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- Christmas Eve at Derry Church
Tuesday, Dec 24 in the Sanctuary • All services include singing “Silent Night” by candlelight
- 2:30 pm Lessons and Carols featuring the Derry Brass and communion
- 5 pm Family friendly service of Lessons and Carols with Joyful Noise, Carol and Celebration Choirs. Child care available.
- 7:30 pm Traditional service of Lessons and Carols, with the Sanctuary Choir and Derry Ringers
- 11 pm Lessons and carols with soloists and special music, youth and young adult worship leaders
- Longest Night Worship
7 pm Tuesday, Dec 17 in the Chapel with communion
For anyone who this year finds it hard to face the joyous Christmas season: this worship service -- on one of the longest, darkest nights of the year -- intentionally acknowledges the pain and offers solace. Light refreshments following in the John Elder Classroom.
- Jim Cooper Memorial Blood Drive
8:30 am-12 pm Sunday, December 15 in Fellowship Hall. Sign up in the Narthex on Nov 24, Dec 1 and 8 or walk in that day.
- "God Provides" Stewardship Update
Last Sunday, we dedicated our financial commitments to Derry for 2020 and celebrated that evening with Basically Broadway. So far we’ve received estimates of giving from 208 people totaling $938,796. We are on track to meet our budgeted needs if we continue to receive pledges from those who have pledged in the past, but we are not there yet. Our church Session will meet next month to finalize our budget based on what we believe we will receive in donations. Your Estimate of Giving is crucial in helping us create a faithful and balanced budget for the church.
It's not too late to turn in your Estimate of Giving: cards are available in the church office and welcome center... you can request a new card be mailed to you, or you can submit your Estimate of Giving online. Thank you for your continued support of Derry Church, where we proclaim God’s Word, share God’s love, and practice God’s justice.
- Stewardship Update #6
- December Opportunities from Presbyterian Women
- Paxton PW is looking for elves to help with their Santa Shops in Harrisburg and Hershey from Dec 2-18. The PW bulletin board by the Fellowship Hall entrance lists times, places and estimated hours of commitment and a sign-up sheet, or email Barbara Greenwood. Women, men and teens are welcome to be elves and help children find gifts for their family members.
- All women are invited to the PW Christmas dinner at 6 pm Monday, Dec 9 at 6 pm in the Lounge. Bring a covered dish to serve six and your place setting, and come prepared to show and tell the group about a special Christmas decoration (ornament or small item) that's meaningful to you.
- Derry Seniors' November Program Update
At 10 am Tuesday, Nov 19 in room 7, the Derry Seniors will host a program on "Senior Living Options" moderated by Chuck Theal. You may recognize at least two names on the list of those representing residential and at-home options:
- Michael Leader of Country Meadows Retirement Community
- Tish Stump of Home Instead Senior Living
- Jessica Miller Sibbet of Londonderry Village
- George Porter, attorney
The program is free and everyone is welcome to attend.
- 20 Ornaments Available: Get One Before They're Gone
If you'd like one of Mark Smith’s handmade star ornaments for yourself or for gifts, your last chance may be this Sunday, Nov 17. Get yours for $10 each in the Narthex. Proceeds will help to fund 2020 scholarships for deserving students in Pakistan.
- No Presbytery or Synod Office Hours on Fridays
With recent staff changes at the Presbytery of Carlisle, the decision has been made to close the Presbytery office on Fridays. Since the Synod of the Trinity shares that office space, it makes sense for them to follow suit and have everyone work from home on Fridays. Synod staff can be reached by email.
- High Schoolers and Leaders Ready to Face "Reality"
These high school youth and leaders were away last weekend for Reality Retreat. Ask them about their experience when you see them in church.
- Stewardship Update #5
- New Organ Update
On Wednesday, Oct 30, the Session unanimously approved entering into a contract with the Thompson-Allen organ company to acquire the 1951 Aeolian Skinner organ from Redeemer Church in New Haven, Connecticut. The Session approved $700,000 ceiling for the project with half the funds coming from the Legacy Endowment Fund and the other half from congregational pledges to the New Organ Fund paid over two years. This is an exciting opportunity for Derry to invest in our long-term future and elevate our worship and music program. We will advertise our current organ is available in hopes that someone will want it and pay for its removal. We hope the new organ will be installed sometime next fall after all the restoration is complete and a new console is made.To contribute to the organ transplant project, you can pledge online at https://derrypres.org/organ-fund-form or contact Pastor Stephen. We look forward to all the ways this new organ will bless our church and community.
On Sunday, Nov 3, Kathy Yingst and Dan Stokes traveled to New Haven, CT for our "new" 1951 Aeolian Skinner organ's final concert at Redeemer Church. Watch as Dan reports what happened and meet some church members happy to know their beloved organ has a new home.
- From Healthy Aging to Alzheimer's Disease: Keeping Your Grip on the Slippery Slope on Nov 12
6:30 pm Tuesday, Nov 12 at Country Meadows of Hershey, 451 Sand Hill Road • RSVP: 717-533-6996 • Refreshments served
Dr. Charles J. Duffy, Professor of Neurology at Penn State Health Medical Center, brings 25 years of clinical neurology experience with a focus on Alzheimer's care and research. He is also a basic science cognitive neurophysiologist who has conducted NIH-funded research on brain aging and dementia.
- Introducing Love INC's Next Executive Director
Love INC of Greater Hershey's board of directors is pleased to announce that the next Executive Director has been chosen. Patricia "Patty" TenHuisen, a long-time local resident, faithful servant of Jesus Christ, and active member of Hershey Free church, has accepted the offer to assume directorship of the organization.
Patty comes to Love INC with experience in various areas, particularly community outreach, not-for-profit leadership, and management. Doug and Patty are working together between now and the end of the year to ensure a smooth leadership transition.
Love INC is thankful for Doug's years of service and leadership. A celebration for Doug is being planned and details will be shared as soon as they are finalized.
- Look Who's on the Cover of Presbyterians Today!
Nina Geist, granddaughter of Derry members Ann & Ron Geist, is featured in the Nov/Dec issue of Presbyterians Today!
Read the story about her project to make hundreds of peace cranes to sell in support of PCUSA mission co-workers at her church's holiday gift market in Anchorage, Alaska. A copy is available in the atrium library.
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.