Weekly e-Epistle
St. James' Mill Creek
Wilmington, Delaware
December 20th 2020

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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.
From The Interim Rector

Dear fellow parishioners,
Grace and Peace in our Lord Christ Child!
I am honored to celebrate Christmas with you again this year!
What incredibly interesting times we live in! Who would have thought as we celebrated Christmas last year how things would change this year? Our traditions which we have relied on in the past are challenged this year.
Despite the challenges we face we WILL celebrate Christmas!
We will be on Facebook Live at 7:30 pm on Christmas Eve and our youth will offer Christmas Day worship at 9:00 am also on Facebook Live.
The Bible tells us that, wearied by travel across a barren and harsh landscape, the Holy family sought refuge in an inn at Bethlehem. Can you imagine Mary and Joseph’s disappointment when the innkeeper informed them that there weren’t any vacancies? All would have been a loss except for the gracious innkeeper who offered the couple a stable located behind the inn. In that stable was the manger which provided warmth and shelter for the baby Jesus.
I take some solace from our similarities this year to Mary and Joseph who were separated from family and friends at such a critical time in their life.
I am eager to see what God has in store for us in the New Year and how our lives and ministries will be transformed in ways we could never imagine. I have no doubt that God’s Holy Spirit will work through whatever becomes the “new norm” and that it will be a blessing!
Please use the enclosed envelope or email the office to send in your Christmas offering and memorials. We will read the memorials on Christmas Eve.
May God bless you,
The Rev. Kim F. Capwell

Special Christmas Gift Offering!

Jesse’s Story
With thanks to Tobi Hasse and Meg Christy,
we are pleased to offer a special edition of the St. James' classic story—
Jesse's Gift
Written by Fr. Jim Bimbi
Illustrated by members of St. James'.
We have a limited quantity of
the soft cover (paperback) book available for sale
 at $15.50 per book
Guaranteed to be delivered for Christmas. 
First come First served! 
All proceeds from the book sales will go to the 2020 Bazaar. 

To purchase your copy, please contact Nancy Patterson
call/text Nancy @ 302-668-5932

HOPE for Street-Level Homeless
Winter 2020-2021 Code Purple Plan for Wilmington

·        The county has purchased the former Sheraton Hotel on Airport Rd (now named the New Castle County HOPE Center) and Friendship House will run Code Purple programing out of this location to house street-level homeless daily this winter. The address of the hotel is 365 Airport Road, New Castle DE 19720.
·        Code Purple will begin December 15th and run through the end of March. At such a point, the County will take over trying to get folks into more significant housing. The County is retaining the hotel management staff to keep the place running.
·        Code Purple will be every day and night this winter (not just when temperatures drop below freezing). Being able to offer 24 hour/ 7 day a week winter shelter during the pandemic is a huge gift and opportunity for our friends living on the streets.
·        Although the hotel will hold about 400 people, they will start with about 70. Suites and adjoining rooms will be given to families – right now there are no families on the list but this might change as folks lose their homes. Individual rooms will be assigned, with households being able to stay together.
·        FH and Code Purple partnering congregations will not host street-level homeless at normal Code Purple locations; all guests will be placed at the hotel.
·        However, Andrew’s Place, the Sunday outside breakfast giveaway, and the Empowerment Center will continue to function at Saints Andrew and Matthew, following COVID protocols.

How you can help:

They will need hygiene items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste and soap (regular and travel size). In addition, they will need non-perishable food items such as bottled water and individually wrapped snacks (pretzels, granola bars, fruit snacks, etc.) As well as new socks, underwear, and winter items (coats, gloves, and hats.)

Financial support will also be needed by sending a donation to:
Friendship House, PO Box 1517, Wilmington, DE 19899.

Please visit www.fhcodepurple.org for more information.

A Prayer of Self-Dedication

Almighty and eternal God, so draw our hearts to you, so guide our minds, so fill our imaginations, so control our wills, that we may be wholly yours, utterly dedicated unto you; and then use us, we pray you, as you will, and always to your glory and the welfare of your people; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

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