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     News and Activities at MLC

    March 2017



    Church Council will hold its monthly meeting on Sunday, March 4th after the worship service.



    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. 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 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.
    Betty Schware.

      Next Breakfast date is
     on March 10th


    The Youth Groups will be visiting our shut-ins on Palm Sunday, March 25 after the worship service. Along with a palm, a flower, and a craft they made, they will be taking Easter cards from the congregation. If you would like to send cards to the shut-ins, there is a box for them on the table by the wall in the narthex. Copies of our current shut-in list are by the box.




    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.
    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

    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. 


    February 4-Beth Ann McNally & Sophie Header

    February 11-Nolan Sweitzer & Brady Keath

    February 18-Alissa Griffe & Baylee Marderness

    February 25-Cole Thomas & Zane Ruth

    March 4-Kaila Harris & Sophie Header

    March 11-Aidan Heck & Brady Keath

    March 18-Alissa Griffe & Baylee Marderness

    March 25-Cole Thomas & Nolan Sweitzer

    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! 

    Smiley emoticon with binoculars



    Military Personnel

    PSC 477 Box 3
    FPO AP 96306

    5507 Jadwin Loop
    Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-1913

    February Birthdays

      1 Linda Bentz
         Loretta Gromis
      3 R. Hart Beaver
         Dawn Culhane
         Ryan Gahres
         Charles Strickler
         Allie Header
      6 Portia Lindermuth
      7 Shannon Kaufman
      8 Greg Baker
         Theresa Sites
      9 Jennifer Clinton
         Emilie Goss
         Michael Yiengst Jr.
         Aaron Yiengst
    12 Henry Steiner
         Dale Ober
    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
         Benjamin Stoudt
         Dakota Houser
    26 Daniel Griffe
    27 Katie Beckhardt
         Tyler Freiwald
         Piper Hess
    28 Joshua Leidich
         Joseph Tice Jr.

    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 Tshudy
    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 610-589-1326, 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:


    Annual 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