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  • December - 2018
    • Cookie Walk Report

      These smiling ladies were on hand Saturday morning to welcome shoppers to the 2018 Cookie Walk. Thanks to all the bakers, jumbles donors, callers, organizers, buyers, salespeople, and other helpers for making the Cookie Walk and Jumbles Shop a success.

      Last Saturday’s Cookie Walk raised $2,259 ... the Jumbles Shop received 1,490 for a grand total of $3,749 that will go toward Presbyterian Women’s mission.

      Trays and containers can be picked up in the Narthex near the kitchen until December 16... after that date you can purchase them from the Jubilee shop in Palmyra.

    • A Candlelight Christmas: Concerts Dec 14-16

      The  Susquehanna Chorale will present three concerts this Christmas season featuring one of choralmusic’s most popular Christmas works, Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols: 8 pm Friday, Dec 14 at High Center, Messiah College, Grantham; 8 pm Saturday, Dec 15 at Church of the Brethren, Elizabethtown; and 4 pm Sunday, Dec 16 at Market Square Presbyterian Church, Harrisburg. Participating from Derry Church is  Greg Harris. Tickets ($20 in advance, $25 at the door; $5 students) through the Messiah College Box Office: 717-691-6036.

    • Silent Auction Shout-Out

      Thank you, Derry artists and craftsmen, for your awesome contributions to this year's Silent Auction! Thank you also to those who participated in the spirited bidding. Your efforts resulted in a net of $1,162 for Mission Week 2019!

    • Coin Return on Sunday

      Your Change 4 Children coins -- collected on Dec 9 at the end of each service -- will support Faith Works Free Schools, a place for children who otherwise would not receive an education. Current enrollment is 1,200 children in grades 1-7. The Faith Works program is targeted to students who live in the slums of Lasaka, the capital of Zambia. Each child receives a nutritious lunch during school days. The schools are housed and operated by local indigenous churches, with funding and supplies provided by Alliance for Children Everywhere. Helen DeVos Christian School provides an educational opportunity for grades 5-9.  

      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. 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 March 2010, so keep on gathering those coins.

    • Invite Our Neighbors: Dec 17

      The Membership & Involvement Committee is walking door-to-door along East Derry Road and Trinidad Avenue to place doorhangers inviting our nearest neighbors to Christmas Eve services. You're welcome to join: meet 1:30 pm Monday, Dec 17 in room 2 for instructions before leaving the church. It will take about an hour. RSVP to Marie Buffaloe.

    • Director of Music Announces Resignation

      Last week Dr. Sean McCarthy informed the Session that he has accepted a music director position at First Church of Christ in Wethersfield, Connecticut. The new position will allow him and his wife Eve to return to the home they have been unable to sell. His last Sunday at Derry Church is January 27, 2019. 

    • Behind the Music: Christmas Carol Edition

      6-6:30 pm Tuesday, Dec 11 & 18 in the John Elder Classroom
      In this two-week holiday series, join Pastor Stephen as he shares the stories and theology behind many of our best-loved Christmas carols! Make an evening of it: enjoy Terrific Tuesday dinner ($3) from 5-6:15 pm in Fellowship Hall before joining the class, then stay for evening worship at 6:45 pm in the Chapel.

    • November 2018 Session Report
      • Received five new members on November 18.
      • Examined newly elected Ruling Elders and Deacons in preparation for ordination/installation on Jan 13, 2019.
      • Sara Woodbury, Chair of the Associate Pastor Nominating Committee, presented the APNC’s prepared Ministry Information Forms for the Associate Pastor/Certified Christian Educator position. After discussion, the Session approved the forms. The next step in the process is to present the MIFs to the Presbytery’s Committee on Ministry. Once approved, the MIFs will be posted to PCUSA’s Church Leadership Connection website for potential candidates to view and respond.
      • The Session viewed a video entitled “Justice” which is part of “The Bible Project” series. See:  The video explores the biblical theme of Justice and discusses how it’s rooted in the story-line of the Bible that leads to Jesus.  The video was helpful in leading a discussion regarding the proposed revision of Derry’s Mission and Vision Statements.
      • Steven Guenther shared the Treasurer’s report which noted that income to the church general fund continues to be approximately $37,000 ahead of budget.
      • The memberships of Rick and Ellen Arnold were transferred to St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Lebanon.
      • Pastor Stephen reviewed the Three for Three noting that a communion service was held at Masonic Village on November 27 and another at County Meadows is planned for December.  Christmas caroling at the Hershey Plaza is scheduled for December 16. 
      • The Session reviewed the changes to Derry’s By-laws and passed a motion recommending that the revised By-laws be presented to the congregation at Derry’s annual meeting on February 3. Prior to that time, the revised By-laws will be distributed via e-mail with printed copies available at the Information Desk in the Narthex.
      • The Personnel Committee presented a recommendation to create a part-time Sexton position to work Sunday from 8:00 am-1:00 pm. Duties would include coordinating other volunteers (such as parking lot attendants, nursery attendants, etc.), security monitoring, cleaning up following post worship fellowship, and locking up the church building. The approximate yearly cost is $3,500. The request was approved.
      • An updated Job Description for the Derry Discovery Days Director was approved.
      • In keeping with Derry’s past practice of having guest theologians with different perspectives visit, the Session approved a proposal to invite Dr. Eric Barreto, a New Testament Professor from the Princeton Theological Seminary, to preach at Derry in February. 
      • The Session approved serving Communion at the 2:30 pm and 11:00 pm Christmas Eve services and deleted Communion scheduled for January 6, 2019.
      • A request from Stewardship & Finance to provide a credit card to Loretta Chubb for church-related expenses was approved.
      • Stewardship & Finance proposed moving the money in the stained glass window fund into a separate dedicated account. The purpose of the account will continue to be to receive and distribute funds for installation and maintenance of stained glass windows within Derry Church. The Session approved the request and the updated Investment Policy Statement which now includes this new dedicated account.
      • Derry Discovery Days’ request to purchase and add new furniture in nursery rooms 11 and 8 was approved. The cost of the furniture will be covered by DDD.
      • Approved a request from Derry Discovery Days to hold a bake sale fundraiser at the Christmas Concert on December 9.
      • Approved a request from the Long Range Planning Committee to sell Derry t-shirts to those interested. The shirts will also be given to volunteers who are representing Derry at community events.
      • Long Range Planning requested permission to form a group of all past elders and deacons who would be invited to a Saturday retreat in early 2019. The purpose of this group would be to tap into the large reserves of wisdom, talents and skills that these individuals possess to assist with future church planning. The request was approved.
      • Steven Guenther requested that the Boy Scout bank account be included under Derry’s accounts. This will help to avoid problems with the account when the organization’s treasurer changes. Since Derry is the Charter Organization for the Scout troop, the request was approved.
      • The Session accepted with regret Dr. Sean McCarthy’s resignation as Director of Music and Organist. Sean and his wife Eve are wished God’s blessing as they prepare to return to Connecticut and begin a new career.
    • Monday Night Women's Group Will Discuss "Book Girl"

      7 pm Monday, Jan 7 in the John Elder Classroom
      Sarah Clarkson's  “Book Girl” explores the reading life as a gift and an adventure, one meant to enrich, broaden, and delight you in each season of your life as a woman. In Book Girl, you'll discover how reading can strengthen your spiritual life and deepen your faith; why a journey through classic literature might be just what you need (and where to begin); how stories form your sense of identity; how Sarah's parents raised her to be a reader - and what you can do to cultivate a love of reading in the growing readers around you; and more than 20 annotated book lists, including some old favorites and many new discoveries. Read more on the Hearts & Minds bookstore blog

    • Congratulations 50+ Members!

      Everyone in this photo has been a member of Derry Church for more than 50 years. They were recognized in worship on Sunday, Dec 3. We are grateful for the many ways you've supported the church through the years.Congratulations to all!

  • November - 2018
    • Give the Gift of Time

      This holiday season and in the new year, volunteer at one of the many Derry partnering organizations:

      • Serve lunch at Downtown Daily Bread, 11:30 am Sunday, Dec 2 
      • Ride along on Bethesda's mobile mission, 8 pm Friday, Jan 4
      • Serve breakfast at Gather the Spirit, 8:30 am Saturday, Dec 29 at the Common Ground Cafe at the Unitarian Church, 16th & Market, Harrisburg
      • Serve dinner at the Penn National racetrack on New Year’s Eve with Charlie and Marilyn Koch 
      • For more details, contact Craig Smith or Julie Yutesler
    • Updated Pictorial Directory Now Available

      The November 2018 print version of the church directory is available for pickup at the Information Center, or download a copy. You can also view the church directory online: contact Sue George if you need the password. 

    • New for Advent: Photo-A-Day Facebook Group

      Continuing in the tradition of The Gratitude Group, Derry's new Advent Photo-A-Day Group gives you the opportunity to share your creativity as a photographer or artist. Each day through the season of Advent - Dec 2 through Christmas day - check the page for an Advent word of the day. Then post a photo or image that captures the meaning of that word for you. Feel free to add explanatory or descriptive text if you wish. We look forward to going on this Advent journey with you!

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    • Help Us Celebrate Jesus' Birthday on Dec 23!

      11:30 am Sunday, Dec 23 in Fellowship Hall 
      For this special post-worship fellowship, we're planning to have 12 different tables -- one for each month of the year. People can sit or gather around their birthday month table and learn about those who share their month as we enjoy cake together. We’ll also have a special cake for Jesus. We’ll sing happy birthday and invite the children to help blow out the candles.

      How can you help? Sign up to decorate a table. We'll provide plates and cups.You may want to pick up some themed napkins for your table. If your preferred month is taken, contact that person and offer to lend a helping hand. Then get ready for a birthday blowout like you've never seen in church!

    • Mission & Peace Committee Spending Report

      At its November meeting the Mission and Peace Committee approved the following distribution of funds from its 2018 budget:

      • $5000 to the Community Checkup Center
      • $3000 to Hope Within
      • $3000 to Christ Lutheran Church
      • $446 to CWS/CROP to make Derry's contribution an even $6000.

      For over 20 years Derry has supported the Community Checkup Center's work with low-income women and children in the Hall Manor area of Harrisburg. Since 2006 Derry has supported faith-based Hope Within which provides Christ-centered primary health care and mental health care services for uninsured, low-income residents in the Elizabethtown area. Expanding Derry's mission focus, we have begun a partnership this year with Christ Lutheran Church which serves residents in the 13th and Derry Streets area of Harrisburg. Thank you for your support of these organizations.

    • Nov 2018 Giving Update

      It’s not too late to make a financial pledge for 2019 before Session meets to set a budget based on 2019 financial commitments. You can pick up a pledge card in the Narthex or church office or make your pledge online. Thanks, Derry!

    • No More Christmas Cards, Please!

      Many have been very generous in donating leftover Christmas cards that we've shared with a prison ministry. We can't accept more cards at this time. Until further notice, please share your cards with others.

    • Silent Auction Closes 11:30 am Sunday

      Have you had the opportunity to check out the assortment of handmade items from Dominican Republic and Derry’s own artisans now on display in the Narthex? Proceeds support Mission Week 2019. Bidding closes following the second worship service on Sunday, Dec 2.

    • How Do I Find Out About Snow Closings?

      The fastest way to find out about cancellations of church services and activities is on the home page of the church website ( Look for the red box on the left side under the scrolling photos. On a mobile device, swipe down until you find the red box below the news box. Announcements will also be posted on the church's Facebook page. After hours you can check messages on the church answering machine (717-533-9667). 

      While local media will be contacted, church information does not have priority status for posting on TV. Most stations only post church updates on their websites.

    • Get 'em Before They're Gone: Giving Tree Tags

      As of this writing, a handful of gift tags are still available for children whose families are clients of the Hershey Food Bank, and there are a few gift cards for racetrack workers. Help yourself to tags and return gifts to the church by Dec 9. Thanks, Derry!

    • GriefShare Begins Jan 8

      2-4 pm Tuesdays, Jan 8-Apr 9 • Room TBA
      For those grieving the loss of loved ones, a new GriefShare support group offers biblical teaching, small group discussion, video seminars led by renowned experts on grief and recovery topics, and a workbook to help participants explore topics in depth. Participants can start the program at any time and pick up missed sessions when the next series is offered. No charge to attend. RSVP to the church office.

    • Church Office Closed for Thanksgiving: Nov 22-23

      The Derry Church office will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 22-23. Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Jim Cooper Memorial Blood Drive

      8:30 am-12 pm Sunday, December 16 in Fellowship Hall. Sign up in the Narthex in coming weeks or walk in that day.

    • 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 the children of families using the Hershey Food Bank. The tree will be in place and decorated with gift tag ornaments made by our Pilgrim Fellowship by Sunday, Nov 25. 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 children while gift cards are great choices for teenagers.

      All gifts and gift cards should be returned unwrapped in a Christmas gift bag by Sunday, Dec 9 with your ornament gift tag attached to the handle. Questions? Contact Craig Smith.

    • Welcome Derry's New Members!

      On Sunday Derry Church welcomed five new members. L-R, Lori Winger, Max and Angi Braun, and Eliana and Tyler Hempel. Read more about them in a flyer available the Information Center. Next new member class begins on Sunday, January 27, 2019. 

    • November 2018 Financial Snapshot

      Cash Flow - Operating Fund as of 10/31/18

      Income YTD:  $1,058,468 $1,036,180
      Expenses YTD: $1,027,749 $1,054,242
      Surplus/(Deficit) YTD:  $30,719 ($18,062)




      Questions? Contact Steven Guenther, treasurer.

    • Another Giving Tree Option: Gift Cards for Racetrack Workers

      You can also select one of 40 tags for back-of-the-track workers at Penn National race course on or after Nov 25. These tags invite you to purchase a $25 Walmart gift card to make Christmas brighter for the hard-working men and women at the track. Record your name on the signup sheet and return the tag and gift card by Sunday, December 16, placing them either in the nearby red stocking or the white mailbox located outside of the church office. Merry Christmas!

    • Your Homemade Cakes & Pies Will Benefit Our Preschool

      Derry Discovery Days is holding a bake sale in Fellowship Hall after Derry Church’s “An Irish Christmas” concert on Sunday, December 9. Homemade cookies, whole pies and cakes will be sold to raise funds for the preschool.  If you’re willing to bake for the preschool, contact Kelly Mehaffie. Coming to the concert? Stop in to pick up a sweet treat and coffee “to go.” Cash and checks accepted.

    • Orange Day is Nov 25

      Human trafficking is the world's fastest growing criminal enterprise, second only to the drug trade. Between 100,000 and 300,000 children are commercially exploited in this country annually.  Over 273 human trafficking cases have been reported in Pennsylvania since 2016. 

      Sunday is Orange Day. Wear orange or an orange ribbon to show awareness of this problem and support for those working to combat it.

    • Silent Auction Opens on Sunday

      Support Mission Week 2019 (and do some early Christmas shopping) during the week of Nov 25-Dec 2 when a large assortment of items will be on display in the Narthex, including a selection of handcrafted items by Derry Church artisans and crafters. Bidding will close following the second worship service on Dec 2.

    • Pilgrim Fellowship Serves Lunch: Dec 2

      Gather in room 7A following the 10:30 am service on Sunday, Dec 2
      Have pizza provided by the Deacons, then serve the Derry Seniors’ holiday lunch and come back for ice cream sundaes. Pickup 2 pm. Parent helpers needed! Please RSVP by Wednesday, Nov 28.

    • Worship & Spiritual Life Committee Seeks Sanctuary Guild Members

      Sanctuary Guild members tidy up the pews in the Chapel and Sanctuary each week. Time commitment is one  to one and one-half hours. Want to know more about what's involved? Please contact Jill Campbell. She and Mary Jane Mease will happily provide hands-on training.

    • Christmas Eve is Dec 24!

    • Advent Study Begins Nov 29

      Join the Thursday morning study group at 10:30 am Thursdays, Nov 29,  Dec 6, 13 & 20 in room 7AB to study and discuss scriptures for the upcoming Sundays in Advent. Handouts available at the Information Center in the Narthex. Questions? Ask John McGahan or Pastor Marie.

    • Star Ornaments Sold Out!

      Thanks to everyone who purchased one of Mark Smith's handmade star ornaments. All 100 have been sold, and proceeds will help to fund 2019 scholarships for deserving students in Pakistan. 

    • Fleece Blanket-Making Returns Dec 16 & Jan 13

      6-8 pm Sundays, Dec 16 & Jan 13

      Join the fun and make some knotted fleece blankets! All ages welcome to drop in for an hour or stay for the evening and help members of the Christian Ed Committee make blankets that will be used to warm up Harrisburg's homeless population. Another way you can support the effort is by providing two-yard lengths of warm fleece fabric in your favorite solid colors and patterns -- this fabric is often on sale during the winter months. Remember that two pieces of fleece are needed to make one blanket. Deliver fabric to the church office. Thanks, Derry!
    • Come to the Derry Church Rake Fest

      8:30 am Saturday, Dec 8 on the church grounds
      The Building & Grounds Committee invite you to join them with rakes, bags and barrels to tackle the church grounds until no leaf is left standing. If the weather's nasty, the rake fest will be held on Dec 15 instead. We need your help so badly that we are bribing you with donuts and coffee! Questions? Contact Tom Kitzmiller.

    • Enews Thanksgiving Edition

      Next week’s church e-newsletter will arrive in your inbox a day early, on Wednesday, November 21. Happy Thanksgiving!

    • 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. Forms available at the insert rack in the Narthex or in Sunday bulletins.

    • PW Christmas Dinner: Dec 10

      6 pm Monday, Dec 10 in the Lounge
      Presbyterian Women’s annual holiday covered dish dinner will be followed by an opportunity for women to make a simple holiday craft. Bring a dish to serve 6-8 and a place setting for each person. All women welcome - bring a friend!

    • Christmas Eve at Derry Church

      Monday, Dec 24 in the Sanctuary • All services include singing "Silent Night" by candlelight

      2:30 pm*  Lessons and Carols featuring the Derry Brass and communion.

      5 pm*  Family friendly service of Lessons and Carols with Joyful Noise and Celebration Choirs and Tintinnabulation handbells.

      7:30 pm*  Traditional service of Lessons and Carols, with the Sanctuary and Chrysalis Choirs and Derry Ringers.

      11 pm  Lessons and carols with soloists and special music, youth and young adult worship leaders and communion.

      * Child care available.

    • Longest Night Worship

      7 pm Tuesday, December 18  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.

    • Dedication Sunday Report

      As of Sunday, Nov 11, Derry Church has received 176 financial commitments totaling $767,493. Thank you! If you haven’t turned in your estimate of giving card for 2019, 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.

    • Mission House Makeover

      This new sign and recently completed landscaping in front of Derry's Mission House was made possible by everyone who participated in the Mission Madness basketball fundraiser last March and the leadership of members Sally McKinney and Marion Alexander. Thank you!

    • Looking Good!

      Our A/V team has new shirts! If you have a question about sound or video, or if you'd like to be on the team, ask someone wearing one of these cool shirts on Sunday morning. Thanks to Jim Pease (back) and Joey Owsley (front) for modeling the shirts.

    • Friday Evening Women's Group: Nov 16

      7 pm Friday, Nov 16 • Room 7
      ME Steelman and Liz Gawron welcome all women to take a "night off" and join with friends from Derry and the community as we enjoy an evening of spiritual reflection and creativity. We will begin using Gracelaced as our guide to conversation and use the message as a resource for our suggested creative piece. No preparation required. Come as you are and enjoy time for yourself as you reflect, converse, listen and create at this new "Art in the Grove" supported ministry. We hope you will join us. Can’t make it this month? The group meets next on Dec 14.

    • Join the Parking Lot Greeter Squad!

      Tom and Nancy Kitzmiller tell about their recent experience working as Sunday morning parking lot greeters... they'd love to have you join the parking lot squad! Contact them at

    • Pastor Stephen Reports on the Mission & Vision Survey

      Thanks to everyone who participated in the recent Mission & Vision survey. You provided great insight and ideas as Session moves forward with developing new mission and vision statements for Derry Church. Read more in Pastor Stephen's blog post.

    • CROP Report #2

      We’re still doing the math on totals raised at the October 28 CROP Walk. Latest figures show $12,740 was raised at the 33rd annual Hershey/Hummelstown hunger walk, with $5,540 coming from Derry Church members and friends. It’s not too late to write a check to CROP/CWS and drop it in the offering plate.

      Shout out to our own Pastor Marie Buffaloe, who was recognized for coordinating the Hershey/Hummelstown CROP hunger walk for the past 10 years and raising over $125K to end hunger globally and locally.

    • Youth Choral Festival: Nov 18 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. Choirs perform 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.

    • Serve in the Santa Shop: Dec 3-18

      Santa Shop is a traveling party for inner-city impoverished youth held on-site at churches, head starts, and agencies. The Santa Shop will visit the Vista School in Hershey on Friday, Dec 7. 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 for two- to three-hour shifts during the day, after school, and in the evening. Women, men, couples and teens are welcome. Sign up on the bulletin board as you enter the church by Fellowship Hall or contact Training workshops are offered on Nov 11 and 13 at Paxton Presbyterian Church. The program is sponsored by the Presbyterian Women of Harrisburg’s Paxton Presbyterian Church.
    • Lunch ‘N Learn on Nov 15

      12 pm Thursday, April 20 in the Londonderry Village Fellowship Hall, Palmyra. Jo Ellen Litz, will talk about The Swatara Water Trail and its many points of interest including the Bordner Cabin, waterfalls, wildlife and more. This program is open to the public. Bring your lunch or order a boxed lunch ($), or just come to hear the speaker. RSVP by Nov 8 for seating and lunches: 717-687-2521.

    • Super Successful Family Fall Festival

      The results are in, and the Derry Discovery Days Preschool Fall Family Festival raised over $6,500!!! Big thanks to everyone who planned, helped, donated, and came out to the event. See photos on Facebook.

  • October - 2018
    • Fill Out Your Estimate of Giving Card Online

      You can participate in Derry’s 2018 “This Is Why” 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 financial/office manager.

      If you use online giving and the information you enter represents a change from 2018, 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.

    • "Christmas in Ireland" Concert
      4 pm Sunday, Dec 9 • Sanctuary
      This holiday season, we invite you to experience Christmas in Ireland. Come enjoy beautiful folk carols from the Emerald Isle, and join the combined choirs and orchestra in a sing-a-long of favorite carols. The second half of the program features highlights from Handel’s Messiah, which premiered in Dublin. Sharing the stage will be Derry’s 45-voice Sanctuary Choir, the Derry Ringers handbell choir and Derry’s youth and children’s choirs. An outstanding orchestra provides accompaniment.

      Free will offering supports the Arts Alive cultural series.

    • CROP Walk Report #1

      It may have been a grey day, but all the 2018 CROP Walkers had high spirits! Thanks to everyone who walked and donated: our Derry team collected $4,301 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. It’s not too late to contribute: place checks to “CROP/CWS” in the offering plate. Thanks to all who contributed and walked.

    • 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. The Thank Offering provides grants to projects that promote education, provide safe housing, clean water, health care, help for prisoners, justice for women and more. Health ministries account for 40% of the grants.
      One example is Dining With Dignity that will purchase a refrigerated food truck to transport food from local grocery stores and restaurants safely and efficiently to impact hunger in the community around Lexington, Kentucky. The 2018 offering will be received on Sunday, Nov 25, and envelopes are in the pew racks. Make checks payable to Derry Church notated “Thank Offering.
    • Sweet and Salty Treats Needed Nov 11
      Following the 4 pm "Basically Broadway" talent show and stewardship celebration on Sunday, Nov 11, we’ll gather in Fellowship Hall for some sweet and salty snacks. Make, bring or bake your favorite sweet or salty treat and get ready to sample others from Derry Church kitchens.
    • 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 3 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 2. Thanks for your support!

    • Baptized on Oct 28

      Julia Ann, daughter of Derry members Michael and Laura Grudzinski, was baptized in worship on Sunday, Oct 28. Congratulations to the Grudzinski family that includes big sisters Harper and Amelia!

    • NEW FOR NOVEMBER: The Gratitude Group
      Today through Thanksgiving (Nov 22), you're invited to participate in a new Derry Church Gratitude Group on Facebook. Check in each day for the prompt, then let us know what you are thankful for and read what others are thankful for. Let's spread some goodness in this season of thankfulness!
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      Welcome to The Gratitude Group! Each day until Thanksgiving, check here for a daily prompt that encourages you to think about something you're thankfu...
    • Kristallnacht 80th Anniversary Commemoration: Nov 4
      1 pm Sunday, Nov 4 at the Harrisburg Jewish Community Center, 3301 N. Front Street
      Join Pastor Stephen and friends to commemorate the Night of Broken Glass, which marked the beginning of the Holocaust. Program includes an introduction by March of the Living participants, a short film on current trends in Holocaust education, a panel discussion with children of Holocaust survivors. At 2:15 pm, there will be an interfaith gathering of love and solidarity in coordination with the Community Responders Network. Events are free and open to the entire community.
    • You're Invited: Carlisle Presbytery Ordination on Nov 11
      6 pm Sunday, Nov 11 • McConnellburg Presbyterian Church
      The Presbytery of Carlisle invites you to the Ordination and Installation of Emily McCachren as a Minister of Word and Sacrament and Pastor of the McConnellsburg Presbyterian Church. The church has been searching for a pastor for more than four years, and Carlisle Presbytery is excited to share this special day in the life of our wider church family.
    • Stewardship Update #1

    • October 2018 Session Highlights
      • Jan Nixon, Chair of the Heritage Committee, presented an update on the committee’s ongoing projects, including efforts to enhance the nearby spring, which first brought worshippers to this site. Jan reminded us that our 300th anniversary is only five years away. To begin the planning process, Session authorized the Heritage Committee to create a committee which will begin to plan events for this historic occasion in the life of Derry Church.
      • Steven Guenther shared the Treasurer’s report which noted that income to the church general fund is $37,000 ahead of budget. 
      • The memberships of the Ario family, Joel, Dee, Sam and Scott, were transferred to United Church of Dorset, Vermont.
      • Baptism for Julia Ann Grudzinski was approved and scheduled for October 28.  
      • Pastor Stephen reviewed the Three for Three noting that God’s Hidden Hands will be presenting puppet skits at ChotoberFest on October 20. A communion service at Masonic Village will be scheduled prior to year end.
      • The Session is reviewing suggested updates to Derry’s By-laws as well as the Mission and Vision statements. These items will be discussed and approved at future meetings.
      • Volunteers are needed to assist with maintaining our cemetery. The Building & Grounds committee will look at establishing a standing sub-committee to coordinate the care of this important area of our church. Interested volunteers should contact the church office.
      • Two youth fundraisers were approved: a flower sale for delivery on Mother’s Day (May 12, 2019) and an Envelope fundraiser in August 2020.
      • A request to serve Communion at the Camp Krislund weekend was approved.
      • To prepare for future facility maintenance projects and replenish the fund after significant capital expenditures, the Session approved transferring $250,000 from the Futures Fund to the Capital Facilities Fund.
      • A Building Use Request to use the Hammond Library on the third Monday of each month beginning in January 2019 (no meeting in June, July and August) for meeting of the Board of Directors of the Cocoa Townes Homeowners Association was approved.
    • Church Directory Now Available Online
      In our ongoing quest to provide you with the latest and greatest Derry Church member directory, we're publishing it online. As new photos and information is added, the online directory is instantly updated, so it's the most current version we can offer you. Click individual photos for contact information. 
      Find the link in the "Quick Links" section of or just click here -- but first you'll need the password. It will be printed in the Sunday bulletin, or request the password from Sue George.
    • Help Christ Lutheran's Health Ministry Fight Colds & Flu
      Throughout November we're collecting facial tissues and over-the-counter cough, cold and flu medications that can be used by our mission partners at Christ Lutheran Church's health ministry in Harrisburg. Drop items in the designated basket in the mission closet by the mailboxes on the lower level. Thanks, Derry!
    • Outdoor Work Day: Nov 10
      8 am - 12 pm Saturday, Nov 10
      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... stay 'til the end to enjoy lunch and fellowship!
    • Baked Potato Bar Supports Boy Scout Troop 200: Nov 18

      11:30 am Sunday, November 18 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.

    • CROP Walkers, Read This

      Walkers, sign the registration form at the Information Center in the Narthex. Walkers under 18 need a parent’s signature. Please return donations (checks payable to CROP/CWS) to the Information Center by 9:15 am on October 28. Carol Schneidereit will collect all forms and register our church for the CROP Walk.  A group photo will be taken at 1 pm near the start of the walk.

      In the photo below, these Derry friends are modeling the 2018 CROP Walk T-shirt! Get yours on Sunday. Shirts are $5 unless you're age 18 or younger: Pastor Marie will buy one for any young person walking this year. We invite anyone with a CROP T-shirt (any color) to wear it on Sunday and build some excitement for this year's walk!

    • DivorceCare "Surviving the Holidays" Workshop: Nov 25

      6-8 pm Sunday, Nov 25 • 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 included. 
    • JOY Luncheon: Dec 2

      12 pm Sunday, Dec 2 • Fellowship Hall
      All 60+ are invited for a delicious meal hosted by our Deacons and served by the Pilgrim Fellowship. After lunch, enjoy, musical entertainment in the Sanctuary by our Derry Brass. Free. RSVP to the church office by Nov 25: 717-533-9667.

    • Cookie Walk and Jumbles Shop: Dec 1
      9 am - 12 pm Saturday, Dec 1 • 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. Proceeds go towards PW goal for church-wide mission funding. Contact Doris Feil to help with sales or cleanup.
    • 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

    • Attention Derry Artists and Craftsmen
      You are invited to donate one of your creations to the 17th annual Silent Auction, to be held Nov 25-Dec 2 in the Narthex. Your donation should be given to Pete Feil by Nov 18 along with the minimum acceptable bid for that item. All proceeds benefit Mission Week 2019.
    • 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.

    • Preschool Silent Auction Begins Oct 20
      You’re invited to bid on the silent auction items on display in the Narthex near the nursery. The auction closes at 11:30 am Saturday, Nov 3 during the Derry Discovery Days’ Family Fall Festival (10am-12pm). Items include a baseball & football lover’s package, children’s book package, theater and museum passes, brunch for two at the Hotel Hershey, Downstreet Salon services, birthday party packages, travel packages to Philadelphia/Washington DC/Pittsburgh, golf at the Hershey Country Club, photography session, dance class packages, toys, Strasburg Railroad, gift card basket, themed gift baskets and much more. Winners will be contacted by phone if they are not present at the end of the auction. Proceeds benefit the preschool.
    • CROP Hunger Walk on Oct 28


      Learn more about the 2018 CROP Walk... sign up at church or sign up online and get ready to walk at 1 pm Sunday, October 28 on the Milton Hershey School grounds!

    • Important Online Pledging Notice
      Thanks to attentive member Gregg Robertson who let us know our online pledge form was not working properly last week. It's fixed now. If you tried to submit your 2019 pledge from our website before October 17, we'd appreciate it if you would submit your pledge again. We apologize for the inconvenience. 
    • October 2018 Financial Snapshot
      Cash Flow - Operating Fund as of 9/30/18


      Income YTD 977,797 932,561
      Expenses YTD 950,270  948,822
      Surplus (Deficit) YTD 27,527  (16,261)
      Contributions to the general fund are $37k over budget and $107k over 2017. Building & Grounds is over budget due to repairs needed to the sprinkler system and heating system. Committee expenses are in line with expectations. Questions? Contact Steven Guenther, treasurer.
    • NEW: Friday Evening Women's Group Oct 19
      7 pm Friday, Oct 19 in Room 7… stay as long as your schedule allows
      ME Steelman and Liz Gawron welcome all women to take a "night off" and join with friends from Derry and the community as we enjoy an evening of spiritual reflection and creativity. We will begin using Gracelaced as our guide to conversation and use the message as a resource for our suggested creative piece. No preparation required. Come as you are and enjoy time for yourself as you reflect, converse, listen and create at this new "Art in the Grove" supported ministry. We hope you will join us. Can’t make it this month? The group will also meet on Nov 16 and Dec 14.
    • Are You Good at Tidying Up? We Need You Once a Week!
      The Worship & Spiritual Life Committee is on the lookout for people available for an hour once a week to tidy up the pews in the Chapel and Sanctuary in preparation for Sunday worship. Learn from experts Mary Jane Mease and Jill Campbell on a Tuesday morning, and once you know the drill, you can pick the day and time that works best for you. For more information and to volunteer, contact Al Porter.  
    • 2019 Dominican Republic Mission Trip
      Put your faith into action and join Derry's mission trip to the Dominican Republic from June 8-16, 2019. A sign-up sheet is posted on the Mission & Peace bulletin board in the Narthex.You'll work with folks in the local community to build/repair houses and lead Bible school activities. Minimum age is 13-15 accompanied by a parent/guardian, no upper age limit. Cost is $1650; applications (available in January) and payment due Feb 24. A limited number of grants are available to defray up to half of the cost of the trip; download an application or pick up in the church office. Questions? Contact Pete Feil. This is an opportunity to experience life as lived by much of the world.
    • "Swan Songs" Concert on Nov 18 Features Music of Brahms, Schubert
      4 pm Sunday, Nov 18 in the Sanctuary • Offering • An Arts Alive Event
      In the last years of his life, Brahms fell in love one last time: with the clarinet! His Sonata in E-flat contains some of most beautiful melodies you’ll ever hear, performed by superb clarinetist Beverly Butts. Toward the end of his life, Schubert wrote his very last song cycle, the beloved Swan Songs sung here by acclaimed New York-based soprano Jennifer Groves. Sean McCarthy provides accompaniment on the piano,
    • From Horse-Drawn to Horseless Carriage: Nov 20
      10 am Tuesday, Nov 20 in Room 7 • Free 
      Next month the Derry Seniors welcome Bob Ladd to talk about a century of transportation progress. The program is free. Bring a friend! Lunch follows: $3/person in Fellowship Hall.
    • Don't Miss the Bus!

      If you'd like to go on the annual NYC bus trip on November 17, be  sure to sign up this Sunday, October 21 in the Narthex. Table will be staffed for 30 minutes after the 11 am service. We have 14 seats available, If you are unable to make your reservation that day, please contact Julie Miller at 717-370-1003.

    • Orange Day is Thursday, Oct 25
      The Pennsylvania legislature recently passed a bill to give greater protection to those who have a Protection From Abuse order against their abuser. This month is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Join with Derry's Presbyterian Women and wear orange on Oct 25 to show support for those working to end domestic violence and show awareness of the problem.
    • Serve Breakfast at "Gather the Spirit" on Oct 27
      8:30 am Saturday, Oct 27 • Common Ground Cafe at the Unitarian Church, 16th & Market, Harrisburg
      Join Derry Church volunteers to serve breakfast to the people of the Allison Hill community. 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. 
      At our 10:30 am worship on Sunday, Oct 28, you'll hear more about "Gather the Spirit" from president of the board, Clay Lambert. 
    • A Musical Collection of American Classics: Oct 21
      4 pm Sunday, Oct 21 at Faith Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Harrisburg. The Vintage Brass, Percussionist Tim Rupert, Vocalist Tamara Black, Clarinetist Steven Christ, along with piano and organ players, Caleb Flick, Barb Buckingham and Wanda Beaver will combine their musical talents in a program that pays tribute to some of America’s greatest composers. Hear George Gershwin’s famous "Rhapsody In Blue" as performed by Caleb Flick. Steve will perform two Gershwin works: "Three Piano Preludes" and "Walking the Dog." Other featured pieces include works of Leonard Bernstein in celebration of what would have been his 100th birthday. The Brass will play the Liberty Bell March and Duke Ellington’s "Take The A Train." Tammy will present "Summertime" from Gershwin’s "Porgy and Bess." And you'll enjoy piano/organ duets from Caleb and Wanda along with Barb’s outstanding renditions of "Piano Man" and "The Stars and Stripes Forever." Full combined selections include "When You Wish Upon A Star" and "I Can Cook, Too" from the Broadway musical "On The Town." Free will offering.
    • Fall Retreat for Derry's Middle Schoolers!

      These youth and leaders spent last weekend at the "Breakaway" middle school retreat on the Chesapeake's North Shore. Ask them about it when you see them on Sunday!

    • Mission Update by Doris and Pete Feil
      Thank you, Derry! Our recent contribution to Lend A Hand was used in part to purchase a new stove for Jan and other supplies on their recent trip to Princeville/Tarboro, North Carolina. Work continues in this area on about 100 houses damaged two years ago by Hurricane Matthew. Make plans to join Lend A Hand's next trip to this area November 4-10.
    • Friendly, Welcoming Parking Lot Greeters Needed
      Will you spend a half hour in our parking lot on Sundays from 10 to 10:35 am to help members and guests find open parking spaces and the easiest way into our building? This new greeter outreach program begins October 28. Sign up with Nancy Kitzmiller
    • You're Invited: Installation of Rev Drew Stockstill on Nov 4
      3 pm Sunday, Nov 4 at Christ  Evangelical Lutheran Church, Harrisburg. You may remember that Rev. Drew Stockstill was guest preacher at Derry Church a few times as we waited for Pastor Stephen to arrive. Back then he was Director of Health Ministries at Christ Lutheran Church, and on Nov 4 he will be installed as pastor. Rev. Kirk Kerns, Dean of the Harrisburg Conference, will preside and Rev. Ellen True, pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church, Camp Hill, will preach. 
    • Organ Spooktacular: Nov 2
      7:30 pm Friday, Nov 2 at Market Square Presbyterian Church, Harrisburg. The unearthly organ trio of Ellen Hunt, Tyler Canonico, and Jordan Markham will play a number of selections associated with ghosts and goblins, including J.S. Bach's familiar Toccata and Fugue in D Minor; Max Reger's Toccata; Danse Macabre by Camile Saint-Saens; Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky, and more on the church's 83-rank Aeolian-Skinner-Moller organ. Organists will play separately and together. There will be some tricks and treats and a few surprises -- and a great spooky atmosphere. Fun for the whole family! Tickets available at the door: suggested $10 donation to Market Square's organ restoration project. Park at no charge in the adjacent city-owned Market Square Garage.
    • Worship Next Weekend: What to Expect

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

      5 pm Saturday, Oct 20:
      • Taize worship in the Sanctuary
      • Dress casual
      • Live painting 
      • Derry Church musicians
      11 am Sunday, Oct 21:
      • Traditional worship with communion in the Sanctuary
      • No church school classes
      • UNITE Youth event 4-6:30 pm at Gretna Glen
    • 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 2018-19 mailing address. Please send contact info to Jackie Lerch by Sunday, November 4.

    • Show Some Love to Our College Students

      Next month our college students will receive a $5 Starbucks gift card and greetings from Derry Church so they know their church family remembers and cares about them. To support this effort, write checks to Derry Church notated "College Care" or give donations directly to Jackie Lerch by Sunday, November 4. Thanks, Derry!

    • Catch Up on Recorded Classes and Sermons

      Did you know that audio files of Issues Class lectures, Pastor Stephen's Chapel classes 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.

    • Will This Be the Most Coveted Pie at Love INC's Pie Auction?

      Derry's own Pastor Stephen and hospitality coordinator Loretta Chubb team up to bake a one-of-a-kind apple pie for Love INC's 8th annual pie auction, 6:30 pm Friday, October 12 at the Hershey Country Club!

    • Second Annual "Basically Broadway" Celebration: Nov 11

      4-5:30 pm Sunday, Nov 11 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. Bring a  sweet or salty snack to share afterwards in Fellowship Hall. 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. Nursery care available with RSVP.  717-533-9667.

    • A New Way to Give

      It's not a figment of your imagination: text to give is for real and available now at Derry Church! Listen in on what happens when church treasurer Steven Guenther forgets his checkbook and imaginary Pastor Stephen drops in to remind him about this new way to give. Just text an amount to 717-356-9648 using your mobile device... it's fast, secure and easy. Big thanks to the Derry members who sat in as "extras" for this bonus sermon.

    • Peace & Global Witness Offering Received Oct 7
      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 peace-making efforts, and Derry Church has designated our PC(USA) mission co-worker in Honduras, Dori Hjalmarson, 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. Envelopes for this offering are available in pews.
    • Cast Your Vote for New Church Officers on Oct 7
      Derry members, your vote is needed following the 10:30 am service this Sunday, Oct 7 to elect eight elders and five deacons for the class of 2021 and two church members to serve on the 2019 nominating committee. Accepting the nomination to serve as elders are Deanna Achorn, Nicola Burke, Linda Chidester, Peter Gawron, Heidi Keene, Marilyn Koch, Kathy McGrath and Ken Pearl. Michael Farbaniec, Keri Keck, Amber Imboden, Matt Smoluk and Ruth Uffelman have been nominated as deacons. Mary Bungo, Nancy Kitzmiller and Pete Steelman have been asked to serve on the nominating committee. Learn more about them in bios printed in the Sunday bulletin.
    • Derry Member Writes "These Days" Devotions

      Derry member Denn Hollandsmith has written the October 21-27 daily devotions in the October-December "These Days" booklets available for free here at the church. He writes on the theme "Abiding Light." Denn serves on the Communications & Technology Committee and has led some Tuesday evening services.

    • Pastor Stephen Tackles Tough Questions
      9:15-10 am Sundays in the Chapel beginning Oct 7
      Join Pastor Stephen to wrestle with theological questions that can often be troubling. We'll start off with "How is God Present/At Work in the World?" The series continues weekly through the fall.
    • Check Out God's Hidden Hands at Choctoberfest: Oct 20
      12 pm, 2 pm & 4 pm Saturday, Oct 20 at Chocolatetown Square, Hershey
      Derry Church's own God’s Hidden Hands puppet troupe will present the Gospel using  puppets and other creative ministry techniques at the 4th annual family friendly fall festival. Stop by and cheer them on at one or more of their performances... you'll be glad you did.
    • Boxtops4Education Due Oct 21
      Please return all Boxtops4Education to the PW basket in the mission closet on the lower level by Sunday, October 21. Expiration dates must be 10/31/18 or later. Your boxtops support the Samuel J. Green Charter School in New Orleans, which serves inner-city children. Presbyterian Women's June mailing totaled $86. Thanks for your support!
    • Disaster Response Training: Oct 15
      9 am Monday, Oct 15 at Valley Forge Presbyterian Church, King of Prussia
      Natural disasters and public violence are both a part of our current landscape. How can we respond to support and heal communities while also caring for ourselves? The Presbyterian Church's Presbyterian Disaster Assistance agency offers disaster response training, sponsored by the Synod of the Trinity and its presbyteries. $10/person. Read more and register by October 8.
  • September - 2018
    • Join Derry's New Parking Lot Welcome Squad
      We’ve discovered that some have been unable to find parking on Sunday mornings go home instead. We want to improve our welcome to guests and members, but we can't do it without your help.
      Parking lot greeters age 18 and older and van shuttle drivers are needed to cover the church parking lot between 10:00 and 10:35 am each Sunday. To volunteer, please call the church office (717-533-9667) or email Nancy Kitzmiller. 
    • NEW! 2018 Ornament by Mark Smith
      Derry member Mark Smith, blacksmith by trade, has turned six nails into a beautiful star ornament that you can purchase for $10 each on Sunday mornings beginning October 7. Proceeds will help to fund scholarships for students attending Presbyterian Education Board schools in Pakistan. 
    • September 2018 Session Highlights
      • The Session reviewed the items discussed at the recent leadership retreat on Saturday, September 15 which included Derry’s Mission and Vision statements and church By-Laws.
      • Steven Guenther shared the Treasurer’s report which noted that income to the church general fund is $41,000 ahead of budget due to increased giving and some 2018 pledges which have been paid in full. 
      • The membership of Dodi Rish was transferred to Faith Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Harrisburg at her request.  
      • With gratitude to Mary Nolan, the owner of the print shop located across Derry Road, the Session approved the placement of parking signs along the side of that building which note that the spaces are for the use of Derry Church on Sunday mornings. In addition, a crosswalk to assist with safety will be installed from the north side of Derry Road to the corner of Mansion and Derry Roads. Session also authorized several committees to proceed with recruiting and organizing volunteers to create a parking lot and shuttle driver contingent which will assist with parking on Sunday mornings.
      • Pastor Marie reviewed the Three for Three and thanked the Long Range Planning committee for sponsoring the purchase of t-shirts with the phrase “Derry Church Rooted Giving Growing” which will be worn at community events, such as ChotoberFest on October 20. 
      • The November stated session meeting will occur on November 28 rather than 21 due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The meeting will begin at 6 pm in the Chapel with the new Elder/Deacon Examination.
      • At the request of the Personnel Committee, Session approved updated position descriptions for: Parish Associate Pastor for Congregational Life & Care, Derry Church Custodian, Director of Music, Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries, and Finance & Office Manager.
      • At the request of Derry Discovery Days, the hiring of Haifa Bachnak as a Teacher Aide was approved.
      • Building Use Requests for the use of Fellowship Hall to host a birthday party on December 8 and a Unite Youth event on January 27, 2019 were approved.  
      • Rather than have the Session review and vote upon each request to use the church van, Session established a rule which states that as long as the use of the van is consistent with church policy and is for a church function, the request does not need to be brought before Session for approval.
    • Sing with the Choir in the Open Choir Loft!
      The once-a-month Chapel Choir and the Sanctuary Choir invite you to join them up in the choir loft on Sunday, September 30 to sing an easy anthem. It's your chance to try out what it's like to sing with one (or both) of our talented choirs... and maybe you'll want to continue on a weekly basis. We hope so! Get ready to come forward when new singers are invited on Sunday.
    • September 2018 Pictorial Directory

      Last Thursday the September 2018 edition of Derry Church's pictorial directory was sent out by email. It's the first directory we've produced in-house, and we've discovered that we have more work to do to make sure the directories are emailed to everyone who wants one. We're still catching up with folks who did not receive a copy and updating our records as we go. If you'd like one, send your request to Sue George or pick up one of the paper copies now available at the information center in the Narthex. If you don't see yourself in the directory, submit a favorite photo to Sue or look for her on any Sunday morning this fall and she'll take your photo. If you'd like to use a different photo, tell Sue: it's easy to update family photos so the one you want is included in the next edition, publishing late November 2018.

    • Carlisle Presbytery's Interim Executive Presbyter is a Friend of Derry Church

      At the September meeting of Carlisle Presbytery, it was announced that Cheryl Galan will begin serving as Interim Executive Presbyter of Carlisle Presbytery in December. Cheryl served as Derry Church's Director of Christian Education from 1979-84. She and her husband Jack had two children who were baptized at Derry and she was ordained as a ruling elder here.
      In Carlisle Presbytery she also served at Faith Church as Christian Education Consultant (1986-89) and DCE at Market Square (1990-94) before discerning God's call to the ministry of Word and Sacrament and graduating from Princeton Theological Seminary with an M.Div. From 1997-2011 she served as solo pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Ontario Center (NY), and since then as Associate Pastor, FIrst Presbyterian Church of Topeka (KS), as Transitional Leader, the Presbytery of Elizabeth, Plainfield (NJ), and as Transition Pastor at Crossroads Presbyterian Church in Mequon (WI). 
      She writes, "I don't come with answers, but I do believe that the presbytery is the right place to explore the questions. I believe that as we come together in experiences that ground our life in God... as we listen to our various perspectives... as we expand our collective imaginations... as with a spirit of experimentation we step out of our usual ways and groupings... and new and compelling vision for our future will emerge."
    • Learn About Jesus on Thursday Mornings
      7-Week Study 10:30 am Thursdays, Oct 4-Nov 15 in Room 7AB
      Looking for a Bible study that will challenge and refresh your faith? Join the Thursday morning JIF (Journey in Faith) for "Refreshing What We Know About Jesus." Rediscover the historical Jesus, the world in which he was born, and the many layers of interpretations. This DVD series was used in the adult ed class this summer and includes Derry favorites like Walter Brueggemann and Amy-Jill Levine. Marie Buffaloe and John McGahan are facilitators. 
    • Join the Women's Study Group to Watch and Discuss "Calvary"
      6 pm Monday, October 15 in the John Elder Classroom
      The Monday night women's study group will view and discuss the movie "Calvary" at its October 15 gathering. All women welcome: bring your dinner or a snack/dessert if you like. The film tells the story of Father James, a small-town priest in Ireland whose Sunday confessionals suddenly include a threat to kill him in a week's time as a matter of principle. Deeply troubled and conflicted about how to respond, Father James tries to go on with his calling through that week. However, that proves impossible as he is confronted with a troubling variety of spiritual challenges from both his estranged daughter and his own parishioners. In those dispiriting struggles, Father James' life begins to fall apart as time runs out towards a confrontation that seems to crystallize his values and what he wants his life to be. (Summary by Kenneth Chisholm) Questions? Contact Sue George.
    • Suicide Prevention Program: Oct 7
      5-7 p.m Sunday, October 7 at Gettysburg Presbyterian Church
      Presentation by Govan A. Martin, III, retired as a 29-year veteran of the Pennsylvania State Police after serving as the program Manager of the Member Assistance Program, an internal employee assistance for the last 12 years of his career. He serves as Co-Chair of the Pennsylvania Adult/Older Adult Suicide Prevention Coalition and is a certified Master Trainer in QPR, and ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trainer) Instructor, certified instructor in Psychological First Aid and holds many other certifications. 
    • September 2018 Financial Snapshot

      Cash Flow - Operating Fund as of 8/31/18

        Actual Budgeted
      Income YTD 878,022   828,943
      Expenses YTD 869,142 843,392
      Surplus (Deficit) YTD  8,800 (14,449)
      Contributions to the general fund are $41K over budget and $80K over 2017. Building & Grounds is over budget due to repairs needed to the sprinkler system and heating system. Committee expenses are in line with expectations. Questions? Contact Steven Guenther, treasurer.
    • Three Ways You Can Support Derry Discovery Days Preschool
      1. Feniccis Fundraiser: 11 am - midnight Monday, October 8 at Fenicci’s Restaurant, 102 Chocolate Avenue, Hershey. 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. Or order online and grab ‘n go with curbside pickup! 
      2. 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. Each time you shop at Giant, 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 $1,333 and used funds to purchase equipment and supplies. This program has no impact on gas points you earn.
      3. Family Fall Festival: 9 am - 12 pm Saturday, November 3. Games, crafts, bake sale, entertainment and a silent auction... all proceeds will support Derry Discovery Days preschool. All ages welcome and the event is open to the entire community. The silent auction opens Sunday, October 21 and closes during the festival.
    • Derry Church Responds: Hurricane Recovery
      Hurricane Florence brought devastating floods to residents in North and South Carolina. Even though the storm moved into the area almost a week ago, flood waters have barely receded. For many, cleanup and recovery has not even started. We have lived through one of the wettest summers in history and have seen flash floods disrupt the lives of our neighbors in South Central PA. The Mission and Peace Committee (MAP) knows that Derry Church stands with its neighbors near and far in times of natural disaster. Therefore, MAP has designated $1,500 from its budget to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) and $1,500 to Lend A Hand.
      We all know PDA as our denominational organization that goes in immediately after disaster with cleaning supplies and essentials for those affected by the flooding. In coming months, Lend A Hand will be working to rebuild lives in Princeville, North Carolina as well as locally in Lebanon County, Mount Joy and York County.
      You can add to our disaster relief giving by making donations to the church office payable to “Derry Presbyterian Church” and notated either “Disaster Relief,” “PDA,” or “Lend A Hand.”
    • Family Promise Dinners Needed Sept 30-Oct 6
      Recently Pastor Stephen presented a challenge to the congregation: he encouraged us to leave the walls of Derry and go out into the community to build relationships. Well, here's your chance to do just that! The Family Promise shelter returns to Hershey the week of September 30 – October 6. By taking a meal or driving the Family Promise van, you will be sharing the love of Christ with families who are working hard to get back on their feet. Sign up to drive the van...or sign up online for meals using last name Promise and password Derry. Questions? Contact Jane Robertson. Thanks, Derry!
    • Surviving the Holidays GriefShare Workshop: Oct 27
      9:30 am-11:30 am Saturday, October 27 in room 7AB for those grieving the loss of a loved one. This  workshop helps with support, encouragement and advice for the upcoming holiday season. Free. RSVP to Pastor Marie (717-533-9667).
    • Thank You Note from Debbie Hough
      Read a letter from Debbie Hough, our former Director of Christian Education, expressing her thanks for recent retirement celebrations and gifts.
    • Happy Anniversary!

      On Sunday, September 16, the McKinney-Whitaker family and members of the Pastor Nominating Committee joined with the congregation to celebrate the first anniversary of Pastor Stephen's installation at post-worship fellowship.

    • CROP Walk: Oct 28

      1 pm Sunday, October 28 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 33rd annual Hershey/Hummelstown CROP Hunger Walk. Registration begins at 12:30 pm at the Henry Hershey Field and the walk takes place rain or shine. Sign up 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 2018 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.
    • Sign Up on Sunday for the Bus Trip to NYC
      Signups begin Sunday, September 23 and continue through October 20 or until all tickets are sold. 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 17 in New York City! 
      The bus will depart Derry Church promptly at 7 am, so plan to arrive no later than 6:45 am. Drop-off and pickup in NYC will be at the Winter Garden Theatre. 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. Bus departs the city at 7 pm sharp. 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.
    • Wear Orange on Tuesday, September 25
      September 25 is set aside by Presbyterian Women to remind us of women and children exploited and those who are working to change their lives. Lily Pad Haven in Charlotte, N.C., provides shelter and care for survivors of human trafficking. The Well in Bucks County gives long-term aftercare and housing which focuses on women and girls who have been sexually exploited and in some cases relocated far from home(trafficked). Recently Lancaster sentenced a man for trafficking -- a first for that county. Show support for those working to increase the quality of life for the victims: wear orange or an orange ribbon on Tuesday, September 25.