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.

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Adult Religious Education — 15 September 2019

Please join us on Sunday (15 September 2019) at 9:15 AM for our adult religious education class — UU Elevator Speech.

You may be familiar with the concept of an “elevator speech” — a concise way of explaining something in the time it would take to ride a couple of floors on an elevator.

For the next three Sundays, we’ll help you come up with one of your own, to talk to others about our Unitarian Universalist faith.

This is a part of the series Faith Forward: From Visitor to Leader.

The UU Elevator Speech class will give you the sense of empowerment and ownership that reminds you that you are the church.

This week — Session 1: “It’s Not a Credo.”

We know that in our Unitarian Universalist congregation we have a wide variety of beliefs about God (or not god or gods), the Universe, and the great questions of life — all here together under the same roof.

A credo is a statement reflecting its direct translation from the Latin “I believe” and that will be different for each one of us.  Don’t worry — later on we can work on one of those as well.

At the same time, we do have a common history and a distinct Unitarian Universalist theology that we can share with others.

Your elevator speech is the story of who we are as a faith tradition, and we can’t wait to hear it.

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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.

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1 September 2019 Worship Service and Summer Fun for Children and Youth

Please join us on Sunday (1 September 2019) at 11:00 AM for “Someone Else’s Truth” by Rev Barbara Jarrell.

“When galaxies collide, there are all sorts of consequences. And still, truth is bigger than all of that.”

You are going to want to know where this is going.

Our summer fun for children and youth will focus on the theme of “Love is the Doctrine of this Church.”

The children and youth will talk together about what that means and then work together on a collaborative art project that supports that theme.

And it’s also Green Bag Sunday for Noel United Methodist Food Pantry ! Bring your bag (any color bag!) this Sunday with one or more of the following items:

  • Jiffy Cornbread Mix (8.5 oz.)
  • Green Beans (15-16 oz. can)
  • Mac and Cheese (7.25 oz. box)

Place them in the hatch of the green Kia Soul that will be parked up by the front breezeway and JoDel Adkins will make sure they get to the food pantry this week.

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Adult Religious Education — 25 August 2019

Please join us on Sunday (25 August 2019) at 9:15 AM for our adult religious education class — “Faith Like a River:  Themes in Unitarian Universalist History” with Bennett Upton and Jax Schmidt.

Join Bennett and Jax for this workshop series exploring “the dynamic course of Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist (UU) history-the people, ideas, and movements that have shaped our faith heritage.”

This week — “The Seven Seas: Globalization”:

The best religionists are broad instead of bigoted, and they are open and compassionate and kind. In a town and in the world they build bridges more than walls or fences or moats.  – Dana McLean Greeley, first president of the UUA (1961-1969)

Unitarian Universalism has enjoyed contact and engagement with people from many religions and cultures through much of its history.  This workshop presents representative stories of different ways people in our religious tradition have related to other religious traditions and cultures.

Participants explore ways this engagement has enriched our movement through dialogue and cooperative action, and consider ways Unitarian Universalism may have enriched the cultures and traditions of others.

 

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18 August 2019 Worship Service and Summer Fun for Children and Youth

Please join us on Sunday (18 August 2019) at 11:00 AM for “Transcending What?  Balancing Life and Spirit” by Rev. Barbara Jarrell.

Phoenix Rising by Eric Kilby -- a photo of a sand sculpture portraying a phoenix arising out of the flames
Phoenix Rising by Eric Kilby

In this worship, we will be exploring our first source — “Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces that create and uphold life.”

This week’s summer fun activity for children and youth will be making stepping stones with Kevin Henry and Tena Hines.

The children and youth will be making decorative stepping stones for placement either at the church or at their own homes.

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Adult Religious Education — 18 August 2019

Please join us on Sunday (18 August 2019) at 9:15 AM for our adult religious education class — “Faith Like a River:  Themes in Unitarian Universalist History” with Bennett Upton and Jax Schmidt.

Join Bennett and Jax for this workshop series exploring “the dynamic course of Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist (UU) history-the people, ideas, and movements that have shaped our faith heritage.”

This week we continue with “The Water is Wide: Multiculturalism”:

As Unitarian Universalists, we face the challenge and opportunity to embrace those with different experiences, perspectives, and ways of being in the world.  As Unitarians, Universalists, and Unitarian Universalists, we have at times in our history followed societal norms in our willingness or reluctance to welcome diversity.  At other times, we have confronted and refuted the accepted ways-sometimes our own accepted ways-in order to embrace diversity and invite it to transform us.  This workshop explores stories of multicultural encounter from our tradition; some are inspiring, and some ask us to examine past actions with candor and compassion.

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11 August 2019 Worship Service and Summer Fun for Children and Youth

Please join us on Sunday (11 August 2019) at 11:00 AM for “Starving Darkness” by Rev. Barbara Jarrell.

In these times when the darkness seems particularly pervasive and daunting, how do we continue to be the light, for ourselves and for others?

Our summer fun activity for children and youth on this Sunday is making Ojos de Dios (Eyes of God) with Sam First and making Friendship Bracelets with Maggie Molisee.

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