Thursday, September 7, 2017
The Coming Week
Friday, September 8

Young Souls Monthly Potlucks , held at members’ homes, are a great event for newcomers. This month, hosted by Alice G, Kristin Z, Ben W-M, and their housemates. Please bring a dish or drink to share with everyone. Visit the Young Souls Blog to see photos of previous potlucks. RSVP at Facebook . Claire Tucci (claire.adrian.tucci@gmail.com). 7:00 pm.

Saturday, September 9

Gardening Day. Come help spruce up All Souls’ trees and plants in time for Homecoming Sunday. 9:00 am, meet in the courtyard.

Souls in the Center Game Day. Let’s play some nerd games and get to know each other over a soothing (ha!) game, where we take resources from each other. RSVP here . Feel free to bring any games you love. 2:00-6:00 pm. Franklin Hall (1348 Florida Ave NW, DC).

Sunday, September 10
 
We return to two services, 9:30 and 11:15 am.

The Courage of Beloved Community. Rev. Hardies and UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray. In times such as these, community becomes essential. Beloved community nurtures our dreams, our humanity, our capacity for compassion, and yes, our collective courage. Join Rev. Hardies, UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray, and our Festival Choir for a celebratory, intergenerational Homecoming Sunday focused on racial justice and beloved community.

Lunch . After second service, Pierce Hall.

Nourish the congregation and come cook with the Sunday Lunch Ministry on Homecoming Sunday (Sep. 10). At the first of this year’s Sunday lunches we will gather together to share our stories, nourish our bodies, and celebrate the All Souls welcoming mission and spirit of community. All helping hands welcome! Sign up one, two, or all three essential roles.
  • Prep (9:00-11:15): Chopping, measuring, stirring, etc. just show up in the kitchen at 9:00 to help.
  • Serving (12:15-1:15): Serve food, run the cash box, keep the food flowing; meet in the kitchen at 12:15 to get an apron and instructions.
  • Cleanup (1:00-2:30): The most important job is to leave the kitchen ready for the next group!
For more information visit all-souls.org/lunch or contact Jerri Husch (ascu.lunch@gmail.com).

Leadership Development and Nominating Committee meet-and-greet . Thinking about running for one of the three 2018 Board of Trustees vacancies or four officer positions? Come learn more from current and past board members and officers. 10:30 am, library.

Refugee Support Initiative . Now that Hassan, Feiza, and their children have arrived from Afghanistan, opportunities about for congregants to help them get settled and self-sufficient. The Initiative will help them with resume drafting, job searches, opening a bank account, obtaining drivers’ licenses, assisting with transportation, learning the Metro system, practicing English, getting to know the area, babysitting, etc. Come learn how you can help. If you can’t come to the meeting but would like to volunteer, contact Laurie Ensworth, (lensworth@verizon.net), Serena Lowe (ewolaneres@gmail.com), Allie Wils (Allison.wils@gmail.com), or Beni Luzau (luzbas@gmail.com). 12:45 pm.
Also, All Souls has agreed to cover the family’s groceries until their application for food stamps is approved. If you’d like to contribute, please leave a pre-paid debit card (VISA, Mastercard, etc.) at the front desk at church, to the attention of Allie Wils, Refugee Support Initiative. You can also mail one to the church to Allie/RSI’s attention.

All Souls Housing Ministry monthly meeting . All are welcome. 1:00 pm, Longfellow Room?

Mindful Souls. Mindfulness, meditation, and community. 1:00 pm, classroom 2.

Tuesday, September 12

A Conversation on Faith and Reproductive Justice. Dr. Willie Parker, an African American Christian abortion provider in the South, is one of the top national speakers on the religious and moral reasons for supporting reproductive health, rights, and justice. In his new book, Life’s Work: A Moral Argument for Choice, Dr. Parker tells the story of how he went from being opposed to performing abortions to making it the primary focus of his practice--as a direct expression of his Christian faith. He is also Board Chair for Physicians for Reproductive Health. A Conversation on Faith and Reproductive Justice features Dr. Parker discussing his work and book, in dialogue with Rev. Rob Keithan, All Souls Minister for Social Justice, and Jeryl Hayes, Assistant Director of Public Policy at Physicians for Reproductive Health and co-founder of the All Souls Reproductive Justice Initiative. Plus, a special appearance from the Jubilee Singers! Dr. Parker’s book will be available for purchase and he’ll sign them afterward. The event is free, but advanced ticket are required. RSVP at http://drparker.eventbrite.com . 7:00-9:00 pm, sanctuary.

Souls in the Center will see the Capitol Lab Band , a 17-piece jazz big band born from the All Souls music program, play its first public gig. The band will play originals by Young Souls member Eric Jesteadt and other band members. No cover, no minimum. 8:00-10:00 pm, Mr. Henry’s (601 Pennsylvania Ave SE).

Saturday, September 16

Crab Fest. 1:00-4:00 pm, Pierce Hall. Buy your tickets after worship services or online at www.all-souls.org.
Adult Spiritual Development
Find info and registration links at www.all-souls.org/asd.

The ASD Committee is looking for people with ideas about classes, workshops, field trips, and other ways to fulfill the church’s goal of “spiritual growth and transformation.” Meet and work with other members to support ASC’s adult programs. All are welcome.

Roots & Wings  is a six-session exploration of All Souls, Unitarian Universalism, and your own spiritual journey. It's also a great way to bond with a smaller group of your fellow congregants. Two classes this fall, one meeting on Sundays after church, the other on Monday evenings. Register at www.all-souls.org/asd. 

Intro to Adult OWL (“Our Whole Lives”) workshops. We’ll discuss values, communication skills, and spirituality as we build understanding of healthy sexual relationships, with attention to UU/OWL values and how they inform our notions and experience of our sexual being. Participants can attend any one of these sessions—or all of them! Register at www.all-souls.org/asd .
  • Workshop 1: Sexuality and Communication (Sep. 17)
  • Workshop 2: Sexual Diversity (Oct. 8)
  • Workshop 3: Sexuality and Aging (Nov. 5)
Children and Youth Religious Education
This Sunday, September 10th: All children & Youth, K & up, remain in service entire time. We’ll begin with the Story for All Ages, “The Big Orange Splot”. Looking for children to assist Ushers at the second service. Childcare for children 4 & under.
RE Registration available on our website (all-souls.org/re/registration). All babies –Sr. High must be registered for the 2017-2018 church year.
Sunday, Sept 17th- First day of RE classes.
Sunday, Sept 24th- Teacher Dedication at each service
Saturday, October 7th 10am-1pm – DCPS “Early Stages” Open House. A collaboration of All Souls, DC Public Schools & our local community. An interactive workshop for young children and parents/caregivers, to learn about stages of child development. Toddlers to 6 years engage in various activities to stimulate growth and learning.
Sunday, October 8th - Pancake Breakfast in Dining Room for everyone, after each service. Parent/Congregant Orientation during it. Get all your RE questions answered.

Contact Dolores Miller, Director of Religious Education for Children & Youth (dmiller@allsouls.ws; 202-517-1469).
Opportunities
Nourish the congregation and come cook with the Sunday Lunch Ministry on Homecoming Sunday (Sep. 10). At the first of this year’s Sunday lunches we will gather together to share our stories, nourish our bodies, and celebrate the All Souls welcoming mission and spirit of community. All helping hands welcome! Sign up one, two, or all three essential roles.
  • Prep (9:00-11:15): Chopping, measuring, stirring, etc. just show up in the kitchen at 9:00 to help.
  • Serving (12:15-1:15): Serve food, run the cash box, keep the food flowing; meet in the kitchen at 12:15 to get an apron and instructions.
  • Cleanup (1:00-2:30): The most important job is to leave the kitchen ready for the next group!
For more information visit all-souls.org/lunch or contact Jerri Husch ( ascu.lunch@gmail.com ).

All Souls Board and Officer Openings. Want to give back to the church and expand your leadership skills? Apply now for one of three trustee openings or one of several officer positions in 2018. Fill out the form at www.all-souls.org/leadership-application or pick up an application in Pierce Hall on Sundays after service. Questions? Contact LDNC Chair Mary Topolinski (marytopolinski@gmail.com). Come to our meet-and-greet this Sunday (see above).

Ushers and Greeters Needed. Now that we’ve returned to two services, All Souls urgently needs more ushers and greeters to welcome congregants and visitors and help each service proceed smoothly and safely. It’s fun, rewarding, and doesn’t take much extra time. To usher, please email Mark Matthews (markhowardmatthews@gmail.com). To greet, email Gary Penn (gpenn@allsouls.ws). 

Social Justice (SJ) Feds is a community of support for federal employees experiencing moral or ethical quandaries as we strive to serve our nation with integrity. Meetings are confidential, supportive, non-partisan, safe spaces where we check-in with one another about how we, our colleagues, and our agencies are faring. We have also conducted informational discussions about federal employees’ oaths, rights, and benefits, and we are open to new areas for discussion. Meetings are held monthly and members have hosted social events as well. To take part, email sjfeds@gmail.com with your name, agency/role, and personal email address.

Jubilee Singers seek new members for upcoming church year. The All Souls Jubilee Singers will kick-off its activities for the new church year with a meet-and-greet rehearsal on Tue., Aug. 29, at 7:30 pm. We are seeking new members who love singing, can carry a tune and match pitch, and will commit to consistent participation in rehearsals and scheduled performances. We view singing as a vital ministry that can promote social change and enrich the lives of individuals. We sing to promote action for social justice, love, healing, and care for our planet and all of its inhabitants. Our repertoire is drawn from many genres including spirituals, gospel, blues, jazz, and styles from cultures around the world. We rehearse weekly on Tuesday evenings. We provide music for worship services at All Souls on one Sunday per month, usually the second Sunday. We also accept invitations to sing for occasional community events. The ability to read music and church membership are not requirements and there is no audition. You may begin your association with the Jubilee Singers by arriving a few minutes early for a Tuesday evening rehearsal and singing with the group. It’s helpful to contact Director Lenard Starks ( lstarks@allsouls.ws ; 301-633-6559) or Choir President Bob Jayes ( rjayes@mfa.gwu.edu ; 202-641-5674) in advance, but not mandatory.
 
All Souls English as a Second Language (ESL) will start classes again on Sep. 17, at 1:00 pm. If you are interested in volunteering with the program, mandatory volunteer training will be Sun., Sep. 10, 11 am - 2:30 pm (after first service) in the dining room. Fall classes meet Sundays 1:00-2:45 pm at the church through Dec. 10. Interested adult students can register in person at All Souls on Sep. 17 at 1:00 pm. Email all.souls.esl.dc@gmail.com with questions.

Interested in being a Worship Associate at All Souls? Be a part of serving in the pulpit to welcome the congregation and introduce the offering collection five or six times a year. You would also serve as buddy to a worship associate for setup prior to services. Training occurs once or twice a year. Contact Jana Owens (jana_owens@hotmail.com). 
All Souls Church Unitarian | 1500 Harvard St NW, Washington DC 20009
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