January / 7 / 2020
Continuing Education
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Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket Update

  • Please pray ... in thanksgiving for Jim Cook who is officially in remission
  • Please pray ... Nena Priest who is hospitalized
  • Please pray...for Paul Cash who is now having weekly blood transfusions
  • Please pray...for Eva Stock, Rev.'s Carleton and Ellie Stock's daughter, for her recent stroke.
  • Please pray....for those living through the Australian wildfires.
  • Please pray...for residents of Puerto Rico after yesterdays earthquake
  • Please pray...for peace among all nations
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Parish Paper

You are Invited to the:
Installation of Rev. MP Panco
as Associate Pastor at
St. Mark Presbyterian Church

Sun., Jan. 12 | 3 p.m.
(reception immediately following)
We would love to see you there. If clergy feels so inclined, we welcome them to wear their robes and stoles. St. Mark is located at 601 Claymont Drive
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: Jan. 8 to Jan. 14

Thurs., Jan. 9
10 a.m. - Stewardship (Oaks)
3 p.m. - Gather Planning (Oaks)
Mon., Jan. 13
3 p.m. - Personnel (Oaks)
5 p.m. - Dismantl Racism/Priv (Oaks)
Tues., Jan. 14
10 a.m - Finance (Oaks)
11 a.m - New Worship Com (St. Andrew)
1 p.m. - Mission/Outreach (Oaks)
4 p.m. - Admin/Support (Oaks)
Week of: Jan. 15 to Jan. 21

Thurs., Jan. 16
11 a.m. - Social Witness (Oaks)
4 p.m. - Vision Team (Oaks)
6:30 p.m. - Com Prep Min (Ladue)

Mon., Jan. 20
Martin Luther King Day
Presbytery Office Closed

Becoming Matthew 25
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2020 Presbytery Wide Goal
Whether you are just starting on your Matthew 25 journey or are fully engaged and active in your community, you may find these resources helpful as you seek to “unleash the spirit” of the Matthew 25 vision!

Our Presbytery Wide Book Study for the February Gathering is explained below. Please read the book as soon as possible.

We hope this year is a continued year of conversation, fellowship, and idea sharing. Let us begin the journey together......
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
Dear White Christians Book Study
As part of our Matthew 25 initiative, we ask that you join us in a Presbytery Wide Book Study on Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation by Jennifer Harvey, who will be leading a workshop at the February 6 th Presbytery Gathering. More information about the day found here. More information about Jennifer Harvey found here.
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We encourage individuals, committees, sessions, and churches to consider participating in this book study... . AND We will reimburse you up to 50% of the purchase price of the book, if you submit your receipt to the presbytery office.
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Books may be found at Amazon - Kobo - Google Play - Barnes & Noble
Let's Prepare for Robust Conversation at the
February Presbytery Gathering!
Ministry Teams News & Activities
Seeking Sunday Meals for UKirk Students
Looking for a way to connect with UKirk this coming semester? One of the best ways is to provide a Sunday night meal! Sign up below!
Don't forget to Follow UKirk on Facebook to connect with them on social media here.
Eco Video Nite
Thurs., Jan. 9 | 7 p.m.
St. Stephens Episcopal Church
The Ferguson Eco Team (composed of some folks from Earth Care Congregations in the presbytery) is hosting its first Eco Video Nite January 9 at 7 p.m. at the St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 33 N. Clay Ave., Ferguson, MO 63135 featuring the film, The Biggest Little Farm. The film chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. No cost. Snacks. Brief discussion afterward. Directions can be found here. Contact: or 314-941-9378. Good way to start the New Year and the church season of Epiphany by caring for God's awesome creation !
Just Mercy
Sun., Jan. 12 | 2:15 p.m.
The Teen/Young Adult Ministry of Third Presbyterian Church invite you to attend a screening of the movie Just Mercy, starring Jaime Foxx and Michael B. Jordan, with us! Join Us on Sunday, Jan 12th for After Church Movie Day!
The movie will be shown at the AMC Creve Coeur 12, located at 10465 Olive Blvd, Creve Coeur, MO 63141. Directions may be found here.
Prayer Art Retreats at Von Dell Gallery & Studios
Thur., Jan. 23rd | 2:30 p.m. & 6 p.m.

Worship will unfold, and art will be created in response to worship. Communion will be served. A Place of Grace is offering-based. An offering box is set out for the purpose of collecting offerings to cover the materials and the instruction.
You are invited to join us for an evening of guided meditation as we spend time with God and encounter scripture in community, unleashing the artist within. Please RSVP to this event or to the gallery (618-251-8550) by noon on January 22nd to guarantee appropriate materials.
Don't forget to "Like" their Facebook Page!
New Worshiping Communities Team Event
Dreaming & Discerning
Tues., Jan. 28 | 7 p.m.
First Presbyterian - Ste. Genevieve
Has God called you to breathe new life into a new community and in a new way? New Worshiping Communities are Spirit-led and initiated when a person hears  God’s Song in a new key. Could you be that person? The New Worshiping Communities team is creating a confidential space where you can come and explore your call, God’s vision, and our desire to create new expressions of worshiping communities within the presbytery.
 If you are interested in exploring a call to become a new worshiping community leader, then join the presbytery’s New Worshiping Communities team for a discerning conversation on Tuesday, January 28 at 7 p.m. Directions to 160 S. Main St., Ste. Genevieve can be found here.
 For questions about this event, please contact Vanessa Hawkins at either (314) 772-2395 (ext. 1982) or
Congregational/Event Happenings
Webster Groves Presbyterian Church
Early Childhood Center Fundraiser
Tues., Jan. 7 | 4:00pm-8:00pm

The fundraising dinner out will be held at Jason's Deli, located at 1253 South Kirkwood Rd., Kirkwood, MO. More details about the event can be found here. 
Movie Day Featuring – A Dog’s Journey
First Presbyterian Church - Sullivan, Mo.
Sat., Jan. 11 | 2 p.m.

FREE! Snacks will be provided. Join us for a great movie and fellowship. All are welcome! Directions can be found here.
Millikin University Choir in Concert
Dardenne Presbyterian Church
Sat., Jan. 11 | 7:00 p.m.
Millikin University Choir in concert at Dardenne Presbyterian Church
Also performing will be choirs from Fort Zumwalt West High School and Parkway West High School. This concert is open to the public. A freewill offering will be received.
Dardenne Presbyterian Church, is located at 7400 South Outer 364
Dardenne Prairie, MO. Directions can be found here.
Anita Jackson and Friends Concert
Sun., Jan. 19 | 4 p.m.
Second Presbyterian Church
Ms. Jackson will be joined with her trio of piano, bass, and drums and perform music commemorating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 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 visit . Directions can be found here.
Complete List of Educational Opportunities: Found Here
Empowering Commissioned Pastors Conference
Registration is open for the Empowering Commissioned Pastors Conference, to be held May 13th–16th, 2020, at Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church, Richardson, Texas (Dallas–Fort Worth area). 
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
Personal Care Assistants - St. Andrew’s Senior Solutions

Youth Ministry Coordinator - Cote Brilliante Presbyterian

Administrative Assistant - LoveJoy United

Christian Educator - First Presbyterian -Edwardsville

Children, Youth and Family Ministry - Second Presbyterian
Full-Time Director of Youth & Children’s Ministry - First Presbyterian, Columbia, Missouri (Missouri Union Presbytery)