The congregation's sympathy and thoughts of comfort is extended to Jen and Wayne Politsch
on the death of Jen's mother, Joanne Werner, on August 10th.
A private service for Mrs. Werner was held on August 18th in Marissa, IL.

Church This Week

Newsletter Deadline is on the 15 of each month.
Send info. to Dorothy Wilson and to Becky Green at church.

Sunday, August 20
August Theme - The Ways of Knowing

10:00 am   Service:  "Our General Assembly Experience" Dee Evans and Ruth Maskow

Religious Education - Children and Youth
Elementary RE - The children will start in the sanctuary at 10:00.
Parents will pick up K-2nd grade children at 11:15.
Nursery services are available for children 5 years of age and younger.

Adult Religious Education
11:00 am   "The Seekers" in Emerson Place
The Seekers is a discussion group that engages in a more in-depth discussion of that day's sermon and the monthly topic.
Everyone is welcome to join our always lively and loving exchange of ideas, support, and encouragement.
It's a great way to get to know your fellow congregants and to get a deeper understanding of the lessons we are learning.

Coffee Hour Note:  After any event with snacks and beverages,
all food waste should be bagged and taken outside to the trash cans
so that we don't attract animal visitors that can damage the church.

Fragrance Free Zones Reminder for our Services:
To create a safe place for all our congregants, we are creating a "fragrance free" zone in the sanctuary.
More and more people are reporting sensitivities to fragrances,
and may having life-threatening or debilitating reactions to "smell good" scents.

We will be marking the first few pews near the piano as "fragrance free" zones.
If you are wearing cologne, perfume, after-shave, or use soaps, shampoos, or
lotions with fragrances, please refrain from sitting in or near those pews.

Here is just one of many links to more information about fragrance and multiple chemical sensitivities.

Church Next Week

Wednesday, August 23
6:30 pm
Healing Energy Meditation by the fireplace
Fellowship and a couple hours of peaceful presence - sound good?
Join us in our journey to the center of ourselves.
Would you like to learn how to meditate? Or just curious?
We are still hoping to have a meditation class,
but it's not finalized just yet, more to come!

Saturday, August 26
11:00 am
4th Saturday Personal Care Item Distribution
Our church's personal care item distribution on the 4th Saturday of every month
is an important part of our outreach to the community.
Your help, as a member or friend of this church, is needed to keep this outreach effort going
by keeping our shelves stocked with needed items.

In July we gave out most everything we had.
Our next distribution will be on August 26
and donations of the following basic care items
would be greatly appreciated:

Toilet paper, shampoo, deodorant, body wash,
tooth paste, shaving cream, razors,
baby wipes, dish detergent, laundry detergent.

Bringing in your donations early in August would be very helpful
so we can better plan for distribution.

Thank you, Mary

The August Newsletter, full of new and useful information, is now available
on the church website at

Please look it up to stay up to date with church information.
Printed copies are available at church.

To Contact our Minister, Amy Brooks or 217-204-7377

Pastoral Associates

Experiencing a time of crises or simply need a listening ear?  Pastoral Associates support the Minister
in responding to the life struggles of individual members and families.  If you are need of support
due to illness, grief, dying, accidents, isolation, or other difficult life experiences,
please contact Rev. Fortune or one of the Pastoral Associates for care and support.
Conversations with the Minister and Pastoral Associates are always confidential.
Information will only be shared with explicit permission from those receiving care.

Our Pastoral Associates are
Marcia Custer
Sandy Shaner
Nan Adams
Ruth Maskow

Please sign up to volunteer for:
Coffee Hour beverages every Sunday
Volunteers to prepare and to clean up
Usher Duties

Thank you,
Becky Green, Church Administrator
First Unitarian Church of Alton

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