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- Jello, Cupcakes + Volunteers Needed Feb 21!
Your help is needed to host the Hershey Ministerium Lenten luncheon on Wednesday, February 21 following a 12:10 pm community worship service in the Sanctuary. Derry’s Presbyterian Women needs your donations of 9”x13” gelatin salads and cupcakes (two dozen) by 9 am on February 21. Volunteers are needed to help prepare the meal, serve and/or clean up: please contact Sharon Henderson, Joan Theal or Doris Feil. Thanks, Derry!
- Pilgrims Spend a Night at the Church
Last weekend Derry Church was transformed into an exciting new world, with themed snacks, games, crafts, stories and activities based on the movie “Night at the Museum.” See photos on facebook. Big thanks to Debbie Hough and Nicola Burke, to Pete “Teddy Roosevelt” Steelman for planning and running the games portion of the evening, to Allison Spooner and Lynn George for returning to Derry to help plan and run the event, and to the parents who provided breakfast.
Be sure to check out the children’s dioramas displayed on the ramp leading up to the Chapel. The next event for grades 3-5 will be 12-2 pm Sunday, February 25, a “Wonder” book club & movie gathering. Bring your lunch. Parents are welcome to attend. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, February 21.
- Are You a Doctor, Nurse, EMT or Other Medical Professional?
Derry Church is looking for volunteers with experience in the medical field to provide first aid if there is a medical emergency during a worship service or church activity. The vision is for a Medical Support Team Lead to coordinate volunteer participation. If you are trained as an Emergency Medical Technician, Nurse, Dentist, Doctor, Physician Assistant or other medical professional and have interest in volunteering as a Medical Support Team Member or Medical Support Team Leader, or you’d like more information, please contact Doug Ebner at 717 379-2835.
- LVC Student Musicians to Perform for Derry Seniors
At 10 am Tuesday, March 20 in the Sanctuary, the Derry Seniors welcome student musicians from Lebanon Valley College. This year’s musical program will feature Patrick McMullen and Rachel Schulz performing organ works of J. S. Bach and Franck, Abigail Stoner performing Rachmaninoff's Prelude in G# on piano and Scott Joplin’s The Entertainer on handbells, and Catherine Achenbach performing You Raise Me Up as a piano/organ duet. The program is under the direction of Derry member Shelly Moorman-Stahlman, Professor of Music and College Organist at Lebanon Valley College. Free.
- Pastor Stephen’s Sunday Class Returns Feb 18
Join Pastor Stephen at 9:15 am in the Chapel for his Lenten class “Book in an Hour,” starting on Sunday, February 18. Each week we’ll explore the context, content, and message of a book from the Hebrew Scriptures in an hour. This overview will help familiarize you with some of the less well-known books of the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament).
- Thanks, Lori!
You’re receiving this week’s eNewsletter thanks to the efforts of Lori Klucker, who just completed her three-year term as an elder serving on the Communications & Technology Committee. Thanks, Lori!
- Holy Week at Derry
The complete schedule of Holy Week events at Derry Church is now available online. Many activities are planned from Palm Sunday through Easter (March 25-April 1). Volunteers are needed for several events: tell us how you’d like to help by returning forms available at the insert rack.
- Register Online for Krislund's 2018 Summer Camps!
- Grants Available for the PW Churchwide Gathering
A limited number of leadership development grants are available to help those interested in attending the PW Churchwide Gathering August 2-5, 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky. These reimbursable grants will cover up to $500 in Gathering registration, housing and/or travel expenses. The deadline for applying is March 30, 2018 and early application is encouraged. Priority consideration will be given first time attendees. Download a leadership development grant application.
- “Baroque Palace” Concert
4 pm Sunday, March 4 in the Sanctuary, featuring the Hershey Baroque Chamber Players under the direction of Sean McCarthy. Enjoy audience favorites such as Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 and “Spring” from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, to name just two of the “greatest hits” Sean McCarthy and his virtuoso ensemble have planned. Free will offering supports Arts Alive programming.
- The Last Week: Walking with Jesus from Palm Sunday through Easter
This Lent we will be walking with Jesus through Holy Week, according to the Gospel of Mark, starting with his entry into Jerusalem on a donkey surrounded by crowds waving palms. We’ll get to see day by day what Jesus said and did during his last week before his death and resurrection. Some of the common stories we hear about Jesus happened in this last week, but we don’t always get to hear and experience them in this context. Please join us each Sunday from February 18 through March 25 as we walk with Jesus through Jerusalem to the cross and to the empty tomb.
- Lunch ‘n Learn About Advance Planning: Feb 15
12 pm Thursday, February 15 in the Fellowship Hall at Londonderry Village. Timothy McGowan, Director of Pre-Arrangements & Family Services at Finkenbinder Family Funeral Homes will present “10 Reasons” for starting the conversation about final wishes and making your wishes known. There will also be time for questions and answers. Order a lunch, bring your own, or just come to hear our speaker. RSVP to Lisa Thomas at 717-838-5406 ext. 3052.
- Piano/Oboe/Violin/Viola Concert
3-4:30 pm Sunday, February 25 at First United Methodist Church of Hershey. Mod3 is a versatile performing group consisting of oboes, violin/viola and piano. The term “mod” is reflective of the group’s ability to transform itself (or modularize) based on the literature chosen for the occasion. The New York City based Mod3 plays exciting standard literature written for variable instrumentation as well as new works and arrangements tailored for the group such as Brahm’s 3rd Symphony and movie music themes by John Williams. Mod3 aims to play music that is both musically fulfilling and engaging to any audience regardless of age or exposure to the traditional medium. Read more about the musicians: Will Curry, Carol Ann Aicher and Kevin Chavez.
- Pondering Life & Faith with Philip Yancey: Mar 17
7-9 pm Saturday, March 17 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, West Chester. Philip Yancey has explored the most basic questions and deepest mysteries of the Christian faith. He is a speaker who challenges minds and inspires listeners. Whether you are a fan of his many books, or just someone on your own spiritual journey, you will appreciate his honest reflections on his life experiences and faith questions. He will invite us to ponder with him God’s grace through Jesus Christ. A book signing follows. His books include Vanishing Grace, What Ever Happened to the Good News?, The Jesus I Never Knew and Prayer: Does it Make any Difference? $15/person. Register online.
- Directories and Annual Reports Available
Did you get your copy of the 2018 phone/address directory and the 2017 annual report that was presented last Sunday? Copies are available at the information center in the Narthex and in the church office. One per family, please.
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.