Church This Week

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 23-25
PrideFest 2017 will be held from June 23rd-25th, 2017
at Soldiers Memorial Park in Downtown St. Louis, MO

Hours of operation are as follows:

Friday, June 23rd: 4:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Saturday, June 24th: 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Sunday, June 25th: 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM

PrideFest Float decorating will be taking place on Saturday, June 24 from 3-5pm at First U St Louis.
First U St. Louis' Young Adult leader, Claire, will be facilitating this event.
All are welcome to join in!

A Special Service will be held at 10:00 am at First Unitarian Church of St. Louis.
Please arrive by 9:30 am

At 11:00 am, we will be taking metro link to the Parade.

The parade will take place on Sunday, June 25th, 2017 at 12:00 PM noon.
The festival grounds open one hour earlier at 11:00 AM.

The theme for PrideFest 2017 is "Community Proud"

Sign Up Here:

Saturday, June 24
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.

Items Needed for JUNE:
The following Personal Care items are needed for distributing on Saturday June 24.
Toilet paper, Shampoo, Deodorant, Body wash, Hand lotion, Baby wipes,
Diapers (size 3 and 5), Laundry detergent, Dish detergent (for washing by hand, not machine),
Counter cleaner wipes.  Also, donations of children's books (new or gently used)
would be appreciated as well as reusable tote bags
(like the kind you can buy inexpensively at the grocery store).

Sunday, June 25
June Theme - Resilience

10:00 am   Service:  Kayci Combs-Lueker and Worship Associate:  Robert Kokenyesi

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 5 years of age and younger.

No Adult Religious Education this week

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, June 28
Due to so many members being unable to attend,
the Healing Energy group will not meet again until August 9th

The June 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.

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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