Weekly Invitation – October 12, 2023

Unitarian Universalist Society of Mill Creek
We are a community that invites you to awaken to love.
Click on any topic of interest to jump to that particular announcement.

Or…continue scrolling so you don’t miss anything!

This week, we invite you:

Editor’s Note:
If you do not see ‘Opportunities for Connection: Central East Region Update’ as the very last section of this email (look for the little purple map), you’re not seeing the whole email. You may need to click on ‘view entire message’, ‘view in browser’ or something similar, depending on your device.

** Congregational Life

** Upcoming events, meetings and news to know

** New Phishing Scam
There is a new phishing scam in the form of an email purportedly from Rev. Christian Schmidt. It reads, “Blessings, Have you got spare time for a request?” Note that this email is sent from the following address: ‘Rev. Christian Schmidt ‘. We are unaware of exactly how many people have received it.

As a reminder, Rev. Schmidt’s emails will always:
* come from either his church email, ‘minister@uusmc.org’ or his personal email, ‘the.christian.schmidt@gmail.com’, and…
* be specific as to the reason for the email.

Rev. Schmidt’s emails will never :
* come from an unrecognized email address;
* be vague or mysterious;
* ask for money, gift cards, PayPal information, etc.;
* hint about an unspecified project; or…
* express unfounded urgency.

We unfortunately have no control over these types of scams so we remind you to always be vigilant!

** Share Our Bounty
Now through Sunday, November 12
This Sunday we begin our fall food drive: Share Our Bounty. We are collecting non-perishable food items now through Sunday, November 12. We will be supporting the Food Bank of Delaware and Kennett Area Community Service Food Cupboard (in PA) with our donations.

In past years we’ve assembled individual family-sized food boxes designed to provide a full Thanksgiving meal. After consulting with these two organizations, we’ve decided to collect the food items most needed by each one (like hot & cold cereals, spaghetti/tomato sauce, peanut butter, etc.), plus Thanksgiving standards (such as canned cranberry sauce, instant mashed potatoes, canned/jarred gravy, etc.).

Look for the collection bin in the gathering space where you can pick up a printed flyer containing a list of acceptable food items. OR – click the button below. See or contact Becky Varlas (mailto:rebeccavarlas@gmail.com?subject=share%20our%20bounty) with any questions about this project.

Thank you for your support!
Click HERE to see the full list of non-perishable food items (https://www.uusmc.org/wp-content/uploads/Share-Our-Bounty-2023.pdf)

** In Appreciation: Hospitality Team
Have you ever enjoyed a hot cup of coffee or tea or snacked on a cookie or other treat after church service on a Sunday?

If so, it’s because our Hospitality Team made it happen: Carol Yetter, Frank Burns, Suzanne Smith, and Susan Klugerman work together to enhance our worship experience by offering refreshments each week. We are grateful for their willingness to serve our church community!

The team always welcomes a few more helping hands. See Carol, Frank, Suzanne or Susan if you’d like to participate in this important part of church life at Mill Creek.

Hospitality is not about entertaining – it’s about engaging.

** Peace Week Delaware

“We Are One”

From Saturday, October 7th through Sunday, October 15th, peace-loving people across our state will celebrate Peace Week Delaware — a statewide series of events, gatherings, forums and more — to raise awareness and hope for peace in our communities, nation, and world. This year’s theme is “We Are One.”

This annual event brings together organizations from all over the Delaware area to celebrate and promote a common cause: Peace.
Click here to learn more about the 40+ events featured this year! (https://www.peaceweekdelaware.org/attend-events/)
One particular event, “Gathering Together With Music,” is an informal gathering at Resurrection Parish RC Church and is designed to bring people of all faiths together in music. Churches of all denominations in our local area (including Mill Creek by person-to-person invitation) have been invited to attend and perform music emphasizing peace, love, compassion, and justice. Bring your instrument of choice (a keyboard will be available for use). Or, you can attend and simply enjoy the music. Everyone is welcome. Click the button below if you have questions or would like to express your interest in this free event. All are welcome.

This Friday, October 13 – 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Resurrection Parish
3000 Videre Drive (off Linden Hill Road)
>>In the Church Gathering Space<< Wilmington, Delaware Gathering Toegether With Music – RSVP here (mailto:wm7davis@gmail.com?subject=Gathering%20Together%20With%20Music) ** Board Announces Creation of New Committee ———————————————————— As we put the foyer and sanctuary back together after painting, and for future wall item replacements, we are starting a decorating committee. Please talk to Steve Selph (mailto:mutiny397@yahoo.com) if this interests you. ** Music & Arts Potluck with Bea and Patti ———————————————————— Everyone is invited to join church members Bea Webb and Patti Ferich in the sanctuary on Saturday, October 21^st at 3:00 pm for a Music & Arts Potluck – an opportunity for fellowship and to share and enjoy each other’s talents. Bring your instrument of choice and plan to play 1-3 pieces. Or you can sing a favorite song, read poetry, or read/tell/share a short story. Or do something entirely different! Bring a dish to share and we will enjoy our love of music, arts, and food! All are welcome – whether or not you plan to perform. Let Bea and Patti know you’re coming by clicking the RSVP button below. RSVP here (mailto:?subject=violinefurmir%40comcast.net&body=Music%20%26%20Arts%20Potluck%20RSVP) ** UUDAN Seeks Representation from Mill Creek ———————————————————— UUDAN, the Unitarian Universalist Delaware Advocacy Network, brings together the five Delaware UU congregations to engage in local legislative action. Their mission is to inform, recruit and mobilize UU advocates to work, in partnership with other advocacy organizations, for the many social justice issues in the state of Delaware. Church member Jack Guerin has long been the representative from Mill Creek for this organization. He is stepping down from this position to devote more time to other areas of social justice, leaving a vacancy. The work of UUDAN is enhanced by having the support of all the UU congregations in Delaware. If you’re interested in social justice issues in the State of Delaware and engaging with legislative advocacy and national social justice issues which can be addressed by the Delaware congressional delegation, consider becoming a member of the UUDAN Steering Committee. Rebecca Laster from First Unitarian chairs the Steering Committee. She will be scheduling a first meeting for this year sometime this month, and then there will be monthly meetings which usually feature speakers related to the UUDAN advocacy initiatives. You may contact Rebecca Laster HERE with questions or interest. (mailto:blaster102@verizon.net?subject=UUDAN) ** **Missing Church Items** ———————————————————— We keep a ‘key’ above each set of double entrance doors (it is a small allen wrench-style key on a red coiled keychain). This ‘key’ is used to unlock/lock the doors from the inside. There are two of them. One of these keys is missing – if you have it, please return as soon as possible. If you know where it is or where it was left, please contact the church office (mailto:administrator@uusmc.org?subject=missing%20key) . Thank you. Also missing: four tablecloths. Please return them if you have them at home for washing, etc. See Laura Bonner with questions. ** Unity Youth at Mill Creek ———————————————————— The Art Lab and Youth Lounge (blue room) are open exclusively for teens every Sunday, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. ALL TEENS are welcome to be a part of Unity Youth to drop in and create — or just hang out. Bring a friend! Have questions or want more info? Click Here. (mailto:arts@uusmc.org) ** 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 September and October we are supporting: Sean’s House Located at 136 W. Main Street in Newark, Sean’s House is a free resource for young adults ages 14-24. It is a home-like space designed to help members of our community improve their health and wellbeing and connect with their peers in a safe and confidential environment. Support is available 24/7 for young adults to talk about mental health or substance use challenges with other young adult Peer Specialists who have lived experience with similar challenges. The goal of these services is to improve wellness, empower members of the community, and connect young adults to resources and communities of support that meet their specific needs, with the hope of reducing the rate of youth suicide by providing a place for young adults to feel safe, welcomed, and supported. Our donations will support the Sean’s House Peer24 Program, a training program designed to provide the skills necessary to offer the high level of support offered to visitors. We know that in order to fight darkness, we need a team of light. A team full of family, friends, and mental health specialists with a common goal to support those who are currently fighting their own darkness. Learn more about Sean’s House here (https://seanshousesl24.com/) Support this organization with your online donation HERE. Be sure to select ‘Share Our Plate’ as the giving fund. Thank you! (https://onrealm.org/MillCreek/Give) ** Sunday Worship Service Information October 15, 2023 10:30 am ———————————————————— Rev. Christian Schmidt returns to the pulpit to share his sermon, “Ordinary Heroes.” As we kick off our generosity campaign, we’ll talk about the everyday acts of heroism we can all do, and that together we can do so much more. Music will be performed by Mill Creek member Karen Rege. Dr. Karen Rege holds a bachelor’s degree in music from the Hartt School of Music, and a Master’s degree in historical musicology from University of Michigan in addition to her doctorate in educational leadership from UD. She plays piano, harpsichord, and a variety of percussion instruments, including African drums. She is currently working on her second album of original compositions which will hopefully be released in late 2024. Karen will be joined for the Interlude by Mill Creek member Diana Saunders who will perform on flute. Connect With Us In-Person * Service begins at 10:30 am * 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. Christian Schmidt, Minister In Office: Sundays & Tuesdays minister@uusmc.org (mailto:minister@uusmc.org) 979-450-2477 (cell) To request a teleconference, or an in-person or Zoom meeting with Rev. Christian – CLICK HERE (https://calendar.google.com/calendar/u/0/appointments/schedules/AcZssZ1ETx17XToDEx3GC5293hfnHTj-VJpBMu_m7SpHkuCcHozb-ceUiT3H-hDGLbziPku9hYBquodp) Debra Damiani, Congregational Administrator Monday 9 am to 2 pm, Monday-Thursday administrator@uusmc.org (mailto:administrator@uusmc.org) 302-369-2712 ** Happening in Our Local Community ———————————————————— ** Apple Butter Festival in Elkton, MD this Saturday ———————————————————— The Elk Creeks Preservation Society presents the 46th Annual Apple Butter Festival this Saturday at The Bee Hive – a historical complex of colonial buildings where Scottish settlers lived and worked. The festival features traditional Scottish fare, live music featuring bag pipes and other folk music, working artisans, hayrides, local craft and food vendors, plus cider, local honey, and lots of apple butter – made on site. Admission to the festival is free. Apple Butter Festival Saturday, October 14 – 10 am to 4 pm The Bee Hive 3927 Telegraph Road (Rt. 273 and Little Elk Creek Road) Elkton, Maryland 21921 Did you know…? The Elk Creeks Preservation Society (https://www.elkcreekspreservationsociety.com/) is a non-profit organization founded in 1977. Their name is derived from the two branches of the Elk River: the Big Elk Creek and the Little Elk Creek. The purpose of the Society is to restore and maintain historic structures and properties within the Elk Creeks watershed, while sharing the knowledge of local history. ** News from the UUA, the Central East Region, and the Delmarva Cluster ———————————————————— ** Statement from UUA President Regarding the Conflict Between Israel and Hamas ———————————————————— UUA President the Rev. Dr. Sofía Betancourt shares a statement on the recent tragic flare of violence between Israel and Hamas and encourages UUs not to turn away. Read Rev. Dr. Betancourt’s Statement HERE (https://www.uua.org/pressroom/press-releases/statement-israel-and-hamas) https://www.uua.org/central-east ** Opportunities for Connection: Central East Region Update ———————————————————— OCTOBER 2023 Featured Resource: Disaster Relief Fund 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://www.uua.org/central-east/blog/opportunities-923) ============================================================ ** Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/UUSMC) ** Website (https://www.uusmc.org) ** Instagram (http://instagram.com/millcreekuu) Copyright © *|CURRENT_YEAR|* *|LIST:COMPANY|*, All rights reserved. *|IFNOT:ARCHIVE_PAGE|* *|LIST:DESCRIPTION|* Our mailing address is: *|LIST_ADDRESS|* *|END:IF|* Want to change how you receive these emails? You can ** update your preferences (*|UPDATE_PROFILE|*) or ** unsubscribe from this list (*|UNSUB|*) . *|IF:REWARDS|* *|REWARDS_TEXT|* *|END:IF|*