November / 5 / 2019
Introducing Matthew 25
Matthew 25 will be introduced at the Saturday Presbytery Gathering. The three pillars of the program are vital congregations, poverty, and anti-racism. The following reflection from Juli Nicolai is about her experience on the recent Dismantling Racism and White Privilege bus trip to the Montgomery Alabama.
Rev. Craig M. Howard

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Weekly Prayer Basket Update

  • Please pray... for the family of Rev. Dr. Howard Gleason in his passing
  • Please pray...for all safe travels for those attending the Presbytery Gathering on Saturday
  • Please pray...for our Hunger Action Congregations and their work in addressing hunger in their communities

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Saddened to Report
We are saddened to report the passing of Rev. Dr. Howard Gleason, Pastor Emeritus of St. Mark Presbyterian Church, and a treasured member of Woodlawn Chapel Presbyterian as well as our  Presbytery. He will be missed.

Services will be held on Thursday, November 7, at St. Mark Presbyterian Church, 601 Claymont Dr., Ballwin, Missouri. The visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the 11 a.m. memorial service. The interment will be private. Directions to the church can be  found here.
Presbytery Gathering - Sat., Nov. 9
Can't attend the Presbytery Gathering? We have you covered!
Join our Facebook page at 10 a.m. on Sat., Nov. 9th
and watch the Opening Worship LIVE.
Let's Celebrate !!!
at Washington Presbyterian Church
At this Presbytery Gathering we will celebrate our Hunger Action Congregations and 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, with the head of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, Rev. Dr. Diane Moffett, who will be bringing the message during worship! Plan to attend now!
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: 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)

Week of: Nov. 13 to Nov. 19

Wed., Nov. 13
1:30 p.m- Pastoral Transitions (Oaks)
3 p.m. - Personnel (Oaks)
Thurs., Nov. 14
10 a.m. - Stewardship (Oaks)
3 p.m. - Planning Gathering (Oaks)
Mon., Nov. 18
10 a.m. - DRAP (Southminster)
1 p.m. - Social Witness (Oaks)
5 p.m. - Congreg Vibrancy (Oaks)
Tue., Nov. 19
10 a.m. - Finance (Oaks)
4 p.m. - Admin/Support (Oaks)
Uprooting Hunger - 2019 Presbytery Wide Goal
Congratulations to our newest Hunger Action Congregations
Covenanting: First Presbyterian - Hillsboro
Certified: Faith & DesPeres Presbyterian
Four percent of the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering is used to address homelessness. The lack of affordable housing is one cause of homelessness as well as a root cause of hunger and poverty in the United States. Congregation-Based Community Organizing has a great track-record of successfully pushing towns, cities and counties to finance and incentivize affordable unit creation through Affordable Housing Trust Funds and other methods.
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 19 Certified and 25 Covenanting Congregations for their dedication to eradicating hunger in their communities!
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
Calling All College Students

Travel with UKirk - StL from January 1-5, 2019 to the College Conference in Montreat, NC! Join students from all over the Presbytery and 1000+ others from around the U.S. to hear amazing speakers, experience Spirit-filled worship, and play in the mountains of Montreat. 
This year's keynote speaker is Dr. Lauren Winner. Her books include Girl Meets God, Mudhouse Sabbath, a study of household religious practice in 18th-century Virginia, A Cheerful and Comfortable Faith, Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis, and, most recently, a book on overlooked biblical tropes for God, Wearing God.  
Sign up by NOVEMBER 9 for the best pricing. You can find the registration form for this year's conference here:  
A Place of Grace Creativity Challenge
The 2019 12-Week Creativity Challenge is going so well  that I am offering three  next year with minor modifications. Check out the Fact Sheet Flier for more information, and feel free to post it on your bulletin board or share the post from the A Place of Grace Facebook Page!
What is A Place of Grace?
A Place of Grace offers opportunities for your congregation, youth group, Men’s Bible Study, women’s circle, and/or staff to give back through Mission Madness Workshops. Recently, Glendale Presbyterian Church held an intergenerational Mission Madness Worship where the first part of the service was held in the sanctuary and the second part was held in the fellowship hall, and they created 7 bandana pillows for the homeless, 17 upcycled Christmas cards, 16 Christmas gift tags, and 41 paper dolls for families in need in the Riverbend area! You, too, can share in serving God by serving others! A Place of Grace provides the supplies, and Julie will teach you the skills you need to accomplish your particular task. Retreats are offering-based, but may be subject to mileage charges due to travel expense. Call Julie Gvillo (618-410-5060) to schedule a date! 
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
St. Mark Annual Christmas Boutique
and Angel Street Cafe
Tues., Nov. 12 & Wed., Nov. 13
Christmas Decorations and Ornaments, Handmade Holiday Items, Children’s Items, Jewelry, Hand Painted Folk Art Items, Floral Arrangements, Personalized Items, Cookbooks, and Many More Unique Gift Ideas. Enjoy wonderful hand-made items and fresh baked delicacies by the women of St. Mark Presbyterian.
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. 
Prayer Retreat at Ladue Chapel
Saturday, November 23
This one day retreat will take place in the Fireside Room at Ladue Chapel, from 8:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. As Advent approaches, you are invited to rest in God’s presence with Dieter Heinzl and Anne Peacock. Join us as we spend the morning in prayer through silence and reflection with art, music, and God’s Word. The labyrinth will also be available to walk in Fellowship Hall before, during and after the retreat. Friends welcome. RSVP to Anne Peacock 314-993-4771 x3122 Cost: $5. The event flyer can be 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
Hearing and Preaching the Gospel of Matthew
Thur., Nov. 21 | 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Zion Lutheran Church
Lutheran School of Theology is pleased to offer the workshop, "Hearing and Preaching the Gospel of Matthew," which will cover major themes in Matthew's gospel.  A majority of workshop time will be spent exploring samples of Matthean lectionary readings and exploring avenues for preaching on Matthew.
The teacher is The Rev. Dr. Deborah Krause, Professor of New Testament, Eden Seminary, St. Louis.  She is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (USA) who serves the church through social justice advocacy work, teaching, preaching and scholarship.
Zion Lutheran Church is located at 123 Carson Rd., Ferguson, MO 63135. Directions found here.
Tuition, which includes lunch, is $45 by Nov. 11 and $50 after that. Register online at:; by phone at 314-918-2556 and leave a message if necessary; by email to:; or by mail to: LST, 475 E. Lockwood Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119
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