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Oct 2020 Financial Snapshot


Cash Flow – Operating Fund as of 9/30/20

ACTUALBUDGETED
Income YTD:     $941,491      $1,020,092
Expenses YTD:$866,626$1,020,096
Surplus/(Deficit) YTD:    $  74,865$          (4)

Notes from the treasurer:

  • Contributions are trailing 2019 and budget. This was expected with COVID.
  • Committees in general are spending less than in 2019. We expect this to continue while church activities are occurring remotely and as we have asked committees to be mindful of spending.
  • Personnel spending will start to increase with the associate pastor and music director positions filled.
  • Cash flow remains good and net assets increased about $25k in September.

Issues Class with Adam Nagle

Adam Nagle, Executive Director, The Factory Ministries

9:00-9:45 AM SUNDAY, OCT 25 IN ROOM 7 (RSVP REQUIRED) AND LIVE STREAMING (LAUNCHES 8:55 AM)

Adam Nagle, executive director of The Factory Ministries, shares his journey and the call God places on our lives in this class on “Helping the Vulnerable.” You’ll interact with mental health, trauma, helping without enabling, collaboration vs. cooperation, collective impact (unity)… all while considering how the church can step into complex issues and bring hope and healing.

Find out what’s next: Issues Class Schedule for Nov

New Opportunities for Derry’s Giving Tree

Derry Township Social Ministries (DTSM) has made the difficult decision not provide gifts to families from the Giving Tree this year. Children of families in need will receive gift certificates donated by Old Navy at the Hershey Outlets to purchase clothing. 

Recognizing Derry Church’s past generosity in supporting the DTSM Giving Tree, our Mission & Peace Committee offers an alternative: donations of gift cards for families in need in our community. To simplify distribution and protect the health and safety of volunteers, DTSM requests donations of WalMart gift cards in $25 denominations. If you wish to make a cash donation, committee members will purchase gift cards on your behalf. Gift cards and cash or checks may be dropped off at the lower level/office entrance.

The Giving Tree will be in place on Thanksgiving weekend. You’re invited to decorate the tree with winter hats, scarves, mittens, and gloves that will be distributed to families in need in local school districts. Deliver all gift cards and winter apparel to the church by Sunday, Dec 6.

The Mission & Peace Committee has set a goal of 150 gift cards that will be distributed to DTSM families, the Race Track Ministry at Penn National Race Course, and to support emergent needs seen by church staff through the holidays. The committee thanks you for your continuing, generous support of families in need in our community.    

2020 Stewardship Celebration Goes Virtual with “Music of the Movies” Concert


4 PM SUNDAY, NOV 8 BY LIVE STREAM (YOUTUBE & FACEBOOK, TOO!)

Join us online as we celebrate our stewardship campaign and all the ways we INVEST IN HOPE! Every song performed in Derry’s “Music of the Movies” has been featured in a movie in some way. We’ll have songs from The Sound of Music, The Wizard of OzTangledToy StoryMoana, and more. Don’t miss this special online concert!

Thank You, Derry Church

Friends, I am humbled and sincerely grateful to the members of our congregation who have expressed their sympathy and support for me on the occasion of Elaines passing. Your welcomed condolences prove Derry Presbyterian Church is not a building. It is you! Elaine and I were happy about a future together. It was to last. When it didn’t, you stepped forward with assurances, prayers, sympathy and love. Please accept my thankfulness. 

You are Gods love.  Skip Becker

Fall Raking & Outdoor Cleanup

3:30-5:30 PM FRIDAY, NOV 13
8 AM TO FINISH SATURDAY, NOV 14 

Bring your rakes and wear your mask as the Gardeners of Derry work outdoors to prepare the church grounds for the winter. Pickup trucks and wheelbarrows also welcome and appreciated. 

Issues Class with Jess Delo

9:00-9:45 AM SUNDAY, OCT 18 IN ROOM 7 (RSVP REQUIRED) AND LIVE STREAMING (LAUNCHES 8:55 AM)

Brené Brown’s game-changing New York Times bestseller, The Gifts of Imperfection, has sold more than 2 million copies in more than 30 different languages and is celebrating its 10th Anniversary in print. Forbes magazine named Gifts one of the “Five Books That Will Actually Change Your Outlook On Life.”

Join Derry member Jess Delo for a motivational and inspiring class on wholehearted living. Explore the psychology of releasing our definitions of an “imperfect” life and embracing living authentically. Brown’s “ten guideposts” will be reviewed, and helpful guides and worksheets will be supplied to the class. Questions? Contact Jess.

Joining online? Download these accompanying materials:
Gifts of Imperfection Guide and 10 Guideposts for Wholehearted Living

Find out what’s next: Issues Class Schedule for Oct & Nov

Volunteers Needed to Distribute Groceries

10 AM SATURDAY, OCT 17 AT WESLEY UNION A.M.E. ZION CHURCH, 2219 NORTH 5TH STREET, HARRISBURG

Join members of Derry Church to help distribute food and groceries in Harrisburg at the church where Rev. David Miller is pastor (he preached at Derry Church in August). Especially needed are people who speak Spanish. Volunteers, please RSVP to Pastor Stephen and arrive at the Wesley Union parking lot by 10 am at the corner of 5th and Camp St and remember to wear a mask.

Presbyterian Women: Oct Updates

  • Boxtops 4 Education: Sunday, Oct 25 is the deadline for the October mailing. Boxtop expiration dates must be 11/20 or later. Please leave in PW mailbox or basket on the mission shelves. Due to changes in the program, this probably will be the last mailing, so look for any expiring in 2021 and 2022 on products.
  • Orange Day is Sunday, Oct 25: Wear orange or an orange ribbon to show awareness of and support for those working to end exploitation of women and girls. Native American women and girls are being killed and trafficked at rates far higher than the rest of US population. On some reservations, women are ten times as likely to be murdered, and 84% have experienced physical, sexual, or psychological violence in their lifetimes. The Safe Women, Strong Nations project partners with Native women’s organizations and Indian and Alaskan Native nations to end this violence. 
  • Circle Meeting: 10:30 am Monday, Oct 19 at the home of Joan Theal. The group will discuss Lamenting Together, based on Psalm 137. Each lesson is designed to stand alone, so if someone has missed one, she will not feel behind. RSVP to Joan.

What Kind of Church Will We Be? A Presbytery Pop-up Meeting

7 PM THURSDAY, OCT 22 ON ZOOM

As pastors and Sessions continue to adapt to ever-changing conditions, sometimes it helps to hear what others are doing. With the idea of pooling our collective wisdom, experience, and imagination, the Presbytery of Carlisle is offering a series of single-topic pop-up meetings on topics of interest to our congregations.

Drop in on a discussion facilitated by Interim Executive Presbyter Cheryl Galan and Scott Bowerman, Central Church, Chambersburg. With so much uncertainty circling around the election and with on-going unrest around the country and in places within our own presbytery, what kind of church will we be? We’re not talking about red, blue, or purple… let’s talk about our witness to the gospel and the leadership our congregations and communities need from us. Let’s talk about the potential for violence and our calling to respond with love for our neighbors and civility in our discourse. We’ll name the practices and resources we can offer, to ground our responses in the way and will of Christ. We’ll process what we see in our communities and how we are being impacted by the larger context in which we serve. To receive the Zoom link, register here.

Synod of the Trinity Conversations on Zoom

The Synod of the Trinity is offering opportunities to consider and engage some of the issues and concerns of our times in light of Martin Luther King’s Beloved Community:

  • 7 PM SUNDAY OCT 18:  Laurie Kraus will speak on “The Pandemic.” Laurie serves as the associate director of the Ministries of Compassion, Peace and Justice in the Presbyterian Mission Agency, and is the director of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. More details and mandatory registration link here.

The series continues on Oct 25 with Hyperpartisanship led by John Welch and Nov 8 with Technology led by Bruce Reyes-Chow. Reservations required.

Issues Class Goes Virtual

On Sunday, Dr. John Messmer kicked off the 2020-21 Issues Class lectures series with an in-person and virtual class on Going Viral: COVID, Flu and More. Click the white arrow in the center to watch his presentation.

At 9 am Sunday, Oct 11, join Pastor Stephen in room 7 (RSVP required) or watch online to find out What Happens When We Take Communion? If you ever wondered why or even if communion is special, this is the class for you. Pastor Stephen will talk about:

  • How God is present in this meal
  • What makes it different from other meals
  • What different faith traditions believe about communion
  • What Presbyterians believe about communion

“Loving Our Community” Auction

NOV 9-15, 2020 • ONLINE AT LOVEINCGREATERHERSHEY.ORG

The annual Baked with Love INC Pie Auction has been transformed into an online event featuring local artisans, businesses, and handcrafted pies! This year’s event is dual-purpose: to raise money for the ministries of Love INC of Greater Hershey AND support and feature local individuals and businesses that may have been negatively impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Go online for seven days of silent auction treasures plus live streaming events on Nov 12 & 15.

Congregational Meeting: Oct 11

Come for worship, stay for the election of officers for the class of 2023! The congregational meeting will begin immediately following the 10:30 am live streaming service on Sunday, Oct. 11.

Information on how to cast your vote has been sent out in the weekly eNews. To ask a question or submit a name for consideration, send an email to Pastor Stephen or Sue George. Please vote when instructed to do so during the congregational meeting

SLATE OF NOMINEES:

Elders 
Gregg Robertson, Claudia Holtzman, Pete Feil, Jessica Delo, Laura Williams, Duncan Campbell

Deacons
Daniel Forslund, Patti Jo Hibshman, Ray Delo, Sara Matthews, Chris Bevins 

2021 Nominating Committee 
Jim George, Lauren Talhelm, Susan Kastelic, Karen Carns

Your Choice: Attend Issues Class in Person or Online

On Sunday afternoon, Pastor Stephen helped out the AV crew by leading a short class with the goal of finding out whether or not it would be possible to live stream a Sunday morning Issues Class from Room 7. The answer is YES! 

From 9:00-9:45 am on Sunday mornings, you can attend in-person or virtually from your home.

  • To attend in person, sign up in advance and join the class in room 7 with a maximum of 25 people. 
  • The live stream will begin at 8:55 am, and you can watch on derrypres.org or on our Facebook page or YouTube channel.
  • Live stream participants can email questions and comments to info@derrypres.org and questions will be addressed as time allows.
  • If you can’t attend on Sunday morning, the live streamed class will be available for viewing later on Facebook and YouTube.

Upcoming Sunday Morning Classes You can Attend in Person or Live Stream:

Oct 11:  What happens when we take communion? Have you ever wondered why or even if communion is special? How is God present in this meal and why is it different from other meals? Pastor Stephen will explore what different faith traditions believe about communion and what Presbyterians believe.

Oct 18: Brené Brown’s game-changing New York Times bestseller, The Gifts of Imperfection, has sold more than 2 million copies in more than 30 different languages and is celebrating its 10th Anniversary in print.Forbes magazine named Gifts one of the “Five Books That Will Actually Change Your Outlook On Life.”Join Derry member Jess Delo for a motivational and inspiring class on wholehearted living. Explore  the psychology of releasing our definitions of an “imperfect” life and embracing living authentically. Brown’s “ten guideposts” will be reviewed, and helpful guides/worksheets will be supplied to the class. For more information, contact Jess.

Oct 25: Adam Nagle, executive director of The Factory Ministries, shares his journey and the call God places on our lives in this class on “Helping the Vulnerable.” You’ll interact with mental health, trauma, helping without enabling, collaboration vs. cooperation, collective impact (unity)… all while considering how the church can step into complex issues and bring hope and healing.

Mission Focus for October: Feed the Hungry

Editor’s Note: On the first Thursday of each month we highlight the mission focus for the month. In October we’re lifting up the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. You can always find the current month’s mission focus in the Joys & Concerns section of the weekly eNews.

At the onset of the pandemic Derry’s Mission & Peace Committee sent $10,000 to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank (CPFB) because we were concerned that they were going to need to feed many more people than they were prior to COVID-19. Unfortunately, we were correct. September CPFB data shows that “Unemployment and poverty in our 27 counties are at record highs; every community faces economic uncertainty. To get a sense of the situation: all 27 counties have food insecurity rates of 13% or above. Pre COVID-19, there were three.”

CPFB tells us that since March they have distributed over 200,000 crisis response food boxes, packing them at the Farm Show so that they can be filled in a socially distanced setting. They have also distributed bags of produce, dairy and meat to partner agencies, at no cost. They have distributed 35 million pounds of food, equivalent to 875 tractor trailer loads.

CPFB works with their 1,000 partners to distribute food safely and they have made new partners for areas that are in need. Currently they are serving 200,000 people a month, which is 65,000 more people than usual. Those being server are people who were on the edge before COVID, people who had contracted COVID-19, people who lost their jobs or were furloughed, seniors who were homebound and children who no longer had meals provided during the school day.

Thank you to the people of Derry Church who support our mission committee so that we in turn can quickly respond to an unexpected situation like COVID-19.

Mission Opportunity: Wesley Union AME Zion Church

10 am Saturday, Oct 3 at Wesley Union A.M.E. Zion Church, 2219 North 5th Street, Harrisburg

Join members of Derry Church to help distribute food and groceries in Harrisburg at the church where Rev. David Miller is pastor (he preached at Derry Church in August). Especially needed are people who speak Spanish. Volunteers, please RSVP to Pastor Stephen and arrive at the Wesley Union parking lot by 10 am at the corner of 5th and Camp St and remember to wear a mask. 

Mission Opportunity: Downtown Daily Bread

7:30 – 9 am weekdays beginning Monday, Oct 5 at Pine Street Presbyterian Church, 310 N. Third Street, Harrisburg

Now that fall weather is here, it is a priority for Downtown Daily Bread to re-open its indoor dining room. The staff is committed to doing this safely, efficiently, and with much kindness! Would you like to be a part of this new effort? The plan is to start by serving weekday breakfast in the dining room. This meal attracts a smaller group of people (approximately 30). One volunteer is needed each day. Free, off-street parking is available across the street. Volunteers enter through the front doors on South Street and report directly to the Soup Kitchen. The serving counter has been fitted with plexiglass barriers and face masks must be worn by everyone. Social distancing between the breakfast volunteer and staff is also possible within the kitchen area. Volunteers will help set-out food and coffee on counters and wipe down tables/chairs after clients leave. To volunteer, contact Craig Smith (717-566-4757).

Notes of Thanks

We had a turbulent summer with the eventual passing of Greg’s father in late August. We want to thank everyone at Derry Church for their support, prayers and condolences. There is a basket of many cards which we received from our Derry Church family and friends, and none of them were repeated. Thank you. Greg and Lois Harris

Thank you so very much for the donation of water bottles for our students. They were absolutely thrilled to receive them! COVID-19 has made operating a school so much more challenging as we seek to keep our students and staff safe and healthy. Our goal is to keep our doors open, believing that students do best in an in-person environment. Your kind and generous donation of water bottles is one thing–seemingly small perhaps–that helps and blesses our students. COVID-19 guidelines recommend that water fountains not be used, so water bottles are essential. Again, thank you for your attentiveness to the needs of our students. We are delighted to partner with the Derry Presbyterian Church and the Mission and Peace Committee in providing, according to Martin Luther King, a true education–one of intelligence plus character. With deep gratitude, Andy Phillips Executive Director/Head of School

Young Friends Go on a Bear Hunt

“Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.” These words from Isaiah 41 encouraged young friends on Sunday afternoon, proving they were not afraid of “Going on a Bear Hunt.” Mr Grant, Pastor Pam, Mrs Steelman and these awesome friends had fun “Powering Up” their faith after a long six months apart. Up next: outdoor movie night 7-9 pm Friday, Oct 2 for Pilgrim Fellowship (grades 3-5). RSVP required. Questions? Contact Mrs Steelman.

Virtual Piano Recital: Shelly Moorman-Stahlman

3-4 pm Sunday, Oct 4 • Watch on Facebook

This recital by Derry member Shelly Moorman-Stahlman will celebrate Beethoven’s birthday with three representative works from his life: Sonata in C Major, Op 2 #3, Sonata in F Minor, Op 57 (Appassionata) and Sonata in Ab Major, Op 110. The program will be live for LVC students and live streamed for anyone else. Watch at https://www.facebook.com/lvcmusicdept/live/.