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St. James' Mill Creek
Wilmington, Delaware

December 11th, 2022

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Sunday Bulletin (December 11th)

In our lives we have these moments that we mark both within the church and outside in the world. One such moment, of course, is Christmas. We’re patiently waiting for our celebration here, making the Sundays by lighting the candles on our wreath. Outside of our walls, Christmas lights (or are those headlights in traffic?) are twinkling and Christmas music is playing.


This Sunday marks for us not only the Third Sunday of Advent and the lighting of the pink candle, but what has also been called “Stir Up Sunday” because our collect calls on God to “stir up thy power” among us, but it has also marked the time when people would begin their preparations for Christmas by “stirring up” their puddings in preparation for the Christmas feast.


We won’t be making pudding this Sunday, but we will have our Advent/Stir Up Sunday party following our Sunday morning services. Please join us for a moment of refreshment and fellowship as we continue to make our way through this season as we look forward to proclaiming again the birth of Christ.

Hanging the Greens

On the Last Sunday of Advent, December 18th, we will be hanging the greens in the church. It will be immediately after the service. Any of you that can stay and help will be greatly appreciated. It shouldn’t take more than an hour. Thank you so much!  

We need some 2023 monthly calendars.

IF you have received any "extra" 2023 calendars (from any of your favorite charities), our grandparents at Coral Springs would love to have one for their room.

Any type will do-- Vets, Heart Assoc. whatever you might have - please bring them Sunday and leave them in the blue box inside the front door at church or in the blue box by the front door in the parish hall.

Then, we will give them to our friends at Coral Springs along with their other gifts.

Thank you, St. James Mission/Outreach team

St. James’ Christmas Creche


Our Christmas creche is now set up in the sanctuary, and there is space for all the many attendants for the birth of Christ. As you remember from last year, we invite you bring pieces from your own home creche as a representation of the many ways this wonderful story has been told and illustrated throughout history.


You can bring them during the week or on Sunday morning and place them in the creche. As many or as few pieces as you’d like to add is wonderful, and please mark them so we can return them to you after the Christmas season.


Thank you for your help and participation in this St. James’ tradition!

Parish Advent Party

The Parish Advent Party will be on Sunday, Dec. 11th after the 9:30 AM service.

Come to the Parish Hall to enjoy coffee, tea, hot cider and Christmas cookies. Hope to see you there! 

Advent and Christmas at St. James’


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

Photograph by Larry Heinold


       New Year's Eve 2022

    Please consider hosting a table of 8 for $25


For the first time in three years, we will serve what our guests have called their "favorite meal “~lasagna, green beans, roll, fruit (bananas and clementines), and homemade desserts.  


o   We hope you will consider offering a donation of $25 (to cover the cost of a table of 8 guests) and/or by making homemade cookies, cupcakes, or cakes.

o   Donations for the lunch can be made by check to St. James' or cash (please indicate EDR on your check or envelope) and will be used to purchase the lasagnas, green beans, milk, and bread/rolls in bulk.

o   If you are donating cookies or cake, please wrap and mark them EDR and place them in the St. James’ kitchen freezer by Thursday, December 29th.


And, then….in the New Year~2023 - Mark your calendars for our January lunch!

Our first lunch for Emmanuel Dining Room will be Tuesday, January 31st.  We hope you’ll join us in the St. James’ kitchen on Monday, January 30th from 9 am to 11 am to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and/or serve lunch on the 31st.


Thank you for your support of our brothers and sisters in need.

Questions-text or call Pat Minor 302-983-6299 or Cindy Fauerbach 302-584-8053

St. James' Mission and Outreach updates

Sharing God’s gifts with others.


Reaching out to those in need this holiday season


Serving those in need with dignity and respect…


We are grateful for your support that enables us to

serve lunch at the Emmanuel Dining Room (EDR)

and provide clothing, food, and other items

needed by those being served at EDR, the Hope Center, and our community.



Providing a daily lunch to those in need in Wilmington


Our next date for providing lunch for Emmanuel Dining Room will be Saturday, December 31, 2022.For their New Year’s Eve lunch, we will be serving lasagna, green beans, fruit, cookies, and a bottle of water again this year. And, as noted above, we will distribute the socks, hats, gloves, etc. that are collected this month.


New Castle County HOPE Center

for Individuals and Families in need of temporary housing and support services.


What started as temporary housing during the cold weather of 2020-2021 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.


New Castle County (NCC) purchased the former Sheraton Hotel on Airport Rd (now named the New Castle County HOPE Center) and kept the hotel management staff to keep the facility running.


Working together, many non-profit organizations including Family Promise and Christiana Care provide various services and support for individuals and families to obtain emergency and more significant housing and medical, psychological, and job skills opportunities as well.


The hotel can accommodate 400 and suites and adjoining rooms are given to families and enable 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.


Drop the items off: Monday-Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the parish hall porch. Please place your donations in the bin labeled Donations for HOPE Center on the porch of the parish hall or the box in the foyer of the church. Please note, Liz will bring in the bin and any donated items at 12:30 p.m. 


Items needed:


            NEW Underwear, and socks - all sizes, children through adult

            New or gently used t-shirts and light jackets

            New books, puzzles, crossword books, and puzzle books - adult/children

            Art kits, adult and children coloring books, colored pencils

            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)

            Diapers - all sizes - Urgent need for size 5 & 6

            Baby wipes

            Gift cards - Target, Acme, Wawa

            Non-alcohol hand sanitizer

            Powdered Drink Mixes - Hot Chocolate mix or Iced Tea/Lemonade

            Small containers of peanut butter and tuna fish (easy open)

            Microwaveable one-dish meals

            Fruit cups, apple sauce, and pudding

            Individually wrapped snacks-crackers, granola bars, and cereal bars

            Non-refrigerated milk and powdered milk


 Thank you,

St. James' Outreach Ministry  

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 [email protected] 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.  

Proverbs 11:25

"A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed."

Prayer for the Third Sunday of Advent

Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

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