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Church Cancellation – Feb. 11

We have determined that the parking lot is too dangerous this morning and have cancelled church & Sunday School for February 11, 2018.  Hope to see you next week!

SOS Update

All our volunteers, (and anyone interested in joining our efforts for the SOS Soup Kitchen)  are invited to join in a meeting to discuss  the “lessons learned” at our first meal served at our church,  and to make plans for our upcoming months.  Please plan on attending on
Thursday, February 8th, at 9:30am at the church to share your thoughts and ideas.

SOS Supplies:

In February, the “love month”, please help build up our supplies for use at  our SOS meals by donating  Jelly (grape or strawberry) and
soft and/or chewy Granola Bars.


Wilkerson Chapel Invitation

The Stewardess Board and Membership of Wilkerson Chapel have invited us to attend their Black History Celebration, titled “Our Life and Our Legacy” on Sunday, February 11 at 3:00pm, at the chapel, 317 N. Summit Ave, Collinsville.  They promise fellowship, praise, and good ol’ gospel songs that never grow old.

A Disciple’s Path – Lent 2018

Lent is a time for self-reflection and deepening our connection with God. This Lent we will be guided by the book  A Disciple’s Path by Rev. Dr. James Harnish. 

Learn more about small groups.

Learn more about the Sunday morning worship series.

Prayer Chain Revision

We are in the process of revising the Prayer Chain, and to accomplish this, you may call or email the church office with your prayer requests, or if your request occurs outside the office hours of 9am to 2pm, M-Th, you are asked to contact either Carolyn Guilander or Patsy Fran to place your prayer requests.  Members of the Prayer Chain will continue to receive the call  list;  and thank you for your ongoing care and support in enlisting the power of prayer.

Spirit of Sharing (SOS) Soup Kitchen Meal

On Tuesday, January 30, we will host the Soup Kitchen meal for our community for the first time in Wesley Hall.  Sign-up sheets are available for those who can support this important ministry by helping with food preparation, set-up, serving, and clean-up.  Anyone wishing to make a monetary donation to help defray the cost of providing meals may make their check payable to Collinsville First United Methodist Church, and note “SOS” on the memo.  Thank you for participating in service as God has called us;  may we be a blessing of all who come to partake.

Third Vision Session Postponed – Feb. 4

After the second vision session a number of people that they would not be available on January 28 for the final vision session. This is, perhaps, the most important of the sessions as we begin to look optimistically (hopefully) toward the future. So we need to reschedule the session in order to ensure that as many people as possible are available.
The Third Vision Session has been postponed one week to February 4.  Lunch begins at 11:30 and the session will begin at 11:45am.  We will conclude by 2pm.  All who are active in the church are encouraged to be a part of this important process.

Congregational Vision Sessions – Jan. 14 & 28

This Sunday, January 14, we will continue our Visioning and Planning Process with our second session immediately following worship (this event was rescheduled from January 7 due to weather predictions).  All who are active participants of Collinsville First United Methodist Church are encouraged to attend and lend a voice to the future direction of this congregation.  A light lunch will be provided.   Our third and final Vision Session will be held on Sunday, January 28, following worship.

“A Way Forward” at Collinsville First

The bishop has asked our church to host an event to discuss human sexuality in the church on February 18.  Learn more here and register to attend.

The Empty Bowl – Feb. 14

Please join in the 2018 Empty Bowl on February 14, Ash Wednesday, 11am-2pm at the Gateway Convention Center.  Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased from any Collinsville Woman’s Club member, at the Collinsville Chamber of Commerce and local area businesses, or may be purchased at the door.  Carry-outs are available and a Silent Auction will run throughout the event.

(This is adapted from the Woman’s Club Newsletter and used with permission)

Bring Your “Family” Photos to Church – Jan 14

During our series on True Belonging we will use quilts and family photos to create a special atmosphere in worship.  We have quilts on the way but we need framed “family” photos.  Quotes are used, here, because family can mean different things to different people.  Your “family” photo might be blood relatives or it might be in-laws, friends, or those who are dear to you in another way.

Whatever the photo, please bring them to church on January 14.  There will be instructions provided in the bulletin.

New Class – Jan 14-28

A Bible Study entitled “The Cross” will begin on Sunday January 14, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in the church parlor.  There will be three introductory studies regarding the heart of the cross.  We will then move on to three great achievements of the cross and then conclude with what it means for the Christian community to live under the cross.  You may join in at any time regardless of what session we are studying.   It will be a Bible based discussion around a different Scripture each Sunday.

SOS Soup Kitchen – 2018 Changes

As the Spirit of Sharing Soup Kitchen has expanded its ministry in 2017 a need became evident.  Every Tuesday and Thursday the community had a free meal available for those who might need it…except on the last Tuesday of each month.  Our church has stepped up to provide a facility every last Tuesday of the month and in January we will provide and serve that meal.

To get involved be sure to contact Karen Garner or the church office, and watch the bulletin for more details.

Joint Worship with Wilkerson Chapel AME Church – Jan. 7

On Monday we learned that an interim minister has been assigned to Wilkerson Chapel AME Church and that they would like to worship with us on Sunday, January 7 during the Wesley Covenant Service as has been the tradition for many years, now. We will worship together with this remarkable congregation and their pastor and choir has been invited to share some of their gifts in worship.

Priscilla Circle Needs Your Help

To prepare for next year’s Advent Calendars, the Priscilla Circle asks that you help them collect the thin, white bottle caps from water bottles and bring in any Christmas cards which you no longer need.

Book Club In February

The Book Club selection for  February  is “America’s First Daughter” by Stephen Dray and Laura Kamoie.   The meeting date for February will be announced soon.

Wesley Covenant Service – Jan. 7

During worship on January 7 we will renew our covenant with God with a service that goes all the way back to the very beginning of our Methodist roots: The Wesley Covenant Service. This important moment in the life of the church allows us to release our troubles and live into a hopeful new year. Please come grow with God during this service and remain for lunch and visioning as we plan for our bright future.

Men’s Breakfast – Jan 20

The men of Wilkerson Chapel AME and Collinsville First UMC will meet for their monthly men’s breakfast at 8am on January 20.  All men are welcome to attend.

Lunch Bunch – Jan 11

Lunch Bunch will meet next month at Denny’s in Glen Carbon at 12pm on January 11.

Martin Luther King Jr. Worship – Jan. 12

Our bishop will be preaching at Fairview Heights Christ United Methodist Church on January 12 at 7:00pm. This is a great opportunity to worship with our sisters and brothers of the United Methodist tradition, honor the work of civil rights, and ponder the on-going work before us.