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  • November - 2017
    • Poinsettia Orders Due by Dec 10

      It's time to order poinsettia plants that will brighten the church during the Advent season. After Christmas, you're invited to take your poinsettias home to enjoy for weeks to come. A single plant is $13; baskets are $25.

    • Christmas Eve at Derry Church

      Sunday, December 24 at 10 am  •  3 pm  •  5 pm   •  7:30 pm • All services held in the Sanctuary

      Information on Derry's four Christmas Eve services is now available. All afternoon/evening services include the traditional candle lighting and singing of “Silent Night.” Special offering collected on Christmas Eve will benefit Friends of PEB and Allison Hill Community Ministry.

    • Share Your Time & Talents

      Your gifts of time and talent are as essential to supporting God's work in the world as any financial commitment you may have made on Consecration Sunday. Discover many ways your talents can be put to good use by checking out "Sharing My Time and Talents." You can find this form on the church website from the “Serving Others/More Opportunities” tab. Paper copies are also available from the church office.

    • What You Need to Know about the Giving Tree

      One of the wonderful traditions of Derry's Christmas season is the "Giving Tree" which provides gifts for 150 children of families using the Hershey Food Bank. The tree will be placed over the Thanksgiving weekend. Look for the decorated gift tag ornaments made by our Pilgrim Fellowship. Each tag lists a child's age (18 and under), gender and family identification number.

      You're invited to choose a tag from the tree. Record your name next to the corresponding number on the master sheet posted nearby. The Mission & Peace committee suggests gifts in the $25 range. Since every child receives a clothing-only voucher, toys and games are recommended for boys and girls while gift cards are great choices for teenagers. All gifts should be returned unwrapped in a Christmas gift bag by Sunday, December 10 with your ornament gift tag attached to the handle.

      Questions? Contact Craig Smith.

    • Longest Night Worship

      7 pm Tuesday, December 19 in the Chapel with communion

      For anyone who this year finds it hard to face the joyous Christmas season: this worship service -- on one of the longest, darkest nights of the year -- intentionally acknowledges the pain and offers solace. Light refreshments following in the John Elder Classroom.

    • PW Christmas Dinner: Dec 11

      6 pm Monday, December 11 in the Lounge. The Presbyterian Women’s annual holiday covered dish dinner will be followed by a program by Derry members Craig & Kelly Barth: guitar and vocals. Bring a dish to serve 6-8 and a place setting for each person. All women welcome - bring a friend!

    • Welcome Derry's New Members!

      On Sunday Derry Church welcomed 18 new members. Read more about these new members in the link at top of the weekly enews, or by picking up an insert available at church. Next new member class begins on Sunday, January 28, 2018. 

    • Final CROP Walk Report

      Fantastic totals from the 32nd Hershey/Hummelstown CROP Walk! Thanks to all who walked and contributed to alleviate hunger around the world.

    • “Art on Derry” Open House: Nov 24-26

      Art on Derry, the art co-op across the street from Derry Church is hosting an open house over the Thanksgiving weekend. Stop in 10 am - 5 pm November 24-26 for some sweets and treats as you check out the creations made by local artisans. Holiday discounts available, too!

    • Enews Thanksgiving Edition

      Next week’s church e-newsletter will arrive in your inbox a day early, on Wednesday, November 22. Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Outdoor Work Day: Dec 2

      9 am - 12 pm Saturday, December 2, join Derry Church youth for final fall cleanup of the church grounds. All are welcome! Bring rakes, gloves and lots of energy to help make the church property ready for winter. Lunch provided. Questions? Contact Tom Kitzmiller.

    • NEW! Chipotle Fundraiser

       4-8 pm Sunday, December 17 at Chipotle Mexican Grill, 210 W Chocolate Avenue, Hershey. When you bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone, or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause, 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Friends of PEB, supporting education in Pakistan.

    • Dedication Sunday Report

      As of Sunday, November 12, Derry Church has received more than 200 financial commitments totaling $867,054. Thank you! If you haven’t turned in your estimate of giving card for 2018, it’s not too late. You can fill out your estimate online or pick up a card at the Information Center in the Narthex. Return cards to the offering plate or mail to the church office to the attention of Sandy Miceli, administrative/financial secretary. Online giving is also available.

    • Some Thoughtful Gift Ideas
      • Fruitbelt Farmworker Christian Ministry is selling fruit boxes for $45 which can be shipped anywhere in continental US for additional shipping charges of $20 or $40. Orders are due by Dec. 3 and forms are available on the PW bulletin board.
      • Looking for an alternative gift? Check out to view four pages of gifts from tire gardens to fishing boats.
    • Another Giving Tree Option: Gift Cards for Racetrack Workers

      In addition to Giving Tree tags for children, you can also select one of 40 tags for back-of-the-track workers at Penn National race course on or after November 26. These tags invite you to purchase $25 Walmart gift cards to make Christmas brighter for the hard-working men and women at the track. Return gift cards by Sunday, December 17.

    • High Schoolers Face Reality

      Recently these Derry high schooler and adult leaders spent a great weekend together on the north shore of the Chesapeake Bay as part of Reality Retreat. Along with about 200 youth and leaders from area churches, they had a great time learning, worshiping, making new friends and having adventures together.

    • Meet These New Members on Sunday!

      These new members were received by Session on November 5 and enjoyed breakfast served by Membership & Involvement committee members. They’ll be introduced in worship this Sunday, November 12. Front row, L-R: Erin McCombs, Flynn and Fiona Devlin, Kate Sweezey. Second row: Helen Mayer, Courtney Devlin, Betty Flaig, Kim Holmes, Sarah Bartz, Margi Arris, Michelle Califf, Anne Sweezey. Third row: Ron Flaig, Ryan Bartz, Benjamin Muthambi, Pete and Karin Lee, Erik Sweezey. Adults not pictured: Pat Devlin, Karen Pastrana, Rachel Potter. Welcome!

    • November 2017 Financial Snapshot

      Cash Flow - Operating Fund as of 10/31/17

      Income YTD:  $1,022,538 $1,025,679
      Expenses YTD: $953,543 $1,086,864
      Surplus/(Deficit) YTD:  $68,995 ($61,184)




      Notes from Steven Guenther, treasurer: I would like to thank everyone for their contributions last month. October was the best month we have had in terms of contributions this year. Some expenses will be skewed toward the end of the year. Actual expenses are trailing budgeted expenses as personnel expenses are $81,000 under budget; this is caused in part because some fringe benefits are paid at the end of the year. We are estimating the fringes will total about $35,000. We also note that part of the variance from the budget is that Pastor Stephen was budgeted to start in April. Mission & Peace expenses are currently under budget by about $10,000 and under 2016 spending by $20,000 year to date. 

      Questions? Come to Issues Class at 9:15 am this Sunday, November 12 for "Let's Talk About Church Finances" with members of the Stewardship & Finance Committee. Or contact George Porter. Thank you for your continued support now and throughout the the year.

    • Fleece Fabric Needed for Knotted Blankets

      In coming months we’ll be assembling fleece blankets during the church school hour. You can support the effort by providing two-yard lengths of warm fleece fabric in your favorite solid colors and patterns. It's on sale this weekend at JoAnn Fabrics - keep your eye out for other sales this winter. Remember that two pieces of fleece are needed to make one blanket. Drop off fabric in the church office. Thanks, Derry!

    • Women’s Pilgrimage to the Holy Land: April 2018

      April 10-21, 2018, led by Bishop Charlene Kammerer, United Methodist Church (retired). Derry’s Nancy Reinert is going and knows that a few spaces are available. Trip itinerary includes the Sea of Galilee, Cana, Nazareth, Jericho, Jerusalem and Bethlehem, with the focus on experiencing the Holy Land through the lens of women in scripture. Contact Nancy for more information.

    • Lunch & Learn about Animals: Nov 16

      12 pm Thursday, November 16 at Londonderry Village, Palmyra. Volunteers from the Humane Society of Harrisburg will tell of their great work with a variety of animals, explain their mission, and even bring a few animals to meet the group! Bring a lunch or place your order by November 9  by calling 838-5406, ext. 3052.

    • Baked Potato Bar Supports Boy Scout Troop 200

      11:30 am Sunday, November 19 in Fellowship Hall, have lunch at Boy Scout Troop 200's baked potato bar. The lunch, also available for take-out, includes a baked potato, deluxe toppings bar, salad, assorted desserts and beverage for $7/person. Funds raised will purchase new camping equipment, defray the cost of camping trips, and provide funding for activities for scouts in financial need. Troop 200 is sponsored by Derry Presbyterian Church.

    • Data Entry Help Needed

      Are you detailed oriented, able to decipher handwriting and ready to have some fun? The Membership and Involvement Committee is looking for two volunteers to transfer information from Sunday's Friendship Registry forms into the church membership system. The time commitment is roughly eight hours per month. You don't need to attend committee meetings, and work can be done on your schedule any time the church office is open. Interested? Submit your name to Pastor Marie.

    • Super Successful Family Fall Festival

      The results are in, and the Derry Discovery Days Preschool Fall Family Festival raised over $7,500!!! Big thanks to everyone who planned, helped, donated, and came out to the event. See pictures on facebook.

    • Meal Train for the Taylor Family

      As Lee Ann Taylor and her family deal with challenging medical treatment, a meal train will help to lessen the daily load while showing the family how much they are loved and supported by their church. Read more and sign up at

    • Serve in the Santa Shop: Dec 4-19

      Santa Shop is a traveling party for inner-city impoverished youth held on-site at churches, head starts, and agencies. Sponsored by the Presbyterian Women of Harrisburg’s Paxton Presbyterian Church, this program will be held December 4-19.

      With the addition of music, goofy volunteers, wrapping paper and warm spirits, the day becomes very special as kids "shop" for their family from an array of small donated items. Volunteers are needed to give an hour and a half to three and a half hour commitments during the day, after school or in the evening. Women, men, couples and teens are welcome.

      New sites this year are Big Brothers/Big Sisters in Harrisburg and Vista School in Hershey. The schedule for the shops is posted on the PW bulletin board as you enter the church by Fellowship Hall. To volunteer  contact Doris Feil or sign up at
    • Meals on Wheels Drivers Needed

      Two drivers needed on the third Friday morning of each month from approximately 9:30-10:30 am. Spend an hour of your time delivering a hot meal to homebound seniors in our community and you'll be the one with a big smile on your face for the rest of the day. Can't do every month? We also need substitute drivers to be on call. Contact Cindy Warnock for more info & to volunteer. 

    • Youth Choral Festival: Nov 19 at Messiah College

      4 pm Sunday, November 19 at High Center, Messiah College

      Every fall the Susquehanna Youth, Young Women's and Children's Chorales join members of the Susquehanna Chorale for a dynamic intergenerational concert.Choir performs separately and then share the stage for a moving 200-voice finale. Tickets $15 adults in advance, $20 at the door, $5 students. Order online  or call 717-691-6036.

    • Mental Health First Aid Training: Dec 2

      8 am - 5 pm Saturday, December 2 at Grace United Methodist Church, Hummelstown.  This training has been likened to learning CPR and physical first aid but for mental health.  The training is for adults, and trainees will learn how to help someone experiencing a mental health emergency just as we help those with other physical medical emergencies. The $50 fee includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and materials.  CEU's are available for several professions. Read more and register.

    • Easy Pledge: It’s Easy and Convenient!

      Easy Pledge is a recurring electronic giving plan that is easy to set up, and automating your gifts means they will be received on a steady, uninterrupted basis. Easy Pledge is one way you can help Derry Church plan and prepare for a new year of ministry. To set up a recurring giving schedule, go to Click on the “give” tab, then “online giving” to set up your schedule of giving. The first time you give, you will select a password that will enable you to log in at any time and make changes to your giving or view your complete online giving history. Questions? Contact Sandy Miceli. She can also help you set up an Easy Pledge account.

    • Pastor Stephen Invites You to Tithe Your Treats!

    • Centre Presbyterian Invites You: Annual Turkey Dinner on Nov 4

      11 am - 4 pm Saturday, November 4 at Centre Presbyterian Church on route 850 west of Loysville. Enjoy a delicious homemade meal. $13 adults and all take-out meals, $6 children ages 6-12. Contact: Ruth Ellerman

    • Preschool Silent Auction Ends Nov 4

      The Derry Discovery Days Preschool Silent Auction now under way in the Narthex will conclude at 11:30 am Saturday November 4 during the Discovery Days' Family Fall Festival.  Winners not present will be notified. Cash or check only. Donations of baked goods are appreciated: drop off items marked “DDD” in Fellowship Hall by Friday, November 3. Thanks for your support!

    • New! Greeting Card Ministry Begins Nov 13

      7-8:30 pm on the second Monday of the month beginning November 13. Join master card-maker Claudia Holtzman in the Hammond Library next to the Chapel to make this card: some you can take home, and some you'll leave behind for use by the Deacons. For ages 10 and up. Questions? Contact Claudia Holtzman.

    • Support Presbyterian Women's Thank Offering in November

      The PW Thank Offering, collected in the fall of each year, gives women a tangible way to express their gratitude for the special blessings in their lives. Derry Church’s Presbyterian Women invite your support.

      Fifteen projects have been chosen for 2017: ten projects serve people in the United States and five are international. More than half of the projects are health ministries. One example of an international project is Mara l’il Mara (Woman to Woman) Breast Cancer Project in Palestine. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Palestinian women; it is an urgent health concern. Many women don’t seek treatment or seek it too late. There are many barriers between the woman and her treatment. She will probably have to travel miles to get to a doctor.  At checkpoints there are soldiers who may or may not allow her to pass. There is a shortage of treatment drugs and surgical options are even more difficult. Early treatment means better outcomes. This project will provide culturally sensitive information to raise awareness, screening and treatment. It is hoped that this grant will provide momentum to replicate the effort in more villages across the West Bank.

      The 2017 offering will be received on Sunday, November 26, and envelopes are in the pew racks. Make checks payable to Derry Church notated “Thank Offering.”

    • Fill Out Your Estimate of Giving Card Online

      You can participate in Derry’s 2017 “Rooted, Giving, Growing” stewardship campaign by returning the Estimate of Giving card you received in the mail, or you can complete the card online. Go to the secure page at and your information will be emailed directly to Sandy Miceli, our administrative/financial secretary.

      If you use online giving and the information you enter represents a change from 2017, please be sure to make adjustments on the online giving site.

      Standard paper Estimate of Giving cards are available at the Information Center and in the church office.

    • An American Christmas Concert

      7 pm Saturday, December 9 and 4 pm Sunday, December 10 in the Sanctuary

      Derry Church’s Sanctuary Choir, Celebration Children’s Choir, Chrysalis Youth Choir, and Derry Ringers handbell choir will combine with orchestra to present lively carols from colonial America, as might have been sung at Derry Church in the late 18th century, as well as shape-note folk carols from Southern Appalachia, such as I Wonder as I Wander and Star in the East, with hammered dulcimer accompaniment. Spirituals such as Mary Had a Baby will be featured, as well as great arrangements of modern Christmas classics such as The Little Drummer Boy, and Do You Hear What I Hear.  

      Guest soloists from New York and Philadelphia returning this season include Jennifer Groves, soprano, George Somerville, tenor, Sean Jernigan, tenor and Constantine Tsourakis, baritone. The audience will be invited to join in a sing-a-long of favorite carols.

      Free will offering supports the Arts Alive cultural series.

  • October - 2017
    • Make, Bake or Bring Your Favorite Dessert for “Basically Broadway”

      Following the 4 pm talent show and stewardship celebration on Sunday, November 12 (which will be awesome, by the way: here’s a sneak peek featuring Derry’s own Joseph Chubb), we’ll gather in Fellowship Hall for a dessert buffet. Make, bring or bake your favorite dessert to share, and get ready to sample many other tasty treats from Derry Church kitchens and bakeries.

    • Time Change This Weekend

      Remember to turn your clocks back one hour on Saturday night: daylight savings time ends at 2 am on Sunday.

    • Silk Flower Donations Appreciated

      Do you have silk flowers, leaves or greenery you no longer need? Drop them in the “Silk Flowers” collection basket in the mission closet in the lower level atrium, along with containers and vases you are no longer using. Items will be repurposed for arrangements at church. Thanks, Derry!

    • CROP Walk Report #1

      What a beautiful day we enjoyed to walk and celebrate God’s creation and raise awareness of global hunger! Because of you and your efforts to raise funds, our Derry team collected $3,800 toward our $5,000 goal. One-fourth of that amount will be shared with the Hershey and Hummelstown food banks to help our neighbors in need. To date, all churches and people who participated in the Hershey/Hummelstown CROP WALK raised $12,400. It’s not too late to contribute: place checks to “CROP/CWS” in the offering plate. Thanks to all who contributed and walked.

    • FOUR Seats Left: NYC Bus Trip on Nov 18

      Grab your seat for the annual NYC bus trip that departs Derry Church at 7 am Saturday, November 18 for a day in the city. We have FOUR seats available, so be sure to sign up this Sunday, October 29 in the Narthex. Table will be staffed from 9 am - 9:45 am and for 30 minutes after the 10:30 am service. If you are unable to make your reservation that day, please contact Julie Miller at 717-370-1003.





    • Derry Seniors’ Christmas Luncheon: Dec 3

      12 pm Sunday, December 3 in Fellowship Hall. All 55+ are invited. The menu features hot pineapple casserole, mixed vegetables, congealed salad, rolls, ham balls, cupcakes for dessert and choice of beverages. At 1:15 pm, musical entertainment in the Sanctuary will be presented by a 40-piece wind ensemble from Lower Dauphin High School. Free. Hosted by the Deacons and served by Pilgrim Fellowship children. RSVP to the church office by November 26: 533-9667.

    • Coming Soon: Cookie Walk and Jumbles Shop

      9 am-12 pm Saturday, December 2 in Fellowship Hall. It’s time to start thinking about that special cookie recipe for the Cookie Walk! Shepherd leaders will contact members of their group next month with details. The Jumbles Shop will be held on a limited basis due to space restrictions. Acceptable items include nice Christmas decorations, jewelry, unused small items suitable for gifts, and collectibles. Items will be collected only the week before the Cookie Walk (Nov 27-Dec 1). Proceeds go towards Presbyterian Women's goal for church-wide mission funding. Contact Doris Feil to help with sales or cleanup.

    • Scholarship Given in Memory of Pat Wiley

      Derry member Pat Wiley passed away in May, yet her legacy of supporting education in Pakistan will continue. The women of Derry Church who worked alongside Pat to raise funds for building a school for boys in Sargodha, Pakistan, have chosen to provide a scholarship in Pat’s memory for a student in that distant land. Of the $450 that was given, $365 will cover the cost of a year’s education for a day student. The remaining $85 will be used where most needed to support the work of Friends of PEB. In 2016, 599 full scholarships were received to support 305 boarding students, 267 day students, and 27 higher education students of Presbyterian Education Board schools. For more information, contact

    • October 2017 Session Report
      • Congregational meeting on October 8 electing Ruling Elders and Deacons for the class of 2020 and members of the 2018 Nominating Committee.
      • Received monthly financial statements from the Treasurer, which showed a year-to-date deficit of $10,374 through September 30, and reports from Derry’s staff, Board of Deacons and all committees.  Approved minutes of the September 20, 2017 Session meeting and the October 8, 2017 Called Congregational meeting.
      • Received a report from Jan Nixon of the Heritage Committee.
      • Approved the removal of Nicholas Smith and Lauren Smith from Derry’s active membership role due to their relocation.
      • Approved the celebration of Communion at the 10:00 am worship service on Sunday, December 24, 2017.
      • Approved the following recommendations from the Personnel Committee:
      • Create a Staffing Model Task Force to review and consider future staffing needs, models, and support at Derry Pres.  The Task Force will be comprised of members from church committees, 2 at-large members, Steven Guenther (Treasurer), and Dr. McKinney-Whitaker
      • Create a Sabbatical Policy which grants a compensated sabbatical of 6 weeks after 4 years of service or 3 months after 7 years of full-time service to eligible staff, which includes full-time Installed Pastors; full-time Parish Associate or supply pastors; full time Director of Worship/Music; and full-time Christian Education Director, Family Ministries Director, and/or Children & Youth Director.
      • Update the Employee Handbook to create a Medical/Parental Leave policy for all non-pastoral staff who have completed one year of continuous service.
      • Approved a Charitable Purpose Lease Agreement between Derry and Love INC for the mission house.
      •  Approved revisions for the accountability of the Mission House Sub-committee.
      • Approved moving the start of the November 15, 2017 session meeting from 7:00 pm to 6:30 pm for the examination of new Ruling Elders.
      • Approved the use of the church van by the Monday night JIF women’s group for a trip to the Pearl S. Buck home on Saturday, October 28.
      • Approved a November 5 called congregational meeting to elect one additional Ruling Elder nominee, one additional member of the 2018 Nominating Committee, and to approve the details of the Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program commitment of $600,000 for the upgrading of Derry’s HVAC system.
      • Approved church use requests:
      • Cub Scout Pack 200 on January 26-27, 2018 for their Pinewood Derby and February 10-11, 2018 for the Spaghetti Fundraiser dinner
      • Milton Hershey Visual & Performing Arts for their Senior High concerts (Founder’s Hall Auditorium is being renovated) on December 15.
    • Mission Concert Report

      Over $2,000 raised at Sunday's mission concert featuring The Lancaster Brass Quintet, making our grand total for hurricane relief more than $15,000! Here Derry choirs and handbells join in the grand finale. Funds benefited Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. Thanks to all who sang, played, enjoyed the concert and contributed to help others in desperate need.

    • Sing with the Chapel Choir on Sunday

      Planning on attending 8 am worship this Sunday, October 29? Arrive in time for the 7:15 am rehearsal, then join the Chapel Choir to sing “All Praise to God, Who Reigns Above” for the offertory. Music reading experience is helpful. Questions? Contact Sean McCarthy (717-533-9667).

    • Sign Up for Supper Clubs on Nov 4 and Jan 7

      Sign up before noon on Sunday, October 29 for Supper Clubs & Conversation happening on Saturday, November 4 and Sunday, January 7. You’ll join church friends new and old over supper at a member’s home with a group of seven or eight. Sign up to host (provide the table setting and entree) or to be a participant bringing a side dish or dessert. Questions? Contact Kris Englund-Krieger.

    • Pilgrim Fellowship This Weekend

      6 pm Friday, October 27 Outdoor Movie: “Hotel Transylvania” on the front lawn with popcorn, cider & hot chocolate. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Pilgrims, bring your families, bring a friend and wear a Halloween costume.

      12-2 pm Sunday, October 29, bring your lunch to room 7, then make tiny pies with the apples gleaned last weekend.

      Children in grades 3-5 welcome. RSVP TODAY:

    • Pastor Stephen’s New Bible Study Begins Sunday

      Join Pastor Stephen at 9:15 am in the Chapel on Sunday mornings beginning October 22 for a unique study of the Bible as a Strange Book of Books. The problem with the Bible is that we think we already know what it says. But do we, really? Do we really understand that the Bible has its origins in a collection of stories that were told out loud? Do we realize how the Bible compares to other stories in other cultures? Do we get the deeply political agenda of many Biblical texts? For the next nine weeks, join us as we gather to better understand, read, interpret, and think about the Bible as Holy Scripture.  

    • Up Next for Derry Seniors: Nicaragua

      10 am Tuesday, November 21 in room 7C, join Derry Church’s own Pete Feil as he tells about the experiences of Derry Church’s mission teams who have spent a week each summer for the past 17 years building new cinderblock homes for dozens of families in Nicaragua. The program is free. Bring a friend! Lunch follows: $3/person in Fellowship Hall.

    • “Romantika” Concert on Nov 19

      4 pm Sunday, November 19 in the Sanctuary
      Free will offering

      This Arts Alive concert features one of New York’s premiere violin virtuosi, Yuko Naito-Gotay, performing music of Rheinberger and Franck from the height of the Romantic Period. She will be accompanied on both organ and piano by Sean McCarthy, Derry Church’s Director of Music and her long-time chamber music partner. 

      Yuko Naito-Gotay, a native of Tokyo, has performed with leading orchestras including The New York City Opera, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, The New York Pops, Westchester Philharmonic, The Springfield Symphony and The Harrisburg Symphony. 

      In recent years her performance work has expanded to Broadway shows such as Hamilton, Kinky Boots, Dear Evan Hansen and War Paint, where she serves as the regular violinist.

      A graduate of the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music, Mrs. Naito-Gotay holds advanced degrees from  Yale and the Manhattan School of Music.

    • Preschool Silent Auction Begins Oct 22

      You’re invited to bid on the silent auction items on display in the Narthex near the nursery. The auction closes on Saturday, November 4 during the Derry Discovery Days’ Family Fall Festival. Items include a bowling package, brunch for two at the Hotel Hershey, family photo shoot packages, travel packages to Walt Disney World, Pittsburgh, Washington DC and Philadelphia, rounds of golf at Manada Golf Course and the Hershey Country Club, home cleaning, toys, Strasburg Railroad, fitness packages, gift baskets and much more. Proceeds benefit the preschool.

    • October 2017 Financial Snapshot

      Cash Flow - Operating Fund as of 9/30/17

      Income YTD:  $862,381 $944,111
      Expenses YTD: $872,755 $999,177
      Surplus/(Deficit) YTD:  ($10,374) ($55,066)




      We continue to be concerned that the deficit will grow through the end of 2017. September was a light month in terms of contributions, but committees continue to work to keep expenses down. As a result we continue to do better than the budgeted loss based on the budget. Questions? Contact George Porter. Thank you for your continued support now and throughout the the year.

    • Go to Nicaragua in 2018

      Derry members and friends, make plans now to be part of Derry's 18th trip to Nicaragua from June 9-17, 2018. You will partner with local masons to build houses and later assist in Bible school activities. Minimum age is 13-15 with a parent/guardian, no upper age limit. Cost is $1650, due March 4. Sign up on the Mission and Peace bulletin board in the Narthex. Applications available in January. Questions? Contact Pete Feil 717-566-8250.  

    • Stewardship Story: Elly & Dan Morrison

      For my wife Elly and me, our Presbyterian roots started in McVeytown, a rural town in central PA. We attended Sunday school and church and my one aunt taught church school and led the youth group while my other aunt was church secretary. My dad was a trustee, and our aunts and uncles were deacons and elders. I did my God and Country service award for the Boy Scouts at the McVeytown Presbyterian Church. Elly and I each served a term as president of our youth group. Growing up in a small town, attending a high school that did not have a football team – having only 41 classmates – allowed ample time for church to be a cornerstone in our lives. Krislund Camp was a favorite destination getaway. In our town, everyone knew everyone. We both remember walking to church, proudly carrying our parents’ offering envelope.

      Recently I read Jefferson Bethke's book Jesus>Religion and I came away with my own mixed review.  Bethke said that if we could all just live our lives according to Jesus’ plan, this world would be such a better place. If we could mimic Jesus’s thoughts and behavior 7x24x365 we would not need religion.  Bethke said that sometimes religion can get in our way.  If Bethke’s goal is achievable, would a brick and mortar church even be needed? Bethke makes a good point but when we look at the world today I’m thinking we humans are still falling a bit short. I know God certainly sees Elly and me as “works in progress."

      Elly and I feel the community of believers at Derry is a strength for us. I have had the opportunity to be on session and Elly on the board of deacons. Those are both such positive experiences. The candlelight service when new officers share their faith statements is a powerful, spiritual setting: that service changes you. Participating in the deacons’ blood drive and monitoring blood pressures for the flock... delivering flowers as a couple... the chance to lead a confirmation class lesson is enriching, as much to the teacher as it is the confirmand. Serving a meal at the Grantville racetrack or delivering food and blankets in downtown Harrisburg on a cold winter day gives perspective to the work we do at Derry. And answering Pastor Marie’s request for prayers at our service for wholeness and healing and praying at that Sunday service is especially moving – the power of prayer is so evident and working within us. Life brings us all challenges – present company included – and we need not and should not ever face these alone. Prayer is power and it is active at Derry.

      Derry church provides a great spiritual sanctuary to all of us; it is so needed in our community. Elly and I are happy to participate in the stewardship challenge: we want Derry to be financially strong so that it can continue writing its legacy for years to come. Until Bethke’s vision materializes, we still need some “Presbyterian” religion to help guide our lives.

    • Presbytery-wide Worship Celebrates the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation: Oct 29

      4 pm Sunday, October 29 at Market Square Presbyterian Church, Harrisburg. Celebrate the Lord’s Supper and hear a 100-voice choir sing two great works, including a commissioned anthem by composer Robert Lau. A gala reception follows.

    • Meet Carlisle Presbytery's New Mission Co-Worker for Honduras: Nov 4

      Stop by any time between 12-3 pm on Saturday, November 4 at the Palmyra home of Greg and Lois Harris. Meet and greet mission co-worker Dori Kay Hjaimason, learn about this new mission venture, and have something to eat at this informal gathering of Presbyterians. RSVP to Lois Harris.

    • Congregational Meeting on Nov 5

      A congregational meeting has been set following the 10:30 am service on Sunday, November 5 to elect Shel Parker as elder, class of 2020, and Sara Woodbury to serve on the 2018 nominating committee, and to act on the HVAC loan. 

    • Attention Derry Artists and Craftsmen

      You are invited to donate one of your creations to the 16th annual Silent Auction, to be held November 26-December 3 in the Narthex. Your donation should be given to Pete Feil by November 19 along with the minimum acceptable bid for that item. Proceeds benefit Mission Week 2018.

    • Sunday Instructions for CROP Walkers

      Walkers, please fill out and sign the release form on a donation envelope even if you have not collected any contributions. Walkers under 18 need a parent’s signature. Return the envelope and all donations (checks payable to CROP/CWS) to the Information Center in the Narthex by 9:15 am on Sunday, October 22. Donation envelopes are available at the Information Center. Or register and donate online. A group photo will be taken at 1 pm near the start of the walk. Look for the big group of Derry Church friends and families!

    • Schedule Changes This Weekend

      Worship is on a different schedule due to the Hershey Half Marathon. Services with communion will be held at 5 pm Saturday, October 14 and and 11 am Sunday, October 15 in the Sanctuary. Church school classes will return on Sunday, October 22.

    • Tithe Your Treats

      This year, consider "tithing" your Halloween candy: for every 10 pieces of candy, give one away. Derry will have candy collection stations upstairs near the Information Center and downstairs in the library. All candy collected will be taken to Downtown Daily Bread to be given away during the upcoming holiday season.

    • DivorceCare "Surviving the Holidays" Workshop: Nov 20

      6:30-8:30 pm Monday, November 20 in room 2.

      Featuring video instruction and group discussion, this seminar offers support, encouragement and advice to deal with the intense pain of separation and divorce during the holiday season. Coffee and dessert will be served. Child care provided on request up to age 10. A workbook is includede. RSVP requested : 717-533-9667.  

    • Fall Cleanup Day: Nov 11

      8 am - 12 pm Saturday, November 11, concluding with lunch and fellowship. Bring your gloves, rakes, clippers and wheelbarrows as we prepare the Derry Church grounds for winter.  Some pickup trucks are needed to take cuttings, acorns and leaves to the recycling center before 3 pm. Come join the fun and help keep our church property looking neat and cared for!

    • October 2017 Baptisms

      Derry Church welcomed six children into the church family on Sunday, October 8 through the sacrament of baptism. L-R:

      Mason Sims and Ophelia Knight, son and daughter of Frances & Jeremy Mohler

      Kazmir Ellison, son of Elizabeth & Luke Gawron

      Beatrix Georgia, daughter of Amy Backenstose

      Beatrice Mae and Fiona Hazel, daughters of Brian & Elia Bentley

      Congratulations and best wishes!

    • Are You Running in the Hershey Half?

      Please let us know so we can keep you (and all the runners) in our prayers on Sunday morning.

    • Go to “Christmas in the Castle”: Dec 15

      Derry’s new “Faith on Wheels” group invites you to visit the Glencairn Museum in Bryn Athyn on Friday, December 15 for the “Christmas in the Castle” tour. Depart Derry Church at 9 am, return in the evening. The 45-minute afternoon tour reveals how Christmas was celebrated when it was the private home of the Raymond and Mildred Pitcairn family. Before or after the tour, explore the museum’s World Nativities and Do You See WHat I See? Imagery in Nativity Scenes exhibits. $12 adults/$10 seniors & students, plus money for your lunch and transportation. RSVP to Debbie Hough by November 6. Looking ahead, we’re planning a trip to the National Geographic Museum in Washington, DC to see the Tomb of Christ exhibit on April 14, 2018.

    • Attention Parents of College Students

      It’s almost time for college students to get some fun mail from their church family, but before we send it, we need your student’s mailing address for 2017-18. Please fill out this form so the mailing will reach your student.

    • College Care Package Update

      In previous years we’ve requested candy to fill college care packages, but this year to save on postage and dental bills, students will receive a $5 Starbucks gift card and a card made by a child in our children’s ministry program. If you’d like to support this effort, contact Jackie Lerch.

    • Lend A Hand Goes to Florida on Nov 4 for Hurricane Recovery:

      Lend A Hand will head to Jacksonville, Florida on Saturday, Nov. 4, with an overnight stop in North Carolina about half-way. Housing will be in a dormitory with bunk beds.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided – dinner is still being worked out.  Head home on Saturday, Nov. 11, stopping once again in NC, with arrival in Camp Hill by mid-afternoon Sunday. Cost is $250 and trip is limited to first 20 people who sign up. Additional trips to the area will begin in January.

    • Derry Worship on the Go

      This week Pastors Stephen and Marie and the Care ’N Share deacons traveled to Masonic Village in Elizabethtown, gathering in the assembly room for worship & communion with Derry members and friends. Next month we're planning to go to Londonderry Village: date will be posted soon. We'll gather for worship and communion at the DiMatteo Worship Center at the Community Center. Derry members and friends are invited to come as the pastors lead in worship. Contact the church if you would like to receive home communion.

    • Bel Canto Lyric Opera Company and the Valley Forge Chorale: Oct 15

      5:30 pm Sunday, October 15 at Faith Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Harrisburg, where Rev. Allison Spooner serves as pastor. The 10th Donald and Dorothy Stabler Memorial Concert features the Bel Canto Lyric Opera Company of Philadelphia under the baton of Salvatore Scarpa. Thd concert will feature music from West Side Story including favorites such as Tonight and One Hand, One Heart, the rousing finale from Candide, famous operatic solos and ensembles, and well-known choruses from some of the great Italian operas by Verdi, Puccini, and Mascagni. In addition to fantastic soloists, the concert features the Bel Canto Chorus and full orchestra. Tickets are $25 and will be available at the door. Doors open 4:45 pm.

    • Saturday Morning Mission Breakfast Opportunity: Oct 28

      Join Karen Leader and a group of Derry Church volunteers as they serve the people of the Allison Hill community. Depart Derry Church at 7:45 am on Saturday, October 28, return by 11 am. Go to the Unitarian Church on Market Street, Harrisburg to participate in "Gather the Spirit," a monthly breakfast program. Meet Sarah Ballard, one of the organizers and a member of Derry, who will tell about the program. Bring a breakfast item to share (cereal bars, muffins, fruit). RSVP to Karen Leader: 717-608-3337.

    • CANCELLED: Terrific Tuesday on Oct 17

      The annual Hershey Halloween parade is Tuesday, October 17, so Terrific Tuesday dinner and all choir rehearsals are cancelled. Evening worship will be held as usual at 6:45 pm in the Chapel. Terrific Tuesday will be back on October 24.

    • Basically Broadway on Nov 12

      4-5:30 pm Sunday, November 12 in the Sanctuary. Come back to church on the evening of stewardship Sunday, when we’ll share a report of gifts and enjoy a program featuring the many talents of this congregation. “Basically Broadway” features members and friends of Derry singing new and classic Broadway favorites. God’s Hidden Hands puppet team will also participate. A dessert potluck follows. It will be a fun night of laughter, music, and fellowship as we celebrate our church’s talents and the pledged gifts that enable us to fulfill our God-given mission. Fun for all ages! Nursery care available with RSVP.

    • Worship Next Weekend: What to Expect

      Here’s what's happening at Derry Church on the weekend of the Hershey Half Marathon:

      Saturday Evening, October 14

      Worship with communion in the Sanctuary

      Dress casual

      Music includes a couple of fiddles, guitars and dulicmer and Derry’s version of Derek Webb’s song, Take to the World. Read more about it the October 2 edition of the Pastor’s Blog 

      Sunday Morning, October 15

      11 am traditional worship with communion in the Sanctuary

      No church school classes.

      Youth Fellowship will be held in the Youth Room following the service.

    • Philadelphia Brass in Concert: Oct 27

      7:30 pm Friday, October 27 at Pine Street Presbyterian Church, Harrisburg. One of the world’s leading brass quintets presents a diverse program of music ranging from J.S. Bach to Duke Ellington.

    • Scholarships Available for PCUSA Students Attending Presbyterian-Affiliated Colleges

      The National Presbyterian College Scholarship program will offer $2,500/year beginning in the 2018-19 academic year to assist Presbyterian students attending Presbyterian-related schools. Twenty-five to 30 students will be selected for award. Those students will have an opportunity to renew the scholarship provided that they maintain a 2.5 GPA, participate in campus ministry or regularly attend church during college, and participate in discernment of vocation through a series of essay questions that ask the student to consider who God is calling them to be.

    • Did You Have Problems Accessing Last Week's eNews?

      We were as surprised as you were to find a privacy notice when we clicked through last week to read content in our "This Week at Derry Church" email. The problem has been corrected, and we apologize for the inconvenience. Another way to access all content (except for care concerns) is by going directly to Click on "News" to access news items and the main article... click on "Events" then "Upcoming Events" to find out what's happening. Or try reading the link to the print version that's available at bottom right in the weekly email. Print copies are also available at church. Thanks to all who reached out to let us know about the problem.

    • What's Next this Fall for Pilgrim Fellowship?
      • October 13-15, children in grades 3-5 and their families are invited to the Krislund Getaway Weekend. Download a brochure for more details: RSVP to Debbie Hough by October 6.
      • Mission Day, October 22. Bring your lunch to room 7AB at 12 pm, then choose from:

      32nd Annual Hershey/Hummelstown CROP Walk, begins 1 pm on the grounds of the Milton Hershey School

      Apple gleaning at a local orchard, departs after lunch

      Lancaster Brass Quintet Mission Benefit Concert at 4 pm

      • 6 pm Friday, October 27 at the church, outdoor movie night. Bring your family and friends, lawn chairs and blankets for an evening of great entertainment, fellowship and snacks!
      • 12 pm Sunday, October 29: Fall baking with apples and Mrs. Haas! Bring your lunch.
    • Don’t Miss Officer Elections on Sunday

      Derry members, your vote is needed following the 10:30 am service this Sunday, October 8 for the purpose of electing seven elders and five deacons for the class of 2020 and two church members to serve on the 2018 nominating committee. Accepting the nomination to serve as elders are Skip Becker, Kristine Elliott, Larry Espenshade, Bob Ganse, Dennis Hosler, Jill Provins and Susan Stagg. Patty Gingrich, Mike Reed, Eleanor Schneider, Mark Verner and Pam van Wyk have been nominated as deacons. Blondie Ferguson, Dan Speck and Ron Vance have been asked to serve on the nominating committee.

    • Sign Up for the Oct 22 CROP Walk!

      The 2017 Hershey/Hummelstown CROP Hunger Walk will be held 1 pm Sunday, October 22 on the grounds of the Milton Hershey School.

      Registration begins at 12:30 pm at the Henry Hershey Field and the walk takes place rain or shine. Sign up online or at church for the 1-mile/5K walk and ask sponsors to pledge an amount of money per mile walked. Non-walkers can support the effort by contributing funds online and sponsoring those who walk. Make checks payable to CROP WALK… return funds to registration tables on the day of the walk. Derry’s goal for 2017 is $5,000... 25% of funds raised will be split between the Hershey and Hummelstown food banks. The remainder will help to support the overall ministry of Church World Service, especially grassroots, hunger-fighting development efforts around the world. T-shirts have been ordered and will be available soon for $5 each in the Narthex.

  • September - 2017
    • Donation Drive for the Habitat for Humanity ReStore: Oct 28

      The Mission and Peace Committee is holding its annual Habitat for Humanity ReStore Donation Drive on Saturday, October 28. You're invited to bring the following items to the church parking lot between 9 am and noon: appliances, bathtubs, cabinets, doors, flooring, furniture, home décor, household electronics, latex paint, lighting, lumber/building materials, plumbing fittings, shower enclosures, sinks (no faucets), toilets, tools, hardware, and windows. Items should be in working order and in good condition. For more information, call Jane Robertson. Contact Craig Smith if you need assistance transporting items. All contributions are tax-deductible.

    • Surviving the Holidays Griefshare Workshop: Nov 4

      1-3 pm Saturday, November 4 in room 9 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 Rev. Marie Buffaloe (717-533-9667).

      The next GriefShare support group will be held 2-4 pm Tuesdays in Room 9 from January 2 - March 20, 2018 .

    • Peace & Global Witness Offering Received Oct 1

      A gift to the Peace & Global Witness Offering helps the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) promote the Peace of Christ in our world. Each congregation retains up to 25% of what is received for their own peacemaking efforts, and Derry Church has designated Living Waters for the World as this year’s recipient. Mid councils retain 25% for ministries for peace and reconciliation. The remaining 50% goes to Presbyterian Mission Agency to advocate for peace and justice worldwide. Read more. Envelopes for this offering are available in pews.

    • 10th Anniversary Celebration and Pie Auction

      For 10 years Love INC of Greater Hershey and its partner churches in Hummelstown and Hershey have been transforming the lives of neighbors in need. From 6:30 – 9:30 pm on Friday, November 3 at the Hershey Country Club Picard Grand Pavilion, you are invited to celebrate and support this growing ministry with music, hundreds of sweet and savory pies, and some special events to commemorate the milestone celebration.

      Buy tickets and sign up to bake pies at or by contacting Jill Podczaski. Tickets are $25/person through 10/29, and $30 from 10/30 - 11/3. Come with friends for an evening of food, music, pie tasting, entertaining live and silent auctions, and more while supporting Love INC’s mission to mobilize the church to transform lives and the community in the name of Christ.

    • Hear Our Prayers

      On Sunday, October 1 we will receive individual prayers for wholeness and healing at prayer stations around the chapel and sanctuary. While the congregation sings hymns, you may come forward sharing your names and your prayer request to the elders. Or remain in your pew for prayer and meditation.

    • Thank You from Pastor Stephen

    • It’s Time to Return Boxtops 4 Education

      Drop off Boxtops 4 Education (with expiration dates after 11/1/17) by Sunday, October 22 to the PW basket in the downstairs mission closet.  There are no plans to send another mailing before May 2018 unless a large quantity of boxtops expiring 3/30/18 is received. Boxtops support an inner-city elementary school in New Orleans.

    • Fall Gathering of PW in the Carlisle Presbytery: Oct 21

      Saturday, October 21 at Pine Street Presbyterian Church, Harrisburg for all women.  Registration begins at 9 am.  Lynda Fisher will lead the morning program, "S.O.A.R. into the Future."  The afternoon program is "Opioid Crisis in PA”: learn more about what’s being done to address the crisis and what we can do.  A light lunch will be provided with a donation. To carpool, contact Doris Feil.

    • Korean Food Festival and Yard Sale: Oct 7

      8 am - 3 pm Saturday, October 7 at the Harrisburg Korean Presbyterian Church, Camp Hill. 12-2 pm, Korean dance performance. Korean traditional games every hour between 10 am - 1 pm.

    • Catch Up on Sermons & Issues Classes

      Did you know that audio files of Issues Class lectures and sermons are available to download and listen to at your convenience? You can also watch and share past sermons available on this YouTube playlist.

    • Issues Class Tackles Terrorism on Sunday

      At 9:15 am Sunday, October 1, Derry Church welcomes to the Issues Class podium Dr. Stephen Biddle, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at The George Washington University and a member of Second Presbyterian Church, Carlisle. His areas of expertise include strategic studies, international security, U.S. defense policy and planning, the conduct of war, methods for policy analysis, and multi-method research design.

      His research seeks to bridge the divide between policy and scholarship, using the methods of modern social science to explain underlying causal relationships on which defense policy positions rest. His book Military Power: Explaining Victory and Defeat in Modern Battle (Princeton University Press, 2004) won four prizes, including the Harvard University Huntington Prize and the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Award Silver Medal.

      Dr. Biddle returns on October 22 to discuss Afghanistan.

    • Derry Day at ZooAmerica: Oct 7

      10 am Saturday, October 7, weather permitting. Meet Pastor Stephen and his daughter inside the ZooAmerica gift shop, then enjoy a morning walk through the North American wildlife park with Derry friends and families. RSVP to Pastor Stephen. Everyone welcome! 

    • Women’s Bible Study Reads "The Good Earth"

      You're invited to join the Monday night women's Bible study group this fall to read and discuss Pearl S. Buck's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "The Good Earth." On October 2, the group will watch an introductory video on the life of Pearl S. Buck, then begin discussion of the first nine chapters on October 16. A trip to the Pearl S. Buck homestead in Bucks County is planned for Saturday, October 28. Contact Debbie Hough for the complete schedule.

    • Your Generosity Continues!

    • September 2017 Session Highlights
      • Congregational meeting in which the borrowing of $600,000 from the Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program to be used for the upgrading of Derry’s HVAC system was approved by common consent with several “no” votes recorded.
      • Received monthly financial statements from the Treasurer, which showed a year-to-date deficit of $12,600 through August 31, and reports from Derry’s staff, Board of Deacons and all committees.  Approved minutes of the August 16, 2017 Session meeting and the September 10, 2017 Called Congregational meeting.
      • Approved parental Baptismal Instruction and Baptism for Beatrix Backenstose, Kazmir Gawron, Beatrice Bentley and Fiona Bentley for October 8, 2017 during the 10:30 worship service. Ophelia Mohler and Mason Mohler previously approved in May will also be baptized on that date.
      • Approved a request from Stewardship & Finance to place the quarterly distributions from the Anderson Trust into a restricted account that will be used to repay the loan taken from the Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program for the HVAC update. This motion will be effective through the third quarter distribution of 2020.
      • Received an update on this year’s Stewardship Schedule. The theme of this year’s program is “Rooted. Giving. Growing.” The program begins September 23 with a Leadership Breakfast and Retreat and culminates on November 12 when all gifts are dedicated.
      • Approved the use of the church van for upcoming youth activities.
      • Approved the following fundraising requests from Mission & Peace Committee:  Giving Tree mission project; Silent Auction to benefit Nicaragua Mission Week; Christmas Joy offering; Congregational Christmas Card to support feeding programs.
      • Approved Pamela Van Wyk as a member of the Long Range Planning committee.
      • Approved a church use request from Laura Dogger, member of Highland Presbyterian Church, Lancaster, for her wedding to Jeffrey Dill on October 13, 2018.
      • Approved a project to enhance the use of the Lounge to include a family area where families with small children can enjoy the Sunday morning worship service in an area which is larger and more comfortable for young children. The project includes the donation of several new pieces of child-friendly furniture and gliders/rocking chairs for parents and infants.   
    • Introducing our New Online Giving Portal

      We’ve recently changed programs for managing Derry Church’s member database, which resulted in a move to a new online giving provider. Derry members and friends who use online giving to support the church’s mission and ministry should be aware that the current portal will no longer process online payments after October 31, 2017. Our new online giving provider is now operational. All are welcome to create an account to make regular gifts to the church and to support special offerings. The link is also available on the church website under the “Give/Online Giving” tab. Look for more details in a mailing coming soon.

    • New! Ark in the Grove 2017 Ornaments

      The design for these four-inch diameter wooden ornaments is based on the large iron medallion made by Derry member Mark Smith that hung on the gate to Derry’s Ark in the Grove playground for many years. Ark ornaments are $15 each and will be on sale in the Narthex beginning October 1. Proceeds benefit the boys’ school in Sargodha, Pakistan. Supplies are limited: don’t wait to get your remembrance of the play area that stood along Mansion Road from 2001-2017.

    • Tuesday Evening Bible Study Skips a Week

      Pastor Stephen’s Tuesday evening Bible study will not be held on September 26 because of the stated Presbytery meeting held that evening in Chambersburg. The Genesis study will resume on October 3.

    • Lancaster Brass Quintet Benefit Concert: Oct 22

      4 pm Sunday, October 22 in the Sanctuary with the Sanctuary Choir, Derry Ringers, and Chrysalis Choir. The fabulous Lancaster Brass Quintet -- including Derry Church's own Tracy Burke on trombone -- presents a mission benefit concert. The program featuring a variety of exciting jazz, show tunes, sacred music, marches, and original works for brass. The concert will also include music for organ and brass, with organist Sean McCarthy helping to raise the rafters. The concert will conclude with a blockbuster arrangement of the great hymn, Come, Christians, Join to Sing featuring the Quintet in combination with Derry Church’s Sanctuary Choir, Chrysalis Youth Choir, Derry Ringers and organ. Free will offering. An Arts Alive event.

    • September 2017 Financial Snapshot

      Cash Flow - Operating Fund as of 8/31/17

      Income YTD $ 769,717 $ 839,210
      Expenses YTD $ 782,409 $ 888,158
      Deficit YTD ($12,692) ($ 48,948)

      Our expectation is that the deficit will continue to grow through the end of 2017 as the Mission and Peace Committee has spent less than was expected so far this year and Pastor Stephen only started in July, therefore there was no head pastor expense for the first half of the year. Questions? Contact George Porter. Thank you for  your continued support now and throughout the the year.

    • Thank You, Derry Church!

    • Family Promise Meals Needed!

      Family Promise of Harrisburg Capital Region will be returning to the Hershey Adventist Church on Chocolate Avenue during the week of October 15. Volunteers are needed to transport the families and provide evening meals. To take a meal, sign up at  (last name: Promise, password: Derry).  To volunteer to drive the van, call Jane Robertson (717-439-0830). Thanks, Derry!

    • Sneaker Drive Success

      Love INC of Greater Hershey’s 4th Annual “Lace Up with Love INC” Sneaker Drive provided sneakers to 375 students in Lower Dauphin and Derry Township School Districts. THANK YOU to the hundreds of volunteers and sneaker donors who made new shoes  possible for so many families in our community.

    • Wear Orange on Monday, September 25

      The trafficking of human beings, often called modern-day slavery, is a multi-dimensional threat that deprives people of their human rights. The majority of those in slavery are women and girls. ECPAT-US is the leading anti-trafficking policy organization in the United States. Wear orange or an orange ribbon on Orange Day, September 25, to show support for this and other organizations working to end the exploitation of women and girls.


    • Sign Up on Sunday for the Bus Trip to NYC

      Look for the sign-up table in the Narthex on Sunday mornings beginning September 24. When you register, you’ll be asked for the names of all those in your party as well as at least one cell phone number for urgent communication while in the city. Payment of $55 per person is required at the time of registration. Then get ready to spend November 18 in New York City!

      The bus will depart Derry Church promptly at 7 am, so plan to arrive no later than 6:45 am. On arrival, enjoy the city to your heart’s content: see a Broadway show, go shopping, tour the city or eat your way through the Big Apple. Then arrive back to the bus for its 7 pm departure from the city. The trip is a fantastic way to start the holiday season and we hope  you’ll join the fun! Trip sponsored by the Sanctuary Choir.

    • Support Our Preschool with Giant A+ School Rewards

      Once again Derry Discovery Days is participating in the rewards program at Giant food stores. If you registered your card last year, you DO NOT need to re-register this year. If you’re new to the program, log on to using your Giant BONUSCARD and designate our school using #22771, or call the A+ Hotline at 877-275-2758 for assistance. You can visit the website to verify your school designations.  Each time you shop at Giant between October 7, 2016 and March 16, 2017, the school(s) you designate will earn cash back on all of your eligible purchases.  When the program ends next spring, Derry Discovery Days will receive a check from Giant. Last year the preschool earned $1,286. Thanks, Derry!

    • Discovery Days' Family Fall Festival: Nov 4

      10 am - 12 pm Saturday, November 4. Games, crafts, bake sale, entertainment and a silent auction... all proceeds will support Derry Discovery Days preschool. $5 suggested donation for ages 2-12. All ages welcome and the event is open to the entire community.

    • What’s for Dinner? Terrific Tuesday!

      Terrific Tuesday dinners begin on September 19 from 5-6:15 pm in Fellowship Hall with stuffed shells, salad, beverage and dessert. All are welcome. Cost is $3 per person for salad, entree, beverage and dessert, and free for children in kindergarten and younger. Menus will be posted on the church’s facebook page on Tuesday mornings when available.

    • Derry Seniors on October 17

      10 am Tuesday, October 17 in room 7. William J. Curry, MD, MS, Professor, Departments of Family & Community Medicine and Public Health Sciences and Vice-Chair, Population Health at Penn State College of Medicine, will address why wellness visits are important. Free. Lunch follows ($3/person) in Fellowship Hall.

    • Fenicci’s Fundraiser on Oct 9 Benefits Our Preschool

      11 am - midnight Monday, October 9 at Fenicci's Restaurant, 102 Chocolate Avenue, Hershey. When you have a meal at Fenicci's Restaurant on October 9, 10% of the cost of your food order (eat in or take out) will be donated to Derry Discovery Days Preschool. No forms needed. Extensive menu from pizza and salads to burgers and seafood. And now you can order online and grab ‘n go with curbside pickup! Come and support Discovery Days and enjoy a delicious meal with friends and family.

    • Coin Return on Sunday

      Your Change 4 Children coins collected on September 17 at the end of each service go to the Alliance for Children Everywhere in Zambia. One of their projects is the Family Preservation Program where Silas's family has seen a drastic improvement in the health of their fifth child. Silas was losing weight after birth and developed a breathing problem at nine months. Fourteen months later the active toddler can walk, explore and play. His mother is grateful for help and is learning how to save money in order to start her own small business.

      Do you have foreign coins that you no longer need? Bag those separately and they’ll be donated to UNICEF’s Change For Good by Derry member and American Airlines pilot Brian Montgomery. 

      Please return your coins in Ziploc bags to the designated baskets. When you return coins, please make sure that your bag is free of paper clips, guitar picks, stray bits of metal, buttons,and anything that isn’t legal tender: these items clog the coin sorting machine. The next collection will be in December, so keep on gathering those coins.

    • Fix-it Volunteers Needed

      Do you like to fix things?  Are you handy at plumbing, electrical, or carpentry? Are you interested in helping out around the church with minor projects? The Building & Grounds Committee is looking for volunteers. Contact the church office (717-533-9667)to let us know your skills and availability. Thanks, Derry!

    • Third Annual Krislund Fall Festival: Oct 7

      10 am - 2 pm Saturday, October 7 at Krislund Camp, Madisonburg. There will be lots of activities for the whole family, including pumpkin decorating, cookie decorating, hay bale playground, carnival games and good food! Experience the Adventure Park: all attendees receive a ticket for one free ride on the exciting Zip Line or Giant Swing! Please note, this event happens a week before Derry Church’s Krislund getaway weekend.  

    • Pilgrim Fellowship Mission Project & Bowling: Sept 24

      On Sunday, September 24, grades 3-5 will meet in Fellowship Hall following the 10:30 service to assemble hygiene packs to send to the hurricane victims in Texas. Then we’ll head to Palmyra Bowling where we will have pizza for a late lunch and go bowling. Please remember to wear/bring socks! Cost is $10 per person (includes pizza, drink, shoes and bowling). Pick up at the church at 3:15 pm or earlier at the bowling alley.  Drivers and chaperones needed (clearances through the church required). RSVP to by Wednesday, September 20.  

    • Installation of Pastor Stephen

      Derry Church's new pastor, Rev. Dr. Stephen McKinney-Whitaker, was installed in a service by the Presbytery of Carlisle on Tuesday evening, September 12. Check out photos on Facebook and watch the service on YouTube.

    • Hospice Volunteers Needed!

      Homeland Hospice provides care to those at end of life and their families. They seek volunteers to support patients in Hershey, Hummelstown and across Dauphin and Lebanon County. Volunteers provide companionship and a calming presence to patients at end of life as well as respite for weary caregivers. You might read the newspaper or a devotional for someone who can no longer see to read, stop in for a friendly visit and make lunch for someone, take someone who lives in a nursing facility out to sit in the sunshine and enjoy the flowers, listen to a Veteran reminisce about his war experience, or pick up groceries for someone who is unable to get out. Many needs exist today in our community. Contact Leanne Porterfield, Coordinator of Volunteers (717-409-8882).

    • Christian Churches United's 40th Anniversary Banquet with Shane Claiborne: Nov 14

      Tuesday, November 14 at The Best Western Premier Hotel, 800 East Park Drive, Harrisburg. 5:30 pm hors d’oeuvres, 6:15 pm dinner and program. Join with area individuals, churches, businesses and partner organizations to celebrate 40 years of ministry to those facing poverty, homelessness and incarceration. Guest speaker Shane Claiborne has served alongside Mother Teresa in Calcutta and ministered to victims in the midst of the Iraq War. Closer to home, he helped to establish The Simple Way, a faith community in inner city Philadelphia that seeks to follow Jesus and rediscover the spirit of the early Church. He has authored numerous books, including "The Irresistible Revolution," and co-authored "Red Letter Revolution: What If Jesus Really Meant What He Said?" with Tony Campolo. Through tears and laughter, Shane will encourage us all as we seek to be faithful to Jesus’ call to love our neighbors. Tickets: $40 • Table of 8: $320.

    • Join the Chapel Choir Once a Month

      Enjoy singing, but just don’t have the time for a weekly commitment? The Chapel Choir is looking for a few singers to join them just once a month. A Chapel Choir offertory is being planned for the 8 am service on the last Sunday of each month. Rehearse prior to the service at 7:15 am. Music-reading experience is helpful. Contact Sean McCarthy (717-533-9667). 

    • Partner with Derry Church!

      Will you partner with us to support hurricane recovery efforts? Make checks payable to Derry Church notated "Hurricane Relief," then join us at 11:30 am Sunday, September 24 to assemble hygiene kits. Thanks, Derry!

    • “Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World”: Sept 12

      8 pm Tuesday, September 12 on WITF-TV (PBS). Get ready for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation next month by viewing this two-hour documentary narrated by Hugh Bonneville. The film portrays an obscure monk who challenged kings and popes, sparking seismic cultural changes. The movement called the Reformation would fuel the drive toward individualism, religious freedom, improved education, and women's rights. Interspersed among the dramatic recreations (shot in Europe) is commentary from theologians and scholars from a variety of Christian traditions. Watch the trailer.

    • Space for Reflection on 9/11

      On the 16th anniversary of 9/11, the Chapel will be open 9:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday, September 11 as a quiet space for prayer and reflection. Please enter the building at the Mansion Road/office entrance.

    • CROP Walk: Oct 22

      1 pm Sunday, October 22 on the Milton Hershey School grounds. Help end hunger one step at a time by joining Derry’s Pilgrim Fellowship and dozens of church members and friends for the 32nd annual Hershey/Hummelstown CROP Hunger Walk. Registration begins at 12:30 pm at the Henry Hershey Field and the walk takes place rainor shine. Sign up online or at church for the 1-mile/5Kwalk and ask sponsors to pledge an amount of money per mile walked.

      Non-walkers can support the effort by contributing funds online and sponsoring those who walk. Make checks payable to CROP WALK… return funds to registration tables on the day of the walk. Derry’s goal for 2017 is $5,000... 25% of funds raised will be split between the Hershey and Hummelstown food banks. The remainder will help to support the overall ministry of Church World Service, especially grassroots, hunger-fighting development efforts around the world.

    • We're Filming on Sunday, Sept 10

      A heads up that Derry members will be filming at both worship services and throughout the morning to capture footage for an upcoming stewardship video. We're interested in capturing what's happening in worship and around the church. Thanks in advance for your patience and cooperation -- we'll do our best to be as unobtrusive as possible.

    • Tuesday Evening Bible Study with Pastor Stephen

      6-6:30 pm Tuesdays in the John Elder Classroom beginning September 19. Join the pastor for an in-depth study of the first book in the Old Testament and learn how to read Genesis with ancient eyes. When we read Genesis as an ancient story, written at a particular time to a particular people, it opens up possibilities and worlds we don’t encounter in our limited existence. When we stop using Genesis as an argument, a textbook, or a code of conduct, and begin to see it as an ancient story — with memorable characters, twists and turns, ups and downs, accomplishments and mistakes — we find it fresh, deep, and more true and relevant than we might expect. All are welcome to learn about the nature of God, scripture, and humanity through the Book of Genesis.

    • Returning this Fall: Supper Clubs and Conversation!

      This popular adult fellowship opportunity gets under way in October, and you’re invited! Join church friends new and old over supper in one another’s homes with a group of seven or eight. We are looking for host homes (provide the table setting and entree) and participants who will bring side dishes and dessert. Supper Clubs will be held on Sunday, October 8, Saturday, November 4 and Sunday, January 7, 2018.  Sign up for one, two or all three! Sign up Sundays in the Narthex, or call the church office (717-533-9667).  Questions? Contact Kris Englund-Krieger (566-1902) or any member of the Christian Education committee. We hope you will join us!

    • Fall 2017 Music & Arts Schedule Update

      Music & Arts at Derry Church kicks off a new program year of music-making in praise of God on Tuesday evening, September 19. Rehearsals begin a week later than usual this fall to allow everyone to attend the Service of Installation for Rev. Dr. Stephen McKinney-Whitaker at 6:30 pm Tuesday, September 12. Music will be offered by members of our Chrysalis Youth Choir and Sanctuary Choir, with a 5:45 pm call for both. 

      The Derry Ringers will hold their first rehearsal immediately following the Service of Installation, at 7:35 pm. The Sanctuary Choir will hold their first rehearsal at 7 pm Thursday, September 7. 

      Download the Fall 2017 worship & concert schedule for all choirs.

      Register now so that we can have folders and music for all our choirs ready to go on September 19, and make handbell and handchime assignments. Questions? Contact Sean McCarthy (717-533-9667).

    • Hurricane Harvey: How You Can Help

      Following 10:30 am worship on Sunday, September 24, join us to assemble hygiene kits for the Houston relief effort. Mission & Peace Committee members will be collecting donations of money and/or supplies on Sundays, September 10 and 17 during and after both services. Your donation (cash or checks payable to Derry Church, notated “Hurricane Relief”) will enable the committee to purchase supplies to assemble the kits. The approximate cost for each kit is $15. Our goal is to make 50 kits. Any additional funds will be sent to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.

      Items needed to assemble one hygiene kit:

      1 hand towel (approximately 16” x 28”, no fingertip or bath towels)
      1 washcloth
      1 wide-tooth comb
      1 nail clipper
      1 bar of soap (bath size, in wrapper)
      1 toothbrush (in original packaging)
      6 Band-Aids® or other bandage strips

      Please do not add toothpaste. Toothpaste with an extended expiration date will be added prior to shipment.

    • Happy Birthday, Mr. Hershey!

      6:30-7:30 pm Wednesday, September 13 at ChocolateTown Square. Join the Hershey community to remember Milton Hershey on what would have been his 160th birthday. Bring your lawn chairs or blanket and enjoy a performance of music from Mr. Hershey’s era. The concert concludes with a sweet treat for all attendees. In case of inclement weather, the celebration will be held in the Grand Lobby of The Hershey Story.

    • 2017 Krislund Getaway Weekend

      6 pm Friday, October 13 through lunch on Sunday, October 15 at Krislund Camp in Madisonburg. Experience a fall weekend at the camp loved by generations of Derry’s children and youth. All ages welcome; those under 18 years must have a responsible adult present. Skip town on the Hershey Half Marathon weekend to go hiking and fishing, experience informal worship, enjoy free time for reading, games & puzzles. Stay in your own private cabin (sleeps 1-4). Pay for meals a la carte. RSVP to Debbie Hough by October 6.

    • Saturday Evening Worship Returns

      5 pm Saturday, October 14 in the Sanctuary with communion, on the eve of the annual Hershey Half Marathon. One Sunday morning service will be held at 11 am on Sunday, October 15, and there will be no church school classes that day.

  • August - 2017
    • Church Office Closed Sept 4

      The church office will be closed on Monday, September 4 for Labor Day

    • Thursday Morning Bible Study Returns Sept 7 and You're Invited!

      The Thursday morning Bible study group returns September 7 to begin the Gospel of Luke. Study guides will be available. The group meets 10:30 am-12 pm Thursdays in Room 7AB. Bring your favorite Bible. Questions? Contact John McGahan. Everyone welcome!

    • Attention All Singers, Ringers and Instrumentalists

      2017-18 Music & Arts rehearsal schedules are now available to download or pick up at the insert rack. It’s not too late to sign up: contact Sean McCarthy for more information.

    • Hurricane Support Efforts Coming Soon

      We’re hard at work on a plan to help Houston-area residents affected by the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. Watch for details in a special eblast. Until then, know that Presbyterian Disaster Assistance continues to be in touch with presbytery leadership in New Covenant, Mission, and South Louisiana Presbyteries. National Response Teams are being deployed into the affected regions when it is safe to do so, and dollars you have given to One Great Hour of Sharing are supporting their work.

    • New Sunday Schedule Takes Effect Sept 10

      Thank you to everyone who responded to the Christian Education/Worship & Spiritual Life survey about the 9-10 am Sunday morning schedule. We looked over every response and comment and identified a few main concerns or appreciations about the schedule:

      1. Members miss time for fellowship/a breather between 8:00 am worship and 9:00 am Sunday School.  
      2. Members appreciate the time between the end of Sunday School and worship so they don’t feel rushed, can chat with people, so teachers can clean up their rooms etc.
      3. Parents of young children who aren’t singing on a Sunday find 30 minutes a long time to keep the kids entertained and occupied before 10:30 worship.
      4. Members appreciate an hour-long children’s Sunday School and a desire for a Bible-based adult Sunday School

      We took these four things into consideration when the Session approved the following schedule:

      8:00-8:55       Worship
      9:00-10:00     Children’s Sunday School
      9:15-10:00     Adult Sunday School
      9:45-10:00     Sanctuary Choir rehearsal
      10:00-10:15   Youth-led Children’s Activity
      10:00-10:15   Children/Youth music rehearsal
      10:30               Worship

      This schedule allows for a time of fellowship after the 8 am service and gives Pastor Stephen time to be able to teach a Sunday morning class. We will also maintain the 30-minute break between Sunday School and 10:30 am worship, but parents won’t have to rush to pick up their children after Sunday School or keep them occupied for 30 minutes before the service.  

      Parents are invited to bring their children at 9 am for Sunday School and then have time to get to their class, or they can come at 9:15 am when children will begin their Rotation Workshops.

      No schedule is perfect, but this addresses the main points shared in the survey, provides a way for Pastor Stephen to teach a class, and gives the Youth Group a special leadership role in the church on Sunday mornings. We will evaluate how the schedule works over the course of the year and be willing to make tweaks as needs arise.

      If you have any questions or concerns, please speak with a member of Session or staff.

    • Sunday Bible Study with Pastor Stephen

      9:15-10 am Sundays, September 10 - October 8 in the John Elder Classroom

      Join Pastor Stephen for an exploration of the book Half Truths by Adam Hamilton. Hamilton explores popular sayings that miss the point, like "God helps those who help themselves," "Love the sinner, hate the sin," and others. They sound Christian - like something you might find in the Bible. They capture some element of truth, yet they miss the point in important ways.

      You can purchase Half Truths and read each week’s lesson ahead of time to be ready for discussion, but that's not necessary. Join the group in searching for the whole truth by comparing common Christian clichés to the message and ministry of Jesus.

    • Join the Hospice Hymn Sing Ministry

      You’re invited to take part in a new ministry of singing hymns of faith for Derry saints who are nearing the end of their earthly lives and preparing to meet their savior. We all know that hymns are powerful vehicles of the faith with the power to bridge time and place. Hearing certain hymns can transport us to church, remind us of memories long forgotten, comfort us with the hope and promises of the faith we have lived for many years. If you would like to participate, please contact Pastor Stephen. You will be added to the list of Derry friends who will be notified when a request comes in to the church office.

    • Pilgrim Fellowship Meets Pastor Stephen on Sept 10

      12- 2 pm Sunday, September 10 for children in grades 3-5. Bring your lunch to room 7A following the 10:30 am service, and after lunch we’ll have some get-to-know-you activities and make homemade ice cream: Pastor Stephen’s specialty! RSVP to by Wednesday, September 6. Up next: Palmyra Bowling on September 24!

    • Google VP Lectures at Messiah College: Oct 23

      7 pm Monday, October 23 in Hostetter Chapel. Dr. Greg Moore, Google’s Vice President for Healthcare and Google’s senior global healthcare leader will deliver the College Honors Program’s fall keynote public lecture. Before joining Google, Greg had a distinguished career with Penn State Health and Geisinger Health System. Dr. Moore is not only a highly accomplished physician and engineer, he is a serious and thoughtful Christian believer. He will speak on the interface between global health and technology.  

    • Love INC Volunteers Needed
      • Volunteers to help Hershey Plaza residents pack up items prior to apartment renovations.
      • One or two volunteers to help Love INC distribute Personal Care Closet bags at the Hummelstown Food Bank six to eight times a year on Wednesday mornings from 9 am–12 pm.
      • Someone willing to be on a substitute list to serve clients for three to four hours between 9 am-3 pm Wednesdays and/or Thursdays from 4:30 pm-7:30 pm. Love INC is in need of volunteers who are flexible, organized and have strong social skills. Volunteers must be willing to listen compassionately, share Jesus’ love and offer to pray for/with individuals. Training is provided and volunteers will be serving as part of a well-organized team of volunteers and not on their own.

      For more information and to volunteer for any of these opportunities, call Love INC of Greater Hershey: 717-835-0101.

    • PW Bible Study Begins Sept 18

      Presbyterian Women's Circle will meet on the third Monday of the month for the Bible study, “Cloud of Witnesses: The Community of Christ in Hebrews.”   All women are invited to join the study at 10:30 am Monday, September 18 in Room 13. Check the PW bulletin board between the Chapel and Fellowship Hall for the first lesson’s readings.

    • Pampered Chef Fundraiser: Sept 17

      11:30 am Sunday, September 17 in Fellowship Hall. Stop by to check out the display of the latest Pampered Chef products. Your purchases will help stock the church kitchen and your own kitchen. You will be able to purchase items directly for the church and your personal orders will also help the church earn free products. If you can’t make it to the party, you can still browse the catalog and order online. All orders must be received by October 1. Go to Questions? Contact Jackie Lerch.