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     News and Activities at MLC

    May 2018



    Church Council will hold its monthly meeting on Sunday, May 6th after the worship service.



    Millcreek’s Annual Church Yard Sale

    Our annual Church Yard Sale will be held on May 4-5 at the home of Charmayne and Jim Balsbaugh. Their house is located on 501 just south of Reistville. The times will be 7-5 on Friday and 7-1 on Saturday. There will also be baked goods and refreshments for sale.

    If you would like to donate items for the sale, you can bring them to the Church and place them in the Adult Sunday School classroom in the Education wing (Betty Lou Weik’s old room). You may also bring them to the Balsbaugh’s house on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday. (We can always add new items to the ongoing sale.) If you need your items to be picked up, please speak with Pastor B.

    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 in May. However, baked goods will be available at the Church Yard Sale on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5.

    People wishing to bake for the yard sale-- please package, label with contents, and price your items. You may drop baked goods off at Charmayne Balsbaugh’s home anytime after 2 PM Thursday, May 3 or Friday and Saturday during the yard sale.


    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 12th


    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.





    All major fundraisers are done, but feel free to continue to support us in the following way:

    ïƒËœ Survivors – sign up under our team.
    ïƒËœ Luminaria – can add anytime up to the ceremony Friday night. $10 for white bag, $15 for gold bag.
    ïƒËœ Dimes in a bottle – bring in your saved change to add to our total – due May 13.
    ïƒËœ Donations taken at any time – does your employer have a matching program – check it out!
    ïƒËœ Donate a dessert for survivor reception at Relay – let any team member know if you need something picked up.
    ïƒËœ Relay weekend at Cedar Crest Stadium begins Friday, May 18 at 4 PM and concludes Saturday, May 19 at 12 Noon. Walk a lap, join us at our tent site for a hot dog.
    ïƒËœ Paint Party, Saturday, May 19, 8-11 am, Cedar Crest High School, 115 E. Evergreen Road, Survivor Tent. Corks and Canvas will lead a morning paint party! Cost is $25. For more information or to register your spot, click on the link above.

    Remember – Celebrate – Fight Back

    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 7:30 PM in the choir room.

    Children sing on May 13th.

    Time to sign up for summer special music, which begins June 24.

    You can contact Debbie Tice at:

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

    April 8-Baylee Marderness & Beth Ann McNally

    April 15-Alissa Griffe & Kaila Harris

    April 22-Cole Thomas & Nolan Sweitzer

    April 29-Aidan Heck & Sophie Header

    May 6-Alissa Griffe & Kaila Harris

    May 13-Cole Thomas & Zane Ruth

    May 20-Aidan Heck & Nolan Sweitzer

    May 27-Brady Keath & Baylee Marderness

    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.  

    The Evangelism Committee will meet on Wednesday May 16 at 6:30 PM.

    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



    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

    PSC 477 Box 3
    FPO AP 96306

    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 Linda Breidigam
         Lyndsey Beckhardt
    26 Breah Strickler
         Alyssa Keath
    27 Jamie Keener
    28 Baylee Marderness
    30 Jeffrey Sholly


      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
    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 610-589-1326, 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:


    Thank you ever so much for all the goodies and prizes that were donated for our April 9th Spang Crest Birthday Celebration and evening of entertainment. We provided 13 birthday bags for residents with April birthdays, provided prizes for the “Name That Tune” activity, and we also provided refreshments. There were 21 residents and guests. A special thank you to our two musicians, Julie Strickler and Debbie Tice, without whom the evening would not have been possible. A special Thank You goes to the following: Linda R, Peg, Dara, Mary, Marion, and Linda S. Again, without their help this activity would not have been successful. We always get favorable comments that this evening is really enjoyed by the residents.

    The next Friends of Spang Crest activity is the Spring Chicken BBQ by Kauffman’s on Friday, May 4th from 2:30-6 PM. Cost is $7.50 and includes ½ chicken, baked potato, roll, and applesauce. All proceeds benefit the residents. Please contact Margie Kriss for tickets or come early and purchase tickets at the door at Spang Crest. Baked items are also needed. If anyone is willing to donate baked goods, please let Margie know. Arrangements will be provided to pick up the items.

    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