Thursday, June 13, 2019
The Coming Week
This Week at All Souls
Wednesday, June 12

Young Souls Happy Hours are an excellent event for newcomers to meet other Young Souls. Local 16 donates 10% of our checks back to All Souls. For those interested, we’ll walk over to Vespers after the happy hour. Questions? Contact Matt ( RSVP on Facebook here . Wed., Jun. 12, 5:30 pm, Local 16 (1602 U St NW).

Board of Trustees meeting . All are welcome to attend this meeting. 7:00 pm, Eaton Room.

Vespers . Our monthly service of chant, quiet, and community. This is the last vespers service until September. 7:30 pm, sanctuary.
Sunday, June 16
All Souls Church Board of Trustees Spring Picnic and Information Session . As we celebrate spring renewal, let’s also envision All Souls’ future. Whether you have Father’s Day plans or not, stop by for an hour with the Board of Trustees as they share some things they’ve been working on. Learn more about our current deficit and fundraising ideas for tackling it, changes to our bylaws and governance policies, our search for a contract minister, and more. We’ll have food, fun for everyone, playground and other space for the kids, and a Board information-sharing space. Questions? Contact John Schuettinger ( or Erika Landberg ( Sun., Jun. 16, after worship.

Volunteers needed for the picnic . Contact Rose Eaton (

Sunday, June 23

Young Souls June Brunch . Brunch is an excellent event to attend if you are new. Questions? Contact Matt ( RSVP on Facebook here . Sun., Jun. 23, 12:00 noon, meet in Pierce Hall and walk to a nearby restaurant.
Say "Thanks!" to Revs. Braxton and Parker
After several years ministering among us, Rev. Joanne Braxton and Rev. Rebecca Parker will be leaving us on June 30 to begin their next chapter. Please join us for a potluck meal to celebrate and thank them for their ministry among us. Please bring a dish to share! If you’d like to be a part of a small team to help coordinate this event, please email Carol Wilkens ( Thu., Jun. 27, 6:30 - 9:00 pm, Pierce Hall.
Honoring James Reeb
All Souls, NPR, and WAMU will co-host an event to coincide with the release of the final episode of “ White Lies ,” the NPR podcast that tells the story of the murder of our former associate minister James Reeb, as well as the violence and oppression that kept his killer from being brought to justice. Members of James Reeb’s family will be present for this event, at which we will also formally dedicate the James Reeb Lobby. Join us for this powerful gathering. Wed., Jun. 26, evening.
Beware of Scam Emails!
We want everyone to be aware that scammers have been impersonating Rev. Hardies and others and sending emails to congregants asking that they buy gift cards or lottery tickets to support the church or congregants in need. These con artists harvest email addresses from the church website and online publications and send emails appearing to come from Rev. Hardies or members of All Souls. Please do not respond to any such email. Thank you.
We Are Stronger Together
Dear Congregation,

For nearly 200 years, All Souls Church has been a pillar of community, diversity, and social justice reform. And each of you have contributed to the rich fabric that makes up the wonderful history of the church. If we are to continue on this journey together to build a Beloved Community, All Souls needs your financial support.

As you are aware, last year All Souls lost its charter school tenant resulting in a nearly $400,000 deficit in this year’s operating budget. Additionally, while our membership has grown, along with the programs and services we offer, contributions have not kept pace with that growth. The Board of Trustees and our entire leadership team is working hard to ensure that all of the great programming the church offers to support and enrich your spiritual walk are not impacted, but we cannot do it alone.

If you have never donated before, now is the time. If you have donated in the past, please consider increasing your pledge. We ask that every member donate $60 or more a week. If we all work together in the effort, the church will be able to continue to serve you, your family and our community.
Donating to All Souls is easy. Choose the option that’s most convenient for you.
  1. Put checks or cash (in a pew envelope with your name on it) in the basket as it passes each Sunday.
  2. Ask your bank to automatically send a check to All Souls each month.
  3. Set up an automatic draw from your credit card or bank account at
  4. Text gifts to All Souls by texting “ASCU” to 73256.
  5. Contact Gary Penn (; 202.517.1465) to help you set up gifts.

Thank you!
Traci & Rob
Adult Spiritual Development
This fall, travel to the end of the world. The All Souls 2019 pilgrimage will reach Finesterre , on the northwest Spanish coast, once believed to be the end of the known world. Walk this ancient pilgrims’ route with others in our beloved community as we deepen our spirituality while considering the harsh reality of a changing climate and what that requires of us. Rev. Hardies will lead the group from Santiago, and we have spaces for six additional pilgrims. The base cost of $1,156/per person (add $274 for single occupancy) covers 9 nights, 9 breakfasts, 9 dinners, and baggage transport along the route. Airfare is not included. To learn more about the trip, contact Judy Leaver ( ). September 22 to October 2.
Children and Youth Religious Education
2/3’s (Rm 5) - “I Can Celebrate”. Enjoying the story of “The Teddy Bears’ Picnic”, along with teddy bear related game, art, and song (same lesson as 4’s/PreK 5’s this week).

4’s/PreK 5’s (Rm 3) - “I Can Celebrate”. Enjoying the story of “The Teddy Bears’ Picnic”, along with teddy bear related games, art, song (same lesson as 2/3’s this week).

K - 5th - Reflecting on the church year in light of the theme of “Giving & Receiving”. Plus group games.
K/1st - Room 1
2nd/3rd - Room 2
4th/5th - Spirit Room

Middle School (Tupper) - Year-end REflections - evaluating the past year, previewing the next, and fun/social time.

High School/Youth Group (Eaton): Year-end REflections - celebrating the past year and ceremonially finishing the chalice mural.
Summer of Spiritual Practices begins June 23rd! Our RE summer program runs a bit differently. Here’s a few logistical details:

2-4y/o’s share a single class
Meet in Room 5

K-5th meet together to explore different types of spiritual practices
Meet in Gym (to gather, not for gym games)
Then to Spirit Room for Children’s Chapel
After Chapel, students will either remain in Spirit Room or head elsewhere to further explore the spiritual practice of the week

Spiritual practices will include Yoga, Juggling, Painting, Capoeira, Neighborhood Lunches, Field Trip to Thomas House, Gift bags for children in shelters, and Meditation.

Middle & High School groups are on hiatus until September - except for possible one-off activities. Students are invited to assist with younger ages (volunteer hours available).

Tell Us How We’re Doing! This year’s RE Feedback Survey is now available. Your input will help the CYRE Committee improve our program for next year and beyond! Click here to participate .

Volunteer or Teach Next Year in RE!! If it’s your turn to step up to teach/volunteer for the RE program, the coming church year is your chance. Contact or or one of the dedicated members of the CYRE Committee for more info.
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