News and Activities at MLC

    April 2021


Church Council will be help monthly meeting in April 11th



Our Congregation Council elected officers for terms through January 2022.
Nancy Deiter was elected Lay Leader/President
Scott Johnson was re-elected Vice President
Debra Buffington was re-elected Recording Secretary
Stephanie Seldomridge was re-elected Treasurer

Thank you to everyone who makes the ministry of Millcreek Lutheran Church possible and be sure to pray for your elected congregational leaders!




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.




I have signed us up for the new year of Relay. Last year's relay ended without actually having our relay event. Of course, we have no idea how this year will go either, but if you are interested in signing up for the team or just want to learn more, please let me know. In the meantime, you can sign up at The 2021 relay will be scaled back to a 6 hour event on Saturday May 15, 2021 from 4 pm - 10 pm. That is as much as I know right now. 
Coming for Valentine's Day-- Order a Valentine's gram for anyone...details in the bulletin. Prices starting at $1. There will be daffodils coming in mid-March. Watch the bulletin for ordering information. minipots $7 daffodil bunch $10 tulip bunch $15 gift of hope $25--daffodils delivered to cancer patients or caregivers Also a soup sale is coming in the near future.  
Watch the newsletter and bulletin for more information and fundraisers as they become available. 
Deb Tice
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.

IF YOU USE AMAZON to make online purchases, you can help MLC with our fundraising efforts, at NO cost to you. Pick up the information on the table in the narthex or from the file box outside the main doors to the church. Any further questions, call Stephanie Seldomridge at 717-304-5949.



Music Ministry

Thanks to all who support and make the music at Millcreek!
Any questions--Contact Deb Tice via phone at 717-926-4273 or email at

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


April 4-EASTER 9 AM SERVICE-Morgan Hoffman
April 11-Brady Keath
April 18-Baylee Marderness
April 25-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. 

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

Next meeting is currently scheduled for March 10, 2021 at 2 PM at the church. This may be subject to change.

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.

LUTHERAN SUMMER CAMPING—OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY, APRIL 11 2-4:30 PM Exciting news! Summer camp will be going on this year both at Camp Kirchenwald and at Camp Nawakwa, but with changes that will provide the necessary safety features to make it a safe and exciting summer for campers. There are brochures on the table in the narthex about this camping experience. If you know of a church youth or even a grandchild that may be interested, please check it out. Camp sponsorships are also available through the Lutheran Camping association to make camp available. Remember the church does provide some financial help for all campers.

Margie Kriss 



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. 

“To those in uniform serving today and to those who have served in the past, we honor you today and every day.”– Unknown

Military Personnel

5507 Jadwin Loop
Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-1913

  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 Beckhardt
30 Barbara Potteiger
     Teresa Scipioni
  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
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 Brooke Stettler
23 Lyndsey Beckhardt
25 Lois Zimmerman
26 Breah Strickler
     Alyssa Keath
27 Jamie Keener
28 Baylee Marderness
29 Lisa Martin
30 Jeffrey Sholly

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

All activities still continue to be on hold for the residents at Spang Crest Nursing Home through the month of January. In December, the Christmas parties were not held as in past years with outside volunteers helping. However, a Santa sleigh in-house program was provided for residents. The gifts were graciously donated from the Lutheran congregations of the county. Millcreek donated two gifts-one being for our own member resident, Betty Gibble.

Please continue to pray for all the residents and caretakers at Spang Crest and all nursing facilities for their continued safety through these challenging times, and pray that 2021 will bring better things and health their way.


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