All Souls Unitarian Universalist E-Letter
May 21, 2020
Sunday Service Time: 10:30am

This week's editor:
Beth Woods
office hours
 
Currently All Souls has no office hours, in keeping with the best health and safety practices during the COVID-19 pandemic. Links to email our minister or office admin are provided above. 

in this week's issue
Serviceservice this week
 
05/24 ~ day is done
Join us via Zoom: Longtime member Rick Schwarz will be presenting this special Memorial Day service.  Join us as we honor those who have served in our nation's military and paid the ultimate price.  Rick will explore how we can honor the dead and honor our commitment to our 6th principle:  working toward a global community of justice, peace, and love.
  
Click here  to see upcoming service themes. 
news all souls news

virtual baby shower 
3pm on Saturday, 5/23, Catherine and Josh's friend, Julia Tebben, is hosting a virtual shower in preparation for baby #2 and you are invited to attend. Simply click the Zoom link! If you have questions, your host is only a text or call (602-290-7139) away! 
Please come to the celebration with:
-Your favorite snack or sweet treat!
-A hat, sunglasses, or even a silly wig! The theme is fun, so feel free to get creative!
-Your game face (because we will play some)
Catherine and Josh are registered here
 

Nori's graduation message
As I was walking Rubi down our street last week, I noticed a banner in the front yard of a house a few doors down from mine. It announced that a proud Doherty High School 2020 graduate lived there. I don't know this family; I've waved at the teenager in the past as I drove by. But I decided to get him an Amazon gift card and put in in a graduation card. I wrote the following note to him, and adapted it for this article  ( Graduation address for the Class of 2020 ). ~ Nori
 
all souls cares
We are accepting Thank You cards for health care workers around Colorado Springs. To deliver your card, just drop it into the mail slot on the front door of our church. We'll be collecting through 5/17 and giving the cards to our amazing health care workers during the month of May. Kids and adults are encouraged to show your support with a simple card of thanks!
 
 
annual All Souls plant sale (virtual plant sale)
The Virtual Plant Sale to benefit All Souls is just around the corner!  Those of you who have donations to contribute should plan to get them to Suset by the end of this week, Friday, May 22nd.  She will need to photograph and create descriptions of each plant so it would be good for her to have plenty of time to complete this task.  Plants may be dropped off at Suset's house any time, front porch at 1215 West Kiowa Street (in the Westside by Old Colorado City).  Be sure and text her at (719) 243-1268 or message her on her Facebook page to give her a head's up.  Please remember to include the name and growth requirements for your donation if you can.

The sale will start on Sunday, May 24th at 8:00 am and run continuously until 8:00 pm on Sunday, May 31st.  Plants may be viewed  here.  The website allows for payment with credit or debit cards.  Checks and cash may be dropped off at Suset's home when you pick up your purchased plants.  Please have the cash and checks in an envelope with pertinent info printed on the outside.  All sales are final.  If you are hesitant to venture out, there will be a delivery service provided for the small fee of $3.50 (cash only for the delivery person).  Delivery must be within Colorado Springs or Manitou Springs city limits.

Plan to view the website and select your plants!  The prices are very reasonable and with the pandemic, gardening stores have seen a huge increase in sales.  Hence, plants are in greater demand than in previous summers.  Your yard and your soul will both be nourished with new plants to brighten your home. 

For more information, email info@asuuc.net or contact Suset at (719) 243-1268.  
  
affinity and covenant group update
It's been a while since our small groups have met!  If your affinity or covenant group is interested in resuming meetings on Zoom, we currently have a church account that can be shared by multiple groups; meetings just need to be one at a time.  If your group is interested in meeting on Zoom, please contact A.B. at info@asuuc.net to receive instructions on proceeding further with our Zoom account.

UU the vote
Join a lively discussion to spread the word about the important, upcoming primary and presidential elections!  Find out how to mobilize a new or infrequent voter and get the word out to register and vote.  Our principles call us to work for a better world together.  Let's UU the vote and rock our world!

Join the Zoom meeting on Tuesday, May 26th from 6:30 - 8:30 pm by clicking here.   Password is 25Years!   

Questions?  Contact Ann Harris
REreligious exploration
 
RE appreciation day
Please join us on Sunday, May 31st during our 10:30 service for a special RE Appreciation Presentation!  We'll be honoring our RE teachers as well as our RE kids.  There will be many photos shared from our year together and special honorary mentions for kids moving into middle and high school.  We'd love to see everyone who's joined in RE to come to this special time during service.

e-re
Our RE kids, grades K-6th, are invited to join us every Sunday morning following service for a virtual 30-minute RE zoom (e-RE)! Each week we bring in time to share, reflect, create, and dance! Click on this **new zoom link** https://zoom.us/j/92857880405 to join in the fun 11:30am-12pm. Please contact Beth Green at DRE@asuuc.net with any questions. 
 


art project
We had 11 kids participate in this artwork we're calling, "Together While Apart."  Each child colored 2 puzzle pieces, not knowing what the design was.  All pieces were mailed back to Beth Green and assembled to reveal this amazing work!  THANK YOU to our amazing, creative kids and a big thanks to their parents as well!!




summer RE
In keeping with summer tradition, Youth Group will be on hiatus during the summer, but kids are always welcome to join in RE.  Since this summer is a bit different than past years, we will be continuing the curriculum in e-RE through the month of June and start our summer program in July.  This year we are holding "Summer Story-Time" through Zoom.  Details of this summer program will be rolled out in our service on May 31st.  Stay tuned for details!

Any youth member interested in possibly attending a virtual camp can complete this online form to obtain more information about camps. 

children children

5/24 - the door of courage 
This week we will explore the threshold of courage to go into the unknown.  In honor of Memorial Day, we remember the service men and women who lost their lives.  We also remember all of those who crossed the threshold of the Door of Courage, and those families who had to live with the unknown.  Join us to explore the threshold through songs and activities as well as have a chat with a veteran.
youthyouth

zoom changes  
The weekly PWR Monday afternoon Zoom calls will be taking a short break to consult with the youth boards and craft fresh and innovative offerings.  More soon on those changes!

joysjoys & concerns

Editor's note: Please email any Joys or Concerns you wish to be included in the e-letter.

Join Rev. Nori EVERY Tuesday at 5:30pm for "Tuesdays with Nori." This remains an informal time to check in with one another, share our joys and concerns, and enjoy the beverage and snacks of our choice from our homes. This is the Zoom link, and it can also be found at the top of our homepage on our website.

joys
None to share this week. 
 
concerns
None to share this week.
 activism local activism & awareness
 
Editors' note: 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!
In addition, we suggest not participating in any in-person activities for the foreseeable future (if there even are any). Stay healthy! 
 
Ongoing
If you have survived the COVID-19 virus, you may be eligible to help other patients by donating plasma as part of a statewide project. For more information, visit https://coloradocovidplasma.org, or contact Kate Crow at kate.crow@centura.org or Will Crow at willpcrow@yahoo.com.
 
Ongoing.  
To donate to the Colorado COVID Relief Fund, click here.
 
Ongoing.  
COVID Mask Crafters, an international collective of stitchers making home-sewn masks for healthcare workers, needs your help.  Needed:  sewers, donations of material (sheets, pillowcases, etc), drivers to pick up and deliver masks, and financial support.  If you are interested in helping, please visit  https://covidmaskcrafters.org/ 
or email coloradomaskcrafters@gmail.com.
community community news

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!

food distribution 
El Paso County has compiled a lengthy list of local food distribution locations here. The webpage also includes a link to a website where you can see student meal pick-up locations throughout the city.

free medical care & prescriptions
People sometimes face the starkchoice between food and medicine. As costs of prescription drugs continue to rise and the numbers of uninsured continue to rise, providing a source for life-saving prescription drugs becomes critical. In Colorado's El Paso & Teller Counties, Open Bible Medical Clinic & Pharmacy also serves as a  Community Pharmacy dispensing free prescription medication to our neighbors who are uninsured. Residents of the county can qualify for our services if they are at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. 10am-2pm every Thursday and 9am-1pm every Saturday.
all souls board of trustees

Wendy Mike, President
Justin Lincoln, Vice President
Jim Michali, Treasurer
Kathleen Brannan, Secretary
Judie McMath, Past President
Terry Schultz, Member-at-Large 
Sarah Bethke, Member-at-Large
 Evony McKenna, Member-at-Large
Jay Hatfield, Member-at-Large
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