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All Souls Church at The West Village Meetinghouse
Weekly E-News THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2022 – WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2022
WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY:
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BELONG? WITH REV. TELOS WHITFIELD
Belonging to a community can offer support and inspiration, vision and comfort. There is a yearning to belong, to feel connected, and understood by the people around us. What does it mean to belong?
WANTED: With our commitment to hybrid services, the church will need to purchase some equipment, including laptop computers. Hence we are asking if someone has an unused older laptop they would consider donating to the church. Or, maybe there is someone thinking about upgrading to a new laptop and retiring their current one. If either case applies to you, please contact the office so we can learn more about the laptop you might offer and whether or not it will fit with our needs. Such a gift would probably result in a Vermont charitable tax deduction, but you should confirm that and the value with your tax advisor.
A FRIEND IN NEED: We’ve recently learned that Tara Davis, wife of Groundworks Executive Director Josh Davis, is undergoing treatment for an “exceedingly rare” brain cancer. As you know, Josh has become a beloved friend of All Souls Church through his now-traditional December SEAC service, at which Tara and their boys have joined him. Tara shares that ASC is a “lovely congregation that has always welcomed them with open arms.” Now we have an opportunity to lend a hand in supporting this beautiful and deeply caring family, whose needs for child care, transportation, and other essentials will be ongoing for some time. Please visit the GoFundMe page:(https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-the-davis-family-as-tara-heals?utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer> ) and give what you can. (Although you may see that the goal has been met, be aware that it’s being reopened due to changing needs). On that site, the link that says “here” will bring you to a Meal Train page. Please also click on the “Caring Bridge” link to find information about the Garden Work Party this Saturday, September 24, from 11-3. (Tara, a visionary gardener, is very excited about this endeavor.) Cards and messages may be sent to 95 Moreland Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301.
SUNDAY “POTLUCK HOSPITALITY”: HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Hospitality is an important ministry. We get to visit with each other over coffee and meet and greet newcomers. Come, participate in this special ministry.
Cheese and crackers
Gluten Free crackers
Fruit like grapes
Veggies like baby carrots/celery/peppers with or without dip
Juice or a ½ gal. of cider
Cookies, store bought OR homemade (we can keep in the cabinet or we can freeze until needed.)
Clearing the tables at the end of coffee hour
Putting away the staples and leftovers
Rinsing the dishes
Loading the dish sanitizer (there is always someone there to show you how.)
Coffee will always be made but please help whenever you can to make it happen. And, of course, thank you to those who continue to lend a hand…..your help is always greatly appreciated.
Kathy Squires, Membership Committee
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
8:00 AM-RENTAL-THEATRE ADVENTURE
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – RENTAL WEST WING UPPER CLASSROOMS
9:15 AM – WOMEN’S GATHERING
2:00 PM – ARTIST RECEPTION
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – RENTAL WEST WING UPPER CLASSROOM
10:00 AM – ALL SOULS CHURCH IN PERSON AND VIRTUAL WORSHIP SERVICE: “WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BELONG?” 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 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.
THIS SUNDAY’S ANTHEM
Leonard Cohen said of “Hallelujah,” this Sunday’s anthem, that it is “rather joyous,” and said that it came from “a desire to affirm my faith in life, not in some formal religious way, but with enthusiasm, with emotion.” He later said “There is a religious hallelujah, but there are many other ones. When one looks at the world, there’s only one thing to say, and it’s hallelujah.” —Wikipedia
11:15 AM – SUPPORT VT PROP. 2 -ABOLISH SLAVERY
Learn about & support VT’s Nov. 8 ballot initiative to change the constitution. Proposal 2 calls to unequivocally abolish slavery & indentured servitude in VT’s constitution. Info session led by Catie G. Berg & Barbara Woods.
3:00 PM – RENTAL – BAJC HIGH HOLY DAYS
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
8:00 AM – RENTAL – BAJC HIGH HOLY DAYS
9:00 AM – CRAFTING
Beginning September 26, the Glue Stick folks will be crafting for the Holiday Bazaar every Monday morning in person at the church and on Zoom. All are welcome to join in the crafting for our beloved Bazaar. No experience needed, we will share what we have learned over the years. Pinecone wreaths, ornaments, and such are created while decorating with smiles and conversation.
Click here to join by Zoom
4:00 PM – SMALL GROUP MINISTRY
5:30 PM – COMMITTEE ON MINISTRY MEETING
to register/join click here
7:00 PM – RENTAL-GUILFORD CHAMBER SINGERS
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
4:00 PM – ASC CHOIR REHEARSAL
To register/join click here
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
8:00 AM – RENTAL-THEATRE ADVENTURE
AN INVITATION FROM THE UUA
Climate Resilience through Disaster Response & Community Care
Over the course of the next three months, the UUA will be holding a Climate Disaster Response series geared towards congregations who are committed to being responsive to the needs of their broader communities in times of crisis and disaster. Climate disaster impacts all of us in different ways, so how can we face that reality with a prepared understanding of our relationship, responsibility, and power to support those who are most impacted? From grounding ourselves in the climate risks most prevalent in our communities, to developing plans of action, to staying in conversation with our faith peers, this series is designed to turn the overwhelming nature of climate disaster into a known and collectively addressable entity. Rooted in the belief that shared knowledge and faith are essential to Beloved Community, this series will provide the climate activists and teams in congregations with essential tools to build a climate disaster preparedness approach that lifts up the best of Unitarian Universalism.
The series offerings will be held on:
- Tuesday, September 27: Climate Disaster Response: Assessing Climate Impacts & Making Connections (7pm ET/ 6pm CT / 5pm MT / 4pm PT)
- Tuesday, October 25: Mobilizing for Action (7pm ET/ 6pm CT / 5pm MT / 4pm PT)
- Tuesday, November 15: Community conversation (7pm ET/ 6pm CT / 5pm MT / 4pm PT)
FROM OUR FRIENDS AT THE COMMUNITY ASYLUM SEEKERS PROJECT (CASP):
Windham County No Más Polimigra Campaign
Read our latest press release
Justicia Migrante (Migrant Justice)’s No Más Polimigra campaign advocates the closure of five devastating loopholes in Vermont’s model Fair and Impartial Policing Policy (FIPP). The state policy has been adopted by local departments across the state.
The campaign’s improvements have been adopted by the police departments of Brattleboro, Burlington, Winooski, South Burlington, Hartford, Norwich, Richmond, and by the Addison County Sheriff’s Office. Every reformed policy was approved by the VT Attorney General’s Office.
The Windham wing of the campaign got together in 2020, and began public events and outreach. The Brattleboro Police Department adopted the approvements as soon as they were presented – calling them “a no-brainer” – and quickly got the reformed policy approved by the Attorney General.
The campaign began meeting with Windham County Sheriff Anderson in early 2021. Residents of towns that contract with the Sheriff have been increasing their voices. Three towns have gotten articles on their town meeting ballots.
Sign the online petition to Sheriff Anderson: https://forms.gle/3boquErFhCdQRr8R8
Contact the campaign for information, holding an event, brainstorming, and support.
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“A deep sense of love and belonging is an irreducible need of all people. We are biologically, cognitively, physically, and spiritually wired to love, to be loved, and to belong. When those needs are not met, we don’t function as we were meant to. We break. We fall apart. We numb. We ache. We hurt others. We get sick.”
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.
4. The monthly West Village Voice Newsletter submission deadline for all months is the 21st of the month, please!