Find Your Community

If you are looking to join a community of people, you do not have to look far! UPC offers many different ways to engage with a welcoming group of folks who are more than happy to meet you. 


If you have a passion, chances are other people at UPC share it. Committees are a great way to put your faith in action by serving in areas that give you great joy. Below are a list of committees and committee chair persons. For information on Committees, contact the church office at

Church Life - Charlotte Cronin

Hospitality & Growth - Ellen Grohovena

Christian Education - Pam Scranton/Cindy Shipley 

Human Resources - Pam Madden/Deb Sullivan 

Membership Care - Mary Jo Mays/Deb Hanson

Mission - Christie Cook/Jenna Hague 

Nature Connections- Judy Helm

Properties - Bob McDowell/Don Hartshorn

Stewardship & Finance - Megan McKeighan/Tim Cole

Worship & the Arts - Mark Hanson/Jerry Randall 

UPC Foundation - Sean Scranton 

Preschool - Judy Helm/Kathy Nordvall 

Fellowship Opportunities

a non-partisan movement of Americans demanding reasonable solutions to address our nation’s culture of gun violence
When? 2nd Monday of the month @ 6 pm. 

group established to create stronger connections between children and adults with God’s natural environment for healthier, happier and more spiritual lives.
When? 2nd Wednesday of the month @ 6 pm. 

a group of church members who walk trails in the Peoria area
For more info contact Linda Kelley - 

The Present Word
an Adult Education class that meets on Sunday morning @ 9am (Sept-May)
For more info contact Mary Jo Mays - 

a group who forms basketball and softball teams throughout the year
For more info contact Sean Jennings - 

a fun group who plays BUNCO! Bring $1 for prizes and bring snacks if you would like
When? 2nd Friday of the month @ 7pm (Sept-May). Contact Eunice Andrews - (309) 688-8458

a group who walks through the difficult moments of grief and loss
Bereavement Group meets on Tuesdays @ 3 pm and on Thursdays @ 6 pm in Room 100
Parent's Bereavement Group meets 2nd and 4th Monday @ 1 pm in Room 100

this is both a ladies' book club and a mission project for Share the Warmth
When? 2nd Thursday of the month @ Weaver Ridge Restaurant (Sept-May). Contact Cindy Shipley - 

an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. All levels are welcome from novice to advanced!
When? Monday/Wednesday @ 6 pm (Room 1) and Tuesday/Thursday @ 1:30 pm (Fellowship Hall). Contact Atsuko Cummins - (309) 691-7118

a 12-step fellowship for the family and friends of those with drug, alcohol or related behavioral issues
When? Tuesdays @ 6:30 pm (Choir Room). Contact Dawn Higgins -  or Jim Bremner - 

these groups lead music in the worship services on Sunday mornings
Handbell Choir - Wednesday @ 5:30-6:15 pm (Sept.-May)*
Chancel Choir - Wednesday @ 6:15-7:15 pm (Sept.-May)*
Worship Band - Wednesday @ 7:15-8:15 pm (Sept.-May)*
*child care upon request. Contact Alison Meuth for more information.