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- Fall Baptism Classes Begin Sept 17
9-10 am Sundays, September 17 & 24 and October 1 in Room 13. Wondering why Christians believe in baptism... whether you can be baptized more than once... or if baptism can occur outside of Sunday worship? These questions and more will be addressed in this helpful three-week series. If you wish, prepare to have yourself or a family member baptized in worship on Sunday, October 8 or at a later date. RSVP to Debbie Hough (533-9667).
- Last Call for the Corn Roast
Have you signed up for the annual picnic at Alexander’s farm in Hummelstown? It’s 5:30 pm Wednesday, August 23. Don’t miss this great evening of fun, fellowship, corn on the cob roasted over hot coals, and lots of homemade salads and desserts. $2.50 per person. Sign up online or call the church office by Sunday, August 20 (533-9667).
- Special Thanks to Lori Klucker
For producing this week’s edition of the church eNewsletter. Thanks, Lori!
- Welcome Derry's Newest Members!
On Sunday Derry Church welcomed six new members in worship. L-R: Jeff and Jenn Hosenfeld, Donna Powell, Kelly Viozzi-Gjurich, Lindsay Powell and Brenna Goodman. Read more about these new members by picking up an insert available at church. Next new member class begins on Sunday, October 1. Photo credit: Julie Miller.
- August 2017 Financial Snapshot
Cash Flow - Operating Fund as of 7/31/17
Income YTD: $ 686,344.33
Expenses YTD: $ 648,395.65
Surplus/(Deficit) YTD: $ 37,948.68
Questions? Contact George Porter. Thank you for your continued support now and throughout the the year.
- Blessing Backpacks at Derry Church: Aug 27
Our first “Blessing of the Backpacks” will be held on Sunday, August 27 during the 10:30 am worship service for students of all ages. Remember to bring your backpack to church!
- Pediatric CPR & First Aid Certification Class: Aug 29
- Carlisle Presbytery Seeks Young Adult Advisory Candidates for the 223rd General Assembly
General Assembly will meet June 16-23, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. A Young Adult Advisory Delegate (YAAD) is a young adult church member who has exhibited leadership within his or her congregation and would benefit from taking part in and contributing to the deliberations of the General Assembly. A YAAD must be at least 17 years old on or before June 16, 2018, and must not be more than 23 years old on June 16, 2018. There are no exceptions to the age requirements. Also, a YAAD must be a communicant member of a congregation in Carlisle Presbytery, who has been endorsed by his or her session. Additionally, the YAAD must be able to attend an orientation session prior to General Assembly (June 15, 2018). Please click for an application. Deadline to apply is October 13, 2017. The General Assembly will pay the YAAD's expenses with the exception of those of a personal nature, which are the responsibility of the YAAD, or the YAAD's home church. Questions? Please contact Carlisle Presbytery.
- Buz is Back: Aug 27-Sept 24
From August 27 through September 24, Buz Myers will lead the adult Issues Class in a study of “The Legacy of the Protestant Reformation: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.” 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.
In recognition of the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, this series will evaluate some of the central tenets of the Reformation and their historical consequences. Important Protestant notions, such as the “the priesthood of all believers” and sola scriptura (“Scripture alone”) gave rise to a new appreciation for the individual and personal belief. But these same ideas also produced some unintended consequences like disunity within Protestantism and reinforced ancient biases like anti-Semitism. What can the Church of the 21st century glean from the successes and failures of the Protestant movement of the16th century? Come and learn more about our Protestant heritage.
August 27: “The Protestant Reformation: Its Context and Causes”
September 3: “Martin Luther: His Life and Distinctive Achievements”
September 10: “Sola Scriptura and the Central Tenets of the Protestant Reformation: Faith Alone, Grace Alone, and the Priesthood of All Believers”
September 17: “Sola Scriptura and Disunity within Protestantism”
September 24: Sola Scriptura and Anti-Semitism in Protestantism”
- Invite Our Neighbors: Aug 22
The Membership & Involvement Committee is walking door-to-door along East Derry Road and Trinidad Avenue to place doorhangers inviting our nearest neighbors to fall activities, programs and worship. Meet 1 pm Tuesday, August 22 in room 2 for instructions before leaving the church. It will take 60-90 minutes. RSVP to Marie Buffaloe.
- Terrific Tuesday Dinners Return Sept 19
Plan now to attend Derry’s weekly Tuesday evening meal, served 5-6:15 pm in Fellowship Hall beginning September 8. Salad, a hot entree, beverage and dessert is offered for $3 per person. Most choirs rehearse on Tuesday evenings, so the meal makes it easy for families to eat together while balancing schedules. But 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 come September. Would you be interested in helping the kitchen crew? Early and late shifts are available. Contact Loretta Chubb for more information (533-9667)
- Thank You, VBS Volunteers!
“Building Faith in God” Vacation Bible School for 2017 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 70 young children all week long. Special thanks to coordinators Nicola Burke and M.E. Steelman and to church staff Debbie Hough, Teresa Hutcheson and Loretta Chubb. Look on social media tomorrow for a group photo of Derry’s 2017 VBS volunteers. More photos available now on Facebook.
- Come for Dinner… Stay for the Pastor’s Installation
Dinner prepared by Loretta Chubb and the Terrific Tuesday kitchen crew will be served 5-6:15 pm Tuesday, September 12 in Fellowship Hall, ahead of the 6:30 pm service in the Sanctuary to install Rev. Dr. Stephen McKinney-Whitaker as pastor of Derry Presbyterian Church. Rev. Rebecca Weltmann will be preaching. She was the Pastor of Washington Presbyterian Church in Washington, Illinois, and a friend of Pastor Stephen's from his former Presbytery who is now living in NJ. On the menu: meatloaf (gluten-free available on request), green beans, salad bar, rolls & butter, iced tea and coffee for $3/person. Dessert will follow the service. RSVP by Friday, September 8 to Teresa Hutcheson or call the church office: 717-533-9667.
- Pilgrim Fellowship Back-to-School Pool Party
2 pm Sunday, August 27 for grades 3-5 at the home of Kathy & Steve Yingst. Enjoy an afternoon of fun and sun! RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, August 23. Next up: meet & greet & eat with Pastor Stephen on September 10!
- Musician Needed Aug 15
The Tuesday evening worship team is in need of a keyboardist or guitarist to accompany a few hymns on Tuesday, August 15 from 6:30-7:30 pm. Please contact Marie Buffaloe for more information and to sign up.
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.