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St. James' Mill Creek
Wilmington, Delaware

April 9th, 2023

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Sunday Bulletin (April 9th)

The next few days in the Church year are the most important for who we are as Christians and how we understand our faith in Christ.


We begin on Thursday evening with Jesus’s mandatum to love one another as he has loved us. It leads us into that shocking moment when he bends down and washes the feet of each of his disciples at their last meal together. If this unsettles you, that’s okay. I think it’s meant to, in some way. On this same night, we also commemorate Jesus telling us how important it is for us to share in a meal together, to break bread together.


On Good Friday we’ll gather with others from across the Mill Creek Ministerium to hear the Passion Narrative as told in John’s Gospel account, and we’ll hear anthems and sing hymns with combined choirs from the community. In addition to this, we also hear meditations on “The Last Seven Words of Jesus from the Cross,” an opportunity to hear more clearly what Jesus says to us in his final moments before his death. Following the service, we’ll “break bread” with hot cross buns in the Great Hall, continuing another St. James’ tradition that has been passed down through the years.


All of this culminates with our proclamation of the Resurrection on Easter Sunday. This joyful service celebrates Christ’s victory over death, and I invite you to bring any kind of noisemaker you have as we proclaim this good news through word, song, and sacrament.

Office Closed

The office will be closed April 10th & 11th for Easter Break. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Have a wonderful and Happy Easter!

Holy Week at St. James’ Episcopal Church

Maundy Thursday

April 6 at 7 PM

Good Friday Ecumenical Service

with Meditations on the Last Seven Words

and Choral Offering from a combined choir

April 7 at 12 PM

Easter Sunday

April 9 at 9:30 AM

Request for washable worsted weight yarn 

We have a knitter who is happy to knit hats and gloves for those in need. She is requesting donations for washable worsted weight yarn. If you have some or would like to purchase some, please drop off your donations at the parish house in a bag marked “for knit work”. Many thanks! 

An Evening of Fun and Fellowship

You are invited to

The 2023 Claudia White Memorial Bingo Night

Monday, April 24, 2023, 7:00 p.m.

St. James’ Episcopal Church Parish Hall

2106 St. James Church Road, Wilmington, DE 19808

A $10.00 donation is requested to go toward the

Claudia White Memorial Fund

There will be

Winner Prizes, Door Prizes, 50/50 Drawing, & Refreshments

In addition to the $10.00 donation, we request that you bring nonperishable food items to be donated to a local food bank. 

R.S.V.P. Nancy Patterson, (302) 239-7649 by Monday, April 17th


It is important that you R.S.V.P. There is limited seating.

If you will be bringing quests, please let us know how many will be in your group.   

We will reserve space for your group, to ensure you all sit together.


Claudia White was Co-Chair of the St. James’ Bazaar for several years. She also organized the first Bingo Night. Claudia loved organizing and attending social events, especially if it was a fundraiser. After Claudia passed away in 2008, the Bazaar Ladies decided to continue Bingo Night in her memory. 

All proceeds are donated to the St. James’ Claudia White Memorial Fund. Repairs and renovations to the Parish House were very close to Claudia’s heart. All money raised is used to maintain the Parish House. 


The St. James Bazaar Ladies

Note from Liz Lichtenstein:

A couple of year's ago I made a mini website with fun stuff people can do from home with their family. If you would like to check it out here's the link! It's all kinds of games, crafts and recipes for Easter.



Link to Easter Mini Website

St. James' Mission and Outreach updates


Sharing God’s gifts with others

Reaching out to those in need

And serving them with dignity and respect…

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)
  • Individual sized peanut butter crackers, tuna, microwavable meals (pastas, soups, etc.)
  • 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

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 the distribution center about every two weeks.

Thank you,

St. James' Mission/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.  

John 14:6

"Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'"

Prayer for Easter Day

Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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