May / 28 / 2019
Fruit of the Church
"If this church has only 5 members, where did this throng of masses come from?"

Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket Update

  • Please pray... for Missouri Union Presbytery, our neighbors to the north, for those in flood plains and victims of tornadoes.
  • Please pray... for the 50th Work Camp of First Presbyterian-Kirkwood this weekend. For their strength, good weather, and in thanksgiving for the work they will accomplish.

Click on the prayer basket to find our current prayers.
Food Week of Action and
World Food Day
October 13 to October 20

We envision a world where everyone has enough affordable, healthy and culturally appropriate food where no one is hungry, and where all who work in the food chain are fairly compensated, respected and celebrated! Join us in building more equitable and ecological food & farm systems!
2019 Action Areas
Climate Justice • Famine • Food Sovereignty 
Ideas on how your congregation can participate found here.
Quick Connect
Support Ministry
Help Wanted
Parish Paper

2019-2020 Planning Calendars
(August Arrival)
Reserve yours now, by calling or emailing
Leigh Porter at
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: May 30 to June 5

Thurs., May 30
12:30 p.m. - CoR/N (Oaks)
Mon., June 3
1 p.m. - Dismantling Racism/Priv (Ladue)
5 p.m. - Liaisons (Oaks)

Week of: June 6 to June 12

Tues., June 11
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)
Wed., June 12
1:30 p.m. - Pastoral Transit/Care (Oaks)
Boundary Training is set for Wed., June 5 th
Uprooting Hunger - 2019 Presbytery Wide Goal
Hope in the Baking
How does talking about Hunger and Poverty in your congregation, help those in your community?
Click on the video link here, and hear just how important that conversation it is.
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 thankgiving, our 8 Certified and 14 Covenanting Congregations for their dedication to eradicating hunger in their communities!
Our newest Certified Congregations are:
LoveJoy United - Wood River and First United - Belleville
Ministry Team Updates
New Worshiping Communities Team Event
Dreaming & Discerning
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, June 18, 2019 at Faith Des Peres Presbyterian Church at 7:00 p.m. Snacks will be provided. 
 For questions about the gathering and to RSVP by June 15, 2019, please contact Vanessa Hawkins at either (314) 772-2395 (ext. 1982) or
Social Witness Team Event
"Troubling the Waters for
the Healing of the World"
Featuring: Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, Director of Public Witness PC(USA),
Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 9 a.m .to 3 p.m.
John Knox Presbyterian Church
Pastors in Specialized Ministry
June 26 - 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The Presbytery of Giddings Lovejoy appreciates the work of those laboring outside of congregations. Specialized ministries are essential to the work we are called to do as part of the Church. Join us for at time of fellowship, staff introductions, and reflection on ways we can better support each other and the work of the church. Event flyer, with registration, can be found here.
Mission & Outreach Announces
Matinee Performance of
Fire Shut Up in My Bones
Sat., June 29 | 1 p.m
Loretto-Hilton Theatre

Join Us this summer in Nicaragua! We're going to Plan Grande #2 in July! Our delegation to visit our partners there is scheduled for July 20-28, 2019. They are eager to welcome us and we are really looking forward to being there. JOIN US! -- Go and be a peacemaker!
Details for this trip and contact details can be found here.
Congregational/Event Happenings
New Hope Presbyterian Church
Fair Trade Market - June 9
The Fair Trade Market will be held Sunday, June 9th. It features artisan-made crafts, coffee and chocolate. These make wonderful gifts and promote safe and economically viable opportunities for people in developing countries. The fair trade market proceeds will benefit Presbyterian Women, which provides scholarships, programs and charitable giving throughout the year.
Great Shopping Opportunity - Great Mission!
Standing up for Civil Rights
Summer Camp (ages 5-12)
June 17 - June 21
Second Presbyterian Church

Join us as we explore the history and importance of St. Louis’ civil rights and social justice milestones through fun and creative interactive activities, stories, and songs. Everyday people in communities of faith and service have the power to change our world for the better, including kids!     Learn more here!
Make Music Day - You Are Invited To Participate
Friday, June 21st
Join with Faith Des Peres

What is Make Music Day ? It is a worldwide event, happening in more than 120 countries. Every year, the event involves musicians in local happenings. This year, Faith Des Peres will participate. The event happens on the summer solstice, June 21st. Locally, we call the event MAKE MUSIC SAINT LOUIS - you can find more details here -   Also on that website, you or friends may register as participants if you wish to make music. Please think broadly about "making music", because any related art form is welcome to participate. For example, poetry recitation (why not?)  This year, June 21st is a Friday. Our facility will be available between 1:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. If you have acquaintances who may be interested, please let them know. For more information, please see our Music Director - Rene Zajner, or via email (
Kindercottage Ministry
Golden Gala
Saturday, June 29
Celebration of 50 years!

J une 29 is coming quickly. Please order your tickets now and make plans for a joyful celebration of Brenda Crisp’s and all our combined ministries at UniPres Kindercottage these last 50 years. 
Go to to place your orders now. Invite friends to join you and purchase a whole table. It will be a wonderful and inspiring evening!
Full event flyer can be found here.
Dardenne Presbyterian Church
200th Anniversary Celebration
September 14th, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Live Music - Re-enactments and Historic Craft Demonstrations - Bounce Houses - Hayrides, Face Painting, and Petting Zoo

Save the Date! A Schedule of activities and times will posted at a later date!
Complete List of Educational Opportunities: Found Here
Retired Pastors
Third Act Seminar & Luncheon
Save the Date - January 22, 2020
Third Act is a complimentary luncheon and seminar focusing on a particular aspect of wholeness in retirement. The journey toward wholeness lasts one's whole life long — even, or perhaps especially, in retirement. The Third Act Seminar & Luncheon focuses on a different topic each year related to that journey toward wholeness.
More details will be released, later in the year.
Stop the Cycle Of Poverty! Free Webinar
The Least of These: Engaging in the Work of Preventing and Alleviating Poverty
May 30 and June 19 | 11 a.m – 12:30 p.m.

This four-part webinar series challenges us to go beyond charity and take a more holistic view of poverty, equipping teams to create real and lasting change.
  • Hear from leaders in the PC(USA) and in community development as you or your team are guided through core principles that go beyond charity and build relationships.
  • Each webinar features a different theme.
To register, or for more information, email
Registration is limited to 15 people, per webinar.
Big Tent 2019
Called To A Movement Beyond Institution
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God – what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2
The goal is to come together and live in this moment, immersed in our current cultural context of racial division, gender inequality, and economic disparity to be renewed, refreshed and reformed, so that we may be sent out to affect change in our own communities. Through worship, Bible study, learning opportunities, and active engagement with one another and the community, come and encounter the Church participating in God’s mission for the transformation of our world.  
All are welcome - including children and youth!
Well-Being Retreat 2019: Life Is More
August 19-21, 2019
Montreat Conference Center

Well-Being Retreat is an invitation to lean into and rest in the more that God provides. It’s an opportunity to set our minds and hearts on finding our center in the abundance we find in God.
Love Your #Selfie and Let Your Light Shine
 July 21-27, 2019 

Campers, aged 11 to 15 years, will dig into how each of them are a precious work of God. They will learn how to combat negative peer pressure and work on being comfortable in their own skin. With team building activities and fine art exploration the campers will discover how they were each created by God for a purpose. Through various night activities the campers will learn how to let their light shine and why that is important.
Find the perfect experience for your child here.
Calling College Age Students
UKirk will be having a Summer Book Club for any student in the St. Louis area this summer, and kicks off on June 5th. The book chosen is: Shameless: A Sexual Reformation
If you are around St. Louis this summer and interested in Christian collegiate fellowship, UKirk will host dinners and discussion (and likely at least one pool party!) on the first three Wednesday evenings in June from around 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (June 5,12, and 19.) Let Pastor Miriam know if you need a copy of the book or order here: Shameless: A Sexual Reformation  by Nadia Bolz-Weber.
Micah 6:8 Camp
Schools will be letting our for the summer soon. Have you made plans for your middle school student, for day camp? Explore what Amen St. Louis
June 17th to 21st.
Click below:

Contact if you have a church bus or van that you're willing to donate for use to transport campers!  
Current Support Ministry Position Openings
Children, Youth and Family Ministry - Second Presbyterian

Soprano Section Leader Wanted - Westminster St. Louis