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  • Family Promise Meals Needed!

    Family Promise of Harrisburg Capital Region will be returning to the Hershey Adventist Church on Chocolate Avenue during the week of March 25. Volunteers are needed to transport the families and provide evening meals. To take a meal, sign up at  (last name: Promise, password: Derry).  To volunteer to drive the van, sign up online. Questions? Contact Jane Robertson (717-439-0830). Thanks, Derry!

  • Shawl Ministry Celebrates 13th Anniversary

    On Monday night Derry’s Shawl Ministry celebrated its 13th  year of service and blessed its 1,450th shawl. Through the years participants have also made and blessed 194 dorm blankets for our high school graduates as well as dozens of baptism blankets for babies and adults. Thanks to all who have knitted and crocheted through the years to create so many beautiful and comforting items, and to those who have supported the ministry behind the scenes with donations of yarn, money and supplies. And thanks to Derry’s fantastic Deacons who deliver the completed shawls. Pictured here are some of the more than 30 members who participate in the ministry. Seated: Joan Theal, Pam Whitenack, Lorraine Russell, Sue George. Standing: Karen Carns, Chris Gawron, Robbie Hoffman, Chris Bevins and Heather Kegerise.

  • 13th Annual Pierogi Dinner: March 24

    4-7 pm Saturday, March 24 at Christ Presbyterian Church, Lebanon. Pierogies served in butter and onions with sauerkraut, peas, applesauce, rolls, drink and dessert. Take-out available. Adults $8.50, children (5-12) $5.00, free for children under 5. Orders of two dozen or more must be pre-ordered by March 19: 717-507-0735.

  • Coin Return on Sunday, March 18

    Remember to bring your Change 4 Children coins with you to church on March 18 to be collected at the end of morning worship. Change 4 Children goes to Alliance for Children Everywhere which believes education is an integral part of the commitment to support healthy and sustainable families and communities. Cecilia Mvula just fulfilled her dream of working in a medical clinic with the economic support for high school and college provided by ACE. She even volunteered at the House of Moses during school breaks.

    Do you have foreign coins that you no longer need? Please bag them separately and they’ll be donated to UNICEF’s Change For Good by Derry member and American Airlines pilot Brian Montgomery.

    When you return coins, please make sure that your bag is free of paper clips, guitar picks, stray bits of metal, buttons, and anything that isn’t legal tender: these items clog the coin sorting machine. The next collection will be in June, so keep on gathering those coins.
  • G.O.D. Squad Spring Work Day RESCHEDULED: April 28

    The March 24 work day has been CANCELLED. Instead, join the Gardeners Of Derry (G.O.D. Squad) 8 am - 12 pm Saturday, April 28 to mulch the church grounds. Lunch provided. Bring rakes & shovels!  Contact Tom & Nancy Kitzmiller

  • Engage: Lent Leadership Team

    Thanks to this awesome team for leading afternoon worship for children and families on Sunday, March 11. An enthusiastic group participated in singing (and a little dancing)... art projects will soon be appearing in the display case on the ramp and in homes of our shut-in members. See more photos on facebook. Next up, Engage: Celtic on Saturday evening, May 12. Front row: Jennifer Owsley, Liz Gawron, Michelle Califf, Valerie Minnich. Back row: Steven Guenther, Kelly & Craig Barth, Pastor Stephen and Luke Gawron.

  • February 2018 Session Highlights
    • Received the Treasurer’s Report and Staff Reports.
    • Welcomed Rev. Anne Myers from the Presbytery’s Strengthening our Congregations Committee. The discussion centered on the connectional ministry of the Presbytery available to and among all churches.
    • Received the 2017 Financial Audit prepared by Boyer & Ritter, LLC.  There were no issues or recommendations.
    • Approved Baptismal Instruction and Baptism for:  Evelyn Grace McKenna and Jett Alexander Siegrist.
    • Received the annual Statistical Report.
    • Removed Katie McMillen Bailey from the active membership roll at her request.
    • Approved a revised Charitable Purpose Lease Agreement with Love INC.
    • Removed Derry Discovery Days as a subcommittee of Christian Education and established it as a new standing Session committee.
    • Approved revisions to the employee handbook regarding personal leaves of absence and approved the absence/leave policy for Derry Discovery Days.
    • Approved (retroactively) use of the church van for transportation to the Unite Youth event held on February 18 at Gretna Glen.
    • Approved the collection of an offering at the March 11 Engage-Lent service.
    • Approved a building use request from Francis Mohler to utilize fellowship hall for a two-week dance class in June for 12 to 25 students.
    • Approved participation in a mission project on Good Friday at Christ Lutheran Church in Harrisburg for the Pilgrim Fellowship group.
    • Held the annual meeting of the Board of Trustees for The Derry Presbyterian Church, Inc. during which time the following officers were elected: Greg Taylor, President; Jim Pease, Vice President. Kathy Yingst, Clerk of Session and Steven Guenther, Church Treasurer were affirmed ex officio as Secretary and Treasurer of the Corporation, respectively.
    • Received and welcomed the following new members at a Called meeting on February 25:  James and Karla Bennett, Ray Delo, Robbie Hoffman, Barbara Rickard, Patti Jo and David Hibshman, and Sheryl Ryan
  • Welcome Back, Jackie!

    Our director of Youth Ministries is back in the office following her maternity leave. You can reach her at or 717-533-9667 to say hi and welcome back, find out more about the youth program, or ask to see photos of son Frankie, the newest addition to the Lerch household.

  • Note of Thanks from Interfaith Shelter

    Dear Congregation of Derry Church,

    Thank you for inviting me to speak on February 25 and for your generous donation of $3,000. The church was aesthetically beautiful and you were very warm and welcoming. Your willingness to give to those who are less fortunate demonstrates great love and humility, which are qualities Catholic Charities seeks to uphold. 

    We thank you for thinking of the Interfaith Shelter in such a special way. Your kind generosity will bless our families. I would like to extend an invitation to come visit the shelter and see who we are and what we do. Your kindness and generosity is deeply appreciated. 
    Lisa Peck, Program Director
  • Baptisms on March 11

    Congratulations to Jeremy and Kathryn Siegrist and big brother Noah on the baptism of Jett Alexander, and to Stephanie and Mike McKenna on the baptism of Evelyn Grace. Evelyn's big brothers are Torrin and Callum. Welcome to the family!

  • NEW! Good Friday Worship

    7 pm Friday, March 30 in the Sanctuary

    Good Friday is one of the most important days in the Christian year. It is the day we mourn Christ’s death and lament our own sinfulness. It is also a day to celebrate Christ’s victory over death on the cross and to celebrate and remember God’s great love for us. On this night we will celebrate that even in the darkest nights, our hope lives on in the light of Christ: a light the darkness cannot overcome. We will lament and mourn the pain and anguish of the cross, but we will also celebrate why we call it “Good” Friday. The sanctuary will grow lighter and lighter as we hear the story of Christ’s Passion and what it means for us. At the end of the service, you will hold your own light as we celebrate the light of God’s love that the darkness cannot overcome.

  • What's Next in March for Pilgrim Fellowship?
    • 4 pm Sunday, March 11 in Fellowship Hall: bring your family to Engage: Lent worship experience
    • 12 pm Sunday, March 18 in room 7AB: bring your lunch & get ready to assemble/sort/pack supplies for the health ministry gift basket Pilgrim Fellowship will deliver on Good Friday afternoon, March 30. 
  • Loretta Chubb Marks 10th Year as Hospitality Coordinator

    March 2 is her official anniversary, but the celebration happened at Terrific Tuesday dinner on March 6. There were cards and cupcakes, but the real fun happened in this video. The apron Loretta is wearing in the photo above has been signed by grateful Derry members. There's plenty of room for more signatures:  look for the table in the Narthex.

    Note of thanks from Loretta: 

    I just wanted to write a short note to thank everyone for their cards, kind words and special presentations.  Pastor Stephen even sang me a song…………!!!  It’s actually hard to believe that’s those 10 years have gone by so quickly.  I’ve had a lot of help over the years that is truly appreciated.  With the help, aid and assistance from so many people it helps make things operate smoothly.

    Thank you all once again for the recognition.

  • Notes from Presbyterian Women
    • The next deadline for Boxtops 4 Education is March 18. Expiration dates must be 3/31/18 or later. Drop them in the PW mailbox.
    • The Spring Gathering of PW in Presbytery of Carlisle will be Apr. 7 at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Lebanon. Registration begins at 9:15 am.
  • Your Creative Ideas Needed to Serve Up Sunday Snacks

    Gathering in Fellowship Hall for light snacks after Sunday worship is a Derry tradition. You can help keep it going: the Deacons are looking for your ideas on how to fill the weeks when there are no assigned groups or volunteers -- which adds up to about half the year. You'll see many open dates on the schedule posted on the bulletin board by the information center in the narthex. How would you solve this challenge? Contact Patty Gingrich with your creative ideas by March 13. Thanks, Derry!