Mill Creek Weekly News – November 9, 2023

Here’s what’s happening at Mill Creek:


** Congregational Life

** Upcoming events, meetings and news to know

** Potluck Lunch this Sunday

Plan to remain with us after church service this Sunday, November 12 for our monthly potluck lunch. Bring a main or side dish, appetizer, salad, dessert or beverages to share if you wish. Everyone is welcome – whether you bring something or not!

** 2024 Generosity Campaign
Are you an Ordinary Hero?
The Finance Team is hoping to have all pledges received by this Sunday, November 12 – this gives the team the information they need to develop the budget for the 2024-25 fiscal year. The team meets next week and budgetary decisions will be made based on current pledge data.

We are grateful for all of the pledges we’ve received so far, but we’ve got a way to go yet. Please – if you haven’t yet made your 2024 pledge you may:
* return the pledge form in the envelope provided, or
* place the form in the offering plate, or
* place the form in the collection box, or
* email your pledge info to ( , or
* make your pledge TODAY by clicking the link below:

Pledge Now! (
Feel free to contact the church office with questions.

Thank you for your support!

** Electronic Pledge Payments in Realm –
Important Things to Know

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 ( .

** Introduction to Cohousing

The Newark Area Cohousing Organization ( is working to build a cohousing community in the Newark/northern Delaware area. If you are interested in or even curious about living in a more cooperative and environmentally sustainable way, then cohousing might be for you.

Everyone is welcome to join Mill Creek member Jamie Kegerise ( in classroom 1 on Friday, November 10, 6:30 to 8:30pm for an informal but informative introduction to the cohousing concept, covering what cohousing is, how it benefits members, details of the current project, plus a Q & A session. This is a free, drop-in event for all. Come and learn what the buzz is all about!

** Share Our Bounty:
Final Collection Day this Sunday
We are supporting the Food Bank of Delaware ( and Kennett Area Community Service Food Cupboard ( (in PA) with our donations of non-perishable food items. The final collection day is this Sunday, November 12.

We are collecting the food items most needed by each organization (like hot & cold cereals, spaghetti/tomato sauce, peanut butter, etc.), plus Thanksgiving standards (such as canned cranberry sauce, instant mashed potatoes, canned/jarred gravy, etc.).

Look for the collection bin in the gathering space. Click the button below for a list of acceptable food items. See or contact Becky Varlas ( with any questions about this project.

Thank you for your support!
Click HERE to see the full list of non-perishable food items (

** Diwali: Spreading Light and Love, and Making the World a Better Place

Diwali is the 5-day Indian festival of lights, a New Year celebration, and India’s biggest and most important holiday of the year. Diwali symbolizes the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance.” The word Diwali comes from the Sanskrit word Deepavali, meaning “rows of lights [or] lighted lamps,” which are used prominently in celebrations symbolizing the inner light protecting one from spiritual darkness.

The festival tends to fall between October and November, but the exact date varies each year because the Hindu calendar is lunar. Each day has a different meaning and this year, the main date of celebration is Sunday, November 12.

The observance of this holiday sees millions of people around the world attend firework displays, prayer services, and other festive events in their homes and out in their communities in celebration of the occasion. It’s a major festival celebrating the triumph of light over darkness and the start of new beginnings for millions of people of the Hindu, Sikh, and Jain faiths.

To all who celebrate, may your Diwali be free from darkness and abundant with light, with hope for good health, wealth and happiness.

** Office Closure
The church office will be closed on Monday, November 13 in observance of the Veterans Day holiday.

** Concert Series Continues
Brandywine Friends of Old Time Music brings the second of four concerts to Mill Creek on Friday, November 17 at 8:00 pm when they will host Uncle Henry’s Favorites.

For over 30 years, the members of this band from Charlottesville, Virginia have devoted their lives to the tradition of old time music and bring not only a great deal of sensitivity but also plenty of spirit and humor in the vein of past performers. Pete Vigour performs on fiddle and guitar, Ellen Vigour on mandolin, Jim Childress on fiddle and guitar, and mark Beall on bass fiddle. Bring the whole family for an evening of entertainment you won’t forget!

Tickets on sale at the door:
General Public, $25
Seniors, $20
Students with ID, $15
Ages 17 & under, FREE!
Take a listen to the band HERE (

** We’re Hiring!

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: (

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 (

** 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
November 12, 2023
10:30 am

Generosity begins at home, and as we support this congregation, which supports us, we know that our generosity allows us to be a force out in the world for good. Join Rev. Christian Schmidt for his sermon, “Bringing it Home.”

Music for this service will be performed by Paul Boris. Paul is a Classical and Jazz trained pianist, composer, and performer educated mostly at Rowan University. He is a piano faculty member at the Music School of Delaware (MSD) and teaches privately at his studio at the Center for the Creative Arts, Hockessin. He is a member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). Among his other credits, Paul is the Open Mic Host for the MSD, and founding member of “2nd Opinion” along with Chris Braddock (guitars), and records and performs with jazz bassist Jim Dedrick. He has performed at many local venues, and is the resident musician for the Landenberg United Methodist Church (PA).

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 (

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 (

** Happening in Our Local Community

** Brain Health and Aging Lecture

Friends of the University of Delaware Library present a Fall Faculty Lecture, FREE and open to the public:

Brain Health and Aging with Professor Matthew Cohen, Ph.D.*

Approximately one in nine adults aged 65 or older has Alzheimer’s disease or a related cause of dementia. Although there is no cure, up to 40% of cases of dementia could be delayed or even prevented. Join Professor Cohen to explore up-to-date information about modifiable risk factors for dementia and what investigators at the University of Delaware are doing to advance Alzheimer’s disease research.

Registration to this event is required; event attendees will need to show ID upon arrival. Seats are limited, register soon.

Tuesday, November 14
4:30-6:30 pm
University of Delaware – Morris Library Reading Room
181 S. College Avenue
Newark, Delaware

*Matthew Cohen is a clinical neuropsychologist, an associate professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and the associate director of the Delaware Center for Cognitive Aging Research. His research focuses on early detection of and early intervention for Alzheimer’s disease and related conditions.
Learn more about the lecture and register: click here (

** News from the UUA, the Central East Region, and the Delmarva Cluster

** Join UU the Vote
Cal Ball, a member of First UU Society of San Francisco, relates in UU World magazine his newfound passion for UU the Vote ( , the democracy initiative within the Unitarian Universalist faith’s public advocacy campaign, Side with Love ( .
Read the story HERE (*2w9rlw*_ga*NDEyNDQxNDgyLjE2OTY5NTQyNjM.*_ga_CN7F7RET4F*MTY5OTM3MzkyMy4xNS4xLjE2OTkzNzQ5MTUuMC4wLjA.)

Opportunities for Connection: Central East Region Update


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 (