You're receiving this newsletter because you previously subscribed.
Click here to unsubscribe. Having trouble viewing this email? View it in your browser
First United Presbyterian Church
Tuesday August 31, 2021


The Old Testament book, Leviticus, is right where everyone who has committed to reading through the entire book of the Bible in one year begins to struggle. In contrast to Genesis and Exodus, the stories aren’t nearly as dramatic and the adventures aren’t as grandiose. Leviticus has been described as essentially a legal document which tells the people of God the do’s and don’t for daily living. And those do’s and don’ts go on and on and on. It’s little wonder why people set down the Bible when they get to Leviticus. At first glance it isn’t very exciting. 

My brother once told me he would watch a movie made up of movie trailers. I thought that was a great idea. An hour and a half or two hours of movie trailers? You’d get the highlights of the movie without having to watch the whole thing. You’d get all the action and drama without having to sit through the rest of it. I thought my brother was on to something. 

But highlights only give us part of the story… Sure they might show us the climax but what about the exposition, the rising action, the falling action and the resolution? If we only get the highlights we miss out on so much. We’d never know the beginning or ending to the story. The parts in between the action and drama of a story are as important as the climax. Without them the story wouldn’t make much sense.  

The book of Leviticus is like the exposition of the story. It tells us we are the people of God. We are marked out by God and as God’s people and we are to live differently from everyone else. We are governed by human laws and we are governed by a different set of laws from everyone else. We are to conform to God’s laws which have been clearly laid out for us. Those laws might not be the exciting parts of our story, but they tell us something incredibly important. We are God’s people. Marked by God. Called by God. Required by God to live differently than the world. The book of Leviticus tells us all of this in great detail. It’s not a trailer of the Christian life. It’s an exposition of the Christian life.

If you have committed to reading the Bible in one year and have set it down because of Leviticus, I encourage you to pick it back up and finish the story, knowing the dramatic bits are to come but before we get there we need to know who we are. Who has called us. And what is required of us on a daily basis. Knowing those things will make the climax all the more dramatic and exciting.       


Working on behalf of the Church
If you have a question or comment relating to any FUPC ministry or program please contact an elder listed below:


Building & Grounds—Brad Kunz

Christian Education—Susie Benson

Evangelism—Mary Lee Muniz

Fellowship—Matt Bader

Finance—Bonnie Krupp

New Members/Visitors—Lyle Hill

Outreach—Sherri Finke

Personnel—Jodee Kleb

Worship—Clark Evers

We lift up to you in prayer Gloria Alldredge.  We lift up in our hearts Angelica Lipham, who has been diagnosed with cancer in her esophagus. 

Do you have a prayer concerns that you would like listed in the Presenter? If you have persmission from that person to be added and published, please email the office at
Per Capita is $32 per member.  Thank you to those who have already paid.
Online giving is available. Please visit You are now able to make a contribution to the church online via credit/debit card or EFT/ACH. There are many options available, you can make a one time donation, a monthly donation, or even your weekly tithing.
You are welcome to mail in your checks to the church as well.  Please address them to the church administrator's home address:  

First United Presbyterian Church
c/o Sarah Evers
110 Greer Ct.
Collinsville, IL 62234

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7

If you have something you would like to share in the presenter for next month, please email it to the church office email address before Tuesday, September 28th.
3 Neveah Goetter
6 Robert Cundall
6 Alex Dow
7 Kristine Cleland
9 Vivian Bader
14 Linda Kunz
15 Anna Ulrich
17 Lauren Carter
20 Lyle Hill
24 Robert Bailey
24 Debbie Nichols
25 Phillip Carter
26 Lori Strong
29 Connie Murphy

1 Robert and Regina Cundall
1 Clark and Sarah Evers
1 Dr. Lloyd and Mary Shaw
22 Lloyd and Susan Bender
27 Tony and Melanie Moritz
Giddings Lovejoy Presbytery
First United Presbyterian Church in Collinsville IL is a Member of the PC(USA)Connect with

Presbytery E-News
Read the Weekly E-News from Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery.  Subscribe to the Presbytery E-news.
Find Us on Facebook!
Follow First United Presbyterian Church on Facebook Find us on Facebook!  Also #FUPCLIFE
There will be a blood drive on Monday, September 27 from 12-5 in Westminster Hall.  Please sign up at
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.

Sherri Finke
Outreach Committee 


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.

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. 


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 

Know someone who might be interested in the email? [FORWARD] to forward.
If you no longer wish to receive this email click here to unsubscribe.

First United Presbyterian Church

201 E. Church Street
Collinsville, Illinois
618-344-1109 Email: