Weekly Invitation – August 24, 2023

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** Congregational Life

** Upcoming events, meetings and news to know

** School Supplies Drive Ends this Sunday

Our School Supplies Drive, a Mill Creek annual tradition, wraps up this weekend. This year we are supporting Etta J. Wilson Elementary School (https://www.christinak12.org/WilsonES) , a local K-5 elementary school in the Christina School District.
Sunday, August 27th, is the final day to bring in school supplies in support of this project.

Thank you to everyone who has supported this project.
Complete supplies list – CLICK HERE (https://www.uusmc.org/wp-content/uploads/Supply-List-2023-24-Grades-1-5.pdf)

** Our Asian Pear Crop is In!

Help yourself to some Asian Pears that have just been picked from our meadow. These are chemical free, organic, and so very good for you! Asian Pears are high in fiber, antioxidants, vitamins C and K, potassium, and copper, and they help with blood sugar control. They will keep for several weeks in your refrigerator. Look for the bin in the gathering space.

If you wish to make a donation in kind, any proceeds will go to our current “Share Our Plate” recipient, the Unitarian Universalist Delaware Advocacy Network (UUDAN).

** Ingathering Sunday
Join us for the official church year kickoff on Sunday, September 10. We will participate in our water ceremony, in which each of us is invited to bring water from our travels or home to join together, and we’ll celebrate the new church year with a choral performance from members of our congregation. Afterwards, we’ll host the Second Sunday potluck.

** Singers Wanted for Ingathering Performance
The choir event we had back in June was so much fun, we’re having another one, this time at the Ingathering service.

Whether you participated in the previous choir performance or not – if you’d like to be a part of this one, let us know by clicking on the button below. We’d love to have you, the more the merrier!
I want to sing! (mailto:hansonbd65@gmail.com?subject=choir%20performance)

** Help with Recycling
We have several used toner cartridges in the office that need to be recycled. Contact the church office (mailto:administrator@uusmc.org?subject=help%20with%20recycling) if you can help.

** Lunch with the Minister

Come and have lunch at church with Rev. Christian on Tuesday, September 12 at 12 pm. He’ll prepare a main dish (usually soup or a casserole), or you can bring your own bag lunch. It will be a low-pressure time to be together, talk, and share a meal. After this date, it will be a recurring event on the first Tuesday of every month (beginning in October). All are welcome!

** Autumn Equinox Celebration Next Month
Everyone is welcome to join us on Friday, September 22nd at 7:00 pm when we recognize the end of summer and welcome the beginning of fall. Bring snacks or beverages to share if you like. Contact Regina Guarino (mailto:regina139@msn.com?subject=autumn%20equinox) with questions.

** 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 July and August we are supporting:

Unitarian Universalist Delaware Advocacy Network (UUDAN)
UUDAN brings together the five Delaware UU congregations to engage in legislative action in the state of Delaware. Their mission is to inform, recruit and mobilize UU advocates to work, in partnership with other advocacy organizations, for the many social justice issues we face today. It provides a vehicle to research and draft legislation and lobby for reform measures in Dover.
Learn more about UUDAN here (http://www.uudeladvo.org/wp/sample-page/)
Support this organization with your online donation HERE. Be sure to select ‘Share Our Plate’ as the giving fund. (https://onrealm.org/MillCreek/Give)
Thank you for your support!

** Sunday Worship Service Information
August 27, 2023
10:30 am
Join us this Sunday for Rev. Christian’s sermon:

Good Enough

Our society gives us a lot of messages, some helpful, others very problematic. One that fits both those categories is “Succeed at All Costs.” We’ll explore what it means to succeed, when good enough is more than enough, and how we’re called to be in this complicated, wonderful world.
We are happy to welcome back musician E. Shawn Qaissaunee who will perform for us during this service.
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 an in-person, teleconference, 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)

** Happening in Our Local Community

** Fall Activity Guide Now Available

Newark Parks and Recreation has released their Fall Activity Guide which includes hundreds of activities for you to choose from, like music, fitness, dance or sports.

Check out the Fall 2023 Activity Guide using the link below!
View the Activity Guide (https://newarkde.gov/DocumentCenter/View/17507/2023-Fall-Activity-Guide)

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

** What is WorshipWeb?
WorshipWeb provides meaningful, inspiring resources for Unitarian Universalist (UU) worship services and personal spiritual practice.
This comprehensive search system will help you find prayers, stories, images, music, and lots of other stimulating material. Use the links below for inspiration!
Learn more about WorshipWeb (https://www.uua.org/worship)
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Opportunities for Connection: Central East Region Update


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