Weekly Invitation – July 6, 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

** Potluck Lunch this Sunday

Come for the sermon, stay for the food!

Come to church this Sunday and plan to stay after the service for our monthly potluck lunch. You may bring something to share if you wish: a main or side dish, salad, appetizer, dessert, or beverages. Everyone is welcome!

** Wanted: Lead RE Teacher

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Click HERE for specific job qualifications (https://www.uusmc.org/wp-content/uploads/UUSMC-RE-teacher-qualifications-June-2023-1-2.pdf)
Click HERE to contact the Religious Education Team (mailto:dre@uusmc.org?subject=Lead%20RE%20Teacher)

** Collection for #2, #4 & #5 Recyclable Plastics Continues
We are continuing our collection of clean, dry, empty plastics stamped with #2, #4, and/or #5 to support our park bench project. See Ann Draper or Janice Buckwalter with questions.

We have placed an order for 9 park benches with Eco Plastic Products of Delaware, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that recycles eligible plastic and transforms it into consumer products. They use recyclable plastic marked #2, #4 and #5 ONLY in their process. Learn more using the buttons below.
Learn more about this organization and the work they do. (https://www.ecoplasticproducts.org/)
What plastics can be used for this project? Click here for a quick guide. (https://www.ecoplasticproducts.org/about-recycling)

** Coming of Age Program at Mill Creek

CONTACT us about this program HERE (mailto:dre@uusmc.org?subject=Coming%20of%20Age%20Program)
LEARN more about the UU Coming of Age Ritual HERE (https://www.uua.org/worship/holidays/coming-age)

** Join us for our next Summer Campfire
Everyone is welcome to join us for our next Summer Campfire on Saturday, July 22nd 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.

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)

Did you know…?

The memorial grove is situated at a very good vantage point to see the sunset as the picture on the left will show; it was taken during summer solstice, 2020.

** Sunday Worship Service Information
July 9, 2023
10:30 am

Join Rev. Richard Speck for his message:
“America’s Quintessential Faith”
Unitarians and Universalists were very active in creating the United States that we celebrated on July 4th. We will look into our history for lifting up the values we hold dearly today.

Music for the morning will be performed by bassoonist Heather Scott.
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

** Summer Concerts at White Clay Creek

Summer concert season is underway – but it’s not too late to attend one!

The shows are every Wednesday evening at 6:30 pm with a lineup that includes a wide variety of music styles: classic rock, blues & soul, a Beatles tribute, and more. Bring a picnic dinner and lawn/camp chairs or blanket. Click the button below to learn more.

Summer Concert Series at White Clay Creek
Carpenter Recreation Area
880 New London Road
Newark, Delaware
Concert Hotline: 302-368-6560
Park Fees are in effect: you must have a parks permit (decal) or pay to park
Summer Concert Series – click here (https://destateparks.com/Concerts/WhiteClayCreek)

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

** UUA Applauds Supreme Court Ruling Upholding Indian Child Welfare Act
The UUA applauds the Supreme Court’s ruling in Haaland vs Brackeen because the Indian Child Welfare Act preserves Indigenous culture and sovereignty by protecting Native children from being removed during custody proceedings and placed with non-Native families.

Photo: @dulceylima, Unsplash
Read about it HERE (https://www.uua.org/pressroom/press-releases/indian-child-welfare)

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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