Welcome to All Souls New London
A UUA Breakthrough Congregation
A Welcoming Congregation
Reverend Carolyn Patierno, Senior Minister
Reverend Caitlin O'Brien, Associate Minister
December Ministry Theme: Letting Go
Please see page 6 of our newsletter for
ministerial intern Rebecca Bryan's reflection on "Letting Go"
SUNDAY SERVICES times as noted below (lots of changes this month!)
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION at the first service
Nursery Care is provided for infants
and toddlers at the first service
December 1: One service at 10:00 a.m. No Religious Education classes.
“It Matters What You Believe: Credo Service”
Radha Richmond-Covey, worship leader • Nory Oakes and Lee Boltz, reflectors
A popular service at All Souls, two Souls will share their beliefs and spiritual journeys with the congregation. Elizabeth Bull will be interpreting the service in American Sign Language.
December 4: Advent Vesper Service - 7pm, 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.
December 8: Two services at 9:30 & 11:15 a.m.
“Trust in a Miracle”
Worship Leader: Reverend Carolyn Patierno
Preacher: Rebecca Bryan, Intern Minister
What is a miracle? Explore during this traditional season of mystery the place that the miraculous can hold in our lives as religious liberals.
December 15: 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.
December 22: One multigenerational service at 10 a.m. • No Religious Education classes
“Jingle All the Way” Worship Leaders: Reverends Carolyn Patierno & Caitlin O’Brien
The story of “Jingle Bells” is as endearing as the song itself. It is the story of a man who thought his life had no meaning … and then he made meaning himself. On the eve of Christmas Eve, we’ll enjoy the season’s simple pleasure with a sense of inspiration.
Christmas Eve - December 24 – 4 p.m. & 7 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Services
Worship Leader ~ Rev. Carolyn Patierno
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.
December 25 – One service at 11 a.m.
"Come Into the Quiet: A Contemplative Christmas"
Worship Leaders: Carol Thompson & Shirley Clarno
A simple and contemplative liturgy that will blend poetry, musical meditation, & silence. A potluck brunch will follow the service. You are invited to bring a dish to share.
December 29 – One service at 10 a.m. – No Religious Education classes
Worship Leader: Carol Thompson
A multigenerational service with music, stories and poetry focused on themes of hope and hope for the future.