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- Time to Renew - and Save!
Presbyterians Today is our denomination’s award-winning monthly magazine. Each issue includes inspiring mission stories, stimulating theological articles and news about the people and churches across the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Copies of the magazine can be found in the atrium library and at the Information Center.
Join Derry’s group subscription rate, only $9.95 for six issues when we maintain ten or more subscribers. That’s a savings of half off the $19.95 cost for a one-year individual subscription. To add or renew a subscription, make checks payable to Derry Presbyterian Church for $9.95, notated “Presbyterians Today.” Return checks by July 1 by mail to the church or place in the manila envelope in Rev. Marie Buffaloe’s mailbox. Please DO NOT place payment in the offering plate.
- Coin Return on June 16
Change4Children will be collected on June 16 following both worship services. Your coins support Alliance for Children Everywhere in Zambia, serving at-risk children since 1969.
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.
Please make sure that your coin bag is free of paper clips, guitar picks, stray bits of metal, and anything that isn’t legal tender: these items clog the coin sorting machine. The next collection will be in September, so keep on gathering those coins.
- Welcome Derry's Newest Members!
A warm Derry welcome to our newest members who joined on Sunday, June 9. First row: Sarah Martin, Paul and Patsy Ferry, Bette DeVoe and Jack Martin. Second row: Sue Whitaker, Al Reed, John & Liz Martin. Learn more about them on info sheets available at the Welcome Center.
- Mission Team to the Dominican Republic
This mission team left early Saturday morning to serve for a week in the Dominican Republic. L-R: Doris Feil, Amanda Ruch Mike Kinney, Seth Freiberg, Mark Dear, Pete Feil, Charlie Koch and Matt Speck. Not pictured: Diana Freiberg.
- Summer Sing: Favorite Gospel Hymns
9:15-10 am Sunday, July 7 in the Choir Loft
Join Dan Stokes to sing favorite songs of the revival/campmeeting tradition, like "Standing on the Promises," "Blessed Assurance" and "My Hope is Built." Do you have a favorite you'd like to sing? Contact Dan in advance to offer your suggestions.
- Have You Received Suspicious Church Emails?
Every so often, we're contacted by concerned members who received emails that appear to be from the church staff (especially Pastors Stephen and Marie) asking for money, gift cards, or other unusual requests for help or assistance. This week Marie's account was spoofed, with many Elders receiving the false messages in their inboxes. We've taken steps to stop the problem, but it could happen again. Here's what you should know:
- The church staff will never email you to ask for gift cards, money, or special favors.
- Check the origin email address, even if you recognize the sender's name. You may need to click on the name for the full email address to be visible. This week false emails were sent from email@example.com, not Marie's actual address. All church email comes from the derrypres.org domain.
- Please do let us know if you receive something suspicious so we can take action.
- Mark the false email as spam or move it to your junk email folder.
- If you're still not sure about an email you received, call the church office at 717-533-9667.
- Host a Post-Worship Fellowship This Summer!
Open Dates: July 14, Aug 4, Aug 11, Aug 18 & Sept 4
Help Derry Church to be hospitable and welcoming this summer by providing light snacks following 10:30 am worship. Sign up on the Volunteer Portal or call Amy Backenstose: 717-319-3193.
- Lunch & Learn About Public Broadcasting in Today's Media Environment
12 pm Thursday, June 20 at Londonderry Village’s Fellowship Hall
Ron Hetrick, WITF President and CEO, will talk about public broadcasting in today’s media environment and all that WITF offers our local area. After a nationwide search, Mr. Hetrick was selected as WITF’s new President and CEO. He was the unanimous choice by the WITF Board of Directors and stepped into his new role on April 2. The Harrisburg native serves as the public media organization’s sixth president. He joined WITF in 2000 and has served as Senior Vice President of finance and administration since 2005. Mr. Hetrick succeeds Kathleen Pavelko, who retired on April 1.
The Lunch ‘N Learn series is open to the public and requires a reservation be made no later than a week prior to the event by calling 717-687-2521 ext. 3009. Brown bag lunches are available for purchase and must be requested at the time of reservation. You are also welcome to bring your own lunch during the discussion or just come and listen to the speaker. Guests are asked to enter at the Snell Community Center entrance and proceed to Fellowship Hall.
- Engage: Broadway Comes to Derry Church
5 pm Saturday, July 20 in the Sanctuary
Engage with God’s grace and forgiveness through the music of Broadway! Join us for worship that also includes live painting and a time of sharing. Dress casual. Don’t miss this engaging summer worship experience!
- Borrow from or Donate to the Loan Closet
The Dauphin County Area Agency on Aging's Loan Closet offers Dauphin County senior citizens the opportunity to borrow -- free of charge -- wheelchairs, walkers, canes, crutches, portable toilets, shower chairs and more (but no hospital beds or scooters). If you don't need these items now but have some at home you'd like to donate for others to use, they would appreciate hearing from you. For more information, call 717-780-6130.
- "Oh, Jonah!" Cast Photo
Thanks to this talented cast for bringing to life the Old Testament story in worship on Sunday morning! "Oh, Jonah!" was a whale of a good time.
- Big Thanks to the Mission House Committee
The Mission House across the street was dedicated three years ago this month, but even before then the Mission House Committee was dreaming big and envisioning how the space would be used. Now with Love INC of Greater Hershey occupying much of the space, the committee's designated task has come to an end. Thanks to all who served so faithfully these past years: Kate Valenziano, ME Steelman, Sally McKinney, Karen Leader, Marion Alexander, Charlie Koch, Steve Yingst and Karen Carns.
- Wear Red on Sunday
Red is the liturgical color of the day for Pentecost... please do wear something red in worship on Sunday, June 9.
- Sneaker Drive Savings at Reebok
Once again the Reebok Outlet Store at the Tanger Outlets in Hershey is partnering with Love INC to provide an additional 20% off any store promotion for the duration of the Lace Up with Love INC sneaker drive (now through Aug 6). To be eligible for this additional discount, sneaker drive purchases must be deposited in the collection box at the store. NOTE: sneaker donations DO NOT have to be purchased at Reebok. All other donations may be placed in collection boxes at church.
- A "Giant" Thank-You from Discovery Days
Thanks to all who supported Derry Discovery Days Preschool in the Giant A+ School Rewards program. Those who linked their bonus cards earned our preschool for the 2018-19 school year! The funds will be used for professional development and training for the preschool staff. Thanks, Derry!
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.