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

October 30th, 2022

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Sunday Bulletin (October 30th)

We’ve survived the recent run of parables in Luke’s Gospel account as we’ve followed Jesus’s path on his way to Jerusalem. This week we hear the story of him passing through Jericho and his conversation with the tax collector who climbs up a tree to see what he could see.


Just as we’ve observed with the recent parables, there’s an absurd image in this passage of a grown man, presumably with a great deal of wealth, running through a crowd and climbing up a tree so that he can see the procession that was passing by. He’s looking down, and Jesus is looking up, and then they make eye contact. Jesus calls out to him, “Zacchaeus! I’m coming to your house today!” And then, the people began to grumble.


In some ways this moment is a fitting way to conclude the section of the parables we just finished. This encounter with Zacchaeus is a reminder to the disciples and the crowds and us that Jesus so often subverts the expectations of those around him. This subversion leads to grumbling, and this grumbling foreshadows the conflict that awaits him in Jerusalem.


We know, though, that even the conflict that awaits him there ends in a subversion, in a moment of life overcoming death. When that happens, we’re reminded that when Jesus does something, like calling out even to someone like Zacchaeus, Jesus is doing that for good, for healing, for restoration to the way God intends life to be.

All Saints Sunday Memorial Altar Frontal

You may remember last fall Father Kim introduced us to creating a St. James Memorial Altar Frontal. The congregation was invited to send the names of departed loved ones to be handwritten on the frontal. It was used on All Saints Sunday. It turned out to be a beautiful, personal way to remember our family and friends who have died.

We will be adding names to the frontal this year and using the memorial frontal on All Saints Sunday, November 6th. You are again invited to submit any additional names you would like to have added to the frontal.

You may send them to Liz via email at office@stjamesmillcreek.comcastbiz.net . There will also be an opportunity in church for you to submit names for the frontal. The names will be added to the frontal by Liz and the Worship Team.

Thank you.  

Puzzle Library at St. James’


Do you have some puzzles leftover from COVID lockdown? Are they between 300-500 pieces? Drop them off at the church for our Puzzle Library for others to use, and pick up a new one to try next!

Sunshine Plein Air Artists


Sunshine Plein Air Artists is a group of area seniors who meet every week, spring through fall, to create art “en plein air” which means in the fresh air or outdoors. Most members are amateur artists who ignore aches and pains to just enjoy the outdoors, making art, & each other’s company. The group has been meeting since 2002 with a few of the original members still participating and passing on the tradition to new members throughout the years.


They will be here at St. James on October 29th from 9AM to Noon. 

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.  

The Psalms - Sunday Morning Adult Class - Beginning October 9

Each week and whenever we gather for worship, we read (or sing) one of beautiful songs passed down to us throughout the time. In this five week session we'll look at a few different psalms, learn about the different kinds of psalms with the Bible, and gain a new appreciation for how the psalms are used in worship.


No reading or preparation is required for participation!


Contact Fr. Ben for more information or with any questions.

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 Halloween--Monday, October 31st 

Our guests will enjoy meatball subs, chips, a banana, and homemade cookies and have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a small “goodie” bag to take away for later. Looking for ways to help? Please consider one of the options below:

·     Join us to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in the Parish Hall kitchen after the service coffee hour on Sunday, October 30th. This is an extra snack or meal for later for our guests being served the next day. (Masks and gloves, please.)

·      Provide some homemade cookies (or store-bought cookies) please bring them to the Parish Hall kitchen marked EDR by Sunday, October 31st. You are welcome to put homemade cookies into the freezer to keep them fresh.

·        Bring a bag of candy. We are continuing our tradition of making “goodie” bags with some extra treats for Halloween. If you’d like to provide snack-sized individually wrapped candies, please leave them in the parish hall kitchen marked EDR by Sunday, October 31st.

·        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.

“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.  

Lamentations 3:32

"Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love."

Prayer for Sunday

O God, you make us glad with the weekly remembrance of the glorious resurrection of your Son our Lord:

Give us this day such blessing through our worship of you, that the week to come may be spent in your

favor; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Find more Morning Psalm and prayers please visit


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St. James' Mill Creek
2106 St. James Church Road
Wilmington, DE 19808