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  • July - 2018
    • VBS Reminder

      Dozens of children have already signed up for “God's Everyday Heroes” Vacation Bible School. The program will be held 9 am - 12 pm Monday-Friday, August 6-10 at Derry Church. Monday, July 23 is the last day to sign up. Registration forms are available online and at church. One form per child. $10 per child/$40 family maximum. Make checks payable to Derry Church, notated “VBS.” Class sizes are limited.

    • Looking Ahead: Fall 2018
      In just a few short weeks, fall programming gets under way at Derry Church. Mark your calendars now for these upcoming events:

      Buz is Back: The Rev. Dr. Charles “Buz” Myers, ordained Presbyterian minister and Associate Professor, Religious Studies at Gettysburg College, begins a five-week series at 9 am Sunday, August 26 in room 7C. Don’t miss this popular Issues Class lecturer!

      DivorceCare: 13-week support group returns at 6 pm Thursdays, September 6-November 29 in room 2.

      Rally Day: The church school year gets under way 9 am Sunday, September 9. This year's Sunday Funday theme is based on the book, "The Kindness Quilt" by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace.

      Terrific Tuesday: Choir rehearsals -- with dinner available to all from 5-6:15 pm -- resume Tuesdays beginning September 11. Enjoy an entree, salad, beverage and dessert for $3 per person.

      Derry Seniors: The new program year gets under way at 10 am Tuesday, September 18 with Susan Gumpher nee Mittan presenting "Hershey's Bygone Era."

      Arts Alive: The first concert of the 2018-19 series will be held 4 pm Sunday, October 7 in the Sanctuary. Tracy Dietrich and Cindy Wittenberg, the musicians of “Silver, Wood and Ivory" return to Derry Church for an ethereal afternoon concert.

    • Corn Roast Volunteers Needed

      Volunteers are needed to help set up and clean up at the annual Corn Roast on Thursday, August 23. Contact the church office if you can spare some time in the afternoon to set up tables and chairs or in the evening for cleanup and tear down duty.

    • Introducing Our Transitional Children's Coordinator

      M.E. Steelman has served as Chair of the Christian Education Committee. She makes her own transition in coming weeks: on August 1 she begins serving as Derry's Transitional Children's Coordinator. New chair of the Christian Education Committee is elder Christy Elliott. 

      Meet M.E.Steelman
      I am beyond excited to serve the children and families of Derry as the Transitional Children's Ministry Coordinator. Working with children has been my passion for as long as I can remember. Early on I spent years babysitting and working as a camp counselor. I then went to Elizabethtown College and became a secondary math teacher. For six years I worked in the Cornwall Lebanon School District as both a middle school and high school math teacher and also the head field hockey coach. In 2007 I was blessed to become a mom and have loved the last 11 years as Pete and I have added to our family and now have four happy, fun and energetic children.  

      While I am no longer in the secondary classroom, I haven't really left the teaching world. I have spent the last 11 years tutoring middle school and high school students, teaching preschool age children, organizing various fundraisers for Derry Preschool, co-coordinating Derry's VBS and Art in the Grove programs, serving on a number of church committees and coaching our children's sports teams. 

      I am  excited to take all of that I have learned and use my teaching background to create, teach, lead and guide the children of Derry as they further connect with our Lord. 

    • Congregational Meeting on July 29

      The Session has called a congregational meeting on Sunday, July 29 following the10:30 am worship for the purpose of creating a new Associate Pastor position and electing an Associate Pastor Nominating Committee.

    • Greetings from Montreat, NC

      This crew left on Saturday for a week at the Montreat Youth Conference! Keep them in your prayers as they end the week and reture home on July 14.

    • June 2018 Session Highlights
      • The Session approved baptismal instruction and baptism for Colin and Leonardo Simmons, sons of Derry member Madeline Simmons and her husband, David, on July 29, 2018. Adult baptism of Tammy Burkhart was approved for July 3, 2018 at the Tuesday evening service.
      • Steven Guenther shared the treasurer’s report which noted that income and expenses are in line with budgeted figures. Through the end of May we have received 47.6% of our budgeted income.
      • Pastor Marie reviewed her request for a three-month sabbatical to be taken in three separate time periods in 2019. She will be taking time to learn ways to strengthen our interfaith ties with local partners, spend time on her own spiritual enrichment, explore current trends in adult education, and improve her use of technology to enhance and organize ministry files and connections. The request was approved, exact dates to follow.
      • Pastor Stephen reviewed the Three for Three during which he noted several upcoming events which Derry will attend for community outreach including the National Night Out on August 7 and Derry Township's annual teacher appreciation luncheon on August 21.
      • The Session considered and approved a request from Pack 200 to permit girls to join the Cub Scout program. Female scouts would be in separate dens with female scout leaders. The request permits both girls’ and boys’ dens to be under one charter for Pack 200.
      • At the request of the Personnel Committee, Session approved the hiring of ME Steelman as the Transitional Children’s Coordinator, and two Derry Discovery Days aides: Amber Allen and Pam van Wyk. In addition, Session approved new terms of employment for Jackie Lerch as she moves toward her part-time, 20-hour/week position.
      • A congregational meeting will be held on July 29 to approve creating the position of Associate Pastor for Youth and Family Ministry at Derry Church and to elect a nominating committee who will begin the search for this candidate.
      • Building & Grounds presented a Capital Procurement Requisition to enhance church security. The request includes installing an electronic lock on the rear sanctuary entrance door, adding cameras (one in the rear sanctuary entrance to monitor the door and a second camera on the chapel in the courtyard) and purchasing six additional panic buttons. The cost of these upgrades is $7,647 which will be financed through the dedicated Capital Facilities Fund. Session approved the request.
      • Credit card authorization was approved for Steven Guenther.
      • Stewardship & Finance requested permission to start a building fund to handle expenses for Derry’s upcoming 300th anniversary celebration. The request was approved.
      • Youth requests for a Youth Paint Night fundraiser on January 5, 2019 and van use for fall trips were approved.
      • Kelly Mehaffie presented a request for approval of a proposed Enrichment Program for Derry Discovery Days. The program would incorporate literacy, math, art, and STEM/science connections in line with the PA Early Learning Standards for Preschool Students. Considerations such as staffing and expenses were discussed. Session voted to approve this new educational opportunity for the preschool.
      • The Session discussed Debbie Hough’s upcoming retirement celebration, approving the program on August 19 and several ways of honoring Debbie’s many years as Director of Christian Education.
    • Join the Discussion: Elder Care

      1 pm Wednesday, July 11 in Room 2, join a discussion on ways we can better reach out and share our care with our oldest members. The group that has been leading this effort is Derry's Care ‘N Share team, who make regular contacts and visit with elderly members of our church family. Contact Pastor Marie if you’d like to participate but can’t attend this mid-day meeting.

    • Grantville Family Night on July 30

      5:30 -7:30 pm Monday, July 30, meet at the sports field near the back-of-the-track housing and chapel where we serve meals to the track workers. Bring salad or dessert to share at this picnic supper. Enjoy fellowship and sports with racetrack workers & their families. All ages welcome! You may have participated in prior years as this is has been a popular Mission Week activity. Contact Marilyn Koch or Karen Leader.

    • Newly Baptized

      Congratulations to Tammy Burkhart, who was baptized in worship on Tuesday evening, July 3. Welcome to the church family! Our next baptisms are set for Sunday, July 29.

    • Hymnal Update

    • Heading to Montreat

      Derry’s senior high youth leave on Saturday for the week-long Montreat Youth Conference. This year's theme is "Lift Every Voice." This unique gathering brings young people from all over the country for a week of study, worship, and recreation. Activities include morning energizers, music, keynote, small group meetings, afternoon recreation activities, and evening worship. Keep in your prayers Abby Han, Lizzie Pease, Amanda Ruch, Hannah Arnold, Allyson DeBerry, Megan Mehaffie, Natalie Taylor, Keely Schrum, Hunter Arnold, Tony O’Shea, and leaders Keri Keck and Steven Guenther.

    • Prayers Needed?

      If you or someone you know would appreciate being added to the church's prayer list, there are three ways to make it happen. Call the church office (717-533-9667), send an email to church secretary Teresa Hutcheson, or on Sunday morning, fill out a prayer request available in the pew racks and hand it to an usher during the first hymn. The usher will hand it to the pastor at a convenient point in the worship service.

      If the prayer concern is of a personal nature, you can request "staff only" prayers. You can count on prayer from the church staff even when those names are not included in the enews or printed prayer list updated each week and available from the information desk in the Narthex and the lower level atrium). Thank you for taking time to let the church office know when someone is in need of prayer... we also appreciate knowing when someone's name can be removed from the prayer list. 

    • Find Derry Church on Social Media

      Derry Church is active across several social media channels. is the place to see the most current photos and find out about events and other news items of interest. “Like” us and join more than 800 other friends of Derry Church.

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      If you use the Waze navigation app on your smart phone, look for Derry's ad as you drive near the church.

  • June - 2018
    • Softball Team Update

      Tonight is the final game in the regular church softball season: come out and support the team at 9 pm Thursday, June 28. Bring your favorite portable chair and enjoy some summer softball: games played at Veteran's Park, off Elmerton Avenue in Susquehanna Township. Playoffs begin in July. See more photos on Facebook.

    • Pediatric CPR & First Aid Certification Class: Aug 28

      9 am Tuesday August 28 in Room 7. Anyone interested in attending is invited to join Derry Discovery Days staff for training and certification. Cost is $45 per person: contact Kelly Mehaffie for more information and to RSVP.

    • Baptisms on June 24

      Derry Church celebrated with these families whose children were baptized on Sunday, June 24: Owen James, son of Sara & Bruce Matthews, Franklin Cole, son of Jackie & Matthew Lerch, and Grace Evelyn, daughter of ME & Pete Steelman. Congratulations to all!

    • HVAC Update #7

      June ends over a year of planning and construction of Derry Church's new HVAC system. All the mechanical systems are now installed and operational. We are working on a reasonable punch list of items to be completed and fine-tuning some parts of the system. The computer-based control program is being put in place that will allow us to monitor and adjust operation of the systems in the most efficient manner, helping us to save money in the long run. We now have air conditioning in the kitchen and the Chapel so it's comfortable all year round for everyone who's here to work and worship. 

    • Derry Discovery Days Updates
      • Derry Discovery Days is hiring for the 2018-19 school year! Our preschool seeks a teacher for our Lady Bug (toddler) class. All candidates must have previous experience with children. EOE. For more information contact Kelly Mehaffie, Director.
      • Discovery Days is pleased to announce two new additions to the staff, pictured below. Derry member Pam van Wyk (left) will be a teacher aide in the Butterfly (4-year-old) class, and Amber Allen will be a teacher aide in the Busy Bee (3-year-old) class. Welcome!

    • Serve Breakfast on Saturday, June 30

      Join Derry Church volunteers to serve breakfast to the people of the Allison Hill community. Meet at the Common Ground Cafe at the Unitarian Church on 16th & Market, Harrisburg at 8:30 am Saturday, June 30. At this "Gather the Spirit" monthly breakfast program, you'll serve the meal, then sit down across the table for food and conversation and get to know our Harrisburg neighbors. RSVP to Karen Leader.

    • Can You Spare Your Fryer?

      Loretta Chubb, our Hospitality Coordinator, is in need of a fryer for a special church school recipe. If you would be willing to let her borrow your fryer from August 8-15, please contact Loretta or call the church office (717-533-9667). Thanks, Derry!

    • People Mover Serves Ages 60+ in Derry Twp

      Do you have a relative, friend or neighbor at least 60 years of age who lives in Derry Twp and needs transportation to places within the township? People Mover, run by volunteers, provides free transportation to doctor's offices, the  Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Mohler Senior  Center, banks, churches, drug  stores and beauty shops within Derry Twp Monday through Friday. For more information, call 717-533-3642.

    • Dates Available to Host Post-Worship Fellowship

      July 1, August 26 and September 2 are available for anyone interested in providing refreshments following the 10:30 am service. Please contact Patty Gingrich for more information.

    • Stated Clerk Issues Statement on Separated Immigrant Families

      Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly Stated Clerk the Rev. J. Herbert Nelson, II, issued a statement from the denomination’s 223rd General Assembly condemning the Trump administration’s new policy of separating young children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. 

      “What has this nation become?” Nelson queried. “How have we wandered so far from Jesus’ kind admonition, “‘Let the little children come to me…’” He also criticized the Justice Department’s stated use of separate detention of parents and their children as a “deterrant” to immigration and accused the administration of selective use of scripture, saying the citing of Romans 13:1 to obey the law (presumably whatever the law says), while ignoring the higher scriptural demand that “love is the fulfilling of the law” (Romans 13:10) is a blatant misuse of the biblical message.
    • Co-Moderators Elected at General Assembly in St. Louis

      It took commissioners at the 223rd General Assembly four ballots Saturday evening to elect an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher and a mid-council executive as the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s second-ever co-moderators. Vilmarie Cintrón-Olivieri of the Presbytery of Tropical Florida and the Rev. Cindy Kohlmann of the presbyteries of Boston and Northern New England gained their victory at 9:01 p.m. Central Time over two pairs of challengers – the Rev. Eliana Maxim of the Presbytery of Seattle and the Rev. Bertram Johnson of the Presbytery of New York City, also standing as co-moderator candidates, and Chantal Atnip, a ruling elder at Pine Street Presbyterian Church who stood for moderator, and the Rev. Ken Hockenberry, her vice-moderator running mate from the Presbytery of Chicago. Read more.

    • Orange Day is Monday, June 25

      ECPAT-USA is the leading anti-trafficking policy organization in the US. It's part of an international network of organizations in 93 countries all working to end commercial exploitation of children through legislative advocacy, youth education, community education, and private sector engagement. Wear orange on the 25th to show support for this and other groups working to end exploitation of women and children.

    • Dads and Tots of Derry Church

      These Derry dads and tots took time out for a photo op after worship on Father's Day. L-R: Michael Farbaniec and son Benjamin; Joe Owsley and son Adam; Shaun Minnich and daughters Genevieve and Josefine; and Luke Gawron and son Kazmir.

    • 15th Annual Independence Day Celebration: July 3

      7:30 pm Monday, July 3 on the front lawn of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. The public is invited to “An American Salute,” a performance by the Hershey Symphony Orchestra. This group of accomplished musicians is one of the nation’s largest volunteer orchestras with more than 80 members. Admission and parking are free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase starting at 6 pm. Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. The first half of the concert will feature a range of Broadway and movie selections. For the second half, the orchestra will perform several patriotic selections that celebrate America and pay special tribute to those who have served in the armed forces. Rain date: July 4.

    • Summer Social for New Members: July 29

      3-5 pm Sunday, July 29 in Fellowship Hall for all who have joined Derry Church in the past 12 months and those who have signed up to attend the summer series of new member classes. Enjoy make-your-own ice cream sundaes, reconnect and get to know others and find out ways you can be involved. RSVP to Rev. Marie Buffaloe by Sunday, July 22.

    • Ryan Holp Memorial Blood Drive: July 22

      8:30 am - 12 pm Sunday, July 22 in Fellowship Hall. Sign up for a time slot on July 8 or 15... walk-ins welcome, too! A form of ID is required from all who wish to donate. 

    • Time to Renew - and Save!

      Presbyterians Today is our denomination’s award-winning monthly magazine. Each issue includes inspiring mission stories, stimulating theological articles and news about the people and churches across the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Copies of the magazine can be found in the atrium library and at the Information Center. Join Derry’s group subscription rate, only $9.95 for six issues when we maintain ten or more subscribers. That’s a savings of half off the $19.95 cost for a one-year individual subscription. To add or renew a subscription, make checks payable to Derry Presbyterian Church for $9.95, notated “Presbyterians Today.” Return checks by July 1 by mail to the church or place in the manila envelope in Rev. Marie Buffaloe’s mailbox. Please DO NOT place payment in the offering plate.

    • Discover Derry Church This Summer

      The three-week summer series of New Member Discovery Classes will be held 8-10 am Sundays, July 29, August 5 and 12 in Room 2 on the lower level. Classes will be repeated Wednesdays from 6-8 pm on August 1 and 8. Meet the 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, August 12. Register by Wednesday, July 25 (717-533-9667).

    • June 2018 Financial Snapshot
      Cash Flow - Operating Fund as of 5/31/18
        Actual        Budgeted
      Income YTD 597,687         518,089
      Expenses YTD 559,757         527,121
      Surplus (Deficit) YTD   37,930           (9,032)


      Contributions to the general fund are $91.5k over budget and $78.6k over 2017. Committee expenses are generally in line with expectations. Questions? Contact Steven Guenther

    • Corn Roast! Save the Date: Aug 23

      Derry Church's annual corn roast and picnic will be held at Alexander’s farm in Hummelstown on Thursday, August 23. Save the date!

    • Record-Setting 10th Annual Mission Golf Outing

      On Saturday, June 2, a record 112 golfers participated in the 10th Annual Mission Classic golf outing benefiting the Hershey Food Bank and Community Outreach. For what was a potentially very wet day, it turned out to be sunny and warm. Derry Church was well represented and even won a few contests. A total of $6,750 was raised: thanks to everyone who supported this event. 

    • Coin Return on June 17

      Remember to bring your  Change 4 Children  coins with you to church on Sunday to be collected at the end of morning worship. Your coins support Alliance for Children Everywhere in Zambia. Its Family Preservation Program's monthly food distribution includes soap and talking about personal hygiene, food safety, and protecting children from infections as well as food.  When a cholera epidemic broke out in Lusaka, no staffers knew the status of the program's participants due to the government's ban on public meetings. When the outbreak subsided, they learned none of the families were tragically affected due to those health safety talks at the six distribution centers.  

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

      Congratulations to Lauren Reed, Derry's newest member! A member of the 2017-18 confirmation class, Lauren was confirmed on Sunday, June 10.

    • Sunday Afternoon Hymn Sing: July 8

      3 pm Sunday, July 8, meet in the lobby at the Hershey Plaza apartments to sing familiar hymns with Derry Church friends. You may even see some familiar Derry faces among the residents! All ages welcome.

    • PW Thanks & Updates
      • Thanks to all who contributed to the PW Birthday Offering: $2,052 was received!
      • Thanks to everyone who contributed items for 50 hygiene bags that were delivered to the Domestic Violence Center in Harrisburg.  
      • Thanks to Helen Mayer and Lillian Shade who sewed the cloth bags.
    • Paper Towel Tubes Needed

      For Vacation Bible School in August. Tubes are being collected in the designated basket in the lower level mission closet through July 31. Thanks, Derry!

    • Engage: Jazz Worship + Food Trucks!

      Engage worship returns next month with a jazz-themed service! Dress casual and join us for worship at 5 pm Saturday, July 21 in the Sanctuary featuring jazzy arrangements of favorite hymns plus soloists and instrumental arrangements, and a meditation by Pastor Stephen. Following the service, food trucks from Upohar Ethnic Cuisines and Soul Burrito will be on site for anyone who would like to purchase dinner. Dessert will also be available for purchase. Bring lawn chairs or blankets or eat in Fellowship Hall... then test your skill at games set up outdoors. Don't miss this summer worship event!

    • BBQ & Concert Benefits Love Inc: July 21

      4-8:30 pm Saturday, July 21 at Cassel Vineyards of Hershey, 80 Shetland Drive. Your $10 ticket includes a free wine tasting (optional), choice of special menu item from Bazing Swine BBQ or Grappling Crab Shack (additional food available for purchase), and outdoor concert double-feature with Trace Morgan and Modern Blue. To purchase tickets, contact Love INC of Greater Hershey: 717-835-0101.

    • Lunch & Learn About Acupuncture

      12 pm Thursday, June 21 at Londonderry Village’s Di Matteo Worship Center, Ann Kirby will provide an overview of acupuncture, its history, how it works and its various applications. She is a 2015 graduate of the Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at NYCC in Seneca Falls, New York. Returning home to Central PA, Ann uses her knowledge to offer a new aspect of medical care to the area. The Lunch ‘N Learn series is open to the public and requires a reservation be made no later than a week prior to the event by calling 717-687-2521 ext. 3009. Brown bag lunches are available for purchase and must be requested at the time of reservation. You are also welcome to bring your own lunch during the discussion or just come and listen to the speaker.

    • Read with Pastor Stephen this Summer

      You’re invited to join Pastor Stephen and Derry friends in reading Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor by Yossi Klein Halevi. In this taut and provocative book, Halevi addresses his Palestinian neighbors, empathizing with Palestinian suffering and longing for reconciliation as he explores how the conflict looks through Israeli eyes. Halevi recognizes that he and his neighbor don't understand each other's stories at all. His letters are an attempt to explain who he is, and how he understands himself, to his Palestinian neighbor.

      Read one chapter each week beginning June 11, then visit this facebook group for online discussion on the book with prompts participants can comment on and share thoughts. Read and interact at your own pace and schedule. 

      This is a great book to consider how we are in relationship with people of difference and how we may not understand our own neighbors’ stories at all. In times of polarization and division, this book about a place around the world may shine light on our own lives filled with difference.

      Contact Pastor Stephen for more information.
    • Art in the Grove Begins June 12!
      Fellowship Hall will be transformed into an artist studio on Tuesday evenings from June 12 through August 21 and you're invited! Here’s what you can expect: 
      • 5:30-6 pm Bring a picnic to enjoy and relax and visit with friends and family... take a walk or spend time outdoors.
      • 6-7 pm Structured activities will vary from week to week, allowing participants to reflect on that week’s message. On June 12, expect an artsy icebreaker activity. On June 19, Liz Gawron will present her collage work.
      • 7- 8:30 pm Work in the open studio on creative reflection using the materials offered. The studio will be open from 6-8:30 pm.

      These gatherings are not just for artists, but for everyone. Art in the Grove has the potential to bring together people of all ages and walks of life, building a respectful, creative community that fosters spiritual understanding and growth. Please RSVP (not required, but greatly appreciated).

    • Backpacks & School Supplies Needed by June 24

      During the church school hour (9-10 am) on Sunday, June 24, we'll be assembling schooI kits for Church World Service in support of refugees, our June mission focus. Here are items needed to assemble one school kit... please drop in the designated basket in the mission closet: 

      • One child's backpack
      • One pair of blunt metal scissors (rounded tip) 
      • Three 70-count spiral notebooks or notebooks totaling 200-210 pages (no loose leaf or filler paper)
      • One 30-centimeter ruler (12")
      • One hand-held pencil sharpener
      • One large eraser
      • Six new pencils with erasers
      • One box of 24 crayons (only 24)
    • 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 $1,333 for the 2017-18 school year! Your donation is important to help us improve our  program and equipment. Thanks, Derry! 

    • Funeral Volunteers and Cookies Needed

      Please contact Loretta Chubb to help setup, serve or cleanup at the reception following the 2 pm Friday, June 15 memorial service for Rev. George Evans. Bakers, please drop off cookies by Thursday evening. Thanks, Derry!

    • Men's Pickup Basketball Moves to Wednesdays

      Tuesday evening men's pickup basketball is moving to Wednesdays beginning June 13. New players welcome to join the fun at 7:30 pm in Fellowship Hall.

    • Thanks for a Great Church Picnic!

      Fellowship Hall and the 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 & Spiritual Life 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, the game players and face painters, and to the many behind-the-scenes workers who helped to make the day a great success! See photos on Facebook.

    • Sneaker Drive Savings at Reebok

      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 August 7). 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.

    • Moses and the Freedom Fanatics

      The cast and musicians of "Moses and the Freedom Fanatics" presented a fantastic retelling of the Old Testament story of Moses and the Exodus on Sunday, June 3. Great job, everyone!

    • Moms and Tots of Derry Church

      Many moms of Derry Church gathered on Sunday for this photo op with their children born in the past year (or two). Isn't it great to see all these brand-new Presbyterians and their moms? First row: Liz & Kazmir Gawron. Second row: Becca & Benjamin Farbaniec, Madeline & Leo Simmons, Jackie & Frankie Lerch, Sara & Hudson Bartz, Frances & Ophelia Mohler. Third row: Sara & Owen Matthews, Amy & Georgia Backenstose, M.E. & Grace Steelman, Kathryn & Jett Siegrist, Elia & Fiona Bentley, and Valerie & Josefine Minnich.

  • May - 2018
    • 2018 VBS Registration & Volunteer Signup

      This year’s Vacation Bible School theme is “God's Everyday Heroes.” VBS will be held August 6-10 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 forms will be available beginning Sunday, June 3 in the Narthex. Registration continues through July 23.

      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 using volunteer forms available in the Narthex.

      All volunteers 18 and older will need to provide their 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 10 consecutive years you will need the Federal Criminal History Record.

      Email or call the church (717-533-9667) with any questions or concerns. We hope you will join us for Derry’s 2018 Vacation Bible School!

    • May 2018 Session Highlights
      • Elders met with all Youth Confirmands to review their faith statements and approve them for Confirmation as Derry Church members. In addition, the Session received eight new adult members and their families on May 27.
      • Steven Guenther shared the Treasurer’s report which noted that contributions to the general fund are strong. Most committee expenses are in line with expectations. At the request of the Treasurer, the Session approved entering into a contract with Boyer & Ritter to perform the yearly financial review in an amount not to exceed $6,700.
      • On behalf of the Parking Task Force, Gregg Robertson shared data collected from a survey of our parking areas which determined that the demand for parking spaces is exceeding the capacity of our lots. Currently, the Task Force is asking those who are able to park in the more remote spaces and at Highpoint Mansion. This will free up spaces closer to the building for visitors and those with mobility issues.
      • Pastor Stephen reviewed the for Three and noted that a hymn sing at the Hershey Plaza Apartments will be held on July 8.
      • ME Steelman presented the Christian Education committee’s proposal for “Art in the Grove.”  This new program will run from June 12 - August 21 in Fellowship Hall and will allow for creative fellowship and spiritual growth through the arts. After hearing the presentation, the Session approved the initiative at a cost not to exceed $7,500 funded through the Futures Fund dedicated account. Session will review the program in September.
      • At the request of the Worship & Spiritual Life Committee, Session approved a Food Truck Fest (4 to 5 food trucks to participate) following the Jazz Engage service scheduled for July 21, 2018. The Session also approved the request to set the price to purchase a new Glory to God hymnal at $25.
      • The Session approved the renewal of tuition aid assistance for Christopher Houtz through the Brong Scholarship dedicated account in the amount of $6,000 for his 2018-19 school year at Princeton Theological Seminary.
      • Members of the Staffing Model Task Force presented and reviewed their recommendations at two meetings on May 9 and 16.  The four recommendations were: (1) obtain new bids for custodial services and establish a new schedule of cleaning needs; (2) commit long-term to an Associate Pastor for Congregational Life and Care; (3) Call an Associate Pastor for Youth and Family Ministry; and (4) change the full-time Youth Director position to a part-time Director of Youth and Young Adults. After thoughtful discussion and deliberation, the Session voted to approve the recommendations.
    • On June 10, Learn More About What it Means to be Presbyterian

      If you’ve ever wondered, “Who Are We, Presbyterians?” this class has answers for you. Join Pastor Marie at 9:15 am Sunday, June 10 in the Lounge to watch a video on the history and mission of the Presbyterian church and discuss our unique gifts. It’s a great class for newer members and visitors -- and everyone interested in learning more about Derry Church and what it means to be Presbyterian.

    • Parking: We Need Your Help!

      Our Session has formed a Parking Task Force to evaluate the parking situation at Derry Church and develop recommendations. Parking was near or over capacity at the 10:30 service on the first three Sundays in May. Several cars were observed cruising the lot and leaving, unable to find a parking space. 

      If you don’t mind a short walk, you can help by using one of two alternative parking areas available on Sunday mornings at the 10:30 service:

      1. Spaces to the right side and behind the Penn State Print Shop across East Derry Road from the church
      2. The Hershey Trust parking lot on East Mansion Road adjacent to the golf course.

      Thanks, Derry, for helping us to open spaces closer to the church for those less able.

    • Sunday, June 3: Dress Casual + Wear Your Nametag

      This Sunday, dress comfortably so you’ll be ready for the church picnic immediately following the 10:30 am service. Please wear your nametag 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.

    • Derry Discovery Days is Hiring!

      Derry Discovery Days Preschool is hiring for the 2018-19 school year! The preschool seeks an aide for our Butterfly 4’s class, a teacher for our afternoon Butterfly 4’s class, and a teacher for our Lady Bug 1’s class. Candidates must have previous experience with children. EOE. Read more... send resumes to Kelly Mehaffie, Director.

    • Women Invited to Learn About Fasting: June 13

      7-9 pm Wednesday, June 13 at Hadee Mosque, 245 Division Street Harrisburg. The women of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community invite the women of different faiths and communities to a discussion on “Benefit of Fasting as prescribed by our Faith.” The program will consider reasons behind fasting, its purpose in their lives and and spiritual uplift received as a result of fasting. You'll learn perspectives from three different faith views. A late supper will be served. Please use the Shamokin St entrance. RSVP to

    • Welcome Derry's Newest Members!

      On Sunday Derry Church welcomed seven new members. Read more about them in the insert available at the Information Center in the Narthex. Next new member class begins on Sunday, July 29.

    • Baptism on May 27

      Congratulations to Sarah and Ryan Bartz on the baptism of their son Hudson Matthew, who was baptized on Sunday at the outdoor font. Welcome to the family!

    • HVAC Update #6

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

    • Moses and the Freedom Fanatics on June 3

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

    • Art in the Grove Starts June 12!

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

    • Sign Up for Supper Clubs on June 24

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

    • Supplies for School Kits Needed by June 17

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

      • One pair of blunt metal scissors (rounded tip) 
      • Three 70-count spiral notebooks or notebooks totaling 200-210 pages (no loose leaf or filler paper)
      • One 30-centimeter ruler (12")
      • One hand-held pencil sharpener
      • One large eraser
      • Six new pencils with erasers
      • One box of 24 crayons (only 24)
    • Fifth Annual Lace Up with Love INC Sneaker Drive

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

    • Congratulations 2018 Graduates!

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

    • Orange Day is Friday, May 25

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

    • Congratulations, Confirmands!

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

    • Hershey Heroes Day is Saturday!

      10 am - 2 pm Saturday, May 19 on the square in downtown Hershey. Support the Hershey Heroes, Central Pennsylvania's special needs hockey team, and our everyday heroes from the military, police and fire departments. Bring the family and enjoy live music, free games and face painting, BBQ and more! Be sure to stop by and say hello at the Derry Church tent.

    • Wear Red on Sunday

      Red is the liturgical color of the day for Pentecost, so plan to wear red in worship on Sunday, May 20. 

    • Thanks for Delicious Dinners!

      Did you know that on average, 85-90 people have dinner at Derry Church on Tuesday nights? A BIG thank-you to all those who helped with the 2017-18 Terrific Tuesday meal program, from setup and cleanup to preparing and serving meals week after week. Would you like to help out when meals resume on Tuesday, September 11? Contact Loretta Chubb or sign up in the kitchen. In late summer Loretta will hold a meeting to plan for the 2018-19 year. Many hands make light work!

    • Pentecost Offering

      The Pentecost Offering is traditionally received on the day of Pentecost (May 20). It provides a direct way to meet the needs of children at risk, youth, and young adults. In addition, 50% of this offering can be kept by individual congregations for use in their own communities. Derry has designated Joshua Group in Harrisburg to receive a portion of the 2018 Pentecost Offering receipts. The remaining 50% 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.

    • Talented Derry Artists Create Paintings in Worship

      Two paintings were created by Derry Church artists at the Engage: Celtic worship experience on May 12. Jill Peckelun painted the congregation (left) while Liz Gawron (right) interpreted what she saw and heard in worship by painting a door that opens to show an image of peace. Take a closer look at both pieces in the Narthex.

    • May 2018 Financial Snapshot
      Cash Flow - Operating Fund as of 4/30/18
        Actual         Budgeted
      Income YTD 515,232        414,472
      Expenses YTD 469,079        421,695
      Surplus (Deficit) YTD   46,153          (7,233)

      Contributions to the general fund are $93,000 over budged and $94,000 over 2017. Committee expenses are in line with expectations. Questions? Contact Steven Guenther 

    • Summer Church School Begins June 10

      This summer Derry's Christian Education Committee offers two classes that will be held 9-10 am on Sunday mornings from June 10 through August 26:

      • Christmas Around the World in room 7, an opportunity for all ages to learn how Christmas is celebrated in countries across the globe.
      • Saving Jesus Redux in room 9 is a video series and discussion for youth and adults.
    • Bus Trip to Indiantown Gap National Cemetery

      On Tuesday, June 19, join Derry Church members and friends on a bus trip to Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. The bus leaves Derry Church at 1 pm and returns by 5 pm. In between, you'll have a two-hour guided tour of the cemetery and some time on your own to walk the grounds. $20 per person: pay when you arrive at church. RSVP to Chuck Theal. 

    • RESCHEDULED for June 2: Road Trip for a Cleanup Crew

      Depart 7:30 am Saturday, June 2 from Derry Church, return on or before 6 pm. Join Derry members to clean up a yard overgrown with vegetation in Chester County. The home belongs to a friend of Skip Becker who is fighting a rare, aggressive disease that has depleted the family's savings. 

      For the past six months, Lend A Hand alums Skip Becker, Pete Feil and Tom Kitzmiller have been coordinating work at the home which has included a new roof, windows and repainting. The final step is outdoor cleanup. Bring work gloves and tools that will help to uproot and manage overgrown bushes. Lunch provided. No RSVP.
    • Session House Ornaments for Sale

      Have you seen these Session House ornaments for sale in the Narthex? They were originally made for the Hershey-Derry Twp Historical Society, who recently passed on the last of their supply to our Heritage Committee. Only a handful are left and one can be yours for $10: just ask Jan Nixon. Proceeds go to the committee's preservation fund for restoring an old Chapel door that will be hung between the Hammond Library and John Elder Classroom.

    • PW Spring Updates
      • Presbyterian Women's 2018-19 Bible study is God's Promise: I Am With You. To place an order through Carlisle Presbytery's PW, contact Doris Feil by Sunday, May 27: $11 regular/$16 large print
      • Hygiene bags for the Domestic Violence Center will be filled and delivered in June. Items needed: deodorants, sample size toothpastes, disposable razors, a few large-tooth combs and tissue packs. Please leave donations in the PW basket in the atrium mission closet.
      • Deadline for the next mailing of Boxtops4Education is May 20. Boxtops' expiration date must be 6/1/18 or later. The fall mailing is scheduled for October, so try to have all 8/1/18 expirations included in this collection. Place in the PW basket or mailbox.
    • 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 20, the church office needs information on all those graduating from high school and college by Sunday, May 13. 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.

    • New Pictorial Directories Coming Soon!

      2012 was the last time Derry Church produced a pictorial directory. Now we need your help to create a new one! Our new church management software gives us the ability to create our own directories. We're going to try it this way instead of working with a company that comes in and takes professional photos by appointment.

      You can help by submitting your favorite family photo to Sue George. If you can't email the photo, bring it in to the church office and we'll scan it and return it to you. If you've joined in the past year, we'll use your new member photo (or you can submit another photo if you prefer). Square-shaped photos (like Instagram) work best.

      If you don't have a photo, Sue will be available to take your picture on Sunday mornings. You can also stop by during the week, Monday-Thursday. Please call ahead or email so she knows to expect you.

      The plan is to collect photos now through August and send out the directory as a PDF in September, then release new editions on a regular basis through the year. Sandy Miceli will need your preferred email address as the directory will be sent out using the same church management software that creates the directory. If we don't have your correct email address, you won't receive a directory. A limited number of print copies will be available in the church office.

      The new-style pictorial directory will include names and pictures only, so hold onto your paper directory that has member contact information.

    • Installation and Ordination at the Presbyterian Congregation of Middletown: May 12

      The Presbytery of Carlisle and the Presbyterian Congregation of Middletown invite you to the ordination as Minister of Word and Sacrament and installation of Christian Neubaum as Pastor of The Presbyterian Congregation of Middletown at 4 pm Saturday, May 12. The church is located on the corner of Union and Water Streets, Middletown.


    • GriefShare Begins June 18: Register Now

      A new support group for people grieving the death of a loved one will get under way 6-8 pm Monday, June 18 in room 9 and continue weekly through September 17. 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). 

    • VBS is Coming August 6-10

      Mark your calendars for August 6-10 when Vacation Bible School returns to Derry Church. This year's theme is "God's Everyday Heroes." Registration opens in June. Questions? Contact M.E. Steelman and Nicola Burke at

    • Annual Church Picnic

      Festivities will begin after the 10:30 am service on June 3. 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. New this year: games tournament! Sign-up on the morning of the picnic with Seth Mullen. Contact Lauren Talhelm if we can borrow your corn hole or ladder ball game for the day.

      $8 adults; $5 kids (4-12); FREE under 4. After May 28: $10 Adults $5 kids. Tickets sold on Sunday mornings, May 13, 20 & 27.
    • Pilgrim Fellowship End of Year Picnic: May 20

      11:30 am - 2 pm Sunday, May 20 for grades 3-5 and their families. Gather in room 7, bring a covered dish, salad or dessert to share and your own lawn chair. Drinks and hot dogs/veggie dogs will be provided. Get ready for outdoor games (gaga, croquet, and cornhole). Dress comfortably or bring a change of clothes. RSVP by Sunday, May 13.

    • 12th Annual Spaghetti Dinner: May 24

      6-8:30 pm Thursday, May 24 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. $25 for adults, $10 for children. Free parking in the garage adjacent. RSVP by Friday, May 18 to the Community Check-Up Center (233-1700) and specify vegetarian or meat sauce and gluten-free.

    • Derry Discovery Days’ Spring Concert
      Today our preschool presented their spring concert to an enthusiastic crowd of parents and friends. The concert was directed by Kelly Barth and accompanied by Lee Ann Taylor, both Derry members. The 2017-18 preschool year comes to a close at the end of this month.

    • Baptized on May 1

      Kate Elizabeth Grace Sweezey, daughter of Derry members Eric and Anne Sweezey, was baptized at the evening worship service in the Chapel on Tuesday, May 1. Congratulations to the Sweezey family!

    • April 2018 Session Highlights
      • Jan Nixon of the Heritage Committee presented an update on the committee’s work to prepare for Heritage Sunday as well as other projects that celebrate Derry’s history.
      • Steven Guenther shared the Treasurer’s report and explained how the last two months of giving have been some of the best in the last five years. Currently, some committees are over budget due to expenses that occur early in the year, such as Per Capita contributions and insurance payments. These items will be accounted for as the year moves forward.
      • Pastor Stephen shared information about the Choose the Children group he is a part of and asked permission to hold meetings of the group at Derry. Elders who participate in the group also shared their experiences of the group. The Session approved the Choose the Children group to meet at Derry and host a “Three Practice” group at Derry.
      • At the request of the Mission & Peace Committee, Session approved a missional partnership with Christ Lutheran Church in Harrisburg to support that church’s work in the Allison Hill district.
      • Pastor Stephen reviewed the Three for Three:
        1. Family & Community engagement: 
          April 21, Bark for Life
          May 12, Engage: Celtic
          May 19, Community Heroes Day
        2. Care & Share Program/Ministry for Elders/Shut-Ins:
          April 24, Masonic Village communion service 
          July 8, proposed hymn sing at local retirement communities
          Ongoing home communion program
        3. Youth Involvement in Leadership:
          Appreciation to the youth for an inspirational Youth Sunday service; Elders Craig Kegerise, Jim Pease and Karen Haas to attend a Youth Leadership Team meeting on May 8
      • Greg Harris presented the Personnel Committee’s proposed Position Description for a Transitional Children’s Ministry Coordinator. This part-time position will provide transitional leadership for children’s ministry programs after Debbie Hough’s retirement and prior to hiring a new Director of Christian Education.
      • At the Leadership meeting held February 25, a suggestion was made to create a task force to review the use of Derry’s property and parking challenges. Gregg Robertson has agreed to chair this six-person task force.
      • Frances Mohler will be using Fellowship Hall July 23-27 and July 30-August 3 for a Dance Camp.
      • Cindy Warnock will be serving on the 2018 Nominating Committee.
    • Usborne Books & More Benefits Our Preschool and Missions

      Here’s an opportunity to buy books for the kids in your life and support Derry Discovery Days or another wonderful cause, the Christ Lutheran Church Health Clinic, a Derry Church mission partner serving the Allison Hill community of Harrisburg. Every purchase is matched 50% by Usborne in books, so your $100 order provides $50 in books to our preschool! 

      Go to to start shopping. To view Derry Discovery Days and Christ Lutheran Church Health Clinic Wish Lists, click on “Wish Lists” at the upper left of the screen, then click “Select” to view the list of your choice. Usborne consultant Jacki Manley is available to answer your questions and offer recommendations. Contact her at or 717-968-4143.

    • Pastor Stephen Preaches in Mt.Gretna

      At 7 pm Friday, June 8, Pastor Stephen will take part in the Friday Nights in June Ecumenical Series at the Mt. Gretna Tabernacle, 3rd Street and Glossbrenner Avenue. "GOD IS" is the common theme for the five-week series. Pastor Stephen's sermon is titled "GOD IS...Looking for Exorcists." Free will offering. Park along Route 117, at the Mt. Gretna Fire Station parking lot, or the United Methodist Church parking lot at 3rd Street and Boehm Avenue. Check out the Tabernacle's summer schedule.

    • Now Hiring: Transitional Children's Ministry Coordinator

      At its April meeting, Session approved hiring a part-time Transitional Children’s Ministry Coordinator with a goal start date in August. This person will provide leadership for our Children’s Ministry with the support of the Christian Education Committee and other volunteers for approximately one year. During this time, a search committee will be formed to hire a full-time replacement to lead our Children and Family Ministry into the future. Read more. Interested or know someone who is? Contact Pastor Stephen.

    • PW Birthday Offering Received May 13

      The Birthday Offering helps to fund mission projects that improve the lives of women and children around the world. One of the three projects receiving funds this year is the Village of Grace for Physical and Spiritual Health in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The grant will allow the Presbytery of Honduras purchase the Village of Grace. Originally established by Presbyterian mission co-workers, the retreat center will be managed by Presbyterian Women. It will offer international hospitality for retreats, workshops and visiting mission teams. Look for envelopes in the pew rack or mark your check “PW Birthday Offering” and give as you have been blessed.

  • April - 2018
    • Get to Know our New Hymnal

    • Attend the General Assembly in St. Louis: June 16-23

      Registration is under way for the 223nd General Assembly (2018) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), where some 3,000 Presbyterians and others will gather to conduct the business of the denomination, worship, and fellowship from June 16-23 at the America’s Convention Center in downtown St. Louis for celebrations, deliberations, and inspirations in support of the denomination’s biennial gathering. Read more.

    • Give to the PW Birthday Offering through May 12

      The Birthday Offering helps to fund mission projects that improve the lives of women and children around the world. One of the three projects receiving funds this year is Cottage Village, a tiny-house community for low-income residents in Cottage Grove, Oregon. The grant will be used to build 13 tiny houses to provide quality, affordable housing and a safe, structured social community for individuals and families with very low incomes in a rural area. Look for envelopes in the pew rack or mark your check “PW Birthday Offering” and give as you have been blessed.

    • HVAC Update #5

      Our HVAC project is in need of warm weather! The heat will be off for about two weeks while the boilers are removed, so we need at least consistent mid 70s to keep the church comfortable. Work is going on in the Youth Room and Chapel end of the building preparing for boiler replacement and the A/C addition to the Chapel. Work continues on the control/monitoring system throughout the building and there are system balancing and adjustments being made all over the building. Energy recovery units that will bring fresh air exchanges into the building are ready for testing and adjustment next week. A/C is working, so go ahead and pray for hotter days and we will get the last major part of the project going. 

    • Children's Book Week: April 30-May 4

      Presbyterian Women Together in Action for Children's Literacy urges women to be involved by participating in an after-school program that helps children with homework or improving reading skills. Several local schools have these programs as well as Harrisburg schools and organizations. Another way to help is by donating books to children who don't have them at home. Derry Discovery Days' upcoming Usborne Books & More fundraiser makes it easy to donate books to Christ Lutheran Church, Harrisburg. More details coming in next week's enews, or check page 3 in Connect: May.

    • What's New at Krislund Camp?

      Check out this special issue of the Krislund Corner newsletter, which contains a special message from the Joint Camp and Conference Committee.

    • Cookies, Crackers & Juice: Help Keep 'em Coming!

      Two dates are open for serving light refreshments after 10:30 am worship: June 17 and 24. Please contact Patty Gingrich for more information if you, your family, or church group can host one of these upcoming post-worship fellowships. Thanks, Derry!

    • Co-Ed Softball Season Opens May 6

      Derry’s co-ed softball team opens its 2018 season 5:30-7:30 pm Sunday, May 6 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 sign up online and contact contact David Kuntch to be added to the team's email distribution list. Interested in being an assistant coach? Contact David for more information.

    • Returning this Spring: Supper Clubs and Conversation!

      This popular fellowship opportunity returns in May and June, and you’re invited! Join church friends new and old over supper in one another’s homes with a group of seven or eight. Families with young children are encouraged to sign up for a special family club that will most likely meet at the church. We are looking for host homes (provide the table setting and entree) and participants who will bring side dishes and dessert. Supper Clubs will be held on Sunday, May 20 and Sunday, June 24.  Sign up for one or both! Sign up online or on Sundays in the Narthex, or call the church office (717-533-9667).  Questions? Contact Amy Backenstose. We hope you will join us!

    • “Chip in for Krislund” Golf Tournament: June 1

      Registration check-in 12:45 pm, shotgun start at 2 pm Friday, June 1 at Mountain View Golf Club, Fairfield. Four-person scramble, $75 per golfer, $300 per foursome. Player registration and details

    • 10th Annual Commonwealth Interfaith Service- Prayers for Justice & Peace: May 7

      6-8 pm Monday, May 7 at Beth El Temple, 2637 N. Front Street, Harrisburg. Free parking is available. This service is being held in observance of the National Day of Prayer, which is always the first week of May. It will be a celebration of the religious diversity of our state and our nation, as well as the diversity of ways to pray. Join your sisters and brothers in faith in a celebration of our diverse faith and prayer traditions in central Pennsylvania and to pray for justice and peace.