We are in Ordinary Time after Pentecost

Increase, O God, the spirit of neighborliness among us, that in peril we may uphold one another, in suffering tend to one another, and in homelessness, loneliness, or exile befriend one another. Grant us brave and enduring hearts that we may strengthen one another, until the disciplines and testing of these days are ended, and you again give peace in our time; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

~A Prayer in Times of Distress (BCP)

What a time to be the Church. The Spirit is before us. Jesus is King of the World. We are not ceasing from being the church–how could we? The Spirit of God has made us who we are. We will be in this new place as God’s people. And we will love God’s world with courageous love.

 

How We Will Meet

Other than the first Sunday of the month (when we will meet outdoors at the Waldorf School Pavilion), we will meet online via Zoom at 10:30 am each Sunday morning. Here is the link to our zoom gathering space: All Souls Zoom Link and here is a detailed guide providing all the instructions for Zoom via computer or phone. Our Sunday morning worship will be recorded each week and shared on Sunday evenings on our Facebook page.

Our liturgy guide for this Sunday: Morning Worship | October 4  

Our next in-person worship: This Sunday, October 4, 10:30am @ the Waldorf School Pavilion. Please sign-up to attend HERE and read our Guidelines for Worship at Waldorf. The service will also be streamed live in our regular All Souls Zoom space. Please plan to arrive by 10:15 a.m. so that we can all be seated safely and ready for worship. Please wear a mask the entire time, bring your own chair, and bring a copy of the liturgy guide (link above).

 

Upcoming Gatherings

Theologian in Residence: Writing Cohort | As you know, Cherith Nordling is currently our Theologian-in-Residence. While we are undoubtedly receiving much from her, we are also partnering with her in the Shalom work of writing. Starting on Wednesday, October 21st, from 8:00-9:30 pm, Cherith has invited us to join her in reading sections of the book she is working on. She will send out the written material a week in advance for all who would like to participate. You’re welcome to come even if you don’t read ahead of time! Please let us know if you’re interested by emailing Marcy

Fall Outdoor Small Group | This Fall, Laurie Jean will be hosting a 6-session Outdoor Fire Circle Group. This group will focus on tapping into our experience of God, community, self, and the earth, through being present in nature and being present in our bodies (i.e. the only places we have to live!), and through practices of gratitude, movement, meditation, music, and conversation. We will be centered around a fire, and each session will begin with a brief sharing time around the circle, focused on expressing broad/open-ended gratitude. Then we will try out and discuss some simple practices each week. Our hope is to inspire folks who participate to imagine the creative ways we can grow in our faith beyond verbal and intellectual practices. Let’s get embodied! 
+We will practice social distancing.
+Sundays from 2-4 pm, beginning October 18 in Mill Creek
+Email lauriejeanljs@gmail.com to join!
+Questions about how kids fit? Email Laurie Jean and she’ll share more.

Author Carey Wallace | Join us on All Saints Day, November 1, from 6:30 -7:45 for a Family Night with author Carey Wallace as she shares from her book, Stories of the Saints. The first half hour or so will be a conversation with kids (suggested age is 8+, but it’s up to parents!) and the second half will be a time for adults to engage with Carey as we consider how the Saints instruct us on how to live our lives. Even if you don’t have children, you are welcome to join us! Please do! If you would like to purchase the book (it is beautiful) to read before and along with Carey, you can purchase here: Stories of the Saints: Bold and Inspiring Tales of Adventure, Grace, and Courage. We will use the All Souls Zoom Link  for this event. Email jen@allsoulscville.com with any questions.

 

Our Future Plan in Phases

We have laid out plans for a careful movement towards more embodiment. More details will follow, but here are our three phases.

Phase 1: We have recently made available an option for Summer Communities for 6 (see in the following section) ,which are small gatherings of roughly 6 people, who will meet once/month over the summer, either in person or online. We recognize that, with the resurgence of Covid cases across the country, individual interest in these groups will be mixed. That’s OK. Our hope is to try and provide a deepend layer of connection for those who are hungry for it. This will be unfolding during the month of July. During July we are also encouraging existing small communities to pursue connection of some kind. Basically, July is a month to begin thinking about reconnecting in small ways. If you wish to be part of Summer Communities for 6, please email Marcy and indicate ‘Zoom’ or ‘In Person’.

Phase 2: Beginning on August 2nd, we are hoping to start a once/month gathering for worship IN PERSON. We have reserved the outdoor pavilion at the Waldorf School for the first Sunday of every month through the Fall. It’s a large and beautiful space, and will allow us to gather in safe and socially distanced ways. Since August 2nd (our first planned in person gathering) will happen on Winn’s final Sunday with us, we are encouraging all who plan to attend to sign up HERE. And for all who are not comfortable with attending in person, don’t worry! We will be live-streaming this service as well. Further details will be provided for safety measures during our in-person first Sunday gatherings, but we will require masks, ask children to stay seated with their families, and ask everyone to bring their own communion elements for Eucharist.

Along with our in-person monthly gatherings, we will also continue to have worship via Zoom. Having considered carefully what our community needs during this time of transition, we have decided to ask several voices to be consistently with us over the next months. We’re still waiting for some final details, but I am happy to tell you that Cherith Fee Nordling has agreed to be with us and preach/teach once per month. We plan to have 3 consistent voices each month (mine is one of them) and I’ll let you know as soon as our schedule is nailed down. I’m excited about how this season is shaping up, and it seems clear to me that the Spirit is at work in our midst.

Phase 3: Phase three centers around moving our worship space back into Venable Elementary. At this point in time, we just don’t know enough to say anything definite about when and how this will happen, but we will be in discerning conversation. I anticipate we’ll be looking at the details of this phase as we get closer to the cold weather of November/December. We’ll keep you posted.

 

Loving Our Neighbors & Each Other

Our Common Purse | If you know of someone in our church who has a financial need, please send the details to commonpurse@allsoulscville.com. If you’d like to donate (or offer some of your government stimulus check to others), you may give online (make sure to choose “our common purse” as your gift’s designation).

The City Schools are working to provide breakfast and lunch bags for students and families affected by the loss of school lunch. The distribution sites will be spread throughout the city. They need volunteers to work at these drop off points (and one of them is Venable Elementary). If your family needs access to food, or if you want to volunteer at one the distribution sites, here is the info.

Support Cville is a wonderful aggregate site for those of us wanting help–and those of us in need of help.

The Community Mental Health and Wellness Coalition offers resources and support for mental and emotional wellbeing during the pandemic.