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- Covenant with Animals Worship
In celebration of all of God’s creatures and their presence in our lives, Derry Church will offer its 11th annual worship service that includes prayers of thanksgiving for the gift of animals, 6:45-7:30 pm Tuesday, August 29 on the front lawn, weather permitting. Animals on leash, in a kennel, or otherwise controlled are invited to attend along with their owners. Worshipers can also bring photographs of their pets. The service will include praise songs and hymns and hands-on prayers for the animals and people with whom they live. Dress casually. Child care available in the nursery. Worshipers are invited to bring donations for the Humane Society as an outreach to those who help care for animals in need of help and homes.
- Try Evening Worship
If it's difficult for you to make it to Sunday morning worship, keep in mind that Derry Church offers an informal, creative Tuesday evening praise and communion service, held weekly from 6:45-7:30 pm. Fall through spring, the service is held in the Chapel. In the summer, the group travels around to various spaces inside and outside the building depending on the theme of the service. Look for signs on your way in to tell you where the service will be held.
- NYC Bus Trip is November 18
Save the date for Derry’s annual day trip to New York City sponsored by the Sanctuary Choir. Enjoy a day on your own to shop, sightsee or go to a show. More details coming soon.
- DivorceCare and DivorceCare4Kids Begins Sept 7
6-8 pm Thursdays from September 7 to December 14 in rooms 1 and 2. DivorceCare is a 13-week support group designed to help adults recover from the pain and separation of divorce. This non-denominational program features biblical teaching, small group discussion and video seminars led by renowned experts on divorce and recovery topics. Also included is a workbook to help participants explore topics in depth. DivorceCare4Kids will also be offered for participants’ children ages 5-12. DivorceCare4Kids is a safe, fun place where children can learn skills that will help them heal. There is no cost to attend either program. Advance registration is requested (533-9667).
- Faithful Readers’ Book List Announced
The 2017-18 reading list for the Faithful Readers book discussion group has been released, and copies are available at the insert rack. Books will be available soon from the church library in the lower level atrium.
The Faithful Readers discussion group meets 9-10 am in room 1 on the second Sunday of the month, September through June. Up first on September 10 is Louise Penny’s “The Cruelest Month,” the third title in the Chief Inspector Gamache series by the best-selling Canadian mystery writer.
- Sneaker Drive Update
- Shoe Fitters Needed!
Love INC of Greater Hershey is in need of more than 50 volunteers to fit back-to-school children who will receive a pair of sneakers through their Lace Up with Love INC Sneaker Drive. Sign up online at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0545aeaa2ba5f49-20171 or call the Love INC office (835-0101). If there isn’t a shift that fits your schedule, let them know so a convenient time can be arranged.
- Faith & Finances Class Begins Sept 6
"It was so helpful to hear how other people were handling their debt and to learn different ways to save."
"Faith & Finances has really changed my life in more ways than one. I have made new, long-lasting friends and I love you all."
"With all our trials of daily occurrences of financial stress, this class has given us hope and encouragement to keep God's word our #1 priority and I'm thank for our ally, that we are not given up on."
These testimonials from graduates of Love INC of Greater Hershey's "Faith & Finances" class speak to the value of the faith-based program that helps participants take control of their financial situation. The class will be held 6-8 pm Wednesdays, September 6 - November 29 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Hummelstown. Registrations are now being accepted from people interested in attending the class as well as applications for "Allies" (mentors/coaches) to walk alongside participants. Participant fee is $20, refundable if you attend all classes. For more information, call the Love INC office: 835-0101.
- Fantasy Football, Derry Church-StyleFantasy Football is a great way to enjoy the upcoming football season. You draft NFL players to form a team and then score points based on how your players perform each week. It’s a fun way to watch football with a bit of friendly competition. If you’re interested in playing in a church league this year, please contact Pastor Stephen at Revmcwhit@derrypres.org.
- Join the Conversation with Pastor Stephen
9-10 am Sundays in Room 7C. Over the next few weeks, Rev. McKinney-Whitaker will be holding open discussions on a variety of topics. On July 23, the focus will be on missions; education will be discussed on July 30 and worship on August 6. Bring your questions, comments and concerns and join the conversation! The “Touched by An Angel” class that had been meeting in this space has been suspended.
- Gluten-free Communion this Sunday
This Sunday, we are celebrating how Christ welcomes, and does not separate, us at his Table through Matthew 13:24-30. As a visual symbol of our unity at the Table, we will all be using gluten-free bread. This way we can all share and partake of one loaf as one body of Christ without separation. We hope you will join us as we celebrate God’s grace together.
- Introducing the Pastor’s Blog
Rev. Stephen will be posting regularly to “Growing in the Grove,” a new blog you can find on the church website and through a link available in the weekly email that arrives to subscribers on Thursdays. He will be sharing thoughts on a variety of issues, including reflections on the questions he asked of the congregation earlier this spring. Check it out!
- Fantasy FootballAre you interested in joining a Derry Church online Fantasy Football League? Once we have enough interested people we’ll set a date for a live draft. If you are interested in playing, please contact Pastor Stephen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 Wednesday, August 23 and plan to arrive at the Alexander’s farm in Hummelstown by 5:30 pm. RSVP below or return forms available at the insert rack and in Sunday bulletins by Sunday, August 20.
- Wear Orange on Tuesday, July 25
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.
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.