News and Activities at MLC

     October 2019


Church Council will hold its monthly meeting on Sunday, November 10th after the worship service.



 September 22, 2019

To the Church Council and congregation of Millcreek Lutheran Church

It is with joy and sadness that I am writing to say that I am leaving Millcreek Lutheran Church. At a congregational meeting of First Lutheran Church, Portage, Pa, today, they voted to call me as their pastor and I have accepted the call. I am awed and humbled by their action on one hand and I am excited by the ministry opportunities this call offers.

It is customary that a pastor or interim pastor give at least thirty days’ notice of their intent to leave a call. My last Sunday as the Interim Pastor for Millcreek Lutheran Church will be All Saints Sunday, November 3, 2019.

It has been an honor, joy, and pleasure to serve the people of Millcreek Lutheran Church in the fourteen months that I have been here as your interim and I wish you the best as you continue to discern who will be the next full-time pastor.


Mark W. Fischer

 Sunday, November 3 will be a special day in so many ways. We will celebrate All Saints Sunday and Communion in the worship service. Afterwards, you are invited to a luncheon to honor our congregation's veterans and to recognize Vicar Mark's service to us at Millcreek Lutheran as he says goodbye and moves on to Portage, PA. The Evangelism Committee will supply soups, dessert, and beverages. The congregation is asked to bring sandwiches, salads, finger foods, etc. We look forward to seeing all of you there!

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 . 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.

 One of Vicar Mark’s talents is woodworking. He handcrafted this table and presented it to Millcreek Lutheran just before his departure. Made of solid maple, it can be used at our altar during weddings, funerals or communion. Thank you, Mark for this beautiful gift!

 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 November 9th

   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.






Pumpkin Roll Sale - $10 for a full roll or $5 for halves. Orders due by Sunday November 10, delivery on Sunday November 24. 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


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 November 15th. 


November 3-Communion-Morgan Hoffman
November 10-Baylee Marderness
November 17-Brady Keath
November 24-Morgan Hoffman

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 Wednesday October 9th at 6:00. Note the new time.

We at MLC are going to participate with Operation Christmas Child again by filling shoe boxes for children who don’t get any gifts otherwise. There are brochures in the narthex with instructions. Please read carefully as there are restrictions with it. There will be shoe boxes available, or you may use your own shoe boxes. Finished boxes can be placed on the table in the multi-purpose room. If you want to donate money toward shipping expenses, it would be appreciated. Deadline for completed boxes is November 17, 2019.
Thank you—Evangelism Committee
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

Lt Commander STANLEY R. KAHL
He is now in the Navy Reserves and flying with a commercial airline.
3224 Lynnhaven Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23451 

5507 Jadwin Loop
Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-1913

October Birthdays

  1 Margie Kriss
  2 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 Audrey 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 Yiengst, Sr.
     Donald Kriss
30 Michael Noll
     Craig Evans

November Birthdays

  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
     Shawn Sweigart
     Carol Sova
15 Kiersten Sweigart
16 David Engle
17 Gail Hofman
     Julianne Strickler
19 Nathan Tice
20 Caroline Griffe
     Isabella Scipioni
21 Chris Griffe
     Christopher Sauter
25 Tom Tice
     Paul Zimmerman
27 Jocelyn Stoudt
28 Donald Collins
29 Matthew Engle
30 Terry 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:



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