes over the past year, our Pastor Nominating Committee has found the candidate they are recommending to be our next pastor. Read more in the "New Pastor Information & Upcoming Events" post on this page. A BIG thank you and shout-out to this great team for all their efforts and hard work during the past year! Seated: Julie Yutesler, Claudia Holtzman, Susan Kastelic, Cindy DeMuth. Standing: Jim Kroh, Jim Warnock, Tim Mosher, Chris Cooper, Gregg Robertson (chair), and Wally Patton. Not pictured: Lee Ann Taylor.
- Church Office Closed on Easter Monday, April 17
Church staff will be back in the office on Tuesday, April 18. Happy Easter!
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.