Mill Creek Weekly News – January 25, 2024

** Congregational Life

** Upcoming events, meetings and news to know

** Come to a Drum Circle this Saturday!
Everyone is welcome to join Sara Durham and Andy West for a drum circle this Saturday, January 27 at 3 pm in the sanctuary. Bring your own instrument if you have one; there will be a few available for use. This event is for ALL AGES! Contact Sara ( with questions.

** Final Week for Winter Coat Drive

We’ve had a great response to this project — to date we have collected and distributed the following items: 31 coats (9 children’s), 13 jackets, hoodies & fleeces, 18 hats & earmuffs, 13 pairs of gloves, and 20 miscellaneous items (snow pants, socks, sweaters).

However – children’s warm weather items are still in great need.
This Sunday, January 28th is the last-chance-Sunday for our collection ~ but we are accepting donations through Wednesday, January 31st. Please scour your closets one last time for unwanted/unused cold weather clothing items. Or, consider purchasing something new.

The Social Justice Committee appreciates your support!

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

** Settled Minister Search Committee Nominations
We are accepting nominations for the Settled Minister Search Committee. The deadline for nominations for this important committee is 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 ( .
Make your nominations HERE (

** Land Stewards Meeting & Activities
Meeting: Join the team after Coffee Time in the conference room this Sunday, January 28. If the weather is fair, we plan to work in the meadow afterwards – everyone is welcome.

Pruning: 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.

** Brandywine Friends of Old Time Music presents…
Bill Evans & 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 (

** Get Ready for Souper Bowl Sundays

February 4 & 11

The Social Justice Committee will be supporting the Food Bank of Delaware with a canned food drive for Souper Bowl Sundays. You read that right – this year we are collecting on two consecutive Sundays: February 4 and 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.

** 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 (

** 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! (

** 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.

** Free Energy Conservation Workshop

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 28, 2024
10:30 am
Love is at the center of who we are as Unitarian Universalists. What does it mean to look at all we do and are through an ethic of love? Join Rev. Christian Schmidt for his sermon, Putting Love at the Center.
Music for this service will be performed by returning guest musician Carlos Espinoza, a senior at Cab Calloway School of the Arts in Wilmington. Carlos began playing piano at age 7 by teaching himself a few simple songs and later received formal lessons. At Cab he has performed in many concerts and accompanied different art installations. In addition to playing piano, Carlos plays volleyball at the varsity level.
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

** Volunteers Needed
Meals on Wheels volunteers deliver about 100 meals a day to homebound residents in the Newark area who, for various reasons, are unable to prepare a nutritious meal on their own. For many, this lunch time visitor may be the only person they will see that day. Meals on Wheels helps people remain independent in their homes whether they are homebound or are recovering from surgery or illness.

Meals are prepared at and delivered from the Newark Senior Center ( . Volunteers may choose to volunteer once a week, every other week, once a month or be on-call as a substitute, committing to just an hour and a half of their time. For more information call 302-737-5747, email Maura Jongebreur ( , or click the link below.
Newark Senior Center’s Meals on Wheels program info (

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

** 30 Days of Love 2024

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 (

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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