Weekly Invitation – September 28, 2023

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** Congregational Life

** Upcoming events, meetings and news to know

** Information About Our Outreach Funds
Here at Mill Creek we have two outreach funds:
* The Agape fund. This fund provides confidential assistance and support exclusively to members of our congregation; and…
* The Minister’s Discretionary fund. Like its name, this fund is used at the discretion of the minister and is most often used to provide assistance to the local and wider community.

You may support either of these funds electronically via Realm – use the button below. Just be sure to click the drop-down menu to select the giving fund of your choice.

Or you may support with cash or check via the collection plate, or the collection box in the gathering space (look for the new location). If supporting by check, please be sure to write the name of the fund on the memo line.

If you have questions about either of these funds or how they are used, feel free to reach out to the finance (mailto:finance@uusmc.org) team, or the board (mailto:board@uusmc.org) .

Thank you for your support!
Support our Outreach Funds Electronically HERE* (https://onrealm.org/MillCreek/-/form/give/now)
*Remember to select the giving fund!

** Intro to Cohousing Meeting Tonight

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 this evening: Thursday, September 28th from 7:00 to 8:00 pm.
Meeting Location:
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)

** Campfire this Saturday!
Everyone is welcome to join us in the Memorial Grove for some relaxing social time around the campfire this 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.

** **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) . 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)

** Monthly Lunch with the Minister Next Tuesday
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

** 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)

** 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 1, 2023
10:30 am
Join us for guest speaker Rev. Keith Goheen’s sermon:

Four distinct migrations of English colonists brought four differing belief systems about liberty, community, and religion. Their visions continue to echo in our nation and in Unitarian Universalism. This Sunday morning we will look for traces of these deep roots in our religious heritage.

The Rev. Keith Goheen has been a member of Mill Creek since 2006. He serves as a staff chaplain at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Delaware, and resides with his spouse Margaret in Georgetown, Delaware. Keith has a long-standing interest in American religious history and its place in our culture.

Music for the morning will be performed by the Clarion Brass, featuring Gordon Roth and Kristen Tosh-Morelli, trumpets; Rebecca King, horn; Tom Hartline, trombone; and Brian Hanson, tuba.
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

** Vet Fest: A Celebration of and Support for Family, Friends & Neighbors in the Military

The mission of Vet Fest is to provide an uplifting and educational day, bringing the military and civilian communities together to benefit our active duty, veterans, and military families. This includes providing peer-to-peer networking, outreach from mental health groups, a showcase for military pride, and a display of gratitude. It also serves as a fundraising event for Stop Soldier Suicide (https://stopsoldiersuicide.org/) , an an organization that focuses on helping at-risk individuals by providing housing assistance, mental health support, and any other personalized care or service our veterans might need.

The main events of the day are the 5K and the 10K ruck, a signature competition where individuals carry a backpack (aka ‘rucksack’) while trekking all the way to the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal and back. There will be musical performances, an awards ceremony, and a parade, while various veterans’ groups such as American Legion, Wounded Warrior Project share their missions to inform and help the community.

Saturday, September 30th
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Town of Whitehall
801 Mapleton Ave.
Middletown, DE 19709
Click HERE for more information about this event (https://whitehallde.com/events/vet-fest/)

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

** How We Belong
You can’t be a Unitarian Universalist and believe anything you want.

Unitarian Universalists can and do believe many different things about life’s biggest questions…about God, the greater mystery, about what happens to us when we die. Though you can’t be a Unitarian Universalist if you don’t agree about some of the more important parts of this faith. Rev. Alex Jensen shares the non-negotiables of the UU faith.
Read the article in full HERE (https://www.uua.org/worship/words/reading/how-we-belong)
About the Author:
Rev. Alex Jensen (he/him) is the Settled Minister of the UU Congregation of Grand Traverse, MI (starting August 2021). He graduated from Harvard Divinity School in 2021 with a Master in Divinity, as well as from CSU Monterey Bay in 2018 with a Bachelors in Human Communication and Peace Studies. Alex first came to Unitarian Universalism in junior high school, bringing his family with him shortly after. He completed internships for ministry and chaplaincy at the First Parish in Wayland, MA, the UU Urban Ministry, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. In his downtime, Alex enjoys cooking and long hikes and walks through nature.

Opportunities for Connection: Central East Region Update


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