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- Engage: Beatles Worship Experience
5-6 pm Saturday, Oct 19 in the Sanctuary
Join us for a special worship service that explores the theme of love through the music of the Beatles. The service will also include live painting, and favorite Beatles songs to listen to and sing along with as we worship on the eve of the annual Hershey Half Marathon. Nursery is provided.
One Sunday morning service will be held at 11 am on Sunday, October 20, and there will be no church school classes that day.
- Surviving the Holidays GriefShare Workshop: Oct 26
9:30 am-11:30 am Saturday, Oct 26 in room 7AB
For those grieving the loss of a loved one, this workshop helps with support, encouragement and advice for the upcoming holiday season. Free. RSVP to the church office (717-533-9667).
- Faithful Readers Two Weeks in a Row!
The 2019-20 Faithful Readers' group met for the first time on Sunday to talk about "The War That Saved My Life" by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. There was so much good discussion that they will continue the conversation on Sept 22, and will split into smaller groups to facilitate deeper conversations and reflections. Please join them in room 1 from 9:15-10 am even if you weren't able to make it to last week's meeting... and be sure to check out the Faithful Readers' Facebook Group for more insight.
- Pilgrim Fellowship Bowling and More
Pilgrim Fellowship for grades 3-5 kicked off their 2019-20 program year on Sunday with a favorite tradition: bowling with a side of pizza! Next up is a movie night in the Youth Room from 6-8 pm Friday, Sept 27. Save the date and watch for details. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- September 2019 Financial Snapshot
Cash Flow - Operating Fund as of 8/31/19
Actual Budgeted Income YTD $865,948 $856,423 Expenses YTD $757,536 $832,291 Surplus (Deficit) YTD $108,412 $24,132
Questions? Contact Steven Guenther, treasurer.
- Lunch with Dori Hjalmarson, Mission Co-Worker in Honduras
12-2 pm Thursday, Sept 26 at the Presbytery Office, 3040 Market St., Camp Hill
- What is important to consider when creating a mission partnership?
- What’s the proposed Covenant of Agreement between the churches of Carlisle Presbytery and Honduras about, anyway?
- Why are these elements important for leaders and congregations in both presbyteries?
This time with Dori is designed to be especially helpful to pastors and Mission Committees seeking to be intentional about mission partnerships that are mutually transformative. You’ll also learn more about what’s happening with the churches in Honduras. And you’ll get to consider potential connecting points that can be transformative for you and your congregation. RSVP by noon Wednesday, Sept 25 to email@example.com or 717-737-6821.
- New Bible Study Class Begins Oct 6
9:15- 10 am Sundays in the John Elder Classroom beginning Oct 6
Derry Church's Adult Ed committee is pleased to offer a new Bible study class this fall. The first four weeks will be led by Andrew Barna on Genesis. "Genesis is the first book of the Bible, but it is not the beginning of the story. How we approach reading Genesis impacts how we view God and the Bible itself. We will read Israel's ancient history with new eyes by examining both the author’s intentions and our own modern interpretive lens," says Andrew. Everyone welcome!
- "Invitation to Psalms" is New Study for the Thursday Morning Group
10:30 am - 12 pm Thursdays beginning Sept 26 in room 7AB
"Invitation to Psalms" is a 10-week Bible study that invites participants to engage the Psalms at the deepest levels of their hearts, where God's faithfulness confronts the most challenging aspects of our lives. The study includes daily readings and a class video component for interpretation and context for the biblical texts. Contact Jan Nixon for more information and to get your study guide.
- New! Youth Servant Leadership Scholarship
Approved by Session this spring, the new Derry Presbyterian Church Youth Servant Leadership Scholarship will be awarded to honor youth leaders in our congregation who have been committed to the Derry Church community throughout their membership in order to help them further their educational goals through higher education or training. To be a Servant Leader at Derry it means that you are an active member, consciously working to help Derry grow through proclaiming God's word, sharing God's love, and practicing God's justice and you are actively contributing to Derry’s vision of being an inquiring, inviting, and inclusive Christ-centered community in a positive way.
This scholarship will be awarded to a graduating high school student(s) who is a member of Derry Presbyterian Church by January 1 of the year the scholarship is to be awarded. This scholarship may be used for any legitimate higher education expenses including tuition and/or books at a college, technical or trade school, for full or part-time study. The total amount of the scholarship expected to be awarded in May 2020 is $1,000. Should more than one student be selected, the scholarship funds would be divided and awarded in equal amounts. Additional information will be sent directly to high school seniors and their families. Information is also available in the church office.
- Save the Date: Annual Women's Retreat Mar 27-29, 2020
March 27-29, 2020 at Pendle Hill Retreat Center, Wallingford
This retreat is a time for women to spend time together away from home in a restful, relaxing environment that nurtures and nourishes the body, mind, and spirit. Pendle Hill is a welcoming Quaker center surrounded by nature's beauty. It is an enriching weekend with opportunities for worship, fellowship, personal reflection, large and small group time, and relaxation in partnership with the women of Westminster Presbyterian Church, West Chester.
- Have a Meal at Iron Hill on Sept 23 and Support the Hershey Food Bank
11 am - 11 pm Monday, Sept 23 at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, 101 W. Chocolate Ave., Hershey
The Hershey Food Bank and Community Outreach has been selected as the beneficiary of the Iron Hill Give 20% program: they'll give the Food Bank 20% of your total bill! Print out and bring this email coupon with you.
- Wear Orange on Wednesday, Sept 25
September 25 is set aside by Presbyterian Women to remind us of women and children exploited and those who are working to change their lives. Recognizing that often sexual harassment and assaults on females are committed by men whom the women and girls know, the Justice & Peace Committee of PW in the Presbytery of Detroit have initiated a pledge card program. The Moral Male project involves a man signing a card which says" I promise I will treat the women and girls in my life with respect, so that they can trust me to never use force against them or harm them in any way." He receives a lapel pin as a remembrance and as a way to raise awareness of violence against women. Show support for those working to increase the quality of life for the victims: wear orange or an orange ribbon on Wednesday, Sept 25.
- Join Us for Terrific Tuesday Dinners!
The Terrific Tuesday crew is back to work and ready to serve you dinner 5-6:15 pm Tuesdays! Just $3 gets you a delicious hot meal with salad and dessert. Check Facebook on Tuesday mornings to find out what our fabulous kitchen crew will be serving.
- Coin Return on Sunday, Sept 15
Your Change 4 Children offering goes to The Alliance for Children Everywhere in Zambia, which offers the Family Preservation Program. In order to save their children's lives, parents bring their children who are hungry and at risk of being separated from them. Malnourished children are gaining weight and the parents have started their own small businesses. Plus, they are teaching their neightbors the same skills to earn money.
Return your coins in ziploc bags to the collection baskets following both services on Sunday. If you have foreign coins that you no longer need, bag them separately and they’ll be donated to UNICEF’s Change For Good. When you return coins, please make sure that your bag is free of anything that isn’t legal tender as stray items clog the coin sorting machine. The next collection will be in December, so keep on gathering those coins.
- Discovery Days Seeks Advisory Board Members
Want to make a difference in the lives of Derry Church’s youngest members? Derry Discovery Days Preschool (DDD) seeks Derry Church members to serve on its Advisory Board. The DDD Board meets the first Monday of each month from 9-11 am. Church Board members serve a three-year term. To learn more about what it means to be a part of the DDD Board, please contact Kelly Mehaffie (717-533-9667).
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.