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10/25/2017 - 7:00 PM   First Communion Class
10/25/2017 - 7:30 PM   Choir
10/27/2017 - 11:30 AM   Community Meal LCCM-ELCO 11:30-12:30
10/29/2017 - 9:00 AM   Sunday School
10/29/2017 - 10:15 AM   Worship Service

     News and Activities at MLC

    October 2017



    Church Council will hold its monthly meeting on Sunday, October 1st after the worship service.




    Sweet Second Sunday will be on October 8th. Thank you for continuing to support this activity.

    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 October 14th




    Millcreek’s Relay Team is participating in a countywide fundraiser selling shopping passes for Boscov’s “Friends Helping Friends” sale. The $5 shopping pass gives you 25% off most items. This year’s date is Tuesday October 17.

    It’s a great easy way to help Relay and also get some great shopping deals at the same time.
    SAVE THE DATE: Saturday November 11 for Relay’s annual Kauffman’s Chicken BBQ. Get your tickets!
    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.
    We are also preparing for the joint Reformation service where we will join a mass choir. Come join us!!

    The kids usually sing the second Sunday of the month, but in October they will be singing on Sunday October 15. We go back to the regular schedule on Sunday November 12 when we will celebrate our veterans.

    You can contact Debbie Tice at:

    Deadline for the October Parish Echo newsletter is October 15th. 


    Oct 1-Cole Thomas & Aiden Heck
    Oct 8-Kaila Harris & Alissa Griffe
    Oct 15-Zane Ruth & Nolan Sweitzer
    Oct 22-Sophie Header & Beth Ann McNally
    Oct 29-Cole Thomas & Aiden Heck

    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 superintendent, Kindergarten teacher, and Cradle Roll teacher (kids under age 3). 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

    416 Prevost Drive
    Houma, LA 70364


      1 Stephanie Seldomridge
      3 Michael Tice
         Susan Kemp
      4 Edward Wolfe, Jr.
         Judy Engle
      5 Carol Merkel
      8 Jon E. Chadwick
         Samanatha Griffee
    10 Angela Brown
    12 Alexis Schollenberger
    14 Sherry Schaeffer
    15 Dale Bentz
    19 Shayfer Lambach
    20 Ryan Webber
    21 Landis Olar
         Lynn Leibig
    28 Adrianna Sonnen
    29 Deb Webber
         Catherine Beckhardt

    October Birthdays

      2 Margie Kriss
         Gregg Schware
         Bridgette Gettle
      3 Gladys Bressler
         Brayden Friewald
      4 Donald Leibig
         Angela Layser
         Mary J. Ream
      5 Debra Tice
      6 Shannon Baker
         Patricia Kreitz
         Steven Goss
      9 Lindsay O’Connor
    10 Ann Marie Engle
         Richard Wolfskill
    11 Audry Putt
    12 Philip Leidich
    15 Maxine Maser
         Shirley Brown
    16 Peter Bergman
         Logan Ruth
    17 Aiden Heck
    20 Carolyn Miller
    21 Sara Bentz
    22 David Mock
         David Kahl
    23 Daryl Strickler
         Phyllis Stettler
         Sarah Webber
         Jason Angstadt
    24 Marcia Glucksnis
    25 Katrina Schware Wagner
         Doris Bergman
    27 Amy Garloff
    28 Jordan Rosengrant
    29 Michael Yingst, Sr.
         Donald Kriss
    30 Michael Noll
         Craig Evans

    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:

    Our church continues to have members who are residents of Spang Crest-currently Eva Bennetch, Pearl Zekany and Betty Gibble.  Millcreek also continues to help support Spang Crest by having some members do volunteer positions at the home or work at some fund raisers for Spang Crest throughout the year. We certainly appreciate and thank the members that have donated their time this past year.  Volunteers are always needed in many different areas-even just visiting with the residents.  

    We also will have our annual Friends of Spang Crest membership drive starting in January in which annual dues of $2, $5, or $10 are collected from the members of our church.   Last year we collected $112 for the Friends of Spang Crest organization.  This money goes either to the benevolent fund for the home to help care for residents whose money has dwindled away or for items that the home may request from the Friends of Spang Crest organization. 

    Our church will also provide an evening activity for the residents in April, when we will provide musical entertainment, birthday gifts for the April residents, and refreshments.  We will  need prizes and birthday gifts for this activity early next spring.         Margie Kriss


    The Friends of Spang Crest organization from Lebanon County collected a total of $4,045.00 from the recent annual drive. Here at Millcreek we collected $142 from 22 different members. This is the highest amount we have collected in quite a few years. Out of the 18 Lebanon congregations we were #5 in the giving total. This annual membership drive helps provide a number of things for the residents of Spang Crest to help make their time in a nursing home more pleasant. From this drive we also contribute to the benevolent fund so that residents who run out of money will be able to continue to stay at Spang Crest. This year it has been decided to make the following purchases for Spang Crest through the Friends of Spang Crest organization (most funds collected from the annual dues, the two chicken barbeques held in May and September and from selling bologna at the farm show):
    1) rocking chairs for the outdoors that residents can enjoy, 2) fish wrapper books for the residents to enjoy, 3) purchase of newspaper subscriptions for the short term rehab residents to read and enjoy, 4) family picnic entertainment in which each resident is allowed to invited two guests for a picnic and entertainment during the summer, 5) digital photo frames that are hung on the wall to show guests the many things that go on at Spang Crest, and then (6 )also continue donation to the benevolent care fund.

    The Friends of Spang Crest also provides the entertainment for 4 summer band concerts for both residents and outsiders to enjoy.
    This summer 2017 Concert Series is as follows (all concerts free, weather permitting will be held in the pavilion area):
    June 13--Keystone Band of Rehrersburg
    July 18--Perseverance Band of Lebanon
    July 31--Trinidad North Steel Drum Company (new on this concert agenda)
    August 8--Zembo Shrine String Band

    Please come out and enjoy these very worthwhile concerts both for residents and guests as well.
    Spang Crest Activity Evening
    The Millcreek Lutheran activity evening with 27 Spang Crest residents in April was a huge success. There were many favorable comments from the residents about having a wonderful evening of entertainment. Thanks to the congregation for coming through with prizes and monetary donations to help with gifts. Another thank you for the women who volunteered their time to help with the evening—Linda R, Peg A, Lorraine E, Mary M, Betty S, and Marian B. I couldn’t have done it without your help. And most importantly, a BIG THANK YOU to our fantastic musicians for the evening—Julie S and Deb T who provided the residents with sing along music. It was truly great to see the residents get involved. Margie Kriss

    Volunteers, I am writing to you on behalf of Jane Cek. Jane's a resident of Spang Crest. Last month your church provided gift bags for the monthly birthday social. Jane was pleasantly surprised to receive the "bag of goodies" from your church. Your generosity was very much appreciated.
    Jane's daughter


    Spang Crest is looking for volunteers to help transport residents from their rooms to the evening meal. Supper starts at 4:30 PM and lasts 45 minutes to an hour.
    Volunteers get their supper free. You can help as many days as you like, but they are looking for folks who would do it at least once a month. If interested, call 717-274-1495, the main number for Spang Crest.

    Upcoming Events Lutheran Camping Corporation

    Thinking about summer camp? For information about camping, including discounts, contact the MLC camp person, Margie Kriss.

    For more information, go to

    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