There will be a blood drive on Monday, September 27 from 12-5 in Westminster Hall. Please sign up at https://www.redcrossblood.org/give
The Thursday evening Small Group Bible Study had a kick-off dinner with 14 people in attendance. Since there was a power failure at Colton's Steak House that night, we went to Carisilos Mexican Restaurant and had a lovely time sitting outdoors in their back patio. We are anxious to start the Bible Study since we haven't met since early March, 2020. We will be meeting the first and third Thursday of every month at 6:30 at Mary Dellamano's home, 440 S. Seminary, Collinsville. We so appreciate Mary opening her home to our group. Our first meeting will be Sept. 2nd, and we will be discussing the first chapter of Titus. There is no homework or preparation, and it's no big deal if you cannot attend every meeting. We invite you to join us for this time of study and fellowship whenever you are able. Friends and neighbors are also welcome.
Wow where did the summer go? I hope everyone had a great time. The SOS Soup Kitchen is currently considering ways to offer meals to our community again. There are some things being considered that may change things but conversations about how we can best serve our friends are in progress. We will have a turn either with lunches or serving a meal in early October so cash is always needed to make this happen. Either Christine Cleland or Sherri Finke will be happy to give you more information.
I have ordered the shoeboxes and even though it is still warm weather, I am preparing for a great 2021 for Operation Christmas Child. I hope to kick things off in September so we get a great start before the fall finds us so busy. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to let me know.
The finance committee met and approved the following: financial statements for July,
Remove and replace the tile in the area between Westminster Hall and the church hall, painting areas of Westminster Hall, and up to $5,000 in moving expenses for the new pastor.
The FUPC Worship Committee would like to thank everyone that has volunteered to help lead worship activities during the pandemic. It has been a challenge, but our church is thriving and growing! We now have more people worshiping with us in person and virtually on Sunday mornings than before the pandemic started.
We will be resuming a rotation for the Children's message soon, so the children of the church will hear from more voices of our church leaders. If you would like to be involved in leading worship, or sharing a special message for the children, please reach out to any member of the worship team, Clark Evers, Mary Beth Dellamano, or Regina Cundall.
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION COMMITTEE
The school year started off right with the Blessing of the Backpacks on August 15th! We wish all the school aged children a safe return to a fun year full of memories!
We are so excited that Sunday School is just around the corner! The 1st day of Sunday School will be on September 12th at 9:00. The teachers met this past week and are very anxious to see the children again!
In addition, plans are being made for some Jr./Sr. High youth group outings this fall!
The Adult Sunday School class meets at 9:00 on Sundays in the meeting room. Everyone brings their own coffee and breakfast. If you are interested in being a part of this group, just show up! All are welcome! If you have any questions, please contact Judy Tillman.
The committee will be meeting to revamp several of the policies of the church in the very near future. We had several items flagged in our Session Minutes review that require updating.
We continue to be mindful of all the shifts and turns that the Covid virus has brought to the church and pray that everyone is comfortable with their decision regarding their shots.
If you have any suggestions or ideas, please let one of the committee members know so that we can address your ideas. Jodee Kleb, chair, Sarah Ross, Wanda Hunter and Cindy Jones make up the committee.
BUILDING & GROUNDS COMMITTEE
Update on the Westminster project floor is all done should be wax and sealed this week. We decided to go ahead and have walls and doors repainted. As for the a/c it should be started with in the week and take two weeks to complete. So there will not be any air conditioning for that time.
Thanks all for being patient as we go through this.
-Building and grounds committee
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