News and Activities at MLC
May 2019


Church Council will hold its monthly meeting on Sunday, May 5th after the worship service.



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.


 Call Committee Report 
The committee has eliminated 2 of the 4 candidates that were presented to us by our assistant to the bishop, Pastor Rob Blezard.
We are excited about the 2 remaining candidates and still need to do some basic interviewing as well as observe each preach a sermon.
Our process has been slowed by the fact that we are in the midst of the Easter season & it is difficult for ministers to be away from their congregations so close to Holy Week.
We continue to work toward the goal of bringing new leadership to Millcreek. Continue to pray for our committee.

Your Call Committee: Nancy Deiter, Gene Flory, Kristin Heck, Roy Hoglund (chairperson), Nicole Johnson, and Bob Stettler. Due to Nancy’s situation at home, Roy Hoglund is now taking over the role of chairperson.

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.


NO Sweet Second Sunday is April or May.


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 May 11th

   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.







The RELAY FOR LIFE LEBANON COUNTY EVENT WILL BE HELD ON MAY 17 BEGINNING AT 6 PM AND CONCLUDING MAY 18 AT 2 PM (new time) AT CEDAR CREST HIGH SCHOOL, 115 E. EVERGREEN RD., LEBANON. For more information, please see the flyers on the table in the narthex or speak with Deb Tice or any member of the team.
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.


Music Ministry

Choir Rehearsals are every Wednesday beginning at 7:30 PM.
The children will sing on May 12.

You can contact Debbie Tice at:

Deadline for the June Parish Echo newsletter is May 15th. 


May 5-Zane Ruth
May 12-Morgan Hoffman & Baylee Marderness
May 19-Brady Keath
May 26-Beth Ann McNally & Alissa Griffe

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 meet Wednesday May 8th  at 6:30 PM in the Vicar’s office.


For many years Millcreek has participated in Hershey Park's volunteer program, but all good things must come to an end. We served our purpose-- provided some extra funds for Millcreek's budget, met new people, shared new experiences and provided family and friends a free fun day.
Thank you to all who were part of this program!! Rachel Mock

The “Undie Sundays” project during Lent was very successful and we say THANK YOU for filling the wash basket “3 times full”; all of which was taken to the Lebanon County Christian Ministries for distribution to those in need. Your generosity is greatly appreciated! God’s blessings.

Thanks from the evangelism committee to Betty Schware who “retired” after many years as an integral part of the committee both as a member and most recently, our chairperson.
Let us all take a moment to reflect on the needs of Millcreek as we move forward in the life of our church. Think about attending worship and perhaps becoming a bit more involved ; give as you’ve been blessed ( singing, playing in the orchestra, serving on council, helping with the youth, etc.) and we’ll be sure to be here 50 more years for Millbach, Newmanstown , Richland and surrounding areas. Like the 3 Musketeers: ALL FOR ONE & ONE FOR ALL….MILLCREEK! Dara Wolfe

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.

Margie Kriss is planning to do the online camp person training that will allow the camper a $20 discount on their registration fee. Last year it was only a $10 discount so this has increased. Please consider attending one of the many camp programs that are offered by our Lutheran Camping Corporation at Camp Kirchenwald from day camp programs for K-2nd grade to high school programs for grades 9-12. Brochures will be placed on the narthex table when they become available.




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 currently piloting a C40 out of Norfolk Air Base. 

5507 Jadwin Loop
Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-1913

April Birthdays
  1 Leslie Chadwick
     Melissa Brightbill
  3 Josh Weidman
  4 Gabrielle Sallade
  5 E. Charles Kaufman
     Anna Mae Light
     Colin Baker
  7 Garrett Strickler
     Laura Zartman
  8 Roy Hoglund
     Cole Pennington
  9 Donald Long
     Matthew Griffe
     Kaila Harris
10 Donna Miller
     Diana Tschudy
11 Larry Deiter
13 Conner Pennington
     Ashley Weidman
14 Kerry Strickler
     Jessica Freiwald
15 Debra Hogeland
19 Elizabeth Horne
20 Bryan Breidigam
     Amanda Leibig
21 Kyle Rosengrant
22 Melvin Noll
     Brooke Stettler
23 Lyndsey Beckhardt
26 Breah Strickler
     Alyssa Keath
27 Jamie Keener
28 Baylee Marderness
30 Jeffrey Sholly

May Birthdays

  2 Gerald Wolf
     Gene Flory
  5 James Balsbaugh
  6 Beth Sova
     Mitchell Derr
  9 Jonathan Kurtz
     Rachel Mock
10 Lourdes Kahl
11 Nolan Sweitzer
12 Christopher Layser
13 Jarad Glucksnis
14 Jack Kahl
     Maddie Johnson
18 Linda Bump
     Abbie Keath
     Finn Zartman
20 Robert Stettler
     Matthew Sonnen
21 Lori Goss
22 Monica Griffe
     Roarke Singer
     Evan Glucksnis
24 David Engle
     Jack Wolgemuth
26 Alex Sova Cottle
     Peg Auman
27 Cory Sholly
30 Derek Zartman
31 Pastor Beckhardt
     Jillian Zerby

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:


The spring chicken BBQ that is sponsored by the Friends of Spang Crest will be held on May 3rd at Spang Crest. Each Key person is responsible for selling at least 20 tickets for this event. The cost is $7.50. If you are interested in purchasing tickets, please see Margie Kriss. I will also need baked goods for that day and would appreciate any donations. Last fall for the BBQ the Friends of Spang Crest raised about $2400 and $327 from our baked goods table. Again this money goes toward purchasing items that would be enjoyed by the residents or giving towards benevolent funds.



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