Weekly Invitation – October 5, 2023


Unitarian Universalist Society of Mill Creek
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** Congregational Life

** Upcoming events, meetings and news to know

** Concert at Mill Creek this Friday Night

Brandywine Friends of Old Time Music (BFOTM) brings their concert series back to Mill Creek featuring two shows this fall, and two more in the spring.

The first concert in the series features South Carolina Broadcasters. Masters of primitive bluegrass, the South Carolina Broadcasters are deeply rooted in the Appalachian musical tradition. Their unadorned instruments and three voices sing the songs of their homeland as only those who know and feel it can. The band features David Sheppard (guitar, vocals), Ivy Sheppard (fiddle, banjo, vocals), and Tom Mindte (mandolin, vocals). Their razor-sharp harmonies, exceptional multi-instrumentation, and fabulous song selection will have listeners riveted to their seats.

Friday, October 6th – 8:00 pm
Tickets sold at the door: General Public, $25; Seniors, $20; Students with ID: $15; Ages 17 & Under, FREE.
Take a listen to the band HERE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUWeKbOlHwg)
Next in the Concert Series: Friday, November 17th @ 8:00 pm

BFOTM is looking forward to hosting
Uncle Henry’s Favorites, a four-member band from Charlottesville, Virginia. More info will be shared about this performance but in the meantime – mark your calendar!

** This Sunday: Come for the Sermon, Stay for the Food!
Everyone is welcome to join us for our monthly potluck lunch this Sunday, October 8th after church service. Bring a main or side dish, dessert, or beverages to share if you like – but it is not a requirement to attend.

** Prospective Member Class this Sunday
Come learn about Unitarian Universalism, about Mill Creek, and what it means to be a member here. If you’re interested in joining the church, you’re welcome to attend this class — but you can also attend if you just want to learn a little more. We’ll meet with Rev. Christian and lay leaders in the MacArtor Library this Sunday, October 8th after the potluck lunch for about an hour to share, learn, and consider membership.

This class will prepare anyone who would like to officially join the church by participating in our New Member Ceremony on Sunday, October 22nd.

Contact Rev. Christian with any questions, minister@uusmc.org (mailto:minister@uusmc.org) .

Sunday, October 8th – 12 noon – MacArtor Library
After the Potluck Lunch

** Share Our Bounty – Collection Begins this Sunday

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)

** 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) 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.

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)

** 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)

** **All Points Bulletin: Missing Key**
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.

** 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 8, 2023
10:30 am
Join Mill Creek Member Rose Arlene Zink for her sermon:
Music will be performed by Mill Creek members Larry and Jennifer Stomberg. Dr. Lawrence Stomberg is professor of Cello and Associate Director of Performance Studies at the University of Delaware. Jennifer Crowell Stomberg is cello instructor, strings department head, and chamber music coordinator at the Music School of Delaware.
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)

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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)

** Happening in Our Local Community

** Workshop: Depolarizing Within

Offered as part of Peace Week Delaware (https://www.peaceweekdelaware.org/) , Depolarizing Within is a 3-hour in-person workshop designed to foster skills to help you lessen the effects of polarization when you encounter them in your political conversations. ‘Polarization’ refers to how we regard and talk about large groups of ordinary people on the other side of the political aisle. This workshop was developed by Braver Angels (https://braverangels.org/) , the nation’s largest grassroots depolarization organization.

Saturday, October 7th, 9:00 am to 12 noon
First Unitarian Church of Wilmington
730 Halstead Road – Brunner Chapel
Wilmington, Delaware
Click here to register (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/depolarizing-within-braver-angels-southeastern-pennsylvania-alliance-registration-702865689197?aff=oddtdtcreator)

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

** What is Love Calling You to Do?

Side with Love is a public advocacy campaign that seeks to harness love’s power to stop oppression. It is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and all are welcome to join. Click the link below to learn more, and subscribe to get updates.
Click HERE to learn more about Side with Love (https://sidewithlove.org/)

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