Weekly Invitation – April 20, 2023

** Congregational Life

** Upcoming events, meetings and news to know

Donations Still Needed
We are down to the final two weeks of preparation for the Auction, and this includes accepting donations. The success of this fundraiser is dependent upon plentiful donations.

Contact our auction specialist, David Bonner today to make your donations or if you have questions.
(david@DLSK.net, or click the blue ‘donate here’ button below)
Thank you!
Aren’t sure what to donate?
Think of your donation in terms of a service, an experience, or an item:
* A service could be cooking, sewing or dancing lessons; therapy/medical or airport transportation; baby, pet or house sitting, etc..
* An experience might be themed dinners, picnics or barbeques; museum or theatre trips; guided hikes, etc.
* An item includes things like gift baskets of any description; anything hand crafted, a unique piece of artwork, etc.
* Or…something completely different!

Use your imagination and have fun!
DONATE HERE (mailto:david@dlsk.net?subject=My%20Service%20Auction%20Donations)
STILL UNSURE what to donate?
Need a little more inspiration?

Or perhaps you’d like to make an additional donation?

We found a comprehensive, alphabetized list of
*500* gift basket ideas!

(You read that right…FIVE HUNDRED!)
Baskets are fun to assemble and the sky’s the limit!

Click the link below to check them out.
500 Gift Basket Ideas! (https://www.fundraiserhelp.com/500-silent-auction-basket-ideas.htm)
Gift baskets not your thing?
Want to do something a little different?
We’ve got you covered! We found an “Ultimate List” of more than 100 unique donation ideas broken down by categories, like Sports & Fitness, Education Focused, Seasonal & Holiday, Technology – and many more!

Click the link below to check them out.
100+ Donation Ideas! (https://blog.winspireme.com/silent-auction-item-ideas)
Volunteer Commitments Needed
Friday May 5: set-up of all tables & chairs.
Saturday May 6: set-up of online auction items for pick-up by winning bidders; ticket sales at the door, including assignment & distribution of auction paddles (1 additional volunteer needed); beverage table set-up and tending; breakdown & final cleanup.
Click HERE to let us know how you can help (mailto:jcab621@gmail.com)
Tickets On Sale Now Stop by the table in the gathering space this Sunday to get your tickets at the advance price of $20 each, payable with cash, or by check to ‘UUSMC’ (or pay $25 at the door on auction day). Or….use the link below to purchase yours online.
Click HERE to purchase your tickets (https://onrealm.org/MillCreek/PublicRegistrations/Event?linkString=ZTFjOWRiYzgtNDU4OC00OTQ3LWI3NzAtYWZkYjAwZmQ2YWRj)
New This Year: 50/50 Raffle! Tickets On Sale Now
Tickets for our 50/50 Raffle will be on sale every Sunday prior to Auction day. Don’t miss out – get your tickets this Sunday!
If you have any questions about your donations, the process, or anything related to the Auction, feel free to reach out to our Auction Specialist, David Bonner, by CLICKING HERE (mailto:david@dlsk.net) .
Mark your calendar and plan to join us on Saturday, May 6th!

Did you know…? Service Auction tickets make great gifts and are a wonderful way to introduce Mill Creek to others. Purchase extra tickets for your friends, family and neighbors!

** Unitarian Universalist Delaware Advocacy Network Meeting this Sunday
All UUs are invited to our monthly Steering Committee virtual meeting. This Sunday, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm, we will be talking about climate legislation on Earth Day weekend! Taking action to retard climate change must be a legislative priority. Our guest is State Representative Sophie Phillips, House District 18. Click the button below to request the Zoom link for this virtual meeting.
Click HERE to request UUDAN meeting link (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc3QqOoIunbfvlbloQfrqZqh_j2qxdWAOe91HYLvJbir6MU3w/viewform)
UUDAN, the Unitarian Universalist Delaware Advocacy Network, brings together the five Delaware UU congregations to engage in local legislative action. Their mission is to inform, recruit and mobilize UU advocates to work, in partnership with other advocacy organizations, for the many social justice issues in the state of Delaware. CLICK HERE (http://www.uudeladvo.org/wp/) to learn more about this organization and the important work they do.

** Rev. Greg Out of Office
Rev. Greg will be away from Monday, April 24 through Sunday, May 7. He will not be available by phone or email. Contact the church office, 302-369-2712 or administrator@uusmc.org (mailto:administrator@uusmc.org) , with questions.

** Mill Creek Meadow Comes Alive!
Weekly Meadow Maintenance Resumes
Join us on any Wednesday at 5:30 pm to help us maintain the health and vibrancy of our meadows and trees (the time will be pushed back as the season progresses). Bring work gloves, clippers & general garden tools, and a kneeling pad if you have one. Or…help us water our trees. Many of our young trees are at risk of dying without regular watering.

Annual Meadow Mowing Day this Friday
Join us on Friday, April 21 at 9:00 am to pitch in. We are looking for help caring for the newer trees that we planted over the past couple of years, including watering the trees, and also for help with removal of invasive plants.

Contact Jamie Kegerise (mailto:jamie@dsofurniture.com) or Amy White (mailto:amywwhite@comcast.net) with any questions you have.

** Male Voices Needed for Special Choir Service

We’re seeking volunteers to participate in Rev. Greg’s final service on Sunday, June 25th when we plan to include a Farewell Choir Send-Off.

We are thrilled to have fourteen choir volunteers so far. However, this includes 10 women and just 4 men. We need more male voices to balance out the sound.

Click the button below to let us know you’d like to participate.
I want to sing! (mailto:music@uusmc.org?subject=special%20choir%20event)

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 March and April we are supporting:

Conscious Connections, Inc.

Conscious Connections (CCI) is a black-owned urban farm located in Wilmington, Delaware. Their mission is to uplift underserved and marginalized populations through exposure, education, and economic opportunities in the arts and agriculture.

They offer a variety of youth programs and engage young adults in farm-based training and experience which is designed to prepare them for work in agriculture, landscaping, and maintenance. They also offer seasonal Market Fresh Boxes during the summer months, host community workshops such as candle-making using wax procured from their beehive and sell the honey it produces. They give back to the community by having clothing and meal giveaways coordinated with local residents. By their outreach efforts and offering a safe place for local youth, CCI is contributing to the quality of life for many.
Learn more about CCI here (https://www.consciousconnectionsinc.com/)
Support this organization with your online donation HERE. Be sure to select ‘Share Our Plate’ as the giving fund. (https://onrealm.org/MillCreek/-/give/now)

** Sunday Worship Service Information
April 23, 2023
10:30 am

Join Rev. Greg
as he shares his sermon:
Music for the morning will be performed by returning musician Lara Vercher, with Richard Hill, accompanist.
Connect With Us In-Person
* Service begins at 10:30 am
* Masking protocol will be posted at each entrance
* 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. Gregory S. Pelley, Minister
minister@uusmc.org (mailto:minister@uusmc.org)
To request an in-person, teleconference or Zoom meeting with Rev. Greg, use the link below to schedule:
Request a meeting with Rev. Greg – click HERE (http://calendly.com/gpelley)
Debra Damiani, Congregational Administrator
Monday 9 am to 2 pm, Monday-Thursday
administrator@uusmc.org (mailto:administrator@uusmc.org)

** Happening in Our Local Community

** Annual Delaware Interfaith Peace Walk This Sunday

Newark Interfaith Council Invites You…
Let’s meet.
To walk and Talk.
Together…As One.
Regardless of faith, beliefs, color, or race.
To nurture peace and nourish harmony.
To grow love and build mutual respect.

The annual Walk DE Talk, held this Sunday, April 23rd at 1:00 pm, begins in front of the Old College Hall on East Main Street in Newark and ends at the New Ark United Church of Christ, less than a mile away. Once there, everyone attending is welcome to share a message of love and peace. Afterward we gather to capture the moment with a group photo opportunity.
Click here to reserve a spot (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/annual-delaware-interfaith-peace-walk-registration-534049555597)

** Women’s Fest in Rehoboth

Bridging the gap between winter and the Rehoboth high summer season, Women’s FEST, in its 22nd year, is CAMP Rehoboth’s premier Springtime event. From live entertainment and interesting workshops to educational opportunities and other planned activities, Women’s Fest – Thursday, April 27 through Sunday, April 30 – is one of the best women’s events on the East Coast. CAMP Rehoboth (https://www.camprehoboth.com/about-us) is a nonprofit community service organization dedicated to creating a positive environment inclusive of all sexual orientations and gender identities in Rehoboth Beach and its related communities. Click the link below to learn more about this event.
Women’s Fest – get all the details HERE (https://camprehoboth.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/WomensFEST2023/tabid/1347363/Default.aspx)

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

** Find a UU Church While Traveling this Summer

Photo: UU Church of St. Petersburg (https://uustpete.org/) (FL)

Enjoy your summer travels while staying in touch with your UU faith. The Unitarian Universalist Association makes it easy with their comprehensive tool that lets you view the 1000+ UUA member congregations, or browse by state, region, or country. Or find an online congregation, or young adult & campus ministry.
Find a UU church HERE (https://www.uua.org/find)

Opportunities for Connection: Central East Region Update

APRIL 2023

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://uua874.activehosted.com/index.php?action=social&chash=2d71b2ae158c7c5912cc0bbde2bb9d95.6022&s=8983449a6b0e04757c2c9729fa49f044)

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