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- Terrific Tuesday Kitchen Subs Needed
Do you have some free time from 4-7 pm on Tuesdays? Helpers are needed on occasion to support the Terrific Tuesday kitchen crew when someone on the regular team is not available. Tasks will be assigned on arrival, anything from assisting with food preparation and serving to setup and cleanup. No experience necessary. This program runs September through March. Contact Loretta Chubb to be added to the sub list. Thanks, Derry!
- Safety Presentation by Derry Twp Police
Following 10:30 am worship on Sunday, January 21, Police Sargeant Anthony Clements of the Derry Twp Police Department will give a presentation in the Sanctuary on how to prepare for, and respond to, an active shooter situation. Bring your questions. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.
- More Star Gifts Ready!
Star gifts -- star-shaped pieces of brightly colored paper with a word printed on it -- were distributed in worship on Epiphany Sunday, January 7. If you did not receive a star gift, more are available in a basket at the Information Center in the Narthex. Let us know on social media what word you received by posting and tagging #derrystargifts.
- Fantasy Football Winners
This year Derry hosted its first ever Fantasy Football league with 14 teams. This year’s winner was Pastor Stephen. Kate Valenziano finished second in her first ever fantasy football team. Jim Pease finished third this year. Thank you to everyone who played. We’ll have a league next season for anyone who would like to take part in the 2018 fantasy football season.
- Saturday Night Bluegrass Worship
Saturday night worship is back by popular demand. Join us for a casual, engaging worship experience at 5 pm Saturday, February 3 in the Sanctuary. We’ll worship with bluegrass music and old southern gospel classics like Leaning on the Everlasting Arms, I’ll Fly Away, and Standing on the Promises, and we’ll hear some bluegrass-style songs from Mumford and Sons and the Rend Collective. Liz Gawron will be doing a live painting during the service: she’ll start painting when we begin and finish at the end of worship with a painting inspired by the night’s worship. Arrive by 4:45 pm to enjoy some pre-service bluegrass music.
There will be no 8 am service on Sunday, February 4. Church school and the 10:30 am service will be held as usual, with the annual meeting following worship. A Soup, Salad & Sandwiches lunch is available following the meeting.
- Orange Day is Thursday, January 25
Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence reported at last week’s trombone concert that 102 women were killed in Pennsylvania by a spouse or companion last year. PCADV works for prevention, intervention and change in the problem of domestic violence. Wear orange or an orange ribbon to show support for this organization and others working to end exploitation of women and children.
- Smashing Success: Jan 5 Trombone Concert
The Twelfth Night of Christmas Trombone Choir concert was a tremendous success! On Friday, January 5, nine trombone players gathered at Derry Church to perform a concert to raise money for the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV). With a packed house, a free will offering during the concert raised $5,400 -- and when added to other monies collected in honor of the event, about $10,000 was raised for PCADV. Derry members Tracy and Nicola Burke were among the local musicians who performed. A huge thanks to Derry for hosting the concert!
- Organ Concerts on Jan 14 & 21
4 pm Sunday, January 14: Daniel Dorty, Director of Music at Camp Hill Presbyterian Church will showcase the recently installed organ at Middle Spring Presbyterian Church, Shippensburg.
2:30 pm Sunday, January 21, a "New Organ" celebration concert at Paxton Presbyterian Church, Harrisburg, featuring organist Dan Miller, St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Beaverton, Oregon. Mr. Miller has recorded 22 organ compact discs. He's in his 19th year at Rodgers Instruments, one of the world’s leading organ builders, in Hillsboro, Oregon, as Rodgers Artist and Tonal Professional. Additionally, Mr. Miller an Adjunct Professor of Organ at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon.
- Worship on Ash Wednesday
7 pm Wednesday, February 14 in the Chapel. This contemplative hour-long service will include a sermon and celebration of the Lord’s supper along with imposition of ashes made from last year’s palm branches.
Deacon and Session meetings will be held on Wednesday, February 21.
- February Film Series at the Hershey Public Library
2 pm Saturdays, February 3-24 in meeting room 1 at the Hershey Public Library. Sponsored by Friends of the Hershey Public Library and hosted by Derry member Steve Ballard, the winter series is a tribute to Roger Moore. “Bullseye” will be screened on February 3, “The Spy Who Loved Me” on February 10, “The Cannonball Run” on February 17 and “Live and Let Die” on February 24. No charge to attend... free movie-themed snacks will be served.
- Sign Up for the 2018 Women’s Retreat
This year's theme, "Let's Go to Three Pines," invites us to enter the world created by Louise Penny in her mystery book series featuring Chief Inspector Gamache. While it's helpful if you've read at least one book in the 13-book series, no advance reading is required by participants.
Leading this year's retreat is our own Debbie Hough and her Christian Educator colleagues, Joyce MacKichan Walker and Carol Wehrheim of Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, NJ. Joyce is a Canadian native.
- Cub Scout Spaghetti Dinner: Feb 11
12 pm Sunday, February 11 in Fellowship Hall. Enjoy salad, bread, spaghetti, beverage and dessert for $7 per person. Take-out available. Proceeds support Pack 200 sponsored by Derry Church. RSVP for dine in and take-out by Wednesday, February 7 by signing up online or using forms available at the insert rack.
- Confirmation Class Schedule Change
Confirmation Class for 8th and 9th graders will not be held in January. Class resumes 9 am Sunday, February 4 in room 9. There will be a field trip on Sunday, February 11.
- January 2018 Mission Core Value: Empowerment, Equality and Justice of Women
This year the Mission and Peacemaking Committee is doing something different: to involve the entire congregation in mission and peacemaking, we have identified Derry’s Missional Core Values. In coming months we plan to highlight each core value and the non-profit organizations that Derry supports who are aligned with that value. Then most importantly, we are going to give you opportunities to get plugged into our support of these missions.
In January our core value is the empowerment, equality and justice of women. Derry Church recognizes and embraces women as leaders both in our church and around the world. This is evidenced by our support of organizations like the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg, the Presbyterian Education Board and Friends of SHE. These organizations provide hands-on advocacy and services at the grassroots level by providing shelter, education, vocational opportunities, protections from human trafficking, legal services and ultimately self-esteem both here in the greater Harrisburg area and across the globe in Pakistan.
On January 14 you'll have the opportunity to hear from our own Debbie Hough at 9:15 am in room 7. She traveled to Pakistan in late 2017 and brings back stories and pictures to share with us of her time at PEB and SHE organizations.
We plan to have a representative from the Harrisburg YWCA in worship with us on January 28 so that you can hear more about their work. In Issues Class on January 21 and 28, we will be discussing diversity and ways to fight hate. The equality of some is the fight for the equality of all.
Derry is full of women and men who embrace the empowerment of women. However, as we have seen in the news on an almost daily basis, the battle is not over for women’s equality at work, at home and in the receipt of services/education. Derry’s Mission and Peacemaking Committee invites you to join us this month in class, in worship, on social media and in service as we focus on the empowerment, equality and justice of women.
“If you are not using your comfort, position, influence, and privilege to advocate for those who have less of those things – you’re wasting them.” – John Pavlovitz
- Star Gifts Are Coming
A star gift is a star-shaped piece of brightly colored paper with a word printed on it. Every person who comes to church on Epiphany Sunday, January 7 receives a star gift and is asked to reflect on that word for the coming year. Everyone who receives a star gift is encouraged to take it home and hang it up where they are sure to see it every day. You are invited to ponder what significance this word might have in your lives, and how God might be speaking to you through that simple message.
Epiphany is the celebration of God’s presence breaking through to shine as a light in the darkness. With this tradition, each year our congregation can rejoice in the reminder of our generous, giving God—one star gift at a time. Please join us on January 7 to receive your Star Gift for 2018!
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.