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First United Presbyterian Church
Wednesday March 4, 2015

2 - Office Closed
4 - Red Cross Blood Drive
     UPtown Dinner & Activities
8 - Lunch/ Baby Shower for Ashley Young
11 - UPtown Dinner & Activities
12 - Session
15 - Coffee for French's Anniversary
18 - UPtown Dinner & Activities
22 - Confirmands meet with Session
23 - 1st Anniversary of Pastor Jeff's Installation
25 - UPtown Dinner & Activities
29 - Palm Sunday
      Confirmation with Reception after Worship



What are the colors of the dress?  This simple question sparked a large conversation in many social media sites across the internet.  Most of it was fun and lighthearted.  Unfortunately, some of the conversations were not so.  But, it did bring to mind the issue that assails us every day.  Perception.  Specifically in this case, how we see color in our world.  (One of my dear friends is color blind, very much seeing the world in gray scale, and trying to adapt to world that uses color for so many things. It’s best not to let him drive if the stoplights are hung sideways, and watch out for those 7, 8, and 9 multi turn lights).  Look at how heated some of these discussions became, simply over a dress and its colors.

I bring up this issue, because the very nature of perception is one of the key factors in existing together.  We all have our own perceptions.  They are shaped over time based on our friends and family, our experiences, our learning, our views of one leader over another, and so many other aspects.  The problem comes when we decide that our perception is the only correct perception, and anyone else is simply wrong.  Several research articles suggested that in the case of the color of the dress that about 25% of people are tetrachromats (having 4 types of cones in the eyes and able to differentiate a wider variety of colors), while nearly 50% of people are trichromats, and 25% are dichromats.  Hence, we have a large split in the perception of the colors of the dress.

In a similar manner this is representative of much of our lives.  Politically, socially, and theologically we tend to fall in certain groupings.  Ultimately, this is not a bad thing.  Except when reality happens and we are faced with the results of our political, social, and theological views.  Look at wide variety of churches and denominations of Christianity in the United States alone.  Look at our political system that is currently very divisive.  Look at the struggles and outrage over social issues. 

The saddest part is that these are not new.  Just read the Bible to see how far we have not come.  Then remember that what is in the Bible was not new to humanity when it happened.  And so, we come to the great issues that divide the church locally, regionally, and nationally.  Our perceptions of what is right and wrong continue to separate us often causing painful rifts.  My perception is that God is always greater than anything that seeks to tear us apart.  But, we are called to fully trust in that, and that is the problem, because we cannot agree on how we perceive God to be greater.  And, we continue to assure ourselves that God perceives exactly as we do.

There is hope for all of us.  Jesus Christ.  There is always hope, for Christ was before all of us, Christ was with us, Christ is with us, and Christ will be forevermore.

Blessings and Peace,

Pastor Jeff


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Lyle Hill
P.O. Box 336
Sparta, IL  62286

Announcing Bennett Ethan Hunt, born Feb. 28th to Jana & Kyle Hunt.  He is the grandson of Steve & Barb Esker, great grandson of Rod & Thilerna French.  They wish to thank the congregation for all their prayers. Bennet weighed 7 lbs. and was 20" long.
Our Spring Trivia Night/Silent Auction is just around the corner.  It will be held on Wednesday, April 22 with a chili dinner to be served from 5:30-7 PM.  This is a Youth sponsored event, with the Youth deciding to contribute all proceeds to the Capital Needs fund drive!  Trivia starts at 7 PM.  Carol McFall and her team will be preparing the trivia for us.  Debbie is happily accept any silent auction donations.  We are planning a fun-filled evening!  Please plan to come!

FYI:  1st UPtown Dinners are hosted as follows:
1st Wed. - Youth
2nd Wed. - Fellowship
3rd Wed. - Linda Kunz
4th Wed. - Elders/Deacons alternate (Elders in March)
5th Wed. - Pot Luck 
Dinner is ready at 6 PM and activities include Bible Study, Bell Choir, Sanctuary Singers.  Everyone is welcome to join us!

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME begins Sunday, March 8th!!!

Robert Field, long time member and architect of our church sanctuary will turn 90 on March 12th.  If you would be interested in sending a card to honor this special day, you can mail it to 140 Briar Ridge, Collinsville.

Rod & Thilerna French are being honored by their family at the morning coffee on Sunday, March 15th for their 65th anniversary.  Please join them at 8:45-9:55 AM for thie lovely tribute.


A joint meeting with Deacons and Elders was held on February 12.  The Sessionj meetings now include a Devotional and Leadership Education section offering time for reflection and discernment in the leading of the congregation.  We are undergoing some changes in the format of the Session meetings to make them more concise and more meaningful.

Discipleship gave us a calendar of events for the upcoming months that is designed to bring greater fellowship between our members.  Please plan on attending these events.  If you haven't had a 3rd Wednesday meal hosted by Linda and Brad Kunz, you are really in for a treat!
The church sign has been installed, there have been a few "glitches" but we hope to have it running very soon.  We will make the first payment on March 15.

As Pastor Jeff seys, "Our Church is Under Construction".  The committees are working hard to address both the needs of our church and the needs of our community.  If you have any questions or suggestion, please talk with an Elder or Pastor Jeff.

Jodee Kleb, Clerk of Session

The Christian Ed Committee is requesting your help in teaching Sunday School!  More teachers are needed for our classes at 9 AM on Sunday mornings.  Please consider offering your help.  See Jodi, Jeri, Bonnie, or Ashley or sign up on the Children's bulletin board.
Weekly Worship Opportunities
Sunday Morning Worship
Sunday Service:
Coffee 8:45 - 9:45
Sunday School 9:00
Worship Service 10:00
Our previous Sunday’s worship service is broadcast on Charter Cable Channels 18 & 994 at 11:00 a.m. on Friday mornings.
Please email Birthday Updates to: or call 344-1109
1 - Armand Kleb; 5 - Rod French, Jerilyn Howard, Joe Muniz; 6 - Kris Laubenthal; 7 - Brendan Calandro; 8 - Ashley Young; 9 - Mia Muniz; 10 - John Finke; 11 - Paul Laubenthal; 12 - Bob Field, Kelly Cummins-Brown; 18 - Mary Lee Muniz, Joe Smith; Lloyd Shaw; 22 - Matt Cleland; 23 - Jeff Young; 24 - Thilerna French; 29 - Mary Beth Dellamano. 
Please email Anniversary Updates to: or call 344-1109
1 - Todd & Judy Tillman; 10 - Rod & Thilerna French; 24 - Jason & Lyndsay Cardinal.

We Lift Up in Prayer to God…
Please email your prayer concerns and updates to: or call 344-1109
Sammye Lowell, Sarah Ross, Evelyn Bourassa, Raymond Adams, Rosemary Seper, Herbert Moore, Tom & Nancy Patterson, Bobby Finke, Virginia & Albert Odom.

If you want information printed in the April 2015 Presenter please send your information to the office by Monday, Monday, April 27th.
Please Remember
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Men's Lunch
Retired Men's Lunch and Social Hour every Thursday at 12:00 noon at Denny's Collinsville.  Please join us.
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Dear FUPC, We are so grateful for the donation of 21 boxes of granola bars, 11 boxes of sandwich bags, 35 packages of fruit cups, 1 grape jelly and 1 package of brown bags, that you have collected in support of this ministry.  We could not help the families of the Collinsville area without your support.  
Yours, in Christ, Dana Callahan, SOS Soup Kitchen

A BIG THANK YOU to Al & Mark Nicol for repairing the church snowblower & clearing the walks after our snowstorm on Feb. 28th.  Also, for all the other work they have done around the church the last few months. All this work is truly appreciated!
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201 E. Church Street
Collinsville, Illinois
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