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- Fall Baptism Classes: Sept 29 & Oct 6
9:15-10 am Sundays, Sep 29 & Oct 6 in Room 1
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, Oct 13 or at a later date. RSVP to Marie Buffaloe.
- Turn In Your Quarters for Education by Sept 8
It's time to finish filling those M&M containers with quarters to support the Presbyterian Education Board in Sargodha, Pakistan. Return them to the offering plate or the church office by Sunday, Sept 8. Thank you for your support!
- Blessing of the Backpacks: Aug 25
Children and youth are invited to bring their backpacks to church for our annual blessing during the 10:30 am service on Sunday, Aug 25. 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.
- Great Big Thank You
You’re receiving this week’s newsletter thanks to the efforts of Lori Klucker, who serves on the Communications & Technology Committee.
- What Do You Want to Know about Pakistan?
Did you know that a big group of Derry members is headed to Pakistan at the end of October? They'll be learning more about the schools, students and programs we at Derry Church help to support. What would you like to know that the travelers can find out for you during their trip? Send your questions to Tom Davis by Oct 1. Tom will be taking his second trip to Pakistan and is part of the Friends of Sargodha group that raises funds for student scholarships through Quarters for Education and sales of Christmas ornaments.
- Youth Group Meeting for Parents and Youth on Sept 15
12-2 pm Sunday, Sept 15 in the Youth Room
All youth and their parents/guardians are invited to attend a special youth group meeting with lunch provided. Find out about some of the plans for youth group for the year, especially upcoming fall retreats, and we'll play some games, too. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Safe Children Training Session: Aug 27
6-7 pm Tuesday, Aug 27 in Room 2
For those who volunteer with children and have not completed their clearances or who have not previously attended a Safe Children Training Session, plan to attend this one-hour session. You don't need to prepare anything, and there will be no quiz or test. If you have further questions, please contact Kathy McGrath (717-635-5525).
- Orange Day is Sunday, Aug 25
Guatemala has the third highest rate of femicide in the world. Between 2014-16, there were 2,264 violent deaths of women in Guatemala of which 611 were formally reported as femicide. Only 59 perpetrators were imprisoned. "Violence against women is violence against the image of God" is the lesson the Protestant Center for Pastoral Studies in Central America brings to victims or potential ones. Nearly 45% of women have suffered some instance of violence in their lifetime. On Aug 25, wear orange or an orange ribbon to show awareness and support for people who are working to end exploitation of women and children.
- Conversation on Racism and Faith: Aug 29
6:30 pm Thursday, Aug 29 at the Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, 2339 N. 6th St., Harrisburg
Would you like an opportunity to talk about racism and its implications in the local faith community in a safe space where we can learn and grow together? Join the Race and Unity Action Coalition, in partnership with Christian Churches United (CCU). Free parking is available and a light meal will be served. For more information, call CCU at 717-230-9550.
- Thank You, VBS Volunteers!
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.
- Dr Tom Talks to the Derry Seniors
10 am Tuesday, Sept 17 in room 7
Derry member Dr. Tom Davis will open the Derry Seniors' 2019-20 program year with "Medical and Educational Missions Abroad," an opportunity to learn about the many places Tom has visited and served in recent years. Bring your questions. Free. Lunch follows in Fellowship Hall ($3/person).
- Buz is Back
9:15 -10 am Sundays, Sept 8-29 in Room 7
Next month, Buz Myers will lead the adult Issues Class in a study of “The Gospel of Matthew: Faith in Action.” In the ancient Church the Gospel of Matthew was believed to be the earliest of the canonical gospels. While scholars today recognize that Mark is the earliest gospel and that the author of Matthew knew of Mark’s work, Matthew’s account of the life and teaching of Jesus is longer, fuller, and more literary than Mark’s account.Here Jesus’ birth is portrayed as a cosmic event that the created order announces. Here Jesus’ teaching is emphasized in five lengthy sermons that he delivers. Here Jesus’ is shown to be one whose “walk” conforms to his “talk,” for he does what he teaches. In this four-part series, learn about Matthew’s unique understanding of the Christ, the Son of God, and what it means to be a follower of Jesus.
Rev. Charles (Buz) Myers, Ph.D. is an ordained Presbyterian minister who teaches in the Religious Studies Department at Gettysburg College.
Sept 8: The Birth of Jesus, according to Matthew (this session meets in the Chapel)
Sept 15: The Teaching of Jesus, according to Matthew, Part I
Sept 22: The Teaching of Jesus, according to Matthew, Part II
Sept 29: The Death and Resurrection of Jesus, according to Matthew
- New: Faithful Readers Facebook Group
Derry's monthly book discussion group is also on Facebook! Drop in to share your thoughts about this year's books, find out what's happening with the group, and keep up with the discussion whether or not you can be there when the group meets each month.
- Tables Going Fast: Activity Fair on Sept 8
Contact Pastor Stephen to reserve table space at the Activity Fair on Sunday, Sept 8. As the new program year begins, it's a great opportunity to invite others to learn about and participate in your study group, travel group, committee, ministry, sports team or musical ensemble.
- Terrific Tuesday Dinners Return Sept 10
Derry’s weekly Tuesday evening meal is served 5-6:15 pm in Fellowship Hall beginning Sept 10. 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. Then stay for evening worship that begins 6:45 pm in the Chapel. Interested in helping the kitchen crew? Early and late shifts available. Contact Loretta Chubb for more information (717-533-9667).
Did You Know?
Food Bank Sunday on the second Sunday of every month is the designated day to drop off non-perishable foods for the Hershey Food Bank... but donations are accepted any time: find collection baskets/containers at our main entrances. Here's a list of the Hershey Food Bank's most-needed items.