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Featured News:

People of Faith | Jan. 20 – Feb. 10

Beginning on January 20 we will inspect four stories of faith during worship.  We consider the stories of Sarah Crosby, […]

Wesley Covenant Service

The new year is a great time to consider past behavior and make plans improve one’s life, especially through renewed […]

A Christmas to Remember | From the Pastor

I remember a few big gifts under the Christmas tree.  I remember when Santa gave me a gift that would […]


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Weather Cancellation – Jan 13

Due to weather and parking lot conditions, church activities have been cancelled for January 13.  Please join us for our new worship series, “People of Faith” which will now begin on January 20!

Wesley Covenant Renewal – Jan 6

We will worship with our brothers and sisters of Wilkerson Chapel AME Church on Sunday, January 6 at 10:15am in our sanctuary.  We will covenant together for a new year and a renewed faith!

Cluster Advent Worship | Dec. 9

 We will host a cluster advent service on Dec. 9 at 7:00pm.  Sue Busler will be the guest preacher.  We welcome our sisters and brothers in Christ from the other River Bluff Cluster United Methodist Churches to worship with us!

Christmas Poinsettias

Please sign up for a Christmas Poinsettia to honor or memorialize a loved one and enhance our beautiful sanctuary.  Order forms are in the bulletin.  Cost is $8.50 per plant

Annual Christmas Dinner – Dec. 16

Following worship on Dec. 16 we will have our annual Christmas Dinner in Wesley Hall.  This year’s menu: smoked chicken & sliced pork, cheesy potatoes, carrots & green beans, tossed salad, rolls, and pie. Cost is $11 per person.  Checks should be made to First UMC and marked “Christmas Dinner.” Money can be turned in on Sunday mornings after worship or in the church office during the week (M-Th).  If you haven’t already, reserve your spot, below:

Christmas Tea & Cookie Exchange – Dec. 8

The women of First UMC will host a Ladies Christmas Tea and Cookie exchange.  Let us know you plan to come and how many cookies you plan to bring, right here, if you haven’t already turned in a form from the bulletin.

Hanging of the Greens – Nov. 29

Join us to ‘green’ the church for the advent season.  Our hanging of the greens will be on Thursday, Nov. 29 with a free lunch -hosted by the Nurture-Outreach-Witness (NOW) Team!

Favorite Hymns

Sue A. is collecting your favorite hymns and carols for the season so that she can play the congregation’s favorite songs before and during services in December.  You can share them below, give them to Sue, or drop them in the office:

Neighborhood Kids’ Christmas Party – Dec. 15

On Saturday, Dec. 15, we will hold our holiday party for our neighborhood children in Wesley Hall with games, food, treats and surprises (might there be a surprise visit).  Join in the festivities and help celebrate with our neighborhood from 2:00pm till 4:00pm.  The NOW Team will be the hosts and welcome more hands and hearts to bring the message of Christmas Love and sharing to the children.

Advent & Christmas 2018

Invite friends and family to worship on Sundays during Advent to our worship series “Out of the Dark, Into the Light” as we anticipate the birth of Christ.  The series will culminate with our 4:00pm Christmas Eve worship service.

New Advent Study

Need to make space for God? Buying gifts, preparing for guests, putting up the Christmas tree, stringing the lights and baking cookies make it difficult to focus on God.  You are welcome throughout advent to join our study, “Advent of the Savior” each Sunday morning at 9am in the parlor.

Giving Tree

Please bring haste, scarves, gloves, mittens and socks to share with the children at Webster Elementary School and Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House.  They are always filled with gratitude!

EMS Men’s Breakfast – Sept 15

All men of the church and their guests are invited to meet for breakfast at Denny’s  on Ramada Blvd. in Collinsville on Saturday, September 15 at 8:00am for  sharing food and fellowship.

Book Club – Sept 29

The next gathering of the Book Club will be held on September 29, at 10:30am,  in the Parlor.  This month’s selection is “Masterpiece” by  Francine Rivers.  Please plan to join in the discussion group (even if you haven’t quite finished the book)!

Hygiene Kits for Collinsville Food Pantry

Thank you to all who have so generously donated products for the hygiene kits.  With the products and donations received, we will be able to pack the 50 kits (30 female/20 male) we challenged ourselves to complete.  Praise God!  A packing party is being planned for September 23, following morning worship.  Watch for further details in next week’s bulletin concerning that day.  This ministry is so needed and appreciated.  The Collinsville Food Pantry is excited to know we are working to help provide these hygiene kits .

Lunch Bunch – Sept 13

All are welcome to meet the “bunch” on September  13 at “Millie’s Diner” in Marine for lunch 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!



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