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  • Sign Up for the Corn Roast!

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

  • Wear Orange on July 25

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Thanks, Lori!

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


  • Chicken BBQ & Auction: July 27-28

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

  • Check out the Art Wall!

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

  • Introducing Our Transitional Children's Coordinator

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

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

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

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

  • Congregational Meeting on July 29

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

  • Greetings from Montreat, NC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Corn Roast Volunteers Needed

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

  • VBS Reminder

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