Weekly e-Epistle
St. James' Mill Creek
Wilmington, Delaware
November 29th 2020

We'd love for you to join us!

We would be pleased if you joined us in person or online from the comfort of your home for church services via Facebook Live at 9:30am.

Here is a PDF of this Sunday's bulletin for you to enjoy.
Reaching out to those in need this holiday season

In our St. James’ tradition, we ask you to consider how you might brighten someone’s holiday. 2020 has taken a toll on so many, especially the elderly, those with limited finances, and those without homes. Due to the Coronavirus, we need to make a few changes in how we answer that need. Please consider if either or both opportunities for giving might fit in your holiday giving plans this year:


Nursing homes have been especially hard hit during this pandemic. As part of safety protocol, most residents are not able to have visitors and are confined to their rooms or wings of their residence. Adopt-a-Family has asked us to “adopt” 20 individuals of the Brandywine Nursing Home and who are without family. Our donations will go to individual gift cards.
Please send your contribution in the form of a check to the St. James’ parish office:
St. James’ Church
Attn: Adopt-a-Family
2106 St. James’ Church Road
Wilmington, DE 19808
(please mark: Adopt-a-Family in your check memo.)
Deadline for contributions: Monday, December 7th.

Emmanuel Dining Room

Warm socks, gloves, and hats are needed for the winter season. While the majority of our guests are adults, we do have many children during the holiday season. So, all sizes are appreciated!

We’ll be setting up dates during the weeks of December 7 and 14 for “contactless drop off” for your donations of socks/gloves/hats at the parish hall parking lot. Due to Covid guidelines, we ask that you please do not drop off your donations at the parish hall or church. More information and dates will be provided in future e-Epistles and church announcements. 

Thank you for considering these requests and helping make someone’s Christmas a bit brighter.

More information and dates will be provided in next week's e-Epistles and church announcements. 

Thank you for considering these requests and helping make someone’s Christmas a bit brighter.

Questions-text or call Cindy Fauerbach 303-584-8053

With thanks and blessings,
St. James’ Mission Outreach team 

Happy Thanksgiving week, St. James. As we approach Thanksgiving Day, we find ourselves reflecting on our wonderful parish family.

We are grateful for all of you and your participation in the Congregational Assessment Tool we are using for the Rector search. However, we recognize what an unusual year this has been and many of you are working long and unusual hours making your time more precious than ever.

Therefore, we are extending the deadline for the submittal of your surveys to Monday, November 30. If you have not done so, please submit your survey by using the following information and link or completing the paper copy (if you received one).

IMPORTANT: It is vital that you READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS prior to starting the Survey
Your CAT link is ready here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SJMECWDE

Your voice is needed – thank you for your help in completing this critical step of the search process. We look forward to reporting back to you in December.

Carolyn Joynt                   Jenny Vrana
(302) 438-3224                 (302) 239-1255
The 236th Annual Diocesan Convention, held this past weekend, was an amazing accomplishment and feat of technology--sharing information on the many good things going on around our diocese and included a virtual Eucharist with special musical offerings.  

One special offering was the sequence hymn featuring the beautiful Hymn 178 with Dana Garcia, Ken Weichart, and Keith St. John (our St. James trio) along with Fr. Jim Bimbi (playing his guitar) and Jon Rania (All Saints Rehoboth and Saint George's Harbeson).

The audio portion was shared at the beginning of the St. James’ virtual service this past Sunday, November 22, 2020.  

To hear this hymn, click on the link: 

OR, to see the video version featuring these talented musicians, 
Click on the link below and go to marker 14:24

Special Christmas Gift Offering!

Jesse’s Story
With thanks to Tobi Hasse and Meg Christy,
we are pleased to offer a special edition of the St. James' classic story—
Jesse's Gift
Written by Fr. Jim Bimbi
Illustrated by members of St. James'.
We have a limited quantity of
the soft cover (paperback) book available for sale
 at $15.50 per book
Guaranteed to be delivered for Christmas. 
First come First served! 
All proceeds from the book sales will go to the 2020 Bazaar. 

To purchase your copy, please contact Nancy Patterson
call/text Nancy @ 302-668-5932
2020 On-Line Bazaar

There are only a few weeks left for you
to take advantage of the many items available
at bargain prices.
Click here to take a look at the flyer.
For more information please contact:
Nancy Patterson     (302) 239-7649
Shirley Alexander (302) 738-5331

A Prayer for the First Sunday in Advent

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Find more Morning Psalm and prayers please visit

Help Family Promise New Castle County Win $10,000!

Two of our wonderful supporters, Mark & Melissa, have sponsored Family Promise of Northern New Castle County
be part of a video competition hosted by Siemens Energy. 

The non-profit whose video receives the most likes, will be awarded $10,000!
You can vote once per day, and the competition runs until December 11th, 2020. So far, we have over 500 likes!
All you need to do, is click the button below, using the search, type in Family Promise of Northern New Castle County.

THANK YOU!! For helping Family Promise of Northern New Castle County. 
A note from your Wardens about attending church in person
  • Your safety is our top priority.
  • No one should feel obligated to attend church in person. If you are not comfortable being around others, it is okay to stay at home.
  • On-line services will continue to be available through Facebook Live.

For those who do wish to attend church, please click on the button below to read more of the guidelines and safety protocols for the Return to In-Person Services. We look forward to seeing you. 
Join us for ZOOM Coffee Hour

You are invited to a virtual coffee hour following worship at St. James’ Mill Creek, beginning approximately 15 minutes after service concludes. So after service is over, grab a beverage or snack and connect to your church family. All are welcome.

For those who have not used Zoom previously, this page has a video and instructions on how to join a Zoom meeting from various devices (PC, Mac, iOS device, Android, regular telephone with a toll call, etc.): https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-How-Do-I-Join-A-Meeting- . You do not need to sign up for a Zoom account to attend.

Join Zoom Meeting

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Password: 766583
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Message from Christiana Hospital

If you have a loved one in the hospital at the moment Christiana Hospital is asking for you to refrain from personal visits. Only phone calls or cards are permitted. There is more information on their website.
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