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- NYC Bus Trip is November 17
Save the date for Derry’s annual day trip to New York City sponsored by the Sanctuary Choir. Enjoy a day on your own to shop, sightsee or go to a show. More details coming soon.
- Terrific Tuesday Dinners Return Sept 11
Derry’s weekly Tuesday evening meal is served 5-6:15 pm in Fellowship Hall beginning September 11. Salad, a hot entree, beverage and dessert is offered for $3 per person. Since most choirs rehearse on Tuesday evenings, the meal makes it easy for families to eat together while balancing schedules. You don’t have to be in a choir to come to the meal: it’s open to all. Consider staying for evening worship that begins 6:45 pm in the Chapel. Would you be interested in helping the kitchen crew? Early and late shifts are available. Contact Loretta Chubb for more information (717-533-9667).
- Thank You, VBS Volunteers!
“God's Everyday Heroes" Vacation Bible School is winding down - just one more day remains on the schedule with a musical program in the Sanctuary at 12:45 pm Friday to conclude the festivities. A big shout-out to the dedicated team of volunteers who shared the love of Jesus Christ with more than 80 young children all week long. Special thanks to coordinators Nicola Burke and M.E. Steelman and to church staff Pastor Stephen, Teresa Hutcheson and Loretta Chubb. Look on social media tomorrow for a group photo of Derry’s 2018 VBS volunteers. More photos available now on Facebook.
- Buz is Back: Aug 26-Sept 23
From August 26 through September 23, Buz Myers will lead the adult Issues Class in a study of “How We Got the Bible: The Formation, Transmission, and Translation of the Christian Bible.” Join the class 9:15 -10 am in Room 7. Rev. Charles (Buz) Myers, Ph.D. is an ordained Presbyterian minister who teaches in the Religious Studies Department at Gettysburg College.
While some people assume that the Bible we use today merely fell out of heaven in its present form, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the Christian Bible stands at the end of a long process of selection, transmission, and translation. Why were some books excluded and others included in the canon of the Bible? How were these writings passed down through the centuries? And why are there so many different translations of the Bible into English? These and other questions will be addressed in this five-part series.
August 26: The Formation of the Hebrew Canon
September 2: The Formation of the New Testament
September 9: The Transmission of the Christian Bible
September 16: The Translation of the Bible into English
September 23: The Making of the New Revised Standard Version Bible
- Derry Seniors Learn About Hershey's Bygone Era on Sept 18
Join the Derry Seniors at 10 am Tuesday, September 18 as Hershey native Susan Mittan née Gumpher, volunteer and board member for the Hershey-Derry Twp. Historical Society, presents a general history of the area. Plenty of time will be allowed for comments and questions. Free. Lunch follows in Fellowship Hall ($3/person).
- Aesop's Fables at First United Methodist on Aug 18
9-11 am Saturday, August 18 at First United Methodist Church of Hershey, featuring the Popcorn Hat Players from Gamut Theatre Group. Enjoy the antics of Aesop's characters and learn the moral of each story. Breakfast begins 9 am in the social Hall, program begins at 10 am in the Sanctuary. Free. RSVP by August 15.
- Pancake Breakfast PostponedThe August 26 fundraiser breakfast supporting scholarship students in Sargodha, Pakistan has been postponed. We'll let you know when it has been rescheduled. Meanwhile you can support the Sargodha scholarship fund by picking up, filling and returning these small banks by September 9. Thanks, Derry!
- Support VBS Mission Projects
Our Vacation Bible School children have been sharing with local missions this week. You're invited to add to what they've collected by bringing items listed below when you come to worship on Sunday, August 12:
Canned/nonperishable foods for the Hershey Food Bank
Items for Love INC's Personal Care Closet
Children’s Books for the Community Check-up Center and Christ Lutheran Church, Harrisburg
- Feminine hygiene products
- Body Wash
- Laundry detergent – standard size or pods
- Toilet paper
- Band- aids
- Dish soap
- Household cleaner
- Shaving cream/disposable razors
- Deodorant - men’s and women’s
- Toothpaste - family size
School Kits for Refugees (Church World Service)
- Educational activity books for children in preschool through 2nd grade
- New or very gently used reading books
Items needed to make one school kit:
- One pair of blunt metal scissors (rounded tip)
- Three 70-count spiral notebooks or notebooks totaling 200-210 pages (no loose-leaf or filler paper)
- One 30-centimeter ruler (12”
- One hand-held pencil sharpener
- One large erasers
- Six new pencils with erasers
- One box of 24 crayons (only 24)
Donations for back to school clothes for children at Christ Lutheran Church, Harrisburg. Make checks payable to "DPC" notated VBS Mission
- Fleece Fabric Needed for Blanket-Making on Sept 2
All it takes to make one warm and cozy blanket is two pieces of fleece fabric cut in two-yard lengths. Drop off coordinating fabric in the church office, then join the fun 9-10 am on Sunday, September 2 as Derry friends gather around tables in room 7 to make knotted fleece blankets for those in need. Thanks, Derry!
- Celebrate Teresa's 20 Years of Service on August 12
Our church secretary, Teresa Hutcheson, joined the staff on August 13, 1998... on Sunday, August 12 we'll celebrate and recognize her 20 years of service at both worship services. You're invited to bring a card on Sunday, drop one in the mail, or stop by during the week to say thanks to Teresa for her many years of dedicated support and service to the staff and congregation.
- Books, Free to a Good Home
Stop by the table in the atrium library between August 12 and 19 to look over the selection of books that has been cleaned from the stacks of our church library. See any you like for yourself or a friend or family member? Help yourself! Any books that remain at the end of the week will be sent to the book sale at Princeton Theological Seminary this fall.
- Baptisms on July 29
Congratulations to Dave and Madeline Simmons on the baptisms of their sons Colin and Leo, who were baptized on Sunday, July 29. Welcome to the family!
- Puppet Ministry Does the Sneaker Dance
- Art in the Grove to Showcase Derry Artists & Craftsmen Aug 14
Art in the Grove on Tuesday, August 14 will feature a gallery of works made by Derry Church members and friends. You're invited to drop off paintings, photography, poetry, ceramics and other creations in room 5 from Sunday, August 12 through Tuesday afternoon, August 14. Even better (but not required) if you can come to Art in the Grove so participants can meet the artists, ask questions and learn. Works will be available to take home when the program ends at 8:30 pm.
- All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser on Aug 26
We've cooked up another way you can help Derry Church fund scholarships for students in Sargodha, Pakistan: an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast on Sunday, August 26! Stop in Fellowship Hall between 8:15-10:15 am for Charlie Koch's delicious hotcakes and sausage, bacon, juice and coffee. $5/person but you're welcome to drop a little extra at the payment table so more students can receive a good education in a school overseen by the Presbyterian Education Board.
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.