Church This Week

Monday, May 22
6:30 pm  by the Fireplace
Healing Energy Meditation
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!
Please join us.


Thursday, May 25
7:00 pm
Board Meeting

Saturday, May 27
11:00 am
4th Saturday Personal Care Item Distribution
Please remember our neighbors who struggle in today's economy - your donations of toilet paper,
detergent, baby wipes, shaving cream, African American hair products, liquid dish soap,
laundry detergent, deodorant, shampoo, diapers, etc. - some of the necessities of life
which are not covered by SNAP - make a real difference in their lives.
We always provide some food and drinks for everyone as well.
A big "thank you" to all who donated and to those who did the work.

There is a bin at the bottom of the stairs for you to put your donations
or find someone to carry them down for you.
The Dollar Tree stores are a great place to purchase items needed
for this community service activity of the church.?

Sunday, May 28
May Theme - WITNESS

10:00 am   Service:  Dee Evans
Worship Associate:  Joy Hoeft

10:00 am   Religious Education - Children and Youth
No RE - The children will be in the sanctuary with everyone else at 10:00.
Nursery services are available for children under 4 years of age.

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.
http://www.webmd.com/allergies/features/fragrance-allergies-a-sensory-assault?page=2

Church Next Week

Thursday, June 1
11:30 am
Anna Ds Women's Alliance

Sunday, June 4
Annual Congregational Meeting
Our annual meeting will be on Sunday, June 4th at 11:15.  Please try to attend.


PLEDGE UPDATE:

Dear UU Friends,  thank you everyone that pledged so far.
Given those pledges, we may have some hard decisions to make regarding next year.
Those of you who have not yet pledged have the power to change this picture.
In fact, those of you who have pledged and can do more can change this picture.
We need a $140,000 to do an RE leader, we need $120,000 to have a part time minister.
We have $92,000 so far.  The future is up to all of us.


The May Newsletter, full of new and useful information, is now available
on the church website at www.firstuualton.org.

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


Rev. Dawn Fortune

If you'd like to meet with me, the best days are Wednesdays and Thursdays
when I have regular office hours, although I recommend making an appointment
so things don't overlap. I can also sometimes meet on Fridays or Saturdays,
depending on my schedule, so if midweek doesn't work for you,
let me know and I'll flex to make things fit.

As always, you can get in touch with me at my cell phone (314) 399-1023
or at my church email revdawnfortune@gmail.com.


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


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
church@firstuualton.org
www.firstuualton.org


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