Weekly Invitation – September 21, 2023

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** Congregational Life

** Upcoming events, meetings and news to know

** Autumn Equinox Celebration this Friday
Everyone is welcome tomorrow evening – Friday, September 22nd at 7:00 pm – when we celebrate the Autumn Equinox. Join us as we recognize the end of summer and welcome the beginning of fall. Bring snacks or beverages to share if you like. Contact Regina Guarino (mailto:regina139@msn.com) with questions about this event.

** 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)

** Minister Out of Office
Rev. Christian will be away next week and unavailable by phone or email. Contact the Board (mailto:board@uusmc.org) or the church office (mailto:administrator@uusmc.org) any questions or concerns.

** Introduction to Cohousing

Building Community, Connection and Cooperation

The Newark Area Cohousing Organization is working to build a cohousing community in the Newark/northern Delaware area. If you are interested in living in a more cooperative and environmentally sustainable way, then cohousing might be for you.

All are welcome to attend an Introduction to Cohousing session on Thursday, September 28th from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at:
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark – UUFN
420 Willa Road
Newark, Delaware
**This is a FREE event**
Have questions or want more information? Contact the group HERE (mailto:newarkareacoho@gmail.com)

** Come to Our Next Campfire!
Everyone is welcome to join us in the Memorial Grove for some relaxing social time around the campfire on Saturday, September 30 at 6:30 pm. Bring your own chair or a blanket if you wish. Sunset Alert: the sun sets around 7 pm this time of year – we’re at a good vantage point if the weather cooperates.

Note About Accessibility: there is a slight grassy incline leading to the campfire site.

** 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.

** Concert Series at Mill Creek
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!

** 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 – MacArtor Library
After the Potluck Lunch

** 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.
** 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.

** Rescued Dog Needs a Home
Benji, an approximately 11-12-month-old male is a mixed breed (possibly pit bull & Jack Russell). He’s super sweet and deserves a forever home. Contact Jo at 302-747-6055.

** Front Entrance Clean-Up

Our front entrance got another sprucing up thanks to these chalice circle members: Anna Hull, Ewa Iracka, Jim Fossler, Ann Fossler, Janice Buckwalter, and Laura Bonner.


** 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, experiences, and 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 others 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) , or the church office (mailto:administrator@uusmc.org) (302-369-2712).

** 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 24, 2023
10:30 am
Join us for guest speaker Rev. Sarah Skochko’s sermon:

We are surrounded by history in our daily lives, even as we ourselves are making it. This Sunday we’ll take a contemplative look at our place in the ceaseless flow of time. For one holy hour out of the week, let’s hold still and look around.

Rev. Sarah Skochko is a Unitarian Universalist minister, chaplain, and writer. She lives in Philadelphia, PA and produces the YouTube series “Things Unitarian Universalists Should Know.” You can view it HERE (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNcPKpJQOEAs4SKGXSUKaaQ) .

Music for the morning will be performed by Mill Creek members Brian Hanson and Emma Hull, with Margaret Love accompanying.

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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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

** Concert this Saturday Honors the Music and Legacy of Bob Marley

The 29th annual People’s Festival celebrates Bob Marley’s legacy of unity, one love, equal rights and justice for all. Passionate international and local performers bring World Beat and Reggae music to this family-friendly event with programming for children of all ages. The People’s Festival produces a world-class event featuring international foods, arts and crafts from all around the world.
Peoples Festival – Tribute to Bob Marley
Saturday, September 23rd – 2:00 to 10:00 pm
Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park
Corner of Water and S. French Street
Wilmington, Delaware
Click HERE for more information: tickets, parking and more (https://www.peoplesfestival.com/)

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

** Transformative Stories: UUs and 12 Step Recovery Programs

Addiction touches many Unitarian Universalist families, congregations, and communities. Many of us have heard—or discovered for ourselves—that 12 Step programs offer an important source of recovery support. However, some Unitarian Universalists struggle at times with the theology that undergirds these programs.

Twelve Step Unitarian Universalists: Essays on Recovery collects deeply personal stories from UUs for whom participating in a 12 Step program is an important spiritual practice. Two different essays delve into each of the twelve steps as each author recounts their own experience. To read the essays is to engage with complex stories of people struggling with addiction; each story is unique in its details and its particular way of lifting up hope, courage, and resilience. Together, the essays illuminate how Unitarian Universalist values and faith work with 12 Step programs to promote wholeness in those who practice.

Source: Call and Response (https://www.uua.org/re/blog) : Journeys in UU Lifespan Faith Development
Learn more about the book HERE (https://www.uua.org/re/blog/restored-to-sanity-stories-about-uus-and-addiction-recovery)
Purchase the book HERE (https://www.uuabookstore.org/Twelve-Step-Unitarian-Universalists-P18436.aspx?_gl=1*1518w38*_ga*MTgyODU4MjYyOC4xNjkwODI0MzM3*_ga_CN7F7RET4F*MTY5NTMxMTM1Ni4yOS4xLjE2OTUzMTM1NTMuMC4wLjA.)

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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