March / 1 / 2022
Living Into Your Calling
Guest blog post by
Commissioned Pastor, Donna Schiro
Trinity Chapel Presbyterian Church 
"I’m convinced that through these experiences more bumps and bulges to my puzzle piece were beginning to fit where they belonged in God’s world."
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  • Please pray for... Commissioned Pastor, Donna Schiro, in her ministry with Trinity Chapel Presbyterian Church (TCPC) as well as the mission of TCPC in their community.
  • Please pray for...those still battling Covid, even as the surge wanes.
  • Please pray for...pray for the world leadership, those in Ukraine who are in harm's way, and for peace to overcome war.
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Triennium Canceled
The 2022 Youth Triennium has been canceled due to health concerns surrounding COVID. There are some plans in the works to offer opportunities for youth between now and the 2025 PYT event.
Stay tuned!

You can read the full announcement from the Presbyterian Mission Agency and Triennium leadership at the link below.
From Your Presbytery Leader
Weaving Rhythms into a Rhythmless Lent
"Together, we need to find ways to adapt to every changing terrain while still feeding what was lost. It is in this holy tension where I find holy opportunity this Lent."
Upcoming Ministry Team Meetings
This Week
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Thurs.,Mar. 3
3 pm Gathering Plan Click Here
Tues., Mar. 8
11 am NWCC - Click Here
4 pm Admin/Support-Click Here
Wed., Mar. 9
11 am Transitional Pastors -Click Here
12 pm - COM- Click Here
Thur., Mar. 10
9:30 am History Team -Southminster
News & Updates
Kathi Kraus Commissioning Service
First Presbyterian Church
Cuba, Missouri

Sunday, March 6 at 10 a.m.

Join in person at 701 N. Main St., Cuba, directions found here, or watch on Facebook Live by clicking here
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Thanks to your heartfelt gifts, One Great Hour of Sharing currently supports projects in more than 100 countries. Visit for locations and ministries.
Each day at or after mealtime, consider these reflections and questions for the week ahead. Place a coin or a “gift” in your fish coin bank or a jar, and end by saying the prayer of the week or one of your own. 

Beginning Wednesday, March 2 | Ash Wednesday
Presbyterian Women
Midwest/South Gathering
Tues., Mar. 15 at 10 am

Join us for the Presbyterian Women Giddings-Lovejoy Midwest/South Metro Winter Gathering held on Zoom on Tuesday, March 15, 2022 from 10 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. The theme is : “Strength through Faith, Isaiah 40:31”. Guest speakers include Rev. Liz Kanerva, Associate Presbytery Leader, Rev. Karen Blanchard, Honorably Retired at the Presbytery and Becky Ruether from the St. Louis Crisis Nursery. Please join us for this stimulating event. Contact Ann Schmid, with further questions. See the following Zoom contact information:
If calling in, dial 312.626.6799 and enter meeting ID: 843 3101 9797
Spirit of Stewardship Conference
Connect, Grow, Serve ‐ Stewardship: A Way of Life
April 1-2, 2022 (register by March 21)
First Presbyterian Church
Lee’s Summit, Missouri
(or Virtually)

Deacons & Ruling Elders

PC(USA) Leader Formation Webinar: Good Stewards of God's Grace
Wed., Mar. 30 | 6 pm

This event is provided for free for participants and is funded through your per capita dollars. It does not come without a cost, however. Knowing the diversity of language within the PC(USA), this webinar will be provided in several languages with interpretation based on requests made through the registration process. As a result, there is a registration deadline of March 23, 2022, in order to be able to have time to arrange for those services. This event will be recorded and will be available in English following the event.
Caring for God's Miraculous Creation: 
Re-use Rather than Single-use!
What disposable items in your life could you replace with a reusable option? Cloth napkin, water bottle, cloth cleaning wipes, cloth grocery bags, reusable containers for storing? And there are many more! Make it part of your Lenten covenant to change over from single-use to reusable!
TIPS is brought to you by the Earth Care Team of the presbytery. Contact: or 314-941-9378.
APOG Walk to Jerusalem
A Place of Grace is walking to Jerusalem!
Who wants to join us?
Starting on Ash Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022, APOG Walk to Jerusalem registered participants will access daily scriptures through a private APOG Facebook group or their emails. These passages and prayer prompts will be offered for meditation while "walking" to Jerusalem in time for Easter.
Lenten Prayer Art Practice
Beginning Monday, March 7th
During Advent, Pastor and Certified Zentangle(R) Teacher, Julie Gvillo let an Advent Prayer Art Practice through Live videos on Facebook. The artwork shown here is one of the pieces created during that process. 
Starting Monday, March 7th, you are invited to join her in a Lenten Prayer Art Practice. YouTube video links will be sent via email Monday through Saturday each week of Lent and will focus on scriptures from the Revised Common Lectionary. Participants can use specific art tools or supplies they have around the house as they create art while meditating on scripture. One does not have to be an artist to participate. The process is more important than the end product. 
To register, go to and click on the "Upcoming Events" page in the hamburger menu. There is an RSVP form on the right side of that page. Note in the title that you are registering for the Lenten Prayer Art Practice 2022. A Place of Grace is offering-based. Electronic offerings may be made through Venmo (Julie_Gvillo) or PayPal dot me/JulieGvillo.
New Horizons Presbyterian Church
Lenten Journey
Pathways to Pebbles Lead Me to Calvary
Beginning March 2
New Horizons Presbyterian Church would like to invite you on a journey through the Lenten season. It all begins with a service on Ash Wednesday, March 2nd at 7:00 p.m. Then we will continue with a Soup luncheon on Tuesdays from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. We will meet on March 8, 15, 22, 29, and April 5. Soup and drinks will be provided and if you would like, feel free to bring your own sandwich to go with the soup. During lunchtime, there will be a devotional and a time to reflect. If you would like to join us for lunch, we ask that you let us know by calling our office (314) 427-0841 so that we know how many to prepare for. Our theme is “The Pathway of Pebbles Lead Me to Calvary.”
Day of Learning for Planned Giving
Tues., Mar. 29 | 9 a.m. & 3 p.m. (Central Time)

Building the Right Program for your Congregation - Join us for our third online Day of Learning on March 29 to learn how to build a planned giving program right-sized for your church needs and how to engage your congregation in giving.

9 a.m. Central Time
Ellie Johns-Kelley, Ministry Relations Officer, and Karl Mattison, Vice President for Planned Giving Resources will present Good, Better, Best: Right-sized Planned Giving Programs.
Discover various models of planned giving programs and get tools that range from very basic practice to starting the conversation to a full plan that demonstrates to donors that your session is prepared to receive and steward their legacy.

3 p.m. Central Time
Olanda Carr, Senior Ministry Relations Officer will be in conversation with Rev. Dr. Brandi Casto-Waters of Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church in Augusta, Georgia on Having the Talk and Making the Ask.
Their presentation will cover practical tools for an active congregation to use for conversations about planned giving, as well as encouraging congregants to make legacy giving a part of their lifetime stewardship.

All programs will be online through the Zoom platform; you will receive a link to join a few days before the program
"Engaging the Religious Nones"
A two-part adult education offering led by
Rev. Dr. Ruben Rosario-Rodriguez
Sundays, March 13 and March 20 at 7 p.m.

The number of religious “nones” in the U.S.—adults who describe their religious identity as atheist, agnostic, or “nothing in particular” (Pew Research Center, 2018)—has tripled. Closer analysis reveals that many nones associate organized religion with intolerance and injustice while still thirsting after some form of spirituality. As a church theologian and a Minister of the Word and Sacrament active in the mission of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Dr. Ruben Rosario-Rodriquez has concluded that the church’s own actions have contributed to the church’s current crisis, which is why so many—including many Christians—no longer consider the church an institution worth defending. So instead of focusing on what the church can do to bring Millennials and Gen Z back into the fold (very little), the church ought to listen to what these Nones are saying to take spiritual inventory and get its own house in order.
Join Zoom Meeting:
If attending from the Zoom app, enter the meeting ID: 839 8239 6405, using the passcode: 676721
2022 Nonprofit Security Grant Program
Technical Assistance Webinar Series

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Grant Programs Directorate (GPD), in partnership with the DHS Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), invites faith-based, community, and nonprofit organizations to participate in upcoming webinars regarding the fiscal year (FY) 2022 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP).
The NSGP provides funding support through a competitive process for facility hardening and other security enhancements to nonprofit organizations at high risk of a terrorist attack and promotes emergency preparedness coordination and collaboration between public and private community representatives, as well as state, local, tribal, and territorial governments.
FEMA and its partners are committed to providing quality customer service to all our partners including socially vulnerable, underserved, and under-represented communities. As such, and building on last year’s efforts, GPD is offering the following informational NSGP webinars for all nonprofit organizations interested in learning more about the program, priorities, eligibility, and application process.
Pastors Save the Dates of May 15-20
Mid-America and Lincoln Trails Synod have announced they will have Transitional Ministry Training at the Mercy Center in St Louis May 15-20, 2022. Please watch the newsletter or other direct emails for further information.
St. Stephen Presbyterian Church Youth Searching for Mission Location
Week of July 25-29
St. Stephen Presbyterian Youth, a small but hearty youth group, is looking in several places in the USA to offer our services for a Vacation Bible School and possibly a small construction project at a church or needy organization in your area. We are mostly a group of girls, with a few guys, looking to hold a VBS in a location this particular week of the summer: Their resume of past summer experiences can be found by clicking here.
Contact Beth Fultz, Director of Christian Education
St. Stephen Presbyterian Church of Fort Worth, Texas 76109
817.927.8411 office | 817.875.9704 cell
Called to Serve? We Need You!
Have You Considered Presbytery Service?
There are many ministry team positions available in the coming year, and we just know you would be a good fit for a committee or commission
Please fill out and return the form below.
GLPby App Form (Word) | GLPby App Form (fillable PDF)
Current Support Ministry Position Openings
Seminary Summer Intern - First United Presbyterian, Belleville, IL

Church Office Manager - St. Mark Presbyterian, Ballwin, MO

Summer Mission Team Facilitators 2022 - Amen House
(Oak Hill Presbyterian) St. Louis, MO

Interim Pastor - Oak Hill Presbyterian, St. Louis, MO

Organist/Accompanist - First Presbyterian - Cape Girardeau, MO

Director of Youth Ministry + Digital Media - First United, Belleville, IL

Music Director - Glendale Presbyterian Church, Glendale, MO

Head of Music - First United Presbyterian, Collinsville, IL

Associate Pastor - Dardenne Presbyterian, Dardenne Prarie, MO

Off Hours Help Needed? Contacts Found Below
Rev. Ryan Landino
Presbytery Leader

Rev. Liz Kanerva
Presbytery Leader
Rev. Joy Myers
Stated Clerk

Leigh Porter
Office Manager
Janice McMillen
Communications Associate