Mill Creek Weekly News – March 7, 2024

Here’s what’s happening at Mill Creek:


** Congregational Life

** Upcoming events, meetings and news to know

** Daylight Saving Time Begins This Weekend

Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 10, at 2 a.m., when we move our clocks an hour ahead, or “spring forward,” creating an extra hour of daylight in the evening and cutting morning light short by an hour. Be sure to move your clocks and timepieces ahead one hour before bed on Saturday night (March 9) so you’re not late for church on Sunday morning (or the potluck lunch afterward)!

Who came up with the brilliant idea of moving the clocks forward on the weekend…in the middle of the night? Why not move them ahead on Friday…around 4 pm?? -Anonymous

** This Sunday:
Come for the Sermon, Stay for the Food!
Everyone is welcome to stay with us after this Sunday’s worship service (March 10) to enjoy good food and warm fellowship at our potluck lunch. Feel free to bring a dish to share if you you’d like: a main or side dish, salad or appetizer, dessert or beverage.

** Concert: Country Gentlemen Tribute Band

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, 2023
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 (
Contact Regina Guarino with any questions – click HERE (

** 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 ( or Ann Draper ( with questions.

** Land Stewards News
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 ( if you can help.

** 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 ( .

** Rainbow Chorale to Perform at Mill Creek
Buy Tickets HERE – General Admission or Livestream (

** 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, March 20 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 (

** Bensen Kwan Graduate Recital

We have had the pleasure of welcoming percussionist Bensen Kwan as one of our guest musicians this past year. Before completing his Master in Music degree at the University of Delaware this spring, Bensen will return to Mill Creek for one more Sunday service. Many folks have enjoyed not only Bensen’s playing, but his gentle spirit as well. If you would like to hear more from Bensen, consider attending his graduate recital.
Saturday, March 16, 5:30-6:30 pm
Loudis Recital Hall, Amy E. duPont Music Building (
(Corner of Orchard Road and Amstel Avenue, Newark)
University of Delaware

Bensen is a Houston-based percussionist who holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Houston. He has been a featured soloist with the West Point Band and U.S. Army Field Band and has been named a winner of the Mika Hasler Young Artist Competition, second prize in the Frances Walton Competition, winner of the University of Delaware concerto competition, and winner of the Philadelphia International Music Festival Concerto Competition.
Send Bensen a message of support & good wishes HERE 🙂 (

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 10, 2024
10:30 am

Photo: Mill Creek church building under construction, approximately 2002-2003.

Whether for buildings or beliefs, deconstruction is often important and necessary. The process of taking apart beliefs we no longer affirm can be uncomfortable, and has led some of us to leave past religious communities, family, and friends. The purpose of deconstruction is to make space to build something new, but learning how to make meaning in a new way can bring its own challenges. Join our guest speaker Rev. Kristin Grassel Schmidt for her sermon, “Under Construction,” an exploration of the transformation that’s possible after deconstruction.

Music for this service will be performed by the Rainbow Chorale of Delaware. Since their humble beginnings in 1998, the Rainbow Chorale of Delaware has been an inclusive, non-profit community chorus providing LGBTQ individuals, with their friends and allies, the opportunity to perform high-quality choral music in an affirming environment that serves as a positive force for change. Learn more at

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 (

Opportunities for Connection: Central East Region Update

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.
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