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First United Presbyterian Church
Wednesday June 30, 2021


People say that a sound or smell can bring you back to a specific moment in your childhood. For me it was the sight of an old couch. Saw one a couple weeks back that looked so similar to the cream colored velvet one my parents used to have in the living room. Instantly, I was transported back in time to the day when my mom and dad sat me down and told me I was going to be “held back.” I knew what that meant. They didn’t have to explain anymore. Those words were enough. I knew, right then and there, I did not measure up...

When I started kindergarten for the second time, I vowed to never let that happen again. I pledged to myself I would work as hard as I could to get all the marks I needed to pass and move on. I did just that. I came right home from school and worked on my homework until it was complete. I woke up early to double check my homework and make sure everything was right. I did that in kindergarten. I did it through elementary, Jr. High, Senior High, college, and my post grad work. And that practice got me through it all. I made the marks. I measured up to the standards. 

Hard work is good work, but for me there is a downside. I never stop to recognize and name the good things. No celebrations, ever. Just kept on working. In my mind I think, “I don’t have time to stop. If I do, I will fall behind and, then, will never get caught back up. Fail to measure up.” So I keep my head down and I push. I push hard all the time. 

Over that last 18 months I have done the same thing with First United Presbyterian Church. I have pushed hard. I’ve pushed the elders, deacons, ushers, the Nominating Committee, the Mission Study Team and many more very hard. Pushed them to accomplish many great and wonderful things. The truth is I’ve pushed the church so hard we’ve never stopped to recognize and name the good happening in the church.

Stopping to recognize and name the good is one of the very first principles we read in the Bible. In Genesis chapter one God stops, recognizes, and names the good every single day. Every. Single. Day. If God stops to name the good then we ought to do it too.

Together, Session and I have taken up the practice of stopping, recognizing, and naming the good in the church amid our hard work. We did that at our meeting last month. We will do it again next month and every month from here on out. I invited you to do the same. To stop, recognize, and name the good happening in the life of the church. It’s easy to do and fits nicely into bedtime prayers.

Here is one good thing I’ve named. Over the last year or so, even when the pandemic was at its worst, we could still worship together as one body; brought together by technology, knit together by the Holy Spirit. 

When you think of a good thing I hope you will consider sending me an email ( or giving me a call (616) 490-1355 so that I can join you in celebrating all the good God has been up to in the church.  


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

We lift up to you in prayer Fred Greenley and Kim Zellers. We pray for the family of Tony Powell as they mourn his loss.

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After more than a year of not being able to get together, the church BBQ was a big success!  Thank you to everyone who came and enjoyed fellowship with us!

Fellowship hour prior to Worship has resumed for the next few weeks.  Coffee and juice are currently being provided.  When construction begins on the floor in Westminster Hall, we will pause the Fellowship hour until construction is complete.  At that point we will resume.


We had 29 donors for the American Red Cross blood drive held on June 28.  Thanks to our donors from the Church:  Carol McFall, Mary Lee Muniz, Brad Kunz and Clark Evers.  Thanks also to Angelica Lipham from the food pantry for being a donor.  Our next drive is Monday, September 27, 12-5 pm.  Appointments can be made at


The finance committee approved the financial reports for May. We approved the amount of the effective salary for an installed pastor and sent that information to the PNC. This information was required on the MIF which was developed by the PNC. The salary for the new Head of Music position was discussed and approved in the hopes this position will be filled soon.

Per Capita is $32 per member.  Thank you to those who have already paid. 

Exciting things are happening at FUPC.  We are working to incorporate more activities safely into our worship service.  We will be resuming communion service for those that wish to receive the elements durring Sunday morning worship, and we will still provide to-go elements, and virtual communion for those that prefer it.

And please remember for everyone's safety, for those that are fully vaccinated you are invited to remove you mask during worship, but if you are not fully vaccinated, we ask that you continue to  wear your mask during worship services.

On Father's Day, the Evangelism Committee recognized all the men of the church for being faithful examples in carrying out God's promises.  Bookmarks were handed out to those in attendance and mailed to the rest.  The scripture on the bookmarks reminds everyone of the important role we adults have:  "Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it."  Proverbs 22:6 


We are excited to start meeting with the youth of the church again! Several activities have been planned!  Jr. High and High School Youth Group will be bowling at St. Clair Bowl on June 30th. Also, the group is planning a swim night on July7th. Both of these events will be a great opportunity for fun, food, and fellowship! 

“Three Days of Fun” is coming for our younger children! This will be Aug. 2, 3, and 4 from 6-7:30 PM This will be a fun event for all involved! 

We will be starting the school year off right with Blessing of the Backpacks on August 15th. 
Yours in Fellowship,
Susie Benson 


Working with Pastor Zach and Bonnie Krupp to formulate projects for the future.  Also, our Session Records will be up for approval at a Presbytery meeting held on August 3.  Will be working with the committee to review job descriptions and other documents prior to this review. Jodee Kleb


The week of July 5 will be our last time that FUPC will make SOS lunches for the Collinsville Food Pantry to hand out.  We can always use monetary donations to help with this Mission.  Please send all donations made out to S.O.S. to the Church Office at c/o Sarah Evers, 110 Greer Ct, Collinsville.  SOS Spirit of Sharing Soup Kitchen plans to reopen on Tuesday, September 7 to serve our first hot meal in over a year!  The CMT Rotary will be our first hosts.  I will keep everyone informed on our progress and hopefully we can go back to serving our Collinsville Community.
Kristine Cleland

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 Amari Charles 
2 Gloria Alldredge
3 Clancy Mills
3 Michael Sierra 
3 Michael Ulrich
4 Susan Bender
4 Alexandra Lysdahl
4 Kathy Aczinowicz
6 Jeanne Mueller
6 Susan Smith
7 Warren Carter
11 Marvin Burr
12 Elise Drenkhahn
19 Addyson Muniz
30 Stephen Carter
8 Carol and Steve McFall
11 Dan and Connie Murphy
30 Joe and Natalie Muniz
31 Armand and Jodee Kleb
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201 E. Church Street
Collinsville, Illinois
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