Church Council will hold its monthly meeting on Sunday, March 4th after the worship service.
ATTENTION MILLCREEK: MARCH DATES AND ACTIVITIES
Lenten Community Services
The theme for this year’s sermon series is: "Encouraging Promises of the Bible". The dates and locations for March are:
Ash Wednesday, Feb 14 at Millcreek Lutheran Church
March 7 - Millbach UCC - 13 Church Street, Newmanstown
March 14 - Tulpehocken UCC - 961 Tulpehocken Rd, Richland
March 21 - Elias UCC - 9 N Sheridan Rd, Newmanstown
March 28 - Grace UCC - 22 Church Street, Richland
March 29 - Faith Community Church - 206 E. Main Street, Richland
March 30 - Church of Christian Outreach - 101 West Main St., Newmanstown
All services will begin at 7:00 PM.
Easter Egg Hunt
The church Easter Egg Hunt will be on Saturday, March 31 at 11:00 AM. There will be hunting grounds for all ages, crawlers through 5th grade. Our Youth Groups will be dyeing the eggs for the hunt on Friday morning, March 30 at 10:00 AM. They will be setting up for the hunt on Saturday morning at 10:00 AM.
Congregation--If you would like to donate prizes for the Egg Hunt, you may place them on the tables in the church kitchen or give them to Pastor Beckhardt anytime before the “Hunt”.
NO SWEET SECOND SUNDAY FOR MARCH.
No Sweet Second Sunday for March. Come to the Stop and Shop on March 10 from 9 to 2. Thank you for continuing to support this activity.
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.
HOLY WEEK YOUTH ACTIVITIES
Delivery of your ordered daffodils or tulips will be the week of March 20.
Stop & Shop at MLC on Saturday, March 10 from 9 AM-2 PM. Crafts, vendors, and delicious food served by our team! NEW THIS YEAR: Build a Best Friend. Pre-ordering by February 23 is preferred, although some extras may be available the day of Stop & Shop. Please see order form included elsewhere in this newsletter for important details.
Bark for Life at the Lebanon Valley Expo Saturday, April 14 from 10 AM-1 PM.
Relay for Life at Cedar Crest Stadium begins at 4 PM on Friday, May 18 and concludes at 12 noon on Saturday, May 19 this year!
Luminaria can be sponsored at any time: $10 for white bag, $15 for gold bag, $30 for torches.
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.
Choir rehearsal s are Wednesdays at 8:15 PM in the choir room, during Lenten.
Children sing on March 11.
You can contact Debbie Tice at:
Deadline for the March Parish Echo newsletter is February 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
1 Linda Bentz
3 R. Hart Beaver
6 Portia Lindermuth
7 Shannon Kaufman
8 Greg Baker
9 Jennifer Clinton
Michael Yiengst Jr.
12 Henry Steiner
14 Finn Zartman
15 Johanna Hofmann
16 Tucker Weidman
17 Ryan Sauter
18 Zachary Hepler
19 Jonathan Kantner
20 Rebecca Tice
21 Jeanne Dunkelberger
23 Michelle Kaufman
24 Cheryl Stoudt
25 John Chadwick
26 Daniel Griffe
27 Katie Beckhardt
28 Joshua Leidich
Joseph Tice Jr.
1 Brian Webber
2 Stephanie Tice
3 Bethannie Breidigam
4 Gary Sharp
7 Molly Strickler
10 Brady Keath
12 Sandra Leidich
13 Beth Tice
14 Jan Griffe
17 Dan Hogeland
20 Scott Schware
21 Eileen Sites
24 Andrea Sites
26 Devon Yiengst
28 Richard Singer
29 Earl Bressler Jr.
30 Barbara Potteiger
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 NEWSAnnual Spang Crest dues are now being collected. These dues help provide special equipment, entertainment (such as summer concerts), patio furniture, and parties for the residents. Dues are also used for the benevolence fund for residents who run out of money. Please consider donating $2, $5 or whatever you can give. Margie Kriss and Peg Auman will be collecting these dues.
Millcreek Lutheran will again host a night of entertainment for residents in April. We will be collecting items for prizes and birthday gifts. A box will be placed in the narthex at a later date. Things needed include: small candies and tic tacs, packs of snack crackers or pretzels or cookies, large print Word Search books, small bottles of hand lotion or body spray or after shave, tissues, toothpaste, toothbrushes, packs of pens and adult coloring books. We will also need volunteers to help with the party.
May and September will again be the annual Kauffman’s Chicken Barbeques that the Friends of Spang Crest host. Baked goods will be needed to sell. Look for updates later in the spring.
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.
If you have any questions or want to do any volunteering, please contact Karen Kreiser at Spang Crest, 717-274-1495.
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