News and Activities at MLC

                 June, July and August 2019

 


Church Council will hold its monthly meeting on Sunday, August 25th after the worship service.


 

ATTENTION MILLCREEK: JUNE, JULY AND AUGUST DATES AND ACTIVITIES

 CHANGES TO PARISH ECHO
Due to the rising cost of printing and mailing over 200 church newsletters 11 times per year, Council has decided to change the way the Parish Echo is distributed. First, we’d like to expand the number of members who receive the newsletter via email. Currently, 39 families or persons receive it this way. The advantages to using this method include receiving the newsletter much quicker, and also seeing the clip art and photos in color. Just notify Roy and Dotti Hoglund of your email address to sign up. To make this easier, slips of paper for you to fill in with your email address have been inserted in the church bulletins. Just complete and drop in the designated box in the narthex, and you will begin receiving the Parish Echo via email beginning with the next edition. If you have already been receiving the Parish Echo via email, you do not need to give us your address again.
Thanks to Frank Hoffman, who maintains the church’s website, you can also opt to read the newsletter by going to www.millcreeklutheran.com . Just click on the Parish Echo on the main menu. There is a list of the newsletters from the past year that you may view and download, if desired.
For those who do not have an email address or use of a computer, copies of the printed version of the newsletter will be available for pick up in the narthex of the church. The Parish Echo will continue to be mailed to those on the home communion list. In order to provide enough time for this transition to take place, the last mass mailing will be the June newsletter. The new system of distribution will begin with the July/August edition.

 
 

 Call Committee Report 
 
The committee is still interviewing candidates. One candidate that we were seriously considering has found another congregation. We have since interviewed one candidate that we will not recommend, and have scheduled another for interview.
We ask for your prayers as we continue along this journey.

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.





 
SWEET SECOND SUNDAY ON JULY 14th






WEATHER ALERT

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 WGAL.com 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 July 13th


YOUTH ACTIVITIES
   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.


Thanks! KRISTEN HECK
 

 

 


 

RELAY FOR
LIFE



UPCOMING EVENTS
 

The RELAY FOR LIFE LEBANON COUNTY EVENT WAS HELD ON MAY 17 and 18.
Our team raised a total of $9,207 as of Sunday AM, May 19. We were blessed with great weather and a hearty group of walkers. Donations will be accepted this year through June 30. If you baked, bought, or in any way, supported our team we say thank you! Our goal is to continue to fight for an end to this miserable disease.


 
Remember to continue to recycle aluminum cans as well as dimes in a bottle (or any container with any change). 
 
 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.
Can pull tabs are still being collected for the dialysis machine at the Ronald McDonald House. A container is on the table in the narthex. 

Donations to American Cancer Society are always welcome.



LEBANON AREA FAIR
The Lebanon Area Fair will be taking place from July 20-27, 2019 at the Expo Center. General Admission price is $5 ages 10 and up after 3 PM. (Before 3, there is no admission charge.) Under age 10 are always FREE. Parking is FREE. Please see the brochures on the narthex table for more information.


Ham BBQ is Sunday, July 21 and Chicken BBQ is Thursday, July 25.

Morgan Hoffman will be showing on Friday morning. The Tice kids show Monday and Thursday. The Gahres boys will be participating in the truck pulls.

 

Music Ministry

Choir Rehearsals will continue in the fall.



You can contact Debbie Tice at:
MusicDirector@millcreeklutheran.com




Deadline for the September Parish Echo newsletter is August 15th. 



ACOLYTES

 
 
No Acolytes serve over the summer


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. 





 ATTENTION—Spang Crest 2019 FREE Summer Concert Series (sponsored by the Friends of Spang Crest). All concerts begin at 7:00 PM. Weather permitting, all concerts will be held in the pavilion area adjacent to Spang Crest.

July 16-Perseverance Band of Lebanon

July 30-Zembo Shrine String Band

August 6-Lebanon Big Swing Band




The Evangelism Committee will NOT meet July. August meeting will be as needed.

 
INGATHERING APPEAL

“Gather in” whatever you can, to help those less fortunate, that’s all part of the plan………..
It’s that time of the year; school kits, personal care kits and “bar” soap will be “gathered” June 30th through September 29th . We have a limited number of towels available for you this year to “fill” and return. School bags are also provided by the church. Pick them up in the narthex next time you come for worship.
A “content list” for each kit is printed elsewhere in the newsletter. Last year’s donations provided help in the Dominican Republic!
There are containers in the multipurpose room to deposit your items. Please take the time to share in this worthwhile ministry.
EVANGELISM COMMITTEE

COMMUNITY OUTREACH “FUN” EVENING AUGUST 17th, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Millcreek has been invited to join in the Richland area community outreach program being held at the Moehlman playground/ ball field, South Park St., Richland. Lots to do, especially for the children.
Refreshments also. Everything is “FREE”. Millcreek will be “grilling” the dogs once again.
We have been asked to provide 6 baked items for the “Cake Walk”. If you are interested in baking for this, please contact someone on the Evangelism committee. Please note that you need to use a nonreturnable container for your donation!!!! Thanks bunches.



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.




 CAMP KIRCHENWALD
Margie Kriss is planning to do the online camp person training that will allow the camper a $20 discount on their registration fee. Last year it was only a $10 discount so this has increased. Please consider attending one of the many camp programs that are offered by our Lutheran Camping Corporation at Camp Kirchenwald from day camp programs for K-2nd grade to high school programs for grades 9-12. Brochures will be placed on the narthex table when they become available.

 

 

YOUR SUNDAY SCHOOL AND CHURCH NEED YOU!

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.
Thanks.


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! 

Smiley emoticon with binoculars

 


 







Military Personnel

Lt Commander STANLEY R. KAHL
He is currently piloting a C40 out of Norfolk Air Base. 

Lt JOSH WEIDMAN
5507 Jadwin Loop
Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-1913







 
June Birthdays

  1 Norman Sharp
     Joshua Kurtz
  2 Diane Sites
     Jordan O’Connor
  3 Rhonda Singer
     Amanda Batdorf
     Catherine Noll
     Michelle Evans
     Pam Flory
  4 Pamela Brightbill
     Brett Scipioni
  6 Hudson Weidman
10 Devon Rosengrant
11 Cheryl Batdorf
     David Madara, Sr.
14 Phillip Polynone
15 Debra Ream Buffington
17 Victoria Griffe
     Pat Ontkos
18 Larry Brown
     Wade Gettle
     Gordon Auman
20 Michael Stoudt
     Logan Sheetz
23 Debra Sholly
     Susan Long
     Michael Ream
25 Dawn Leibig
     Ashley Tice
     Darryl Ream
27 William Batdorf
28 William Brightbill
29 Rich Engle
     Greer Zellers
30 Tereasa Hogeland



July Birthdays
 
  1 Casey Roy
     Linda Sheetz
  2 Craig Brightbill
  3 Lexus Lindermuth
  4 Jessica Leibig
  5 Tammy Hepler
  6 Mackenzie Gettle
     Oscar Sebastian Lindermuth
10 Wendy Ortiz
     Linda Zimmerman
     Louise Hainley
     Aaron Taylor Ciccone
     David Madara Jr.
11 Mary Moyer
12 Nathaniel Flory
     Jadyn Kate Baker
13 Brenda Long
14 Andrew Sholly
15 Tricia Dunkelberger
     Jerry Meyer
16 Solen Layser
     Carter Strickler
17 Denise Wartluft
19 Caden Glucknis
21 Bruce Steiner
23 Derek Strickler
24 Lynne Ober
25 Bradley Bressler
     Curt Grube
     Stanley R. Kahl
     Jewl Madara
26 Karl Keath
27 John Hartman
     Kayla Brown
28 Gerald Strickler
     Ryan Lindermuth
29 Dara Wolfe
30 Jason Gahres
31 Virginia Wolfe

August Birthdays

  1 Charles Lindermuth
  2 Amber Blessing
  4 Sharon Evans
  5 Tricia Ober
     Brian Ream
     Linda Ream
  6 Betty Templin
  7 Mitchell Essick
  8 Kathy Grube
  9 Rebecca Griffe
12 Harry Bump
     Jeffrey Freiwald
13 Joseph Brightbill
14 Julia Angstadt
17 Dean Griffe
     Mary Meyer
18 Matthew Steiner
     Matthew Long
19 Ronald Merkel Sr.
20 Morgan Hoffman
21 Betty Schaeffer
22 Julie Strickler
     Liz Leibig
     Linda Derr
     Lauren Gahres
23 Erin Stettler
     Kent Hepler
     Tyler Griffe
24 Darryl Bentz
     Brent Kahl
25 Rick Garloff
26 Zachary Batdorf
27 Jodi Hoffman
28 Gordon Steiner
     Mariah Sonnen
     Riley Zartman
29 Jenna Angstadt
31 Matthew Bentz





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 Newsletter@millcreeklutheran.com.  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:

SPANG CREST IS IN NEED OF PRAYER SHAWLS OR LAP COVERS MADE EITHER FROM YARN OR FABRIC. THEY DON’T HAVE TO BE BIG. EACH RESIDENT THAT ENTERS THE HOME IS GIVEN ONE OF THESE, EVEN THE SHORT REHAB PATIENTS. IF YOU ENJOY DOING CRAFTS LIKE THIS, THAT WOULD BE GREAT! IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT KAREN KREISER AT 717-274-1495. KAREN ALSO HAS YARN THAT YOU CAN USE. 


 

COOKING CLASSES AT MILLCREEK LUTHERAN-Thyme with Debbie
To register for the remaining 2019 American Series cooking classes.
Here is the starting link to begin the process:
https://www.thymewithdebbie.com/
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
484-577-6695
COST IS $22 PER CLASS OR $120 FOR ALL CLASSES JULY-DECEMBER.

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
program.