Mill Creek Weekly News – May 16, 2024

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** Congregational Life
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** Upcoming events, meetings and news to know
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** Come to a Social Justice Evening Tonight
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** Spring Craft Fair this Saturday
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Saturday, May 18
10 am to 2 pm
Come and check out over 30 vendors who will sell their art, craftworks and hand-made items at our spring craft fair this Saturday.

Look for wooden bowls and cutting boards, resin art, sea glass art, freeze dried candy, alcohol ink art from our very own Ewa Iracka, upcycled home decor items, and MORE.
We are also hosting a Mill Creek table at this event for anyone who wants to donate their own handmade items. We already have some wonderful things like Janice Buckwalter’s hand-made blankets and jewelry, and Sara Durham’s matted photography.

Please join in on the fun and help make our event a success! See Sara Durham (mailto:saradurham88@gmail.com?subject=craft%20fair) as well as go to our website (https://www.uusmc.org/event/spring-craft-fair/) for further details.

** Sunday Worship Service Information
May 19, 2024
10:30 am
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It’s easy to be wrong, but hard to realize that you are wrong. In this month we talk about being a pluralistic community. Join us this Sunday when Rev. Christian Schmidt explores what it means to be wrong — at least some of the time — in his sermon, “On Being Wrong.”

Music for this service will be performed by Kathryn Tuttle. Kathryn is an experienced violinist, teacher and performer from Columbus, Indiana. She earned her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance at Butler University and is currently working towards her Master of Music in Violin Performance at the University of Delaware. Recently Kathryn has been performing as a section violinist for five seasons with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, an orchestra which regularly records for NAXOS Records and has won five ASCAP awards. She has performed with the Butler University Ballet Orchestra for four seasons, performing major productions with one of the top collegiate ballet programs in the nation. Outside of orchestral experience, Kathryn enjoys regularly performing chamber music with both her midwest-based and east-coast string quartets.

Connect with Us In-Person
* Service begins at 10:30 am
* Children’s RE programming is available for ages 4 and up
* Child Care NOW 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)

** Service Auction 2024 –
A Big Success!
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We want to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to anyone and everyone who participated in the Service Auction in any capacity. We would not have realized such great success without:
* OUR DONORS! Big, small and everything in-between, every donation made a difference!
* Everyone who made a purchase in the live or silent auction or made a financial donation
* All who helped set up or break down before and on auction day and afterward
* Anyone who helped sell tickets & distribute paddles
* Those who recruited and provided childcare
* Friends who shopped for and/or helped serve the food & drinks
* Helpers who organized the silent auction offerings & bidding
* Folks in charge of decorations
* Each person who assisted with data management & item catalog preparation
* People who designed and produced posters & tickets
* Anybody who helped advertise the event on social media or word-of-mouth

We are ESPECIALLY THANKFUL to event coordinator Janice Buckwalter and her son David of Bucky’s Barbeque for providing the delicious food again this year.

It was a fun and festive event with a good time had by all!

With everyone’s help we reached and exceeded our fundraising goal — $19,000+ !

** Asian Pear Tree Maintenance this Sunday
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Everyone is welcome to join us this Sunday, May 19th after coffee time to thin the fruit from our Asian Pear trees. It’s an easy task to thin the bunches of fruit with scissors or clippers, and this helps the remaining fruit to become larger and healthier. There will be experienced folks present to show you how, and this is great chance to get some fresh air and exercise. We will probably work for about an hour, but shorter work sessions are welcome!

** Free Jazz Concert at Mill Creek!
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** Big Music Sunday is Back!
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What it is: a special service when members of our congregation perform music of all kinds, perform dance or spoken poetry.
When it is: Sunday, July 28
Who can participate: anyone! All ages!
Why we love it: it is a wonderful opportunity for anyone who would like to participate in the worship experience at Mill Creek. Big Music Sunday is being revived for the first time since the pandemic and it’s always a special treat when our members participate in the service.
How to sign up: let us know by dropping us a line HERE (mailto:music@uusmc.org) . For planning purposes we need to know by Sunday, June 2.

** Summer Solstice Celebration
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Be a part of planning the upcoming Summer Solstice Celebration on Wednesday, June 19th at 7:00 pm. Requirements: attend just one meeting in June; follow up via emails.
Contact Regina Guarino HERE with your interest in planning this annual event (mailto:regina139@msn.com)

** Mill Creek Annual Meeting
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Sunday, June 2
After Church Service

Everyone is encouraged to attend this important meeting. We will hear committee chairs share their reports; elect new trustees and minister search committee; and adopt an annual budget. Church By-Laws give voting privileges to: Members who have made a contribution of record during the 12-month period prior to the meeting. If you’re unsure of your pledging or contribution status, contact the church office (mailto:administrator@uusmc.org) or check your Realm profile.

** 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)

** Lunch with the Minister
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Join Rev. Christian on Tuesday, June 4th for a casual monthly luncheon gathering when he’ll bring a homemade main dish to share, usually a soup or casserole. Feel free to bring something of your own if you wish.

** 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, May 15 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 General Assembly 2024: All Virtual
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General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Participants worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone may attend.

GA is a time to conduct business of the Association, explore the theological underpinnings of our faith, reestablish connections, and lean fully into our mission and principles.

The 63rd General Assembly will take place virtually Thursday, June 20 through Sunday, June 23, 2024.
For more information about GA programs and schedule, registration and more — click HERE (https://www.uua.org/ga)

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

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Opportunities for Connection: Central East Region Update
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MAY 2024

Featured Resource:
UUA General Assembly; CER Leadership Skill Ups
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-524)

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