Weekly Invitation – July 27, 2023

Unitarian Universalist Society of Mill Creek
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This week, we invite you:

** Congregational Life

** Upcoming events, meetings and news to know

** Mill Creek Family Pool Day this Saturday

Fran Gulino and Joe Snader are inviting all Mill Creek families to their home in New London Township, Pennsylvania this Saturday, July 29th at 3 pm to enjoy an afternoon at their pool followed by an early dinner. This is an opportunity to get to know other families with children at Mill Creek. Contact Fran with questions or RSVP by using the email link below.
Contact Fran with questions or RSVP here (mailto:frangu302@gmail.com?subject=Pool%20Party)

** Memorial Bench Project is Now Complete
8 park-style benches made entirely of recycled plastic material were delivered to the church yesterday, Wednesday, July 26 (with 1 more on the way). Soon the benches will be adorned with memorial plaques featuring inscriptions of the names of passed members, while others will display parts of our mission statement and UU principles.

This project, coordinated by Janice Buckwalter and Rev. Greg Pelley, with assistance by committee members Jamie Kegerise, Lauri Rickard, and Amy White, was made possible by memorial donations.

The cost was ultimately reduced by the enthusiastic response to our collection of raw recyclables and delivered to the manufacturer in several batches – 90 pounds so far!

We plan to make ONE LAST delivery of recyclables to the manufacturer, Eco Plastic Products of Delaware. This Sunday, July 30th is the last day we can accept recyclables for this project; the collection bin will then be permanently removed. Thank you to Ann and Roy Draper for spearheading the collection and deliveries.

Thank you to everyone who supported this project.by donating recyclable materials while ultimately turning trash info useful products.
Learn more about Eco Plastic Products HERE (https://www.ecoplasticproducts.org/)

Above left: Janice Buckwalter sits on the memorial bench that will soon feature a plaque with an inscription to honor her late husband, Jeffrey Buckwalter.
Above right: Jim Kelley, ECOP owner, and Calvin Harris on delivery day.

** Mobile Food Pantry Comes Again to Mill Creek
We are partnering again with the Food Bank of Delaware to host a mobile food pantry on Monday, July 31st, 11 am to 1 pm. This event is open to all in need – feel free to share as appropriate.

Volunteers are needed – please arrive by 10:30 am if you’re able to assist.

** Come to our next Summer Campfire
Everyone is welcome to join us for our next Summer Campfire on Saturday, August 5th at 7:30 pm (weather permitting). Meet us in the Memorial Grove* and bring your favorite lawn or camp chair, or a blanket, and all your comforts (beverages, bug spray, etc.). *Note that there is a slight grassy incline leading to the campfire site.

And bring a friend!
This is a good opportunity to invite someone – friend, family member, neighbor – to join our gathering and enjoy fellowship, singing, poetry, and storytelling.

Questions? Ask Jamie Kegerise. (mailto:jamie@dsofurniture.com)

** Local Social Justice Opportunity

Newark Schools Uniform Drive

The city of Newark is collecting school uniform items in support of five schools in the Newark area.

Many schools in the state of Delaware follow a similar school uniform: solid color polo shirt and khaki pants. This additional expense can become a hardship for families, and the consequences of not adhering to the dress code policy can be detrimental to students. Here’s how you can help.

What is needed:
* new or gently used uniform items in ALL SIZES, from youth size 5T to adult size XL
* solid color short or long sleeved polo shirts – NO logos or slogans – ALL colors acceptable
* solid khaki and/or navy long pants

Drop Off Location:
Newark United Methodist Church Welcome Center
62 E. Delaware Avenue
Newark, Delaware
Monday – Friday, 9:30 am to 4:00 pm

** 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
July 30, 2023
10:30 am


This Sunday, Mill Creek member Jamie Kegerise shares his message,

We Are Better Together:
An Old White Guy Considers Cooperative Living

Unitarians and Universalists have a history of building utopian communities, and UU’s these days are envisioning more cooperative, socially connected, and environmentally sustainable housing communities. Jamie is involved with a small group of folks, including several UU’s, trying to build a cohousing community right here in northern Delaware. Join us as he shares what he has learned about cooperative living and the benefits in doing so.

Music for the morning will be performed by Gwendolyn Ryan, flutist, and Aaron McCloskey, 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
Debra Damiani, Congregational Administrator
Monday 9 am to 2 pm, Monday-Thursday
administrator@uusmc.org (mailto:administrator@uusmc.org)

** Happening in Our Local Community

** The University of Delaware Community Music School Presents a Family-Friendly Show
Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to life in this 90-minute one-act show suitable for all ages and performed by the Community Music School Musical Theatre Camp participants. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance – click the button below.
Friday, July 28 @ 7 pm
Saturday, July 29 @ 7 pm
Sunday, July 30 at 2 pm

Thompson Theater at the Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Road
Newark, Delaware
Buy Tickets HERE (https://bluehens.evenue.net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/SEGetEventList?groupCode=SOM&linkID=delaware-athletics&shopperContext=&caller=&appCode)
Did you know…?
The University of Delaware Community Music School (https://www.music.udel.edu/community/community-music-school) is an outreach program of the University of Delaware Department of Music. For nearly 20 years, the UDCMS has provided a wide variety of music instruction options for more than 500 students a year. Their current programs include private study with a wide range of instructors from students in the Dept. of Music to professional performers with extensive experience. They offer a vibrant Suzuki program, three youth choirs ranging from first grade through high school, and many summer camps and specialized workshops.

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

** The UUA Applauds U.S. Supreme Court Decision to Protect Voting Rights in Moore v Harper Case

Photo: https://www.commoncause.org/north-carolina/
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is celebrating the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Moore v Harper case that rejected the “independent state legislature” theory, which will have a significant impact on voting rights across the country.
Read the full announcement HERE (https://www.uua.org/pressroom/press-releases/uua-applauds-moore-v-harper)


Opportunities for Connection: Central East Region Update

JULY 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.

This month: Chalice Lighter Program Revamped, Helpful Habits Board Retreat, UU Network Palooza, and more.
Opportunities for Connection – click here to learn more (https://uua874.activehosted.com/index.php?action=social&chash=a92c274b8be496fb05d95033552eeddd.6176&s=8983449a6b0e04757c2c9729fa49f044)

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