Weekly e-Epistle
from
St. James' Mill Creek
Wilmington, Delaware
October 3rd, 2021

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.
Pastoral Announcement

Services for Trevor Phillip 
Friday, October 1
Visitation 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Service 3 p.m.
Strano Feeley Family Funeral Home

Upcoming Visiting Clergy


Sunday, October 10th The Rev. John Wallace

Sunday, October 17th The Rev. Edward (Ed) Pease, Jr.


Blessing of the Animals

The Rev. Emily Gibson will be our celebrant on Sunday, October 3rd
 and will offer a special Blessing of the Animals  
   
For pets who are "well behaved" and able to enjoy being in church, this blessing will be given at the altar rail at the end of the service. If you are unable to bring your pet, you are welcome to bring a picture of your pet and come to the altar rail for a prayer.
 
For those pets who might be more comfortable outside and not attending the service, we will offer blessings in the carriage circle following the service. We ask that those who are bringing a pet for a blessing outside the church keep their masks on during this blessing.
2021 St. James’ Bazaar Update


The Bazaar Ladies have finally moved back into their Workshop and are busy making new items for our IN-PERSON BAZAAR to be held Friday & Saturday, November 5th & 6th. We had a late start creating items, but there will be some of your favorite things and some new creations.

It will be different this year. All of the rooms will be set up in the Parish House Dining Hall. Unfortunately, there will not be a Luncheon or Turkey Dinner. Hotdogs, Chips, & Drinks will be available.

We hope you will be able to attend our Bazaar. It will be an opportunity to get to know our new Rector, Fr. Ben.  Also, a time for fellowship with family and friends. You may even find a few gifts. The Bazaar Ladies are looking forward to seeing and chatting with friends they haven’t seen in quite a while.
 
Please watch for more information about this year’s Bazaar events.
If you have any questions, please contact:
Shirley Alexander (302) 738- 5331
or
Nancy Patterson (302) 239-7649
 
 
Hope to see you in November,
The St. James’ Bazaar Ladies
Help us welcome Fr. Ben and Family

The Welcome Committee (for planning activities to welcome our new priest, Father Ben Rockwell, and family) is putting together a "Getting to Know Us" booklet for Fr. Ben and his family that will include individual and family pictures of our parishioners, answers to three “Getting to Know Us” questions and contact information of members.

We are asking for your help to add a picture of yourself (or your family) and answer these three "getting to know us questions" to be included in the booklet.  

1.     What attracted you to St. James' Mill Creek and how long have you been here? 


2.    What ministries do you actively participate in, or have you actively participated in at St. James? 


3.    What's your favorite memory or activity at St. James?


RE: pictures

·        You are welcome to submit a picture that you have. Please send one that we can see your smiling face (without a mask). We can return your picture if you'd like.
·        For those who would like to have their picture taken on Sunday or at another time please let Cindy Fauerbach know. We will be taking pictures at the Lemonade in the Circle after our services or we can set up another time. 

We would like to have this booklet for Fr. Ben soon. So, please email or mail your responses and pictures as soon as possible to the parish office: office@stjamesmillcreek.comcastbiz.net or 2106 St. James’ Church Road Wilmington, DE 19808. 
If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Fauerbach at 302-584-8053 or via email cindyfauerbach@verizon.net.


THANK YOU for helping welcome Fr. Ben and his family.
 

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.
·        Also, during this time of transition, if you need a priest, we will help with that, too.
·        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.  

Ephesians 4:32

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
We are grateful for the support that enables us to serve lunch at the Emmanuel Dining Room and provide needed clothing and food for those being served at the Hope Center.
 
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 Sunday, October 31st, 2021. We continue to deliver our lunch items and extra bottles of water. We hope we will be able to actually serve our guests in the dining room sometime this fall.

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 St. James' can help:
Review the list below and see if there are items you could provide.
 
Drop the items off:

·        Monday-Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 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 1:30 p.m.
·        Weekly, we will take the donations to Friendship House
 
Items needed:
 
  • Diapers - all sizes - Urgent need for size 5 & 6
  • Uber/Lyft Tickets in $25 increments
  • Washable Mesh Laundry Bags with drawstring
  • individual size creamers for coffee
  • Snack bags - pretzels, chips, or goldfish
  • Powdered Drink Mixes - Iced Tea/Lemonade
  • Small containers of peanut butter and tuna fish (easy open)
  • Microwaveable one-dish meals
  • Quart size/ Gallon size and sandwich size Ziplock bags
  • Fruit cups, apple sauce, and pudding
  • Individually wrapped crackers, granola bars, and cereal bars
  • $5 gift cards - Target, Acme, Wawa
  • Hot Chocolate mix
  • Baby wipes
  • Non-alcohol hand sanitizer
  • Non-refrigerated milk and powdered milk
  • NEW Underwear, and socks - all sizes, children through adult
  • New or gently used t-shirts and light jackets
  • New books for adults and children
  • New puzzles, crossword books, and puzzle books - adult/children
  • Art kits, adult and children coloring books, colored pencils
  • Sunscreen
  • Umbrellas
  • 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)
 
Thank you, 
St. James' Outreach Ministry

Prayer Team

On the first Sunday of every month the members of the prayer team hold a “virtual” ZOOM prayer service at 11:30 a.m. (focusing on the prayer requests shared by parishioners through calls or emails to the church office or to individual members of the prayer team.) We lift up these prayer requests and other concerns of the parish, community, and world.

During this time of Covid-19, the prayer team is holding ZOOM prayer team gatherings twice a month. Also, weekly we share the prayers and petitions that have been given to us and they are lifted up daily by members of the team. All are welcome to participate in these services.

Next Prayer: Next meeting will be Sunday, October 3rd.


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 Sister BJ Brown at: sisterbjbrown@gmail.com or call Cindy Fauerbach 302-584-8053
A Prayer of Appreciation for Animals

Help us, dear God, to learn from all wild things. How to live in harmony with our land; how to deal with enemies; how to live in peace with those who are unlike us; how strong is the love of a parent; how the young must learn to grow up; how to enjoy the beauty of strength and life and how to accept death. Amen.


Find more Morning Psalm and prayers please visit

COVID-19 Restrictions

 
Our firm desire is to worship our Lord in beauty, holiness, AND safety! Please be assured that the St. James' leadership team has worked hard to have meaningful worship while at the same time making our environment as safe as possible for everyone.
  • Church entry time will be 9:15 a.m.
  • Please sanitize hands before entering the church.
  • Face masks are mandatory. 
  • At communion, please wait until you are back in your seat to consume your wafer.


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

302.994.1584