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- Worship on Ash Wednesday, Feb 26
This contemplative hour-long service will include a sermon and celebration of the Lord’s supper along with imposition of ashes made from last year’s palm branches.
- Presbyterian Women's Winter Tea: Feb 23
2-4 pm Sunday, Feb 23 in the John Elder Classroom
All women and girls are invited for a ladies' afternoon tea. Bring a photo, memory, or item reminiscent of a favorite childhood outfit to share with the group. RSVP to Doris Feil by Wednesday, Feb 19.
- Orange Day is Saturday, Jan 25
Orange Day is focused on calling attention to the exploitation of women and girls and supporting those who are working to end the injustices. One red flag for children in caught in human trafficking is a sudden friendship with an older female or a boyfriend. The YWCA recommends parents stay social media savvy to help prevent grooming and recruitment. Traffickers can be boyfriends, parents, husbands or drug traffickers. The Harrisburg area is known for trafficking along the I-81 and I-83 corridors. The human trafficking hotline is 1-800-654-1211. Wear orange or an orange ribbon on Jan 25 to show your support of the YWCA's work to inform the public of the problem and preventive measures.
- Thanks for Supporting Scholarship Students in Pakistan!
These Derry friends and families (and many more) enjoyed a meal at Isaac's Restaurant in Hummelstown last Thursday, with 25% of the cost of their meal helping to fund scholarships for Presbyterian Education Board students in Pakistan. Total amount raised: $267! Can we beat that? Mark your calendars for the next Isaac's fundraiser: 10 am - 9 pm Thursday, Feb 13. Download a form or grab one from the insert rack in the Narthex.
- Attention Facebook Users
If you're on Facebook, you have a new way to watch Derry Church's Sunday morning live stream. The 10:30 am service is now being simultaneously streamed to Facebook in addition to YouTube and the church website. If you follow or subscribe to either account, you can be notified when the stream goes live. Or, go to Facebook or YouTube to watch. Questions? Contact Sue George.
- When A Beloved Pet is Sick or Dies...
Our Deacons are available to offer care and support. In a congregation as large as ours. it can be difficult to know when a loss occurs, and we would appreciate being alerted by Shepherd Group leaders, neighbors and friends, since we are well-aware of the grief associated with losing a beloved animal companion. Please contact Cyndi Camp or Mark Verner to share your concerns.
- The Story Behind the Home Derry Helped to Build
Last summer, during its week-long mission trip to the Dominican Republic, Derry Church and Morgan Stanley volunteers helped to build a home for a family in partnership with Bridges to Community. Read the story of Honelis Brisco and her family of six who now have a brighter, warmer, safer future.
- Pilgrim Fellowship Movie Night: Feb 7
6-9 pm Friday, Feb 7 in the Youth Room
We're putting the lock-in on hold until later this spring, and instead will gather grades 3-5 for a fun movie night! RSVP by Sunday, Feb 2.
- What's It Like to Visit Pakistan? Find Out on Sunday!
9:15 am Sunday, Jan 26 in Room 7
In October this group from Derry Church traveled to Pakistan, and they will share their trip memories and pictures with you in this week's Issues Class. Trip highlights include meeting Presbyterian Education Board staff, teachers and students at four different schools; worshiping with two Presbyterian congregations; touring remarkable and historic sites in Lahore; and so much more! Travelers will also provide you a “taste” of Pakistan during post-worship fellowship following the 10:30 am service. Come and join us!
- Sewing Kits Ready
Hygiene bags hold necessities for women staying at the domestic violence center in Harrisburg, but first we need to sew fabric together to make the bags. Grab a kit or two from the PW basket in the mission closet. Materials, instructions and a sample is included in the kit.
- January 2020 Session Highlights
- The Building and Grounds committee requested approval to add an automatic locking system with a card reader to the youth room exterior doors. This upgrade will increase security to this area and ensure that the doors are not accidentally left unlocked. The cost of $8,000 will be funded through Derry’s Capital Facilities Restricted Fund. The project was approved.
- The following building use requests were approved.
- Use of the Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall for an organ recital and reception sponsored by the Harrisburg Chapter of the American Guild of Organists on Sunday, February 21, 2021. The public is invited.
- Use of the Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall for rehearsal (April 26, 2021) and Concert (May 7, 2021) by the Susquehanna Chorale. The public is invited to the concert.
- Use of Fellowship Hall on February 22, 2020. to host a birthday party, requested by Derry members, Steve & Keri Miller.
- Use of the Sanctuary for the marriage of Michael Christopher Rice (grandson of Derry members Chick & Marian Rice) and Rayna Marie Carney on Saturday, April 17, 2021. The couple will be meeting with Pastor Stephen to confirm the plans, and if the way be clear, schedule the wedding for the approved date.
- Elected all active Elders as Presbytery Commissioners for 2020.
- The agreement between Derry and St. Therese Church in Memphis, TN, to acquire the Reuter organ has been signed. The organ will be removed later this year between Easter and July.
- Treasurer Stephen Guenther reported that Boyer & Ritter’s “Agreed Upon Procedure” review of Derry’s 2018 balance sheet, receipts and disbursements found no issues with those procedures. Session approved a motion authorizing the Treasurer to engage Boyer & Ritter to perform an audit of Derry’s financial records for the year 2019 at a cost of $10,000 to $12,0000.
- The Treasurer shared the 2019 year-end financial reports. Expenses for 2019 were below budget as we do not have an Associate Pastor/Director of Christian Education or full-time music director. As a result, there is an approximate budget surplus of $150,000. At the request of the Stewardship & Finance committee, the Session approved distribution of the surplus funds as follows: $40,000 to the 300th Anniversary Celebration Fund; $40,0000 to the Capital Facilities Fund; $20,000 for mission purposes to be recommended by the Mission & Peace committee; remainder of the surplus to Net Assets/Member Equity.
- Derry’s annual meeting has been scheduled for Sunday, February 9, 2020. There will be no 8 am worship service on that day due to an Engage service to be held Saturday, February 8 at 5 pm and Derry’s Annual Meeting which will occur immediately after the 10:30 am worship service on Feb 9. Derry’s Youth have planned and will be conducting the entire Engage service.
- The session reviewed Dr. McKinney-Whitaker’s Terms of Call for 2020 and approved recommending them to the congregation for review and approval at the Annual Meeting on February 9.
- Re-elected Kathy Yingst as Clerk of Session and Steven Guenther as Treasurer for 2020.
- A meeting of Derry’s College of Elders and Deacons will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 9 am to 12 noon in Fellowship Hall. A notice will be sent to all ordained Deacons and Elders.
- Due to conflicts within the church calendar, the future date of Communion has been changed from December 6, 2020 to November 29, 2020.
- Have a Meal at Isaacs TODAY!
You're invited to help students attending Presbyterian Education Board schools in Pakistan: when it's time to pay your bill, hand in this flyer and Isaac's will donate 25% of your food and beverage purchase to the scholarship fundraising effort. Bring your friends and family, have a delicious dinner, and help to improve education across the globe!
Two more opportunities to participate in this fundraiser are on Feb 13 and March 19. Save the dates!
- 21st Annual Chili Cook-off & Square Dance
6:30-9:30 pm Friday, Feb 21 in Fellowship Hall
There's no better way to warm up a winter's night! Bring a dish to pass: your favorite salad, dessert or chili recipe. Informal judging determines winners in the chili and dessert categories. Cornbread provided. Be sure to dress up in your favorite Western wear and bring your dancing shoes: following the meal, join the fun by participating in a variety of line and square dances. Free! Invite your friends and neighbors. Hosted by the Membership & Involvement Committee.
- January 2020 Financial Snapshot
Cash Flow - Operating Fund as of 12/31/19
ACTUAL BUDGETED Income YTD: $1,312,324 $1,284,635 Expenses YTD: $1,163,437 $1,290,635 Surplus/(Deficit) YTD: $ 148,887 ($6,000)
Contributions and revenues ended $4k above 2018 and $28k above budget. Personnel is below budget and 2018 as we do not have a Director of Christian Education or full time music director. Expenses overall were in line with expectations. Questions? Contact Steven Guenther, treasurer.
- Dixie Kings: Traditional New Orleans Jazz
4 pm Sunday, Feb 23 in the Sanctuary • Free will offering
For the past 20 years, the Dixie Kings have brought to life the sounds of New Orleans. This six-piece ensemble plays vintage jazz classics which date to the turn of the 20th century. Among the repertoire are several arrangements by noted bassist and band leader, Ed Wise, a mainstay of the New Orleans music scene. The group is led by pianist Dave Posmontier and trumpeter Stan Slotter. An Arts Alive event.
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.