News and Activities at MLC

     January 2020


Church Council will hold its monthly meeting on Sunday, February 2nd after the worship service.




 Call Committee Report 
We continue to wait for the synod to refer other pastoral candidates for consideration. We ask for your prayers and patience as we continue this search.

Your Call Committee: Nancy Deiter, Gene Flory, Kristin Heck, Roy Hoglund (chairperson), Nicole Johnson, and Bob Stettler. 

Funeral Luncheon Committee

Many members of Millcreek Lutheran Church choose to have their funerals at the church followed by a luncheon in the multi-purpose room. There is no rental fee for our members.

The committee that has helped families with these luncheons has dwindled over the years and is being reorganized. Although this committee will not be preparing the food, they will be available to serve, help with the organization, set up and clean up when there is a request from the family. Church members are willing to donate homemade desserts for the luncheons when requested. Families may bring in their own food, contract with a local caterer or order trays to be made up by local stores or vendors.
We have 2 needs - people willing to serve on this committee and people willing to make desserts when contacted. If you have not already signed up and would be interested in helping in either capacity, please contact Rachel Mock at (717)949-3813 or Nancy Deiter at (717)866-4665.



In case of bad weather, please listen to WLBR 1270AM for notices of cancellation of church services. Channel 8 will only show church cancellations if there is a major snowstorm on a Saturday, but you can check online at which has a less restrictive posting for church services than the on-air part of their operation.

Monthly Church Breakfast


Everyone is welcome to join us for our monthly church breakfast at Country Fare Restaurant in Myerstown at 8:00 am on the Second Saturday of each month.  Just come and enjoy good food and fellowship.

  Next Breakfast date is
 on January 11th

   The Senior High Sunday School class is making sweaters and blankets for charity. I do not have the exact name of the organization right now,but we will accept any kind and any amount of yarn.






Anyone interested in being part of the team, please let us know or pick up a form on the table in the narthex. We continue to collect aluminum cans and coins in a bottle.
Thanks in advance for your support as we try to support those struggling with this disease. A new year in Sunday School is also a new year for Relay for Life. We appreciate your support in any way.

We also welcome any new people to the team - see any current member for information or get a form on the table in the narthex.
This year has been particularly hard on all of us at Millcreek, losing more folks to cancer. But the team has registered for another year to continue the fight! If you are interested in joining us, see Debbie Tice or Rachel Mock. All are welcome!

RECYCLE ALUMINUM CANS for the American Cancer Society. Please place any bags of ALUMINUM (NOT STEEL) cans at the kitchen entrance to the church.

COLLECT DIMES in a bottle (or any container with any change) for Relay for Life.

Collect pull tabs from soda cans, etc. for the dialysis machine at the Ronald McDonald House. A container is on the table in the narthex.

 Thanks as always for your support!! 
Debbie Tice, Rachel Mock, Theresa Sites, Jen Rosengrant, Steph Seldomridge, Donald & Donna Collins, Lauren Sweitzer, Bill & Mary Shaak, Shurie Shaak.

Donations to American Cancer Society are always welcome.



Beginning with the start of Sunday School, Sunday morning beverages and desserts will be moved from the library to the multi-purpose room and kitchen. Those who bring baked goods (and we really appreciate all that you bring) should bring them to the window at the kitchen. We will be able to use the tables in the multi-purpose room and it will facilitate clean up.


Music Ministry

 Thanks to all who provided special music with voices and instruments during the Advent/Christmas season. We appreciate each of you sharing your gifts with all of us!

The Sunday School children gave us an awesome gift with their musical on Sunday, December 15 entitled “Chris-myth Busters”. Participating were the following: Laura Long, Matthew Long, Jude Emerich, Ariana Warnick, Maddie Johnson, Aubree Evans, Ophelia Emerich, Lexus Lindermuth, Arianna Robertson, Sierra Tschudy, Charlie Lindermuth, Sebastian Lindermuth, Baylee Marderness, Morgan Hoffman, and Stephanie Sheetz. Cameo appearances by Devon Rosengrant, Bridgette Heck, Jordan Rosengrant, and Brady Keath.
It took many hours of preparation by our music director, Deb Tice, and all our Sunday School staff: Cheryl Batdorf, Cheryl Stoudt, Tammy Hepler, Linda Bentz, Sharon Evans, Mary Ream, Deb Buffington, Jen Rosengrant. Thank you, thank you!!

A note from Deb Tice: Many thanks to all who made the Christmas program come together - each teacher did a great job and we are a wonderful team. As they say, Teamwork makes the dream work. Our children are young and few (ages 3-13), but they sang, did the sign language and we are so proud of them. Hopefully all will remember the message that it doesn't matter how many wise men, or when Jesus was actually born, or if there was an innkeeper or not, but that God sent his Son to save us. Such a powerful message from these young voices.

After an extra-long break due to Wednesday holidays, the choir will resume practice on Wednesday January 8 at 7 pm - plenty of seats for anyone new!!
The children will sing again on Sunday, January 12, 2020.

Music at Millcreek
Are you looking to improve your health? Do you like to have an active part in the service at Millcreek? If you answered yes to any of these questions, why not give the Senior Choir a try. Our first meeting will be on Wednesday September 4 at 7 pm. There are no auditions or requirements - you don't even have to come every week!! But we would appreciate your participation as you are able. Middle and high school students are also welcome! Any questions--

You can contact Debbie Tice at:

Deadline for the December Parish Echo newsletter is January 15th. 


January 5 DAVIN HESS
January 12 BRADY KEATH

Please remember, if you are unable to acolyte on your scheduled Sunday, call a replacement. If you cannot find a replacement, please call the church 610-589-2570, or Linda Sheetz at 717-866-4273 as soon as possible.



Please sign up to sponsor flowers and bulletins.  Cost of flowers is $25 and cost of bulletins is $10. Contact Linda Hauck Sheetz or sign-up on the list in the narthex. 

Please note: we have purchased flower vase carriers for you to transport your alter flowers home.  They will be marked "Property of MLC".  Please bring the vases back the following week for the next person to use. 

Part of Evangelism’s ministry is keeping in touch with our college students. We need their addresses while in college in order to do that. Please respond ASAP by calling Dara Wolfe at 717-866-5909 or email Thank you.
If you give us their e-mail addresses, the Parish Echo will be sent to them via e-mail.


The Evangelism Committee will meet January 8th

 Operation Christmas Child

Many children will have “smiles on their faces” due to the generosity of our congregation! 54 shoeboxes were completed this year! Wow! Also, thanks for the “shipping” monies given to help defray the cost of sending the boxes.

Arianna Robertson, granddaughter of Debra Ream Buffington, pictured completing 2 shoeboxes. Thank you to all who donated to this worthy cause.

Thanks to Paul Brandt for his beautiful presentation on New Mexico on November 7. There were 24 in attendance.
Other Evangelism Activities: 1) Providing drivers to transport members to medical appointments. Dotti Hoglund is now the contact person. She can be reached at 717-228-8177 (cell) or 610-655-7692 (home). We’d like to re-build our list of volunteer drivers for this program and we need your help! 2) Collecting used ink and toner cartridges and old cell phones to be recycled after taking to Jubilee Ministries. Place in bin in hall leading to multi-purpose room. 3) Collecting new and lightly used small tools and building supplies (nails, tiles, electrical outlets, etc.) for Habitat for Humanity. Place smaller items in the bins in the hall leading to the multi-purpose room. To arrange for pick up of large items (cabinets, furniture, light fixtures, sinks, etc.), contact the Lancaster Lebanon Habitat ReStore at 717-293-0250 ext.4.

This summer, Millcreek was fortunate to have Morgan Hoffman attend Camp Kirchenwald. According to Camp Kirchenwald, this camping experience does make a difference in a child's spiritual growth and it certainly does enhance their connectedness to their faith and their congregation. Attending camp also enhances, supports and extends the Christian education already happening in our congregation. It is truly an extension of the ministry of not only Millcreek but all churches as well.
Morgan enjoyed her first Camp Kirchenwald experience and is already looking forward to attending again next year. She says her favorite activities were swimming and the arts and crafts and "sleep" time. A thank you goes out to her parents, Frank and Jodi, for allowing Morgan to attend Kirchenwald and enabling her to strengthen her Christian faith through such a fun experience. Maybe Morgan can encourage more of the Millcreek youth to attend camp next year. Glad you had such a good time, Morgan! Thanks also needs to be given to our church council who helps contribute financially to the child's camping experience. Margie Kriss




We are in need of a Sunday School Kindergarten teacher. Talk to those that teach now and find out how they always get more than they give!

We have not had a staffed nursery during worship for several years now - we need a scheduler and volunteers.

Lay readers are needed to serve during worship, as we have lost a few over the past year. Most times you are
only listed to read 2-3 times per year.  There is a sign-up sheet on the narthex table outside the office, or contact Linda Sheetz at church or at 717-866-4273 for more information. Thanks in advance.

Ushers, male and female, are needed as well. There is a sign-up sheet on the narthex table. If you presently help to usher, it is not necessary to sign up—you will be kept on the list. I need someone to assist me as head usher in the event that I cannot be at church. If interested, please see me, Brian Webber.

Give all of these needs some prayerful consideration as we move forward. We also need your presence in the pews for worship.

Can you help a senior citizen in need of assistance 1 - 2 hours a day, 2 days a week, with the possible expansion to 5 days a week?  Duties would be to make sure the senior takes her medicine and eats her meals, light laundry, and the occasional trip to the hairdresser.  The helper must be female.  Payment for services will be negotiated with the family.  If you are interested or know someone who might be, please call Sue at 717-949-3857 or Kathy at 610-533-3022. 

Looking, Looking, Looking...

  • A teacher is needed for our Nursery Class!
  • Volunteers are need to staff the nursery during the worship service! 

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Military Personnel

5507 Jadwin Loop
Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-1913

Happy Birthday
Congratulations to Mary Merkel on celebrating her 101st birthday on October 25, 2019!!

January Birthdays
  1 Amy Moyer
  3 LeAnna Capretti
  4 Pat Sharp
  5 Seth Kapp
      Shaun Kapp
     Ryan Risser
     Bambi Griffe
  8 Layne Strickler
     Scott Johnson
10 Brett Flory
11 Dotti Hoglund
12 Nicholas Kitsch
15 Scott Wartluft
     Bob Scipioni
16 Joseph Tice
18 Mark Sova
19 Nathan Tracy
     Kathy Madara
     Joan Zerby
21 Brigitta Scheib
22 Matthew Kapp
      Kathy Custer
23 Lois Garloff
     Kiya Kahl
     Angie Bentz
24 Rachelle Keath
25 Stephanie Sheetz
     Donna Collins
29 Michele Angstadt
30 Frank Wolfskill
31 Alissa Griffe

If you want to be included on the birthday list, please submit your name to use by placing a note in the Newsletter mailbox in the church office, calling 610-655-7692, or emailing to  Also if there is a name that should be removed from the list, or a correction made, please use one of the above ways to notify us.  Thank you. 

Community Activities:


The upcoming holiday season at Spang Crest will be busy with activities. The Christmas Craft Show at the Farm Show building will be held the beginning of December. A percentage of the profit is turned over to the Friends of Spang Crest organization for future needs.
On December 17, 2019 there will be Christmas parties for designated Spang Crest floors at 10:15, 1:30, 2:00, and 4:00. Parties are given so that residents can receive their Christmas gifts donated by area Lutheran churches. Usually the churches are each given 2 or 3 residents’ names to purchase gifts. We will be buying for our members, Eva Bennetch and Betty Gibble. Volunteers are needed for these parties to assist with refreshments and to help pass out and open gifts. Each party will last about an hour. If you want to help, please contact Karen Kreiser at Spang Crest—717-274-1495.
Between January 6-9, 2020 Spang Crest will be selling Godshall’s beef sticks and turkey products at the Farm Show. Volunteers are needed for shifts in the afternoon and evening. Evening shift people may “hitch a ride” with Karen. Contact her to sign up for a shift. Again, a certain percentage of the sales is given back to the Friends of Spang Crest organization.
Finally, in the latter part of January, the annual dues fundraising starts for the Friends of Spang Crest. Last year Millcreek raised $250 for this organization.

A special thank you to all the members and friends of our Millcreek congregation that contributed to Spang Crest in some special way in 2019-either by contributing financially to the annual Friends of Spang Crest appeal, contributing or volunteering to make our April birthday party celebration a successful one, donating baked goods for the chicken barbeque, donating lap covers for the residents, contributing calendars that are not needed in your home to be given to residents, or finally, volunteering your services in any way needed. All of these things continue to make the Friends of Spang Crest a very successful organization. Remember the residents of Spang Crest are an important part of Millcreek Lutheran Church’s evangelism, and any way you can volunteer or contribute is certainly appreciated by both the residents and the Friends of Spang Crest.
Margie Kriss


To register for the remaining 2019 American Series cooking classes.
Here is the starting link to begin the process:
When you click on this link, it will take you to the website that lists the classes and location for the class.
1. Click on schedule and you will find the list of classes, dates, times and cost.
2. Click on location and you will find directions. Best yet is if you click on the little icon on the map, it will show the address of the church. All you need to do is to add your own address. The directions will come up and take you step by step to the church.
3. When registering for the classes, you can choose to register for one class or bundle all of the classes. When you register you have to go back to beginning by using your back button. So after each class registration, if you choose to register for another class, you just hit the back button and it will take you back to the list of classes.
I know that some of you are not comfortable registering online. If so, you can send a check made out to Deborah Hartman for the cost of the class(es). Please indicate the class or c lasses you are registering for. That will be submitted to Ticketbud for our final count of who is attending each class.
Check can be mailed to:
Debbie Hartman
149 Horse Happy Road
Newmanstown, PA 17073

July 16-The Berry Best Festival
August 13-High Summer Harvest Festival
September 10-Techniques: Cast Iron Cooking
October 15-Techniques: Revamping the Casserole
November 12-The Evolution of Thanksgiving
December 3-Traditional Holiday Baking and Techniques
Sessions are 10:30 AM-12:30 PM or 6:30 PM-8:30 PM.

Thrivent Financial News

If you are a Thrivent Financial member, you are eligible to apply for a $250 grant for a church community project. This grant could be for the schoolbags or personal care kits that we do each year. It’s a great way to get extra funds for these worthwhile projects. It’s exciting to learn that a Thrivent member from our
congregation applied for one of these $250 grants for the High School Sunday School class quilt project and that the application was approved! They are making quilts for the pediatric unit at Reading Hospital. This money will be used to purchase materials for this project. Thrivent members are allotted two of these
$250 grants each year for community type projects. There are Thrivent members in our congregation, so let’s see what we can do to gain some worthwhile monies for some of our church community projects. Thrivent members should contact their Thrivent representative for more information about this exciting