The next in the All Souls Presents concert series (and the inaugural concert in our new annual Jazz in Pierce Hall series), this event stars our very own Rochelle Rice, backed by a trio of excellent musicians. In the first hour, Rochelle will perform a conversation/concert of originals and jazz standards, including new music from her upcoming debut album, Wonder. At the intermission, a basic bachata dance lesson will be given free of charge. The second half will feature dance tunes to get folks up on an their feet! $15 tickets on sale here and at the door. Check out this video of Rochelle performing her own composition, Fear, at All Souls.
To build the Beloved Community, All Souls cultivates and celebrates . . .
In October, as we observe Generosity Sunday and explore "Blessing," the Caring Network is sponsoring a Winter Coat Drive to help Martha's Outfitters meet the need for winter coats (please: no other items of clothing) for children ages 8-16 years old, women, and especially adult men. Let's express our belief in the inherent worth and dignity of all people by donating new and "very gently worn" coats. (If you would not wear it to church, please do not bring it to church.) Bring them to church on Sun., Oct. 11. Interested in helping collect and organize the coats? Sign up at www.tinyurl.com/ASC-VolOps or contact Rose (at the front desk or at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Come out to make calls to NC voters and help Democracy North Carolina fight voter suppression. The Reeb Project will provide the call sheets and instructions; you bring your cell phone (or laptop/tablet) and charger. Come to a calling party at the home of a Reeb Project member on Oct. 6, 10, or 17 (visit www.all-souls.org/voting-rights for details and RSVP links) and be sure to come to our big phone bank event at All Souls Church on Sat., Oct. 24. Our goal: 4000 calls!
The 2016 Giving Campaign was officially launched last Sunday with the theme, Putting Love in Beloved Community.
Why are pledges so important? They let the church plan the year's budget, nearly 80% of which is supported by the gifts we make to fulfill our pledges. Each of us is called to pledge thoughtfully and generously based on our financial situation and proportional to our income. Every pledge makes a difference, and a big thank you goes out to those who have already submitted their pledges. As of September 30, we have received 59 pledges totaling $195,529.
Pledges can be fulfilled in as many payments as you wish throughout the calendar year (Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2016) and can be paid in a variety of ways. Pledges can be adjusted up or down if your circumstances change during the year. Our pledge goal of $1.3 million is 8% higher than last year's goal. Therefore, we encourage you to increase your pledge by at least that percentage.
At the two services on Generosity Sunday (October 18), we will celebrate our congregation's magnanimity by carrying our pledges down the aisle and placing them in the offering basket. We will gather to celebrate our financial support for the church's work, including the seven ministries highlighted in our brochure (now available in the pews). If you've already submitted your 2016 pledge, you'll get to walk down the aisle with a special card indicating you've already pledged. If you plan to continue automatic payments from the current year, we still need a 2016 pledge from you and hope you will consider an increase in your pledge.
We hope that you will take the time soon to go to www.all-souls.org/2016-pledge-form to pledge online. You can also complete the pledge form in the brochure and drop it in the offering plate as it passes or take it to the church office.
Thank you for your generosity and see you on Generosity Sunday!
The Generosity Team