Message from the Minister


I want to thank you all for a great congregational meeting. In it I feel like we clearly established our goals of a prudent balanced budget and our generous mission of serving our community– welcoming the stranger. In this month of Thanksgiving and heritage, I want to express my gratitude for All Souls and each of you. You are the ones who make the atmosphere Lovecentered.

Helen Keller once said, “Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into light.” When we look at this shattered world, we can choose to view it as brokenness or the beauty of a mural or like stained glass. We can take the challenges in front of us and we can use them to accomplish our goals. The stoic, Marcus Aurelius, is accredited with the saying, “The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”

The obstacle becomes the way. Our goals of creating Beloved Community, welcoming in more people, listening to more voices–this is the obstacle, therefore it is also our way. We need to engage and invite more people–
friends, neighbors and more. I encourage all of you to invite friends to our church, to create opportunities for connection, to dream with us.

First Thursday of the Month is Wine and Cheese Night
First and Third Wednesdays are the Course in Miracles Group
Second and Fourth Wednesdays are Yoga with Karli

During Advent (Nov 27-Dec 24), we are looking to restart an older small group-
The Wednesday Supper. We are forming groups of 8 people or so who can commit to sharing a supper once per week. Typically the group rotated hosts and shared a soup (also rotating the cook)–but the group can dream up what might work for them–meeting at the church (be sure to sign it out with Rob Gibson), or meeting in a restaurant. If the group would like discussion questions, I can provide them, or if your group just wants to figure it out, that’s fine, too. We have brought this small group back because we have a lot of newer people–we are growing–and we need to know one another.

Happy Thanksgiving! Peace!

— Rev. Will

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