Mill Creek Weekly News – April 18, 2024

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** Congregational Life

** Upcoming events, meetings and news to know

** Join us for a Social Justice Evening TONIGHT

This is a free, in-person event – no registration required.
Learn more about Black & Indigenous Birthworkers of Delaware: click HERE (
Click HERE to contact Frank Burns with any questions you have about this event. (

** Children’s Planting Day this Sunday
Planting Day is almost here! On Sunday, April 21st, the Faith Exploration kids will be planting seeds in the newly installed raised bed gardens.
PARENTS: please dress your child(ren) appropriately for the weather with clothing and shoes that can withstand some dirt! (Children’s garden gloves will be available for use.)

** Meet our new Nursery Staff Person: Heather Scott

Heather Scott is a Music Education student at the University of Delaware who has performed at Mill Creek twice. She will be graduating next month and remain in the area for graduate school; in the fall she will attend the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore for a Master of Music in Bassoon Performance. Other than Bassoon, Heather enjoys fostering kittens, cuddling with her cats, spending time with her girlfriend, teaching private music lessons, binge-watching tv, and reading mystery/thrillers.

I am so excited to become closer to this congregation and be a part of this community. I’ve loved every interaction I’ve had and I look forward to meeting everyone! – Heather

** Passover Begins
Passover, also called Pesach, is a major Jewish holiday and one of the three pilgrimage festivals. This holiday celebrates the Biblical story of the Israelites’ escape from slavery in Egypt. This year it begins at sundown on Monday, April 22, and ends at sundown on Tuesday, April 30.

Wishing a happy Pesach and a blessed spring to all who celebrate.

** Service Auction: Everything You Need to Know

In a previous communication regarding ALL THINGS AUCTION, we shared lots of information, including:
* TICKETS – how to buy them in person or online
* SILENT AUCTION – how it will be different this year than last
* DONATIONS – the many different types of possible donations, LOTS of suggestions and resources, and how to make YOUR donations

You can read that email HERE (
If you’re ready to make your donations now, CLICK HERE (
Get your tickets on Sunday with cash or check, or buy them now: CLICK HERE (
Have questions? Need help understanding the Service Auction concept? Click HERE for our FAQ page. (
If you still have questions, don’t hesitate to contact the church office ( , or our Auction Specialist, David Bonner ( .

** Brandywine Friends of Old Time Music Concert
If you like the sound of old time music, come to Mill Creek on Friday, April 26 at 8 pm to hear Kellie & Pete and Spencer & Rains.

Kellie Allen and Pete Peterson have been harmonizing and making music together since 2000. They both enjoy deconstructing an old-time or early bluegrass song or tune and turning it into their own music.

Kellie and Pete play regularly with Jane Rothfield and Allan Carr as one-half of the Jane Rothfield Old-Time Quartet; the duo has also teamed up with Beverly Smith to form Smith Allen Peterson, a powerhouse old-time trio. They are a sought-after back-up duo for fiddlers and singers from all over the U.S. and beyond. In addition to performing, they enjoy showing others how to play and sing in the styles they have learned in individual lessons, short workshops, and week-long classes at music camps.
Learn more about Kellie & Pete and sample their music HERE (

Tricia Spencer and Howard Rains are both fiddlers, guitar players, and singers who preserve and build upon the traditions of their home states of Texas and Kansas. This husband & wife duo are known for their distinct twin fiddling and close-knit vocal harmony.

Both multi-instrumentalists, they are steeped in family musical tradition and are dedicated to the preservation, performance, and sharing of old time music.They are members of the five-piece band, the Orpheus Supertones ( (with Walt Koken, Clare Milliner and Hilary Dirlam), which has traveled extensively in the United States, Australia and Europe. The band runs a local concert series in Oxford, PA, the Fiddlers’ Follies.
Learn more about Spencer & Rains and sample their music HERE (
Tickets sold at the door:
Public, $25; Seniors, $20; Students w/ID, $15; Ages 17 & under, FREE

** Social Justice Committee Meeting this Sunday
Everyone is welcome to join us on Sunday, April 21st after church service in the conference room.

** April UUDAN Meeting: Housing Reform
Homelessness in Delaware continues to increase due to a massive shortage of affordable housing. Statistics have been on the rise due to inflation spiking, COVID aid running out and rents hitting record highs. Senator Russell Huxtable ( introduced 7 pieces of legislation which address a variety of housing issues. The April UUDAN meeting will address this complex topic and all Delaware UU’s are welcome to attend.

Monday, April 22nd
6:30 – 8:00 pm via Zoom

Guest Speakers:
Tyler Shade, Executive Director, and
Lisa M. Kane, Community Engagement Manager,
Family Promise
Tyler and Lisa, of Family Promise, will discuss the current legislation in the Senate. They will also share how Family Promise works to help families who are homeless on their journey to secure housing.

UUDAN (Unitarian Universalist Delaware Advocacy Network) brings the five Delaware UU congregations together to inform, recruit, and mobilize UU advocates to work, in partnership with other advocacy organizations, for the many social justice issues in the state of Delaware.
To attend the meeting, CLICK HERE to sign up for the Zoom link (

** Come to the Craft Fair Next Month

Spring Craft Fair
Saturday, May 18
10 am to 2 pm
Mark your calendar and come check out over 30 vendors (so far!) who will sell their art, craftworks and hand-made items. Look for wooden bowls and cutting boards, resin art, sea glass art, freeze dried candy, alcohol ink art from our very own Ewa Iracka, upcycled home decor items, and MORE.

Our goal is 50 vendors, so please join in on the fun with either being a vendor or volunteering on the day of the event.

We are also hosting a Mill Creek table at this event for anyone who wants to donate their own handmade items. We already have some wonderful things like Janice Buckwalter’s hand-made blankets and jewelry, and Sara Durham’s matted photography.

Please join in on the fun and help make our event a success! See Sara Durham ( as well as go to our website ( for further details.

** How to Support Two Great Organizations: the Delaware Nature Society and Mill Creek
The Delaware Nature Society is having their annual Native Plant Sale* on Friday, May 3, 2pm-7pm (member day), and Saturday, May 4, 9am-3pm (open to the public). Location: Coverdale Farm Preserve , 543 Way Road, Greenville, Delaware.
To learn more about Delaware Nature Society and their plant sale, and to view their catalog, click HERE (
You can support the DNS organization by purchasing a variety of plants for your home garden (flowers, grasses, ferns, trees, and/or shrubs), and add a few more to donate to the church garden!
We’ve made some great progress preparing our flower beds and our brand-new raised beds and now we need some plants! Here are the names of some great plants that our pollinators will love and that will help make our gardens gorgeous: Butterfly Milkweed, Bee Balm, Purple Coneflower, Cardinal Flower, Wild Columbine, Joe Pye Weed, Foxglove, Mallow, Black-eyed Susan, Aster, Ironweed, and Sunflower. Most of these are perennials that will thrive year to year. Feel free to add native shrubs, ferns, or even saplings that would enhance our meadow and woodlot.

We’re also hoping to acquire a bird bath and some larger garden pots for the new Children’s Garden Area.

Don’t for get to join us Wednesday evenings starting at 5:30 pm to help us spruce up our meadow and native habitat areas.

Contact Ann Draper, Amy White or Jamie Kegerise with questions.

*All proceeds of the Native Plant Sale benefits Delaware Nature Society and their mission ( to improve the environment through education, conservation and advocacy. Your support of the sale helps DNS to advance this important work.

** Adult Adventure Trips!
Unirondack, an inclusive Camp and Conference Center located on Beaver Lake in the Western Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York, is excited to announce a whole new slate of trips for adults! This year they are offering a new selection of adventure programs offering full guided service throughout the Adirondacks including food and cooking, logistics planning, and the use of major equipment.

Unirondack’s Spring 2024 Adult Trip Calendar:
May 6 – 12: Wilderness Art Trip // Creatives Retreat
May 16 – 22: Adirondack 90-Miler (FULL!)
May 16 – 21: Intro to Backpacking
May 24 – 29: Introduction to Canoeing
May 16 – 21: Leadership Paddling
July 7 -12: Intro to Backpacking II
Click HERE for more information (
Unirondack is a summer camp and conference center founded by Unitarian Universalists that has been serving UU youth and adults in the Adirondacks for more than 70 years.

** Adult RE Opportunity
Spiritual Growth through Poetry
Rev. Christian continues with a virtual adult ed/spiritual growth opportunity using a practice called lectio divina. This involves reading a poem together several times, exploring the meaning in it, and sharing together — and it must be experienced to be fully understood. Join Rev. Christian on Zoom at 7 pm on Wednesday, May 15 and continuing on the third Wednesday of each month through June. Contact Rev. Christian ( with questions.
Attend Lectio Divina – click HERE for the Zoom link (

** Current Share Our Plate Recipient

We regularly donate a portion of our undesignated plate collection to a local charity or non-profit organization. For the months of March and April we are supporting:

Limen Recovery + Wellness
Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders are Not a Life Sentence
Since 1969, Limen Recovery + Wellness has been providing temporary sober living homes for men and women recovering from substance use disorder and mental health challenges. Based in Wilmington, Delaware, this organization provides tailored programs designed to meet every client’s unique needs focusing on positive mental, physical, social, financial, spiritual, environmental, and vocational outcomes.
Learn more about Limen Recovery + Wellness HERE (
Support this organization with your online donation HERE. Be sure to select ‘Share Our Plate’ as the giving fund. Thank you! (

** Sunday Worship Service Information
April 21, 2024
10:30 am

No one “likes” paying taxes. But we should want to do so. Taxes are the sort of hard work, unpleasant reality of building community; giving of our resources for the greater good, figuring out how to best use them, who should pay them and how much? Join Rev. Christian when he shares some wisdom from his other job, preparing taxes!

Music for this service will be performed by the Clarion Brass, featuring Gordon Roth and Kristin Tosh-Morelli, trumpets; Rebecca King, horn; Tom Hartline, trombone; and Brian Hanson, Tuba.

Connect with Us In-Person
* Service begins at 10:30 am
* Children’s RE programming is available for ages 4 and up
* Child Care NOW AVAILABLE (infant/toddler, ages birth to 3)

Connect with Us Virtually
Here’s how to get the Zoom link for livestreaming the service:
* Click the link below: ‘Sunday Livestream’ (bookmark it on your preferred device for quick and easy access on Sunday morning); OR
* Get the link by accessing the church calendar ( ( ( )

Sunday Livestream – CLICK HERE (

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Mill Creek Staff
Rev. Christian Schmidt, Minister
In Office: Sundays & Tuesdays (
979-450-2477 (cell)
To request a teleconference, or an in-person or Zoom meeting with Rev. Christian – CLICK HERE (
Debra Damiani, Congregational Administrator
Monday 9 am to 2 pm, Monday-Thursday (
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The UUA is led by the elected ( President ( , Moderator ( and Board of Trustees ( . These leaders are elected every few years by congregational delegates at the annual General Assembly ( gathering. The President is the chief executive of the UUA and its public spokesperson. The Moderator chairs the business meetings of the General Assembly and meetings of the Board of Trustees. Specialized boards, committees ( , and advisors also help lead the UUA.

The mission of the UUA is to equip congregations for health and vitality, to support and train lay and professional leaders, and to advance Unitarian Universalist values in the world.​
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APRIL 2024

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