Mill Creek Weekly News – June 6, 2024

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** Congregational Life
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** Upcoming events, meetings and news to know
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** Church Potluck this Saturday
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EVERYONE is welcome to join us this Saturday at 5:00 pm for a potluck dinner. Bring a main or side dish, appetizer, salad, dessert, or beverages to share if you wish. Come and enjoy good food and warm fellowship – whether you bring something or not!

** Sunday Worship Service Information
June 9, 2024
10:30 am
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Join us for Rev. Christian’s sermon, “The Creative Spirit.” The service will focus on creativity, including activities, music, and interactive exploration of the creative process in both our lives and our world.

Music for this service will be performed by Son Nguyen. Son is an 11th grade student at Christiana High School. He began his cello studies in 5th grade and currently studies privately with Dr. Lawrence Stomberg, professor of cello at the University of Delaware, through the Music School of Delaware. As an orchestral performer, he has been a member of the cello section of the Delaware Youth Symphony Orchestra for 3 years and was the 2024 winner of the DYSO Concerto Competition. Son won the position of principal cello for the Delaware All State Orchestra in 2023 and 2024 and has performed as a member of the pit orchestra at Christiana High School and the University of Delaware Summer Musical Theater program. Son has also been selected to serve as the principal cellist for the Music and Mindfulness Camp in Shenandoah Virginia from 2022-2024. In addition to his musical studies, Son is an avid photographer, and was selected to the 2024 Delaware High School Men’s Volleyball All-State team.
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)

** 2023-24 Annual Report Available Now
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The Mill Creek Annual Meeting took place last Sunday, June 2. Annual reports were available to take home. If you missed the meeting, lost your copy, or would like another quick view, click the button below.
View the 2023-24 Annual Report HERE (https://www.uusmc.org/wp-content/uploads/2024-mill-creek-annual-report-incl-budget.pdf)

** Join the Land Stewards on Wednesday Evenings
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Pizza and Drinks: Wednesday, June 12!

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.

Next Wednesday, June 12, we will bring in some pizza and drinks around 7:00 pm. Anyone is welcome to stop by and join in.

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!

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

This bunny was captured happily munching on our grass.

** Summer Solstice Celebration
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Contact Regina Guarino HERE with questions about this event (mailto:regina139@msn.com?subject=summer%20solstice%20celebration)

** Social Justice Evening
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Everyone is welcome to join us for this event:
Thursday, June 20 at 7 pm. Bring a guest!

** 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.

Contact hike leader Bill Reynolds (mailto:wmfxir@gmail.com) with 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)

** Adult RE Opportunity
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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, June 19 and continuing on the third Wednesday of each month through June. Contact Rev. Christian (mailto:minister@uusmc.org) with questions.
Attend Lectio Divina – click HERE for the Zoom link (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83227623145)

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

** UUA Featured Book
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Julia Watts Belser is the 2024 UUA General Assembly Ware Lecturer. Her book, Loving Our Own Bones, is a spiritual companion and political manifesto that cuts through objectification and inspiration alike to offer a powerful new account of disability in biblical narrative and contemporary culture. A fresh perspective of disability culture, Belser braids spiritual perspectives together with keen activist insights. Available for purchase from inSpirit Book & Gift Shop.
inSpirit: the UUA Bookstore and and Gift Shop (https://www.uuabookstore.org/Default.aspx) is located on the first floor of the Unitarian Universalist Association’s headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts. They offer books to support people of all faiths and seekers alike to engage with spiritual questions. Unitarian Universalists will find items that will help to nurture their faith, to connect with our history, and to ground and enhance our work for social justice. They also offer cards, a wide range of fair trade gifts, as well as accessories proudly bearing the Unitarian Universalist Association and Side with Love logos.

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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