Weekly e-Epistle
St. James' Mill Creek
Wilmington, Delaware
December 5th, 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.
Advent 2C

There are only a few gospel lessons appointed for Sunday mornings that don’t include an appearance from Jesus. One of those passages is this week when we hear what is really only an introduction to John the Baptizer. He doesn’t say anything, and he doesn’t do anything. However, Luke’s “opening scroll” for John lets us know that he’s someone who has something to say, and he’s someone to be reckoned with.
What’s wonderful and mysterious about John the Baptizer is that, in some ways, he’s a man out of time. What I mean is that he’s a man who is not really of the era in which he exists. From his conception to his birth to his first appearance, we’re reminded of the Hebrew prophets, those first voices crying out in the wilderness that were trying to bring those who would hear them back to God.
His words and teachings are as difficult to hear as he is to look at, but if what he was saying was easy, it wouldn’t be so memorable. John’s arrival, though, reminds us that more than anything, God has always been trying to call us back.

Christmas Services at St. James’ Episcopal Church
December 16 - 7:00 PM - An Advent Service of Light 

December 24 - 3:00 PM - Daylight Christmas Eucharist
December 24 - 7:00 PM - Christmas Eve Eucharist
December 24 - 10:00 PM - Traditional Christmas Eve Service with Holy Eucharist
December 25 - 10:00 AM - Christmas Day Eucharist (No Music)
December 26 - 9:30 AM - Christmas Lessons and Carols with Holy Eucharist
Mark your calendars, and more details on each of these offerings will be coming soon!


It’s not too late to purchase Raffle Tickets for this year’s Quilt.
Tickets are available in the Parish House.
We will be drawing the winning ticket
During Coffee Hour Sunday, December 5th.
Raffle Tickets will be available until just before we draw the winning ticket.
Hope to see you Sunday at Coffee Hour,
The St. James’ Bazaar Ladies

Lighting the Advent Candle

Advent is quickly approaching, the first Sunday after Thanksgiving, November 28th. As it has been our tradition we will light the candle on the advent wreath and light an additional candle each week. We are asking if you would like to participate in lighting the advent candle and read a prayer.

If so, please call Liz in the office or send her an email at 302 994 1584 or office@stjamesmillcreek.comcastbiz.net

Note from Liz Lichtenstein

Hi, Everyone!

Last weekend I was able to purchase cute little Christmas Tree for the Parish Hall. I thought it would be fun to spruce up the place for the holidays. I also thought it would be fun to ask the kids at Developing Minds to make some ornaments for the tree.

If you have any old decorations you would like to donate feel free to drop them off at the parish hall.

Thank you so much!

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.  

1 JOHN 4:19

"We love because God first loved us."

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.
Providing a daily lunch to those in need in Wilmington

Our next date for providing lunch for Emmanuel Dining Room will be Sunday, December 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-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.
·        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

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 Cindy Fauerbach cindyfauerbach@verizon.net or call Cindy at
NOTE: Our next ZOOM prayer team will be Sunday, December 12th at 3PM.
Prayer for the Second Sunday of Advent, from the New Zealand Prayer Book

Praise and honour to you living God
for John the Baptist,
and for all those voices crying in the wilderness
who prepare your way.
May we listen when a prophet speaks your word,
and obey;
for the sake of Jesus Christ our Redeemer.

Find more Morning Psalm and prayers please visit
Power In That One Cross

There are three crosses on Calvary's hill.
But.. "only one has the power that saves and heals!"

The cross was meant for suffering and shame to the one upon it.
In the center of the two beams of olive wood cross there's;
"Amazing Grace - Love - Forgiveness that radiates from it.
Because the one who was crucified on it, set it all in motion.
This one rugged cross held the Son of Man and all it's power.
The power to healing.
The power to peace.
The power to set the captive free.
The power of hope to those who despair.
The power to ease-carry all our burdens.

All the love God has for us poured down to us from that one cross
Come to Calvary, knell with reverent and love to the one who was sacrifice
for thee
He was precious to God and God offers to share Him with us.

Because He was without sin, Our Redeemer was there to atone
for our sins and accept our penalty - death!
Let us rejoice in the power and glory of that one cross - one man.
He holds the keys to our salvation
Thanks be to God, the Father and His Son.

Let us be thankful and with grateful hearts, because of...
that "one cross", we have won the victory!

Faye R. Hart
November 29th 2021
10:30 am
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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