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  • October - 2018
    • Attention Derry Artists and Craftsmen
      You are invited to donate one of your creations to the 17th annual Silent Auction, to be held Nov 25-Dec 2 in the Narthex. Your donation should be given to Pete Feil by Nov 18 along with the minimum acceptable bid for that item. All proceeds benefit Mission Week 2019.
    • Are You Running in the Hershey Half?

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

    • Preschool Silent Auction Begins Oct 20
      You’re invited to bid on the silent auction items on display in the Narthex near the nursery. The auction closes at 11:30 am Saturday, Nov 3 during the Derry Discovery Days’ Family Fall Festival (10am-12pm). Items include a baseball & football lover’s package, children’s book package, theater and museum passes, brunch for two at the Hotel Hershey, Downstreet Salon services, birthday party packages, travel packages to Philadelphia/Washington DC/Pittsburgh, golf at the Hershey Country Club, photography session, dance class packages, toys, Strasburg Railroad, gift card basket, themed gift baskets and much more. Winners will be contacted by phone if they are not present at the end of the auction. Proceeds benefit the preschool.
    • CROP Hunger Walk on Oct 28


      Learn more about the 2018 CROP Walk... sign up at church or sign up online and get ready to walk at 1 pm Sunday, October 28 on the Milton Hershey School grounds!

    • Important Online Pledging Notice
      Thanks to attentive member Gregg Robertson who let us know our online pledge form was not working properly last week. It's fixed now. If you tried to submit your 2019 pledge from our website before October 17, we'd appreciate it if you would submit your pledge again. We apologize for the inconvenience. 
    • October 2018 Financial Snapshot
      Cash Flow - Operating Fund as of 9/30/18


      Income YTD 977,797 932,561
      Expenses YTD 950,270  948,822
      Surplus (Deficit) YTD 27,527  (16,261)
      Contributions to the general fund are $37k over budget and $107k over 2017. Building & Grounds is over budget due to repairs needed to the sprinkler system and heating system. Committee expenses are in line with expectations. Questions? Contact Steven Guenther, treasurer.
    • NEW: Friday Evening Women's Group Oct 19
      7 pm Friday, Oct 19 in Room 7… stay as long as your schedule allows
      ME Steelman and Liz Gawron welcome all women to take a "night off" and join with friends from Derry and the community as we enjoy an evening of spiritual reflection and creativity. We will begin using Gracelaced as our guide to conversation and use the message as a resource for our suggested creative piece. No preparation required. Come as you are and enjoy time for yourself as you reflect, converse, listen and create at this new "Art in the Grove" supported ministry. We hope you will join us. Can’t make it this month? The group will also meet on Nov 16 and Dec 14.
    • Are You Good at Tidying Up? We Need You Once a Week!
      The Worship & Spiritual Life Committee is on the lookout for people available for an hour once a week to tidy up the pews in the Chapel and Sanctuary in preparation for Sunday worship. Learn from experts Mary Jane Mease and Jill Campbell on a Tuesday morning, and once you know the drill, you can pick the day and time that works best for you. For more information and to volunteer, contact Al Porter.  
    • 2019 Dominican Republic Mission Trip
      Put your faith into action and join Derry's mission trip to the Dominican Republic from June 8-16, 2019. A sign-up sheet is posted on the Mission & Peace bulletin board in the Narthex.You'll work with folks in the local community to build/repair houses and lead Bible school activities. Minimum age is 13-15 accompanied by a parent/guardian, no upper age limit. Cost is $1650; applications (available in January) and payment due Feb 24. A limited number of grants are available to defray up to half of the cost of the trip; download an application or pick up in the church office. Questions? Contact Pete Feil. This is an opportunity to experience life as lived by much of the world.
    • "Swan Songs" Concert on Nov 18 Features Music of Brahms, Schubert
      4 pm Sunday, Nov 18 in the Sanctuary • Offering • An Arts Alive Event
      In the last years of his life, Brahms fell in love one last time: with the clarinet! His Sonata in E-flat contains some of most beautiful melodies you’ll ever hear, performed by superb clarinetist Beverly Butts. Toward the end of his life, Schubert wrote his very last song cycle, the beloved Swan Songs sung here by acclaimed New York-based soprano Jennifer Groves. Sean McCarthy provides accompaniment on the piano,
    • From Horse-Drawn to Horseless Carriage: Nov 20
      10 am Tuesday, Nov 20 in Room 7 • Free 
      Next month the Derry Seniors welcome Bob Ladd to talk about a century of transportation progress. The program is free. Bring a friend! Lunch follows: $3/person in Fellowship Hall.
    • Don't Miss the Bus!

      If you'd like to go on the annual NYC bus trip on November 17, be  sure to sign up this Sunday, October 21 in the Narthex. Table will be staffed for 30 minutes after the 11 am service. We have 14 seats available, If you are unable to make your reservation that day, please contact Julie Miller at 717-370-1003.

    • Orange Day is Thursday, Oct 25
      The Pennsylvania legislature recently passed a bill to give greater protection to those who have a Protection From Abuse order against their abuser. This month is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Join with Derry's Presbyterian Women and wear orange on Oct 25 to show support for those working to end domestic violence and show awareness of the problem.
    • Serve Breakfast at "Gather the Spirit" on Oct 27
      8:30 am Saturday, Oct 27 • Common Ground Cafe at the Unitarian Church, 16th & Market, Harrisburg
      Join Derry Church volunteers to serve breakfast to the people of the Allison Hill community. 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. 
      At our 10:30 am worship on Sunday, Oct 28, you'll hear more about "Gather the Spirit" from president of the board, Clay Lambert. 
    • A Musical Collection of American Classics: Oct 21
      4 pm Sunday, Oct 21 at Faith Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Harrisburg. The Vintage Brass, Percussionist Tim Rupert, Vocalist Tamara Black, Clarinetist Steven Christ, along with piano and organ players, Caleb Flick, Barb Buckingham and Wanda Beaver will combine their musical talents in a program that pays tribute to some of America’s greatest composers. Hear George Gershwin’s famous "Rhapsody In Blue" as performed by Caleb Flick. Steve will perform two Gershwin works: "Three Piano Preludes" and "Walking the Dog." Other featured pieces include works of Leonard Bernstein in celebration of what would have been his 100th birthday. The Brass will play the Liberty Bell March and Duke Ellington’s "Take The A Train." Tammy will present "Summertime" from Gershwin’s "Porgy and Bess." And you'll enjoy piano/organ duets from Caleb and Wanda along with Barb’s outstanding renditions of "Piano Man" and "The Stars and Stripes Forever." Full combined selections include "When You Wish Upon A Star" and "I Can Cook, Too" from the Broadway musical "On The Town." Free will offering.
    • Fall Retreat for Derry's Middle Schoolers!

      These youth and leaders spent last weekend at the "Breakaway" middle school retreat on the Chesapeake's North Shore. Ask them about it when you see them on Sunday!

    • Mission Update by Doris and Pete Feil
      Thank you, Derry! Our recent contribution to Lend A Hand was used in part to purchase a new stove for Jan and other supplies on their recent trip to Princeville/Tarboro, North Carolina. Work continues in this area on about 100 houses damaged two years ago by Hurricane Matthew. Make plans to join Lend A Hand's next trip to this area November 4-10.
    • Friendly, Welcoming Parking Lot Greeters Needed
      Will you spend a half hour in our parking lot on Sundays from 10 to 10:35 am to help members and guests find open parking spaces and the easiest way into our building? This new greeter outreach program begins October 28. Sign up with Nancy Kitzmiller
    • You're Invited: Installation of Rev Drew Stockstill on Nov 4
      3 pm Sunday, Nov 4 at Christ  Evangelical Lutheran Church, Harrisburg. You may remember that Rev. Drew Stockstill was guest preacher at Derry Church a few times as we waited for Pastor Stephen to arrive. Back then he was Director of Health Ministries at Christ Lutheran Church, and on Nov 4 he will be installed as pastor. Rev. Kirk Kerns, Dean of the Harrisburg Conference, will preside and Rev. Ellen True, pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church, Camp Hill, will preach. 
    • Organ Spooktacular: Nov 2
      7:30 pm Friday, Nov 2 at Market Square Presbyterian Church, Harrisburg. The unearthly organ trio of Ellen Hunt, Tyler Canonico, and Jordan Markham will play a number of selections associated with ghosts and goblins, including J.S. Bach's familiar Toccata and Fugue in D Minor; Max Reger's Toccata; Danse Macabre by Camile Saint-Saens; Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky, and more on the church's 83-rank Aeolian-Skinner-Moller organ. Organists will play separately and together. There will be some tricks and treats and a few surprises -- and a great spooky atmosphere. Fun for the whole family! Tickets available at the door: suggested $10 donation to Market Square's organ restoration project. Park at no charge in the adjacent city-owned Market Square Garage.
    • Attention Parents of College Students

      It’s almost time for college students to get some fun mail from their church family, but before we send it, we need your student’s 2018-19 mailing address. Please send contact info to Jackie Lerch by Sunday, November 4.

    • Show Some Love to Our College Students

      Next month our college students will receive a $5 Starbucks gift card and greetings from Derry Church so they know their church family remembers and cares about them. To support this effort, write checks to Derry Church notated "College Care" or give donations directly to Jackie Lerch by Sunday, November 4. Thanks, Derry!

    • Catch Up on Recorded Classes and Sermons

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

    • Worship Next Weekend: What to Expect

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

      5 pm Saturday, Oct 20:
      • Taize worship in the Sanctuary
      • Dress casual
      • Live painting 
      • Derry Church musicians
      11 am Sunday, Oct 21:
      • Traditional worship with communion in the Sanctuary
      • No church school classes
      • UNITE Youth event 4-6:30 pm at Gretna Glen
    • Will This Be the Most Coveted Pie at Love INC's Pie Auction?

      Derry's own Pastor Stephen and hospitality coordinator Loretta Chubb team up to bake a one-of-a-kind apple pie for Love INC's 8th annual pie auction, 6:30 pm Friday, October 12 at the Hershey Country Club!

    • A New Way to Give

      It's not a figment of your imagination: text to give is for real and available now at Derry Church! Listen in on what happens when church treasurer Steven Guenther forgets his checkbook and imaginary Pastor Stephen drops in to remind him about this new way to give. Just text an amount to 717-356-9648 using your mobile device... it's fast, secure and easy. Big thanks to the Derry members who sat in as "extras" for this bonus sermon.

    • Peace & Global Witness Offering Received Oct 7
      A gift to the Peace & Global Witness Offering helps the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) promote the Peace of Christ in our world. Each congregation retains up to 25% of what is received for their own peace-making efforts, and Derry Church has designated our PC(USA) mission co-worker in Honduras, Dori Hjalmarson, as this year’s recipient. Mid councils retain 25% for ministries for peace and reconciliation. The remaining 50% goes to Presbyterian Mission Agency to advocate for peace and justice worldwide. Envelopes for this offering are available in pews.
    • Cast Your Vote for New Church Officers on Oct 7
      Derry members, your vote is needed following the 10:30 am service this Sunday, Oct 7 to elect eight elders and five deacons for the class of 2021 and two church members to serve on the 2019 nominating committee. Accepting the nomination to serve as elders are Deanna Achorn, Nicola Burke, Linda Chidester, Peter Gawron, Heidi Keene, Marilyn Koch, Kathy McGrath and Ken Pearl. Michael Farbaniec, Keri Keck, Amber Imboden, Matt Smoluk and Ruth Uffelman have been nominated as deacons. Mary Bungo, Nancy Kitzmiller and Pete Steelman have been asked to serve on the nominating committee. Learn more about them in bios printed in the Sunday bulletin.
    • Derry Member Writes "These Days" Devotions

      Derry member Denn Hollandsmith has written the October 21-27 daily devotions in the October-December "These Days" booklets available for free here at the church. He writes on the theme "Abiding Light." Denn serves on the Communications & Technology Committee and has led some Tuesday evening services.

    • Pastor Stephen Tackles Tough Questions
      9:15-10 am Sundays in the Chapel beginning Oct 7
      Join Pastor Stephen to wrestle with theological questions that can often be troubling. We'll start off with "How is God Present/At Work in the World?" The series continues weekly through the fall.
    • Check Out God's Hidden Hands at Choctoberfest: Oct 20
      12 pm, 2 pm & 4 pm Saturday, Oct 20 at Chocolatetown Square, Hershey
      Derry Church's own God’s Hidden Hands puppet troupe will present the Gospel using  puppets and other creative ministry techniques at the 4th annual family friendly fall festival. Stop by and cheer them on at one or more of their performances... you'll be glad you did.
    • Boxtops4Education Due Oct 21
      Please return all Boxtops4Education to the PW basket in the mission closet on the lower level by Sunday, October 21. Expiration dates must be 10/31/18 or later. Your boxtops support the Samuel J. Green Charter School in New Orleans, which serves inner-city children. Presbyterian Women's June mailing totaled $86. Thanks for your support!
    • Disaster Response Training: Oct 15
      9 am Monday, Oct 15 at Valley Forge Presbyterian Church, King of Prussia
      Natural disasters and public violence are both a part of our current landscape. How can we respond to support and heal communities while also caring for ourselves? The Presbyterian Church's Presbyterian Disaster Assistance agency offers disaster response training, sponsored by the Synod of the Trinity and its presbyteries. $10/person. Read more and register by October 8.
    • Second Annual "Basically Broadway" Celebration: Nov 11

      4-5:30 pm Sunday, Nov 11 in the Sanctuary

      Come back to church on the evening of stewardship Sunday, when we’ll share a report of gifts and enjoy a program featuring the many talents of this congregation. “Basically Broadway” features members and friends of Derry singing new and classic Broadway favorites. Bring a  sweet or salty snack to share afterwards in Fellowship Hall. It will be a fun night of laughter, music, and fellowship as we celebrate our church’s talents and the pledged gifts that enable us to fulfill our God-given mission. Nursery care available with RSVP.  717-533-9667.

    • Sign Up for Supper Clubs on Oct 14!

      Meet new Derry friends and enjoy fellowship around the table this fall: supper clubs are happening next on Sunday evening, October 14. Contact Amy Backenstose (call or text 717-319-3193) or sign up by Sunday, October 7 after 10:30 am worship.

  • September - 2018
    • Join Derry's New Parking Lot Welcome Squad
      We’ve discovered that some have been unable to find parking on Sunday mornings go home instead. We want to improve our welcome to guests and members, but we can't do it without your help.
      Parking lot greeters age 18 and older and van shuttle drivers are needed to cover the church parking lot between 10:00 and 10:35 am each Sunday. To volunteer, please call the church office (717-533-9667) or email Nancy Kitzmiller. 
    • NEW! 2018 Ornament by Mark Smith
      Derry member Mark Smith, blacksmith by trade, has turned six nails into a beautiful star ornament that you can purchase for $10 each on Sunday mornings beginning October 7. Proceeds will help to fund scholarships for students attending Presbyterian Education Board schools in Pakistan. 
    • September 2018 Session Highlights
      • The Session reviewed the items discussed at the recent leadership retreat on Saturday, September 15 which included Derry’s Mission and Vision statements and church By-Laws.
      • Steven Guenther shared the Treasurer’s report which noted that income to the church general fund is $41,000 ahead of budget due to increased giving and some 2018 pledges which have been paid in full. 
      • The membership of Dodi Rish was transferred to Faith Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Harrisburg at her request.  
      • With gratitude to Mary Nolan, the owner of the print shop located across Derry Road, the Session approved the placement of parking signs along the side of that building which note that the spaces are for the use of Derry Church on Sunday mornings. In addition, a crosswalk to assist with safety will be installed from the north side of Derry Road to the corner of Mansion and Derry Roads. Session also authorized several committees to proceed with recruiting and organizing volunteers to create a parking lot and shuttle driver contingent which will assist with parking on Sunday mornings.
      • Pastor Marie reviewed the Three for Three and thanked the Long Range Planning committee for sponsoring the purchase of t-shirts with the phrase “Derry Church Rooted Giving Growing” which will be worn at community events, such as ChotoberFest on October 20. 
      • The November stated session meeting will occur on November 28 rather than 21 due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The meeting will begin at 6 pm in the Chapel with the new Elder/Deacon Examination.
      • At the request of the Personnel Committee, Session approved updated position descriptions for: Parish Associate Pastor for Congregational Life & Care, Derry Church Custodian, Director of Music, Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries, and Finance & Office Manager.
      • At the request of Derry Discovery Days, the hiring of Haifa Bachnak as a Teacher Aide was approved.
      • Building Use Requests for the use of Fellowship Hall to host a birthday party on December 8 and a Unite Youth event on January 27, 2019 were approved.  
      • Rather than have the Session review and vote upon each request to use the church van, Session established a rule which states that as long as the use of the van is consistent with church policy and is for a church function, the request does not need to be brought before Session for approval.
    • Sing with the Choir in the Open Choir Loft!
      The once-a-month Chapel Choir and the Sanctuary Choir invite you to join them up in the choir loft on Sunday, September 30 to sing an easy anthem. It's your chance to try out what it's like to sing with one (or both) of our talented choirs... and maybe you'll want to continue on a weekly basis. We hope so! Get ready to come forward when new singers are invited on Sunday.
    • September 2018 Pictorial Directory

      Last Thursday the September 2018 edition of Derry Church's pictorial directory was sent out by email. It's the first directory we've produced in-house, and we've discovered that we have more work to do to make sure the directories are emailed to everyone who wants one. We're still catching up with folks who did not receive a copy and updating our records as we go. If you'd like one, send your request to Sue George or pick up one of the paper copies now available at the information center in the Narthex. If you don't see yourself in the directory, submit a favorite photo to Sue or look for her on any Sunday morning this fall and she'll take your photo. If you'd like to use a different photo, tell Sue: it's easy to update family photos so the one you want is included in the next edition, publishing late November 2018.

    • Carlisle Presbytery's Interim Executive Presbyter is a Friend of Derry Church

      At the September meeting of Carlisle Presbytery, it was announced that Cheryl Galan will begin serving as Interim Executive Presbyter of Carlisle Presbytery in December. Cheryl served as Derry Church's Director of Christian Education from 1979-84. She and her husband Jack had two children who were baptized at Derry and she was ordained as a ruling elder here.
      In Carlisle Presbytery she also served at Faith Church as Christian Education Consultant (1986-89) and DCE at Market Square (1990-94) before discerning God's call to the ministry of Word and Sacrament and graduating from Princeton Theological Seminary with an M.Div. From 1997-2011 she served as solo pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Ontario Center (NY), and since then as Associate Pastor, FIrst Presbyterian Church of Topeka (KS), as Transitional Leader, the Presbytery of Elizabeth, Plainfield (NJ), and as Transition Pastor at Crossroads Presbyterian Church in Mequon (WI). 
      She writes, "I don't come with answers, but I do believe that the presbytery is the right place to explore the questions. I believe that as we come together in experiences that ground our life in God... as we listen to our various perspectives... as we expand our collective imaginations... as with a spirit of experimentation we step out of our usual ways and groupings... and new and compelling vision for our future will emerge."
    • Learn About Jesus on Thursday Mornings
      7-Week Study 10:30 am Thursdays, Oct 4-Nov 15 in Room 7AB
      Looking for a Bible study that will challenge and refresh your faith? Join the Thursday morning JIF (Journey in Faith) for "Refreshing What We Know About Jesus." Rediscover the historical Jesus, the world in which he was born, and the many layers of interpretations. This DVD series was used in the adult ed class this summer and includes Derry favorites like Walter Brueggemann and Amy-Jill Levine. Marie Buffaloe and John McGahan are facilitators. 
    • Join the Women's Study Group to Watch and Discuss "Calvary"
      6 pm Monday, October 15 in the John Elder Classroom
      The Monday night women's study group will view and discuss the movie "Calvary" at its October 15 gathering. All women welcome: bring your dinner or a snack/dessert if you like. The film tells the story of Father James, a small-town priest in Ireland whose Sunday confessionals suddenly include a threat to kill him in a week's time as a matter of principle. Deeply troubled and conflicted about how to respond, Father James tries to go on with his calling through that week. However, that proves impossible as he is confronted with a troubling variety of spiritual challenges from both his estranged daughter and his own parishioners. In those dispiriting struggles, Father James' life begins to fall apart as time runs out towards a confrontation that seems to crystallize his values and what he wants his life to be. (Summary by Kenneth Chisholm) Questions? Contact Sue George.
    • Suicide Prevention Program: Oct 7
      5-7 p.m Sunday, October 7 at Gettysburg Presbyterian Church
      Presentation by Govan A. Martin, III, retired as a 29-year veteran of the Pennsylvania State Police after serving as the program Manager of the Member Assistance Program, an internal employee assistance for the last 12 years of his career. He serves as Co-Chair of the Pennsylvania Adult/Older Adult Suicide Prevention Coalition and is a certified Master Trainer in QPR, and ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trainer) Instructor, certified instructor in Psychological First Aid and holds many other certifications. 
    • September 2018 Financial Snapshot

      Cash Flow - Operating Fund as of 8/31/18

        Actual Budgeted
      Income YTD 878,022   828,943
      Expenses YTD 869,142 843,392
      Surplus (Deficit) YTD  8,800 (14,449)
      Contributions to the general fund are $41K over budget and $80K over 2017. Building & Grounds is over budget due to repairs needed to the sprinkler system and heating system. Committee expenses are in line with expectations. Questions? Contact Steven Guenther, treasurer.
    • Three Ways You Can Support Derry Discovery Days Preschool
      1. Feniccis Fundraiser: 11 am - midnight Monday, October 8 at Fenicci’s Restaurant, 102 Chocolate Avenue, Hershey. 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. Or order online and grab ‘n go with curbside pickup! 
      2. Giant A+ School Rewards: Once again Derry Discovery Days is participating in the rewards program at Giant food stores. If you registered your card last year, you DO NOT need to re-register this year. If you’re new to the program, log on to using your Giant BONUSCARD and designate our school using #22771, or call the A+ Hotline at 877-275-2758 for assistance. Each time you shop at Giant, the school(s) you designate will earn cash back on all of your eligible purchases. When the program ends next spring, Derry Discovery Days will receive a check from Giant. Last year the preschool earned $1,333 and used funds to purchase equipment and supplies. This program has no impact on gas points you earn.
      3. Family Fall Festival: 9 am - 12 pm Saturday, November 3. Games, crafts, bake sale, entertainment and a silent auction... all proceeds will support Derry Discovery Days preschool. All ages welcome and the event is open to the entire community. The silent auction opens Sunday, October 21 and closes during the festival.
    • Derry Church Responds: Hurricane Recovery
      Hurricane Florence brought devastating floods to residents in North and South Carolina. Even though the storm moved into the area almost a week ago, flood waters have barely receded. For many, cleanup and recovery has not even started. We have lived through one of the wettest summers in history and have seen flash floods disrupt the lives of our neighbors in South Central PA. The Mission and Peace Committee (MAP) knows that Derry Church stands with its neighbors near and far in times of natural disaster. Therefore, MAP has designated $1,500 from its budget to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) and $1,500 to Lend A Hand.
      We all know PDA as our denominational organization that goes in immediately after disaster with cleaning supplies and essentials for those affected by the flooding. In coming months, Lend A Hand will be working to rebuild lives in Princeville, North Carolina as well as locally in Lebanon County, Mount Joy and York County.
      You can add to our disaster relief giving by making donations to the church office payable to “Derry Presbyterian Church” and notated either “Disaster Relief,” “PDA,” or “Lend A Hand.”
    • Family Promise Dinners Needed Sept 30-Oct 6
      Recently Pastor Stephen presented a challenge to the congregation: he encouraged us to leave the walls of Derry and go out into the community to build relationships. Well, here's your chance to do just that! The Family Promise shelter returns to Hershey the week of September 30 – October 6. By taking a meal or driving the Family Promise van, you will be sharing the love of Christ with families who are working hard to get back on their feet. Sign up to drive the van...or sign up online for meals using last name Promise and password Derry. Questions? Contact Jane Robertson. Thanks, Derry!
    • Surviving the Holidays GriefShare Workshop: Oct 27
      9:30 am-11:30 am Saturday, October 27 in room 7AB for those grieving the loss of a loved one. This  workshop helps with support, encouragement and advice for the upcoming holiday season. Free. RSVP to Pastor Marie (717-533-9667).
    • Thank You Note from Debbie Hough
      Read a letter from Debbie Hough, our former Director of Christian Education, expressing her thanks for recent retirement celebrations and gifts.
    • Happy Anniversary!

      On Sunday, September 16, the McKinney-Whitaker family and members of the Pastor Nominating Committee joined with the congregation to celebrate the first anniversary of Pastor Stephen's installation at post-worship fellowship.

    • CROP Walk: Oct 28

      1 pm Sunday, October 28 on the Milton Hershey School grounds. Help end hunger one step at a time by joining Derry’s Pilgrim Fellowship and dozens of church members and friends for the 33rd annual Hershey/Hummelstown CROP Hunger Walk. Registration begins at 12:30 pm at the Henry Hershey Field and the walk takes place rain or shine. Sign up at church for the 1-mile/5K walk and ask sponsors to pledge an amount of money per mile walked.

      Non-walkers can support the effort by contributing funds online and sponsoring those who walk. Make checks payable to CROP WALK... return funds to registration tables on the day of the walk. Derry’s goal for 2018 is $5,000... 25% of funds raised will be split between the Hershey and Hummelstown food banks. The remainder will help to support the overall ministry of Church World Service, especially grassroots, hunger-fighting development efforts around the world.
    • Wear Orange on Tuesday, September 25
      September 25 is set aside by Presbyterian Women to remind us of women and children exploited and those who are working to change their lives. Lily Pad Haven in Charlotte, N.C., provides shelter and care for survivors of human trafficking. The Well in Bucks County gives long-term aftercare and housing which focuses on women and girls who have been sexually exploited and in some cases relocated far from home(trafficked). Recently Lancaster sentenced a man for trafficking -- a first for that county. Show support for those working to increase the quality of life for the victims: wear orange or an orange ribbon on Tuesday, September 25.


    • Sign Up on Sunday for the Bus Trip to NYC
      Signups begin Sunday, September 23 and continue through October 20 or until all tickets are sold. When you register, you’ll be asked for the names of all those in your party as well as at least one cell phone number for urgent communication while in the city. Payment of $55 per person is required at the time of registration. Then get ready to spend November 17 in New York City! 
      The bus will depart Derry Church promptly at 7 am, so plan to arrive no later than 6:45 am. Drop-off and pickup in NYC will be at the Winter Garden Theatre. enjoy the city to your heart’s content: see a Broadway show, go shopping, tour the city or eat your way through the Big Apple. Bus departs the city at 7 pm sharp. The trip is a fantastic way to start the holiday season and we hope you’ll join the fun! Trip sponsored by the Sanctuary Choir.
    • Sneaker Drive Success

      Love INC of Greater Hershey’s 5th Annual “Lace Up with Love INC” Sneaker Drive provided sneakers to 428+ students in Lower Dauphin and Derry Township School Districts last month. THANK YOU to the hundreds of volunteers and sneaker donors who made new shoes  possible for so many families in our community.

    • Coin Return: Sept 16

      Change 4 Children goes to The Alliance for Children Everywhere which gives hope to the next generation through its education program. Their broad range of learning institutions, from the Learning Center of Joy preschool to FaithWorks Primary Schools to Helen DeVos Christian School, transforms the future of Zambian children. Education reduces the number of displaced orphans and street children, prevents AIDS, and transforms young people into productive citizens and leaders in their families, churches, communities, and nation.  

      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 December, so keep on gathering those coins.

    • Text to Give: NEW at Derry Church!

      Now you can use your mobile phone or tablet to support the mission and ministry of Derry Church!

      1. Draft a new text message to 717-356-9648
      2. Enter the amount you wish to give inside the conversation bubble
      3. Send the message
      4. Click on the link you receive in response
      5. Enter your contact and payment information

      After registration completes, you'll receive a verification text and a receipt by email. Future gifts you text to that number will process automatically. Questions? Contact Sandy Miceli.


    • Introducing Derry's APNC!

      Derry's  Associate Pastor Nominating Committee (APNC) has been hard at work for a few weeks now. Seated: Mike Reed, Chris Cooper, Jack Keene, Stephanie Patton. Standing: Bob Gavazzi, chair Sara Woodbury, Liz Gawron, Nicola Burke and Courtney McKinney-Whitaker.

    • Join the Celebration on September 16
      12:00-1:30 pm Sunday, September 16 in Fellowship Hall. On this special Sunday, post-worship fellowship is provided by the Pastor Nominating Committee and Friends of Sargodha:
      Help us celebrate the one-year anniversary of Pastor Stephen's installation as Derry's pastor It's been a busy year, not just for Pastor Stephen but for the McKinney-Whitaker family. Courtney is a member of Derry Church and serving on the Associate Pastor Nominating Committee. Verity enjoys Sunday School, KIWI and Discovery Days preschool and is participating in the Joyful Noise choir. 
      And the 20th anniversary of the Presbyterian Education Board (PEB) in Pakistan! Read about the work of the Presbyterian Education Board at Derry, then join us following the reception as Veda Javaid Gill, Executive Director of PEB, and Margy Trimble, Executive Director of the Friends of PEB, update us on the past 20 miraculous years of Presbyterian mission in Pakistan. Hear about the impact PEB and YOU have had in transforming the lives of Pakistani children!
    • Schedule Change: Pastor Stephen's Tuesday Evening Study
      Pastor Stephen's new Tuesday evening study will not meet on September 18 or 25. Join him Tuesdays in the John Elder Classroom from 6-6:30 pm October 2 as he continues his verse-by-verse study of the Sermon on the Mount from the Gospel of Matthew.
    • Comparative Religions is Next for the Derry Seniors

      10 am Tuesday, October 16 in room 7, the Derry Seniors welcome Dr. Matthew Sayers, Associate Professor of Religion at Lebanon Valley College. He will present "Comparative Religions: Jesus, Mohammad and Krishna." His introduction to the religious traditions associated with Islam and Hinduism will include belief, ritual, key figures, community, history, and morality. He'll draw on the audience’s understanding of Christianity to explain similarities and differences in these two traditions and across religions more generally. Bring your questions! Free. Lunch follows ($3/person) in Fellowship Hall.

    • Returning Sept 24: Monday Night Women's Bible Study

      The women's Bible study group led by Debbie Hough for many years will gather at 7 pm Monday, September 24 to decide what's next. You're invited to join them in the John Elder Classroom. Interested but can't attend on 9/24? Contact Sue George to be added to the distribution list. 

    • Be a Family Advocate

      Consider making a lasting impact on the lives of families in your community... join a team of people who work to help individuals and families overcome chronic poverty....  serve individually or together as a couple. Sponsored by Love INC of Greater Hershey, the next training sessions will be held Wednesdays, October 17 - November 14. Online sessions held 10/17 and 11/14. In person training offered 6:30-8:30 pm at the Mission House across the street from Derry Church on 10/24, 10/31 and 11/7. Curious? Speak with Kate Valenziano after the worship services on September 16 or contact Doug Miller for more information and to register. There is NO COST for this training!

    • Christian Churches United Posts Job Opening

      HELP Ministries, a program of Christian Churches United, is accepting applications for a Client Services Coordinator to support households experiencing a housing crisis to find and/or maintain permanent housing. The successful applicant will have experience in strength-based assessment and case management, having the ability to connect clients to available resources in the Capital Region. At least one year human service experience is required, along with experience working with low-income families. Bachelor’s degree and bi-lingual English/Spanish preferred. This hourly position averages 25-29 hours a week, with some evening hours. Job description available on request. Please submit letter of interest and resume to John Scarpato

    • Free One-Day Parenting Class: Oct 20

      "Guiding Good Choices" is for parents or caregivers of children of all ages. The class will be held 8 am - 4:30 pm Saturday, October 20 at Spring Creek Church of the Brethren, Hershey. Workshops include Building Confidence and Self-Esteem, Using the Power of Positive Reinforcement, Parenting in a Porn-is-the-Norm Culture, and Hope for Families Faced with Addiction. Free lunch. Child care provided. Read more and register or contact Spring Creek Church (717-533-7192).

    • Space for Reflection on 9/11

      On the 17th anniversary of 9/11, the Chapel will be open 9:30 am - 4:30 pm on Tuesday, September 11 as a quiet space for prayer and reflection. Please enter the building at the Mansion Road/office entrance. Evening worship led by Rev Tom Folts will also reflect on and remember the 9/11 anniversary beginning at 6:45 pm.

    • Happy Birthday, Mr. Hershey!

      6:30-7:30 pm Wednesday, September 13 at ChocolateTown Square. Join the Hershey community to remember Milton Hershey on what would have been his 161st birthday. Bring your lawn chairs or blanket and enjoy a performance of music from Mr. Hershey’s era. The concert concludes with a sweet treat for all attendees. In case of inclement weather, the celebration will be held across the street in the Grand Lobby of The Hershey Story. 

    • 2018 Krislund Getaway Weekend

      6 pm Friday, October 19 through lunch on Sunday, October 21 at Krislund Camp in Madisonburg. Experience a fall weekend at the camp loved by generations of Derry’s children and youth. All ages welcome; those under 18 years must have a responsible adult present. Skip town on the Hershey Half Marathon weekend to go hiking and fishing, experience informal worship, enjoy free time for reading, games & puzzles. Stay in your own private cabin (sleeps 1-4). Pay for meals a la carte. RSVP by October 5

    • Tuesday Evening Bible Study with Pastor Stephen Begins Sept 11

      6-6:30 pm Tuesdays in the John Elder Classroom beginning September 11. Join Pastor Stephen this fall for a verse-by-verse study of the Sermon on the Mount from the Gospel of Matthew.

    • Hymnals, Free to a Good Home

      Last Sunday the blue hymnals were pulled from the pews and are now organized alphabetically by donor on tables in the Narthex. Help yourself to the one(s) you donated. We'd like all of the hymnals to go, so even if you didn't donate any you're welcome to take one or more. You don't have to be musical to want a hymnal: many people appreciate reading hymns as part of their time for personal devotions.

    • Derry Mission Update
      After 17 years of building houses and providing Bible school activities in Nicaragua with Bridges to Community, violent civil unrest precluded our June 2018 trip. Fortunately we were able to redirect our group to a community near Derrumbadeo, Dominican Republic, an area where BTC has been active for the past ten years.
      Funds from our One Great Hour of Sharing offering were used to help build houses in the Dominican Republic, with some being retained by BTC in anticipation of returning to Nicaragua at a later date. We were able to build most of one house, begin on a second one, and to do Bible school activities for 50-100 youth. While the DR is somewhat better off economically than Nicaragua, there is a need for adequate housing in rural areas. For two families, this became a reality thanks to the strong support of Derry's congregation.
    • Do You Have One of these Banks at Home?

      They're due back this Sunday, September 9. Drop in the offering plate or bring to the church office. Thanks for supporting scholarships for children attending Presbyterian Education Board schools in Pakistan!
    • Engage: Taize Worship on Oct 20

      5 pm Saturday, October 20 in the Sanctuary. Join us for meditative taize worship and live painting on the eve of the annual Hershey Half Marathon. One Sunday morning service with communion will be held at 11 am on Sunday, October 21, and there will be no church school classes that day.

    • Arts Alive Presents: Silver, Wood & Ivory
      4 pm Sunday, October 7 in the Sanctuary. Arts Alive welcomes back Tracy Dietrich and Cindy Wittenberg to open the 2018-19 season. Get ready for a celestial musical journey featuring Tracy on a variety of flutes and recorders and Cindy playing piano. Free will offering.
  • August - 2018
    • Pilgrim Fellowship Kickoff Sept 16

      Pilgrim Fellowship kicks off its program year on Sunday, September 16. Save the date and watch for more details on a fun activity for children in grades 3-5!

    • Pie Bakers Needed

      For the 8th annual “Baked with Love INC” pie auction on Friday, October 12 at the Hershey Country Club. All kinds of pies welcome, from sweet to savory. Please sign up in advance so LOVE INC can adequately prepare for this popular event. If you are uncertain how many or what kind(s) of pies you will make, sign up and you will be contacted closer to the event for more information. Sign up to bake pies at the table in the Narthex. After September 1, go online or call the Love INC office (717-835-0101). 

    • Discover Derry this Fall

      The fall series of New Member Discovery Classes gets under way 9:15 am Sunday, October 14 in the Lounge. Classes are repeated 6-7 pm Wednesdays beginning October 17. Meet staff members, elders and deacons, learn more about the mission and ministry of Derry Church, and discover how you can be involved. Those who decide to join will be received as members at the 10:30 am service on Sunday, November 18. RSVP by Wednesday, October 10 (717-533-9667).

    • Thursday Morning Bible Study Returns Sept 6

      The Thursday morning Bible study group returns September 6 to finish their study of the Gospel of John before beginning something new later this fall. The group meets 10:30 am-12 pm Thursdays in Room 7AB. Bring your favorite Bible. Questions? Contact John McGahan. Everyone welcome! Questions? Contact John McGahan. Everyone welcome!

    • Corn Roast Report

      The annual picnic at Bill and Marion Alexander’s farm in Hummelstown drew more than 100 on a beautiful late summer evening. Thanks to the Alexanders and to this team of master roasters Jim George, Peter Gawron, Brian Montgomery and Mike Kinney, who spent the afternoon preparing and roasting 22 dozen ears of corn. Thanks to many who helped set up and clean up afterwards. See photos on facebook.

    • Faithful Readers’ Book List Announced

      The 2018-19 reading list for the Faithful Readers book discussion group has been released. Borrow the books from the church library in the lower level atrium. The Faithful Readers discussion group meets 9:15-10 am in room 1 on the second Sunday of most months, September through June. Up first on September 9 is Lisa Wingate's “The Prayer Box.” 

    • PW Bible Study Begins Sept 17

      Presbyterian Women's Circle will meet on the third Monday of the month for the Bible study, “God's Promise: I Am with You.”   All women are invited to join the study at 10:30 am Monday, September 18 in Room 13. Check the PW bulletin board between the Chapel and Fellowship Hall for the first lesson’s readings.

    • Covenant with Animals Service

      Pastor Marie blesses Steve Miller's dog during the annual Covenant with Animals worship service on Tuesday evening. Sixty people, plenty of dogs and a hermit crab attended on a very warm night. See photos on Facebook.

    • New Derry Church Directory Coming Soon!
      Derry's first in-house pictorial directory will be distributed by email in mid-September. We'd like YOU to be included: send your photo to Sue George or have her take your photo on any upcoming Sunday morning. If you miss the September edition, we'll release the second edition in November after the next new member class joins the church.
    • Cub Scout Kickoff on Sept 10

      Derry Church's Cub Scout Pack 200 will kick off the scout year with an ice cream social 6:30 pm Monday September 10 in Fellowship Hall. Boys and girls in grades K-5 who are interested in learning more about scouting, or who want to join the fun, are welcome to attend with their parents.

    • Debbie Hough's Retirement Celebration

      Past and present Derry Church staff celebrated with Debbie Hough on August 19. Row 1: Sue Fox, ME Steelman, Jackie Lerch, Allison Spooner, Sandy Miceli, Debbie Hough, Kelly Mehaffie, Marie Buffaloe and Sue George. Row 2: Teresa Hutcheson, Eli McCulloch Cappel, Julie Harris, Sean McCarthy, Jeff Miller, Dick Houtz, Ruth Uffelman, Roger Zimmer, Loretta Chubb and Stephen McKinney-Whitaker.

    • Meet Mark Smith

      Our video series on getting to know Derry members continues with blacksmith Mark Smith , who has created many striking works of art for Derry Church. Find out how he got his start as a blacksmith and how he found his way to Derry Church. The first videos in this playlist featured Ben Folts and Sharon Cin. More profiles coming soon!

    • August 2018 Session Highlights
      • The Session approved designing a stained glass window in memory of Pam Becker to be in the small stairwell window by the church office entrance.
      • Steven Guenther shared the Treasurer’s report which noted that income to the church general fund is running ahead of budget. Expenses are generally in line with budgeted figures, with Building & Grounds having additional expenses to repair the sprinkler and heating systems. 
      • The membership of Katie Poticher Swartz was transferred to St. James Lutheran Church in Redding, California, at her request. Four other members were deleted from the roll at their request.
      • The Session approved the celebration of communion at the last session of GriefShare to be held on September 17, 2018. Communion dates for 2019 were also presented and approved.
      • Pastor Stephen reviewed the Three for Three during which he noted the annual Teacher Appreciation Luncheon on August 21 in coordination with the Hershey Ministerium. The youth will be leading the February Engage service. The Deacons are leading an effort to form a hymn singing ministry for shut ins.
      • Derry will host the February 26, 2019 Presbytery Meeting beginning at 9:30 am (day meeting with lunch).
      • At the request of the Personnel Committee, Session approved the position description for the Associate Pastor of Children, Youth and Families. Erika Manotti was approved as a teacher for Derry Discovery Days Lady Bug 1’s class.
      • Retroactive approval of the baptism of infant Norah Grace Hempel on August 3, 2018 was given.
      • The Mission & Peace Committee requested and received approval to explore the installation of a Peace Pole. The committee will work with Building & Grounds on a concept and location and will return to Session to request approval of a design. 
      • The Session reviewed, considered and approved the following Capital Procurement Requisitions:
        • Money from the Legacy Fund will be used to purchase the remainder of non-donated Glory to God hymnals so that we have them for Hymnal Dedication Sunday on September 30, 2018. Church members may continue to purchase/dedicate hymnals and the money received will reimburse the Legacy Fund.
        • Purchase of a new church telephone system (Mitel MIVoice Connect) at a cost not to exceed $50,000. This system not only will improve communication but also will address life safety issues for Derry Discovery Days, support the FCC Kari’s Law Act of 2017, and promote intercom and paging functionality. The cost will be financed through the Capital Facilities Fund.
        • The Parking Task Force requested approval of a survey of both the main church property and the Arts on Derry property.  A survey will be needed to obtain Derry Township approval of any additional proposed parking on either or both lots. The last survey of our property was performed in 1993 and does not reflect property upgrades performed since that time. The cost of $8,500 will be paid using the Capital Facilities fund.
        • Money from the dedicated Cemetery Fund will be used to repoint mortar and cap stone joints around the entire perimeter of the cemetery. The cost of the project is $7,750. Houck & Company has been chosen to perform these repairs.
        • Stone repointing to the Chapel Bell Tower is also needed as deterioration in the mortar joints has been noted and is continuing. The cost of this project is $34,050 and will be paid for through the Capital Facilities Fund.  Again, Houck & Company will be the contractor performing this work. While this work is necessary, it will not be scheduled until spring 2019 due to the expense and necessity of purchasing the new telephone system at this time.
      • Building Use Requests for the use of Fellowship Hall to host birthday parties and a scouting fundraiser were approved.
      • The Session received and welcomed three new church members at a Called meeting held on August 12, 2018.
    • HVAC Update #9: The Last Word

      Thanks to the leadership of Jim Pease, the Buildings & Grounds committee and others, Derry Church has a complete, upgraded and energy-efficient HVAC system throughout the building. Only the new twin gas boiler system needs to be tested when cold weather approaches. We expect you will enjoy comfortable cooling and heating throughout the building now and for decades to come.

    • Orange Day is Saturday, August 25

      Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times has been one voice illuminating the dark world of sex trafficking. His attention to the problem in Poipet, Cambodia, along with some NGOs, brought about the conversion of a brothel into a convenience store by 2011. Kristof bought two girls for $350 and received a receipt for the transaction in 2004. Unfortunately, similar practices continue throughout the world. Wear orange to show support for those who are working to end exploitation of women and children.

    • Calling All Quilters!

      For decades the Derry Quilters have made beautiful blankets that have raised money for a variety of Derry Church mission projects. Now their numbers are dwindling and they could use more help. Contact Denise Ebner.

    • Post-Worship Celebration on Sept 16
      12:00-1:30 pm Sunday, September 16 in Fellowship Hall. On this special Sunday, post-worship fellowship will be jointly provided by the Pastor Nominating Committee and the Friends of Sargodha in honor of Stephen McKinney-Whitaker’s first year with us and the 20th anniversary of the Presbyterian Education Board (PEB) in Pakistan.

      Following the reception, Veda Javaid Gill, Executive Director of PEB, and Margy Trimble, Executive Director of the Friends of PEB, will give an update on the past 20 miraculous years of Presbyterian mission in Pakistan. Learn about the impact PEB and YOU have had in transforming the lives of Pakistani children. 
    • Serve Breakfast on Saturday, August 25

      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, August 25. 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.

    • Fall Baptism Classes Begin Sept 30

      9:15-10 am Sundays, September 30 & October 7 in Room 13. Wondering why Christians believe in baptism... whether you can be baptized more than once... or if baptism can occur outside of Sunday worship? These questions and more will be addressed in this helpful two-week series. If you wish, prepare to have yourself or a family member baptized in worship on Sunday, October 14 or at a later date. RSVP to Marie Buffaloe.

    • Last Call for the Corn Roast

      Have you signed up for the annual picnic at Alexander’s farm in Hummelstown? It’s 5:30 pm Thursday, August 23. Don’t miss this great evening of fun, fellowship, corn on the cob roasted over hot coals, and lots of homemade salads and desserts. $2.50 per person. Return forms to the offering plate or call the church office by Sunday, August 19 (717-533-9667).

    • Welcome Our New Members!
      We're delighted to welcome Jess Delo (L) and welcome back Valerie Barr Minnich (C) and Betsy Winger (R) as Derry Church's newest members who joined on Sunday, August 12. The fall series of new member classes begins on Sunday, October 14.

    • August 2018 Financial Snapshot
      Cash Flow - Operating Fund as of 7/31/18
        Actual        Budgeted
      Income YTD 815,796        725,326
      Expenses YTD 728,249        737,973
      Surplus (Deficit) YTD   87,547        (12,647)

      Expenses are are under budget mostly due to timing of expenses. Contributions are over budget so far in 2018 by about $83,000. This results in a surplus of $87,500 so for this year. Questions? Contact Steven Guenther.
    • Blessing of the Backpacks: Aug 26

      Children and youth are invited to bring their backpacks to church for our annual blessing during the 10:30 am service on Sunday, August 26. We’ll pray for the beginning of the school year, bless backpacks, and give out a small token to help remember God is with you and for you all year long.

    • Volunteer for Fitting Sneakers

      Love INC of Greater Hershey needs your help to fit students for new sneakers at Church of the Redeemer, 500 W Chocolate Avenue:

           TUES 8/21 & THU 8/23
                1-4 pm and 4-6 pm 
           TUES 8/28, THU 8/30, TUES 9/4, THU 9/6
                3:30 - 6 pm  
      Sign up online or call the Love INC office: 717.835.0101.
    • Great Big Thank You

      To Lori Klucker for producing this week's edition of the church's eNewsletter!

    • Vacation Bible School 2018

      More than 80 children participated in VBS 2018: God's Everyday Heroes! Thanks to everyone who supported this week-long program with donations, prayers, sending your children and volunteering throughout the week!

    • Aesop's Fables at First United Methodist on Aug 18

      9-11 am Saturday, August 18 at First United Methodist Church of Hershey, featuring the Popcorn Hat Players from Gamut Theatre Group. Enjoy the antics of Aesop's characters and learn the moral of each story. Breakfast begins 9 am in the social Hall, program begins at 10 am in the Sanctuary. Free. RSVP by August 15.

    • Pancake Breakfast Postponed
      The August 26 fundraiser breakfast supporting scholarship students in Sargodha, Pakistan has been postponed. We'll let you know when it has been rescheduled. Meanwhile you can support the Sargodha scholarship fund by picking up, filling and returning these small banks by September 9. Thanks, Derry!
    • Support VBS Mission Projects

      Our Vacation Bible School children have been sharing with local missions this week. You're invited to add to what they've collected by bringing items listed below when you come to worship on Sunday, August 12: 

      Canned/nonperishable foods for the Hershey Food Bank

      Items for Love INC's Personal Care Closet 
      • Feminine hygiene products
      • Body Wash
      • Laundry detergent – standard size or pods
      • Toilet paper
      • Band- aids
      • Tissues
      • Dish soap
      • Household cleaner
      • Shaving cream/disposable razors
      • Deodorant - men’s and women’s
      • Toothpaste - family size
      Children’s Books for the Community Check-up Center and Christ Lutheran Church, Harrisburg
      • Educational activity books for children in preschool through 2nd grade
      • New or very gently used reading books
      School Kits for Refugees (Church World Service)
      Items needed to make one school kit:
      • 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 erasers
      • Six new pencils with erasers
      • One box of 24 crayons (only 24)
      • Backpack

      Donations for back to school clothes for children at Christ Lutheran Church, Harrisburg. Make checks payable to "DPC" notated VBS Mission

    • Fleece Fabric Needed for Blanket-Making on Sept 2

      All it takes to make one warm and cozy blanket is two pieces of fleece fabric cut in two-yard lengths. Drop off coordinating fabric in the church office, then join the fun 9-10 am on Sunday, September 2 as Derry friends gather around tables in Fellowship Hall to make knotted fleece blankets for those in need. Thanks, Derry!

    • Celebrate Teresa's 20 Years of Service on August 12

      Our church secretary, Teresa Hutcheson, joined the staff on August 13, 1998... on Sunday, August 12 we'll celebrate and recognize her 20 years of service at both worship services. You're invited to bring a card on Sunday, drop one in the mail, or stop by during the week to say thanks to Teresa for her many years of dedicated support and service to the staff and congregation.

    • Books, Free to a Good Home

      Stop by the table in the atrium library between August 12 and 19 to look over the selection of books that has been cleaned from the stacks of our church library. See any you like for yourself or a friend or family member? Help yourself! Any books that remain at the end of the week will be sent to the book sale at Princeton Theological Seminary this fall.

    • Derry Seniors Learn About Hershey's Bygone Era on Sept 18

      Join the Derry Seniors at 10 am Tuesday, September 18 as Hershey native Susan Mittan née Gumpher, volunteer and board member for the Hershey-Derry Twp. Historical Society, presents a general history of the area. Plenty of time will be allowed for comments and questions. Free. Lunch follows in Fellowship Hall ($3/person).

    • Buz is Back: Aug 26-Sept 23

      From August 26 through September 23, Buz Myers will lead the adult Issues Class in a study of “How We Got the Bible: The Formation, Transmission, and Translation of the Christian Bible.” Join the class 9:15 -10 am in Room 7. Rev. Charles (Buz) Myers, Ph.D. is an ordained Presbyterian minister who teaches in the Religious Studies Department at Gettysburg College.

      While some people assume that the Bible we use today merely fell out of heaven in its present form, nothing could be further from the truth.  In fact, the Christian Bible stands at the end of a long process of selection, transmission, and translation. Why were some books excluded and others included in the canon of the Bible? How were these writings passed down through the centuries? And why are there so many different translations of the Bible into English? These and other questions will be addressed in this five-part series. 

      August 26: The Formation of the Hebrew Canon
      September 2: The Formation of the New Testament 
      September 9: The Transmission of the Christian Bible  
      September 16: The Translation of the Bible into English
      September 23: The Making of the New Revised Standard Version Bible   

    • Thank You, VBS Volunteers!

      “God's Everyday Heroes" Vacation Bible School is winding down - just one more day remains on the schedule with a musical program in the Sanctuary at 12:45 pm Friday to conclude the festivities. A big shout-out to the dedicated team of volunteers who shared the love of Jesus Christ with more than 80 young children all week long. Special thanks to coordinators Nicola Burke and M.E. Steelman and to church staff Pastor Stephen, Teresa Hutcheson and Loretta Chubb. Look on social media tomorrow for a group photo of Derry’s 2018 VBS volunteers. More photos available now on Facebook.

    • NYC Bus Trip is November 17

      Save the date for Derry’s annual day trip to New York City sponsored by the Sanctuary Choir. Enjoy a day on your own to shop, sightsee or go to a show. More details coming soon.

    • Terrific Tuesday Dinners Return Sept 11

      Derry’s weekly Tuesday evening meal is served 5-6:15 pm in Fellowship Hall beginning September 11. Salad, a hot entree, beverage and dessert is offered for $3 per person. Since most choirs rehearse on Tuesday evenings, the meal makes it easy for families to eat together while balancing schedules. You don’t have to be in a choir to come to the meal: it’s open to all. Consider staying for evening worship that begins 6:45 pm in the Chapel. Would you be interested in helping the kitchen crew? Early and late shifts are available. Contact Loretta Chubb for more information (717-533-9667).

    • Try Evening Worship on Tuesdays

      When it’s difficult for you to make it to Sunday morning worship, remember that Derry Church offers an informal Tuesday evening praise and communion service every week from 6:45-7:30 pm in the Chapel. Come as you are! 

    • Baptisms on July 29

      Congratulations to Dave and Madeline Simmons on the baptisms of their sons Colin and Leo, who were baptized on Sunday, July 29. Welcome to the family!

    • Puppet Ministry Does the Sneaker Dance

      Not to be outdone by Pastor Stephen, our puppet ministry accepted the challenge to make their own dancing sneaker video on behalf of Love INC of Greater Hershey's sneaker drive! 

    • Art in the Grove to Showcase Derry Artists & Craftsmen Aug 14

      Art in the Grove on Tuesday, August 14 will feature a gallery of works made by Derry Church members and friends. You're invited to drop off paintings, photography, poetry, ceramics and other creations in room 5 from Sunday, August 12 through Tuesday afternoon, August 14. Even better (but not required) if you can come to Art in the Grove so participants can meet the artists, ask questions and learn. Works will be available to take home when the program ends at 8:30 pm.

    • All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser on Aug 26

      We've cooked up another way you can help Derry Church fund scholarships for students in Sargodha, Pakistan: an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast on Sunday, August 26! Stop in Fellowship Hall between 8:15-10:15 am for Charlie Koch's delicious hotcakes and sausage, bacon, juice and coffee. $5/person but you're welcome to drop a little extra at the payment table so more students can receive a good education in a school overseen by the Presbyterian Education Board.

    • Celebrating Debbie Hough on Aug 19

      A retirement celebration and opportunity to give thanks for Debbie’s ministry at Derry will be held on Sunday, August 19. Save the date as we look forward to a special presentation in worship and a birthday celebration for her during post-worship fellowship. At 3:30 pm, come back for a special program and tea in her honor. Send cards to Suzie Gloeckler, 15 Bonnywick Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17111.

    • Are You a Good Facilitator?

      DivorceCare is a recovery support group where a person can find help and healing from a separation and divorce. The primary role of facilitators (there are two at Derry) is to create an atmosphere of warmth, caring and trust in the discussion group. Group facilitators also encourage discussion of each week's teaching video and allow each participant time for personal sharing. If this is a ministry you would be interested in helping to lead, please contact Loretta Blaydon (717-599-5425) or Marie Buffaloe.

    • "Highland Cathedral" in Highland Cathedral!

      Sean McCarthy had the opportunity to play his arrangement of the bagpipe tune “Highland Cathedral” on the Rieger organ at St. Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh, the “High Kirk” of the Church of Scotland, while on an organ study leave. 

  • July - 2018
    • Covenant with Animals Worship Service: Aug 28

      6:45-7:30 pm Tuesday, August 28 on the front lawn, weather permitting. In celebration of all of God’s creatures and their presence in our lives, Derry Church offers its annual worship service that includes prayers of thanksgiving for the gift of animals. Animals on leash, in a kennel, or otherwise controlled are invited to attend along with their owners. Worshipers can also bring photographs of their pets. The service will include praise songs and hymns and hands-on prayers for the animals and people with whom they live. Dress casual. Child care available in the nursery. Worshipers are invited to bring donations for the Humane Society as an outreach to those who help care for animals in need of help and homes.

    • Summer Blood Drive Report

      Thanks to all the Derry members and friends of Ryan Holp who came out in support of the blood drive on July 22. In total, 36 pints were collected and the Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank was delighted. See you in December for the annual Jim Cooper blood drive!

    • Nominees for the Committee to Select Derry's First Associate Pastor for Youth & Family Ministries
      The 2018 Nominating Committee presents the following nominees to serve on the Associate Pastor Nominating Committee (APNC). These nominees represent the heritage and future of Derry and are invested in the programs for children, youth, and families at Derry Presbyterian Church:

      Nicola Burke has been the co-chair of our VBS program for the past few years and has been the co-leader of our Pilgrim Fellowship along with Debbie Hough. Nicola also has children in the youth group and Pilgrim Fellowship. She will bring knowledge and concern for elementary age programming and fellowship at Derry.  

      Chris Cooper is the veteran of the committee after serving on the PNC to call Pastor Stephen. Chris has daughters active in the youth group, Pilgrim Fellowship and Sunday school. Chris will bring experience of the process to the committee and first-hand knowledge of the importance of programming for children and youth.

      Elizabeth Gawron is a member of the Christian Education Committee and works part-time with children’s ministries at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. She is an art educator who has been leading our new Art in the Grove program. Liz will bring a creative and educational perspective to the committee.

      Bob Gavazzi is a long-time member and has had three children participate in children and youth programming at Derry. Two of his children are active now in our youth group. He will bring knowledge and passion for the needs of youth to the committee.

      Jack Keene has served as the chair of the Christian Education Committee and now serves on the Adult Education Committee. He has a long history of working with children and youth programming at Derry. Jack will bring an important understanding of history to the committee.

      Courtney McKinney-Whitaker is the mother of a young child getting ready to start KIWI and is well acquainted with pastoral searches from the church side and the pastor and family side. She has experience helping to write and edit church information forms and pastor information forms. She will bring a unique perspective of the process to the committee and how a new pastor might partner with our current staff.

      Stephanie Patton has two daughters who have grown up through Derry’s ministries for children. They have participated in choirs, Sunday Funday, puppets, and fellowship groups. Stephanie has been an active parent leader in these groups. She will bring knowledge of Derry’s current programs and new ideas for the future to make sure all children and youth have a place at Derry. 

      Mike Reed is a deacon whose two daughters and a son are growing up at Derry. Mike knows the role Sunday School, confirmation, and fellowship group plays in faith formation. Mike will bring knowledge of Derry’s culture and programming for all ages to the committee.

      Sara Woodburyis an active member of Derry with a young son just beginning to be active in the life of the church. Sara has taken on various leadership roles in the church and is skilled at bringing individuals together to form an effective team. She knows the church well and how to present it effectively to pastoral candidates. Sara will bring organization, passion, and energy to the committee and the perspective of a parent of a young child eager to get more involved at Derry. 
    • Carlisle Presbytery Seeks a Treasurer

      Carlisle Presbytery's current treasurer, Larry Van Hise, is moving and needs to step away from these duties. 

      The presbytery’s treasurer is responsible for:
      • Coordinating presbytery finances with the bookkeeper, executive presbyter, and administration committee
      • Tracking presbytery investments and bank accounts
      • Approving vouchers and signing checks
      • Preparing and verifying treasurer’s reports for presbytery meetings and committee chairs
      • Preparing and verifying the annual financial report
      • Preparing and verifying the annual presbytery budget in coordination with the administration committee
      The term is for five years and there is no restriction on number of terms.

      Those interested in serving in this position are invited to send a letter of interest, including relevant experience, by mail or email to: 
      The Rev. Anthony Lorenz
      First Presbyterian Church
      2A North Hanover Street
      Carlisle, PA 17013

      Questions? Contact Tony Lorenz, chair of the nominating committee.
    • Restore Your Faith, Fortify Your Mind, Revitalize Your Life: Sept 22

      8:30 am - 2 pm Saturday, September 22 at Second Presbyterian Church, Carlisle. Congregations across Carlisle Presbytery are invited to come for a morning, come for the afternoon, or come for the day to "Refresh" featuring workshops, learning labs, a keynote by NEXT Church director Rev. Jessica Tate, plus youth programs, Hearts & Minds bookstore, spirituality center and a FREE LUNCH! Read more and register now. Hosted by the Education Committee of Carlisle Presbytery.

    • HVAC Update #8

      As we end the seventh month of on-site construction for the complete upgrade and replacement of our heating and air conditioning systems, I’m happy to say everything is installed and working. Fewer than ten items remain on the punch list. We will work out the rest of these issues over the next few months as we continue to test and adjust the systems and learn to get the most out of the energy-saving control system. The other good news is the project has stayed on schedule and has not much impacted the life of the church.

    • DivorceCare Support Group Begins Sept 6

      6-8 pm Thursdays from September 6 to November 29 in room 2. DivorceCare is a 12-week support group that helps adults recover from the pain and separation of divorce. This non-denominational program features biblical teaching, small group discussion and video seminars led by renowned experts on divorce and recovery topics. Also included is a workbook to help participants explore topics in depth. There is no cost to attend. Advance registration requested (717-533-9667).

    • Have You Borrowed a Book from the Church Library?

      Under the guidance of Debbie Hough and a team of volunteers, the church library is getting an extreme makeover with cleaning and sorting under way. If you possess a book from the church library, please return it now so it can be properly catalogued. You can borrow it again this fall when the sorting is complete. If you've misplaced a church book, please contact the church office(717-533-9667) so we can remove it from our records. 


    • Presbyterian Women Summer Updates
      • Thanks to all who contributed to the last Boxtops4Education collection totaling $86. Next anticipated mailing date will be October 15, so continue to drop off in the PW mission basket or mailbox.
      • The summer gathering of PW in Carlisle Presbytery will Saturday, August 18 at Second Presbyterian Church, Carlisle. Registration begins 9:15 am. The morning program, "God's Promise: I Am with You" is your chance to check out the new Bible study in a presentation by Gracie Payne, candidate for ordination. The afternoon program, "Journaling the Bible," will be presented by Sally Sulcove. Check out her blog. A light lunch will be served for a small donation. Contact Doris Feilto carpool.  
    • The Sneaker Dance

      With apologies to Charlie Chaplin and his iconic bread roll dance, we present Pastor Stephen Mckinney-Whitaker in his own interpretation created on behalf of Love INC of Greater Hershey's 2018 sneaker drive. Big shout-out and thanks to Mary Lemons for providing the piano accompaniment.

      Love INC has a record-breaking number of students registered to receive sneakers this year: more than 460 children! To date 150 pairs of sneakers are still needed and 30+ volunteer spots need to be filled. Learn more.

      Derry Presbyterian Church is just one of many sneaker collection locations in town.

    • Scout Troop 200 has a New Trailer!

      This new trailer, which is being used to transport Scout gear and equipment to activity sites, has been purchased with donations from Troop 200 Scouters. The Troop thanks those persons for their generosity and support of scouting. The Troop plans to have Scout decals placed on the outside and shelving installed inside.