Month: February 2021

Amended Derry Church Proposal for Re-Gathering in Phases

APPROVED BY THE SESSION ON FEB 24, 2021

At a special called Session meeting on February 24, 2021, the Session discussed feedback from the Feb 21 Listening Session and any changes that needed to be made to the regathering plan. The Session and COVID Task Force realized they had not fully considered starting phase 1A with 10:30 am worship. After discussion, the Session amended the Phase 1A regathering plan to offer 10:30 am worship with a maximum of 30 worshipers beginning March 7. Worship at 8 am will be offered later. The Task Force will re-evaluate what is being offered and how many can attend every two weeks and report to Session.  

Offering 10:30 am in person worship better utilizes staff resources and time by only holding one service, and the 10:30 am service is accessible and inclusive of more people.  This service will continue to be live streamed.

Those interested in attending in person may choose one of the Sundays in March, and registration is required. Click here to sign up. On Thursday of each week, if there are spots available you may sign up for additional services.

At its March 17, 2021 meeting, Session may decide to increase how many people may attend based on COVID Task Force recommendations. The Session will continue to discuss next phases and suggestions. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Pastor Stephen.

For each of these programs and activities, all established safety protocols and guidelines must be followed: registering in advance, social distance, hand washing, mask wearing, etc.

Phase 1A (Begins March 7, 2021)

  • 10:30 am worship in Sanctuary (maximum of 30 people based on 10% of comfortable pew seating capacity)
  • AA (using room 10 and the patio entrance along Mansion Road)

Phase 1B (No start date announced)

  • Communion when scheduled (using single-serving elements)
  • Tuesday evening worship In the Sanctuary (maximum of 30 people)
  • 8 am worship in the Sanctuary (maximum of 30 people)
  • Outdoor worship
  • Family worship in the Sanctuary (maximum of 30 people)
  • Small fellowship groups, leader’s choice on where to meet (outside or 10% of room capacity, limited to Room 7, Fellowship Hall, Youth Room). Children’s and youth fellowship groups can meet at this time.
  • Funerals in the Sanctuary (maximum of 30 people)
  • Handbells can be pre-recorded
  • Derry Brass can meet outside with bell covers
  • Non-wind instrumentalists can be live in worship
  • Puppet team can meet as directed by leaders  
  • Small singing ensembles can be pre-recorded when well-spaced with masks

Phase 2 (No start date announced)

  • 10:30 am worship in the Sanctuary while live streaming: focus remains on live streaming and the maximum congregation can increase to 15% or 20% (maximum of 60 people)
  • Sunday School classes in the Youth Room, Fellowship Hall, Room 7 (same maximum numbers as Fall)
  • Additional small groups
    • Shawl Ministry (meeting in the John Elder Classroom)
    • JIF study groups
  • GOD SQUAD working outside
  • Derry Brass, pre-recorded in the Sanctuary with bell covers
  • Handbells live in worship

Let’s Talk About It: Potential Property Purchase Under Consideration

11:30 AM SUNDAY, FEB 28 ON ZOOM: CLICK TO REGISTER

Derry Church has been approached by the owners of 239 E Derry Road (situated between the Arts on Derry building and the Mission House) with the offer to let us buy the property before it goes on the market.

A task force has explored short and long-term possibilities with the property including: rental property, mission house, storage and extra space for Derry, and parking space. The task force determined 239 Derry was of more strategic value than the house we own at 275 Mansion Rd. The Task Force recommended making an offer for 239 Derry Road and then selling 275 Mansion Rd to offset the cost.

If Derry Church ultimately purchases 239 Derry and/or sells 275 Mansion, congregational approval will be needed.

Questions? Contact Pastor Stephen, George Porter, or Gregg Robertson.

February 2021 Session Highlights

February 2021 Session Highlights

  • Reviewed the annual Statistical Report prepared for PCUSA. 
  • The Treasurer reported that contributions and expenses are currently in line with budget expectations.
  • Received and discussed the COVID Task Force’s re-gathering proposal. After a lengthy discussion, the Session approved 3 phases for re-opening the church:  Phase 1A, Phase 1B, and Phase 2. Phase 1A will begin on March 7, 2021 with permitting 8:00 am worship in the Sanctuary (maximum of 30 people based on 10% comfortable pew seating capacity) and AA to meet in Room 10 with use of the patio entrance along Mansion Road. Opening dates for the other phases will be reviewed and discussed at the March 17, 2021 Session meeting.  
  • Approved continuing the use of the Anderson Trust quarterly distributions (as originally approved in 2017) as follows:
    • To pay the debt service associated with the Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program loan taken to fund Derry’s HVAC project.
    • If funds remain, a distribution will be made, if necessary, to address any shortfall in the Church budget.
    • Any remaining funds will be distributed 50% to Derry’s Capital Facilities Fund and 50% to the Legacy Fund.
  • Heard a proposal to purchase the property at 239 Derry Road which has been offered by the current owners to Derry for consideration. A task force comprised of members from various session committees toured the building and reviewed possible short and long-term recommendations for the property. The purchase of the property presents a unique opportunity for the church to acquire three contiguous properties along Derry Road. The Session discussed the need to develop a cohesive plan for use of the properties that Derry currently owns. If the property were to be purchased, the current plan would be to sell the property at 275 Mansion Road and develop a long-term strategy for the use of the three contiguous properties. After discussion, the Session authorized the Stewardship & Finance Committee to make an offer on 239 Derry Road at a price not to exceed $215,000 contingent upon a home inspection, appraisal, and congregational approval.  
  • A called meeting to receive new members was scheduled for March 7, 2021 at 2 pm.
  • Held the annual meeting of the Board of Trustees for The Derry Presbyterian Church, Inc. during which time Duncan Campbell was elected President and Connie Henry as Vice President.  Kathy Yingst, Clerk of Session and Stephen Guenther, Church Treasurer, were affirmed ex officio as Secretary and Treasurer of the Corporation, respectively. 

Notes of Thanks

To my Derry Church friends, thank you so much for your concern and prayers during my recent surgery and recovery. I am so grateful for your support. In His love, Joanne Unverzagt

Thank you to all who sent cards and expressed their sympathies to me after my brother passed away just before Christmas. In these times of isolation and loneliness, your words have been especially comforting to me and to my family. To all who have lost and who have lived throughout the pandemic, we send our love, in anticipation of being together again very soon. Connie Henry

UPDATE! AS OF FEB 14, DERRY CHURCH HAS RECEIVED $9,574 FOR SCHOLARSHIPS!

February 18, 2021

That’s enough to fund not only the ten students we’ve been supporting, but more than 20 ADDITIONAL students attending Presbyterian Education Board schools in Pakistan! Thank you, Derry Church, for your amazing generosity.

It’s not too late to participate in this fundraiser that closes at the end of February and a final tally will be reported in March. Read on for details…

Meet Youail, One of Derry Church’s PEB Scholarship Recipients 

Youail

Greeting from Sargodha. I am writing this note of thanks for the special care and support that you show in choosing me for the scholarship. I am trying my best to be a good student of my class. My school is the best, full of fun and care. I like coming to school. All teachers and my friends are very nice. Thank you again.

For ten years, Derry Church has maintained a partnership with the Presbyterian Education Board in Pakistan. PEB operates 25 schools, primary through high school, including some boarding schools, that serve more than 5,900 students. Derry, through the Friends of Sargodha group, has a particular relationship with the schools in Sargodha. 

Our goal is to provide ten scholarships every year. You can help.

A full scholarship for a day student is $370 a year, about a dollar a day. We are dividing that amount into ten shares, $37 each, to offer you the opportunity to support a portion of a scholarship. 

You can purchase one or more shares by writing a check to Derry Church notated “Pakistan Scholarship” or giving online through the church website and selecting “Pakistan Scholarship.” 

Read Rev. Nancy Reinert’s message inviting you to participate. This fundraiser continues through February 2021.

Epistemology and the Search for Truth: Session #4

Week #4 of Pastor Stephen’s class, “Epistemology and the Search for Truth. This week we are talking about the extent of human knowledge; that is, how much do we, or can we, know? How can we use our reason, our senses, the testimony of others, and other resources to acquire knowledge? Are there limits to what we can know?

Lenten Worship from Derry Church

Derry Church welcomes the Hershey Ministerium churches to this mid-week Lenten service led by Rev. Dr. Marie Buffaloe, Parish Associate for Congregational Life and Care. Scripture: Mark 1:12-13.

Financial Webinars Now Available to Watch Anytime


Whether you are a recent college graduate, retiree or somewhere in between, this five-session Zoom webinar reviews what you need to know to handle your personal finances. Hosted by Derry Church’s Stewardship and Finance Committee, the sessions cover:

  1. Investing Fundamentals & Strategies (1/26/21)
  2. Building a Solid Foundation (2/2/21)
  3. In Retirement, Now What? (2/9/21)
  4. Taxes and Planned Giving (2/16/21) 
  5. Financial & Estate Planning: Tips EVERYONE Needs to Know (2/23/21)

Questions? Contact Tracy Burke.

Morning Meditations for Lent

Derry Church staff (and some special guests) return with a new video series for Lent! The first video posted on Ash Wednesday, and new Lenten video meditations will be added every weekday morning on Facebook, Instagram and our YouTube channel. Click here to access the YouTube playlist, and join us as we journey with Jesus from Galilee to Jerusalem to experience the reality of God’s redeeming grace.

Hershey Ministerium Offers Lenten Virtual Worship Services

For more than 70 years, Hershey Ministerium churches offered mid-week worship and luncheons for the community during Lent. This year, churches are taking turns offering virtual worship services that will be available by 12 pm each Wednesday. Find links at the websites listed below:

Feb 17: St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church
Ash Wednesday Ecumenical Service on YouTube

Feb 24: Derry Presbyterian Church
Click to watch the Lenten service led by Pastor Marie

Mar 3: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
https://htluth.org

Mar 10: Zion Lutheran Church, Hummelstown
https://www.zluth.org

Mar 17: Church of the Redeemer UCC 
https://www.redeemerchurchucc.org

Mar 24: First United Methodist Church
http://www.firstumchershey.org

Mar 31: Spring Creek Church of the Brethren
https://www.springcreekcob.org

February 2021 Financial Snapshot

Cash Flow – Operating Fund as of 1/31/21

     ACTUAL       BUDGETED
Income YTD:       $125,709      $104,167
Expenses YTD:    102,510        109,951
Surplus/(Deficit) YTD:          23,199         (5,784)

Notes from the treasurer:

  • Contributions are a touch under 2020, but in line with expectations.
  • Mission & Peace spending is ahead of budget. All other variances are in line with expectations.

Coming Soon: Mission Madness V

Derry’s “Mission Madness” featuring actual March Madness college basketball games with commentary by the inimitable Pete Steelman returns this year! Once again, proceeds will support scholarships for students at Presbyterian Education Board schools in Pakistan. Stay tuned for details.

WOOHOO! Derry Church has received $9,250 for Scholarships!

That’s enough to fund not only the ten students we’ve been supporting, but more than 20 ADDITIONAL students attending Presbyterian Education Board schools in Pakistan! Thank you, Derry Church, for your amazing generosity.

It’s not too late to participate in this fundraiser that closes at the end of February and a final tally will be reported in March. Read on for details…

Meet Aman, One of Derry Church’s PEB Scholarship Recipients 

Aman

I would like to thank you for your support and love. It will help me a lot in my education. I live in the city of Sargodha, which is know as city of eagles. An air base is also in Sargodha. Dear donor, I am a good student and always take good grades. I want to become a doctor. Thank you again for your generosity and thoughtfulness.

For ten years, Derry Church has maintained a partnership with the Presbyterian Education Board in Pakistan. PEB operates 25 schools, primary through high school, including some boarding schools, that serve more than 5,900 students. Derry, through the Friends of Sargodha group, has a particular relationship with the schools in Sargodha. 

Our goal is to provide ten scholarships every year. You can help.

A full scholarship for a day student is $370 a year, about a dollar a day. We are dividing that amount into ten shares, $37 each, to offer you the opportunity to support a portion of a scholarship. 

You can purchase one or more shares by writing a check to Derry Church notated “Pakistan Scholarship” or giving online through the church website and selecting “Pakistan Scholarship.” 

Read Rev. Nancy Reinert’s message inviting you to participate. This fundraiser continues through February 2021.

Orange Day is Feb 25

Wear orange or an orange ribbon to support people revealing and countering the exploitation of females worldwide. Three sisters were arrested in Malaysia for trafficking 35 women for their day-cleaning business. 32 Indonesians and three Cambodians were locked in their home at night, denied phone use, and were not paid their monthly wages. Although overseas, this happens throughout the world. Wear Orange next Thursday.

Epistemology and the Search for Truth: Session #3

Week #3 of Pastor Stephen’s class, “Epistemology and the Search for Truth.” This week you’ll learn about the “Nature of Justification.” Justification is a concept in epistemology used to describe beliefs that one has good reason for holding… in other words, you are justified for holding a belief whether it turns out to be a true belief or not. How do we determine if we are justified in believing a story, a report, a theory, or a belief?

Tips for Scheduling a COVID-19 Vaccine in Central PA

If you are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine and have not had success getting one scheduled, the following information may be of help to you:

Pharmacy and Store Websites

https://covid-19schedulinglink.as.me/vaccine
This website is for some different independent pharmacies in places such as Carlisle, Jim Thorpe, etc.  You just have to keep checking to see if there are any appointments available.

https://giantfoodstores.com/pages/tgc-vaccines
This is the website for Giant.  There are many different Giant pharmacies offering the vaccine around the area.  They seem to put up appointments at various times but more often between 4:30 and 6:30 in the evening.

https://www.weismarkets.com/pharmacy-services
This is the website for Weis.  Again, there are many different stores in the area offering the vaccine.  They put up new appointments on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I have had the best luck in the evening and early in the morning (between 6:00 and 7:00 AM).

https://vaccine-scheduler.pennstatehealth.org/s/ or call 1-844-774-8883.
Penn State Health Vaccination Registration and Scheduling site. You will be prompted to provide some basic information about your age, preexisting conditions and occupation. After you have completed your registration, you will receive an email asking you to log in to your Penn State Health Vaccination Registration and Scheduling account and create a password. If you are in the current phase designated by the DOH and appointments are available, you will be able to schedule your vaccination.

https://www.riteaid.com/pharmacy/apt-scheduler
This is the website for Rite Aid. Some people have been able to get appointments, some have had no luck here.

https://www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine?WT.ac=cvs-storelocator-covid-vaccine-searchpilot#statetool
CVS – the pharmacy in Hummelstown says they expect a shipment of the vaccine this week but no date yet and no guarantees as to when they will actually get it

Walmart is expecting to be able to administer the vaccine, but no date as to when.  The pharmacist at the Walmart in Palmyra said he expects to receive the vaccine in two to three weeks. This is probably the same for other Walmart stores. He also said that they will only be giving 10 vaccines per day, so you can see that the supplies are very limited and that is why it is so hard to get an appointment. He also said that the website for scheduling is not yet set up so he will be making appointments by phone, but he is not sure when he will start doing that. You may want to just keep calling to see if you can get on the list.

You can also sign up with your medical provider and/or Wellspan. These places are not currently making appointments for the vaccine, but you can sign up to be notified when they are taking appointments. 

Basic tips

Try various locations (and zip codes if asked) for locating a place for the vaccine. The more flexible you can be with the location, the better the chance of getting an appointment

Have your personal information easily available so you can enter it quickly if you get an appointment. Some sites require insurance information and others do not. They usually want name, address, phone number, email address, birthdate.   You have a limited amount of time once you actually get an appointment to enter your information and confirm the appointment.

Keep the pages open on your phone or computer and just keep checking back.  It takes dogged persistence, a lot of time, and a good deal of luck!

Once you actually get the first vaccine, you will be scheduled for an appointment for the second one so you do not have to go through the scheduling process again. If you want a different location it does not hurt to ask. Be sure to keep the second appointment as you will not get maximum benefit from the vaccine from just the first dose.

If there are two of you and you only get one appointment, when you go for the appointment, ask if the second person can also get vaccinated. Sometimes they have enough vaccine that they will do it. It does not hurt to ask!

Hershey Vaccine Clinic Seek Greeters, Ushers and Monitors

While Penn State Health has not yet announced exact locations, there will be a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Hershey and volunteers are needed. The only requirements for volunteers are that you are able to work at least four hours at a time, and that you are able to stand and move freely. These roles are critical to the success of such a massive project, as they will assist members of the community to navigate the clinic, and will also assist clinicians in meeting the needs of those in the clinic. Hours of operation will be Monday-Saturday 7am-7pm.

As a logistics coordinator for this undertaking, and knowing how many of you would love to assist in efforts to curtail this awful virus, Derry’s own Julie Miller requests that anyone who might be interested in filling one of these roles contact her at jmiller25@pennstatehealth.psu.edu for more information.

The Way to Shalom: A Lenten Journey to Peace and Wholeness

Lent is all about spiritual renewal. It is a sacred time of preparation for Easter and a time to reflect on what God has done to redeem us and how we can live a whole and full life as a child of God.

Many of us see Lent as a season of penitence, fasting, service and contemplation — but at the top of our list should be a prayer for the acquisition of peace. In our devotional this year, we invite you to reflect upon the gift of shalom, the Hebrew word with a host of meanings: peace, security, well-being, health, completeness. Our spiritual goal: exploring how can we receive this gift of shalom and, in turn, bestow it upon the world.

Now, more than ever, we deeply crave shalom. Our world is in desperate need of peace. The United States has just come out of a contentious election, a struggle with a global pandemic, and painful racial violence. Poverty, misery and despair fill many corners of the world. Yes, we desire peace. We need peace.

Every week from Ash Wednesday (Feb 17) through Easter (April 4), this year’s devotional from Presbyterians Today Magazine focuses on shalom and what it can mean in our lives and how we can bring it to the world. Explore themes of justice, peace, healing, hope, repairing and reconciliation. Find Scripture readings along with beautiful meditations and prayers.

The Way to Shalom is free for download or print. You’re invited to use it, share it, excerpt from it and make it your spiritual companion this Lent.

Meet Anaya, One of Derry Church’s PEB Scholarship Recipients 

I am studying in 1 class. Thank you so much for granting me the scholarship. I am studying with great interest because I want to become a doctor in the future. Thank you.

For ten years, Derry Church has maintained a partnership with the Presbyterian Education Board in Pakistan. PEB operates 25 schools, primary through high school, including some boarding schools, that serve more than 5,900 students. Derry, through the Friends of Sargodha group, has a particular relationship with the schools in Sargodha. 

Our goal is to provide ten scholarships every year. You can help.

A full scholarship for a day student is $370 a year, about a dollar a day. We are dividing that amount into ten shares, $37 each, to offer you the opportunity to support a portion of a scholarship. 

You can purchase one or more shares by writing a check to Derry Church notated “Pakistan Scholarship” or giving online through the church website and selecting “Pakistan Scholarship.” 

Read Rev. Nancy Reinert’s message inviting you to participate. This fundraiser continues through February 2021.

Notes of Thanks

Thank you, Derry Church, Pastor Stephen and Pastor Marie for phone calls and prayers in the death of our son-in-law, Jimmy Uhrich. Thanks for keeping our daughter in your prayers.
Simon and Pat Yingst and Karen

Just a short note of thanks for the prayers, cards and phone calls I received after my recent surgery. They are greatly appreciated.
Loretta Chubb

Thank you, members of Derry Church, for your sincere thoughtfulness in sending food, flowers, phone calls, cards and shawls to support our family following the death of Ronald Walker. You are true friends. Michele, Debbie and I, as well as our families, were pleased many of you shared how Ron touched your lives. For some of you, it was many years ago and for some it was recently. We cannot thank you enough for thinking of all of us in so many thoughtful ways.
Martha Walker, Michele Smith, Debbie Duszak, and our families

You’re Invited: Presbytery Meeting on Feb 27

9 AM-12 PM SATURDAY, FEB 27 ON ZOOM

Join the Presbytery of Carlisle as it prepares for post-pandemic life. Included in this Zoom gathering will be several break-out rooms for pastors, elders, and deacons to engage in learning for their roles as church officers. There are choices for those who are new to the role and want the basics, as well as options for those who are ready for a deeper dive.

We welcome pastors and elder commissioners along with any Ruling Elders and Deacons who wish to attend. The line-up of workshops is below. Click this link to pre-register so Zoom break-out rooms can be assigned. Once registered you will be redirected to a webpage providing the Zoom link. Read more, including details on the breakout meetings offered that day.

Epistemology and the Search for Truth: Week 1

How do you know if what you know is true? How do you know if a news report is correct? How do you know if you are are justified in a belief? How do you know if you are thinking rationally? These and other questions of the “how do you know?” variety are the business of epistemology, the area of philosophy concerned with understanding the nature of knowledge and belief. Join Pastor Stephen for the first class in a series on “Epistemology and the Search for Truth.” This 18-minute class offers a brief overview epistemology and why it is important.

Meet Tabish, One of Derry Church’s PEB Scholarship Recipients 

Greeting from Sargodha. I am Tabish. My school is one of the famous school in city. I am writing this note to thank you for your help and support. I am actively involved in extra-curricular activities. This year our school won sport gala. Now Independence celebration are going on. The bazaars and streets are decorated with flags. Thank you again for your generosity and support. I promise you I will work very hard.

For ten years, Derry Church has maintained a partnership with the Presbyterian Education Board in Pakistan. PEB operates 25 schools, primary through high school, including some boarding schools, that serve more than 5,900 students. Derry, through the Friends of Sargodha group, has a particular relationship with the schools in Sargodha. 

Our goal is to provide ten scholarships every year. You can help.

A full scholarship for a day student is $370 a year, about a dollar a day. We are dividing that amount into ten shares, $37 each, to offer you the opportunity to support a portion of a scholarship. 

You can purchase one or more shares by writing a check to Derry Church notated “Pakistan Scholarship” or giving online through the church website and selecting “Pakistan Scholarship.” 

Read Rev. Nancy Reinert’s message inviting you to participate. This fundraiser continues through February 2021.

More Winter Reading Opportunities

The Monday evening study group will Zoom at 7 pm to discuss these books:

  • MAR 1The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
  • APR 5: Caste, The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson

The Faithful Readers will Zoom at 9:15 am* Sundays to discuss these books:

  • FEB 21 (*2 PM)Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • MAR 21: The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey
  • APR 18: Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now by Maya Angelou

Download the complete Faithful Readers list for 2020-21 and check out the Faithful Readers’ Facebook Group.

Copies of all books are available in the church library: contact Teresa to request a copy.

Looking for the Zoom Meeting ID? Check the weekly eNews or contact Sue George.