Mill Creek Weekly News – May 2, 2024

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** Congregational Life

** Upcoming events, meetings and news to know

** Sunday Worship Service Information
May 5, 2024
10:30 am
The concept of the third place is simple: not home, not work, but another place to gather, to find community, to make connection. Our congregation and others like it provide something invaluable in this sense. Sociologist Ray Oldenburg said about the third place, “Those homes away from homes where unrelated people relate.” Join Rev. Christian Schmidt as he examines this concept with his sermon, “A Third Place.”

Music for this service will be performed by Bensen Kwan and Alison Janes.
A frequent and highly regarded performer at Mill Creek, Bensen Kwan 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. He is currently pursuing a masters at the University of Delaware. As Bensen is about to graduate, this will be his final time to perform for our congregation. Join us in extending best wishes and congratulations by sending a short message HERE ( .

Alison Janes is a sophomore percussion major at the University of Delaware, originally from Fargo, North Dakota. She has placed 2nd in the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Concerto Competition and will soon travel with the UD Symphony Orchestra to perform in Greece. She hopes to make a career out of playing in an orchestra and teaching private lessons.
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 ( ( ( )

Sunday Livestream – CLICK HERE (

** 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 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.

PFLAG Wilmington chapter president Jackson Salasky will join us during this Sunday’s worship service (May 5th) and say a few words about this organization and the important work they do.
Learn more about PFLAG Wilmington HERE (
Support this organization with your online donation HERE. Be sure to select ‘Share Our Plate’ as the giving fund. Thank you! (

** ***Service Auction Message Center***

* Donations Deadline: We are accepting donations through the end of the day on Sunday, May 5. Submit your last minute donations HERE ( .
* Tickets: This Sunday, April 5th is the last day to purchase with cash or check at the advance price of $20 each; or buy yours electronically HERE ( . An accurate head count is crucial to provide enough food for all – if you plan on purchasing your tickets later or at the door, let Janice Buckwalter know HERE (
* Silent Auction: items for the silent auction may be dropped off to the office, but – they must be labeled with your name!
* 50/50 Tickets: may be purchased this Sunday or on Auction Day – cash only. Tip: rather than writing your name on the back of each ticket, you can use address labels!
* Proxy Bidding: if you are unable to attend the auction but would still like to bid, contact David Bonner HERE ( with the item description & number, and your maximum bid amount.
* How to pay for your winnings at the Auction: CASH OR CHECK ONLY!!

** Come to the Craft Fair Next Month

Spring Craft Fair
Saturday, May 18
10 am to 2 pm
Mark your calendar and come check out over 30 vendors (so far!) who will sell their art, craftworks and hand-made items. 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.

Our goal is 50 vendors, so please join in on the fun with either being a vendor or volunteering on the day of the event.

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 ( as well as go to our website ( for further details.

** Meadow News & Events
How to Support Two Great Organizations: the Delaware Nature Society and Mill Creek

The Delaware Nature Society is having their annual Native Plant Sale* on Friday, May 3, 2pm-7pm (member day), and Saturday, May 4, 9am-3pm (open to the public). Location: Coverdale Farm Preserve , 543 Way Road, Greenville, Delaware.

You can support the DNS organization by purchasing a variety of plants for your home garden (flowers, grasses, ferns, trees, and/or shrubs), and add a few more to donate to the church garden!
To learn more about Delaware Nature Society and their plant sale, and to view their catalog, click HERE (
*All proceeds of the Native Plant Sale benefits Delaware Nature Society and their mission ( to improve the environment through education, conservation and advocacy. Your support of the sale helps DNS to advance this important work.

We’ve made some great progress preparing our flower beds and now we need some plants! We also want to add more native wildflowers to our meadow areas. Here are the names of some great native wildflowers that our pollinators will love and that will also make our grounds beautiful:
Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa), Bee Balm (Monarda sp.), Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis), Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta or Rudbeckia fulgida), Blue False Indigo (Baptisia australis), Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis), Joe Pye Weed (Eutrochium (Eupatorium) dubium), Swamp Rose-Mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos), New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae), New York Ironweed (Vernonia noveboracensis), Common Sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale), and Sweet Goldenrod (Solidago odora).

We’re also hoping to acquire a bird bath and some larger garden pots for the new Children’s Garden Area.

Don’t for get to join us Wednesday evenings starting at 5:30 pm to help us spruce up our meadow and native habitat areas.
Contact Ann Draper, Amy White or Jamie Kegerise with questions.

** Lunch with the Minister
Rev. Christian resumes his monthly luncheon gatherings when he brings a homemade main dish to share, usually a soup or casserole. Join him next Tuesday, May 7 at 12 noon and monthly thereafter on first Tuesdays. Feel free to bring something of your own if you wish.

** Flower Ceremony
Sunday, May 12
Photo: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City (

Bring a Flower! On Sunday, May 12, we will have the flower ceremony, a longtime tradition in Unitarian Universalist congregations. You are invited to bring one or more flowers to share as part of the ceremony on that day.

** Faith Exploration Wish List (it’s a short list!)

The Faith Exploration team has determined a need to conceal pipes and the storage of miscellaneous items under the sink in the child care room. A sink skirt (like the one in the photo) would be ideal for this purpose.

The team is looking for one or more volunteers who would be willing to donate the materials and time & labor needed for this project. Contact Isabella Weber ( if interested.

** 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, May 15 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 Annual Meeting
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 ( or check your Realm profile.

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 (
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 (
979-450-2477 (cell)
To request a teleconference, or an in-person or Zoom meeting with Rev. Christian – CLICK HERE (
Debra Damiani, Congregational Administrator
Monday 9 am to 2 pm, Monday-Thursday (
Connect with the UUA, Delmarva Cluster, and Central East Region

** UUA General Assembly 2024: All Virtual

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 (

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