All Souls Bethlehem Church
Join us! Sunday morningS at 10:45 am
We are the cozy house church at 566 East 7th Street (between Cortelyou and Ditmas) in the Kensington neighborhood of Brooklyn. WE HAVE STARTED IN-HOUSE SERVICES AGAIN! And we are continuing to stream live to our FACEBOOK PAGE for those of you that cannot be with us in person www.facebook.com/groups/allsoulsbethlehem. We are an open and affirming community, we celebrate the worth and dignity of ALL God’s people and each person’s search for truth and meaning in a non-dogmatic and friendly atmosphere. We worship through music, prayer, communal joys and concerns, and dynamic sermons.
COMMEMORATING THOSE LOST TO THE PANDEMIC AND CELEBRATING THEIR LIVES
Cover Image (Painting by congregant Barbara Hoffrenning): Oritt Stephen Everett was born on October 22, 1927 in La Ceiba, Honduras died of Covid April 9th 2020, Aida Mercedes Suazo Everett was born on October 29, 1927 in Santo Domingo died because of Covid April 20, 2020. Parents and grandparents to congregants at ASBC. To learn more about them go to our "History Page." and view quilt squares created in their honor for the National Covid Quilt, created by Denise Lassen.
Times are tough and we are
in the storm.
The Little House Church in BrooklYn
We are ASBC, the little house church in Brooklyn with a big heart, a sense of humor, and a passion for the sacred, the arts, and social justice. A multi-faith community, we are connected to the Unitarian Universalist Association, the United Church of Christ, and the Disciples of Christ.
“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139)
We take God’s love seriously and ALL ARE WELCOME, no matter your race, ethnicity, religious beliefs, difference in ability, gender identification or non-identification, or sexual orientation.
"God is Still Speaking,”
Rooted in the Hebrew scriptures and the teachings of Jesus, we incorporate other faith traditions and the wisdom of prophetic voices from psychology, science, Womanist and Black Liberation Theology, Native American and earth centered spirituality. Experience ASBC’s raucous and fun "Passing of the Peace" and our heartfelt sharing of joys and concerns followed by a pastoral prayer.
“The only thing better than singing
is more singing.” (Ella Fitzgerald)
And we love to sing! We enrich worship through musical diversity from traditional hymns and spirituals to blues, jazz, gospel, classical and contemporary music led by our own artists and professional guests.
“We come from the creator with creativity.” (Maya Angelou)
We honor the arts—music, painting, writing, photography, and film—as integral to spiritual expression and nourishment. At ASBC, we present two monthly “open mics,” to which the public is invited to share their music and poetry. Once a month, we host Movie Night. Other activities include a twice monthly Bible Study and a Game Night at a local café, as well as sponsored trips to museums, concerts and exhibits.
TikkuN Olam (Repairing the World)
These challenging times have lit a fire in our bellies for more action, activism, and aid. Recent initiatives include:
Member of the New Sanctuary Coalition
Safe climate for a better future
Food for the hungry in Times Square
NY Cares Coat Drive
Raise the Age
Close Rikers Island
Poor People's Campaign
Co-Sponsor for "Why the 2020 Census Matters" Forum
Help for those struggling with poverty and mental illness
Come Through our Door
Whatever it is you are looking for—reflection, connection, prayer, insight, a chance to slow down and breathe, or ways to repair the world, we invite you to come through the door. Get to know us. Stop by on Sunday for worship and a cup of coffee.
Sunday Service on October 9th, 2022 will be from 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EDT.
Abigail Hastings will lead worship
"We’re lighting candles against the darkness as we lean into Shakespeare’s words that the light of a candle “shines a good deed in a naughty world” — and what a naughty world indeed we have these days. Abigail Hastings will revisit the words of Jeremiah to the exiles (the unwelcome “just bloom where you are planted” ones) in a sermon titled, “A Light in the (Naughty World) Darkness.” (A. H.)
Hastings is a writer, editor, event coordinator, occasional preacher and most of all, a “Tex Yorker” — growing up in Dallas in a family of Baptist ministers where she was at church every day but Tuesday, she moved to (back then) rough-and-tumble Soho in 1978. Hastings worked for a variety of not-for-profits — including the PCUSA, the Coalition for Baptist Principles and a drug policy reform group. She occasionally dips into her theater background to produce showcase plays and musicals. She’s taught a creative writing class to women inmates at Bedford Hills. Hastings joined Judson Memorial Church in 1987, then very pregnant with her son Nate, and in addition to being a “church lady” there, she loves working on Judson archives and history. These days she writes reports related to keeping an out-of-status immigrant in the country—and sadly, has entered the world of Instagram with posts of Henry, a rescue dog who has a lot to say (@uneedalittlehenry).
Debbie Deane will provide the music.
Services are continuing to be broadcast live via our Facebook page.
Come and Join us for Worship
"Wherever You Are On Life's Journey, You Are Always Welcome Here."
“Philosophy is written in this grand book, the universe, which stands continually open to our gaze. But the book cannot be understood unless one first learns to comprehend the language and read the letters in which it is composed."
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