November & December 2017
Church Council will hold its monthly meeting on Sunday, December 3th after the worship service.
ATTENTION MILLCREEK: NOVEMBER & DECEMBER DATES AND ACTIVITIES
SWEET SECOND SUNDAY IS ON DECEMBER 10TH.
Sweet Second Sunday will be on December 10th. Thank you for continuing to support this activity.
MILLCREEK: MARK YOUR DECEMBER CALENDARS
Advent begins late this year. The First Sunday of the season is December 3. Two of our young people, Baylee Maderness and Brady Keith, will be receiving their first communion that day. We encourage you to come, to offer your welcome and support to them, and to share in the sacrament with them.
On the Second Sunday, December 10, we have our traditional Hanging of the Greens Service. During the opening hymn, the poinsettias, candles, and wreaths are set in place in the sanctuary. The congregation will then come forward to place decorations on the Christmas tree. You may bring a decoration from home or pick one up from the box in the narthex. Following the service, we will have a luncheon of sandwiches and cookies.
On the Third Sunday of Advent, December 17, the Sunday School will present its program. This is always the best gift we receive at Christmas time.
The Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 24, is unique in that it is also Christmas Eve. We will have our service of Lessons and Carols in the morning, and return at 10:00 PM for the Christmas Eve Candlelight and Communion Service.
So you can see there is a wide variety of experiences of the hope, peace, joy, and love received in the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We invite you to share in these gifts with the family of faith here at Millcreek, and to offer these same gifts throughout the season at every opportunity.
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.
Gift Cards Sale for all your gift giving and/or shopping needs. Last date to order is December 10 & cards will be delivered on 19th. Order forms are in the narthex. Please complete and return to box provided or to any Relay member. For more info or assistance, please call Steph Seldomridge at 717-304-5949.
Money raised from selling 500 chicken BarBQs totaled $1406 and from bake sale $249.
Coming in 2018
Soup Sale at the Bolognafest at the Expo on January 27.
Stop & Shop at MLC on March 10.
Bark for Life at the Expo April 14,
Relay for Life at Cedar Crest Stadium on May 18-19, concluding at 12 noon on Saturday this year!
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 Confirmation classes begin Sunday September 10. We meet during the Sunday School hour from 9 AM-10 AM. Young people in grades 6-8 or above are eligible to participate. Our focus this year will be the Lord’s Prayer.
MUSIC AT MILLCREEK
It’s always a great time to join the church choir.
Choir rehearsal s are Wednesdays at 7:30 PM in the choir room.
Advent begins Sunday December 3 with First Communion, December 10 - Hanging of the Greens, December 17 – Kids’ program, December 24 AM- Lessons & Carols.
You can contact Debbie Tice at:
Calling All Musicians to Play
The MLC Ensemble will rehearse on December 10, at 7:00 PM; December 17 at 7:00 PM; and on December 23 at 9:00 AM. They will perform on Lessons and Carols Sunday, December 24 at the 10:00 AM service and the brass will perform Christmas Eve at 9:45 PM. Come join in! For more information contact Julie Strickler at 610-207-9650 or at email@example.com.
You can contact Debbie Tice at:
Deadline for the January Parish Echo newsletter is December 15th.
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.
Note from the Parish Echo Editors: We are looking for people to feature in the "Getting to Know You" column. All you have to do is fill out a questionnaire and pose for a picture. We write the article and have you approve it. Please volunteer! Roy and Dottie.
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...
Lt STANLEY R. KAHL
3 Barbara Heckendorn
4 Austin Weidman
6 Alexis Thomas
7 Adam Polynone
8 Keith Griffe
11 Barbara Risser
12 Sherrie Bressler
13 Susanne Sallade
14 Renee Strickler
15 Kiersten Sweigart
16 David Engle
17 Gail Hofman
19 Nathan Tice
20 Caroline Griffe
21 Chris Griffe
25 Tom Tice
27 Jocelyn Stoudt
28 Donald Collins
29 Matthew Engle
30 Terry Griffe
3 Nathan Hepler
7 Michael Griffe
8 Charmayne Balsbaugh
11 Franklin Bergman
13 Sarah Leidich
16 Tammy Leidich
17 Brian Sharp
18 Laura Kauffman
20 Violet Hepler
23 Marie Hartranft
24 Cheryl Patrick
25 Mark Essick
26 Sierra Tice
29 Matthew Olar
30 Kathryn Gruber
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 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.
SPANG CREST NEEDS VOLUNTEERS
SPANG CREST NEWS
In December, there is a Christmas party for the residents. Each of the Lutheran churches in the Lebanon area help purchase gifts. Millcreek is generally given 2-3 names of residents so we can provide gifts for them.
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.
Friends of Spang Crest also needs Special Events Volunteers to work the Christmas Craft Show and the Farm Show, both held at the Farm Show Building in Harrisburg. Millcreek members have participated in the past and our participation is greatly appreciated.
The Christmas Craft Show needs volunteers (selling Weave’s Bologna) for Nov. 29 & 30 and Dec. 2 for the 9 AM-1PM, 1-4 PM, and 4-7 PM shifts each day.
Volunteers for the Farm Show (selling Weaver’s Bologna) will be needed for Jan. 6-11 for the 9 AM-1 PM,1-5 PM, and 5-8 PM shifts each day.
If you have any questions or want to do any volunteering, please contact Karen Kreiser at Spang Crest, 717-274-1495.
LOOKING AHEAD TO 2018
The Friends of Spang Crest annual fund drive will soon be underway. Last year, Millcreek raised $152 for membership in the Friends of Spang Crest. See Margie Kriss for more information about donating to this worthy cause.
Sometime in the spring, Millcreek usually hosts an evening of entertainment and fun for the residents of Spang Crest. The congregation will be asked to provide small items for game prizes and birthday gifts for the residents.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
A great big, “Thank You!” to all who packed or helped pack shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. We filled 43 shoe boxes with gifts. This will bring big smiles and thankful hearts to 43 children who normally would not receive any Christmas gift. Thanks also to those who donated toward the cost of shipping the boxes, and to all whose kindness and loving hearts and hands made this possible.
The Evangelism Committee
SERVICES PRESENTED BY OTHER LUTHERAN CHURCHES IN AREA
On Sunday, December 3 at 4:00 PM, Friedens Lutheran Church in Myerstown is hosting a Lessons and Carols service. All are invited to attend.
St. Daniel’s Lutheran Church, Robesonia: The 2017 Christmas Vespers Service will be held on Sunday, December 10 at 3:45 PM in the Conrad Weiser Senior High School auditorium. There will be open seating and a free will offering held.
For many years an annual December Church Vespers Service has been presented. This Christmas inspirational service has grown in popularity over the years with attendance now reaching over 750. Music is provided by the Reading Pops Orchestra, St. Daniel's senior choir, bell choir, and choir and guest soloists. The worship service includes a message from the Pastor, scripture, and congregational singing. Extensive festive decorations are prepared each year including over 100 poinsettias which line the front of the stage.
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