Mill Creek Weekly News – January 11, 2024

** Congregational Life

** Upcoming events, meetings and news to know

** Potluck Lunch this Sunday

Plan to stay with us after church service this Sunday, January 14 for our monthly potluck lunch. Bring a main or side dish, salad, appetizer, dessert, or beverages to share if you wish. All are welcome to join us for good food and warm fellowship – whether you bring something or not.
Come for the sermon, stay for the food!

** Office Closure
The church office will be closed on Monday, January 15 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

** Settled Minister Search Committee Nominations
Yesterday we sent an email which included updated information about the nominations process: what qualifications nominees should have, what serving on the committee entails, and what the time commitment is like. You can read that email HERE ( . In addition, we want you to know that we have extended the deadline for nominations for this important committee to Sunday, February 11.

To make your nomination(s) for the Minster Search Committee, you can click the red button below. Or if you prefer you may submit your nominations on paper: look for the nomination form in Sunday’s Order of Service; completed forms should be placed in the collection box in the gathering space. Direct any questions you might have to ( .

** Meadow Work Day
Come out on
Sunday, January 21, after the Mid-Year Meeting, to work together in our meadow (weather permitting). We will be working to reduce the non-native tree saplings that have been springing up in the meadow. Please bring a change of clothes (or wear your work duds to the church service). Our next Land Stewards planning meeting will be held on Sunday, January 28, after Coffee Time in the conference room. Anyone is welcome to attend.

All are welcome to attend these gatherings. Contact Jamie Kegerise ( with any 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, January 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 (

** Winter Coat Drive Now through January 31st
The Social Justice Committee continues their collection of new and/or gently used cold weather items for both adults and children including coats, scarves, hats, and gloves. This is the perfect opportunity to give new life to unneeded and seldom used items.

Adult items will be donated to the Ministry of Caring Distribution Center ( in Wilmington. Children’s items will be donated to St. Michael’s Preschool and Nursery ( .

Now through January 31st, you can support this project by placing your clean, new or gently used items in the box labelled “COAT DRIVE” located in the gathering space.
Thank you for your generosity and participation.

** Storm Preparation: Before, During and After
Severe weather can strike suddenly, and frequently, as the recent spate of winter storms tells us. The optimal time to prepare for a storm is before it hits – but there are things you can do to improve your safety both during and after the storm as well as before.

Current Delmarva Power customers can take advantage of their mobile app or text alerts, but they also offer several useful storm readiness recommendations and safety guidelines, including information about how to protect your appliances and electronic equipment, using generators safely and properly, and more – and you don’t have to be a current Delmarva Power customer to access this information.
Click HERE to learn more (

** Speaking of Stormy Weather…
Please take note of our Church Cancellation Procedures and Notification Methods.
We never want to cancel our Sunday morning services, classes, or any event due to inclement weather. However, we also want everyone to be safe, so on occasion, we must – from an abundance of caution – cancel. Board policy leaves the decision to 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.

So, particularly now through March, if the weather calls for any kind of dangerous precipitation, please check your inbox or the above media.

We want everyone to be safe this winter!

** Get Ready for Souper Bowl Sunday

February 11th

The Social Justice Committee will be supporting the Food Bank of Delaware with a canned food drive for Souper Bowl Sunday. It’s a few weeks away but we wanted to give you plenty of notice so you can shop for the best deals in canned soups, fruits & vegetables, beans, and other foods. We will let you know when you can bring in your donations.

** 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. (

** 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! (

** Free Energy Conservation Workshop this Month

The Newark Interfaith Green Team invites everyone to attend a fun and educational workshop which will provide energy conservation tips and information about additional programs. Offered in person and on Zoom (email ( for the link). Attendees will receive a free weatherization kit in the mail after the workshop.

Date of Workshop:
Tuesday, January 30, 7:00 pm – 8:00 m.

New Ark United Church of Christ
300 E. Main Street
Newark, Delaware

** Sunday Worship Service Information
January 14, 2024
10:30 am

On the Sunday before Martin Luther King, Jr. day, we take a moment to remember his dream, think about how we have and have not lived into it, and consider what our dreams should be today. Join Rev. Christian Schmidt for his sermon, ‘Beyond the Dream.’

Music for this service will be performed by Lara Vercher and Aaron Walker. Lara Vercher is a clarinetist and educator from Spain, located in Wilmington, Delaware. She performs with the Center City Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Newark Symphony, the Enon Tabernacle ensemble, and with her own world music projects under Lara Vercher Duo/Trio. Drummer, percussionist, and educator Aaron Walker performs regularly at churches and other venues on the east coast. He is a native of Memphis, Tennessee. He teaches privately and works as a freelance musician playing different styles of music. Lara and Aaron’s latest musical project includes fusing jazz, classical and gospel music.

The service will be followed by our monthly potluck lunch for all to enjoy.

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
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

** Newark Parks & Recreation Releases Winter/Spring Activity Guide
Newark Parks & Rec ( has been part of the Newark community for 54 years. Their winter/spring activity guide is a comprehensive treasure trove of information about events, classes, trips, walking trails, summer camps, and more.
View the 37-page Activity Guide HERE (

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

** Article II Study Commission Reflects on Progress Made

UU World senior editor Elaine McArdle reports on the progress made by the Article II Study Commission progress.

Opportunities for Connection: Central East Region Update


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