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- Have Dinner at Isaacs TONIGHT!
The women's Monday night Bible study invites you to support the building of a school for boys in Sargodha, Pakistan: have dinner at the Hummelstown Isaac's between 5 pm and 9 pm ... when it's time to pay your bill, hand in this flyer and Isaac's will donate 25% of your food and beverage purchase to the Sargodha School fundraising effort. Bring your friends and family, have a delicious dinner, and help to improve education across the globe!
One more opportunity to participate in this fundraiser will be offered on March 30. Save the date!
- Men's Lenten Breakfasts Begin March 1
During Lent the monthly men’s breakfasts are happening every week, at 6:30 am Wednesdays in Fellowship Hall beginning March 1. Enjoy a delicious hot breakfast and fellowship around the table.
- New Softball Season Begins Soon
Derry's co-ed softball team is warming up for a new season. Minimum age for players is 16 years old. Games are played at Veteran's Park off Elmerton Avenue in Susquehanna Township, across from the State Police building. Games are double-headers and total playing time is approximately two hours. Watch Sunday bulletins and this e-newsletter for practices beginning in April and game schedules beginning in May. Questions? Want to play? Contact Matt Speck.
- Chili Cook-off Champs
Congratulations to Chris Bevins who took top honors for chili, and to Michael Anderson who won the dessert category in the 18th annual cook-off last Friday evening. Best costumes were awarded to Keri Keck and to the best-dressed kids: Kylie Mullen and John Potter. Thanks to the Membership & Involvement Committee for hosting the event.
- Bereavement Camp for Children: June 3-5
With over 30 years of experience providing end-of-life care and bereavement support to patients and their families, Hospice of Central Pennsylvania recognizes the unique needs that youngsters face while coping with the loss of a loved one. In response to those needs Hospice of Central Pennsylvania offers Camp Dragonfly, a “free of charge” weekend bereavement camp for children and teens (ages 6-15) who have experienced the death of a family member due to illness, accident, suicide or homicide. Camp Dragonfly is open to any child who is comfortable attending an overnight camp. The camp is staffed with hospice volunteers who have experience working with grieving children, and the goal is to give grieving children an opportunity to explore their thoughts and feelings and learn ways to cope. Call 717-732-1000 and ask for a Camp Dragonfly application or download an application.
- February 2017 Session Report
- Held the annual meeting of the Board of Trustees for The Derry Presbyterian Church, Inc. during which time the following officers were elected: George Porter, 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.
- Approved Baptismal Instruction and Baptism for: Tanner Robert Smith, son of Derry member Jaime Smith and husband Robert Smith; Amos Richard Krieger, son of Kyle and Dominique Krieger.
- Approved use of the church building for the following weddings: April 29, 2017, Luke Gawron and Elizabeth Gibson; June 24, 2017, Elizabeth Phillipy and Samuel Blaydon; July 29, 2017, Lauren Basti and Dan Talhelm.
- Received the monthly financial statements and reports from all committees.
- Received the 2016 Annual Statistical Report.
- Reaffirmed Session’s authorization to collect all four PCUSA special offerings (One Great Hour of Sharing, Pentecost, Peacemaking, and Christmas Joy).
- Approved the 2017 Session Committee Membership.
- Designated the Mission House Committee as a subcommittee of the Mission and Peace Committee.
- Approved granting to the Mission House Committee the sole responsibility of reviewing applications for extended use of the Mission House and determining who and how it shall be used subject to the review and approval of the Session.
- Reviewed and approved the Mission House sign design.
- Approved a request from the Heritage Committee that it be permitted to make a report to the Session in April and October of each year.
- Approved a building use request from Emily Brandt.
- Ryan Holp Memorial Blood Drive: Mar 11
12-4 pm Saturday, March 11 at the Hershey Volunteer Fire Company, 21 W. Caracas Ave. first floor meeting/training room. Come out and show your support of a cause important to Ryan (son of Derry members Ruth & Dick Holp) who passed away earlier this year. A form of ID is required from all who wish to donate. Read more on facebook.
- Troop 200 Heads to the Carnegie Science Center: Mar 24-26
Over the weekend of March 24-26, Troop 200 Boy Scouts will stay overnight at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, then spend one night at a Laurel Highlands Council Scout Camp. Activities will include the planetarium, I-Max, astronomy merit badge and other science projects. Boys new to Troop 200 are welcome to participate: contact scoutmaster Brian Holley (570-404-1206).
- Pilgrim Fellowship March Events
12-1:30 pm Sunday, March 12: Finish mission projects, plus fun activities & worship planning
12-3:30 pm Sunday, March 19: Lead worship at Lebanon Valley Brethren Home
Both events are for children in grades 3-5. Bring a lunch and gather in room 7AB.
- Cub Scout Thank-You's and Opportunities
Cub Scout Pack 200 would like to thank all the members of Derry Church who attended our spaghetti dinner on Scout Sunday, February 12. Because of your generous support and contributions, Pack 200 can purchase advancement awards, provide summer camp scholarships, and so many other items used to teach the boys about citizenship, duty to God and Country, and other Scout principles.
The Pack is always in need of new scouts and adult leaders. We will be losing many parents next year whose boys will bridge to Boy Scouts. If you have a special skill or extra time to assist in teaching these young boys enduring life lessons, we would love your help - whether it's simply one evening of sharing a special skill or interest that fits into a scout requirement, or a larger commitment. We are in need of Den Leaders and assistant Den Leaders for first, second, and third grade boys. If you can spare a few Monday nights each month, we would be happy to have you.
Pennsylvania clearances are required for registered adult leaders, for which the pack can assist you in procuring. Please contact Heather Paterno.
- Tour Turkey With Derry’s 2016 Theological Forum Speaker: May 20-31
Dr Meg Ramey of Messiah College and Dr. Mark Wilson will host “Paul’s Walk from Troas to Assos.” This trip includes major sites in western Turkey (Istanbul, Ephesus, Pergamum, and Troy) as well as an excursion to the Greek island of Lesbos. Participants on this pilgrimage will spend three days retracing Paul’s route from Alexandra Troas—walking beside the beautiful turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea, following the ancient sacred way leading to the Smintheum, Apollo’s Temple, and meandering over the pastoral hills and farmland of the Troad—until arriving at the ancient acropolis and harbor of Assos, one of the most beautiful spots in all of Anatolia. Whether you’re a lover of nature, history, or the apostle Paul or if you’re in need of time for reflecting on life and the spiritual rejuvenation that hiking and meditating can provide, you're invited to walk this sacred way. Professors and pastors enjoy a 50% discount. Sign up by March 31.
- Derry Seniors Present "Music in the Morning"
At 10 am Tuesday, March 21 in the Sanctuary, the Derry Seniors welcome student musicians from Lebanon Valley College. This year’s musical program will feature handbell solos and duets under the direction of Derry member Shelly Moorman-Stahlman, Professor of Music and College Organist at Lebanon Valley College. Free.
- A New Way to Pay for Terrific Tuesday Dinners
Introducing Terrific Tuesday punchcards! In response to those who don’t regularly carry cash or forget to bring a check to pay for their weekly dinners, it’s now possible to purchase 12 dinners for $36. When you and family members arrive for dinner, find your page in the binder at the check-in table and sign for the number of meals purchased that evening. Punch cards are non-refundable and do not expire.
- Big Tent Returns in July
You're invited to join Presbyterians from around the country at Big Tent 2017, held July 6 -8 on the beautiful campus of Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, The theme will emphasize the hope of the Gospel and its power to transform society in our current cultural context, marked by anxiety, racial division, political animosity, and economic inequality. Through dialogue, workshops, exhibits, and engagement with one another, participants will engage the Church in its mission of justice-making and peace. Registration opens in March.
- Reminder to the 2017 Nicaragua Mission Team
Applications and payment for the June 10-18 trip are due by Sunday, March 5. There are several spaces available for those who wish to join the group and help build two houses: contact Pete Feil.