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THURSDAY, JUNE 25 – WEDNESDAY, JULY 1, 2020

Dear Members and Friends of All Souls Church at The West Village Meetinghouse,

Physical distancing is happening but sacred solidarity continues!

To keep us together, All Souls Church is using an on-line program called 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, a letter from Shayna and a continuously evolving list of information. There is more information about all these happenings further down in this E-News issue.

During our virtual services and committee meetings some people are having trouble hearing or being heard. If you have a land-line phone or a good cell phone signal you could consider using your phone for audio while still watching the video on your computer. George made a little video to explain how to do this: https://youtu.be/nN_9_GWMb7M

The video is also available on our website under “Virtual Services” > “Special Instructions”

The church may have left the building, but it is still going strong. You can find out what’s happening and how to stay involved by checking the church calendar, which we are keeping right up to date.

You can also submit an event 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

AND NOW YOU CAN FIND YOUR ZOOM MEETING ON THE ASC WEBSITE CALENDAR!!!!

It is becoming obvious that we will be doing Zoom church meetings for some time to come. It also appears that folks want to get new e-mails every week with the same repeating meeting information. This means extra, unnecessary work for the meeting organizers. Sometimes it also means extra work for Bev or George who are asked to regenerate meeting invitations for the organizers so they can forward it to attendees.

Starting in June the calendar listings for all ASC meetings will contain a secure link to the Zoom meeting. If you can’t find the e-mail you received about a meeting, no worries, just go to the church calendar, find the meeting listing and use the link it contains.

Now that we are putting links to the church Zoom events on the church calendar we have heard that some people are having trouble finding the calendar.

So to help them, we have added a direct link to the calendar to the menu at the top right, underneath the “Click here to donate” button.

The original link is still under the “News” menu.
https://ascvt.org/calendar/

THURSDAY, JUNE 25

4:00 PM – ONLINE MARTY SHAW CONNECTION GROUP
Click here to register in advance or join this meeting

FRIDAY, JUNE 26
4:00 PM – VIRTUAL REOPENING TASK FORCE MEETING

The All Souls Church Task Force will have another meeting to consider the steps, criteria and protocol for opening up in-person activities at All Souls Church. Under consideration is everything from individual appointments, small group and committee meetings to larger events including worship services and public gatherings as well as any potential combination of in-person and zoom activities. For questions contact Karen Tyler at karentyler802@gmail.com or Steve Squires at sdsquiresvt@gmail.com.Use this link to reach the meeting: https://ascvt.org/ReopeningTaskForce

SATURDAY, JUNE 27

10:00 AM – VIRTUAL CIRCLE FOR CLIMATE CONCERN
To register in advance or join the Circle for Climate Concern meeting click here.
The Circle for Climate Concern is a small group that meets monthly to explore grief and concern about the climate crisis. Catie G. Berg facilitates this intimate gathering that started in January and continues through June. We trust that by sharing our distress we can diminish it. We can then learn to act with hope and resilience to reduce the climate crisis. If you are curious about this group, please contact the Office Administrator at office@ascvt.org or (802) 254-9377.

SUNDAY, JUNE 28
9:45 AM – ALL SOULS CHURCH VIRTUAL WORSHIP SERVICE 

Click right here Sunday shortly before 9:45 AM to join our next online service.
UUA GA Service – We will have the unique opportunity to share in a Sunday Service with thousands of other UUs. For the first time the Unitarian-Universalist General Assembly (GA) – our annual gathering of UUs from across our congregations and across the world – will be a virtual event. It is happening June 24-28 and all UU churches are invited join for the Sunday morning 10am service. The Rev. Joan Javier Duval, minister of the Unitarian Church of Montpelier, Vermont, is leading the service, along with the Rev. Mykal Slack, Community Minister for Worship and Spiritual Care for Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU), and Benjie Messer, Music Director at the UU Congregation of Phoenix who will lead the over 140 member virtual choir! I’ve also been told that Ysaÿe Barnwell and Emma’s Revolution will perform during the service.

2:00 PM – 

The Compassionate Friends of Brattleboro is open to all who have endured the death of a child. The Compassionate Friends is a national non-profit organization with more than 650 chapters in the United States and locations in every state. Chapters 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. The Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family. Please contact  Beverly Miller bevermont@gmail.com if you are planning on attending so she can plan accordingly.  Thank you.

MONDAY, JUNE 29
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, JUNE 30

1:00 PM – DIANA CLARK’S CONNECT/SUPPORT GROUP 2 ONLINE MEETING

You are invited to a Connect Group 2 Zoom meeting. See description below.
When: Tuesdays at 1 p.m.

Click here to register in advance or join this meeting.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

For more information contact Diana Martha Clark.

4:00 PM – ONLINE ASC CHOIR REHEARSAL
Click here to go to register for or join Choir Rehearsal.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 1

3:00 PM – SUNDAY TEAM 6 ONLINE SOCIAL TIME
While we’re practicing physical distancing during the pandemic, members of Sunday Team 6 can gather on-line for conversation and connection. Team member, Catie G Berg, will facilitate.Contact her for more information at catiegberg@mac.com
Click here to register in advance or join this meeting

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.

FROM THE CARING CIRCLE
Ginny Oppenheimer has shared with us that Jack Reed has undergone surgery for a damaged colon. She writes, “Jack came through his operation well, although the rehab time is going to be long. Because he will be in the ICU and then several other places in the hospital before he is released to yet another rehab place, I would ask that people not contact him by phone, card, or email until a little later.”   Please hold them both in your thoughts, and you can write notes of support to Ginny at 4958 61st Ave South, St. Petersburg, FL 33715.

SEAC SENDS THIS IMPORTANT REMINDER:
PLEASE NOTE: The governor and the legislature are still figuring out how to use the federal Covid money. They have yet to commit to ending homelessness but have not yet started evicting people from motels. The time is ripe. Please keep sending messages.

2020 Census – Shape your Future – Please Respond Online or by Phone. It starts with each of us doing our part by completing the 2020 Census Questionnaire.  Completing the questionnaire allows you to influence the amount of money that comes to Vermont for many of our essential programs that benefit our health and safety, and pay for our roads, local government, schools, hospitals, and so much more.

You can complete the Census by going to my2020cesus.gov or by calling 844-330-2020. If you have received an invitation to complete the census, simply follow directions. If you have not, or cannot locate it, you can still complete it by calling 844-330-2020 [there is help in English and 14 additional languages] or by going online to my2020census.gov, clicking start, then clicking ‘If you don’t have a Census ID click here,’ and following directions.

Languages and phone number link:

https://2020census.gov/en/ways-to-respond/responding-by-phone.html

59 Language Guides link:  https://2020census.gov/en/languages.html

Link to Census Response Rate Map to track how Vermont, Windham County and our local communities are doing: https://2020census.gov/en/response-rates.html

If you have questions for us,  please call me at 802-922-7240.  You are also welcome to reach out to me at David.A.Longsmith@2020census.gov

 STEWARDSHIP NEWS 
Many thanks to all who have given pledges or made one time gifts to support our 2020-2021 church year budget.   We appreciate the contributions of all who find All Souls Church to be important in their lives – gifts of all sizes are valued.  

We know that some people have delayed making a pledge due to economic uncertainty and understand that each person needs to be thoughtful about the right amount and time for giving.    New gifts and pledges are gratefully received at any time.  

You can find the Stewardship Form online by going to the ASC website at https://ascvt.org  clicking the link Connectand then choosing Make a Pledge Commitment.

Your faithful Stewardship Team,

Christina Gibbons, Catie G. Berg, Leslie Kinney

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”
― Pema Chödrön, The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times