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12/15/2017 - 11:30 AM   Community Meal LCCM-ELCO 11:30-12:30
12/17/2017 - 9:00 AM   Sunday School
12/17/2017 - 10:15 AM   Childrens Program
12/17/2017 - 7:00 PM   MLC Ensemble rehersal
12/20/2017 - 7:30 PM   Choir
12/21/2017 - FIRST DAY OF WINTER
12/22/2017 - 11:30 AM   Community Meal LCCM-ELCO 11:30-12:30

     News and Activities at MLC

    November & December 2017



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




    Sweet Second Sunday will be on December 10th. Thank you for continuing to support this activity.


    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.
    Betty Schware.

      Next Breakfast date is
     on Demember 9th


    On December 10, our youth groups will be visiting our shut-ins. They will be taking them the Christmas cards you have been bringing, a craft project they have made, and a poinsettia. If you have not already done so, you may place cards for our shut-ins in the box on the narthex table by the wall. There are copies of our current shut-in list next to the box.




    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.
    Confirmation is a three year program with a different focus each year. (10 Commandments and Apostles’ Creed are the other two). Parents do not have to be members of Millcreek for their children to attend the class. Please invite any who might be interested. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor B.


    Music Ministry

    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

    You can contact Debbie Tice at:

    Deadline for the January Parish Echo newsletter is December 15th. 


    December 3-Aiden Heck & Brady Keath

    December 10-Nolan Sweiter & Zane Ruth

    December 17-Baylee Maderness & Kaila Harris

    December 24 Morning-Alissa Griffe & Sophie Header

    December 24 Evening-Need Volunteers

    December 31-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 Pastor Beckhardt at 717-866-9606 (home) or 717-926-8168 (cell), 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. 


    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.  



    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

    PSC 477 Box 3
    FPO AP 96306

    5507 Jadwin Loop
    Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-1913

    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
         Jullianne Strickler
    19 Nathan Tice
    20 Caroline Griffe
    21 Chris Griffe
         Christopher Sauter
    25 Tom Tice
    27 Jocelyn Stoudt
    28 Donald Collins
    29 Matthew Engle
    30 Terry Griffe

    December Birthdays

      3 Nathan Hepler
         Gregory Derr
      7 Michael Griffe
      8 Charmayne Balsbaugh
    11 Franklin Bergman
    13 Sarah Leidich
    16 Tammy Leidich
    17 Brian Sharp
         Stephanie Gahres
         Cody Griffe
         Dan Long
    18 Laura Kauffman
         Brayden Sweitzer
    20 Violet Hepler
         Lauren Chadwick
    23 Marie Hartranft
    24 Cheryl Patrick
    25 Mark Essick
    26 Sierra Tice
         Jena Woglemuth
    29 Matthew Olar
         Ann Leibig
    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  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:


    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.


    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.


    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



    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