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- Register Now for the Big Tent Event: July 6-8
The theme of this year's Presbyterian Church (USA) conference is Race, Reconciliation, and the Reformation, to be held July 6-8 in St. Louis, Missouri. Through plenary events, Bible study, workshops, and worship, you will be challenged and renewed by the power of the gospel message to overcome our current realities of anxiety, division and inequality. The three-day event will provide a variety of opportunities to engage with issues facing the church and society today. Register today at pcusa.org/bigtent.
- Annual Church Picnic
Festivities will begin after the 10:30 am service on June 4. Help yourself to pulled pork and pulled turkey (add the BBQ sauce yourself), potato chips, cole slaw and potato salad, campfire beans, grilled hot dogs, cookies & cake, lemonade, iced tea & draft birch beer... and make your own s’mores! Donations gratefully received to offset costs.
Choose from indoor and outdoor seating. For the kids there’s face painting, clowns, rides and games on the front lawn plus dutch oven monkey bread! Ice cream purchases will help to send youth to summer conferences.
- Picnic Volunteers Needed!
Many hands are needed to ensure the annual picnic is a success. Volunteer for either the indoor crew or the outdoor crew. Both teams help with set-up, keeping food stocked, managing games/grilling/crowd control, and cleanup. For more information and to volunteer, contact Julie Miller.
- 9th Annual Commonwealth Interfaith Service- Prayers for Justice & Peace: May 8
6 pm Monday, May 8 at the Hadee Mosque, 245 Division Street, Harrisburg. Free parking is available in the lot next to the Mosque. This service is being held in observance of the National Day of Prayer, which is always the first week of May. It will be a celebration of the religious diversity of our state and our nation, as well as the diversity of ways to pray. Join your sisters and brothers in faith in a celebration of our diverse faith and prayer traditions in central Pennsylvania and to pray for justice and peace.
- Birthday Offering
The Birthday Offering is collected in the spring of each year to celebrate the blessings in the lives of Presbyterian Women. At Derry this offering is being collected April 30-May 21. Since 1922, the offering has funded nearly 100 major mission projects that continue to make a difference in the lives of women and children. This year three projects have been selected as grant recipients:
- The Family Justice Center Safe Haven for Victims of Domestic Violence will assist in constructing a new shelter for victims in Georgetown and Horry Counties, S.C.
- The Navajo Water Project will provide running water system for 40 families on the Smith Lake Navajo Reservation in New Mexico.
- First Hand Aid Rural Clinic Development will provide and care at six clinics housed in Presbyterian churches in rural Cuba.
Offering envelopes are available in pew racks. Make checks payable to "Derry Church" notated "PW birthday offering."
- April 2017 Session Report
- Approved receiving the following members of the 2017 Confirmation Class into the active membership of Derry Presbyterian Church upon Rite of Confirmation and Profession of Faith during the Pascal Vigil on April 15, 2017: Benjamin Clary, Nicholas Giampetro, Abigail Han, Christopher Kyper, Amanda Ruch and Natalie Taylor.
- Received a report from Gregg Robertson informing the Session that Derry’s PNC has found a candidate to fill the role of Derry’s next Pastor and Head of Staff. Based on that report, the following actions occurred:
- Called a Congregational Meeting for Sunday, May 7, 2017 immediately following the candidate’s sermon and the conclusion of the 10:30 am worship service to consider and vote upon the candidate’s Terms of Call
- Approved having one service on Sunday, May 7, 2017 to be held at 10:30 am so that Derry’s congregation can hear the candidate and vote as one body in Christ.
- Received the monthly financial statements and reports from the Board of Deacons and all committees.
- Received a report from Jan Nixon of the Heritage Committee.
- Approved renewal of the Covenant of Agreement with Rev. Dr. Marie L. Buffaloe.
- Approved the designation of Derry’s portion of the Pentecost offering to The Community Checkup Center.
- Approved Derry Discovery Days request to use the church grounds for its annual Fall Festival on November 4, 2017.
- Approved the appointment of Karen Haas and Pamela van Wyk as Derry Discovery Days board members.
- Approved a building use request from the Susquehanna Chorale for May 7 and 11, 2018.
- Received with regret the resignation of Ruth Uffelman from the position of Derry Church Receptionist effective June 1, 2017.
- Spring Offering Updates
Below, the Michael Reed family is presented with the first annual "Mission Madness" award during worship on April 23. More than 100 participants raised $1,500 to benefit Derry's Mission House. But that's not all: One Great Hour of Sharing receipts now total $14,486 toward a goal of $15,000 .... and on Easter Sunday, the mission fundraiser breakfast raised $900 to benefit Mission Week 2017. Thanks to all who participated!
- Mental Illness and the Role of the Faith Community: May 11
7 pm Thursday, May 11 at the Jewish Community Center, Mary Sachs Auditorium, 3301 N. Front Street, Harrisburg. Free. Lecture by Stephen Fried, co-author with Patrick Kennedy of the bestseller, A Common Struggle. The Harrisburg native and award-winning journalist will discuss how the deafening sound of not talking about brain diseases pervades American life. “It is nowhere more troubling - nor more potentially and profoundly reversible - than in our houses of worship and our faith communities.” Members of all faith communities are invited to join in initiating decisive actions that will make our congregations more welcoming, supportive and inclusive. A dessert reception follows.
- A Thousand Signs of Welcome
The green, blue & orange welcome signs on the church’s front lawn are two of 1,000 that Christian Churches United has distributed throughout the capital region so far this year, communicating a message of love and welcome to all. Signs are still available from the CCU office at 413 S. 19th Street, Harrisburg, for a suggested donation of $10 each.
- CCU Spring Assembly: May 16
5:30 pm Tuesday, May 16 at Camp Hill Presbyterian Church, an evening of Christian fellowship, a time when people from various church denominations come together for a delicious dinner and conversation, to learn about the impact CCU and our ministry partners are making in local communities. This year’s theme, “Who Is My Neighbor?” will showcase God’s work among those whom Jesus calls “our neighbors.” Anyone interested in what God is doing through the local church community to impact our neighborhoods is welcome. Free! RSVP to Steve by May 8 (717) 230-9950.
- Benefit Concert for the Health Ministries of Christ Lutheran Church: May 14
2 pm Sunday, May 14 at Camp Hill Presbyterian Church featuring Amanda Silliker, mezzo-soprano and Svetlana Rodionova, pianist. Free will offering. For over a decade the Health Ministries of Christ Church have provided free dental, prenatal, and health care to our low income, uninsured neighbors in Harrisburg. To date, over 210,000 free doctor, dentist and nursing visits have been provided. Derry’s connection to Christ Lutheran is through their Rev. Drew Stockstill, who was our guest preacher on April 23 and in late January. Can’t attend the concert but want to support their health ministry? Look here for more information.
- Wear Your Nametag on May 7!
Thanks to everyone who has been so faithful in wearing their church nametags. On Sunday, May 7, the day our candidate for pastor is here, please wear your nametag at the 10:30 am service and at the reception following. If you’ve misplaced your nametag and need a new one, contact Sue George (533-9667) to have a new one made for you.
- Wanted: Volunteers to Prepare Communion
The Worship & Spiritual Life Committee is looking for a few more teams to prepare communion elements on the Sundays that the sacrament is celebrated, usually once a month. Each team takes a turn two or three times a year. Watch this video to learn more about what’s involved. For more information and to sign up, contact Al Porter.
- 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.
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.