A second forum concerning the management of the endowment is scheduled for noon on Sunday, 10/20, in the Great Hall. The initial forum was held on 9/22 and issues discussed included: 1)Encouraging contributions by defining how endowment funds are to be used; 2) Establishing guidelines for the amount of funds that can be withdrawn on an annual basis; 3) Establishing guidelines for use of the endowment; 4) Changing the endowment financial management from volunteers to professional investors; 5) Changing the endowment investments to ‘Socially Responsible Funds”. The second forum is intended to allow more dialogue on these issues and to discuss specific ‘Socially Responsible Funds”, including the Unitarian Universalist Common Endowment Fund: uucef.org.
The Newcomer Welcome Potluck will be held on Friday, 10/18, at 6pm. All newcomers and members are welcome. This is a great time for all members, new or experienced, to come together for some fellowship and good food. If you are a member, bring a dish to share. Contact Lyne Hannan with questions.
If you walk over to the hydration station and check out the water bottle counter , you will see that we are amazingly close to the 1.000 bottle mark. That means we have saved 1000 plastic bottles from going to the landfill or the oceans because a reusable bottle has been filled instead of opening a new plastic bottle. Congratulations All Souls! You are actively practicing Principle #7 and protecting our fragile environment in a small but very important way. Keep it up! Let’s see if we can get to the 2,000 mark in a shorter amount of time. It took 16 months to get to the 1,000 bottle mark. Let’s do the second thousand within 12 months!
Beth is bringing her passion for working with kids to our RE program. She has lived in Colorado Springs for 5 years with her husband, Steven, and daughter, Kellyn, who is currently in 1st grade and enrolled in RE. Beth has been a member of ASUUC for 4 years. During that time, she’s been one of the founders of the Social Justice Action Team, co-editor of the e-letter, and has volunteered in RE where she’s shared her knowledge of yoga and mindfulness with the kids. Outside of teaching yoga to children and adults for the past 4 years, Beth also has a degree in Communication from NC State. She is looking forward to bringing her excitement and joy to our kids in RE.
Our friends at Partners in Housing are in need of paper products such as paper towels, bathroom tissue, napkins, etc. They could also use cleaning supplies like dish soap, scouring powder, glass cleaner, etc. These items are stocked in the store where their families can shop free, thus helping to stretch their grocery money. A donation box is in the hall just outside the door to the great hall and your support will be appreciated.
The format for the use of King Soopers gift cards to donate money to All Souls has changed. You no longer need to have a physical gift card to designate funds for ASUUC. Go to the King Soopers website and sign in with your account or make a new account to go with your SooperCard. Once you do that, go the CommunityRewards website and search for “All Souls Unitarian.” Click the “Enroll” button, and you’re all set! Every time you shop at King Soopers, a portion of your purchase amount will be donated to ASUUC. There is no cost to you and the money is automatically donated to All Souls.
Be sure to check the Events Calendar for upcoming events and group meetings.
It’s time for the fundraising event of the year – the All Souls Auction! Auction Night is Saturday, 10/19. Admission to the Auction is free and includes the Silent Auction, Live Auction (run by a professional auctioneer), Dinner Buffet, Dessert Buffet, and childcare. Doors open at 5pm for bidder and childcare check-in. This year’s movie time in childcare features The Secret Life of Pets (1 and 2). Everything will be done by 9pm.
We have over 180 items up for bid – with multiple offerings for many items, that’s nearly 350 chances to win – at starting bids as low as $1! The catalog is available right now through our Auction web page, so you can see what’s up for bid. Check out our Auction Facebook page for photos and last-minute info. And remember – if you can’t be there, you can still bid by registering a family member or friend as your proxy bidder. If you can’t be there, you can still bid by registering a family member or friend as your proxy bidder. To do that, email your proxy request.
Thank you to Sarah Bethke, Pam Brown, Eunice Ciaccio, Karla Cresenta, Kate Harrison and Sonya Hill-Smith! They worked diligently on another beautiful Sunday afternoon and determined our color selections for the banners. The grand unveiling of the banners has been moved to early spring due to the Auction and holiday seasons that are fast approaching. There are only so many hours in each day! The next meeting will involve the production team and they will initially meet to determine the process to be used and determine fabric selection. If you have sewing skills and would like to help you are definitely welcome! Contact Becky Harrison: 540-9072 or via email. We will be dividing the tasks so any amount of help that can be offered would be welcome. You will not have to sew an entire banner all by yourself! Thank you for yoursupport and encouragement for this process. It has indeed presented multiple layers of decisions to be made and the teams have done a wonderful job of thinking outside the box and listening to each other. Great work teams!!
Our 4th annual Trunk or Treat will be Sunday, 10/27, starting right after social hour at 11:45am in the All Soul’s parking lot. Children and families can trick-or-treat from car to car in the safety of the church property. Trunks are open with treats from fellow All Souls members. Costumes are welcomed and encouraged!
We Need Trunkers!
Sign up to make our 4th annual Trunk or Treat a big success for our kids! Look for the sign up sheet on the RE table in the small hall or contact Beth. To be a trunker simply show up Sunday, 10/27, between 10-10:15 to grab a trunk spot in our parking lot (our lot will be blocked off that morning and only available to our signed-up trunkers). Feel free to decorate your trunk (not required) and bring some treats (candy or non-candy treats) to hand out to our trick-or-treaters starting after social hour at 11:45am. Costumes are welcome from the “big kids” too!
Fellow artists, come join our group. This gathering is meant to be friendly, relaxed, fun, and of course, creative! Bring in your favorite art supplies and a brown bag lunch every 4th Thursday at ASUUC. Creative time will be from 10am-11:30am, followed by a social lunch. Please email Pam Brown with your contact information (name and phone number) if you are interested. NOTE: There will NOT BE an Artists/Hobbyists gathering 10/10, (2nd Thursday). The next Artists/Hobbyists gathering will resume on 10/24, (4th Thursday).
Ancient wisdom from many spiritual traditions tells us that what we experience in our external world is a direct reflection of our internal world. We have the option of living in a suffering state or a beautiful state; both are attainable, the choice is ours. Living in a beautiful state requires living in a higher state of consciousness; moving from I-consciousness to One-consciousness. Deeksha is a transference of energy that facilitates transformation into these higher states of consciousness. Please come join us every first and third Mondays from 7:00 – 8:30 pm in the gathering space in the basement at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church. From the founders of O&O Academy: “It doesn’t matter what the reasons are, all suffering is stupid.” Click here for more information.
One thing that we can all agree upon in the New Year is that we don’t take enough time for self-care and music can be a remedy for the most troubled soul. Take a little time out of your busy schedule 6-7 pm every third Wednesday of the month for All Souls’ Ukulele Club. We will watch tutorials and help one another learn how to play one of the world’s sweetest instruments. With only four strings and a bit of ambition, we will de-stress, have fun, and who knows: maybe learn how to play the ukulele. Please email ASUUC member Rosie Love with any questions.
Connecting with fellow survivors and having a safe place to release emotion and share our stories can be an essential part of healing from domestic and/or sexual violence. All Souls is providing a safe space for a secular women’s survivor support group 6-7pm every third Thursday of the month in the Small Hall. If you are interested in attending, please email ASUUC member Rosie Love to be put on the attending list. Given the sensitive nature of this group and for the safety of our survivors, the church will be locked and attendees will only be permitted entry if they are on the attending list.
Suset Marcantoni will be teaching a hula hoop class to all levels of hoopers at ASUUC. The class will run each Friday from 5:30-6:30pm. In recent years hooping has become popularized as a fitness regimen which can build strength, balance, and flexibility, while burning calories and building cardiovascular strength. A study by the American Council on Exercise found that a thirty-minute hooping workout can burn around 200 calories. All ages welcome, no experience needed. If you are under 16, you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Classes will be limited to the first ten (10) people to sign up. Hoops are provided, but feel free to bring your own. The class is free, although donations are gladly accepted with 50% going to the cost of materials and the other 50% going to All Souls UU Church. Click here to RSVP.