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- Poinsettia Orders Due by Dec 10
It's time to order poinsettia plants that will brighten the church during the Advent season. After Christmas, you're invited to take your poinsettias home to enjoy for weeks to come. A single plant is $13; baskets are $25.
- Christmas Eve at Derry Church
Sunday, December 24 at 10 am • 3 pm • 5 pm • 7:30 pm • All services held in the Sanctuary
Information on Derry's four Christmas Eve services is now available. All afternoon/evening services include the traditional candle lighting and singing of “Silent Night.” Special offering collected on Christmas Eve will benefit Friends of PEB.
- Share Your Time & Talents
Your gifts of time and talent are as essential to supporting God's work in the world as any financial commitment you may have made on Consecration Sunday. Discover many ways your talents can be put to good use by checking out "Sharing My Time and Talents." You can find this form on the church website from the “Serving Others/More Opportunities” tab. Paper copies are also available from the church office.
- What You Need to Know about the Giving Tree
One of the wonderful traditions of Derry's Christmas season is the "Giving Tree" which provides gifts for 150 children of families using the Hershey Food Bank. The tree will be placed over the Thanksgiving weekend. Look for the decorated gift tag ornaments made by our Pilgrim Fellowship. Each tag lists a child's age (18 and under), gender and family identification number.
You're invited to choose a tag from the tree. Record your name next to the corresponding number on the master sheet posted nearby. The Mission & Peace committee suggests gifts in the $25 range. Since every child receives a clothing-only voucher, toys and games are recommended for boys and girls while gift cards are great choices for teenagers. All gifts should be returned unwrapped in a Christmas gift bag by Sunday, December 10 with your ornament gift tag attached to the handle.
Questions? Contact Craig Smith.
- Longest Night Worship
7 pm Tuesday, December 19 in the Chapel with communion
For anyone who this year finds it hard to face the joyous Christmas season: this worship service -- on one of the longest, darkest nights of the year -- intentionally acknowledges the pain and offers solace. Light refreshments following in the John Elder Classroom.
- PW Christmas Dinner: Dec 11
6 pm Monday, December 11 in the Lounge. The Presbyterian Women’s annual holiday covered dish dinner will be followed by a program to be announced. Bring a dish to serve 6-8 and a place setting for each person. All women welcome - bring a friend!
- Welcome Derry's New Members!
On Sunday Derry Church welcomed 18 new members. Read more about these new members in the link at top of the weekly enews, or by picking up an insert available at church. Next new member class begins on Sunday, January 28, 2018.
- Final CROP Walk Report
Fantastic totals from the 32nd Hershey/Hummelstown CROP Walk! Thanks to all who walked and contributed to alleviate hunger around the world.
- “Art on Derry” Open House: Nov 24-26
Art on Derry, the art co-op across the street from Derry Church is hosting an open house over the Thanksgiving weekend. Stop in 10 am - 5 pm November 24-26 for some sweets and treats as you check out the creations made by local artisans. Holiday discounts available, too!
- Enews Thanksgiving Edition
Next week’s church e-newsletter will arrive in your inbox a day early, on Wednesday, November 22. Happy Thanksgiving!
- Outdoor Work Day: Dec 2
9 am - 12 pm Saturday, December 2, join Derry Church youth for final fall cleanup of the church grounds. All are welcome! Bring rakes, gloves and lots of energy to help make the church property ready for winter. Lunch provided. Questions? Contact Tom Kitzmiller.
- NEW! Chipotle Fundraiser
4-8 pm Sunday, December 17 at Chipotle Mexican Grill, 210 W Chocolate Avenue, Hershey. When you bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone, or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause, 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Friends of PEB, supporting education in Pakistan.
- Dedication Sunday Report
As of Sunday, November 12, Derry Church has received more than 200 financial commitments totaling $867,054. Thank you! If you haven’t turned in your estimate of giving card for 2018, it’s not too late. You can fill out your estimate online or pick up a card at the Information Center in the Narthex. Return cards to the offering plate or mail to the church office to the attention of Sandy Miceli, administrative/financial secretary. Online giving is also available.
- Some Thoughtful Gift Ideas
- Fruitbelt Farmworker Christian Ministry is selling fruit boxes for $45 which can be shipped anywhere in continental US for additional shipping charges of $20 or $40. Orders are due by Dec. 3 and forms are available on the PW bulletin board.
- Looking for an alternative gift? Check out presbyteriangifts.org to view four pages of gifts from tire gardens to fishing boats.
- Another Giving Tree Option: Gift Cards for Racetrack Workers
In addition to Giving Tree tags for children, you can also select one of 40 tags for back-of-the-track workers at Penn National race course on or after November 26. These tags invite you to purchase $25 Walmart gift cards to make Christmas brighter for the hard-working men and women at the track. Return gift cards by Sunday, December 17.
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.