A Month of Sundays


Leading Causes of Life!

As we joyfully celebrate the returning of the Sun and the lengthening days and look to a new year of possibilities, this is a season of saying “yes” to life. This is a season of noticing the flourishing and abundant life all around us. This we do instead of focusing on what isn’t working.

Saying “yes” to life offers us the opportunity to see the assets that create possibility and that create new ways of flourishing together in this world. Over the next five weeks we will explore the leading causes of life and how we can say yes to them.

December 30, 2018 – January 27, 2019


December 30: Healing Power of Connection

Join us as we celebrate our annual Stone Soup Sunday. Minister Emerita, Rev. Dr. Ellen Johnson-Fay, will bring us an inspiring message of how community creates life in this first Sunday of our theme, Leading Causes of Life. Everyone is invited to bring something to share in a meal following the service. We will also be having Stone Soup!
Religious Exploration – Kinders through teens are invited to join us for a Contemplate This! Day. There will be various movement exercises and games and we will finish with a drumming circle as we loudly welcome in the New Year! After class everyone is invited to stay and break bread together as we have our own All Souls version of a Stone Soup luncheon in the Small Hall.

January 6: Purpose and Meaning

This Sunday we will explore how finding meaning and purpose is a leading cause of life for us as individuals and as a faith community. We will also celebrate Fire Communion as a way of setting our intentions for the new year and letting go of things that we no longer need.
Religious Exploration – This is our annual ice skating Team Game Day! Kindergarteners through high school and any adults that prefer ICE to FIRE are invited to take a walking field trip during Sunday School to the Ice Skating Rink in Acacia Park. Be sure to dress warmly and bring hats and gloves. Nursery and Pre-K will be available at the church. Any child that prefers fire to ice is welcome to stay and join in the service. FMI see the newsletter.

January 13: Generations of Blessings

Join us as we celebrate Founders Day and our 128th birthday! What better way to explore how the blessings and actions of the generations before us can be a leading cause of life for us today.
Religious Exploration – Today will be an intergenerational service as we celebrate Founders Day and our 128th birthday!

January 20: We Do, We Live

On this special Sunday as we commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we will explore how our actions and witness for social justice can be a leading cause of life—not just for us, but for those on the margins.
Religious Exploration – This will be a Contemplate This! Day led by our very own professional Yoga Instructor Beth Green! Beth always presents a fun and interesting class so come see what she has in store for you. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes. Yoga mats will be provided.

January 27: Not Just Wishful Thinking: Hope

We wrap up this series on Leading Causes of Life with a message on Hope. Hope is definitely a major cause of not just surviving but thriving in this life we lead. Join us as we find ways we can hope, regardless of our circumstances.
Religious Exploration – The Air Element Class (for younger kids) will explore Life-Giving Plants represented by the quote, “All through the long winter, I dream of my garden. On the first day of spring, I dig my fingers deep into the soft earth. I can feel its energy, and my spirits soar.” – Helen Hayes, American actress. The Fire Element Class (for older kids) will examine Eyes on the Prize and the quote “Everybody needs history but the people who need it most are poor folks-people without resources or options.” – Henry Hampton, 20th-century American documentary film producer.