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- Fix-it Volunteers Needed
Do you like to fix things? Are you handy at plumbing, electrical, or carpentry? Are you interested in helping out around the church with minor projects? The Building & Grounds Committee is looking for volunteers. Contact the church office (717-533-9667)to let us know your skills and availability. Thanks, Derry!
- Third Annual Krislund Fall Festival: Oct 7
10 am - 2 pm Saturday, October 7 at Krislund Camp, Madisonburg. There will be lots of activities for the whole family, including pumpkin decorating, cookie decorating, hay bale playground, carnival games and good food! Experience the Adventure Park: all attendees receive a ticket for one free ride on the exciting Zip Line or Giant Swing! Please note, this event happens a week before Derry Church’s Krislund getaway weekend.
- Pilgrim Fellowship Mission Project & Bowling: Sept 24
On Sunday, September 24, grades 3-5 will meet in Fellowship Hall following the 10:30 service to assemble hygiene packs to send to the hurricane victims in Texas. Then we’ll head to Palmyra Bowling where we will have pizza for a late lunch and go bowling. Please remember to wear/bring socks! Cost is $10 per person (includes pizza, drink, shoes and bowling). Pick up at the church at 3:15 pm or earlier at the bowling alley. Drivers and chaperones needed (clearances through the church required). RSVP to email@example.com by Wednesday, September 20.
- Installation of Pastor Stephen
- Hospice Volunteers Needed!
Homeland Hospice provides care to those at end of life and their families. They seek volunteers to support patients in Hershey, Hummelstown and across Dauphin and Lebanon County. Volunteers provide companionship and a calming presence to patients at end of life as well as respite for weary caregivers. You might read the newspaper or a devotional for someone who can no longer see to read, stop in for a friendly visit and make lunch for someone, take someone who lives in a nursing facility out to sit in the sunshine and enjoy the flowers, listen to a Veteran reminisce about his war experience, or pick up groceries for someone who is unable to get out. Many needs exist today in our community. Contact Leanne Porterfield, Coordinator of Volunteers (717-409-8882).
- Christian Churches United's 40th Anniversary Banquet with Shane Claiborne: Nov 14
Tuesday, November 14 at The Best Western Premier Hotel, 800 East Park Drive, Harrisburg. 5:30 pm hors d’oeuvres, 6:15 pm dinner and program. Join with area individuals, churches, businesses and partner organizations to celebrate 40 years of ministry to those facing poverty, homelessness and incarceration. Guest speaker Shane Claiborne has served alongside Mother Teresa in Calcutta and ministered to victims in the midst of the Iraq War. Closer to home, he helped to establish The Simple Way, a faith community in inner city Philadelphia that seeks to follow Jesus and rediscover the spirit of the early Church. He has authored numerous books, including "The Irresistible Revolution," and co-authored "Red Letter Revolution: What If Jesus Really Meant What He Said?" with Tony Campolo. Through tears and laughter, Shane will encourage us all as we seek to be faithful to Jesus’ call to love our neighbors. Tickets: $40 • Table of 8: $320.
- Join the Chapel Choir Once a Month
Enjoy singing, but just don’t have the time for a weekly commitment? The Chapel Choir is looking for a few singers to join them just once a month. A Chapel Choir offertory is being planned for the 8 am service on the last Sunday of each month. Rehearse prior to the service at 7:15 am. Music-reading experience is helpful. Contact Sean McCarthy (717-533-9667).
- What’s for Dinner? Terrific Tuesday!
Terrific Tuesday dinners begin on September 19 from 5-6:15 pm in Fellowship Hall with stuffed shells, salad, beverage and dessert. All are welcome. Cost is $3 per person for salad, entree, beverage and dessert, and free for children in kindergarten and younger. Menus will be posted on the church’s facebook page on Tuesday mornings when available.
- Derry Seniors on October 17
10 am Tuesday, October 17 in room 7. William J. Curry, MD, MS, Professor, Departments of Family & Community Medicine and Public Health Sciences and Vice-Chair, Population Health at Penn State College of Medicine, will address why wellness visits are important. Free. Lunch follows ($3/person) in Fellowship Hall.
- Fenicci’s Fundraiser on Oct 9 Benefits Our Preschool
11 am - midnight Monday, October 9 at Fenicci's Restaurant, 102 Chocolate Avenue, Hershey. When you have a meal at Fenicci's Restaurant on October 9, 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. And now you can order online and grab ‘n go with curbside pickup! Come and support Discovery Days and enjoy a delicious meal with friends and family.
- Coin Return on Sunday
Your Change 4 Children coins collected on September 17 at the end of each service go to the Alliance for Children Everywhere in Zambia. One of their projects is the Family Preservation Program where Silas's family has seen a drastic improvement in the health of their fifth child. Silas was losing weight after birth and developed a breathing problem at nine months. Fourteen months later the active toddler can walk, explore and play. His mother is grateful for help and is learning how to save money in order to start her own small business.
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.
Please 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 December, so keep on gathering those coins.
- Partner with Derry Church!
Will you partner with us to support hurricane recovery efforts? Make checks payable to Derry Church notated "Hurricane Relief," then join us at 11:30 am Sunday, September 24 to assemble hygiene kits. Thanks, Derry!
- “Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World”: Sept 12
8 pm Tuesday, September 12 on WITF-TV (PBS). Get ready for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation next month by viewing this two-hour documentary narrated by Hugh Bonneville. The film portrays an obscure monk who challenged kings and popes, sparking seismic cultural changes. The movement called the Reformation would fuel the drive toward individualism, religious freedom, improved education, and women's rights. Interspersed among the dramatic recreations (shot in Europe) is commentary from theologians and scholars from a variety of Christian traditions. Watch the trailer.
- Space for Reflection on 9/11
On the 16th anniversary of 9/11, the Chapel will be open 9:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday, September 11 as a quiet space for prayer and reflection. Please enter the building at the Mansion Road/office entrance.
- CROP Walk: Oct 22
1 pm Sunday, October 22 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 32nd annual Hershey/Hummelstown CROP Hunger Walk. Registration begins at 12:30 pm at the Henry Hershey Field and the walk takes place rainor shine. Sign up online or at church for the 1-mile/5Kwalk 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 2017 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.
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.