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  • Talented Derry Artists Create Paintings in Worship

    Two paintings were created by Derry Church artists at the Engage: Celtic worship experience on May 12. Jill Peckelun painted the congregation (left) while Liz Gawron (right) interpreted what she saw and heard in worship by painting a door that opens to show an image of peace. Take a closer look at both pieces in the Narthex.

  • May 2018 Financial Snapshot
    Cash Flow - Operating Fund as of 4/30/18
      Actual         Budgeted
    Income YTD 515,232        414,472
    Expenses YTD 469,079        421,695
    Surplus (Deficit) YTD   46,153          (7,233)

    Contributions to the general fund are $93,000 over budged and $94,000 over 2017. Committee expenses are in line with expectations. Questions? Contact Steven Guenther 

  • Summer Church School Begins June 10

    This summer Derry's Christian Education Committee offers two classes that will be held 9-10 am on Sunday mornings from June 10 through August 26:

    • Christmas Around the World in room 7, an opportunity for all ages to learn how Christmas is celebrated in countries across the globe.
    • Saving Jesus Redux in room 9 is a video series and discussion for youth and adults.
  • Bus Trip to Indiantown Gap National Cemetery

    On Tuesday, June 19, join Derry Church members and friends on a bus trip to Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. The bus leaves Derry Church at 1 pm and returns by 5 pm. In between, you'll have a two-hour guided tour of the cemetery and some time on your own to walk the grounds. $20 per person: pay when you arrive at church. RSVP to Chuck Theal. 

  • RESCHEDULED for June 2: Road Trip for a Cleanup Crew

    Depart 7:30 am Saturday, June 2 from Derry Church, return on or before 6 pm. Join Derry members to clean up a yard overgrown with vegetation in Chester County. The home belongs to a friend of Skip Becker who is fighting a rare, aggressive disease that has depleted the family's savings. 

    For the past six months, Lend A Hand alums Skip Becker, Pete Feil and Tom Kitzmiller have been coordinating work at the home which has included a new roof, windows and repainting. The final step is outdoor cleanup. Bring work gloves and tools that will help to uproot and manage overgrown bushes. Lunch provided. No RSVP.
  • Wear Red on Sunday

    Red is the liturgical color of the day for Pentecost, so plan to wear red in worship on Sunday, May 20. 

  • Hershey Heroes Day is Saturday!

    10 am - 2 pm Saturday, May 19 on the square in downtown Hershey. Support the Hershey Heroes, Central Pennsylvania's special needs hockey team, and our everyday heroes from the military, police and fire departments. Bring the family and enjoy live music, free games and face painting, BBQ and more! Be sure to stop by and say hello at the Derry Church tent.

  • Thanks for Delicious Dinners!

    Did you know that on average, 85-90 people have dinner at Derry Church on Tuesday nights? A BIG thank-you to all those who helped with the 2017-18 Terrific Tuesday meal program, from setup and cleanup to preparing and serving meals week after week. Would you like to help out when meals resume on Tuesday, September 11? Contact Loretta Chubb or sign up in the kitchen. In late summer Loretta will hold a meeting to plan for the 2018-19 year. Many hands make light work!

  • Pentecost Offering

    The Pentecost Offering is traditionally received on the day of Pentecost (May 20). It provides a direct way to meet the needs of children at risk, youth, and young adults. In addition, 50% of this offering can be kept by individual congregations for use in their own communities. Derry has designated Joshua Group in Harrisburg to receive a portion of the 2018 Pentecost Offering receipts. The remaining 50% will be used for leadership development opportunities for Presbyterian youth and young adults and support for children-at-risk programs at the national level. Since 1998, Presbyterians of all ages have raised more than $8 million for these ministries that benefit younger members of God’s family.

  • GriefShare Begins June 18: Register Now

    A new support group for people grieving the death of a loved one will get under way 6-8 pm Monday, June 18 in room 9 and continue weekly through September 17. 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. There is no cost to attend. Please register in advance by calling the church office (717-533-9667). 

  • VBS is Coming August 6-10

    Mark your calendars for August 6-10 when Vacation Bible School returns to Derry Church. This year's theme is "God's Everyday Heroes." Registration opens in June. Questions? Contact M.E. Steelman and Nicola Burke at

  • Session House Ornaments for Sale

    Have you seen these Session House ornaments for sale in the Narthex? They were originally made for the Hershey-Derry Twp Historical Society, who recently passed on the last of their supply to our Heritage Committee. Only a handful are left and one can be yours for $10: just ask Jan Nixon. Proceeds go to the committee's preservation fund for restoring an old Chapel door that will be hung between the Hammond Library and John Elder Classroom.

  • PW Spring Updates
    • Presbyterian Women's 2018-19 Bible study is God's Promise: I Am With You. To place an order through Carlisle Presbytery's PW, contact Doris Feil by Sunday, May 27: $11 regular/$16 large print
    • Hygiene bags for the Domestic Violence Center will be filled and delivered in June. Items needed: deodorants, sample size toothpastes, disposable razors, a few large-tooth combs and tissue packs. Please leave donations in the PW basket in the atrium mission closet.
    • Deadline for the next mailing of Boxtops4Education is May 20. Boxtops' expiration date must be 6/1/18 or later. The fall mailing is scheduled for October, so try to have all 8/1/18 expirations included in this collection. Place in the PW basket or mailbox.
  • Are You the Proud Parent of a High School or College Grad?

    Derry Church wants to celebrate with you! In preparation for Graduate Recognition Sunday on May 20, the church office needs information on all those graduating from high school and college by Sunday, May 13. Please send the following details to Jackie Lerch: name(s) of the graduate(s) and their parent or parents; school graduating from, school attending in the fall and anticipated course of study or the graduate’s future plans if known. Please include a photo of your high school senior.

  • New Pictorial Directories Coming Soon!

    2012 was the last time Derry Church produced a pictorial directory. Now we need your help to create a new one! Our new church management software gives us the ability to create our own directories. We're going to try it this way instead of working with a company that comes in and takes professional photos by appointment.

    You can help by submitting your favorite family photo to Sue George. If you can't email the photo, bring it in to the church office and we'll scan it and return it to you. If you've joined in the past year, we'll use your new member photo (or you can submit another photo if you prefer). Square-shaped photos (like Instagram) work best.

    If you don't have a photo, Sue will be available to take your picture on Sunday mornings. You can also stop by during the week, Monday-Thursday. Please call ahead or email so she knows to expect you.

    The plan is to collect photos now through August and send out the directory as a PDF in September, then release new editions on a regular basis through the year. Sandy Miceli will need your preferred email address as the directory will be sent out using the same church management software that creates the directory. If we don't have your correct email address, you won't receive a directory. A limited number of print copies will be available in the church office.

    The new-style pictorial directory will include names and pictures only, so hold onto your paper directory that has member contact information.