News and Activities at MLC

      July & August 2020


Church Council will be help monthly meeting in August 30th




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. 

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.



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.

   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.






Relay for Life will be a virtual event on Saturday, August 1. 
We still take donations anytime. We hope to have our own in-person Relay with some extra goodies sometime in August. It will include our own torches, luminaria, plus food and fellowship which is the best part of Relay. Please watch for the date to come.

We also welcome any new people to the team - see any current member for information or get a form on the table in the narthex.
This year has been particularly hard on all of us at Millcreek, losing more folks to cancer. But the team has registered for another year to continue the fight! If you are interested in joining us, see Debbie Tice or Rachel Mock. All are welcome!

RECYCLE ALUMINUM CANS for the American Cancer Society. Please place any bags of ALUMINUM (NOT STEEL) cans at the kitchen entrance to the church.

COLLECT DIMES in a bottle (or any container with any change) for Relay for Life.

Collect pull tabs from soda cans, etc. for the dialysis machine at the Ronald McDonald House. A container is on the table in the narthex.

 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.

Donations to American Cancer Society are always welcome.



Beginning with the start of Sunday School, Sunday morning beverages and desserts will be moved from the library to the multi-purpose room and kitchen. Those who bring baked goods (and we really appreciate all that you bring) should bring them to the window at the kitchen. We will be able to use the tables in the multi-purpose room and it will facilitate clean up.


Music Ministry

 I miss my choir family, the kids, and all the other special things. Special thanks to Stephanie Sheetz, Deb Buffington, Rachel Mock, Julie & Gerry Strickler who have helped with special music the last couple weeks. And we miss you, the congregation. We hope you have been blessed by our offerings of music, and maybe even singing along and our attempts at technology. We strive to get better. We could not do any of it without our fearless leader Karl Keath and head usher Frank Hoffman, who have worked with Mr Good to get us the best sound for our services. Thanks also to Pastor & Mrs Jetto for getting us started with the technology. I pray for the time when we can all be together again!!

Any questions--Contact Deb Tice via phone at 717-926-4273 or email at

Deadline for the September Parish Echo newsletter is August 15th. 


Schedule will restart in October.

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. 

Part of Evangelism’s ministry is keeping in touch with our college students. We need their addresses while in college in order to do that. Please respond ASAP by calling Dara Wolfe at 717-866-5909 or email Thank you.
If you give us their e-mail addresses, the Parish Echo will be sent to them via e-mail.


The Evangelism Committee

 We are not sure if the committee will have a meeting in May. If anyone has any questions or concerns, please contact Dara Wolfe at 717-866-5909.
Our congregation as a whole should keep fellow MLC members in mind that may need groceries or errands run by checking on them. Give them a call to see if they need anything or if they are doing ok. It is a friendly and neighborly thing to do any time. Please keep Rev. Jetto in your prayers also.
We do not know what lies ahead as far as our yearly “Ingathering Project” is concerned. There have been plenty of school bags sewn (believe me, I know the seamstress and he’s been hard at work)JJJ.
Take a moment to peruse the yearbook, pick a name and give them a call or drop a note saying “hi”. It could brighten someone’s day! God bless.
Evangelism Committee
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.

As was mentioned in the June newsletter, The Lutheran Camping Corporation has decided that both Nawakwa and Camp Kirchenwald will not be open for the summer 2020 camping season due to the COVID-19 public health crisis. As a result, the loss of income from the summer programs is a significant cause for concern. It places the ministry of the Lutheran Camping Corporation in a very precarious position. The income loss compromises the camps’ capacity to prepare for the next summer of 2021 activities. As a result, the camp is in desperate need of financial help to continue the camping programs during these challenging times. If any member of the Millcreek congregation is financially able to consider a gift to help sustain and ensure the camping ministry, it would truly be a great blessing. If you are able to share a gift of any amount it can be made by credit card at Lutheran or sent to The Lutheran Camping Corporation of Central PA-PO Box 458, Arendtsville, PA 17307
Thank you for your continued support so that the youth may continue to receive the fine camping experience that Camp Kirchenwald has always provided for the youth of the Millcreek congregation.



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

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July Birthdays
  1 Casey Roy
     Linda Sheetz
  2 Craig Brightbill
  3 Lexus Lindermuth
  4 Jessica Leibig
  5 Tammy Hepler
  6 Mackenzie Gettle
     Oscar Sebastian Lindermuth
10 Wendy Ortiz
     Linda Zimmerman
     Louise Hainley
     Aaron Taylor Ciccone
     David Madara Jr.
11 Mary Moyer
12 Nathaniel Flory
     Jadyn Kate Baker
13 Brenda Long
14 Andrew Sholly
15 Tricia Dunkelberger
     Jerry Meyer
16 Solen Layser
     Carter Strickler
17 Denise Wartluft
19 Caden Glucknis
21 Bruce Steiner
23 Derek Strickler
24 Lynne Ober
25 Bradley Bressler
     Curt Grube
     Stanley R. Kahl
     Jewl Madara
26 Karl Keath
27 John Hartman
     Kayla Brown
28 Gerald Strickler
    Ryan Lindermuth
29 Dara Wolfe
30 Jason Gahres
31 Virginia Wolfe

August Birthdays
  1 Charles Lindermuth
  2 Amber Blessing
  4 Sharon Evans
  5 Tricia Ober
     Brian Ream
     Linda Ream
  7 Mitchell Essick
  8 Kathy Grube
  9 Rebecca Griffe
12 Harry Bump
     Jeffrey Freiwald
13 Joseph Brightbill
14 Julia Angstadt
17 Dean Griffe
     Mary Meyer
18 Matthew Steiner
     Matthew Long
19 Ronald Merkel Sr.
20 Morgan Hoffman
21 Betty Schaeffer
22 Julie Strickler
     Liz Leibig
     Linda Derr
     Lauren Gahres
23 Erin Stettler
     Kent Hepler
     Tyler Griffe
24 Darryl Bentz
     Brent Kahl
25 Rick Garloff
26 Zachary Batdorf
27 Jodi Hoffman
28 Gordon Steiner
     Mariah Sonnen
     Riley Zartman
29 Jenna Angstadt
31 Matthew Bentz

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. 

Spang Crest
There is still no visitation allowed due to COVID-19 and the chicken BBQ scheduled for September is on hold.


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