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  • December - 2017
    • Thanks Christmas Decorators!

      This team of decorating elves went to work on Wednesday night to dress up the church for Christmas. Come see the decorations on Sunday! Thanks for your hard work and creativity.

    • Sign the Congregational Christmas Card!

      It’s the easy way to send Christmas greetings to your entire Derry Church family while you save on paper and postage and help those in need. The Christmas card will be available to sign in the Narthex on Sundays, December 10, 17 & 24. All donations received will help to offset the cost of Derry’s food ministries at Downtown Daily Bread, Penn National racetrack, and Delta Housing. The card will be included in an upcoming edition of this e-newsletter. Merry Christmas from the Mission & Peace Committee!

    • Cookie Walk Report

      These smiling ladies were on hand Saturday morning to welcome shoppers to the 2017 Cookie Walk. Thanks to all the bakers, jumbles donors, callers, organizers, buyers, salespeople, and other helpers for making the Cookie Walk and Jumbles Shop a success.

      Last Saturday’s Cookie Walk raised $2,231 ... the Jumbles Shop received $2,107 for a grand total of $4,338 that will go toward Presbyterian Women’s mission.

      Trays and containers can be picked up in the Narthex near the kitchen until December 17... after that date you can purchase them from the Jubilee shop in Palmyra.

    • Stocking Stuffers

      "These Days" devotional booklets for January through March are now available in baskets throughout the church. Pick up a few extra to give to loved ones this holiday season.

    • A Candlelight Christmas: Concerts Dec 15-17

      The Susquehanna Chorale will present three concerts this Christmas season featuring one of choral music’s most popular Christmas works, Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols: 8 pm Friday, December 15 at High Center, Messiah College, Grantham; 8 pm Saturday, December 16 at Church of the Brethren, Elizabethtown; and 4 pm Sunday, December 17 at Market Square Presbyterian Church, Harrisburg. Participating from Derry Church are choir members Greg Harris, Janice Click Holl and frequent visitor Linda Tedford, artistic director, founder and conductor of the Chorale. Tickets ($20 in advance, $25 at the door; $5 students) through the Messiah College Box Office: 717-691-6036.

    • Silent Auction Shout-Out

      Many thanks to all the Derry artists, craftsmen in Hershey and Nicaragua, and to the bidders who made this year's Silent Auction a success: a total of $950 was raised for Mission Week 2018.

    • Coin Return on Sunday

      Your Change 4 Children coins collected on December 10 at the end of each service go to the Alliance for Children Everywhere, which celebrated 20 years in Zambia. Their outreach has included 1000 children in crisis receiving nurturing care at House of Moses and Bill and Bette Bryant Crisis Nursery, 3000 families receiving nutrition, job training, and spiritual support through Family Preservation Program, 950 orphaned or abandoned children being reintegrated with their biological families or found forever homes and 13,000 students have received quality education through FaithWorks Christian Schools and Helen DeVos Christian School. Through 2016, Derry has contributed $12,600 towards their work. 

      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. 

      Please return your coins in Ziploc bags to the designated baskets. 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 2018, so keep on gathering those coins.

    • Pilgrim Fellowship Brings Christmas Joy: Dec 17

      12-3:30 pm Sunday, December 17 for grades 3-5. Bring your lunch to room 7 following worship. Practice Christmas carols on hand chimes, then travel to Londonderry Village to spread Christmas joy. Pickup 3:15 pm in Palmyra or 3:30 pm at the church. Dress in layers because the room will be warm. Parent chaperones needed! RSVP to by Wednesday, December 13.

    • Fill and Deliver Blessing Baskets This Sunday

      You’re invited to fill and deliver a Blessing Basket to one of Derry’s neighbors after worship on Sunday, December 10 in Fellowship Hall. Pick a basket and fill it with some of the donated items including candy, mini breads, notepads, flashlights, and more. We’ll include a special invitation to Christmas Eve worship at Derry. Once you fill a basket, you can sign up to take it to a specific neighbor around Derry or someone in your neighborhood. We hope to fill 35 baskets. This is a great opportunity for all ages to reach out in love from Derry to our community. Please join in helping to bless our neighbors this Christmas.

  • November - 2017
    • Personal Care Items Needed

      Love INC’s Personal Care Closet Ministry is in need of the following items for our December distribution:

      Liquid Laundry Detergent

      Liquid Dish Detergent

      Regular Size Bar Soap


      Men’s & Women’s Deodorant

      If you, your family, your Sunday School Class or Small Group would like to donate any of the above items, please collect them and place in your church’s Love INC Collection Box or bring them to the Love INC office across the street from Derry Church. Thank you!

    • “Allies” Needed for Homes of Hope and Faith & Finances

      Mentors or coaches from partnering churches are needed for Love INC of Greater Hershey’s new Homes of Hope Transitional Housing Program, Faith & Finances Program, and also for people who need extra help on their journey out of poverty. Allies walk with individuals and families to provide encouragement, guidance, accountability and advocacy. A nine-month to one-year minimum commitment is required and extensive training and support will be provided. Contact Doug Miller or Michelle Miduri.

    • Sign Up for the DDD Bake Sale on Dec 9

      Derry Discovery Days Preschool is holding a bake sale fundraiser following the 7 pm An American Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 9. Sign up to contribute to the bake sale. Drop off baked goods in the kitchen on Friday, December 8  from 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday, December 9 from 9 - 10 am. Thanks, Derry!

    • November 2017 Giving Update
      It's not too late to make a financial pledge for 2018 before Session meets to set a budget based on 2018 financial commitments. You can pick up a pledge card in the Narthex or church office, or submit your estimate of giving online.
    • Serve Dinner at Delta House: Dec 11

      You're invited to help serve dinner to 35 residents of Gaudenzia Delta House in Harrisburg, one of the missions the church supports that helps temporarily displaced persons. Depart Derry Church at 4 pm Monday, December 11, return by 7 pm. Bring a dessert to share! Contact Karen Leader or Marilyn Koch

    • Quilt on Silent Auction Benefits PW

      This quilt, handmade by our own Derry Quilters, will be sold on silent auction Saturday, December 2 as part of Presbyterian Women's Cookie Walk and Jumbles Shop mission fundraiser. Opening bid for the 90" x 75" Dresden Plate quilt is $300. It's on display now in the Narthex.

    • Photo-A-Day Starts Dec 1!

    • Saturday Morning Mission Breakfast Opportunity: Dec 30

      Join Karen Leader and a group of Derry Church volunteers as they serve the people of the Allison Hill community. Depart Derry Church at 8 am on Saturday, December 30, return by 11 am. Go to the Unitarian Church on Market Street, Harrisburg to participate in "Gather the Spirit," a monthly breakfast program. Meet Sarah Ballard, one of the organizers and a member of Derry, who will tell about the program. Bring a breakfast item to share (cereal bars, muffins, fruit). RSVP to Karen Leader.

    • 14 Giving Tree Tags Available

      As of this writing, 14 gift tags are still available for children whose families are clients of the Hershey Food Bank, and a handful of gift cards for racetrack workers. Help yourself to tags and return gifts to the church by December 10. Thanks, Derry!

    • Congratulations, Third Graders!

      On Sunday, November 26, these third graders received their new Spark Bibles in worship. In December classes they’ll learn more about their Bibles and how to use them. Congratulations to the Patton, Kaminski, Hess, Achorn and Burke children (pictured) and to the Imboden and Ray families (not pictured).

    • Silent Auction Closes 12 pm Sunday

      Have you had the opportunity to check out the assortment of handmade items from Nicaragua and Derry’s own artisans now on display in the Narthex? Proceeds support Mission Week 2018. Bidding closes following the second worship service on Sunday, December 3.

    • Decorate for Christmas: Dec 6

      6 pm Wednesday, December 6, you’re invited to join members of the Worship & Spiritual Life committee to decorate Derry Church for Advent and the Christmas season.

    • Where 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 of the church website ( 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 and Twitter pages. After hours you can check messages on the church answering machine (533-9667). If you would like to be notified by text message, send your cell phone number to Sue George (

      While local media will be contacted, church information does not have priority status for posting on TV. Most stations only post church updates on their websites.

    • GriefShare Begins January 2

      For those grieving the loss of loved ones, a new GriefShare support group will be held 2-4 pm Tuesdays beginning January 2 in room 9. The series will continue weekly through March 20. 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. Participants can start the program at any time and pick up missed sessions when the next series is offered. No charge to attend. Please RSVP to Marie Buffaloe.

    • Trombone Choir Benefit Concert: Jan 5

      7 pm Friday, January 5 in the Sanctuary. “Twelfth Night of Christmas” features Derry’s own Tracy & Nicola Burke in this trombone choir. Enjoy holiday favorites including The Wexford Carol, Still Still Still, Angels from the Realms of Glory, Up on the Housetop, O Come All Ye Faithful, Angels We Have Heard on High and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. Free-will offering benefits the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Reception follows in Fellowship Hall.

    • November 28 is Giving Tuesday!

      Giving Tuesday kicks off the season of giving, just like post-Thanksgiving Day sales kick off the holiday shopping season. One way you can begin the season of giving is by making a special #GivingTuesday gift to Derry Church. Go to our online giving website and choose the area of ministry you’d like your gift to support. Thank you for your generosity to Derry Church!

    • Discovery Days Has Teacher Aide Opening

      Searching for a new job with benefits of love and laughter? Derry Discovery Days Preschool seeks an experienced aide for our three-year old students. This position is part-time, approximately 14 hours per week, for morning classes that run 9:00 -11:30 am Monday - Thursday from September through May. Experience with young children required. EOE. Send resumes to

    • 10th Anniversary Celebration and Pie Auction A Big Success!

      Love INC’s 10th Anniversary Celebration and Pie Auction was a wonderful evening of fellowship, food, fun and fundraising. 120 pies were donated to the event that was attended by 150 people. This year an unexpected matching challenge of $2,500 for the final pie allowed the entire room to be involved in the bidding, providing a total of $5,000 for the pie! Total raised for the evening was $24,000. THANK YOU to all who sponsored, volunteered, baked pies, attended and bid to make this event so successful.

    • Your Homemade Cakes & Pies Will Benefit Our Preschool

      Derry Discovery Days is holding a bake sale in Fellowship Hall after Derry Church’s “An American Christmas” concert on Saturday, December 9. Homemade cookies, whole pies and cakes will be sold to raise funds for the preschool.  If you’re willing to bake for the preschool, contact Kelly Mehaffie. Coming to the concert? Stop in to pick up a sweet treat and coffee “to go.” Cash and checks accepted.

    • Christmas Caroling at The Gardens at Campbelltown

      2 pm Saturday, December 16 at The Gardens of Campbelltown, 2880 Horseshoe Pike, Palmyra. Help spread some joy and cheer this Christmas by caroling to residents. We’ll have song packets ready, so all you have to do is meet us there. All ages welcome. RSVP to Pastor Stephen.

    • November 2017 Session Highlights
      • Congregational meeting electing one new Ruling Elder (Class of 2020) and one new member to the 2018 Nominating Committee, and approving the details of the Presbyterian Investment & Loan Program commitment of $600,000 for the upgrading of Derry’s HVAC system.
      • Received 18 new members and their children.
      • Examined newly elected Ruling Elders and Deacons in preparation for ordination/installation on Jan 14, 2018.
      • Received monthly financial statements from the Treasurer and reports from Derry’s staff, Board of Deacons and all committees. Approved minutes of the Oct 18, 2017 Session meeting, the Nov 5, 2017 Called Congregational meeting, and the Nov 5, 2017 Called Session Meeting (with corrections).
      • Removed 16 out-of-state members from the Active Membership roll due to relocation.
      • Approved two Lease Agreements between Derry Church and Laird Morgan for the rental of the property at 233-235 East Derry Road - one for the residential portion of the building and a second for the Art on Derry commercial space.
      • Received a follow-up report on Consecration Sunday and reviewed the 2017 preliminary budget.
      • Approved the use of the church van for upcoming youth activities.
      • Approved the addition of Sara Woodbury as a member of the Worship & Spiritual Life Committee.
      • Approved a worship service on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 5:00 pm and to hold one worship service on Sunday, February 4, 2018 at 10:30 am for the Annual Meeting.
      • Approved a request from the Christian Education Committee to solicit donations from the congregation for the Family Faith Works event.
      • Approved a church use request from Boy Scout Pack 200 for November 19, 2017 to hold a baked potato bar fundraiser luncheon.
      • Held a Trustee Meeting to approve the details of the Presbyterian Investment & Loan Program commitment of $600,000 for the upgrading of Derry’s HVAC system.
    • Suicide Prevention Training for Youth Leaders: Dec 4

      6-8:30 pm Monday, December 4 at the Hershey Free Church, 330 Hilltop Road. Learn warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to Question, Persuade & Refer (QPR). The course focuses on training individuals to be "gatekeepers" (someone able to recognize a crisis and the warning signs of someone that may be contemplating suicide). Gatekeepers include parents, friends, neighbors, squad leaders, foremen, police officers, caseworkers & many others. This course is available at no charge as a part of Philhaven's commitment to improving the mental health and resilience of our community. QPR is a nationally certified, evidence-based programs taught by certified trainers. Register by email: Read more.

    • Orange Day is November 25

      The Safe Harbor bill which will provide a safe harbor for sexually exploited children and prevent delinquency charges from being filed, is still under consideration in the Pennsylvania legislature. Thirty other states already have passed a similar bill. Support this effort and wear orange or an orange ribbon on Saturday.

    • Listen for Derry Church on WITF-FM

      From November 28 through December 24, listen for Derry Church’s sponsorship ads in the morning on WITF-FM 89.5 on Weekend Edition, Top of the News and “On Being with Krista Tippet.”

    • Silent Auction Opens on Sunday

      Support Mission Week 2018 (and do some early Christmas shopping) during the week of November 26-December 3 when a large assortment of items from Nicaragua will be on display in the Narthex, and a selection of handcrafted items by Derry Church artisans and crafters. Bidding will close following the second worship service on  December 3.

    • Pilgrim Fellowship Serves Lunch: Dec 3

      Gather in room 7A following the 10:30 am service on Sunday, December 3 for pizza provided by the Deacons, then serve the Derry Seniors’ holiday lunch and come back for ice cream sundaes. Pickup 2 pm. Parent helpers needed! Please RSVP by Wednesday, November 29.

    • Jim Cooper Memorial Blood Drive

      8:30 am-12:30 pm Sunday, December 17 in Fellowship Hall. Sign up in the Narthex in coming weeks or walk in that day.

    • Church Office Closed for Thanksgiving: Nov 23-24

      The Derry Church office will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 23-24. Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Host an “After 8” Post-Worship Fellowship

      Hosts and hostesses are needed to provide light refreshments following 8 am worship services in December & January. In addition to simple setup and cleanup, all that’s required is to provide a half-gallon of juice and two choices of baked goods (store-bought is fine). Paper products and fresh brewed coffee are provided by the church. Please contact Loretta Blaydon (717-599-5425) to host this important fellowship. Thanks Derry!

    • Blessing Baskets are Coming!

      Derry Church’s Faith Family Works group invites you to help bless our neighbors with holiday Blessing Baskets. Blessing Baskets are filled with simple gifts, gift cards, and goodies to bring joy to someone’s life, and will include a special invitation to Derry’s Christmas Eve services. The plan is to deliver baskets to 25 Derry neighbors and we need your help to provide items, assemble and deliver the baskets. By December 10, bring in items anyone might like that would make good stocking stuffers (some suggestions are listed below), or donate money and mark your gift “Blessing Baskets” so items can be purchased. On December 10, join us to fill the baskets. Then sign up to take your basket to one of 25 listed Derry neighbors. This is a great opportunity for families, couples, or individuals to share some Christmas joy with others. The sign-up table is in the Narthex.

      $5 gift cards to places like Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, Panera, fast food places, etc.

      Candy canes/ Christmas candy

      Small scented candle or LED Candle

      Pocket or keychain flashlight


      Packaged bags of cookies or baked goods

      Thermal coffee/beverage mug/cup

      Christmas potholder/mitt/kitchen towels

      Small first aid kit

      Small sewing kit

    • Some Thoughtful Gift Ideas
      • Fruitbelt Farmworker Christian Ministry is selling fruit boxes for $45 which can be shipped anywhere in continental US for additional shipping charges of $20 or $40. Orders are due by Dec. 3 and forms are available on the PW bulletin board.
      • Looking for an alternative gift? Check out to view four pages of gifts from tire gardens to fishing boats.
    • NEW! Chipotle Fundraiser

       4-8 pm Sunday, December 17 at Chipotle Mexican Grill, 210 W Chocolate Avenue, Hershey. When you bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone, or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause, 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Friends of PEB, supporting education in Pakistan.

    • Dedication Sunday Report

      As of Sunday, November 12, Derry Church has received more than 200 financial commitments totaling $867,054. Thank you! If you haven’t turned in your estimate of giving card for 2018, it’s not too late. You can fill out your estimate online or pick up a card at the Information Center in the Narthex. Return cards to the offering plate or mail to the church office to the attention of Sandy Miceli, administrative/financial secretary. Online giving is also available.

    • Poinsettia Orders Due by Dec 10

      It's time to order poinsettia plants that will brighten the church during the Advent season. After Christmas, you're invited to take your poinsettias home to enjoy for weeks to come. A single plant is $13; baskets are $25.

    • Christmas Eve at Derry Church

      Sunday, December 24 at 10 am  •  3 pm  •  5 pm   •  7:30 pm • All services held in the Sanctuary

      Information on Derry's four Christmas Eve services is now available. All afternoon/evening services include the traditional candle lighting and singing of “Silent Night.” Special offering collected on Christmas Eve will benefit Friends of PEB and Allison Hill Community Ministry.

    • Share Your Time & Talents

      Your gifts of time and talent are as essential to supporting God's work in the world as any financial commitment you may have made on Consecration Sunday. Discover many ways your talents can be put to good use by checking out "Sharing My Time and Talents." You can find this form on the church website from the “Serving Others/More Opportunities” tab. Paper copies are also available from the church office.

    • What You Need to Know about the Giving Tree

      One of the wonderful traditions of Derry's Christmas season is the "Giving Tree" which provides gifts for 150 children of families using the Hershey Food Bank. The tree will be placed over the Thanksgiving weekend. Look for the decorated gift tag ornaments made by our Pilgrim Fellowship. Each tag lists a child's age (18 and under), gender and family identification number.

      You're invited to choose a tag from the tree. Record your name next to the corresponding number on the master sheet posted nearby. The Mission & Peace committee suggests gifts in the $25 range. Since every child receives a clothing-only voucher, toys and games are recommended for boys and girls while gift cards are great choices for teenagers. All gifts should be returned unwrapped in a Christmas gift bag by Sunday, December 10 with your ornament gift tag attached to the handle.

      Questions? Contact Craig Smith.

    • Longest Night Worship

      7 pm Tuesday, December 19 in the Chapel with communion

      For anyone who this year finds it hard to face the joyous Christmas season: this worship service -- on one of the longest, darkest nights of the year -- intentionally acknowledges the pain and offers solace. Light refreshments following in the John Elder Classroom.

    • PW Christmas Dinner: Dec 11

      6 pm Monday, December 11 in the Lounge. The Presbyterian Women’s annual holiday covered dish dinner will be followed by a program by Derry members Craig & Kelly Barth: guitar and vocals. Bring a dish to serve 6-8 and a place setting for each person. All women welcome - bring a friend!

    • Enews Thanksgiving Edition

      Next week’s church e-newsletter will arrive in your inbox a day early, on Wednesday, November 22. Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Outdoor Work Day: Dec 2

      9 am - 12 pm Saturday, December 2, join Derry Church youth for final fall cleanup of the church grounds. All are welcome! Bring rakes, gloves and lots of energy to help make the church property ready for winter. Lunch provided. Questions? Contact Tom Kitzmiller.

    • Welcome Derry's New Members!

      On Sunday Derry Church welcomed 18 new members. Read more about these new members in the link at top of the weekly enews, or by picking up an insert available at church. Next new member class begins on Sunday, January 28, 2018. 

    • Final CROP Walk Report

      Fantastic totals from the 32nd Hershey/Hummelstown CROP Walk! Thanks to all who walked and contributed to alleviate hunger around the world.

    • “Art on Derry” Open House: Nov 24-26

      Art on Derry, the art co-op across the street from Derry Church is hosting an open house over the Thanksgiving weekend. Stop in 10 am - 5 pm November 24-26 for some sweets and treats as you check out the creations made by local artisans. Holiday discounts available, too!

    • Another Giving Tree Option: Gift Cards for Racetrack Workers

      In addition to Giving Tree tags for children, you can also select one of 40 tags for back-of-the-track workers at Penn National race course on or after November 26. These tags invite you to purchase $25 Walmart gift cards to make Christmas brighter for the hard-working men and women at the track. Return gift cards by Sunday, December 17.

    • Meet These New Members on Sunday!

      These new members were received by Session on November 5 and enjoyed breakfast served by Membership & Involvement committee members. They’ll be introduced in worship this Sunday, November 12. Front row, L-R: Erin McCombs, Flynn and Fiona Devlin, Kate Sweezey. Second row: Helen Mayer, Courtney Devlin, Betty Flaig, Kim Holmes, Sarah Bartz, Margi Arris, Michelle Califf, Anne Sweezey. Third row: Ron Flaig, Ryan Bartz, Benjamin Muthambi, Pete and Karin Lee, Erik Sweezey. Adults not pictured: Pat Devlin, Karen Pastrana, Rachel Potter. Welcome!

    • November 2017 Financial Snapshot

      Cash Flow - Operating Fund as of 10/31/17

      Income YTD:  $1,022,538 $1,025,679
      Expenses YTD: $953,543 $1,086,864
      Surplus/(Deficit) YTD:  $68,995 ($61,184)




      Notes from Steven Guenther, treasurer: I would like to thank everyone for their contributions last month. October was the best month we have had in terms of contributions this year. Some expenses will be skewed toward the end of the year. Actual expenses are trailing budgeted expenses as personnel expenses are $81,000 under budget; this is caused in part because some fringe benefits are paid at the end of the year. We are estimating the fringes will total about $35,000. We also note that part of the variance from the budget is that Pastor Stephen was budgeted to start in April. Mission & Peace expenses are currently under budget by about $10,000 and under 2016 spending by $20,000 year to date. 

      Questions? Come to Issues Class at 9:15 am this Sunday, November 12 for "Let's Talk About Church Finances" with members of the Stewardship & Finance Committee. Or contact George Porter. Thank you for your continued support now and throughout the the year.

    • Fleece Fabric Needed for Knotted Blankets

      In coming months we’ll be assembling fleece blankets during the church school hour. You can support the effort by providing two-yard lengths of warm fleece fabric in your favorite solid colors and patterns. It's on sale this weekend at JoAnn Fabrics - keep your eye out for other sales this winter. Remember that two pieces of fleece are needed to make one blanket. Drop off fabric in the church office. Thanks, Derry!

    • Women’s Pilgrimage to the Holy Land: April 2018

      April 10-21, 2018, led by Bishop Charlene Kammerer, United Methodist Church (retired). Derry’s Nancy Reinert is going and knows that a few spaces are available. Trip itinerary includes the Sea of Galilee, Cana, Nazareth, Jericho, Jerusalem and Bethlehem, with the focus on experiencing the Holy Land through the lens of women in scripture. Contact Nancy for more information.

    • Lunch & Learn about Animals: Nov 16

      12 pm Thursday, November 16 at Londonderry Village, Palmyra. Volunteers from the Humane Society of Harrisburg will tell of their great work with a variety of animals, explain their mission, and even bring a few animals to meet the group! Bring a lunch or place your order by November 9  by calling 838-5406, ext. 3052.

    • Baked Potato Bar Supports Boy Scout Troop 200

      11:30 am Sunday, November 19 in Fellowship Hall, have lunch at Boy Scout Troop 200's baked potato bar. The lunch, also available for take-out, includes a baked potato, deluxe toppings bar, salad, assorted desserts and beverage for $7/person. Funds raised will purchase new camping equipment, defray the cost of camping trips, and provide funding for activities for scouts in financial need. Troop 200 is sponsored by Derry Presbyterian Church.

    • Data Entry Help Needed

      Are you detailed oriented, able to decipher handwriting and ready to have some fun? The Membership and Involvement Committee is looking for two volunteers to transfer information from Sunday's Friendship Registry forms into the church membership system. The time commitment is roughly eight hours per month. You don't need to attend committee meetings, and work can be done on your schedule any time the church office is open. Interested? Submit your name to Pastor Marie.

    • Meal Train for the Taylor Family

      As Lee Ann Taylor and her family deal with challenging medical treatment, a meal train will help to lessen the daily load while showing the family how much they are loved and supported by their church. Read more and sign up at

    • Super Successful Family Fall Festival

      The results are in, and the Derry Discovery Days Preschool Fall Family Festival raised over $7,500!!! Big thanks to everyone who planned, helped, donated, and came out to the event. See pictures on facebook.

    • High Schoolers Face Reality

      Recently these Derry high schooler and adult leaders spent a great weekend together on the north shore of the Chesapeake Bay as part of Reality Retreat. Along with about 200 youth and leaders from area churches, they had a great time learning, worshiping, making new friends and having adventures together.

    • Youth Choral Festival: Nov 19 at Messiah College

      4 pm Sunday, November 19 at High Center, Messiah College

      Every fall the Susquehanna Youth, Young Women's and Children's Chorales join members of the Susquehanna Chorale for a dynamic intergenerational concert.Choir performs separately and then share the stage for a moving 200-voice finale. Tickets $15 adults in advance, $20 at the door, $5 students. Order online  or call 717-691-6036.

    • Meals on Wheels Drivers Needed

      Two drivers needed on the third Friday morning of each month from approximately 9:30-10:30 am. Spend an hour of your time delivering a hot meal to homebound seniors in our community and you'll be the one with a big smile on your face for the rest of the day. Can't do every month? We also need substitute drivers to be on call. Contact Cindy Warnock for more info & to volunteer. 

    • Serve in the Santa Shop: Dec 4-19

      Santa Shop is a traveling party for inner-city impoverished youth held on-site at churches, head starts, and agencies. Sponsored by the Presbyterian Women of Harrisburg’s Paxton Presbyterian Church, this program will be held December 4-19.

      With the addition of music, goofy volunteers, wrapping paper and warm spirits, the day becomes very special as kids "shop" for their family from an array of small donated items. Volunteers are needed to give an hour and a half to three and a half hour commitments during the day, after school or in the evening. Women, men, couples and teens are welcome.

      New sites this year are Big Brothers/Big Sisters in Harrisburg and Vista School in Hershey. The schedule for the shops is posted on the PW bulletin board as you enter the church by Fellowship Hall. To volunteer  contact Doris Feil or sign up at
    • Mental Health First Aid Training: Dec 2

      8 am - 5 pm Saturday, December 2 at Grace United Methodist Church, Hummelstown.  This training has been likened to learning CPR and physical first aid but for mental health.  The training is for adults, and trainees will learn how to help someone experiencing a mental health emergency just as we help those with other physical medical emergencies. The $50 fee includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and materials.  CEU's are available for several professions. Read more and register.

    • Easy Pledge: It’s Easy and Convenient!

      Easy Pledge is a recurring electronic giving plan that is easy to set up, and automating your gifts means they will be received on a steady, uninterrupted basis. Easy Pledge is one way you can help Derry Church plan and prepare for a new year of ministry. To set up a recurring giving schedule, go to Click on the “give” tab, then “online giving” to set up your schedule of giving. The first time you give, you will select a password that will enable you to log in at any time and make changes to your giving or view your complete online giving history. Questions? Contact Sandy Miceli. She can also help you set up an Easy Pledge account.

    • Pastor Stephen Invites You to Tithe Your Treats!

    • Centre Presbyterian Invites You: Annual Turkey Dinner on Nov 4

      11 am - 4 pm Saturday, November 4 at Centre Presbyterian Church on route 850 west of Loysville. Enjoy a delicious homemade meal. $13 adults and all take-out meals, $6 children ages 6-12. Contact: Ruth Ellerman

    • Preschool Silent Auction Ends Nov 4

      The Derry Discovery Days Preschool Silent Auction now under way in the Narthex will conclude at 11:30 am Saturday November 4 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, November 3. Thanks for your support!

    • New! Greeting Card Ministry Begins Nov 13

      7-8:30 pm on the second Monday of the month beginning November 13. Join master card-maker Claudia Holtzman in the Hammond Library next to the Chapel to make this card: some you can take home, and some you'll leave behind for use by the Deacons. For ages 10 and up. Questions? Contact Claudia Holtzman.

    • Support Presbyterian Women's Thank Offering in November

      The PW Thank Offering, collected in the fall of each year, gives women a tangible way to express their gratitude for the special blessings in their lives. Derry Church’s Presbyterian Women invite your support.

      Fifteen projects have been chosen for 2017: ten projects serve people in the United States and five are international. More than half of the projects are health ministries. One example of an international project is Mara l’il Mara (Woman to Woman) Breast Cancer Project in Palestine. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Palestinian women; it is an urgent health concern. Many women don’t seek treatment or seek it too late. There are many barriers between the woman and her treatment. She will probably have to travel miles to get to a doctor.  At checkpoints there are soldiers who may or may not allow her to pass. There is a shortage of treatment drugs and surgical options are even more difficult. Early treatment means better outcomes. This project will provide culturally sensitive information to raise awareness, screening and treatment. It is hoped that this grant will provide momentum to replicate the effort in more villages across the West Bank.

      The 2017 offering will be received on Sunday, November 26, and envelopes are in the pew racks. Make checks payable to Derry Church notated “Thank Offering.”

    • Fill Out Your Estimate of Giving Card Online

      You can participate in Derry’s 2017 “Rooted, Giving, Growing” 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 administrative/financial secretary.

      If you use online giving and the information you enter represents a change from 2017, please be sure to make adjustments on the online giving site.

      Standard paper Estimate of Giving cards are available at the Information Center and in the church office.

    • An American Christmas Concert

      7 pm Saturday, December 9 and 4 pm Sunday, December 10 in the Sanctuary

      Derry Church’s Sanctuary Choir, Celebration Children’s Choir, Chrysalis Youth Choir, and Derry Ringers handbell choir will combine with orchestra to present lively carols from colonial America, as might have been sung at Derry Church in the late 18th century, as well as shape-note folk carols from Southern Appalachia, such as I Wonder as I Wander and Star in the East, with hammered dulcimer accompaniment. Spirituals such as Mary Had a Baby will be featured, as well as great arrangements of modern Christmas classics such as The Little Drummer Boy, and Do You Hear What I Hear.  

      Guest soloists from New York and Philadelphia returning this season include Jennifer Groves, soprano, George Somerville, tenor, Sean Jernigan, tenor and Constantine Tsourakis, baritone. The audience will be invited to join in a sing-a-long of favorite carols.

      Free will offering supports the Arts Alive cultural series.

  • October - 2017
    • Make, Bake or Bring Your Favorite Dessert for “Basically Broadway”

      Following the 4 pm talent show and stewardship celebration on Sunday, November 12 (which will be awesome, by the way: here’s a sneak peek featuring Derry’s own Joseph Chubb), we’ll gather in Fellowship Hall for a dessert buffet. Make, bring or bake your favorite dessert to share, and get ready to sample many other tasty treats from Derry Church kitchens and bakeries.

    • Time Change This Weekend

      Remember to turn your clocks back one hour on Saturday night: daylight savings time ends at 2 am on Sunday.

    • CROP Walk Report #1

      What a beautiful day we enjoyed to walk and celebrate God’s creation and raise awareness of global hunger! Because of you and your efforts to raise funds, our Derry team collected $3,800 toward our $5,000 goal. One-fourth of that amount will be shared with the Hershey and Hummelstown food banks to help our neighbors in need. To date, all churches and people who participated in the Hershey/Hummelstown CROP WALK raised $12,400. It’s not too late to contribute: place checks to “CROP/CWS” in the offering plate. Thanks to all who contributed and walked.

    • Silk Flower Donations Appreciated

      Do you have silk flowers, leaves or greenery you no longer need? Drop them in the “Silk Flowers” collection basket in the mission closet in the lower level atrium, along with containers and vases you are no longer using. Items will be repurposed for arrangements at church. Thanks, Derry!

    • FOUR Seats Left: NYC Bus Trip on Nov 18

      Grab your seat for the annual NYC bus trip that departs Derry Church at 7 am Saturday, November 18 for a day in the city. We have FOUR seats available, so be sure to sign up this Sunday, October 29 in the Narthex. Table will be staffed from 9 am - 9:45 am and for 30 minutes after the 10:30 am service. If you are unable to make your reservation that day, please contact Julie Miller at 717-370-1003.





    • Derry Seniors’ Christmas Luncheon: Dec 3

      12 pm Sunday, December 3 in Fellowship Hall. All 55+ are invited. The menu features hot pineapple casserole, mixed vegetables, congealed salad, rolls, ham balls, cupcakes for dessert and choice of beverages. At 1:15 pm, musical entertainment in the Sanctuary will be presented by a 40-piece wind ensemble from Lower Dauphin High School. Free. Hosted by the Deacons and served by Pilgrim Fellowship children. RSVP to the church office by November 26: 533-9667.

    • Coming Soon: Cookie Walk and Jumbles Shop

      9 am-12 pm Saturday, December 2 in 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 (Nov 27-Dec 1). Proceeds go towards Presbyterian Women's goal for church-wide mission funding. Contact Doris Feil to help with sales or cleanup.

    • Scholarship Given in Memory of Pat Wiley

      Derry member Pat Wiley passed away in May, yet her legacy of supporting education in Pakistan will continue. The women of Derry Church who worked alongside Pat to raise funds for building a school for boys in Sargodha, Pakistan, have chosen to provide a scholarship in Pat’s memory for a student in that distant land. Of the $450 that was given, $365 will cover the cost of a year’s education for a day student. The remaining $85 will be used where most needed to support the work of Friends of PEB. In 2016, 599 full scholarships were received to support 305 boarding students, 267 day students, and 27 higher education students of Presbyterian Education Board schools. For more information, contact

    • October 2017 Session Report
      • Congregational meeting on October 8 electing Ruling Elders and Deacons for the class of 2020 and members of the 2018 Nominating Committee.
      • Received monthly financial statements from the Treasurer, which showed a year-to-date deficit of $10,374 through September 30, and reports from Derry’s staff, Board of Deacons and all committees.  Approved minutes of the September 20, 2017 Session meeting and the October 8, 2017 Called Congregational meeting.
      • Received a report from Jan Nixon of the Heritage Committee.
      • Approved the removal of Nicholas Smith and Lauren Smith from Derry’s active membership role due to their relocation.
      • Approved the celebration of Communion at the 10:00 am worship service on Sunday, December 24, 2017.
      • Approved the following recommendations from the Personnel Committee:
      • Create a Staffing Model Task Force to review and consider future staffing needs, models, and support at Derry Pres.  The Task Force will be comprised of members from church committees, 2 at-large members, Steven Guenther (Treasurer), and Dr. McKinney-Whitaker
      • Create a Sabbatical Policy which grants a compensated sabbatical of 6 weeks after 4 years of service or 3 months after 7 years of full-time service to eligible staff, which includes full-time Installed Pastors; full-time Parish Associate or supply pastors; full time Director of Worship/Music; and full-time Christian Education Director, Family Ministries Director, and/or Children & Youth Director.
      • Update the Employee Handbook to create a Medical/Parental Leave policy for all non-pastoral staff who have completed one year of continuous service.
      • Approved a Charitable Purpose Lease Agreement between Derry and Love INC for the mission house.
      •  Approved revisions for the accountability of the Mission House Sub-committee.
      • Approved moving the start of the November 15, 2017 session meeting from 7:00 pm to 6:30 pm for the examination of new Ruling Elders.
      • Approved the use of the church van by the Monday night JIF women’s group for a trip to the Pearl S. Buck home on Saturday, October 28.
      • Approved a November 5 called congregational meeting to elect one additional Ruling Elder nominee, one additional member of the 2018 Nominating Committee, and to approve the details of the Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program commitment of $600,000 for the upgrading of Derry’s HVAC system.
      • Approved church use requests:
      • Cub Scout Pack 200 on January 26-27, 2018 for their Pinewood Derby and February 10-11, 2018 for the Spaghetti Fundraiser dinner
      • Milton Hershey Visual & Performing Arts for their Senior High concerts (Founder’s Hall Auditorium is being renovated) on December 15.
    • Mission Concert Report

      Over $2,000 raised at Sunday's mission concert featuring The Lancaster Brass Quintet, making our grand total for hurricane relief more than $15,000! Here Derry choirs and handbells join in the grand finale. Funds benefited Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. Thanks to all who sang, played, enjoyed the concert and contributed to help others in desperate need.

    • Sing with the Chapel Choir on Sunday

      Planning on attending 8 am worship this Sunday, October 29? Arrive in time for the 7:15 am rehearsal, then join the Chapel Choir to sing “All Praise to God, Who Reigns Above” for the offertory. Music reading experience is helpful. Questions? Contact Sean McCarthy (717-533-9667).

    • Sign Up for Supper Clubs on Nov 4 and Jan 7

      Sign up before noon on Sunday, October 29 for Supper Clubs & Conversation happening on Saturday, November 4 and Sunday, January 7. You’ll join church friends new and old over supper at a member’s home with a group of seven or eight. Sign up to host (provide the table setting and entree) or to be a participant bringing a side dish or dessert. Questions? Contact Kris Englund-Krieger.

    • Pilgrim Fellowship This Weekend

      6 pm Friday, October 27 Outdoor Movie: “Hotel Transylvania” on the front lawn with popcorn, cider & hot chocolate. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Pilgrims, bring your families, bring a friend and wear a Halloween costume.

      12-2 pm Sunday, October 29, bring your lunch to room 7, then make tiny pies with the apples gleaned last weekend.

      Children in grades 3-5 welcome. RSVP TODAY:

    • Pastor Stephen’s New Bible Study Begins Sunday

      Join Pastor Stephen at 9:15 am in the Chapel on Sunday mornings beginning October 22 for a unique study of the Bible as a Strange Book of Books. The problem with the Bible is that we think we already know what it says. But do we, really? Do we really understand that the Bible has its origins in a collection of stories that were told out loud? Do we realize how the Bible compares to other stories in other cultures? Do we get the deeply political agenda of many Biblical texts? For the next nine weeks, join us as we gather to better understand, read, interpret, and think about the Bible as Holy Scripture.  

    • Up Next for Derry Seniors: Nicaragua

      10 am Tuesday, November 21 in room 7C, join Derry Church’s own Pete Feil as he tells about the experiences of Derry Church’s mission teams who have spent a week each summer for the past 17 years building new cinderblock homes for dozens of families in Nicaragua. The program is free. Bring a friend! Lunch follows: $3/person in Fellowship Hall.

    • “Romantika” Concert on Nov 19

      4 pm Sunday, November 19 in the Sanctuary
      Free will offering

      This Arts Alive concert features one of New York’s premiere violin virtuosi, Yuko Naito-Gotay, performing music of Rheinberger and Franck from the height of the Romantic Period. She will be accompanied on both organ and piano by Sean McCarthy, Derry Church’s Director of Music and her long-time chamber music partner. 

      Yuko Naito-Gotay, a native of Tokyo, has performed with leading orchestras including The New York City Opera, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, The New York Pops, Westchester Philharmonic, The Springfield Symphony and The Harrisburg Symphony. 

      In recent years her performance work has expanded to Broadway shows such as Hamilton, Kinky Boots, Dear Evan Hansen and War Paint, where she serves as the regular violinist.

      A graduate of the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music, Mrs. Naito-Gotay holds advanced degrees from  Yale and the Manhattan School of Music.

    • Preschool Silent Auction Begins Oct 22

      You’re invited to bid on the silent auction items on display in the Narthex near the nursery. The auction closes on Saturday, November 4 during the Derry Discovery Days’ Family Fall Festival. Items include a bowling package, brunch for two at the Hotel Hershey, family photo shoot packages, travel packages to Walt Disney World, Pittsburgh, Washington DC and Philadelphia, rounds of golf at Manada Golf Course and the Hershey Country Club, home cleaning, toys, Strasburg Railroad, fitness packages, gift baskets and much more. Proceeds benefit the preschool.

    • October 2017 Financial Snapshot

      Cash Flow - Operating Fund as of 9/30/17

      Income YTD:  $862,381 $944,111
      Expenses YTD: $872,755 $999,177
      Surplus/(Deficit) YTD:  ($10,374) ($55,066)




      We continue to be concerned that the deficit will grow through the end of 2017. September was a light month in terms of contributions, but committees continue to work to keep expenses down. As a result we continue to do better than the budgeted loss based on the budget. Questions? Contact George Porter. Thank you for your continued support now and throughout the the year.

    • Go to Nicaragua in 2018

      Derry members and friends, make plans now to be part of Derry's 18th trip to Nicaragua from June 9-17, 2018. You will partner with local masons to build houses and later assist in Bible school activities. Minimum age is 13-15 with a parent/guardian, no upper age limit. Cost is $1650, due March 4. Sign up on the Mission and Peace bulletin board in the Narthex. Applications available in January. Questions? Contact Pete Feil 717-566-8250.  

    • Stewardship Story: Elly & Dan Morrison

      For my wife Elly and me, our Presbyterian roots started in McVeytown, a rural town in central PA. We attended Sunday school and church and my one aunt taught church school and led the youth group while my other aunt was church secretary. My dad was a trustee, and our aunts and uncles were deacons and elders. I did my God and Country service award for the Boy Scouts at the McVeytown Presbyterian Church. Elly and I each served a term as president of our youth group. Growing up in a small town, attending a high school that did not have a football team – having only 41 classmates – allowed ample time for church to be a cornerstone in our lives. Krislund Camp was a favorite destination getaway. In our town, everyone knew everyone. We both remember walking to church, proudly carrying our parents’ offering envelope.

      Recently I read Jefferson Bethke's book Jesus>Religion and I came away with my own mixed review.  Bethke said that if we could all just live our lives according to Jesus’ plan, this world would be such a better place. If we could mimic Jesus’s thoughts and behavior 7x24x365 we would not need religion.  Bethke said that sometimes religion can get in our way.  If Bethke’s goal is achievable, would a brick and mortar church even be needed? Bethke makes a good point but when we look at the world today I’m thinking we humans are still falling a bit short. I know God certainly sees Elly and me as “works in progress."

      Elly and I feel the community of believers at Derry is a strength for us. I have had the opportunity to be on session and Elly on the board of deacons. Those are both such positive experiences. The candlelight service when new officers share their faith statements is a powerful, spiritual setting: that service changes you. Participating in the deacons’ blood drive and monitoring blood pressures for the flock... delivering flowers as a couple... the chance to lead a confirmation class lesson is enriching, as much to the teacher as it is the confirmand. Serving a meal at the Grantville racetrack or delivering food and blankets in downtown Harrisburg on a cold winter day gives perspective to the work we do at Derry. And answering Pastor Marie’s request for prayers at our service for wholeness and healing and praying at that Sunday service is especially moving – the power of prayer is so evident and working within us. Life brings us all challenges – present company included – and we need not and should not ever face these alone. Prayer is power and it is active at Derry.

      Derry church provides a great spiritual sanctuary to all of us; it is so needed in our community. Elly and I are happy to participate in the stewardship challenge: we want Derry to be financially strong so that it can continue writing its legacy for years to come. Until Bethke’s vision materializes, we still need some “Presbyterian” religion to help guide our lives.

    • Presbytery-wide Worship Celebrates the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation: Oct 29

      4 pm Sunday, October 29 at Market Square Presbyterian Church, Harrisburg. Celebrate the Lord’s Supper and hear a 100-voice choir sing two great works, including a commissioned anthem by composer Robert Lau. A gala reception follows.

    • Meet Carlisle Presbytery's New Mission Co-Worker for Honduras: Nov 4

      Stop by any time between 12-3 pm on Saturday, November 4 at the Palmyra home of Greg and Lois Harris. Meet and greet mission co-worker Dori Kay Hjaimason, learn about this new mission venture, and have something to eat at this informal gathering of Presbyterians. RSVP to Lois Harris.

    • Congregational Meeting on Nov 5

      A congregational meeting has been set following the 10:30 am service on Sunday, November 5 to elect Shel Parker as elder, class of 2020, and Sara Woodbury to serve on the 2018 nominating committee, and to act on the HVAC loan. 

    • Attention Derry Artists and Craftsmen

      You are invited to donate one of your creations to the 16th annual Silent Auction, to be held November 26-December 3 in the Narthex. Your donation should be given to Pete Feil by November 19 along with the minimum acceptable bid for that item. Proceeds benefit Mission Week 2018.

    • Sunday Instructions for CROP Walkers

      Walkers, please fill out and sign the release form on a donation envelope even if you have not collected any contributions. Walkers under 18 need a parent’s signature. Return the envelope and all donations (checks payable to CROP/CWS) to the Information Center in the Narthex by 9:15 am on Sunday, October 22. Donation envelopes are available at the Information Center. Or register and donate online. A group photo will be taken at 1 pm near the start of the walk. Look for the big group of Derry Church friends and families!

    • Schedule Changes This Weekend

      Worship is on a different schedule due to the Hershey Half Marathon. Services with communion will be held at 5 pm Saturday, October 14 and and 11 am Sunday, October 15 in the Sanctuary. Church school classes will return on Sunday, October 22.

    • Tithe Your Treats

      This year, consider "tithing" your Halloween candy: for every 10 pieces of candy, give one away. Derry will have candy collection stations upstairs near the Information Center and downstairs in the library. All candy collected will be taken to Downtown Daily Bread to be given away during the upcoming holiday season.

    • DivorceCare "Surviving the Holidays" Workshop: Nov 20

      6:30-8:30 pm Monday, November 20 in room 2.

      Featuring video instruction and group discussion, this seminar offers support, encouragement and advice to deal with the intense pain of separation and divorce during the holiday season. Coffee and dessert will be served. Child care provided on request up to age 10. A workbook is includede. RSVP requested : 717-533-9667.  

    • Fall Cleanup Day: Nov 11

      8 am - 12 pm Saturday, November 11, concluding with lunch and fellowship. Bring your gloves, rakes, clippers and wheelbarrows as we prepare the Derry Church grounds for winter.  Some pickup trucks are needed to take cuttings, acorns and leaves to the recycling center before 3 pm. Come join the fun and help keep our church property looking neat and cared for!

    • October 2017 Baptisms

      Derry Church welcomed six children into the church family on Sunday, October 8 through the sacrament of baptism. L-R:

      Mason Sims and Ophelia Knight, son and daughter of Frances & Jeremy Mohler

      Kazmir Ellison, son of Elizabeth & Luke Gawron

      Beatrix Georgia, daughter of Amy Backenstose

      Beatrice Mae and Fiona Hazel, daughters of Brian & Elia Bentley

      Congratulations and best wishes!

    • Are You Running in the Hershey Half?

      Please let us know so we can keep you (and all the runners) in our prayers on Sunday morning.

    • Go to “Christmas in the Castle”: Dec 15

      Derry’s new “Faith on Wheels” group invites you to visit the Glencairn Museum in Bryn Athyn on Friday, December 15 for the “Christmas in the Castle” tour. Depart Derry Church at 9 am, return in the evening. The 45-minute afternoon tour reveals how Christmas was celebrated when it was the private home of the Raymond and Mildred Pitcairn family. Before or after the tour, explore the museum’s World Nativities and Do You See WHat I See? Imagery in Nativity Scenes exhibits. $12 adults/$10 seniors & students, plus money for your lunch and transportation. RSVP to Debbie Hough by November 6. Looking ahead, we’re planning a trip to the National Geographic Museum in Washington, DC to see the Tomb of Christ exhibit on April 14, 2018.

    • Attention Parents of College Students

      It’s almost time for college students to get some fun mail from their church family, but before we send it, we need your student’s mailing address for 2017-18. Please fill out this form so the mailing will reach your student.

    • College Care Package Update

      In previous years we’ve requested candy to fill college care packages, but this year to save on postage and dental bills, students will receive a $5 Starbucks gift card and a card made by a child in our children’s ministry program. If you’d like to support this effort, contact Jackie Lerch.

    • Lend A Hand Goes to Florida on Nov 4 for Hurricane Recovery:

      Lend A Hand will head to Jacksonville, Florida on Saturday, Nov. 4, with an overnight stop in North Carolina about half-way. Housing will be in a dormitory with bunk beds.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided – dinner is still being worked out.  Head home on Saturday, Nov. 11, stopping once again in NC, with arrival in Camp Hill by mid-afternoon Sunday. Cost is $250 and trip is limited to first 20 people who sign up. Additional trips to the area will begin in January.

    • Derry Worship on the Go

      This week Pastors Stephen and Marie and the Care ’N Share deacons traveled to Masonic Village in Elizabethtown, gathering in the assembly room for worship & communion with Derry members and friends. Next month we're planning to go to Londonderry Village: date will be posted soon. We'll gather for worship and communion at the DiMatteo Worship Center at the Community Center. Derry members and friends are invited to come as the pastors lead in worship. Contact the church if you would like to receive home communion.

    • Bel Canto Lyric Opera Company and the Valley Forge Chorale: Oct 15

      5:30 pm Sunday, October 15 at Faith Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Harrisburg, where Rev. Allison Spooner serves as pastor. The 10th Donald and Dorothy Stabler Memorial Concert features the Bel Canto Lyric Opera Company of Philadelphia under the baton of Salvatore Scarpa. Thd concert will feature music from West Side Story including favorites such as Tonight and One Hand, One Heart, the rousing finale from Candide, famous operatic solos and ensembles, and well-known choruses from some of the great Italian operas by Verdi, Puccini, and Mascagni. In addition to fantastic soloists, the concert features the Bel Canto Chorus and full orchestra. Tickets are $25 and will be available at the door. Doors open 4:45 pm.

    • CANCELLED: Terrific Tuesday on Oct 17

      The annual Hershey Halloween parade is Tuesday, October 17, so Terrific Tuesday dinner and all choir rehearsals are cancelled. Evening worship will be held as usual at 6:45 pm in the Chapel. Terrific Tuesday will be back on October 24.

    • Basically Broadway on Nov 12

      4-5:30 pm Sunday, November 12 in the Sanctuary. Come back to church on the evening of stewardship Sunday, when we’ll share a report of gifts and enjoy a program featuring the many talents of this congregation. “Basically Broadway” features members and friends of Derry singing new and classic Broadway favorites. God’s Hidden Hands puppet team will also participate. A dessert potluck follows. It will be a fun night of laughter, music, and fellowship as we celebrate our church’s talents and the pledged gifts that enable us to fulfill our God-given mission. Fun for all ages! Nursery care available with RSVP.

    • Worship Next Weekend: What to Expect

      Here’s what's happening at Derry Church on the weekend of the Hershey Half Marathon:

      Saturday Evening, October 14

      Worship with communion in the Sanctuary

      Dress casual

      Music includes a couple of fiddles, guitars and dulicmer and Derry’s version of Derek Webb’s song, Take to the World. Read more about it the October 2 edition of the Pastor’s Blog 

      Sunday Morning, October 15

      11 am traditional worship with communion in the Sanctuary

      No church school classes.

      Youth Fellowship will be held in the Youth Room following the service.

    • Philadelphia Brass in Concert: Oct 27

      7:30 pm Friday, October 27 at Pine Street Presbyterian Church, Harrisburg. One of the world’s leading brass quintets presents a diverse program of music ranging from J.S. Bach to Duke Ellington.

    • Scholarships Available for PCUSA Students Attending Presbyterian-Affiliated Colleges

      The National Presbyterian College Scholarship program will offer $2,500/year beginning in the 2018-19 academic year to assist Presbyterian students attending Presbyterian-related schools. Twenty-five to 30 students will be selected for award. Those students will have an opportunity to renew the scholarship provided that they maintain a 2.5 GPA, participate in campus ministry or regularly attend church during college, and participate in discernment of vocation through a series of essay questions that ask the student to consider who God is calling them to be.

    • Did You Have Problems Accessing Last Week's eNews?

      We were as surprised as you were to find a privacy notice when we clicked through last week to read content in our "This Week at Derry Church" email. The problem has been corrected, and we apologize for the inconvenience. Another way to access all content (except for care concerns) is by going directly to Click on "News" to access news items and the main article... click on "Events" then "Upcoming Events" to find out what's happening. Or try reading the link to the print version that's available at bottom right in the weekly email. Print copies are also available at church. Thanks to all who reached out to let us know about the problem.

    • What's Next this Fall for Pilgrim Fellowship?
      • October 13-15, children in grades 3-5 and their families are invited to the Krislund Getaway Weekend. Download a brochure for more details: RSVP to Debbie Hough by October 6.
      • Mission Day, October 22. Bring your lunch to room 7AB at 12 pm, then choose from:

      32nd Annual Hershey/Hummelstown CROP Walk, begins 1 pm on the grounds of the Milton Hershey School

      Apple gleaning at a local orchard, departs after lunch

      Lancaster Brass Quintet Mission Benefit Concert at 4 pm

      • 6 pm Friday, October 27 at the church, outdoor movie night. Bring your family and friends, lawn chairs and blankets for an evening of great entertainment, fellowship and snacks!
      • 12 pm Sunday, October 29: Fall baking with apples and Mrs. Haas! Bring your lunch.
    • Don’t Miss Officer Elections on Sunday

      Derry members, your vote is needed following the 10:30 am service this Sunday, October 8 for the purpose of electing seven elders and five deacons for the class of 2020 and two church members to serve on the 2018 nominating committee. Accepting the nomination to serve as elders are Skip Becker, Kristine Elliott, Larry Espenshade, Bob Ganse, Dennis Hosler, Jill Provins and Susan Stagg. Patty Gingrich, Mike Reed, Eleanor Schneider, Mark Verner and Pam van Wyk have been nominated as deacons. Blondie Ferguson, Dan Speck and Ron Vance have been asked to serve on the nominating committee.

    • Sign Up for the Oct 22 CROP Walk!

      The 2017 Hershey/Hummelstown CROP Hunger Walk will be held 1 pm Sunday, October 22 on the grounds of the Milton Hershey School.

      Registration begins at 12:30 pm at the Henry Hershey Field and the walk takes place rain or shine. Sign up online or at church for the 1-mile/5K walk and ask sponsors to pledge an amount of money per mile walked. Non-walkers can support the effort by contributing funds online and sponsoring those who walk. Make checks payable to CROP WALK… return funds to registration tables on the day of the walk. Derry’s goal for 2017 is $5,000... 25% of funds raised will be split between the Hershey and Hummelstown food banks. The remainder will help to support the overall ministry of Church World Service, especially grassroots, hunger-fighting development efforts around the world. T-shirts have been ordered and will be available soon for $5 each in the Narthex.

  • September - 2017
    • Donation Drive for the Habitat for Humanity ReStore: Oct 28

      The Mission and Peace Committee is holding its annual Habitat for Humanity ReStore Donation Drive on Saturday, October 28. You're invited to bring the following items to the church parking lot between 9 am and noon: appliances, bathtubs, cabinets, doors, flooring, furniture, home décor, household electronics, latex paint, lighting, lumber/building materials, plumbing fittings, shower enclosures, sinks (no faucets), toilets, tools, hardware, and windows. Items should be in working order and in good condition. For more information, call Jane Robertson. Contact Craig Smith if you need assistance transporting items. All contributions are tax-deductible.

    • Surviving the Holidays Griefshare Workshop: Nov 4

      1-3 pm Saturday, November 4 in room 9 for those grieving the loss of a loved one. This workshop helps with support, encouragement and advice for the upcoming holiday season. Free. RSVP to Rev. Marie Buffaloe (717-533-9667).

      The next GriefShare support group will be held 2-4 pm Tuesdays in Room 9 from January 2 - March 20, 2018 .

    • Hear Our Prayers

      On Sunday, October 1 we will receive individual prayers for wholeness and healing at prayer stations around the chapel and sanctuary. While the congregation sings hymns, you may come forward sharing your names and your prayer request to the elders. Or remain in your pew for prayer and meditation.

    • 10th Anniversary Celebration and Pie Auction

      For 10 years Love INC of Greater Hershey and its partner churches in Hummelstown and Hershey have been transforming the lives of neighbors in need. From 6:30 – 9:30 pm on Friday, November 3 at the Hershey Country Club Picard Grand Pavilion, you are invited to celebrate and support this growing ministry with music, hundreds of sweet and savory pies, and some special events to commemorate the milestone celebration.

      Buy tickets and sign up to bake pies at or by contacting Jill Podczaski. Tickets are $25/person through 10/29, and $30 from 10/30 - 11/3. Come with friends for an evening of food, music, pie tasting, entertaining live and silent auctions, and more while supporting Love INC’s mission to mobilize the church to transform lives and the community in the name of Christ.

    • Peace & Global Witness Offering Received Oct 1

      A gift to the Peace & Global Witness Offering helps the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) promote the Peace of Christ in our world. Each congregation retains up to 25% of what is received for their own peacemaking efforts, and Derry Church has designated Living Waters for the World as this year’s recipient. Mid councils retain 25% for ministries for peace and reconciliation. The remaining 50% goes to Presbyterian Mission Agency to advocate for peace and justice worldwide. Read more. Envelopes for this offering are available in pews.

    • Thank You from Pastor Stephen

    • It’s Time to Return Boxtops 4 Education

      Drop off Boxtops 4 Education (with expiration dates after 11/1/17) by Sunday, October 22 to the PW basket in the downstairs mission closet.  There are no plans to send another mailing before May 2018 unless a large quantity of boxtops expiring 3/30/18 is received. Boxtops support an inner-city elementary school in New Orleans.

    • Fall Gathering of PW in the Carlisle Presbytery: Oct 21

      Saturday, October 21 at Pine Street Presbyterian Church, Harrisburg for all women.  Registration begins at 9 am.  Lynda Fisher will lead the morning program, "S.O.A.R. into the Future."  The afternoon program is "Opioid Crisis in PA”: learn more about what’s being done to address the crisis and what we can do.  A light lunch will be provided with a donation. To carpool, contact Doris Feil.

    • Korean Food Festival and Yard Sale: Oct 7

      8 am - 3 pm Saturday, October 7 at the Harrisburg Korean Presbyterian Church, Camp Hill. 12-2 pm, Korean dance performance. Korean traditional games every hour between 10 am - 1 pm.

    • Catch Up on Sermons & Issues Classes

      Did you know that audio files of Issues Class lectures and sermons are available to download and listen to at your convenience? You can also watch and share past sermons available on this YouTube playlist.

    • Issues Class Tackles Terrorism on Sunday

      At 9:15 am Sunday, October 1, Derry Church welcomes to the Issues Class podium Dr. Stephen Biddle, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at The George Washington University and a member of Second Presbyterian Church, Carlisle. His areas of expertise include strategic studies, international security, U.S. defense policy and planning, the conduct of war, methods for policy analysis, and multi-method research design.

      His research seeks to bridge the divide between policy and scholarship, using the methods of modern social science to explain underlying causal relationships on which defense policy positions rest. His book Military Power: Explaining Victory and Defeat in Modern Battle (Princeton University Press, 2004) won four prizes, including the Harvard University Huntington Prize and the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Award Silver Medal.

      Dr. Biddle returns on October 22 to discuss Afghanistan.

    • Derry Day at ZooAmerica: Oct 7

      10 am Saturday, October 7, weather permitting. Meet Pastor Stephen and his daughter inside the ZooAmerica gift shop, then enjoy a morning walk through the North American wildlife park with Derry friends and families. RSVP to Pastor Stephen. Everyone welcome! 

    • Women’s Bible Study Reads "The Good Earth"

      You're invited to join the Monday night women's Bible study group this fall to read and discuss Pearl S. Buck's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "The Good Earth." On October 2, the group will watch an introductory video on the life of Pearl S. Buck, then begin discussion of the first nine chapters on October 16. A trip to the Pearl S. Buck homestead in Bucks County is planned for Saturday, October 28. Contact Debbie Hough for the complete schedule.

    • Your Generosity Continues!

    • September 2017 Session Highlights
      • Congregational meeting in which the borrowing of $600,000 from the Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program to be used for the upgrading of Derry’s HVAC system was approved by common consent with several “no” votes recorded.
      • Received monthly financial statements from the Treasurer, which showed a year-to-date deficit of $12,600 through August 31, and reports from Derry’s staff, Board of Deacons and all committees.  Approved minutes of the August 16, 2017 Session meeting and the September 10, 2017 Called Congregational meeting.
      • Approved parental Baptismal Instruction and Baptism for Beatrix Backenstose, Kazmir Gawron, Beatrice Bentley and Fiona Bentley for October 8, 2017 during the 10:30 worship service. Ophelia Mohler and Mason Mohler previously approved in May will also be baptized on that date.
      • Approved a request from Stewardship & Finance to place the quarterly distributions from the Anderson Trust into a restricted account that will be used to repay the loan taken from the Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program for the HVAC update. This motion will be effective through the third quarter distribution of 2020.
      • Received an update on this year’s Stewardship Schedule. The theme of this year’s program is “Rooted. Giving. Growing.” The program begins September 23 with a Leadership Breakfast and Retreat and culminates on November 12 when all gifts are dedicated.
      • Approved the use of the church van for upcoming youth activities.
      • Approved the following fundraising requests from Mission & Peace Committee:  Giving Tree mission project; Silent Auction to benefit Nicaragua Mission Week; Christmas Joy offering; Congregational Christmas Card to support feeding programs.
      • Approved Pamela Van Wyk as a member of the Long Range Planning committee.
      • Approved a church use request from Laura Dogger, member of Highland Presbyterian Church, Lancaster, for her wedding to Jeffrey Dill on October 13, 2018.
      • Approved a project to enhance the use of the Lounge to include a family area where families with small children can enjoy the Sunday morning worship service in an area which is larger and more comfortable for young children. The project includes the donation of several new pieces of child-friendly furniture and gliders/rocking chairs for parents and infants.   
    • Introducing our New Online Giving Portal

      We’ve recently changed programs for managing Derry Church’s member database, which resulted in a move to a new online giving provider. Derry members and friends who use online giving to support the church’s mission and ministry should be aware that the current portal will no longer process online payments after October 31, 2017. Our new online giving provider is now operational. All are welcome to create an account to make regular gifts to the church and to support special offerings. The link is also available on the church website under the “Give/Online Giving” tab. Look for more details in a mailing coming soon.

    • New! Ark in the Grove 2017 Ornaments

      The design for these four-inch diameter wooden ornaments is based on the large iron medallion made by Derry member Mark Smith that hung on the gate to Derry’s Ark in the Grove playground for many years. Ark ornaments are $15 each and will be on sale in the Narthex beginning October 1. Proceeds benefit the boys’ school in Sargodha, Pakistan. Supplies are limited: don’t wait to get your remembrance of the play area that stood along Mansion Road from 2001-2017.

    • Tuesday Evening Bible Study Skips a Week

      Pastor Stephen’s Tuesday evening Bible study will not be held on September 26 because of the stated Presbytery meeting held that evening in Chambersburg. The Genesis study will resume on October 3.

    • Lancaster Brass Quintet Benefit Concert: Oct 22

      4 pm Sunday, October 22 in the Sanctuary with the Sanctuary Choir, Derry Ringers, and Chrysalis Choir. The fabulous Lancaster Brass Quintet -- including Derry Church's own Tracy Burke on trombone -- presents a mission benefit concert. The program featuring a variety of exciting jazz, show tunes, sacred music, marches, and original works for brass. The concert will also include music for organ and brass, with organist Sean McCarthy helping to raise the rafters. The concert will conclude with a blockbuster arrangement of the great hymn, Come, Christians, Join to Sing featuring the Quintet in combination with Derry Church’s Sanctuary Choir, Chrysalis Youth Choir, Derry Ringers and organ. Free will offering. An Arts Alive event.

    • September 2017 Financial Snapshot

      Cash Flow - Operating Fund as of 8/31/17

      Income YTD $ 769,717 $ 839,210
      Expenses YTD $ 782,409 $ 888,158
      Deficit YTD ($12,692) ($ 48,948)

      Our expectation is that the deficit will continue to grow through the end of 2017 as the Mission and Peace Committee has spent less than was expected so far this year and Pastor Stephen only started in July, therefore there was no head pastor expense for the first half of the year. Questions? Contact George Porter. Thank you for  your continued support now and throughout the the year.

    • Thank You, Derry Church!

    • Discovery Days' Family Fall Festival: Nov 4

      10 am - 12 pm Saturday, November 4. Games, crafts, bake sale, entertainment and a silent auction... all proceeds will support Derry Discovery Days preschool. $5 suggested donation for ages 2-12. All ages welcome and the event is open to the entire community.

    • Family Promise Meals Needed!

      Family Promise of Harrisburg Capital Region will be returning to the Hershey Adventist Church on Chocolate Avenue during the week of October 15. Volunteers are needed to transport the families and provide evening meals. To take a meal, sign up at  (last name: Promise, password: Derry).  To volunteer to drive the van, call Jane Robertson (717-439-0830). Thanks, Derry!

    • Sneaker Drive Success

      Love INC of Greater Hershey’s 4th Annual “Lace Up with Love INC” Sneaker Drive provided sneakers to 375 students in Lower Dauphin and Derry Township School Districts. THANK YOU to the hundreds of volunteers and sneaker donors who made new shoes  possible for so many families in our community.

    • Wear Orange on Monday, September 25

      The trafficking of human beings, often called modern-day slavery, is a multi-dimensional threat that deprives people of their human rights. The majority of those in slavery are women and girls. ECPAT-US is the leading anti-trafficking policy organization in the United States. Wear orange or an orange ribbon on Orange Day, September 25, to show support for this and other organizations working to end the exploitation of women and girls.


    • Support Our Preschool with Giant A+ School Rewards

      Once again Derry Discovery Days is participating in the rewards program at Giant food stores. If you registered your card last year, you DO NOT need to re-register this year. If you’re new to the program, log on to using your Giant BONUSCARD and designate our school using #22771, or call the A+ Hotline at 877-275-2758 for assistance. You can visit the website to verify your school designations.  Each time you shop at Giant between October 7, 2016 and March 16, 2017, the school(s) you designate will earn cash back on all of your eligible purchases.  When the program ends next spring, Derry Discovery Days will receive a check from Giant. Last year the preschool earned $1,286. Thanks, Derry!

    • Sign Up on Sunday for the Bus Trip to NYC

      Look for the sign-up table in the Narthex on Sunday mornings beginning September 24. When you register, you’ll be asked for the names of all those in your party as well as at least one cell phone number for urgent communication while in the city. Payment of $55 per person is required at the time of registration. Then get ready to spend November 18 in New York City!

      The bus will depart Derry Church promptly at 7 am, so plan to arrive no later than 6:45 am. On arrival, enjoy the city to your heart’s content: see a Broadway show, go shopping, tour the city or eat your way through the Big Apple. Then arrive back to the bus for its 7 pm departure from the city. The trip is a fantastic way to start the holiday season and we hope  you’ll join the fun! Trip sponsored by the Sanctuary Choir.