Please join us on Sunday (15 September 2013) at 10:30 AM for our Worship Service — “Beginning the Search Responsibly: A Step Toward Wholeness” by Rev. Barbara Jarrell.
At 9:30 AM, we will also continue on with our all-ages religious education classes for focusing on Unitarian Universalist identity and theology. Continue reading “15 September 2013 Worship Service and Religious Education Classes”
Please join us on Sunday (8 September 2013) at 10:30 AM for our Homecoming Worship Service. The service’s title is “This I Believe” and the theme it will address is our free and responsible search for truth and meaning.
In this service, you will hear the personal credo statements of three All Souls members:
- Sarah Boswell
- Claudia Harris
- Richard Denton
We will also honor nine of our members who have been members for 25 years or longer. We will also have an ingathering of new members.
The All Souls Choir will sing and the children and youth will remain in the sanctuary to take part in the service. Join us in the Social Hall following the service for a brief reception and a birthday celebration for one of the youngest of our community — Everly Gibson.
On Sunday at 9:30 AM, we will also continue on with our all-ages religious education classes for focusing on Unitarian Universalist identity and theology.
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Please join us on Sunday (1 September 2013) at 10:30 AM for “Laboring for More Than Love” by Rev. Barbara Jarrell. The All Souls Choir will sing; the children and youth will remain in the sanctuary to take part in this service.
And please join us at 9:00 AM for our Religious Education (RE) classes for children, youth, and adults. Our classes and worship for all ages will begin the year with a focus on our Unitarian Universalist History, Heritage, Identity, and Theology:
- Adult RE Class: Broadening Our Unitarian Universalist Understanding — Deepening Our Journey — Historical perspectives on our faith combined with interactive exercises to help you integrate and articulate your UU experience.
- RE Classes for children and youth focusing on our Unitarian Universalist Identity
We will still provide nursery care for both RE classes and worship as well as an activity time during the 10:30 AM worship for children under age 7.
Please join us at 9:00 AM for Religious Education classes for Children, Youth, and Adults. Our classes will begin the year with a focus on our Unitarian Universalist History, Heritage, Identity, and Theology.
And please stay for our 10:30 AM Worship — “Words and Deeds of Prophetic Women and Men – Part II: The Women” where we will hear dramatic presentations of Katarzyna Weiglowa, Olympia Brown, Viola Liuzzo, and our special guest Alice Mae Wilkinson.
The All Souls Choir will sing, and the children and youth will remain in the sanctuary to take part in the service.
Starting Sunday (18 August 2013), we will have a new worship and religious education schedule for Sunday morning:
- 9:00 AM – Religious Education classes for Children, Youth and Adults — Classes and worship for all ages will begin the year with a focus on our Unitarian Universalist History, Heritage, Identity, and Theology.
- 10:30 AM Worship for All — We will still provide nursery care for both hours, as well as an activity time during the 10:30 worship for children under 7.
In implementing this change, we are seeking to provide a more complete worship and learning experience for all our community that takes place at a time when most of us are together at the church, and to create a more intentionally multi-generational community.
BOLTS (Bearers of Light and Tradition) training for children and youth will happen on Saturday (17 August 2013) at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM.
Because our worship services will involve our entire multi-generational community each week, we will be seeking to involve more of our children and youth in the worship experience, in ways befitting their ages, abilities and interests. To that end, we plan to offer a training this Saturday that will cover these various ceremonial tasks of worship:
- Lighting candles for the Principles and Sources
- Lighting the chalice
- Speaking into the microphone /reading the chalice words and other readings, reciting the Principles and Sources
- Taking the offering (Serving with our adult ushers)
- Passing out Orders of Service / Greeting our members and guests (Serving with our adult greeters)
Parents — please encourage your children and youth to take part in this session. They will need to take the training before they can participate in the service in these ways. We would like to make our worship services as much of a community experience as possible. If they are interested in the training but cannot make this session, don’t worry, we will do it again.
Please join us on Saturday (17 August 2013) from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM for “Religious Education for Children and Youth: Teacher Training.”
Please call/text Susan Caldwell at 318-465-3427 or email her if you want to sign up — also let her know if you will need child care.
If you’re not sure about teaching, attending the training is a good way to find out what’s involved.
- An overview of our curriculum, the philosophy behind it and tips on how to use it
- Information on upcoming changes in RE and Worship
- A “Supply Scavenger Hunt” to help you find things in the building
- Tips on classroom management
- An exploration of the spiritual development of children
- Helpful information and interactive activities to illustrate multiple intelligences and learning styles, and a chance to find out your own!
- A big pack of resources to reinforce what you learn, and to keep for later reference.
- An overview of our Safety Policy and a presentation by Chris Chandler on developing our awareness of potential abuse situations in the lives of our children and youth.
Please join us this Sunday (11 August 2013) at 11:00 AM for “The Deep End,” by Rev. Barbara Jarrell. This is our annual Water Communion Service. The All Souls Choir will sing and the Children and Youth will remain in the sanctuary to take part in the service.
Water communion is an end-of-summer tradition for us and many other Unitarian Universalist congregations. We reunite bringing real and symbolic water from our experiences of the summer — whether far way, in our own backyards, or within our own hearts. We are welcome, as we are so moved, to mingle our water into a common bowl with that of previous water ceremonies, and to share our stories. We then boil, filter and freeze a portion of this combined water for use in child dedications, future water communions and other ceremonial occasions of our community.
Join us afterward for yet another water celebration, our annual Swim Party at the home of Laurie Lyons and Henry Walker (441 Drexel Drive, Shreveport LA) after the service until 3:00 PM.
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On Saturday (10 August 2013) from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, we will have our monthly building and grounds work day.
In the heat of August, this is a mostly an inside work day. We will wash windows (inside and out), polish and wax the pulpit, altar table, pew ends and backs.
We will also clean out, purge and organize our Religious Education classrooms in preparation for the new church year. Lots of tasks for all ages and abilities, so many hands will make much lighter work!
Please join us on Sunday (4 August 2013) at 11:00 AM for “We Are the Ones — Our Unitarian Universalist Heroes: The Men” featuring dramatic portrayals of Michael Servetus, Francis David, and Rev. James Reeb.
We will have a visit from three of our Unitarian Universalist heroes — two of our 16th Century Unitarian forebears who died for their heresies and one 20th Century Unitarian Universalist who answered Dr King’s call to Selma and ultimately gave his life. Don’t miss the chance to meet these men who have stepped out of our history to share their stories.
Food Drive Continues: The children and youth are conducting a short-term food drive for the Northwest Louisiana Food Bank during the month of August. You can bring your contributions of canned and packaged foods to the Social Hall.
Coming 25 August 2013 — “Our Unitarian Universalist Heroes: The Women.”