Iron-Jawed Angels — Thursday, 15 March 2012

Please join us this Thursday (15 March 2012) at 7:00 PM for a screening of the film Iron-Jawed Angels.

If you missed the League of Women Voters showing of this film a few weeks ago, you will get another chance to see it.

Hilary Swank and Frances O’Connor, as suffragist activists Alice Paul and Lucy Burns, lead an outstanding cast in this remarkable retelling of the true story of the the struggle to attain the vote for women between 1912 and the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920.  Director Katja von Garnier’s use of modern music and camera technique turns the whole idea of a “period piece” on its head. She truly brings home the power of what these women accomplished, and what they endured in the process.

Free of charge and open to the public.  Light snacks provided.

Child care available upon request.  If you are coming, please RSVP by calling the church at 318-868-3313 or by emailing Susan Caldwell.  Let us know at that time if you will need child care.

Please Note — High school youth are welcome and encouraged to attend accompanied by a parent or with parental permission.  This film has no MPAA rating because it wasn’t released for screening in movie theaters (it was created for HBO and was broadcast on cable TV).  There are some strong scenes of violence, particularly when the women are imprisoned and force-fed, as well as brief nudity and sexuality.  A rough guess for a rating would be somewhere between PG-13 and R based on the webmaster’s memory of this film.  The international movie content ratings for this film can be found online here in case you need additional information for making this decision.


Building and Grounds Work Day — 17 March 2012

 Please join us this Saturday (17 March 2012) from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

We will undoubtedly have a lot of guests this Sunday and will want our church home to look its very best! Plenty of tasks inside and out — suited to all ages and abilities.

It’s also a good chance to work side by side with your All Souls friends and get to know them better.

If you have a shovel and you’re not afraid to use it, or … even if you’re currently unable to use it but you don’t mind if someone else does, please bring it on Saturday. Thanks!


Daylight Savings Time Tonight

If you have any clocks that don’t reset themselves for Daylight Savings Time, don’t forget to reset them before you go to sleep tonight.

Daylight Savings Times officially goes into effect at 2:00 AM on Sunday, 11 March 2012 (but we won’t alert the authorities if you reset your clocks early).

You don’t want to miss tomorrow’s service featuring Loren Demerath in the pulpit and music from the All Souls Choir!


11 March 2012 Worship Service

This Sunday (11 March 2012) at 11:00 AM, join us to hear Dr. Loren Demerath speak on “The Meaning of Life and Goodness, Scientifically.”

The All Souls Choir will sing with Joshua Pepper at the piano.

And mark your calendars now for next week (18 March 2012) when we present the Ralph Waldo Emerson Award to Lady Carlson.


Short-Term Capital Fund Drive for Collapsed Sidewalk Repair

Last Sunday (26 February 2012), a congregational meeting was held to inform members of the status of the collapsed sidewalk adjacent to the north side of the sanctuary.

Sidewalk Hole

The sidewalk’s collapse due to erosion necessitated meetings with engineers and contractors to determine action needed not only for initial repairs, but also preventive measures.

The engineers recommended repair of the sidewalk, construction of appropriate drainage systems to divert rainfall away from the sidewalk, and replacement of gutters on the sanctuary.  Because erosion is a continuing problem, a topography map and erosion report on the entire church property is necessary.  The engineers assured the building and sanctuary are structurally sound, but warned that the initial repairs begin within 30 to 60 days to prevent more serious problems.  Initial bids indicate the cost will be up to $30,000.

After significant discussion, the congregation voted in favor of allowing the Board of Directors to contract for up to $30,000 for the necessary repairs and reports, that a short-term capital fund drive be held to raise the necessary funds, and that no work begin until all funds needed have been actually received.  It was reported that if each family donate an additional 20% of its annual pledge for 2012, the $30,000 can be raised.

Letters will be sent to members asking that they submit their pledge by 18 March 2012 and that actual payment be made by Easter Sunday (8 April 2012).

[Submitted by Laurie Lyons — All Souls Treasurer and Capital Fund Drive Chair]


17 March 2012 Building and Grounds Work Day (Date Change)

The regular monthly Building and Grounds work day will be Saturday, 17 March 2012, instead of the regular second Saturday date of the month.

The date has been changed to avoid a conflict with the Enneagram Workshop on 9-10 March 2012.


Shreveport City Council to Vote on Habitability Amendment (Tuesday, 28 February 2012)

At Tuesday’s meeting (28 February 2012 starting at 3:00 PM), the Shreveport City Council will vote on the Minimal Living Standards Amendment to the Property Standards Code.  The amendment is expected to pass.

After regular opening proceedings and time for public comment, the vote will most likely take place around 4:00 p.m. or shortly thereafter.

All Souls Interfaith team members and all interested members and friends are encouraged to attend.

The Council meets in the City Council Chamber, 1st Floor of Government Plaza (505 Travis Street, Shreveport, Louisiana).

Let’s pack the room.  See you there.