Mill Creek Weekly News – March 28, 2024

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** Congregational Life
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** Upcoming events, meetings and news to know
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** Coming Soon: Children’s Vegetable Garden
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The Children’s Faith Exploration Program and the Land Stewards are working together to create a raised bed garden area where the children will grow vegetables and flowers. Two 12’ x 3’ galvanized raised beds have been ordered and are in transit to the church. These will be installed inside the playground fenced area, and we have garden soil that should arrive around April 5. Plans are also being made to add fencing (to keep out deer) and maybe a storage shed for the John Deere tractor and for gardening tools.

Thanks to Ann Draper, Anna Hull, Lisa Steinberg, Russell Palmer, Stephen Janick, Isabella Weber, Margaret Borrer, Roy Draper, David Bonner, and Jamie Kegerise for their contributions of time, talent, and resources to this project.

** WANTED: Donated Garden Tools
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Almost everything needed to complete this project is in place – with one exception: basic garden tools. Please let us know if you can support this project by donating your unused or unneeded garden tools. See or contact Jamie Kegerise (mailto:Jamie.NewarkCoho@gmail.com)

** Meadow News
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Wednesday Evening Meadow Work Resumes
Next Wednesday, April 3 at 5:30 pm begins our weekly evening work effort that will run through the end of October. You don’t need to be a meadow worker bee to come out and enjoy some social time with us in the meadow. – everyone is welcome! NEW THIS YEAR: we will be adding a Pizza & Beverage Social every second Wednesday at 7:00 pm for members and friends. Come and join us!

Raw Materials Needed
We are looking for shredded leaves and coffee grounds to mulch and nurture the trees we have planted over the last few years. This is the time of year when many of us are clearing out our own gardens, and often there are leaves that we could recycle in the meadow. Please put any bagged leaves by the shed in the playground area.

Adopt-a-Bed
If you like to garden, we have several garden beds that would be perfect for individuals or small groups to “adopt” by providing periodic clean up and weeding. Let us know if you’re interested.

Youth Service Hours
If you need a way to get your kids away from their screens and out into the fresh air – we have plenty of chores to keep them busy, and they can earn service hours while doing it. If you know any school-age youth who need service hours (or even those that don’t), send them our way!

Contact Jamie Kegerise (mailto:jamie.newarkcoho@gmail.com) or Amy White (mailto:amywwhite@comcast.net) with any questions.

** Church Social Events
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Drum Circle

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 (mailto:saradurham88@gmail.com) with questions.

Saturday Evening Potluck
Everyone is welcome to join us for an evening Potluck Dinner on Saturday, April 13 at 5:00 pm. Bring a main or side dish, salad, appetizer, dessert or beverage to share. See or contact Fran Gulino (mailto:frangu302@gmail.com) with questions.
And speaking of Social Events…

Fran Gulino is forming a new social events committee. The first order of business is to check in with all of you to learn about the kinds of social activities you would enjoy so that the committee can best figure out what to organize. To help with that, please take just a few moments to complete a very short, simple, anonymous* survey.

See or contact Fran Gulino (mailto:frangu302@gmail.com) with questions about the committee or the survey. Thank you!
Complete the social events survey HERE (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfLWouztHucpV5Hz6DpI2vr4WrhzDBWuAi3SXdXGqseerozSw/viewform)
*This survey is anonymous – respondent names are not requested/required and email addresses will not be captured.

** Mill Creek Service Auction 2024!
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Mark your calendar now so you don’t miss Mill Creek’s largest fundraiser! Tickets on sale soon.

In the meantime….what will you donate this year?
Have questions about the Auction? Access our FAQ page HERE! (https://www.uusmc.org/wp-content/uploads/Service-Auction-2024-FAQ.pdf)

** 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) .

** 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, April 17 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)

** Summer Camp Opportunities
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The Rowe Center is a UU camp and conference center located in the Berkshires of Rowe, Massachusetts. Their summer camp programs for ages 8 through HS graduation are fun, safe and inclusive, and grounded in UU values. They believe every young person should have the opportunity to experience summer camp and are committed to making their camps more accessible and inclusive by offering diversity and inclusion scholarships.
Learn more and register HERE (https://rowecenter.org/)

** 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)

** UD Sustainability and Climate Change Symposium
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The University of Delaware Office of Sustainability invites you to a Symposium and Teach-In on Tuesday, April 16, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Trabant Student Center in Newark. Scan the QR code to register, or click the link below.
Register for the UD Symposium HERE (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSclTecrrPY7cxrtrrtQ0FVBNbGbyTwvZBU_YEfZjiNRAsbXcQ/viewform)

** Sunday Worship Service Information
March 31, 2024
10:30 am
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As the Earth reawakens from the bonds of winter, this can be a time to pause and remember what’s truly important and meaningful about our lives. We can renew and perhaps revise our commitments to the way we want to be in the world. Join returning guest minister Rev. Kim D. Wilson for her sermon, “The Gift of Renewal.”

A life-long UU, Rev. Kim received her Master of Divinity degree from Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in 2000. After completing her internship at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, she received Preliminary Fellowship from the UUA and was ordained in 2001. She served the Shoreline UU Society in Madison, Connecticut for 6 years and during that time was granted full Fellowship. Following her ministry in Connecticut she served the UU Fellowship of the Poconos, and Schuylkill UUs, both in Pennsylvania. She has also served locally, regionally, and nationally in several capacities in support of the UU ministry. Currently, Rev. Kim is the minister at Unitarian Universalists of Central Delaware (UUCD) in Dover.

Music for this service will be performed by Emily Fareed and Ruby Kules. Emily Fareed (she/her), originally from New York State, obtained her Bachelor of Music in Choral/General Music Education (K-12) from the University of Delaware in 2021. She now teaches music and general education at Wilmington Friends Lower School. Emily sees music as a gift that she can share with her community, using it as a tool to deepen love, closeness, understanding, and connection to spirit. Ruby Kules (she/her) was born and raised in the All Souls Unitarian Congregation in Washington, DC. She discovered her love of working with young folks while attending Mount Holyoke College and teaching RE at a UU Society in Northampton, MA. Ruby believes that through making music with others we create sanctuary and allow ourselves to heal and grow.
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
Connect with the UUA, Delmarva Cluster, and Central East Region

** Learn More About the Unitarian Universalist Association
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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 (https://www.uua.org/beliefs/what-we-believe/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 (https://www.uua.org/uuagovernance/elections) President (https://www.uua.org/uuagovernance/officers/president) , Moderator (https://www.uua.org/uuagovernance/officers) and Board of Trustees (https://www.uua.org/uuagovernance/board) . These leaders are elected every few years by congregational delegates at the annual General Assembly (https://www.uua.org/ga) 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 (https://www.uua.org/uuagovernance/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.​
Learn more about the UUA — click here (https://www.uua.org/)

** Still Unsure about the Article II Study Commission?
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If you’re unsure about the Article II Study Commission and related proposals, you are welcome to attend a Zoom meeting, “A Conversation About the Proposed UUA Article II Update” on Monday, April 1st at 7:00 PM EDST featuring guest speaker Rob Spirko, co-chair of the Article II Study Commission.

We will hear how and why we have an update for the UUA Bylaw Article II. We will also go through the proposal to better understand what is in the update and how it compares to the existing Article II. There will be some slides to help us with the four amendments – the “Peace as a UU Value” amendment came from our Delmarva Cluster.
Attend the Zoom meeting HERE (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81837308526?pwd=RXp2aTJPK1FBOWY0bWgxUkNPd1k2QT09)

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

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Opportunities for Connection: Central East Region Update
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MARCH 2024

Featured Resource:
Amplifying the Change

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-324)

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