Mill Creek Weekly News – May 30, 2024

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** Congregational Life

** Upcoming events, meetings and news to know

** Free Jazz Concert TONIGHT!

** Sunday Worship Service Information
June 2, 2024
10:30 am

In a world constantly bombarding us with noise, what does it mean to seek out (and find) silence? Join Rev. Christian Schmidt for his sermon, “Finding Silence.”

Music for this service will be performed by returning musician Augustine (Gus) Mercante, and joined by Liliya Maslov, and Mill Creek member Brian Hanson.

Gus Mercante, countertenor, teaches voice at the Music School of Delaware. He has a B.M., vocal performance, University of Delaware; M.M., vocal performance, opera, University of North Texas; Artist Diploma, Conservatory for Music, Augsburg, Germany. He’s performed as soloist in venues and with ensembles throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Awards include Fellowship, Delaware Division of the Arts; Boston-area debut, Tanglewood Music Festival. Brian Hanson, tenor, studies with Gus. Liliya Maslov has a B.M., piano performance, Kharkov Special Music School for Gifted Children (Ukraine); M.M. with additional studies in chamber music and pedagogy, Kharkov State Conservatory (Ukraine); M.M., piano performance, Temple University. Teaching experience includes Temple University Preparatory, Temple University, Arad State Conservatory (Israel), Kharkov Special Music School for Gifted Children. She has performed duo-piano recitals; chamber music in Israel, Ukraine & the U.S.; solo recitals; duo-piano
and chamber music for WFLN radio; and has performed as Soloist with the Kharkov Philharmonic Orchestra. Awards: winner, Kharkov Piano Competition; winner, Ukrainian National Piano Competition; Israel Cultural Chamber Music Award.

Everyone is encouraged to remain with us after the service for our Annual Congregational Meeting.

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 (
Sunday, June 2
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.

** Lunch with the Minister
Join Rev. Christian on Tuesday, June 4th at 12 noon for a casual monthly luncheon gathering when he’ll bring a homemade main dish to share. This month: Broccoli Rice Casserole. Feel free to bring something of your own if you wish.

** Time to Enjoy Our Meadow & Grounds!
Come out and join the Natural Lands Stewards when they meet on Wednesdays around 5:30 pm to work in the meadow. You can plan to help by pulling invasives and other weeds, tending our young trees…or simply find a place to sit and enjoy the natural areas that the team works hard to maintain. You just might see a rainbow like the one pictured here…or any variety of wildlife. Next session: Wednesday, June 5.

Bonus: join us every second Wednesday (through October) for pizza! Join us for a slice whether you work in the meadow or not. Next session with pizza: Wednesday, June 12.

** June UUDAN Meeting: Voting Rights

Delaware currently lags far behind most other states when it comes to voting rights. From preventing all citizens from voting early via mail-in or in-person ballots, to forcing voters to register to vote far in advance of election day, to not allowing all returning citizens to cast ballots after they finish serving felony sentences, Delaware’s voting rights laws are frighteningly out of date and harmful to marginalized communities. Andrew Bernstein of the ACLU of Delaware will discuss current and planned future efforts to amend Delaware’s constitution and expand voting access to tens of thousands of voters.

Monday, June 3rd
6:30 – 8:00pm via Zoom

UUDAN – Unitarian Universalist Delaware Advocacy Network – brings the five Delaware UU congregations together. UUDAN’s 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.

** Want to perform at Big Music Sunday?
Let us know by this Sunday!
Big Music Sunday is a special service when members of our congregation perform music of all kinds, perform dance or spoken poetry and is scheduled for July 28. Anyone can participate – all ages!

Revived for the first time since the pandemic, BMS is a wonderful opportunity for anyone who would like to participate in the worship experience at Mill Creek. It’s always a special treat when our members participate in the service.

If you’d like to participate, let us know by dropping us a line HERE ( .

For planning purposes we need to know by Sunday, June 2.

** Summer Solstice Celebration
Contact Regina Guarino HERE with questions about this event (

** Church Hike this Summer

The Fellowship (Social) Committee invites everyone to join them on Saturday, June 29 at 10 am for a group hike.

We will meet in the church parking lot to hike the Pleasant Hill Paper Mill Loop trail, in White Clay Creek State Park. We will hike on dirt trails that are rocky with roots in some areas. The terrain consists of rolling hills and stream crossings via bridges. Poles are recommended if you use them. Bring water and bug spray. This 3.6-mile loop trail is generally considered a moderately challenging route and takes an average of 75 to 90 minutes to complete. Opportunity to go out together for lunch after the hike.

Contact hike leader Bill Reynolds ( with questions.

** 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.
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! (

** 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 (

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Mill Creek Staff
Rev. Christian Schmidt, Minister
In Office: Sundays & Tuesdays (
979-450-2477 (cell)
Debra Damiani, Congregational Administrator
Monday 9 am to 2 pm, Monday-Thursday (
Connect with the UUA, Delmarva Cluster, and Central East Region

** UU Climate Justice Revival

Our congregation is invited to join “Reimagine Together: from an Extractive Age to a New Era” on September 28-29—the first UU Climate Justice Revival!

Revivals will include conversations, worship, and advocacy as congregations work together to realize climate justice and collective liberation for all. The UU Climate Justice Revival will equip us to enter into a new era of climate action. Click the link to learn more.
Click HERE to learn more (

Opportunities for Connection: Central East Region Update

MAY 2024

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