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February / 11 / 2020
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Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket Update

  • Please pray...for Eva Stock Neszpaul, daughter of Revs. Carleton and Ellie Stock, who is recovering from a stroke and and will be having surgery to address the cause
  • Please pray ...for the family of Amber Gaines, who passed away at Cardinal Glennon with her parents and brother beside her.
  • Please pray... for the those who are battling drug and alcohol addictions and those who battle alongside them
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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: Feb 12 to Feb 18

Thurs., Feb. 13
10 a.m. - Stewardship (Oaks)
3 p.m. - Gathering Planning (Oaks)
Mon., Feb. 17
5 p.m. - CVT (Oaks)
Week of: Feb 19 to Feb 25

Thurs., Feb. 20
11 a.m. - Stewardship (Oaks)
4 p.m. - Vision Team (Oaks)
6:30 p.m. - CPM (Ladue)

Becoming Matthew 25
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2020 Presbytery Wide Goal
Building Congregational Vitality
American life has changed radically over the past generation. The Christian share of the U.S. population is declining across every region, age and demographic group, and the number of adults who do not identify with any organized religion is growing. As a result, the church is no longer at the center of American culture. Some say the church is no longer relevant at all. As much as this new reality is alarming, it is also an opportunity for our congregations, worshiping communities and mid councils to wake up and seize the moment.
Read about one of three steps to becoming a Matthew 25 Congregation by clicking here .
Our Current Matthew 25 Congregations
  • Cote Brilliante Presbyterian
  • First Presbyterian - Cape Girardeau
  • First Presbyterian - St. Charles

  • First United Presbyterian - Belleville
  • Ladue Chapel Presbyterian
  • Second Presbyterian - St. Louis
  • Webster Groves Presbyterian
Ministry Teams News & Activities
Is Your Church in the
Medicaid Expansion Conversation?
The Social Witness Team of the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy wants to know if your congregation is addressing Medicaid Expansion? The State of Missouri is one of the 14 states that have not elected to expand coverage to people making up to $18,000 a year.
In the 2012 Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), states were allowed to opt out of the law's Medicaid expansion. This leaves each state's decision to participate in the hands of the nation's governors and state leaders. Now, amid perennial debate over whether to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the fate of Medicaid expansion remains uncertain.
If you are discussing this matter, please contact Social Witness Team member, Bernice Thompson, by emailing her at  bjcthoms@yahoo.com or by calling (314)496–7665.
Move Forward with DRAP
(Dismantling Racism and Privilege Team)
Wed., Feb. 19 | 6:30 p.m.
St. Mark Presbyterian Church
The DRAP Team presenented " An Apology to Our African American Sisters and Brothers For The Sin Of Slavery and Its Legacy" at the Presbytery Gathering on February 6 was approved by the body. DRAP now asks that you join them in moving forward, by attending the meeting held on February 19 at St. Mark Presbyterian. The document can be found here. Directions to St. Mark can be found here.
The River And The Wall
Thur., Feb. 13 | 7 p.m.
The Eco Video, "The River and The Wall" will be shown in Ferguson Feb.13 at 7 p.m. at the St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 33 N. Clay Avenue exploring the environmental impacts ecological disaster of the border wall being built along the Rio Grande River. These monthly Video Nites are sponsored by the Ferguson Eco Team, composed of church (including Presbyterians) and community residents of the Ferguson area. All are welcome. No cost. Popcorn. Brief discussion afterward. A shareable flyer can be found here . More info:  carletonstock@aol.com .
Communion Training
Saturday, February 15 | 9 a.m.
First Presbyterian - Hillsboro, located at 10790 Business 21, Hillsboro, MO 63050
Bread for the World Advocacy Training:
Better Nutrition, Better Tomorrow
Sat., Feb. 22 | 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
The Advocacy Training will take place at Parkway United Church of Christ 2841 N Ballas Road, St. Louis, Missouri. Directions can be found here.
For more information, click here.
Presbyterians Care Movement 
March 20 to March 22
The Presbyterians Care Movement is a planned quarterly event in which your congregation communally engages in a community based activity. Learn how your church can participate in this weekend of compassion and care.
2020 Mission Opportunities
2020 GLPBY Annual Mission Trip to Nicaragua
Plan Grande #2, Nueva Segovia, Nicaragua
July 11-18, 2020
Join us for an Exciting, Multi-Generational Opportunity to follow Christ’s example to love one another. This is an ideal experience for Christians hoping to expand perspectives and be active peacemakers. Learn more here.
2020 Joining Hands Partnership
20th Anniversary Peru Pilgrimage
Pilgrimage:    A long journey to a sacred place
 as an act of devotion.
Your are invited to be part of the 2020 Joining Hands Partnership 20th Anniversary Peru Pilgrimage. This pilgrimage includes journeying to the coastal, mountain and rainforest regions of Peru, to meet with our Joining Hand's Partners, to hear updates about the socio/economic context of Peru, to experience historical and cultural events and places, and to join with Red Uniendo Manos Peru (Peru Joining Hands Network) and others in a 20th Anniversary Celebration.
Planning Your Youth Mission Trip - Consider....
Westminster College (New Wilmington, PA) has partnered with Pittsburgh Theological Seminary for a unique Summer Mission and Leadership Program for Youth. This coming summer we will be the host site for Summer Youth Institute North.  This program will be part of The Rev. Dr. Roy F. Miller, Ph.D., and Mrs. Florence Lantz Miller Summer Youth Institute at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
Congregational/Event Happenings
Join members of Webster Groves Presbyterian Church on the bus Tuesday, February 18th as we lobby for gun violence prevention with MOMS Demand Action in Jefferson City. (All are welcome, not just MOMs!)
The bus leaves WGPC’s parking lot, at 45 W. Lockwood Ave. Webster Groves, 63119, at 7:00 a.m. and returns at about 5:00 p.m. Save your seat on the bus by registering now by clicking here. Before February 1st the cost is $10. After February 1st, cost is $15 and remaining seats will be opened to the community.
NOTE: On the sign up page choose “Pay online now” and select “Registration Fee” in the drop down, then type “Jeff City bus trip” in the memo.
Midwest Winds in Concert at
First Presbyterian - Alton, Illinois
Sun., Feb. 9 | 3 p.m.
The Midwest Winds woodwind quintet is an ambassador of the Air Force Band of Mid-America, providing a highly professional product to communicate esprit de corps and render honor to our Airmen and country. Located at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, this ensemble is committed to honoring veterans and active duty military members across a 10 state region in the Midwestern United States. The Midwest Winds present public concerts and educational outreach events, inspiring and connecting with its audiences. The group offers a wide range of musical literature from classical and contemporary music to marches and patriotic crowd pleasers to light popular music.
Directions can be found here.
In Their Own Words Concert at Ladue Chapel
Sun., Feb. 16 | 3:00 p.m.  
“The Power of Spirituals” is an interactive event based on Eileen Guenther’s recently-published book In Their Own Words: Slave Life and the Power of Spirituals.  In this program Guenther, a graduate of Kirkwood High School, combines first-person narratives from books written by those formerly enslaved, interviews conducted with them in the 1930s and her own commentary. These narratives are interwoven with the singing of spirituals by guest soprano and St. Louis native Marlissa Hudson, our Ladue Chapel Choir, and the audience. Many Americans have gaps in their historic and cultural education; this powerful music and the texts of this presentation not only shine a light on the events of the past, but also offer hope and reconciliation to present-day circumstances.
Directions can be found here.
Kid Brother with Organ Accompanist Andrew Peters
Second Presbyterian Church
Sun., Mar. 1 | 4 p.m.
Harold Lloyd shows his talents in this 1927 American classic comedy silent film. Still considered by critics and fans as one of Lloyd’s best films, The Kid Brother blends comedy, romance, and drama in one action-packed film. Lloyd stars as the town sheriff’s bashful son who has the chance to prove himself when a medicine show comes into town. Andrew Peters provides live organ accompaniment to this 84 minute film. Directions found here.
Journey with Jesus - Childrens Fun
First Presbyterian - Sullivan
Sat., Mar. 14 | 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Crafts, Stories & Fun
Click here for more information. | Click here for directions
Complete List of Educational Opportunities: Found Here
Free webinar on ‘Basics of Reformed Theology’ with Rev. Dr. Cynthia Rigby
Thurs., Feb. 20 | 12 p.m.CT
Learn the basics during a one-hour webinar led by theologian, speaker and author the Rev. Dr. Cynthia Rigby, W.C. Brown Professor of Theology at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and co-chair of the Reformed Theology and History Unit of the American Academy of Religion. Rigby is also an associate editor for the Journal of Reformed Theology and the Journal of the American Academy of Religion.
Learn more here. Registration is available  here .
Transitional Ministry Education
May 18–21
It has been said that the church is in a time of great transition and needs skilled pastors in transitional ministry. Are you exploring how to cultivate new pastoral, organizational, professional skills that will support you in your present call and in a possible new call to come? Have you wondered if you might be interested in transitional ministry or an interim call? We highly encourage you to consider the Transitional/Interim Training from May 18-21 in Parkville, MO.
Continuing Education Classes Announced
Union Presbyterian Seminary Theological Institute Upcoming Continuing Education Events offered January through March 2020, can be found by Visiting their Events page
Current Support Ministry Position Openings

Full Time Interim Pastor - Grace Presbyterian

Called Pastor - Faith DesPeres Presbyterian

Versatile Soprano Choral Section Leader - Westminster St. Louis
Youth Ministry Coordinator - Cote Brilliante Presbyterian

Christian Educator - First Presbyterian -Edwardsville

Children, Youth and Family Ministry - Second Presbyterian