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All Souls Church at The West Village Meetinghouse
THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2022 – WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2022
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
A SIMPLE INVITATION-HELP MAKE SURE SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE TO ALL SOULS
Simplicity is our new hybrid mantra. In order to continue offering hybrid options we need additional folks to step into a tech role as a Zoom host or to run a camera. Please contact Rev. Telos at or 802-257-5186 or Leslie Kinney at if you want to learn more and join the tech team. It’s fun and a great service to our community. And we can set you up with training!
We are looking for a growing roster of tech supporters so we have a good rotation of people who can share this responsibility. This is particularly important as our Tech Wizard, George Carvill, will be on a much needed vacation during portions of May and June.
A growing number of people are now attending worship services in person. We want to continue to offer services online to those who cannot attend in person due to distance or personal circumstance. Each person is an important part of the All Souls community.
We fear we are a victim of our own success. All Souls has benefitted from tremendous dedication and creativity for our all-Zoom services during COVID. We have had beautiful imagery, PowerPoints, stellar recordings of our choir, smaller vocal groups, soloists and other musicians. We’ve enjoyed recorded stories, and broadcast words for announcements, hymns and readings. This has all been a labor of love but is not sustainable and has probably looked daunting to others.
Much of what had been recorded will now be presented live which vastly simplifies the tech role. Now anyone (and everyone) can become a tech wizard. We hope it will be you.FROM THE ASC BOARD: The ASC Board has approved the following recommendations from the Re-Opening Task Force which update our COVID protocols.1. The choir may resume live performances whenever they are ready, under the following conditions:The singers wear masks, N95 or equivalentOR, a singer may perform unmasked if the individual passes a rapid antigen test earlier the same morning.
2. Members of the congregation are free to sing along with hymns, etc. so long as they keep their masks on.
3. Food and beverages, also known as “coffee hour”, may be served outdoors, whenever weather permits.
FROM NAOMI DOGAN
New member Naomi Dogan in search of housing as of May 30th! She is looking for a 2-3 bedroom space for herself and her daughters. Please call her with any ideas or possibilities you may know of. Also, she is looking for a reasonably priced storage unit for her furniture until she can find adequate housing.
With gratitude, Naomi
FROM THE MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE
Until we get reorganized with our Sunday Teams, let’s go back to our potluck hospitality. That is, when you can, bring something we can serve for Coffee Hour, whether it’s cheese and crackers, fruit, cookies, or juice. Shelf stable items we can store in the cabinets. For now, we will be serving outside since masks are still required inside the church. Juice in stead of coffee just because it is easier. We can always use help cleaning up. Thanks.
Submitted by Kathy Squires of the Membership Committee
ASC ANNUAL SPRING CLEAN UP DAY-SATURDAY, JUNE 4!
We invite all of our members and friends to join us for our annual work bee which will happen on Staurday, June 4 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM. A list of duties will be posted in the foyer next week. For more information call Ruth Lane at 802-254-6772.I-91 WELCOME CENTER
Our date for the Welcome Center fund raiser is July 1st, the Friday of the 4th of July weekend!!! Hold this date and start baking now! Kathy Squires
UUA GENERAL ASSEMBLY JUNE 22 – 26, 2022
Virtually and in person in Portland, OR
General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Participants worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone may attend. Registration is now open and costs vary based on virtual or in-person participation, number of days participating, full or business only participation, date registration is submitted and status as a youth or adult. Scholarships are available. Information about the program schedule and registrations is available at https://www.uua.org/ga.
Public events are live-streamed and do not require registration. These include the General Sessions, Service of the Living Tradition, Synergy Bridging Worship, and Sunday Morning Worship. Thousands of people across the country join in on these events.
Each certified congregation may select delegates to vote at business meetings. If you are interested in representing All Souls Church as a delegate please email Leslie Kinney at . The Board will identify delegates prior to the General Assembly.
THURSDAY, MAY 12
11:30 AM – ARTS COMMITTEE MEETING-IN PERSON
2:00 PM – CARING CIRCLE MEETING
We will meet at the church in the parlor if the weather is inclement.The Caring Circle’s Mission is to provide and facilitate loving support and care for members of the All Souls community. We act on requests from the Minister, individuals, and their families, and respond only when we have been given permission.If you have any questions about the Caring Circle contact Becky Cameron.
5:00 PM- RENTAL- BRATTLEBORO WOMEN’S CHORUS
FRIDAY, MAY 13
8:00 AM – RENTAL-THEATRE ADVENTURE
7:00 PM- A FILM WHICH WILL SPEAK TO US
“Utica: the Last Refuge,” a film which will be showing at
the Latchis, May 13 – 19, aims to give residents of
Southeast Vermont an appreciation of ways a similar area in upstate NY is building some of its recovery around refugee resettlement. As Brattleboro and All Souls Church have been deeply involved in the current resettlement of
100 Afghan refugees, it should be of particular interest to our congregation to see not just what the acclimatization process is like for a particular family, but also how a welcoming community reaps benefits in the process.
The Friday showing and those on Mon. – Thurs. will be at 7pm, those on Sat. and Sun. at 2:00. The Latchis will be asking for a $10 donation, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Members of the All Souls Community should speak to Telos if cost is a problem. Loch Phillips, the film’s director will hold a Q&A after the first showing. Then Sohaila Nabizada, who is living with Linda Hay, will be part of a panel sharing their reactions to the film. Formerly an English teacher, she now uses her skills as a translator to both earn her living and help her communities, both the English speaking and those who speak Dari or Pashto. Employers, health care providers, landlords and others are relying on her to make sure that communication goes smoothly. She hopes to begin a Masters degree program in the near future.
The film begins when the ban the previous administration put on refugees from 7 predominantly Muslim countries made an already difficult situation almost impossible for both the refugees and those trying to help them. The film follows one family from Sudan who arrived just as the ban was being put into effect. The agency which worked with them was also struggling to stay afloat . Strong community support made a difference, as the film shows. A city known for its diversity, Utica is a model for refugee integration.
As the producers of the film emphasize ”If it can happen there, why not here?” For anyone curious about what resettlement is about, and especially those who hope that Brattleboro will not only support those who have fled the Taliban, but also become a stronger community as a result, this film should shed some light. For a trailer for the film and more information about it, use these links.
https://www.lastrefugedocumentary.com/the-film/the-film (extended trailer)
SATURDAY, MAY 14
4:00 PM – ARTIST’S TALK ON BALD EAGLES
Wildlife photographer Dara Carleton will give a presentation on bald eagles, including information about our local bald eagle population, and share her stunning photos taken in our region. The event is scheduled for this Saturday, May 14, at 4 pm. Questions are welcome and encouraged.
The talk is part of our current exhibit of wildlife photographs, the Peace of Wild Things, that is on view through mid-June. With a focus on bald eagles and other raptors, Dara Carleton has a deep connection to the creatures she photographs near her home in southern Vermont. These photographs are an artistic reflection of her time immersed in nature and will hopefully serve as an inspiration to explore our local surroundings.
SUNDAY, MAY 15
10:00 AM – ALL SOULS CHURCH IN PERSON AND VIRTUAL WORSHIP SERVICE
Simply Beautiful! Members and guests coming to the May 15th service at ASCVT are kindly asked to: Please write down a brief word or two about something beautiful to you – a place, a moment or experience, a person, music or song, or an object that you consider uniquely BEAUTIFUL. Write your words on paper, roll it then tie with a ribbon or string. These will be placed on our altar to honor our May 15 theme of beauty and if time permits, we will select a few to share together. Thank you! from Trish Murtha (Those on ZOOM will be able to write them in the chat.)
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 for in-person attendance. When attending in person, please completely power off your cell phone during the service to preserve the Church’s WiFi bandwidth for our Zoom attendees.
“In the Eye of the Beholder”
How intriguing to have our new All Souls congregant and artist, Trish Murtha, bring us her perspective to create a service on our theme of “Beauty”—which is what, exactly? Trish shares with insight and humor how “the eyes” have it, or not, depending on the depth and clarity of our vision and experience. Seek beauty and ye shall find it, oft in the most unlikely places and when we are not seeking it at all.THIS SUNDAY’S ANTHEMThere are several settings of J. S. Pierpoint’s (1835–1917) “For the Beauty of the Earth,” the most familiar by Conrad Kocher. Pierpoint was inspired by the beauty of the countryside. He was an English hymnodist and poet. This is his most famous work.
Our less familiar setting is by Geoffrey Shaw (1879–1943), an English composer, who took the melody “England’s Lane” as the basis for his work. He was the younger brother of Martin Shaw, editor of the Oxford Book of Carols.
3:00 PM –
The Compassionate Friends of Brattleboro will meet outdoors, weather permitting. We are a peer support group who gather to offer understanding and consolation to all parents and families who have endured the passing away of a child. If you or anyone you know could benefit from having the company of a group of people who have all endured this “worst loss,” please contact Beverly for more information and/or to join us.We welcome immediate family members to attend including adult siblings.
MONDAY, MAY 16
8:00 M – RENTAL- THEATRE ADVENTURE
9:00 AM – CRAFTING IN PERSON AT THE CHURCH!
We are crafting at the church in person. There will also be a Zoom link for those at home. Contact Kathy Squires If interested.
Click here to register or join this meeting.
TUESDAY, MAY 17
4:00 PM – ONLINE ASC CHOIR REHEARSAL
Click here to register for or join Choir Rehearsal.
For questions contact Tom Baehr at this email address
WEDNESDAY, MAY 18
8:00 AM – RENTAL-THEATRE ADVENTURE
5:30 PM-RENTAL-BRATTLEBORO WOMEN’S CHORUS
OFFICE HOURS: TUESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY
8:30 AM TO 12:30 PM
PLEASE NOTE: 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.
The monthly West Village Voice Newsletter submission deadline for all months is the 21st of the month, please!
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. “—Rachel Carson