Weekly e-Epistle
St. James' Mill Creek
Wilmington, Delaware

November 6th, 2022

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Sunday Bulletin (November 6th)

In the Beatitudes from Luke’s Gospel narrative, Jesus pronounces four blessings, four woes, and some directions for living amongst those who would do the people harm. Luke’s version of this famous teaching is a challenging one, especially to those of us who are a part of the American church in the 21st century.


These words have echoed through the centuries, and they cause us to ask all kinds of questions: “What does it mean to be blessed?” or “What does it mean to be woeful?” or “Are we really supposed to turn the other cheek to the one who wants to hurt us?”


As we hear these words again on this upcoming All Saints’ Sunday, we’re reminded of those saints who have gone before us. They are the ones who have realized that these words were spoken to them, and they found a way to share the message of God’s saving grace with others, even in times when it could cost them their own lives. On this Sunday we give thanks for their examples, and we pray that we might find a way to live like them in our own day and time.

Remembering those we love but no longer see

Father Ben writes today for Grow Christians about the ghosts who haunt our church and the saints who continue to surround us. 

Link to blog post

Meals on Wheels Volunteers Needed

Right now millions of seniors in America face the threat of hunger and live in isolation. If you would like to help we are looking for a couple of volunteers for Meals on Wheels. If you are interested please send an email to the office at office@stjamesmillcreek.comcastbiz.net . 

Midterm Election Day – November 8 

St. James’ will once again be a polling place on November 8. Our offices will be closed that day. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. 

2022 Annual Bazaar

November 4th & November 5th


The Bazaar Ladies have worked all year to create items for our Bazaar.

There are still some tasks to be done that the Ladies are unable to do.

Your help is needed to complete those tasks.


Please Plan to Help on the Following Dates

Sunday, October 30th

After the 9:30 Service

Items in the Bazaar Workshop need to be brought upstairs to the Dining Hall.


Bazaar Bake Shop

We will have Homemade items this year.

Please bring your baked goods, jams, jellies, pickles, candies, etc. to the

Parish House at the following times.

                       Thursday, November 3rd                        5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

                       Friday, November 4th                             8:00 am – 2:30 pm

                       Saturday, November 5th                        8:00 am – 12:00 pm


Don’t Forget to Sign-Up to Help During the Bazaar

Sign-Up Sheets are Posted in the Parish House

Please stop by and see how you can contribute to the success of this year’s Bazaar.


Bazaar Preview

Some of the handcrafted items made for this year’s Bazaar are on display in the

glass case in the foyer of the Parish house.


If you have any questions, please contact:

Shirley Alexander (302-738-5331)


Nancy Patterson (302-239-7649)


Any amount of time you are available to help will be appreciated.



The St. James’ Bazaar Ladies

To add to the fun on Oct. 30th after the service, we’ll be in the parish hall kitchen making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for our lunch for Emmanuel Dining Room on Monday, October 31st.  

Advent and Christmas at St. James’


Sunday, November 27 - The First Sunday of Advent


Sunday, December 11 - Parish Advent Party following 9:30 AM Service


Thursday, December 15 - 6:30 PM - Advent Service of Light


Saturday, December 24 - 3:00 PM - Daylight Christmas Eve Service with Choir and Holy Eucharist


Saturday, December 24 - 7:00 PM - Traditional Christmas Eve Service with Choir and Holy Eucharist


Sunday, December 25 - 9:30 AM - Christmas Day Eucharist


Sunday, January 1 - 9:30 AM - The Feast of the Holy Name with Holy Eucharist

St. James' Mission and Outreach updates

Sharing God’s gifts with others.


Thank you all for your generosity and caring that made and make these offerings possible. 


Our next Emmanuel Dining Room lunch is New Year's Eve -- Saturday, December 31st 

Stay tuned for more information.

·  For questions: please text or call Pat Minor 302-983-6299 or Cindy Fauerbach 302-584-8053.


Prayer Team Updates

The prayer team continues to lift up prayer requests shared by parishioners through emails or calls to the church office at 302-994-1584, to individual members of the prayer team, or requests left in the prayer basket in the church foyer. We collect the prayer requests and other concerns of the parish, community, and world. They are compiled weekly and then these requests are lifted up in the daily prayers of the team members. All are welcome and encouraged to share their prayers.

For those who have an immediate prayer need, we invite you to email your prayer needs and request to Carolyn Mack at cdmack37@gmail.com or call 302-565-8675

St. James' Pastoral Care Team

St. James' Pastoral Care Team continues to support our parish family and our community.

If you or someone you know is in need, we: 

·        send cards, make phone calls, and pray with you and/or for you.

·        Make home, hospital, and 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.

Please let us know if you need us or someone you know needs us. We will not know if you do not tell us.

Oh, The Life of a Pumpkin

Oh, the life of a pumpkin

Which came first, the seed or the pumpkin?

Or the pumpkin or the seed?

The seed placed gently in the warm rich earth

With just the right amount of rain and sunshine

To grow, to send out it’s runners or vines

To flower, to set forth the fruit of the seed

To grow into a small, medium or large round grooved pumpkin

To be the one “special” pumpkin your father took you to be

picked by the one lucky girl or boy

As you carve your favorite pumpkin that you picked out

Amongst all the others.

To be cut into a Jack-O-Lantern and made alive

As you cut the top off, the stem becomes the handle

To lift it off so you can light up his scary face

And to have his stringy guts and hundreds of seeds ripped out

of its insides.

A face with its crooked smile, eyes and few teeth carved into

the tough, thick golden orange skin

To sit on a porch on Allhallows Day or Halloween with a candle

Inside to light up his scary face.

As he sits on the edge of the porch with its lit face

greeting, welcoming all the witches, goblins and ghosts

The come in packs in the dark of the early evening

They hold out their goodie bag saying in unison;

Trick or Treat!

The Jack-O-Lantern has done a wonderful job

And now in a few weeks his face will cave, buckle, shrivel and wrinkle.

His insides will be rotting, decaying and have this black moldy

stuff growing in its insides.

Then to be taken away, to be thrown into a heap of decaying

matter to nourish the garden in the spring.

Now, the life of a pumpkin is complete!

By Faye Hart

“Blessful” Meditations

We all know that life can be a little stressful and hectic sometimes. We hope that by reading this short bible passage and watching a relaxing video will help you take a moment and reflect on God’s gifts.  

PSALM 34:18

"The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit."

Prayer on Sunday

O God our King, by the resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ on the first day of the week, you conquered sin, put death to flight, and gave us the hope of everlasting life: Redeem all our days by this victory; forgive our sins, banish our fears, make us bold to praise you and to do your will; and steel us to wait for the consummation of your kingdom on the last great Day; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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2106 St. James Church Road
Wilmington, DE 19808