June / 11 / 2019
Innovators and Laggards
"I received a letter last week with a great idea that I want to share. My hope is that you too will see the value, opportunity, and challenge which the letter presents."

Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket Update

  • Please pray... for all who are traveling in mission this summer.
  • Please pray... for our volunteers at all Vacation Bible School's this summer for endurance and strength.
  • Please pray...for Rev. Miriam Foltz in her next journey.
  • Please pray...for the Henrion family in the birth of Leah Athena.

Click on the prayer basket to find our current prayers.
Unneeded Jail Time Boosts Recidivism

Building on the momentum of the past year, the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, Stated Clerk of the PC(U.S.A.), will lead a group through the streets of Louisville, KY tomorrow calling for an end to the cash bail system. The PC(USA) has been working closely with The Bail Project, a nonprofit organization that is committed to helping people get out of jail who cannot afford bail.
Read more:

(Steve Durham, assistant director of  Louisville Metro Department of Corrections , plans to speak to Presbyterians Wednesday as they make their way from the Presbyterian Center to local government offices to  call for an end to the cash bail system .)
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2019-2020 Planning Calendars
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Roar Vacation Bible School Curriculum
Content Advisory

If you are using Roar VBS, please be aware they have made a significant change to the curriculum. This change came about because of complaints regarding cultural insensitivity in the curriculum. Please see the attached link below for updated changes.
Upcoming Team Meetings
NOTE: Meeting locations are as follows: Oaks - is the meeting room next door to the presbytery office; St.Andrew - refers to the Board Room of St. Andrews on the second floor, directly above the presbytery office; Pres - refers to the Presbytery Office Resource Center; Ladue - refers to Ladue Chapel; WG - refers to Webster Groves Presbyterian. Contact the office at 314-772-2395 if you are unsure where you will be meeting.
Week of: June 13 to June 19

Thurs., June 13
10 a.m. - Stewardship (Oaks)
3 p.m. -Gathering Planning (Oaks)
5 p.m. - Congregation Vibrancy (Oaks)
Mon., June 17
1 p.m. - Social Witness (Oaks)
Wed., June 19
1:30 p.m. - PTCC (St. Andrew)
Week of: June 20 to June 26

Thurs., June 20
9:30 a.m. - History Team (Aberdeen)
4 p.m. -Vision Team (Oaks)
6:30 p.m. - CPM (Ladue)
Mon., June 24
1 p.m. - DRAP (Ladue)

Uprooting Hunger - 2019 Presbytery Wide Goal
Creative thinking and Partnerships Feed Many

Early in 2010, our church drummer, Sam Johnson Jr., wondered if a pantry for musicians could happen. He stated that he “had all these cats to feed.” Kansas City is a wonderful jazz city and so the “cats” he was talking about were not the feline kind. “Cats” is a term that Sam used to refer to his musician friends. The conversation continued with our session, and soon the Musicians Food Pantry was opened twice a month at the church.
Congratulations to our newest Certified Hunger Action Congregation: First Presbyterian - Sullivan and to our newest Covenanting Congregations: Old Argo Presbyterian and Berea Presbyterian
Uprooting Hunger - Hunger Action Team
In 2019 the presbytery will work toward establishing Certified Hunger Action Congregations. This  handout will be helpful to your congregation, as we journey together.
We welcome any questions you might have - email us at or call 314-772-2395.
We celebrate, in thankgiving, our 9 Certified and 17 Covenanting Congregations for their dedication to eradicating hunger in their communities!
Ministry Team Updates
Presbyterian Women
Horizons Bi-Monthly Magazine Now Available
Have you considered subscribing?
The 2019 May/June digital version of Horizons magazine is now available for subscribers at
Although many of us use the terms interchangeably, joy and happiness are distinct concepts. Many people use joy to mean something that makes them really happy. To that end, perhaps the difference between the two is that happiness is hard to define and joy is really hard to define?
New Worshiping Communities Team Event
Dreaming & Discerning
Has God called you to breathe new life into a new community and in a new way? New Worshiping Communities are Spirit-led and initiated when a person hears God’s Song in a new key. Could you be that person? The New Worshiping Communities team is creating a confidential space where you can come and explore your call, God’s vision, and our desire to create new expressions of worshiping communities within the presbytery.
 If you are interested in exploring a call to become a new worshiping community leader, then join the presbytery’s New Worshiping Communities team for a discerning conversation on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at Faith Des Peres Presbyterian Church at 7:00 p.m. Snacks will be provided. 
 For questions about the gathering and to RSVP by June 15, 2019, please contact Vanessa Hawkins at either (314) 772-2395 (ext. 1982) or
Registration Ends June 14 th
Social Witness Team Event
"Troubling the Waters for
the Healing of the World"
Featuring: Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, Director of Public Witness PC(USA),
Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 9 a.m .to 3 p.m.
John Knox Presbyterian Church
Taste of Tuscany
for Pastors in Specialized Ministry
June 26 - 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The Presbytery of Giddings Lovejoy along with St. Luke's Hospital appreciate the work of those laboring outside of congregations. Specialized ministries are essential to the work we are called to do as part of the Church. Join us for a free meal, a time of fellowship, staff introductions, and reflection on ways we can better support each other and the work of the church. Event flyer, with registration, can be found here.
Tips For Greening Your Church ..... Re-Using
Serve church meal events on re-usable plates, cups, silverware, and tablecloths rather than one-time-use dinnerware. Serve water from pitches rather than disposable plastic bottles.
("TIPS" is brought to you by the Earth Care Team of presbytery composed of members of the 9 congregations that are certified Earth Care Congregations in the Presbyterian Church. For info on how your church can be a certified ECC contact: .)   
Congregational/Event Happenings
Congratulations to the
Henrion Family!

Rev. Kathleen and David Henrion, along with big brother Calvin announce the birth of Leah Athena Henrion.

The Boeuff Presbyterian Church and the Presbytery are excited to celebrate the newest addition to our family.
UKirk's Pastor Miriam Foltz
Accepts New Position
We are all saddened to lose Pastor Miriam, who has served as the gifted Pastor of UKirk, has been a dedicated ministry team member on several committees, and as great pulpit supply for churches in need. She will assume her new role as Pastor of New Castle Presbyterian Church, New Castle, Delaware in August. We wish all the best for her and our prayers follow her into her new journey.
Faith & Fair Trade
Conversations at LoveJoy United Presbyterian
June 16, 23 an 30
9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Join Karen Wilson and Daniel Ervin, of LovJoy United, for a conversation on how we practice our faith within the economic relationships we share with those who make the goods that we use.
Are the people who make our clothes, products, and food our neighbors?
Having just returned from Peru, Daniel and Karen will be sharing how fair trade practices are transforming the lives of individuals and communities there, and how we can help. Directions found here.
Make Music Day - You Are Invited To Participate
Friday, June 21st
Join with Faith Des Peres

What is Make Music Day ? It is a worldwide event, happening in more than 120 countries. Every year, the event involves musicians in local happenings. This year, Faith Des Peres will participate. The event happens on the summer solstice, June 21st. Locally, we call the event MAKE MUSIC SAINT LOUIS - you can find more details here -   Also on that website, you or friends may register as participants if you wish to make music. Please think broadly about "making music", because any related art form is welcome to participate. For example, poetry recitation (why not?)  This year, June 21st is a Friday. Our facility will be available between 1:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. If you have acquaintances who may be interested, please let them know. For more information, please see our Music Director - Rene Zajner, or via email (
Kindercottage Ministry
Golden Gala
Saturday, June 29
Celebration of 50 years!

J une 29 is coming quickly. Please order your tickets now and make plans for a joyful celebration of Brenda Crisp’s and all our combined ministries at UniPres Kindercottage these last 50 years. 
Go to to place your orders now. Invite friends to join you and purchase a whole table. It will be a wonderful and inspiring evening!
Full event flyer can be found here.
First Presbyterian Church - Sullivan
Celebrates 165 Years of Ministry
July 14 at 2 p.m.

The first records of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Sullivan, Missouri date back to November, 1892, but the first roll of members was received in the area as in 1854, and the first church building was completed in 1897. We have much to celebrate! All are welcome to join us in this celebration.
Whitewater Presbyterian Church
Annual Picnic
July 20 | 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

On a June day 175 years ago, 13 people gathered under a tree on the bank of Whitewater Creek on the old Farmington-Jackson road about a mile east of Heitman's Mill. That was the first official meeting of what is now Whitewater Presbyterian Church in Sedgewickville, Missouri.
This year marks 187 years of ministry and they would love for you to join them at their annual picnic.
Mars and Beyond
Vacation Bible School
July 22 - 26, 2019

Your Voyager will discover an interactive, energizing, Bible-based program that will give them an opportunity to experience a mission of a lifetime with God. Join us in Learning Where God’s Power Can Take Us!

Same Week - Different Locations
  • St. Mark Presbyterian from 9 a.m. to Noon (Details found here)
  • Steelville Presbyterian from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Details coming soon)
Ministry Materials
Children's Chairs Available (FREE)

First Presbyterian – Union has some children’s chairs they would love to donate to another church in need of some. They are in great shape and just need a new home.
  • There are 13 child-size molded plastic chairs with metal legs that measure 14" floor to seat and 13" wide.
  • There are 9 child-size molded plastic chairs that measure 12" floor to seat and 13" wide.
  • There are 5 child-size molded plastic chairs that measure 11" floor to seat and 10" wide.
Please contact Carol Gruber (636-583-2329) for more information. 
For the Photographers Among Us
The #ArchCityReligion PhotoBurst is a community-based effort to identify, document, and explore religion as it is lived in the greater St. Louis region through crowd-sourced digital photography.
We invite people of all ages and identities to submit original digital photographs of religion in St. Louis—whatever that means to you. All submissions are welcome and will help us better understand religious life, practices, ideas, objects, and places in the greater St. Louis area. Whether you are religious or not, where do you see (or hear, smell, touch, or taste) religion in your daily life? From collective rituals to private devotions to public spectacles, law, art, sports, and entertainment, how is religion part of the experience of living in St. Louis?
Select entries will be displayed in various venues. Please go to for further information and to submit your photograph. Entries accepted through July 19.
Complete List of Educational Opportunities: Found Here
Layaway at Mound Ridge

The layaway hammock circle is ready for the summer! Give yourself a well deserved break and relax among the trees at Mound Ridge.

See what camps are available for your children by clicking here.
Standing up for Civil Rights
Summer Camp (ages 5-12)
June 17 - June 21
Second Presbyterian Church

Join us as we explore the history and importance of St. Louis’ civil rights and social justice milestones through fun and creative interactive activities, stories, and songs. Everyday people in communities of faith and service have the power to change our world for the better, including kids!     Learn more here!
Micah 6:8 Camp
Schools will be letting our for the summer soon. Have you made plans for your middle school student, for day camp? Explore what Amen St. Louis
June 17th to 21st.
Click below:

Contact if you have a church bus or van that you're willing to donate for use to transport campers!  
Stop the Cycle Of Poverty! Free Webinar
The Least of These: Engaging in the Work of Preventing and Alleviating Poverty
June 19 | 11 a.m – 12:30 p.m.

This four-part webinar series challenges us to go beyond charity and take a more holistic view of poverty, equipping teams to create real and lasting change.
  • Hear from leaders in the PC(USA) and in community development as you or your team are guided through core principles that go beyond charity and build relationships.
  • Each webinar features a different theme.
To register, or for more information, email
Registration is limited to 15 people, per webinar.
Current Support Ministry Position Openings
Children, Youth and Family Ministry - Second Presbyterian

Soprano Section Leader Wanted - Westminster St. Louis