Mill Creek Weekly News – June 27, 2024

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** Congregational Life
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** Upcoming events, meetings and news to know
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** Church Hike this Saturday
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EVERYONE is invited to join the Fellowship (Social) Committee this 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.
Let us know you’ll be there!
For planning purposes, we ask that you let our hike leader, Bill Reynolds, know you’re planning on joining us. Please click the button below to register easily via email.
Register for the hike – CLICK HERE (mailto:wmfxir@gmail.com)

** Sunday Worship Service Information
June 30, 2024
10:30 am
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When we know our own challenges and issues better than we know the hearts of anyone else, it’s easy to feel broken, wrong, and unworthy. How do we undo those beliefs and heal into wholeness exactly as we are? Heather Petit returns to Mill Creek this Sunday with her sermon, “Healing Into Wholeness.”

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, TN. He teaches privately and he works as a freelance musician playing different styles of music. Lara and Aaron’s latest musical project includes fusing jazz, classical and gospel music.
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
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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 down and just watch for a bit. Join us next time on Wednesday, July 3!

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

** The Work Begins
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The Ministerial Search Committee has begun its 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 questionnaire with just two short questions, followed by two more on each of the following two Sundays: July 7th and 14th.

If you’re not able to attend church this Sunday but would like to participate in week 1 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.

** 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

** Love at the Center
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New UU Statement of Values Passes after Momentous General Assembly Delegate Vote

After a democratic process involving thousands of Unitarian Universalists discussing the faith’s values and core theology over the past three-plus years, delegates at General Assembly 2024 voted decisively to approve a new statement of values and beliefs for Unitarian Universalism (https://www.uua.org/files/2023-10/a2_final_line_num_10312023.pdf) .
Learn more about it HERE (https://www.uuworld.org/articles/uua-article-ii-passes-general-assembly-result-unitarian-universalism-bylaws-vote-values-statement?_gl=1*1wekjhn*_ga*MTE5OTI2NjQyMy4xNzE4NjM4NDcw*_ga_CN7F7RET4F*MTcxOTMzNjMxOC40LjAuMTcxOTMzNjMxOC4wLjAuMA..)

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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