Church This Week

Saturday, February 25
11:00 am
4th Saturday Personal Care Distribution
We will again be distributing personal care items on Saturday, Feb. 25.
We have had generous contributions each month,
but each month we also give away between 200 and 300 individual items.
The following are especially needed for February:

African American hair products, Baby wipes, Disinfecting wipes for counters,
Lotion, Shampoo, Shaving cream, Toilet paper.
As our inventory changes each month, the list of needed items changes,
so each month our requests to you may be for different personal care items.

Sunday, February 26
February Theme - GRACE

10:00 am   Service:  Kayci Combs-Lueker  Worship Associate:  Dorothy Wilson

10:00 am   Religious Education - Children and Youth
The children will start in the sanctuary with everyone else at 10:00.
Then after the Story for all ages, the congregation will sing them out to their classes.
RE classes usually last 45- 60. The Youth Group may go a little longer,
and the Elementary Class may go a little less.

Parents need to be reminded that they need to come get their kids
from the Elementary classroom if they are in third grade and under.


Adult Religious Education
11:00 am   "The Seekers" in Emerson Place
The Seekers is a discussion group that follows the theme of the month.
The theme this month is Reason. Come join our always lively
and loving exchange of ideas, support, and encouragement


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

Monday, February 27
6:30 pm  by the Fireplace
Healing Energy Meditation
Our group is growing and attracting new people.
Please join us for meditation and fellowship, and maybe, just maybe,
benefit the Interconnected Web of Life of which we are a part.


Wednesday, March 1
6:30 to 7:30 pm
Fellow Book Lovers!
In the Wuerker Room
Join us for a lively discussion of "The Tribe" by Sebastian Junger
http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/05/29/books/review/sebastian-jungers-tribe.html
If you are interested, please contact Nancy Conniff or Phil Embree.

Thursday, March 3
11:30 am
Anna Ds - Women's Alliance
Our winter schedule is in effect, meaning we have a "come as you are", gathering
at 11:30 at Best Buffet in Wood River on the hill across from Wood River Wal-Mart;
the formal address is 615 Wesley Drive and the phone number is 618-258-1888.
They are always open, we don't need a reservation and won't disappoint anyone if 2 or 12 arrive.
If the weather is good, please come and join us.
If the weather turns sour or is predicted to do so,
stay safe and warm at home.
If you can make, please remember to bring canned food for the food pantry!
If you have questions or information you'd like circulated to the group, just let Sandy know.


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

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


Announcement:
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 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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