August / 13 / 2019
Do It Again
“The community must feel as though the Presbyterian church is their church, an asset in the community where they can hang out.”

Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket Update

  • Please pray... for all who will be heading back to the classroom soon.
  • Please pray....for children who are in foster care and/or in family transitions.
Click on the prayer basket to find our current prayers.
St. Charles Presbyterian Church donated forty “Educate a Child” gifts from the Presbyterian Giving Catalog, from their VBS. Amazing! And Jessica McMaken, this year’s VBS Director, commented “Our space themed VBS fit well with an education focused mission. During VBS, the children learned that God fills us with specials powers, like love, boldness, and kindness to "Go Beyond" and serve Him in ways far beyond what we could imagine. (The Special Offerings and Giving Catalog staff LOVE to share and lift up congregations who are so very generous and creative in support of Presbyterian mission. Well done!)
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All Are Welcome - Presbytery Gathering
Thursday, August 22

Featuring Evangelism & Vital Congregations with
Rev. Dr. Kathryn Threadgill
The Coordinator for Vital Congregation for the PC(USA)

Community Exegesis
(Gathering Pre-Session)
Using Belleville as our example, we will learn more about the area as we explore what is available and what is needed in that community. This journey we take together will give you the tools necessary to do a Community Exegesis in your own community and utilize it in future mission and evangelism.
Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy
Application for Nomination
224th General Assembly
June 20-27, 2020 | Baltimore, Maryland
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: Aug. 15 to Aug. 21

Thurs., Aug. 15
4 p.m. - Vision Team (Oaks)
6:30 p.m. - CPM (Ladue)
Sat., Aug. 17
9 a.m. - DRAP Fac. Train (WG)
Mon., Aug. 19
1 p.m. - Social Witness (Oaks)
Tues., Aug. 20
Week of: Aug. 22 to Aug. 28

Thurs., Aug. 22
Presbytery Gathering

Mon., Aug. 26
1 p.m. -DRAP (Ladue)
Session Records Review
Session Records Review Resource may be found here.
If you have questions, please contact Rev. Joy Myers, Stated Clerk, at or by calling 314-772-2395.

  • Saturday, September 14 - 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian
Sullivan, Missouri - Directions Here

  • Saturday, September 21 - 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Oak Hill Presbyterian
St. Louis, Missouri - Directions Here.
Uprooting Hunger - 2019 Presbytery Wide Goal
Yoked in Ministry and Mission - Hunger Action at Work
First Presbyterian Church of Union and Pacific Presbyterian
  • First Presbyterian, Union offers a free meal called the "Welcoming Table" on Tuesdays 6:00-7:00 p.m. All are welcome! A hot nutritious meal and fellowship with other guests. Stay as long as you. (Take outs are available at 6:30 p.m. )
  • Pacific Presbyterian are getting ready for "Dinner with Us" to start again. This summer they have some time away, but their first dinner of the new school year will be next Thursday, August 22. They will be serving taco salad!
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 12 Certified and 18 Covenanting Congregations for their dedication to eradicating hunger in their communities!
Ministry Team Updates
History Team Congregational Highlight
St. Charles Presbyterian Church
St. Charles Presbyterian Church was organized by the Presbytery of St. Louis on August 30, 1818, with Reverend Salmon Giddings preaching on the opening day. Reverend John Matthews was also there when the congregation was established. Reverends Matthews and Giddings were houseguests of Reverend Timothy Flint, who had been elected Moderator of the Presbytery. Reverend Flint, serving as a missionary pastor, had lead services for Presbyterians in St. Charles from 1816 – 1819. He preached the first three Sundays of the month in St. Charles and the last Sunday at Bonhomme Presbyterian Church (St. Louis County). 
Services of the St. Charles Presbyterian Church were first held in members homes and in a building on Main Street owned by Catherine Collier, until “The Old Blue Church” was built on the southwest corner of Third and Madison Streets in 1883. During the Civil War, the Church divided into two congregations: what was later called “The Jefferson Street Church” separated from “The First Church” (later called “The Madison Street Church”). Construction of the present building began in 1956.
UKirk Meal Sign-Up
Calling all chefs and potluck masters! - Would you support this ministry by signing up for meal coordination for this upcoming year? We gather at Trinity Presbyterian Church every Sunday evening. You can sign up and find more information here. Our first gathering will be on Sunday, August 25th.
Forgiveness after Hate
Wed., Aug. 14

On August 14th the Newmark Institute for Human Relations at the JCRC will be hosting “ Forgiveness After Hate.” It is the story of two men who found the ability to move forward after a hate crime. For one, the massacre at the Oak Creek Sikh Temple—for which we commemorated the seventh anniversary just yesterday—took the life of his father. For the other, it was the realization of the hate that he fostered and recruited in his life as a white supremacist. 
A Place of Grace
Join Julie Gvillo for one of two Prayer Art Retreats at Von Dell Gallery & Studios on Thursday, August 15th. The afternoon retreat begins at 1:00 p.m. and the evening retreat begins at 6:00 p.m. The focus scripture is Jeremiah 1:4-10 and the theme "Calling and Commission." If you can write the letters l, c, s, and o, you can tangle ... I'll show you how!  RSVP to the art gallery 618-251-8550 by noon on August 13 or to the event on the A Place of Grace Facebook Page .
Is your creativity stalled? Are you stuck? Do you need a jump start? Join Julie Gvillo for a 12-Week Creativity Challenge at Von Dell Gallery & Studios in Wood River, IL beginning Thursday, August 29th. See the attached flier for more information. We're going to have a GREAT TIME flexing our creative muscles!
Partners for Just Trade Invite you to:
The Tea - Remembering Downton Abbey 
Sat., Sept. 14   | 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.
 This fundraising event will be held at Webster Groves Presbyterian Church, located at 45 West Lockwood Avenue, Webster Groves, Missouri. For more information on how to register to attend, click here.
Congregational/Event Happenings
Annual Women’s Association Rummage Sale
at Southminster Presbyterian Church
August 16 & 17
The Rummage Sale begins with a Pre-Sale, Friday, August 16 from 6 pm-7:30 pm, $5 admission fee; then the open Rummage Sale will be on Saturday, August 17 from 8 am-12 noon. This is a huge sale with lots of treasures to find! The sale will be held at the church, located at 10126 East Watson Road, Crestwood, Missouri.  Directions found here.
Dardenne Presbyterian Church
Third Annual Bowling for Water
Sat., Aug. 24 | 6 p.m.– 10 p.m.
Bowlero, St. Peters
Come join us for our third annual "Bowling for Water" crazy bowl event to raise money for the purchase and installation of new water purification systems in third world countries such as Haiti. During our trips, we install new systems, provide Health & Hygiene training to local communities, follow-up on systems previously installed, and repair hand-pumps to get water out of the ground so that it can be purified. There will be bowling, 50/50 raffle, silent auction items, raffle box items, and loads of fun!
Celebrating Our Past and Future
Sonlight Parish Celebration
Sun., Aug. 25 | 3 p.m.
As we, the Presbyterian Churches of Fredericktown, Ironton, and Park Hills, rallied together to form the Sonlight Parish, we had no idea of the direction it would take us. Ten years later our relationship has strengthened into a parish
that can be celebrated. Our efforts to form the parish echoed those of previous generations that formed churches across the frontier. So what better place to celebrate our 10 years together than the oldest Presbyterian Church west of the Mississippi!
Annual Harvest Festival
Red Cross Blood Drive
Tues., Sept. 3 | 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Steelville Presbyterian Church
Dardenne Presbyterian Church
200th Anniversary Celebration
Sat., Sept. 14th | 10:00am - 3:00pm
Live Music - Re-enactments and historic craft demonstrations - Bounce Houses - Hayrides, Face painting, and petting zoo - Food Trucks (food for purchase)
Free event for all ages!! In the event of weather concerns, please check your email and social media for a possible last minute change notice. Dardenne Presbyterian Church is located at 7400 S Outer 364, Dardenne Prairie, Missouri 63368. Directions can be found here. 
New Hope Presbyterian to be Host Site for
Journey to Baptismal Living's
National Training Event
October 18-20
Ruling Elder Terry Martinez, a member of New Hope and a member of the Board of Directors of the Journey to Baptismal Living, a national, ecumenical movement to introduce congregations to the adult catechumenate, explains the importance of baptismal living in this blog post, found here . New Hope has practiced the catechumenate for several years and will be the host site for the Journey to Baptismal Living's national training event this coming October 18-20. Learn more about the Journey to Baptismal Living and this event by clicking here.
Seasonal Paraments Available
John Knox Presbyterian Church has a complete set of 4 separate paraments-seasonal colors of red, white, green, and purple damask design to donate to any church who can and would like to use them. The set in each color includes one chancel table runner/cover, two pulpit/lectern scarves, and one bookmark.
If interested, please call Elizabeth Thomas at 314-882-5211 or Mrs. Kim Chandler (office administrator) at John Knox at 314-921-5833.
Space For Rent in Imperial
1600 square foot space, five rooms and common room, second floor. Perfect for office, preschool, daycare, etc. Rent all or individual rooms. Located at Rock Presbyterian Church, Imperial, Missouri. Call 314-420-9477
Complete List of Educational Opportunities: Found Here
Youth Ministry Foundations Retreat
August 26-27, 2019
Youth Ministry Institute Midwest  is pleased to open its annual “Youth Ministry Foundations” training to area youth workers and youth ministers on August 26-27, 2019. The two-day retreat serves as an optional gateway to the YMIM two-year course of study and certification. 
Class topics include working with volunteers, developing teaching techniques with students, identifying core competencies, budgeting trips and events, organizational strategies, and more.  YMIM faculty  will teach at the event. The full schedule can be   downloaded from our website . Contact Matt Vaughan at   t o request additional information.
Storytelling and Stewardship: How stories form the church into generous stewards
90-minute Presbyterian Outlook webinar
Thur.,, Aug. 29 at 1 p.m. CT
Stories are told everywhere — at the dinner table, in the store and in the classroom. Stories shape us and influence our formation and decision-making. And, storytelling informs and shapes practices of discipleship as well.
Join Sean Mitchell in this webinar as he presents storytelling as a core practice for equipping the saints to mature as generous stewards. He will discuss examples of stewardship storytelling from Scripture and church history and provide a framework for developing a storytelling model for church leaders. Learn more here.
Stewardship Kaleidoscope Annual Conference
September 30 to October 2
San Diego, California
Stewardship Kaleidoscope is an annual conference offering excellent plenary speakers, informative workshop leaders, provocative worship experiences, and incredible networking opportunities for all who are passionate about stewardship and generosity. Drawing leaders from across the Lutheran Church (ELCA) and the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) and beyond, Stewardship Kaleidoscope is designed to help participants explore stewardship, in its many colorful dimensions!
More information found here | Registration can be found here.
The Art of Transitional Ministry
Princeton Theological Seminary
October 7–11
Leading a congregation through transition is challenging and rewarding. Whether it is a change in leadership or a changing neighborhood, it takes knowledge, skill, and spiritual strength to navigate the waters of transition in a way that allows a congregation and its leaders to thrive. The Art of Transitional Ministry offers training in the skills and understanding necessary for leading a congregation in transition. There are two week-long courses of study. Both weeks are being offered concurrently.
Co Inspire
Liberating Imagination, Eviscerating Racism
October 7–10, 2019 | Montreat
In the beginning, God breathed on humankind to animate our existence. Our breath is our life-force, but the air we breathe can restore our life or kill us. We are living in a world where the sins of racism infect the very air we breathe. What happens when we pay attention to how much breath we give to scarcity, competition, and fear? What happens when we choose to focus our breath on giving oxygen to liberate our imaginations for a world where the air is full of abundance, hope, and equity?
Current Support Ministry Position Openings
Church Pianist - St. Charles Presbyterian Church

Christian Educator - First Presbyterian -Edwardsville

Church Choir Accompanist - St. Mark Presbyterian

Children, Youth and Family Ministry - Second Presbyterian