Sharing the Caring - Faith in Action Metro East
Sharing the Caring
F ro m Th e Dire c to r ’s Ch ai r
The Art of Conversation
Not so long ago, Americans
had front porch swings. We all
knew our neighbors and after
dinner was a time to sit and
visit. People took the time to
relax, talk and get to know
Those times are gone.
Casual conversation has been
replaced with social media.
The front porch is a bench
where we hold our pagers
waiting for a table. We are
more likely to see our next
door neighbors at Wal-Mart
than in our neighborhoods.
Lives are so fast paced it is
hard to imagine having the
desire to slow down and take
it easy. Wouldn’t it be great if
we could just take a break?
Take an afternoon to meet
someone new? Spend time
with someone without a time
By: Lori Fry - Director
schedule or agenda? Faith in
Action volunteers do just that.
Sure, our care receivers have
doctor appointments to
attend or errands to run. The
core of a volunteer
assignment is the talking. I
hear a friendly visit takes place
in every car, kitchen table, and
doctor waiting area. Our
volunteers report that FIA is
their favorite place to make a
Do you want to make a
new friend or just spend some
time talking? This is the place
to be! Call FIA and volunteer.
You can spend as little as an
hour a few times a year. It is all
up to you. The results are well
worth it. Give us a call at
In this issue:
The Director’s Chair 1
In Full Swing
Did You Know
Grief-Share Support 7
“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up,
just as you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11
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Fellowship at Elder Connection dinner/movie
By: Nancy Kaprelian
After a break in July,
resumed its busy
schedule in August
with lunch at the
Happy Cow in Caseyville. In
September, we had a change of
pace with an early dinner of
wonderful Chinese food at
Peking Garden in Collinsville.
October 10th found us breaking
bread together with an Italian
lunch at Pleasant Ridge Park in
Collinsville. We watched the
movie “Hocus Pocus” and ate
church’s “popcorn ladies” Gloria
Elder Connection activities
for the rest of the year
will include an early dinner at
4 p.m. on Sunday, November
22, at the Golden Corral Buffet
in the Collinsville Crossing
Shopping Center. As always,
Please remember to call your
reservation to 799-9085 no later
than Monday, November 16.
(By the way, Meadow Heights
Baptist Church is having their
annual Thanksgiving Dinner on
Thursday, November 26, from
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. It’s a turkey
dinner with all the trimmings,
and open to all who want to
In December, we’re planning
a trip to Eckert’s Restaurant in
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By: Kay Curtis
Answers on Aging Specialist
344-7788 / [email protected]
In Full Swing
As we enter the fall
season, (my favorite time of
the year), there are many
events to anticipate in these
next three months: cooler
temperatures, autumn colors,
Halloween, the end of daylight
savings time (Sunday, Nov 1), and the
Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
Before the season gets into “full swing”,
however, let’s take a few minutes to review
some practical matters: then we can relax and
enjoy the rest of this year’s activities.
Reminder to file the Benefit Access
Application for the reduced license sticker
price of $24.00 and/or the Madison County
Transit fixed route free bus pass. (This
program is open to seniors 65+ and
persons with disabilities).
If you are not certain you have filed the
Benefit Access Application this year, or
need to file for any of the above benefits,
please contact Kay at 344-7788.
Is your current Medicare Part “D”
prescription drug plan meeting your needs?
Take a few minutes to re-evaluate your
current part “D” plan: the private drug
plans can change their monthly premiums,
co-pays, and drugs they will cover.
Enrollment” period, which is October 15 th
through December 7th. Any plan change
during this period will be effective January 1,
2016. I will be happy to review your
current Part “D” plan, compare it with the
new plans and switch plans depending on
Remember to double-check that all your
insurance needs are benefiting you and
only you. The various insurance companies
will soon begin marketing directly to you and
your individual needs will not be their priority.
Remember--you will not have to sign up for
any new plans unless you wish to switch
from your current Part “D” to another Part
“D” drug plan. (One option that may help
some participants with drug costs is the
Extra Help or Low Income Subsidy federal
Be wary of scammers calling stating they
are with Social Security or Medicare and
wanting your personal information to sign
you up with a new plan. You will not have to
have a new Medicare card. (Scammers are
using that ruse simply to get your Medicare
If you have any questions or concerns regarding
mailings, or especially telephone calls, please
contact Kay at Answers on Aging,(618)344-7788
or [email protected]
As always, Kay will be happy to assist you in any
If you wish to or need to change from your
current Medicare Part “D” drug plan, that
change can be done during the “Open
Belleville for lunch - and their “all you
care to eat family style” fried chicken
dinner - at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday,
December 19. Please call in your
reservation by Monday, December
14. Volunteers for transportation are
available. Just express your need
for transportation when you call
799-9085 to RSVP.
We’re starting to work on the
2016 Elder Connection schedule of
events. If you have any suggestions
or ideas, please call Nancy
Kaprelian at 799-9085. Remember,
Elder Connection events are open to
individuals registered as care
receivers of Collinsville Faith in
Action. Volunteers are available for
transportation if needed. Don’t miss
out on any of the fun!
Lori Fry, Beth Baker,
Kay Curtis, Nancy
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Need Help with changing light bulbs or installing a smoke detector?
Handyman Program can help! A team of volunteers provide minor household repairs
and maintenance services for low income older adults in Southern Madison County. The
service is free of charge including materials to qualifying participants. Our goal is to help
older adults remain safe and independent in their own homes.
Who is eligible?
60 years of age or older residing in Madison County
Low income at or below the Poverty Income Guidelines – 125% of FPL
90 days Income
How to apply
This program is funded through Madison County Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)
and the CSBG application must be submitted.
Contact the participating agencies to apply:
Collinsville Faith in Action (Collinsville, Caseyville, and Maryville): 618-344-5008
Edwardsville Faith in Action (Edwardsville and Glen Carbon): 618-692-0480
Tri-cities Faith in Action (Granite City, Venice, Madison and Pontoon Beach) :
You will need to provide:
Current 90 day documented income (Employment, Pension, TANF, SSI, GA, SS,
Unemployment, Other – child support, spousal support, etc. and Disability) for each
household member that has income.
A proof of homeownership (Property tax bill)
This project is conducted with funds provided under the Community Services Block Grant Program by the Illinois Department
of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and Madison County and does not necessarily represent in whole or in part the
viewpoint of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity or Madison County.
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Many Thanks to our 2015 Dinner Auction Donors
The 2015 Faith in Action Dinner Auction, held on July 17, was a wonderful success. We made $17,000 for our program of
services helping people 60 years and over and disabled adults in our service area. We couldn’t have accomplished this
success without the support of the following individuals, churches, businesses, and organizations. We are grateful for their
in kind contributions, monetary gifts, item donations, advertising, and attendance at the event.
Remember to say thank you to our wonderful donors when you see them!
Pat Adams | Terry Allan | Tom & Elaine Arnotti | Paul Arnotti | Jeannie Arro | Debbie & Jerald Aylsworth | Beth Baker
Scott Barnes | Joan Barrett | Patricia Bastable | Josh Bates | Jamie Bates | Gloria Baum | Nona Bennett | Roger Beran
Kim Beran | | Bill & Nancy Berry | Marcia Billhartz | John Bitzer | Mary Ann Bitzer | John Blonde | Ed Bluemner
Lois Bluemner | Gary Borgard | Tony Boron | Glen Boushard | Joyce Brewers | Judy Brombolich | Diane Brooks
Barbara & Mike Brown | Jessica Buchana | Charles Buchana | Peggy Cadagin | Narni Cahill | Laurie Carter | Warren Carter
Kyra Carvelot | Marilyn Catalpa | Jim & Shelby Chapman | Matt Cleland | Kristine Cleland | Margie Condomitti
Jeanine Connor | Joe Cunningham, St.Louis Cardinals, Retired | Dalani Dalton | Tracy Dalton | Liz Dalton
Angie Davis | John Davis | Peggy Despain | Don Despain | Frank DiStefno | Sandy DiStefno | Betty Duff | Alan Dunstan
Linda Dunstan | Nancy & Bill Dusenbery | Diane Faligram | Rob Favier | Beth Favier | Mark Fedder | Mary Fedder
Walter & Mary Louise Fedder | Amy Fedder | Carol Fierkolb | Joyce Fitzgerald | Sharon Ford | Nicole Fry | Mike and Lori Fry
Ray Gallaher | Tom Schnitzius & Pam Gates | Loretta Giacoletto | Eva Giovando | Phillip Goble | Vera Goble | Betty Goforth
Richard & Glenna Grab | Nancy Graves | Sheri Greene | Tim Greene | Jerri Greenley | Fred Greenley | Shirley Grimm
Dan & Rosemary Gruber | Judith Ham | Ralph & Marian Haury | Linda & Mike Hester | Jeana Heyden | Rita Howells
Vicky Jackson | Barbara Johnston | Jeri & Rosemary Juenger | Mary Lou Kafka | Steve Kafka | Dr. Kalaher | Tom Kanzler
Doris Keller | Jim Kerfoot | Peggy Kinamore | Pat Kirk | Cathy Kirksey Eldon & Claudette Klein | Mick Knavi | Orville Knebel
Cindy Knebel | Norbert & Linda Kniepp | Mary Knoche | Gabrielle Koonce | Larry & Bonita Krupp | Ron & Carol Kubicek
Archie Lampley | Bill & Bev Lindsey | Megan Lindsey | Sharm Magus | Don Manor | Nan Manor | Joan Massa
Mollie Meldrum | Kitty Metcalf | Collinsville Mayor John Miller | Dianne Miller | Sue Monahan | Carol & Barry Moore
Sylvia Mueth | Andrea Mull | Ray Muniz | Pat Nelson | Dan Nescas | Melody Nescas | Bill & Pat Niedringhaus
Rosemary Novich | Chris Ordway | Sophie Ozment | Ben Ozment | Heather Ozment | Emma Payne | Jane Pfaff
Matt Piskulic | Denise Piskulic | Allison Preston | Elaine Ramsay | Minnie Randall | Jim Randle | Bill Randolph
Lana Randolph | Norma Rapp | Margie & Charles Renick | Judy Rhoodes | Louisa Rodriguez | Sarah Ross | Rosanna Rottier
Cecilia Ruth | Ted Sanders | Audrey Sanders | Lori Sasse | Jim & Pat Schapp | Georgia Schefft | Penny Scheibal
Eldon Schoeber | David Schulte | Susan Chapman Schultz | Mary Sue Schusky | Pat Scoggins | Joe Semanisin
Mary Ann & George Silhavy | Rich & Joyce Skelton | Sherry Skelton | Barb Smock | Pat Sullivan | Robert Swingler
Sandra Thomas | Susan Thompson | Tony Torralba | Karen Turpin | Bill Ulkus | Trina Vetter | Nancy & Jerry Vetter-Staten
Don Vuenesky | Bob Walter | Mark & Pam Waltermire | Ken & Phyllis Waltermire | Cindy Ward | Deb & Kevin Weinacht
Mary Ann White | Sandy
Whitlow | Rob & Anita Whittington | Yenny Wijaya | Sarah Wilkerson | Tom Wilkerson
Nancy Willett | Jan Williams | Jim Williams | Ron & Dianne Winney | Marge Wright | Betty A. Wrigley | Jeff Young
Allan Auction & Real Estate, Terry Allan | AMC Theaters | Anheuser Busch Tour Center | B & K Towing, Karen Kneedler
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Thanks to Our 2015 Dinner Auction Donors
Collinsville Auto Body, Stephanie Ufert | Collinsville High School Athletics, Clay Smith | Collinsville Progress
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Bobbye Brawner | Creekside Gardens | Cullop-Jennings Florist | Culvers - Collinsville
Drury Hotels-Corp Giving Committee, Jayne Nicholson | Edible Arrangements | Fairmont Racetrack, Brian Zander
Family Video - Collinsville | Farmer's Market, Doug Weiss | Fire-N-Smoke BBQ | First United Methodist Church
First United Presbyterian Church | Fornero Orthodontics, Rebecca Fornero | Friends of Bill Haine | Gateway Grizzlies
Gnavi Law Offices, PC, Mick Gnavi | Grumpy Bob's Emporium/Fancy That | Hairscapers Salon, Crystal Ball
Hilmes Legal Solutions LLC, B. Marshall Hilmes | Holten Photography, Sherry Holten | Holy Cross Lutheran Church Home
Jim Herren Photography, Jim Herren | Jim's Pawn & Jewelry Shop, Steve Ritter | John B. Raffaelle - Attorney at Law
Knights of Columbus, Council 1712 | L. E. Smith Jewelers, Jim Smith | Laura Buick-Pontiac-GMC, Inc, Jack Anderson
Lenny's Carpet & Floor Center | Meadow Heights Baptist Church | Mike's Automotive, Pete Papchrisanthou
Missouri Botanical Garden, Lindsey Brooks | Navigation Church | Pak Mail | Panera, LLC | Paz Images, Alex Paz
Penn Station | Porter's Steak House, Stacy Cutler | Pruitt's Tire & Auto Sales, LLC, Cynthia Pruitt | Ravanelli's Restaurant
S. S. Peter & Paul Catholic Church | Scott Credit Union, Cassidy Beck | SIUE - School of Pharmacy, Terry Andrews
Six Flags Friends - St.Louis | Splash City Family Waterpark (C.A.R.D.), Mark Badasch | St. Clair/Bel-Air Bowl, Nancy Chase
Cardinals, Brady Bruhn
Stillwaters & A Perfect Ten, Sandy Rose & Kathy Keough | Jack Strader | Sun Catcher's, Kay Len | Swing City
The Art Loft Gallery, LTD., Carolyn Welch | The Bank of Edwardsville, Bill Yarbrough | The Flower Basket, Steve Conner
The Mane Attraction, Carla Hall | The Muny, Laura Peters | The Oatman House Restaurant, Sandy Rose
Vern's Car Care, Russ Rice | VFW Kahokian Memorial Post #5691, Tom Arnotti | Viviano Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.,
Don Viviano | Wallace Realtors, Richard Wallace | Wal-Mart, Elsie McCartney | Wehrenberg Theaters, Inc., Midge Krueger
Woods Basement System, Dave Thompson | Wrigley Law Office, Daniel Wrigley, CPA | YMCA-CMT, Lynne Kerfoot
Not what we give, But what we share,
For the gift without the giver, Is bare.
~ James Russell Lowell
Sharing the Caring
FIA Sunday 2015 was held
Sunday, September 27th
Faith in Action Sunday is a time for all
Did you know the Collinsville Township
churches and civic organizations to honor
Office makes daily calls to those in their
their commitment to Faith in Action. It is
not too late to hold an FIA Sunday.
program is called Telecare.
To register, simply call the Township Office’s
telephone number 344-1290. You will be
required to furnish an emergency contact
and express your preference for morning or
Collinsville Faith in Action will call you
weather. CFIA has volunteers
group can celebrate any time. Speakers are
available for short announcements. We also
have a bulletin announcement, slide, poster
and other materials to round out the event.
can be enough.)
For more information,
please call 344-8080 and talk to Lori or
tornadoes, and severe heat to check on care
Nancy. Our theme this year is “wear your
(Just listing CFIA in the church newsletter
This is ideal for those who live
alone or have family living outside the
The people who volunteer at CFIA can
This program offers
additional insurance for volunteering and
experiences. RSVP is also a direct link to the
President’s Award for volunteer achievement.
CFIA will hold their yard cleanup day on
November 7 if weather permits.
FIA t-shirt to church.”
GriefShare meets at Good Shepherd Lutheran
Church, 1300 Beltline Road, Collinsville, IL on
Tuesdays from 6 pm to 7:30 pm. GriefShare
features nationally recognized experts on grief
recovery topics. Seminar sessions include “Is This
Normal?” “The Challenges of Grief,” “Grief and
Your Relationships,” “Why?” and “Guilt and
Action volunteers will offer to rake leaves,
Child care is provided with advance notice.
trim bushes, and other seasonal yard chores.
The session started September 8 and
resumes again in January. Call the church
secretary, 618-344-3151 or email [email protected] to ask questions or to obtain
The care receiver should pay for the leaf bags
and the hauling.
CFIA will do the work.
Please let the CFIA office know at 344-8080,
if any of this is right for you.
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How Volunteering Benefits You
We all know volunteering makes a substantial
impact on the structure and well-being of our
community, but it is also beneficial to you, the
volunteer. Here are 5 personal reasons to lend
a helping hand:
1. Reap health benefits.
Research conducted by the Corporation for
National and Community Service shows
volunteering and good health go hand in hand.
According to the report, volunteers have greater
longevity, higher functional ability and lowered
risks of depression and heart disease.
2. Advance your career.
Volunteer work is a great way to get a taste for a
particular career path you might be interested in
without making a full-time commitment to pursue
it. This kind of experience serves as a strong
résumé booster and paints a committed and
dedicated picture of you to prospective
3. Build relationships.
Volunteering not only provides you the
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opportunity to meet people, but also to broaden
your networking horizons. Participating in a
volunteering service project gives you the
chance to form a connection with others who
share similar interests and passions.
4. Boost happiness.
Much like exchanging a smile, when you’re
happy and content, you tend to make those
around you happy as well. Research has shown
when doing volunteer work, happiness is a
common side effect that spreads, making others
want to contribute to boost their moods, too.
5. Make an impact.
The beauty of volunteering is that it allows most
any skill or amount of time you might have to be
put toward helping make an impact
on your community. There are few things more
rewarding than the joy of serving others and
seeing that leave a lasting impression.
Do something good for you and your community.
In Honor of Mary Anna Fischer
By Rich and Gail Tognarelli
Roy Raymond Burns
Otto and Mary Daech
In Memory of Vincenzo
Curt and Kathy Malham
Judy Ackermann Fietsam
By Tom and Pam Binger
June Ellen Bechtoldt
Clifford and Betty Emert
Ed and Lois Bluemner
In Memory of Margaret Haig
Kenny and Linda Hoback
By Bob and Audrey Lasurs
Alan and Dawn Sheridan
Barney and Debbie Brown
By Nancy Berry and Kay Curtis
IN HONOR of:
In Honor of all mothers
Friends of Bill Haine and
In Honor of Grant Lange
By Barbara Deering
In Honor of Pat Schapp
By Jeanie Mayer
By Ladde and Doris Mayer
In Memory of Beulah Kalbfliesch
By Lee and Susan Kalbfleisch
In Memory of Marilyn Crowder
Ladde and Doris Mayer
In Honor of Ron and Dianne Winney
By Mary Lynn Stringer
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Elvis Was in the House!
FIA’s 2015 Dinner Auction
Over 200 guests clapped and cheered for “Elvis” at the
2015 Dinner Auction, held on July 17 at the Gateway Center in
Collinsville. The wonderful sum of $17,000 was raised in
support of Faith in Action programs for seniors and disabled
adults in our service area. Everyone embraced the “Back to the
50s” theme. We haven’t seen this many poodle skirts, pony
tails, jeans with black leather jackets, rolled up sleeves on
T-shirts, and slicked-back hair with long sideburns since that
rocking and rolling decade.
Tom Wilkerson, from Meadow Heights Baptist Church, personified the one and only Elvis
Presley, as he entertained us with a jumping medley of tunes. Rev. David Amsden, pastor of
Navigation Church and president of the Collinsville Area Ministerial Association, started the
evening with an opening prayer, then grabbed a wireless microphone to build up the fun in the
silent auction area and share the duties of master of ceremonies with FIA Director Lori Fry.
Auctioneers Terry “Bones” Allan and his daughter Jeana Heyden generated excitement in the
oral auction with the able assistance of Collinsville Mayor John Miller. The scouts and leaders
from Boy Scout Troop #83 from SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Collinsville, aided by
scouts from other area troops, worked hard in many tasks during the evening.
In addition to the oral and silent auctions, there were the “Shake, Rattle and Roll” Lightning
Run Raffle, the “Back to the 50s” Raffle, and the 50/50 Raffle. Of course, there was a costume
contest! Vicky Jackson, from the Collinsville Township office, won the contest by making an
indelible impression as Lucy from “I Love Lucy.”
Several of our wonderful care receivers again made and donated items for the care receivers
table in the silent auction area. This is how they “give back” to Faith in Action, with donations
of handmade items and collectibles. Some care receivers also gave cash donations or purchased
tickets to the fundraiser.
The dedicated volunteers of the Auction Committee included Pat Adams, Pat Bastable, Judy
Brombolich, Shelby Chapman, Liz Dalton, Gail Herren, Linda Hester, Rita Howells, Karen Langley,
Bill Lindsey, Mary Ann Silhavy, Sandra Thomas, Nancy Vetter-Staten, Gloria Wagener, Yenny
Wijaya, and Jan Williams. They started working on the event in January. FIA Staffers Nancy
Berry, Lori Fry, Nancy Kaprelian and Erla Pieplow also served on the committee.
Most of all, the dinner auction was a success due to the generosity of the guests, the sponsors,
donors, and advertisers. Proceeds from this fundraiser support Faith in Action’s vital ministries
of Volunteer Caregivers, Answers on Aging, and Elder Connection.
Collinsville Faith in Action
A program of: Collinsville Area Ministerial Association
233 North Seminary
Collinsville, IL 62234
Phone: 618-344-8080 Fax: 618-344-4969
Email: [email protected]
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First United Presbyterian Church
Holy Cross Lutheran Church
Meadow Heights Baptist Church
Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church
St. John United Church of Christ
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