Mill Creek Weekly News – November 23, 2023

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** Congregational Life
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** Upcoming events, meetings and news to know
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Happy Thanksgiving Wishes to Everyone

Your presence and support, in whatever form, means everything to this community.

May you and all those near and dear to you celebrate the day with love in your heart, faith and positivity in your mind, gratitude in your being, and peace in your soul.

** 2024 Generosity Campaign Update
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56 Pledge Units
$142,500
Thank you to everyone who has pledged their support of the 2024 pledge campaign. If you haven’t yet done so, please make your pledge by accessing your Realm profile (click the button below) or email your intended pledge amount to the church office (administrator@uusmc.org (mailto:administrator@uusmc.org) ).

Fran Gulino
Generosity Team

Have questions for Fran? You can contact her HERE (mailto:frangu302@gmail.com) .
Pledge Now! (https://onrealm.org/MillCreek/give/2024Pledge)

** Electronic Pledge Payments in Realm –
Important Things to Know
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Realm offers a convenient way to make ongoing pledge payments by setting up a recurring giving schedule. As we transition from one pledge year to the next, it is important that recurring giving schedules are accurate.

In all cases the new giving fund will need to be updated (2024 Generosity Campaign). In some cases the monthly payment amount will also need adjusting (if you’ve made an increase in your monthly payment amount for example).

Realm has implemented security measures for your protection which limit the kinds of changes we can make to your electronic payments. For more information about updating your giving schedule, CLICK HERE (https://www.uusmc.org/wp-content/uploads/Updating-Your-Pledge-Info-in-Realm.pdf) .

** Compost Bin Now Onsite and Ready for Use!
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Our new compost bin has been assembled and is now onsite and ready to use. Thanks to Jamie Kegerise (pictured above) for procuring the bin and sharing its importance and usage with the congregation.

The bin is conveniently located just outside the rear entrance. All are welcome to bring scraps from home. Please be mindful of the guidelines in the graphic below. See Jamie with questions.

** Land Stewardship Meeting Next Sunday
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Pictured: Finishing touches put on the Joey Tosh-Morelli Native Black Cherry Tree planted a couple of years ago.

All are welcome to join us on Sunday, December 3rd to discuss our meadow and grounds and to help with planning our efforts to provide attractive and healthy native habitat. We’ve been fortunate this year to have more people coming out to help, and we try to balance some work with enjoyment of nature, learning together, and enjoyment of the fellowship of each other’s company. We’ll meet in the conference room following coffee time. Hope you can join us! Contact Jamie Kegerise (mailto:Jamie.NewarkCoho@gmail.com) with questions.

** We’re Hiring!
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Would you like to hear music consistent with Sunday’s message?
Do you want to see more church members performing on Sundays?
Can you envision the return of an active choir?

All of these things can happen if we have a permanent Music Director on staff. Music has always been a big part of our story here at Mill Creek and you can help us fill the void!

Because the search is local, we will need to take advantage of every medium, network, platform, and resource to get the word out to optimize our chances of finding someone who is available and qualified. Here’s how you can help:

Use the link below to view the specifics of the position as shown on the church website. Then, feature it on your own social media platforms, share the link with friends and family, and mention the position in face-to-face conversations. Or simply encourage anyone who might be interested to contact us about the position: music@uusmc.org (mailto:music@uusmc.org)

A permanent Music Director will be a great benefit to our church’s programs and activities, and will allow us the opportunity for better long-range planning. We all have a stake – please consider how you can help.
Learn about the Music Director position HERE (https://www.uusmc.org/job-opening-music-director/)

** Unity Youth at Mill Creek
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The Art Lab and Youth Lounge (blue room) are open exclusively for teens every Sunday, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. ALL TEENS are welcome to be a part of Unity Youth to drop in and create — or just hang out. Bring a friend!
Have questions or want more info? Click Here. (mailto:arts@uusmc.org)

** 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 November and December we are supporting:

Deep Roots at Clairvaux Farm
Located on 20 acres in Cecil County, Maryland, Deep Roots serves as a homeless shelter for children and families in the community while providing case management and assistance to break the generational cycle of homelessness. Situated at Clairvaux Farm, this organization provides stable and safe transitional housing featuring private apartments for up to 12 families with children. They operate a free café, have an on-site thrift store and furniture exchange, offer after-school programing, plus a variety of support services and programs, all with a focus on their mission, “Ending homelessness one family & one child at a time.”
Learn more about Deep Roots here (https://deeprootsinc.org/)
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)

** Sunday Worship Service Information
November 26, 2023
10:30 am
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“Making Choices and Keeping Friends”

This sermon is about the value of the connections we make with other people throughout our lives including those friendships that last for many years as well as much briefer connections. Join Mill Creek member Dottie Herrin as she discusses the choices we make about the people in our lives as well as our choices about the “stuff” we choose to keep, especially as we grow older.

Music for this service will be performed by Richard Hill, Jr. Richard is a talented musician and composer and has been deeply involved in the vibrant Philadelphia music scene since his high school days. Winner of the 2014 Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Art awards for bass, he has performed with Bobby Zankel, Sumi Tonooka, Sharon Katz and the Peace Train, Wynton Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, Frank Foster, Jackie Mclean, Robert Glasper, Bilal, Mickey Roker, the United States Army Band, and various artists on the international scene. He has recorded with Javon Jackson, Jill Scott, Sharon Katz and Peace Train, Touch of Jazz Studios, and the Korean Broadcasting Network. Recently Richard has been collaborating with various artists in the area, such as Gerald Chavis, Tony Smith, and Fostina Dixon. His passion for music and his dedication to his craft have made a significant impact on both the Philadelphia and Delaware music communities. He had the honor of being the resident composing artist at the
esteemed Kimmel Center of the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Currently, Richard serves as the artistic director of the Wilmington Youth Jazz Band, guiding and inspiring the next generation of young musicians. The music selections Richard will perform are original compositions.

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 0 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 & easy access on Sunday morning), OR
* Get the link by accessing the church calendar (https://uusmc.us19.list-manage.com/track/click?u=8c80a09d53a8aec43de675d26&id=a404d3fb3e&e=9e32ea5753) (https://www.uusmc.org/news/calendar/ (https://uusmc.us19.list-manage.com/track/click?u=8c80a09d53a8aec43de675d26&id=3386b49cce&e=9e32ea5753) )

Sunday Livestream – CLICK HERE (https://zoom.us/j/97806427419)

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

** Happening in Our Local Community
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** ANNA Crusis Feminist Choir Holiday Concert
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The ANNA Crusis Feminist Choir invites you to their unique take on the holiday season with their “Holiday-ish Show.” It promises to be an uplifting experience that challenges the traditional norms of holiday music. Instead of the usual carols, expect a carefully curated repertoire that explores the themes of togetherness, love, and joy in unexpected ways. The show is designed to be accessible (it will be livestreamed) and enjoyable for all ages and will be a reminder of the power of the human spirit and the magic that happens when we come together as one.
One Day Only – Two Shows
Saturday, December 9th
Afternoon: 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Evening: 7:30 – 9:30 pm

Location:
Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion
2110 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19103 (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Church+of+the+New+Jerusalem,+2110+Chestnut+St,+Philadelphia,+PA+19103/@39.952106,-75.1760158,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m6!3m5!1s0x89c6c637be008e19:0x1285dc4db628d264!8m2!3d39.952106!4d-75.1760158!16s%2Fm%2F0b6p1l8?entry=ttu)
Purchase Tickets HERE (https://annacrusis.org/events/category/events/)
Did you know…?
ANNA Crusis Feminist Choir (https://annacrusis.org/) is the longest-running feminist choir in the United States, founded in 1975 by Dr. Catherine Roma. ANNA Crusis is known for its dedication to social justice, focusing on a wide range of repertoire including feminist and LGBTQ+ themes, celebrating the strength, resilience, and solidarity of marginalized communities.
Led by Artistic Director Miriam Davidson, ANNA’s membership embraces diversity of age, ethnicity, and gender identity; our repertoire reflects the rich spectrum of human lives and struggles. The songs we sing tell a variety of experiences and perspectives that point our singers and audiences to a greater understanding of the rich diversity of the world in which we live.

** News from the UUA, the Central East Region, and the Delmarva Cluster
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** Locate a UU Church Wherever You Are
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Photo: Live Oak UU Fellowship in Oakland, California
If your holiday plans include travel, you can find a UU service to attend at a church near you by clicking the button below. The UUA provides a search tool that will allow you to search for UU churches by state, region, or country. International and online congregations, too.
Find a UU Congregation HERE (https://www.uua.org/find)
https://www.uua.org/central-east

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Opportunities for Connection: Central East Region Update
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NOVEMBER 2023

Featured Resource:
UUA Common Read

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-1123)

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