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  • January - 2020
    • Have a Meal at Isaacs TODAY!

      You're invited to help students attending Presbyterian Education Board schools in Pakistan: when it's time to pay your bill, hand in this flyer and Isaac's will donate 25% of your food and beverage purchase to the scholarship fundraising effort. Bring your friends and family, have a delicious dinner, and help to improve education across the globe!

      Two more opportunities to participate in this fundraiser are on Feb 13 and March 19. Save the dates!

    • 21st Annual Chili Cook-off & Square Dance

      6:30-9:30 pm Friday, Feb 21 in Fellowship Hall

      There's no better way to warm up a winter's night! Bring a dish to pass: your favorite salad, dessert or chili recipe. Informal judging determines winners in the chili and dessert categories. Cornbread provided. Be sure to dress up in your favorite Western wear and bring  your dancing shoes: following the meal, join the fun by participating in a variety of line and square dances. Free! Invite your friends and neighbors. Hosted by the Membership & Involvement Committee. 

    • A Warm Welcome to New Church Officers

      Installed on Sunday were Elders Karen Potter, Connie Henry, David Han, Bruce McKinney, Ann Kroh and Greg Harris. The 2022 class of Deacons includes Donna Powell, Charlie Koch, Bill DeMuth, Ellen Mosher and Cynthia Pearl. Cyndi Camp was installed to a one-year term as a Deacon.

      Thank You, Departing Church Officers!
      A great team of church officers completed their terms at the end of 2019. Elders: Mike Anderson, Bob Good, Craig Kegerise, Al Porter, George Porter, Greg Taylor, Martha Walker and Cindy Warnock. Deacons: Steve Ballard, Wendy Cooper, James Gorman, Carol Schneidereit and Lynn Shirk. Sincere thanks for your time, hard work, and commitment to the church.

    • January 2020 Financial Snapshot

      Cash Flow - Operating Fund as of 12/31/19

      Income YTD:      $1,312,324     $1,284,635
      Expenses YTD: $1,163,437 $1,290,635
      Surplus/(Deficit) YTD:     $   148,887       ($6,000)




      Contributions and revenues ended $4k above 2018 and $28k above budget. Personnel is below budget and 2018 as we do not have a Director of Christian Education or full time music director. Expenses overall were in line with expectations. Questions? Contact Steven Guenther, treasurer.

    • Dixie Kings: Traditional New Orleans Jazz

      4 pm Sunday, Feb 23 in the Sanctuary • Free will offering

      For the past 20 years, the Dixie Kings have brought to life the sounds of New Orleans. This six-piece ensemble plays vintage jazz classics which date to the turn of the 20th century. Among the repertoire are several arrangements by noted bassist and band leader, Ed Wise, a mainstay of the New Orleans music scene. The group is led by pianist Dave Posmontier and trumpeter Stan Slotter. An Arts Alive event.

    • Wanted: Two-Drawer File Cabinet

      The Heritage Committee is in need of a file cabinet to organize materials in the Heritage Room. Please contact Jan Nixon or Pam Whitenack if you have one to donate.

    • Thank You, Derry!

      This year our Christmas Offering provided $6,485 each for support of Downtown Daily Bread programs in Harrisburg, and the Christmas Joy Offering of the PCUSA which assists retired church personnel and Presbyterian racial and ethnic colleges and universities. Thank you for your generous and continued support of these valuable programs.

    • Annual Meeting Update
      • The annual meeting will be held on Sunday, Feb 9 immediately following the 10:30 am service in the Sanctuary.
      • You'll have the opportunity to review financial statements and Pastor Stephen's terms of call, review committee reports and ask questions.
      • The meeting will conclude by 12:15 pm. 
      • Reservations are requested from those planning to attend the Cub Scout spaghetti lunch fundraiser. Forms also available at the insert rack.
    • From Nicaragua: Thank you, Derry!

      Civil unrest continues in Nicaragua, disrupting many lives. At its December meeting, the Mission and Peace Committee approved sending $5,000 from a dedicated mission account to help supplement food and medical needs of the people with whom we have worked with for 17 years. Some of the funds will be used to assist scholarship students who have had to reorganize their educational pursuits due to the violence. Their thank you, with translation below, is show in the video.

      "We're here in Las Conchitas to send thanks to all our friends who have supported us; Understanding that we are in a difficult time. We are giving thanks to God that you are still standing by us, and you have helped us from your hearts."

      Okay, now Daniel would like to say something:
      "I want to say thank you very much for being aware of us and for worrying about the economic situation we are going through. Thank you."

      Carlos, what did you want to say to our friends?
      "We thank you for the help you are providing and we will always be grateful because you have not forgotten us. The times we are going through are somewhat critical moments but with the grace of God we are surviving. Thank you."

      Dona Alba?
      "First of all I want to thank God for putting me into this beautiful family, with all of you, and Bonnie, and all the friends, and all who have supported us. I am infinitely grateful to God first and then to each one of you. I hope you will always keep remembering us and supporting us. I'm grateful that you are always with us in this situation in which we are living. Many hugs and kisses to all of you."


    • Annual Meeting Moves to Sunday, Feb 9

      The annual meeting of the congregation will be held following 10:30 am worship on Sunday, Feb 9. You’ll have an opportunity to review the 2019 financial statement and 2020 budget. The annual report will be ready for pickup the week before, on Sunday, Feb 2. The soup, salad and sandwich lunch has been cancelled.

    • Schedule Change on Sunday, Feb 9
      • There will be NO 8 am service on Sunday, Feb 9 
      • Church school and the 10:30 am service will be held as usual, with the annual meeting following worship
      • Another worship option that weekend is Engage: Youth at 5 pm Saturday, Feb 8 in the Sanctuary
    • Pilgrim Fellowship: What's Next for Grades 3-5?
      • Messy Fun with Bible Stories: 12 pm Sunday, Jan 26
      • Annual Pilgrim Lock-In: 6:30 pm Friday, Feb 7 - 8 am Saturday, Feb. 8  
      • RSVP requested for all Pilgrim events
    • Monday Night Women's Group: Spring Schedule

      Unless otherwise listed, programs are held in the John Elder Classroom. Questions? Contact Sue George.

    • Amy-Jill Levine Will Speak at Wilson College on March 26

      10 am and 2 pm Thursday, March 26 at Wilson College, Chambersburg

      Amy-Jill Levine from the Vanderbilt University Divinity School will serve as the 2020 guest speaker for the prestigious Orr Forum. Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, Mary Jane Werthan Professor in Jewish Studies and Professor of New Testament Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of Arts and Science. She also serves as affiliated professor at the Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations at Cambridge in the United Kingdom. She is a widely respected authority on the literature of early Jewish and Christian communities, including the gospels of the New Testament. Her most recent volume is Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi.

      The Orr Forum will feature a morning lecture by Levine and an afternoon workshop on “Understanding Jesus Means Understanding Judaism” for area pastors, church laity and members of the local Jewish community. Both events are free and open to both the public.

    • Order Some Good Reading from Presbyterian Women!

      It's time to place the bulk order for Horizons magazine and the 2020-21 Bible study. Copies will come to the church. Cost is $17.95 - $18.95, depending on number ordered. Cost for just the Bible study is $11. To be included in this magazine order, contact Doris Feil by Wednesday, Jan 15.

    • Discovery Days' Registration for 2020-21 Opens Soon

      Registration for the 2020-21 school year at Derry Discovery Days preschool is coming up! Families of current students will register at the end of January. From Feb 2-9, Derry Church member families new to the preschool can register, and on Feb 10, registration opens to new community families. Information on the registration process is available online; registration forms will be posted by the end of January. Spaces are limited and will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Questions? Contact Kelly Mehaffie.

    • Harrisburg Korean School Fundraising Concert on Jan 12
      2:30- 4 pm Sunday, Jan 12 at The State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St, Harrisburg
      Street parking and North Street State Employee parking is free 
      Scheduled to open on March 7 at 1127 Slate Hill Road, Camp Hill, The Harrisburg Korean School aspires to spread Korean culture and history in America. This Korean Sunday School is in the Harrisburg district and it is sponsored by the Harrisburg Presbyterian Korean Church. 
      In hopes for your best support and enjoyment, Korean international students, adoptive families, and second generation children, and Selahart students who will lead our future will all join together in the Jan 12 performance. The concert is open for everyone. Admission is free, and donations are welcome. After the concert, delicious Korean refreshments will be provided and a full semester (12-week) scholarship to the Harrisburg Korean School will be presented to two individuals selected by a raffle.
    • More Star Gifts Available!

      Star gifts -- star-shaped pieces of brightly colored paper with a word printed on it -- were distributed in worship on Epiphany Sunday, Jan 5. If you did not receive a star gift, more are available in a basket at the Welcome Center in the Narthex. 

    • Cub Scout Spaghetti Dinner: Feb 9

      11:30 am Sunday, February 9 in Fellowship Hall

      Enjoy salad, bread, spaghetti, beverage and dessert for $7 per person. Take-out available. Gluten-free pasta available: please let us know in advance. Proceeds support Pack 200 sponsored by Derry Church.

      RSVP by Wednesday, Feb 5.

    • Post-Christmas Update

      Derry Church welcomed 1,254 at three Christmas Eve services with the busiest service at 7:30 pm (410). The total includes 85 watching via live streaming. Thanks to all who led worship, shared gifts of music, and helped out that day.

    • Get Your Star Gift on Sunday, Jan 5!

      A star gift is a star-shaped piece of brightly colored paper with a word printed on it. Every person who comes to church on Epiphany Sunday, Jan 5 receives a star gift and is asked to reflect on that word for the coming year. Everyone who receives a star gift is encouraged to take it home and hang it up where they are sure to see it every day. You are invited to ponder what significance this word might have in your lives, and how God might be speaking to you through that simple message.

      Epiphany is the celebration of God’s presence breaking through to shine as a light in the darkness. With this tradition, each year our congregation can rejoice in the reminder of our generous, giving God—one star gift at a time. Please join us on Jan 5 to receive your Star Gift for 2020!  

    • A New Year, A New Volunteer Portal

      Derry Church's 2020 Volunteer Portal is the place to sign up for many of the tasks that need doing on Sunday morning, from serving communion to hosting post-worship fellowship. Tabs along the bottom show various categories. Click on the tab, then enter your name and email in the slot where you’d like to serve. If you need to make a change, go back to the portal and move your name to a different slot.

      You can also stop by the Welcome Center in the Narthex on Sunday mornings for assistance in signing up.

    • Engage: Youth on Feb 8

      5 pm Saturday, Feb 8 in the Sanctuary

      Informal Engage worship services return in the new year, with the first service led by our remarkable youth based on the theme "Revolution in Christ." Save the date and stay tuned for more details. 

    • December 2019 Session Highlights
      • Examined Bill DeMuth as a newly elected Deacon in preparation for his ordination/installation on Jan 12, 2020.
      • Approved a request to transfer the membership of Jill Podczaski to Second Presbyterian Church in Oil City, PA.
      • Pastor Stephen shared that several churches have expressed an interest in acquiring our Reuter organ. One in particular, St. Therese Church in Memphis, TN, sent a representative to see and play the organ. Based on their continued interest, we prepared a contract to transfer ownership of the organ to St. Therese. The session reviewed the contract and approved the sale of the organ to the church upon their execution of the contract.
      • We are at the end of year two of our “Three Goals in Three Years.” Those goals – Family and community engagement, ministry for the Elderly/Shut-ins, Youth Involvement in Leadership - have been the Session’s focus with ongoing programming approved throughout the year.  Some notable items are the implementation of a Youth Scholarship program, participation in community events such as the Hershey Halloween Parade, and quarterly communion services at local retirement communities.
      • The Session met with Liz Barna and Andy Phillips of the Logos Academy of Harrisburg to learn more about the school’s mission. As noted previously, Derry’s Mission and Peace Committee is proposing two projects that they believe represent mission initiatives in the wider community that cannot be met through the normal operating budget of the church. One of those projects is a grant to Logos of $10,000 for a second-grade classroom and to sponsor a class. The second project is a grant of $20,000 to Christ Lutheran Church in Harrisburg to expand their free dental clinic. After meeting with Liz and Andy and further discussion, the Session approved $30,000 in grants from Derry’s Futures Fund to the two mission partners.
      • Dennis Hosler, Chairman of the Stewardship & Finance Committee, presented Derry’s 2020 proposed budget, which represents a 5.9% increase over 2019. After discussion, the balanced budget of $1,360,122 was approved.
      • Two motions approving the sale of tiles bearing the image of the session House and the sale of handmade items following the Christmas concert benefiting the Presbyterian Education Board and Friends of SHE, respectively, were approved.
      • Approved the special 2020 Offerings/Fundraisers as submitted by Presbyterian Women.
      • Approved a church use request from Judy McMillan for continued use of Fellowship Hall on Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 6:15 pm for Zumba Fitness classes.
      • Thanked those Ruling Elders finishing their terms for their dedication and leadership over the past three years.
    • You're Invited: Open House Honoring Doug Miller on Jan 8

      4-7 pm Wednesday, Jan 8 in Fellowship Hall

      Enjoy light refreshments with Doug and Terri and extend your good wishes at a reception honoring Love iNC of Greater Hershey's Executive Director as he departs the organization. RSVP appreciated but not required. Gifts are being accepted for an honorarium to be presented at a later date: notate checks 'in honor of Doug.'

    • Hold Up on Handshaking

      Now that we're in the midst of cold and flu season, we invite you to take a break from passing the peace with a handshake and instead greet your friends and pew mates with a smile and some kind words. We'll resume traditional passing of the peace after Easter.

  • December - 2020
    • Blood Drive Report

      The Jim Cooper Memorial Blood Drive on Dec 15 was very successful: 46 registered donors, 37 pints of blood collected, 111 local patients saved! Thanks to all who gave the gift of life in the midst of a busy holiday season, and to the Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank for taking good care of all of our donors, including Becky Helmer (pictured). The Blood Bank wants our donors to know that a new and improved intake process will be in place when they return for the July 2020 blood drive, and they thank everyone for their patience on Sunday.

    • Stewardship Update #11

    • Overflow Parking Available at the Hershey Trust

      For the concert on Dec 21 and on busy Sunday mornings, overflow parking is available at the Hershey Trust. On Saturday afternoon, a shuttle/van will be operating before and after the 4 pm concert to transport people to and from the upper lot. On other days and for those who don't mind a short walk, the walkway is open from the Trust to the church: just be aware of uneven walking surfaces and elevation changes.

    • Derry Seniors Present "Amish Ways of Life" on Jan 21

      10 am Tuesday, Jan 21 in Room 7

      Don Whitman joins the Derry Seniors to share his experiences with our Amish neighbors, to help others better understand their lifestyle and clarify misconceptions. Don is retired from the Milton Hershey School, where he spent 34 years as teacher, administrator and wrestling coach, then served as a leader with Bob Neff Tours. His relationships with Old Order Amish began in 1992 when he transported families to and from the Hershey Medical Center. Free. Lunch follows in Fellowship Hall ($3/person).

    • December Updates from Presbyterian Women
      • Thanks to all who contributed to the PW Thank Offering. 2019 total: $2,288.
      • Remaining Jumbles Shop items were donated to Jubilee and Paxton PW's 2020 Santa Shop. BIG thanks to Sally McKinney and Nancy Kitzmiller and all the people who helped by sorting, setting up, selling, cleaning up, baking, donating items and money. The cookie supply ran out before 11 am!
      • As we celebrate Christmas, let us remember those women and children who are being exploited throughout the world. Orange Day always falls on Christmas. Wear orange and pray for the victims and those who are trying to change the culture that permits such devaluation of humans.
    • New Year's Eve in Hershey

      The 15th annual Hershey celebration will be happening all day and into the evening on Tuesday, Dec 31 on the square in downtown Hershey. Entertainment begins 11 am at the Hershey Story Museum and 7 pm at First United Methodist Church, then from 9-10 pm on the main stage, the Mahoney Brothers will present “Jukebox Heroes Live,” best known for its impersonations of legendary musical acts of the last five decades from The Beatles and Willie Nelson to Neil Diamond and Billy Joel.

      From 10:30 pm until the kiss drop at midnight, enjoy mid-Atlantic favorites Pentagon. A mainstay at HersheyPark Amphitheater for more than 40 summers, Pentagon is best known for its six-part vocal harmonies and unique brand of humor.

      Concerts are free - no tickets required.

    • Sanctuary Organ Update

      At its Dec 18 meeting, the Session approved the sale of our 1966 Reuter pipe organ to St. Therese Church in Memphis, Tennessee at the cost of $1. The purchasing church will cover the cost to take the organ out of our Sanctuary and move it to Tennessee sometime after Easter and before July 1, 2020.

    • New Member Classes Begin Jan 26

      9:15 am Sundays, Jan 26 - Feb 23, 2020 in the Lounge
      Repeated 6 pm Wednesdays, Jan 29-Feb 19, 2020 in the Lounge

      Meet the church staff and leaders, find out more about the mission and ministry of Derry Church, and discover how you can get involved. Those who decide to join will be received as members at the 10:30 am service on Sunday, Feb 23. Register by Wednesday, Jan 22 (717-533-9667).

    • Terrific Tuesday Dinners Resume Jan 7

      The Terrific Tuesday kitchen crew and Pastor Stephen’s Bible study have the next two weeks off. They’ll be back on January 7: dinner will be served in Fellowship Hall 5 to 6:15 pm. Everyone welcome!

    • Want Credit for 2019?

      If you're making a financial gift to Derry Church that you would like to count in the 2019 tax season, your gift needs to be in the church office by Dec 26. Thanks very much!

    • Tuesday Evening Worship Returns Jan 7

      Evening Praise & Communion will not be held on New Year's Eve. Our midweek praise and worship service returns 6:45 pm Tuesday, Jan 7 in the Chapel.

    • Derry's eNews Takes a Holiday Break

      The next edition of the church eNews arrives in your inbox on Thursday, Jan 2. Merry Christmas and happy new year to all!

    • Cookie Walk Report

      These remarkable and hard-working ladies hosted the cookie walk and jumbles shop on Saturday. Thanks to you and to all the cookie bakers and those who donated gift items in support of the 2019 Presbyterian Women's mission fundraising effort. The Cookie Walk raised $2,400 ... the Jumbles Shop received $2,162 for a grand total of $4,562 that will go toward Presbyterian Women’s mission.Trays and containers can be picked up in the Narthex near the kitchen until Dec 15... after that date you can purchase them from the Jubilee shop in Palmyra.

    • The Community Check-Up Center Can Use Your Extra Calendars

      Wondering what to do with extra 2020 calendars you can't use? Bring them to church and drop them in the Community Check-Up Center basket in the mission closet. They'll be used by clients who need to keep track of upcoming appointments. Thanks, Derry!

    • Silent Auction Shout-Out

      A special thank you to all who participated in this year's Silent Auction. First, to the Derry artists and craftsmen who donated a wide variety of their finest creations. Second, thanks to all who placed successful bids, and to those who hope to do better next year! Through your efforts $1,085 was raised for Mission Trip Support in 2020.

    • Isaac's Fundraisers Return on Jan 16

      10 am - 9 pm Thursday, Jan 16 at Isaac’s Famous Grilled Sandwiches in Hummelstown (please note extended hours)

      Derry Church's Friends of Sargodha group invites you to support scholarships for Presbyterian Education Board students in Pakistan: have dinner at Isaac’s and when it’s time to pay your bill, hand in a flyer (also available soon at the insert rack in the Narthex) and Isaac’s will donate 25% of your food and beverage purchase to the scholarship fundraising effort. Bring your friends and family, have a delicious dinner, and help to improve education across the globe. This fundraiser will be repeated on February 13 and March 19. We hope to see you there!

    • Looking for Offering Envelopes?

      For those who prefer to use envelopes, boxes for 2020 will be ready for pickup in the Narthex starting this Sunday, December 15. Please note your envelope number may have changed. More than 100 Derry Church families have switched to online giving. If you’re making the switch, please notify Sandy Miceli by Dec 27 that you will no longer need a box of envelopes.

    • Attention Users of Online Giving

      If you are changing the amount you give to Derry Church in 2020, you will need to go online and update your account to reflect the change. The good folks in the church office are not able to make those changes for you. Questions? Contact Sandy Miceli (717-533-9667).


    • Join More than 90 Friends in Our Advent Group on Facebook

      The first week of Advent is drawing to a close, and on Facebook we've shared our thoughts on HOPE. It's not too late to join the new conversations around PEACE, JOY and LOVE, and add your reflections on HOPE. Check in each day through Christmas morning for the prompt, then share your comments and read and reflect on what others have to say. We welcome you to join us as we await the One who brings hope, peace, joy and love on Christmas morning. 

    • Silent Auction Closes 11:30 am Sunday

      It's not too late to place your bid on any of the silent auction items on display in the Narthex: bidding closes following the second service on Sunday, Dec 8. All proceeds will support mission trips next year.

    • November 2019 Session Highlights
      • Received six new members on November 17.
      • Examined newly elected Ruling Elders and Deacons in preparation for ordination/installation on Jan 12, 2020.
      • Received an update from Sara Woodbury and Nicola Burke on the recent activities of the Associate Pastor Nominating Committee. After revising the position description earlier this year, the selection process is moving forward. While the APNC has not yet located a specific candidate, they believe that they are on track to find a qualified candidate.
      • Approved the use of Fellowship Hall for a Love INC event on January 8, 2020.
      • Steven Guenther shared the Treasurer’s report and reviewed the 2020 budget. Information is still being gathered in order to complete next year’s budget. The proposed 2020 budget will be presented and voted upon at the December stated session meeting.
      • Pastor Stephen reviewed the Three Goals for Three Years noting that Care “N” Share communion services are scheduled for Londonderry and Masonic Villages. Both youth and adults are participating in the Worship Ensemble, and the 11 pm Christmas Eve service will feature youth and young adults. The Long Range Planning Committee will be initiating the first year of the Youth Servant Scholarship program in January. 
      • Contracts to purchase and ready the Aeolian Skinner organ for installation at Derry have been signed with Redeemer Church and Thompson-Allen. Dan Stokes is fielding inquiries from churches who are interested in our Reuter organ. To date $385,000 has been pledged to the organ fund.
      • Approved a project to refresh, redesign and upgrade the current church website to a WordPress platform. The approximate cost of the project is $15,000 with funds to be taken from the Capital Facilities Fund.
      •  The Session approved the annual Giving Tree, gift cards for the Penn National race track workers, and the donation of the Christmas Eve offering to Downtown Daily Bread.
      • The Mission and Peace Committee presented a proposal for the use of funds from Derry’s Futures Fund. Historically, when Derry has made a significant investment in the church (such as the purchase and installation of a new organ), the church has also tried to make an investment in mission outside of the church. The Mission and Peace Committee is proposing two projects that they believe represent mission initiatives in the wider community that cannot be met through the normal operating budget of the church. The first project would contribute $20,000 to the Dental Clinic at Christ Lutheran Church in Harrisburg, which is the only option for those who have no dental insurance and can’t afford regular dental work. The second is a donation of $10,000 to the Logos Academy in Harrisburg, which is an independent Christ-centered school offering a rich education of mind and soul to the children of Harrisburg. The proposal will be reviewed and voted upon at the December Session meeting.
    • Coin Return on Sunday, Dec 8

      Your Change 4 Children coins -- collected on Dec 8 at the end of each service -- will support the Alliance for Children Everywhere in Zambia, which offers the Family Preservation Program. Parents bring their children who are hungry, in order to save their children's lives. Malnourished children are gaining weight and the parents have started their own small businesses. Participating families then teach their neighbors the same skills to earn money. Return coins in zip-closed bags.

      Do you have foreign coins that you no longer need? Bag those separately and they’ll be donated to UNICEF’s Change For Good by Derry member and American Airlines pilot Brian Montgomery. When you return coins, please make sure that your bag is free of paper clips, guitar picks, stray bits of metal, buttons, and anything that isn’t legal tender: these items clog the coin sorting machine. The next collection will be in March 2020.

    • Watch and Discuss the Film, "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" on Jan 6

      5:30 pm Monday, Jan 6 in the John Elder Classroom • Bring your dinner or a snack

      You're invited to join the Monday night study group to watch and discuss a documentary that paints a portrait of the philosophy and work of cardigan-wearing children's entertainer Fred Rogers, star of the popular show "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood." A Presbyterian minister, Mister Rogers creatively communicated themes of empathy and acceptance using a colorful cast of puppets and friends. Along with archival footage, Rogers' contemporaries and cast-mates reflect on his legacy. 

    • Extra Hands Needed on Dec 21

      We are all looking forward to the Christmas concert at 4 pm Dec 21. We're expecting a full house, and volunteers are needed for ushering, greeting and directing cars as guests arrive. Contact Nancy Kitzmiller (717-566-4138) to sign up. Thanks, Derry!

    • "Big Questions" Bible Study Begins Jan 5

      9:15 am Sunday, Jan 5 in the John Elder Classroom

      Have you struggled with big questions in your faith? Do the teachings you grew up with just not jive with you anymore? Do you just enjoy theological discussion? Then consider attending "Big Questions," a new discussion-based adult bible study led by Andrew Barna. The class will be a safe place for a small group to share our personal journeys through the big questions of faith.

    • A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols: Dec 15

      4 pm Sunday, Dec 15 at Pine Street Presbyterian Church, Harrisburg

      Scripture and music are intricately woven together in the majestic setting of Pine Street’s sanctuary. The service will begin with a 30-minute organ recital featuring guest organist Matthew McMahan from Decatur, Georgia, playing the 83 rank Ernest M. Skinner and M.P. Möller pipe organ.

      The service will begin with the traditional opening carol “Once In Royal David’s City.” A brass quintet, members of The Central Pennsylvania Oratorio Singers, and Pine Street’s Chancel Choir under the direction of the church’s new Minister of Music and Worship Joseph W. Garrison will lead the service. Donations appreciated. Free parking in the South Street garage.

    • Stewardship Update #9

  • November - 2020
    • Young People Needed to Lead Worship 11 pm Dec 24

      The old folks and the young kids will already be tucked in bed, but not you. You live in a world where the Christmas party is just getting started at 11 pm. That's why we need youth, college students and young adults to help lead worship at 11 pm Tuesday, Dec 24. Contact Pastor Stephen to volunteer.

    • December Featured Items for Love INC's Personal Care Closet

      For our final video promoting Love INC's Personal Care Closet items, talented actor Ben Folts returns to breathe life into ordinary containers of baby powder and diaper cream. Thanks to all the creative and talented puppeteers who helped to make this project possible over the past 12 months. Watch your favorites on this playlist

    • Light and Life to All: Christmas Concert

      4 - 5:30 pm Saturday, Dec 21 in the Sanctuary • Free will offering • An Arts Alive event

      “Light and Life to All” is a 70-minute celebration of the light of Christ among us. Conducted by Dan Stokes, the concert will include the Sanctuary Choir with youth and children’s voices, Derry Ringers handbell choir, guest soloist Amy Yovanovich, and orchestra. The program features heartfelt spirituals, a tender Scandinavian carol, a Zulu song of celebration and hauntingly beautiful Appalachian melodies woven together with the singing of familiar carols. The concert closes with a beloved Derry favorite, “The Dream Isaiah Saw,” with stirring brass and percussion accompaniment.

    • Silent Auction Opens on Sunday

      Support mission trips in 2020 (and do some early Christmas shopping) during the week of Dec 1-8 when a assortment of items will be on display in the Narthex, including handcrafted items by Derry Church artisans and crafters. Bidding will close following the second worship service on Dec 8.

    • Expecting Wonder and Joy: A Candlelight Christmas Concert

      8 pm Friday, Dec 13 at Messiah College • 8 pm Saturday, Dec 14 at Elizabethtown College • 4 pm Sunday, Dec 15 at Market Square Presbyterian Church, Harrisburg

      The Susquehanna Chorale's annual Christmas concert features Elaine Hagenberg's "O Come Emmanuel," John Rutter's "Carol of the Magi," Ola Gjeilo's "Serenity (O Magnum Mysterium)," spirituals and more. Derry Church's own Greg Harris sings with the choir. Read more & order tickets.

    • Stewardship Update #8

    • Santa Shop Elves Needed Dec 16

      6-8:30 pm Monday, Dec 16 at the YMCA Camp Curtin 

      Women, men and teens are invited to join with the Paxton Presbyterian Church PW to be elves and help children find gifts for their family members.To volunteer, please contact Barb Greenwood.

    • Get 'em Before They're Gone: Giving Tree Tags

      Gift tags are still available for children whose families are clients of the Hershey Food Bank, and by Sunday there will be gift card tags for racetrack workers. Help yourself to tags and return gifts to the church by Dec 8 and gift card tags by Dec 15. Thanks, Derry!

    • How Do I Find Out About Snow Closings?

      The fastest way to find out about cancellations of church services and activities is on the home page. Look for the red box on the left side under the scrolling photos. On a mobile device, swipe down until you find the red box below the news box. Announcements will also be posted on the church’s Facebook page. You can also call the church office: 717-533-9667. 

    • GriefShare Begins Jan 7

      2-4 pm Tuesdays, Jan 7-Mar 24 in room 7AB

      For those grieving the loss of loved ones, a GriefShare  support group offers biblical teaching, small group discussion, video seminars led by renowned experts on grief and recovery topics, and a workbook to help participants explore topics in depth. Participants can start the program at any time and pick up missed sessions when the next series is offered. No charge to attend. RSVP to the church office. (717-533-9667)

    • Hope, Peace, Joy and Love: An Advent Group

      In worship this Advent season, we'll be reflecting on what can't wait: hope, peace, joy and love. Join us in our new Facebook group as we consider one of these words for a week at a time through the Advent season, Dec 1-25. Check in each day for the prompt, then share your comments and read and reflect on what others have to say. We welcome you to join us as we await the One who brings hope, peace, joy and love on Christmas morning. Join the group

    • One More Chance to Put That Rake to Work: Dec 7

      8-10 am Saturday, Dec 7 on the church lawn

      The GOD Squad (Gardeners of Derry) invite you to join them for one final rake fest of 2019. It's the same day as the cookie walk, so bring your rake with you when you come over to stock up on Christmas cookies and check out gifts available in the jumbles shop. Thanks, Derry!

    • Baptisms on Nov 17

      Congratulations to the Terhune and Talhelm families on the baptisms of their sons on Sunday, Nov 24! At left are Ben, Mike, Becca and William Terhune, and at right, Lauren, Hayden and Danny Talhelm with Pastor Marie and Pastor Stephen.

    • 9th Annual Pie Auction Report

      Love INC's Pie Auction was a wonderful evening of fellowship and fun as 130 people filled the Picard Grand Pavilion of the Hershey Country Club. Thanks to all the bakers made 146 pies to be auctioned, to the Milton Hershey School Guitar Ensemble & Friends who provided excellent music, to RJ Harris who did an excellent job as emcee and auctioneer, and for the opportunity to hear stories of how God is at work through Love INC from Sandi McCoy and Erica Onufer. The auction raised $18,336 to help our neighbors in need!

      Top Three Bids in the Celebrity Pie Auction:

      • "Take 5 Pie" created by Amanda Bently of Bentley's Bakery, $500
      • "It's All Greek to Me" created by Spiro Karagiannis and Jake Scelzi of Chocolate Avenue Grill, $450
      • "Fig and Bourbon Pecan Pie" created by Anna Maria Collura of Piazza Sorrento, $350
    • Jumbles Shop Alert

      Bring your gently used Jumbles Shop items to room 1 between Wednesday, Nov 27 and Wednesday, Dec 4. As you consider which items you will drop off, bring only those things you would like to receive as gifts, or would purchase for use in your own home. No large items (furniture), clothing or books will be accepted. Items must be clean and dust-free.

    • Giving Tree Goes Up on Nov 25

      One of the wonderful traditions of Derry’s Christmas season is the “Giving Tree” which provides gifts for the children of families using the Hershey Food Bank. The tree will be in place and decorated with gift tag ornaments made by our Pilgrim Fellowship on Monday afternoon, Nov 25. 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 children while gift cards are great choices for teenagers. All gifts and gift cards should be returned unwrapped in a Christmas gift bag by Sunday, Dec 8 with your ornament gift tag attached to the handle. Questions? Contact Craig Smith (717-566 4757).

    • Request for New or Gently Used Winter Clothing

      Bethesda Mission's Mobile Mission is in need of winter clothing, socks and men’s underwear. The Mobile Mission street ministry distributes clothing, food, and supplies to the homeless on Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Harrisburg. Derry’s next opportunity to participate is Friday, Jan 3, 2020. Clothing can be placed in the designated cardboard box by the mission closet. Contact Crag Smith (566 4757) for more information or to volunteer on Jan 3.

    • Christmas Handbell Concert on Dec 1

      7 pm Sunday, Dec 1 at Spring Creek Church of the Brethren, 335 E Areba Ave, Hershey

      Presented by the Grace United Methodist Church Handbell Choir.

    • Orange Day is Nov 25

      HBVA network is an international digital resource center working to advance understanding and awareness of honor killings and honor-based violence through research, documentation, and information for professionals who may encounter individuals at risk. Outrage over the increase in killings in Pakistan has led people to work on closing the legal loophole that lets killers go free. Wear orange or an orange ribbon on Monday, Nov 25 to show support for everyone working to end exploitation of women and girls.

    • eNews Thanksgiving Edition: Nov 27

      Next week’s church eNews will arrive in your inbox a day early, on Wednesday, Nov 27. Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Stewardship Update #7

    • Welcome Derry's Newest Members!

      Welcome Derry's newest members, received in worship on Sunday, Nov 17. First row: Michael and Beth Fizz, Lindie Bross and Virginia Bonifant. Second row: Alex Fizz, Dorothea and David Dulick.

    • Love INC Needs Furniture Movers
      Love INC of Greater Hershey's "Homes of Hope" transitional house is undergoing some significant maintenance which requires the furniture to be removed from the rooms. Three or four volunteers are needed as soon as possible, day, evening, or weekend, to move the furniture from the family room and two bedrooms to the rear sun room. To volunteer, please  call the Love INC office (717-835-0101).
    • Poinsettia Orders Due by Dec 8

      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. Forms available at the insert rack in the Narthex.

    • November 2019 Financial Snapshot

      Cash Flow - Operating Fund as of 10/31/19

      Income YTD:  $1,087,628     $1,070,530
      Expenses YTD: $957,520 $1,075,528
      Surplus/(Deficit) YTD:  $130,108  ($4,998)




      Questions? Contact Steven Guenther, treasurer.

    • Another Giving Tree Option: Gift Cards for Racetrack Workers

      You can also select one of 40 tags for back-of-the-track workers at Penn National race course on or after Dec 1. These tags invite you to purchase a $25 Walmart gift card to make Christmas brighter for the hard-working men and women at the track. Record your name on the signup sheet and return the tag and gift card by Sunday, December 15, placing them either in the nearby red stocking or the white mailbox located outside of the church office. Merry Christmas!

    • Christmas Eve at Derry Church

      Tuesday, Dec 24 in the Sanctuary • All services include singing “Silent Night” by candlelight

      • 2:30 pm Lessons and Carols featuring the Derry Brass and communion
      • 5 pm Family friendly service of Lessons and Carols with Joyful Noise, Carol and Celebration Choirs. Child care available.
      • 7:30 pm Traditional service of Lessons and Carols, with the Sanctuary Choir and Derry Ringers
      • 11 pm Lessons and carols with soloists and special music, youth and young adult worship leaders
    • Longest Night Worship

      7 pm Tuesday, Dec 17 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.

    • Jim Cooper Memorial Blood Drive

      8:30 am-12 pm Sunday, December 15 in Fellowship Hall. Sign up in the Narthex on Nov 24, Dec 1 and 8 or walk in that day.

    • "God Provides" Stewardship Update

      Last Sunday, we dedicated our financial commitments to Derry for 2020 and celebrated that evening with Basically Broadway. So far we’ve received estimates of giving from 208 people totaling $938,796. We are on track to meet our budgeted needs if we continue to receive pledges from those who have pledged in the past, but we are not there yet. Our church Session will meet next month to finalize our budget based on what we believe we will receive in donations. Your Estimate of Giving is crucial in helping us create a faithful and balanced budget for the church.

      It's not too late to turn in your Estimate of Giving: cards are available in the church office and welcome center... you can request a new card be mailed to you, or you can submit your Estimate of Giving online. Thank you for your continued support of Derry Church, where we proclaim God’s Word, share God’s love, and practice God’s justice.

    • Stewardship Update #6

    • December Opportunities from Presbyterian Women
      • Paxton PW is looking for elves to help with their Santa Shops in Harrisburg and Hershey from Dec 2-18. The PW bulletin board by the Fellowship Hall entrance lists times, places and estimated hours of commitment and a sign-up sheet, or email Barbara Greenwood. Women, men and teens are welcome to be elves and help children find gifts for their family members.
      • All women are invited to the PW Christmas dinner at 6 pm Monday, Dec 9 at 6 pm in the Lounge. Bring a covered dish to serve six and your place setting, and come prepared to show and tell the group about a special Christmas decoration (ornament or small item) that's meaningful to you.  
    • Derry Seniors' November Program Update

      At 10 am Tuesday, Nov 19 in room 7, the Derry Seniors will host a program on "Senior Living Options" moderated by Chuck Theal. You may recognize at least two names on the list of those representing residential and at-home options:

      • Michael Leader of Country Meadows Retirement Community
      • Tish Stump of Home Instead Senior Living
      • Jessica Miller Sibbet of Londonderry Village
      • George Porter, attorney

      The program is free and everyone is welcome to attend.

    • 20 Ornaments Available: Get One Before They're Gone

      If you'd like one of Mark Smith’s handmade star ornaments for yourself or for gifts, your last chance may be this Sunday, Nov 17. Get yours for $10 each in the Narthex. Proceeds will help to fund 2020 scholarships for deserving students in Pakistan.

    • No Presbytery or Synod Office Hours on Fridays

      With recent staff changes at the Presbytery of Carlisle, the decision has been made to close the Presbytery office on Fridays. Since the Synod of the Trinity shares that office space, it makes sense for them to follow suit and have everyone work from home on Fridays. Synod staff can be reached by email.

    • High Schoolers and Leaders Ready to Face "Reality"

      These high school youth and leaders were away last weekend for Reality Retreat. Ask them about their experience when you see them in church.

    • Stewardship Update #5

    • New Organ Update

      On Wednesday, Oct 30, the Session unanimously approved entering into a contract with the Thompson-Allen organ company to acquire the 1951 Aeolian Skinner organ from Redeemer Church in New Haven, Connecticut. The Session approved $700,000 ceiling for the project with half the funds coming from the Legacy Endowment Fund and the other half from congregational pledges to the New Organ Fund paid over two years. This is an exciting opportunity for Derry to invest in our long-term future and elevate our worship and music program. We will advertise our current organ is available in hopes that someone will want it and pay for its removal. We hope the new organ will be installed sometime next fall after all the restoration is complete and a new console is made.To contribute to the organ transplant project, you can pledge online at or contact Pastor Stephen. We look forward to all the ways this new organ will bless our church and community.

      On Sunday, Nov 3,  Kathy Yingst and Dan Stokes traveled to New Haven, CT for our "new" 1951 Aeolian Skinner organ's final concert at Redeemer Church. Watch as Dan reports what happened and meet some church members happy to know their beloved organ has a new home.  

    • From Healthy Aging to Alzheimer's Disease: Keeping Your Grip on the Slippery Slope on Nov 12

      6:30 pm Tuesday, Nov 12 at Country Meadows of Hershey, 451 Sand Hill Road • RSVP: 717-533-6996 • Refreshments served

      Dr. Charles J. Duffy, Professor of Neurology at Penn State Health Medical Center, brings 25 years of clinical neurology experience with a focus on Alzheimer's care and research. He is also a basic science cognitive neurophysiologist who has conducted NIH-funded research on brain aging and dementia.

    • Introducing Love INC's Next Executive Director

      Love INC of Greater Hershey's board of directors is pleased to announce that the next Executive Director has been chosen. Patricia "Patty" TenHuisen, a long-time local resident, faithful servant of Jesus Christ, and active member of Hershey Free church, has accepted the offer to assume directorship of the organization. 

      Patty comes to Love INC with experience in various areas, particularly community outreach, not-for-profit leadership, and management. Doug and Patty are working together between now and the end of the year to ensure a smooth leadership transition. 

      Love INC is thankful for Doug's years of service and leadership. A celebration for Doug is being planned and details will be shared as soon as they are finalized. 

    • Look Who's on the Cover of Presbyterians Today!

      Nina Geist, granddaughter of Derry members Ann & Ron Geist, is featured in the Nov/Dec issue of Presbyterians Today!  

      Read the story about her project to make hundreds of peace cranes to sell in support of PCUSA mission co-workers at her church's holiday gift market in Anchorage, Alaska. A copy is available in the atrium library.

    • CROP Report #1

      We’re still doing the math on totals raised at the Oct 27 CROP Walk. Latest figures show $8,325 was raised at the 34th annual Hershey/Hummelstown hunger walk, with $4,350 coming from Derry Church members and friends. It’s not too late to write a check to CROP/CWS and drop it in the offering plate.

    • Communion Coming Soon at Two Retirement Communities
      • 2 pm Monday, Dec 2 in the Chapel at Londonderry Village, Palmyra
      • 2 pm Tuesday, Dec 3 at the Masonic Village Health Care Center large assembly room

      ​Save the dates! The Care 'n Share Committee looks forward to worship, communion, and fellowship with our Derry Church members and friends.

    • Super Successful Family Fall Festival

      The results are in, and the Derry Discovery Days Preschool Fall Family Festival raised $6,661! Big thanks to everyone who planned, helped, donated, and attended the event. See photos on Facebook.

    • Cookie Walk and Jumbles Shop: Dec 7
      9 am - 12 pm Saturday, Dec 7 • Fellowship Hall
      It’s time to start thinking about that special cookie recipe for the Cookie Walk! Shepherd leaders will contact members of their group next month with details. The Jumbles Shop will be held on a limited basis due to space restrictions. Acceptable items include nice Christmas decorations, jewelry, unused small items suitable for gifts, and collectibles. Items will be collected only the week before the Cookie Walk. Proceeds go towards PW goal for church-wide mission funding. Contact Doris Feil to help with sales or cleanup.
  • October - 2020
    • Fill Out Your Estimate of Giving Card Online

      You can participate in Derry’s 2019 “God Provides” stewardship campaign by returning the Estimate of Giving card you received in the mail, or you can complete the card online: go to the secure page at and your information will be emailed directly to Sandy Miceli, our financial/office manager. 

      If you use online giving and the information you enter represents a change from 2019, please be sure to make adjustments on the online giving site.

      Standard paper Estimate of Giving cards are available at the information desk in the Narthex and in the church office and will be available in worship on Sunday, Nov 10.

    • Support Presbyterian Women's Thank Offering in November
      The PW Thank Offering began in 1888 and gives women a tangible way to express their gratitude for the special blessings in their lives. The Thank Offering provides grants to projects that promote education, provide safe housing, clean water, health care, help for prisoners, justice for women and more. 
      This year 18 projects were chosen out of 75 entries. Twelve projects serve people in the United States and six are international. Health ministries account for 40% of the grants. Read about this year's recipients. The 2019 offering will be received on Sunday, Nov 24, and envelopes are in the pew racks. Make checks payable to Derry Church notated “Thank Offering.”
    • Bring Your Favorite Appetizer on Nov 10

      Following the 4 pm Basically Broadway talent show and stewardship celebration on Sunday, Nov 10, we’ll gather in Fellowship Hall to enjoy everyone's favorite appetizers. Remember to make or bring your favorite savory treat for all of us to sample.

    • Preschool Silent Auction Ends Nov 2

      The Derry Discovery Days Preschool Silent Auction now under way in the Narthex will conclude at 11:30 am Saturday Nov 2 during the Discovery Days’ Family Fall Festival. Winners not present will be notified. Cash or check only. Donations of baked goods are appreciated: drop off items marked “DDD” in Fellowship Hall by Friday, Nov 1. Thanks, Derry!

    • You're Invited: Women's Retreat 2020

      Mar 27-29 at Pendle Hill Quaker Retreat Center, Wallingford, PA

      Once again the women of Derry Church have been invited to join the women of Westminster Presbyterian Church in West Chester for their annual women’s retreat (where former member Lynn George is on staff). The theme is "Grounded: Growing with God." Using the images of garden and wilderness, seed and soil, watering and waiting, plants and trees, we will explore how God cultivates and grows our spirits.

      The weekend opens with dinner on Friday night and concludes with worship led by their pastors on Sunday morning. We’re done by noon Sunday. Double occupancy rate is $245 (save $10 with an early bird rate that ends Dec 20). Most of the guest rooms share a bath with one or two other rooms. Bathrooms are family style, not dormitory style, and are a few steps from your bedroom door.

      This event has been endorsed by our Christian Education Committee. Read more and sign up online or download a brochure. Questions? Contact Sue George. 

    • November Featured Items for the Personal Care Closet
      Derry member Chris Cooper, with assistance from props mistress Kendall Cooper, presents the November featured items for Love INC of Greater Hershey's Personal Care Closet. Drop off dental floss and mouthwash in collection baskets at Derry Presbyterian Church or any of Love INC's partner churches or local businesses. 

    • Stewardship Update #4