October / 22 / 2019
"The vision of a congregation should include the needs and opportunities of its community. The mission of a congregation should be in partnership with its surrounding community."
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Weekly Prayer Basket Update

  • Please pray... for safety for Sam Lowry, 32, of Barnhart Mo who is now in basic training, and for his wife and two young sons, who will miss him, during his training and time away.
  • Please pray....for healing for Jesse Swanigan, Moderator of Social Witness Team
  • Please pray...for thanksgiving for Cindy Koppleman, who is now in remission.
  • Please pray...for those returning from the DRAP trip, for rest and reflection of the journey

Click on the prayer basket to find our current prayers.
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Let's Celebrate !!!
Presbytery Gathering Sat., Nov. 9
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!
Presbytery Gathering 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. 24 to Oct. 30

No meetings are scheduled at this time.

Week of: Oct. 31 to Nov. 6

Mon., Nov. 4
11 a.m- Pastor Care Team (Kirkwood)
5 p.m. - Liaisons (Oaks)
Uprooting Hunger - 2019 Presbytery Wide Goal
Congratulations to our newest Covenanting Hunger Action Congregations: Fisk Presbyterian Church & Trinity Presbyterian
Slowing Down and Savoring God’s Gifts
By Lynne M. Baab | Presbyterians Today
My grandmother was a farm wife during the Dust Bowl of the Great Depression. For the rest of her life, she was meticulous about not wasting food. She wouldn’t use a vegetable peeler on potatoes or carrots because she could remove less peel using a knife.
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 22 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
Embracing Diversity without Division
Annual Interfaith Dinner & Celebration
Thurs., Oct. 24
Once a year, Interfaith Partnership convenes nearly 500 clergy, leaders and members of St. Louis’ faith communities for a dinner event robust with dialogue, food and more. This event remains our exclusive fundraiser and your participation not only ensures that you will engage meaningfully in interfaith dialogue during the dinner, but that you support the work that we do all year long to build relationships in St. Louis.
This year’s Annual Interfaith Dinner promises to be a special one. You can learn about this annual event by clicking here.
Nicaragua Community Partnership
Mission of the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy
Annual Celebration and Fundraising Dinner
Mon., Oct. 28 | 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. [ Dinner at 7 p.m. ]

Celebrate and Support our successful students. Learn about the continuing national crisis in Nicaragua and the growth of our scholarship program in Plan Grande #2. Explore ways to become involved in this mission. Enjoy a terrific meal at one of St. Louis’ finest Italian restaurants, LoRusso’s Cucina, 3121 Watson Rd., St. Louis, Missouri.
  • $60 per person with Cash Bar Available
  • Reservations Required
  • RSVP by Wed. Oct. 23rd
Checks payable to “GLPBY” mailed to 20 North Maple Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119, email or call Harriet Hall 314-963-7112.
Will you share this with your congregation? A poster can be found here, and bulletin inserts can be found here. Directions can be found here.
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
Movie Night
First Presbyterian - Sullivan, Missouri
Wed., Oct. 23 at 6 p.m.

Just Bring A Snack And Have Great Fellowship With Us!!!
Free!!! Everyone Welcome!!
Amen St.Louis Annual Fundraiser
All About the 80's Trivia Night
Fri., Oct. 25 | 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Dust off your Rubik's cube, your leg warmers, and your Walkman for the annual AMEN Trivia Night! Put on your best neon colors and bring your knowledge of all things 80s!
Tickets are $160/table or $20/person. BYOB and snacks, soda and pizza slices will be available for $1. Wear your best 1980s outfit - costume prizes will be awarded! Doors open at 5 pm, trivia begins at 6 pm. Silent auction and 50/50 raffle. Reserve your table today at 314-664-5525 or! All proceeds will benefit AMEN St. Louis. Learn more at!
Bake & Book Sale
Sat., Oct., 26 | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church - Ste. Genevieve
The Presbyterian Women of First Presbyterian Church of Ste. Genevieve, located at 160 S. Main St., Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, will sell homemade baked goods and host a book sale in conjunction with Rural Heritage Day Celebration of Ste. Genevieve. Take time to enjoy the beauty of fall with sweet treats and a good book! Directions found here.
Trunk or Treat for Some Sweets

Sat., Oct. 26 | 6 p.m. to 8 p.m
New Hope Presbyterian - Directions Here.

Sun., Oct. 27 | 4 p.m .to 7 p.m.
Southminster Presbyterian (see below)

Thur., Oct. 31 | 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Steelville Presbyterian - Directions Here.
Southminster Presbyterian Fall Festival
Sun., Oct. 27 | 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The Fall Festival is this Sunday! We will host a Trunk or Treat with special guests… Unchained Escape Rooms! They are bringing their traveling Escape Room to our front parking lot. We will also have Crafts, Games, and Food! Our food will include a Chili Cook-off! You are welcome to bring a pot of delicious chili to enter. Directions found here.
Cote Brilliante Presbyterian Church
Community Men's Chorus Concert
Sunday, October 27 at 3:00 p.m.
Parking is available. This event is FREE and open to the public. Directions found here.
Michael Unger Organ Recital
Sun., Oct. 27 at 4 p.m.
Second Presbyterian - St. Louis
Organist Michael Unger performs a recital on Sunday, October 27 at 4:00 p.m. at Second Presbyterian Church. Dr. Unger is the Assistant Professor of Organ and Harpsichord at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. The church is located at 4501 Westminster Place in the Central West End, St. Louis, 63108. The concert is part of the Couts Music Series and is free to the community. For more information call 314-367-0367 or
Reformation Concert to Benefit Food Action
Sun., Oct. 27 | 5 p.m.
Woodlawn Chapel, Wildwood, MO
Soloist Dallas Blair returns to Woodlawn Chapel for a Reformation Sunday concert, Sunday, October 27 at 5 p.m. Featured works will include some of Mr. Blair's noted hymn arrangements, along with classical works for trumpet. He'll be joined by bassoonist Anthea Ybarra for Paul Hindemith's astonishing "Concerto for Trumpet & Bassoon." Sunghee Hinners, a member of the faculty at Washington University's music department will provide accompaniment. Lafayette High School senior Alex Norvell, a member of Woodlawn Chapel, will play an original composition for flute, oboe and piano. A free will offering will be received to assist Woodlawn Chapel's Coupon Club, which purchases food for local food pantries.
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.
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.
Eugene Carson Blake Scholarship to the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey
The Reverend Dr. Eugene Carson Blake was the Stated Clerk of the United Presbyterian Church in the USA, an antecedent of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He was a pioneer in the ecumenical movement and went on to serve both the National Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches.
The General Assembly Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations (CEIR) has been invited to nominate one Presbyterian Church (USA) student applying for admission for the upcoming academic year. Priority will be given to students under 40 who have at least an undergraduate degree in theology or two years of a Master of Divinity/Theology.
Find out 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