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
It is through the work of spiritual practice that we move beyond fear into compassion and discover our deep and true selves. Join us this week as Rev. Rost shares how spiritual practices, whether that looks typically religious (like praying) or not (like walking), can draw us closer to who we are at our best-free and compassionate beings.
all souls news
annual congregational meeting minutes
The minutes of the annual meeting can be found at the ASUUC website here. Larry Norfleet posts this summary of the proceedings:
The minutes of this year's annual congregational meeting (unapproved until our next meeting) will be posted at church. With 63 voting members present, we had almost 50% participation of our membership. Thank you for your commitment to our church governance. According to our bylaws our church is "constituted in the congregational manner; that is, the members acting at a legally called meeting are the ultimate authority in all matters of governance.
We approved the following at our annual meeting:
- Explore further only those options related to STAYING in our current building-this passed by 84%.
- We, as a congregation, will spend the next few months exploring the stay options and hope to have a special congregational meeting to proceed with the best stay option.
- Advanced $40k from the endowment to immediately start Building & Grounds projects pertinent to staying in our current facility-This was approved unanimously.
- Defeated a motion to hire armed security guards during the Sunday service-96% of votes were against this motion.
- Elected the following Board of Trustee positions:
- Judie McMath, President
- Wendy Mike, Vice-President
- Gary Harrison, Treasurer
- Kate Harrison, Secretary
- Larry Norfleet, Past President
- Jim Michali, Member-at-Large
- Shawn Yasutake, Member-at-Large
- Terry Schultz and Bruce Leeson will remain on the board
- Elected to Team on Ministry and Congregational Relations
- Karla Crescenta, Lindsay Teplesky and August Mergelman
- Elected to the Nominating Team-Marguerite Terze and Jessie Trovik
- Elected to the Endowment Team-Jay Hatfield
- Approved the proposed budget for FY 2018-19-Approved by 88%.
- Budget highlights:
- Administrative staff raises 4-10%.
- Reinstated $6500 in ministerial professional expenses.
- Paid our UUA/MDD fair share dues of $11,610.
- Used $50,134 from the endowment to balance this budget.
My sincerest appreciation to the board of trustees and to the entire congregation for all the efforts to make this a successful year for All Souls.
Larry Norfleet, President of the Board of Trustees
building and grounds accomplishments
- A huge thank you to Grant Harrison for refurbishing the Little Library housing unit. It has a fresh coat of paint, a new door with a window and knob. It is now set at a height which is accessible for our younger readers and those in wheelchairs. Enjoy!
- Jim Michali and Mike Brabec gave up most of their
Wednesday installing the new central vacuum in the furnace room. The new unit was larger and required a Herculean effort to fit into the existing space and piping. Thank you gentlemen.
- The faucet in the upper kitchen finally gave up its last washer. Thank you to Bob Armintor for finding the replacement. The replacement has a crook neck and sprayer to help the Fellowship Team meets the coffee demands of the congregation. Installation was scheduled for 5/25.
- Bob also contacted a roofing company and will be meeting with them to locate and repair the recent leak in the entry area buy the ramp door. Our steep roof with its many projections and angles always provides a challenge for repairs.
- The west window well on the RE addition will no longer be a hot house for the local weeds. Larry Norfleet cleared the area on the church work day earlier in the month. Becky and Gary Harrison placed weed preventer and a weed mat in the area and then hauled in gravel to complete the renovation. It looks much better due to the willingness of these three people to work in a tight and confined space. Not to mention the spiders and bugs!
Thanks to all these people for their time, effort and skills. It takes much time and energy to keep the church facility in working order. All of these projects are part of the normal demands the Building and Grounds Team deals with each year.
The Building and Grounds team would also like to thank the congregation for their support by approving the $40,000 transfer from the Endowment for much needed major improvements to the church. Please keep an eye out for possible construction detours as we progress through the
summer and the next fiscal year. None of the upcoming
projects would have been possible
through the limited budget of the B and G team. We sincerely thank you for your trust in making All Souls a much safer and more
helping those in need
With summer and hot weather approaching our homeless neighbors who live outdoors have a real need to stay hydrated. If you have a BPA free water bottle or two you are not using that you would be willing to donate, please bring it to church and we will see that it gets to them. There will be a box in the small hall to collect your water bottles.
Also, Pat Holley and Diane Page-Hatfield have been working on projects to help the homeless for several months now. They have been purchasing items and assembling supply bags which include essentials like toothbrushes, foot powder, snacks, and water bottles. They are able to purchase many of these items at Dollar Tree, including BPA-free water bottles, but would appreciate any help that you can offer in their generous venture. Please contact them if you can help. This would be the best way you could thank them for their hard work on these projects.
the gardens are a blooming!
It' s hard to miss the peonies that are in full bloom right now. Be sure and take the time to gather in their scent and sight. The gardens have woken from their winter nap and are demanding attention. If you have a green thumb or even a slightly brown one, there are chores you can do that would help the gardens immensely.
Becky Harrison will be working in the gardens 3-5pm on Mondays and 11am-2pm on Thursdays
. If you would like to join her that would be great. If you would like to follow your own schedule, just visit with Becky and together you can determine what you would like to do. It can be either specific chores or care of a specific area. Anything and everything helps.
The grounds of All Souls and our historic building attract much attention from people passing by. We want to present the most welcoming and attractive presence to possible future members. Please help if you can.
jim scott at all souls
Join composer/guitarist Jim Scott - a UU and All Souls favorite - on
Saturday, 6/9 at
7 pm for an intimate evening of songs about earth, peace, community, love, and just fun. Suggested donation: $10-$20, sliding scale; all are welcome.
celebration of life for julie willis
Jim will also participate in the Celebration of Life service for his niece and cherished long-time All Souls member Julie Willis. That service will be held at 10:30 amon Saturday, June 9. All ASUUC members and friends, and all others who knew Julie, are welcome to attend.
uua general assembly rapidly approaching
This year's General Assembly is being held June 20-24 in Kansas City Mo. More info is available here. Bruce Leeson is planning to attend as one of All Soul's official delegates. If you want to attend, either as a delegate or as an attendee, please contact Bruce for more information.
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.
Volunteer in RE! Our summer schedule is complete but we need you in the fall! Just add your name and email address to the sign-up sheet at the RE Table and I will send you a Sign-Up Genius in August so you can pick the topic and dates that work best for you.
Any size commitment is welcome. Experience not required. Everything provided. Various positions available. Join us, please, and help grow souls while having fun!
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 Patrick Frydendall for assembling our new table and chair sets for our youth and transporting them to the church!
Thank you to Julie Brady and Larry Norfleet for leading us on a walking field trip to learn a bit about outdoor first aid. We learned to assess the surroundings, ask if someone needs help, and make do with whatever you have to assist. We learned the three steps to treating a wound and a bit about Epipens. First aid is a wonderful way to show compassion by taking care of those in need.
Join us as Mission: Make It continues as we experience a "ZEN-day." We will try our hand at raking and designing a mini Zen garden, try out Buddha boards, and make our own personal Zen Glitter Bottle to take home.
Today will be an intergenerational service. Children and youth are invited to join us in service. 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.
yruu youth group
Our Youth Group is on summer hiatus. Many of our youth have plans for the summer and I wish you safe and fun adventures. We hope that you will join us in RE for our summer programming as we learn different "makes." Come to participate or to assist-your choice!
Are you passionate about peace and social justice issues? The Pikes Peak Peace and Justice Commission is looking for Youth Counselors for Peace Camp at the Hillside Community Center from 7/30 to 8/3. This is for students entering grades 10-12 or college. Mentor for social justice and peace while building skills and your resume! For more information email them.
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!
6/9, 10am-12pm, at 2855 Mesa Road, 80904
Rain Barrel Workshop
" Colorado Springs Utilities will host a free recycled rain barrel event during their annual Efficiency Expo. Participants will be selected by a lottery system and winners will attend a rain barrel workshop to build and take home their rain barrel that day.
Email for details
6/11, 5:30-8pm, at Cinemark Tinseltown USA, "Little Pink House."
This is a special screening of
ased on a true story, it follows a small-town paramedic named Susette Kelo who leaves a bad marriage, and starts over in a new town. She buys a rundown cottage with a gorgeous water view. She fixes it up and paints it pink. Then she discovers powerful politicians want to bulldoze her blue-collar neighborhood for the benefit of a multi-billion dollar corporation. Susette emerges as the reluctant leader of her neighbors in an epic battle that goes all the way to the Supreme Court and helps millions of Americans protect their homes.
All proceeds from this special screening benefit Westside CARES
6/12, 1-3pm, at City Hall,
Juneteenth 2018 COS Proclamation
." Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. It celebrates Black Americans freedom, while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures.
The City Council of Colorado Springs will be encouraging all citizens in our city to remember and celebrate the holiday with a special proclamation.
Join Colorado Common Cause to learn how to "follow the money" in Colorado political campaigns. Get the scoop on who raises and spends political money in Colorado-from candidates to Super PACS to nonprofit organizations.
Participants will learn how to use
and the Colorado Secretary of State's TRACER website to find the donors behind the advertisements you see and hear during the election cycle. We'll also learn about "Follow the Message," a new project in Colorado that is tracking and analyzing political advertising.
Please bring a laptop (if possible) and any campaign literature that you have received this year. Questions? Email
or call her at (303) 292-2163.
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!
Bowling for Rhinos connects dedicated animal lovers with conservation organizations and provides an avenue to raise funds and awareness for rhinos and habitat conservation! Join the American Association of Zoo Keepers Cheyenne Mountain Zoo 6-9pm on Friday, 6/15, at King Pin Lanes, for an evening of fun and help raise money for rhinos! 100% of all event proceeds go to multiple rhino conservation institutes. Register for the event here.
pikes peak celtic festival
From 4pm on 6/15 to 5pm on 6/17, the 2018 Pikes Peak Celtic Festival returns with the thrill of the competition, the gathering of the clans, Pipe Bands from across the U.S., authentic food and drink, and the most exceptional bands in Celtic Rock!
Click here for tickets.
A Day Camp for children 7-13 years fostering peace in ourselves, our world, and our planet. 9am-5pm, 7/30-8/3, at Hillside Community Center. Cost $125 (Scholarships Available) Counselor in Training positions available for high school or college students. For information visit click here.
free food mobile food pantry
All are welcome to come pick up free food 11am-12pm on 6/1 at Deerfield Hills Community Center. This month's pantry will offer non-perishable food only.
**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.
marian house free legal clinic
11am-1pm on 6/23, The Justice Center hosts this free clinic at the Marian 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 7/28.
joys & concerns
all souls board of trustees
Judie McMath, President
Wendy Mike, Vice-President
Gary Harrison, Treasurer
Kate Harrison, Secretary
Bruce Leeson, Member-at-Large
Terry Schultz, Member-at-Large
Jim Michali, Member-at-Large
Shawn Yasutake, Member-at-Large
Larry Norfleet, Past President
The deadline for each week's e-letter is
noon, barring something truly unexpected, such as a last-minute cancellation. Other items submitted after deadline will run the following week. Please help us inform you by honoring the deadline. Thank you -- Tamsin & Shawn