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St. James' Mill Creek
Wilmington, Delaware

January 1st, 2023

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Sunday Bulletin (New Year's Day)

“The Feast of the Holy Name” is one of the major feasts of the Church, but it’s one that many of us don’t know about or remember because it is observed on January 1, one week after Christmas Day. There’s a lot of church happening in this timeframe for many of us, and coming back (or having a service) on a day recently more associated with college football than the naming of Jesus would likely lead to sparse attendance.

However, the luck of the calendar this year means we get to observe this day on a Sunday, and we get to hear a line from Luke’s gospel that is rarely heard in the regular course of our lectionary:

“After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.”

We mark this day because it’s a culmination of what was told to Mary by the angel, that she would name the child Jesus. It also marks a very human moment in the life of Jesus: the calling of his name by those closest to him.

The giving and taking of a name is an intimate moment in relationship, and it calls to mind the moment of baptism or confirmation or even the burial rite when we call out a person’s name as beloved and claimed by God. On the feast of the Holy Name, we give thanks for the naming Jesus, and we give thanks that God knows each of us by name, too.

Beginning January 8: The Good Book Club Returns


On January 8 we’ll resume our weekly Sunday morning discussion of the books from the Good Book Club. This year’s featured books are Ruth and Ester. Sign up here (Good Book Club – Ruth and Esther | Epiphany 2023), and we hope you’ll join us after church on Sunday, January 8!

Week after Christmas

Our offices will be closed from Monday, December 26th until January 1st for Christmas Break. We will be back on January 2nd.

Have a safe and blessed Holiday Season and Happy New Year!

New Instagram Page

Be sure to check out our brand new Instagram page!



       New Year's Eve 2022

    Please consider hosting a table of 8 for $25


For the first time in three years, we will serve what our guests have called their "favorite meal “~lasagna, green beans, roll, fruit (bananas and clementines), and homemade desserts.  


o   We hope you will consider offering a donation of $25 (to cover the cost of a table of 8 guests) and/or by making homemade cookies, cupcakes, or cakes.

o   Donations for the lunch can be made by check to St. James' or cash (please indicate EDR on your check or envelope) and will be used to purchase the lasagnas, green beans, milk, and bread/rolls in bulk.

o   If you are donating cookies or cake, please wrap and mark them EDR and place them in the St. James’ kitchen freezer by Thursday, December 29th.


And, then….in the New Year~2023 - Mark your calendars for our January lunch!

Our first lunch for Emmanuel Dining Room will be Tuesday, January 31st.  We hope you’ll join us in the St. James’ kitchen on Monday, January 30th from 9 am to 11 am to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and/or serve lunch on the 31st.


Thank you for your support of our brothers and sisters in need.

Questions-text or call Pat Minor 302-983-6299 or Cindy Fauerbach 302-584-8053

St. James' Mission and Outreach updates

Sharing God’s gifts with others.


Reaching out to those in need


Serving those in need with dignity and respect…


We are grateful for your support that enables us to

serve lunch at the Emmanuel Dining Room (EDR)

and provide clothing, food, and other items

needed by those being served at EDR, the Hope Center, and our community.



Providing a daily lunch to those in need in Wilmington


Our next date for providing lunch for Emmanuel Dining Room will be Saturday, December 31, 2022.For their New Year’s Eve lunch, we will be serving lasagna, green beans, fruit, cookies, and a bottle of water again this year. And, as noted above, we will distribute the socks, hats, gloves, etc. that are collected this month.


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 and Christiana Care 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 or the box in the foyer of the church. Please note, Liz will bring in the bin and any donated items at 12:30 p.m. 


Items needed:


            NEW Underwear, and socks - all sizes, children through adult

            New or gently used t-shirts and light jackets

            New books, puzzles, crossword books, and puzzle books - adult/children

            Art kits, adult and children coloring books, colored pencils

            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)

            Diapers - all sizes - Urgent need for size 5 & 6

            Baby wipes

            Gift cards - Target, Acme, Wawa

            Non-alcohol hand sanitizer

            Powdered Drink Mixes - Hot Chocolate mix or Iced Tea/Lemonade

            Small containers of peanut butter and tuna fish (easy open)

            Microwaveable one-dish meals

            Fruit cups, apple sauce, and pudding

            Individually wrapped snacks-crackers, granola bars, and cereal bars

            Non-refrigerated milk and powdered milk


 Thank you,

St. James' 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.  

PSALM 65:11

"You crown the year with your goodness; your paths overflow with rich food."

Prayer of Thankfulness, by Joseph P. Shadle

God of Love,

You are with us in every transition and change.

As we enter into this new era with excitement and even some anxiety, we recall your deep compassion, presence, and abounding love.

We thank you for the gifts, talents and skills with which you have blessed us.

We thank you for the experiences that have brought us to this moment.

We thank you for the work of others that gives breadth and depth to our own work.

Be with us as we move forward, rejoicing with you and supporting one another.

We ask this in your Holy Name. Amen.

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