News and Activities at MLC
November 2018



Church Council will hold its monthly meeting on Sunday, November 4th after the worship service.



The call committee members are as follows: Nancy Deiter, Gene Flory, Kristen Heck, Roy Hoglund, Nicole Johnson, and Robert Stettler.

The search for a permanent pastor for Millcreek Lutheran Church is underway. A Call Committee has been chosen to begin the search process. A very important part of that process is the preparation of a Mission Site Profile, a document that is shown to pastors who are seeking pastoral calls. The Committee needs your input in order to accomplish this. Attached below is a letter and survey form that is being sent to all members of Millcreek Lutheran Church. The letter describes the role of the Mission Site Profile in more detail, and there are instructions for completing each part of the survey. We ask that you print it out, complete the survey, and either place it in the specially marked box in the narthex or mail it back to us by October 22. Please advise me if you have difficulty printing out the attachment, and I will see that you receive a hard copy.

Thank you.

For the Call Committee,

Click on this link for the Call Committee letter and Survey : Cover Letter and Survey October 5 2018.pdf

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 is November 11th.


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 November 10th

Confirmation at Millcreek Lutheran this year will be focused on the 10 commandments using a variety of resources from Vicar Mark’s library like The Book of Concord, Thunder on the Mountain by Rev. Dr. Frank Seilheimer, former president of Hamma School of Theology at Wittenberg University, and a host of other resources. Adults are welcome to join if you would like to refresh your knowledge of our Lutheran heritage.




After meeting and considering many things, the Relay Team decided that we will NOT be doing our Chicken BBQ this year. But we still have a team and have some exciting things planned. 
Happening now: Boscov’s Friends Helping Friends shopping passes are being sold for $5 each, and can be purchased from any team member. The pass is good for 25% off most items at Boscov’s on October 16, 2018 only, from 8 AM-11 PM. Refreshments will be available at all 46 Boscov’s stores, as well as chances to win other prizes, including $500 shopping sprees.
Watch for more items in the future. And remember - we always want to help out any of our survivors or family members. 
Remember to continue to recycle aluminum cans as well as dimes in a bottle (or any container with any change).
Coming at Christmas will be poinsettia sale and gift card sale so be watching for those.

Debbie Tice, Rachel Mock, Theresa Sites, Jen Rosengrant, Steph Seldomridge, Donald & Donna Collins, Lauren Sweitzer, Bill & Mary Shaak, Shurie Shaak.
We continue to collect aluminum cans for recycling (Please place any bags of ALUMINUM (NO STEEL ) cans at the kitchen entrance to the church. 
As always, Relay could use a few more people on the team. If you are interested in joining us, talk with any team member.
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.

CONFIRMATION CLASSES: We meet during the Sunday School hour from 9 AM-10 AM. Young people in grades 6-8 or above are eligible to participate. 

 Confirmation at Millcreek Lutheran kicks off on Sunday, September 9th. This year, we will be focusing on the 10 commandments using a variety of resources from Vicar Mark’s library like The Book of Concord, Thunder on the Mountain by Rev. Dr. Frank Seilheimer, former president of Hamma School of Theology at Wittenberg University, and a host of other resources. Adults are welcome to join if you would like to refresh your knowledge of our Lutheran heritage.


Music Ministry

Choir Rehearsals are every Wednesday beginning at 7:30 PM. We can use singers of all voices - not sure, come and sing with us a week or two and see how you like it.
Choir Rehearsals are every Wednesday beginning at 7:30 PM. NO REHEARSAL ON NOVEMBER 21.  
The Sunday School children will sing Sunday November 11th.


All instrumentalists are invited to play for concerts on Sunday, November 18 at 10 AM and Sunday, December 23 at 10 AM for the Lessons and Carols service.

Rehearsals: Sunday, October 28 @ 7 PM
Sunday, November 4 @ 7 PM
Sunday, November 11 @ 7 PM

Sunday, December 9 @ 7 PM
Sunday, December 16 @ 7 PM
Saturday, December 22 @ 9 AM

Please call Julie Strickler at 610-207-9650 or 717-274-3715 or email @ with any questions or for music.

Looking is what will be happening in our Advent/Christmas season

December 2 - 1st Sunday of Advent - First Communion for 5th graders
December 9 -- 2nd Sunday of Advent -Hanging of the Greens followed by luncheon of sandwiches and cookies
December 16 - 3rd Sunday of Advent - Children's Program
December 23 - 4th Sunday of Advent - Lessons & Carols
Monday December 24 - One Service at 10 pm - candles, carols and communion

You can contact Debbie Tice at:

Deadline for the November Parish Echo newsletter is November 15th. 


November 4(Communion)-Alissa Griffe & Beth Ann McNally
November 11-Zane Ruth
November 18-Baylee Marderness & Brady Keath
November 25-Nolan Sweitzer & Zane Ruth

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. 


We will be honoring our veterans on November 11th with a luncheon following the church service. Sandwiches will be provided by the evangelism committee along with dessert. The congregation is asked to provide finger foods, salads, cheese, etc. Please plan to stay and “fellowship” with each other.

The Evangelism Committee will meet on Wednesday November 28th at 6:30 PM. 


Christmas is coming and we will be participating again in Operation Christmas Child sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse. This involves filling shoe boxes with gifts for a child that would not otherwise get any gift at all. Please pick up a brochure and shoeboxes on the table in the narthex, or you can use your own shoebox. The deadline for the filled shoeboxes is NOVEMBER 11. Finished boxes can be placed in the multipurpose room. We hope you will help us bring happy smiles to children’s faces. Any donation for shipping is also appreciated.
Thank you from the Evangelism Committee.

Other Evangelism Activities
1) Providing drivers to transport members who need help to a doctor’s visit. Contact Betty Schware at 717-866-7511. If she is away, call Pastor B. Call her also if you’d like to be a volunteer driver.
3) Collecting used ink and toner cartridges and old cell phones to be recycled. Place in bin in hall leading to multi-purpose room.

4) 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. They will send their collection truck directly to your residence to retrieve your donated items



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

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

5507 Jadwin Loop
Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-1913

  1 Stephanie Seldomridge
  3 Michael Tice
     Susan Kemp
  4 Edward Wolfe, Jr.

     Judy Engle
  5 Carol Merkel
  8 Jon E. Chadwick
     Samanatha Griffee

10 Angela Brown
12 Alexis Schollenberger
14 Sherry Schaeffer
15 Dale Bentz

19 Shayfer Lambach
20 Ryan Webber
21 Landis Olar
     Lynn Leibig
28 Adrianna Sonnen
29 Deb Webber


  2 Margie Kriss
     Gregg Schware
     Bridgette Gettle
  3 Gladys Bressler
     Brayden Friewald
  4 Donald Leibig
     Angela Layser
     Mary J. Ream
  5 Debra Tice
  6 Shannon Baker
     Patricia Kreitz
     Steven Goss
  9 Lindsay O’Connor
10 Ann Marie Engle
     Richard Wolfskill
11 Audry Putt
12 Philip Leidich
15 Maxine Maser
     Shirley Brown
16 Peter Bergman
     Logan Ruth
17 Aidan Heck
21 Sara Bentz
22 David Mock
     David Kahl
23 Daryl Strickler
     Phyllis Stettler
     Sarah Webber
     Jason Angstadt
24 Marcia Glucksnis
25 Katrina Schware Wagner
     Doris Bergman
27 Amy Garloff
28 Jordan Rosengrant
29 Michael Yingst, Sr.
     Donald Kriss
30 Michael Noll
     Craig Evans

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 610-589-1326, 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:


Thank you ever so much for all the goodies and prizes that were donated for our April 9th Spang Crest Birthday Celebration and evening of entertainment. We provided 13 birthday bags for residents with April birthdays, provided prizes for the “Name That Tune” activity, and we also provided refreshments. There were 21 residents and guests. A special thank you to our two musicians, Julie Strickler and Debbie Tice, without whom the evening would not have been possible. A special Thank You goes to the following: Linda R, Peg, Dara, Mary, Marion, and Linda S. Again, without their help this activity would not have been successful. We always get favorable comments that this evening is really enjoyed by the residents.

The next Friends of Spang Crest activity is the Spring Chicken BBQ by Kauffman’s on Friday, May 4th from 2:30-6 PM. Cost is $7.50 and includes ½ chicken, baked potato, roll, and applesauce. All proceeds benefit the residents. Please contact Margie Kriss for tickets or come early and purchase tickets at the door at Spang Crest. Baked items are also needed. If anyone is willing to donate baked goods, please let Margie know. Arrangements will be provided to pick up the items.

Spang Crest needs volunteers for a few hours during the morning or afternoon one day a week. They need someone to help in the gift shop, and they need volunteers to help transport residents to their hair appointments. If you are interested in helping, please call Karen Kreiser at 717-274-1495.

If you have any questions or want to do any volunteering, please contact Karen Kreiser at Spang Crest, 717-274-1495.


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