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- Discover Derry Church This Summer
The three-week summer series of New Member Discovery Classes will be held 8-10 am Sundays, July 29, August 5 and 12 in Room 2 on the lower level. Classes will be repeated Wednesdays from 6-8 pm on August 1 and 8. Meet the church staff and leaders and find out more about the mission and ministry of Derry Church and how you can get involved. Those who decide to join will be received as members at the 10:30 am service on Sunday, August 12. Register by Wednesday, July 25 (717-533-9667).
- Time to Renew - and Save!
Presbyterians Today is our denomination’s award-winning monthly magazine. Each issue includes inspiring mission stories, stimulating theological articles and news about the people and churches across the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Copies of the magazine can be found in the atrium library and at the Information Center. Join Derry’s group subscription rate, only $9.95 for six issues when we maintain ten or more subscribers. That’s a savings of half off the $19.95 cost for a one-year individual subscription. To add or renew a subscription, make checks payable to Derry Presbyterian Church for $9.95, notated “Presbyterians Today.” Return checks by July 1 by mail to the church or place in the manila envelope in Rev. Marie Buffaloe’s mailbox. Please DO NOT place payment in the offering plate.
- Summer Social for New Members: July 29
3-5 pm Sunday, July 29 in Fellowship Hall for all who have joined Derry Church in the past 12 months and those who have signed up to attend the summer series of new member classes. Enjoy make-your-own ice cream sundaes, reconnect and get to know others and find out ways you can be involved. RSVP to Rev. Marie Buffaloe by Sunday, July 22.
- Ryan Holp Memorial Blood Drive: July 22
8:30 am - 12 pm Sunday, July 22 in Fellowship Hall. Sign up for a time slot on July 8 or 15... walk-ins welcome, too! A form of ID is required from all who wish to donate.
- 15th Annual Independence Day Celebration: July 3
7:30 pm Monday, July 3 on the front lawn of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. The public is invited to “An American Salute,” a performance by the Hershey Symphony Orchestra. This group of accomplished musicians is one of the nation’s largest volunteer orchestras with more than 80 members. Admission and parking are free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase starting at 6 pm. Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. The first half of the concert will feature a range of Broadway and movie selections. For the second half, the orchestra will perform several patriotic selections that celebrate America and pay special tribute to those who have served in the armed forces. Rain date: July 4.
- June 2018 Financial Snapshot
Cash Flow - Operating Fund as of 5/31/18
Actual Budgeted Income YTD 597,687 518,089 Expenses YTD 559,757 527,121 Surplus (Deficit) YTD 37,930 (9,032)
Contributions to the general fund are $91.5k over budget and $78.6k over 2017. Committee expenses are generally in line with expectations. Questions? Contact Steven Guenther
- Dates Available to Host Post-Worship Fellowship
July 1, August 26 and September 2 are available for anyone interested in providing refreshments following the 10:30 am service. Please contact Patty Gingrich for more information.
- Stated Clerk Issues Statement on Separated Immigrant Families
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly Stated Clerk the Rev. J. Herbert Nelson, II, issued a statement from the denomination’s 223rd General Assembly condemning the Trump administration’s new policy of separating young children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.“What has this nation become?” Nelson queried. “How have we wandered so far from Jesus’ kind admonition, “‘Let the little children come to me…’” He also criticized the Justice Department’s stated use of separate detention of parents and their children as a “deterrant” to immigration and accused the administration of selective use of scripture, saying the citing of Romans 13:1 to obey the law (presumably whatever the law says), while ignoring the higher scriptural demand that “love is the fulfilling of the law” (Romans 13:10) is a blatant misuse of the biblical message.
- Co-Moderators Elected at General Assembly in St. Louis
It took commissioners at the 223rd General Assembly four ballots Saturday evening to elect an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher and a mid-council executive as the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s second-ever co-moderators. Vilmarie Cintrón-Olivieri of the Presbytery of Tropical Florida and the Rev. Cindy Kohlmann of the presbyteries of Boston and Northern New England gained their victory at 9:01 p.m. Central Time over two pairs of challengers – the Rev. Eliana Maxim of the Presbytery of Seattle and the Rev. Bertram Johnson of the Presbytery of New York City, also standing as co-moderator candidates, and Chantal Atnip, a ruling elder at Pine Street Presbyterian Church who stood for moderator, and the Rev. Ken Hockenberry, her vice-moderator running mate from the Presbytery of Chicago. Read more.
- Orange Day is Monday, June 25
ECPAT-USA is the leading anti-trafficking policy organization in the US. It's part of an international network of organizations in 93 countries all working to end commercial exploitation of children through legislative advocacy, youth education, community education, and private sector engagement. Wear orange on the 25th to show support for this and other groups working to end exploitation of women and children.
- Dads and Tots of Derry Church
These Derry dads and tots took time out for a photo op after worship on Father's Day. L-R: Michael Farbaniec and son Benjamin; Joe Owsley and son Adam; Shaun Minnich and daughters Genevieve and Josefine; and Luke Gawron and son Kazmir.
- Welcome Derry's Newest Member!
Congratulations to Lauren Reed, Derry's newest member! A member of the 2017-18 confirmation class, Lauren was confirmed on Sunday, June 10.
- Sunday Afternoon Hymn Sing: July 8
3 pm Sunday, July 8, meet in the lobby at the Hershey Plaza apartments to sing familiar hymns with Derry Church friends. You may even see some familiar Derry faces among the residents! All ages welcome.
- PW Thanks & Updates
- Thanks to all who contributed to the PW Birthday Offering: $2,052 was received!
- Thanks to everyone who contributed items for 50 hygiene bags that were delivered to the Domestic Violence Center in Harrisburg.
- Thanks to Helen Mayer and Lillian Shade who sewed the cloth bags.
- Paper Towel Tubes Needed
For Vacation Bible School in August. Tubes are being collected in the designated basket in the lower level mission closet through July 31. Thanks, Derry!
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.