Mill Creek Weekly News – April 25, 2024

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** Congregational Life

** Upcoming events, meetings and news to know

** Concert this Friday Night
Brandywine Friends of Old Time Music brings another evening of bluegrass music to Mill Creek on Friday, April 26 at 8 pm: 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. Learn more about the duo and sample their music HERE ( .

Tricia Spencer and Howard Rains are both fiddlers, guitar players, and singers. This husband & wife duo are known for their distinct twin fiddling and close-knit vocal harmony. Learn more about the duo and sample their music HERE ( .

Tickets sold at the door:
Public, $25; Seniors, $20; Students w/ID, $15; Ages 17 & under, FREE

** Sunday Worship Service Information
April 28, 2024
10:30 am

As UUs, we believe in the power of questions. In what is a tradition in many UU congregations, Rev. Christian will answer as many questions as we have time for in this service, on just about any topic you can imagine!

Music for this service will be performed by returning musician Lingchin Liao. Lingchin is a native from Taiwan with a Master of Music in violin performance from Temple University. She is a violin teacher at The Independence School, Darlington Art Center, and The Music School of Delaware. Lingchin will be assisted by Mill Creek members Jeanne Hanson on violin and Brian Hanson on cello.

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 (

** Newark Cohousing Information Session – Open to All
Intentional, Sustainable, Multi-Generational, Privately-Owned, Socially Connected Dwellings
Everyone is welcome to attend an information session to learn more about cohousing. The session will include a brief overview of the cohousing concept along with a project update. There will also be plenty of time for discussion and answering any questions.

Wednesday, May 1^st, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Offered In-person and via Zoom
Newark United Methodist Church
69 East Main Street, Newark
Attend the meeting IN-PERSON: click here to register (
Attend the meeting via ZOOM: click here to request the meeting link (

** Your Service Auction Checklist

* Tickets: purchasing tickets in advance is recommended because it gives us an accurate head count needed to purchase and prepare enough food for everyone. Buy yours with cash or check on the next two Sundays, or click the link below to get yours today:

Get your tickets HERE (
* 50/50 Tickets: cash only, available for purchase on the next two Sundays, or at the Auction. (FUN FACT: rather than writing your name & contact info on the back of each tiny ticket you buy for the 50/50, you can use address labels!)
* Donations: donations are still being accepted! Contact the Team to let them know what you will be donating to the Auction. Click the link below.

Make your donations HERE (
* Catalog: want to get a sneak peek at what’s up for bid this year? Click the link below to browse the catalog and see all the great deals! (Note: catalog is current as of April 25th; we’re still accepting donations so a final version will be available a few days prior to Auction Day.)

Service Auction Catalog – take a look! (
* Proxy Voting: unable to attend the auction but still want to make some bids? No problem – we’re offering proxy voting. Just click the link below and provide an item description and your maximum bid, and we’ll take it from there!

Make your bids by Proxy HERE (
There will be a brief meeting this Sunday for the Auction committee members and volunteers to confirm and finalize details. Join us after church service in the conference room. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please let Janice Buckwalter ( know.

If you have questions about the Auction, don’t hesitate to contact the church office ( , or our Auction Specialist, David Bonner ( .

** 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.

** Meadow News & Events
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.

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!
To learn more about Delaware Nature Society and their plant sale, and to view their catalog, click HERE (
*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.

We’ve made some great progress preparing our flower beds and now we need some plants! We also want to add more native wildflowers to our meadow areas. Here are the names of some great native wildflowers that our pollinators will love and that will also make our grounds beautiful:
Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa), Bee Balm (Monarda sp.), Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis), Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta or Rudbeckia fulgida), Blue False Indigo (Baptisia australis), Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis), Joe Pye Weed (Eutrochium (Eupatorium) dubium), Swamp Rose-Mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos), New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae), New York Ironweed (Vernonia noveboracensis), Common Sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale), and Sweet Goldenrod (Solidago odora).

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.

Have we got an invasive for you: Garlic Mustard
Easy to identify and quick and easy to pull, Garlic Mustard is an invasive weed that you can spend just a few minutes with and make a big difference to the ecosystem. Plus, you can simply drop the plant where you pulled it and let nature break it down and decompose it. If you come out Wednesday evenings (starting at 5:30 to dusk), we can show you this and other invasives that we would love help in getting rid of.

Composting Do’s and Don’ts

We thank you for adding organic materials to our compost bin!
Our bin is a dual chamber unit and there is a right way and a wrong way to use it. Please familiarize yourself with the following guidelines:

* DO add material ONLY to the “+” door side. The “+” side (visible in the photo) is for ‘new’ compost material while the other side is where material is close to being ready. We don’t want to mix new material with what has been composting for a while (and is therefore almost ready to use).
* DO be aware that the door is moved regularly as material is added and removed, so….
* DON’T look for the left or right side…look for the “+” side!
* DON’T place bags of any kind into the compost unit. The process works better without even compostable bags, so…
* DO dump loose materials right in, and recycle any bags separately. And…
* DO remove all self-adhesive tags & stickers from fruit & vegetable peels and rinds – this material does not compost.

Thank you for your participation and support! See or contact Jamie Kegerise ( with any questions.

** News from UUDAN
From Shweta Arya, Co-Facilitator of People for Offshore Wind Energy Resources ( (POWER) ( , recently shared an update to members and supporters of Unitarian Universalist Delaware Advocacy Network (UUDAN) regarding bill SB265- DE Energy Solutions Act ( which will pave the way for Delaware to have its own offshore wind project. The next 60 days will be crucial to get this bill across the finish line, and you can help by writing to your legislator stating your support of OFW. Use the link below to send your letter quickly and easily.
Take just TWO MINUTES and write to your legislator HERE (
Q: Why is offshore wind a good idea? What are the advantages? What about environmental concerns?
A: Click here for the answers to these questions and more by accessing an Offshore Wind Fact Sheet (

** 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 (

** Mill Creek Annual Meeting
Sunday, June 2
After Church Service
(*note new date*)
Everyone is encouraged to attend this important meeting. We will hear committee chairs share their reports; elect new trustees and minister search committee; and adopt an annual budget. Church By-Laws give voting privileges to: Members who have made a contribution of record during the 12-month period prior to the meeting. If you’re unsure of your pledging or contribution status, contact the church office or check your Realm profile.

** 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! (

Realm is our church management software program. We use it exclusively for accounting, pledge data, membership, registration events, and more. Use the button below to access your Realm profile to make sure we have your most recent contact information, and make pledge payments and contributions.

Access your Realm profile HERE (
Fun fact: you can use Realm to set up recurring online monthly pledge payments using a credit card or your checking or savings account!
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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