All Souls Unitarian Universalist E-Letter
September 28, 2017

office hours
Administration office hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-1pm.

Minister's office hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 10am-3pm and evenings and weekends by appointment.
in this week's issue
10/1 ~ i'm on my way!
What better movie to discuss our third principle, acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations than Shrek? Join us as guest speaker and musician, Kiya Heartwood explores these themes from a the green anti-hero's perspective. Fairytale characters and a tyrannical, narcissistic king with tiny hands--errrr, I mean a tiny, tyrannical, narcissistic king-- all play a part but it's the ogre, Shrek, who takes center stage to show us what it means to accept and encourage one another.

Click here to see upcoming service themes.  
asnewsall souls news
sanctuary update 
We have set up GoFundMe accounts to help raise funds for the renovations needed for the Sanctuary and also for Elmer's family.

To contribute to the All Souls Sanctuary fund,  click here.
If you would like to help Elmer's family with their daily expenses, you may do so by
clicking here

money, money, money
On Sunday 10/1, our Treasurer, Gary Harrison, is giving a short financial report in the Great Hall on the 2016/2017 fiscal year and the first two months of this year.  

john smith concert
Remember the St. Pats party? We'll be having twice as much fun in a couple weeks on Friday, 9/29 when Singer/Songwriter John Smith will be at All Souls. He'll be playing at 8pm and $20 gets you in the door ($6 of that goes to the church for basement repair).
For those who show up between 7 and 8, Terry is planning to have some crock-pots of Irish stew with soda bread and maybe Green Chili with tortillas to round things out. You can volunteer to help set this up by emailing Terry. We may even have some local talent to add to the festivities.

We're working on making All Souls a consistent venue for Folk Music in Colorado Springs. The St. Pats party was proof of concept that we can support our local folk and acoustic musical talent; John is proof we can attract national talent as well. By making John's concert a success we'll go one step further gathering in local, regional and national talent. Spread the word, more good times are ahead at All here

be a superhero!
The All Souls Auction is our biggest FUNdraising 
event of the year and it all happens because of the generous help from everyday superheroes like you. We've already gotten many great donations, but we still need many more.

Remember, nothing is too big or too small, and everything has value to someone. If you have a special skill, you can even donate your services as an auction item. To get started with a donation, click here  or stop by our Auction Table this Sunday. We also need helping hands before, during and after the Auction. Click here  to volunteer. 

You can also keep up with the most current auction news at the ASUUC Auction Facebook page.
affinity groups
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.
religious exploration
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last week
We had a successful start to our fall semester.  We discussed and then wrote our class covenants and took individual Polaroid pics of everyone, glued them to mats and decorated them to represent us.  Look for all of these to be on display in our classrooms in the future.  Many thanks to Maureen Miller Witte and Janele Johnson for leading and to Linda Rossetti and Lyndsay Teplesky for assisting.


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Our younger kids will start their exploration into Love Surrounds Us. Rainbow wands will be used as we relate each principle to a color of the rainbow and learn about the love all around us. Our older kids will be starting Toolbox of Faith as we see how basic tools might represent skills we can utilize to put our principles into practice.

We are in for a real treat as two of our own professional yoga instructors will lead us in our first Contemplate This! Sunday for our new school year. Dress your kids for movement and don't let them miss this wonderful opportunity to practice centering and being fully present. BONUS - we will be using our new yoga mats! 

We found we had some new faces today as we took the opportunity to get to know each other and play together. We will be taking Polaroids this Sunday so our youngest can get a chance to join in the spontaneity and fun. This Sunday we will again be entering the Tree Room inside the Pine Room through the parking lot basement stairs and will bring the kids back to you at 11:45.

shout out
Thank you to all that helped us set up classrooms in the Small Hall and Social Hour in the Great Hall including Maureen Miller Witte, Ethan Witte, Damian Witte, Luke Brobin, Lily Frydendall, Lola Frydendall, Patrick Frydendall, Marguerite Terze, Richard Stettler, and Charles Peterson.  Thank you to Patrick Frydendall for hanging our RE banner at the RE Table.  Kudos and thanks to Lola Frydendall for continuing to be brave and singing a lovely solo for the Story for All Ages.    

calling all great folks
Our RE schedule still has a few volunteer slots open. Want to play a game? Then sign up for 11/19 or 1/28. Want to go ice skating? Then sign up for 1/7. Want to be a part of Being UU and learning our 7 principles? Then sign up for 1/14 or 1/21. Sign up using our Sign-Up Genius or  email Laurie.

have you registered for re?
WELL, HAVE YOU? Please stop by the RE TABLE and register your kids (babies through youth group) now so we can better plan, be informed, and keep you updated. We ask that you fill out a new registration form each year. There is no charge to register! Look for the new light blue registration form at the RE Table and don't make me hunt you down!
yruu youth group 
We have named our year 525 ,600 Minutes.  So how will we measure a year in our life?  In donuts, in homework, in music, in friendships?  Come help us explore what's important to us.  We also discussed some powerful ideas and then wrote a thoughtful covenant. We will be taking Polaroid's this Sunday so don't miss out on the fun and of course lots of snacks!   
upcoming youth district events
We had orientation for 9th Grade Trip after church last Sunday. It is not too late if you still want to join. In addition, we reviewed other upcoming district events including the Fall Con in Golden October 13-15th and the MLK Con in Denver January 13-15th, both for those in High School and a Con in Boulder March 2-3rd for those in middle school. If you are interested in attending a Con, please contact Laurie before registering as we need to have an adult sponsor for every 7 youth.
activism local activism & awareness
9/28, 5-8:30pm, at Library 21C, "Community Workshop 1: Race Relations." Building community one concept at a time, come to this event and contribute to a unique learning experience in developing a common understanding of hot button issues with diverse community members in the Colorado Springs area! This event is structured to remain civil while exploring heated topics through multiple cultural, economical and social lenses. Starting with a film screening of I'm Not Your Negro this workshop will explore historical issues in the African-American community. Refreshments will be provided, this event will be family friendly. 

9/30, 9:45-11:15am, at Sand Creek Library, "CONO Coffee & Community - City Council 101." Join the Council of Neighbors and Organizations for their next civics series, Coffee & Community! This week it's City Council 101. Panel Q&A with City Councilwoman Yolanda Avila, Nina Vetter (overview and budget game), Mattie Albert (elections), and Jay Anderson (online engagement). Free coffee and breakfast provided.

***new event***
Learn more about Single Payer with the new short version of the movie "Fix It, Healthcare at the Tipping Point". This meeting is also the relaunch of El Paso County region Colorado Foundation for Universal Health Care and we will talk about the organization, its goals and how you can help.

***please note***  
In addition to the two listed below, there are many events being held as part of Fountain Creek Week. Please click here for information on other dates and locations.  

10/1, 9am-12pm, at Pikes Peak, " Pikes Peak Cleanup, 2017 Creek Week." This is your chance to gain free entry to Pikes Peak whilst helping keep our public lands pristine! Please join Fountain Creek Watershed, Flood Control and Greenway District and Angler's Covey for a cleanup on Crystal, South and North Catamount reservoirs on Pikes Peak. All tools and lunch will be provided for volunteers and there will be giveaways! Sign up is required via email or at 719-510-8665.

10/7, 9am-11:30am, at Bristol Brewing Company, "Bristol's Creek Week Cheyenne Creek Cleanup." The Fountain Creek Watershed needs helping hands! It's common for trash and debris to end up in waterways -- clogging drainage systems, impacting wildlife, affecting water quality 
and ruining our natural landscapes.
Meet up in the Bristol Pub at 9am to sign in and go over some safety details. Then at 9:30am, you'll head out to pick up trash along the creek, sidewalks, streets, and storm drains. When the section is finished, or at 11:30am - whichever comes first - you'll head back to the brewery for a free round of Bristol beers, root beer, and other soft drinks. Simply register here and choose this cleanup in the list!  

10/7, 9:45-11:15am, at Sand Creek Library, "CONO Coffee & Community - Neighborhood Safety." Join the Council of Neighborhood Organizations for their next civics series, Coffee & Community! This week it's Neighborhood Safety. Panel Q&A with Lt. Hugh Michael Velasquez-CSPD, Sid Santos-Crime Prevention/ Neighborhood Watch, and Mitch Hammes-Code Enforcement. Free coffee and breakfast provided.
communitycommunity news

coffee with a cop
´┐╝The El Paso County Sheriff's Office invites you to celebrate the 2nd Annual National Coffee With a Cop Day. This is an opportunity for informal, friendly conversation, to answer your questions, offer tips and share information. 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM at Starbucks 7 S. Tejon St. Colorado Springs, CO 80903.

building for change luncheon
11:30am-1pm on Thursday 10/5, join the ARC Pikes Peak Region for lunch, and to learn more about their Building for Change (an inclusive campus for all abilities), and how you can be involved. Tickets are free (donations welcomed) and can be obtained here.
forest meditation
11am-12pm on Saturday 10/7, join the Catamount Institute for a relaxing, mindful walk through a meandering trail at Sondermann Park. Then, sit creek-side for a simple meditation while listening to the flowing water and singing birds. Mindful walking and meditation will be led by Matt Hane from Rocky Mountain Insight. All experience levels welcome. Children 11 and older are welcome. A donation of $10.00 or more supports programs at the Catamount Institute to get under-served youth into nature. RSVP here or by email or at 719-471-0910 x106.

walk with me
With over 400 screenings beginning this week, Walk With Me is quickly becoming one of the biggest documentaries of 2017. As one of the most respected and celebrated figures the meditation, and mindfulness movement, millions of people around the world look up to Thich Nhat Hanh for guidance and inspiration to stay mindful and find peace amidst the chaos of daily life.

Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, Walk With Me is a cinematic journey into the world of mindfulness and the Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh. Filmed over three years and with unprecedented access, this visceral film is a meditation on a community who have given up all their possessions for a monastic life in rural France.

Walk With Me is being shown on an "on demand" basis. A showing is scheduled for 7:30pm on Wednesday, 10/11 at the AMC Chapel Hills 13 and there are still a few tickets left.  Click here to reserve tickets to this fascinating show. View the trailer here.

zero waste for zero hunger
There is a free public recycling drop-off Monday-Friday 8am-4pm at 2265 Waynoka Road which benefits Care and Share Food Bank. For more information, please click here.

breaking bread, building bridges
The Food for Thought signature program is a short series of conversations among people from a variety of backgrounds and experience shared over dinner! Topics which tend to generate a variety of opinions are discussed with the support of ground rules and a neutral facilitator.

Please join Food For Thought Colorado Springs if you would like to commit to meeting 5 times in the following 6 months to engage in respectful dialogue. All groups meet for the initial kickoff event that allows participants to introduce themselves, to agree to ground rules, and to select discussion topics.

Please register early  here. Initial kickoff event is October 26, 2017 from 6:00 TO 8:00 at El Paso Co. Citizens Service Center, 1675 Garden of the Gods Road. Get acquainted, form groups, select topics and choose next meeting dates.

joys joys & concerns

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all souls board of trustees

Larry Norfleet, President,
Charles Peterson, 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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