Mill Creek Weekly News – June 20, 2024

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Unitarian Universalist Society of Mill Creek
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** Congregational Life
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** Upcoming events, meetings and news to know
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** Social Justice Presentation Tonight
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Everyone is welcome to join us for this event:
Thursday, June 20 at 7 pm. Bring a guest!

** Sunday Worship Service Information
June 23, 2024
10:30 am
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Join us for the largest annual gathering of UUs joining in worship. We will stream the 1 hour 18 min service in the sanctuary and include our own chalice lighting and Joys and Sorrows.

This powerful, communal worship experience will be led by Rev. Molly Housh Gordon and her message, “Weaving Our Lives.” We are all tangled up together in a great web of life that is woven with beauty and hardship, love and loss, thriving and struggle. How do we tend well to the weaving so that all of us are held in care?

A lifelong Unitarian Universalist from Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Rev. Molly Housh Gordon (https://www.uua.org/people/molly-housh-gordon) is the minister of the UU Church of Columbia, Missouri, where she is currently suing the state of Missouri for their unconstitutional abortion ban alongside 13 other multi-faith clergy co-plaintiffs. Molly is passionate about red-state UU ministry, community organizing, and mutual aid. In addition to her ministry and organizing work, Molly is a published essayist and poet completing a Doctor of Ministry in Creative Writing and Public Theology. Alongside her wonderful spouse, she is the delighted parent of two very fierce young children and one very chill old dog.
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)

** In the Meadow: Meetings, Gatherings & News
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Our next Land Stewardship meeting will be held Sunday, June 23, after Coffee Time in the conference room. We will be discussing a family habitat event we will be holding Saturday morning, September 7 (pending Board approval). We are asking for donations of home baked goods for sharing that morning. Join our meeting to learn more!

Join the Mill Creek Natural Lands Stewards on Wednesday evenings and enjoy some local nature and wildlife. We can always use some help, and we will show you what to do. But you can just stop by to say hello and look around for a while without actually pulling any invasive plants (which we do a lot of). Nature usually has something to show to you if you can slow yourself and just watch for a bit. Join us next time on Wednesday, June 26!

Please contact Jamie Kegerise (mailto:Jamie.NewarkCoho@gmail.com) or Amy White (mailto:amywwhite@comcast.net) with questions.

** Artwork in Our Sanctuary
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The art featured for the summer season includes Eunice LaFate and Jo Redbird.

Eunice LaFate is an educator, artist, former banker, human services administrator, writer, storyteller, and public speaker on Folk Art and Culture. A Jamaican-born self-taught artist, Eunice’s vibrant art in acrylic and watercolor portrays folk culture and human diversity. Eunice is the Owner of LaFate Gallery Vision Center on Market Street in Wilmington, where she offers a range of programs for children and adults.

Jo Redbird has been a member of this congregation for many years and has worked to promote the arts as therapy in the community, particularly with our youth program. Jo is active in the museum and gallery world and enjoys sharing her skills with young and upcoming artists. Bright vivid colors and nature themes are recurring elements in Jo’s artwork.

** Church Hike this Summer
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The Fellowship (Social) Committee invites everyone to join them on Saturday, June 29 at 10 am for a group hike.

We will meet in the church parking lot to hike the Pleasant Hill Paper Mill Loop trail, in White Clay Creek State Park. We will hike on dirt trails that are rocky with roots in some areas. The terrain consists of rolling hills and stream crossings via bridges. Poles are recommended if you use them. Bring water and bug spray. This 3.6-mile loop trail is generally considered a moderately challenging route and takes an average of 75 to 90 minutes to complete. Opportunity to go out together for lunch after the hike.

For planning purposes, we ask that you let our hike leader, Bill Reynolds, know you’re planning on joining us. Please use the button below to register easily via email.
Register for the hike – CLICK HERE (mailto:wmfxir@gmail.com)

** 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 May and June we are supporting:

PFLAG Wilmington
Envisioning a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed inclusive of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.
PFLAG provides support and education for LGBTQ+ individuals, their families and advocates, focusing on their unique issues and challenges, along with advocacy in our communities to change attitudes and create policies and laws that achieve full equality for LGBTQ+ people.
Learn more about PFLAG Wilmington HERE (https://www.pflagwilmde.org/home)
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)

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

** There’s An App For That!
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The UUA is using Whova (pronounced ‘HOO-vah’), the all-in-one event management platform, to enhance this year’s online General Assembly experience.

Designed like an online convention center, Whova hosts community boards, on-demand videos, a virtual exhibit hall, and an agenda of live sessions and on-demand programming. It’s where all official networking and socializing will take place for GA registered attendees. There also will be a virtual exhibition hall with “booths” offering conversation, items for sale, handouts, videos, and more. Click the links below to learn more.
Click HERE to view a short explainer video. (https://whova.com/resources/explainer-video/)
Whova works on mobile devices, desktops, and laptops (there’s an app and a web browser version). Click HERE for access. (https://whova.com/portal/uuage_202406)
Click HERE to learn more about ALL THINGS GA! (https://www.uua.org/ga?_gl=1*1i5sngv*_ga*MTg2NjczOTI1Ny4xNzEwODU3MzIx*_ga_VR20L6NSFS*MTcxODAzODgzMy4xLjEuMTcxODA0MzM2Ni4wLjAuMA..)

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

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Opportunities for Connection: Central East Region Update
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JUNE 2024

Featured Resource:
UU Climate Justice Revival
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-624)

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