News and Activities at MLC
 January 2019


Reminder this Sunday 1-27-19 is our annual congregational luncheon and meeting, the council urges everyone to attend for fellowship and important informational updates.

Church Council will hold its monthly meeting on Sunday, February 3rd after the worship service.



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

 Call Committee News

The Call Committee had its 1st meeting on September 19, 2018 when they met with the Assistant to the Bishop, Rob Blezard. This was an important & informative meeting in which the process for acquiring a new pastor was explained in detail to the committee.

There is a 12 step process involved in bringing a new pastor to our church. The 1st step, after accepting the resignation of Pastor Beckhardt due to retirement, was to establish a Call Committee of 6 members of Millcreek Lutheran Church. The members of this committee are: Nancy Deiter, Kristen Heck, Nicole Johnson, Bob Stettler, Roy Hoglund & Gene Flory . This group has been meeting weekly & is nearing the completion of the 3rd & very time consuming step of completing the 15 page Ministry Site Profile. Once this Profile is completed & sent in, we will be ready for step 4 which is receiving names of candidates interested in the position.

The committee is working hard to bring a minister to Millcreek who will be a good fit for our congregation. We ask for the prayers of the congregation as we work through this process.

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 January 13th.


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 12th

   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.

   On December 9, our youth will be visiting our homebound (shut-ins). They will be taking Christmas cards from all of you, a craft project they have made, and a poinsettia. You may place the Christmas cards in the box on the narthex table by the wall. There are copies of our current homebound (shut-ins) list next to the box.




   Thanks to all who bought pumpkin rolls, poinsettias, gift cards, etc. There is still time to order gift cards.
   The MLC Relay for Life team is selling gift cards again for all your gift giving and/or shopping needs. Order forms are on the table in the narthex. Please take one for yourself, family and friends and place your orders in the return box or give to any team member, along with your check payable to MILLCREEK LUTHERAN CHURCH. Deadline date for orders is December 3rd. Delivery will be the following Sunday. If you need cards before that, please tell Stephanie Seldomridge. Also if you have questions please contact Stephanie at 717-304-5949 or
   There are hundreds more gift cards available. If you want something not on our list, please visit the website or view the Master List on the narthex table. Remember you buy the full value of the gift card. If you order a $25 gift card, that is what it is worth from the vendor. 
Next event will be soup sale at Lebanon Bologna Fest on January 26!!
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.

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

Musicians are welcome to join the choir, the MLC Ensemble or the brass choir for Christmas Eve. Talk to Debbie or Julie for more information.
Contact Deb Tice via phone at 717-926-4273 or email at

Choir Rehearsals are every Wednesday beginning at 7:30 PM.


All instrumentalists are invited to play on Sunday, December 23 at 10 AM for the Lessons and Carols service. Millcreek Brass will also be playing Christmas Eve at 9:45 PM before the service, so come early.

Rehearsals: 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 February Parish Echo newsletter is January 15th. 


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. 


The Evangelism Committee will NOT meet in December. Next meeting is January 16th.

The evangelism committee will be sending GOODY BOXES to the college students in early February. There will be a signup sheet placed in the narthex ( in January ) for needed items. Thanks.

Thanks again to Paul Brandt and his presentation on Nov. 8th; “Idaho Byways in Autumn” which included beautiful music and pictures of the Idaho landscape.

A big Thank You is given to all who packed or helped to pack a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child. We had a total of 29 boxes. I’m sure there will be 29 smiling faces on Christmas.
Also, thanks to all who donated towards shipping costs.
Thanks again—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! 

Smiley emoticon with binoculars



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

January Birthdays

  1 Amy Moyer
  3 LeAnna Capretti
  4 Pat Sharp
  5 Seth Kapp
     Shaun Kapp
     Ryan Risser
     Bambi Griffe
  8 Layne Strickler
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
     Thomas Gahres
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 610-589-1326, 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:


The upcoming Christmas holidays will find the congregation of Millcreek purchasing a few gifts for specific residents of Spang Crest for the annual residents’ Christmas party. Usually churches are given their own residents to purchase gifts for, and if that is not possible, then the church purchases specified gifts for other residents. At the present time, Millcreek has two long term residents at Spang Crest--Eva Bennetch and Betty Gibble. There are two Christmas parties given for the different floors of Spang Crest.

If anyone would like to volunteer for an afternoon of fun to help out, please call Karen Kreiser at Spang Crest. Help is always needed. Margie Kriss


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