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All Souls Church at The West Village Meetinghouse
Weekly E-News

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17- WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER  23, 2020

ATTENTION!: SUNDAY SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS!
Since it is difficult for worship leaders to catch those visual hand raises in our little “talking heads” boxes on Zoom, if you have an announcement you want included at our Sunday worship services, please send it to me here in the office, office@acvt.org ahead of time so I can get it to the ASC Board member making announcements at the beginning of our services.  Thank you.

NOTES FROM THE OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR:
If you are attempting to contact Rev. Telos Whitfield via the minister’s office phone number and encounter difficulties making contact or leaving a voicemail, please leave her a message on her cell phone instead: 802-376-4977

 In order to most effectively meet the needs of our  current virtual way of operating and best fulfill my role as Office Administrator, my work schedule/”office” hours will  be as follows until further notice:
1st and 3rd Sundays:  9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Monday – Thursday: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
1st and 3rd Fridays: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
2nd and 4th Fridays: 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

I plan on being in the actual office on Thursday mornings and  working from home on the other days. Please be advised that, except for emergency situations,  if I receive calls or emails after hours on any given day, I will respond at the start of the next work day.  Thank you for your understanding of and cooperation with these changes as we continue to navigate our way through this unprecedented time.
Sincerely,
Beverly

FROM THE ASC RE-OPENING TASK FORCE

Reopening, Phase 2
The Board has approved the Task Force recommendations for some limited in-person meetings.

Here are the basics:

  • Meetings can have up to 20 people, preferably outside.
  • Masks and social distancing are required, both indoors and out.
  • Inside meetings are restricted to the foyer, the parlor, the offices, the kitchen and the main hall. There is no access to the chapel.
  • No food preparation is allowed.
  • Meeting organizers are responsible for arranging for online attendance for those who choose not to attend in person. There is a good wifi signal in the courtyard outside the main doors.

A summary is available here:
https://ascvt.org/from-the-leadership/2020/07/covid-decisions/

The full text is available here:
https://ascvt.org/virtual-church/reopening/current-phase/

The page covering all of the reopening plans and activities, including the links above, is available here: https://ascvt.org/virtual-church/reopening/ and is available under the “Virtual Church” link on the ascvt.orghome page.
UPDATE YOUR ZOOM SOFTWARE!

Zoom recently came out with an optional upgrade that adds several neat new features. We will probably start using some of them. While it is not clear whether the new features will work on machines that are only watching a service, it is still a good idea to keep your software up-to-date.
You can find directions for updating Zoom here:

https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362233-Upgrade-update-to-the-latest-version

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

4:00 PM-MARTY SHAW CONNECTION GROUP
Click here to register in advance or join this meeting.
Please contact Marty Shaw mmshaw04@gmail.com for more information.

SEAC MEETING – cancelled this month
Contact Karen Tyler or George Carvill for more information.
For more information, click here.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
12:00 PM – CONVERSATION WITH REV. TELOS WHITFIELD
Rev. Telos will offer a conversation from 12:00 to -2:00 P.M., exploring forgiveness and renewal. Come as you are, come with your hesitations and uncertainties, burdens and openness to forgiving and renewing ourselves and supporting each other.

For questions contact Rev. Telos Whitfield at minister@ascvt.org

To attend this meeting please click on this link: Conversation with Rev. Telos Whitfield

2:00 PM – CARING CIRCLE MEETING

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
10:00 AM – ALL SOULS CHURCH VIRTUAL WORSHIP SERVICE 

Click right here Sunday shortly before 10:00 AM to join our next online service.

OUR BUILDING IS 50 YEARS OLD THIS YEAR!
Back in the turbulent times of the late 60’s, a few members of All Souls Church thought about their stone building home on Main Street (now a concert venue) and wondered what a larger, more modern building would look like. The architect envisioned a space that would open, airy, flexible, and spiritually inspiring. It would be a place where the broader community could gather in meaningful ways consonant with UU values.  In September 1970,  the brand new building was inaugurated with a gala week of services and concerts. Since then it fulfilled this vision by hosting hundreds of musical events, plays, art shows, lectures, private rites of passage, public meetings, and several nursery schools.
Last winter a small ad hoc committee, headed by Leslie Kinney, began making an ambitious plan for a summer open house to celebrate the 50th anniversary. Alas, like so much else this year, it was short circuited by the pandemic. Instead of inviting everyone in, we will have a virtual acknowledgement during this morning’s Zoom service.  In addition, we will build an archive of memories and appreciation on the Church website.
You can contribute!  We ask you to consider what the West Village Meeting House has meant to you.  Do you have a particularly fond moment that connects you to the building?  Would you be willing to write up your thoughts or send in pictures?  Everything will go into the online archive, which is a work in progress.  Send your contributions to Christina Gibbons.
And be sure to attend this Zoom service to hear some of the memories that have already been collected.

The 50th Anniversary Celebration Committee
Christina Gibbons, Leslie Kinney, and Marie Gorst

1:00 PM – CALL TO MEETING
Congregational Zoom Meeting to Vote on the FY 21 Budget 
Members are asked to attend this special business meeting to consider and vote on the full year budget.  Please contact Catie Berg, Clerk if you need to designate a proxy.
Go to www.ascvt.org and click on the church calendar to find the Zoom link.
2:00 PM –

The Compassionate Friends of Brattleboro is a local chapter of the national non-profit organization open to all with more than 650 U.S. chapters with locations in every state. We welcome immediate family members to attend including adult siblings. Meetings are for all families regardless of race, religious orientation, economic background, or the cause and age of the child at death, from pre-birth up. Please contact Beverly bevermont@gmail.com to let her know if you are planning on attending so she can plan accordingly.  Thank you.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
9:30 AM- VIRTUAL CRAFTING GROUP
Monday morning Craft Group meeting. For questions contact Ellie Weiss family@carvill.net
Click here to register in advance or join this meeting

4:00 PM – VIRTUAL SMALL GROUP MINISTRY
(Please contact Marty Shaw mmshaw04@gmail.com for information on how to join.)
Click here to register in advance or join this meeting

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
4:00 PM – ONLINE ASC CHOIR REHEARSAL

Click here to go to register for or join Choir Rehearsal.
For questions contact Tom Baehr at tombaehr@myfairpoint.net

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
10:00 AM – ADVANCE CARE PLANNING WITH BRATTLEBORO AREA HOSPICE
Brattleboro Area Hospice’s Taking Steps Brattleboro (TSB) program will host a zoom Advance Care Planning/Advance Directive Question and Answer Information session even Wednesday from 10:00 to 11:00 AM. If you are interested in attending, please contact Don Freeman by email: don.freeman@brattleborohospice.org  or calling 802.257.0775 ext 101 and leave your contact information so you can receive the emailed zoom invitation and/or telephone call-in number.

4:00 PM – KATHY SQUIRES SUNDAY TEAM MEETING
Kathy Squires is hosting a scheduled Zoom meeting. Contact Kathy: kathyksquires@gmail.com

Click here to register in advance for this meeting.

In memory of Dr. Robert John Menegaz

Dear ASC Community,
I wanted to let my friends at All Souls Church know that my father, Dr. Robert John Menegaz, passed away at his home September 11th at 2:15 AM after multiple hospital stays (without visitors allowed).  In the end, he was COVID positive, but was already winding down before that from a broken hip at 80, a heart valve replacement at around 83, and finally a broken (but repaired!) neck from a fall this June. He was also suffering from dementia. He was brave, accepting, and uncomplaining – most of the time! – and often did not even remember all that had befallen him.

We were gifted a miracle because my brother and sister-in-law drove 17 hrs. to get there in Florida. About five hours before he died,  I was able to talk to him as they held the phone to his ear. I was able to tell him I love him, How grateful I was for everything he’s done for me and everyone he served as a doctor and other people and that I would be holding him close in my heart. When he left his house for the last time, he was draped in a flagged soft blue blanket box due to service in the national guard on a naval base as a doctor around the time I was born.

I have had to make the incredibly heart-wrenching decision to be the only sibling not to attend my father’s funeral and burial. Having to pass through three airports as well as needing to navigate non-COVID safety compliance issues have led me to the choice to stay home to keep myself, my family, and my community safer. I will be informing my deeply grieving stepmother today. COVID – the gift that keeps on taking.

I want you to know I will receive any messages that come in but I may not be able to respond today as I am taking time to be quiet and feel all the feelings and gather my strength. Just fine to pass this message on because I’m not sure how many people will end up knowing and I’m a bit unfocused. I’m so grateful for all your love and support and I’ll be in touch. I wish all of you avhealthy and joyful day today and make sure to tell each other you love each other. I Love you all.

Love,
Michelle
GET OUT THE VOTE !
SEAC and the UUA are encouraging members of UU churches to do what they can to see that citizens nationwide have the information they need to vote this November.  Working with a group called “Moms Rising” another 100 post cards have arrived, ready to mail except for a personal message from us, ordinary folks, providing encouragement. No need to be a Mother  😉  Postage is prepaid and we mail them on Oct. 5. These are nonpartisan cards with info on how to get more details about voting in their particular state. (See Sept. newsletter for more)

I offer two choices, come to my home to make it a group effort on Tuesday Sept. 22  or contact me to request a packet of cards and a copy of the instructions.  Those of us who have done it with friends find it a nice way to do something easy to “get out the vote” while socially distanced. We can  gather in either my garden or on the porch. You tell me when you can come.  One can make sure the card really is personalized and have fun by taking a clue from the address of the recipient and what we know about their home town or from a quick Google search. I’ve added quips like “I remember Alamosa from a trip to the San Juan Mts. when I lived in Colorado” or “My great grandfather worked for the railroad in Altoona” and add “Linda, VT”

If you want to support particular candidates there are similar ways to do that either by phone banking, texting  or writing … details are online for parties and candidates.

Contact me to RSVP or request cards.  Linda Hay 254-6294 or lahay@mac.com.

PHYSICAL DISTANCING IS STILL HAPPENING BUT SACRED SOLIDARITY CONTINUES!
To keep us together, All Souls Church is using the on-line program, Zoom, to conduct church services and some committee meetings.  You can get all the details on the church webpage under this “Virtual Services” link: https://ascvt.org/virtual-services/  where you will find instructions, links to church events,  and a continuously evolving list of information. If you are having trouble hearing or being heard at our online meetings or services, here is the link to a video that can help with this issue. https://youtu.be/nN_9_GWMb7M

You can find out what’s happening and how to stay involved by checking the church calendar, Look for the word “CALENDAR”  in red at the top of the webpage under the “Click here to donate” button. Each calendar event listing for all ASC meetings now contains a secure link to  that particular Zoom meeting. You can also submit an event request for the calendar using the link at the top of the calendar page,

If you have any questions about an event on the calendar, you can reach out to the person listed in the event, or the church office, office@ascvt.org or the web support teamwebadmin@ascvt.org

FROM THE CARING CIRCLE
Janis Chaillou
has shared the wonderful news that Em Richards’ and Janis’ daughter Kris had a beautiful baby girl on August 18. After some complications, baby Ella was born at Dartmouth Hitchcock weighing 6 lb 8 oz, and all is now well and mother and baby are at home. Many family and friends are helping the new mom.
Notes of congratulations and welcome to Ella can be sent to “GrandJan” and Em at 1510 Windmill Hill Rd. S., Putney VT 05346.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“Make up a story… For our sake and yours forget your name in the street; tell us what the world has been to you in the dark places and in the light. Don’t tell us what to believe, what to fear. Show us belief’s wide skirt and the stitch that unravels fear’s caul.”
― Toni Morrison, The Nobel Lecture In Literature, 1993