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  • Congratulations 2018 Graduates!

    Congratulations to our 2018 high school graduates! (L-R) Keely Schrum, Gillian Miller and Tony O'Shea. These students were recognized in worship on Sunday, May 20 and received handmade dorm blankets blessed by Derry's Shawl Ministry.

  • Congratulations, Confirmands!

    Derry’s 2017-18 confirmation class was received on Pentecost Sunday, May 20 at the 10:30 am worship service. L-R, row 1: Jacob Taylor, Anika Hosenfeld, Emma Taylor, Gavin Yutesler, Austin Pease, Matthew Giampetro. Row 2: Justin Yutesler, Hattie Gavazzi, Allison Cooper, Amelia Stagg, Megan Mehaffie, Micah Clary, Jonah Clary.  See more photos on Facebook.

  • HVAC Update #6

    The Chapel is the only part of the church that is without air conditioning at this point in the HVAC project. All the major construction has moved to the chapel and youth room end of the building. The boiler that supplies heat for the church was shut down on May 19 to allow for installation of two high-efficiency gas boilers with water flow pumps and a computer monitored control system. This shutdown will last approximately two weeks. The last two fan coil units in the Chapel will be installed along with heating and air conditioning controls. One new item being added is a large ducted dehumidifier and fresh air supply for the youth room and quilter room area. We still have another month or two for 100% completion and testing/balancing of control systems. Thanks to the committee for their diligence, and everyone for their patience.

  • Art in the Grove Starts June 12!

    A new summer arts program will be held weekly on Tuesday evenings from 5:30-8:30 pm June 12 through August 21 in Fellowship Hall. Our Christian Education Committee invites all ages to experience the arts in ways that allow for creative fellowship and spiritual growth. Art experiences will range from artist presentations to collaborative art projects to artistic sharing sessions. Bring a picnic dinner, then enjoy time to learn more about the theme of the month and participate in creative studio activities. Read more next week in the June "Connect" newsletter.

  • Moses and the Freedom Fanatics on June 3

    A fully staged, costumed production of Moses and the Freedom Fanatics will be presented at the 10:30 am worship service on Sunday, June 3 in the Sanctuary. This musical takes us back to the Old Testament as the children in Derry’s Music & Arts program bring the story of the Exodus to life. The musical is directed by Dr. Sean McCarthy. Derry’s annual church picnic follows the musical. The 8 am worship service will be held as usual in the Chapel.

  • Sign Up for Supper Clubs on June 24

    One more fellowship opportunity happens on June 24, and you’re invited! Join church friends new and old over supper in one another’s homes with a group of seven or eight. Families with young children are encouraged to sign up for a special family club that will most likely meet at the church. We are looking for host homes (provide the table setting and entree) and participants who will bring side dishes and dessert. Sign up online or call the church office (717-533-9667). Questions? Contact Amy Backenstose. We hope you will join the fun.

  • Supplies for School Kits Needed by June 17

    Next month we'll be assembling schooI kits for Church World Service in support of refugees, our June mission focus. Here are items needed to assemble one school kit... please drop in the designated basket in the mission closet by Sunday, June 17: 

    • One pair of blunt metal scissors (rounded tip) 
    • Three 70-count spiral notebooks or notebooks totaling 200-210 pages (no loose leaf or filler paper)
    • One 30-centimeter ruler (12")
    • One hand-held pencil sharpener
    • One large eraser
    • Six new pencils with erasers
    • One box of 24 crayons (only 24)
  • Orange Day is Friday, May 25

    In India, when a person hears sounds of domestic violence, they are asked to ring their neighbor's doorbell.  This interrupts the action, gives a chance for calming down, makes a rescue possible, and encourages perpetrator to rethink his actions. Wear orange or an orange ribbon tomorrow to show support for these and others who are working to end exploitation of women and children. 

  • Fifth Annual Lace Up with Love INC Sneaker Drive

    June 3 through August 7, you’re invited to purchase a new pair of sneakers (name brands preferred) for a child in need (grades K-12) in the Lower Dauphin and Derry Township school districts. Sneakers will be distributed by Love INC of Greater Hershey in mid-August so students will have a new pair in time for the start of the school year. Athletic sneakers for boys and girls, children’s size 12 through women’s size 11/Men’s size 15 are needed, as well as NEW socks (low cut and mid-calf,). Monetary donations are also welcome and appreciated, and can be made online or brought to the Love INC office across the street from Derry Church. Drop off sneakers in the designated basket in the atrium mission closet. More info by calling Love INC: 717-835-0101.