Weekly e-Epistle
St. James' Mill Creek
Wilmington, Delaware
October 31st, 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.
From Father Ben:
Dear Friends in Christ,
I am so very excited to be joining all of you the first week of November and to have the celebration of All Saints’ Day as our first Sunday together. We’ve all been waiting for this, and I am grateful for the leadership of the Wardens and our Vestry as we’ve come up with a way forward, and our family has felt and appreciated all of your prayers during this process and transition.
During our initial visit one thing I heard a great deal about was our annual bazaar and the “Bazaar Ladies” who made that event go each year. For that to be our first event together seems very appropriate. I can’t wait to have that experience with you as we open our doors to the community and welcome people to our Parish House for a weekend of hospitality and fellowship.
Again, thank you for your prayers and patience. I’m looking forward to meeting and being with all of you as we begin to see what God has in store for us to do together!
Grace and peace,
Fr. Ben
From Father Ben:

A Note about Phone and Email Scams
It’s kind of embarrassing to not even be in person with all of you yet and for some of our first communication to be scam emails and texts. This is not an issue that is not unique to us, yet it can still be frustrating and time-consuming.
Neither I nor anyone from the parish will solicit you for gift cards of any kind through either text message or email. And as a simple reminder, if the email or text message looks suspicious, it probably is. And if you’re still not sure, give us a call in the Parish Office, and we’ll let you know.
Thanks for your understanding and your diligence as we try to keep one another safe online!

You may remember last fall Father Kim introduced us to creating a St. James Memorial Altar Frontal. The congregation was invited to send the names of departed loved ones to be hand written on the frontal. It was used on All Saints Sunday. It turned out to be a beautiful, personal way to remember our family and friends who have died. We will be adding names to the frontal this year and using the memorial frontal on All Saints Sunday, November 7th. You are again invited to submit any additional names you would like to have added to the frontal. You may send them to Liz via email at office@stjamesmillcreek.comcastbiz.net . There will also be an opportunity in church for you to submit names for the frontal. The names will be added to the frontal by Liz and the Worship Team. 

Thank you.  

2021 St. James’ Bazaar
Friday, November 5th  10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Saturday, November 6th 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM 
This is a wonderful opportunity to support your church and spend time
with family and friends.
The Bazaar Ladies Need Help
                                                 Sunday, October 31st
After the 9:30 Service

               Items in the Bazaar Workshop need to be brought upstairs.
This year it will be a little easier than in previous years.
All items are going to the Dining Hall.
We understand if you aren’t comfortable working closely with others.
These are unusual times and we appreciate any help you are willing to provide. 
Masks and Hand Sanitizer will be available.
Things will be different this year.
All of the rooms will be set up in the Dining Hall.
The Raffle Table & Quilt Raffle will be in the Foyer.
There will not be a Luncheon or Turkey Dinner.
There will be Hot Dogs & Chicken Salad Sandwiches
Chips, Cookies, & Cold Drinks
All food items will be prepared in the St. James’ Kitchen.
All items will be individually wrapped or packaged.
Christmas Shop – Everything you need for the holidays: ornaments, wreaths, wall hangings, decorations, snowmen, angels, etc.
One Fine Yarn – The best handmade items you will find anywhere. There is a selection of quilted, knitted, crocheted, and sewn items.
Unique Gifts – This is the perfect spot for that special gift. The selection includes gift baskets, cross-stitch items, hand crafted jewelry, hand painted items, and a variety of gifts.
ABC – This shop has a variety of items for children. There are knitted and crocheted hats and assorted accessories. Jewelry, books, and stuffed animals are also available.
Chocolate Coated Treats – You will find a variety of chocolate coated items. We have pretzels, pretzel rods, marshmallows, peanut butter filled pretzel puffs, and peppermint bark.

All Chocolate items were dipped in the St. James’ kitchen by the Bazaar Ladies.

Quilt Raffle – We have a beautiful Quilt this year made by one of our Bazaar Ladies. It is on display in the Dining Hall and chances are available.
Raffle Table – You will be pleased with the items we have for the Raffle Table this year. 
Door Prizes – Be sure to enter for a chance to win one of the WAWA Gift Cards.

The Bazaar Ladies are looking forward to seeing everyone on November 5th & 6th.

From Dave Perry

We found some old prayer books from the 1940's.
They're free to anyone that wants one.
Russ's Angels would like to thank our St. James family for your support to END Alzheimer's.  
We had a great walk on Saturday October 23, 2021. You will recognize a three of us in this picture.  
There is still time to donate if you wish.  
Here is the link to Margaret's page: http://act.alz.org/goto/margaretruss
You can also give a donation directly to me in cash or check.
With Many Thanks,

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.  

Isaiah 58:8

"Your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear."
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, 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

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 prayer ZOOM gathering will be in the EVENING and will include the evening prayer service (found on page 109 in the Book of Common Prayer)
November prayer meeting -- Sunday, November 14th at 5:00 p.m.
A Reflective Prayer for All Hallows Eve,
from the Church of England

Lord, tonight,
We will face all that most concerns us:
our fears, the shadowed places of the mind;
the coming of winter darkness;
the cold thin place between waking and sleep.
We call to mind the powerless, the lonely,
those who most fear the knock at the door;
all those deceived by the world’s empty promises;
all those cowed by menaces or threats.
We stand with those weak in body, mind or spirit
and those seduced by treats or hurt by tricks.
Lord, your light shines into every darkness.
You told us: pray ‘deliver us from evil’.
Your Spirit gives us hope, gives us courage,
a candle in the window unhurt by the wind. 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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Wilmington, DE 19808