Weekly e-Epistle
St. James' Mill Creek
Wilmington, Delaware
The Tenth Sunday After Pentecost
Sunday, August 25, 2019

Worship at 9:00am - One Service
Celebrant/Preacher - The Rev. Henry Chan



On Wednesday, August 14, Ed Clarke, Carolyn Joynt, and Bruce Vrana met with a potential interim candidate. Ed, Carolyn, and Bruce were very impressed with the candidate and we have entered into negotiations with the candidate and the diocese. The candidate has interim experience, including being an interim currently. If things go well, we will have supply clergy through the end of September and the candidate will start at the beginning of October. We will continue to update you as things progress.
We will return to two services (8:00am and 10:15am) on Sunday September 15. September 15 will be our Welcome Back Sunday. Please join us for breakfast between the services at 9:00am!

Thank you
The Vestry
Solar Panel Project
Starting on August 20, Clean Energy USA began installing solar panels on the southern, eastern and western facing sections of the Parish House Roof. Clean Energy USA is a subsidiary of Schell Brothers (a large construction company headquartered in Sussex County). They have been in the solar panel business since 2007 and have installed over 1700 systems on both commercial and residential buildings.
Saint James was able to qualify for a special program offered to non-profit organizations. In this program, Clean Energy USA scales a system to provide > 100% of our electrical requirements. St. James uses ~ 60,000 kWh per year. This demand can be met by a 50,000 Watts system. Clean Energy USA pays for the cost, installation and on-going maintenance of the solar panel system. They then setup a 20 year lease where the initial rate is half of the annual cost for electricity use by the Church and Parish House. In year one, the electrical payments are estimated to be ~ $6700 and the lease payments are ~ $3350. This saves St. James $3350.

The lease payments will increase 2% per year. Historical electricity rate increases have averaged 3.9% per year so the amount of annual savings will increase. In 20 years we should see $115,700 in savings or average annual savings of $5785. After one year there will be additional financial benefits. We will transition from a Medium General Service Level site to a Small General Service Level site. This will allow us to lose demand charges and lower our customer charges.
The system should be on-line by August 23. Please feel free to contact me (302-332-0680) if you have any questions related to this project.

Steve Prescott, Vestry Treasurer.
Family Promise Thanks!

Many thanks to you in our Parish, especially our volunteers, who support Family Promise. Without you, this ministry would not be possible. You have made a difference in so many children's lives. Because of you, a small child shrieked with joy as he blew bubbles in front our church instead of sleeping in a car. Thanks for your generosity, patience, and kindness.

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,' (Matthew 25:35 New International Version (NIV))

The Family Promise Coordinators
Dave, Eileen, Nancy, and Val
Russ’s Angels are hosting our 6 th Annual Fund Raiser
to End Alzheimer’s

When: Saturday September 7, 2019

Time: 8am to 10am – you may come any time between these hours
We do encourage you to stay for a while as we will be doing activities

Where: Applebee’s Flap Jack Breakfast, 4301 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE 19808

Tickets: $15 a person – on sale now. Currently only accepting cash or check, willing to mail tickets . We will have a Basket Raffle and 50/50 Raffle.

To make a donation use http://act.alz.org/goto/margaretruss  
To buy tickets or for more information please contact me:

Margaret Russ, Russ’s Angels Team Captain
Annual Bazaar
  Mark your calendars for this year’s Bazaar and Turkey Dinner! This has been a highly popular annual two-day event in the community for over 60 years. This year’s Bazaar is scheduled for Friday, November 1, and Saturday, November 2.
  Turkey Dinner News! 
 November 2 is our Annual Turkey Dinner Fund Raiser! Turkey Dinner 2019 begins a new era of the annual fundraiser and we are asking for your help. This year, Jennifer Idell, Allison Jessup, Sam White, and Susan Winward will be continuing the tradition by leading the charge with organization and management. In addition to baking all of the pies on Friday, they will be making sure the roles Fr. Jim played are fulfilled and gather donations, as well as getting other volunteers lined up to handle the many jobs that go into making this one of our biggest events -- one that is a fun family tradition for many. They are seeking volunteers to establish a leadership role for the 2020 dinner so that this tradition can continue. They are hopeful that a few good hands for the future will ensure this time-honored fundraiser continues for all to enjoy for years to come. 

Bill Short: Ticket Sales
Carolyn Joynt: Dining room servers
Eileen Marvel: Dining room setup
In the meantime, don't forget to mark your calendars for Saturday, November 2, with the first seating beginning at 4:00pm. Tickets will be on sale beginning September 15 and sign up sheets will be in the great hall. Please contact Susan Winward at susanwinward@comcast.net or Jennifer Idell at Jennifer.idell@foxroach.com if y can assist this year. 

Upcoming Supply Clergy

Sunday, August 25 The Rev. Henry Chan
Sunday, September 1 The Rev. Anna M. Waid
Sunday, September 8 The Rev. Ruben Rodriguez-Yejo
Sunday, September 15 The Rev. Kim Capwell
Sunday, September 22 The Rev. Cn. Martha Kirkpatrick
Sunday, September 29 The Rev. Ed Godden
Schedules, Upcoming Services, and Events

Sunday, August 25, 2019
9:00 a.m. - HOLY EUCHARIST WITH MUSIC in church - One Service
10:45 a.m. - Lemonade in the Circle

Tuesday, August 27, 2019
9:00 a.m. - Bazaar Group meets in Bazaar Room

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