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St. James' Mill Creek
Wilmington, Delaware

June 11th, 2023

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Sunday Bulletin (June 11th)

As we move into the season after Pentecost our lectionary readings will come from the same three books for at least the next couple of months: Genesis, Matthew, and Romans.


In the Genesis readings we’ll hear a great deal about Father Abraham and Mother Sarah and their journey with the Lord. In Matthew’s Gospel, we’ll hear the story of Jesus and his disciples going about the daily work and ministry and the teachings and healings that take place. Finally, throughout the letter to the Romans, Paul will make his case for Christianity through the faithfulness of God, a faithfulness made known to and through Abraham and passed down through the ages even to us.


Because of the nature of the Genesis readings and because there are so many healings that take place throughout Matthew’s gospel, if we’re struggling in our own lives with our relationship with God or with some kind of illness, we may begin to wonder about or question God’s presence and actions in our lives. Again, the story of Abraham and Sarah tells us that questioning God and wondering about God’s faithfulness are indeed marks of faith because they are signs that we remain in conversation with the Lord.


The trouble, though, is that we do continue to live in a broken world, and a broken world is subject to all of manner of things that can go awry. And yet, we continue to remember the faithfulness of God, and we do our best to remain faithful, too, by saying our prayers and coming to Church, trusting that in those acts, we’ll catch a glimpse of the heavenly kingdom breaking into our world, reminding us of the promise of restoration that awaits us all at the end of the age.

Celebrating This Year's Graduates!

For the month of June we will be highlighting a different graduate each week. We are so proud of each and every one of them!

Katie Joynt


Katie Joynt will be graduating from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and a minor in Disability Studies. For the past year and a half, Katie has she has been working on her Master’s degree in Autism and Severe Disabilities in a 4+1 program and has 1 year left to complete her Master’s. She is graduating as a World Scholar having completed study abroad programs in Rome, Italy, and Thailand. 

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.  

1 John 4:21

"This commandment we have from him: Those who claim to love God ought to love their brother and sister also."

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