Mill Creek Weekly News – July 4, 2024

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

** Congregational Life
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** Upcoming events, meetings and news to know
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** Sunday Worship Service Information
July 7, 2024
10:30 am
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You’ve probably heard it at some point in your life: be reasonable. But what happens when people — many politicians, for instance — aren’t interested in reasoning through anything? Rev. Christian returns to the pulpit and talks about this topic in his sermon, “Be Reasonable.”

Music for this service will be performed by Henry Nalker. Henry is currently a rising senior at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. He is majoring in music, and minoring in psychology. Henry developed a passion for music through his father, who is a professional musician. Henry has played piano for 17 years and thoroughly enjoys it. He likes to play all styles of music, but his favorite style is classical, popular, and standards.

Connect with Us In-Person
* Service begins at 10:30 am
* Children’s RE programming is available for ages 4 and up
* Child Care available (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 (https://www.uusmc.org/news/calendar/) (https://www.uusmc.org/news/calendar (https://www.uusmc.org/news/calendar/) )

Sunday Livestream – CLICK HERE (https://zoom.us/j/97806427419)

** Our Current Share Our Plate Recipient
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We regularly donate a portion of our undesignated plate collection to a local charity or non-profit organization. For the months of July and August we are supporting:

Black & Indigenous Birthworkers of Delaware
Supporting Families Throughout the Circle of Life
This organization believes that supporting mothers and future mothers from a whole perspective and connecting families to the lost traditional modalities will create an environment of peace. It is their mission to educate, advocate and support the entire family and community in the areas of fertility, pregnancy, postpartum, self-care healing, end of life, herbal & nutritional wellness.
Learn more about Black & Indigenous Birthworkers of DE HERE (https://traditionaldoula.com/)
Support this organization with your online donation HERE. Be sure to select ‘Share Our Plate’ as the giving fund. Thank you! (https://onrealm.org/MillCreek/Give)
Previous Share Our Plate: May and June
We supported PFLAG of Wilmington with our donation of $1231. This organization provides support and education for LGBTQ+ individuals, their families and advocates. Learn more HERE (https://www.pflagwilmde.org/) .

** The Work Begins
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The Ministerial Search Committee has begun their work and, as a first and very important step, they are collecting information from our congregation.

This Sunday’s order of service will include a second questionnaire with just two short questions, followed by two more questions on Sunday, July 21st.

If you’re not able to attend church this Sunday but would like to participate in week 2 of the questionnaire, you may contact the committee HERE (mailto:search@uusmc.org) .

** Fellowship & Fun Activity Night
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The newly formed Fellowship and Fun Committee is beginning a recurring and different monthly activity for everyone. Each month will feature a different theme or activity here at church.

Our first gathering is Tuesday, July 9 at 7pm when we will be making beaded bracelets. The bracelets you make may be taken home with you or you can leave them to be made available during Sunday services for anyone needing comfort and guidance. We’ll have beading supplies for this activity but feel free to bring additional materials if you wish. Contact Fran Gulino (mailto:frangu302@gmail.com) with any questions.
Click HERE to learn more (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfBgJzF0isPm72XiXTRJlENN6oVOBvl8bdG7_n0GqCV1kOtug/viewform)

** A Meadow a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
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This is a cheeky take on the familiar proverb involving an apple: meaning that if one eats healthy foods like apples and other fruits, one will remain in good health and will not need medical intervention as often. But the same analogy can be used when considering the act of gardening: gardening and working in your yard at home or the meadow at Mill Creek both offer a variety of health benefits, both physical and mental. Some are well known while others may come as a surprise.
* Exposure to Vitamin D This is essential for hundreds of bodily functions, like strengthening bones and the immune system. Just 30 minutes of exposure a day can produce 8,000 to 50,000 IUs of vitamin D. It also helps lower our risk of certain cancers.
* Decreased Risk of Dementia Gardening as a form of exercise improves cognitive brain function and may spur growth in the brain’s memory-related nerves. Many countries now include gardening and horticultural therapy in their dementia treatment facilities.
* Opportunity for Exercise Gardening is a wonderful way to get exercise as it uses every muscle group in the body, and you can control how much or little you get. Pulling weeds, raking leaves, reaching for various plants and tools, twisting and bending as you plant or gather vegetables – it all counts as exercise! This builds muscle strength, promotes restful sleep, increases stamina and flexibility, and helps to maintain a healthy weight.
* Reduces Stress Working outside in the yard or open space can reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety by offering the mind something else to focus on. It is mood-boosting, fights stress, increases self-esteem, and lowers levels of cortisol, a stress hormone.
* Helps Combat Loneliness For some of us, finding worthwhile socialization opportunities can sometimes present a challenge for many different reasons. Community gardens can be a fun way to engage with others while providing benefits to the area. While not exactly a community garden, the Mill Creek meadows and grounds are available to all, and we encourage everyone – church members, friends, families, neighbors – to come out and take part in our efforts to keep our property well-tended and healthy.

** Did someone say something about pizza? In the meadow??
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To enjoy some of the benefits of gardening mentioned above, join our small but dedicated (and overworked) group of people we call our Natural Lands Stewards who gather every Wednesday afternoon around 5:30-6:00 pm for about an hour or so to tend to the trees, meadows and grounds.

Won’t you consider lending them a hand? Everyone is welcome – no gardening experience or knowledge is required. Bring your gardening gloves and we’ll show you what needs doing. Or, if you’re more interested in the scenery, we happily encourage everyone to stop by at any time for a walkabout and reconnect with nature. And have some pizza…!!!

Yes, Pizza! Wednesday, July 10th we’ll enjoy pizza and beverages al fresco in the meadow (around 7:30 pm). All are welcome to join us whether you work in the meadow nor not.

Jamie (mailto:jamie@dsofurniture.com) and Amy (mailto:amywwhite@comcast.net) are always happy to answer any questions you might have – feel free to reach out to one or both of them.

** And speaking of the meadow…
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The meadow is alive with some tiny creatures who, despite their size, are an integral part of the web of life.

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 (https://onrealm.org/MillCreek/SignIn)
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
minister@uusmc.org (mailto:minister@uusmc.org)
979-450-2477 (cell)
To request a teleconference, or an in-person or Zoom meeting with Rev. Christian – CLICK HERE (https://calendar.google.com/calendar/u/0/appointments/schedules/AcZssZ1ETx17XToDEx3GC5293hfnHTj-VJpBMu_m7SpHkuCcHozb-ceUiT3H-hDGLbziPku9hYBquodp)
Debra Damiani, Congregational Administrator
Monday 9 am to 2 pm, Monday-Thursday
administrator@uusmc.org (mailto:administrator@uusmc.org)
302-369-2712
Connect with the UUA, Delmarva Cluster, and Central East Region

** Find a UU Church During Your Summer Travels
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Picture: Second Congregational Meeting House Society, Unitarian Universalist Church of Nantucket, MA

If you’re traveling this summer and would like to attend a UU church service, use the link below to view all of the 1000+ UUA member congregations. Or you can browse by state, region or even country. You can even connect with the Church of the Larger Fellowship, an online congregation.
Find a UU church HERE (https://www.uua.org/find)

https://www.uua.org/central-east

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Opportunities for Connection: Central East Region Update
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JULY 2024

Featured Resource:
Chalice Lighter Program
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 (https://www.uua.org/central-east/blog/opportunities-724)

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