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- Fill and Deliver Blessing Baskets This Sunday
You’re invited to fill and deliver a Blessing Basket to one of Derry’s neighbors after worship on Sunday, December 10 in Fellowship Hall. Pick a basket and fill it with some of the donated items including candy, mini breads, notepads, flashlights, and more. We’ll include a special invitation to Christmas Eve worship at Derry. Once you fill a basket, you can sign up to take it to a specific neighbor around Derry or someone in your neighborhood. We hope to fill 35 baskets. This is a great opportunity for all ages to reach out in love from Derry to our community. Please join in helping to bless our neighbors this Christmas.
- Thanks Christmas Decorators!
This team of decorating elves went to work on Wednesday night to dress up the church for Christmas. Come see the decorations on Sunday! Thanks for your hard work and creativity.
- Sign the Congregational Christmas Card!
It’s the easy way to send Christmas greetings to your entire Derry Church family while you save on paper and postage and help those in need. The Christmas card will be available to sign in the Narthex on Sundays, December 10, 17 & 24. All donations received will help to offset the cost of Derry’s food ministries at Downtown Daily Bread, Penn National racetrack, and Delta Housing. The card will be included in an upcoming edition of this e-newsletter. Merry Christmas from the Mission & Peace Committee!
- Cookie Walk Report
These smiling ladies were on hand Saturday morning to welcome shoppers to the 2017 Cookie Walk. Thanks to all the bakers, jumbles donors, callers, organizers, buyers, salespeople, and other helpers for making the Cookie Walk and Jumbles Shop a success.
Last Saturday’s Cookie Walk raised $2,231 ... the Jumbles Shop received $2,107 for a grand total of $4,338 that will go toward Presbyterian Women’s mission.
Trays and containers can be picked up in the Narthex near the kitchen until December 17... after that date you can purchase them from the Jubilee shop in Palmyra.
- Stocking Stuffers
"These Days" devotional booklets for January through March are now available in baskets throughout the church. Pick up a few extra to give to loved ones this holiday season.
- A Candlelight Christmas: Concerts Dec 15-17
The Susquehanna Chorale will present three concerts this Christmas season featuring one of choral music’s most popular Christmas works, Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols: 8 pm Friday, December 15 at High Center, Messiah College, Grantham; 8 pm Saturday, December 16 at Church of the Brethren, Elizabethtown; and 4 pm Sunday, December 17 at Market Square Presbyterian Church, Harrisburg. Participating from Derry Church are choir members Greg Harris, Janice Click Holl and frequent visitor Linda Tedford, artistic director, founder and conductor of the Chorale. Tickets ($20 in advance, $25 at the door; $5 students) through the Messiah College Box Office: 717-691-6036.
- Silent Auction Shout-Out
Many thanks to all the Derry artists, craftsmen in Hershey and Nicaragua, and to the bidders who made this year's Silent Auction a success: a total of $950 was raised for Mission Week 2018.
- Coin Return on Sunday
Your Change 4 Children coins collected on December 10 at the end of each service go to the Alliance for Children Everywhere, which celebrated 20 years in Zambia. Their outreach has included 1000 children in crisis receiving nurturing care at House of Moses and Bill and Bette Bryant Crisis Nursery, 3000 families receiving nutrition, job training, and spiritual support through Family Preservation Program, 950 orphaned or abandoned children being reintegrated with their biological families or found forever homes and 13,000 students have received quality education through FaithWorks Christian Schools and Helen DeVos Christian School. Through 2016, Derry has contributed $12,600 towards their work.
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 March 2018, so keep on gathering those coins.
- Pilgrim Fellowship Brings Christmas Joy: Dec 17
12-3:30 pm Sunday, December 17 for grades 3-5. Bring your lunch to room 7 following worship. Practice Christmas carols on hand chimes, then travel to Londonderry Village to spread Christmas joy. Pickup 3:15 pm in Palmyra or 3:30 pm at the church. Dress in layers because the room will be warm. Parent chaperones needed! RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, December 13.
- Congratulations, Third Graders!
On Sunday, November 26, these third graders received their new Spark Bibles in worship. In December classes they’ll learn more about their Bibles and how to use them. Congratulations to the Patton, Kaminski, Hess, Achorn and Burke children (pictured) and to the Imboden and Ray families (not pictured).
- 14 Giving Tree Tags Available
As of this writing, 14 gift tags are still available for children whose families are clients of the Hershey Food Bank, and a handful of gift cards for racetrack workers. Help yourself to tags and return gifts to the church by December 10. Thanks, Derry!
- Decorate for Christmas: Dec 6
6 pm Wednesday, December 6, you’re invited to join members of the Worship & Spiritual Life committee to decorate Derry Church for Advent and the Christmas season.
- Silent Auction Closes 12 pm Sunday
Have you had the opportunity to check out the assortment of handmade items from Nicaragua and Derry’s own artisans now on display in the Narthex? Proceeds support Mission Week 2018. Bidding closes following the second worship service on Sunday, December 3.
- GriefShare Begins January 2
For those grieving the loss of loved ones, a new GriefShare support group will be held 2-4 pm Tuesdays beginning January 2 in room 9. The series will continue weekly through March 20. GriefShare is a Christian program that features biblical teaching, small group discussion, video seminars led by renowned experts on grief and recovery topics, and a workbook to help participants explore topics in depth. Participants can start the program at any time and pick up missed sessions when the next series is offered. No charge to attend. Please RSVP to Marie Buffaloe.
- Where Do I Find Out About Snow Closings?
The fastest way to find out about cancellations of church services and activities is on the home page of the church website (derrypres.org). Look for the red box on the left side under the scrolling photos. On a mobile device, swipe down until you find the red box below the news box. Announcements will also be posted on the church's Facebook and Twitter pages. After hours you can check messages on the church answering machine (533-9667). If you would like to be notified by text message, send your cell phone number to Sue George (email@example.com).
While local media will be contacted, church information does not have priority status for posting on TV. Most stations only post church updates on their websites.
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.