All Souls Unitarian Universalist E-Letter
November 28, 2019
Sunday Service Time: 10:30am

This week's editor:
Tamsin Cowdery
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
Serviceservice this week
 
12/1 ~ world aids day cantata 
Join us for this very special service as Eclectic Voices members, along       with the choir, band, and soloists, present a Cantata in honor of World AIDS Day.
 
Click here  to see upcoming service themes. 
AllSoulsNews all souls news

thank you!
Give a huge thank you to the following people who braved the cold and snow to help with the Congregational Work Day on Saturday, Nov. 23:Sarah Bethke, Kate and Will Crow, Becky, Gary and Kate Harrison, Karen Meadows, Jim and Judy Michali, Mark Nordstrom and a new volunteer Joan. I apologize that I cannot remember her last name but she was a wonderful worker who had great ideas.
Lighting fixtures were cleaned, wood pews were dusted and checked for needed repairs, bathroom shades and air vents were cleaned, the furnace room and the space under the front porch were also cleared of debris. Repair work to the Pine room continued and the Moravian star was hung to start the holiday season. The keyboard in the RE area was checked for needed repairs. All of these chores were done with a smiles and good conversation.  
Once again thank you to our volunteers and consider giving some time at our next congregational work day which is scheduled for May 2020.

legacy circle
Join other Legacy Circle members who have generous in their final requests by giving to All Souls in your will. Talk to your legal administrator on how you can help perpetuate Unitarian Universalism in the future.
 
listening circle
12-1:15pm on Sundays 12/1, 1/5 & 2/2. Opportunities to speak briefly from your experience, and feel deeply heard. Basic agreements - respect, brevity, confidentiality, and kindness. To assure everyone gets a turn, a "talking piece" will be used. No sign-up required. For more details, contact Karla Crescenta.

cookie exchange

On 12/7 at 6pm, we will gather for the Holiday Cookie Exchange. Here's how it works: you sign up to bring a specific homemade holiday cookie; each person bakes a different kind of special cookie; you package them three cookies to a package; then you will exchange with everyone at the gathering so you take home a wide variety of special holiday cookies. We'll also bring finger foods to share, sing carols and lots of fun stuff. If you'd like to participate, please let Judie McMath know what kind of cookie you'd like to bring so we don't get 20 people bringing chocolate chip. If you need ideas about what kind of cookie to make, she has recipe suggestions. Please RSVP with your cookie type by 12/1 because the amount of cookies you need to make depends on how many sign up.

art/hobby club
Artists & Hobbyist come join our group! This gathering is meant to be friendly, relaxed, fun, and of course, creative!!  Bring in your favorite art supplies or hobbies and a brown bag lunch. 2nd & 4th Thursdays at ASUUC. Creative time is 10am-11:30am, followed by a social lunch. Please email Pam Brown with your contact information (name and phone number) if you are interested.   * NOTE: No 4th Thursday gathering this month as the 28th is Thanksgiving.
 
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.
joysjoys & concerns

joys
None to share this week.

concerns
None to share this week.
REreligious exploration
  
no-rehearsal christmas pageant 
This year, RE will be performing the No-Rehearsal Christmas Pageant on Sunday, 12/22. This performance is a reenactment of the classic Christmas story with a UU twist, of course. If you have children in RE, we encourage you to attend this day as we'll be asking for volunteers to play the parts as we read through the story. There are NO speaking parts for volunteer cast members, just a quick costume adjustment from our team and on the stage they go! We'll be talking to the kids in RE leading up to the performance, but please be sure to inform them on this day that the pageant is happening and help ease any nerves. It's all fun and it's no-rehearsal! There's no such thing as "messing up." Feel free to reach out to Beth with any questions.
 
december's theme ~ "awe"
Our church-wide theme for December is "awe," and we'll be exploring this in RE by focusing on what gives us goosebumps. "Soulful Home," your parent home packet, has gone out this week. If you haven't received it and your child is registered for RE, please email Beth for a copy. If you'd like a copy and your child isn't registered, please fill out a registration form for RE (located on the RE table in the small hall) and you'll be added to the parent list!

re registration needed for all who completed online forms
There was a glitch with online registration and 
ALL online registration forms filled out for the 2019-2020 school year have been lost. If you filled out an online registration form, we will need a paper registration form filled out to update your child's registration for this year. We apologize for this glitch and appreciate your time to fill out the registration form again. If you would like to print a registration form to return to church, the link to a pdf is included, or you could simply fill out a form at the RE table soon! Thank you for your understanding and patience!

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!
children children
 
Last Sunday was an intergenerational service with Rev. Nori. In RE, we explored the word "gratitude" the week before, so it was really great to have that understanding for service! Thank you, Rev. Nori!
 
We're heading into our month of "awe" and kicking it off by exploring the goosebumps that arise from love in action. 12/1 marks the anniversary of Rosa Parks being arrested. We are going to learn about Rosa and discuss love in action. We'll also be making peace doves to hang around the classroom.
youthyouth

yruu youth group  
Youth Group will be meeting Sunday starting down their path of "awe." They will explore awe from love in action by discussing World AIDS Day.
 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! 
 
***new event*** 
11/30, 9:30-10:30am, at Beth-El Mennonite Church, "Hope for the Holidays." Help bring cheer and hope for the holidays by creating cards for our friends in immigrant detention. All supplies will be provided, plus light snacks. Kid friendly! Organizers will partner with Casa de Paz in Denver and LIRS nationally to deliver the cards. Both organizations are also accepting donations to purchase small gifts for detained immigrants. Please give generously!  
 
***new event***
12/2, 6:30-8:30pm, at Colorado College Wellness Resource Center, " Active Bystander Intervention Training." 
The BADASS (Be Aware, Decide to Act, Say Something) Campaign focuses on preventing violence, responding to people in distress, and fostering inclusivity through the principles of active bystander intervention. In this two-hour training, dinner will be served and you'll gain a broad introduction to tools for building and fostering a community that is inclusive, consent-oriented and trauma informed.  
 
***new event***
12/3, 6:30-8pm, at UCCS Kraemer Family Library, "Just Talk: The People and the Police - Examining the Divide.Six years after the founding of Black Lives Matter and four months after the shooting of De'Von Bailey, what is the state of the relationship between the police and the Colorado Springs community? Do different communities within Colorado Springs experience the police differently? Do they have different relationships with law enforcement? Panelists will provide context for a dialogue about how we might begin to bridge the gaps between the disparate parts of our community.
 
***new event***
12/4, 12-2pm, at First Light Home Care of Colorado Springs, "Hat and Glove Collection." Help the homeless have a warmer winter by donating hats and gloves. Cookies and hot cocoa will be served. 
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!
 
free medical care & prescriptions
People sometimes face the stark choice 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. 
 
santa's workshop & bazaar
This is the 2nd Annual Santa's Workshop and Bazaar presented by the Made for More Project. It's your premiere holiday shopping event featuring 50+ Vendors, local artisans, and makers. Meet and greet with Santa, make and take crafts for the kids, arts and craft drive, goody bags, and kids STEAM activities. 12pm-7pm, 11/30 & 8am-5pm, 12/1. Free admission to the public; tickets available here
   
space in community night
Join the Space Foundation for an evening of STEM activities and an Audience with an Astronaut, featuring presentations from former NASA astronaut, Duane "Digger" Carey at 6:15pm and 7:15 pm at their Space in the Community Night. Activities include:

Science On a Sphere Presentations; Mars Robotics Laboratory; Hands-on Activities; Virtual Reality; Outdoor Stargazing (weather permitting); Refreshments. 

Event is free to participants;  please RSVP here.
 
35th annual festival of lights parade  
5:50pm on 12/7, the Festival of Lights Parade will be on Tejon St. and will start at St. Vrain St. and proceed south to Vermijo Avenue. There is handicap parking on Bijou and Kiowa on both sides of Tejon and there are 5 parking structures within one block of the parade route.
 
liquid motion
Suset Marcantoni is offering liquid motion classes for $15 every Friday at the church from 4-5 pm. 10% of the proceeds will go right back to All Souls UU Church. Liquid Motion is an open level class that utilizes elements of fitness, conditioning exercises, sensual movement, and dance theory to provide a total mind and body movement experience. *Spots must be reserved beforehand through payment using Facebook messenger or PayPal. 
Contact Suset for more info.
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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