Weekly Invitation – May 4, 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

Online Auction Open until 8 pm Saturday

The bidding is ongoing…
Have you checked out all the great deals yet?!?
Click the button below to view all of the fantastic items available now for bidding during our ONLINE AUCTION featuring everything from original artworks, stuffed gift baskets, made-to-order gourmet foods, and so much more. Anyone with the link can view, but a login is required to bid and make purchases.

Some items have already SOLD OUT – don’t delay!!
And did you know…? Anyone can play! Share the link with your family and friends so they can have the opportunity to make bids. Church membership is not required to participate. Winning bidders must pick up their items at church on Auction Day.
ONLINE AUCTION: view and bid here (https://www.32auctions.com/uusmcderby)
Auction Catalog Now Available
Take a look at all of the items slated for the auction block on Saturday by clicking the button below. The catalog also includes a description of the online items.
AUCTION CATALOG: view it here (https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AEgSHoHcddn2RgY&cid=1575D733983D73DA&id=1575D733983D73DA%21190328&parId=1575D733983D73DA%21186476&o=OneUp)
Click the blue button below to purchase yours online.

Purchasing your tickets prior to Auction Day is highly recommended!!
It gives us an accurate head count needed to purchase enough food for everyone.
(Plus…it saves you $5 per ticket!)
Click HERE to purchase your tickets (https://onrealm.org/MillCreek/PublicRegistrations/Event?linkString=ZTFjOWRiYzgtNDU4OC00OTQ3LWI3NzAtYWZkYjAwZmQ2YWRj)

** Volunteer Spotlight

Sanctuary chair cleaning project: COMPLETE!

Last Friday, April 30th, was a cold and rainy day – but that didn’t stop the following people from pitching in help vacuum the sanctuary chairs: David Bonner, Lauri Rickard, Jerry Bilton, Ann & Roy Draper, and Janice Buckwalter. The chairs are now hair and lint free!

If you see David, Lauri, Jerry, Ann, Roy or Janice – say THANK YOU!

** Flower Communion Returns
We are happy to announce the return of our traditional Flower Communion on Sunday, May 14 – Mother’s Day. This year marks the 100-year anniversary of this UU ritual, originally created in 1923 by Unitarian minister Norbert Čapek of Prague, Czechoslovakia.
* Everyone is invited to bring a flower from their garden or flower shop.
* Each person places the flower they brought on the altar or in a shared vase.
* The congregation and minister bless the flowers.
* The flowers are then redistributed, with each person bringing home a different flower than the one they brought.

** Meet Ted Johnson

We don’t cut corners…
we clean them!

Ted Johnson is the owner and operator of Theadore Johnson & Associates – our cleaning service. Ted has been operating his business since 2003. He provides services for residential, corporate, commercial, & industrial clients, health care facilities, and organizations like Mill Creek. Ted has been providing weekly and special event cleaning services for us since October 2022. When he’s not working, Ted can be found in the gym, the boxing ring, or with his family.
If you see Ted in the building – SAY HI!

** Park Benches on Church Grounds Coming Soon
We are excited to announce a project which will allow for a more meditative experience in our Memorial Grove and welcoming opportunities within our meadows.

Using designated funds from memorial gifts, park benches are being procured from Eco Plastic Products of Delaware (ECOP). ECOP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that recycles eligible plastic and transforms it into consumer products.

ECOP uses recyclable plastic marked #2, #4 and #5 ONLY in their process. In exchange for our donation of recyclables marked accordingly, we will receive a discount on our order. Look for the recycling triangle stamped with #2, #4 or #5 on the bottom of food containers, laundry & cleaning products, bags, etc., and bring in your clean, dry, empty items (no liquids or food residue). We will have a bin set up for this collection.
Learn more about this organization and the work they do. (https://www.ecoplasticproducts.org/)

** Rev. Greg Out of Office
Rev. Greg is away through Sunday, May 7; he will be back in the office on Monday, May 8. 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.

** 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.

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

** Delaware Statewide Advocacy Workshop

Investing in Peace
This is a unique opportunity to learn about effective advocacy and peace-building! The Friends Committee on National Legislation (https://click.actionnetwork.org/ss/c/atcYNHk4Eh2YdGnwBh-YDOWKKeRVt4ghfat19WIZZ5pMCuWlTqtqGxADhYNe9NqOj1uG3EZdNTsmKeFQ_awie0j7TQx8EU3p3n2OB4NeRYU95SWdkLGivcEGVBR3wmj_ENFXFbDnipAMU-LRxebQN5Ae-w4onndlztSHIJtYfKXJ3T2y5KyrArS6n73gK9A_q7G4hf04IY53elk25d_cOiqseLMr49zVEYysawGbxWqQANUae5jxo0KUNO7dpWHJ/3vr/4RX_819bQqaoiC68kDh_7A/h0/PFhdBfKJU0WrJXiVGRJGMJMOG9QeXb5-GA2u6UF-kKE) (FCNL) is coming to share their time, experience, and talents with Delaware. They will teach us about story-based, relationship-building advocacy. In this fun, interactive, and informative training we will learn about advocating for Federal policies that support peace rather than war.

For 2023, FCNL’s campaign, Investing in Peace (https://click.actionnetwork.org/ss/c/A7GQnnr_XzUYyessq5BiRKVTzowgjFdugttIEtEBEOmqnXMF_runoe4RUGZqwEi5VIONWGDaSpLK4WLtgPN7k6IVqPsgT5i06Atrv4ttjM6UkmJ701PvGtwIF-2M-zrk6n7XRgkiKHwVPbGy-vyvLOYLsp9XG97w6Cdn7P9y9SRJHX0ZnIGP2Jr7BJvVTDSDegQXCJe4af5GMADuG7EIk0DLjZek-dFiURDiG9jOsm_bdR8t0RyvovX_sU6mZQZn/3vr/4RX_819bQqaoiC68kDh_7A/h1/mT3Es3Q9JqNOZ8dsGRZj3quDhxViydWwp2qT_qlT9S8) pushes our Federal Government to include money in the 2024 Federal budget for essential peace-building funds. Come learn more about it!

Saturday May 13, 2023, from 1:00-4:00pm
Simpson Community Center*
8 Rd 4
Camden, DE 19934
*Virtual attendance is also an option.
Details will be shared after you register.
FCNL Advocacy teams work to influence Congressional action through persistent advocacy, media engagement, and public outreach as part of a national network of 130+ advocacy teams in 45 states. FCNL wants to build a strong Delaware Peace Advocacy Team – and YOU can join this important work!
Register HERE to attend this Workshop (https://act.fcnl.org/event/advocacy-teams/3137/?link_id=2&can_id=03916e92c2beb71bbd578b62b476efd8&source=email-peace-advocacy-training&email_referrer=email_1899525&email_subject=peace-advocacy-training)

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 May and June we are supporting:

Urban Bike Project

Located on North Walnut Street in Wilmington, Urban Bike Project (UBP) supports Wilmington communities by providing access to bicycling as a healthy, affordable, and practical means of transportation and recreation. Bicycles provide reliable, healthy, and emissions-free transportation. UBP’s work is guided by three core principles: open access for all Wilmington residents, opportunities for residents to build self-sufficiency, and community-driven programming that is responsive to resident needs. UBP offers a wide array of services: open-shop hours for repairs; retail-only hours; youth-only shop hours; a free bike program; several youth programs including build-a-bike summer camp; instruction classes; and a variety of other services, events, and networking opportunities.
Learn more about UBP here (http://www.urbanbikeproject.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
May 7, 2023
10:30 am

Join Mill Creek member Stephen Petersen for his message:

Exploring and expressing what is unique to oneself has been a theme of Unitarian thinkers from Emerson and Thoreau, to E.E. Cummings and Buckminster Fuller, and beyond. We will consider how nonconformity goes hand in hand with creativity and the awakening of the artist in each of us.

Stephen Petersen has practiced, taught, and written about visual art for over 30 years. A longtime member and former co-chair of the Worship team, he and his family have attended Mill Creek since 2004.

Music for the morning will be performed by award-winning UD graduate student Bensen Kwan.

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

** Local Farmers Markets Reopen for the Season
Today & tomorrow mark the opening day for a few local farmers markets:

Glasgow Park – Opens Thursday, May 4, 3-7 pm
2275 Pulaski Highway (Rt. 40), Newark

Carousel Park – Opens Friday, May 5, 2-6 pm
3700 Limestone Road, Pike Creek

Bellevue Community Center – Opens Friday, 4-7 pm
510 Duncan Road, North Wilmington
(Behind Bellevue Community Center)

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

** Celebrating Trans and Nonbinary People & Their Families

Groundbreaking in its depictions of joy and community, Authentic Selves, Celebrating Trans and Nonbinary People and Their Families, a collection of interviews edited by Peggy Gillespie, celebrates trans and nonbinary people and their families in stunning photographs and their own words. The book is the June 2023 Justice and Spirit: Unitarian Universalist Book Club selection (https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/173731-justice-and-spirit-unitarian-universalist-book-club) and is available for purchase at InSpirit: UUA Bookstore and Gift Shop – click the button below.
Buy the book HERE (https://www.uuabookstore.org/Authentic-Selves-P19547.aspx?_gl=1*v3mggc*_ga*NjUzNTY3MTk4LjE2NzkzMzE5NTk.*_ga_CN7F7RET4F*MTY4MzIxMDc2Mi4xNy4xLjE2ODMyMTA4OTYuMC4wLjA.)

Opportunities for Connection: Central East Region Update

MAY 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=275d7fb2fd45098ad5c3ece2ed4a2824.6028&s=8983449a6b0e04757c2c9729fa49f044)

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