Weekly Invitation – March 9, 2023

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This week, we invite you:

** Congregational Life

** Upcoming events, meetings and news to know

** Transition Committee Update
Thank you to those who have responded to ‘Step 1’ of our “Virtual Dialogue” regarding our transition time frame.

For those who haven’t yet, the deadline for this step is
Sunday, March 12. If you did NOT receive the previous email, please contact Tracy Morgan (mailto:TMorgan@North-Star-Strategies.com) .

Your participation is both valued and appreciated.

** Rev. Greg Out of Office
Rev. Greg is away now through Sunday, March 12. He will be unavailable by phone, text or email during this time. He will be back in the office on Monday, March 13.

In his absence you can contact the church office, 302-369-2712 or email administrator@uusmc.org (mailto:administrator@uusmc.org) . For pastoral issues, contact pastoralcare@uusmc.org (mailto:pastoralcare@uusmc.org) .

** Daylight Saving Time Begins!

Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday, March 12th at 2:00 am.

Plan to set your clocks and timepieces FORWARD one hour before bed on Saturday night.

** Second Sunday Potluck Lunch this Sunday
Join us after Sunday’s worship service for our monthly potluck luncheon! Bring a main dish, salad, finger food, dessert, or beverage to share.

Or not…everyone is welcome at our table!

Mark your calendar and plan to attend this year’s Service Auction on SATURDAY, MAY 6th!

Click the blue button below
to make your donation today!

* Whatever you choose to donate, there is no such thing as too much information! The more detail you provide in your description, the better.

* If you are unsure about the monetary value of your donation(s), let us know and our auction specialist will be happy to assist you.

* There is no pressure to make wildly unique, high end, super festive, or incredibly creative donations. Have a 1-week time share you’d like to donate? Super, we’ll take it! Want to donate a 2-hour helicopter sightseeing tour? Great, we’ll take it! HOWEVER…we will happily and gratefully accept store gift cards, handcrafted items, baked goods, and monetary donations in lieu of something tangible. The idea of the auction is to garner involvement and participation while supporting the church with this fundraiser – and have some fun while doing it!

CLICK HERE TO DONATE NOW (mailto:david@dlsk.net)
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) or use the button above.

** Spring Equinox Celebration

Join us on Monday evening, March 20th at 7 pm to celebrate the return of Spring and the New Moon. We’ll observe this event, also known as Vernal Equinox, with a ritual in the sanctuary and a bonfire outdoors. Bring a small dish or snacks/beverages to share. Also, bring along native plant seeds if you have some. Contact Regina Guarino (mailto:regina139@msn.com?subject=spring%20equinox%20celebration) with questions or to offer your help with this event.

** Yoga For Healthy Aging Class
Mill Creek member Margaret Bodine, M.A., ERYT200, RYT500, YACEP, invites you to join her and others for an 8-week hatha yoga and mindful meditation class series to benefit the whole body-mind-spirit. This class will include mindful flows, poses and meditation aimed at calming the nervous system and refreshing the whole self. Each week, we will practice with the aim of supporting ourselves as we age through improving strength and flexibility, calming the mind, and cultivating equanimity.

Class Schedule: Tuesday evenings, 5:30 pm to 6:40 pm, March 21 through May 9
Location: Mill Creek Sanctuary
Registration Required: YES (see link below)
What to bring: yoga mat, blanket, towel (for knee poses), yoga bolster or second blanket, yoga strap or band, and an open mind and heart
Suggested donation: $10 per session – all proceeds to benefit Mill Creek

About Our Instructor
Margaret Bodine has been practicing yoga for 35 years. She started the Yoga program at the West Grove YMCA 29 years ago and taught there for 5 years. She then taught at The Light Within Yoga studio, West Grove, PA for 10 years and started and taught yoga and mindful meditation to children at Penn London Elementary School for 4 years as part of her curriculum in Pro-Social Skills. She loves practicing and teaching mindful, gentle yoga and meditation for all the benefits it brings to herself and others. Yoga is a wonderful way to calm and center, reducing excess stress, and increasing a sense of peacefulness in one’s life experience. Have questions about the class? You can email Margaret HERE (mailto:margaret_bodine@comcast.net) .
REGISTER HERE: Yoga For Healthy Aging class (mailto:margaret_bodine@comcast.net)

** Thinking about membership?
We invite all who have been considering officially joining the church to take part in Rev. Greg’s series of virtual classes designed to introduce visitors, friends, and anyone interested in learning more about the UU faith and the Mill Creek congregation.

Introduction to UUism
Wednesday, March 22 @ 6:30 pm on Zoom
Rev. Greg will lead a brief, terribly incomplete, kinda cheeky, but mostly true introduction to Unitarian Universalism history, theology, and polity (with a minor tangent to decoding all those abbreviations).

Intro to Mill Creek
Wednesday, March 29 @ 6:30 pm on Zoom
This session is an introduction about the Values, Beliefs, and Mission of Mill Creek with the intention of helping new folks get to know who we are as a religious community.

The Meaning of Membership
Wednesday, April 5 @ 6:30 pm on Zoom
This session is a conversation about what it means to be a member of Mill Creek. It will provide information and establish our shared expectations for membership.

These classes will prepare you to participate in our New Member Ceremony on Sunday, April 16. Contact Rev. Greg (minister@uusmc.org (mailto:minister@uusmc.org) ) with questions or interest.

** Brandywine Friends of Old Time Music: final concert in the series

David Davis & the Warrior River Boys

Friday, March 24, 8 pm
Alabama native and member of the Alabama Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame, David Davis has traveled and performed as front man for the Warrior River Boys since 1984. He is recognized as one of the foremost practitioners of the Monroe mandolin technique. His interest in old-time and bluegrass music grew organically from a musical family; his uncle, Cleo Davis, was Bill Monroe’s original Blue Grass Boy. The group’s latest release is a masterful and exciting collection of songs originally recorded in the 1920’s by the legendary Charlie Poole and his North Carolina Ramblers.

Tickets sold at the door!
General Public, $25; Seniors, $20; Students with ID, $15;
Ages 17 & under, FREE
Take a listen to David Davis & the WRB HERE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oLl0Sc3fR8)

** Rainbow Chorale Returns to Mill Creek!

The Chorale returns to perform one of their popular Cabaret-style shows with individual acts and group numbers.

This Showcase explores the similarities and differences of life experiences of different generations with music evocative of the the ages and stages our members have gone through.

Seating is General Admission, table seating for 4, and live-stream tickets. Use the link below for more information and for tickets!
— > Tickets! Get your tickets here! <— (https://therainbowchorale.org/ages-stages-showcase-tickets)

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)

Share Our Plate: January & February

For the months of January and February, we supported YoungMoms with our donation of $1305.50. YoungMoms, a non-profit organization serving southern Chester County, Pennsylvania, provides the academic, employment, parenting and relational support pregnant and parenting young mothers need to achieve their life goals and improve their lives and those of their children. Learn more about the work they do at https://youngmomschestercounty.org/
Your donations made this possible – thank you.

** MORE WAYS You Can Help Our Meadow and Grounds Efforts
There are many different ways to get involved in church life, and one way includes helping to keep our natural lands healthy and vibrant. This kind of work requires dedication, hard work and effort, and perhaps getting a little dirty. But there are alternative ways to help! Adding to last week’s list, we ask you to consider these:
* Work on the acquisition of a bench and pillar for the Memorial Grove.
* Survey and map our trees and shrubs.
* Write a grant proposal so we can plant more native trees.
* Create a brochure or other handout about our meadow and woodlot habitat.
* Complete paperwork filing for us to qualify for the national Wildlife Federation’s “Sacred Grounds” program.
* Create a Monarch or other wildlife/environmental program for our Children’s RE offering.
* Work to improve our recycling and composting efforts.
* Bring butterfly snacks (orange or other fruit slices) for the plate in the butterfly garden.

Let the team know if you have any questions or how you can help by reaching out to Jamie Kegerise (mailto:jamie@dsofurniture.com) or Amy White. (mailto:amywwhite@comcast.net)

Next week: we will share traditional hands-on methods of involvement in this meaningful and rewarding work which supports our 7th Principle:

Respect for the interdependent web of all existence
of which we are a part.

** Sunday Worship Service Information
March 12, 2023
10:30 am

Join Mill Creek member Rose Arlene Zink for her message:

Music for the morning will be performed by returning guest musician Margaret Love, with Mill Creek member Emma Hull, soloist.

Connect With Us In-Person
10:30 am
* 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

** Led Zeppelin Tribute Band performs this weekend in Havre de Grace, MD

The STAR Centre in Havre de Grace, Maryland is a performing arts theatre featuring diverse cultural offerings including concerts, theatre, dance performances, variety shows, sporting events, lectures, workshops, summer camps, festivals, vendor events, conventions, trade shows, innovative educational opportunities, and more.

The STAR’s ‘Rock the Star’ concert series features an exciting lineup of tribute bands, including Elton John, Bob Seger, U2, Queen, Fleetwood Mac, and more. The next concert in this series features Kashmir, a live Led Zeppelin tribute show, the most authentic representation of Led Zeppelin on the current national touring scene. Each of the 4 band members assumes their individual role with pinpoint accuracy, including the sound and likeness to bring audiences and fans back to the days when this memorable rock band ruled the musical landscape.https://kashmirrocks.com/Learn more about Kashmir (https://kashmirrocks.com/) HERE (https://kashmirrocks.com/) .

Saturday, March 11
8:00 pm
at the STAR
Kashmir Live Led Zeppelin Show: info & tickets HERE (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kashmir-the-live-led-zeppelin-show-tickets-480046280347?aff=ebdssbdestsearch)

The STAR Centre
700 Congress Avenue
Havre de Grace, Maryland 21078

Learn more about the STAR Centre HERE (https://starcentremd.com/)
This year, the STAR is host to a wide array of events, including the area’s most unique summer camps for kids and youth.
Take a look at the STAR’s upcoming events HERE (https://starcentremd.com/events/)

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

** UUA Presidential Forums

Get to know the candidate for UUA President at forums being held in congregations across the country.

Presidential Forums, both in-person and livestream, will be held to allow UUs to learn more about the candidate, the Rev. Dr. Sofia Betancourt. Click the link below to learn more about the forums.
Learn about the Presidential Forums HERE (https://www.uua.org/uuagovernance/elections/2023-presidential-election)
Read Rev. Dr. Betancourt’s Presidential Candidate Statement HERE (https://www.uuworld.org/articles/candidate-statement-betancourt?_gl=1*1jrnnyk*_ga*MTA5NDQ4NjE5Ni4xNjc3MDA2NDky*_ga_CN7F7RET4F*MTY3ODExODY1Mi41LjEuMTY3ODExOTEwOC4wLjAuMA..)


Opportunities for Connection: Central East Region Update

MARCH 2023
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