Mill Creek Weekly News – May 9, 2024

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** Congregational Life
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** Upcoming events, meetings and news to know
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** SERVICE AUCTION THIS SATURDAY!
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https://onrealm.org/MillCreek/give/AuctionTix
Come and join us for an evening of good good, fellowship and entertainment at the Service Auction, our annual fundraiser.
BUY TICKETS HERE at the advance price of $20 each through Friday, May 10th; door price is $25 each. (https://onrealm.org/MillCreek/give/AuctionTix)
This year our Silent Auction will be held IN PERSON so you can check out all the goodies up close. You will see a variety of artwork, gift baskets, cookies and other baked goods, gift cards, designer handbags, themed dinners, and MORE. Our Live Auction includes everything from various themed gatherings (movies, games, theatre, garden tours & hikes, arts & crafts) and more dinners, to fireworks, vacations and MORE!
VIEW THE FINAL CATALOG HERE of Silent and Live Auction offerings (updated!) (https://www.uusmc.org/wp-content/uploads/2024-Service-Auction-Catalog-Final.pdf)
50/50 tickets will be available for purchase on Auction Day: $5 each or 3 for $10 – CASH ONLY. Fun Fact: bring your stash of address labels with you and affix one to the back of each ticket so you don’t waste time by writing your name on each one!

The fun begins this Saturday at 5:00 pm when appetizers will be served while you peruse the silent auction offerings, followed by a delicious dinner at 5:30, and the live auction at 6:30. Come early so you don’t miss anything!
Purchases must be made by cash or check so remember….

BRING YOUR CHECKBOOK!

** Sunday Worship Service Information
May 12, 2024
10:30 am
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Join us this Sunday when we celebrate the Flower Ceremony and hear Rev. Christian Schmidt’s sermon, “All the Flowers.”

Sometimes referred to as Flower Communion or Flower Festival, the Flower Ceremony is an annual ritual that celebrates beauty, human uniqueness, diversity, and community. Originally created in 1923 by Unitarian minister Norbert Čapek of Prague, Czechoslovakia, the Flower Ceremony was introduced to the United States by Rev. Mája Čapek, Norbert’s widow (read more about it HERE (https://www.uua.org/worship/words/reading/story-norbert-capeks-flower-ceremony) ).

During the ceremony, everyone is invited to bring a flower to be placed in a shared vase. The flowers are blessed and then redistributed with each participant bringing home a different flower than the one they brought. All are encouraged to bring a flower or two from your backyard garden or favorite florist shop.

Music for this service will be performed by Trio Voz Sentimiento.

Plan to remain with us after the service for a potluck lunch!
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)

** Potluck Lunch this Sunday
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May 12

Plan to remain with us after this Sunday’s worship service for a potluck lunch. We plan on serving any food left over from the Service Auction. Attendees may also bring something to share if they wish.

** Come to a Social Justice Evening
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** Come to the Spring Craft Fair
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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 (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.

** Little Things Make a Big Difference
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Little things seem nothing, but they give peace, like those meadow flowers which individually seem odorless but all together perfume the air.
-Georges Bernanos (French author,1888-1948)

Enjoy the little things in life…this a phrase heard so often that it may have lost its meaning. That’s unfortunate because the little things in life are essential – they add up and help make us who we are. Appreciating the little things in life involves focusing our attention on what is nurturing and sustaining in our lives and just simply makes us happy while taking the emphasis away from those events that are annoying, frustrating, or hurtful. Enjoying the little things can help us to find gratitude for those everyday things that are easy to take for granted or miss altogether. Little things like:
* Aroma of something baking in the oven
* Colorful sunset
* Fresh, clean sheets on the bed
* Sounds of the rain
* Candlelight
* Birdsong
* Warmth of the sun on your skin
* Finding loose change
* Walking barefoot in the grass
* Wag of a dog’s tail
* Seasonal goodies, like summer fruit or apple cider donuts in autumn

Being mindful of the little things in life won’t stop negative events from occurring, but it may help prevent us from over-emphasizing their importance in our lives. Significant events usually occur sporadically, while small ones can happen from moment to moment. If you neglect the little things, you may miss out on enjoying a large part of your life. As Kurt Vonnegut said, “Enjoy the little things in life because one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.”
Here at Mill Creek, we have many opportunities to enjoy the little things throughout our meadows and grounds! Come out and see for yourself – won’t you consider lending a hand when the Natural Lands Steward meet? They gather every Wednesday afternoon around 5:30 pm to tend to the trees as well as our meadow and grounds. All are welcome…no gardening experience or knowledge is required. Bring your gardening gloves – we’ll show you what needs doing. Drag the kids away from their electronics and bring them!! OR – come any day of your choosing! More interested in the scenery? We happily encourage anyone who might be curious about the work we do to stop by at any time for a walkabout and reconnect with nature.

Jamie (mailto:jamie@dsofurniture.com) and Amy (mailto:amywwhite@comcast.net) are always happy to answer any questions you might have about the work they do – feel free to reach out to one or both of them.

** 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.

** 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)
Share Our Plate – March and April
We supported Limen Recovery + Wellness with our donation of $1623 which represents half of our undesignated plate collection for the months of March and April. 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 this organization HERE (https://www.limenrecovery.org/) .

** 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.

** Faith Exploration Wish List (it’s a short list!)
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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 (mailto:iceweber@gmail.com) if interested.

** 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)

** 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.

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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