News and Activities at MLC

     March 2020

 


Church Council will hold its monthly meeting on Sunday, March 1st after the worship service.


 

ATTENTION MILLCREEK: MARCH DATES AND ACTIVITIES

Community Lenten Services—Beginning at 7:00 PM

Ash Wednesday, February 26th @ Millcreek Lutheran with Communion- Jay Heberling
Lent: Preparing Our Garden for Growth
Lent is a time to remove obstacles and dedicate ourselves anew to growing Christ.
Millcreek members are asked to bring finger foods to share at the fellowship after the service.

March 4th @ Elias UCC- Clark Bossler
Showdown in the Desert
Jesus shows us how to face temptation by training and not just by trying.

March 11th @ United Christian Church- Jason Royle
Temptation
It’s a lie that you are fatherless, God will feed you, lead you and abide with you.

Cancelled - March 18th @ Faith Community Church- Leon Moll
Rated R for Redemption
God can redeem any person out of any situation.

Cancelled - March 25th @ Grace UCC- Tad Barnhart
The World is in Trouble
The Gospel exposes our desperate need before God.

April 1st @ Millbach UCC- Levi Ziegler
Caution!
We mustn’t become so familiar with God that we “tame” Him and begin to treat Him disrespectfully.

April 8th @ Tulpehocken UCC- Chris Dubble
The Ultimate Challenge
Jesus challenges the dominant myths of our culture as He call’s us into His version of the abundant life.

Maundy Thursday, April 9th @ Church of Christian Outreach- Mario Madden
Sturdy Grace
Disposable grace is anchored in self, sturdy grace is anchored in Christ.

Good Friday, April 10th @ Richland Church of the Brethren - Kenneth Jetto
The Spiritual Disciplines You Did Not Choose
God wants to move us from a place of rebellion and resignation to acceptance and joy.
 
 
 

 
 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. 

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 MARCH 8TH






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 March 7th


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


Next up - Daffodil sale! We are offering 3 items - fresh bunches of daffodils @ $10 and fresh bunches of tulips for $15. There is an order form on the table in the narthex. We will also have our mini daffodils for $7. Due to different suppliers, we are asking that the fresh bunches are paid cash or check to the American Cancer Society. The mini daffodils should be paid cash or check to Rachel Mock. Orders due February 16 and delivery will be after March 23. Have a business where you can take orders - we will deliver!!

SAVE THE DATE - Saturday March 28 - Stop & Shop - everyone's favorite shopping experience plus a kitchen full of goodies! Come and join us!
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.





  
 

SUNDAY COFFEE ROOM RELOCATION

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

 Senior choir rehearsals will be as needed either before or after Wednesday evening Lenten services.
The children will sing again on Sunday, March 8, 2020.
Any questions--Contact Deb Tice via phone at 717-926-4273 or email at MusicDirector@millcreeklutheran.com

It's spring musical time!
ELCO presents “Annie Get Your Gun” March 6 & 7 @ 7 pm. This is a great show based on the story of Annie Oakley in the Wild West Show with many familiar songs -There's No Business Like Show Business, You Can't Get a Man with a Gun, Anything You Can do, I Got the Sun in the Morning.
Northern Lebanon will present the “Wizard of Oz” March 12 -14 @ 7 pm
with a matinee on Sunday March 15 @ 1 pm. Tickets are $8 adults & $6 students.
There will be a Character Breakfast Sat Feb 29 from 10 am to noon at the high school cafeteria.
Senior Citizen Matinee Monday March 9 @ 1 pm.
Tulpehocken: “Putnam County Spelling Bee” March 13 &14 @ 7 pm
Cedar Crest: “Footloose” Feb 28 & 29 @ 7 pm & March 1 @ 2:30 pm
Lebanon High: “In the Heights” March 19 -21 @ 7:30 pm
Palmyra: “Guys & Dolls” March 12-14 @7 pm, March 15 @ 2 pm

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:
MusicDirector@millcreeklutheran.com




Deadline for the April Parish Echo newsletter is March 15th. 



ACOLYTES

March 1-Baylee Marderness
March 8-Morgan Hoffman
March 15-Davin Hess
March 22-Brady Keath
March 29-Baylee Marderness 




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. 





 COLLEGE ADDRESSES
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 reded4evr@comcast.net. 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 meet March 11th

 Goody Boxes for College Students

Members of the Evangelism Committee had a lot of fun assembling the “Goody Boxes” on February 12 to be delivered to our college students. Included in the box was this poem, written by Dara Wolfe:

ANOTHER BOX!
WE SHOPPED TIL WE DROPPED & HERE’S WHAT WE GOT…………………
NOT EVRYTHING IN THIS BOX IS “HEALTHY”
NOT EVERYTHING IS GLUTEN FREE
BUT IT WILL SURELY SATISFY THOSE “CRAVINGS”
AS ONLY A “GOODY BOX” CAN, YOU’LL SEE!!!
Hoping & praying that all is well with you & our Lord………
Your Millcreek family……

Thanks to everyone who contributed and thanks be to GOD!
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
Camping brochures are now available on the narthex table by the office. Remember that the church contributes $100 for the camper for the week's camping experience and also each camper gets a $20 deduction for having a keyperson from our congregation involved with Kirchenwald. Any further questions see Margie Kriss.
 


 

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







 
March Birthdays 
 
 1 Brian Webber
 2 Stephanie Tice
 3 Bethannie Breidigam
    Kaitlyn Sweigart
 4 Gary Sharp
     Lauren Sweitzer
 7 Molly Strickler
    Nancy Deiter
10 Brady Keath
     Earl Kreitz
12 Sandra Leidich
13 Beth Tice
14 Jan Griffe
     Christine Essick
     Kyle Beckhardt
17 Dan Hogeland
     Arianna Robertson
20 Scott Schware
21 Eileen Sites
     Dustin Strickler
24 Andrea Sites
     Yvonne Sweigart
     Kendra Sites
26 Devon Yiengst
     Sierra Tschudy
28 Richard Singer
     Matthew Jones
29 Earl Bressler Jr.
     Emily Burroughs
30 Barbara Potteiger
     Teresa Scipioni




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. 

SPANG CREST
The upcoming holiday season at Spang Crest will be busy with activities. The Christmas Craft Show at the Farm Show building will be held the beginning of December. A percentage of the profit is turned over to the Friends of Spang Crest organization for future needs.
On December 17, 2019 there will be Christmas parties for designated Spang Crest floors at 10:15, 1:30, 2:00, and 4:00. Parties are given so that residents can receive their Christmas gifts donated by area Lutheran churches. Usually the churches are each given 2 or 3 residents’ names to purchase gifts. We will be buying for our members, Eva Bennetch and Betty Gibble. Volunteers are needed for these parties to assist with refreshments and to help pass out and open gifts. Each party will last about an hour. If you want to help, please contact Karen Kreiser at Spang Crest—717-274-1495.
Between January 6-9, 2020 Spang Crest will be selling Godshall’s beef sticks and turkey products at the Farm Show. Volunteers are needed for shifts in the afternoon and evening. Evening shift people may “hitch a ride” with Karen. Contact her to sign up for a shift. Again, a certain percentage of the sales is given back to the Friends of Spang Crest organization.
Finally, in the latter part of January, the annual dues fundraising starts for the Friends of Spang Crest. Last year Millcreek raised $250 for this organization.

A special thank you to all the members and friends of our Millcreek congregation that contributed to Spang Crest in some special way in 2019-either by contributing financially to the annual Friends of Spang Crest appeal, contributing or volunteering to make our April birthday party celebration a successful one, donating baked goods for the chicken barbeque, donating lap covers for the residents, contributing calendars that are not needed in your home to be given to residents, or finally, volunteering your services in any way needed. All of these things continue to make the Friends of Spang Crest a very successful organization. Remember the residents of Spang Crest are an important part of Millcreek Lutheran Church’s evangelism, and any way you can volunteer or contribute is certainly appreciated by both the residents and the Friends of Spang Crest.
Margie Kriss

 

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.