Church This Week

Monday, March 27
6:30 pm by the Fireplace
Healing Energy Meditation
Powerful guided mediations, words of wisdom, beautiful music, laughter, chanting, sharing,
exploring the many paths to connect with the Light and to experience and
Bless the Interdependent Web of Life. We bring no answers, only open minds and questing hearts.

Sunday, April 2
April Theme - NATURE

10:00 am   Service:  Sabrina Trupia   "You are Here"
Worship Associate:  Robin Crane

There will be NO Religious Education for Children this Sunday

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.

11:15 am   Potluck Lunch
Come, enjoy good food and fellowship with your UU church community!  All are welcome!

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, April 5
12:00 noon
Community Lenten Services
The Rev. David Goins, pastor of Morningstar Missionary Baptist Church, will be preaching at our church.
We will be responsible for doing a soup, sandwich, and dessert lunch for perhaps 50 people.
Volunteers will be needed for a variety of tasks.

Once again our church is participating in the Alton Community Wednesday Lenten Services
organized by Church Women United.  All the worship services begin at 12:00 noon
followed by a lunch at 12:30 put on by the host church.
The cost for the lunch is $5.00 per person, and a free-will offering is also taken to be divided
between the 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 Good Friday, April 14, at noon, Rev. Dawn will be preaching at the Greater St. James Baptist Church,
2016 Belle St. in Alton.  Dawn would probably like to see some familiar faces in the audience.

Wednesday, April 5
6:30 to 7:30 pm
Fellow Book Lovers!
Join us for a lively discussion of "The Tribe" by Sebastian Junger

If you are interested, please contact Nancy Conniff or Phil Embree.

Thursday, April 6
11:30 am
Anna Ds Women's Alliance
With the threat of snow passed, it's time to get back to our rotating locations.
Last Thursday at our last winter lunch, we talked about where we would like to go
beginning in April (and United Methodist Village, Meridian Village, Maryville Winery,
Fazzi's were quick suggestions). The result of that conversation was
that I checked with Loralei about options at United Methodist Village and
Ginger checked with the folks at Meridian Village.

Based on those conversations, we'll be at Evergreen Restaurant at Meridian Village at 11:30
on April 6.  A table for 14 has been reserved and, as you may remember,
payment is by cash only and there is no tipping.
The address is 101 Evergreen Lane in Glen Carbon and
the main phone number for the Village is 288-3700.
Please email Ginger by Monday, April 3rd.

Then you may want to mark your calendar for May 4 when we'll meet at United Methodist Village.
I'll send out a reminder before that meeting so no need to worry about details just yet.

Eliot Women's Weekend April 21 - 23
The long tradition continues - Eliot Chapel is again sponsoring a time
to retreat, relax, and find community among other women.

Women's Weekend will take place April 21 - 23, 2017 at Toddhall Retreat Center in Columbia.
This event features a wonderful variety of workshops, Sunday service, a White Elephant Sale,
a BYOB Wine Tasting, massage, icebreaker and board games, great food, line dancing,
bonfire and songs, and time for relaxation and socializing.

The 2017 theme is Hearts, Hands and Hope.
This retreat is open to all UU women and friends.
We especially invite women from First Unitarian Church of Alton.

Registration is now open and continues through Sunday April 2, 2017 at

The April 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.

The Board of Trustees of the First Unitarian Church of Alton would like to announce
the members of our new ministerial search team:

Tracey Howe-Koch,
Patricia Murrell, and
Christopher Strangeman

In these times, our church and faith are so important, providing a refuge, guidance, and opportunities
to work in community for a better world. We so appreciate these individuals' willingness
to help our congregation be the community we aspire to be.

The board has decided that we will look for a half-time minister for next year.
This decision is largely financial; that is the level we can reach
while still offering fair compensation for the position.
Because of this, we'll be looking for a contract minister.
This would not be a "calling" of a minister though we would be able to do that
in a few years if the minister works out and we're financially able.

Because of the narrowing of scope of the search and the work that has previously been done,
we feel that a three person team could handle this.
Organizational people at the UUA recommended the same.

We plan to have our new minister start August 1, 2017.

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

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

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