Notice of Congregational Meeting (22 December 2019)

From:  Board of Directors (All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church of Shreveport, Louisiana)

To:  All Members, Inactive Members, and Friends

In accordance with the Bylaws of our church and the Fifth Principle of Unitarian Universalism, we hereby announce that All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church will hold a Congregational Meeting on Sunday (22 December 2019) immediately following the 11:00 AM worship service.

On the Agenda:

  • The 2020 Budget
  • A change to the bylaws regarding membership categories

Please make every effort to attend.

All active members should attend this meeting or give their proxies to those who can.

Inactive members and friends of the church are invited and encouraged to participate but bylaws stipulate that only those members who have been active 30 days or longer may vote.

We must have a quorum — childcare provided.


Green Bag Sunday for Noel Food Pantry (1 December 2019)

It’s Green Bag Sunday for the Noel Food Pantry.

Bring the requested foods (or any foods) in your green bag (or any bag) to the church and place in the hatch of JoDel Adkins’ Green Kia Soul. out in front of the church.

Foods requested this week:

  • Canned soup or chili (15 oz.)
  • Jiffy cornbread mix (8.5 oz.)
  • Individual packets of hot cocoa mix

24 November 2019 All-Ages Worship Service and Thanksgiving Feast

Please join us on Sunday (24 November 2019) at 11:00 AM for our annual Thanksgiving ritual and feast with Rev. Barbara Jarrell.

This is a holiday with a tortured history that needs recognition and reckoning.  At the same time, we need time and space to recognize those people, events, and everyday gifts in our lives that cause us to feel gratitude.  It is another part of the great paradox in which we live our lives.  Join us as we celebrate this gratitude and sit down to a meal together.

We begin with a shorter service in the sanctuary and end with a procession to the social hall for a ritual of gratitude and our potluck feast.

If you are unable to prepare or pick up anything, please come anyway.  There will be plenty.  And we need people to help with set-up and clean-up which is just as good as bringing food.


Transgender Day of Remembrance (16 November 2019)

The Shreveport / Bossier area Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) will be happening this Saturday (16 November 2019) at 6:30 PM.  The event will be held at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church (9449 Ellerbe Road, Shreveport LA).

It is a sad fact that in 2019 we must still come together to remember those who have died simply for being who they are.

However, in this commemoration we also try to lift up the triumphs, including election results in various states in the past two years.

This observance of TDoR is planned and hosted by the Shreveport chapter of Louisiana Trans Advocates.


Rally for Climate Justice (9 November 2019)

Rally for Climate Justice — Saturday, 9 November 2019 — 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM — Caddo Parish Courthouse.

Gretchen Upton and Gus Demerath (All Souls Youth) are the organizers of this community-wide Climate Justice rally.

We work on many important issues as a congregation as a part of multiple partnerships working for social justice and change.

This issue, however, is the most urgent for all of us, and is already affecting people all over the world, including in our own state of Louisiana.


Food Pantry Drive (3 November 2019)

This Sunday (3 November 2019) is the Green Bag Sunday for
Noel Food Pantry.

Foods needed at Noel this month are:

  • Jiffy Cornbread Mix (8.5 oz.)
  • Canned green beans (15-16 oz.)
  • boxed cereal (12 oz.)

Bring your bag of food (any color bag) to church with the requested food items and JoDel Adkins will have her green Kia Soul parked out in front with the hatch open for you to place your bag inside.

JoDel volunteers at Noel and will see that the food is delivered to the Noel Food Pantry.


Laughing Dog Ranch Cookie Sale Benefit (27 October 2019)

On this Sunday (27 October 2019), bring your worthy donations so you can scarf up some delicious treats after church and support Laughing Dog Ranch.

Our middle and high school youth are hosting a cookie sale to benefit Laughing Dog Ranch.

Laughing Dog Ranch is an animal rescue in Oil City LA run by our great friend Pepper Lumina.

Check out her website to see the adoptable pets and other ways to help.

If you would like to help contribute some of the goodies to sell, contact
Eric First or Kathy Osuch.


15 September 2019 Worship Service and Religious Education for Children and Youth

Please join us on Sunday (15 September 2019) at 11:00 AM for our annual Homecoming worship service with Rev Barbara Jarrell and our congregation (all of us).

Whether your last visit was a decade ago, last week’s service, or a midweek meeting, we invite and welcome you back to All Souls.

Come and join us for this service in celebration of our congregation.

We will be be ingathering new members, paying tribute to those who have been a part of us for 25 years or longer, and celebrating the history and legacy of our faith community.

And lots and lots of great music from the All Souls Choir and our guest musicians, Weldon Stutes, Randy Guynes, and Hannah Bradley.

Religious education classes for children and youth are offered during the 11:00 AM service.  Children and youth attend the first 15-20 minutes of the service and then are dismissed to class.

Be sure to join us afterward for a Homecoming Potluck — a chance to reunite with old friends and make some new friends.

Whether you make your favorite recipe, run across the street and pick something up at Kroger, or just show up, do join us for this chance to spend a little more time together.


Building and Grounds Work Day — 14 September 2019

Please join us on Saturday (14 September 2019) from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM for our monthly building and grounds work day.

We have several tasks available this week, most of them indoors! Check it out:

  • We need 2 people to remove and replace a small section of carpet in the blue bathroom.
  • We need LOTS of people to wash and clean the playground structures.
  • We need someone, or a few someones, to dust pulpit, pews, and altar table in the sanctuary, and clean chairs and tables in the classroom.
  • For the little ones, we need all of our old markers tested to see how many have bitten the dust.

Deborah Warren has volunteered to bring lunch for the crew.
For more information, call Earlene Venable at 318-205-9971.
Hope to see you Saturday!


8 September 2019 Worship Service and Religious Education for Children and Youth

Please join us on Sunday (8 September 2019) at 11:00 AM for  “Great Things They Have Taught Us. Great Things Can Be Done” by Rev Barbara Jarrell.

This is a service in celebration of those prophetic people of our two movements who have come before us, and our own responsibilities for living into their legacy.

We are delighted to announce that the service will feature music from Twang Darkly.

Religious education classes for children and youth are offered during the 11:00 AM service.  Children and youth attend the first 15-20 minutes of the service and then are dismissed to class.

Be sure to join us after the service for our annual swim party and potluck at the home of Kathy Osuch and Mike Roberts.