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- Greetings from Montreat, NC
This crew left on Saturday for a week at the Montreat Youth Conference! Keep them in your prayers as they end the week and reture home on July 14.
- Congregational Meeting on July 29
The Session has called a congregational meeting on Sunday, July 29 following the10:30 am worship for the purpose of creating a new Associate Pastor position and electing an Associate Pastor Nominating Committee.
- Introducing Our Transitional Children's Coordinator
M.E. Steelman has served as Chair of the Christian Education Committee. She makes her own transition in coming weeks: on August 1 she begins serving as Derry's Transitional Children's Coordinator. New chair of the Christian Education Committee is elder Christy Elliott.
I am beyond excited to serve the children and families of Derry as the Transitional Children's Ministry Coordinator. Working with children has been my passion for as long as I can remember. Early on I spent years babysitting and working as a camp counselor. I then went to Elizabethtown College and became a secondary math teacher. For six years I worked in the Cornwall Lebanon School District as both a middle school and high school math teacher and also the head field hockey coach. In 2007 I was blessed to become a mom and have loved the last 11 years as Pete and I have added to our family and now have four happy, fun and energetic children.
While I am no longer in the secondary classroom, I haven't really left the teaching world. I have spent the last 11 years tutoring middle school and high school students, teaching preschool age children, organizing various fundraisers for Derry Preschool, co-coordinating Derry's VBS and Art in the Grove programs, serving on a number of church committees and coaching our children's sports teams.
I am excited to take all of that I have learned and use my teaching background to create, teach, lead and guide the children of Derry as they further connect with our Lord.
- Corn Roast Volunteers Needed
- VBS Reminder
Dozens of children have already signed up for “God's Everyday Heroes” Vacation Bible School. The program will be held 9 am - 12 pm Monday-Friday, August 6-10 at Derry Church. Monday, July 23 is the last day to sign up. Registration forms are available online and at church. One form per child. $10 per child/$40 family maximum. Make checks payable to Derry Church, notated “VBS.” Class sizes are limited.
- Looking Ahead: Fall 2018In just a few short weeks, fall programming gets under way at Derry Church. Mark your calendars now for these upcoming events:
Buz is Back: The Rev. Dr. Charles “Buz” Myers, ordained Presbyterian minister and Associate Professor, Religious Studies at Gettysburg College, begins a five-week series at 9 am Sunday, August 26 in room 7C. Don’t miss this popular Issues Class lecturer!
DivorceCare: 13-week support group returns at 6 pm Thursdays, September 6-November 29 in room 2.
Rally Day: The church school year gets under way 9 am Sunday, September 9. This year's Sunday Funday theme is based on the book, "The Kindness Quilt" by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace.
Terrific Tuesday: Choir rehearsals -- with dinner available to all from 5-6:15 pm -- resume Tuesdays beginning September 11. Enjoy an entree, salad, beverage and dessert for $3 per person.
Derry Seniors: The new program year gets under way at 10 am Tuesday, September 18 with Susan Gumpher nee Mittan presenting "Hershey's Bygone Era."
Arts Alive: The first concert of the 2018-19 series will be held 4 pm Sunday, October 7 in the Sanctuary. Tracy Dietrich and Cindy Wittenberg, the musicians of “Silver, Wood and Ivory" return to Derry Church for an ethereal afternoon concert.
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.