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First United Presbyterian Church
Friday April 29, 2016


Get Busy Doing

 Welcome to Spring!  It’s that wonderful time of year again, when the grass comes back (and back and back and back), the trees bloom (and drop all sorts of stuff, everywhere), the beauty of new life abounds in the flowers, and the animals bring forth new life of their own.  Oh yeah, by the way, if you have allergies, welcome to the jungle.  It is such a wonderful time to finally get out of the house and take advantage of beautiful weather.  But, it is also time to get busy doing: doing the yard (mowing and mowing and mowing and mowing), pulling weeds (and muscles), nurturing budding life of flowers and shrubs, and gumballs, oh the gumballs. 

We are also in the joyous season of Easter that blessed time of reveling in the goodness of the Resurrection.  And we too need to get busy doing; doing the work of making the Risen Christ known, not only in our actions, but with our words as we share with others the new life that abounds in Christ through the Holy Spirit.  The problem is sometimes we are too ready to run that we forget to put our feet down.  We lunge forward trying to find our footing and stumble.  But, we need to get busy doing.

Our transition and development continue.  We are looking at many ways that we can make our building more user friendly, ways in which we can utilize our God given resources to live into a new life of the church and be the embodiment of Jesus’ ministry.  All of this takes time, effort, planning, care, compassion, vision, and most importantly joy in living a Christ centered life.

 New life continues to grow in this place.  Let us together nurture a deepening faith and relationship with the Triune God, who has called us into community, and to get busy doing in our community. 

May the Joy of Easter ever fill your hearts. 

Pastor Jeff  

Trivia Night/Silent Auction is slated for Tuesday, Mary 3.  If you have any items or baskets you would like to donAte, strat bringing them to the office.  Also, a bake sale will be available.  Ticket prices are now $15 for adults and $5 for children.  There will be a nursery attendant available.  BRING YOUR FRIENDS!!!  Dinner begins at 5:30 PM and Trivia is at 7 PM.  All proceeds will go to the Capital Needs Fund. 

We are also offering raffle of a child's quilt, winner to be drawn on Trivia Night.  Tickets are $.50 each or 3 for $1.00.  Size is 50" x 60", constructed by Alice Bilderback and quilted by Bonnie Krupp. Tickets available in the Narthex or the night of Trivia.

Thanks and congratulations to all the Youth who participated in Youth Sunday on April 17th.  Sermon delivered by Avery Cleland, songs by Anna Dellamano and Josh Johann on piano, readings by Bryce Dellamano, Garrett Kneedler, Bree Dellamano, children's message by Lauren Carter and able help from Miles Cleland, Jack and Cole Benson, and Braylon Young.   Special thanks to Elizabeth Burr for organizing the affair and presentation for her 16 years Sunday School attendance and presentation of a Bible to Braylon Young. 

April, 2016 Session

 The session meeting was held on April 12th.  Pastor Jeff discussed the possibility of new pew Bibles and read from three Bible translations to show the differences in the NRSV (New Revised Standard Version), the NIV (New International Version), and the CEB ( Common English Bible). He also read the same reading from the Greek Bible.  The Session was asked to look them over and decide which version they liked the most.

A letter was read from Presbytery thanking us for paying our “Per Capita”.  Per Capita is assessed based on the entire membership of the national denomination, then by each regional synod, and the local presbytery.  The monies are used at each level for administrative and missions cost. 

$375.15 was collected to give to the Food Pantry for bus passes and gasoline for those in need.

The Finance Committee reported that we have only transferred $2,000 from our Morgan Stanley Savings account to the church checking account for the year to this point.  Transfers are necessary to pay bills and other costs when giving is down.  We continue to examine ways of lowering costs and increase giving.  Thank you for your support and care. 

Building and grounds is spending $1,000 of dedicated funds to continue the clearing of the bottom lot of the cemetery. 

Pastor Jeff suggested starting to plan for the updating of the restrooms in the Educational and the Administration areas. 

Please check out the changes in the Meeting Room.  Through a generous donation this room is taking on a new look.  Thanks to the donor! 

Jodee Kleb, Clerk of Session

Weekly Worship Opportunities
Sunday Morning Worship
Sunday Service:
Coffee 7:45 - 8:45
Sunday School 9:00
Worship Service & Children's Church 10:00
Our previous Sunday’s worship service is broadcast on Charter Cable Channels 18 & 994 at 11:00 a.m. on Friday mornings.
May 3 - Trivia Night
May 14 - Post Office Food Drive
May 18 - 1st UPtown Dinner
May 25 - Red Cross Blood Drive
May 30 - Office Closed
June 6-10 - Meals on Wheels delivery 
Please email Birthday Updates to: or call 344-1109

1 - Brianne Dellamano
4 - Bonnie Krupp
8 - Jason Cardinal; Mia Burr
10 - JoAnn Kunz
11 - Sarah Evers
12 - Helen Carter-Nance
14 - Dot Mills; Hayden Day
18 - Ava Muniz; JoAnn Adams
21 - Carol McFall
27 - Mary Shaw; Susan Gore
28 - Meghan Braden; Sarah Ross 
Please email Anniversary Updates to: or call 344-1109

14 - John & Deb Nichols

We Lift Up in Prayer to God…
Please email your prayer concerns and updates to: or call 344-1109

If you want information printed in the June 2016 Presenter please send your information to the office by Wednesday, May 25.
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201 E. Church Street
Collinsville, Illinois
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