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First United Presbyterian Church
Wednesday August 3, 2016


One Hot Month

August is finally here, and none too soon.  Although, I do not feel like we have slowed down.  In fact, I feel more like we are ramping back up.  Our summer has been fast and furious, and especially July.  I believe this has been the single busiest month of our time together.  While I have probably had more to do in any given month, this one has been project after project, along with trying new things.  So what all have we done? 

Well…(deep breath)… we engaged in a five week series that centered on crossroads while inviting Austin Dellamano to be an artist-in-residence during these services.  We welcomed and worshipped with visitors from Malawi, Africa.  We had several Sundays of lunch, fellowship, and games.  We supported Lauren Carter’s efforts to raise funds for the nursery remodel through a trivia night.  We enjoyed fellowshipping at the home of the Kunz’s.  Several families met to support Faith In Action.  4 youth began their confirmation journey.  We had a rummage sale and a Thrift Shop sale.  And then we really bumped up the action.  The window blinds project is nearly complete, the mural in the meeting room is now framed, one of the refrigerators has been repaired, electrical was run and a new rooftop unit was installed to restore air conditioning to the basement, and a massive reorganization of the Thrift Shop was undertaken. Then we started Vacation Bible School.  Oh, by the way, we still had to do all the normal day to day stuff as well.  (I am surprised that Alice and Debbie are still willing to come into the office.)

It was hot outside and we were hot inside getting so much done.  We continue to transform our building while we are working on transforming ourselves.  There is much work still to be done, but we have made great strides in reimaging what we can be on our corner of Collinsville.  I look forward to our continued discussions of what we may become. 

Thank you to all who have been involved in these and so many other projects.  It is by our sharing our resources and talents that we demonstrate the strength of community and communal life.

Blessings to you all in our journey, 

Pastor Jeff




Preparing for the School Year

 As we get ready to send our children back to school, we are also preparing for their Christian Education.  I would like to invite each of you to consider being a teacher for one our classes even it is just one week.  We are not asking for a full year commitment, but a commitment of several weeks, one month, or any other availability you may have.  We appreciate all of our teachers and would like to support our children with as many as possible.

We currently have three classes for children and youth: pre-K through 4th grade; Middle School (5th through 8th grade); and High School (9th-12th grade).  We are preparing for one adult class, but are interested in providing two different courses.  Our nursery will also begin a curriculum for the youngest of our church.  At the same time, I encourage you to consider volunteering as a leader with Children’s Church.  This is another great opportunity to help guide our children, and for many adults to share the load of teaching and leading.

 Thank You, 

Pastor Jeff

The Rummage Sale raised $927!!!  I wanted to thank all those who volunteered their time to make this happen as well as those who donated items.  Thank you to Pastor Jeff, Bonnie and Larry Krupp, Mary Lee Muniz, Val Close, Laurie, Warren and Lauren Carter, Bruce and Dottie Rudis, Sherri and John Finke, Dot Mills, Karen Kneedler, Sarah Ross, Lori Strong, Jo Kunz, Alice Bilderback, Al Nicol, Lynda Evers, Matt, Avery and Miles Cleland, and Vivian Bader for posting on Facebook and of course Gary.  This sale was possible with everyone helping out.  
Thank you - Kristine Cleland, Outreach Committee

A big Thank You to my Church Family for all the birthday cards and good wishes sent to me on my 80th birthday!  I received so many sweet cards and words and I thank you all!
Gloria Alldredge

To Our Church Family -
Thank you to everyone for making our guests from Malawi, Rev. Chimwemwe & Lnda, feel so welcome and for responding to them in such a warm way.  Thank you to Pastor Jeff for allowiong them to be a part of the church service.  And thanks to all for the food you brought and shared for the dinner afterward.
Blessings to all, Janet & Calvin Butts

Thank you for your help, prayers, and donations.  We touched the lives of 47 kids at our Surf Shack Bible School.  Our surfers had five nights of fun with crafts, games, snacks, and Bible stories.  Ash a child that attended all about it!  VBS collected $125 for the Food Pantry!
July 31-Aug 4 - VBS
Aug 4 - Summer Sizzler 6-8p
Aug 9 - Session/Committee Mtg 6:30p
Aug 17 - 3rd Wednesday Dinner 6:00p
Aug 21 - CAMA Car Cruise 12-3p
Aug 22-26 - Meals on Wheels delivery
Sep 1 - Host Presbytery Meeting
Weekly Worship Opportunities
Sunday Morning Worship
Sunday Service:
Coffee 7:45 - 8:45

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.
Please email Birthday Updates to: or call 344-1109

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

Session Minutes - July, 2016

There was no Session meeting held in July.

A special meeting was held to present the need for a revamping of the air-conditioning system for the Food Pantry in the basement.  The motion was approved to make the necessary changes to the system and the money will come from the Capital Needs budget.

The next Session/Committee meeting will be held on August 9.  Our church will be hosting the Presbytery meeting on September l.

Jodee Kleb, Clerk of Session

Please email Anniversary Updates to: or call 344-1109

1 - Chuck & Anne Tennant
8 - Brian & Kelly Cummins-Brown
16 - Brian & Julie Muniz
23 - Jack & Jeri Howard 

We Lift Up in Prayer to God the following: Jo Kunz, Judy Tillman, Cindy Noreuil, Sharon Finke, Jean Harper, Chuck Tennant, Dorothy Rudis, Adrian Brown.
Please email your prayer concerns and updates to: or call 344-1109

If you want information placed in the September 2016 Presenter please send your information to the office by Tuesday, August 30.
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201 E. Church Street
Collinsville, Illinois
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