Mill Creek Weekly News – March 21, 2024

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** Upcoming events, meetings and news to know

** Rainbow Chorale Performance this Saturday
In-person tickets SOLD OUT – Livestream Only – purchase HERE! (

** Unitarian Universalist Delaware Advocacy Network Meeting

All are welcome to attend the next UUDAN monthly meeting on Monday, March 25, 6:30-8:00 pm (via Zoom) when guest speaker Mike Brickner, Executive Director, ACLU, will discuss criminal justice reform and Delaware’s probation system.
You can stay up-to-date with UUDAN’s involvement in legislative action by receiving Action Network emails. Click HERE to have your email address added to their distribution list. (
UUDAN, the Unitarian Universalist Delaware Advocacy Network, brings together the five Delaware UU congregations to engage in local legislative action. Their mission is to inform, recruit and mobilize UU advocates to work, in partnership with other advocacy organizations, for the many social justice issues in the state of Delaware. Feel free to see or contact Mill Creek member Becky Varlas ( for more information about UUDAN and the work they do.

** A Word about Church Zoom Licenses
We have reduced the number of Zoom licenses we currently hold, from 2 to 1. If you use the church Zoom account for any ongoing or future meetings, please contact the church office ( to determine if you are using the correct one. NOTE – this does NOT affect the Sunday Morning Livestream.

** Materials Needed for Raised Garden Bed
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 ( with questions.

** Lands Stewards News

Photo: A bluebird perched on one of our lampposts- a sure sign of spring! (Jamie Kegerise)
Meeting this Sunday
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 ( if you can help.

** Drum Circle Next Month

Join Sara Durham on Saturday, April 13, 4:00-5:00 pm for a drum circle. Beginning in June, these gatherings will occur on the second Saturday of every month. See or contact Sara Durham ( with questions.

** Shared Pulpit Workshop Returns
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 ( .

** Adult RE Opportunity: 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, April 17 and continuing on the third Wednesday of each month through June. Contact Rev. Christian ( with questions.
Attend Lectio Divina – click HERE for the Zoom link (

Mill Creek’s Annual Service Auction

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
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 (
Support this organization with your online donation HERE. Be sure to select ‘Share Our Plate’ as the giving fund. Thank you! (

** Sunday Worship Service Information
March 24, 2024
10:30 am

Join us this Sunday when Mill Creek member Rose Arlene Zink shares her message, “What is Family?” Rose was a member of the First Unitarian Society of Westchester (NY) until her move to Delaware in December 2021 with her spouse, Ewa Iracka, after she retired. They happily reside in Newark with their 2 dogs and 2 cats. Rose and Ewa joined Mill Creek in April 2022.

Music for this service will be performed by Small Wonder Jazz Singers, led by Marty Lassman. This choir at the Music School of Delaware is the only community jazz choir in the tri-state area. Weekly rehearsals are held on the school’s Wilmington Campus off Washington Street Extension. The choir’s repertoire ranges from Irving Berlin to jazz arrangements of classic rock songs by Billy Joel and The Carpenters. They also sing contemporary vocal jazz pieces such as Satellite which will be included in their performance this Sunday. When possible, the choir is accompanied by a rhythm section.
Soloists include Anthony Grossi (I Can’t Give You Anything But Love); Brian Drake and Athena Ruhl (Satellite); and Marty Lassman (Blue Skies).

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 ( ( ( )

Sunday Livestream – CLICK HERE (

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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 (

** Learn More About the Unitarian Universalist Association

The UUA is the central organization for the Unitarian Universalist (UU) religious movement in the United States. The UUA’s 1000+ member congregations are committed to Seven Principles ( that include the worth of each person, the need for justice and compassion, and the right to choose one’s own beliefs.

The UUA is led by the elected ( President ( , Moderator ( and Board of Trustees ( . These leaders are elected every few years by congregational delegates at the annual General Assembly ( gathering. The President is the chief executive of the UUA and its public spokesperson. The Moderator chairs the business meetings of the General Assembly and meetings of the Board of Trustees. Specialized boards, committees ( , and advisors also help lead the UUA.

The mission of the UUA is to equip congregations for health and vitality, to support and train lay and professional leaders, and to advance Unitarian Universalist values in the world.​
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Opportunities for Connection: Central East Region Update

MARCH 2024

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