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First United Presbyterian Church
Thursday September 30, 2021


Some people really like numbers. They like them so much they even go so far as to make a career out of them because, “Numbers don’t lie. They are predictable, reliable, and trustworthy.” Numbers are certainly all those things. They are very important and we need the people who make a career out of them for lots of reasons. Numbers people help us and the institutions we love run smoothly. 

We measure so many things with numbers; time and money being two of the big ones. Right now, from where I sit, I see six clocks. Four of them are digital. Two of them are analog. I see lots of numbers from where I sit. Having that many clocks is a little over the top, but as they say timeliness is next to godliness. I’d like to be as close to God as I can get, so if numbers help me do that, I’ll take all the clocks I can get.

For everyone who loves numbers, I’ve always thought the Book of Numbers should be their favorite book of the Bible. All the long lists of numbers and names in it may be viewed as a final roll call before all the action takes place; a year end reconciliation, April 15th, a grand tabulation if you will. The numbers and lists in that book are intended to prompt people to praise God for God’s faithfulness to so many over the years. Seeing all those names, adding them up ought to make all our hearts sing. God is faithful! 

Numbers, the Book of Numbers tells us to praise God. If that is true then when we do our math homework or balance the checkbook we praise God. (Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord. Colossians 3:23) There are several church members who spend lots of their time doing the numbers of the church. Every report they produce, every financial decision they make, every desimal they review my heart sings, “Praise be to God.”

If you’re a numbers person or not so much, I encourage you to read the Book of Numbers. In it you will see a great score of people God has been faithful to. Those lists are intended to remind you of how God is faithful to you. And in response to God’s faithfulness lift up your praise. 

When you get a chance make sure to say thanks to all the number people of the church. We would not operate so smoothly without them.


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 in our hearts Angelica Lipham, who has been diagnosed with cancer in her esophagus. 

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3 Julie Muniz
4 Anne Tennant
8 Gail Shaw
9 Karen Kneedler
10 Cole Benson
10 Jack Benson
12 Chyler Govreau
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14 Sara Madson
15 Fred Greenley
15 Lily Grover
17 Al Nicol
19 Jodee Kleb
19 Bret Paden
19 Emilie Cline
20 Brenda Caselli
22 Sarajane Nowman 
26 Bradd Grover
26 John Nichols
26 Grace Madson
26 Hannah Madson
27 Greg Madson
29 Shirley Paden
7 Ryan and Kristin Kneedler
10 Matt and Kristine Cleland
16 Bret and Shirley Paden
28 Sara and Greg Madson
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First United Presbyterian Church
c/o Sarah Evers
110 Greer Ct.
Collinsville, IL 62234

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The worship comittee is excited to announce that FUPC will be hosting a pet blessing on October 16th, at 9am in the Church courtyard. We encourage anyone who is interested to bring your pet up to the church.  Pastor Zach will be providing a blessing and a short message.  We will be honoring the pets that mean so much to us, and also remembering the pets that are no longer with us, and still hold an important place in our hearts.

There will be treats provided for pets and people alike. A drawing will be held for a gift card to a local pet store. And, since it is close to Halloween, pet costumes are encouraged. Please bring your furry (or not furry) friends up to the church on October 16th and join us!


We have a few events that will get us in our community.  First, I hope you will all join us in supporting the Trivia Night that is being held on October 23rd at the American Legion.  This Trivia Night will benefit Angel Lipham in her fight against cancer.  We will be providing a few silent auction items and hope the Church will support this important evening.  If you want more information, contact Sherri Finke or Kristine Cleland. 

We will also have a booth at the Collinsville Fall Festival on October 30th.  This is a very family friendly event and Outreach and Fellowship will work together to sell PBJ and PB sandwiches.   We will be promoting our Sunday School and Church as a great place to worship and deepen their relationship with God.  We are looking for donations of candy for the trick or treaters and juice packets for the kids.

 In the next few weeks, we will be kicking off Operation Christmas Child and the shoeboxes will be in the Narthax.  I have been collecting items this year and will have at least 20 shoeboxes to get us started.  If COVID will keep you from shopping, we are happy to shop for you.   SOS will be a few months away so more to follow on this as it gets closer.   We have a busy finish to the year.  If you have any questions, just give me a call or email.

Sherri Finke - 618/406-3463


The Evangelism Committee is going to help the Outreach Committee at Collinsville's Main Street Chili Cook-off and Halloween Walk on Oct. 30. We will be handing out flyers inviting people to our Sunday School and church services. We will also hand out candy to the children. If anyone would like to donate a bag of wrapped candy, please see Mary Lee Muniz.


The finance committee met and approved the August financial reports. Approval for the painting of Westminster Hall was granted. We also approved a new floor between Westminster Hall and the church hallway to match the tile that was laid in Westminster Hall. Most of the church’s checking accounts have been transferred to First Colllinsville Bank from Busey Bank due to customer service issues.


The Fellowship Committee continues to host a coffee Fellowship Hour outside in the courtyard at 8:45 a.m.  We will move back inside when the improvements to Westminster Hall and the education wing are completed. 

To coincide with the move back inside we will begin serving Fair Trade coffee.  This mission helps sustain small farmers and provides great coffee at the same time.

The committee is looking for volunteers to host Fellowship hour going forward.  If interested, please see Matt Bader, Vivian Bader, Lesley Drenkhahn, or Allyson Burr.

The PNC appreciates your thoughtful prayers as we continue to work through the process of finding our new pastor.  We continue to evaluate prospective candidates and prayerfully deliberate their potential fit for our congregation.

Dear FUPC,
I just wanted to thank you for the kind graduation gift and letter. THese gifts along with all of the care packages you have sent my way during school, have meant so much to me. Thanks, Ike Moritz

A special thank you to my church family for the plant given to me in memory of my sister, Bonnie.  A week after her funeral, a beautiful pink flower appeared in the center.  For me, it was a comforting sign from heaven.  Jeri Calvin-Howard

We wish to thank those who made donations to FUPC in memory of Janet’s Mother after her death on May 16th. She was a sincere Christian lady who worked as hard for her church as time and energy allowed in her 98 years of living.
We also wish to thank FUPC for the lovely bromeliad plant in memory of Janet’s Mother – Norma Lawson. We have never had a plant like it to care for before, so it has provided joy to watch it grow and bloom; and now it is putting out a new shoot!! So next we will see how good we are at nurturing a new life.  Thank You, Janet & Calvin Butts
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First United Presbyterian Church

201 E. Church Street
Collinsville, Illinois
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