Mill Creek Weekly News – February 29, 2024

Unitarian Universalist Society of Mill Creek
We are a community that invites you to awaken to love.

** Congregational Life

** Upcoming events, meetings and news to know

** Rev. Christian on Leave through Sunday, April 14
He will be back in the pulpit on Sunday, April 21. Any concerns during this absence may be directed to the church office ( or the Board of Trustees ( .
Please be aware that Rev. Christian will NOT be hosting a luncheon during March or April.

** Mill Creek Pastoral Care
Food Pantry The Pastoral Care Committee is organizing an on-site food pantry that will be available for members experiencing food insecurity. We are accepting donations of common canned foods (soups, stews, fruit, beans, vegetables, fish, chicken, broth); peanut butter; and also personal care/hygiene items (soap, toothpaste, toilet paper); and household products (laundry & dish detergent, paper towels, cleaning products). Look for the donation bin in the cloakroom.
Anyone in need can contact the church office or the Pastoral Care Committee ( ( ). The items will be boxed and either delivered or may be picked up at an arranged time.

Need for Compassionate Care Providing meals and transportation, usually on a temporary basis, are an integral part of the Pastoral Care Committee – but you don’t have to be a formal member of the committee to provide compassionate care. Anyone can help, and help is needed. Volunteers willing to assist fellow church members in any capacity, without commitment, are encouraged to contact the team for more details, (

Thank you for your support!

** Daylight Saving Time Begins!

Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 10, at 2 a.m., when we move our clocks an hour ahead, or “spring forward,” creating an extra hour of daylight in the evening and cutting morning light short by an hour. So move your clock ahead one hour before bed on Saturday night (March 9) so you’re not late for church on Sunday morning!

** Concert: Country Gentlemen Tribute Band
Brandywine Friends of Old Time Music will host the Country Gentlemen Tribute Band at Mill Creek next month. This live tribute to one of the most influential bands in bluegrass history features all-stars Mike Phipps on guitar, David Propst on mandolin, Lynwood Lunsford on banjo, Kyle Windbeck on upright bass and Darren Beachley on dobro. Vocally and musically, this ensemble puts its heart and soul into each performance.

Country Gentlemen Tribute Band
Friday, March 15, 2023
8:00 pm
Tickets on sale at the door: general public, $25; seniors, $20; students w/ID, $15; ages 17 and under, FREE.
Take a listen to the band HERE (

** Bensen Kwan Graduate Recital

We have had the pleasure of welcoming percussionist Bensen Kwan as one of our guest musicians this past year. Before completing his Master in Music degree at the University of Delaware this spring, Bensen will return to Mill Creek for one more Sunday service. Many folks have enjoyed not only Bensen’s playing, but his gentle spirit as well. If you would like to hear more from Bensen, consider attending his graduate recital.
Saturday, March 16, 5:30-6:30 pm
Loudis Recital Hall, Amy E. duPont Music Building (
(Corner of Orchard Road and Amstel Avenue, Newark)
University of Delaware

Bensen is a Houston-based percussionist who holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Houston. He has been a featured soloist with the West Point Band and U.S. Army Field Band and has been named a winner of the Mika Hasler Young Artist Competition, second prize in the Frances Walton Competition, winner of the University of Delaware concerto competition, and winner of the Philadelphia International Music Festival Concerto Competition.
Send Bensen a message of support & good wishes HERE 🙂 (

** 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 ( (clinic) on Jessup Street in Wilmington. Look for the collection box in the cloakroom.

** 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, March 20 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 (

** Rainbow Chorale to Perform at Mill Creek
Buy Tickets HERE – General Admission or Livestream (

Mill Creek’s Annual Service Auction

Saturday, May 11
Mark your calendar now!

We will soon be sharing with you the exciting details about this year’s auction, but in the meantime….what will you be donating this year?

** 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
March 3, 2024
10:30 am
Soren Kierkegaard (the “father” of Existentialism) asked: “How did I get into the world? Why was I not asked about it and why was I not informed of the rules and regulations but just thrust into the ranks as if I had been bought by a peddling shanghaier of human beings? How did I get involved in this big enterprise called actuality? Why should I be involved? Isn’t it a matter of choice? And if I am compelled to be involved, where is the manager – I have something to say about this. Is there no manager? To whom shall I make my complaint?” Join us for guest speaker Rev. Greg Chute’s exploration of “Existentialism Simplified.”

Music for this service will be performed by Isabella Weber and Cat Dukes. Isabella and Cat met working together and now they play music together! Cat plays guitar and sings for the acoustic rock band Barely a Moment and the all-perimenopausal women’s rock band The Quarterleighs. Mill Creek member, Isabella Weber, took up the violin at age 6 and has played as a soloist, and in numerous orchestras and fiddling groups. The duo met through their work in the field of sex education at Planned Parenthood of Delaware.

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 (

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 (

** 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

MARCH 2024

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