Mill Creek Weekly News – March 14, 2024

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** Congregational Life
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** Upcoming events, meetings and news to know
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** Concert this Friday:
Country Gentlemen Tribute Band
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Brandywine Friends of Old Time Music will host the Country Gentlemen Tribute Band at Mill Creek next month. This live tribute to one of the most influential bands in bluegrass history features all-stars Mike Phipps on guitar, David Propst on mandolin, Lynwood Lunsford on banjo, Kyle Windbeck on upright bass and Darren Beachley on dobro. Vocally and musically, this ensemble puts its heart and soul into each performance.

Country Gentlemen Tribute Band
Friday, March 15, 2024
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 to the band HERE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-WqGstUrx0)

** Bringing Back the Church Choir
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You may be aware that we have been searching for a new Music Director/Choir Director since our return from Covid. If we were to identify a candidate for this position one of the first questions asked would be, “How big is your choir?” Quite honestly, at this point, we don’t really know how many folks would be willing to commit to two performance Sundays plus one additional rehearsal Sunday a month from September through May/June of each year. The only way we know to get a handle on the interest and willingness of the congregation members and friends to join the choir is to ask you to declare your interest and willingness to make such a commitment.

If you’re unsure, consider the following:

Q: I enjoy singing but I’m not what you call a ‘good singer.’ Would I still be welcome?
A: YES!

Q: I don’t know how to read music. Should I join the choir regardless?
A: YES!

Q: I travel a lot and might miss performances or rehearsals. Can I sing in the choir when I’m available?
A: YES!

Q: I tend to avoid commitment, and I may not want to officially join the choir. Can I sing anyway?
A: YES!

We believe that having a choir creates enhanced engagement in the service and is an excellent way to participate more fully in church life…and the joy of raising your voice and lifting the spirits of the congregation is a rewarding experience!
If you’d like to be a part of a newly reconstituted choir, click the link below.

Thank you for considering Music Ministry at Mill Creek!
I want to sing! (mailto:music@uusmc.org)
Contact Regina Guarino with any questions – click HERE (mailto:regina139@msn.com)

** Materials Needed for Raised Garden Bed
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The Children’s RE Program and the Land Stewards are planning to build a raised garden bed in the playground area where the children will grow vegetables and flowers. To construct an 8′ x 4′ bed, we need the following materials:
* lumber, or other equivalent material
* load of good quality garden soil

Please let us know if you have any of these materials to donate to the church, or if you know someone who does. Contact Jamie Kegerise (mailto:Jamie.NewarkCoho@gmail.com) or Ann Draper (mailto:anndraper@gmail.com?) with questions.

** Land Stewards News
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Upcoming Meeting
Our Lands Stewards will be meeting after Coffee Time on Sunday, March 24. Anyone with an interest in learning or helping with our grounds and native habitats is welcome to attend.

Help is Needed to Fight Cedar Apple Rust
Cedar apple rust (Gymnosporangium juniperi-virginianae) is a fungus and plant pathogen that can be destructive or disfiguring on apple, crabapple, and cedar trees. Our Eastern Red Cedar trees and shrubs have several instances of this fungus and fortunately, this is easily recognized and removed with a quick snip-snip. Our hero would need to use pruning shears and work on a step ladder. Contact Jamie Kegerise (mailto:jamie.newarkcoho@gmail.com?subject=cedar%20apple%20rust) if you can help.

** Shared Pulpit Workshop Returns
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Have you ever thought about preaching for a worship service at Mill Creek? Unitarian Universalists have a long history of inviting members to preach, in addition to our religious professionals. This spring we’re holding a class called The Shared Pulpit, where Rev. Christian and worship chair Kathie Stamm will help participants explore preaching and write a sermon, with the goal that many participants will preach and lead a future worship service.

The class is 8 sessions total from mid-April to mid-June. It is important that you commit your time and energy to the program — including doing the required writing between sessions. The classes will be a mix of in-person and virtual, with most taking place on weeknights. If you are interested or want to learn more, contact Kathie Stamm (mailto:jstamm09@comcast.net?subject=Shared%20Pulpit%20Workshop) .

** Rainbow Chorale to Perform at Mill Creek
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Buy Tickets HERE – General Admission or Livestream (https://therainbowchorale.org/power-of-pride-showcase-tickets)

** Adult RE Opportunity: Spiritual Growth through Poetry
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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, March 20 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)

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Mill Creek’s Annual Service Auction
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Saturday, May 11
Mark your calendar now!

We will soon be sharing with you the exciting details about this year’s auction, but in the meantime….what will you be donating this year?

** 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 March and April we are supporting:

Limen Recovery + Wellness
Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders are Not a Life Sentence
Since 1969, Limen Recovery + Wellness has been providing temporary sober living homes for men and women recovering from substance use disorder and mental health challenges. Based in Wilmington, Delaware, this organization provides tailored programs designed to meet every client’s unique needs focusing on positive mental, physical, social, financial, spiritual, environmental, and vocational outcomes.
Learn more about Limen Recovery + Wellness HERE (https://www.limenrecovery.org/)
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)
During the months of January & February we supported Independent Living for Young Adults (ILYA) with our donation of $1342. ILYA 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. To learn more about this organization and the way it changes lives, CLICK HERE (https://firstuuwilm.org/connect/ilya-independent-living-for-young-adults-a-program-to-support-youth-aging-out-of-foster-care/) .

** Sunday Worship Service Information
March 17, 2024
10:30 am
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Embracing the sacred feminine, for a woman, can mean finding her full place in the world. The Goddess can help men, too, detach from the unhelpful teachings of patriarchy. For everyone, it can mean a return to embracing all of life, to a deeper recognition of the beauty of Nature and a reverence for the earth. Rev. Kim D. Wilson returns to Mill Creek for her sermon, “The Celts, Nature and the Goddess.”

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 (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)

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
Rev. Schmidt is on leave now through Sunday, April 14. For immediate concerns, contact the church office.

Debra Damiani, Congregational Administrator
Monday 9 am to 2 pm, Monday-Thursday
administrator@uusmc.org (mailto:administrator@uusmc.org)
302-369-2712

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

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Opportunities for Connection: Central East Region Update
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MARCH 2024

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Amplifying the Change

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