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  • June - 2019
    • Pentecost Offering

      The Pentecost Offering is traditionally received on the day of Pentecost (June 9). It provides a direct way to meet the needs of children at risk, youth, and young adults. In addition, 40% of this offering can be kept by individual congregations for use in their own communities. Derry has designated Community Check-Up Center in Harrisburg to receive a portion of the 2019 Pentecost Offering receipts. The remaining 60% will be used for leadership development opportunities for Presbyterian youth and young adults and support for children-at-risk programs at the national level. Since 1998, Presbyterians of all ages have raised more than $8 million for these ministries that benefit younger members of God’s family.

    • Corn Roast! Save the Date: Aug 22

      Derry Church's annual corn roast and picnic will be held at Alexander’s farm in Hummelstown on Thursday, August 22. Save the date!

    • Thanks for a Great Church Picnic!

      Derry Church inside and out were busy places after worship on Sunday as hundreds enjoyed good food and fellowship.Thanks to coordinator Lauren Talhelm and to the Worship, Music & Arts Committee led by Al Porter for fantastic organization and planning, and to hospitality coordinator Loretta Chubb for invaluable kitchen prep and assistance. Thanks to Boy Scout Troop 200 scouts and leaders for building and overseeing the rope bridge and swing and cooking monkey bread over the campfire. Thank you to everyone who gave a helping hand: the setup and cleanup crews, the food servers, the ice cream scoopers, the hot dog grillers and kitchen prep crew, and to the many behind-the-scenes workers who helped to make the day a great success! See photos on Facebook.

    • Wear Red on Sunday

      Red is the liturgical color of the day for Pentecost... please do wear something red in worship on Sunday, June 9.

    • Sneaker Drive Savings at Reebok

      Once again the Reebok Outlet Store at the Tanger Outlets in Hershey is partnering with Love INC to provide an additional 20% off any store promotion for the duration of the Lace Up with Love INC sneaker drive (now through Aug 6). To be eligible for this additional discount, sneaker drive purchases must be deposited in the collection box at the store. NOTE: sneaker donations DO NOT have to be purchased at Reebok. All other donations may be placed in collection boxes at church.

    • A "Giant" Thank-You from Discovery Days

      Thanks to all who supported Derry Discovery Days Preschool in the Giant A+ School Rewards program. Those who linked their bonus cards earned our preschool for the 2018-19 school year! The funds will be used for professional development and training for the preschool staff. Thanks, Derry!

    • "Oh, Jonah!" Cast Photo

      Thanks to this talented cast for bringing to life the Old Testament story in worship on Sunday morning! "Oh, Jonah!" was a whale of a good time.

    • Big Thanks to the Mission House Committee

      The Mission House across the street was dedicated three years ago this month, but even before then the Mission House Committee was dreaming big and envisioning how the space would be used. Now with Love INC of Greater Hershey occupying much of the space, the committee's designated task has come to an end. Thanks to all who served so faithfully these past years: Kate Valenziano, ME Steelman, Sally McKinney, Karen Leader, Marion Alexander, Charlie Koch, Steve Yingst and Karen Carns.

  • May - 2019
    • June Featured Products for Love INC's Personal Care Closet

      Actor Ben Folts returns for an encore performance as our June featured items for Love INC of Greater Hershey's Personal Care Closet. Drop off shampoo and deodorant in collection baskets at church or at any of Love INC's partner churches or local businesses. 

    • Chris Houtz Will Lead Tuesday Evening Worship on June 11

      6:45 pm Tuesday, June 11 in the Chapel

      Derry’s own Chris Houtz, recently graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary and seeking his first call as a pastor, will fill Derry’s pulpit for Tuesday evening worship. You’re invited to come and worship and show your support.

    • Cookies Needed for the Holtzman/Heneghan Funeral

      If you'd like to contribute cookies for the June 8 funeral, sign up on Sunday in the coffee nook by the kitchen. Look for clipboard with tablet, and list your name, type of cookie and how many. Drop off cookies in the kitchen 9 am - 5 pm Thursday, June 6 and 9 am - 8 pm Friday, June 7. Questions? Call Loretta Chubb: 717 856-8709.

      Designate your memorial gifts to MADD.

    • Derry's Volunteer Portal Never Goes on Vacation

      When you're in town this summer, please do sign up on the volunteer portal to usher, greet, host post-worship fellowship, be a lay reader or host at the welcome center, even brighten someone's day by delivering flowers. Your help is needed all year long, and especially in the quieter summer months.

    • Can You Picture It?

      Attention adults: your childhood photo can be on the cover of the kid's bulletin this summer if you don't wait too long: just three open dates remain. Head shots are preferred, so dig up one of those old school photos and submit your favorite photo to Sue George or stop by the church office and we'll scan and return your photos to you. We're looking forward to sharing a wonderful assortment of photos with you: try to guess who's pictured before you open the cover from June 9 through Sept 1.

    • You Gotta Watch This Trailer!

      Check out the trailer for the "Oh, Jonah" musical happening in 10:30 am worship on Sunday, June 2! Hat tip to creative genius Pete Steelman, with a big shout-out to the amazingly talented bring to life the Old Testament story of Jonah in song and dance.

    • Picnic at the Vineyard on June 22 Benefits Love INC

      6-9 pm Saturday, June 22 at the Vineyard at Hershey, 598 Schoolhouse Rd,, Middletown

      Bring friends, family, neighbors and fellowship on the covered porch or in the blissful air-conditioned indoors for an evening of fun, food, fellowship, and music. Door prizes, light hors d'oeuvres, fire ring and free wine tasting. Tickets $20, proceeds benefit Love INC of Greater Hershey. Read more & RSVP.

    • 2019 VBS Registration & Volunteer Signup

      Join us for an adventurous week as we hear Jesus speak to us through his famous Parables. VBS will be held July 29-Aug 2 from 9 am - 12 pm. Children ages 4 through 5th grade are invited to join us for a fun-filled week of stories, music, crafts, games and snacks. Registration opens online in June and continues through Monday, July 15. 

      Many volunteers are needed as leaders in our classrooms, to help with snacks and registration, and to have fun in our story, craft and recreation rooms. Anyone in 6th grade and older is welcome to join the fun. Sign up online or pick up forms at the insert rack. All volunteers 18 and older need to provide clearances: Child Abuse from the PA Dept. of Human Services, Criminal History Record from the PA State Police and if you have not lived in the state of PA for the last ten consecutive years you will need the Federal Criminal History Record.

      Questions? Email or call the church (717-533-9667). We hope you will join us for Derry’s 2019 Vacation Bible School.

    • Sunday, June 2: Dress Casual and Wear Your Name Tag

      This Sunday, dress comfortably so you’ll be ready for the church picnic immediately following the 10:30 am service. Please wear your name tag throughout the picnic! Enjoy lunch indoors in Fellowship Hall or outside in the courtyard and front lawn, weather permitting. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs if you wish, though chairs and tables will be set up inside and out.

    • Sixth Annual Lace Up with Love INC Sneaker Drive

      June 2 through August 6, 2019

      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 box by the atrium mission closet. More info by calling Love INC: 717-835-0101.

    • May 2019 Session Highlights

      Derry's new mission statement (black) and vision statement (blue) were approved at the May Session meeting.

      • Jan Nixon of the Heritage Committee presented an update on the committee’s work. Pam Whitenack has agreed to chair the 300th anniversary committee and will be scheduling a meeting in the near future for those interested in helping with this event.
      • Approved baptism for Evangeline Minnich daughter of Derry members Valerie and Shaun Minnich for June 30, 2019.
      • Steven Guenther shared the Treasurer’s report and noted that April contributions were above budget. Thank you to all who faithfully support Derry through their weekly offering.
      • Session discussed and approved the recommendations of the Staffing Task Force and Personnel Committee for a new staffing model to focus on Derry’s youth/young adult ministry. This model includes the elimination of the part-time youth Director position and the calling of an Associate Pastor for Youth and Families.
      • At the request of the Property Management Task Force, the Session considered and approved creating a subcommittee to manage and oversee the Mansion Road and former flower shop properties. 
      • Over the past several months, Derry has been reading and hearing references to new proposed Mission and Vision statements. Pastor Stephen has referenced them in sermons, they were discussed at the College of Elders and Deacons meeting, and presented at the annual congregational meeting in February. At the May meeting, the Session officially approved the adoption of the revised Mission (We proclaim God’s word, share God’s love, and practice God’s justice) and Vision (To be an inquiring, inviting, and inclusive Christ-centered community) statements.
      • Approved Derry Discovery Days’ request to host the ice cream fundraiser at the Church picnic on June 2, 2019.
      • To reflect the increased scope of responsibilities, the Session approved changing the name of the Worship & Spiritual Life Committee to the Worship, Music & Arts Committee.
      • At the request of the Communications & Technology Committee, the Session approved advertising in The Central Voice. The ad will feature the new Mission Statement.
      • At the request of Stewardship & Finance, approval was granted to open a Pay Pal or Square account to facilitate accepting credit card payments for point-of-sale transactions.
    • Coming Soon: Camp Derry

      9-10:15 am Sundays, June 23, July 14 and August 18 in Fellowship Hall

      In place of traditional Sunday School, this summer we are offering a brand new program. Camp Derry is designed for all ages, all interests, and all who look forward to time with their Derry Church friends. Camp Derry will be held once a month over the summer and we encourage everyone to join us!

      Fellowship Hall will be transformed into Camp Derry, where we will come together around the "campfire" to share, sing, pray and listen to our Bible story for the day. From there you will choose what activities you would like to enjoy: crafts, games or mission projects. We will then regroup around the "campfire" before we dismiss.

      Mark your calendars and come join the fun! What a fun way to gather with your Derry friends during the summer months!

    • Oh, Jonah! on June 2

      A fully staged, costumed production of the Old Testament story of Jonah will be presented at the 10:30 am worship service on Sunday, June 2 in the Sanctuary. This fun-filled children's musical carries a serious message about responsibility. The musical is directed by Julie Miller. Derry’s annual church picnic follows the musical. The 8 am worship service will be held as usual in the Chapel.

    • May 25 is Orange Day

      On Orange Day, Presbyterian Women promote the awareness of exploitation of women and children and encourages supporting those working to end it. One of the PW Birthday Offering recipients, Wings of Refuge Restoration Home in Iowa Falls, is planning to provide a larger safe home in order to expand outreach to more women victimized by human trafficking. Monaghan Presbyterian Church, Dillsburg, is sponsoring a forum, Breaking the Chains of Human Trafficking, on June 9. Wear orange or an orange ribbon on the 25th, donate or attend the forum to show your support.

    • Homeland Hospice Offers Free Caregiver Education & Training on June 11

      10 am - 12 pm Tuesday, June 11 at Giant Community Center, 2300 Linglestown Rd., Harrisburg

      Family and professional caregivers are invited to attend this educational opportunity with Homeland Hospice staff. Topics include:

      • Signs and symptoms of impending death
      • What is hospice and when is it time to consider?
      • Communicating with family members and the dying patient
      • Helpful tips for caregivers of the hospice patient

      Light refreshments provided. Reservations are limited. RSVP by June 7
      to or call 717-829-5246. Please include names and emails.

    • Join a Lend A Hand Work Trip this Fall

      Sept 8-14 • Oct 13-19 • Nov 10-16 to Princeville, NC

      Sign up online or call the Lend A Hand office (717-731-8888) to be one of 20 volunteers to make a difference in the lives of families recovering from natural disasters. Cost of the trips has not been finalized but is expected to be $50 - $75 for the week. Read more or contact Marilyn Koch (717-503-6248).

    • May 2019 Financial Snapshot

      Cash Flow - Operating Fund as of 4/30/19

        Actual Budgeted
      Income YTD $535,935      $428,212
      Expenses YTD $433,628 $416,144
      Surplus (Deficit) YTD     $102,308 $12,068

      Questions? Contact Steven Guenther, treasurer.

    • One-Minute Answers to Your Important Questions: Ninth in a Series

      Pastor Stephen gives another one-minute answer to questions raised recently in a survey of church officers: which jobs around the church really need volunteers right now, and how can you sign up to help?

    • Young Adult Game Night: June 20

      6-8 pm Thursday, June 20 in Room 7

      Young adults age 18 and up (you get to decide how old young adults can be) are invited! Bring something for dinner and your favorite tabletop games to play with friends. If you can’t attend on  but are interested in future events, please contact Pastor Stephen.

    • Krislund Camp Welcomes New Executive Director

      It didn't take Kim Bossé long to realize that Krislund Camp and Conference Center is not your ordinary church camp. “One thing that has struck me is the dedication that people have to this camp,” the camp's new executive director said. “We have a group of volunteers who come out here every single week, there’s between 15 and 25 of them, and they spend the day doing projects around the camp. I’ve worked at a lot of camps and I’ve never seen a group that vital and that passionate about helping to move the camp forward, keeping it open and looking at the future but also balancing the traditions of the past. That’s very unique."

      Kim takes over for Gene Joiner, who left Krislund after five years at the camp. To read more about Kim and her goals and expectations for Camp Krislund, click here.

    • Youth Sunday 2019

      Thanks to these Derry Pres youth and leaders for sharing your gifts in worship on Youth Sunday, May 12!

    • It's Back: Quarters for Education, A Mission Project You Can Work on All Summer Long!

      In 2015 and 2017, dozens of Derry friends helped to raise money for the Sargodha boys' school in Pakistan by participating in this simple quarter-collecting fundraiser. On Sunday mornings beginning on May 19 , you can sign up to get a tube of mini M&Ms. When the tube is empty, fill it with quarters that will provide scholarships for Presbyterian Education Board students . Your generosity will enable more children to receive a quality Christian education. Read more at your tube of Quarters for Education to the offering plate when it’s full or by September 8.

    • Congratulations 2019 Graduates!

      Congratulations to our 2019 high school graduates! Row 1: Angelina Lerch, Lizzie Pease, Angela Basti. Row 2: Allyson DeBerry, Patrick Gavazzi. These students were recognized in worship on Sunday, May 12 and received handmade dorm blankets blessed by Derry's Shawl Ministry.

    • Congratulations, Third Graders!

      On Sunday, May 5, these third graders received their new Spark Bibles in worship. Front row: M.E. Steelman, Sarah Martin, Morghan Viozzi, Meredith Mosher, Conor Mullen and Pastor Stephen, Back row: Chrissy Schauble, Katie Steelman and Asher Barna. Not pictured: Bailey Carnecchia, Pip Muthambi and Eva Trautman. Congratulations to all!

    • Pilgrim Fellowship End of Year Picnic: May 19

      4-6 pm Sunday, May 19 at the Steelman's home

      Get ready for an afternoon of fun and food for our third- through fifth graders and their families! We'll also recognize our fifth graders and celebrate their promotion to Youth Group. RSVP to
      and let us know how many will be coming from your family. Click here to let us know what you will bring.

    • GriefShare Begins June 10

      A support group for people grieving the death of a loved one will get under way 6-8 pm Monday, June 10 in room 7AB and continue weekly through August 26. GriefShare is a Christian program that features 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. There is no cost to attend. Please register in advance by calling the church office: 717-533-9667. 

    • “Warehoused” Documentary + Discussion

      7-9 pm Thursday, June 6 in Room 7

      The Mission and Peace Committee invites you to a showing of “Warehoused,” a documentary that provides an intimate look at the plight long-term refugees face in the Dadaab, Kenya refugee camp. The term "warehoused" refers to refugees living in border camps for ten years or more without the right to work, generate income, move freely or choose their place of residence. 

      This 72-minute documentary follows several people as they try to carve out an existence in a temporary -- now turned permanent -- residence and serves as a microcosm for the often-forgotten millions of refugees living all over the world. “Warehoused” reveals the vital role nations and organizations play in the lives of millions of people in search of home.

      In recognition of International Refugee Day on June 20, the Mission and Peace Committee has invited staff from Church World Services (CWS) Lancaster to participate in the showing and share first-hand their experiences living in the Dadaab refugee camp. CWS is a faith-based organization supporting the refugee community with resettlement, employment and immigration legal services. An open forum of questions and answers with the CWS staff follows. Refreshments will be served.

    • Four-Week Series: Introduction to Islam

      11 am - 12 pm June 3, 10, 17 & 24 in room 7AB

      Join Pastor Marie for an exploration of the basic beliefs of Islam: we'll watch part of the PBS series “Islam: Empires of Faith” and discuss the book The Muslim Next Door by Sumbul Ali-Karamali.

      Imam Dzemal Crnkic from the Bosnian Islamic Center in Mechanicsburg will be our guest one week. There will be opportunities to visit the Hershey Islamic Center in Hummelstown for Friday prayers. Another series of classes on Islam is planned in February 2020 for our Sunday morning adult Issues Class.

    • Flower Basket Pick-Up Happens this Sunday!

      Sunday, May 12 in Fellowship Hall

      Did you order a flower basket in support of our Derry Pres youth? Baskets will be available for pickup in Fellowship Hall following both worship services. Thank you for your support of Derry's youth ministry!

    • Try It on Sunday!

      Members of the Communications & Technology Committee tried out Derry’s new photo prop frame at their May meeting, and this Sunday, you can try it, too. Grab your mother or grandmother and take a fun Mother's Day photo... pop in with a friend or one or more of our very talented youth or graduating seniors, then post the picture on your social media channels and tag Derry Church. It will be back for other church events, including the church picnic on June 2.

    • One-Minute Answers to Your Important Questions: Eighth in a Series

      Pastor Stephen gives another one-minute answer to questions raised recently in a survey of church officers: what kinds of financial checks and balances are in place at Derry Church?

    • Hummelstown Community Singers Present "Songs of Stage and Screen" on May 19

      3 pm Sunday, May 19 at Hummelstown United Church of Christ, 104 E Main St., Hummelstown

      Now in its 28th season, the Hummelstown Community Singers include Derry members Naomi Lemmon and Bob Hanna (also members of our Sanctuary Choir). Join them for an afternoon of great music from movies and musicals. Admission is free, and refreshments follow the performance.

    • 'The Sound and the Fury' Organ Concert on May 10

      7 pm Friday, May 10 at Pine Street Presbyterian Church, Harrisburg

      GRAMMY Award-winning organist Paul Jacobs has received praise from audiences and critics alike: “An obliterating performance by one of the major musicians of our time” (The New Yorker); “a virtuoso of dazzling technical acumen” (The New York Times); “one of the greatest living virtuosos . . . utterly without artifice” (The Washington Post); and “America’s leading organ performer” (The Economist). 

      A native of Washington, PA, Mr. Jacobs is the only organist to ever win a GRAMMY for a solo album. He is the chair of the organ department at the Juilliard School in New York. His extensive repertoire includes the complete works of Bach, Messiaen, Vierne, and others. Numerous concerti have been written for him and he has been a champion for new music throughout his career. Free parking in the South Street garage. Donations appreciated. 

    • Annual Church Picnic

      Festivities begin after the 10:30 am service on Sunday, June 2

      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! Choose from indoor and outdoor seating. For the kids there’s face painting, rides and games on the front lawn plus dutch oven monkey bread! Ice cream purchases will help to send youth to summer conferences. 

      $8 adults; $5 kids (4-12); FREE under 4. After May 26: $10 Adults $5 kids. Tickets sold on Sunday mornings, May 12, 19 & 26.

    • "Derry Talks" Returns on Sunday

      9:15 - 10 am Sundays, May 5, 12, 19 & 26 in the John Elder Classroom
      The popular adult ed class is back for the month of May! This month's discussion is based on the book, "Who's Got Time? Spirituality For a Busy Generation." This series is facilitated by Nicola Burke.

    • April 2019 Session Highlights
      • Approved the following Baptisms for children of Derry members on June 30: 
        • Roman & Giada Petrozziello, children of Carmine & Jessica Petrozziello. Jessica, whose baptism was approved by the Session in February, will also be baptized at the same time as her children.
        • Delaney Gorman, daughter of James & Christine Gorman.
      • The session also approved baptizing two youths, Dominic & Ethan Infanti, and receiving them as members upon their Profession of Faith. Dominic & Ethan are the sons of Derry Member Cathy Infanti and attend our Tuesday evening service. No firm date for the baptism and confirmation has been set.
      • Roll updates were approved as follows:
      • Transfer of members Winton & Ann DeShong to Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren
      • Remove the following members at their requests due to relocation: Greg Poland and Brenna Goodman
      • Remove Dawn Wolfe Bellaman as she is active at another church.
      • Approved the use of Derry Church for the weddings of Michael Reed & Jennifer Toth on May 25, 2019 and Steve Miller & Keri Keck for October 12, 2019.
      • Reviewed and approved the creation of the Derry Presbyterian Church Youth Servant Leadership Scholarship. The purpose of the scholarship is to recognize graduating high school seniors in our congregation who have led through involvement and service at Derry. Plans are underway to implement the scholarship process next year so that it would be in place for high school students graduating in 2020. 
      • Approved the updated DPC Employee Handbook.
      • At the request of the Worship & Spiritual Life Committee, the Session approved a payment schedule for compensating Sanctuary Choir pianists, substitute organists, and substitute sanctuary choir conductors. 
      • Steven Guenther shared the Treasurer’s report. Currently, income is on track with the budget. 
    • PW News & Updates
      • Deadline for PW's next Boxtops4Education mailing is May 19. Leave them in PW basket on the mission closet, making sure expiration dates are 6/30/19 or later.
      • Hygiene bags for the Domestic Violence Center at the YWCA will be assembled within the next month. We're collecting wide-tooth combs, disposable razors, toothbrushes and tissue packets in the PW basket in the mission closet. Thanks to all who took a set of ten bags to sew... you did a great job.
      • The next gathering of PW in Carlisle Presbytery will be on Aug 24 at Centre Presbytery Church, Loysville.  Rev. Allison Spooner will introduce the 2019-20 Bible Study, "Love Carved in Stone: A Fresh Look at the Ten Commandments." The afternoon program will be a discussion of the book Waking Up White by Debby Irving.
    • One-Minute Answers to Your Important Questions: Seventh in a Series

      Pastor Stephen gives another one-minute answer to questions raised recently in a survey of church officers: why do we use outside musicians to supplement our music program?

    • Buy a Bag and Support the Hershey Food Bank
      Hershey Food Bank and Community Outreach has been selected as the beneficiary of the GIANT Bags 4 My Cause Program. Each time a reusable Bags 4 My Cause Bag is purchased in May at the GIANT grocery store on Cocoa Avenue in Hershey, the Food Bank will receive a $1 donation. Bags 4 My Cause Bags are located on displays around the store and at the checkout and cost $2.50 each
    • Forum: Breaking the Chains of Human Trafficking on June 9

      2 pm Sunday, June 9 at Monaghan Presbyterian Church, Dillsburg

      As the term Human Trafficking is heard more and more on the news, it is important that we understand what it is, who the victims are, and how we might be able to help. Our area of the country, although beautiful, is surrounded by accessible highways, that connect us to the major cities on the East Coast easily. Because of this and many other reasons, trafficking is all around us.

      Carlisle Presbytery's Education and Mission Advocacy Committees are working together to bring knowledge about and advocacy for this topic. We invite you to attend and hear from a representative that works in Adams County and with Dillsburg on efforts to inform, train, and respond to human trafficking. 


  • April - 2019
    • May Featured Products for Love INC's Personal Care Closet

      Watch as Claudia Holtzman presents the May featured products for Love INC of Greater Hershey's Personal Care Closet. Drop sunscreen and band-aids in the designated basket in the mission closet by the church mailboxes. Heads up: first make sure you've already seen the April product video!

    • Sanctuary Choir Takes a Road Trip

      On Sunday, April 28, our Sanctuary Choir and interim music director Dan Stokes will present the anthem at the 10:30 am service at Christ Lutheran Church, one of our mission partners in Harrisburg. Derry members and friends invited to join them. You'll still see Dan at the organ for our 8 am service, and Patrick McMullen from Lebanon Valley College returns to play for our 10:30 am service.

    • Ride the Hershey Trolley with the Derry Seniors

      9:30 am Tuesday, June 4 • Meet at the Trolley Depot at the Entrance to Chocolate World

      The Derry Seniors invite you to get on board the Hershey Trolley for the inspiring story of Milton Hershey and a one-of-a kind opportunity to learn about the town of Hershey -- including the original chocolate factory, Mr. Hershey’s birthplace, his home Highpoint Mansion, Chocolate Avenue, the Hershey Kiss Streetlights, HersheyPark, and Milton Hershey School. You don't have to be a "senior" to join the fun: all ages welcome. $13.95/person for the entertaining 70-minute ride. Sign up and pay on Sunday mornings through May 26 in the Narthex and at the May 21 gathering of the Derry Seniors. Make checks payable to Derry Church, notated "Trolley Ride." Questions? Contact Ruth Holp: 717-534-2862.

    • April 2019 Financial Snapshot

      Cash Flow - Operating Fund as of 3/31/19

        Actual Budgeted
      Income YTD $362,200 $321,159
      Expenses YTD $356,826 $312,114
      Surplus (Deficit) YTD $5,375 $9,045

      Questions? Contact Steven Guenther, treasurer.

    • One Great Hour of Sharing: WOW!

    • It's Time for Presbyterian Women's Birthday Offering

      The Birthday Offering of Presbyterian Women will fund four projects this year. One recipient is the Disaster Relief Team of the Presbytery of Charlotte. The grant will help to provide a warehouse, parking lot and security fencing for storing household goods, food hygiene and school kits, and clean-up buckets. Mobile shower units and disaster recovery trailers will also be stored there, allowing for expanded ministry to support people affected by human-made and natural disasters. Make checks payable to Derry Church, notated "Birthday Offering" and drop in the offering plate any Sunday now through May.

    • Your Clothing Donations Benefit the Community Check-Up Center

      In the midst of your spring cleaning, you may find clothing you no longer need or want. We have a solution for you: place items in a bag marked "Community Check-Up Center" and drop it off at our mission closet. Or call Gretchen Ballard (717-566-5812) and let her know you have items ready for pickup. Thanks, Derry!

    • Co-Ed Softball Season Opens May 7

      Derry’s co-ed softball team opens its 2019 season 8-10 pm Tuesday, May 7 at Veteran’s Park, off Elmerton Avenue in Harrisburg. Men and women age 16 and older are welcome to play on Derry’s recreational softball team. Players, please call or text coach Keri Keck (717-743-6600) for more information, including practice games. View the complete schedule

    • 11th Annual Commonwealth Interfaith Service- Prayers for Justice & Peace: Apr 29

      6-8 pm Monday, Apr 29 at Hadee Mosque, 245 Division Street, Harrisburg. Free parking available

      A celebration of the rich diversity of faith traditions in Pennsylvania in prayer, music, and dance. Join us for our 11th year in raising a collective voice for a more just and peaceful world. Help us to build a culture of shalom, hospitality, and welcome! Come early for music before the service... following the service, stay for a reception hosted by the Mosque. Read more.
    • 5th Annual 5K Hummelstown Hunger Run/Walk: May 11

      10 am Saturday, May 11 at Schaffner Boro Park, corner of Poplar Avenue & Water Street, Hummelstown

      Registrants and volunteers who bring a nonperishable food item for our collection bin will be entered into a drawing for one of 100+ gift certificates provided by our local sponsors. Proceeds benefit the Hummelstown Food Pantry. Outback Steakhouse will provide free lunch and Sweet Dawgs will provide frozen yogurt and slushies after the event. Read more or call Jill Osevala (717-512-6922). Register.

    • Live Streaming Holy Week Services

      If you can’t join us in person, you can watch tonight’s Maundy Thursday worship live stream and tomorrow night's Good Friday worship live stream, both beginning at about 6:50 pm. On Easter Sunday, April 21, live stream of the 11 am service will begin at about 10:50 am.

    • Parking Solutions on Easter Sunday

      Finding a convenient parking space on one of the busiest days at Derry Church can be challenging. Keep in mind that the Hershey Trust parking lot is available for overflow parking, with shuttle service beginning at 8:30 am and continuing through the morning. 

    • Save Room for Derry’s Delicious Easter Breakfast

      8:30 - 11 am Sunday, April 21 in Fellowship Hall

      Every year Charlie Koch and a team of fabulous volunteers serve up a great start to Easter with a delicious breakfast that includes pancakes and sausage, egg casserole, fruit, juice and coffee. No need for reservations. The cost? It’s up to you: your donation will support 2019 mission projects.

    • Derry Pres Youth: Flower Basket Fundraiser Update

      For the next 36 seconds, hang out with Natalie, Emma, and the daffodils so you can find out some important flower-related information.

    • Children and Sacraments Class Prepares Communion Bread

      These children gathered on Monday with their families, Pastor Stephen, Pastor Marie and M.E. Steelman to learn about the sacraments. They will be participating in tonight's Maundy Thursday worship and made the gluten-free bread that will be served during communion. Please join them in the Sanctuary at 7 pm for this moving, sacred service.

    • Engage: Rock 'n Roll Worship on May 18

      5 pm Saturday, May 18 in the Sanctuary

      Join us for worship that engages the theme of time, with rock ’n roll music from the 1950s to today. You'll also experience live painting, scripture, a meditation, and the sharing of stories. Our talented Derry Church musicians are excited to lead us in songs from Buffalo Springfield and the Byrds to the Foo Fighters and Panic at the Disco. Dress casual and bring your friends and family for another uplifting and engaging worship experience.
    • Concert Pianist Joseph Kingma Plays Mozart, Mendelssohn, Liszt on May 19

      4 pm Sunday, May 19 in the Sanctuary

      Award-winning pianist Joseph Kingma will perform Mozart’s 9 Variations on Jean-Pierre Duport: Minuet for Piano in D major, K. 573 "Duport Variationen,” Mendelssohn’s “Fantasie in F-sharp minor, Op. 28 ("Sonate écossaise"), and Liszt’s “Two Concert Etudes and Sonata in B minor when he returns for his second appearance at Derry Church and the final concert of the 2018-19 Arts Alive season. Free will offering.

    • Mt. Gretna: A History in Postcards on May 21

      10 am Tuesday, May 21 in Fellowship Hall

      The Derry Seniors welcome Sue Hostetter, President, Mt. Gretna Area Historical Society. You'll learn about the history of Mt. Gretna in a fascinating 45-minute visual presentation that includes clips from the video "Mt Gretna's Perennial Spirit." Then check out a display table of pictures and memorabilia. Sue Hostetter, a full-time resident of Mt Gretna and a retired high school librarian, will also highlight upcoming summer programs. Bring your questions! Free. Lunch follows ($3/person).

    • Hosts Needed for After-Eight Post-Worship Fellowships

      If you've enjoyed a light snack in the Narthex following the 8 am service, we hope you'll consider reciprocating and treating others to some fruit, donut holes or sweet breads. Dates are available beginning May 5. Jump on the Volunteer Portal, select the 8 am tab at bottom left, then scroll across the page to the far right to find open dates in the pink Post-Worship Fellowship column. Or stop by the Welcome Center on Sundays or call Teresa Hutcheson (717-533-9667) for assistance.

    • Webinar: Christian Responses to Opioids in May

      7 pm Thursdays, May 9, 16, 23 & 30

      Synod of the Trinity is offering "Into the Light: Christian Responses to Opioids," a webinar on the opioid epidemic that is a major issue in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio. The conversation revolves around a seven-session curriculum that was created by the Presbytery of Redstone's Addiction Ministry Network. Just how ramped is the opioid problem in our communities? How can congregations be part of the conversation? Find out in this four-part webinar. Learn more about the curriculum and what will be discussed. RSVP To Mike Givler

    • Final Standings: Mission Madness 2019

      Congratulations to Michael “Repeat!” Yutesler, who officially cements the Yutesler clan as the First Family of Mission Madness. Julie was the champ last year, and the odds of a spouse repeating are, well…remote! Congrats Family Yutesler…hopefully there’s enough room on your mantle for a second trophy!

      Greg “Pavarotti” Harris finishes a close second, just one point behind our champ. He won’t go home empty-handed: along with a Top 5 medal, Greg owns the title of “Best in Choir.”

      Marty “Bam Bam” Walker takes home third place, and also “Best in Session” honors.

      The Top 5 is rounded out by Jim “The Warlock” Warnock and Seth “Spinal Tap” Mullen. Great job by you superstar prognosticators.

      Others garnering recognition are my very own Ellie “Giggles” Steelman, “Best in Children” winner and 10th place overall. (She also wins our family trophy, and will probably never let us hear the end of it!)

      “Best in Staff” honors go to Jackie “Babyface” Lerch,  and “Best in Youth” honors go to Kate “Sunshine” Patton, who finished in the top 20 as the highest scoring MS/HS student.

      Watch for a “presentation of awards” moment at one of the 10:30 am services after Easter for Mike and the rest of the top 5 to collect their hardware.

    • Third Graders & Their Families Will Learn About the Bible

      5-7 pm Sunday, Apr 28 in Room 7

      Led by Pastor Stephen and M.E. Steelman, this program will include dinner and an opportunity for families to gather to explore the Bible together. Third graders will receive their new Bibles in worship on Sunday, May 5. RSVP to M.E. Steelman by Wednesday, Apr 24.

    • One-Minute Answers to Your Important Questions: Sixth in a Series

      Pastor Stephen gives another one-minute answer to questions raised recently in a survey of church officers: why don't we offer more Bible studies?

    • 13th Annual Spaghetti Dinner Benefits the Community Check-Up Center: May 2

      6-8:30 pm Thursday, May 2 in the Market Square Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, to support the work of the Community Check-Up Center in Hall Manor. Proceeds help to support women’s and children’s health care in a traditionally underserved area. Buffet style dinner with wine and silent auction. $40 for adults. Free parking in the garage adjacent. RSVP by Monday, April 22 to the Community Check-Up Center (717-233-1700) and specify vegetarian or meat sauce and gluten-free.

    • Mulching Help Needed on Apr 27

      8 am - 12 pm Saturday, April 27

      Pitchforks and wheelbarrows needed along with willing hands and strong bodies. Volunteers, please contact Tom or Nancy Kitzmiller: 717-566-4138.

    • Walk for a Healthy Community: May 18

      Saturday, May 18 at Harrisburg Area Community College, held rain or shine. This year’s Walk for a Healthy Community celebrates its 14th year in Harrisburg and benefits 48 health and human service organizations including Bethesda Mission and the Community Check-Up Center that are supported by Derry Church. Onsite registration and check-in begins 7:45 am. The 5K walk starts at 9 am, and a 1-Mile Fun Walk starts at 9:15 am.  

    • Kiss Hershey Back on May 11

      8:30 am-1 pm Saturday, May 11, an annual community-wide clean-up effort. A free event with food raffles, kid-friendly activities and more will take place 1-3 pm at the tent on the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Read more and volunteer.

    • Are You the Proud Parent of a High School or College Grad?

      Derry Church wants to celebrate with you! In preparation for Graduate Recognition Sunday on May 12, the church office needs information on all those graduating from high school and college by Sunday, April 28. Please send the following details to Jackie Lerch: name(s) of the graduate(s) and their parent or parents; school graduating from, school attending in the fall and anticipated course of study or the graduate’s future plans if known. Please include a photo of your high school senior.

    • Susquehanna Chorale Concert at Derry Church: May 10

      The Susquehanna Chorale will present "Singing the Dance of Life" 8 pm Friday, May 10 in the Sanctuary and 8 pm Saturday, May 11 at Messiah College's High Center for performing arts. Derry's own Greg Harris is one of the faces you’ll recognize among the acclaimed 36-voice chamber choir. Tickets available at the Messiah College box office (717-691-6036) and at the door. $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $5 students.  

    • One-Minute Answers to Your Important Questions: Fifth in a Series

      Pastor Stephen gives another one-minute answer to questions raised recently in a survey of church officers: why do we have communion so often?


    • Your Photos Requested for Summer Children's Bulletins

      Since 2007 the covers of our children's bulletins have featured the faces of children in our congregation. This summer, we'd like to go back in time and use childhood photos of the adults who never had a chance to be on the cover. Head shots are preferred, so dig up some of those old school photos and email your favorites to Sue George, or stop by the church office and we'll scan and return your photos to you. Photos will be used in the order they're received, so send them in now and they'll be published June 9 through September 1. Thanks, Derry!

    • Greeters Needed on Easter Sunday, Apr 21

      Sign up on the Volunteer Portal to welcome guests as they arrive to worship at 8 am, 9:30 am or 11 am, or contact Donna Powell (717-265-3311). Thanks, Derry!

    • Baptized on March 31

      Congratulations and best wishes to Craig and Kelly Barth (and big brother Conley) on the March 31 baptism of their daughter Adelaide Patricia!

    • News from Loretta's Kitchen
      • Containers used to bring cupcakes & salads to church are waiting to go back home. Take yours from the table outside the kitchen. After April 7, containers will find a new home at the Jubilee Shop.
      • Do you have a 4-6 cup china teapot you no longer need? Bring it to the kitchen or Loretta's desk in the office, and we'll use it for upcoming church events.
    • Church Picnic Volunteers Needed

      Derry's annual church picnic will be held on Sunday, June 2. The picnic would not be possible without many helping hands. Will you help? Sign up on Picnic tab in the Volunteer Portal. Tasks include Saturday & Sunday morning setup, outdoor crew, indoor crew & food service, and cleanup. Questions? Contact Lauren Talhelm.

    • March 2019 Session Highlights
      • Approved Baptismal Instruction and Infant Baptism for Adelaide Patricia Barth, daughter of Derry members Kelly & Craig Barth for March 31, 2019. 
      • The Stabler Foundation (established by Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler in 1966 exclusively for charitable, religious, scientific, literary, or educational purposes) has generously awarded a grant of $10,000 to Derry Presbyterian Church.  This grant will be used to defray the cost of repointing the Chapel bell tower. Thank you to Bill Alexander for his assistance in obtaining this grant. 
      • Renewed the yearly Covenant of Agreement for Pastoral Relationship with Rev. Dr. Marie L. Buffaloe. 
      • Approved several member requests to use Fellowship Hall; approved the use of the Sanctuary for a cello recital on May 11 and for a pre-school graduation for Seedlings Academy for Young Learners on May 18. 
      • Nicola Burke presented an update on the activities of the Associate Pastor Nominating Committee which to date has reviewed approximately 40 applicants.  
      • Pastor Marie requested approval to officiate at a Communion service on April 9 at the conclusion of the current GriefShare session.  Session approved the request. 
      • Derry Discovery Days’ request to hold their Fall Festival and silent auction on Saturday, November 2, 2019 was approved.
      • Steven Guenther shared the Treasurer’s report. Currently, expenses are ahead of budget due to items such as Per Capita contributions and insurance payments which occur early in the year.  These items will be accounted for as the year moves forward.  
      • At the request of the Communications & Technology committee, the session approved a Capital Procurement Requisition in the amount of $1,000 to contract with L&H Signs for up to 3 conceptual signage designs to replace/update Derry’s outdoor signage.  
      • At the request of Jackie Lerch, Session approved a ministry partnership with UNITE Youth, a connectional ministry of churches in the greater Hershey area committed to uniting youth by sharing the love of Jesus and hope of the gospel. 
      • The Session approved committee memberships. In addition, Cindy Warnock and Marty Walker will be the Elders serving on the 2019 Nominating Committee. 
      • At the request of the Long Range Planning Committee, the Session received for a first reading a proposal to establish a youth scholarship.  If approved, the scholarship would be awarded to one of Derry’s graduating high school students and would recognize that individual’s service, participation and involvement at Derry.  Elders were asked to review the request with their various committees.  Approval of the initiative will be brought for a vote at the April stated meeting.
      • Several months ago, the issue of whether Session should authorize the sale of the Mansion Road property was brought for consideration. At that time, Session asked that a Task Force comprised of individuals from Building & Grounds, Stewardship & Finance and Long Range Planning take up the matter for discussion and report back to the Session in March.  At this meeting, Craig Kegerise, chairman of the Property Task Force introduced Ken Pearl (B&G – pro sale) and George Porter (S&F – anti sale) to present the noted viewpoints.  After listening to the presentations, the Session voted to retain ownership of the Mansion Road property and all properties currently owned by Derry Presbyterian Church. In addition, the Session recommended that the Task Force look into how the properties can be managed more efficiently. 
  • March - 2019
    • Young Adult Game Night + More to Come!

      On Sunday evening, March 24, 14 young adults gathered to have dinner and play board games. The fun continues 3-5 pm Saturday, May 6. Contact Pastor Stephen to get on the email distribution list. Stay tuned for details!

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

      Derry member Joseph Chubb presents our April featured items for Love INC of Greater Hershey's Personal Care Closet. 

    • One-Minute Answers to Your Important Questions: Fourth in a Series

      A ten-question survey was sent out to all church officers recently. After reviewing the results of the survey, Pastor Stephen is providing video answers to a number of questions that other church members may also be wondering about. In question #4, Pastor Stephen explains how we follow up on Derry Church members we haven't seen in a while.

    • Welcome Derry's Newest Members!

      Clinton and Christina Simmons and their children Everett and Evangelina reside in Elizabethtown. Clinton is from the Lancaster area and was raised in the Brethren in Christ Church. Christina grew up in Ohio and Connecticut and was raised in the Christian Missionary Alliance Church. They met at Messiah College. After college, they pursued teaching in New York City and received their Masters degrees in education: Christina for English as a second language and Clinton for math. They went on to serve as missionaries in Ecuador, and have returned to central PA. Clinton changed careers to become a financial planner. Christina completed her PhD in education last spring and teaches English as a second language and English. The Simmons love to travel, read, and cook. They joined on March 24 by reaffirmation of faith in Jesus Christ.

    • Monday Night is Tech Night

      7 pm Monday, Apr 1 in the John Elder Classroom

      The women's Monday night study group is offering a tech night for anyone interested in learning some tech basics and best practices from Sue George. There will be plenty of time for questions and hands-on help with your own portable devices thanks to Joanne McMullen and Claudia Holtzman lending their tech expertise. 

    • Youth Flower Basket Fundraiser

      Reserve baskets Sunday mornings through April 28 • Pickup on Mother's Day/Youth Sunday, May 12

      Choose from five varieties of 10” hanging baskets provided by Long’s Nursery in Palmyra:

      • Combination for Sun: Mix of Calibrachoa, Trailing Verbena, Lantana
      • Combination for Shade: Mix of Fern, Begonia, Wandering Jew, Spider Plant
      • Geranium with Vinca: Calliope Red Geranium (trailing/mounding variety) with Variegated Vinca Vine
      • Begonia: Bonfire Bright Orange Flowering Begonia with Pointed Leaves
      • Supercal: Hybrid between Petunia and Calibrachoa, Always  Showing Color. Colors will vary.

      Baskets are $20 each, with proceeds supporting Derry's youth program. Make checks payable to Derry Presbyterian Church. 

    • Family Promise is Back In Town Apr 7-13

      Spring into service by volunteering at Family Promise of Harrisburg Capital Region. Van drivers, chaperones, and meal takers are needed. Just a few hours of your time will provide much-needed support to families who are working hard to get their lives back on track. Learn more about Family Promise in this Today Show 5-minute video. Sign up:

    • Another Great Isaac's Fundraiser!

      Thanks to all who came out for dinner at Isaac’s Famous Grilled Sandwiches last Thursday in the pouring rain ... you helped to raise $178 toward scholarships for Presbyterian Education Board students in Pakistan! Watch for more opportunities to support education across the globe in months to come.

    • Mental Health Focus in September

      In September Derry Church will focus on mental health issues, and continue in October with outside experts coming in to address Issues Class. Do you have a story to share in the eNews on this important topic? Contact Sue George.

    • Who Wants to Play Church Softball this Spring?

      The team is forming now, with games played in the evenings in May and June at Veterans Field, off Elmerton Avenue in Harrisburg. Contact Keri Keck to sign up (text or call 717-743-6600).

    • Summer Mission Trip to Honduras: Jul 29-Aug 5

      As the Presbytery of Carlisle continues its partnership with the church in Honduras, planning for a summer mission trip is in the works! The trip will take place July 29-August 5. Participants will help to build a home for a member of a Presbyterian Church in Honduras. All skill levels welcome! Please consider God's call to serve as the hands and feet of Christ in Honduras. It can be a life-changing experience. Interested? There's room in the group for you! For more information, please contact the Rev. Vernon Gauthier at 717-776-7525. Vern is pastor of First United Presbyterian Church, Newville and will serve as the coordinator for this trip.

    • BIG TENT Aug 1-3 in Baltimore

      The 2019 Big Tent theme, Called to a Movement beyond Institution, will emphasize our hope of the Gospel and its power to challenge institutional conventions. The goal is to come together and live in this moment, immersed in our current cultural context of racial division, gender inequality, and economic disparity to be renewed, refreshed and reformed, so that we may be sent out to affect change in our own communities.

      Big Tent will provide a place where our Presbyterian polity and identity is the foothold by which we proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in action and answer the call to discern the will of God together. Through worship, Bible study, learning opportunities, and active engagement with one another and the community, attendees will encounter the Church participating in God’s mission for the transformation of creation and humanity. Read more and register.

    • Today/Tonight: One More Isaac's Fundraiser!

      10 am - 9 pm Thursday, Mar 21 at Isaac's Restaurant in Hummelstown

      Can we beat the February total of $243 for school scholarships for Presbyterian Education Board students in Pakistan? Let’s find out!  Bring this form along with your friends and family and enjoy a delicious meal -- last chance in 2019!

    • March 2019 Financial Snapshot

      Cash Flow - Operating Fund as of 2/28/19

        Actual Budgeted
      Income YTD $231,476  $214,106
      Expenses YTD $269,256  $208,076
      Surplus (Deficit) YTD ($37,780) $6,030


      Mission & Peace moved some of their expense to earlier in the year, and per-capita and insurance were paid for the year in February. Questions? Contact Steven Guenther, treasurer.

    • One-Minute Answers to Your Important Questions: Third in a Series

      This week Pastor Stephen takes less than a minute to answer a new question raised by a recent church officer survey: can the post worship fellowship food be less fancy?

    • $10,000 Grant Received from the Stabler Foundation

      At a meeting of the Board of Directors of The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation held last month, a grant in the amount of $10,000 was approved for Derry Church to be used for repointing our historic bell tower. The work on this $34,000 project to repair and restore a portion of the Chapel's masonry will begin this spring.

    • Krislund Camp 2019 Summer Registration Open

      Generations of Derry Church children have made Krislund Camp a part of their summer and consider it a formative part of their faith journey. Krislund has something for everyone: Mini Camps, Base Camp, Specialty Camps, Family Camp and Grandparent Camp. Download a brochure and register now!

    • Kids to Krislund Fundraising Dinner & Auction: Apr 28

      3-6 pm Sunday, April 28 at the Krislund Camp RC (Recreation Center) 
      Join us at Krislund Camp for an afternoon of fun and fellowship as we raise money to fund our "Campership" program, which provides financial assistance to those campers who might otherwise not be able to experience Krislund. The afternoon starts with a reception at 3 pm, followed by a delicious home-cooked meal and auction featuring unique items from local craftspeople. $50/person or $100/couple. RSVP to or call (814) 422-8878 by April 20.

    • New Member Classes Begin April 28

      9:15 am Sunday, Apr 28 in the Lounge • Repeated 6-7 pm Wednesdays beginning May 1

      Meet church staff and leaders and find out more about the mission and ministry of Derry Church and how you can get involved. Those who decide to join will be received as members at the 10:30 am service on Sunday, May 26. Register by Wednesday, Apr 24 (717-533-9667).
    • 11th Annual Mission Classic: June 1

      8 am Saturday, June 1 at Deer Valley Golf Course, Hummelstown

      This four-person scramble offers lots of contests. If you don’t have a foursome, sign up and we’ll make a group for you. Proceeds will benefit the Hershey Food Bank and Community Outreach which provides for those who are in need of food and household items throughout the Hershey area. Download a brochure.