News and Activities at MLC
 March 2019


Church Council will hold its monthly meeting on Sunday, April 7th after the worship service.



During the season of Lent, Vicar Mark will be preaching a sermon series on the prophets from the Book of 12 as they are known in the Hebrew Bible. Most Christians call these books the “Minor Prophets” and are the last twelve books of the Old Testament. The texts he will use are from the Revised Common Lectionary. Most often these texts are the “alternate first reading” during the season of Pentecost and spread over the three years of the lectionary cycle, they are often overlooked yet their message is one that cries out to be read and heard.

The texts for the five Sundays in Lent are:
March 10th 1st Sunday in Lent Joel 2:1-2, 12-1
March 17th 2nd Sunday in Lent Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4
March 24th 3rd Sunday in Lent Haggai 1: 15-2:9
March 31st 4th Sunday in Lent Zephaniah 1:7-18
April 7th 5th Sunday in Lent Amos 5:6-15

Community Lenten Services 2019 (begin @ 7PM)

Date          Host                               Speaker          Topic      Scripture
 March 6    Millcreek Lutheran          Jay Heberling  Disciple Mt. 4:19, 28:19;
                                                                                               Acts 6
March 13   Elias UCC                      John Binkley    Friend   John 15:15
                                                                                              Titus 1:1; 
                                                                                              Romans 12:1,11
March 20   United Christian Church Tim Fleener    Servant  Rev. 22:3;
March 27   Richland COB                Mario Madden Athlete    2 Tim 4:7-8
April 3        Millbach UCC                Tad Barnhart    Traveler   Hebrews 11:8-16
April 10      Tulpehocken UCC         Mark Fischer    Steward  1 Cor 4:1
April 17      Faith Community           Chris Dubble     Priest     1 Peter 2:4-9;
                                                                                       Romans 12:1
April 18     Ch of Christian Outreach Clark Bossler   Soldier   1 Tim 6:12; Rom                                                                                                         8:37; 1 John                                                                                                        5:4;James 4:1-2
April 19        Grace UCC                    Leon Moll        Child       Rom. 8:16;
                                                                                                  1 John 3:1-2;
                                                                                                  Mt. 18:1-14
The community Lenten series begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6 at 7:00 PM. Millcreek Lutheran will be hosting the service (including communion). All members are asked to bring finger foods to share at the fellowship after the service. We need volunteers for kitchen helpers and ushers. Greeters and an acolyte have already volunteered.

The call committee members are as follows: Nancy Deiter, Gene Flory, Kristen Heck, Roy Hoglund, Nicole Johnson, and Robert Stettler.

Call Committee Report

The Call Committee has met with the church council and Rob Blezard, the assistant to the Bishop, to look at our Mission Site Profile in detail. From the comments made at this meeting, the Call Committee finalized the profile and submitted it again through the ELCA system. The synod staff has now “activated” our profile.
The Mission Site Profile is a comprehensive document that captures the essence of the congregation that is looking for a rostered leader. The goal of a well written profile is to clearly and honestly portray who we are and assist in finding the best candidates to fill the leadership role.
The Call Committee is now able to consider candidates to fill the position of pastor for Millcreek Lutheran Church. These are the candidates that are recommended by the bishop and staff for the position. Each candidate will have reviewed our Mission Site Profile and expressed interest in serving. Rob Blezard, the assistant to the bishop, will meet with the Call Committee to present the names and profiles of candidates they are recommending. The Call Committee may consider only those candidates recommended and presented by the bishop’s office.
The Call Committee has been waiting to hear from the assistant to the bishop regarding candidates. We have now heard from him and have set the date of March 3rd to meet. The words received from him were “I have some candidates for you! Let’s meet and discuss them!”
We must not reveal the names or discuss details about the candidates to anyone outside our committee. Just be aware that the process is in motion and you have a good committee working hard to bring a new pastor to Millcreek Lutheran Church who will hopefully be a great fit for our church and church family. The committee is empowered to seek as many interviews as it needs in order to make an informed decision that is best for this congregation. Remember that on all our journeys of faith we are never alone. God is always with us, lighting our path and guiding our footsteps.
Your Call Committee: Nancy Deiter (chairperson), Kristen Heck, Nicole Johnson, Roy Hoglund, Gene Flory, 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. 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.


Sweet Second Sunday is April 14th.


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 April 13th

   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.






   Mark your calendars for Stop & Shop - coming Saturday March 30. More details in the next newsletter, but if you know a crafter or vendor who is interested, they can get a form from Susan Long
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.

CONFIRMATION CLASSES: We meet during the Sunday School hour from 9 AM-10 AM. Young people in grades 6-8 or above are eligible to participate. 

 Confirmation at Millcreek Lutheran kicks off on Sunday, September 9th. This year, we will be focusing on the 10 commandments using a variety of resources from Vicar Mark’s library like The Book of Concord, Thunder on the Mountain by Rev. Dr. Frank Seilheimer, former president of Hamma School of Theology at Wittenberg University, and a host of other resources. Adults are welcome to join if you would like to refresh your knowledge of our Lutheran heritage.


Music Ministry

Choir Rehearsals are every Wednesday beginning at 7:30 PM.
The children will sing on March 10.

You can contact Debbie Tice at:

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


March 3-Alissa Griffe & Morgan Hoffman
March 6 (Ash Wed/Communion)-Brady Keath
March 10-Brady Keath
March 17-Morgan Hoffman & Baylee Marderness
March 24-Zane Ruth
March 31-Alissa Griffe & Morgan Hoffman

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 Thursday, March 21st  at 6:30 PM in the Vicar’s office.

The Evangelism Committee will be sending “Goody Boxes” to our college students. The Committee thanks you for your participation in providing items for them.
The Sundays in Lent are Undie Sundays at Millcreek Lutheran Church! Still giggling? Do your eyes deceive you? Do we mean “underwear”?!!!

Okay, let’s be “brief”…. Sure, the title is cute and you can’t help but smile, but the true meaning behind Undie Sundays is quite serious…

The fact of the matter is that there are all types of collections for members of our community who find themselves in need; we collect canned goods & food items, money, Christmas gifts, toiletries, etc., but there is another “bare necessity” that they may not have access to, and that is clean undergarments & socks; things we may often take for granted. Let’s face it, undergarments are not something that someone might volunteer a need for because, well, it is just “unmentionable”.

During the Sundays in Lent, beginning with March 10th, we will be hosting an “Undie Sunday” collection. Please bring in new packages of socks, men’s boxers; briefs and underwear for children & women (up to size 9 ).

Now don’t get your “panties in a bunch”, it is easy to do - just “drop your drawers” in the laundry basket located in the narthex on any Sunday during Lent. We will bless the gifts on Palm Sunday and take them to Lebanon County Christian Ministries that week.

Well, that about covers it! Thank you!

Other Evangelism Activities
1) Providing drivers to transport members who need help to a doctor’s visit. Contact Betty Schware at 717-866-7511. If she is away, call Pastor B. Call her also if you’d like to be a volunteer driver.
3) Collecting used ink and toner cartridges and old cell phones to be recycled. Place in bin in hall leading to multi-purpose room.

4) 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. They will send their collection truck directly to your residence to retrieve your donated items

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

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  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 annual membership drive for Spang Crest, sponsored by the Friends of Spang Crest, will end March 31, 2019. Your membership dues will allow the Friends of Spang Crest to continue its work. Membership levels for 2019 are: member $2.00, contributing member $5.00, sustaining member $10.00 or patron member $25.00. You may submit your membership contribution to the congregation's key person-Margie Kriss or to Peg Auman. (You may also mail a check to: Margie Kriss, 103 Hardwood St., Box 205, Schaefferstown, PA 17088. Please add “Friends of Spang Crest Membership” on the memo line.)
At the present time our church does have two residents at Spang Crest, so please seriously consider supporting this very worthwhile organization and what it does for Spang Crest.
Our church is responsible for the April birthdays entertainment evening. We again will be needing items for the April birthday gifts and for the prizes we give out that evening. The box for the suggested items for gifts and prizes will be put on the narthex table in March to collect items. Again anyone interested in helping this evening will be greatly appreciated. Stay tuned in the weekly church bulletin for the upcoming date for this Spang Crest activity. Margie Kriss


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