UUANI is supporting the FAIR TAX for ILLINOIS.
Join us at the Town Hall, Wednesday, December 13, at 6:30 PM at Caritas
900 Royal Heights Road, Belleville, Illinois 62226.
If you want to car pool, please call Dee Evans.

The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
(UUSC) has brought back their Guest At Your Table boxes.
This year s theme is Small Change is Big Change!
Please take a box (at church) and collect any spare change you have through the month of December.
The UUSC partners with over 75 grassroots organizations to advance human rights,
environmental justice, assist refugees and immigrants and to help LGBTQI asylum-seekers thrive.
Please find more information at www.uusc.org/guest.   We will collect the boxes in January.
Thank you!

Church This Week

Tuesday, December 12
7:00 pm
Board Meeting

Thursday, December 14
11:30 am
Men's Monthly Lunch
The men's lunch bunch (Retired old Men Eating Out)
meets on the second Thursday of each month.
Join us at the Best Buffet at 615 Wesley Dr. in Wood River.
All men in our church are invited (retired or working, old, or not).
For further information contact Paul Herbert.

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

Sunday, December 17
December Theme — Giving and Receiving

10:00 am   Service:  Pastor Amy Brooks
Worship Associate:  Sabrina Trupia

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:
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

Saturday, December 23
11:00 am
4th Saturday Personal Care Item Distribution
Please support our church's community outreach by donating to our personal care inventory.

Each month we need laundry detergent, toilet paper, shampoo, body wash,
deodorant, hand lotion, shaving cream, baby wipes ( free and clear ),
dish detergent (for hand washing dishes).

Donations of reusable tote bags (like what you can buy at grocery stores) would be appreciated.

In addition to handing out personal care items on December 23rd,
we are having a coat drive for our patrons. Please bring any type of coats
you are ready to let go of to church and hang them on the coat rack in the foyer
(it is labeled). Having them cleaned and on a hangar is also appreciated.

We are also planning on providing extra items for folks on December 23rd,
including toys, etc, for the children. If you would like to donate cash/checks
to this cause, please either mail to Becky at church (with a note on the check for 4th Saturday),
or place in the offering in an envelope labeled "4th Saturday"
so that funds can go directly to this program. If you have any questions,
please contact Paula LaFond on Facebook messenger, via email, or by phone.

Stay tuned for more specific information on what will be needed.

The December 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.


To Contact our Minister, Amy Brooks

thisisamybrooks@gmail.com or 217-204-7377


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


Thank you,
Becky Green, Church Administrator
First Unitarian Church of Alton
church@firstuualton.org
www.firstuualton.org


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