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All Souls Church at The West Village Meetinghouse
Weekly E-News THURSDAY, JUNE 8, 2023- WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14, 2023
WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY: “SHARING WHO WE ARE” WITH REV. TELOS WHITFIELD.
This multigenerational service will be interactive and celebrate who we are and what we each offer with ritual, stories and music, We will hold our Annual Flower Ceremony so bring a flower or flowers to share!
REQUEST FROM GROUNDWORKS
At the Community Homelessness Strategy Team meeting last week at the Town offices, there was a spirited discussion of the idea of supplying tents and/or sleeping bags to individuals exiting the motels/hotels. Town officials were not in favor of it for health and safety reasons, for both the individuals and community. Groundworks respectfully disagreed and said that, although it was not really a great solution, it was at least something that could be done to help.
So, Groundworks will be making a large purchase of equipment. They will welcome donations for this (please identify online donations or checks as “for camping equipment”).
ONLINE DONATIONS: https://groundworksvt.org/donate/ or
CHECKS: Groundworks Collaborative, PO Box 370, Brattleboro, VT 05302
Used sleeping bags are welcome, too, if in good condition with straps intact and can be dropped off at 54 South Main Street (back door) during the hours of 9–12 or 2–6.
PLEASE NO USED TENTS.
Questions? Call 802-257-5415 or email
FROM THE RE TEAM
Helping with our young ones on Sundays
As the RE team conducts its search for a permanent child care provider, we would appreciate a few volunteers to help us meet the needs of our little ones (under 3 yrs old) during Sunday services. Please connect with Kathy Squires
FROM THE ART COMMITTEE
Please join the art committee in celebrating the remarkable artwork of local artist Karen Becker at a reception this Saturday, June 10, from 3 to 5 pm. Karen will be happy to answer questions and discuss her current exhibit, which continues through June 30.
CALLING ALL ALL SOULS ARTISTS!
Starting in early July, we will be hosting our annual Members and Friends exhibit. We invite you to submit up to three pieces in any media, framed and ready to hang. More details will be coming soon, but contact Maisie or Marie if you have questions. Artwork should be dropped off on Sunday, July 2, after our service, and the show will be on view through August, with a reception date TBA.
THURSDAY, JUNE 8
12:30 PM – BONE BUILDERS – CHAPEL
4:00 PM-PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
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FRIDAY, JUNE 9
1:30 PM-CARING CIRCLE MEETING
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SATURDAY, JUNE 10
3:00 PM-ARTIST RECEPTION
This retrospective of Karen’s remarkable watercolors and pastels will be on view through June 30.
New exhibit on view, click here for a preview.
On exhibit are artworks Karen made during the past 40 years.She enjoys painting local scenes, often of Stickney Brook, Sunset Lake, and her favorite maple, which inspired paintings for 35 years, using many different media, including watercolors, pastels and gouache. For ten years, in all seasons, Karen created pastels of the field and stand of sugar maples outside a friend’s kitchen window. Her subjects are the local roads, fields, trees in Westminster West, Putney and all around this corner of Vermont.
Also on display are drawings of animals and birds, which combine mono-prints and charcoal drawings, self portraits drawn with a great variety of different expressions which were mostly created using India ink and a sharpened twig. In addition there are fantasies, including ‘The Sphere Series,’ “gems from my imagination, unusual flying creatures.”
Many of these paintings and drawings have been in Karen’s private collection, so this is their debut in the world.
5:45 PM-GUILFORD CHAMBER SINGERS SUPPER & CONCERT
The Guilford Chamber Singers, sponsored by Friends of Music at Guilford, presents its annual “A Cappella ala Carte” concert this Saturday, June 10, at 7:00 at the Broad Brook Community Center. Three of our parishioners, Elizabeth Lewis, Beth McKinney and Tom Baehr (the Chamber Singers’ director), are participating in the concert. There is a pot-luck supper at 5:45, then the concert, followed by dessert after. The theme this year is “The Birds and the Bees,” including “Skylark,” “Blackbird,” “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square,” plus others ranging from the 16th to 21st centuries. Admittance is by donation.
SUNDAY, JUNE 11
10:00 AM-“SHARING WHO WE ARE“
Sunday service greeter- Kathy Squires
Click 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 recognition of this Sunday’s Flower Communion, this week’s anthem, “Grow Your Garden” by Jay Althouse, a garden serves as a metaphor for nurturing a meaningful life: “Grow your garden. Give it tender care, and you will reap what you will sow. In your garden, plant some flowers…Watch them blossom in your garden, all the flowers in a row.” As a composer of choral music, Mr. Althouse has over 700 works in print for choirs of all levels. He is a writer member of ASCAP and is a regular recipient of the ASCAP Special Award for his compositions in the area of standard music.
12:00 PM-WALK THE WEST RIVER TRAIL
After a light lunch at church, you are invited by the Religious Exploration Team to join the RE families to take an easy walk along the West River Trail. Go as far as you like. A great way to Welcome the coming of Summer.
The Compassionate Friends of Brattleboro, a local chapter of a national organization created exclusively for bereaved parents and immediate family, currently meets every other Sunday afternoon for two hours. This group offers understanding, consolation and support to all parents and families who are enduring a child’s passing regardless of age and cause of death. If you or anyone you know could benefit from having the company of a group of people who know and understand all the ways this unparalleled experience impacts our lives, please contact Beverly for more information and/or to join us.
MONDAY, JUNE 12
9:30 AM – RE MEETING
Planning Meeting for the summer Religious Exploration for our children. click this link to join ascvt.org
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
To register or join the meeting click here.
TUESDAY, JUNE 13
12:30 PM – BONE BUILDERS-CHAPEL
4:00 PM – ASC CHOIR REHEARSAL
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14
5:00 PM-ASC BOARD MEETING
For questions contact Leslie Kinney here
To register and join the meeting click here /ASC-Board-Meeting
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. … No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others”
― Martha Graham