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  • “Mission Madness III” Fundraiser

    Do you love mission work, college basketball, and friendly congregational competition? Then you’re invited to the third annual “Mission Madness” fundraiser benefitting Derry Church’s Mission House. Last year we raised more than $1,800: can we top that in 2019?

    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! Suggested donation $10/bracket with all funds going to the Mission House.

    How to play?

    1. If you played last year, you will automatically be sent an email with an invitation to register.
    2. If you've never played before, email Pete Steelman before Mar 17 or sign up in the Narthex.
    3. Find Pete in the Narthex on any Sunday in March to make your donation!

    Questions? Pete has the answers.

  • Overheard in the Pastor's Office

    Listen in on a conversation between Pastor Stephen and Al Porter as they discuss a problem that's on Al's mind.

  • February 2019 Financial Snapshot

    Cash Flow - Operating Fund as of 1/31/19

      Actual     Budgeted
    Income YTD $155,849      $107,053
    Expenses YTD $129,997     $104,037
    Surplus (Deficit) YTD   $25,852         $3,016

    Questions? Contact Steven Guenther, treasurer.

  • Have a Meal at Isaac's Any Time Today or Tonight!

    10 am - 9 pm Thursday, Feb 21 at the Isaac’s Restaurant in Hummelstown
    When you turn in this flyer as you pay for your meal, Isaac’s will donate 25% of your food and beverage purchase to fund scholarships for Presbyterian Education Board students in Pakistan. Stop by today or tonight and say hi to other Derry friends you'll see there. Can't make it this month? One more opportunity to participate in this fundraiser will be on March 21. 

  • Arts Alive Presents "Musical Rarities" on Mar 17

    4 pm Sunday, Mar 17 in the Sanctuary • Offering
    This enchanting concert of musical rarities includes the engaging Flute Quintet in D Major by Italian composer Luigi Boccherini, the rarely heard String Trio by English composer E. J. Moeran, String Quartet by a 16-year-old W.A. Mozart, a soulful Interludium by Russian composer A. Glazunov, and the lively Irish Reel composed by Swiss violinist Alfred Pochon. 

    Arts Alive is delighted to welcome back musicians Lyla Bowser, flute; Marcus Smolensky and Mabel Tang, violins; Christopher Para, viola; and Rachel Stambach, cello.

  • Two Registration Deadlines are Feb 24
    • Derry's mission trip to the Dominican Republic June 8-16. A sign-up sheet is posted on the Mission & Peace bulletin board in the Narthex. Work with folks in the local community to build/repair houses and lead Bible school activities. Cost is $1650. Questions? Contact Pete Feil. 
    • Women's Retreat Mar 29-31 at Chubb Hotel & Conference Center, Lafayette, PA. We've been invited to join the women of Westminster Presbyterian Church in West Chester (where former member Lynn George is on staff). Double occupancy rate is $245. This event has been endorsed by our Christian Education Committee and four Derry members are already registered. Read more and sign up online or download a brochure. Questions? Contact Sue George. 
  • Mission & Peace February Funding Report

    At its February meeting the Mission & Peace Committee approved funding for three local organizations with whom we partner:

    • $2,000 for Bethesda Mission
    • $4,000 for Family Promise
    • $3,000 for the Interfaith Shelter/Catholic Charities.

    Throughout the year there are opportunities for hands-on work with these organizations which are involved in providing food, clothing and shelter for the homeless, finding housing for the displaced, job training, and various counseling services. Funding of $3,500 for Christian Churches United's Susquehanna Harbor Safe Haven shelter was also approved. This is another local organization involved in caring for the homeless and needy, and for whom we provide program support. Thank you for your continued support of Derry's mission efforts.

  • Mission Statement Reflections: Marilyn Koch

    When we first came to Derry it was Derry’s focus on peacemaking and mission that drew us in and kept us active. As we look to the future of Derry, we need to raise up the goals stated in the proposed mission statement. By thoughtfully integrating the focus of our mission into the worship service and classroom education, we hope to promote justice and peacemaking in all aspects of our Derry community. And joining in service outside of Derry’s walls -- both locally and internationally -- we hope to encourage our members and their children to carry the message of God’s love and God’s call to be peacemakers and to promote God’s justice every day in all aspects of their lives.

    Proposed Mission Statement: 
    We proclaim God's word, share God's love, and practice God's justice.

    Proposed Vision Statement: 
    To be an inquiring, inviting, and inclusive Christ-centered community

  • Feb 25 is Orange Day

    The 2018 recipients of Nobel Peace Prizes were Dr. Denis McKwege of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nadia Murad of the Yasidi minority of Iraq for their work to end sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict. Dr. McKwege has devoted his life to treating and defending victims, based on his principle "justice is everyone's business." Nadia Murad is a witness who tells of the abuses perpetrated against herself and others by the IS army in Iraq. Wear orange or an orange ribbon to show support for these two and others who work to end the exploitation of women and girls worldwide.

  • Greeting Card Assembly Moves to Third Monday

    7-8:30 pm Monday, Feb 18 in the Hammond Library
    Join Claudia Holtzman and friends on the third Monday of each month to make these greeting cards for yourself and for our Deacons. Ages 10 and older welcome. See you next month on Mar 18!

  • Items Needed for CCU Welcome Kits

    Look for the Designated Basket in the Mission Closet

    Our mission partner Christian Churches United works with individuals and families moving to an  apartment after being homeless. These families typically start from scratch. You can help them have a fresh start with a new apartment Welcome Home Kit. All items listed below are needed to supply one kit. Please return items by March 1. Welcome Home Kit Downloadable Flyer (PDF)

    • Kitchen trash can (approx. 11-13 gallon)
    • One plastic dish pan
    • One box of kitchen trash bags (13 gallon bags, 20 bags or more)
    • One bottle of dishwashing liquid
    • Kitchen paper towels (2 rolls or more)
    • Two kitchen handtowels/two kitchen dishcloths
    • Approx. Cost: $40
    • Cleaning bucket
    • One spray bottle all purpose cleaner
    • One spray bottle bathroom cleaner
    • Two cleaning cloths/rags
    • Toilet Bowl Brush
    • Two bottles liquid hand soap
    • Broom, dustpan and brush
    • Approx. Cost: $35
    • Toilet Tissue (6 regular rolls or 4 double rolls or more)
    • One box of bandaids (100 or more count, variety pack) OR first aid kit with bandaids
    • One tube of first aid antibiotic ointment (like Neosporin or generic)
    • One tube of toothpaste
    • Four toothbrushes
    • One bottle of general purpose shampoo
    • Bath soap (two bars or more)
    • One box or bottle of Laundry Detergent
    • Approx. Cost : $35
  • Pilgrim Fellowship Will Attempt a Big Escape on Feb 24

    12-3 pm Sunday, Feb 24 • Gather in Room 7AB with your lunch
    After lunch, grades 3-5 will head to Adventure Sports' Escape Room for an afternoon of adventure. RSVP to by Feb 17. 

  • Lenten Community Worship Begins Mar 6

    Once again the Hershey Ministerium is hosting a series of noontime worship services beginning at 12:10 pm on Ash Wednesday, Mar 6 at St. Joan of Arc Roman Catholic Church. Consider attending as a Lenten discipline this year. You’ll have the opportunity to worship at many local churches, hear a variety of pastors and religious leaders in our community, and enjoy a simple and delicious lunch provided by the host congregation following the service ($3).

  • Mission Statement Reflections: Bob Ganse
    Elder Bob Ganse writes: I believe it is critical for one to look beyond today and always strive for better tomorrows. We should always be inquisitive to gain knowledge and understanding.  Being warmly invited is what drew me into Derry Church and should be part of our “Derry DNA”.  Inclusive is a heavily charged word these days, taking on different meanings for many people. A christ-centered community to me is a culture where we actively include anyone regardless of dress, socioeconomic class, body adornments, age, race, color or other orientations.

    Proposed Mission Statement: 
    We proclaim God's word, share God's love, and practice God's justice.

    Proposed Vision Statement: 
    To be an inquiring, inviting, and inclusive Christ-centered community
  • Save the Date: Arts Alive Concert Mar 17

    4 pm Sunday, Mar 17 in the Sanctuary • Offering
    With the departure of music director Sean McCarthy, the "Baroque Fireworks" concert set for Mar 17 is being reimagined. The other musicians who took part in last year's March concert will be returning, but the concert will no longer feature music from the Baroque period. As soon as we have details on the program, we'll share them with you. For now, save the date and get ready for an afternoon of beautiful classical music presented by a group of dedicated, talented musicians.