Weekly Invitation – November 10, 2022

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

** Congregational Life

** Upcoming events, meetings and news to know

** Networking Opportunities for Church Leadership

The Central East Region (https://www.uua.org/central-east) (CER) of the UUA is conducting a series of networking calls which will provide an opportunity for anyone in church leadership – board & staff members, committee chairs & participants, or any other leaders – to interact with other local congregations in our region to share ideas and learn from each other. CER staff members will be on each call. Choose a date and time that works for you.

Here is the schedule:
Thursday, November 10: 6:00-7:30 pm
Thursday, January 19: 12:30-2:00 pm and/or 6:00-7:30 pm
Thursday, April 20: 12:30-2:00 pm and/or 6:00-7:30 pm
Join any of the meetings HERE (https://uua.zoom.us/j/91715972968?pwd=RG4rYk52QkFNaXA4cmNnZzV1UHpuQT09)

** Solar Panel Stats!
Installation Date: February 7, 2018
CO2 Emissions Saved: 67,401.66 kg
Equivalent Trees Planted: 1,121.76

Data reported as of 11/9/22.

** New Member Orientation Class Series
We are offering a series of virtual classes designed to introduce visitors, friends, and even current members who might be interested in learning more about the UU faith and the Mill Creek congregation. Attendance is expected for all three sessions. Use the link below to attend via Zoom. All are welcome!

Introduction to Unitarians, Universalists, and Unitarian Universalists
Monday, November 14 @ 7 pm on Zoom
Rev. Greg will lead a brief, terribly incomplete, kinda cheeky, but mostly true introduction to UU history, theology, and polity. (With a minor tangent to decoding all those abbreviations.)

Intro to Mill Creek
Monday, November 21 @ 7 pm on Zoom
Rev. Greg leads a conversation 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
Monday, November 28 @ 7 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.
Have questions about this series? You can connect with Rev. Greg HERE (mailto:minister@uusmc.org) .
Click here to attend the series via Zoom (https://georgetown.zoom.us/j/95383179518)

** New Member Ceremony
We invite those who have been considering officially joining the church but have not yet, to join us on Sunday, December 4 for our New Member Ceremony. If you are interested in membership and are thinking that now is the time, we invite you to reach out to Rev. Greg (mailto:minister@uusmc.org?subject=new%20member%20ceremony) so he may include you in our celebration.


Share Our Plate:
November & December

We regularly donate a portion of our undesignated plate collection to a local charity or non-profit organization. For the months of November & December we are supporting the following charitable organization:

Life Lines “Home Base” Program
A program offered by West End Neighborhood House

The Life Lines “Home Base” Drop In Center, Delaware’s first youth Resource Center specifically created for unaccompanied youth between 18-23 years of age, is one of several specifically targeted programs designed to support this youth population. This group has been historically difficult to identify given the nature of their transient behaviors. Providing a space that’s safe and accessible by car, bus (and even on foot) will allow for access to services they may need, but not identify on their own. The Drop In Center is equipped with state-of-the-art electronics, not only for entertainment purposes, but also to facilitate education and interaction. Youth are able to wash their clothes, establish an address to receive and check mail, enjoy a meal, take a hot shower, and relax while receiving the much-needed assistance that many need but may be too fearful to seek out.
LEARN MORE about Life Lines Programs HERE (https://westendnh.org/programs/life-lines-programs/)
Support this organization with your online donation today!**
DONATE to Share Our Plate HERE (https://onrealm.org/MillCreek/-/give/now)
**Be sure to select ‘Share Our Plate’ as the giving fund**

** Critton Hollow String Band Performs at Mill Creek Next Friday
Brandywine Friends of Old Time Music
presents a concert series at Mill Creek…

The first concert in the series features:
Critton Hollow String Band
Check them out by clicking HERE (http://crittonhollow.com/ch.html) .

Mark your calendar for Friday, November 18, 8 pm.

Since 1975, the Critton Hollow String Band tends a stable of songs from the first settlements of Appalachia to the best of contemporary American folk music. Joe Herrmann, Sam Herrmann and Joe Fallon combine precise instrumentation, melodic interplay, and three-part harmony to create a warm and engaging sound. Their songs express a range of experience that can make you laugh or cry. Their ballads tell stories of bad men and disappointed lovers. Their instrumentals will make you want to get up and dance or sit back and listen. In every case, the music is pure joy.

No advance tickets, no online registrations, no box office…
General public: $20
Seniors: $17
Students with ID: $10
Ages 17 & under: FREE
Brandywine Friends of Old Time Music: Learn More HERE (https://brandywinefriends.org/)
Up next in the series:
Shelton & Williams
Performing a variety of styles including original, classic country, gospel, blues, traditional and progressive bluegrass and Americana.
Friday, December 9th at 8 pm
Check them out by clicking HERE (https://sheltonandwilliams.com/)

** Worship Service Information
Sunday, November 13, 2022
10:30 am

Join us for a Special Service:
Transgender Day of Remembrance

Featuring Guest Speaker
Rev. Mary C. Johnson

Who will present her sermon:

** Potluck Lunch this Sunday
Plan to stay with us after the service for our Second Sunday Potluck Lunch. Feel free to bring a dish or beverage to share (not a requirement to attend). Everyone is welcome!
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 now 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!

** 2023 Generosity Campaign Ongoing
Pledge cards for the upcoming pledge year have been mailed. If you have not already made your pledge of support for this Campaign you may return your card in the envelope provided; or place it in the offering plate or collection box on an upcoming Sunday; or simply email your pledge info to administrator@uusmc.org (mailto:administrator@uusmc.org) .

OR – use the link below to make your pledge online through Realm.

The finance team is hoping to have all pledges received by Wednesday, Nov. 23 – this gives the team adequate time to prepare the budget for 2023. Feel free to contact the church office with questions, or email generosity@uusmc.org (mailto:generosity@uusmc.org) .

Thank you to everyone who has made a pledge –
we appreciate your support.
Enter your pledge quickly & easily by clicking HERE (https://onrealm.org/MillCreek/AddPledge/2023pledgecampaign)
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 8 am to 1 pm, Monday-Thursday
administrator@uusmc.org (mailto:administrator@uusmc.org)

Rachel Sabella, Music Director
Hours by Appointment
music@uusmc.org (mailto:music@uusmc.org)

** Happening in Our Local Community

** Unionville Art Gala

Kennett Square, PA

A Free Event This Weekend

The Unionville Art Gala continues its tradition of sharing artistic excellence with the local community as it celebrates its 45th year. This art show provides a venue for over 70 artists who share their talents in Oil, Jewelry, Watercolor, Glass, Wood, Pottery, Pastels, Sculpture, Photography, Mixed Media, and more, and includes a Silent Auction. The diverse art displayed at this event ranges from vibrant abstract modernism and sweeping lush landscapes to traditional pastels and glass works. Click the link below to learn more.

Friday, November 11, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, November 12, 11 am – 4 pm
Free Admission

Unionville High School
750 Unionville Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348
30% of all proceeds benefit the Unionville PTO to help fund various educational enhancement projects that enrich the overall educational experience of Unionville High School students.
More details about the Art Gala – click here (https://www.unionvilleartgala.com/)
Check Out the Silent Auction Here (https://www.32auctions.com/organizations/88424/auctions/131079?page=1&r=1&t=all)

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

** General Assembly 2023: Faithfully Becoming
General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). The theme for GA 2023 is “Faithfully Becoming.”

Participants gather to worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. We will consider new articulations of Article II (including our Principles and Purpose) and elect a new President to lead our Association. Featured prominently throughout GA will be themes of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) – learn more about DEIB here (https://vimeo.com/767034204/254990c6bc) .

This is a multi-platform meeting with events held both virtually and in-person. Anyone may attend.
Learn more about General Assembly 2023 – click here (https://www.uua.org/ga)


Opportunities for Connection: Central East Region Update

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