Mill Creek Weekly News – February 15, 2024


** Congregational Life

** Upcoming events, meetings and news to know

** Environmental Justice Seminar Tonight
The Social Justice Committee welcomes everyone this evening at 7:00 pm when we welcome Larry Lambert ( , Delaware State Representative, 7th District, and his message, Striving for Environmental Justice: Advocacy and Policy.
Our program begins at 7:00 and is free and open to the public, so please invite your friends, family members, and neighbors, and share on your social media platforms. Coffee and cookies will follow the message, along with discussion time. Each month will feature a different topic delivered by a speaker with expertise in that area. Contact Frank Burns ( with questions about this event.

Join us and find out what we can do
to help make our world a better place for all.

** More Social Justice Committee News…
Souper Bowl Sunday was a Success! Thanks to congregational support and generosity, we collected and delivered over 100 non-perishable food items for the Food Bank of Delaware.
Children’s Book Drive With thanks to Chitra Vaidy, the team is bringing back this ongoing collection of children’s books to be distributed to Nemours Children’s Health. Look for the collection box in the cloakroom.
Meeting Everyone is welcome to join the team for their meeting today after service this Sunday, February 18, the conference room.

** Land Stewards Activities
Our Asian Pear trees were successfully pruned on Saturday, February 10, thanks to volunteers Roy Draper, Jaime Kegerise, and Bob Vargas.

We invite you help us prepare for the annual mowing of the meadow. We will be working on removing invasive plants and tagging trees this Sunday, February 18 and Sunday, February 25 (weather permitting). The work will commence after coffee time, so maybe bring a change of clothes so you don’t get grass stains on your Sunday best. Contact Jamie Kegerise ( with questions.

** 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, February 21 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 (

** Volunteer Opportunity: Family Promise

Family Promise of Northern New Castle County ( 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 former 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 ( 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.

Family Promise Impact 2023: By the Numbers
* 134 families comprised of 463 adults and children served
* 22,000+ meals provided
* 97 days on average to secure housing
* 93% positive outcomes

“Family Promise was more than a program, they were a blessing. I’m proud of my accomplishments and who I have become, thanks to Family Promise.”
(from Sherman’s Journey Home ( )

** Workshop Series Based on the UU Common Read 2023-2024
Announced at General Assembly 2023 (and shared with you in our email on August 17, 2023), On Repentance and Repair, Making Amends in an Unapologetic World by Danya Ruttenberg offers a glimpse into one of our faith’s foundational sources, Judaism. Readers explore our own call to be accountable in these modern times as we follow Rabbi Ruttenberg into a framework for making amends offered by the 12th century Jewish physician and scholar, Maimonides.

Rev. Kim D. Wilson, minister of UUCD (Unitarian Universalists of Central Delaware), and Andrea Harding, Director of Religious Education at UUFN (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark) warmly invite all members and friends of UU congregations in the Delmarva Cluster to attend a virtual two-part workshop series on Wednesday, February 28, and Wednesday, March 6, 7:00 to 8:30 pm. This series invites participants to apply On Repentance and Repair to their own experiences of harm and repentance in interpersonal relationships as well as in community.
Learn more about the UU Common Read HERE (
Buy the Book HERE (

** Save the Date:
Mill Creek’s Annual Service Auction

Saturday, May 11
Mark your calendar now!

** 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 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 (
Support this organization with your online donation HERE. Be sure to select ‘Share Our Plate’ as the giving fund. Thank you! (

** Church Cancellation Procedures and Notification Methods
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 ( and ( m ( ; these links will be available on the church website, ( . 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.

** Unity Youth at Mill Creek

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. (

** Sunday Worship Service Information
February 18, 2024
10:30 am

Awe imbues us with a different sense of ourselves — one that is smaller, more humble and part of a greater wholeness. It can also be a powerful source of healing. Join our guest speaker, Rev. Kim D. Wilson, as she guides us through an exploration of the connections between experiences of awe and altruism, a feeling of attunement with humanity, and other positive effects on our mental and spiritual well-being.

A life-long UU, Rev. Kim received her Master of Divinity degree from Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in 2000. After completing her internship at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, she received Preliminary Fellowship from the UUA and was ordained in 2001. She served the Shoreline UU Society in Madison, Connecticut for 6 years and during that time was granted full Fellowship. Following her ministry in Connecticut she served the UU Fellowship of the Poconos, and Schuylkill UUs, both in Pennsylvania. She has also served locally, regionally, and nationally in several capacities in support of the UU ministry. Currently, Rev. Kim is the minister at Unitarian Universalists of Central Delaware (UUCD) in Dover.

Music for this service will be performed by Sharon Sable and E. Shawn Qaissaunee. Sharon and Shawn create a beautiful soundscape that is both bold and understated, appealing to music lovers of all kinds. The musical paths that have brought them together weave elements of jazz, R&B, world, pop, and much more into their memorable and engaging performances. They are both based in Wilmington, Delaware and are fixtures on the region’s music scene. Sharon is known for her sincere and exquisite vocal prowess. Shawn is known for his musical virtuosity, sensitivity and spirited creative energy in the jazz tradition. Sharon and Shawn are both passionate musicians and educators, dedicated to their shared path of inspiration, hope, humor and love.

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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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 (

** Happening in Our Local Community

** Climate 101 Workshop
Calvary Baptist Church
215 E. Delaware Avenue
Newark, Delaware
Questions about this workshop may be directed to Mill Creek member Jamie Kegerise ( .

** News from the UUA, the Central East Region, and the Delmarva Cluster

** UUA Condemns Violence Against Gaza, Urges Immediate and Total Ceasefire


The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has issued a statement reiterating its condemnation of the Israeli military’s ongoing violence against Gaza and joins again with the growing chorus of voices across the globe urging immediate and total ceasefire, the provision of massive emergency humanitarian aid, and the safe return of all hostages and prisoners.
Read the full statement HERE (

Opportunities for Connection: Central East Region Update


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 (

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