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- Parking Solutions on Easter Sunday
Finding a convenient parking space on one of the busiest days at Derry Church can be challenging. Keep in mind that the Hershey Trust parking lot is available for overflow parking, with shuttle service beginning at 8:30 am and continuing through the morning.
- Save Room for Derry’s Delicious Easter Breakfast
8:30 - 11 am Sunday, April 21 in Fellowship Hall
Every year Charlie Koch and a team of fabulous volunteers serve up a great start to Easter with a delicious breakfast that includes pancakes and sausage, egg casserole, fruit, juice and coffee. No need for reservations. The cost? It’s up to you: your donation will support 2019 mission projects.
- Live Streaming Holy Week Services
If you can’t join us in person, you can watch tonight’s Maundy Thursday worship live stream and tomorrow night's Good Friday worship live stream, both beginning at about 6:50 pm. On Easter Sunday, April 21, live stream of the 11 am service will begin at about 10:50 am.
- Derry Pres Youth: Flower Basket Fundraiser Update
For the next 36 seconds, hang out with Natalie, Emma, and the daffodils so you can find out some important flower-related information.
- Children and Sacraments Class Prepares Communion Bread
These children gathered on Monday with their families, Pastor Stephen, Pastor Marie and M.E. Steelman to learn about the sacraments. They will be participating in tonight's Maundy Thursday worship and made the gluten-free bread that will be served during communion. Please join them in the Sanctuary at 7 pm for this moving, sacred service.
- Engage: Rock 'n Roll Worship on May 18
5 pm Saturday, May 18 in the SanctuaryJoin us for worship that engages the theme of time, with rock ’n roll music from the 1950s to today. You'll also experience live painting, scripture, a meditation, and the sharing of stories. Our talented Derry Church musicians are excited to lead us in songs from Buffalo Springfield and the Byrds to the Foo Fighters and Panic at the Disco. Dress casual and bring your friends and family for another uplifting and engaging worship experience.
- Concert Pianist Joseph Kingma Plays Mozart, Mendelssohn, Liszt on May 19
4 pm Sunday, May 19 in the Sanctuary
Award-winning pianist Joseph Kingma will perform Mozart’s 9 Variations on Jean-Pierre Duport: Minuet for Piano in D major, K. 573 "Duport Variationen,” Mendelssohn’s “Fantasie in F-sharp minor, Op. 28 ("Sonate écossaise"), and Liszt’s “Two Concert Etudes and Sonata in B minor when he returns for his second appearance at Derry Church and the final concert of the 2018-19 Arts Alive season. Free will offering.
- Mt. Gretna: A History in Postcards on May 21
10 am Tuesday, May 21 in Fellowship Hall
The Derry Seniors welcome Sue Hostetter, President, Mt. Gretna Area Historical Society. You'll learn about the history of Mt. Gretna in a fascinating 45-minute visual presentation that includes clips from the video "Mt Gretna's Perennial Spirit." Then check out a display table of pictures and memorabilia. Sue Hostetter, a full-time resident of Mt Gretna and a retired high school librarian, will also highlight upcoming summer programs. Bring your questions! Free. Lunch follows ($3/person).
- Hosts Needed for After-Eight Post-Worship Fellowships
If you've enjoyed a light snack in the Narthex following the 8 am service, we hope you'll consider reciprocating and treating others to some fruit, donut holes or sweet breads. Dates are available beginning May 5. Jump on the Volunteer Portal, select the 8 am tab at bottom left, then scroll across the page to the far right to find open dates in the pink Post-Worship Fellowship column. Or stop by the Welcome Center on Sundays or call Teresa Hutcheson (717-533-9667) for assistance.
- Webinar: Christian Responses to Opioids in May
7 pm Thursdays, May 9, 16, 23 & 30
Synod of the Trinity is offering "Into the Light: Christian Responses to Opioids," a webinar on the opioid epidemic that is a major issue in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio. The conversation revolves around a seven-session curriculum that was created by the Presbytery of Redstone's Addiction Ministry Network. Just how ramped is the opioid problem in our communities? How can congregations be part of the conversation? Find out in this four-part webinar. Learn more about the curriculum and what will be discussed. RSVP To Mike Givler.
- Final Standings: Mission Madness 2019
Congratulations to Michael “Repeat!” Yutesler, who officially cements the Yutesler clan as the First Family of Mission Madness. Julie was the champ last year, and the odds of a spouse repeating are, well…remote! Congrats Family Yutesler…hopefully there’s enough room on your mantle for a second trophy!
Greg “Pavarotti” Harris finishes a close second, just one point behind our champ. He won’t go home empty-handed: along with a Top 5 medal, Greg owns the title of “Best in Choir.”
Marty “Bam Bam” Walker takes home third place, and also “Best in Session” honors.
The Top 5 is rounded out by Jim “The Warlock” Warnock and Seth “Spinal Tap” Mullen. Great job by you superstar prognosticators.
Others garnering recognition are my very own Ellie “Giggles” Steelman, “Best in Children” winner and 10th place overall. (She also wins our family trophy, and will probably never let us hear the end of it!)
“Best in Staff” honors go to Jackie “Babyface” Lerch, and “Best in Youth” honors go to Kate “Sunshine” Patton, who finished in the top 20 as the highest scoring MS/HS student.
Watch for a “presentation of awards” moment at one of the 10:30 am services after Easter for Mike and the rest of the top 5 to collect their hardware.
- Third Graders & Their Families Will Learn About the Bible
5-7 pm Sunday, Apr 28 in Room 7
Led by Pastor Stephen and M.E. Steelman, this program will include dinner and an opportunity for families to gather to explore the Bible together. Third graders will receive their new Bibles in worship on Sunday, May 5. RSVP to M.E. Steelman by Wednesday, Apr 24.
- One-Minute Answers to Your Important Questions: Sixth in a Series
Pastor Stephen gives another one-minute answer to questions raised recently in a survey of church officers: why don't we offer more Bible studies?
- Kiss Hershey Back on May 11
- Are You the Proud Parent of a High School or College Grad?
Derry Church wants to celebrate with you! In preparation for Graduate Recognition Sunday on May 12, the church office needs information on all those graduating from high school and college by Sunday, April 28. Please send the following details to Jackie Lerch: name(s) of the graduate(s) and their parent or parents; school graduating from, school attending in the fall and anticipated course of study or the graduate’s future plans if known. Please include a photo of your high school senior.
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.