October / 29 / 2019
“Kudos to each church, pastor, and session that will receive certificates and financial gifts at the presbytery gathering.”

Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket Update

  • Please pray... for Marilyn Parks - who is recovery from a car accident
  • Please pray...for Etta Hass - Speedy recovery from a bad fall
  • Please pray...for those who are in the middle of the California wildfires
  • Please pray....for the family of Gladys McGee (Means) Hilley, in her passing.

Click on the prayer basket to find our current prayers.
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Saddened to Report
We are saddened to report the passing of Gladys McGee (Means) Hilley, mother of the Rev. Susan Niesen.
There will be a memorial service held on Friday, November 1 at the Rose Anna Hughes Home, in Louisville, Kentucky. The memorial page for Mrs. Hilley can be found here. Please join us in praying for the family.
Presbytery Gathering - Sat., Nov. 9
Let's Celebrate !!!
at Washington Presbyterian Church
At this Presbytery Gathering we will celebrate our Hunger Action Congregations and hand out their hunger ministry grant checks! We will also celebrate our congregations that are "4 for 4" in Mission Giving for 2018. We are so excited to celebrate all of the mission work done within our Presbytery!
Featured Speaker:
Rev. Dr. Diane Moffett
Presbyterian Mission Agency
President and Executive Director
Please share the news with your entire congregation, so that we fill the pews and engage in conversation on how we are called to participate in the work of Matthew 25 - ALL are welcome!
Please Share our Facebook Event Found Here
Promotional Flyer Found Here | Promotional Bulletin Insert Found Here
Directions to Washington Presbyterian Found Here
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, Kirkwood - refers to First Presbyterian of Kirkwood. Contact the office at 314-772-2395 if you are unsure where you will be meeting.
Week of: Oct. 31 to Nov. 6

Mon., Nov. 4
11 a.m- Pastor Care Team (Kirkwood)
5 p.m. - Liaisons (Oaks)

Week of: Nov. 7 to Nov. 12

Sat., Nov. 9
Presbytery Gathering (Washington)
Mon., Nov. 11
Presbytery Office Closed
11 a.m- Dynamic Leaders (WG)
Tues., Nov. 12
11 a.m. - New Worship Com (St. Andrew)
1 p.m. - Mission/Outreach (Oaks)
Daylight Savings Time Ends
at 2 a.m. - Sunday, November 3
Don't forget to set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed Saturday night.
Uprooting Hunger - 2019 Presbytery Wide Goal
Congratulations to our newest Covenanting Hunger Action Congregations: Trinity Presbyterian & Glendale Presbyterian
Cents-Ability: A strategy for raising awareness — and funds — for the fight against hunger
Cents-Ability is a small first step in the battle against hunger and poverty. Congregations invite every member — of all ages — to contribute a few cents at every meal. This simple act is an expression of thanks for what we have received. It is also a commitment to share with others in response to Jesus’ command “You give them something to eat.” When members bring their offerings to church on the appointed Sunday, all of those coins “make a joyful noise unto the Lord” as they are received and dedicated.
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 thanksgiving, our 18 Certified and 24 Covenanting Congregations for their dedication to eradicating hunger in their communities!
Complete List of Hunger Action Congregations Found Here
Questions on how to get your congregation involved email us here.
Upcoming Installations

Rev. Bill Vincent
First Presbyterian Union Pacific
Sun., Nov. 10 | 3:30 p.m.
First Presbyterian - Union

Rev. Karen Dumey
First Presbyterian - Jackson
Sun., Nov. 17 | 3 p.m.
First Presbyterian - Jackson
Ministry Teams News & Activities
Commissioned Pastors
Save the Date - May 13 to 16, 2020
The “Empowering Commissioned Pastors’ Conference” will be held May 13–16, 2020, in Richardson, Texas, and will be sponsored by the Commissioned Pastors’ Network of the Synod of the Sun.
A brief introduction to the event can be found here.
Honorably Retired Pastors
Luncheon - Thursday, December 5th at 11:30 a.m.
at St. Mark Presbyterian Church
A New Earth: Thinking Theologically about Environmental Justice
June 14-28, 2020

Millions of youth from around the world have participated in climate strikes and environmental justice campaigns over the last few weeks. Presbyterian-related Monmouth College (Illinois) invites high school youth to continue their efforts by applying for the 2020 Lux Institute for Youth. June 14-28, 2020, theologically curious high school students from around the country will focus on environmental justice: diving deep into the world of theological and biblical studies, intentional community, vocational discernment, and worship.
Application deadline: January 1, 2020 - Priority consideration for applications received before December 1, 2019
Joining Hands - Your Mission Partnership with Peru!
You are invited to be on the 2020 Joining Hands Partnership 20th Anniversary Peru Pilgrimage, to support someone else to participate, or to share this information with your congregation, group, friends and family.
This Pilgrimage includes journeying to the coastal, mountain and rainforest regions of Peru, meeting with our Joining Hands Partners, hearing updates about the socio/economic context of Peru, experiencing historical and cultural events and places, and joining with Red Uniendo Manos Peru (Peru Joining Hands Network) and others in a 20th Anniversary Celebration.
Attached is a flyer (revised from previous announcement flyers) with details about the Pilgrimage which will be August 1-15, 2020, click here for that information.
Congregational/Event Happenings
Annual Smorgasbord - Sat., Nov. 2
Serving from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
at Trinity Chapel Presbyterian
Highway 19 North of Cuba, Missouri

Adults are $12 each and $5 for kids under 12. Take out is available but no delivery! Money raised goes towards scholarships.

LoveJoy United Mission Fundraiser Trivia Night
Fri., Nov. 8 | 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The game will be held at the Wood River VFW Hall located at 231 E Edwardsville Rd, Wood River, IL 62095.
$25 for individuals (you'll be placed on a potluck team) $200 for a whole team/table. *Beverages are included in ticket price. Sign up here.
Faith & For the Sake of All presents Mobilizing the Faithful: Housing Workshop.
Tues., Nov 12 | 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The report Segregation in St. Louis: Dismantling the Divide details how systematic injustice towards African Americans has negatively affected the entire St. Louis region in health, housing, education, and economics.
How do housing and lending practices affect our local 63119 area? How should faith communities respond? Come find ways we can respond as a community to have a positive impact on housing and dismantling segregation in our community for the sake of all.
For more information, click here . Directions may be found here.
Second Presbyterian Church Fall Concert
Sun., Nov. 17 at 4 p.m.
The Second Church Chorale and Chamber Orchestra with conductor Andrew Peters present music for the Thanksgiving season. The program opens with enchanting, brief orchestral works by Karl Abel, William Boyce, and Henry Purcell. Singers of the Chorale conclude the concert with George Frederick Handel’s magnificent Dettingen Te Deum. Commissioned in 1743, the work celebrates the British victory in the Battle of Dettingen. Additional singers are welcome to join the Chorale for this concert. Please contact the music office for further details including the rehearsal schedule. Directions found here. 
FREE Hymnals Available
Southminster Presbyterian Church, Crestwood, has 196 The Singing Church hymnals. These hymnals were published by the Hope Publishing Company. These need a new home and are free to whoever will come and claim them. First come first serve, must take all of them. Please contact, Bill Thomas at 314-323-8041, if you are interested.
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.
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
APCE Annual Event
Little Rock, Arkansas - Jan. 29 to Feb. 1
Invitation from Annual Event Co-chairs
“See I am sending you out,” Jesus boldly announces to seventy of his disciples in the Gospel of Luke. Likewise, this January, you are invited to Little Rock, Arkansas, to escape the cramped boxes of conventional church programs and to explore “discipleship through retreat, mission, and justice ministries.” 
This coming January 29 – February 1, join us in Little Rock for an “outside the box” APCE Annual Event! Bring your ideas, questions, imagination and passion as we discover together how God is sending us out to make disciples through retreat, mission, and justice ministries. Learn more here.
Discovering Renewal
Finding Renewal in the Everyday
A Montreat Conference Center Event
April 13–16, 2020
 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthews 28:11
Our culture values hard work over rest. Burnout is rampant. Our jobs, obligations, and churches often expect us to work relentlessly. Hard work is good, but is it our ultimate goal? We often preach about the importance of Sabbath, but how often do we take our own advice? We need time to breathe, think, and engage our senses. We may need to discover the feeling of renewal. Discovering Renewal will focus on seeking respite in everyday experiences.
224th General Assembly (2020)
Hands and Feet Service Opportunities
During the 224th General Assembly (2020) and as a part of the OGA’s Hands and Feet initiative, The Center: Mission Outside the Box will offer hands-on service opportunities for GA-affiliated visitors, family members, youth groups, and friends. We will offer up to four service options, from 8:30–noon, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, June 22, 24, 25, and 26. 
Find our more by clicking here.
Current Support Ministry Position Openings

Young Adult's Co-Coordinator - Pendo Presbyterian

Church Pianist - St. Charles Presbyterian Church

Christian Educator - First Presbyterian -Edwardsville

Children, Youth and Family Ministry - Second Presbyterian