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First United Presbyterian Church
Friday February 2, 2018


Going Through Changes

I will be interested to know if any of you started singing a certain song after reading the title.  Quickly followed by how many of you went back to check the title.  Then, followed by how many of you went to the internet.  And then, how many different songs did that title bring up through the congregation.

 I had a specific song in mind, but am aware of the plethora of songs with the exact same or similar title, as well as the many songs that are about the concept of change.  Even our hymnals have songs such as “Change My Heart, O God”.  One of the reasons that this concept is so ubiquitous to music lyrics is the realization that inwardly we all face change, for both the better and worse.  Externally there are many things that change around us; neighborhoods, roads, buildings, not to mention: leadership, community, and so many other aspects of the world around us.

This is not a new force at work in the world.  This is the very reality of being the “People of God”.  From the very beginning of Scripture we see the great change in the relationship between God and the most precious creation that is humanity.  As we follow the story of God and the people, we see how we walk the line between doing right and doing wrong, following God’s Law and disobeying it, living for others and living for self, trusting God and trusting ourselves along with human leaders.  More so, we see God’s unrelenting love and care, even in the points of harsh disciplinary acts.  What does change is the way God interacts with us; but the love of God, the desire for our well-being and to be in full relationship never does.  The biggest change in God’s relationship with us, and indeed the world, is Jesus Christ.

The revelation of God into the world in and through Jesus Christ is the singular biggest change to this world.  The impact of this miraculous event is still felt today, and lived out as more and more people are opened to the radical relationship of love and mercy.  Its ripples still bring constant motion to the life of the Church, the body of Christ.  As early as Paul’s missionary work we see the way in which the Gospel is changing the world, while at the same time so transcendent that it does not force a society to assimilate to a prescribed structure, but through its amazing power and witness changes the people that they may change their own culture, not to lose their identity, yet change their identity to first and foremost proclaim Christ.

Change is scary.  Change is hard.  Change is a force in this world, of itself neither good nor bad, but at the mercy of human imagination it may be twisted.  The one and only constant is the amazingly awesome supreme love of God for all creation.  In that we may trust and hold our great hope.  Through that we may step out into the world and offer the same hope, demonstrating this great love, and offering an opportunity to redefine identity as a proclaiming child of God, living in the Holy Spirit, and basking in the glory of Jesus Christ. 

Pastor Jeff


No Lent Study in 2018

Due to a lack of interest there will not be a Lent Study this year.  I hope you will take some time for daily prayer and reflection.  There will be a devotional book available for Lent on Sunday February 11th.  I ask that each family only take one, and if there is more demand I will order some more. 

Ash Wednesday Service

February 14th we will celebrate Ash Wednesday at 6:30 pm in the Chapel.

Palm Sunday - March 25

Maunday Thursday - March 29

Good Friday - March 24

Easter Sunday - April 1



Please email Birthday Updates to: office@fupcoll.org or call 344-1109

3 - Matt Bader
5 - Kim Zellers
6 - Jack Mueller
11 - Larry Close
12 - Janet Butts
13 - Abby Brown
22 - Judy Tillman
23 - Noah Webb
25 - Bernie Kunz

Please email Anniversary Updates to: office@fupcoll.org or call 344-1109

24 - Bruce & Dottie Rudis
Weekly Worship Opportunities
Sunday Morning Worship
Sunday Service:
Coffee 8:45 - 9:45
Sunday School - 9
Worship Service & Children's Church 10:00

We Lift Up in Prayer to God the following: Betty Ricks, Eldon Schoeder, Seonaid Mills, Susan Snauffer, David Wentzel, Shirley Pastor, David Harris

Please email your prayer concerns and updates to: office@fupcoll.org or call 344-1109

If you want information published in the February 2018 Presenter please send it to the office by Tuesday, February 27th.
To the Church:  Thank you for the beautiful plant you sent in memory of our father.  Your thoughtbulness is greatly appreciated.  Sincerely, Thye Robert Johann Family

Friends at FUPC: Now, when Sarah emailed to say you were collecting diapers for us during Christmas, I didn't think of these members.  May 23 packages total!  You've collected and sent 920 diapers in sizes 1-6p training diapers, 101 in sizes 4-5T; and then wipes - 23 total.  We've never been blessed in such a way.  This should last 2 months, Praise God!  Thanks you all so much for making sure our little ones' bottoms will always be clean, fresh, and dry!  Peace, Love, Joy & Happiness, Brenda Crisp, Kinderkottage.

Dear FUPC Congregation:  Thank you so much for participating in the S.O.S. M & M fundraiser that brought in a grand total of $3,498.34.  FUPC contributed to this total with a donation of $219.85 which will be used to purchase food and supplies for the Soup Kitchen.  The Soup Kitchen feeds on average 176 people a week, serving two days a week.  We spend approximately $5.09 per meal plus and additional $1.59 for a sack lunch we send home with patrons.  Your support will help us make a difference in our community.  Thank you for being a blessing  Yours in Christ, Dana Callahan
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201 E. Church Street
Collinsville, Illinois
618-344-1109 Email: info@fupcoll.org