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  • Celebrate Communion During Live Stream Worship on 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 on Sunday, August 2.

  • Lost and Found in Pandemic Times

    The Lost and Found board (just outside the playground area along Mansion Road) is an art installation sponsored by Derry Church and created by our own Luke Gawron.

    Over the past few months, we have all been impacted by COVID-19. Whether it has been our health, our financial situation, our employment or our social lives, we all have had to make changes to our routines and our way of life. While these times are hard, there are silver linings to the hardships many are facing. As we reflect, we can all find positives that we’ve experienced. This LOST and FOUND board is a way for the church and the community to interact with each other while still practicing social distancing. Please take a flier, reflect on the past few months, fill it out and share it on this board.

    On the LOST side fill out:
    * What you have lost
    * Provide an image/picture in the blank square inspired by what you have lost
    * Write any explanation/commentary about what you have lost

    On the FOUND side fill out:
    * What you have found
    * Provide an image/picture in the blank square inspired by what you have found
    * Write any explanation/commentary about what you have found.

    Place the LOST sheet on the Lost side of the bulletin board.
    Place the FOUND sheet on the Found side of the bulletin board. 

    Enjoy reading and viewing what others have posted and invite others to participate!

  • Update on Logos Academy

    In January, the Logos Academy (where Liz Barna is co-founder and Principal) received $10,000 from Derry's Mission & Peace Committee to renovate a second grade classroom. Work is nearly complete: closets have been built to accommodate storage tubs and classroom items. On the right end of the shelving is a lockable cupboard that can be used for a ladder to access the top cupboards. Marilyn Koch is recruiting people to paint the classroom walls: let her know your availability.

  • Can You Spare A Pass?

    Our youth group is making plans to spend the day at Hersheypark at the end of the month. Contact Pastor Stephen if you have extra tickets you're not planning to use this season. 

  • Here In This Place

    Derry Church is so much more than a building or campus. Its roots run deep in all of us who call this place our spiritual home. So it's no surprise that many in our congregation have expressed a desire to return. We're making plans for outdoor worship later this summer, and in the meantime we invite you to stop by to participate in a new summer ministry opportunity, "Here in this Place."

    Join us on the Derry Church grounds on Mondays, July 13, 20 & 27 to reflect, pray, and even listen to some sacred music. Each week you'll find a special activity under the white canopy on the church grounds. Come over any time between 10am and 7pm for activities suitable for all ages, including opportunities to pray, explore the grounds, and collaborate on faith-filled projects. We’ll make it easy to stay socially distanced from one another and provide hand sanitizer. Please do wear a mask.

    One week you'll have the opportunity to paint a rock for a rock prayer garden on the church grounds and take a rock home. One week we’ll have a scavenger hunt/prayer walk around the church grounds. Our hope is to have special music at times each Monday that you can listen to as you participate, or just bring a chair and sit on the lawn, listen and enjoy.

    For more details, watch Pastor Stephen's By The Bookshelf on Monday, July 6 on YouTube and Facebook.

  • Blood Donors Needed at this Critical Time

    To schedule an appointment at any Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank donor center or blood drive, please call 800-771-0059. For a list of donor center and blood drive locations, visit 717giveblood.org. In Hershey, the new Hershey Blood Donor Center is located at the Blue Barn, 475 West Governor Road, Suite 404. Hershey Donor Center hours: Monday - Friday, 7:30 am - 6 pm and Sunday,  8 am - 12 noon

    • Appointments to donate blood are strongly recommended.
    • Walk-Ins are welcome, however, donors with appointments will be processed first and this may result in a significant wait time.
    • The State of Pennsylvania recommends all people going out in public wear a mask. The blood donation process requires donors and staff to be in close contact with each other during the process. Therefore, CPBB asks that you wear a mask when you come to donate. If you don’t have one, you'll be provided with one.
    • Blood drive stations will be spaced further apart than normal.
    • Your temperature will be taken at the beginning of the process.
    • No children will be allowed at the blood drive.
    • A form of ID is REQUIRED to donate.
    • The staff will spend more time than usual on extra sanitizing steps.
  • 7th Annual "Lace Up with Love INC" Sneaker Drive

    Now through Aug 4 • Sneakers Distributed Aug 6-8


    NEEDS: 500+ pairs of NEW athletic sneakers for boys and girls and and/or monetary donations.

    Brand-name high-top and low-top sneakers are PREFERRED for quality and durability. Please avoid discount (‘mart) brands.  Popular sizes are boys (youth) 10 – 6 1/2, Men’s 7-17, Girls (youth) 10 – 4 1/2, Women’s 5 – 11. Donations may be brought to the Love INC office M-TH 9 am – 2 pm. If you need to drop-off outside of office hours, please call the office (717-835-0101).

    THANK YOU to REEBOK in the Tanger Outlets at Hershey for partnering with Love INC. Get an additional 20% discount on sneaker drive donations at Reebok in the Tanger Outlets Hershey.

    Volunteers will be needed to help organize sneakers, schedule appointments, make reminder phone calls, and the list goes on in preparation for the distribution. VOLUNTEER SIGN-UP

  • By the Bookshelf, Week #9

    Week #9! Gather 'round as Pastor Stephen tells more about Grant Wareham, Derry's new Director of Music and Organist, in this 45-minute episode.
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  • General Assembly Recap

    “I believe we are not dying. We are reforming and becoming the church that God wants us to be. Every now and then, you think about that Kool-Aid that does not taste good until you stir it up a little bit. We’re being stirred up now by a spirit that calls us to be the church we have to be in the 21st century, and until the stirring is over, it will not have what is needed to taste as good as it should. But it will taste good. Just keep stirring, find the right answer, and keep walking by faith.”

    With these words, J. Herbert Nelson, Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church, USA calls us from lament to hope. Elected to a second-term by the commissioners of the 224th General Assembly, meeting last week via Zoom, J. Herbert Nelson’s words challenged commissioners (along with all of us who identify as Presbyterian) to consider how we are stirred by the the Spirit, so more of the world can ‘taste and see that the Lord is good!’

    Read more about the recent work of the General Assembly in this recap provided by the Presbytery of Carlisle.

  • Welcome Grant Wareham, Derry Church's new Director of Music and Organist!

    We bring good news! On Wednesday, June 17, the Session approved hiring Grant Wareham as Derry’s new Director of Music Ministries. Grant earned a Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance at Rice University and graduated from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music with a Master of Music in Organ Performance in May 2020. His most recent position was Organist and Choirmaster at Yale Episcopal Church,  New Haven, CT.  The two organ professors with whom he completed much of his coursework are recognized as two of the best in the world. Grant is a world class organist/pianist who has won several awards and was a finalist in the Longwood Gardens Organ competition in 2019. Watch as he plays Franz Liszt's"Un Sospiro" in the Sanctuary.

    Grant is excited and eager to come to Derry to lead our music program. As a recent graduate, he is looking forward to working with and honing his skills by working alongside Dan Stokes. Their combined talents, knowledge, passion, and leadership will be second to none. Our music program will rise to new heights with Grant and Dan working together. Grant will serve as the full-time Director of Music Ministries. He will oversee our volunteer directors, handle administrative tasks, direct the handbell choirs and some of our youth and children's choirs, and serve as our primary organist and pianist. He will be extremely busy this year helping us adapt to new ways of worship, working with small ensembles, organizing our music library, and much more.  

    Dan will continue to direct the Sanctuary Choir and serve as a mentor for Grant as Grant gains experience and skill. Both Grant and Dan are excited and thankful for this arrangement. Dan considers Grant “a musical genius,” and both Dan and the search team believe Grant will thrive at Derry and Derry’s music program will thrive with Grant.

    Grant's official start date is July 27. We are looking forward to his arrival and to the beautiful music he will provide and lead. Pastor Stephen will share more information about Grant on “By the Bookshelf” on June 29, and the July 5 worship service will feature a special piano duet with Grant and Dan.

    Grant has been watching our live-streamed worship services, as well as videos of previous services, including the Christmas concert. He has contacted the company that is preparing our new organ to get up to speed on that project. He is also taking the time to learn more about the governance and beliefs of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

    We are thankful for the congregation’s patience during this search process, and we are especially grateful for the leadership of Dan Stokes during this transition. We look forward to what the dynamic duo of Grant and Dan will bring to the next phase of music ministry at Derry.

    With hope and appreciation,

    The Director of Music Ministries Search Team                                  

    Ryan Bartz                Kathy McGrath, chair            Matt Haas                  Julie Miller     

    Greg Harris               Austin Pease                          Mary Lemons             Kathy Yingst                    

  • Welcome Pastor Pam!

    On June 21 Derry Church voted to call the Rev Pamela Meilands as its Associate Pastor for Youth & Families. Welcome, Pastor Pam! She will begin her ministry among us on August 10. Watch her candidating sermon.

  • Presbyterian Women's Birthday Offering

    The PW Birthday Offering helps to fund mission projects that improve the lives of women and children around the world. This year's Birthday Offering recipients include:

    • Center for Social Assistance to the Disabled, Family, and Children 
      Assisted Living Facility, Davydovo, Russia. 
    • GAP Ministries of Augusta, Georgia
      Expand Access and Service Space, Northeast Georgia Presbytery
    • Community Presbyterian Child Learning Center in Payson, Arizona
      Childcare and Prekindergarten Facility, Presbytery of the Grand Canyon
    • Liberty Community Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota
      Northside Healing Space Expansion, Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area

    You'll hear more about this offering in worship on Sunday. To contribute, send checks notated “PW Birthday Offering” to Derry Church, 248 East Derry Road, Hershey PA 17033.

  • 21-Day Race Equity Challenge Ends and Begins

    11:45 am Sunday, June 28  • Zoom Meeting ID in the eNews 

    For the past three weeks, we've shared on social media and on Zoom gatherings what we've learned from those who face discrimination because of the color of their skin. We've been challenged and maybe a little ashamed at what we've discovered about what's happening in our nation and world, and how we may have contributed. The work isn't done, the problem isn't solved.

    You're invited to join us on Sunday for a concluding conversation on Zoom, and you're encouraged to keep learning and reading. The 21-Day Race Equity Challenge resource page will remain on the church website through the summer: keep an eye out for new articles and videos that we'll post when we find them. Thank you for taking this challenge with us and helping us learn and support each other in the process.

    Continue the conversation in our Facebook book discussion group, Summer Reading with Pastor Stephen: "Anxious to Talk About It". Next up: I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown 

  • Bob Hanna Presents Scuba Diving with Sharks on July 6

    7 pm Monday, July 6 on Zoom • Meeting ID in the eNews

    Dive into this online presentation as choir member Bob Hanna shows video clips and photos from his 40 years as an avid sport diver, and talks about dive safety.

  • New Co-Moderators Elected at the 224th General Assembly

    The first-ever digital General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, USA convened on June 19 with the Moderator Election. Needing only one ballot, the 2020 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) elected as its co-moderators an Indigenous woman and a Black man: Elona Street-Stewart and Gregory Bentley, a synod executive and a pastor, and the only team seeking election from which both candidates were persons of color.

    Street-Stewart will serve as the first Native American co-moderator ever of a PC(USA) General Assembly; she is from the Delaware Nanticoke tribe. Read more.

    In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the decision was made to cancel the plans for an in-person, week-long General Assembly that was to take place in Baltimore. Instead, a stream-lined assembly is conducting the critical business of the denomination via Zoom. The plenary sessions of GA are live-streamed here and on the Spirit of GA Facebook page.