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First United Presbyterian Church
Thursday April 29, 2021


Recently, I told a colleague of mine about how busy church has been over the last few months. “There is so much going on it’s hard to stay on top of it all. I’m not sure I’m getting all the right things done...” She said, in order to help her focus she writes GDS at the top of her daily calendar. I’d never heard of GSD so I asked her what it stood for. She said, “Get Stuff Done.” 

Get. Stuff. Done. Three simple words which help her to stay focused and accomplish everything she needs to complete. Three simple words which motivate her and inspire her to finish the tasks at hand. Three simple words which remind her she has obligations to fulfill. I commend her for her mentality and ability to get so much work done in a single day. 

Many of us live this way. We work to get as much done as possible with the time we have. Getting things done has merit. Christmas Even once said “It’s better to burn out than rust out.” I’m sure my colleague would agree with Christmas. I do wonder, however, if trying to get every task done every time something pops up will lead us to burn out in a flash. The truth is we are finite beings. We only have so much time, so much talent, so much treasure. We have only so much, yet the world demands it all and will take it all from us and leave us in ashes. 

Getting stuff done is important, necessary for living, but maybe if we put a few other letters on the top of our daily calendar we won’t burn out or rust out. Perhaps if we put, ALQ (...aspire to live quietly… 1 Thessalonians 4:11) first we won't get to the place where we feel scorched or crispy. Perhaps if we prioritize ALQ we won’t feel like we’ve been oxidizing in place like an old fence post. AQL implores us to live as God intends for us to live. We are to live quiet lives of contentment. Work when the work needs to be done. Rest when rest needs to be had. Above all, aspire to live quiet lives. AQL   

I pray you will be able to aspire to live quiet lives even though the world demands to have all your time, talents, and treasures. 


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

A big congrats to all the graduating seniors. May the next chapter of your life be filled with contentment and joy!
"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
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Dear FUPC,
Thank you so much for the Easter gift basket! Cherry Fitz is one of my favorite sodas! I hope you have a happy Easter!
Miles Cleland

To My FUPC Church Family,
Many thanks for the beautiful plant and so many cards!  I have not seen you all in a few weeks but I am lifted up with all your prayers and support.  Your loving kindness is so appreciated!
God's peace,
Mary Beth Dellamano
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We had thirty donors attend our blood drive on April 5.  A special thanks to donors from the Church:  Brenda Caselli, Kristine Cleland, Sarah Ross, Carol McFall and Clark Evers. 

Our next drive is scheduled for Thursday, July 8, Noon to 5:00 pm.  Appointments can be made at


The Finance Committee met for a second time with the financial team from Morgan Stanley. The committee members voted to accept the changes presented for the church account. The financial reports for March were approved. 


Youth Sunday is being held on Sunday, May 9.  Please come support the youth of the church whether it’s is In-Person or virtually. Please remember to wear your mask, and maintain social distancing when joining us for In-Person worship.  And let us all rejoice in the knowledge that Christ has risen!


May 9th will be a special day as we celebrate Youth Sunday and Mother's Day.  The Evangelism Committee is planning on honoring the women of the church that Sunday with a small token of our appreciation for their part in raising the youth of our church in the Christian faith.  We hope you will join us for this special service.  Members of the Evangelism Committee are Allyson Burr, Susan Smith, Alex Dow, and Mary Lee Muniz.


Hello from Outreach.  On Sunday April 25th we are packing the 90 lunches to serve the pantry and homeless in Collinsville.  We make sure they have a sandwich, drink, can of pasta, fruit cup and a bag of snacks.  Thank you to Debbie Nichols and Gloria Alldridge.  They packed the snack bags and included a message from the church in each bag.  This is great for the recipients to know we care.  We will pack again in July so we have a breather but will be looking at events that we may be able to participate in now that we are slowly, hopefully, able to do more outreach to the Collinsville community.  Stay tuned...we are looking forward to being busy.


We are preparing for Youth Sunday which will be on May 9th. An email went out to the youth of the church asking who would like to participate. There will be two options: virtually or in person. 

We are also going to pass out flowers to all of the mothers on that same day which is Mother's Day! Names are being collected for kids who are graduating from high school or college this May, so we can honor them and give them a special gift to commemorate the special occasion. 

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

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

1 Brianne Dellamano
4 Bonnie Krupp
8 Mia Burr
8 Melissa Ulrich
10 JoAnn Kunz
11 Sarah Evers
14 Dot Mills
18 Joann Adams
18 Ava Muniz
21 Carol McFall
27 Susan Gore
27 Mary Shaw
28 Meghan Braden
28 Sarah Ross
30 Wanda Hunter
30 Abby Ulrich
14 John and Debbie Nichols
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201 E. Church Street
Collinsville, Illinois
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