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You have found your way to an area of our website designed for active participants and members of the congregation. You will find announcements and sign-ups in this area, but, first, here are the featured posts on our website right now just like everyone else would see on our front page (also be sure to click on "News & Stories" to see all of our featured posts):

Welcome, O’Fallon Bell Choir!

  On Sunday, June 10 Collinsville First welcomes the O’Fallon First Children’s Bell Choir to worship with us.  They will […]

Encounter Youth Choir

Collinsville First is dedicated to our community and to our faith.  On June 10 we welcome a group which can […]

Change Can Be Rewarding

For the past few weeks I have begun to see Father’s Day advertisements.  They are just like any other year […]

Announcements

Those involved in our congregation will find these announcements helpful.  Everyone will see some posts below, but if you are logged in, you will also see more secure content such as: volunteer schedules, prayer requests and committee information.  Sign up for full access to the website by clicking here.  If you have already registered, simply log-in, here.
These are announcements, but be sure to click on "News & Stories" to see other church news.
 

Lunch Bunch

All are welcome to meet the “bunch” on August 9 at “The Egg & I” in O’Fallon (near St. Elizabeth’s Hospital) for lunch in their reserved dining room at 12pm.  If you haven’t tried their menu, you are missing out, so give your taste buds a treat and plan to join in!

Home Gatherings

The Strategic Planning Team has considered many options for a sustainable future for our church. No decision has been made, but the full congregation is invited into the process through prayer, and with home gatherings.  These home gatherings are meant to be up to 12 people to discuss the church’s future and what the congregation is willing to do.  All are welcome to RSVP to one or more home gatherings (as they fill up, we will add additional gatherings):

Thursday, August 16 at 5pm

George & Jennifer Newton and Dianna Bickel hosting
at the Newton’s home – 105 Timbermill Lane, Edwardsville
RSVP: 618-401-8867 or 618-698-7777


Tuesday, August 28 at 10am

Karen Sparks hosting at her home – 1914 Moselle, Swansea
RSVP: 314-560-4966

Additional times and locations are being developed in more
homes and will be announced in the next weeks.  Please contact
those who are hosting in order to RSVP.

Book Club

This month’s Book Club is scheduled for August 25, at 10:30am, with the book “Redeeming Love” by Francine Rivers. The group meets in the Church Parlor – please come and join in the discussion.

 

“Ignite” Youth Choir On Tour…

The “Ignite” Youth Choir, based out of Godfrey United Methodist Church, is on their Summer 2018 Tour, and will be performing Sunday evening July 8, 2018, at O’Fallon United Methodist Church, 504 East Highway 50, O’Fallon, Illinois, at 6:00pm.  All are welcome to attend, and encouraged to support and enjoy this talented group!

Parking Lot Fundraiser – June 1&2

The horseradish festival has moved to downtown and we are still looking for volunteers for the Parking Lot Fundraiser on June 1 & 2.  Call the office to volunteer!

SOS Soup Kitchen

SOS Soup Kitchen is hosted at our church every last Tuesday of the month and we serve every-other month. This month we thank Meadow Heights Baptist for serving the meal!

Musical Guests – June 10

We welcome both the O’Fallon  First United Methodist  Children’s Bell Choir during Morning Worship,  and the “Encounter” Youth  Choir on  their concert tour at  6:00pm.   Learn more about these inspired and talented young people on the back cover of your bulletin, and bring kids from your family and your neighborhood, 8 months to 88,  to  enjoy both groups as they perform  for us.

 

Carnes Baby Shower – June 29

Our membership is invited to celebrate the coming birth of Scott and Carrie’s first child with a Baby Shower on June 29,  hosted by the Priscilla Circle.  Please note: this is a “coed”  celebration that includes the men of our congregation  and the Carnes’ family, as well as the ladies.  Our happy parents-to-be have registrations  that may be accessed on-line or in-store at Cotton Babies, Target and Amazon.  Most of their cloth diapers are available on Cottonbabies.com or in the store  (Fenton, MO).  You are welcome to  contact any Priscilla member  or the church office for assistance.   Please RSVP to  Barb Buxton, or to the church office, and come prepared to celebrate the approaching arrival of this special babe.

Graduation Time

Our church family would like to be able to acknowledge those members of our congregation who are graduating this spring, whether from  Kindergarten or Grad school.  Please contact Carolyn Guilander with your Grad’s information, or call the church office.

UM Pentecost Service – May 20

On May 20 our church will host and worship alongside other United Methodists from the area as we celebrate Pentecost.  At 7pm we will hear the evangelist Rev. Mike Rayson preach, experience some of his music, and enjoy worship music by St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.  This is an evening you won’t want to miss!

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)

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