Mill Creek Weekly News – February 1, 2024

** Congregational Life
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** Upcoming events, meetings and news to know
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** Concert this Friday: Bill Evans & Alan Munde
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Bill Evans is an internationally recognized five-string banjo life force with a music career that spans over 35 years. As a performer, teacher, writer, and composer, he brings a deep knowledge, intense virtuosity, and contagious passion to all things banjo, with thousands of music fans and banjo students all over the globe. Alan Munde is one of the most highly respected and best-loved banjo players in the world. A master of both melodic and traditional Scruggs styles, Alan has performed and taught music professionally for over 40 years. Munde gained fame as a member of Country Gazette and for his albums with Sam Bush and the Kentucky Colonels, and his own highly influential solo albums.

Bill Evans & Alan Munde performing here at Mill Creek:
Friday, February 2nd – 8:00 pm

Tickets on sale at the door: general public, $25; seniors, $20; students w/ID, $15; ages 17 and under, FREE

Brought to you by Brandywine Friends of Old Time Music (https://brandywinefriends.org/)
Take a listen HERE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFP8Dfb5u1A)

** Settled Minister Search Committee Nominations
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The deadline for nominations for the Settled Minister Search Committee is Sunday, February 11.

To make your nomination(s), click the red button below. Direct any questions you might have to nominatingcommittee@uusmc.org (mailto:nominatingcommittee@uusmc.org) .
Make your nominations HERE (mailto:nominatingcommittee@uusmc.org

** Souper Bowl Canned Food Drive Now through Sunday, February 11
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The Social Justice Committee is supporting the Food Bank of Delaware (https://www.fbd.org/) with a canned food drive for Souper Bowl Sundays. We are accepting donations now through Sunday, February 11. Start your shopping now for canned soups, fruits & vegetables, beans, and other non-perishable foods. Look for the collection bin in the gathering space. Thank you for your support!

** Learn How to Prune a Fruit Tree
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Join us on Saturday, February 10 at 9 am, and Sunday, February 11 after church, when we prune our Asian Pear trees. Bring a pair of pruning shears and dress for the weather, and we’ll show you how it’s done.

** Environmental Justice Seminar
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Everyone is welcome to join the Social Justice Committee on Thursday, February 15, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, when they host State Representative Larry Lambert, 7th District, and his message, “Striving for Environmental Justice: Advocacy & Policy.” Refreshments and discussion follow. This is a free, drop-in event. Bring a guest!

** Adult RE Opportunity: Spiritual Growth through Poetry
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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, February 21 and continuing on the third Wednesday of each month through June. Contact Rev. Christian (mailto:minister@uusmc.org) with questions.
Attend Lectio Divina – click HERE for the Zoom link (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83227623145)

** Volunteer Opportunity
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Family Promise of Northern New Castle County (https://www.familypromisede.org/) takes a holistic approach to the issue of homelessness by providing diversion services to keep families out of shelter; shelter and case management services for those who become homeless; and stabilization programs to help them remain independent once permanent housing is secured. Currently their Hospitality Center (the fomer Jesus House off Milltown Road) shelters up to 8 families (34 adults and their children).

Since 2008, Mill Creek has been providing financial and volunteer support to the Family Promise organization. Family Promise’s service model is based upon utilizing local congregations to provide food and dinner each week for those who are in shelter. We support St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in this endeavor 4 weeks a year. During each of these 4 weeks, Mill Creek is responsible for providing 4 families with groceries for breakfast and lunch (costing approx. $900). Our volunteers also cook and serve dinner on Tuesday and Thursday evenings these weeks. The best part of volunteering is joining the families for dinner and conversation and maybe engaging the children in a game or activity, giving parents a little downtime. Additional volunteers are needed, especially for our June and July hosting dates. Orientation will be provided! Contact Chris Reynolds (mailto:reynoldschristine0@gmail.com?subject=Family%20Promise) for more information.

Our schedule for 2024:
Groceries: February 25, June 2, July 21, and October 13.
Dinners: February 27 & 29, June 4 & 6, July 23 & 25, and October 15 & 17.

** Save the Date:
Mill Creek’s Annual Service Auction
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Saturday, May 11
Mark your calendar now!

** Unity Youth at Mill Creek
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The Art Lab and Youth Lounge (blue room) are open exclusively for teens every Sunday, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. ALL TEENS are welcome to be a part of Unity Youth to drop in and create — or just hang out. Bring a friend!
Have questions or want more info? Click Here. (mailto:arts@uusmc.org)

** Current Share Our Plate Recipient
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We regularly donate a portion of our undesignated plate collection to a local charity or non-profit organization. For the months of January and February we are supporting:

Independent Living for Young Adults (ILYA)
A Program to Support Youth Aging Out of Foster Care
Independent Living for Young Adults is a social justice program serving young adults who are transitioning from the foster care system into independent living. This program is led by members of First Unitarian Church of Wilmington with assistance from the Mill Creek and Newark (UUFN) congregations. The ILYA program offers a wide array of services to support these young adults, such as Student Care Packages, New Apartment Kits and Furnishings, Holiday Giving, Educational Support, Emergency Grants, and more. Since 2005, ILYA has been providing support to help young adults feel part of a caring community and offers resources to increase their chances for future success.
Learn more about ILYA here (https://firstuuwilm.org/connect/ilya-independent-living-for-young-adults-a-program-to-support-youth-aging-out-of-foster-care/)
Support this organization with your online donation HERE. Be sure to select ‘Share Our Plate’ as the giving fund. Thank you! (https://onrealm.org/MillCreek/Give)

** Church Cancellation Procedures and Notification Methods
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Board policy leaves the decision to cancel Sunday service with the minster and the board president. We always endeavor to make such decisions in a timely fashion. If the decision to cancel is made we will: send out an email to all congregants, and post notice on Facebook (both the public and private UUSMC pages).

We are also linked with the local SnoWatch system. SnoWatch reports are broadcast on 1150 AM WDEL and 93.7 FM WSTW and are available online at wdel.com (https://www.wdel.com/features/wdel-stormwatch/) and wstw.co (https://www.wstw.com/wstw-stormwatch/) m (https://www.wstw.com/wstw-stormwatch/) ; these links will be available on the church website, uusmc.org (https://www.uusmc.org) . SnoWatch reports can also be accessed by downloading the WDEL and WSTW apps on your preferred device.

If the weather calls for any kind of dangerous precipitation, please check your inbox or the above media.

** Annual Giving Statements
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Statements reflecting financial support for calendar year 2023 have been sent by email. Please check your inbox for your statement; contact the church office (mailto:administrator@uusmc.org) with any questions.

** Sunday Worship Service Information
February 4, 2024
10:30 am
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There are so many kinds of love in the world: romantic, friendly, charitable, familial. And we need them all in order to help one another and our world. Join Rev. Christian Schmidt for his examination of the concept of love in his sermon, “Love, Love, Love.”

Music for this service will be performed by Juliana Bullis. Julianna (Jules) is a Baltimore native, raised in the First UU Church of Baltimore by her grandparents, who were fierce social justice advocates and music lovers. She has been playing piano since she was nine and ukulele since thirteen, both primarily self-taught. She is a junior studying music education at the University of Delaware with a concentration in vocal/choral performance and plans to become a middle school teacher. She is passionate in the belief that music exists innately within us all and will nurture that seed in as many people as she can. Jules is thrilled to be joining you at today’s service and hopes to continue her involvement with Mill Creek, both musically and to further her own spiritual exploration.

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 (https://www.uusmc.org/news/calendar/) (https://www.uusmc.org/news/calendar (https://www.uusmc.org/news/calendar/) )

Sunday Livestream – CLICK HERE (https://zoom.us/j/97806427419)

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 (https://onrealm.org/MillCreek/SignIn)
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
minister@uusmc.org (mailto:minister@uusmc.org)
979-450-2477 (cell)
To request a teleconference, or an in-person or Zoom meeting with Rev. Christian – CLICK HERE (https://calendar.google.com/calendar/u/0/appointments/schedules/AcZssZ1ETx17XToDEx3GC5293hfnHTj-VJpBMu_m7SpHkuCcHozb-ceUiT3H-hDGLbziPku9hYBquodp)
Debra Damiani, Congregational Administrator
Monday 9 am to 2 pm, Monday-Thursday
administrator@uusmc.org (mailto:administrator@uusmc.org)
302-369-2712

** Happening in Our Local Community
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** Black History Month Kick-Off Celebration this Saturday
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New Castle County kicks off Black History Month with a celebration exploring the deep impact of Delaware African American trailblazers featuring performances, demonstrations, history displays, information tables, and more. This free event also provides the opportunity to support local Black-owned small businesses.
Saturday, February 3
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Walnut Street YMCA
1000 N. Walnut Street
Wilmington, Delaware
Learn more about this event HERE (https://www.newcastlede.gov/930/Celebrate-Black-History-Month)

** News from the UUA, the Central East Region, and the Delmarva Cluster
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** 30 Days of Love 2024
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Imagining an Interdependent Future
January 15 – February 14

30 Days of Love is an annual month of spiritual nourishment, political grounding, and shared practices of faith and justice that takes place from Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January 15) through Valentine’s Day (February 14).
Learn more about it HERE (https://sidewithlove.org/30-days-of-love-2024)

https://www.uua.org/central-east

**
Opportunities for Connection: Central East Region Update
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JANUARY 2024

The 1000+ Unitarian Universalist congregations in North America are grouped into 5 regions: Pacific Western, MidAmerica, Southern, Central East, and New England. The Unitarian Universalist Society of Mill Creek (UUSMC) is part of the Central East Region. To learn more about what’s happening in our region, click the button below.
Opportunities for Connection – click here to learn more (https://www.uua.org/central-east/blog/opportunities-124)

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