Mill Creek Weekly News – April 4, 2024

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** Congregational Life

** Upcoming events, meetings and news to know

** WANTED: Donated Garden Tools
Almost everything needed to complete this project is in place – with one exception: basic garden tools. Please let us know if you can support this project by donating your old, unused or unneeded garden tools. See or contact Jamie Kegerise ( .

** Meadow News
Wednesday Evening Meadow Work Resumes – Now through October
Wednesdays at 5:30 pm we’ll be gathering in the meadow for our weekly evening work effort, weather permitting. You don’t need to be a meadow worker bee to come out and enjoy some social time with us in the meadow – everyone is welcome! NEW THIS YEAR: we will be adding a Pizza & Beverage Social every second Wednesday at 7:00 pm for members and friends. Come and join us on April 10!

Raw Materials Needed
We are looking for shredded leaves and coffee grounds to mulch and nurture the trees we have planted over the last few years. This is the time of year when many of us are clearing out our own gardens, and often there are leaves that we could recycle in the meadow. Please put any bagged leaves by the shed in the playground area.

If you like to garden, we have several garden beds that would be perfect for individuals or small groups to “adopt” by providing periodic clean up and weeding. Let us know if you’re interested.

Youth Service Hours
If you need a way to get your kids away from their screens and out into the fresh air – we have plenty of chores to keep them busy, and they can earn service hours while doing it. If you know any school-age youth who need service hours (or even those that don’t), send them our way!

Contact Jamie Kegerise ( or Amy White ( with any questions.

** Church Social Events

Drum Circle

Join Sara Durham on Saturday, April 13, 4:00-5:00 pm for a drum circle. Beginning in June, these gatherings will occur on the second Saturday of every month. See or contact Sara ( with questions.

Saturday Evening Potluck
Everyone is welcome to join us for an evening Potluck Dinner on Saturday, April 13 at 5:00 pm. Bring a main or side dish, salad, appetizer, dessert or beverage to share. See or contact Fran Gulino ( with questions.
And speaking of Social Events…

Fran Gulino is forming a new social events committee. The first order of business is to check in with all of you to learn about the kinds of social activities you would enjoy so that the committee can best figure out what to organize. To help with that, please take just a few moments to complete a very short, simple, anonymous* survey.

See or contact Fran Gulino ( with questions about the committee or the survey. Thank you!
Complete the social events survey HERE (
*This survey is anonymous – respondent names are not requested/required and email addresses will not be captured.

** Join us for a Social Justice Evening

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. (

** Service Auction Tickets On Sale Now and On Sunday

Service Auction tickets will be available for purchase on all Sundays prior to Auction Day in the gathering space. Get yours for the advance price of $20 each which includes a delicious meal with beverages and desserts. Dietary meal options will be offered.
Or purchase yours NOW electronically – CLICK HERE (
Service Auction tickets make a great gift!
Purchase extra for family, friends and neighbors!

50/50 Raffle Tickets are also available and may be purchased on any Sunday up to and including on Auction Day: $5 each or 3 for $10 – cash or check only.
We will soon be soliciting donations of fun and interesting items, services and experiences needed to make this year’s auction a success. What will you donate this year…?

What is a Service Auction? How does it work? What should I donate? Click HERE for the answers to these questions and MORE. (

** Adult RE Opportunities
Shared Pulpit Workshop
Have you ever thought about preaching for a worship service at Mill Creek? Unitarian Universalists have a long history of inviting members to preach, in addition to our religious professionals. This spring we’re holding a class called The Shared Pulpit, where Rev. Christian and worship chair Kathie Stamm will help participants explore preaching and write a sermon, with the goal that many participants will preach and lead a future worship service.

The class is 8 sessions total from mid-April to mid-June. It is important that you commit your time and energy to the program — including doing the required writing between sessions. The classes will be a mix of in-person and virtual, with most taking place on weeknights. If you are interested or want to learn more, contact Kathie Stamm ( .

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, April 17 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 (

** UD Sustainability and Climate Change Symposium
The University of Delaware Office of Sustainability invites you to a Symposium and Teach-In on Tuesday, April 16, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Trabant Student Center in Newark. Scan the QR code to register, or click the link below.
Register for the UD Symposium HERE (

** 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 7, 2024
10:30 am
Image: Pinterest

Where do you go for inspiration when you need it? Who do you seek out to inspire you? What is the difference between seeking inspiration and finding it when you don’t expect to? While we look for inspiration in likely places such as nature, art or achievement – we often find inspiration in unlikely places and among ordinary people. Join our guest speaker Steve Mortenson for his message, Finding Inspiration in Difficult Places.

Steve Mortenson is an Associate Professor of communications at the University of Delaware where he teaches courses in emotional awareness and skilled communication. Steve has been working with ECAN (End Child Abuse and Neglect) in Tanzanian Africa for several years. His work there focuses on empowering youth (especially women and girls), combatting gender based violence, and training educators in skilled confrontation.

Music for this service will be performed by The Nearly Valentines, Chris and Jeanmarie Braddock. Chris works as a soloist and with several area ensembles, including Mosaic String Duo, Second Opinion, and The Nearly Valentines. He teaches at The Music School of Delaware, where he serves as Master Faculty and Guitar Department Head. Chris received his classical guitar performance degree from the University of Delaware and is a past recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship in music composition from the Delaware Division of the Arts. Jeanmarie is active as a violinist throughout Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. She has taught string music in northern Delaware for over twenty years and is currently a director of elementary school orchestras in the Brandywine School District. A graduate of West Chester University, she majored in voice and minored in violin. She holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology from the University of the Arts. Chris and Jeanmarie have performed together
since 2002.
Connect with Us In-Person
* Service begins at 10:30 am
* Children’s RE programming is available for ages 4 and up
* We are currently unable to offer child care (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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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
Rev. Schmidt is on leave now through Sunday, April 14. For immediate concerns, contact the church office.

Debra Damiani, Congregational Administrator
Monday 9 am to 2 pm, Monday-Thursday (
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APRIL 2024

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