Mill Creek Weekly News – January 18, 2024


** Congregational Life

** Upcoming events, meetings and news to know

** Mid-Year Congregational Meeting this Sunday, January 21
Everyone is encouraged to attend this meeting after the worship service this Sunday. We will present an update on the church budget and 2024 Generosity Campaign, share Board goals, and look to the year ahead.

** Volunteer Spotlight

A big shout out of thanks to David Bonner, Janice Buckwalter, Ann & Roy Draper, Diane Hofer, Jamie Kegerise, and Lauri & Bobby Rickard for being a part of the sanctuary chair repair brigade who reupholstered 32 chair bottoms this past Monday. We now even have some additional good chairs stored in the closet if you see any in need of replacement!

“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time;
they have the heart.”
– Elizabeth Andrew

** Settled Minister Search Committee Nominations
We are in the process of accepting nominations for the Settled Minister Search Committee. Previously we sent a detailed email which included 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 ( .

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.

** Introduction to Cohousing
Everyone is welcome to join Mill Creek member Jamie Kegerise in the sanctuary on
Thursday, January 25 at 7 pm for an informal but informative introduction to the cohousing concept, covering what cohousing is, how it benefits members, details of the current project, and Q & A time. This is a free, drop-in event for all.

** 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.

** Get Ready for Souper Bowl Sunday
The Social Justice Committee will be supporting the Food Bank of Delaware with a canned food drive for Souper Bowl Sunday on February 11th. 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.

** Brandywine Friends of Old Time Music presents…
Bill Evans and Alan Munde

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.
Take a listen HERE (

** 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 (

** 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!

** 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 21, 2024
10:30 am

This Sunday we will explore what nourishes our souls and how to allow space for those things in the midst of our busy lives. Join Mill Creek youth member Grace Urban for her message, “Nourish.”

Music for this service will be performed by returning guest musician, composer, and guitarist Kevin J. Cope. Kevin has been the recipient of the Emerging and Established Professional Awards for Music Composition as well as the Emerging Professional Award for Music: Solo Recital from the Delaware Division of the Arts and was featured on the cover of Soundboard Magazine in their 40th Anniversary Edition with a focus on composition for the guitar. He is a University of Delaware graduate with master’s degrees in composition and guitar performance and has served as the president of the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society, having just ended his eight-year tenure this season. Kevin’s many compositions and two full recordings can be purchased at and he currently teaches at the UD Community Music School and the Darlington Arts Center.

The service will be followed by our Mid-Year Congregational Meeting. All are encouraged to attend.

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 (

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