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First United Presbyterian Church
Friday August 4, 2017


Finding Ourselves

This Tuesday was a busy evening for the church, the building and the people.  Every Tuesday has plenty going on in the building with the Food Pantry, S.O.S. Soup Kitchen, and the Thrift Shop.  But this Tuesday was the Food Pantry, S.O.S., and VBS.  The beauty of this night was the amount of volunteers we had working and that in no way were any of the ministries tripping over one another.  In addition, all of the ministries were tied together in one way or another.  Thank you to everyone who is helping to make this possible.  It takes the donation of supplies and funds, volunteers to teach and serve, and many prayers.  Several months ago we had another busy night in the building that we managed to navigate.  Along with the Food Pantry and S.O.S., we were a polling place and we had a Bible Study. 

These are nights that make me proud of this congregation, and pleased with our direction.  There is a lot of work and dedication that goes into making the church a welcoming, living place to encounter Christ.  I have expressed before that this building is not the Church, but rather it is what happens within, and outside, of our walls that makes the Church.  It is us working together, each in our own way and capacity.  I believe that we are a church for the community, and as such, the building is a space for the community.  I also believe that the building should be used as often as possible and by more than just the congregation.  But this too takes much work.

As you have recently heard, we will be beginning a pledge drive to support necessary and important repairs and maintenance to the facility.  It is in our work toward this where we may find ourselves, and our mission.  Since my arrival we have made plenty of changes in the building.  I fully hold that these have done much to help us grow, as well as better engage the community.  Now we face the reality of the upkeep and preservation of the building and its ministries.  Our decisions, and capabilities, to fund these projects will speak volumes to our way forward and vision of growth.    

I ask that you prayerfully consider the future of the congregation, and your part in it.  I look forward to our next steps as we expand our sharing of the Good news with our friends and neighbors.

Pastor Jeff

Fellow Church Members:
The Property & Grounds Committee has identified several problems that need to be addressed soon.  Two of the doors to Westminster Hall are inoperable and need to be replaced.  The roof on the Education Building is near the end of its expected life and needs to be replaced.  The tile in Westminster Hall is starting to crack and break and needs to be replaced.  The total estimated cost of these repairs is $125,000.  The balance in the Capital Needs account is approximately $8900, which is not enough to complete any of these projects.

At its July meeting, Session approved a special fund drive to raise money for these repairs.  We are asking for members to make a pledge to be paid over three years to cover the cost, pledges to be paid in full by December 31, 2020.  

You will shortly be receiving a letter with enclosed pledge card and return envelope.  We ask that you prayerfully consider this request and send us your pledge by August 31.  Once all pledges have been received, we will evaluate how we will proceed.  

Thank you for your continuing support of the First United Presbyterian Church of Collinsville.

In Christ,
Warren A. Carter, Chairman
Property & Grounds Committee

New Hymnals

Session has approved the purchase of new hymnals for the sanctuary and the chapel.  This new hymnal, Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal, published in 2013, contains 853 hymns, psalms, and songs. About 400 hymns are carried over from the 1990 blue hymnal, and the more than 450 new hymns come from older Presbyterian hymnals, other songbooks, and individual composers and authors.

Glory to God includes a complete Psalter of singable Psalms and enough music for a complete Taizé service. There are liturgical texts to serve as a model for Reformed worship, and a brief note is included with each hymn, providing information about its music, theology, or history. 

Glory to God reflects the diversity of the church, incorporating many different musical styles: traditional, spirituals, folk, gospel, jazz, contemporary, and global music are all well-represented. Digital versions are also available. 

Currently we have over 200 hymnals in the sanctuary.  The decision was made to only order 110 for the sanctuary which will place one hymnal per pew back slot, a hymnal for the worship leaders, and for the choir.  Along with these hymnals we will be purchasing an accompaniment book, and a flash drive with the hymns prepared for PowerPoint.  In addition, we will be purchasing 20 hymnals and an accompaniment set for the chapel.  The total cost will be at least $2500 plus shipping costs.  The first portion of the cost, $1000, is being paid from the choir music line in the budget.  We have collected $455 of the approximate $1500 more we will need.  Placing an order before the end of the year will receive free shipping.  Thank you for your support.   


If you want information placed in the September 2017 Presenter please send it to the office by Monday, August 28.
Judy 13 Meeting

Approval of a pledge drive for funding of needed building repairs.

Approved revisions to the Building Use Form.
Weekly Worship Opportunities
Sunday Morning Worship
Sunday Service:
Coffee 7:45 - 8:45
Sunday School 9 (beginning 9/10)
Worship Service & Children's Church 10:00
Please email Birthday Updates to: office@fupcoll.org or call 344-1109

2 - Gary Childress
4 - Steve Tahsler; Opal Rost (91 yrs)
5 - Tom Ross
7 - Larry Krupp
14 - Lesley Drenkhahn; Avery Cleland
20 - Bread Kneedler
21 - Alex Stowers
24 - Regina Cundall
26 - Tony Moritz
28 - Jodi Tahsler
29 - Brian Muniz; Mason Muniz
30 - Jeannie Nicol; Brad Kunz
31 - Bryce Dellamano

My Dear Church Family,
Thank you for all your prayers, visits, and calls as I recovered from my injury.  It is truly uplifting to know my church family is with me at times like this.  What a blessing to be a part of this church full of caring members.  Bless you all, Tiddles
Please email Anniversary Updates to: office@fupcoll.org or call 344-1109

1 - Chuck & Anne Tennant8 
8 - Brian & Kelly Cummins-Brown
16 - Brian & Julie Muniz
23 - Jack & Jeri Howard
To Bryce Dellamano for achieving the Dean's list for the Spring Semester at SIU Edwardsville.

Amanda Hausman for her promotion to Zoological Manager of Birds at the St. Louis Zoo.

July 30-August 3 - HERO CENTRAL (VBS)

August 9 - Prayer Team 6p
August 10 - Session 6:30p
August 16 - 3rd Wednesday Dinner & Chapel Service 6p & 6:45p
August 23 - Prayer Team 6p
August 31 - Presbytery Meeting

September 4 - Office Closed (Labor Day)


We Lift Up in Prayer to God the following:
Houston Powell, Opal Rost, Helen Carter-Nance, Greg Larm, Diane Kleb, Jodee Kleb, Hailey Russell, Louise Nichols.
Please email your prayer concerns and updates to: office@fupcoll.org or call 344-1109

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First United Presbyterian Church

201 E. Church Street
Collinsville, Illinois
618-344-1109 Email: info@fupcoll.org