Weekly Invitation – September 14, 2023

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** Congregational Life

** Upcoming events, meetings and news to know

** L’Shana Tovah

Rosh Hashanah (meaning “head or first of the year”) is a celebration of the Jewish New Year signifying the end of the Hebrew calendar cycle. It marks the beginning of the Jewish High Holy Days leading up to Yom Kippur. This year it begins at sunset on Friday, September 15th and ends at sundown on Sunday, September 17th. It is often treated as a time to reflect on the previous year and focus on hopes for the coming year.

We extend wishes for a very good and sweet New Year to all who celebrate.
Click here for a deliciously moist Honey Apple Cake recipe that is perfect to serve on this holiday – or any other! (https://toriavey.com/honey-apple-cake/)

** Join our Autumnal Equinox Celebration
Everyone is welcome to join us! Contact Regina Guarino (mailto:regina139@msn.com?subject=Autumnal%20Equinox%20Celebration) with questions about this event.

** Come to Our Next Campfire!
Join us in the Memorial Grove on Saturday, September 30th for an autumn campfire. More details will be announced soon. In the meantime – mark your calendar so you don’t miss it!

** Monthly Lunch with the Minister

Everyone is welcome to join Rev. Christian for an informal lunch at church on the first Tuesday of every month. Next gathering: Tuesday, October 3rd. He’ll prepare a main dish, usually soup or a casserole, or you may bring your own bag lunch. It’s a low-pressure time to be together, talk, and share a meal.

** Prospective Member Class
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 on 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, after the Potluck Lunch
MacArtor Library

** Lost and Found
Found: Ear buds case with one bud missing. Contact the church office (mailto:administrator@uusmc.org?subject=lost%20%26%20found) to claim.

** Chalice Circles at Mill Creek
Chalice Circles are small groups that provide a supportive environment for people to meet and discuss topics relevant to our lives as well as share our stories, our experiences, and our ideas. Circles are an opportunity to get to know each other on a deeper level and develop a more meaningful spirituality. Some Circles are meeting virtually, and some in person. Circles can gather during the day or evening, at church or someone’s home.

If you’re interested in joining a Circle or just have questions, contact Jeanne Hanson (mailto:jeanne.m.hanson@gmail.com?subject=chalice%20circles) , or the church office (mailto:administrator@uusmc.org?subject=chalice%20circles) (302-369-2712).

Here’s what people are saying about Chalice Circles:

“During the pandemic, the circle has been a wonderful means of keeping in close touch with these members of our church. And in ordinary times, the circle meetings provide friendship as well as an opportunity to think more deeply about what our church means to us.”

“Joining a Chalice Circle was the most significant thing I did once I joined this church community several years ago. It is my main source for support.”

“The sisterhood of my chalice circle has been a lifeline for me. We ZOOM every week, sharing our own stories and deeply listening to the stories of others. Such a gift.”

“I have been participating in the men’s chalice circle for over two years now. It has been a wonderful way for me to connect with other members of the church on a deeper and more personal level. It has shown me additional view points and brought me a different set of tools for living my spiritual life. It has also brought me a lot of laughter and a place of emotional support in times of need.”

“The women in my Circle mean so much to me, we care for and about each other in a way I find difficult to achieve away from church.”

** 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
September 17, 2023
10:30 am
Join us for Rev. Christian Schmidt’s sermon:

What can a long view of history teach us about our religion, our congregation, and ourselves? Join us as we look back on our humble beginnings as a church, and look forward to the future.

Music for the morning will be performed by Kathryn Tuttle on violin. Kathryn is an experienced violinist, teacher and performer from Columbus, Indiana. She earned her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance at Butler University and is currently working towards her Master of Music in Violin Performance at the University of Delaware. Recently Kathryn has been performing as a section violinist for five seasons with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, an orchestra which regularly records for NAXOS Records and has won five ASCAP awards. She has performed with the Butler University Ballet Orchestra for four seasons, performing major productions with one of the top collegiate ballet programs in the nation. Outside of orchestral experience, Kathryn enjoys regularly performing chamber music with both her midwest-based and east-coast string quartets.
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)

** Happening in Our Local Community
Willkommen! One of the region’s largest Oktoberfest celebrations returns to Newark this weekend: Friday through Sunday, September 15 through 17. Admission is $10 and includes access to unlimited amusement rides, live entertainment, delicious food* and plenty of beverage options from pilsner (beer) and mead to wine, ciders and spirits. The event begins with an opening parade and continues with live entertainment throughout the weekend.

*For many, the main attraction will be the delicious and plentiful German specialties like Bratwurst (pork sausage), Weisswuurst (veal sausage), potato salad, sauerkraut and more, with a variety of torten and traditional plum cake. Also featured and available for purchase will be a variety of imported gifts and souvenirs including mugs, glassware, t-shirts, hats, and accessories.

Delaware Saengerbund
49 Salem Church Road
Newark, Delaware
Remote parking & shuttle bus service available
Learn all about it HERE (https://www.delawaresaengerbund.org/v5_Oktoberfest.shtml)
Did you know…?
The Bavarian tradition of Oktoberfest began on October 12, 1810 with the celebration of the royal marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig (who later became King Ludwig I), and Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. A large fest was held five days after the marriage and thus began the international celebration of German culture we know today. Most Oktoberfests are held in September to take advantage of milder weather.

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Opportunities for Connection: Central East Region Update


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Opportunities for Connection – click here to learn more (https://www.uua.org/central-east/blog/opportunities-923)

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