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

December 25th, 2022


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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.


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Sunday Bulletin (Christmas Eve 3PM)
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Sunday Bulletin (Christmas )

This weekend we mark with three different services our celebration of the Incarnation. If you prefer not to drive at night or have little ones visiting, we hope you’ll join us at our 3 PM service. If you prefer to walk out on Christmas Eve to see the twinkling stars and bite of cold after a joyful singing of Christmas hymns, we’d love to see you at 7 PM.

 

If you’d prefer something a little smaller and quieter and just as holy, we’ll be here on Sunday morning at 9:30 AM.

 

Thank you for your prayers and support of the work and ministries of St. James’, and while you’re worshiping with us, take in the work of the flower guild, the altar guild, and the choir as we celebrate this wonderful and mysterious moment in the life of the Church!

Beginning January 8: The Good Book Club Returns

 

On January 8 we’ll resume our weekly Sunday morning discussion of the books from the Good Book Club. This year’s featured books are Ruth and Ester. Sign up here (Good Book Club – Ruth and Esther | Epiphany 2023), and we hope you’ll join us after church on Sunday, January 8!

Week after Christmas


Our offices will be closed from Monday, December 26th until January 1st for Christmas Break. We will be back on January 2nd.


Have a safe and blessed Holiday Season and Happy New Year!


New Instagram Page


Be sure to check out our brand new Instagram page!


www.instagram.com/st.james_mill_creek

Advent and Christmas at St. James’

 


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

EMMANUEL DINING ROOM

       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

 

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.

 

EMMANUEL DINING ROOM

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 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.  


Acts 5:31


"God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might bring Israel to repentance and forgive their sins."

Prayer for Christmas Day



O God, you make us glad by the yearly festival of the birth of your only Son Jesus Christ: Grant that we, who joyfully receive him as our Redeemer, may with sure confidence behold him when he comes to be our Judge; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen



Find more Morning Psalm and prayers please visit

https://delaware.church/psalms-and-prayers/

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season!


Photograph by Larry Heinold

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2106 St. James Church Road
Wilmington, DE 19808

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