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- Thanks, Lori!
You're receiving this week’s eNewsletter thanks to the efforts of Lori Klucker, who serves on the Communications & Technology Committee. Thanks, Lori!
- Family Promise Needs Dinners and Drivers March 22-28
Family Promise of Harrisburg Capital Region returns to the Hershey Adventist Church in just a few weeks. As always, volunteers are needed to take meals, serve as overnight chaperones, and to drive the van. If you are able to help out, contact Jane Robertson or sign up on Derry Church's volunteer portal.
- Got Palms? Bring Them Back to Church!
We're collecting last year's palm branches in the Narthex. Drop them in the basket before 6 pm Tuesday, Feb 25 when they will be burned to ash that will be used the next day at the 7 pm Ash Wednesday service in the Chapel.
- February 2020 Financial Snapshot
Cash Flow - Operating Fund as of 1/31/20
ACTUAL BUDGETED Income YTD: $131,002 $113,344 Expenses YTD: $122,103 $110,518 Surplus/(Deficit) YTD: $ 8,899 $ 2,826
Administration cost is higher as insurance was paid in full in the current month. Questions? Contact Steven Guenther, treasurer.
- Mission Madness IV: The Next Mission
Do you love mission work, college basketball, and friendly congregational competition? Then you’re invited to the fourth annual “Mission Madness” fundraiser that is taking on its next mission: funding scholarships for Presbyterian Education Board students in Pakistan. Last year we raised more than $2,000: can we top that in 2020?
Participants fill out their own digital bracket for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. The winner gets an engraved trophy, their name on the Winner’s Plaque, and a year’s worth of Derry bragging rights! New this year are medals for the Top Five and for the Best Of subgroups: Children, Youth, Choir and Staff.
Suggested donation $10/bracket with all funds going to the scholarship fund.
How to play:
- If you played last year, you will automatically be sent an email with an invitation to register.
- If you’ve never played before, email Pete Steelman before Mar 17 or sign up in the Narthex.
- Find Pete in the Narthex on any Sunday in March to make your donation!
Questions? Contact Pete Steelman.
- New Lenten Bible Study Focuses on Sunday Scriptures
10:30 am - 12 pm Thursdays in Room 7AB beginning Feb 27
Get a head start on Sunday’s sermon by joining the Thursday JIF (Journey in Faith) Bible study as they discuss the Scriptures that will illuminate upcoming Sunday sermons.
- This Lenten Season, Tuesday Evening Worship Considers Everyday Objects
6:45-7:30 pm Tuesdays beginning Mar 3 in the Chapel
During Lent. our Tuesday Evening Praise & Communion Worship services will reflect on everyday objects on our Lenten journey. Join Pastor Marie and Rev. Tom as we explore new thoughts on dust, bread, coins, shoes, oil, thorns, stones, towels, and crosses. Our informal evening worship services include prayers, reflections, and the celebration of communion every Tuesday.
- New Facebook Group for Lent Begins on Ash Wednesday
Join Derry’s new Facebook group, When the News is Bad... Remember and stop by each day from Ash Wednesday through Easter for a new faith question. Add your comments to the conversation and read what others have to say. Each week’s questions revolve around the sermon themes for Lent. If you've participated in our previous Advent, Lent or Gratitude groups, you're automatically approved. New to Facebook groups? Click here and ask to join. We look forward to going on this Lenten journey with you.
- CWS Blankets: a Fund that Provides Homes and Training
Church World Service is a faith-based organization transforming communities around the world through just and sustainable responses to hunger, poverty, displacement, and disaster. In Haiti, after the 2010 earthquake, Lorius and his family of 12 spent years living in a temporary shelter made of mud, sticks, rocks and tin roofing sheets. Their new home has been built with resources provided in part by CWS. The family provided food and drinks for the construction workers, dug the foundation and worked as laborers. The experience was so good the Lorius has been inspired to become a construction worker on other houses being built through the program. Because you care, Lorius and his family feel secure for the first time since the earthquake. Your contributions to the CWS Blankets offering will help other who are determined to rebuild their lives. Fill the pew envelopes or drop a check in the offering plate payable to Derry Presbyterian Church and notated “Blanket Fund.”
- Tuesday, Feb 25 is Orange Day
Show your support for Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, who is supporting May Jane Veloso. She was sentenced to death nine years ago in Indonesia after traveling there for work. First she went from Philippines to Malaysia for a domestic worker job. Her recruiters rerouted and provided her with a suitcase lined with heroin, unknown to her. She was granted a stay of execution due to the public clamor naming her a victim of human trafficking. Finally, she has been granted the opportunity to testify against the "recruiters" through deposition. Wear orange or an orange ribbon on Tuesday, Feb 25.
- Mission Fundraiser: Wally's Famous Chicken Sausage Chili
For many years, master soup maker Wally Patton and sous chef Peter Gawron have lovingly prepared a large batch of chicken kielbasa chili* to serve at the annual meeting lunch hosted by the Communications & Technology Committee. With a change in schedule this year, the soup's still on, but will be take-out only. We're turning it into an opportunity to support Derry Church’s 2020 mission trip to the Dominican Republic. Purchase a quart for $12 and all profits will go toward reducing the cost of the trip for this year’s participants.
Quantities are limited and available only by ordering in advance. Purchase online no later than March 1 for pickup on Sunday, March 8 at the take-out window by the kitchen. Depending on volume, sales may conclude earlier than March 1.
* Allergen statement: The chili is made with kielbasa that contains soy; gluten is not listed an allergen, but the product is not listed as gluten free. See recipe and ingredients here. Please note that the chili is prepared in a kitchen in which common allergens may be encountered.
- College of Elders and Deacons Returns Mar 7
9 am - 12 pm Saturday, March 7 in room 7C
The College of Elders and Deacons is Derry Church's annual leadership gathering of all members who have been ordained as Elders and Deacons in the Presbyterian Church. It's an opportunity to share your wisdom, experience, and ideas while reflecting on the past, present, and future mission and work of the church. We hope you’ll join us for this time of visioning, discussion, and reflection. Please contact Teresa Hutcheson if you are planning to attend (717-533-9667).
- Your Isaac's Meal TODAY Supports Scholarships!
10 am - 9 pm Thursday, Feb 13 at Isaac's Restaurant in Hummelstown
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!
March 19 is the final opportunity in 2020 to participate in this fundraiser. Save the date!
- CWS Blankets: a Fund that Provides Knowledge and Tools
Church World Service is a faith-based organization transforming communities around the world through just and sustainable responses to hunger, poverty, displacement, and disaster. Another project of Church World Service is the Timor Zero Hunger program. Expanded to a remote village where Juliana’s family faced malnutrition trying to scrape a living from unforgiving, water-poor soil, they are now learning how to conserve precious water and use environmentally friendly natural composting and pest control. They were taught how to raise healthy chickens. Now they plant and eat a variety of vegetables and more eggs. Selling extra vegetables and eggs to their neighbors, Juliana has raised the family income from $3.00 a week to up to $15.00. That means basic needs like soap, rice and oil can be purchased and the chance for an education for children.
When you support CWS, you give families the knowledge and tools to improve their situation. Your contributions to the CWS Blankets offering will help other who are determined to rebuild their lives. Fill the pew envelopes or drop a check in the offering plate payable to Derry Presbyterian Church and notated “Blanket Fund.”
- Engage: Youth Leadership Team
Here's the spectacular team of youth and adults who led the Engage: Youth worship service last Saturday night. Thank you for music, puppetry, drama, and an abundance of blessings. We're already looking forward to Youth Sunday on April 19!
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.