September / 27 / 2022
Have You Heard About the Four S’s?
"...A group or system’s health is a commitment to each other that is shared. How do we know what is healthy or unhealthy? ..."
From Your Presbytery Leader
Rev. Ryan Landino
Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket

  • Please pray for... those in the path of Hurricane Ian, and for the safety of first responders who remain to care for those unable to leave
  • Please pray for... immigrants in our nation, and those seeking asylum
  • Please pray for...for those facing cripling medical debt and those who are helping alleviate medical debt as their call to serve
Quick Connect
Support Ministry
Help Wanted
Upcoming Ministry Team Meetings
This Week
Next Week
Wed., Sept. 28
10 am - HR Pastors Click Here

Tues., Oct. 4
12 pm - All Pastors Click Here
Wed., Oct. 5
9:30 am - History Team (Southminster)
Final Education Session This Thursday
Personnel or Session HR Teams
Are You Registered Yet?
Education Month
This September, each Thursday evening at 6:30 pm, we welcome you to join us in learning how to answer the call in some of the support ministries and missions of your church. If you are newly answering a call to serve, exploring answering your nominating committee, or just want a refresh of the call, please join us.
All sessions will be conducted online, using Zoom.
Registration is required and can be found below. 
Relieve Cripling Medical Debt
Project Jubilee
A Campaign to Relieve
Distressed Medical Debt

The Synod of Mid America is cooperating with RIP Medical Debt,
Inc., a non-profit agency dedicated to distressed medical debt
acquisition and forgiveness. This campaign will begin September
15th and run through November 1st, 2022. The Synod will match
funds raised, dollar for dollar, up to $10,000.
Called to Serve Nationally?
General Assembly Special Committees Being Formed

Dear Colleagues in Ministry, I hope that you are enjoying these last days of summer! I am writing to let you know that application forms for persons who wish to be considered for appointment by GA Co-Moderators, Rev. Ruth Faith Santana-Grace and the Rev. Shavon Starling-Louis, to the special entities. Persons who wish to be considered for nomination are encouraged to file an application form as soon as possible at the GA nominations portal. 
Only those who have completed and submitted an application form and for whom we have received reference forms can be considered for appointment by the Co-Moderators. The deadline for submission of applications for Special Entities is October 14, 2022.
News & Updates
Florissant Presbyterian Church volunteered at the St. Louis Area Foodbank packing boxes of fresh produce.
2022 St. Louis CROP Hunger Walk 
This year's CROP Walk is this Sunday, October 2 at Eden Seminary in Webster Groves, 475 E. Lockwood Ave. 63119 -- check-in at 4:30 p. m. and walk at 5:00. Presbyterians have a long and distinguished history of supporting CROP/Church World Service and its global ministry of addressing issues of poverty, hunger, displacement, and disaster (of which there is plenty in the world today!). You don't have to walk to participate -- you can donate! Go to the following site:
Trivia Night at Florissant Presbyterian Church
Sat., Oct. 8 | 6:30 pm
The Trivia Night held on Saturday, October 8th, will open the doors at 5:30pm with play beginning at 6:30 pm. $20 per person includes popcorn and soda. You are welcome to bring your own snacks. Maximum 8 people per table. Call office 314 837 8555 for table or individual reservation. A portion of the proceeds will go towards our Food Ministry program. A free raffle ticket when you bring in a donation of feminine hygiene products.
Florissant Presbyterian is located at 660 Charbonier Rd., Florissant, Missouri. Directions found here.
Tips for Caring for God's Amazing Creation:
Learn About Indigenous People Who Used to Live On Your Land
Indigenous Peoples Day is October 10, a good time to brush up on your knowledge of native peoples who lived on and cared for the land your church and your home are on. Acknowledge them in prayer. And do some research, asking these questions: What native nation(s) lived here before us? How did they relate to the land and ecosystems where we are now? How can we support the hopes and dreams of the native ancestors who came before us? What can we do today to stand in solidarity with them?
"TIPS" is brought to you by the Earth Care Work Group of the presbytery. Contact: 314-941-9378 or
Practicing Inclusion
A Leader Formation Webinar for
Ruling Elders and Deacons
Thurs., Oct. 13 at 6 pm (CT)
What is implicit bias—and how does it affect the ability of the church to be faithful to God’s will? How can the church be more welcoming and inclusive of all voices?
Jihyun Oh, Director of Mid Council Ministries in the Office of the General Assembly, will lead a 90-minute webinar exploring these matters—both identifying problems hindering our faithfulness and offering tools to address them.
The cost of the webinar is covered by your per capita dollars. Register no later than October 5. Register by clicking here.
First Hybrid Meeting of Presbyterian Women
Fall 2022 - Tending The Garden
Saturday, October 22, 2022
Time: 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Hosted by LoveJoy United Presbyterian Church
located at 2550 Rock Road, Wood River, IL 62095 Directions may be found by clicking here.
Attending online? Zoom link found by clicking here.
The Presbyterian Women of Giddings Lovejoy Presbytery are thrilled to announce our first HYBRID Fall Gathering! HYBRID you say? Yes! You can attend one of two ways! In-person or virtually on Zoom. Our theme is “Tending the Garden”. We are grateful to Reverend Daniel Ervin and LoveJoy United Presbyterian Church in Wood River, Illinois for hosting our in-person event which will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2022, from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm. Our speakers include Jessica Modlin, PW Headquarters, Louisville, KY speaking about Earth Care Congregations and the Tree Fund. Diane Modlin, Heartland Presbytery will bring us information on the Diversity of Creation and ENB-11. Ken Webster of Lovejoy United PC will bring us highlights on some of the earth care projects they have completed at their church.
We ask that you register, particularly if you plan to attend and eat lunch. Read how to register by reading the Link Letter by clicking here.
Kirkin’ of The Tartan Festival to Celebrate Scottish Heritage
at Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church
Music, Games, Education, Food, Celtic Worship And
Spirituality Activities for All Ages
Saturday, October 22

A celebration of Scottish heritage in the St. Louis area will be presented by Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church (USA) in partnership with the Scottish St. Andrews Society on October 22. The Kirkin’ of the Tartan Festival will feature music performances, games, worship, food, and educational activities for all ages and is open to all.
The festival will take place at Ladue Chapel, 9450 Clayton Road in Ladue, and include the following schedule of events:
  • 9:30 am: Worship with Celtic liturgy, prayers, a reading of the clans, and music, including Highland Cathedral with bagpipes and organ
  • 10:15 am: St. Louis Caledonian Pipe Band concert on the front porch
  • 10:45 am: Education and activities for all ages
  • 11:30 am-1:00 pm: Food and Scottish games on the front lawn. All activities are family-friendly and free.
Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs for the outdoor concert and activities. For more information, contact Ladue Chapel at 314-993-4771 or visit
If your church choir has not begun meeting or if you would like to be a part of a group and experience the joy of singing together, whatever the reason, please join us!
New Horizons Presbyterian Church is preparing for the Christmas season and would like to include singers from the community in our Christmas cantata. The choir is preparing to start rehearsals on a Christmas musical by Marty Parks entitled, "A Promise, The Blessing of Christmas." The songs include a number of familiar carols as well as a few new melodies. It is arranged to be easily accessible to choirs of all sizes and ages! Singers will purchase a copy of the music and be able to rehearse on their own time in addition to a few large group rehearsals.
Our first meeting will be Sunday, October 2nd at 2:30 p.m. in the choir room at New Horizons Presbyterian Church, located at 9424 Everman Avenue in Overland, Missouri. Since this is a community choir event, the performance will be on Saturday, December 10th at 3:30 p.m.
If you need additional information, please contact our church office at (314) 427-0841 and leave a message. We would love to have you join us!
New Commissioned Pastor Class Forming
A Commissioned Pastor is a ruling elder in the Presbytery who, once training is complete, is eligible for limited pastoral services. Commissioned Pastors may, for example, moderate the session of a congregation to which they are commissioned, administer sacraments, and officiate at marriages where permitted by law.
Many current Commissioned Pastors in the presbytery serve as sole pastors of smaller congregations. Others use their training to strengthen leadership roles in their home churches and throughout the presbytery generally.
Many candidates for the Commissioned Pastor Program complete their training while also employed full-time.
Federal Student Loan Relief for Pastors

The Synod of Mid-America wants you to know that relief is available! Apply soon because this offer expires on October 31.
More information can be obtained here:

The form is here:
Called to Serve? We Need You!
Have You Considered Presbytery Service?
There are many ministry team positions available in the coming year, and we just know you would be a good fit for a committee or commission
Please fill out and return the form below.
GLPby App Form (Word) | GLPby App Form (fillable PDF)
Current Support Ministry Position Openings
Communications Administrator - Ladue Chapel, Ladue, MO

Worship Musician/Coordinator -Westminster Presbyterian St. Louis, MO

Part-Time Pastor - Rock Presbyterian, Imperial, MO

Secretary/Office Administrator -John Knox Presbyterian, Florissant, MO

(PT) Coordinator Christian Education - Southminster Presbyterian, Crestwood, MO

Organist/Accompanist - First Presbyterian - Cape Girardeau, MO

Music Director - Glendale Presbyterian Church, Glendale, MO

Head of Music - First United Presbyterian, Collinsville, IL

Off Hours Help Needed? Contacts Found Below
Rev. Ryan Landino
Presbytery Leader

Rev. Liz Kanerva
Presbytery Leader
Rev. Joy Myers
Stated Clerk

Leigh Porter
Office Manager
Janice McMillen
Communications Associate