Weekly e-Epistle
from
St. James' Mill Creek
Wilmington, Delaware
December 13th 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,

Bishop Brown has issued an official order suspending in person worship for all churches in our diocese at least until Jan. 11, 2021. Please note this includes Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services.

Therefore:

  • We will immediately return to live stream worship only on Facebook Live
  • We strongly encourage everyone to follow the Governors stay at home order
  • If you have any questions or concerns please let me know.

God bless,
Kim

Congratulations to our Parish family!
 
We are truly grateful for your participation in the Congregational Assessment Tool we sent out to help us determine the type of person we need for our next rector. There were 74 responses which is a VERY good rate of return. The people of St James always come through!
 
As we enter the season of Advent and preparation, the committee will start its work preparing for the next phase of the search process which will be receiving a report from Holy Cow on the survey results. Once that information is received, we will be reporting those results to all of you.
 
Again, THANK YOU for taking the time and energy to complete the survey.
 
Carolyn Joynt                   Jenny Vrana
(302) 438-3224                 (302) 239-1255

Pledge to Support God's Ministry through St. James'

In this year’s pledge campaign, we are asking each individual or family to support the internal and external ministries of this church through tithing or proportional giving.

This is a friendly reminder to send us your pledge card. If you did not receive one, cards are available at church or you can call the office and we can mail you a new one.

Thank you for support God's work in the world through St. James'.
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:

Adopt-a-Family

We've overjoyed by the generous response we have received again this year for those in the Adopt-a-Family program.  

Twenty long-time residents living at the Brandywine Nursing Home and who are without families will receive gifts from their Christmas wish lists thanks to your donations.

Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity during this time.

The St. James' Mission and Outreach Ministry


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  
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
and
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
A Prayer for the Third Sunday in Advent from the New Zealand Prayer Book

Almighty God,
you sent your servant John the Baptist
to prepare the way for the coming of your Son;
grant that those who proclaim your word
may so guide our feet into the way of peace,
that we may stand with confidence before him
when he comes in his glorious kingdom;
through Jesus Christ our Judge and our Redeemer.
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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