Announcements

In-Person and Online All-Ages Worship (5 December 2021)

Please join us on Sunday (5 December 2021) at 11:00 AM for “Ought: Taught, Bought, Fought, Sought” by Rev. Barbara Jarrell.

Rev. Barbara is back in the pulpit on this second Sunday of Advent and 8th Day of Hanukkah.

Our service will be livestreamed on Facebook Live here.

This will be our fifth consecutive in-person worship service in the sanctuary since March 2020.

We have some special rules to keep all of us safe as we resume in-person worship services:

  • Masks required for all attendees ages 4 and up (those younger than age 4 are encouraged to mask)
  • All adults and youth ages 12 and up are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID and must bring proof of vaccination.

You can find out more about these restrictions here — we recommend that you read everything carefully before attending worship in person.

Watch for our weekly email announcements for info on the next in-person worship service and other opportunities to gather in smaller groups in person.  You can sign up for these announcements using this link.

Our December 2021 give-away-the-plate recipient is Highland Center Ministries.

While we are remaining physically distant, we want to know how you are doing, what you need, and what you are interested in.  You can let us know using these online surveys.

And you can contribute to All Souls using this online resource.

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Online Adult Religious Education — 5 December 2021

Please join us on Sunday (5 December 2021) at 9:00 AM for our adult religious education class via Zoom.

We are discussing episodes of the podcast Learning How to See with Rev. Brian McLaren, Father Richard Rohr, and Rev. Jacqui Lewis.

They are discussing the 13 kinds of bias that Rev. Barbara mentioned recently in a sermon.

The group felt that this series would keep us in the realm of our anti-racism work while also being topically relevant to our pillar on Jewish and Christian heritage as these three Christian leaders discuss our tendency toward these biases from a faith-based perspective.

Although we may play short excerpts during class, we are encouraging people to listen on their own between sessions.

For this Sunday — Season 2, Preview and Episode 1 — “The Big Ditch”

You can find all episodes of the podcast here.

If you have a smart speaker or other smart device from Google or Amazon, you can ask it to “play the podcast Learning How to See, Season 2, Preview” or “play the podcast Learning How to See, Season 2, Episode 1.”

Be sure to use those specific words — if you just say the name of the podcast, you might get the latest episode from Season 2 instead.

If you are using an Apple device with Siri, you can ask Siri to “search for podcast Learning How to See” to find this episode and all other episodes released so far in Learning How to See.

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Children and Youth Religious Education Updates

We will continue to watch the local COVID numbers.  We feel encouraged by the cooling weather and the possibility of comfortable outdoor activities.

We are not resuming regular classes for children and youth at this time because our classrooms are too small to be safe for unvaccinated children, and because we want some time to be together and nurture each other before we start recruiting people to do stuff.

We will have “busy bags” for kids sitting in the pews with their parents and our services will be welcoming to all ages.

We have already heard from one of you who wants to get back to teaching and we are so grateful for your interest in this.

If others of you are out there, email Susan Caldwell.

If the virus continues on the downward trajectory, we will probably schedule a teacher training in December 2021 and plan to start back with classes in January 2022.

If we experience another holiday surge, we may slip that to the right for a January-February 2022 time frame for teacher training followed by a resumption of classes.

Thanks to all for your patience and flexibility.

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Highland Center Ministries — December 2021 Give-Away-The-Plate Recipient

All Souls is proud to be a member congregation of Highland Center Ministries which has continually served the Highland Blessing Dinner every Thursday night for over 8 years now.

Even through the COVID-19 pandemic, the dinner continued with takeout meals and is now back in person with a free sit down dinner for all vaccinated adults and their children who come to the door.

Additionally, Highland Center Ministries has clothing closets for all ages, a free tax preparation services for people who make $50,000 a year or less, and banking services and low cost loans through Pelican State Credit Union for the unbanked and underbanked in our community.

Through Pelican State Credit Union, they also maintain a low-cost ATM at the Highland Center.

Additionally, Highland Center Ministries has provided sleeping quarters and a central location for coordinating services to Louisiana Aid to Immigrants in Detention.  Several All Souls members are frequent participants in helping these recently released detainees get to their families around the country.

Two ways to donate:

OnlineGo to our donation site using this link.  If you are paying your pledge, select “2021 Pledges” and enter that amount for your pledge contribution.  Then select “Collection Plate” to give the amount you would like to give to the Highland Center Ministries.  All online collection plate contributions for the month of Decem ber 2021 will go to Highland Center Ministries.

Offline — Please send your give away the plate contribution checks to All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 9449 Ellerbe Road, Shreveport LA  71106.  Please put “Highland Center Ministries” on the memo line of the check if  you want to have 100% of this check go to the Highland Center Ministries.  If you want less than 100% of the check to go to the Highland Center Ministries, please put the amount you want going to the Highland Center Ministries on the memo line.

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Meditation with Larry Androes (8 December 2021)

Please join us on Saturday (8 December 2021) at 10:30 AM for our weekly meditation group with Larry Androes.

This is a sitting Buddhist meditation including a brief introduction to mindfulness meditation, 20 minutes of sitting, and followed by a weekly teaching.

The group is free and open to all.

For more information, contact Larry via email or phone using (318) 272-0014.

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In-Person and Online All-Ages Worship (28 November 2021)

Please join us on Sunday (28 November 2021) at 11:00 AM for “My Source of Resilience, Strength, and Hope — Member Reflections” by Claudia Harris and Kevin Henry.  This service will also includes reflections on Advent by Susan Caldwell.

Our service will be livestreamed on Facebook Live here.

This will be our fourth consecutive in-person worship service in the sanctuary since March 2020.

We have some special rules to keep all of us safe as we resume in-person worship services:

  • Masks required for all attendees ages 4 and up (those younger than age 4 are encouraged to mask)
  • All adults and youth ages 12 and up are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID and must bring proof of vaccination.

You can find out more about these restrictions here — we recommend that you read everything carefully before attending worship in person.

Watch for our weekly email announcements for info on the next in-person worship service and other opportunities to gather in smaller groups in person.  You can sign up for these announcements using this link.

Our November 2021 give-away-the-plate recipient is the Northwest Louisiana Food Bank.

While we are remaining physically distant, we want to know how you are doing, what you need, and what you are interested in.  You can let us know using these online surveys.

And you can contribute to All Souls using this online resource.

Share

Online Adult Religious Education — 28 November 2021

Please join us on Sunday (28 November 2021) at 9:00 AM for our adult religious education class via Zoom.

We are discussing episodes of the podcast Learning How to See with Rev. Brian McLaren, Father Richard Rohr, and Rev. Jacqui Lewis.

They are discussing the 13 kinds of bias that Rev. Barbara mentioned recently in a sermon.

The group felt that this series would keep us in the realm of our anti-racism work while also being topically relevant to our pillar on Jewish and Christian heritage as these three Christian leaders discuss our tendency toward these biases from a faith-based perspective.

Although we may play short excerpts during class, we are encouraging people to listen on their own between sessions.

For this Sunday — Season 1, Episodes 5 and 6 — “What You Focus on Determines What You Miss” and “Seeing, Doubt, Action, and Contemplation”

You can find all episodes of the podcast here.

If you have a smart speaker or other smart device from Google or Amazon, you can ask it to “play the podcast Learning How to See, Season 1, Episode 5” or “play the podcast Learning How to See, Season 1, Episode 6.”

Be sure to use those specific words — if you just say the name of the podcast, you might get the latest episode from Season 2.

If you are using an Apple device with Siri, you can ask Siri to “search for podcast Learning How to See” to find this episode and all other episodes released so far in Learning How to See.

 

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Children and Youth Religious Education Updates

We will continue to watch the local COVID numbers.  We feel encouraged by the cooling weather and the possibility of comfortable outdoor activities.

We are not resuming regular classes for children and youth at this time because our classrooms are too small to be safe for unvaccinated children, and because we want some time to be together and nurture each other before we start recruiting people to do stuff.

We will have “busy bags” for kids sitting in the pews with their parents and our services will be welcoming to all ages.

We have already heard from one of you who wants to get back to teaching and we are so grateful for your interest in this.

If others of you are out there, email Susan Caldwell.

If the virus continues on the downward trajectory, we will probably schedule a teacher training in December 2021 and plan to start back with classes in January 2022.

If we experience another holiday surge, we may slip that to the right for a January-February 2022 time frame for teacher training followed by a resumption of classes.

Thanks to all for your patience and flexibility.

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All Souls Holiday Park-It Market — Sunday, 12 December 2021

The All Souls Holiday All Souls Holiday Park-It Market will happen on Sunday (12 December 2021) from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

Attention all painters, bakers, sculptors, sketch artists, fabric artists, candle makers, candy makers, jewelry makers, authors, musicians, makers, and merchants of all the things . . .

We know this is short notice, but we invite you to join us for the All Souls Holiday Park-It Market.

How does this work?

  • Park-It (Park Your Car) in a spot in the All Souls parking lot for a modest $25 entry fee. (If you prefer to set up a table and/or tent and move your car elsewhere that is fine, too.)
  • Market your treasures out of the back of your car and keep whatever you make!

Your entry fees support the ministries and mission of All Souls.

You may register and pay online here.

A flyer to share with all your creative friends is here.

A flyer to share with all your shopping friends is coming soon.

Please Note:  although this is an outdoor event, masks will be required for all sellers and all customers ages 4 and up (those younger than 4 are encouraged to wear masks if they can).

We appreciate your cooperation in keeping everyone safe this holiday season.

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