Mill Creek Weekly News – November 30, 2023


Unitarian Universalist Society of Mill Creek
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** Upcoming events, meetings and news to know

** Social Justice Committee Announces Winter Coat Drive
The Social Justice Committee is accepting new and/or gently used cold weather items for both adults and children including coats, scarves, hats, and gloves. This is the perfect opportunity to give new life to discarded and seldom used items.
* Adult items will be donated to the Ministry of Caring Distribution Center ( on Claymont Street in Wilmington.
* Children’s items will be distributed to families attending St. Michael’s Preschool and Nursery Programs ( housed on North Walnut St in Wilmington.

Since 1977, The Ministry of Caring’s mission has been to serve the needs of the poor with dignity, respect, and love. They have done so by establishing emergency and permanent housing for men, women, families with children, adults with disabilities, those living with HIV/AIDS, and senior citizens. They also provide job placement and training, Rapid Rehousing services, affordable dentistry, low-cost high-quality childcare and more. Their distribution center provides free clothing, furniture, and household items to those in need.

St. Michael’s Preschool and Nursery has been in operation for 133 years and is a 5-star learning center with a diverse student body. They partner with community organizations to provide support and resources for their families. Annually, used coats and accessories are solicited for distribution to participant families.

Please place your clean, gently used items in the box labelled “COAT DRIVE” located in the cloakroom.
Thank you for your generosity and participation.

** Poinsettia Plants on Sale Starting this Sunday

Help us beautify our sanctuary for the holiday season by purchasing a beautiful poinsettia plant. These plants will be available for sale beginning this Sunday, December 3 for $20 each: cash or check only.

** Land Stewardship Meeting this Sunday
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 ( with questions.

** Lunch with Rev. Christian

Come and join our minister for lunch next Tuesday, December 5 when he will provide his own prepared main dish, usually soup or a casserole (or you may bring your own bag lunch). This is a low-pressure time for fellowship and to share a meal. Everyone is welcome – join us!

** Spiritual Growth through Poetry
Rev. Christian is starting a new 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 has to be experienced to be fully understood. Join Rev. Christian on Zoom at 7 pm on Wednesday, December 13 and continuing on the second Wednesday of each month (December through June).
Attend Lectio Divina – click HERE for the Zoom link (

** Winter Solstice Event

Everyone is welcome to join us for a celebration to honor the longest night of the year and the return of the light. We will gather around the bonfire to reflect on the cycles of time and declare our intentions for the year ahead. Afterward we will gather in the warmth of our sanctuary for refreshments and fellowship.

** No Sunday Morning Worship Service on December 24

Everyone is welcome to join us for a special Christmas Eve service at 7:00 pm, complete with candlelight, carols, and all the joy of the season.

**Please note: we will not have our usual Sunday morning service on that date.**

** End-of-Year Giving
As we near the end of the 2023 calendar year, it’s a good time to review the status of your pledge commitment for the current year. The pledge year ends on December 31 and there is still time to make a payment, pay your balance in full, or make another donation before the end of the year. Click the button below for more information about signing in to your Realm profile, how to make a quick online donation, how to give via text, and how to donate shares of stock. Contact the church office ( with any questions.

We are grateful for your generosity, and participation in church life at Mill Creek!
Give to Mill Creek HERE (
Declare your pledge for 2024 HERE (

** Unity Youth at Mill Creek
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. (

** 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 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 (
Support this organization with your online donation HERE. Be sure to select ‘Share Our Plate’ as the giving fund. Thank you! (

** Sunday Worship Service Information
December 3, 2023
10:30 am

Living, at some point, means embracing the things we may never know. That can be a wonderful thing, like embracing the mystery, but also a scary thing, worrying about what lies around each new corner or what we’re never ready for. Spiritual growth means dealing with this reality. Join Rev. Christian Schmidt for his sermon, “Embracing the Mystery.”

Music for this service will be performed by Shianne and Daille Kettrell. Shianne is a singer/songwriter/entertainer from the south who has 30+ years professional experience in performing and writing music of multiple genres. She has opened for many artists. Daille became Shianne’s keyboardist in 2013 and they have worked together as a duo ever since. Daille is a pianist/composer/vocalist from Camden, NJ who also has worked professionally for 30+ years. This duo has worked together in several groups/bands and are currently working on their own project.

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 ( ( ( )

Sunday Livestream – CLICK HERE (

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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 (

** Happening in Our Local Community

** Newark Community Band Holiday Concert

Enjoy the sounds of the season at the Newark Community Band Holiday Concert on Wednesday, December 6 at 7 pm at the Newark Senior Center (,+Newark,+DE+19713/@39.6753362,-75.7338183,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m6!3m5!1s0x89c7aa1bdfaa558d:0x6819dad1dd766e70!8m2!3d39.6753362!4d-75.7312434!16s%2Fg%2F11cpq65xj0?entry=ttu) . This event is FREE and no registration required.

** ANNA Crusis Feminist Choir Holiday Concert
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

Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion
2110 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19103 (,+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 (
Did you know…?
ANNA Crusis Feminist Choir ( 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

** Use Your Eyes to Feed Your Soul

We believe in the quest for truth and meaning. Reading is a key element of that quest and an individual spiritual practice. Reading raises your vibrational energy, aligns your spirit with the Divine, sharpens your intuition, helps to develop a spirit of discernment, brings about spiritual development and transformation, and so much more.

The Unitarian Universalist Association has several publishing arms available to everyone. Beacon Press, Skinner House Books, Justice and Spirit: The Unitarian Universalist Book Club, Tapestry of Faith, UU World magazine, and other publications all serve to feed the soul in different ways.
Learn more about UUA publications HERE (

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