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
10/6 ~ the church of what we know
For this special service, guest speaker and musician, Peter Mayer will help us explore how UU's fit into the big U by sharing about what science tells us about the story of the universe, and how Unitarian Universalism can help us develop a spiritual relationship to that story. Peter Mayer will also be providing special music, including his song, "Blue Boat Home."
all souls news
all souls auction: don't miss this!
Auction Night is Saturday, 10/19, and we now have over 140 fantastic items up for bid - including multiple offerings for some items, that's over 250 chances to win! The deadline for donating Auction items is this Sunday, 10/13. The final Auction catalog will be posted before Friday, 10/18. A "pre-catalog" - showing what's up for bid to date - is available from our Auction web page and our Auction Facebook page.
Doors will open on Auction Night at 5pm, and everything will be done by 9pm. Admission is free and includes buffet dinner, dessert bar, and childcare. You can pre-register with your choice of bidder number (subject to availability - and volunteer to help out before or on Auction Night - through our Auction web page. If you can't be there, you can still bid by registering a family member or friend as your proxy bidder. To do that, email your proxy request to email@example.com.
2nd endowment forum
A second forum concerning the management of the endowment is scheduled for noon on Sunday, 10/20, in the Great Hall. The initial forum was held on 9/22 and issues discussed included: 1)Encouraging contributions by defining how endowment funds are to be used; 2) Establishing guidelines for the amount of funds that can be withdrawn on an annual basis; 3) Establishing guidelines for use of the endowment; 4) Changing the endowment financial management from volunteers to professional investors; 5) Changing the endowment investments to 'Socially Responsible Funds". The second forum is intended to allow more dialogue on these issues and to discuss specific 'Socially Responsible Funds", including the Unitarian Universalist Common Endowment Fund: uucef.org.
If you walk over to the hydration station and check out the water bottle counter , you will see that we are amazingly close to the 1.000 bottle mark. That means we have saved 1000 plastic bottles from going to the landfill or the oceans because a reusable bottle has been filled instead of opening a new plastic bottle. Congratulations All Souls! You are actively practicing Principle #7 and protecting our fragile environment in a small but very important way. Keep it up! Let's see if we can get to the 2,000 mark in a shorter amount of time. It took 16 months to get to the 1,000 bottle mark. Let's do the second thousand within 12 months!
There will NOT BE an Artists/Hobbyists gathering 10/10, (2nd Thursday).
The next Artists/Hobbyists gathering will resume on 10/24, (4th Thursday).
banner team #3
Thank you to Sarah Bethke, Pam Brown, Eunice Ciaccio, Karla Cresenta, Kate Harrison and Sonya Hill-Smith! They worked diligently on another beautiful Sunday afternoon and determined our color selections for the banners. The grand unveiling of the banners has been moved to early spring due to the Auction and holiday seasons that are fast approaching. There are only so many hours in each day! The next meeting will involve the production team and they will initially meet to determine the process to be used and determine fabric selection. If you have sewing skills and would like to help you are definitely welcome! Contact Becky Harrison: 540-9072 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be dividing the tasks so any amount of help that can be offered would be welcome. You will not have to sew an entire banner all by yourself! Thank you for your
support and encouragement for this process. It has indeed presented multiple layers of decisions to be made and the teams have done a wonderful job of thinking outside the box and listening to each other. Great work teams!!
parking action plan to be unveiled
After meetings with Near North End neighborhood residents, including some All Souls members, over the past few months, the City of Colorado Springs has completed its action plan for solving parking issues in the neighborhood. The public presentation is Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 6:00 at the City Auditorium, where you can ask questions about the plan. If you want more details, contact the church office.
do you like (serving) coffee?
We are seeking volunteers to train to help with Sunday coffee hour. See Terry or Marguerite or sign up on the list outside the kitchen. Love people - serve good coffee and food.
newcomer welcome potluck
The Newcomer Welcome Potluck will be held on Friday, 10/11, at 6pm. All newcomers and members are welcome. This is a great time for all members, new or experienced, to come together for some fellowship and good food. If you are a member, bring a dish to share. Contact email Lyne Hannan with questions.
new desk needed for dre office
We're in need of a new desk for the DRE's office. It unfortunately broke this week and may be beyond repair. If you happen to have a big ol' desk you'd like to get rid of, please contact Beth Green.
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.
Congratulations to Beth Green, our new DRE!
Beth is bringing her passion for working with kids to our RE program. She has lived in Colorado Springs for 5 years with her husband, Steven, and daughter, Kellyn, who is currently in 1st grade and enrolled in RE. Beth has been a member of ASUUC for 4 years. During that time, she's been one of the founders of the Social Justice Action Team, co-editor of the e-letter, and has volunteered in RE where she's shared her knowledge of yoga and mindfulness with the kids. Outside of teaching yoga to children and adults for the past 4 years, Beth also has a degree in Communication from NC State. She is looking forward to bringing her excitement and joy to our kids in RE.
Our 4th annual Trunk or Treat will be Sunday, 10/27, starting right after social hour at 11:45am in the All Soul's parking lot. Children and families can trick-or-treat from car to car in the safety of the church property. Trunks are open with treats from fellow All Souls members. Costumes are welcomed and encouraged!
we need trunkers!
Sign up to make our 4th annual Trunk or Treat a big success for our kids! Look for the sign up sheet on the RE table in the small hall or email Beth. To be a trunker simply show up Sunday, 10/27, between 10-10:15 to grab a trunk spot in our parking lot (our lot will be blocked off that morning and only available to our signed-up trunkers). Feel free to decorate your trunk (not required) and bring some treats (candy or non-candy treats) to hand out to our trick-or-treaters starting after social hour at 11:45am. Costumes are welcome from the "big kids" too!
Beth is looking to create an RE team of 4-6 committed volunteers. For this team, she's looking for people who love to work with kids, will be willing to commit to leading K-3 and 4-6 grade classes one or two months out of the school year, and attend a monthly meeting concerning RE curriculum. She feels with a handful of strong team members it will help grow our RE community with a familiarity between teachers and children (there will still be a sign-up for assistants in RE wanting to volunteer with our kids outside of this team). If interested, please contact Beth Green.
grow with us
Volunteer in RE and grow your faith and our children's! Just add your name and email address to the sign-up sheet on the clipboard at the RE Table or contact Beth Green. Any size commitment is welcome. Experience not required. Everything provided. Join us, won't you, and help grow souls while having fun!
We had our intergenerational service of blessing of the animals. It looked like the kids really enjoyed petting all the furry friends around the church!
Come, come, as you are, all ages to learn about transforming our world of conflict with our own personal wisdom and tools we already have! Mike will bring some of his weapons which have been forged into gardening tools. And there will be music!
Principle Number 6: I am a Peacemaker. Mike Martin with
. Tools of Transformation.
Heidi Cooper and Jesse Trovik will teach around Restorative Justice, restoring relationships and the connection to the Jewish high holy day as Yom Kippur.
Our youth group will begin meeting this Sunday!
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.
10/13, 12-3pm, at Dorchester Park, "Spreading Smiles and Sandwiches." Spreading Smile and Sandwiches host an event every second Sunday of the month, serving those less fortunate and providing additional items, such as hygiene products and clothing. Everything they give is based on donations received throughout the month. Please consider bringing donations to the event.
10/13, 3:30-5pm, at a location TBD, "2020 CSWM: Oct Planning Mtg." Join COS Womxn's March, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, Pikes Peak Progressives, United Court of the Pikes Peak Empire, Pikes Peak Justice & Peace Commission, El Paso County Democratic Party, Colorado Springs Feminists, & ASUUC, for this month's Colorado Springs Womxn's March planning meeting.
10/19, 12-4pm, at Stargazers Theatre & Event
Center, "Peak Environment Podcast." Be part of a
podcast as Studio 809 records 3 podcasts in front
of a live audience at Stargazers. It's free.
There will be 3 panels on very important local environmental issues:
Groundwater Contamination (firefighting foam)
Making Local Food Flourish
Colorado Springs' Energy Future
There will also be some music by Lindsay Facknitz.
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!
cool science carnival day
Join in the fun at UCCS on Saturday, 10/12, from 10am - 4pm. The Colorado Springs Cool Science Festival is all about presenting cool and exciting opportunities for the general public to discover and engage in amazing Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) taking place throughout the Pikes Peak Region. The Money Museum will be present on Carnival Day with activities for kids including "Guess Which Coin Weighs More?" and our "Estimation Station" with prizes!
indigenous peoples' day at asuuc
To honor this land's plants, animals, and people, you are invited to celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day at All Souls on Monday, 10/14, from 5- 8:30pm. There are only 24 spots available for this celebration. Contact
to reserve your spot or to request further information for this event. It is requested that each attendee bring a giveaway for Rosebud and Pine Ridge Reservations, seeds from your neighborhood, a native food dish to share (along with a plate, fork, and napkin~ please not disposable), and drums or a rhythm instrument to play and share!
rocky horror picture show
Come see A.B. Lugo in the shadow cast production of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW this fall! Dates are 11/25-26, 10/31 and 11/1-2 starting at 9pm (doors open at 7:30pm), at
Iron Springs Chateau Theater
Live actors performing on the Iron Springs Chateau stage, along with the most popular cult movie sensation in international history playing, will provide an outrageously fun night. There is no dinner available for this special engagement but bar food, snacks and drinks are available for purchase all evening.
This production is rated R - You must be 17 and older or accompanied with a parent. Goody bags are included as part of your ticket. Please no outside food/water/props. There will be a costume contest on Friday and Saturday evenings of Halloween weekend (11/1 &11/ 2) with fabulous prizes for fans who dress up as their favorite character.
Tickets must be pre-purchased and are currently on sale at
World Singing Day
is a global singalong, held annually on the third Saturday in October, 10/19,at 2 pm in Acacia Park. The event celebrates our common humanity, using the power of singing to connect communities and promote well being. Through its focus on positive human interactions, World Singing Day aims to combat isolation and transcend local and global conflicts. This is the second year Colorado Springs will host a public singalong. We invite people of all ages and backgrounds - from shower singers to celebrities - to sing with their friends, family, and neighbors in Acacia Park. Lyric books will be provided.Check out their video
Hill Mesa's Community Center for the Fall Harvest Festival, 11am-3pm on Saturday, 10/12! Great fun for all ages. FREE to attend event and concert; optional $10 wristband allows access to petting zoo, pony rides, bounce houses, face painters, all other activities and includes one pumpkin per person. Food, drink and other vendors will be on site. All proceeds benefit El Paso County Nature Centers.
food for thought
People of different backgrounds to share food, ideas and opinions about issues that are important to them and their community. Groups of ~12 meet 5 times over the course of 6 months. Each meeting begins with a meal and transitions into discussion led by a trained facilitator on topics relevant to our community as chosen by the group at their initial meeting. If you're interested in participating in this unique program, the initial session for this next group will be held 6-8pm on Tuesday, 10/22, at Library 21C. More information can be found here.
joys & concerns
"My daughter is home with me from the state hospital in Pueblo. She and I are filled with great joy!"
"I am so excited to be the new Director for RE!! I am really looking forward to sharing my passion with this great group of kids, volunteers, and staff members. Thank you for this opportunity!!"
"My Great-grandmother, G.G., died this morning."
all souls board of trustees
Wendy Mike, President
Vacant, 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
The deadline for each week's e-letter is Wednesday at 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 & Beth