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ALL SOULS CHURCH AT THE WEST VILLAGE MEETINGHOUSE
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2023 – WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2023
WORSHIP SERVICE, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10
“A Time of Waiting, A Longing for Peace” with Rev. Telos Whitfield
In this Advent season, a time of waiting and preparations, imagining what gifts we might offer to another, be it deep listening, compassion, a voice for justice, a prayer for healing, the energy of peace. We will honor the 75th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Greeter: Kathy Squires
SOCIAL JUSTICE NEWS: Support Groundworks!
We can support people served by Groundworks through our December Share the Plate offering and by donating to Foodworks. An information table and box will be in the foyer for donations of the following items:
Easy-to-prepare meals such as mac & cheese and beans & rice
Peanut Butter & Jelly
Canned Tuna & Chicken
Pasta & Rice
Local Brattleboro Union High School sophomore Braden Howe has chosen to do a fundraiser to raise money for Brattleboro’s ECDC refugee community for his Social Studies “action” project. The food booth fundraiser will be held at the I-91 Welcome Center on Saturday, December 23rd from 9 am – 5:00 pm. Needed are donations of individually wrapped baked goods, a few crock pots of warm lunch items to serve hungry travelers, and volunteers to help staff the tables for 2 hour time slots. Please keep this date in mind and let Braden (or Ian) know if you can volunteer or donate a food item.
Baked goods can be dropped off at the Multicultural Community Center at 122 Birge Street or All Souls Church during the week before 12/23. Please label any donations ECDC/I-91.
Questions? Contact Ian Hefele at ECDC or (802)490-3943 or Braden Howe at . Thank you!
Persons interested in participating in social justice activities are invited to meet after the Worship Service on Sunday, December 10 to plan future activities. An upcoming project is a collection of bathroom and cleaning supplies for ECDC families. We have many great opportunities to give to others during this holiday season.
DEAR ALL SOULS
Are you concerned about racial injustice and want to do more? Would you like to learn to be a positive agent for anti-racism?
Join my pilot study group where, in supportive, structured, weekly sessions, we will do the important and emotional work of understanding being white and through understanding, empathy and honesty become effective allies to people of color and to each other.
If you could see yourself doing this work, please reach back and we’ll have a conversation. 802.387.4677
Greenough Nowakoski (She/her)
CHRISTMAS EVE LUMINARIAS: CELEBRATE THE SEASON AND HONOR A LOVED ONE
All Souls Church has a tradition of candles lighting the walkway to our Christmas Eve Service. This has been a wonderful way to remember or honor someone who is special in your life by dedicating a candle to them. Those persons for whom luminaria have been lit will be listed with the order of service. If you are able, please make a small donation of $5 to defray the expense of setting up each luminaria. (Donations are appreciated but not required,)
If you would like to dedicate one or more luminaria please send an email to Beverly at or call her at 802-254-9377 and let her know the name of the person(s) to be honored, remembered, or appreciated, your name and method of payment if you plan to make a donation. Checks can be dropped off or sent to All Souls Church, P.O. Box 2297, West Brattleboro, VT 05303. You can also make a luminaria donation by going to the website at www.ascvt.org – click on the “Giving” link and fill out the form, checking off “other” and note luminaria and person(s) to be honored. Deadline is Friday, December 15.
RECRUITING SINGERS FOR CHRISTMAS EVE
Join All Souls Choir for special, easy, melodic anthem for Christmas Eve. Melodies alternate between two familiar hymns, Tallis’ “Canon” and “In the Bleak Midwinter.” There is strength in numbers! Please call or email director Tom Baehr by December 17, 802 387 2796 or to join. We will rehearse at 4:30 for ten minutes before the 5:00 service.
FROM THE ASC ARTS TEAM
Just a reminder that the Art Gift Sale continues in the foyer until January 7. We are offering affordable, original artwork to take home in time for unique holiday gift-giving, along with cards and calendars featuring the artists’ work. Participants include Ann, Beth, Elizabeth, Lois, Marie, Maisie, and Trish. As items sell, they will be replaced by new art, so stop by often to check out the latest additions.
Prices start as low as $5, and most items are less than $50. We hope you (and your friends!) wil help support the artists and the church by shopping at the art gift sale. Those who cannot come on Sundays after church may contact Ann Newsmith at 802 257 4710 or another member of the art committee, or by emailing .
NEWS OF THE HOLIDAY BAZAARWhat a successful Bazaar last Saturday, December 2nd. There were over 260 shoppers and thanks to all the All Souls members and friends, 51 of them, we brought in the most yet, $8118! There are still some lovely goodies left to purchase this Sunday, plus the Artist’s Sale continues in the foyer until January. Join in the continued festivities and help decorate our Christmas tree after the service this Sunday!
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7
4:00 PM – PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8
TO DOMINIC BOND!
9:45 AM – STEWARDSHIP TEAM MEETING
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SATURDAY DECEMBER 9
TO NINA BOND!
9:00 AM – RENTAL-SPRING OF HOPE COGIC-THE CHAPEL
5:00 PM – RENTAL – VT JAZZ CENTER SOUBRETTES CONCERT-THE CHAPEL-CONCERT AT 7:00 PM
Marie Gorst & Beth Mckinney will sing with the VJC Soubrettes
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10
8:45 AM-ASC CHOIR REHEARSAL
9:00 AM – CHILDREN’S RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION CLASS, ADULT COFFEE & CONVERSATION, AND QUIET MEDITATION.
10:00 AM – WORSHIP SERVICE: “A Time of Waiting, A Longing for Peace” with Rev. Telos Whitfield
We anticipate that this service will be both in-person and on Zoom. Click right here Sunday shortly before 10:00 a.m. to join via Zoom. Click here to read our protocols
This Sunday’s anthem: Dark of Winter
“Dark of winter, soft and still, your quiet calm surrounds me.” This first phrase by Shelley Jackson Denham sets the mood for the whole anthem. The approaching winter is a time of calm reflection and pulling back, “a blessed song of love eternal.” Shelley Jackson Denham (1950–2013), a member of First UU Church of Cincinnati and Heritage UU Church in Cincinnati was the author of numerous hymns and songs, including five which appear in Singing the Living Tradition.
11:00 AM-SOCIAL JUSTICE MEETING
MONDAY, DECEMBER 11
3:00 PM – SMALL GROUP MINISTRY
We are now meeting in person on the 2nd and 4th Mondays at 3:00 PM at The Meetinghouse. Contact Marty Shaw for more information.
5:00 PM – FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING
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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12
4:00 PM-ASC CHOIR REHEARSAL-MAIN HALL
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“I can promise you that women working together – linked, informed and educated – can bring peace and prosperity to this forsaken planet.”