All Souls Unitarian Universalist E-Letter
December 27, 2018
Sunday Service Time: 10:30am

This week's editor:
Shawn Yasutake

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
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leading causes of life! 12/30-1/27
As we joyfully celebrate the returning of the Sun and the lengthening days and look to a new year of possibilities, this is a season of saying "yes" to life. This is a season of noticing the flourishing and abundant life all around us. This we do instead of focusing on what isn't working.
Saying "yes" to life in offers us the opportunity to see the assets that create possibility and that create new ways of flourishing together in this world. Over the next five weeks we will explore the leading causes of life and how we can see yes to them.

12/30 ~ healing power of connection 
Join us as we celebrate our annual Stone Soup Sunday. Minister Emerita, Rev. Dr. Ellen Johnson-Fay, will bring us an inspiring message of how community creates life in this first Sunday of our theme, Leading Causes of Life. Everyone is invited to bring something to share in a meal following the service. We will also be having Stone Soup!  

Click here  to see upcoming service themes. 
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art club meeting 12/27
Fellow artists, come join us next week. Bring in your favorite art supplies and a brown bag lunch.  This gathering is meant to be friendly, relaxed, fun, and of course... creative!! Creative time will be from 10am-11:30am, followed by a brown bag lunch. Please email Pam Brown with your contact information (name and phone number) if you are interested. 
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.
RE religious exploration
childcare provider 
Enjoy working with babies and toddlers? Then come join the fun in the Nursery/PreK room at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church. We are looking for a part-time care giver for 10am-12pm on two or more Sundays a month. Reliability is essential. Schedule flexibility is available. Perfect for college students, parents with young kids, or retirees. Position offers the possibility of bringing your own kids along if desired. We are looking for someone 18 years of age or older. Starting salary is $10.50 an hour. You must submit to a background check and we will pay for you to get your CPR certification. We have books that need reading, crafts to assist with and open play time to supervise! We are a liberal religious voice located in the heart of beautiful downtown Colorado Springs and we can't wait to meet you! Contact Laurie for more information.
shout out
A heartfelt thank you to all who have supported Religious Exploration, Youth Group, and OWL in 2018. We just couldn't do it without you!   
it's a new year in re!   
Look for a new Sign-Up Genius for our 2nd semester to come soon. Until then, we still have some available slots in January. - We needs a Leader Assistant for Contemplate This! - Drumming Circle and Movements on 12/30, a Leader Assistant for Team Game Day - Ice Skating on 1/6, a Leader Assistant for Contemplate This! - Yoga Day on 1/20, and a Teacher for our older kids in the Fire Element Class - Eyes on the Prize on 1/27. Check out our  Sign-Up Genius  to sign up.  Any size commitment is welcome. Experience not required. Everything provided. Various positions available. Come join in the fun! Contact Laurie with any questions.
re registration 
Have you registered for Religious Exploration (RE) at All Souls? Just check out our on-line registration. We ask that you fill out a new registration form EACH year. Please register your kids (babies through youth group) now so we can better plan, be informed, and keep you updated. There is no charge to register.
there is still time 
Have you introduced all of the GAYT "guests" to your family or friends? Guest at Your Table is an annual intergenerational program sponsored by the UUSC to raise support for and awareness about key human rights issues. This year's theme is Justice Across Borders. This program is an opportunity to celebrate grassroots partnership, support human rights, and learn about just four of these individuals - the "guests" in Guest at Your Table. The brochures and collection boxes are available for you at the RE Table so pick one up and help make a difference in the lives of others.
adult sponsor needed for mlk con
We need an adult sponsor (chaperone) to drive and attend this event which is designed for our Front Range high schoolers. It will be held at the First  Unitarian Society of Denver from 5pm on Saturday, 1/19/19, to noon on Monday, 1/21/19, and includes participating in the MLK March and sleeping 2 nights at the church (think indoor camping!). The cost for serving as the adult sponsor will be covered by All Souls, the experience - priceless! Contact Laurie with any questions.
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last sunday 
I hope everyone had the happiest of holidays and enjoyed their time together at the intergenerational services on December 23rd and 24th!      
Kinders through teens are invited to join us for a Contemplate This! Day. There will be various movement exercises and games and we will finish with a drumming circle as we loudly welcome in the New Year! After class everyone is invited to stay and break bread together as we have our own All Souls version of a Stone Soup luncheon in the Small Hall.
This is our annual ice skating Team Game Day! Kindergarteners through high school and any adults that prefer ICE to FIRE are invited to take a walking field trip during Sunday School to the Ice Skating Rink in Acacia Park. Be sure to dress warmly and bring hats and gloves. We will leave the church at 10:30am and will walk to the park. Please pick up your kids by 12:15pm at the rink at which time our supervision will end. Parents are welcome to stay longer with their kids as their admission is for the entire day. We will serve hot chocolate and yummy cookies. A suggested donation of $5 will gladly be accepted. Nursery and Pre-K will be available at the church. Any child that prefers fire to ice is welcome to stay and join in the service.  
yruu youth group
This Sunday youth are invited to join in the Contemplate This! day in RE followed by a Stone Soup lunch with the congregation. On January 6th, we will join in the festivities and go ice skating!
7th-9th grade owl
There will be no OWL on January 6th for Winter Break. Classes will resume on January 13th. Our next unit is entitled Contemporary Skills. The first session will focus on sexuality, social media and the internet.
mlk con
Registration is now open for the 2019 MDD MLK Con. This event is for 9th-12th graders. It is being held at the First Unitarian Society of Denver from 5pm on Saturday, 1/19 to noon on Monday, 1/21. The fee is $60 for youth with scholarships available. Registration ends 1/9. Please let Laurie know (before registering) if your high schooler is interested in attending as she needs to send her approval and line up an adult sponsor to drive and attend the event.
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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!
Ongoing, at Colorado Springs Rescue Mission, blankets needed.If you would like to donate a blanket, quilt, comforter or throw, it would be much appreciated at the shelters. Besides individual people donating, a sewing or needlework group could also help. Sometimes the shelter sends along a blanket when a homeless person leaves, and they are also given out to those turned away due to lack of bed space. if you have a heart to help a person be warm, please consider donating a new or gently used blanket.
The Rescue Mission has a donation warehouse one block west of their campus at 111 West Las Vegas Street. Suggested times are weekdays from 9:30am-4:30pm and Saturday from 9-11am. The Salvation Army accepts donations at their R.J. Montgomery Center, 709 South Sierra Madre Street, near Cimarron, behind the power plant. Best time to donate there is 9am-12pm on weekdays. 
Ongoing until 12/31,  A Cozy Evening At Home Year-End Fundraising Event. Hosted by The Resource Exchange (TRE). You're invited to enjoy a night at home with your family! TRE is giving you the gift of a cozy evening at home, instead of asking you to attend yet another event this holiday season! No fancy clothes, no expensive tickets and no slogging through the cold and snow! Instead, would you consider making a year-end investment in The Resource Exchange? A contribution to TRE will transform life experiences for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Autism, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy are examples of IDD. The best part is 100% of your tax deductible donation will go directly to TRE programs! Click here to donate now!
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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!
mobile food pantry
All are welcome to come pick up free food at Deerfield Hills Community Center, 11am-12pm on 12/28. Past food options have included bread, peppers, apricots, potatoes, and watermelon.
**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 contact:

support cos womxn's march 
The 2019 COS Womxn's March serves as an opportunity for Colorado Springs to come together in solidarity, to celebrate, and to keep momentum for progress alive! Proceeds from this fundraiser will go to access a permit to march downtown, insure the event, provide refreshments and portable toilets, and ensure proper clean up. Please consider donating to help cover these costs. Any amount helps! And please, spread the word. More details regarding the event will be posted soon! If you are interested in helping organize or volunteering, please contact Catherine G. via FB messenger.  
joys joys & concerns

None to share this week

None to share this week
all souls board of trustees

Judie McMath, President
Wendy Mike, Vice-President
Gary Harrison, Treasurer
Kate Harrison, Secretary
Rick Schwarz, Past President
Terry Schultz, Member-at-Large 
Bruce Leeson, Member-at-Large
Jim Michali, Member-at-Large
Shawn Yasutake, Member-at-Large
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