Weekly News – June 30, 2022

Unitarian Universalist Society of Mill Creek
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Attention: We are permanently changing the starting time of our worship service.

As of THIS SUNDAY, JULY 3rd, service will now begin at 10:30 am.

** Mill Creek Recognizes Heather Petit’s Internship

During the service on Sunday, June 5th we celebrated the completion of heather Petit’s two-year ministerial internship at Mill Creek.

We were pleased that her family – mother, husband, and daughters – were in attendance.

On behalf of the congregation, three members of the internship committee presented Heather with a beautiful hand-made stole featuring nature scenes, to honor Heather’s earth-based spirituality.

We were all moved when Heather’s mother, a retired UU minister, placed the stole on her shoulders symbolizing the passing of the torch to the next generation.

We wish Heather well as she completes the remaining requirements to be ordained, and we look forward to welcoming her back to Mill Creek as a visitor or congregant when her stipulated separation is over. Thank you, Heather, for sharing your time, your commitment, and your innovative outlook with us.

Join the Revolution!

Share Our Plate:
July & August

We regularly donate a portion of our undesignated plate collection to a local charity or non-profit organization. For the months of July & August we are once again supporting the following charitable organization:

Independent Living for Young Adults

ILYA is a social justice program serving young adults who are transitioning from the foster care system into independent living. This program is led by members of First Unitarian Church of Wilmington and is in partnership with the Delaware’s Division of Family Services (DFS). Since 2005, the ILYA program has been offering a wide array of services to support these young adults to help them feel part of a caring community. Participation in the program offers resources to increase their chances for future success.
Learn more about ILYA here (https://firstuuwilm.org/connect/independent-living-for-young-adults-ilya/)
Support this organization with your online donation today!**
DONATE to Share Our Plate HERE (https://onrealm.org/MillCreek/-/give/now)
**Be sure to select ‘Share Our Plate’ as the giving fund**

** Worship Service Information for Sunday, July 3, 2022
10:30 am
Join us for Mill Creek member Anne Shuman for her message:

Whether we know it or not, every choice we make is context dependent. We will explore how we might hold loving space for ourselves and each other by increasing our awareness of the contexts we and others are operating from.

Anne Shuman has been a member of Mill Creek since 2017. She is a mindset and purpose coach with a particular affinity for working with ADHD/neurodiverse and LGBTQ+ individuals –or anyone who has found that the “right” way isn’t actually right for them. Anne resides in Newark with her spouse, Patrick, and daughter, Grace.

Music will be performed by the Mill Creek Choir, and Rachel Sabella.

Connect With Us In-Person
We are pleased to welcome all to our sanctuary for gathering in-person this Sunday!
* No registration required – bring your whole self and be welcome!
* Service begins at 10:30 am
* Wearing N95 masks is mandatory (a supply is available in the gathering space)
* Full vaccination is expected
* Increased COVID new case rates and contagious new variants require all attending the in-person Sunday Service to be extra careful regarding potential exposures
* Feeling sick, been exposed or having symptoms? Join us Livestream on Zoom (see link below)
* Children’s RE is on hiatus throughout the summer months and will resume in the fall
* Service will be livestreamed
* 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) and bookmark it on your preferred device, OR
* Get the link by accessing the church calendar (https://www.uusmc.org/news/calendar/) (https://www.uusmc.org/news/calendar/)
* Remember: the Zoom link remains the same from week to week

Click here for Sunday LIVESTREAM (https://zoom.us/j/97806427419)

Wednesdays are for Meadow Maintenance!

Join our Natural Lands Stewards when they gather every Wednesday around 5:30 pm for weekly meadow & grounds maintenance. The meadow always needs tending, invasive plants need pulling, and our young trees need attention. The crew works for just about an hour or so and could really use a few more hands. Do as much or as little as you want – any help is greatly appreciated.

This is a wonderful time for anyone to reap the benefits of fresh air, sunshine, and a little exercise. It is also a worthwhile educational opportunity particularly for young adults, teens, and children to learn about the work we do and why it is so important. It’s an open-air classroom!

Bring your gardening gloves and join us next Wednesday, July 6th!
(Set a reminder on your phone!)

Growing a natural habitat garden is also one of the most important things each of us can do to help restore a little order to a disordered world.
– Ken Druse, celebrated lecturer, and award-winning author and photographer
Have a question about the meadow or the work we do? Ask it here! (mailto:jamie@dsofurniture.com)

** Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware (UUSD) Hosts Voter Education Forum
Everyone is welcome to join a Voter Education Forum on Tuesday, July 26 at 7 pm in a hybrid format held at Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware (UUSD). The forum is free and open to all.

The 2022 Delaware elections (Primary: Tuesday, Sept. 13; General: Tuesday, Nov. 8) include many important issues on the ballot – Voting Rights, Reproductive Rights, Immigration Rights, Environmental concerns, and Smart Justice. It is critical to be an informed voter and make certain that your candidates are committed to the kind of change you are about. The Forum is co-sponsored by UUSD; ACLU of Delaware; UU the Vote; League of Women Voters Delaware; Delaware Interfaith Power and Light; Votamos; and Common Cause Delaware.

Registration is encouraged for in-person attendance and required for Zoom attendees. Use the links below to register.
Register here for IN-PERSON attendance (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/voter-education-forum-tickets-370538248877)
Register here for ONLINE (Zoom) attendance (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/voter-education-forum-online-tickets-370543885737)
Have questions about the event? Click here. (mailto:socialjustice@uussd.org?subject=Voter%20Education%20Forum)


30486 Lewes Georgetown Hwy.
Lewes, Delaware 19958
View map (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/voter-education-forum-tickets-370538248877#listings-root__event-location-map)

** Missed a sermon? Here’s how to get caught up!

If you’ve missed a sermon, or you’d just like to hear a particular one again, check out our You Tube channel! Click the button below to access. Fun fact: you can subscribe to the channel and get sermons delivered directly to your inbox automatically!
View our You Tube channel here (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChRFPbSookb9m3PV6DMtbHg)

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!

How to make pledge payments, donations, and other contributions:

1. Mail a check: 579 Polly Drummond Hill Road, Newark DE 19711. Please indicate on the subject line if this is a pledge payment, a general contribution, or a contribution to a specific giving fund.
2. Give electronically through REALM using your credit card or bank account (checking, savings, etc.): https://onrealm.org/MillCreek/Give or use the link below (remember to select a giving fund).
3. Text-to-Give: text MillCreek and the amount [e.g. MillCreek 50] to 73256.

We sincerely appreciate your support of Mill Creek. We are committed to offering a high-quality and stimulating Sunday worship experience while reestablishing our connections with one another. We gratefully acknowledge that there would be no Mill Creek without YOU.
**Click here to GIVE NOW** (https://onrealm.org/MillCreek/-/give/now)

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Mill Creek Staff

Rev. Gregory S. Pelley, Minister
Rev. Greg is away on sabbatical now through June 30.
He will not be available by phone or email throughout the duration of his absence. We offer assurance that all church operations will continue as usual, and have prepared a guide which contains a list of guest speakers, contact information for those in leadership positions, and other information. Use the link below to access the guide.
Sabbatical Guide – view it here (https://www.uusmc.org/wp-content/uploads/A-Guide-to-Rev-Gregs-Sabbatical.pdf)
Rev. Robert Broesler (Ret.), Minister On-Call
Rev. Bob is available to Mill Creek members and friends on an on-call basis.
rjbroesler@gmail.com (mailto:rjbroesler@gmail.com )

Debra Damiani, Congregational Administrator
Monday 8 am to 1 pm, Monday-Thursday
administrator@uusmc.org (mailto:administrator@uusmc.org)

Rachel Sabella, Music Director
Hours by Appointment
music@uusmc.org (mailto:music@uusmc.org)

** Happening in Our Local Community

** Summer Concert Series at Glasgow Park
A diverse mix of local bands and artists are ready to enhance your summer and fall evenings with FREE entertainment on select Thursdays. The first concert in the series begins tonight at 6:30 pm. Concerts take place rain or shine. Click the link below to get the full line-up of featured performers with links for more information..
Learn more about the concert series here (https://www.newcastlede.gov/2063/Summer-Concert-Series-at-Glasgow-Park)
Also happening in Glasgow Park – the Farmers Market is open every Thursday from May through October, 3-7 pm. Offering fresh produce, bakery items, honey, jams, prepared foods, handmade items, food trucks, vendors, and more – there’s something for everyone. All methods of payment are accepted.
New Castle County Glasgow Park (https://www.newcastlede.gov/1537/Glasgow-Park)
2275 Pulaski Highway (Rt. 40)
Newark, DE 19702

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

Exploring Class. Addressing Classism.

** UUs Remain Committed to Reproductive Justice

Photo: uua.org
The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued its decision in the Dobbs v. Jackson’s Women Health Organization case, which overturns Roe v. Wade, upending nearly 50 years of access to abortion. Rev. Dr. Susan Frederick-Gray, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), issues a statement regarding this decision.
Read the statement here (https://www.uua.org/pressroom/press-releases/committed-reproductive-justice)


Opportunities for Connection: Central East Region Update

JULY 2022
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