Weekly e-Epistle
from
St. James' Mill Creek
Wilmington, Delaware
April 18th, 2021

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.
Please plan to attend the St. James’ Zoom Annual Meeting

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Use the Weekly Coffee Hour Zoom Invitation to Log-In

Meeting ID: 931 0834 7195
Password: 766583


Log-In starts at:11:00 AM

Meeting will be called to order at: 11:15 AM
 
Slate of 2021 – 2022 Vestry Candidates

Running for 1st Term

Cathy Coppol

Running for 2nd Term

Ian Prescott
Margaret Russ
Bruce Vrana
Susan Winward

Bazaar Group Announcement

The Bazaar Ladies have been meeting via ZOOM and are working on advertising a Virtual Spring Fling Sale online. Stay tuned for more information and updates!


Epilepsy Foundation of Delaware 5k Run/Walk

It is that time of year again. On June 5, I am doing my 29th year of participating in the Epilepsy Foundation of Delaware 5k Run/Walk . I have been the top individual fundraiser for the Wilmington event for the last 25 years. With your support I raised $7,357 last year. I would appreciate your support and request that you provide your donation by May 10 th. You can give me your donation after the service, mail it to me at 11 Longview Drive, Newark, DE 19711 or go to Facebook and donate to my Epilepsy fundraiser at this link:


Please make checks payable to Epilepsy Foundation of Delaware. 
If you have questions please call me at 737-8142 or 690-3513. 
Thanks, for supporting me over the last 28 years!!
Kathy Jackson

UPDATE-- New Castle County HOPE Center
for Individuals and Families in need of temporary housing
    Winter 2020-2021 Code Purple Plan for Wilmington    
    
New Castle County purchased the former Sheraton Hotel on Airport Rd (now named the New Castle County HOPE Center) and Friendship House is running Code Purple programing out of this location to provide housing for individuals and families who are homeless this winter. The County retained the hotel management staff to keep the facility running.
·        Code Purple started with the first snow on December 15th and will run through the end of March (and then they will evaluate how to proceed.) The County will continue working to obtain more significant housing for the individuals and families who come to the HOPE Center.
·        At this time, many of the families that would be housed with Family Promise are being served at the HOPE Center and a worker from Family Promise is on site at the HOPE Center for counseling and other services.
·        Code Purple will be every day and night this winter (not just when temperatures drop below freezing). Being able to offer 24 hour/7 day a week winter shelter during the pandemic is a huge gift and opportunity for our friends living on the streets.
·        The hotel can accommodate 400 and suites and adjoining rooms are given to families and enables households to stay together.
·        Housing is coordinated through the Delaware Housing Alliance.  
·        If you know of anyone who needs this housing, please ask them to call 1-833-FIND-BED (1-833-3463-233) and leave a message.
 
How St. James' can help:

·     Review the list below and see if there are items you could provide.
·   We offer "contactless drop off" at the parish hall Monday-Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  
·   Please place your donations in the bin labeled Donations for HOPE Center - CODE PURPLE on the porch of the parish hall.  

    Liz will bring in the bin and any donated items at 1:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and we will take the donations to Friendship House at the end of each week.
 
Items needed: 
  •    Hygiene items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste and soap (regular and travel size). 
  •    Tide pods or other laundry pods 
  •    Containers of ground coffee (the staff brews coffee daily for the guests)
  •    Gift cards for local grocery stores  
Clothing items:
  • NEW socks and underwear (men's, women's, or children's)
  • NEW or gently used winter items (coats, gloves, and hats)


Thank you, 
St. James' Outreach Ministry
Prayer Team

On the first Sunday of every month the members of the prayer team hold a “virtual” ZOOM prayer service at 11:30 a.m. (focusing on the prayer requests shared by parishioners through calls or emails to the church office or to individual members of the prayer team.) We lift up these prayer requests and other concerns of the parish, community, and world.
During this time of Covid-19, the prayer team is holding ZOOM prayer team gatherings twice a month. Also, weekly we share the prayers and petitions that have been given to us and they are lifted up daily by members of the team. All are welcome to participate in these services.

Also, here's the list of April upcoming prayer team services:

NOTE: Next week, May 2nd Prayer Team ZOOM @11:30 a.m.

Just a reminder: 

April 25 ZOOM Annual meeting follows 9:30 a.m. service 


For those who have an immediate prayer need or would like to receive the ZOOM codes and join the prayer team service, we invite you to email your prayer needs/requests to Sister BJ Brown at: sisterbjbrown@gmail.com or call Cindy Fauerbach 302-584-8053
St. James’ Pastoral Care Team is here and wants to help.

If you or someone you know is in need, we send cards, we make phone calls, we will pray with you and/or for you. NOTE: Once safety from the Covid-19 virus permits, we will continue to make home and hospital visits and make Eucharistic visits.
Please call the office (302-994-1584) and leave a message. Someone will get back to you. Messages are retrieved daily, seven days a week.

NOTE: once safety from the Covid-19 virus permits, on Sundays there are forms and envelopes labeled “Pastoral Care” next to the prayer requests in the church entrance. Please place your request in the offering plate or the prayer basket.
Please let us know if you need us or someone you know needs us, we won’t know if you don’t tell us.
A Prayer for Discernment, from Daily Prayer for All Seasons
 
In the work we do this day, may the risen Christ teach us.
In the challenges we face this day, may the risen Christ guide us.
Through the people we meet this day, may the risen Christ renew us.
As we respond to the hungers and hurts of this world,
may the Spirit of the risen Christ strengthen us. Amen.


Find more Morning Psalm and prayers please visit

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

Note: Coffee hour will be canceled the week of April 25th to accommodate the annual meeting.

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.

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