Christmas Party for the Grown-Ups

Date:  Saturday, 17 December 2011

Time:  6:30 – 9:30 PM

Location:  Home of Phil and Sarah Boswell, 734 Coachlight Drive, Shreveport, Louisiana

Call 318-865-8831 or 318-573-3296 for more information.

Please bring a dish to share. Watch your Sunday inserts for an opportunity to let your hosts know what you will bring.

Child care will be provided at the Church by our nursery workers (Bradley Seidel and Rena Reisman) from 6:00 to 9:30 PM at no cost to the parents. Phil and Sarah only live about 5 minutes from the church. To make a child care reservation, please call Susan Caldwell at 318-465-3427 or send her an email.


A Taste of Interfaith — 4 December 2011

“A Taste of Interfaith” is an annual fundraiser for Northern and Central Louisiana Interfaith.

Date: Sunday, 4 December 2011, 3:00 – 6:00 PM

Location: Mount Canaan Baptist Church, 166 Alston Street, Shreveport, Louisiana

The admission cost of $25 per person includes an afternoon of food and music representative of the diverse congregations and cultures that make up Interfaith’s membership. The All Souls Choir will be among those performing.

A Silent Auction featuring art, services and gift items to help you with your holiday shopping.

Proceeds support the work of Interfaith in the following areas:

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All-Ages Holiday Party — 18 December 2011

After the 11:00 AM Winter Holiday worship service on 18 December 2011, please stick around to enjoy a party for all ages!

Bring some hearty, nutritious finger foods to share, and join in the fun!

Activities will include cookie-decorating, the usual action-packed dreidel table (oh, I suppose you think I’m kidding about “action-packed”?), ornament and gift bag-making, and — of course — giftwrapping the presents for our Angel Tree.

There are numerous ways to help. To offer your assistance or for more information, contact Cherrie Groves.


Notice of Congregational Meeting — 11 December 2011

From: Virginia Villarreal (All Souls Board Secretary)

To: All Members, Inactive Members and Friends

In accordance with the Bylaws of our church, and as Secretary of the Board, I hereby announce that All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church will hold a Congregational Meeting.

Date: Sunday, 11 December 2011 at 12:30 PM in the sanctuary.


  • Vote on the Annual Budget
  • Nominate 3 members to serve on the Nominating Committee

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 will be provided.


Next Week in the Wider Community

The League of Women Voters is sponsoring a Habitability Forum featuring representatives of all stakeholders in this complex issue. This event will happen on Tuesday (15 November 2011) from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM at the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum.  All Souls members who not involved with the Board and Council meeting are encouraged to attend and show your interest and support.

Shreveport Church of Hope is sponsoring a forum titled “Reaching Out to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Victims of Intimate Partner Abuse.”  This event is happening on Tuesday (15 November 2011) at 7:00 PM at Shreveport Church of Hope (1714 Highland Avenue, Shreveport, Louisiana).  All Souls members not involved with the Board and Council meeting are encouraged to attend and show your interest and support. For more information, contact Daisy L. at (318) 226-5015.


“High School Reunion” Silent Auction – 19 November 2011

Whether you usually attend them, organize them or avoid them, you will NOT want to miss this High School Reunion.

That’s the theme of this year’s fabulous Silent Auction Party where the auction is silent, but the party is not!

Dress as you did in high school …

Or dress as you would to go to your high school reunion …

Or dress as if you went to high school in the fashion era of your choice.

The party will be at Cohabitat (610 Commerce Street, Shreveport, Louisiana) on Saturday, 19 November 2011, from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM.

The event is catered by A Stone’s Throw Cafe with musical entertainment by Lip Service Trio and Twang Darkly.

Other entertainment by … oh, wait, that’s a surprise.

Tickets are $10.00 per person, and we are selling tickets, not just reservations. They are for sale in the church foyer, and you will want to bring your ticket with you to the auction, because …

Oh, wait … that’s a surprise, too.

Tons of fabulous items for bidding, which is where you come in! Forms for making and soliciting donations will be available in the foyer when you buy your tickets.  Take a bunch — we can make more!

And do go back and read your Friday Silent Auction email for all the juicy details on this fabulous event!  See you there!


Building and Grounds Work Day – 12 November 2011

This announcement comes from Patrick Early (Building and Grounds Co-Chair)

We will have a building and grounds work day this Saturday (12 November 2011) from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

We have many routine tasks to be done, such as changing A/C filters, insuring the restrooms are clean and stocked, burnt out bulbs and fluorescent tubes are replaced, the sidewalks and patios are cleaned of leaves, etc.

In addition, we are planning to clean the playground in preparation for equipment repairs, we need to clean the church roof and the guttering of fall leaves and pine straw, we want to repair and maintain the nature trail and the pathway to the meditation deck.  The deck itself is in need of substantial maintenance work.

It is my intention to be there, but frankly right now I cannot do much, as my Doctor has ordered me to “Stay off your feet!” What I can do, I will.  I look forward to seeing you there.

Patrick Early,
Building and Grounds Co-Chair


Worship for Sunday, 6 November 2011

On Sunday (6 November 2011) at 11:00 AM, please join us for “Giving Back to the Future” by Robert Smith (All Souls Annual Canvass Chair) and Rev. Susan M. Smith (District Executive — Southwestern Conference of the Unitarian Universalist Association)

This service kicks off the annual pledge campaign by which we make the ministries of this church possible.  As we approach the season of giving and thanksgiving, it is time to reflect on how the generosity of the past serves us now and the legacy that we are creating in our own day.  In the week following this service, every member will have an opportunity to share with a canvasser what All Souls means to you and your dreams for its future.

Coming Sunday, 13 November 2011 — Claudia Harris.