On Saturday, August 24th from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm members of All Souls will join with Congregation Beth El and other members of the community to help build homes for homeless youth of the East Bay. Sponsored by Youth Spirit Artworks (YSA), the goal of this project is to construct 24 tiny homes that will be put together to create a village, where youth will live with adult support. The village will also feature two community yurts with a kitchen and meeting space, and on-site communal bathrooms.
We need you! Invite your friends and family – they don’t need to be members of All Souls. And all levels of skill/experience are welcome – if you can hammer, paint, carry supplies, do roofing, electrical, set up, clean up or help serve food to the workers. To sign up to work on August 24, click here.
If you are not able to come on August 24 but would like to help on a different day, sign up here and you will be notified of possible alternate dates.
We will also need donations of food and paper supplies to feed all the workers on our build day (we’re hoping to have about 100 people working!). A list of food items needed will be available next week.
Let’s BUILD together – tiny houses, and a more hopeful future for the youth in our community.
Come August 25th where at all three services we will bless backpacks (and other sorts of bags) for those heading back to school, new jobs, etc. Then, between the 9 & 11:15 services we’ll kick off the new academic year with sign-ups for ministries, Youth Group, Children’s Chapel/Sunday School, and we’ll unveil the new Adult Formation class schedule for the year. And, of course, there will be fun treats in the courtyard — Sundaes for Sunday School has become a lively tradition. Don’t miss it!
Sign-ups are live, available online here!
The 2019 Parish Retreat will take place at the Bishop’s Ranch in Healdsburg (1.5 to 2 hours’ drive from All Souls). Our annual retreat is a special time for community building, spiritual growth and exploration. This inter-generational event includes activities for children, youth, families, and adults of all ages. In addition to the program of the retreat, the weekend includes free time for reflection, rest, adventuring, and fun. Pro tip: TAKE FRIDAY OFF OF WORK AND LEAVE AHEAD OF TRAFFIC.
Four types of lodging are available (specific room assignments are made by the staff):
• Double Occupancy: Designated for couples and roommate pairs in Webb Lodge or Ranch House West Wing.
• Standard/Family Occupancy: Designated for families or groups of adults in the Ranch House or Harrison House.
• Dorm Occupancy in the Cottages: Designated youth, families, and groups of adults excited to bunk together.
• Camping – a lower cost alternative with space under the trees, using the bathrooms (with showers) by the pool.
There is a parallel youth retreat for all middle and high school youth. They will be staying together in cottages (apart from their parents) and enjoying their own programming. They join with the rest of the group for meals, worship, and some of the whole-group activities. If a youth can only come on Saturday, they must arrive by 9am and stay through dinner. They must also stay with the youth crew during the program. We also ask that youth either join the youth the entire weekend or the adults for the entire weekend, but not do both.
Our costs for the retreat are determined by the prices set by the Bishop’s Ranch, detailed below. Our goal is to make the retreat financially possible for all who wish to attend, and so if you would like to be considered as a recipient of a partnership to attend at a discounted rate, please contact Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org. And, we welcome those who are able to contribute to the partnership fund to help others attend at this discounted rate!
If you are unable to attend for the full weekend, join us just for the day on Saturday! (Day use this year is a flat rate and includes all three meals.)
Children under age 3 are free. All costs listed below are per person.
Lodging & Meals, Friday – Sunday: (2 nights, 5 meals)
Adults, 2 people per room (double occupancy): $262.00
Adults, 3-4 people per room or cottage (standard occupancy) including rooming with children or youth: $233.00
Adults, 5-8 people per room or cottage (dorm occupancy) including rooming with children: $210.00
Youth (11-18, 6th-12th grade): $137.00
Children (3-10, Pre-K – 5th grade): $80.00
Camping & Meals, Fri – Sun (2 nights, 5 meals)
Adults/youth (breakfast + lunch + dinner): $50
FRIDAY— 5:00 pm and on, bring your own food and beverages to enjoy together. Friday evening is an informal social time to relax, get acquainted, and settle in. Dinner will not be provided, so please stop to eat en route or bring your dinner (there is a full kitchen in the Ranch House that is available for use). Evening prayer will begin at 7:45p in the Chapel.
SATURDAY — All three Saturday meals will be provided in the Ranch refectory. This morning, we begin the heart of the retreat for adults, youth, and children ages 3 – 10. Childcare can be provided for those too young or unable to join in with the programming. In the afternoon, enjoy free time to re-create, take your children to the fabulous swimming pool, or join in some great inter-generational activities. Before dinner on Saturday evening we will gather to socialize, (bring something to share!) and after dinner we will have a talent optional creativity night (think wild, fun, silly, entertainment – a chance to share your story with All Souls folks like never before!) and then close with Compline.
SUNDAY — We will gather in worship and have a morning session together. Both breakfast and lunch at the refectory are included.