Dear All Souls Members & Friends,
Keeping It All Together
All Souls Church is strong in so many ways. It is a loving and caring church and home for everyone. We wish to maintain the role All Souls plays in your life and your community ... and this includes supporting our dedicated staff members as well as operating and maintaining our physical plant.
We are the beneficiaries of a marvelous Unitarian Universalist tradition that has been cultivated and passed through the generations. We are also the beneficiaries of a striking historic church - a landmark in our community and a marvelous sanctuary for our services and other programs and activities.
Unfortunately, unexpected building maintenance expenses have strained this year’s budget. Repairs to our heating system have been costly, and frequent winter storms have elevated our snow removal costs.
We are now in our Pledge season, the time when we establish our church budget for the following church year. We expect to continue our practice of giving our dedicated staff members a modest increase in their compensation rates, as well as budget more realistically for the unanticipated repairs that are inevitable with a building of its size and age. We hope that funds will be available to undertake a much-needed renovation of the bathroom across from the office to upgrade the plumbing, replace the flooring, and make it more accessible for people in wheelchairs. We have also hoped to begin a multi-year project re-pointing the masonry, and to be able to purchase a new refrigerator for the kitchen.
An increase in your pledge will help us accomplish these goals - an additional $150 per pledge unit would generate a much-appreciated and much-needed additional $6,000.
A pledge form accompanies this letter, and extra forms are available in a folder hanging on the bulletin board across from the church office. You can return your filled-out form to the folder directly below it, or you can communicate your wishes electronically via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can hand your completed pledge form to Mary Mitchell or Andrew Pearce on Sunday morning, or mail it to the church at P.O. Box 850219, Braintree, MA 02185-0219
We welcome your comments and questions about the financial life of the church. We appreciate the financial commitment you have made to All Souls Church, and strive to use your funds responsibly. We would appreciate it if you would obtain and return your pledge form if you are comfortable doing so. If we don’t hear from you in the coming weeks, someone from the Finance Committee will contact you to discuss your pledge. Thank you for your generosity!
The Finance Committee
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Winter Spiritual Retreat
Fri Feb 28th 6-8:30 & Sat March 1st 9-5):
Exploring, Reclaiming, & Rejecting our Religious Past
In what we are hoping will be a regular part of our church life, on Friday night Feb 28th from 6 to 8:30 we will begin a reflective spiritual weekend retreat. Most of the next Saturday March 1st from 9 to 5 we will be gathering, breaking, eating, and sharing on the topic of our own particular religious journey. Exercises will mix with silent and group reflections on how and whom we have become, and how that connects to where we came from, and are now. It is strongly encouraged that all participants be able to make the entire time.
You can come for whatever part of it you can make, but encouraged not to just drop in for a short amount. It's free, you don't need to bring anything. Snacks provided throughout, lunch provided Saturday. You don't need to commit, but I would like a sense of how many might come, so let us know if you are thinking of coming – that would be helpful.
Email the office
ATTENTION CHOCOLATE LOVERS!
ATTENTION MURDER MYSTERY FANS!
You’re Invited to
A Chocolate Affair
A Chocolate Murder Mystery
Come for a fun who-done-it and plenty of
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Written and Produced by
Wayne Braverman and Kathleen Benjamin
Admission - suggested donation
Reserve your seats HERE
Welcome to Goodbars’ Chocolate Affair
At the Sky Bar
on the Corner of
5th Avenue and Ghiradelli Square
Hosted by the M&M Girls
Candi, CoCo, Carmela, and Cinnamon
You are cordially invited to take a tour
during the Grand Opening of
Godiva’s Candy Land
All Souls Church Parish Hall 196 Elm Street Braintree
Performance Starts at 7pm Doors open at 6:30pm
www.allsoulsbraintree.org 781 843-1388
The Pareil Family:
Mr. and Mrs. Good and Plenty Pareil own and operate Pareil’s Chocolate Works, a small family business. They have two daughters, Lady Godiva and Truffles, who grew up working in this chocolate business. Lady Godiva is married to Zagnut Goodbar and Truffles is married to Zero Lindt. Good and Plenty are unable to attend the event tonight because they have graciously offered to baby sit their granddaughter, Baby Ruth.
The Non-Pareils include:
Mr. and Mrs. Reese and BonBon Goodbar, owned and operated the Goodbar’s Candy Company and upon retiring, left the business to their sons, Zagnut and Cadbury. Because Zagnut had the most interest in the business, he received control of the company while Cadbury, having little interest in the business, opted to receive a monthly stipend from the business. Reese and BonBon are attending the Jr. Mint Convention this month and are unable to attend this event.
Zagnut and Lady Godiva Goodbar established a high-end chocolate corporation comprising of Zagnut’s family-owned Goodbar’s Candy Company, (inherited from his parents) and Godiva’s Candy Land – a Chocolate Theme Park - where all
your sweet dreams come true (financed through an anonymous donor). Zagnut is a friendly, easy-going, typically mild-mannered, hard-working, creative and handsome man. Lady Godiva radiates beauty: she is patient and kind, supportive and loving, and admired by many. Zagnut and Lady Godiva have developed a rich life – both in business and in home. They are a loving couple who adores Baby Ruth, their parents and siblings. They are intelligent, hard-working and creative.
Cadbury has little interest in working at the family business (or anywhere for that matter), yet he is a trusted confidant to his brother. He is easy-going, popular with the women, and lives a vicarious life.
Zero Lindt who does not come from a chocolate family, is the owner and operator of Lindt’s Dry Cleaning Company, a small family-owned business whose motto is “Come to Lindt’s Dry Cleaning Company where you will find Zero Lindt.” He is married to Truffles Lindt. Truffles still works with her family at Pareil’s Chocolate Works. What more can we say?
Melky Way is a very wealthy, successful, famous, opinionated arrogant, and toffee-nosed (AKA snobby), international entrepreneur; known to his worker’s affectionately as Bosco.
Mayor P.T. Butterfingers is a powerful and corrupt mayor of Chocolateville. Can be bought for hugs and kisses and likes large-size pay days.
Armand Joy a divorced, gregarious, life-of-the-party- kind-of-guy and likes to be the center of attention. He is the owner of Sugar Daddy’s Candy Store on Necko Wafer Drive.
Chocolata LaTay is a beautiful and elegant, rich divorcee and socialite. She has no real life of her own other than to gossip and have men’s heads turn to her. She’s the party busy-body.
Limited seating available.
Rescheduled from February 15
Rescheduled from February 15