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- Pentecost Offering
The Pentecost Offering is traditionally received on the day of Pentecost (June 9). It provides a direct way to meet the needs of children at risk, youth, and young adults. In addition, 40% of this offering can be kept by individual congregations for use in their own communities.Derry has designated Family Promise of Harrisburg Capital Region (FPHCR) as this year’s recipient. The remaining 60% will be used for leadership development opportunities for Presbyterian youth and young adults and support for children-at-risk programs at the national level. Since 1998, Presbyterians of all ages have raised more than $8 million for these ministries that benefit younger members of God’s family. You can contribute online or mail checks to Derry Church notated "Pentecost Offering."
- Celebrate Communion During Live Stream Worship this Sunday
Gather your family, your bread or crackers, your juice or wine and you'll be ready for worship on Sunday, June 7. This week's service includes the sacrament of the Lord's Supper. Live streaming begins at 10:30 am, and communion will take place after Pastor Stephen's sermon.
Say these words as you pass the elements to family members, or as you partake:
"The bread of heaven" and "The cup of salvation."
The next opportunity for communion will be as part of the Tuesday worship from the Chapel on June 16.
- On June 21, Pastor Candidating and a Congregational Meeting Like No Other
Rev Pam Meilands is the candidate nominated by our Associate Pastor Nominating Committee to be our Associate Pastor for Youth and Families. On Sunday, June 21, Derry Church welcomes Rev Meilands to preach and help lead our live streaming worship service. Following live stream worship, Derry members will have the opportunity to participate in an online congregational meeting, ask questions by phone or email, and vote using an online form that will be sent by email on June 20. Carlisle Presbytery is aware of our plans and has approved of the process since we are not able to gather in person at this time.
- 21-Day Race Equity Challenge
Derry Church has begun its 21-day Race Equity Challenge. We invite you to join us as we read, watch, listen, and reflect on issues of race and racism in this country and how we can be a force for antiracism in our community and world.
Each day our pastors are adding their reflections on what they've read and observed. Find those links in the sidebar on the 21-day Race Equity Challenge page. Please do sign up and let us know you're participating.
You can also join a new Facebook group where we're reading and discussing Anxious to Talk About It: Helping White Christians Talk Faithfully about Racism by Carolyn B. Helsel.
- Blondie Says Thank You
For the cards, calls, prayers, meals and support these past weeks, Blondie Ferguson says thank you and appreciates the love and care she received from the Derry Church family.
- Zoom Infectious Diseases: COVID-19 with Dr John Messmer
7 pm Monday, June 15 • Meeting ID in the eNews or email Sue George
Last December, Dr. Messmer led an Issues Class on Infectious Diseases. In light of the worldwide pandemic, Dr Messmer invites you to join him on Zoom for an update and a chance to ask questions and participate in a discussion on what we need to know about the novel coronavirus.
- Zoom Trivia Night on June 28
7 pm Sunday, June 28 • Zoom Meeting ID in the eNews or email Pastor Stephen
Gather everyone in your home to join your team as we gather on Zoom to play trivia (and eat or drink as you are inclined). Pastor Stephen will be our trivia host, so plan to join us and show offyour knowledge or lack thereof! Keep in mind NO internet searching will be allowed. The top three teams will win a prize. Get ready for Sunday fun and laughs! RSVP required.
- Restock Love INC's Personal Care Closet with These Most-Needed Items
- Liquid dish detergent
- Multi-purpose cleaning agent
- Hand soap
- Gender-neutral body wash
Drop off at church or across the street at the Love INC office. Thanks, Derry!
- By the Bookshelf, Week #5
Join Pastor Stephen McKinney-Whitaker for the next 33 minutes as he talks about the new reality the church finds itself in, and the decisions that need to be made.
- Grand Finale
On the Reuter organ's final day in our Sanctuary, Dan Stokes plays C.M. Widor's "Toccata for Organ Symphony #5" for the postlude. Work is under way this week to remove the pipes and console. The Reuter will be heading to a new church home in Tennessee as we eagerly await the installation of our new-to-us Aeolian-Skinner coming from a church in Connecticut.
The next time you hear the "Toccata" played at Derry, it will be on the Aeolian-Skinner. Until then, enjoy this grand sendoff for an instrument that has been a part of Derry Church since the Sanctuary was built in the mid 1960s.
- Pentecost Post-Worship Party on Zoom
11:45 am Sunday, May 31 • Meeting ID in the eNews or contact Sue George
You're invited to a virtual Post Worship Fellowship after live stream worship! Verity Whitaker encourages everyone to bring cake to their own party. It's a chance to connect, check in with each other, and celebrate the birthday of the church!
And don't forget to wear red! We'd love to see your Pentecost photos of live streaming worship and post-worship festivities. Send them to Sue George so we can share with everyone across our social media channels.
- Monday Night Group Begins Three-Month Study
7 pm Monday, June 1 • Meeting ID in the eNews or contact Sue George
The women's Monday night study group will read and discuss the first three chapters of Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God by Mark Batterson when they gather on Zoom on June 1. They'll also meet Rev Pam Meilands. The study continues on June 29 (chapters 4-7) and August 3 (chapters 8-11). Newcomers welcome!
- Congratulations to Derry's High School and College Graduates!
Hershey High School Graduates
Hunter Arnold will attend Fisher College and study biology and business
Abby Han will attend Penn State University and study chemistry
Ethan Infanti will be continuing his education at Derry Township School District
Dominic Infanti will be continuing his education at Hilltop Academy
Cole Infanti will attend Lebanon Valley College and study economics
Justin Morgan will attend Penn State Harrisburg and study finance
Rachel Potter will attend West Chester University and study English/writing
Natalie Taylor will attend Messiah College and study early childhood education. Natalie is the first recipient of Derry Church's Youth Servant Leadership Scholarship, awarded to honor a youth leader in our congregation who has been committed to the Derry Church community throughout their membership. The scholarship is intended to help further the recipient's educational goals through higher education or training.
Lower Dauphin High School Graduates
Amanda Ruch will attend Eastern University, majoring in global studies and service
Palmyra High School Graduates
Ben Clary will attend Bloomsburg University and study marketing
Andrew Cleck will attend the University of Maryland and study bioengineering
Nicholas Giampetro will attend Penn State University and study aerospace engineering
Christopher Kyper will attend Thaddeus Stephens College of Technology and study mechanical engineering
More High School Graduates
Loryn Schwartz graduated from Wake Forest University with a double major in Biology and Psychology. She plans to attend dental school.
Gracie Gavazzi is graduating from Kenyon College with a major in Biology and a minor in Music.
Erin Dear graduated from Millersville University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a concentration in ceramics.
Connor Clary graduated from Penn State with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He’ll be working at Tech Cast in Myerstown.
Shout-out to Nicola and Emma Burke for creating the graduate bulletin board that's on display in Fellowship Hall.
- NEW! Fruit of the Spirit Summer Program for Families
Families with young children are invited to join the Fruit of the Spirit summer program. Paricipants will have fun creating, playing, making, gathering (via Zoom) and learning as we read stories from the Bible and a variety of the beloved Berenstain Bears books! Each week will offer a different approach to the story through games, art, stories, food or real life application mission projects. We will gather by Zoom twice over the summer for a LIVE lesson and the rest will be "do when you can." Contact ME Steelman by June 1. Each participating family will get a bag of supplies delivered to your home by ME Steelman before we begin on June 7.
- By the Bookshelf, Week #4
Pastor Stephen returns with a new 40-minute installment of "By the Bookshelf" that addresses the very human desire to return to a past moment instead of moving into a new future... and envisions what a new future might look like for churches across the world.
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.
CancellationsHere's a list of events that are now cancelled:
- Co-ed church softball season
- Vacation Bible School
- Church picnic postponed until fall
- Children's musical postponed until fall
- Summer mission trip for middle school youth
- Dominican Republic Mission Trip in June