This Sunday, November 14: In-Person (indoor) and Livestream Worship – 10 am

Sunday Worship Service
November 14th, 2021

10:00 am

In-Person Indoor

+

Livestream
Join Rev. Greg this Sunday
when he shares his homily:
“Encounter”

Connect With Us In-Person
Registration is required for in-person indoor attendance. See below for more information.

Connect With Us Virtually
There are several ways to get the Zoom link for livestreaming the service:
* Click the link https://zoom.us/j/97806427419
* Access the church calendar (https://www.uusmc.org/news/calendar/)  OR
* Open our Sunday morning email; OR
* Open ANY PREVIOUS Sunday morning email

However you connect with us for livestreaming:
**THE LINK FOR SUNDAY SERVICE REMAINS THE SAME FROM WEEK TO WEEK**
Sunday Morning Live! (https://zoom.us/j/97806427419)

 

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** Congregational Life
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** Upcoming events, meetings and news to know
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** In-Person Indoor Services Resume Sunday, November 14th
Register Now
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This Sunday we return to indoor in-person gathering in our Sanctuary for worship service.

Please note the following:
* Service time remains at 10:00 am
* Seating will be limited to 35 guests
* Registration is required for attendance every week
* Child Care will NOT be available
* Children’s RE programming is not yet offered
* Masking and vaccination will be mandatory
* Services will continue to be offered livestreamed

Use the links below to learn more about the registration process, and to reserve your seat.
Detailed Registration Instructions (https://mailchi.mp/afdc1dc8e0a5/mill-creek-sunday-registration)
REGISTER here for SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14th (https://onrealm.org/MillCreek/PublicRegistrations/Event?linkString=MjEyNTY4ZjYtYjNlNC00Mjg3LWFkMWMtYWRkYjAxMDZlYTE3)

** Child Care Workers Needed
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As we transition to in-person indoor Sunday services on November 14th, we are planning to re-establish a child care team. We need a minimum of two workers for every Sunday, and a coordinator who makes sure child care is in place each week. (Note that the coordinator position need not also be a child care worker.)

Here are the details:
* High School age (or older) preferred
* Must be vaccinated
* Able to care for children ages 0 to 4
* Hours are 9:45 am to 11:15 am, Sunday mornings
* Position pays $10 per hour; OR volunteer hours can be certified

Contact Rev. Greg if you’re interested or have questions.
Contact Rev. Greg about Child Care HERE (mailto:minister@uusmc.org?subject=child%20care)

** Considerations for Safe Church Operations
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The Board of Trustees, Minister and Staff are in constant communication regarding the current status of the new Covid case rates in our area and how it affects our operations and ministry. We have prepared a document for your review detailing our considerations for safe return which highlights topics such as Opening, Vaccinations, Masks & Distancing, and more. You can read the document in full HERE. (https://www.uusmc.org/wp-content/uploads/COVID-Considerations-for-safe-return.pdf)

** Changes to Board of Trustees Roster
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Board member Pat Thompson has resigned from the Board of Trustees. In accordance with Mill Creek’s By-Laws, the Board requested candidates to fill the vacancy from the Nominating Committee, which was followed by their nomination of Steve Selph. The Board voted unanimously to accept Steve Selph’s nomination.

** 2022 Generosity Campaign Underway
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The Mill Creek 2022 Generosity Campaign is underway! The Generosity (pledge) Campaign runs from January through December 2022. Pledge cards have been mailed to members and friends. (If you haven’t received yours in the next few days, please let us know.)

You can make your pledge of financial support in one of the following ways:
* return the pledge card by mail in the envelope provided; OR
* access your Realm profile (https://onrealm.org/MillCreek/SignIn) , go to your Giving page and select the +Pledge button, then click on 2022 Generosity Campaign; OR
* email the church office (mailto:administrator@uusmc.org) with the amount of your pledge; OR
* Click on the Pledge Now button below

Did you know?
Electronic giving through Realm is easy and secure.
What it offers you: the opportunity to schedule your pledge payments over time. You can set up a recurring weekly, monthly or quarterly schedule to suit your budget.
What it offers your church: a constant and predictable source of income.

However you decide to make your pledge, we hope to have all commitments by Monday, November 22nd. Contact the church office (mailto:administrator@uusmc.org) with any questions you have.
Thank you for your support!
Use the easy link below to make your pledge today!
Pledge Now (https://onrealm.org/MillCreek/AddPledge/2022generosity)

** 2021 Generosity Campaign Ends December 31st
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As we gear up for our new Generosity Campaign, now is a good time to see where your are with your current pledge payments. Check your giving profile in Realm, or give us a call at 302-369-2712, or contact the church office using the button below.
Click here to contact us via email (mailto:administrator@uusmc.org?subject=2021%20Generosity%20Campaign)

** Mill Creek New UU Class Series Cancelled
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The New UU 3-part Class series has been cancelled. However, if the schedule of classes offered didn’t work for you but you’re still interest, feel free to reach out to Rev. Greg. (mailto:minister@uusmc.org?subject=new%20UU%20class)

** Board of Trustees Meeting Agenda
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Board of Trustees Meeting Agenda
Wednesday, 17 November, 6:30pm on Zoom

Opening – Soul Matters theme of “Holding History”
It is not forgetting that heals. It’s remembering. -Amy Greene
Don’t cling to a mistake just because you spent a lot of time making it. -Aubrey De Graf

Consent Agenda
September Board Meeting minutes

Reports
Minister
Treasurer
Assessment Committee
Generosity Campaign Status
CER Support

Discussion
COVID-19 Statistics and Opening Status
Welcome Steve Selph
Reassigning Pat’s duties
Assessment Team (Ann and Shashi)
Communication Meeting
Highlights including need to establish new lines of communication
Midyear Review
Opening Status
Financial Status
2021-22 Budget Assumptions (budget development)
Our Beloved Community

Adjourn

** Share Our Plate: November & December
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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 have selected:
Life Lines Program at West End Neighborhood House.

Established in 1979 and based in Wilmington, West End Neighborhood House offers a wide array of support services throughout the state of Delaware designed to resolve complex social challenges. Their outcomes-driven programming includes education and employment programs, financial services, housing, and much more, including services for foster care youth through their Life Lines Program.

This program offers services for foster care youth ages 18-23 through intensive case management. For 20 years they have offered housing, education, and employment training to youth both in and emancipated from foster care. They are expanding their program through the construction of their Drop-In Center. When complete it will serve unaccompanied homeless youth, including those who have experienced the foster care system, as well as those who identify as belonging to the LGBTQ+ community. It will offer 33 beds including an ADA-compliant efficiency unit. While not a homeless shelter, the Center will provide supportive services these youth need to reintegrate into society and become self-reliant, including education, physical and mental health services, drug & alcohol prevention & treatment, job training & placement, and more.
For more information about the program, click on the link below:
LEARN MORE about Life Lines Program (https://westendnh.org/programs/life-lines-programs/)
For more inspiration, click the link below to watch a short video:
WATCH the video here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jN8Tto-thoE)
To support this program, click on the link below to donate:
DONATE to Share Our Plate (https://onrealm.org/MillCreek/-/give/now)
**Be sure to select ‘Share Our Plate’ as the giving fund**

** Newark Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
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Tuesday, November 23rd – 7:30 pm
Newark United Methodist Church (https://newark-umc.org/wp/)
69 East Main Street, Newark, DE
302-368-3774

**
Chalice
Circle
Openings
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Chalice Circles at Mill Creek are small groups within our church that provide a supportive environment for people to meet and discuss topics relevant to our lives as well as share our stories, our experiences and our ideas. Circles are an opportunity to get to know each other on a deeper level and develop a rich spirituality. During COVID, some Circles meet virtually, some in person; some meet during the day and some in the evenings.

Women’s Chalice Circles
2nd Tuesday Evening Circle:
Meets monthly, 7:15 to 9:00 pm

Wednesday Evening Circle:
Meets twice a month, 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Chalice Sisters Thursday Evening Circle:
Meets twice a month, 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 6:15 pm

Thursday Afternoon Circle
Meets twice a month, 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 12:30 pm

Men’s Chalice Circle
3rd Tuesday Evening Circle:
Meets monthly, 7:00 pm

Click the link below to contact Helen Springer for more information,
or call 484-732-8641; or call the church office, 302-369-2712.
Curious about Chalice Circles? Read what people are saying:

“During the pandemic, the circle has been a wonderful means of keeping in close touch with these members of our church. And in ordinary times, the circle meetings provide friendship as well as an opportunity to think more deeply about what our church means to us.”

“Joining a Chalice Circle was the most significant thing I did once I joined this church community several years ago. It is my main source for support.”

“The sisterhood of my chalice circle has been a lifeline for me. We ZOOM every week, sharing our own stories and deeply listening to the stories of others. Such a gift.”

“I have been participating in the men’s chalice circle for over two years now. It has been a wonderful way for me to connect with other members of the church on a deeper and more personal level. It has shown me additional view points and brought me a different set of tools for living my spiritual life. It has also brought me a lot of laughter and a place of emotional support in times of need.”

“The women in my Circle mean so much to me, we care for and about each other in a way I find difficult to achieve away from church.”
Click here for more information about Chalice Circles (mailto:helen_springer@msn.com?subject=chalice%20circles)

** Book Group’s Next Read
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Join the book group on Tuesday, January 4th at 7 pm on Zoom for a discussion of Janesville: An American Story by Amy Goldstein (http://www.amygoldsteinwriter.com/janesville/) .

The Zoom link can be found on the church calendar (https://www.uusmc.org/news/calendar/)

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!

We encourage you to continue your financial support of Mill Creek during the closure by using one of the following methods:

1. Mail a check: 579 Polly Drummond Hill Road, Newark DE 19711 (staff is present in the office and the mailbox is checked daily). Please indicate on the subject line if this is a pledge payment, a general contribution, or a contribution to a specific giving fund.
2. Give electronically through REALM: https://onrealm.org/MillCreek/Give or use the link below (remember to select a giving fund).
3. Text-to-Give: text MillCreek and the amount [e.g. MillCreek 50] to 73256.

We sincerely appreciate your support of Mill Creek, especially now while we are unable to gather together for the time being. But the work of the church continues! We gratefully acknowledge that there would be no Mill Creek without YOU. Thank you.
**Click here to GIVE NOW** (https://onrealm.org/MillCreek/-/give/now)

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Mill Creek Staff office hours & contact information

Rev. Gregory S. Pelley
minister@uusmc.org (mailto:minister@uusmc.org)
302-369-2712
Hours by appointment – use the link below to schedule:
– Click here to schedule time with Rev. Greg – (https://calendly.com/gpelley)
Debra Damiani, Congregational Administrator
Monday 8 am to 1 pm, Monday-Thursday
administrator@uusmc.org (mailto:administrator@uusmc.org)
302-369-2712

Rachel Sabella, Music Director
Hours by Appointment
music@uusmc.org (mailto:music@uusmc.org)
302-369-2712

** Upcoming events in our local area
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** Delaware Event: Sea Hawk Trail Hike, Sussex County
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Sea Hawk Trail Hike
at
Holts Landing State Park
Saturday, November 13th
9:00 am

Hike the Sea Hawk Trail at Holts Landing State Park with a naturalist and explore the many habitats within this hidden gem of a park! This 1.3-mile trail meanders through hardwood forest, meadow, salt marsh and freshwater bog habitats. Online registration ends 24 hours prior to program. Use the links below to learn more about the Park and to register for the hike.

Holts Landing State Park
27046 Holts Landing Road
Dagsboro, Delaware
302-227-2800

Click here for more info about the Park (https://destateparks.com/holtslanding)
Click here to register for the Hike (https://delawarestateparks.reserveamerica.com/tourDetails.do?contractCode=DE&tourId=118400&tourDate=Sat+Nov+13+2021&numberOfTicketsSearched=1&_ga=2.125024266.1037247406.1636388808-905057792.1636388808)

** Pennsylvania Event: Fall Harvest Festival, Chester County
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Home

Deer Creek Malthouse
7^th Annual Fall Harvest Festival “Malt-a-palooza”
Saturday, November 13^th, 12 – 5 pm

Founded in 2012, Deer Creek Malthouse (https://www.deercreekmalt.com/) is a provider of malt ingredients handcrafted using locally grown grain. They are committed to creating more sustainable malting infrastructure in Pennsylvania by adding value to grain for regional food and beverage artisans. Showcasing malt-centric food, beer and spirits, the Fall Harvest Festival – a family-friendly event held at Ludwig’s Corner Horse Show Grounds – will feature food & beverages for sale, face painting, field games, hayrides (weather-dependent), live music and more!

Ludwig’s Corner Horse Show Grounds (https://ludwigshorseshow.com/about-us/directions/?mc_cid=794693be13&mc_eid=90f82f2957)
1326 Pottstown Pike
Glenmoore, PA 19343
610-458-3344
LEARN more about Deer Creek Malthouse here (https://www.deercreekmalt.com/)
PURCHASE tickets here (https://www.deercreekmalt.com/product/malt-a-palooza-2021-event-ticket/)
https://waterfowlfestival.org/
Friday, November 12th – Sunday, November 14th
Easton, Maryland

** Maryland Event: Waterfowl Festival, Talbot County
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The Waterfowl Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting waterfowl habitat creation, restoration and conservation; the promotion of wildlife art; and the celebration of life on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. This annual event, celebrating its 50th year, features art exhibits, food and entertainment, activities for kids and dogs … and much more. Click the links below to find out more!
Learn more about this organization here (https://waterfowlfestival.org/)
Check out the Waterfowl Festival schedule of events here (https://waterfowlfestival.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Schedule_2021.pdf)

** News from the UUA, the Central East Region, and the Delmarva Cluster
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** Our Whole Lives:
OWL Facilitator Training Sessions Available
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Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a comprehensive, lifespan sexuality education curricula that helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their relationships, sexual health and behavior. This program provides accurate, developmentally appropriate information about a range of topics, including relationships, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, sexual health, and cultural influences on sexuality.

The OWL program requires trained facilitators to offer the curricula. BuxMont UU Fellowship in Bucks County, Pennsylvania is hosting an in-person OWL training event for grades 7-9 and 10-12, on Friday, December 3rd through Sunday, December 5th. Registration fee is $300.

Use the links below to learn more about the training session, to request the registration form, and learn more about OWL program.
LEARN more about the TRAINING EVENT here (https://www.uua.org/re/owl/trainings/calendar/owl-facilitator-training-7-9/10-12-warrington-pa)
REQUEST the REGISTRATION FORM here (mailto:dre@buxmontuu.org?subject=OWL%20facilitator%20training%20reqistration)
LEARN more about the OWL PROGRAM here (https://www.uua.org/re/owl)

** UU Book & Gift Shop
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Let the UU Book & Gift Shop Help with Your Holiday Shopping

inSpirit, the UU Book & Gift Shop offers books to support people of all faiths and seekers alike to engage with spiritual questions. Unitarian Universalists will find items that will help to nurture their faith, to connect with the UU history, and to ground and enhance work for social justice. They also offer cards, a wide range of fair trade gifts, as well as accessories proudly bearing the Unitarian Universalist Association and Side with Love logos.

If you are considering inSpirit as a source for your holiday gift giving this year, be aware that current global supply chain obstacles are hurting the collective capacity to get products into the marketplace, and the wonderful world of books and literature is as affected as any other. This includes almost every aspect of finding a book for purchase, from paper and printing, to shipping and warehousing. The staff at inSpirit wants you to know that these issues may affect the availability of items in stock. Meaning, what is available now may not be readily available later, and items scheduled for publication/manufacture could be delayed without much notice.

inSpirit encourages you — do your holiday shopping EARLY this year. Use the link below to access the many items offered.
Browse the inSpirit shelves HERE (https://www.uuabookstore.org/Default.aspx)
https://www.uua.org/central-east

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Opportunities for Connection: Central East Region Update
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NOVEMBER 2021

Opportunities for Connection – click here to learn more (https://uua874.activehosted.com/index.php?action=social&chash=17f98ddf040204eda0af36a108cbdea4.5575&s=8983449a6b0e04757c2c9729fa49f044)

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