Church This Week

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

Sunday, March 18
March Theme — Evil

10:00 am  Service:  "When Evil Won't Quit"   Pastor Amy Brooks
Worship Associate:  Robin Crane

10:00 am  Religious Education - Children and Youth
The children and youth will start in the sanctuary, then will be released to their classes.
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
We have marked 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.

Church Next Week

Wednesday, March 21
12:00 Noon
Alton Community Lenten Service and Luncheon
Our church once again is participating in the Alton Community Lenten Services,
organized by Church Women United.  All the worship services begin at 12:00 noon
followed by a lunch put on by the host church at 12:30.
The lunch costs $5.00 per person (no charge for our volunteers) and a free-will offering
is also taken to be divided between Oasis Women's Shelter and the Crisis Food Center.
The host church keeps the $5.00 per person fee to use as it sees fit — usually
to pay for the food provided for the luncheon.

On Wednesday, March 21st, we will host the service and lunch.
In the pulpit will be Rev. Charles Burton from Unity Fellowship Church.
We're planning on 50 attendees at the service.

We will need volunteers for a variety of tasks on Wednesday, March 21.
Sandy Shaner has already volunteered to serve as cashier and
Pat Moore will coordinate the decorating of the sanctuary and Wuerker Room.

There is a volunteer sign-up sheet on the table in the Kate Wuerker Room
or contact Peg Flach to say you'll take one or several of the jobs listed:

-  set up: tables, cutlery, and napkins (we'll be using china dishes)
-  beverages: (coffee/tea (hot and cold)/lemonade
-  cooking up nutritious soups (veggie and non-veggie), baking yummy desserts
-  onsite: keeping the buffet table stocked
-  cleaning up (important that those folks doing
-  the set-up and food preparation do not have to do clean up too).

On Friday, (Good Friday), March 30, our Pastor, Amy Brooks, will be leading the service
at Unity Fellowship Church in Godfrey (1301 W. Delmar Ave).

Saturday, March 24
11:00 am
4th Saturday Personal Care Distribution
For anyone who would like to donate items, we are *completely* out of the following:

Laundry detergent 
Baby wipes
Men socks
Trash bags
Reusable bags
Hair oil
Pull up diapers

Things that we are dangerously low on (i.e. we don't have enough for next month's distribution):
Toilet paper
Dish soap
Body wash
Body wipes
Wash cloths
Counter wipes

Other things that would be good to have (though not necessary):
Small toys, pencils, coloring books for kids (or other fun kid things)
Golf pencils
Index cards
School supplies
Bottled water

If you want to donate money, please indicate on the check that they are for 4th Saturday. Thanks!

Sunday, March 25
9:15 am
The first UU Common Read meeting will be held at 9:15 a.m. on Sunday, March 25, 2018
in Emerson Place.  A Common Read invites participants to read and discuss the same book
in a given period of time.  A Common Read can build community in congregations and our movement
by giving diverse people a shared experience, shared language and a basis for deep, meaningful conversations.
Congregations all over the country are sharing in this experience.

Each year, the Unitarian Universalist Common Read is chosen by a committee including both headquarters
and field staff of the UUA.  . . . After much deliberation,
the Common Read Selection Committee has chosen TWO books for this year's Common Read:

edited by Mitra Rahnema (Skinner House 2017) which centers the stories,
analyses and insights of a number of Unitarian Universalist religious professionals of color
as they explore how racial identity is made both visible and invisible in Unitarian Universalist communities.


by Frances Moore Lappe and Adam Eichen (Beacon Press, 2017) lifts up the importance of democracy itself.
It examines the anti-democracy movement that has led to the Trump presidency,
then offers a vision and call to action to save our democracy and to take our civic life to a place it has never been.

Both of these books have UU-prepared discussion guides.

On March 25, we would like to choose one of the books to begin with, and then download the study guide for that book.
Then we need to plan our next meeting (perhaps once per month?)

Ruth M.

Saturday, April 14
9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Social Justice---"In the face of persistent injustice, the world will come apart."
Dr. John Clinton McCann.

The UUANI April 14 meeting in Springfield, Ill. is from 9:30 to 3:30.
Unite with UUs from Central Illinois to learn how to live our values outside the church door.
There will be a session on running a successful voter registration campaign.
E-mail/call Dee Evans to join a car pool.

Sunday, April 15, 2018 -Break the Silence Sunday -
A time for the church to learn together about the realities of rape and sexual violence;
about ways to create a community where survivors can share their stories and receive
support, hope, and love; and to prayerfully consider ways in which they can be advocates
for change in their communities, and around the world.

Please contact Amy if you are available to help lead this service and/or
if you are a survivor who wishes to share your story during this service.

This service will NOT be recorded for sharing on the internet.

Friends, please consider how you can support the following important event.

April 27th-29th Reclaim:  A Black Lives of UU Revival
The event invites attendees to explore how Black Heritage is intwined
with the principles and ideals of Unitarian Universalism.

April 27th-29th in Kansas City
Please consider sponsoring an attendee by covering their travels
and housing accommodations directly, or through the BLUU website.

For registration and sponsorship visit

The March 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

To Contact our Religious Education Coordinator, Zippy: or phone (& text): 419-961-3164

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 Pastor Amy Brooks 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
Gerry Gilman
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

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

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