September / 10 / 2019
Are You Qualified for Matthew 25? 
When it comes to poverty, racism, and congregational vitality, our presbytery is all over these!

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Weekly Prayer Basket Update

  • Please pray... for those within our presbytery who are struggling as a community of believers, for direction and call.

Click on the prayer basket to find our current prayers.
Theological Education Resources
Theological Education Sunday is celebrated each September in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). This year, Theological Education Sunday is officially set for September 15, 2019, but you may celebrate theological education any time that is appropriate for you and your congregation.

At left you will notice a familiar face. Rev. Liz Kanerva, Glendale Presbyterian, is featured on a bulletin insert that can be found here.
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Presbytery - South West
Presbytery Staff will be traveling to Sullivan, Missouri October 2 & 3. We look forward to meeting with members and leadership of the congregations on the South West Side of our Presbytery.
More details coming soon!
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: Sept. 12 to Sept. 18

Thurs., Sept. 12
10 a.m. - Stewardship (Oaks)
3 p.m. - Gather Plan (Oaks)
Mon., Sept. 16
11 a.m - Pastoral Care Team (1st Kirkwood)
1 p.m. - Social Witness (Oaks)
5 p.m. - Cong Vibrancy (Oaks)
Tues., Sept. 17
TBD - Interim Pastors Gathering

Week of: Sept. 19 to Sept. 25

Thurs., Sept. 19
9:30 a.m. - History (Aberdeen)
4 p.m. - Vision Team (Oaks)
6:30 p.m. - CPM (Ladue)
Mon., Sept. 23
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
Congratulations to our newest Certified Hunger Action Congregations:
First Presbyterian Church - Alton
First United Presbyterian - Collinsville
 The 2019 St. Louis CROP Hunger Walk and Concert will be on Sunday, October 6 at Eden Seminary, 475 E. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, MO 63119 ( Directions found here) – check-in at 4:30 pm, Walk at 5:00 (1-mile and 3-mile routes), and Concert at 7:00. The Holy Crepe Food Truck will be onsite from 4:15 to 7:00 pm. 
Register online here. where you can solicit donations, create or join a team (after you register as an individual), make donations, etc. The CROP Concert at 7:00 pm is also the 8th Annual Eden Festival of Psalms, featuring Richard Bruxvoort Colligan (who has two hymns in Glory to God), Christopher Grundy, Paul Vasile and the Eden Seminary Choir, and more. It is free, and there will be the opportunity to donate to CROP/Church World Service. Local beneficiaries are Operation Food Search, Circle of Concern, and Webster-Rock Hill Ministries. Questions or need materials? Contact Clint McCann at or 314-619-0599.
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 17 Certified and 19 Covenanting Congregations for their dedication to eradicating hunger in their communities!
Ministry Team Updates
Specialized Ministry Upcoming Installations Specialized ministry is a critically important role in the life of our presbytery. We are blessed to have some amazing Pastors serving in specialized ministry, and we celebrate their calls. Save these dates!
Julie Gvillo
A Place of Grace
Sun., Sept. 15 • 2 p.m
LoveJoy United
Rev. Eric Post
Chaplain - BJC Health
Sat., Sept. 21 • 3:30 p.m. 
Second Presbyterian
Rev. Max Hill
Pastor - UKirk StL
Sat., Oct. 12
Coming Soon
Curriculum NOW Available
Are you looking for confirmation curriculum for small groups?  Big God Big Questions: Confirmation for a Growing Faith is written for groups of four or five students, ages 13 – 15, with suggestions for larger groups.  Big God Big Questions: Confirmation for a Growing Faith includes a Teacher’s Guide (print or download), a Student Journal, Home Mentor Guide, Infographics (print or download) and a video (dvd or download) and is designed for 12 ninety minutes sessions or 24 forty-five minute sessions. A copy of the curriculum is available in the Resource Center or may be purchased at
 The Resource Center is available to all members, deacons, ruling elders, and teaching elders of congregations within our Presbytery as well as ministers-at-large. Hours are the same as the Presbytery office, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
For information you may contact Barbi Smith ( ) or Stephanie Foltz (
September is Season of Creation Month
From September 1 to the Feast of St. Francis on October 4th, Christians around the world celebrate the Season of Creation. The theme this year is the Web of Life: Biodiversity as God's Bessing. Congregations may want to include something in worship (prayer, sermon, music, children's message, etc.) during September that would point to this season of celebrating God's good creation! Earth Care Team of presbytery. for more information.)
Partners for Just Trade
New Store Hours
Tuesday and Thursday, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and the second Sunday of each month from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
They are located on the third floor of Webster Groves Presbyterian Church. Directions may be found here. 
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.
Healthy Systems. Innovative Change. 
For the Future of the Church
SAVE THESE DATES - 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day
December 7, 2019 and March 7, 2020 - Locations TBD
For a long time, most ministry leaders have assumed they had to choose. They had to choose between disruptive innovation or sustainable systems. Today, smart churches are realizing that their survival depends on not choosing, but embracing both creativity and structure as partners in the same dance. Our group is made up of a peculiar collection of radically practical visionaries, intensely committed to help you build healthy systems that create space for deliberate, often disruptive, innovation. Contact Vanessa Hawkins, at or call her at 314-772-2395 for more information.
Kenyan Well Mission Trip
Thurs., Dec. 26 to Thurs., Jan. 9
This will be a mission trip to witness the completion of the well project which was started about five years ago. There will be a Thanksgiving ceremony on December 29th at Thome Church in Rumuruti, Kenya, a Presbyterian Church of East Africa congregation.
Joining Hands
Your Mission Partnership with Peru!
The next meeting of Joining Hands will be held at Webster Groves Presbyterian Church on Wed., Sept. 25. We will begin at 6 pm with a pot-luck. (Bring your favorite dish to share and enjoy the bounty of others.) The program will begin at 6:45 and feature a report (and pictures!) from our 2019 trip to Peru.  We will also begin planning our 20 th Anniversary celebration in Peru in August 2020. Everyone is invited!  Directions can be found here.
Contact Mark Strothmann ( or Ellie Stock ( for more information. 
Presbyterian Women in the PC(USA)
If you are looking for a worthwhile experience that is out of the ordinary, don't miss the PW Peace Trip to Korea in 2020! A delegation of Presbyterian Women will travel to South Korea April 19–May 1, 2020, to
—strengthen relationships with Presbyterian partners in Korea,
—learn more about the history of Korea and the impact of the United States upon the lives of Koreans before and after the Korean War,
—gain a better understanding of the context of the Korean conflict, and
—prepare to be better equipped advocates and participants in a peaceful solution on the Korean peninsula.
The deadline for application is September 19, 2019. Download the application at…/korea-peace-trip-application/.
Presbyterian Women of Giddings-Lovejoy
Fall Gathering Set for October 5th
2019 Annual History Team Tour "Our Roots"
Tues., Nov. 12
Complete details of the day can be found here. If you have any questions, or would like to purchase tickets, please contact Janet Stanford at 314-638-0195
Congregational/Event Happenings
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.
Dardenne Presbyterian Church
200th Anniversary Celebration
Sat., Sept. 14th | 10:00am - 3:00pm
September 18 will mark the 200 th anniversary of the founding of Dardenne Presbyterian Church at 7400 South Outer 364, Dardenne Prairie. The community is invited to join in celebration of this historic event on Saturday, September 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Many indoor and outdoor activities for young and old have been planned. Come relive the history of the pioneering days in Dardenne Prairie and share in the celebration of Dardenne Presbyterian Church’s 200 th anniversary. ALL ARE WELCOME!
Dawn Weber & Friends
Dawn Weber and friends present a concert at Second Presbyterian Church on Sunday, September 22 at 4:00 pm. The free concert features Dawn Weber, trumpet; Bob DeBoo, bass; and Adam Hansbrough, guitar. The church is located at 4501 Westminster Place in the Central West End, St. Louis, 63108. For more information call 314-367-0367 or .
Directions to Second Presbyterian found here.
Food Trucks & Cool Cars
Come join us on Sunday, September 22nd from 4:00-7:00pm for Food Trucks and Cool Cars! Have a cool car? Bring it to display! Love food trucks? We'll have them! Most importantly: have friends or family? Bring them! We'll have face painting, balloons, games, food trucks, cars, and more! This is a FREE event and FAMILY FRIENDLY!
Directions to First United Presbyterian, Belleville found here.
First Presbyterian Church - Sullivan
September 25, 2019 |6 p.m.
Bring a Snack & Have Great Fellowship with Us!!!
Free!!! Everyone Welcome!!
Worker's Rights Board Presents:
Richard Rothstein, Author of The Color of Law
Thurs., Sept. 26
Immediately following the 2019 St. Louis Workers’ Rights Board Annual Meeting at 9:00 am, Keynote by Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America.Books will be available for purchase and signing through Left Bank Books.
We will learn about the history of legalized housing segregation and what we can do about housing and wealth inequity five years after the Ferguson Uprising. Held at Greater St. Mark Family Church, located at 9950 Glen Owen Dr, St. Louis, MO 63136, directions may be found here.
Journey to Baptismal Living
Leadership Training on October 18-20, 2019. 
It is not too late to register to attend! The Journey to Baptismal Living is a process led by lay members of your church, and it can help revitalize your congregation, energize new members, assist in relationship-building, and work towards becoming a congregation that lives out their call to discipleship in many different ways. The life of discipleship is a journey and JBL can be a tool to help your congregation understand that deepening their faith is a lifelong journey of living into their baptismal vows.
The Journey to Baptismal Living training sessions will be held at New Hope Presbyterian Church , 1580 Kisker Road, St. Charles, MO 63304. If you have questions or need more information about the training, contact Ruth Irvine ( or 636-300-1573). To register for the event, go to and click on “Register Now for Training”. All denominations are welcome.
Childrens Ministry and Other Supplies Available
Still available for free from closed Maryland Heights church: brass candle sticks (oil candles), brass weighted cross for table, brass flower urns with liners, brass offering plates, and white tablecloth for communion table. Also full-sized puppet stage with puppets, and approx. 50 copies of 1990 blue Presbyterian Hymnal. Nursery toys and stuffed animals. Please contact Carol DeVaughan, 636-256-3558 or to arrange pick-up. We want to empty the church of these items by September 18.
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
Phillips Fund Scholarship Available
The Phillips Fund scholarship for a young clergy family, was created to allow young clergy families to have a nearly all expense paid week at the Presbyterian House at Chautauqua Institution in western New York State. Chautauqua is a unique institution on a beautiful lake that was founded 146 years ago. It Is a religious and cultural institution with a symphony, opera company, ballet, daily worship and lectures of all sorts, evening entertainment in the Amphitheater, and Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs for youth activities during the day.
Former member of the Presbyterian House Board of Trustees, Rev. Jay Summerville, asks young clergy families to consider this scholarship as a unique opportunity in a beautiful setting. The application for the scholarship may be found here, and if you have any questions please contact Rev. Jay Summerville by clicking here, or by calling (314) 973-6067. 
The Program for Psychology & Religion
St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute 
Clergy and Ministers Free Workshop and Lunch
Wed., Oct. 9 | 9 a.m to 11:30 a.m.
In the Belly of the Whale: How to Manage Ministerial Expectations Better than Jonah: In celebration of Clergy and Ministers Appreciation Month, the Program for Psychology and Religion at St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute is providing a morning reflection and lunch for all clergy and ministers on October 9, 2019.
RSVP to: Sue Mertens, 314-289-9407; Click to email by Oct. 4th 
Fall Workshop
Social Media Springboard for Congregations      
Thursday, October 10 | 9 a.m. to noon
Churches are at a crossroads these days. They are either thriving or dying. The ones that are thriving all have this in common: clear communication. The workshop will show you how to help your ministry rise above the noise of today's world and effectively use social media to share your mission with your community. This half day workshop will teach you how to reach your community where they are more than 20% of their time: online. The workshop will be held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 327 Woods Mill Rd., Ballwin, MO 63011. You may register online at:
2019 E4 Faith Formation Conference
Being a Community of Welcome
November 3 to 5
Registration is Now Open
If you have any questions regarding this amazing event, please do not hesitate to contact Heartland Presbytery at or by calling 816.924.1730. Registration found here.
Current Support Ministry Position Openings
Director of Children’s Ministry - St. Mark Presbyterian

Youth Associate - St. Mark Presbyterian

Church Pianist - St. Charles Presbyterian Church

Christian Educator - First Presbyterian -Edwardsville

Children, Youth and Family Ministry - Second Presbyterian