Weekly News – September 1, 2022

Unitarian Universalist Society of Mill Creek
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** Congregational Life
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** Upcoming events, meetings and news to know
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** Church Office Holiday Closure
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The church office will be closed on Monday, September 5th in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

** School Supplies Drive a Big Success
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Twenty filled bookbags plus several boxes of extra supplies (paper towels, hand sanitizer, tissues, folders, composition books, pencils and pens) were delivered on Monday, August 29th to Keene Elementary School (https://www.christinak12.org/KeeneES) in Glasgow, Delaware, in the Christina School District.

Thank you to everyone who participated and/or contributed toward this worthy cause. Special thanks to Chitra Vaidy and Roy & Ann Draper for their initiative and coordination, and delivery of supplies.

Events Calendar

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Share Our Plate:
September & October
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We regularly donate a portion of our undesignated plate collection to a local charity or non-profit organization. For the months of September & October we are supporting the following charitable organization:

Deep Roots at Clairvaux Farm

Located on 20 acres in Cecil County, Deep Roots serves as a homeless shelter for children and families in the community while providing case management and assistance to break the generational cycle of homelessness. Situated at Clairvaux Farm in Earleville, Maryland, they provide stable and safe transitional housing featuring private apartments for up to 12 families with children. They operate a free café, have an on-site thrift store and furniture exchange, offer after-school programing, support services and programs, all with a focus on their mission, Ending homelessness one family & one child at a time.
LEARN MORE about Deep Roots HERE (https://deeprootsinc.org/)
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**

** Blessing of the Animals 2022
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** Your Generosity at Work
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During the previous fiscal year, July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022, $2000 was budgeted for miscellaneous building supplies. The actual costs came in under budget at $1873.25. This amount includes the purchase of things like lightbulbs, trash bags, restroom supplies, face masks, etc.

** Volunteer Opportunity
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The Finance Team is looking for help from someone in the congregation who might have a background in or knowledge of insurance matters who would be willing to review church insurance documents and policies.

In connection with that is the need for a complete list of furniture, electronics, and other equipment that we have in the building, which should be maintained for insurance purposes. This would be a file containing electronic photos of each room with the contents listed along with other information that will be supplied by the Team and the church office.

If you are interested in either of these tasks, or a combination of both, or have questions about what is needed, use the button below to contact the Finance Team.
Connect with the Finance Team HERE (mailto:finance@uusmc.org)

** Got an hour? Do you love how beautiful our grounds are? We invite you to join us on Wednesday evenings!
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Join our Natural Lands Stewards when they gather every Wednesday around 6 pm for weekly gardening tasks. The grounds need tending, especially our flower beds and our newer young trees. The crew works for just an hour or so and would love to have you give them a hand. Do as much or as little as you can – any help is greatly appreciated!

Bring your gardening gloves & clippers,
and join us next Wednesday, September 7th
(Set a reminder on your phone!)
Have a question about the meadow or the work we do? Ask it here! (mailto:jamie@dsofurniture.com)

** Join Us For a Summer Campfire
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We welcome all to a series of campfires this summer on select dates through October. Our next gathering is THURSDAY evening, September 8th at 6:30 pm.
* The theme for this event is sharing inspiring and uplifting readings: bring along a reading to share with the group no matter how short or long
* Everyone is welcome: members, friends, neighbors, youth & kids…bring a guest!
* Bring all your comforts: lawn/camp chair or blanket for those in your group, bug spray, etc.
* The Memorial Grove is adjacent to the main parking lot and is reasonably accessible on a slight grassy incline; we are happy to provide assistance to anyone who needs it
* The church building will be available for restroom use

Feel free to reach out to Jamie Kegerise (mailto:jamie@dsofurniture.com) or the church office (mailto:administrator@uusmc.org) (or 302-367-2712) with any questions

** Worship Service Information for Sunday, September 4, 2022
10:30 am
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Join us this Sunday when our guest speaker
Rev. Pamela Wat shares her sermon ….

In a time when increasing numbers of people report feeling lonely and alone, how do we cultivate a sense of belonging?

Rev. Pamela Wat is a minister having served First Unitarian Church of Wilmington and Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Texas. She received a Master of Divinity degree in 2005 from San Francisco Theological Seminary. Prior to church ministry, she served as a hospice and hospital chaplain, and previously worked in the arts and in social services. She lives in Wilmington with her family and enjoys reading, writing, and spending time in nature.

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

Connect With Us In-Person
10:30 am
We are pleased to welcome all to our sanctuary for gathering in-person this Sunday!
* Service begins at 10:30 am
* Masking protocol will be posted at each entrance
* Children’s RE is on hiatus throughout the summer months and will resume in the fall
* 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=d601645514&e=9e32ea5753) (https://www.uusmc.org/news/calendar/ (https://uusmc.us19.list-manage.com/track/click?u=8c80a09d53a8aec43de675d26&id=2d81ea390b&e=9e32ea5753) )

Remember: the link remains the same from week to week.
Sunday Livestream (https://zoom.us/j/97806427419)

** Ingathering & Potluck Lunch – Sunday, Sept. 11th
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Join us for our annual Ingathering Celebration with Rev. Greg on Sunday, September 11th at 10:30 am. This service will be held outdoors (weather permitting) and feature our Water Communion ritual.

Everyone is invited to bring a small amount of water to pour into the common bowl – symbolic water from your life – be it from your kitchen tap, garden hose or your favorite stream. We will share in a potluck lunch afterward – plan to bring a dish to share!

**PLEASE NOTE: there will be NO livestreaming of this service**

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.
**Click here to GIVE NOW** (https://onrealm.org/MillCreek/-/give/now)
Mill Creek Staff

Rev. Gregory S. Pelley, Minister
minister@uusmc.org (mailto:minister@uusmc.org)
302-369-2712
To request an in-person, teleconference or Zoom meeting with Rev. Greg, use the link below to schedule:
Request a meeting with Rev. Greg here (http://calendly.com/gpelley)
Debra Damiani, Congregational Administrator
Monday 8 am to 1 pm, Monday-Thursday
administrator@uusmc.org (mailto:administrator@uusmc.org)
302-369-2712

Rachel Sabella, Music Director
Hours by Appointment
music@uusmc.org (mailto:music@uusmc.org)
302-369-2712

** Happening in Our Local Community
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https://www.ccarts.org/

** The Market at CCArts
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The Center for Creative Arts presents a monthly outdoor event designed to be a blend of a farmers’ market and artisan show featuring local artists and food growers. The Market typically includes fine handmade items like pottery, photography, natural self-care products, oil paintings, and jewelry, as well as an occasional musical performance and food truck. This monthly event is held on the first Sunday of every month, May through October.

The September market will be held this Sunday, September 4^th, 11 am to 3 pm.

Center for the Creative Arts
410 Upper Snuff Mill Row
Yorklyn, Delaware
302-239-2434
email: info@ccarts.org (mailto:info@ccarts.org)
The Market at CCArts – click here to learn more (https://www.ccarts.org/)

** News from the UUA, the Central East Region, and the Delmarva Cluster
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https://www.uua.org/central-east

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Opportunities for Connection: Central East Region Update
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SEPTEMBER 2022
The 1000+ Unitarian Universalist congregations in North America are grouped into 5 regions: Pacific Western, MidAmerica, Southern, Central East, and New England. The Unitarian Universalist Society of Mill Creek (UUSMC) is part of the Central East Region. To learn more about what’s happening in our region, click the button below.
Opportunities for Connection – click here to learn more (https://uua874.activehosted.com/index.php?action=social&chash=2217ad1dd50c1017d3df6b44b7c45508.5851&s=8983449a6b0e04757c2c9729fa49f044)

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