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All Souls Church at The West Village Meetinghouse
Weekly E-News THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2022 – WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2022
WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY: “FINDING OUR CENTER THROUGH POETRY”
Poetry services are a beloved twice yearly tradition here at All Souls Church. On this Sunday we will honor the monthly UU theme of Finding Our Center by sharing poems which focus on and distill our sense of who we are.
FROM JANET ATHENS
I am putting together an Accessories Booth for the Valentine’s Day Love Party on February 11th. In search of jewelry, scarves, hats, bags, small works of art, and more that are new and/or handmade. Please contact me if you have items to donate: We will add to the community effort to pay for the new driveway and have fun enjoying beauty!
WINTER SAFETY & SECURITY
Due to cold and icy conditions it is recommended that when a group has a meeting, gathering or event at the West Village Meeting House that the convenor or a designated person arrive early enough to assess the condition of walkways. There is sand in barrels to toss on the walkways. Although we contract with people to plow and shovel, conditions can change throughout the day as temperatures warm up and later freeze.
A second reminder is that outside doors should remain closed when in the building and locked upon departure. There was a recent incident when a door was left propped open, presumably for easy entry for others. Both for safety and to prevent waste of heat and energy, please be careful with closing and locking entry doors.
FROM REV. TELOS WHITFIELD
I’ve created a CaringBridge Site to share information regarding health and recovery information for my Dad, Richard Whitfield who recently underwent surgery.
CaringBridge Site is a caring social network to help people stay connected with family and friends during a health event. Visit Richard’s site often to stay updated and share messages of encouragement and compassion.
Site Link: https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/richardwhitfield
Site Name: richardwhitfield
Thank you for your care and healing thoughts.
P.S. We started a Meal Train for Telos on the Caring Bridge, in her father’s name, Richard Whitfield. Look for Ways to Help the link is https://mealtrain.com/qn1n2l. It will be for meals for Telos and her mom, Tuesday through Thursday to start with. If you have any questions connect with Kathy Squires,
THURSDAY, JANUARY 26
8:30 AM-RENTAL – THEATRE ADVENTURE
SATURDAY, JANUARY 28
9:30 AM – WOMEN’S GATHERING
Our gathering uses a modified Small Group model of check-in and discussion. Bring your questions and share in our search for answers to Life’s Great Mysteries. We encourage all women, whether you are a newcomer or a long-time friend, to join us for great conversation and simple refreshments. You will find good company, warm hearts, and collective wisdom. Take a break from your busy life and gather with All Souls women. You deserve it! Each meeting is independent of the previous month. For more information or to let her know you’re interested contact Marty Shaw. Check the church calendar for the next meeting. We usually meet the fourth Saturday of the month at 9:30 to 11:00 or 11:30.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 29
10:00 AM-“FINDING OUR CENTER THROUGH POETRY”
Sunday service greeter-Kathy Squires
Sunday’s anthem: Our anthem for Poetry Sunday is Jan Richardson’s poem, “A Blessing for Traveling in the Dark,” which appears in her A Book of Blessings. Known for such popular books as Night Visions, In the Sanctuary of Women, and In Wisdom’s Path, Jan Richardson is an artist, writer, and ordained minister in the United Methodist Church. Jan kindly granted me permission to set it to music.
MONDAY, JANUARY 30
9:30 AM – CRAFTING
For the winter months we will be working on our own projects at home on Zoom. As winter wanes we will start to work on projects for the Welcome Spring Fair. click here to register/join
TUESDAY, JANUARY 31
4:00 PM – ASC CHOIR REHEARSAL
To register/join click here
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1
8:30 AM-RENTAL-THEATRE ADVENTURE
POEM OF THE WEEK
The Grief Journey: Two Excerpts
There lies life, composting in the soul.
It reeks of trauma and grieving and bone weariness
Smolders with never forgotten memories
Emits the wails of ancestral mourners
Night’s secret hours draw only the brave to its radiance
A mysterious force at work there
Churning impossible moments of beauty out of hate and anger
Compassion out of pain and fear
Who will turn the rank darkness,
plummet its baseness for those alchemized gems?
Only those brave enough to sink into its depths with you
sinking into the darkness
letting nothing stop the descent
I travel through miles of the past
oblivious to fear
when the worst has happened
there is nothing to fear
deepening into what is gone
I soften into that thick dark space
and come to rest in the silence
of all that was, all that is and all that will be
THE MONTHLY WEST VILLAGE VOICE NEWSLETTER SUBMISSION DEADLINE FOR ALL MONTHS IS THE 21ST OF THE MONTH, Please remember that there are people who receive the WVV only by USPS so I need to get them mailed out 4-5 days before the end of the month. If I do not have your submission by the 21st, the edition will go out without them.
IN PERSON OFFICE HOURS:
TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY 8:30 AM TO 12:30 PM
WORKING REMOTELY: FRIDAYS 8:30 AM TO 12:30 PM
1. PLEASE submit all announcements for Sunday services via email to the church office no later than 11:00 AM on the THURSDAY BEFORE THE SERVICE
2. If you are a Member of All Souls Church you can access the All Souls Church Directory anytime online on our website! You will be able to view the mailing addresses, phone numbers (if provided) and email addresses (if provided) of all Members and many Friends of ASC. If you have not already filled out the form which allows Members to view the Directory and other website information, I recommend that you do so by visiting this link
3. If you have an email message for Rev. Telos you can email her directly rather than sending your personal message to the office email address which could delay the delivery since office hours are limited. Her office address: Her personal address.