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St. James' Mill Creek
Wilmington, Delaware

June 5th, 2022

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Sunday bulletin (June 5)

On Pentecost Sunday we commemorate the giving of the Holy Spirit to the first apostles. We hear portions of Peter’s Pentecost sermon as it’s given to all those who would listen, and we’re reminded that each of those who hears Peter’s words hears it in their own language.


There’s a powerful image here that the Word of God enters into the hearts and minds of people in the way that they need it to and when they need it to. It may not be in a way that we understand, but for the person receiving the message, it makes complete sense to them.


The image of the Holy Spirit, as it is given to us here, is one of a “violent wind” and a fiery tongue that rests upon each one of those in that upper room. As the story unfolds, though, we see and understand that the movement of the Holy Spirit is indeed different for each person who encounters it.


What’s the same, though, is that each person was open and willing to receive that change. Whether it’s the disciples in that room, those who heard Peter’s words that morning, or any of the stories we’ve heard throughout the season of Easter, all were willing to be moved by the working of the Holy Spirit.

Wear Red for Pentecost!


As the celebration of the Great Fifty Days of Easter culminates with Pentecost Sunday, dig into your closet and wear your best shade of red for our Sunday worship! In our tradition, red reminds us of the Holy Spirit and, for this Sunday, reminds us of the tongues of fire that appeared to the disciples as they were empowered to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Celebration of New Ministry


On Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at 6:00pm, we will come together to celebrate the new ministry between St. James’ Episcopal Church and our new Rector, the Rev. Ben Rockwell. At this celebration, the Rt. Rev. Kevin S. Brown will join us, along with visiting clergy from around our diocese, in a liturgical celebration. COVID willing, a reception will follow in the Parish Hall. Please mark your calendars, and we hope you’ll join us!

Celebrating This Year's Graduates!

Samuel Alexander Manthorpe, who was named an Eagle Scout this March, is graduating from Saint Mark’s High School. He has been granted a scholarship to attend the Universal Technical Institute in Exton, Pennsylvania.

His sister, Rebecca Margaret Manthorpe is graduating from Drexel University with a Bachelor of Science Magna Cum Laude in the Honors Program for Environmental Engineering. She has passed the Engineer In Training (EIT) Exam and has accepted employment with Churchill Consulting Engineers Company in Winslow Township, near Berlin, New Jersey.

Proud parents, Wendy and Clayton Manthorpe


Proud Grandparents, Eric and Fran Mayhew

St. Barnabas Quilt Raffle

Hello, Everyone! Laura, one of our Bazaar Ladies has made a beautiful quilt for a raffle at her church.

This is a message from Laura:

Attached is the flyer for the quilt which I have made for the St. B. Quilt Raffle.  ALL of the proceeds from the raffle will go to The Episcopal Relief and Development Fund for Ukraine. The drawing will be this coming Sunday, June 5.  


I will have tickets with me at the St. James Bazaar Workshop tomorrow morning.


You may also purchase tickets by following the instructions on the flyer.  


Thanks in advance for your support.


Love, Laura  

Download & print flyer

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

and provide clothing, food, and other items

needed by those being served at the Hope Center.



Providing a daily lunch to those in need in Wilmington


Our next date for providing lunch for Emmanuel Dining Room will be Sunday, June 31, 2022 and we will continue to deliver our lunch items and extra bottles of water. We hope we will be able to serve our guests in the dining room sometime this spring. For now, we offer “take-away” lunches. We will be serving meatball subs, fruit, chips, cookies, and a bottle of water again this year. When possible, we’ll also offer a peanut butter and jelly sandwich as a snack/extra meal (for now--made by youth and adults in their homes.)


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 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 can you help?

Review the list below and see where you might be able to help.


Current items needed:


•      Hygiene items such as deodorant, shampoo, and soap (regular and travel size)

•      Non-alcohol hand sanitizer

•      Tide pods or other laundry pods

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

•      New or gently used t-shirts and light jacket

·       New books for adults and children

·       Gift cards - Target, Acme, Wawa


Please 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. Liz will bring in the bin and any donated items at 12:30 p.m.

·        On Sunday, there is a container in the foyer of the church.


We take the donations to Friendship House about every two weeks.


Thank you,

St. James' Outreach Ministry

Thank you all for your generosity and caring that made and make these offerings possible. 


Emmanuel Dining Room

We usually provide over 140 (sometimes close to 200) lunches to our friends at Emmanuel Dining Room on the 31st of the month (7 times per year).


On our next lunch date--May 31st, our guests will enjoy meatball subs, green beans, a roll, banana, and homemade cookies and have peanut butter and jelly sandwich to take away for later. 


NOTE!! We hope to be back in the kitchen!!

  • Covid numbers permitting, we hope to gather in the Parish Hall kitchen on Memorial day-Monday, May 30th at 9 a.m. to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as an extra snack or meal for later for our guests being served the next day. (Masks and gloves, please.)
  • We hope that the Covid numbers will ALSO support us being about to serve guests their meals in the dining room for our next lunch offering on Tuesday, May 31st.
  • If you'd like to provide some homemade cookies (or store-bought cookies), please bring them to the Parish Hall kitchen marked EDR by Monday, May 30th. You are welcome to put homemade cookies into the freezer to keep them fresh.
  • Questions: please text or call Pat Minor 302-983-6299 or Cindy Fauerbach 302-584-8053.

Hope Center and Friendship House

We continue to provide clothing items, snacks, food, toiletries and hygiene items, children's books and toys, diapers, laundry detergent, etc. for those being served at the Hope Center and Friendship House. Collection boxes are inside the front door of the church and Monday-Thursday a box is outside the Parish Hall.


Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels volunteers deliver lunch and some evening meals to our neighbors in Murray Manor. Our next week to deliver meals is May 16-20.


Family Promise

Our next week offering meals and caring to families participating in Family Promise is May 29-June 5. Guests continue to live in the cottages at the Jesus House off Milltown Road.

Prayer Team

One Sunday of every month, the members of the prayer team hold a “virtual” ZOOM prayer service (focusing on the prayer requests shared by parishioners through calls or emails to the church office 994-1584 or to individual members of the prayer team.) We lift up these prayer requests and other concerns of the parish, community, and world.

Also, weekly we share the prayers and petitions that have been given to us and they are lifted in the daily prayers of the team members. All are welcome to provide their prayer requests and 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 Carolyn Mack at cdmack37@gmail.com or call 302-565-8675

NOTE: Our next ZOOM prayer team will be Sunday, June 5th at 5 p.m.

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.

·        For now, in an abundance of caution, our home, hospital, and Eucharistic visits are on hold.

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 23:18

"There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off."

Prayer for Agriculture and Farming

Almighty God, we thank you for making the earth fruitful, so that it may produce what is needed to sustain our life: Bless those who work in the fields; give us seasonable weather; and grant that we may all share the fruits of the earth, rejoicing in your goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


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