Weekly e-Epistle
from
St. James' Mill Creek
Wilmington, Delaware
June 27th, 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.
From Eileen Marvel:

It's time for Lemonade in the Circle! We are looking for hosts/hostesses to provide refreshments and an opportunity for fellowship following the Sunday service. We ask that you provide beverages. If you wish to provide some kind or sweet or savory snack, we ask that it be individually wrapped. We provide anything else that is needed. Please contact Eileen Marvel at 302-994-6803 or thekittysmom@comcast.net to sign-up or with any questions. Thank you! 
From Cindy Fauerbach

God Who Sees, I am thankful that you know me and seek me out each day. Just as you “look around carefully” into my life and the life of others, help me to be more aware of those around me. Give me the courage to live my faith today in a way that notices the unseen, the forgotten, and those who need to be found. Amen.
“Blessful” Meditations

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

James 1: 2-4

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

How Does God Perceive Your Hand?

How does God, the Father perceive your hands;
Doing good-bad-rough-callous-tender-kind?
But it begins:
A tiny hand grazing - wrapped around yours.
A tiny hand in yours seeking your guidance.
Loving hands to comfort the sick, bathe the young - the old.
Hands position over the smaller ones as they teach,
"Now I lay me down to sleep!"
Hands brown-wrinkled-tough as leather from tending the garden
that feeds both physically and spiritually.

How would God perceive your hands;
Gentle-kind-cruel or hurtful-building up "not" tearing down.
Hands playing music to praise Him and nourish your soul.
Hand clasp together manicured or dirt under your nails,
folded in prayer.
Hands that wipes away tears - bandage the hurts.
Hands promising to protect - to love - to cherish as the gold band
is slipped unto your right hand - the shortest distance to your heart.

Then; I think and dwell upon Your hands
All the marvelous works you have done.
then, God will see your hands - stilled!
And hopefully say, "We done faithful servant - "Welcome Home!"

by Faye R. Hart
Sept. 14th 2009
8:48 am
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 Saturday, July 31st, 2021. 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: (Updated needs for SUMMER 2021)

  • Diapers - all sizes - Urgent need for size 5 & 6
  • Uber/Lyft Tickets in $25 increments
  • Washable Mesh Laundry Bags with drawstring
  • individual size creamers for coffee
  • Snack bags - pretzels, chips, or goldfish
  • Powdered Drink Mixes - Iced Tea/Lemonade
  • Small containers of peanut butter and tuna fish (easy open)
  • Microwaveable one dish meals
  • Quart size/ Gallon size and sandwich size Ziplock bags
  • Fruit cups, apple sauce and pudding
  • Individual wrapped crackers, granola bars and cereal bars
  • $5 gift cards - Target, Acme, Wawa
  • Hot Chocolate mix
  • Baby wipes
  • Non-alcohol hand sanitizer
  • Non-refrigerated milk and powdered milk
  • NEW Underwear, and socks - all sizes, children through adult
  • New or gently used t-shirts and light jackets
  • New books for adults and children
  • New puzzles, crossword books and puzzle books - adult/children
  • Art kits, adult and children coloring books, colored pencils
  • Sunscreen
  • Umbrellas
  • 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)


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.

Next Prayer: Team Meetings will be June 27th.


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 Joy in God’s Creation

O heavenly Father, you have filled the world with beauty: Open our eyes to behold your gracious hand in all your works; that, rejoicing in your whole creation, we may learn to serve you with gladness; for the sake of him through whom all things were made, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 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. 
For Access to the News of the Diocesan Publications
St. James' Mill Creek
2106 St. James Church Road
Wilmington, DE 19808

302.994.1584