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St. James' Mill Creek
Wilmington, Delaware

August 27th, 2023

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Sunday Bulletin (Aug 27th)

After weeks of weaving our way through the rich stories of Abraham and his many family members, we turn the page now to the story of the Exodus. As we read it, we notice many familiar beats that continue in the wonderful stories that we hear today: a parent sees something special in her child; the child grows up not knowing who he really is; and the child grows into a great leader upon learning his true identity.


If all of this sounds like the origin story of a superhero, it kind of is, and, for my money, Moses is the first great superhero of the Bible. He's misunderstood; he's concerned about his own ability; but, ultimately, he trusts that the power and authority given to him are to be used for good.


The thing about Moses, and any of the others God uses to tell the story of Salvation, is that we've got a great deal in common with all of them. We all carry around insecurities and imperfections, and many of us bump into the concern or worry that we're not able to live fully into being who God is calling us to be. The story of Moses, though, reminds us that despite our shortcomings, the Lord is constantly working through each of us and we are the best option that the Lord's got to bring about good in this world.


Giving altar flowers is a wonderful way to give special thanks at various times in our lives. The flowers beautify the church and help us all to remember and thank God for our many blessings. 

Anyone is welcome to give altar flowers in memory of a loved one or in thanksgiving or celebration of a special event . The cost is $46, and the Flower Guild will order the flowers and place them on the altar. You may send a check to the parish office along with a note for the date you wish to give flowers and the person or event you are remembering. Liz will add your remembrance in the worship bulletin for the appropriate Sunday.

Any questions, please call Pat Minor at 302-738-3753 

*Picture by Larry Heinold

Confirmation Classes

Confirmation classes for our upcoming Bishop’s Visitation started on August 20th. We’ll meet on Sunday mornings in the lounge of the Parish House following coffee hour at 11am. August 20th was the introductory meeting, and we’ll have five sessions following that with Confirmation Sunday taking place on October 1st.


If you’ve been already been confirmed and would like to “reaffirm” your confirmation promises, this class is for you, as well! Contact Fr. Ben in the Parish Office to sign up, and we look forward to seeing you.

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.  

Matthew 6:14

“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.”

Prayer for Sunday

O God, you make us glad with the weekly remembrance of the glorious resurrection of your Son our Lord: Give us this day such blessing through our worship of you, that the week to come may be spent in your favor; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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