All Souls Unitarian Universalist E-Letter
Administration office hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-1pm.
Minister's office hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 10am-3pm and evenings and weekends by appointment.
service this week
Our youth and advisors will share with you some insight as to what it means to be a teen in 2018. Find out what has remained the same over the generations and what has drastically changed. Join us as we visit what impacts our youth daily and the difference these young people have and will make in the world!
all souls news
annual congregational meeting
As required by All Souls bylaws, this is the official published notice for the 2018 Annual Congregation Meeting, which will be held on 5/20 at 12pm in the Great Hall at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church. Please mark this event on your calendar. A list of eligible members will be posted at the church and is available on the church website.
congregational work day
Hear ye, hear ye, the next Congregational
Day is Saturday, 5/5 from 9am to 12noon!
Please come lend a hand for an hour or two as we take care of some spring cleaning and prepare for the summer. Assistance is needed on a variety of indoor and outdoor tasks, including preparing the garden beds, washing windows, and repairing the usual odds and ends inside.
We'll provide all the necessary tools and supplies (plus snacks).
All levels of skill are welcome.
Please email Kate Harrison
for more information.
welcome, new members!
We are pleased to welcome our new members to our congregation. We have several Welcome events coming up in the next few weeks. Join us for two membership classes, both following Sunday service at 1pm, on the next two Sundays.
On 5/6, a short history of the Unitarian/universalist faith and a "Getting to know each other" discussion;
5/13, a short history on All Souls Unitarian Church and a review of what it means to be a member.
On Friday 5/18, also join us for the Welcome Potluck at 6pm This informal dinner is fun and allows you to get to know other new members as well as long-time members.
You can find signup sheets at the visitors table in the Small Hall. -Lyne Hannan, Membership Committee
facilities task force update
Shall we stay or shall we go? The facilities task force has been gathering information for the past 10 months about the status of our current building and options related to remaining at our current location or moving with all the options we could imagine. We were tasked with presenting our information to the congregation at this year's annual congregational meeting on 5/20. To help you understand the options, the task force will be holding a series of presentations after Sunday services to share the information. If you have not attended at least one of these presentations, your final chance is after service on 5/6. The aim is to be better prepared to make the best decision about our lovely 126-year-old building. Members of the task force are Jim Michali, Laurie Frydendall, Josh Cahill and Larry Norfleet.
Our affinity groups are open to all! There is no enrollment period and no fee required. Friends are welcome! These groups share a common interest and provide opportunities to connect and deepen our fellowship outside of Sunday Service. Perhaps one is for you? For more information, please click here.
mission: make it!
All Souls is excited to announce our summer RE programming, "Mission: Make It,' starting 6/3! We will explore being producers and not just consumers while honoring our 5th UU Source, Science and Reason, and our 7th Principle, The Interdependent Web. Kids will be encouraged to use their creativity, logic, and reasoning skills as they learn how to accomplish a variety of "makes" from a wide range of activities. Let's use our open minds, loving hearts, and helping hands and make It happen!
are you wondering?
Always wondered about volunteering in RE? One time
summer commitments are available now! Come share your hobby or interest and show our K-6th graders how to make a duct tape project, plant an herb pot, create a movie, finger knit, make lip balm, or whatever you can do! Each project should be able to be accomplished in approximately 45 minutes and be appropriate for K-6th graders. "Makes" can be designed for the individual or as a group endeavor. Older kids can join in the class or assist, their choice. Leaders, pick your date and provide your make. Assistants, pick your date and join in the fun. Use the
If you think All Souls is a fit for you and your children, please register your kids! Look for the light blue registration form at the RE Table. By doing so we get a chance to better know you and your children, be made aware of any concerns or allergies and it helps to better plan and keep you
updated. There is no charge to register!
Thank you to Beth Green for signing up to help out this summer in Mission: Make It. She has some great ideas in mind! Many slots are still available so check it out. Thanks to Lynne Casebeer for reading the Story for All Ages last Sunday. Thank you to the anonymous donor who donated a series of Eye Spy books to RE.
Our Air Element explored our 7th principle. They heard a story about a Unitarian scientist, Rachel Louise Carson, who wrote a book about the problems caused by insecticide spraying including the death of fish and birds. Then the class took a look at what we can do to help Mother Earth and put their ideas together onto a poster. Thank you to Maureen Miller Witte for teaching and Nate Kanuchok for assisting. Our Fire Element class took a look at atonement as represented by the tool of the day, a level. Another way to look at the word atonement would be at-one-ness. In medieval times, Christian monks taught people to pray by crossing their hands across their chest. They got to experience a form of reconciling prayer in the process of handling and baking bread. They made individual prayer pretzels to symbolize this type of prayer. They finished by writing their own 3 part prayer comprised of something they are grateful for, sorry about, and glad about. Many thanks to Justin Lincoln for teaching the class and to Rosie Love for assisting.
Our younger kids in the Air Element class will enjoy a Contemplate This! Day As we explore the benefits of a drumming circle. Our Fire Element class is invited to attend service presented by our Youth Group and its advisors so that they may witness our Youth Group in action.
May 13 will be an intergenerational service. Children and youth are invited to join us in service for Flower Communion. There is no RE or Youth Group but nursery/PreK care is available. Their sign-up sheets will be downstairs. We have purple Doodle Boxes in the Great Hall for those that like to keep their hands busy.
childcare during congregational meeting
We will have childcare available during the congregational meeting on 5/20. We ask that you pick up your kids from RE at 11:45 so that you may provide them something to eat before returning to the RE Assembly Area for supervision at noon. We will be watching a movie. All ages are invited!
re volunteer appreciation
We hope all our wonderful RE volunteers will be sure to join us for service on May 20th when we will publicly acknowledge and thank you for lending your time and talents to help guide and inspire our kids! We will be showing a PowerPoint presentation with music of our year in religious exploration. This slide show is a fun review of our year and highlights our teachers, leaders, and assistants as well as our kids and youth. We will also be recognizing volunteers as our RE Shining Stars and announce our RE Super Star of the Year. Please join us and feel the love!
yruu youth group
Youth Group finished up working on the service they are presenting this Sunday. Next Sunday, 5/13, there is no Youth Group as it is Flower Communion intergenerational service. Please plan to join us for our last regular Youth Group meeting of the school year on 5/20. This will also be our Teacher Recognition during Story for All Ages and the Congregational Meeting is after church that day as well. Our end of the year party at Trampoline World will be 5/27!
quuest and spirit quuest summer camps
local activism & awareness
Occasionally, changes are made to these events after publication. Please click on the links provided if you are interested in attending something, to make sure the details have not changed. Thank you!
can you (or someone you know in denver) house a refugee?
The UUA is organizing homes for refugees seeking asylum here in the U.S. through part of their "
" campaign. Join them as they follow
We Belong Together
Pueblo Sin Fronteras
, together with
Showing Up for Racial Justice
to say resoundingly: "You are welcome here." These organizations are doing what they can to help people fleeing violence in Honduras and Love Resists is connecting with Unitarian Universalists near the border and UU State Action Networks across the country to help welcome refugees and asylum seekers. They are in need of homes in Denver (
more details here
), so if you know anyone that would want to help, please connect them with these groups. Even if you cannot help with this specific need, these are some great organizations to follow, join, and/or donate to.
5/12, 8am-1pm, at Pikes Peak National Forest, "Tree Planting Service Project." Help give back to Pikes Peak Region and do your part to continue rehabbing the Waldo Canyon Fire burn area. To register for this event click here.
Editors' note: Occasionally, changes are made to events after publication. Please click on the links provided if you are interested in attending something, to make sure the details have not changed. Thank you!
free food mobile food pantry
All are welcome to come pick up free food 11am-12pm on 5/25 at Deerfield Hills Community Center. Past food options have included bread, peppers, apricots, potatoes, and watermelon.
**Product will be distributed first-come, first-served.
**Please bring re-usable bags, laundry baskets, or plastic tubs to carry food.
If you would like to volunteer to help package food into
bags, distribute, etc., please email them.
marion house free legal clinic
11am-1pm on 5/26, The Justice Center hosts this free clinic at the Marion House Soup Kitchen. Speak with a volunteer attorney from the Pikes Peak region who - for free - will answer questions you may have about a legal issue and provide basic legal advice and guidance. Next date is 6/23.
joys & concerns
The National Memorial to Justice and Peace opened up this week in Montgomery, Alabama. Based largely on the work of author Bryan Stevenson (
the memorial recalls all those who lost their lives to lynching in the US. The book is a must-read! -Barb Kohlhaas
Please send thoughts and positive vibes to Karla C, who lost her sister Elise to cancer recently.
all souls board of trustees
Larry Norfleet, President,
(Vacant), Vice President
Gary Harrison, Treasurer
Judie McMath, Secretary
Kate Harrison, Member-at-Large
Bruce Leeson, Member-at-Large
Jan Otto, Member-at-Large
Terry Schultz, Member-at-Large
Rick Schwarz, Past President
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