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  • September - 2018
    • Sneaker Drive Success

      Love INC of Greater Hershey’s 5th Annual “Lace Up with Love INC” Sneaker Drive provided sneakers to 428+ students in Lower Dauphin and Derry Township School Districts last month. THANK YOU to the hundreds of volunteers and sneaker donors who made new shoes  possible for so many families in our community.

    • Coin Return: Sept 16

      Change 4 Children goes to The Alliance for Children Everywhere which gives hope to the next generation through its education program. Their broad range of learning institutions, from the Learning Center of Joy preschool to FaithWorks Primary Schools to Helen DeVos Christian School, transforms the future of Zambian children. Education reduces the number of displaced orphans and street children, prevents AIDS, and transforms young people into productive citizens and leaders in their families, churches, communities, and nation.  

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

      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.

    • Text to Give: NEW at Derry Church!

      Now you can use your mobile phone or tablet to support the mission and ministry of Derry Church!

      1. Draft a new text message to 717-356-9648
      2. Enter the amount you wish to give inside the conversation bubble
      3. Send the message
      4. Click on the link you receive in response
      5. Enter your contact and payment information

      After registration completes, you'll receive a verification text and a receipt by email. Future gifts you text to that number will process automatically. Questions? Contact Sandy Miceli.


    • Introducing Derry's APNC!

      Derry's  Associate Pastor Nominating Committee (APNC) has been hard at work for a few weeks now. Seated: Mike Reed, Chris Cooper, Jack Keene, Stephanie Patton. Standing: Bob Gavazzi, chair Sara Woodbury, Liz Gawron, Nicola Burke and Courtney McKinney-Whitaker.

    • Join the Celebration on September 16
      12:00-1:30 pm Sunday, September 16 in Fellowship Hall. On this special Sunday, post-worship fellowship is provided by the Pastor Nominating Committee and Friends of Sargodha:
      Help us celebrate the one-year anniversary of Pastor Stephen's installation as Derry's pastor It's been a busy year, not just for Pastor Stephen but for the McKinney-Whitaker family. Courtney is a member of Derry Church and serving on the Associate Pastor Nominating Committee. Verity enjoys Sunday School, KIWI and Discovery Days preschool and is participating in the Joyful Noise choir. 
      And the 20th anniversary of the Presbyterian Education Board (PEB) in Pakistan! Read about the work of the Presbyterian Education Board at Derry, then join us following the reception as Veda Javaid Gill, Executive Director of PEB, and Margy Trimble, Executive Director of the Friends of PEB, update us on the past 20 miraculous years of Presbyterian mission in Pakistan. Hear about the impact PEB and YOU have had in transforming the lives of Pakistani children!
    • Schedule Change: Pastor Stephen's Tuesday Evening Study
      Pastor Stephen's new Tuesday evening study will not meet on September 18 or 25. Join him Tuesdays in the John Elder Classroom from 6-6:30 pm October 2 as he continues his verse-by-verse study of the Sermon on the Mount from the Gospel of Matthew.
    • Comparative Religions is Next for the Derry Seniors

      10 am Tuesday, October 16 in room 7, the Derry Seniors welcome Dr. Matthew Sayers, Associate Professor of Religion at Lebanon Valley College. He will present "Comparative Religions: Jesus, Mohammad and Krishna." His introduction to the religious traditions associated with Islam and Hinduism will include belief, ritual, key figures, community, history, and morality. He'll draw on the audience’s understanding of Christianity to explain similarities and differences in these two traditions and across religions more generally. Bring your questions! Free. Lunch follows ($3/person) in Fellowship Hall.

    • Returning Sept 24: Monday Night Women's Bible Study

      The women's Bible study group led by Debbie Hough for many years will gather at 7 pm Monday, September 24 to decide what's next. You're invited to join them in the John Elder Classroom. Interested but can't attend on 9/24? Contact Sue George to be added to the distribution list. 

    • Be a Family Advocate

      Consider making a lasting impact on the lives of families in your community... join a team of people who work to help individuals and families overcome chronic poverty....  serve individually or together as a couple. Sponsored by Love INC of Greater Hershey, the next training sessions will be held Wednesdays, October 17 - November 14. Online sessions held 10/17 and 11/14. In person training offered 6:30-8:30 pm at the Mission House across the street from Derry Church on 10/24, 10/31 and 11/7. Curious? Speak with Kate Valenziano after the worship services on September 16 or contact Doug Miller for more information and to register. There is NO COST for this training!

    • Christian Churches United Posts Job Opening

      HELP Ministries, a program of Christian Churches United, is accepting applications for a Client Services Coordinator to support households experiencing a housing crisis to find and/or maintain permanent housing. The successful applicant will have experience in strength-based assessment and case management, having the ability to connect clients to available resources in the Capital Region. At least one year human service experience is required, along with experience working with low-income families. Bachelor’s degree and bi-lingual English/Spanish preferred. This hourly position averages 25-29 hours a week, with some evening hours. Job description available on request. Please submit letter of interest and resume to John Scarpato

    • Free One-Day Parenting Class: Oct 20

      "Guiding Good Choices" is for parents or caregivers of children of all ages. The class will be held 8 am - 4:30 pm Saturday, October 20 at Spring Creek Church of the Brethren, Hershey. Workshops include Building Confidence and Self-Esteem, Using the Power of Positive Reinforcement, Parenting in a Porn-is-the-Norm Culture, and Hope for Families Faced with Addiction. Free lunch. Child care provided. Read more and register or contact Spring Creek Church (717-533-7192).

    • Tuesday Evening Bible Study with Pastor Stephen Begins Sept 11

      6-6:30 pm Tuesdays in the John Elder Classroom beginning September 11. Join Pastor Stephen this fall for a verse-by-verse study of the Sermon on the Mount from the Gospel of Matthew.

    • Hymnals, Free to a Good Home

      Last Sunday the blue hymnals were pulled from the pews and are now organized alphabetically by donor on tables in the Narthex. Help yourself to the one(s) you donated. We'd like all of the hymnals to go, so even if you didn't donate any you're welcome to take one or more. You don't have to be musical to want a hymnal: many people appreciate reading hymns as part of their time for personal devotions.

    • Derry Mission Update
      After 17 years of building houses and providing Bible school activities in Nicaragua with Bridges to Community, violent civil unrest precluded our June 2018 trip. Fortunately we were able to redirect our group to a community near Derrumbadeo, Dominican Republic, an area where BTC has been active for the past ten years.
      Funds from our One Great Hour of Sharing offering were used to help build houses in the Dominican Republic, with some being retained by BTC in anticipation of returning to Nicaragua at a later date. We were able to build most of one house, begin on a second one, and to do Bible school activities for 50-100 youth. While the DR is somewhat better off economically than Nicaragua, there is a need for adequate housing in rural areas. For two families, this became a reality thanks to the strong support of Derry's congregation.
    • Do You Have One of these Banks at Home?

      They're due back this Sunday, September 9. Drop in the offering plate or bring to the church office. Thanks for supporting scholarships for children attending Presbyterian Education Board schools in Pakistan!
    • Engage: Taize Worship on Oct 20

      5 pm Saturday, October 20 in the Sanctuary. Join us for meditative taize worship and live painting on the eve of the annual Hershey Half Marathon. One Sunday morning service with communion will be held at 11 am on Sunday, October 21, and there will be no church school classes that day.

    • Arts Alive Presents: Silver, Wood & Ivory
      4 pm Sunday, October 7 in the Sanctuary. Arts Alive welcomes back Tracy Dietrich and Cindy Wittenberg to open the 2018-19 season. Get ready for a celestial musical journey featuring Tracy on a variety of flutes and recorders and Cindy playing piano. Free will offering.
    • 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 161st 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 across the street in the Grand Lobby of The Hershey Story. 

    • 2018 Krislund Getaway Weekend

      6 pm Friday, October 19 through lunch on Sunday, October 21 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 by October 5

    • Space for Reflection on 9/11

      On the 17th anniversary of 9/11, the Chapel will be open 9:30 am - 4:30 pm on Tuesday, September 11 as a quiet space for prayer and reflection. Please enter the building at the Mansion Road/office entrance. Evening worship led by Rev Tom Folts will also reflect on and remember the 9/11 anniversary beginning at 6:45 pm.

  • August - 2018
    • Pilgrim Fellowship Kickoff Sept 16

      Pilgrim Fellowship kicks off its program year on Sunday, September 16. Save the date and watch for more details on a fun activity for children in grades 3-5!

    • Covenant with Animals Service

      Pastor Marie blesses Steve Miller's dog during the annual Covenant with Animals worship service on Tuesday evening. Sixty people, plenty of dogs and a hermit crab attended on a very warm night. See photos on Facebook.

    • New Derry Church Directory Coming Soon!
      Derry's first in-house pictorial directory will be distributed by email in mid-September. We'd like YOU to be included: send your photo to Sue George or have her take your photo on any upcoming Sunday morning. If you miss the September edition, we'll release the second edition in November after the next new member class joins the church.
    • Cub Scout Kickoff on Sept 10

      Derry Church's Cub Scout Pack 200 will kick off the scout year with an ice cream social 6:30 pm Monday September 10 in Fellowship Hall. Boys and girls in grades K-5 who are interested in learning more about scouting, or who want to join the fun, are welcome to attend with their parents.

    • Thursday Morning Bible Study Returns Sept 6

      The Thursday morning Bible study group returns September 6 to finish their study of the Gospel of John before beginning something new later this fall. The group meets 10:30 am-12 pm Thursdays in Room 7AB. Bring your favorite Bible. Questions? Contact John McGahan. Everyone welcome! Questions? Contact John McGahan. Everyone welcome!

    • Corn Roast Report

      The annual picnic at Bill and Marion Alexander’s farm in Hummelstown drew more than 100 on a beautiful late summer evening. Thanks to the Alexanders and to this team of master roasters Jim George, Peter Gawron, Brian Montgomery and Mike Kinney, who spent the afternoon preparing and roasting 22 dozen ears of corn. Thanks to many who helped set up and clean up afterwards. See photos on facebook.

    • Pie Bakers Needed

      For the 8th annual “Baked with Love INC” pie auction on Friday, October 12 at the Hershey Country Club. All kinds of pies welcome, from sweet to savory. Please sign up in advance so LOVE INC can adequately prepare for this popular event. If you are uncertain how many or what kind(s) of pies you will make, sign up and you will be contacted closer to the event for more information. Sign up to bake pies at the table in the Narthex. After September 1, go online or call the Love INC office (717-835-0101). 

    • PW Bible Study Begins Sept 17

      Presbyterian Women's Circle will meet on the third Monday of the month for the Bible study, “God's Promise: I Am with You.”   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.

    • Faithful Readers’ Book List Announced

      The 2018-19 reading list for the Faithful Readers book discussion group has been released. Borrow the books from the church library in the lower level atrium. The Faithful Readers discussion group meets 9:15-10 am in room 1 on the second Sunday of most months, September through June. Up first on September 9 is Lisa Wingate's “The Prayer Box.” 

    • Discover Derry this Fall

      The fall series of New Member Discovery Classes gets under way 9:15 am Sunday, October 14 in the Lounge. Classes are repeated 6-7 pm Wednesdays beginning October 17. Meet staff members, elders and deacons, learn more about the mission and ministry of Derry Church, and discover how you can be involved. Those who decide to join will be received as members at the 10:30 am service on Sunday, November 18. RSVP by Wednesday, October 10 (717-533-9667).

    • Serve Breakfast on Saturday, August 25

      Join Derry Church volunteers to serve breakfast to the people of the Allison Hill community. Meet at the Common Ground Cafe at the Unitarian Church on 16th & Market, Harrisburg at 8:30 am Saturday, August 25. At this "Gather the Spirit" monthly breakfast program, you'll serve the meal, then sit down across the table for food and conversation and get to know our Harrisburg neighbors. RSVP to Karen Leader.

    • Get on the 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

    • Debbie Hough's Retirement Celebration

      Past and present Derry Church staff celebrated with Debbie Hough on August 19. Row 1: Sue Fox, ME Steelman, Jackie Lerch, Allison Spooner, Sandy Miceli, Debbie Hough, Kelly Mehaffie, Marie Buffaloe and Sue George. Row 2: Teresa Hutcheson, Eli McCulloch Cappel, Julie Harris, Sean McCarthy, Jeff Miller, Dick Houtz, Ruth Uffelman, Roger Zimmer, Loretta Chubb and Stephen McKinney-Whitaker.

    • Meet Mark Smith

      Our video series on getting to know Derry members continues with blacksmith Mark Smith , who has created many striking works of art for Derry Church. Find out how he got his start as a blacksmith and how he found his way to Derry Church. The first videos in this playlist featured Ben Folts and Sharon Cin. More profiles coming soon!

    • August 2018 Session Highlights
      • The Session approved designing a stained glass window in memory of Pam Becker to be in the small stairwell window by the church office entrance.
      • Steven Guenther shared the Treasurer’s report which noted that income to the church general fund is running ahead of budget. Expenses are generally in line with budgeted figures, with Building & Grounds having additional expenses to repair the sprinkler and heating systems. 
      • The membership of Katie Poticher Swartz was transferred to St. James Lutheran Church in Redding, California, at her request. Four other members were deleted from the roll at their request.
      • The Session approved the celebration of communion at the last session of GriefShare to be held on September 17, 2018. Communion dates for 2019 were also presented and approved.
      • Pastor Stephen reviewed the Three for Three during which he noted the annual Teacher Appreciation Luncheon on August 21 in coordination with the Hershey Ministerium. The youth will be leading the February Engage service. The Deacons are leading an effort to form a hymn singing ministry for shut ins.
      • Derry will host the February 26, 2019 Presbytery Meeting beginning at 9:30 am (day meeting with lunch).
      • At the request of the Personnel Committee, Session approved the position description for the Associate Pastor of Children, Youth and Families. Erika Manotti was approved as a teacher for Derry Discovery Days Lady Bug 1’s class.
      • Retroactive approval of the baptism of infant Norah Grace Hempel on August 3, 2018 was given.
      • The Mission & Peace Committee requested and received approval to explore the installation of a Peace Pole. The committee will work with Building & Grounds on a concept and location and will return to Session to request approval of a design. 
      • The Session reviewed, considered and approved the following Capital Procurement Requisitions:
        • Money from the Legacy Fund will be used to purchase the remainder of non-donated Glory to God hymnals so that we have them for Hymnal Dedication Sunday on September 30, 2018. Church members may continue to purchase/dedicate hymnals and the money received will reimburse the Legacy Fund.
        • Purchase of a new church telephone system (Mitel MIVoice Connect) at a cost not to exceed $50,000. This system not only will improve communication but also will address life safety issues for Derry Discovery Days, support the FCC Kari’s Law Act of 2017, and promote intercom and paging functionality. The cost will be financed through the Capital Facilities Fund.
        • The Parking Task Force requested approval of a survey of both the main church property and the Arts on Derry property.  A survey will be needed to obtain Derry Township approval of any additional proposed parking on either or both lots. The last survey of our property was performed in 1993 and does not reflect property upgrades performed since that time. The cost of $8,500 will be paid using the Capital Facilities fund.
        • Money from the dedicated Cemetery Fund will be used to repoint mortar and cap stone joints around the entire perimeter of the cemetery. The cost of the project is $7,750. Houck & Company has been chosen to perform these repairs.
        • Stone repointing to the Chapel Bell Tower is also needed as deterioration in the mortar joints has been noted and is continuing. The cost of this project is $34,050 and will be paid for through the Capital Facilities Fund.  Again, Houck & Company will be the contractor performing this work. While this work is necessary, it will not be scheduled until spring 2019 due to the expense and necessity of purchasing the new telephone system at this time.
      • Building Use Requests for the use of Fellowship Hall to host birthday parties and a scouting fundraiser were approved.
      • The Session received and welcomed three new church members at a Called meeting held on August 12, 2018.
    • HVAC Update #9: The Last Word

      Thanks to the leadership of Jim Pease, the Buildings & Grounds committee and others, Derry Church has a complete, upgraded and energy-efficient HVAC system throughout the building. Only the new twin gas boiler system needs to be tested when cold weather approaches. We expect you will enjoy comfortable cooling and heating throughout the building now and for decades to come.

    • Orange Day is Saturday, August 25

      Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times has been one voice illuminating the dark world of sex trafficking. His attention to the problem in Poipet, Cambodia, along with some NGOs, brought about the conversion of a brothel into a convenience store by 2011. Kristof bought two girls for $350 and received a receipt for the transaction in 2004. Unfortunately, similar practices continue throughout the world. Wear orange to show support for those who are working to end exploitation of women and children.

    • Calling All Quilters!

      For decades the Derry Quilters have made beautiful blankets that have raised money for a variety of Derry Church mission projects. Now their numbers are dwindling and they could use more help. Contact Denise Ebner.

    • Post-Worship Celebration on Sept 16
      12:00-1:30 pm Sunday, September 16 in Fellowship Hall. On this special Sunday, post-worship fellowship will be jointly provided by the Pastor Nominating Committee and the Friends of Sargodha in honor of Stephen McKinney-Whitaker’s first year with us and the 20th anniversary of the Presbyterian Education Board (PEB) in Pakistan.

      Following the reception, Veda Javaid Gill, Executive Director of PEB, and Margy Trimble, Executive Director of the Friends of PEB, will give an update on the past 20 miraculous years of Presbyterian mission in Pakistan. Learn about the impact PEB and YOU have had in transforming the lives of Pakistani children. 
    • Welcome Our New Members!
      We're delighted to welcome Jess Delo (L) and welcome back Valerie Barr Minnich (C) and Betsy Winger (R) as Derry Church's newest members who joined on Sunday, August 12. The fall series of new member classes begins on Sunday, October 14.

    • August 2018 Financial Snapshot
      Cash Flow - Operating Fund as of 7/31/18
        Actual        Budgeted
      Income YTD 815,796        725,326
      Expenses YTD 728,249        737,973
      Surplus (Deficit) YTD   87,547        (12,647)

      Expenses are are under budget mostly due to timing of expenses. Contributions are over budget so far in 2018 by about $83,000. This results in a surplus of $87,500 so for this year. Questions? Contact Steven Guenther.
    • Blessing of the Backpacks: Aug 26

      Children and youth are invited to bring their backpacks to church for our annual blessing during the 10:30 am service on Sunday, August 26. We’ll pray for the beginning of the school year, bless backpacks, and give out a small token to help remember God is with you and for you all year long.

    • Sign Up for Supper Clubs on Sept 9 and Oct 14!

      Meet new Derry friends and enjoy fellowship around the table this fall! Sign up for Supper Clubs on Sunday, September 9 and Sunday, October 14. Contact Amy Backenstose (call or text 717-319-3193) or sign up on Sundays after 10:30 am worship. A child-friendly dinner is being planned for September 9 so families with children can socialize and share a meal with other families with kids.

    • Volunteer for Fitting Sneakers

      Love INC of Greater Hershey needs your help to fit students for new sneakers at Church of the Redeemer, 500 W Chocolate Avenue:

           TUES 8/21 & THU 8/23
                1-4 pm and 4-6 pm 
           TUES 8/28, THU 8/30, TUES 9/4, THU 9/6
                3:30 - 6 pm  
      Sign up online or call the Love INC office: 717.835.0101.
    • Great Big Thank You

      To Lori Klucker for producing this week's edition of the church's eNewsletter!

    • Vacation Bible School 2018

      More than 80 children participated in VBS 2018: God's Everyday Heroes! Thanks to everyone who supported this week-long program with donations, prayers, sending your children and volunteering throughout the week!

    • Fall Baptism Classes Begin Sept 30

      9:15-10 am Sundays, September 30 & October 7 in Room 13. Wondering why Christians believe in baptism... whether you can be baptized more than once... or if baptism can occur outside of Sunday worship? These questions and more will be addressed in this helpful two-week series. If you wish, prepare to have yourself or a family member baptized in worship on Sunday, October 14 or at a later date. RSVP to Marie Buffaloe.

    • Last Call for the Corn Roast

      Have you signed up for the annual picnic at Alexander’s farm in Hummelstown? It’s 5:30 pm Thursday, August 23. Don’t miss this great evening of fun, fellowship, corn on the cob roasted over hot coals, and lots of homemade salads and desserts. $2.50 per person. Return forms to the offering plate or call the church office by Sunday, August 19 (717-533-9667).

    • Thank You, VBS Volunteers!

      “God's Everyday Heroes" Vacation Bible School is winding down - just one more day remains on the schedule with a musical program in the Sanctuary at 12:45 pm Friday to conclude the festivities. A big shout-out to the dedicated team of volunteers who shared the love of Jesus Christ with more than 80 young children all week long. Special thanks to coordinators Nicola Burke and M.E. Steelman and to church staff Pastor Stephen, Teresa Hutcheson and Loretta Chubb. Look on social media tomorrow for a group photo of Derry’s 2018 VBS volunteers. More photos available now on Facebook.

    • NYC Bus Trip is November 17

      Save the date for Derry’s annual day trip to New York City sponsored by the Sanctuary Choir. Enjoy a day on your own to shop, sightsee or go to a show. More details coming soon.

    • Terrific Tuesday Dinners Return Sept 11

      Derry’s weekly Tuesday evening meal is served 5-6:15 pm in Fellowship Hall beginning September 11. Salad, a hot entree, beverage and dessert is offered for $3 per person. Since most choirs rehearse on Tuesday evenings, the meal makes it easy for families to eat together while balancing schedules. You don’t have to be in a choir to come to the meal: it’s open to all. Consider staying for evening worship that begins 6:45 pm in the Chapel. Would you be interested in helping the kitchen crew? Early and late shifts are available. Contact Loretta Chubb for more information (717-533-9667).

    • Buz is Back: Aug 26-Sept 23

      From August 26 through September 23, Buz Myers will lead the adult Issues Class in a study of “How We Got the Bible: The Formation, Transmission, and Translation of the Christian Bible.” Join the class 9:15 -10 am in Room 7. Rev. Charles (Buz) Myers, Ph.D. is an ordained Presbyterian minister who teaches in the Religious Studies Department at Gettysburg College.

      While some people assume that the Bible we use today merely fell out of heaven in its present form, nothing could be further from the truth.  In fact, the Christian Bible stands at the end of a long process of selection, transmission, and translation. Why were some books excluded and others included in the canon of the Bible? How were these writings passed down through the centuries? And why are there so many different translations of the Bible into English? These and other questions will be addressed in this five-part series. 

      August 26: The Formation of the Hebrew Canon
      September 2: The Formation of the New Testament 
      September 9: The Transmission of the Christian Bible  
      September 16: The Translation of the Bible into English
      September 23: The Making of the New Revised Standard Version Bible   

    • Derry Seniors Learn About Hershey's Bygone Era on Sept 18

      Join the Derry Seniors at 10 am Tuesday, September 18 as Hershey native Susan Mittan née Gumpher, volunteer and board member for the Hershey-Derry Twp. Historical Society, presents a general history of the area. Plenty of time will be allowed for comments and questions. Free. Lunch follows in Fellowship Hall ($3/person).

    • Aesop's Fables at First United Methodist on Aug 18

      9-11 am Saturday, August 18 at First United Methodist Church of Hershey, featuring the Popcorn Hat Players from Gamut Theatre Group. Enjoy the antics of Aesop's characters and learn the moral of each story. Breakfast begins 9 am in the social Hall, program begins at 10 am in the Sanctuary. Free. RSVP by August 15.

    • Pancake Breakfast Postponed
      The August 26 fundraiser breakfast supporting scholarship students in Sargodha, Pakistan has been postponed. We'll let you know when it has been rescheduled. Meanwhile you can support the Sargodha scholarship fund by picking up, filling and returning these small banks by September 9. Thanks, Derry!
    • Support VBS Mission Projects

      Our Vacation Bible School children have been sharing with local missions this week. You're invited to add to what they've collected by bringing items listed below when you come to worship on Sunday, August 12: 

      Canned/nonperishable foods for the Hershey Food Bank

      Items for Love INC's Personal Care Closet 
      • Feminine hygiene products
      • Body Wash
      • Laundry detergent – standard size or pods
      • Toilet paper
      • Band- aids
      • Tissues
      • Dish soap
      • Household cleaner
      • Shaving cream/disposable razors
      • Deodorant - men’s and women’s
      • Toothpaste - family size
      Children’s Books for the Community Check-up Center and Christ Lutheran Church, Harrisburg
      • Educational activity books for children in preschool through 2nd grade
      • New or very gently used reading books
      School Kits for Refugees (Church World Service)
      Items needed to make one school kit:
      • One pair of blunt metal scissors (rounded tip)
      • Three 70-count spiral notebooks or notebooks totaling 200-210 pages (no loose-leaf or filler paper)
      • One 30-centimeter ruler (12”
      • One hand-held pencil sharpener
      • One large erasers
      • Six new pencils with erasers
      • One box of 24 crayons (only 24)
      • Backpack

      Donations for back to school clothes for children at Christ Lutheran Church, Harrisburg. Make checks payable to "DPC" notated VBS Mission

    • Fleece Fabric Needed for Blanket-Making on Sept 2

      All it takes to make one warm and cozy blanket is two pieces of fleece fabric cut in two-yard lengths. Drop off coordinating fabric in the church office, then join the fun 9-10 am on Sunday, September 2 as Derry friends gather around tables in Fellowship Hall to make knotted fleece blankets for those in need. Thanks, Derry!

    • Celebrate Teresa's 20 Years of Service on August 12

      Our church secretary, Teresa Hutcheson, joined the staff on August 13, 1998... on Sunday, August 12 we'll celebrate and recognize her 20 years of service at both worship services. You're invited to bring a card on Sunday, drop one in the mail, or stop by during the week to say thanks to Teresa for her many years of dedicated support and service to the staff and congregation.

    • Books, Free to a Good Home

      Stop by the table in the atrium library between August 12 and 19 to look over the selection of books that has been cleaned from the stacks of our church library. See any you like for yourself or a friend or family member? Help yourself! Any books that remain at the end of the week will be sent to the book sale at Princeton Theological Seminary this fall.

    • Baptisms on July 29

      Congratulations to Dave and Madeline Simmons on the baptisms of their sons Colin and Leo, who were baptized on Sunday, July 29. Welcome to the family!

    • Puppet Ministry Does the Sneaker Dance

      Not to be outdone by Pastor Stephen, our puppet ministry accepted the challenge to make their own dancing sneaker video on behalf of Love INC of Greater Hershey's sneaker drive! 

    • Art in the Grove to Showcase Derry Artists & Craftsmen Aug 14

      Art in the Grove on Tuesday, August 14 will feature a gallery of works made by Derry Church members and friends. You're invited to drop off paintings, photography, poetry, ceramics and other creations in room 5 from Sunday, August 12 through Tuesday afternoon, August 14. Even better (but not required) if you can come to Art in the Grove so participants can meet the artists, ask questions and learn. Works will be available to take home when the program ends at 8:30 pm.

    • All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser on Aug 26

      We've cooked up another way you can help Derry Church fund scholarships for students in Sargodha, Pakistan: an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast on Sunday, August 26! Stop in Fellowship Hall between 8:15-10:15 am for Charlie Koch's delicious hotcakes and sausage, bacon, juice and coffee. $5/person but you're welcome to drop a little extra at the payment table so more students can receive a good education in a school overseen by the Presbyterian Education Board.

    • Celebrating Debbie Hough on Aug 19

      A retirement celebration and opportunity to give thanks for Debbie’s ministry at Derry will be held on Sunday, August 19. Save the date as we look forward to a special presentation in worship and a birthday celebration for her during post-worship fellowship. At 3:30 pm, come back for a special program and tea in her honor. Send cards to Suzie Gloeckler, 15 Bonnywick Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17111.

    • Are You a Good Facilitator?

      DivorceCare is a recovery support group where a person can find help and healing from a separation and divorce. The primary role of facilitators (there are two at Derry) is to create an atmosphere of warmth, caring and trust in the discussion group. Group facilitators also encourage discussion of each week's teaching video and allow each participant time for personal sharing. If this is a ministry you would be interested in helping to lead, please contact Loretta Blaydon (717-599-5425) or Marie Buffaloe.

    • "Highland Cathedral" in Highland Cathedral!

      Sean McCarthy had the opportunity to play his arrangement of the bagpipe tune “Highland Cathedral” on the Rieger organ at St. Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh, the “High Kirk” of the Church of Scotland, while on an organ study leave. 

    • Try Evening Worship on Tuesdays

      When it’s difficult for you to make it to Sunday morning worship, remember that Derry Church offers an informal Tuesday evening praise and communion service every week from 6:45-7:30 pm in the Chapel. Come as you are! 

  • July - 2018
    • Covenant with Animals Worship Service: Aug 28

      6:45-7:30 pm Tuesday, August 28 on the front lawn, weather permitting. In celebration of all of God’s creatures and their presence in our lives, Derry Church offers its annual worship service that includes prayers of thanksgiving for the gift of animals. Animals on leash, in a kennel, or otherwise controlled are invited to attend along with their owners. Worshipers can also bring photographs of their pets. The service will include praise songs and hymns and hands-on prayers for the animals and people with whom they live. Dress casual. Child care available in the nursery. Worshipers are invited to bring donations for the Humane Society as an outreach to those who help care for animals in need of help and homes.

    • Summer Blood Drive Report

      Thanks to all the Derry members and friends of Ryan Holp who came out in support of the blood drive on July 22. In total, 36 pints were collected and the Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank was delighted. See you in December for the annual Jim Cooper blood drive!

    • Nominees for the Committee to Select Derry's First Associate Pastor for Youth & Family Ministries
      The 2018 Nominating Committee presents the following nominees to serve on the Associate Pastor Nominating Committee (APNC). These nominees represent the heritage and future of Derry and are invested in the programs for children, youth, and families at Derry Presbyterian Church:

      Nicola Burke has been the co-chair of our VBS program for the past few years and has been the co-leader of our Pilgrim Fellowship along with Debbie Hough. Nicola also has children in the youth group and Pilgrim Fellowship. She will bring knowledge and concern for elementary age programming and fellowship at Derry.  

      Chris Cooper is the veteran of the committee after serving on the PNC to call Pastor Stephen. Chris has daughters active in the youth group, Pilgrim Fellowship and Sunday school. Chris will bring experience of the process to the committee and first-hand knowledge of the importance of programming for children and youth.

      Elizabeth Gawron is a member of the Christian Education Committee and works part-time with children’s ministries at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. She is an art educator who has been leading our new Art in the Grove program. Liz will bring a creative and educational perspective to the committee.

      Bob Gavazzi is a long-time member and has had three children participate in children and youth programming at Derry. Two of his children are active now in our youth group. He will bring knowledge and passion for the needs of youth to the committee.

      Jack Keene has served as the chair of the Christian Education Committee and now serves on the Adult Education Committee. He has a long history of working with children and youth programming at Derry. Jack will bring an important understanding of history to the committee.

      Courtney McKinney-Whitaker is the mother of a young child getting ready to start KIWI and is well acquainted with pastoral searches from the church side and the pastor and family side. She has experience helping to write and edit church information forms and pastor information forms. She will bring a unique perspective of the process to the committee and how a new pastor might partner with our current staff.

      Stephanie Patton has two daughters who have grown up through Derry’s ministries for children. They have participated in choirs, Sunday Funday, puppets, and fellowship groups. Stephanie has been an active parent leader in these groups. She will bring knowledge of Derry’s current programs and new ideas for the future to make sure all children and youth have a place at Derry. 

      Mike Reed is a deacon whose two daughters and a son are growing up at Derry. Mike knows the role Sunday School, confirmation, and fellowship group plays in faith formation. Mike will bring knowledge of Derry’s culture and programming for all ages to the committee.

      Sara Woodburyis an active member of Derry with a young son just beginning to be active in the life of the church. Sara has taken on various leadership roles in the church and is skilled at bringing individuals together to form an effective team. She knows the church well and how to present it effectively to pastoral candidates. Sara will bring organization, passion, and energy to the committee and the perspective of a parent of a young child eager to get more involved at Derry. 
    • Carlisle Presbytery Seeks a Treasurer

      Carlisle Presbytery's current treasurer, Larry Van Hise, is moving and needs to step away from these duties. 

      The presbytery’s treasurer is responsible for:
      • Coordinating presbytery finances with the bookkeeper, executive presbyter, and administration committee
      • Tracking presbytery investments and bank accounts
      • Approving vouchers and signing checks
      • Preparing and verifying treasurer’s reports for presbytery meetings and committee chairs
      • Preparing and verifying the annual financial report
      • Preparing and verifying the annual presbytery budget in coordination with the administration committee
      The term is for five years and there is no restriction on number of terms.

      Those interested in serving in this position are invited to send a letter of interest, including relevant experience, by mail or email to: 
      The Rev. Anthony Lorenz
      First Presbyterian Church
      2A North Hanover Street
      Carlisle, PA 17013

      Questions? Contact Tony Lorenz, chair of the nominating committee.
    • Restore Your Faith, Fortify Your Mind, Revitalize Your Life: Sept 22

      8:30 am - 2 pm Saturday, September 22 at Second Presbyterian Church, Carlisle. Congregations across Carlisle Presbytery are invited to come for a morning, come for the afternoon, or come for the day to "Refresh" featuring workshops, learning labs, a keynote by NEXT Church director Rev. Jessica Tate, plus youth programs, Hearts & Minds bookstore, spirituality center and a FREE LUNCH! Read more and register now. Hosted by the Education Committee of Carlisle Presbytery.

    • HVAC Update #8

      As we end the seventh month of on-site construction for the complete upgrade and replacement of our heating and air conditioning systems, I’m happy to say everything is installed and working. Fewer than ten items remain on the punch list. We will work out the rest of these issues over the next few months as we continue to test and adjust the systems and learn to get the most out of the energy-saving control system. The other good news is the project has stayed on schedule and has not much impacted the life of the church.

    • DivorceCare Support Group Begins Sept 6

      6-8 pm Thursdays from September 6 to November 29 in room 2. DivorceCare is a 12-week support group that helps adults recover from the pain and separation of divorce. This non-denominational program features biblical teaching, small group discussion and video seminars led by renowned experts on divorce and recovery topics. Also included is a workbook to help participants explore topics in depth. There is no cost to attend. Advance registration requested (717-533-9667).

    • Have You Borrowed a Book from the Church Library?

      Under the guidance of Debbie Hough and a team of volunteers, the church library is getting an extreme makeover with cleaning and sorting under way. If you possess a book from the church library, please return it now so it can be properly catalogued. You can borrow it again this fall when the sorting is complete. If you've misplaced a church book, please contact the church office(717-533-9667) so we can remove it from our records. 


    • Presbyterian Women Summer Updates
      • Thanks to all who contributed to the last Boxtops4Education collection totaling $86. Next anticipated mailing date will be October 15, so continue to drop off in the PW mission basket or mailbox.
      • The summer gathering of PW in Carlisle Presbytery will Saturday, August 18 at Second Presbyterian Church, Carlisle. Registration begins 9:15 am. The morning program, "God's Promise: I Am with You" is your chance to check out the new Bible study in a presentation by Gracie Payne, candidate for ordination. The afternoon program, "Journaling the Bible," will be presented by Sally Sulcove. Check out her blog. A light lunch will be served for a small donation. Contact Doris Feilto carpool.  
    • The Sneaker Dance

      With apologies to Charlie Chaplin and his iconic bread roll dance, we present Pastor Stephen Mckinney-Whitaker in his own interpretation created on behalf of Love INC of Greater Hershey's 2018 sneaker drive. Big shout-out and thanks to Mary Lemons for providing the piano accompaniment.

      Love INC has a record-breaking number of students registered to receive sneakers this year: more than 460 children! To date 150 pairs of sneakers are still needed and 30+ volunteer spots need to be filled. Learn more.

      Derry Presbyterian Church is just one of many sneaker collection locations in town.

    • Scout Troop 200 has a New Trailer!

      This new trailer, which is being used to transport Scout gear and equipment to activity sites, has been purchased with donations from Troop 200 Scouters. The Troop thanks those persons for their generosity and support of scouting. The Troop plans to have Scout decals placed on the outside and shelving installed inside.

    • July 2018 Financial Snapshot
      Cash Flow - Operating Fund as of 6/30/18
        Actual        Budgeted
      Income YTD 669,921        621,707
      Expenses YTD 641,201        630,858
      Surplus (Deficit) YTD   28,720          (9,151)

      Expenses are over budget due to unexpected repairs and some expenses being front loaded. Contributions are also above budget for the first half of 2018, resulting in a $28,720 surplus for the first half of the year. Questions? Contact Steven Guenther.

    • Family Promise Dinners Needed Aug 5-11
      • Nicolette has been working hard at Fed Ex and is building a bank account so that she and her kids can move into a place of their own.
      • Kristina’s family recently found an affordable rental home and has submitted an application. They are waiting to hear if it was approved.
      • Brianna is intent on getting back on her feet. She has five interviews scheduled next week.
      These are the stories of current Family Promise residents, each determined to make it on their own. You can welcome and support these families by providing an evening meal or by volunteering to drive the van Sunday-Saturday, August 5-11. Sign up to deliver meals or to drive the van using last name Promise  and password DerryContact Jane Robertsonfor additional information. Thanks, Derry!
    • How Did We Get the Bible? Find Out from Buz Myers

      Five-Week Series begins 9:15 am Sunday, August 26 in room 7C

      While some people assume that the Bible we use today merely fell out of heaven in its present form, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the Christian Bible stands at the end of a long process of selection, transmission, and translation. But what books were excluded, and why were others included in the canon of the Bible?  How were these writings passed down through the centuries? And why are there so many different translations of the Bible into English? These and other questions will be addressed by the Rev. Dr. Charles D. Myers, as we will look at exactly how we came to have the Bible that we know and love.
    • Supper Clubs Return This Fall

      It's time to sign up for Supper Clubs set for Sunday, September 9 and Sunday, October 14. Contact Amy Backenstose (call or text 717-319-3193) or sign up on Sundays after 10:30 am worship. A child-friendly dinner is being planned for September 9 so families with children can socialize and share a meal with other families with kids.

    • Thanks, Lori!

      You're receiving this week’s eNewsletter thanks to the efforts of Lori Klucker, who serves on the Communications & Technology Committee.


    • Chicken BBQ & Auction: July 27-28

      Chicken BBQ & Auction:  July 27-28 at Londonderry Village, Palmyra. Servant Stage Company Backwoods Bluegrass Band "I'll Fly Away" will perform under the tent at 7 pm Friday. Auction begins at 9 am Saturday, and chicken dinners are available 11 am - 1 pm. Check the complete schedule at

    • Check out the Art Wall!

      Watch this wall in the Narthex in coming weeks as "Art in the Grove" participants add circles that feature Derry Church highlights from the past year. Join the fun 5:30-8:30 pm Tuesdays in Fellowship Hall through August 21.

    • Sign Up for the Corn Roast!

      The annual picnic featuring fresh corn roasted over hot coals is just a month away. Mark your calendars for Thursday, August 23, then plan to arrive at the Alexander’s farm in Hummelstown by 5:30 pm. RSVP online or return forms available at the insert rack and in Sunday bulletins by Sunday, August 19. $2.50 adults, $2 ages 5-12 payable at the picnic. Bring a salad or dessert to serve eight. Need directions? Call the church office: 717-533-9667.

    • Wear Orange on July 25

      Orange Day on Wednesday, July 25 is an opportunity to show support for those who are working to end the exploitation of women and children. Victims of labor and sex trafficking are often subject to debt bondage. Many are trapped in a cycle of debt because of having to pay for all living expenses in addition to initial transportation expenses. Fines for not meeting quotas and/or “bad” behavior can used to increase debt.

    • Looking Ahead: Fall 2018
      In just a few short weeks, fall programming gets under way at Derry Church. Mark your calendars now for these upcoming events:

      Buz is Back: The Rev. Dr. Charles “Buz” Myers, ordained Presbyterian minister and Associate Professor, Religious Studies at Gettysburg College, begins a five-week series at 9 am Sunday, August 26 in room 7C. Don’t miss this popular Issues Class lecturer!

      DivorceCare: 13-week support group returns at 6 pm Thursdays, September 6-November 29 in room 2.

      Rally Day: The church school year gets under way 9 am Sunday, September 9. This year's Sunday Funday theme is based on the book, "The Kindness Quilt" by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace.

      Terrific Tuesday: Choir rehearsals -- with dinner available to all from 5-6:15 pm -- resume Tuesdays beginning September 11. Enjoy an entree, salad, beverage and dessert for $3 per person.

      Derry Seniors: The new program year gets under way at 10 am Tuesday, September 18 with Susan Gumpher nee Mittan presenting "Hershey's Bygone Era."

      Arts Alive: The first concert of the 2018-19 series will be held 4 pm Sunday, October 7 in the Sanctuary. Tracy Dietrich and Cindy Wittenberg, the musicians of “Silver, Wood and Ivory" return to Derry Church for an ethereal afternoon concert.

    • Corn Roast Volunteers Needed

      Volunteers are needed to help set up and clean up at the annual Corn Roast on Thursday, August 23. Contact the church office if you can spare some time in the afternoon to set up tables and chairs or in the evening for cleanup and tear down duty.

    • VBS Reminder

      Dozens of children have already signed up for “God's Everyday Heroes” Vacation Bible School. The program will be held 9 am - 12 pm Monday-Friday, August 6-10 at Derry Church. Monday, July 23 is the last day to sign up. Registration forms are available online and at church. One form per child. $10 per child/$40 family maximum. Make checks payable to Derry Church, notated “VBS.” Class sizes are limited.

    • Introducing Our Transitional Children's Coordinator

      M.E. Steelman has served as Chair of the Christian Education Committee. She makes her own transition in coming weeks: on August 1 she begins serving as Derry's Transitional Children's Coordinator. New chair of the Christian Education Committee is elder Christy Elliott. 

      Meet M.E.Steelman
      I am beyond excited to serve the children and families of Derry as the Transitional Children's Ministry Coordinator. Working with children has been my passion for as long as I can remember. Early on I spent years babysitting and working as a camp counselor. I then went to Elizabethtown College and became a secondary math teacher. For six years I worked in the Cornwall Lebanon School District as both a middle school and high school math teacher and also the head field hockey coach. In 2007 I was blessed to become a mom and have loved the last 11 years as Pete and I have added to our family and now have four happy, fun and energetic children.  

      While I am no longer in the secondary classroom, I haven't really left the teaching world. I have spent the last 11 years tutoring middle school and high school students, teaching preschool age children, organizing various fundraisers for Derry Preschool, co-coordinating Derry's VBS and Art in the Grove programs, serving on a number of church committees and coaching our children's sports teams. 

      I am  excited to take all of that I have learned and use my teaching background to create, teach, lead and guide the children of Derry as they further connect with our Lord. 

    • Congregational Meeting on July 29

      The Session has called a congregational meeting on Sunday, July 29 following the10:30 am worship for the purpose of creating a new Associate Pastor position and electing an Associate Pastor Nominating Committee.

    • Greetings from Montreat, NC

      This crew left on Saturday for a week at the Montreat Youth Conference! Keep them in your prayers as they end the week and reture home on July 14.

    • Prayers Needed?

      If you or someone you know would appreciate being added to the church's prayer list, there are three ways to make it happen. Call the church office (717-533-9667), send an email to church secretary Teresa Hutcheson, or on Sunday morning, fill out a prayer request available in the pew racks and hand it to an usher during the first hymn. The usher will hand it to the pastor at a convenient point in the worship service.

      If the prayer concern is of a personal nature, you can request "staff only" prayers. You can count on prayer from the church staff even when those names are not included in the enews or printed prayer list updated each week and available from the information desk in the Narthex and the lower level atrium). Thank you for taking time to let the church office know when someone is in need of prayer... we also appreciate knowing when someone's name can be removed from the prayer list. 

    • Find Derry Church on Social Media

      Derry Church is active across several social media channels. is the place to see the most current photos and find out about events and other news items of interest. “Like” us and join more than 800 other friends of Derry Church.

      You can also follow Derry Church on InstagramTwitter and Choose your favorites to keep up with all that’s happening at the church. If you want to look at any of these platforms later, you can find them easily using the social media icons at the bottom of every page on

      If you use the Waze navigation app on your smart phone, look for Derry's ad as you drive near the church.

    • Heading to Montreat

      Derry’s senior high youth leave on Saturday for the week-long Montreat Youth Conference. This year's theme is "Lift Every Voice." This unique gathering brings young people from all over the country for a week of study, worship, and recreation. Activities include morning energizers, music, keynote, small group meetings, afternoon recreation activities, and evening worship. Keep in your prayers Abby Han, Lizzie Pease, Amanda Ruch, Hannah Arnold, Allyson DeBerry, Megan Mehaffie, Natalie Taylor, Keely Schrum, Hunter Arnold, Tony O’Shea, and leaders Keri Keck and Steven Guenther.

    • June 2018 Session Highlights
      • The Session approved baptismal instruction and baptism for Colin and Leonardo Simmons, sons of Derry member Madeline Simmons and her husband, David, on July 29, 2018. Adult baptism of Tammy Burkhart was approved for July 3, 2018 at the Tuesday evening service.
      • Steven Guenther shared the treasurer’s report which noted that income and expenses are in line with budgeted figures. Through the end of May we have received 47.6% of our budgeted income.
      • Pastor Marie reviewed her request for a three-month sabbatical to be taken in three separate time periods in 2019. She will be taking time to learn ways to strengthen our interfaith ties with local partners, spend time on her own spiritual enrichment, explore current trends in adult education, and improve her use of technology to enhance and organize ministry files and connections. The request was approved, exact dates to follow.
      • Pastor Stephen reviewed the Three for Three during which he noted several upcoming events which Derry will attend for community outreach including the National Night Out on August 7 and Derry Township's annual teacher appreciation luncheon on August 21.
      • The Session considered and approved a request from Pack 200 to permit girls to join the Cub Scout program. Female scouts would be in separate dens with female scout leaders. The request permits both girls’ and boys’ dens to be under one charter for Pack 200.
      • At the request of the Personnel Committee, Session approved the hiring of ME Steelman as the Transitional Children’s Coordinator, and two Derry Discovery Days aides: Amber Allen and Pam van Wyk. In addition, Session approved new terms of employment for Jackie Lerch as she moves toward her part-time, 20-hour/week position.
      • A congregational meeting will be held on July 29 to approve creating the position of Associate Pastor for Youth and Family Ministry at Derry Church and to elect a nominating committee who will begin the search for this candidate.
      • Building & Grounds presented a Capital Procurement Requisition to enhance church security. The request includes installing an electronic lock on the rear sanctuary entrance door, adding cameras (one in the rear sanctuary entrance to monitor the door and a second camera on the chapel in the courtyard) and purchasing six additional panic buttons. The cost of these upgrades is $7,647 which will be financed through the dedicated Capital Facilities Fund. Session approved the request.
      • Credit card authorization was approved for Steven Guenther.
      • Stewardship & Finance requested permission to start a building fund to handle expenses for Derry’s upcoming 300th anniversary celebration. The request was approved.
      • Youth requests for a Youth Paint Night fundraiser on January 5, 2019 and van use for fall trips were approved.
      • Kelly Mehaffie presented a request for approval of a proposed Enrichment Program for Derry Discovery Days. The program would incorporate literacy, math, art, and STEM/science connections in line with the PA Early Learning Standards for Preschool Students. Considerations such as staffing and expenses were discussed. Session voted to approve this new educational opportunity for the preschool.
      • The Session discussed Debbie Hough’s upcoming retirement celebration, approving the program on August 19 and several ways of honoring Debbie’s many years as Director of Christian Education.
    • Join the Discussion: Elder Care

      1 pm Wednesday, July 11 in Room 2, join a discussion on ways we can better reach out and share our care with our oldest members. The group that has been leading this effort is Derry's Care ‘N Share team, who make regular contacts and visit with elderly members of our church family. Contact Pastor Marie if you’d like to participate but can’t attend this mid-day meeting.

    • Grantville Family Night on July 30

      5:30 -7:30 pm Monday, July 30, meet at the sports field near the back-of-the-track housing and chapel where we serve meals to the track workers. Bring salad or dessert to share at this picnic supper. Enjoy fellowship and sports with racetrack workers & their families. All ages welcome! You may have participated in prior years as this is has been a popular Mission Week activity. Contact Marilyn Koch or Karen Leader.

    • Newly Baptized

      Congratulations to Tammy Burkhart, who was baptized in worship on Tuesday evening, July 3. Welcome to the church family! Our next baptisms are set for Sunday, July 29.

    • Hymnal Update

  • June - 2018
    • Baptisms on June 24

      Derry Church celebrated with these families whose children were baptized on Sunday, June 24: Owen James, son of Sara & Bruce Matthews, Franklin Cole, son of Jackie & Matthew Lerch, and Grace Evelyn, daughter of ME & Pete Steelman. Congratulations to all!

    • HVAC Update #7

      June ends over a year of planning and construction of Derry Church's new HVAC system. All the mechanical systems are now installed and operational. We are working on a reasonable punch list of items to be completed and fine-tuning some parts of the system. The computer-based control program is being put in place that will allow us to monitor and adjust operation of the systems in the most efficient manner, helping us to save money in the long run. We now have air conditioning in the kitchen and the Chapel so it's comfortable all year round for everyone who's here to work and worship. 

    • Derry Discovery Days Updates
      • Derry Discovery Days is hiring for the 2018-19 school year! Our preschool seeks a teacher for our Lady Bug (toddler) class. All candidates must have previous experience with children. EOE. For more information contact Kelly Mehaffie, Director.
      • Discovery Days is pleased to announce two new additions to the staff, pictured below. Derry member Pam van Wyk (left) will be a teacher aide in the Butterfly (4-year-old) class, and Amber Allen will be a teacher aide in the Busy Bee (3-year-old) class. Welcome!

    • Can You Spare Your Fryer?

      Loretta Chubb, our Hospitality Coordinator, is in need of a fryer for a special church school recipe. If you would be willing to let her borrow your fryer from August 8-15, please contact Loretta or call the church office (717-533-9667). Thanks, Derry!

    • People Mover Serves Ages 60+ in Derry Twp

      Do you have a relative, friend or neighbor at least 60 years of age who lives in Derry Twp and needs transportation to places within the township? People Mover, run by volunteers, provides free transportation to doctor's offices, the  Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Mohler Senior  Center, banks, churches, drug  stores and beauty shops within Derry Twp Monday through Friday. For more information, call 717-533-3642.

    • Pediatric CPR & First Aid Certification Class: Aug 28

      9 am Tuesday August 28 in Room 7. Anyone interested in attending is invited to join Derry Discovery Days staff for training and certification. Cost is $45 per person: contact Kelly Mehaffie for more information and to RSVP.

    • Softball Team Update

      Tonight is the final game in the regular church softball season: come out and support the team at 9 pm Thursday, June 28. Bring your favorite portable chair and enjoy some summer softball: games played at Veteran's Park, off Elmerton Avenue in Susquehanna Township. Playoffs begin in July. See more photos on Facebook.