Welcome to All Souls New London
A UUA Breakthrough Congregation
A Welcoming Congregation
Reverend Carolyn Patierno, Senior Minister
Reverend Caitlin O'Brien, Associate Minister
Religious education classes for Pre-K through grade 8 at the first service
Youth Group for grades 9-12 at 11:15 in the Emerson Room
Nursery Care is provided for infants and toddlers at the first service
December Ministry Theme:
“In the muddled mess of this world, in the confusion and boredom and amazement, we ought to be able to spot something — an event, a person, a memory, an act, a turning of the soul, the flash of bright wings, the surprise of sweet compassion — somewhere we ought to pick out a glory to celebrate.”
Samuel H. Miller, president, Harvard Divinity School 1959-68
—From The Dilemma of Modern Belief
Please note that our service times have changed during the month of December for each of the services below.
December 3, 7 p.m., Huntington Street Chapel
Advent. Season of waiting … anticipation … a quiet joy. If these words are not the ones you would use to describe the way you are feeling at the start of the holiday season, All Souls Advent Vespers may well be just the thing your heart and soul needs. Come into the quiet and rest in the music, poetry, and story of the season. This service will be the last we celebrate in the Huntington Street Chapel.
December 7: One service at 10 a.m.
Reverend Carolyn Patierno, Worship Leader,
Rebecca Bryan, Ministerial Intern, Liturgist
The service will be followed by a Special Congregational Meeting to vote on the sale of the 60 Huntington Street building.
See call to meeting on Page 12 of our newsletter.
American Sign Language interpretation will be provided by Elizabeth Bull.
December 14: One service at 10 a.m.
"Paper Bag Pageant: A Living Nativity Story”
This will involve the whole congregation, especially the children. See page 8 of the newsletter for details.
The service will be followed by Arlene Gundlach’s retirement party. See details on page 6 of the newsletter.
December 21: Winter Solstice Service - One service at 4:30 p.m.
(No morning service or religious education classes)
Winter solstice is an affirmation of ancient wisdom. The choir and congregation will journey into the dark of winter where seeds grow, babies wait, quiet dwells, people rest and anticipate. Suzanne Wingrove-Haugland’s ritual Solstice Cycle will accompany the songs that have become congregational favorites. Come and celebrate! Children 4th grade and up are encouraged to attend the Solstice Service. Childcare will be available for infants, toddlers and young children in the Nash Room.
Christmas Eve - December 24 – 4 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Services
Worship Leaders~ Rev. Carolyn Patierno & Rebecca Bryan, Ministerial Intern
Both services are crafted for a multigenerational congregation.
Our Good Neighbor Offering will benefit the Minister’s Discretionary Fund. Every Christmas Eve we refill this fund that Reverend Carolyn uses in situations where concrete assistance is called for. Her pastoral work is the cornerstone of our caring community and as such, all of our responsibility to support. The Discretionary Fund is also used to make small donations to organizations that share our values. Your generous contributions will strengthen the fabric that binds us all together.
Christmas Day Service- one service at 11 a.m.
Worship Leader: Carol Thompson
Christmas Day Service will be a quiet meditative service of readings, silence, and song. This will be followed by a potluck brunch where we will celebrate being in community for the holiday. There are no religious education classes.
December 28 – Credo service
One service at 10 a.m. – No Religious Education classes
Worship Leader: Joanie DiMartino
The popular Credo Service invites 2-3 Souls to share their beliefs as they stand now. “Credo” is Latin for “I Believe”.