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  • March - 2018
    • 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 March 25. 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, sign up online. Questions? Contact Jane Robertson (717-439-0830). Thanks, Derry!

    • Shawl Ministry Celebrates 13th Anniversary

      On Monday night Derry’s Shawl Ministry celebrated its 13th  year of service and blessed its 1,450th shawl. Through the years participants have also made and blessed 194 dorm blankets for our high school graduates as well as dozens of baptism blankets for babies and adults. Thanks to all who have knitted and crocheted through the years to create so many beautiful and comforting items, and to those who have supported the ministry behind the scenes with donations of yarn, money and supplies. And thanks to Derry’s fantastic Deacons who deliver the completed shawls. Pictured here are some of the more than 30 members who participate in the ministry. Seated: Joan Theal, Pam Whitenack, Lorraine Russell, Sue George. Standing: Karen Carns, Chris Gawron, Robbie Hoffman, Chris Bevins and Heather Kegerise.

    • 13th Annual Pierogi Dinner: March 24

      4-7 pm Saturday, March 24 at Christ Presbyterian Church, Lebanon. Pierogies served in butter and onions with sauerkraut, peas, applesauce, rolls, drink and dessert. Take-out available. Adults $8.50, children (5-12) $5.00, free for children under 5. Orders of two dozen or more must be pre-ordered by March 19: 717-507-0735.

    • Coin Return on Sunday, March 18

      Remember to bring your Change 4 Children coins with you to church on March 18 to be collected at the end of morning worship. Change 4 Children goes to Alliance for Children Everywhere which believes education is an integral part of the commitment to support healthy and sustainable families and communities. Cecilia Mvula just fulfilled her dream of working in a medical clinic with the economic support for high school and college provided by ACE. She even volunteered at the House of Moses during school breaks.

      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 June, so keep on gathering those coins.
    • G.O.D. Squad Spring Work Day RESCHEDULED: April 28

      The March 24 work day has been CANCELLED. Instead, join the Gardeners Of Derry (G.O.D. Squad) 8 am - 12 pm Saturday, April 28 to mulch the church grounds. Lunch provided. Bring rakes & shovels!  Contact Tom & Nancy Kitzmiller

    • Engage: Lent Leadership Team

      Thanks to this awesome team for leading afternoon worship for children and families on Sunday, March 11. An enthusiastic group participated in singing (and a little dancing)... art projects will soon be appearing in the display case on the ramp and in homes of our shut-in members. See more photos on facebook. Next up, Engage: Celtic on Saturday evening, May 12. Front row: Jennifer Owsley, Liz Gawron, Michelle Califf, Valerie Minnich. Back row: Steven Guenther, Kelly & Craig Barth, Pastor Stephen and Luke Gawron.

    • February 2018 Session Highlights
      • Received the Treasurer’s Report and Staff Reports.
      • Welcomed Rev. Anne Myers from the Presbytery’s Strengthening our Congregations Committee. The discussion centered on the connectional ministry of the Presbytery available to and among all churches.
      • Received the 2017 Financial Audit prepared by Boyer & Ritter, LLC.  There were no issues or recommendations.
      • Approved Baptismal Instruction and Baptism for:  Evelyn Grace McKenna and Jett Alexander Siegrist.
      • Received the annual Statistical Report.
      • Removed Katie McMillen Bailey from the active membership roll at her request.
      • Approved a revised Charitable Purpose Lease Agreement with Love INC.
      • Removed Derry Discovery Days as a subcommittee of Christian Education and established it as a new standing Session committee.
      • Approved revisions to the employee handbook regarding personal leaves of absence and approved the absence/leave policy for Derry Discovery Days.
      • Approved (retroactively) use of the church van for transportation to the Unite Youth event held on February 18 at Gretna Glen.
      • Approved the collection of an offering at the March 11 Engage-Lent service.
      • Approved a building use request from Francis Mohler to utilize fellowship hall for a two-week dance class in June for 12 to 25 students.
      • Approved participation in a mission project on Good Friday at Christ Lutheran Church in Harrisburg for the Pilgrim Fellowship group.
      • Held the annual meeting of the Board of Trustees for The Derry Presbyterian Church, Inc. during which time the following officers were elected: Greg Taylor, President; Jim Pease, Vice President. Kathy Yingst, Clerk of Session and Steven Guenther, Church Treasurer were affirmed ex officio as Secretary and Treasurer of the Corporation, respectively.
      • Received and welcomed the following new members at a Called meeting on February 25:  James and Karla Bennett, Ray Delo, Robbie Hoffman, Barbara Rickard, Patti Jo and David Hibshman, and Sheryl Ryan
    • Welcome Back, Jackie!

      Our director of Youth Ministries is back in the office following her maternity leave. You can reach her at or 717-533-9667 to say hi and welcome back, find out more about the youth program, or ask to see photos of son Frankie, the newest addition to the Lerch household.

    • Note of Thanks from Interfaith Shelter

      Dear Congregation of Derry Church,

      Thank you for inviting me to speak on February 25 and for your generous donation of $3,000. The church was aesthetically beautiful and you were very warm and welcoming. Your willingness to give to those who are less fortunate demonstrates great love and humility, which are qualities Catholic Charities seeks to uphold. 

      We thank you for thinking of the Interfaith Shelter in such a special way. Your kind generosity will bless our families. I would like to extend an invitation to come visit the shelter and see who we are and what we do. Your kindness and generosity is deeply appreciated. 
      Lisa Peck, Program Director
    • Baptisms on March 11

      Congratulations to Jeremy and Kathryn Siegrist and big brother Noah on the baptism of Jett Alexander, and to Stephanie and Mike McKenna on the baptism of Evelyn Grace. Evelyn's big brothers are Torrin and Callum. Welcome to the family!

    • What's Next in March for Pilgrim Fellowship?
      • 4 pm Sunday, March 11 in Fellowship Hall: bring your family to Engage: Lent worship experience
      • 12 pm Sunday, March 18 in room 7AB: bring your lunch & get ready to assemble/sort/pack supplies for the health ministry gift basket Pilgrim Fellowship will deliver on Good Friday afternoon, March 30. 
    • Loretta Chubb Marks 10th Year as Hospitality Coordinator

      March 2 is her official anniversary, but the celebration happened at Terrific Tuesday dinner on March 6. There were cards and cupcakes, but the real fun happened in this video. The apron Loretta is wearing in the photo above has been signed by grateful Derry members. There's plenty of room for more signatures:  look for the table in the Narthex.

      Note of thanks from Loretta: 

      I just wanted to write a short note to thank everyone for their cards, kind words and special presentations.  Pastor Stephen even sang me a song…………!!!  It’s actually hard to believe that’s those 10 years have gone by so quickly.  I’ve had a lot of help over the years that is truly appreciated.  With the help, aid and assistance from so many people it helps make things operate smoothly.

      Thank you all once again for the recognition.

    • Notes from Presbyterian Women
      • The next deadline for Boxtops 4 Education is March 18. Expiration dates must be 3/31/18 or later. Drop them in the PW mailbox.
      • The Spring Gathering of PW in Presbytery of Carlisle will be Apr. 7 at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Lebanon. Registration begins at 9:15 am.
    • Your Creative Ideas Needed to Serve Up Sunday Snacks

      Gathering in Fellowship Hall for light snacks after Sunday worship is a Derry tradition. You can help keep it going: the Deacons are looking for your ideas on how to fill the weeks when there are no assigned groups or volunteers -- which adds up to about half the year. You'll see many open dates on the schedule posted on the bulletin board by the information center in the narthex. How would you solve this challenge? Contact Patty Gingrich with your creative ideas by March 13. Thanks, Derry!

    • Get ready for Mission Madness II

      Here's your chance to support Derry Church's Mission House and have some congregational fun during March Madness basketball season. Sign up at using Derry for the password and submit your picks by 3/14/18. Questions? Contact Pete Steelman.

      Are you in?

    • NEW! Good Friday Worship

      7 pm Friday, March 30 in the Sanctuary

      Good Friday is one of the most important days in the Christian year. It is the day we mourn Christ’s death and lament our own sinfulness. It is also a day to celebrate Christ’s victory over death on the cross and to celebrate and remember God’s great love for us. On this night we will celebrate that even in the darkest nights, our hope lives on in the light of Christ: a light the darkness cannot overcome. We will lament and mourn the pain and anguish of the cross, but we will also celebrate why we call it “Good” Friday. The sanctuary will grow lighter and lighter as we hear the story of Christ’s Passion and what it means for us. At the end of the service, you will hold your own light as we celebrate the light of God’s love that the darkness cannot overcome.

    • Tuesday Morning Golf Begins Soon

      The Derry Church Golf League returns to the links on Tuesday, April 10 at Royal Oaks Golf Club, Lebanon. Play begins at 10 am through the month of April. From May to September, play begins at 8:30 am. All skill levels welcome. To sign up, contact Bill Uffelman (717-520-9160) or Jim Warnock (717- 838-8452).

    • Spring Forward on March 11

      Remember to turn your clocks forward one hour on Saturday night: daylight savings time will begin at 2 am Sunday, March 11 and end on Sunday, November 4.

    • Maundy Thursday Worship

      7 pm Thursday, March 29 in the Sanctuary

      Hear the Passion story in a worship service led by the children who will be participating in this year's Children & Sacraments class. Celebrate the sacrament of the Lord's supper and reflect on Jesus' last supper. The communion bread that will be served will be made by the children, most who will be receiving communion for the first time. Worship will also include scripture, hymns and a sermon ... then watch as the chancel is stripped of all the familiar Christian symbols before you leave the Sanctuary in silence. This service will be live streamed on YouTube and the church website.

    • Easter Vigil: March 31

      7 pm Saturday, March 31 beginning in the courtyard, weather permitting

      In this fresh retelling of the book of Exodus, you’ll play the role of the Israelites as you meet Moses and Aaron, follow the Arc of the Covenant and finally cross the Jordan. Elements of fire and the Seder meal, celebration of the Lord’s Supper and renewal of baptism are included in this first service of Easter. It’s a service that keeps you on the move, from outdoors to the Fellowship Hall, Narthex and Sanctuary. Don’t miss it!

  • February - 2018
    • Have Dinner at Isaacs and Help Build a School: Mar 22

      5-9 pm Thursday, March 22 at Isaac’s Famous Grilled Sandwiches in Hummelstown. One last time this winter, you’re invited to support scholarships for students in Sargodha, Pakistan. Have dinner at Isaac’s and when it’s time to pay your bill, hand in a flyer (download or pick up at the insert rack in the Narthex), and Isaac’s will donate 25% of your food and beverage purchase to support the Sargodha School.

      The February fundraiser brought in $219 for the school and dozens of Derry friends enjoyed socializing and dining in groups large and small. Bring your friends and family, have a delicious dinner, and help to improve education across the globe.

    • Easter Greeters Needed

      Help to be a part of the Easter celebration by volunteering to greet and welcome all who come to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Greeters are needed for all Easter services; 8, 9:30 and 11 am Sunday, April 1. Contact Nancy Kitzmiller (717-566-4138).

    • Come to Game Night at the Interfaith Shelter: Mar 14

      Meet 6:15 pm Wednesday, March 14 at Derry Church, then travel to the Interfaith Shelter for Families in Harrisburg. Along with the Mission & Peace Committee, you'll host a game night for the families. RSVP to Pete Feil. ALSO NEEDED: donations of small prizes for all ages (candy, soap, lotion, small toys, etc.) Bring items to the designated basket in the mission closet on the lower level.

    • Celebrate Loretta's 10th Anniversary on Mar 6!

      Derry's own hospitality coordinator, Loretta Chubb, marks her 10th work anniversary with us on March 2. Join us in celebrating Loretta at 5:30 pm Tuesday, March 6 in Fellowship Hall: bring a card to say thanks and have some cake. You're welcome to enjoy Terrific Tuesday dinner before or after the celebration ($3/person). 

    • HVAC Update #3

      As we enter the last week of February most of the new heat pumps are installed on the lower level of the church. We are seeing the fresh air duct work going in the halls downstairs and many less visible areas. That air system will be fed by two energy recovery units (ERV) were recently installed on the roof. The new chiller and cooling tower have also been set with a large crane. As this equipment is connected we are moving toward our expectation of having air conditioning and all new heat pump units working throughout the church before Easter. This has not been without a couple bumps in the road. We had a large, unexpected leak in our boiler that will not be replaced until after Easter. And we had a pump and control shutdown on our heat pump water system. Both of these failures have been repaired temporarily by HB McClure to get us to the time when each of these systems is replaced with the new equipment. About two more months to completion. Thank you for your patience and thank the committee for their hard work.

    • Help Pilgrim Fellowship Create a Giant Gift Basket!
      This year for their Good Friday mission project, Pilgrim Fellowship (grades 3-5) hopes to deliver a giant basket of supplies to support the health ministries at Christ Lutheran Church in Harrisburg. You may remember the Rev. Drew Stockstill preached here a few times last year: he is their Director of Health Ministries in the heart of Harrisburg’s vibrant Allison Hill neighborhood. Download a wish list or pick up one from the insert rack. Drop items by Tuesday, March 27 in the designated collection basket in the Narthex. Thanks, Derry!
    • Presbyterian Women Thanks & Updates
      • Thanks to all who helped on February 21 by donating salads and cupcakes, preparing, serving and cleaning up for the community Lenten luncheon.
      • The next Morning Circle will meet at 10:30 am Monday, March 26 in Room 13.
      • The winter tea on February 25 was a great success! See photos on facebook.
    • Immigration: A Christian Conversation, Mar 8, 17 & 22

      Highland Presbyterian Church, 500 E. Roseville Road, Lancaster

      • 10 am-1:30 pm Thursday, March 8: Oscar Barbosa, a specialist in federal immigration law, and Christine Baer, congregational resource developer of Church World Service, discuss the 300-year history of resettlement in Lancaster County.
      • 2-6 pm Saturday, March 17: Eric Barreto, professor at Princeton Theological Seminary, Kathleen Dick Leslie, legal counsel for World Relief, and Greg Carey, professor of New Testament at Lancaster Theological Seminary.
      • 10 am-1:30 pm Thursday, March 22: Focus on agency support for refugee resettlement in Lancaster County, led by Christine Baer and  Cheryl DeMarco, who represents Citizens for Immigration Refugee Action Committee. Read more
      $15 for the March 8 and 22 sessions; no charge on March 17. Deadline to register: Monday, March 5. Contact the church at 717-569-2651 or go to
    • Welcome Derry's New Members!

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

    • Coming Soon: Derry Church CONNECT

      Next week we're launching a new monthly publication: CONNECT. It's a quick look at what you need to know in the month ahead. CONNECT will land in your inbox next Monday, February 26 and subsequently at the end of each month... paper copies will also be available at church.

      The weekly enews will continue to arrive on Thursdays, but the format will be changing to focus on what's happening in the week ahead. 

      Contact Sue George if you have any questions or concerns.

    • One Great Hour of Sharing

      Throughout the season of Lent we collect for One Great Hour of Sharing. This year, 50% of your gifts will be contributed to help denominational missions by providing relief to those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and helping to empower the poor and oppressed. The other 50% of your gifts will support our international mission partner Bridges to Community and our efforts to build homes in Nicaragua. Our goal is to raise $15,000 for OGHS this year.

    • February 2018 Financial Snapshot

      Cash Flow - Operating Fund as of 1/31/18

        Actual Budgeted
      Income YTD $118,319 $103,618
      Expenses YTD $86,827 $105,428
      Surplus (Deficit) YTD $31,492 ($1,810)


      Of the $118,319 in contributions, $47,570 was contributed in 2017 for the 2018 budget. Please let me know if you have any questions about the church's finances. Steven Guenther, Treasurer

    • Join Pastor Stephen for Bible Study on Sunday Morning!

      9:15-10 am in the Chapel. On Sunday, February 25, Pastor Stephen covers the Old Testament book of Esther in one hour... next Sunday, March 4 he'll discuss the book of Job. Series continues through March 25.

    • Watch and Discuss "13th," a Documentary

      You are invited to view and discuss the Netflix documentary "13th" with Derry staff and friends. 13th, by director Ava DuVernay, explores the "intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States." It is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which freed the slaves and prohibited slavery (unless as punishment for a crime).

      You can watch the entire film with the church staff at 1 pm Monday, February 26 in the John Elder Classroom... at 10 am Thursday, March 8 in room 7 ... or come to Pastor Stephen’s Tuesday night Bible study to watch segments on March 6, 13, 20 & 27 starting at 6 pm in the John Elder Classroom. Please join us for this important discussion.

    • Have Dinner at Isaacs' TONIGHT: Feb 22

      You're invited to support the building of a school for boys in Sargodha, Pakistan: have dinner at the Isaac's Restaurant in Hummelstown between 5 pm and 9 pm Thursday, February 22 ... when it's time to pay your bill, hand in this flyer and Isaac's will donate 25% of your food and beverage purchase to the Sargodha School fundraising effort.One more opportunity to participate in this fundraiser is on March 22. Save the date!  

      In 2017, your support of Isaacs’ and other fundraisers provided scholarships for ten day students at the Sargodha school at a cost of $365 per student. Your participation in tonight’s fundraiser will help to continue that support. Better yet, consider providing a scholarship for an additional student. Donor cards are available at the insert rack in the Narthex, visit or contact for more information.

    • Engage: Lent

      4 pm Sunday, March 11 in Fellowship Hall

      This family friendly worship experience focuses on Lent and the cross through music, art, and teaching. Expect child-focused and adult-focused music, teaching, and art projects.

      Bring yourself, bring the family to this special opportunity to Engage: Lent.   

    • Easter Egg Hunt & Crafts: March 24

      11 am - 12 pm Saturday, March 24 beginning in Fellowship Hall. For children ages 0 - grade 5. Bring your own baskets. Free! Held rain or shine. RSVP to Jackie Lerch by Friday, March 16 by providing name(s)and age(s) of your child(ren). 

    • Easter Treats Needed by March 18

      To fill dozens of plastic eggs for the Easter egg hunt on March 24. Small NON-PEANUT candies are needed by Sunday, March 18. Please bring candy to the designated basket in the lower level mission closet.

    • “Mission Madness II” Fundraiser

      Do you love mission work, college basketball, and friendly congregational competition? Then you’re invited the second annual “Mission Madness” fundraiser benefitting Derry Church's Mission House. Participants fill out their own digital bracket for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, and the winner gets an engraved trophy and a year’s worth of Derry bragging rights! Suggested donation of $10/bracket, with all funds going to the Mission House. You can’t begin making your basketball selections until the tournament field is announced on March 12. You can make and change your picks as often as you like, but your final bracket must be submitted before tipoff of the first game on Thursday, March 15. Sign up and pay in the Narthex on March 4 or 11, or email Pete Steelman.

    • Wear Orange on Sunday, Feb 25!

      Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence works for prevention, intervention and change in the problem of domestic violence. They report that 102 women were killed in Pennsylvania by a spouse or companion last year. Wear orange or an orange ribbon to show support for this organization and others working to end exploitation of women and children.

    • Meet n’ Greet Rev Liz Crumlish: Feb 24

      3-5 pm Saturday, February 24 at Mechanicsburg Presbyterian Church, 300 E. Simpson St. Rev. Liz Crumlish from the Church of Scotland is one of the Pilot Co-founders of Path of Renewal, an organization helping churches in Scotland exist and be relevant in a secular culture.

    • Jello, Cupcakes + Volunteers Needed Feb 21!

      Your help is needed to host the Hershey Ministerium Lenten luncheon on Wednesday, February 21 following a 12:10 pm community worship service in the Sanctuary. Derry’s Presbyterian Women needs your donations of 9”x13” gelatin salads and cupcakes (two dozen) by 9 am on February 21. Volunteers are needed to help prepare the meal, serve and/or clean up: please contact Sharon HendersonJoan Theal or Doris Feil. Thanks, Derry!

    • Pilgrims Spend a Night at the Church

      Last weekend Derry Church was transformed into an exciting new world, with themed snacks, games, crafts, stories and activities based on the movie “Night at the Museum.” See photos on facebook. Big thanks to Debbie Hough and Nicola Burke, to Pete “Teddy Roosevelt” Steelman for planning and running the games portion of the evening, to Allison Spooner and Lynn George for returning to Derry to help plan and run the event, and to the parents who provided breakfast.

      Be sure to check out the children’s dioramas displayed on the ramp leading up to the Chapel. The next event for grades 3-5 will be 12-2 pm Sunday, February 25, a “Wonder” book club & movie gathering. Bring your lunch. Parents are welcome to attend. RSVP to by Wednesday, February 21.

    • Are You a Doctor, Nurse, EMT or Other Medical Professional?

      Derry Church is looking for volunteers with experience in the medical field to provide first aid if there is a medical emergency during a worship service or church activity. The vision is for a Medical Support Team Lead to coordinate volunteer participation. If you are trained as an Emergency Medical Technician, Nurse, Dentist, Doctor, Physician Assistant or other medical professional and have interest in volunteering as a Medical Support Team Member or Medical Support Team Leader, or you’d like more information, please contact Doug Ebner at 717 379-2835.

    • LVC Student Musicians to Perform for Derry Seniors

      At 10 am Tuesday, March 20 in the Sanctuary, the Derry Seniors welcome student musicians from Lebanon Valley College. This year’s musical program will feature Patrick McMullen and Rachel Schulz performing organ works of J. S. Bach and Franck, Abigail Stoner performing Rachmaninoff's Prelude in G# on piano and Scott Joplin’s The Entertainer on handbells, and Catherine Achenbach performing You Raise Me Up as a piano/organ duet. The program is under the direction of Derry member Shelly Moorman-Stahlman, Professor of Music and College Organist at Lebanon Valley College. Free.

    • Pastor Stephen’s Sunday Class Returns Feb 18

      Join Pastor Stephen at 9:15 am in the Chapel for his Lenten class “Book in an Hour,” starting on Sunday, February 18. Each week we’ll explore the context, content, and message of a book from the Hebrew Scriptures in an hour. This overview will help familiarize you with some of the less well-known books of the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament).

    • Thanks, Lori!

      You’re receiving this week’s eNewsletter thanks to the efforts of Lori Klucker, who just completed her three-year term as an elder serving on the Communications & Technology Committee. Thanks, Lori!

    • Register Online for Krislund's 2018 Summer Camps!

      Check out  Krislund Camp’s 2018 Brochure for information on all camping opportunities: Base Camp, Day Camp, Specialty Camps, Mini-Camps, Grandparent Camp, Family Camp, CIT, and Pioneers. View the full schedule and register online at 

    • Holy Week at Derry

      The complete schedule of Holy Week events at Derry Church is now available online. Many activities are planned from Palm Sunday through Easter (March 25-April 1). Volunteers are needed for several events: tell us how you’d like to help by returning forms available at the insert rack.

    • Grants Available for the PW Churchwide Gathering

      A limited number of leadership development grants are available to help those interested in attending the PW Churchwide Gathering August 2-5, 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky. These reimbursable grants will cover up to $500 in Gathering registration, housing and/or travel expenses. The deadline for applying is March 30, 2018 and early application is encouraged. Priority consideration will be given first time attendees. Download a leadership development grant application.

    • “Baroque Palace” Concert

      4 pm Sunday, March 4 in the Sanctuary, featuring the Hershey Baroque Chamber Players under the direction of Sean McCarthy. Enjoy audience favorites such as Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 and “Spring” from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, to name just two of the “greatest hits” Sean McCarthy and his virtuoso ensemble have planned. Free will offering supports Arts Alive programming.

    • The Last Week: Walking with Jesus from Palm Sunday through Easter

      This Lent we will be walking with Jesus through Holy Week, according to the Gospel of Mark, starting with his entry into Jerusalem on a donkey surrounded by crowds waving palms. We’ll get to see day by day what Jesus said and did during his last week before his death and resurrection. Some of the common stories we hear about Jesus happened in this last week, but we don’t always get to hear and experience them in this context. Please join us each Sunday from February 18 through March 25 as we walk with Jesus through Jerusalem to the cross and to the empty tomb. 

    • Lunch ‘n Learn About Advance Planning: Feb 15

      12 pm Thursday, February 15 in the Fellowship Hall at Londonderry Village. Timothy McGowan, Director of Pre-Arrangements & Family Services at Finkenbinder Family Funeral Homes will present “10 Reasons” for starting the conversation about final wishes and making your wishes known. There will also be time for questions and answers. Order a lunch, bring your own, or just come to hear our speaker. RSVP to Lisa Thomas at 717-838-5406 ext. 3052.

    • Piano/Oboe/Violin/Viola Concert

      3-4:30 pm Sunday, February 25 at First United Methodist Church of Hershey. Mod3 is a versatile performing group consisting of oboes, violin/viola and piano. The term “mod” is reflective of the group’s ability to transform itself (or modularize) based on the literature chosen for the occasion. The New York City based Mod3 plays exciting standard literature written for variable instrumentation as well as new works and arrangements tailored for the group such as Brahm’s 3rd Symphony and movie music themes by John Williams. Mod3 aims to play music that is both musically fulfilling and engaging to any audience regardless of age or exposure to the traditional medium. Read more about the musicians: Will Curry, Carol Ann Aicher and Kevin Chavez.

    • Pondering Life & Faith with Philip Yancey: Mar 17

      7-9 pm Saturday, March 17 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, West Chester. Philip Yancey has explored the most basic questions and deepest mysteries of the Christian faith. He is a speaker who challenges minds and inspires listeners.  Whether you are a fan of his many books, or just someone on your own spiritual journey, you will appreciate his honest reflections on his life experiences and faith questions.  He will invite us to ponder with him God’s grace through Jesus Christ. A book signing follows. His books include Vanishing Grace, What Ever Happened to the Good News?, The Jesus I Never Knew and Prayer: Does it Make any Difference? $15/person. Register online.

    • It's Time to Order Easter Lilies

      Orders are now being accepted for Easter lilies that will decorate the Sanctuary on Easter Sunday, April 1. Lilies are $9 each. Pick up order forms at the insert rack in the Narthex and return completed forms to the offering plate or collection box next to the insert rack. Please print legibly. Order deadline: Monday, March 6.

    • Got Palms? It's Almost Time to Make Ashes!

      If you still have the palm branches from last year's Palm Sunday service, bring them to church by Tuesday, February 13. Look for a palm collection basket in the Narthex by the information center. Palms will be burned into ashes at approximately 6 pm, following Terrific Tuesday's traditional Shrove Tuesday pancake supper in Fellowship Hall ($3 per person). Ashes will be used at the 7 pm service on Ash Wednesday, February 14 in the Chapel.

    • Souper Bowl Report

      A total of $594 plus 60 canned goods were collected on Sunday for the SouperBowl of Caring… thanks, Derry! Proceeds will benefit local food ministry out-reach programs supported by the church: the Hershey Food Bank, Downtown Daily Bread, and Racetrack Chaplaincy of America. Nationally, more than $2 million has been raised by more than 1,480 groups with more reporting daily.

    • Directories and Annual Reports Available

      Did you get your copy of the 2018 phone/address directory and the 2017 annual report that was presented last Sunday? Copies are available at the information center in the Narthex and in the church office. One per family, please.

  • January - 2018
    • CWS Blanket Offering

      Envelopes are in pews now for those who would like to contribute to Church World Service's Blankets, an offering supported by our Presbyterian Women during the month of February. Last year thousands of blankets were distributed in 19 U S states. The Burchett family in Appalachia couldn’t keep warm in their home, so they hung the thick wool blankets from CWS in front of the broken windows. 

      We have been blessed with so much, and we have much to share. Each blanket costs $10, but these blankets can be a vital resource for someone needing support, warmth and encouragement. Mark your checks “Blanket Fund." Please be generous.

    • Souper Bowl of Caring

      On Saturday evening and Sunday morning, look for Derry youth holding soup pots as you exit the Sanctuary. Place canned goods or cash in the pot... a suggested donation is the amount of money you would spend on a meal for your family. Last year Derry raised $640. Can we beat that total this year? All proceeds will be donated to local food banks. Check out two videos on Facebook produced by our youth!

      In 1990 the Souper Bowl of Caring began with a simple prayer from a single youth group in South Carolina: “Lord, even as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us be mindful of those without a bowl of soup to eat.” Since that day, more than $100 million has been raised for local charities across the country through Souper Bowl of Caring. It has become a powerful movement that is transforming the time around Super Bowl weekend into the nation’s largest celebration of giving and serving. Through this mission, young people learn what it’s like to make a positive difference in the world –as they collect food, raise money and volunteer to work in charities that provide shelter to the homeless, food to the hungry and compassion to those in need.


    • Fantastic Isaac's Fundraiser, with More to Come: Feb 22 & Mar 22!

      Thanks to all who came out for dinner at Isaac’s Famous Grilled Sandwiches last Thursday... you helped to raise $262 to support the Presbyterian Education Board’s school for boys in Sargodha, Pakistan. Enjoying good food with good friends warmed up a winter evening: Derry friends and families filled the majority of tables. You have two more opportunities to participate between 5-9 pm on Thursday, February 22 and Thursday, March 22. You can download forms for February 22  or pick up from the insert rack. Remember, 25% of your food & beverage purchase benefits the school when you turn in a form as you pay.

    • Community Worship Services during Lent

      Once again the Hershey Ministerium is hosting a series of noontime worship services beginning at 12:10 pm on Ash Wednesday, February 14 at St. Joan of Arc Roman Catholic Church. Consider attending as a Lenten discipline this year. You’ll have the opportunity to worship at many local churches, hear a variety of pastors and religious leaders in our community, and enjoy a simple and delicious lunch provided by the host congregation following the service ($3). 

    • Fenicci's Fundraiser Benefits Derry Discovery Days: Feb 19

      11 am - midnight Monday, February 19 at Fenicci's Restaurant, 102 Chocolate Avenue, Hershey. When you have a meal at Fenicci's Restaurant on Monday, February 19, 10% of the cost of your food order (eat in or take out) will be donated to Derry Discovery Days Preschool. No forms needed. Extensive menu from pizza and salads to burgers and seafood. Come and support Discovery Days and enjoy a delicious meal with friends and family!

    • Calling All Men Who are Physically and Spiritually Hungry

      The annual Lenten men’s breakfast gatherings will begin at 6:30 am on Wednesday, February 14 (no breakfast on February 7) and will continue each following Wednesday during the Lenten Season. Our theme will be the “heroes” in our life as Rev. Larry Van Hise leads the group in contemplating the death-defying ministry of Jesus.  Our chef Charlie Koch is rumored to have descended from a long line of breakfast wranglers starting with the chuck wagon cook on the first Oregon Trail wagon train. Great chow and fellowship: come join us!

    • HVAC Update #2

      To date the HVAC project has made good progress. The very large chiller, tower water pumps and quite a bit of pipe has been removed from the building. The electricians and system controls people are wiring the building to give us the control, monitoring and efficiency we asked for through all four seasons of the year.

      New piping is being installed and final layout for fresh air ducting is mostly complete. The first order of new heat pumps is arriving this week and will be installed soon.

      The old cooling tower will be craned off the roof and some other equipment will be lifted into place on the roof during the first week of February. A second crane lift will happen near the end of February to place final large equipment on roof.

      The overall project will go through spring, once the boiler can be shut down and replaced.

      The Building & Grounds Committee and the contractor have been doing a good job of controlling the disturbance to church activity while moving forward with this building-wide major improvement.

    • Welcome Rachael Schirato!

      Derry Church welcomes Rachael Schirato, our new Sunday morning and Tuesday evening nursery caregiver. Rachael will join Sue Fox to care for our youngest children. She is a Hershey native and 2017 graduate of Hershey High School. Rachael has assisted with children's programming in the elementary school and in a Philadelphia inner-city school. She is a Hershey School of Dance ballet dancer who enjoys cooking, reading and writing. She attends HACC now and will enter the University of Pittsburgh in the fall as a business/pre-law major with the goal of becoming an attorney focused on social change. 

    • February 2018 Mission Core Value: Homelessness

      By Lynn Porter, Mission & Peace Committee Member

      I don’t watch much TV, but recently a commercial got my attention. A familiar tune played “Don’t You (Forget About Me)"... some of you may recognize it from the 1985 movie The Breakfast Club, where the Scottish rock band Simple Minds performed the song. In the commercial I learned that Willis Earl Beal was covering it.  His somber version stresses the need to volunteer in one’s community, especially when it comes to the homeless. It is poignant!  Mr. Beal was once homeless himself.

      For many years Derry Church has been committed to aiding the homeless in various ways. From financial support to hands-on volunteering, our church has a long track record of assisting the homeless. In 2018 we continue to support Family Promise of the Harrisburg Capital Region, Interfaith Shelter for Homeless Families, Bethesda Mission, Christian Churches United, and Delta House/Gaudenzia. You'll be hearing more about these organizations this month, and you'll meet a representative from Family Promise at the Soup, Salad & Sandwich lunch following the annual meeting on Sunday, February 4.

    • VBS Save the Dates!

      Mark your calendars now for August  6-10, when Derry Church's annual Vacation Bible School gets under way with the theme of everyday heroes. More information will be coming soon for volunteers and participants.

    • Have Dinner at Isaacs TONIGHT!

      You're invited to support the building of a school for boys in Sargodha, Pakistan: have dinner at the Hummelstown Isaac's Restaurant between 5 pm and 9 pm Thursday, January 25 ... when it's time to pay your bill, hand in this flyer and Isaac's will donate 25% of your food and beverage purchase to the Sargodha School fundraising effort. Bring your friends and family, have a delicious dinner, and help to improve education across the globe!

      Two more opportunities to participate in this fundraiser are on February 22 and March 22. Save the dates!

    • Learn About Baptism

      9-10 am Sundays, February 25 and March 4. Wondering why Christians believe in baptism... whether you can be baptized more than once... or whether or not baptism can occur outside of Sunday worship? Get answers to these questions and more. If you wish, prepare to have yourself or a family member baptized during worship on Sunday, March 11 or a later date. RSVP to Marie Buffaloe by Wednesday, February 21. Learn more in this article on baptism published in Presbyterians Today magazine.

    • Cupcakes and Jello Salads Needed Feb 21

      For the Hershey Ministerium Lenten luncheon hosted by Derry’s Presbyterian Women on Wednesday, February 21 following a 12:10 pm community worship service in the Sanctuary. Donations of 9”x13” gelatin salads and cupcakes (two dozen) are needed and may be left in the kitchen the previous day or by 9 am on February 21. Volunteers are needed to help prepare the meal, serve and/or clean up: please contact Sharon Henderson, Joan Theal or Doris Feil.

    • Presbyterian Women's Tea

      2 pm Sunday, February 25 in the Lounge for all women and girls. We'll share memories of games we played as children, or bring a favorite game. RSVP to Doris Feil by February 22.

    • Attention Parents of Second Graders

      Are you planning to have your child take part in the Children & Sacraments class on March 26 and participate in the Maundy Thursday communion service on March 29? Your child must be baptized in order to receive communion. Plan now to attend the two-week baptism class on Sunday mornings, February 25 and March 4 and have your child baptized during worship on Sunday, March 11. In the class you’ll find out what Presbyterians believe about baptism. RSVP to Debbie Hough (717-533-9667)

    • 14th Annual Reducing Cancer in Our Community: A Public Forum

      Saturday, March 10 at the University Conference Center at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.  Anyone with an interest in health-related issues is invited to attend, including patients and their families, patient advocate groups, teachers, and community leaders and organizations. The program opens at 8:30 am with check-in and continental breakfast. Main topics are Tumors of the Nervous System, Environment and Cancer, and Cancer Screening, Surveillance and Prevention in Pennsylvania. Program concludes 2:15 pm. There is no fee to attend, but registration is required.

    • Synod Treasurer Chantal Atnip to Stand for PCUSA Moderator

      It is with great honor that the Synod of the Trinity announces that our treasurer, Chantal Atnip, is standing for the position of moderator for this year's 223rd General Assembly in St. Louis. Chantal, who has worked for the Synod since 2005, is a ruling elder and clerk of session at Pine Street Presbyterian Church in Harrisburg. Chantal's story of feeling God's call to this position is a great one, and her unique approach to the position sets her apart from the rest. "I think we are in, again, a period of time where we need to discover what it means to be Christian, what it means to be Presbyterian, what it means to live our faith in the world that we are in now."

      Learn more about Chantal and her desire to seek this national position. 

      Meet Chantal and hear her vision for her role as moderator of our denomination, 1:30 pm  Tuesday, January 30 and 7 pm  Tuesday, February 6 at the Presbytery of Carlisle office, 3040 Market St., Camp Hill.

    • Make Some Fleece Blankets on Sunday Evening!

      7 pm Sunday, January 28 in room 7. All ages are invited for a fun evening of making knotted fleece blankets to help homeless people in Harrisburg keep warm. Snacks provided! Hosted by the Christian Education committee.

    • January 2018 Session Highlights
      • Elected Kathy Yingst as Clerk of Session and Steven Guenther as Treasurer for 2018.
      • Received the Treasurer's Report, Board of Deacons' Report, and Staff Reports.
      • Established a Session Retreat on Sunday, February 25 from 12:00-2:30pm.
      • Elected all active Elders as  Presbytery Commissioners for 2018.
      • Approved use of the church van for the youth ski trip.
      • Approved the formation of an alternative worship subcommittee of Worship and Spiritual Life and approved dates for alternative worship services (called Engage) for 2018.
      • Approved a revised Investment Policy Statement from Stewardship and Finance that dealt with investment strategies for bonds.
      • Approved receiving the four PCUSA denominational mission offerings in 2018.
      • Approved Pastor Stephen's 2018 Terms of Call for vote at the annual meeting. The Terms of Call are the same as the 2017 Terms of Call except $1000 was moved from the mileage expense account to the profession expense account. This change does not affect the bottom line for the Terms of Call.
      • Approved Debbie Hough's sabbatical proposal for July and August of 2018. Her sabbatical will be focused on organizing and working with the S.H.E Project and organizing the church libraries. She will be focused on these projects and not engaged in her normal duties as CE Director during the sabbatical.
      • Approved new church credit cards for the Church Financial Secretary, Business Manager, and Youth Director
    • Friends of SHE Needs YOU!

      All throughout January, Derry Church has been focusing on different organizations that exist in order to empower women throughout the world. Derry has been supporting the SHE project in Pakistan for over five years. A group of committed women at Derry met and formed Friends of SHE to share the passion of their sisters in Pakistan who want to bring a better life to their families through the power of education and life skills training. We believe that we stand on the shoulders of Presbyterian women who have gone before us, who saw education as the answer for Pakistan, and who helped to establish schools there in the 1800s through the Presbyterian Education Board.

      There is so much more to this story and many opportunities for you to help: please contact Debbie Hough  or Nicola Burke. We will be setting up an informational meeting with those interested sometime within the next couple of weeks.  We look forward to hearing from you!

    • A Message from Rev Mark Englund-Krieger

      In the summer of 2005, Pastor Dick Houtz called me at home in Pittsburgh. In his role as the chairperson of Carlisle Presbytery’s Executive Presbyter search committee, Dick was calling to invite me to the position of Executive Presbyter. That telephone call started the beautiful opportunity I have had to serve this Presbytery, and started my relationship with Derry Church. Soon my family moved here and became active in the ministry and mission of Derry Church. Our boys were blessed by Derry’s youth ministry, Sunday school, Confirmation classes, and trips to Nicaragua. On free Sunday mornings I often worshiped with my family at Derry. Pastors Dick and Marie intuitively knew that when I was at Derry on a Sunday morning I was not “working” and I did not want to discuss Presbytery stuff. For these years now, Derry Church has been a generous, committed, leading congregation in our Presbytery, and a safe haven for me personally. Thank you!

      Now I am delighted to announce that I am stepping aside from my position as Executive Presbyter to serve as the transitional pastor at our Lower Marsh Creek congregation in Gettysburg. In a sentence, this move is simply my deep desire to be the pastor of a congregation again. The Lower Marsh Creek congregation is one of the great, small congregations of our Presbytery. They have a heritage, like Derry, going back to the first Scots Irish immigrants. The congregation has a wonderful, warm, open spirit and a commitment to hospitality. Such hospitality was powerfully expressed during the bloody days of Gettysburg when the church served as a hospital.        

      While I learn the lay of the land in Gettysburg my wife, Kris, will continue her position at Hershey Medical Center, and will continue as a member of Derry Church. Soon, in my new role as a fellow pastor and colleague, I look forward to joining Pastors Stephen and Marie and Derry Church in shared commitments to a larger mission and the larger church. We will always be together and connected in our beloved Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

    • February Coat Drive Warms Those in Need

      Derry Church's mission focus in February is helping the homeless. One way you can help is by bringing in a new coat for a child, youth, or adult. Coats for children and youth will be used by Derry Township schools for children in need. Coats for adults will be handed out the next time Derry works at Bethesda's Mobile Mission in Harrisburg. Others will be distributed to our mission partners including Interfaith Shelter and Family Promise.

      Drop off new coats in the closet near the entrance to the Sanctuary that’s closest to bathrooms. You’ll see a “Coat Drive” sign on the closet. Thank you for helping us to care for  our homeless neighbors!

    • January 2018 Financial Snapshot

      Cash Flow - Operating Fund as of 12/31/17

        Actual Budgeted
      Income YTD $1,309,362 $1,283,499
      Expenses YTD $1,190,854 $1,304,236
      Surplus (Deficit) YTD $   118,508 ( $20,737)


      I would like to thank everyone for their contributions and the committees for their stewardship of our resources over the past year. We ended the year with a surplus of $118,508 as contributions were about $26,000 over budget and expenses were $113,000 under budget. We started the year with a unrestricted, undesignated net assets defecit of $116,000, so with the surplus this year the defecit has been erased.

      Committees are committed to maintaining a balanced budget in 2018 and we are pretty confident that even with some increases next year, the budget will be close to balanced. One item to note: contributions for the year (both budgeted and actual) include $53,000 from the Anderson Trust, which has been designated first for payments on the HVAC mortgage in the coming years. Look for more detail of the church's financial position in the annual report. Please let me know if you have any questions about the church's finances. Steven Guenther, Treasurer

    • Thank you, Derry!
      • Derry’s Christmas card offering raised $646 for our mission outreach dinners in support of Downtown Daily Bread, the Racetrack ministry, and Delta Housing.
      • The Giving Tree provided dozens of gifts to the Derry Township Social Ministry, and 40 $25 gift cards to workers at Penn National Racetrack. In addition, $5,076 was received for the Christmas Joy Offering which benefits retired clergy and church workers, and PCUSA supported racial/ethnic colleges.
      • The special Christmas Eve Offering was $5126 which was divided equally between the Friends of PEB/Sargodha School in Pakistan and Allison Hill Community Ministry in Harrisburg.

      Thank you for your generous contributions this past Christmas season!

    • Young Adult Volunteers Needed for Autism Support Group

      The Division of Autism Services at Penn State College of Medicine seeks eight volunteers between the ages of 18 and 35 to assist with an ongoing social group which aims to improve social skills in young adults with Asperger’s Syndrome and high-functioning autism. Volunteers will serve as a peer by socially interacting with these young adults in a variety of activities on Monday evenings from 6:30-8:00 pm now through April 30. Group sessions will take place at Penn State Hershey’s Psychiatry Clinic on Northeast Drive in Hershey. Contact Jesse Northridge (717-531-0003  x285974).

    • Can You Spare a Shoebox?

      Ten shoeboxes are needed for the Pilgrim Fellowship lock-in on February 9-10. Please drop off any size shoebox in Debbie Hough's office by February 6. Thanks, Derry!

    • Good Cooks and Drivers Needed

      The Family Promise shelter will be returning to Hershey's Seventh Day Adventist Church during the week of February 4. Volunteers are needed to transport the families, and to provide evening meals. Derry’s mission focus for February happens to be homelessness.  Here is a wonderful opportunity to provide some hands-on support to homeless families. 

    • Want to be in a Show?

      Auditions for Music & Arts at Derry’s spring musical production, Moses and the Freedom Fanatics, will be held 5:30 pm Tuesday, January 23 in the choir loft. All talented children in grades 3 – 6 are encouraged to try out. Since all Presbyterian children are talented, this includes everyone!  Pick up a script from the choir room, choose a role, and be prepared to read and/or sing.  Dance experience is a big plus!

      This fully staged, costumed production will be presented in worship at 10:30 am Sunday, June 3. Mandatory dress rehearsal will be held 9 am - 12 pm Saturday, June 2.

      This wonderful musical by Hal Hopson is a re-telling of the biblical story of the Exodus. In addition to the Celebration Choir, the show will also feature our Carol Choir in two different roles: plagues of frogs, and then insects! Members of our Chrysalis Youth Choir and Jubilation Ringers will perform in the percussion orchestra that accompanies the show. The congregation and all participants will not soon forget this dramatic story of God’s faithfulness in leading the children of Israel out of bondage.

      For additional information, please call Sean McCarthy at 533-9667, ext. 112.

    • A Warm Welcome to New Church Officers

      On Sunday, January 14, 13 new church officers were installed: Skip Becker, Kristine Elliott, Larry Espenshade, Bob Ganse, Dennis Hosler, Shel Parker, Jill Provins and Susan Stagg to the office of Elder, and Patty Gingrich, Mike Reed, Eleanor Schneider, Mark Verner and Pam van Wyk to the office of Deacon. See photos on Facebook.

      A big thank-you to departing church officers, Elders Jack Henderson, Lori Klucker, Greg Poland, Craig Smith, M.E. Steelman and Ron Vance, and Deacons Loretta Blaydon, Kelly Mehaffie, Judy McMillen, Lily Shade and Sally Stultz. Sincere thanks for your time, hard work, and commitment to the church.

      Wondering who are currently serving Derry Church as Elders and Deacons? This bulletin board outside the Sanctuary and near the nursery suite helps you to match faces to names.

    • Personal Care Items Needed

      Love INC’s Personal Care Closet Ministry is in urgent need of the following items:

      Liquid Laundry Detergent

      Regular Size Bar Soap

      Men’s & Women’s Deodorant

      Paper Towels

      Toilet Paper


      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!

    • 19th Annual Chili Cook-off

      6:30-9:30 pm Friday, February 23 in Fellowship Hall. There’s no charge to attend, just bring a dish to pass: your favorite salad, dessert or chili recipe. Informal judging will determine winners in the chili and dessert categories. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes...following the meal, join the fun by participating in a variety of line and square dances led by caller Dan Prosser. Invite your friends and neighbors! Hosted by the Membership & Involvement Committee.

    • Annual Meeting on February 4

      The annual meeting of the congregation will be held following 10:30 am worship on Sunday, February 4. You’ll have an opportunity to review the 2017 financial statement and 2018 budget. Stay afterwards for a soup, salad and sandwich lunch in Fellowship Hall ($7): first come, first served.The annual report will be ready for pickup the week before, on Sunday, January 28.

    • New! Video Profiles of Derry Members

      Throughout the coming year, we’ll be producing short videos that give you a chance to meet Derry members and learn more about their skills and talents. It’s one way for us to get to know each other. First up is Ben Folts, confirmed at Derry Church in 2011. He’s the son of Tom and Debbi Kees-Folts. Thanks to the Folts family and Grace Gavazzi for participating. If you know someone who would be a good candidate for a video profile, send their name and contact information to Sue George.

    • Terrific Tuesday Kitchen Subs Needed

      Do you have some free time from 4-7 pm on Tuesdays? Helpers are needed on occasion to support the Terrific Tuesday kitchen crew when someone on the regular team is not available. Tasks will be assigned on arrival, anything from assisting with food preparation and serving to setup and cleanup. No experience necessary. This program runs September through March. Contact Loretta Chubb to be added to the sub list. Thanks, Derry!

    • Smashing Success: Jan 5 Trombone Concert

      The Twelfth Night of Christmas Trombone Choir concert was a tremendous success! On Friday, January 5, nine trombone players gathered at Derry Church to perform a concert to raise money for the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV).  With a packed house, a free will offering during the concert raised $5,400 -- and when added to other monies collected in honor of the event, about $10,000 was raised for PCADV. Derry members Tracy and Nicola Burke were among the local musicians who performed. A huge thanks to Derry for hosting the concert!

    • Organ Concerts on Jan 14 & 21

      4 pm Sunday, January 14: Daniel Dorty, Director of Music at Camp Hill Presbyterian Church will showcase the recently installed organ at Middle Spring Presbyterian Church, Shippensburg. 

      2:30 pm Sunday, January 21, a "New Organ" celebration concert at Paxton Presbyterian Church, Harrisburg, featuring organist Dan Miller, St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Beaverton, Oregon. Mr. Miller has recorded 22 organ compact discs. He's in his 19th year at Rodgers Instruments, one of the world’s leading organ builders, in Hillsboro, Oregon, as Rodgers Artist and Tonal Professional. Additionally, Mr. Miller an Adjunct Professor of Organ at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon.

    • Safety Presentation by Derry Twp Police

      Following 10:30 am worship on Sunday, January 21, Police Sargeant Anthony Clements of the Derry Twp Police Department will give a presentation in the Sanctuary on how to prepare for, and respond to, an active shooter situation. Bring your questions. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

    • More Star Gifts Ready!

      Star gifts -- star-shaped pieces of brightly colored paper with a word printed on it -- were distributed in worship on Epiphany Sunday, January 7. If you did not receive a star gift, more are available in a basket at the Information Center in the Narthex. Let us know on social media what word you received by posting and tagging #derrystargifts. 

    • Fantasy Football Winners

      This year Derry hosted its first ever Fantasy Football league with 14 teams. This year’s winner was Pastor Stephen. Kate Valenziano finished second in her first ever fantasy football team. Jim Pease finished third this year. Thank you to everyone who played. We’ll have a league next season for anyone who would like to take part in the 2018 fantasy football season.

    • Saturday Night Bluegrass Worship

      Saturday night worship is back by popular demand. Join us for a casual, engaging worship experience at 5 pm Saturday, February 3 in the Sanctuary. We’ll worship with bluegrass music and old southern gospel classics like Leaning on the Everlasting Arms, I’ll Fly Away, and Standing on the Promises, and we’ll hear some bluegrass-style songs from Mumford and Sons and the Rend Collective. Liz Gawron will be doing a live painting during the service: she’ll start painting when we begin and finish at the end of worship with a painting inspired by the night’s worship. Arrive by 4:45 pm to enjoy some pre-service bluegrass music.

      There will be no 8 am service on Sunday, February 4. Church school and the 10:30 am service will be held as usual, with the annual meeting following worship. A Soup, Salad & Sandwiches lunch is available following the meeting.

    • Worship on Ash Wednesday

      7 pm Wednesday, February 14 in the Chapel. This contemplative hour-long service will include a sermon and celebration of the Lord’s supper along with imposition of ashes made from last year’s palm branches.

      Deacon and Session meetings will be held on Wednesday, February 21.

    • February Film Series at the Hershey Public Library

      2 pm Saturdays, February 3-24 in meeting room 1 at the Hershey Public Library. Sponsored by Friends of the Hershey Public Library and hosted by Derry member Steve Ballard, the winter series is a tribute to Roger Moore. “Bullseye” will be screened on February 3, “The Spy Who Loved Me” on February 10, “The Cannonball Run” on February 17 and “Live and Let Die” on February 24. No charge to attend... free movie-themed snacks will be served.

    • Sign Up for the 2018 Women’s Retreat

      Registration forms are now available online and at the insert rack in the Narthex for the March 2-4 women’s retreat at Kenbrook Bible Camp in nearby Lebanon. 

      This year's theme, "Let's Go to Three Pines," invites us to enter the world created by Louise Penny in her mystery book series featuring Chief Inspector Gamache. While it's helpful if you've read at least one book in the 13-book series, no advance reading is required by participants. 

      Leading this year's retreat is our own Debbie Hough and her Christian Educator colleagues, Joyce MacKichan Walker and Carol Wehrheim of Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, NJ. Joyce is a Canadian native.

    • Cub Scout Spaghetti Dinner: Feb 11

      12 pm Sunday, February 11 in Fellowship Hall. Enjoy salad, bread, spaghetti, beverage and dessert for $7 per person. Take-out available. Proceeds support Pack 200 sponsored by Derry Church. RSVP for dine in and take-out by Wednesday, February 7 by signing up online or using forms available at the insert rack.

    • Confirmation Class Schedule Change

      Confirmation Class for 8th and 9th graders will not be held in January. Class resumes 9 am Sunday, February 4 in room 9. There will be a field trip on Sunday, February 11.

    • January 2018 Mission Core Value: Empowerment, Equality and Justice of Women

      This year the Mission and Peacemaking Committee is doing something different: to involve the entire congregation in mission and peacemaking, we have identified Derry’s Missional Core Values. In coming months we plan to highlight each core value and the non-profit organizations that Derry supports who are aligned with that value. Then most importantly, we are going to give you opportunities to get plugged into our support of these missions.

      In January our core value is the empowerment, equality and justice of women. Derry Church recognizes and embraces women as leaders both in our church and around the world. This is evidenced by our support of organizations like the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg, the Presbyterian Education Board and Friends of SHE. These organizations provide hands-on advocacy and services at the grassroots level by providing shelter, education, vocational opportunities, protections from human trafficking, legal services and ultimately self-esteem both here in the greater Harrisburg area and across the globe in Pakistan.

      On January 14 you'll have the opportunity to hear from our own Debbie Hough at 9:15 am in room 7. She traveled to Pakistan in late 2017 and brings back stories and pictures to share with us of her time at PEB and SHE organizations. 

      We plan to have a representative from the Harrisburg YWCA in worship with us on January 28 so that you can hear more about their work. In Issues Class on January 21 and 28, we will be discussing diversity and ways to fight hate. The equality of some is the fight for the equality of all.

      Derry is full of women and men who embrace the empowerment of women. However, as we have seen in the news on an almost daily basis, the battle is not over for women’s equality at work, at home and in the receipt of services/education. Derry’s Mission and Peacemaking Committee invites you to join us this month in class, in worship, on social media and in service as we focus on the empowerment, equality and justice of women.

      “If you are not using your comfort, position, influence, and privilege to advocate for those who have less of those things – you’re wasting them.” – John Pavlovitz

    • Star Gifts Are Coming

      A star gift is a star-shaped piece of brightly colored paper with a word printed on it. Every person who comes to church on Epiphany Sunday, January 7 receives a star gift and is asked to reflect on that word for the coming year. Everyone who receives a star gift is encouraged to take it home and hang it up where they are sure to see it every day. You are invited to ponder what significance this word might have in your lives, and how God might be speaking to you through that simple message.

      Epiphany is the celebration of God’s presence breaking through to shine as a light in the darkness. With this tradition, each year our congregation can rejoice in the reminder of our generous, giving God—one star gift at a time. Please join us on January 7 to receive your Star Gift for 2018!  

    • December 2017 Session Highlights
      • Met with Christopher Houtz to review his progress in seminary and voted unanimously to recommend to the Carlisle Presbytery that Christopher be enrolled as a Candidate in his preparation to be ordained as a teaching elder.
      • Examined Skip Becker as a newly elected Ruling Elder in preparation for his 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 Nov 15, 2017 Session meeting, and Nov 15, 2017 Called Trustee meeting.
      • Removed 31 out-of-state members from the Active Membership roll due to relocation.
      • Discussed and approved a proposal for Derry to be a Field Education teaching site for a student-minister from Lancaster or Gettysburg seminaries, with funding for the program coming from the Futures Fund.
      • Accepted an additional contribution to the Oak Fund restricted account and approved changes to address the use and management of that fund.
      • Reviewed and approved the 2018 preliminary budget in preparation for the Congregational Annual Meeting.
      • Approved 2018 Communion dates.
      • Approved the addition of Brad Rhine as a member of the Building & Grounds Committee.
      • Approved a request from the Mission and Peace Committee to hold fundraisers at Isaacs on Jan 28, Feb 22, and Mar 22, proceeds of which will benefit the Sargodha School in Pakistan.
      • Approved the special 2018 Offerings/Fundraisers as submitted by Presbyterian Women.
      • Approved church use requests from Judy McMillan for continued use of Fellowship Hall on Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 6:15 pm for Zumba Fitness classes and from Jim George for the use of Fellowship Hall on Friday mornings from 5:45 to 7:30 am for pickup volleyball.
      • Thanked those Ruling Elders finishing their terms for their dedication and leadership over the past three years.
    • Pilgrim Lock-In Feb 9-10

      6:30 pm February 9 (no dinner) to 8 am February 10 (breakfast included) at Derry Church. Children in grades 3-5 are invited to experience “A Night at the Church.” RSVP to by Wednesday, January 31.

    • Do you like to paint?

      Love INC of Greater Hershey is in need of two volunteers to freshen some walls in the Love INC office. No art skills required: it's just standard monochrome wall painting. Please call the Love INC office (717-835-0101) and let them know when you are available.

    • New Women’s Bible Study Begins January 15

      At 7 pm Monday, January 15 in the John Elder Classroom, the Monday night women’s Bible study will begin Adam Hamilton’s book, Half Truths: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves and Other Things the Bible Doesn't Say. Pastor Stephen led a study of this book in the fall, so if you missed it (or want to take another look), please join us.

      This book explores popular sayings that miss the point. They are simple phrases: “God helps those who help themselves,” “Love the sinner, hate the sin,” and others. They sound Christian - like something you might find in the Bible. They capture some element of truth, yet they miss the point in important ways. Join the discussion as we search for the whole truth by comparing common Christian clichés to the message and ministry of Jesus. The first week is an introduction, then the study will continue for five weeks (January 22 & 29, February 5, 19 & 26). Led by Debbie Hough.

    • January 2018 PW Update & Thanks

      Arise, shine, your light has come! The 2018 Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women will be held August 2-5 in Louisville, Kentucky at the Galt House Hotel. Full registration is $425 and rooms at the hotel start at $144 per night (up to 4 people). A registration booklet is posted on the PW bulletin board and more are available in PW mailbox. The booklet provides more details as well as program and educational opportunities. Registration opens Jan. 15.

      The PW Coordinating Team Thanks...

      • All who contributed to the special offerings, especially the Thank Offering of $2,256.
      • Those who sewed hygiene bags for the Domestic Violence Center and those who contributed the items to fill them.
      • All who contributed to the Cookie Walk/Jumbles Shop which raised $4300. All this, less expenses, will go towards the 2018 mission goal of $4600. Many thanks to those who set up, worked in the kitchen, priced items, sold and bought items, and to Nancy Kitzmiller and Sally McKinney for chairing Jumbles Shop. Extra items were donated to Santa Shops and Jubilee Ministries.
      • All who worked as elves for the Paxton PW Santa Shops.
      • Contributors of Boxtops valued at $159.70 for the Samuel J Green Charter School in New Orleans.
      • Kathie Parsons for sending cards for PW.
    • Greeting Card Ministry: With Sympathy

      From 7-8:30 pm on Monday, January 8, join master card-maker Claudia Holtzman in the Hammond Library next to the Chapel to make these cards: 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. Card making continues on the second Monday of each month.

    • Meal Train for the Backenstose Family

      Sign up online to provide dinner for Amy Backenstose, a member of our congregation who is a single mom with four young kids (an infant, a toddler and two kindergardeners). Amy fell and broke her leg and is off of her feet for six weeks. Thanks, Derry!

    • Discovery Days Preschool is Enrolling for 2018-19!

      Derry Church families new to Derry Discovery Days preschool are welcome to register Sunday, January 28 through Sunday, February 4 for the upcoming school year. Registration forms are available online and in the nursery suite. Return forms to Kelly Mehaffie’s mailbox or the church office. Spaces are limited and are first come, first served. Community open enrollment begins February 5. Questions? Please contact Kelly Mehaffie: 533-9667.

    • Un-Decorate the Church on January 9

      Christmas decor around the church will be taken down and packed away beginning at 6 pm Tuesday, January 9. Many hands needed to return the Sanctuary and hallways to their normal state.

    • Post-Christmas Update

      Derry Church welcomed 1,158 at three Christmas Eve services with the busiest service at 7:30 pm (446). If you include the 42 people watching our streaming services on Christmas Eve, we had 1,200 total participants... add in the 10 am service and the total jumps to 1,430, our highest Christmas Eve attendance ever. Close behind are 2010 (1,417) and 2006 (1,412). Did you know that 2006 was the last time Christmas Eve fell on Sunday? Thanks to all who led worship, shared gifts of music, and helped out that day ushering, greeting, working in the nursery and tidying up.

    • Soup, Salad & Sandwiches on Feb 4

      12 pm Sunday, February 4 in Fellowship Hall, following the annual meeting. Enjoy your choice of soups including Wally Patton’s famous chicken sausage chili, in addition to assorted deli sandwiches, salad & chips, hot & cold beverages and homemade desserts. $7 per person or $20 family maximum. No RSVP needed: first come, first served. Hosted by the Communications & Technology Committee.