Weekly e-Epistle
St. James' Mill Creek
Wilmington, Delaware
December 6th 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.
From The Interim Rector

Dear All,

In order to be as fair as possible, we will be taking reservations for our Christmas Services on a first come, first served basis.
We have a total of 15 “spots” to seat individuals or family units, therefore each reservation will be for ONE SPOT which can seat from 1 to 5 individuals who reside together.

Christmas Services are:
  • 12/24 – 7:30 PM and 10:00 PM
  • 12/25 – 9:00 AM

  • If you are a server at a service you do NOT need a reservation
  • No one will be admitted without a reservation!!!
  • We will notify you as soon as possible with a confirmation (or not)
  • If your plans change, please let us know immediately so we can give your reservation to someone else
  • BOOKING A RESERVATION BEGINS ON WEDNESDAY 12/2 AT 9:00 AM by calling the office 302-994-1584

We ask your forbearance as we try, as best as we can, to navigate these challenging times.
God’s peace,
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 most of our guests are adults, we do have many children during the holiday season. So, all sizes are appreciated!
Below are the CONTACTLESS DROP OFF dates/times we will be in the parish hall parking lot and there to receive your donations of socks/gloves/hats.

  • Monday, 12/7 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Friday, 12/11 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Sunday, 12/13 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Due to Covid guidelines, we ask that you please do not drop off your donations at the parish hall or church. 

Questions-text or call Cindy Fauerbach 302-584-8053

Thank you for considering this request.
With thanks and blessings,
St. James’ Mission Outreach team  
From Valerie Brunson:

Parish Hall Cherry Tree

The Cherry Tree in front of the Parish Hall is dying and will be removed sometime in the near future. It was a beautiful tree, and I am deeply saddened by having to remove it, but it is time. If anyone has a concern about this, please contact Val Brunson. I would be happy to talk to you about it.

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 is only a week 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 Second Sunday of Advent

Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; 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

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.

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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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