A letter from Rev. Christian Schmidt

 

We are a community that invites you to awaken to love.

Dear members and friends of Mill Creek,

I am the Rev. Christian Schmidt, and you can call me Christian, Rev. Christian, or even Rev. Schmidt in more formal settings. I’m happy to be joining this congregation as your contract minister this year, and am looking forward to getting to know you.

A little about me: I live in Olney, Maryland and have served UU congregations all over the country in my 10 years of ordained ministry and three years of church work before that. I am married to the Rev. Kristin Grassel Schmidt, also a UU minister, who serves the UU Church of Silver Spring, Md. We have three children: CJ, 11, Sam, 9, and John, 8. I enjoy sports, cooking, sci-fi and fantasy literature and shows. I also run a small business preparing tax returns, mostly for clergy, and I’m glad this congregation was interested in thinking about innovating schedules that would help both me and the congregation. As you may have heard, I’m going to work 3/4 time, but in an unusual way; I’ll be mostly full-time during the year except for mid-February through mid-April, when I’ll be on leave (except for pastoral emergencies) while I work on the tax business.

I want to lay out several ways I intend to get to know you:
1. Please write me a postcard (Addressed to Rev. Christian Schmidt, UUSMC, 579 Polly Drummond Hill Rd, Newark, DE 19711). I’ve done this in previous ministries, and it’s been so fun to learn a little bit about people through this old-school method. I still have postcards from previous ministries and love to look at them on occasion.
2. I really want to meet with every member and/or family in the congregation this fall, to get to know you and for you to get to know me. I’ll have time set aside for meetings on weekdays and Sundays, both in-person and virtual, and a way for you to sign up for those times (probably using an appointment app called Calendly, but more info to come on that). I will be in Newark two days a week, per my contract, including most Sundays. On one of those days, probably Tuesdays, I will be there from morning all the way through until late evening, and have time for meetings, lunches, pastoral visits, and evening meetings.
3. Once a month, I plan to have a Meal with the Minister, a lunch for which I will make a main course (think soup or casserole) and invite you to come as you are able and bring a side (also as you are able). I know weekday lunch isn’t possible for everyone, but it’s one way to connect if you can make it.
4. Another way to connect is to join me for a walk: I’m very committed to staying active, and since there’s such a lovely park next to the congregation, I plan to take daily walks when I’m in the office and you are welcome to join me (times TBD, but like mid-morning and mid-afternoon).

Again, I look forward to meeting you all in the coming weeks!

In faith,
Rev. Christian

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