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- Sunday Instructions for CROP Walkers
Walkers, please fill out and sign the release form on a donation envelope even if you have not collected any contributions. Walkers under 18 need a parent’s signature. Return the envelope and all donations (checks payable to CROP/CWS) to the Information Center in the Narthex by 9:15 am on Sunday, October 22. Donation envelopes are available at the Information Center. Or register and donate online. A group photo will be taken at 1 pm near the start of the walk. Look for the big group of Derry Church friends and families!
- Attention Derry Artists and Craftsmen
You are invited to donate one of your creations to the 16th annual Silent Auction, to be held November 26-December 3 in the Narthex. Your donation should be given to Pete Feil by November 19 along with the minimum acceptable bid for that item. Proceeds benefit Mission Week 2018.
- Don’t Miss the (NYC) Bus!
The annual NYC bus trip is a go for November 18. We have 15 seats available, so be sure to sign up this Sunday, October 22 in the Narthex. Table will be staffed from 9 am - 9:45 am and for 30 minutes after the 10:30 am service. If you are unable to make your reservation that day, please contact Julie Miller at 717-370-1003.
- Pastor Stephen’s New Bible Study Begins Sunday
Join Pastor Stephen at 9:15 am in the Chapel on Sunday mornings beginning October 22 for a unique study of the Bible as a Strange Book of Books. The problem with the Bible is that we think we already know what it says. But do we, really? Do we really understand that the Bible has its origins in a collection of stories that were told out loud? Do we realize how the Bible compares to other stories in other cultures? Do we get the deeply political agenda of many Biblical texts? For the next nine weeks, join us as we gather to better understand, read, interpret, and think about the Bible as Holy Scripture.
- Up Next for Derry Seniors: Nicaragua
10 am Tuesday, November 21 in room 7C, join Derry Church’s own Pete Feil as he tells about the experiences of Derry Church’s mission teams who have spent a week each summer for the past 17 years building new cinderblock homes for dozens of families in Nicaragua. The program is free. Bring a friend! Lunch follows: $3/person in Fellowship Hall.
- “Romantika” Concert on Nov 19
4 pm Sunday, November 19 in the Sanctuary
Free will offering
This Arts Alive concert features one of New York’s premiere violin virtuosi, Yuko Naito-Gotay, performing music of Rheinberger and Franck from the height of the Romantic Period. She will be accompanied on both organ and piano by Sean McCarthy, Derry Church’s Director of Music and her long-time chamber music partner.
Yuko Naito-Gotay, a native of Tokyo, has performed with leading orchestras including The New York City Opera, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, The New York Pops, Westchester Philharmonic, The Springfield Symphony and The Harrisburg Symphony.
In recent years her performance work has expanded to Broadway shows such as Hamilton, Kinky Boots, Dear Evan Hansen and War Paint, where she serves as the regular violinist.
A graduate of the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music, Mrs. Naito-Gotay holds advanced degrees from Yale and the Manhattan School of Music.
- Preschool Silent Auction Begins Oct 22
You’re invited to bid on the silent auction items on display in the Narthex near the nursery. The auction closes on Saturday, November 4 during the Derry Discovery Days’ Family Fall Festival. Items include a bowling package, brunch for two at the Hotel Hershey, family photo shoot packages, travel packages to Walt Disney World, Pittsburgh, Washington DC and Philadelphia, rounds of golf at Manada Golf Course and the Hershey Country Club, home cleaning, toys, Strasburg Railroad, fitness packages, gift baskets and much more. Proceeds benefit the preschool.
- October 2017 Financial Snapshot
Cash Flow - Operating Fund as of 9/30/17
ACTUAL BUDGETED Income YTD: $862,381 $944,111 Expenses YTD: $872,755 $999,177 Surplus/(Deficit) YTD: ($10,374) ($55,066)
We continue to be concerned that the deficit will grow through the end of 2017. September was a light month in terms of contributions, but committees continue to work to keep expenses down. As a result we continue to do better than the budgeted loss based on the budget. Questions? Contact George Porter. Thank you for your continued support now and throughout the the year.
- Go to Nicaragua in 2018
Derry members and friends, make plans now to be part of Derry's 18th trip to Nicaragua from June 9-17, 2018. You will partner with local masons to build houses and later assist in Bible school activities. Minimum age is 13-15 with a parent/guardian, no upper age limit. Cost is $1650, due March 4. Sign up on the Mission and Peace bulletin board in the Narthex. Applications available in January. Questions? Contact Pete Feil 717-566-8250.
- Stewardship Story: Elly & Dan Morrison
For my wife Elly and me, our Presbyterian roots started in McVeytown, a rural town in central PA. We attended Sunday school and church and my one aunt taught church school and led the youth group while my other aunt was church secretary. My dad was a trustee, and our aunts and uncles were deacons and elders. I did my God and Country service award for the Boy Scouts at the McVeytown Presbyterian Church. Elly and I each served a term as president of our youth group. Growing up in a small town, attending a high school that did not have a football team – having only 41 classmates – allowed ample time for church to be a cornerstone in our lives. Krislund Camp was a favorite destination getaway. In our town, everyone knew everyone. We both remember walking to church, proudly carrying our parents’ offering envelope.
Recently I read Jefferson Bethke's book Jesus>Religion and I came away with my own mixed review. Bethke said that if we could all just live our lives according to Jesus’ plan, this world would be such a better place. If we could mimic Jesus’s thoughts and behavior 7x24x365 we would not need religion. Bethke said that sometimes religion can get in our way. If Bethke’s goal is achievable, would a brick and mortar church even be needed? Bethke makes a good point but when we look at the world today I’m thinking we humans are still falling a bit short. I know God certainly sees Elly and me as “works in progress."
Elly and I feel the community of believers at Derry is a strength for us. I have had the opportunity to be on session and Elly on the board of deacons. Those are both such positive experiences. The candlelight service when new officers share their faith statements is a powerful, spiritual setting: that service changes you. Participating in the deacons’ blood drive and monitoring blood pressures for the flock... delivering flowers as a couple... the chance to lead a confirmation class lesson is enriching, as much to the teacher as it is the confirmand. Serving a meal at the Grantville racetrack or delivering food and blankets in downtown Harrisburg on a cold winter day gives perspective to the work we do at Derry. And answering Pastor Marie’s request for prayers at our service for wholeness and healing and praying at that Sunday service is especially moving – the power of prayer is so evident and working within us. Life brings us all challenges – present company included – and we need not and should not ever face these alone. Prayer is power and it is active at Derry.
Derry church provides a great spiritual sanctuary to all of us; it is so needed in our community. Elly and I are happy to participate in the stewardship challenge: we want Derry to be financially strong so that it can continue writing its legacy for years to come. Until Bethke’s vision materializes, we still need some “Presbyterian” religion to help guide our lives.
- Presbytery-wide Worship Celebrates the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation: Oct 29
4 pm Sunday, October 29 at Market Square Presbyterian Church, Harrisburg. Celebrate the Lord’s Supper and hear a 100-voice choir sing two great works, including a commissioned anthem by composer Robert Lau. A gala reception follows.
- Meet Carlisle Presbytery's New Mission Co-Worker for Honduras: Nov 4
Stop by any time between 12-3 pm on Saturday, November 4 at the Palmyra home of Greg and Lois Harris. Meet and greet mission co-worker Dori Kay Hjaimason, learn about this new mission venture, and have something to eat at this informal gathering of Presbyterians. RSVP to Lois Harris.
- Congregational Meeting on Nov 5
A congregational meeting has been set following the 10:30 am service on Sunday, November 5 to elect Shel Parker as elder, class of 2020, and Sara Woodbury to serve on the 2018 nominating committee, and to act on the HVAC loan.
- October 2017 Baptisms
Derry Church welcomed six children into the church family on Sunday, October 8 through the sacrament of baptism. L-R:
Mason Sims and Ophelia Knight, son and daughter of Frances & Jeremy Mohler
Kazmir Ellison, son of Elizabeth & Luke Gawron
Beatrix Georgia, daughter of Amy Backenstose
Beatrice Mae and Fiona Hazel, daughters of Brian & Elia Bentley
Congratulations and best wishes!
- Are You Running in the Hershey Half?
Please let us know so we can keep you (and all the runners) in our prayers on Sunday morning.
Did You Know?
Food Bank Sunday on the second Sunday of every month is the designated day to drop off non-perishable foods for the Hershey Food Bank... but donations are accepted any time: find collection baskets/containers at our main entrances. Here's a list of the Hershey Food Bank's most-needed items.