Weekly e-Epistle
from
St. James' Mill Creek
Wilmington, Delaware
May 9th, 2021

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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.
In Memoriam
Kathy M. Kwiatkowski
Nov. 17, 1955 – April 30, 2021
 
“May the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace
and light perpetual shine upon them”
 
Please join us in celebrating her extraordinary love of life on Saturday, May 8, at McCrery and Harra Funeral Home, 3924 Concord Pike, Wilmington, Delaware. Visitation is from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m., followed by a service at 2 p.m. A blessing and interment of her ashes will follow at St. James Episcopal Church Millcreek, 2106 St. James Church Road, Wilmington, DE19808.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests making a donation in Kathy’s name to establish a memorial fund to support in perpetuity the maintenance and care of the gardens at St. James Church, which Kathy tended so lovingly during her lifetime. Contributions may be sent to St. James Church Millcreek.

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!


The new copies of the Forward Day by Day are in the office. Feel free to stop by and pick one up if you would like one.
On Sunday, May 16th from 3-4:30, there will be a live Zoom event: "Youth, Faith, and Climate Action!". This will be co-hosted by The Episcopal Church in Delaware and Delaware Interfaith Power and Light.
 
Take a look at the attached flyer, and think of who in your parish could be an effective climate advocate. Again, the goal is 2-3 representatives from each parish, but please send as many Sr High youth that are interested. If you have any questions, please reach out to any member of the Youth Ministry Support Team.  

We are grateful for the support that enabled us to serve lunch at the Emmanuel Dining Room on March 31st and provide needed clothing and food for those being served at the Hope Center. 
EMMANUEL DINING ROOM
Our next date for providing lunch for Emmanuel Dining Room will be Memorial Day, Monday May 31st. We continue to deliver our lunch items and extra bottles of water. We hope we will be able to actually serve our guests in the dining room sometime this summer or fall.

New Castle County HOPE Center
for Individuals and Families in need of temporary housing and support services
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.
  • What started as temporary housing during the cold weather has grown into a permanent center that provides housing and support services for individuals and families who are without adequate housing in New Castle County. Through many non-profit organizations coming together, they are working to obtain more significant housing for the individuals and families who come to the HOPE Center and offer medical, psychological, and job skills opportunities as well.
  • 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 continue to 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)
·        NEW socks and underwear
·        New or gently used Sweaters, tee shirts, light jackets
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.


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 Sunday from the New Zealand Prayer Book
 
God,
you are our beginning and you will be our end;
we are made in your image and likeness.
We praise and thank you for this day.
This is the day on which you created light
and saw that it was good.
This is the day in whose early morning light
we discovered the tomb was empty,
and encountered Christ, the world’s true light.
For us your acts are gracious
and your love endures 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. 
ZOOM Coffee Hour

is Canceled for this week.


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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