September / 3 / 2019
Competition about Compassion 
“Our congregations were challenged and being the competitive compassionate people that they are .. .”

Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket Update

  • Please pray... for those who have been and will be in the path of Hurricane Dorian, and for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance as they prepare to respond.
  • Please pray.... for those who are the victims of the last mass shooting in Texas.
  • Please pray ....for our congregations who are in a Pastor search
Click on the prayer basket to find our current prayers.
Presbyterians are called to engage in policy
By Craig M. Howard | Presbyterians Today
Politics are personal. As God’s people, we feel our politics. When we watch the news or read it on our iPad, we experience a potpourri of emotions. We get excited, angry, demoralized, indignant, frustrated and more. Some of us take a sabbath from Facebook, while others turn off Twitter. Continue to read Craig's article here.
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Planning Calendars should arrive soon.

If you have reserved one, we will notify you when they arrive.
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: Sept. 5 to Sept. 11

Mon., Sept. 9
11 a.m - Dynamic Leaders (WG)
5 p.m. - Liaisons (Oaks)
Tues., Sept. 10
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., Sept. 11
1:30 p.m. - Pastoral Transitions (Oaks)
Week of: Sept. 12 to Sept. 18
Thurs., Sept. 12
10 a.m. - Stewardship (Oaks)
3 p.m. - Gather Plan (Oaks)
Mon., Sept. 16
1 p.m. - Social Witness (Oaks)
5 p.m. - Cong Vibrancy (Oaks)

Session Records Review
Session Records Review Resource may be found here.
If you have questions, please contact Rev. Joy Myers, Stated Clerk, at or by calling 314-772-2395.

  • Saturday, September 14 - 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian
Sullivan, Missouri - Directions Here

  • Saturday, September 21 - 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Oak Hill Presbyterian
St. Louis, Missouri - Directions Here.
Uprooting Hunger - 2019 Presbytery Wide Goal
World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
In 2015, Pope Francis proclaimed Sept. 1 as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, joining Ecumenical Patriarch Demetrios I of Constantinople, who earlier extended an invitation for Christians to offer “every year on this date prayers and supplications to the Maker of all, both as thanksgiving for the great gift of creation and as petitions for its protection and salvation.” Read more here.
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 15 Certified and 19 Covenanting Congregations for their dedication to eradicating hunger in their communities!
Ministry Team Updates
Tips For Caring For God's Creation In Your Congregation
Use glass communion cups or do communion by intinction. Also, give glutten-free option and non-alcoholic juice option.
(TIPS is brought to you by the Earth Care Team of presbytery, composed of membership of the 9 Earth Care Congregations in presbytery. For info for how to become an Earth Care Congregation, contact:
Healthy Systems. Innovative Change. 
For the Future of the Church
SAVE THESE DATES - 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day
September 7, 2019 - Woodlawn Chapel
December 7, 2019 and March 7, 2020 - Locations TBD
For a long time, most ministry leaders have assumed they had to choose. They had to choose between disruptive innovation or sustainable systems. Today, smart churches are realizing that their survival depends on not choosing, but embracing both creativity and structure as partners in the same dance. Our group is made up of a peculiar collection of radically practical visionaries, intensely committed to help you build healthy systems that create space for deliberate, often disruptive, innovation. Contact Vanessa Hawkins, at or call her at 314-772-2395 for more information.
Kenyan Well Mission Trip
Thurs., Dec. 26 to Thurs., Jan. 9
This will be a mission trip to witness the completion of the well project which was started about five years ago. There will be a Thanksgiving ceremony on December 29th at Thome Church in Rumuruti, Kenya, a Presbyterian Church of East Africa congregation.
20th Anniversary - Joining Hands Trip 2020
Dates Announced Soon
Joining Hands Against Hunger Peru (JHAH-PERU) is an ecumenical and democratic network established by 20 organizations and churches distributed all over Peru. It is a movement of solidarity that accompanies and strengthens participatory processes of holistic development in order to improve the quality of life of the most economically disadvantaged sectors of our population in the face of all forms of exclusion. We propose to do this through proposals and programs of local economic development, environmental justice and human rights, weaving among ourselves a shared spirituality. Find the flyer here. For more information contact Ellie stock at 
Presbyterian Women in the PC(USA)
If you are looking for a worthwhile experience that is out of the ordinary, don't miss the PW Peace Trip to Korea in 2020! A delegation of Presbyterian Women will travel to South Korea April 19–May 1, 2020, to
—strengthen relationships with Presbyterian partners in Korea,
—learn more about the history of Korea and the impact of the United States upon the lives of Koreans before and after the Korean War,
—gain a better understanding of the context of the Korean conflict, and
—prepare to be better equipped advocates and participants in a peaceful solution on the Korean peninsula.
The deadline for application is September 19, 2019. Download the application at…/korea-peace-trip-application/.
Presbyterian Women of Giddings-Lovejoy
Fall Gathering Set for October 5th
2019 Annual History Team Tour "Our Roots"
Tues., Nov. 12
Complete details of the day can be found here. If you have any questions, or would like to purchase tickets, please contact Janet Stanford at 314-638-0195
Partners for Just Trade Invite you to:
The Tea - Remembering Downton Abbey 
Sat., Sept. 14   | 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.
 This fundraising event will be held at Webster Groves Presbyterian Church, located at 45 West Lockwood Avenue, Webster Groves, Missouri. For more information on how to register to attend, click here.
Congregational/Event Happenings
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.
Dardenne Presbyterian Church
200th Anniversary Celebration
Sat., Sept. 14th | 10:00am - 3:00pm
September 18 will mark the 200 th anniversary of the founding of Dardenne Presbyterian Church at 7400 South Outer 364, Dardenne Prairie. The community is invited to join in celebration of this historic event on Saturday, September 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Many indoor and outdoor activities for young and old have been planned.
Dardenne’s story began in 1819, two years before Missouri achieved statehood. The original church site and cemetery was located on a bluff above Dardenne Creek, approximately three miles from the current location. In 1823, a log church was built, and in 1845 a “commodious” brick church was erected. The church was burned to the ground in 1862, believed to be the result of unrest caused by the Civil War. Members continued to meet under an arbor or in homes until the current “Rock Church” was built in 1868. The land was donated by Missouri Supreme Court Justice Barton Bates, the son of Edward Bates, Abraham Lincoln’s first Attorney General. The Rock Church remains in use today in its original location and has witnessed several name changes of the road that passes in front of it – Booneslick Road, “The Old Trail,” Highway N, and currently South 364 Outer.
In the early 1960’s the area of Dardenne Prairie witnessed a population boom, and new subdivisions sprang up around the church. The Rock Church was renovated, but soon became too small to accommodate the unprecedented growth in the area. A large, modern Brick Church was built and dedicated in 1985 and further expansion was added in 2002.
Come relive the history of the pioneering days in Dardenne Prairie and share in the celebration of Dardenne Presbyterian Church’s 200 th anniversary. ALL ARE WELCOME!
Dawn Weber & Friends
Dawn Weber and friends present a concert at Second Presbyterian Church on Sunday, September 22 at 4:00 pm. The free concert features Dawn Weber, trumpet; Bob DeBoo, bass; and Adam Hansbrough, guitar. The church is located at 4501 Westminster Place in the Central West End, St. Louis, 63108. For more information call 314-367-0367 or .
Directions to Second Presbyterian found here.
Food Trucks & Cool Cars
Come join us on Sunday, September 22nd from 4:00-7:00pm for Food Trucks and Cool Cars! Have a cool car? Bring it to display! Love food trucks? We'll have them! Most importantly: have friends or family? Bring them! We'll have face painting, balloons, games, food trucks, cars, and more! This is a FREE event and FAMILY FRIENDLY!
Directions to First United Presbyterian, Belleville found here.
Worker's Rights Board Presents:
Richard Rothstein, Author of The Color of Law
Thurs., Sept. 26
Immediately following the 2019 St. Louis Workers’ Rights Board Annual Meeting at 9:00 am, Keynote by Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America.Books will be available for purchase and signing through Left Bank Books.
We will learn about the history of legalized housing segregation and what we can do about housing and wealth inequity five years after the Ferguson Uprising. Held at Greater St. Mark Family Church, located at 9950 Glen Owen Dr, St. Louis, MO 63136, directions may be found here.
New Hope Presbyterian to be Host Site for
Journey to Baptismal Living's
National Training Event
October 18-20
 New Hope has practiced the catechumenate for several years and will be the host site for the Journey to Baptismal Living's national training event this coming October 18-20. Learn more about the Journey to Baptismal Living and this event by  clicking here.
Childrens Ministry and Other Supplies Available
Still available for free from closed Maryland Heights church: brass candle sticks (oil candles), brass weighted cross for table, brass flower urns with liners, brass offering plates, and white tablecloth for communion table. Also full-sized puppet stage with puppets, and approx. 50 copies of 1990 blue Presbyterian Hymnal. Nursery toys and stuffed animals. Please contact Carol DeVaughan, 636-256-3558 or to arrange pick-up. We want to empty the church of these items by September 18.
Seasonal Paraments Available
John Knox Presbyterian Church has a complete set of 4 separate paraments-seasonal colors of red, white, green, and purple damask design to donate to any church who can and would like to use them. The set in each color includes one chancel table runner/cover, two pulpit/lectern scarves, and one bookmark.
If interested, please call Elizabeth Thomas at 314-882-5211 or Mrs. Kim Chandler (office administrator) at John Knox at 314-921-5833.
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
Fall Workshop
Social Media Springboard for Congregations      
Thursday, October 10 | 9 a.m. to noon
Churches are at a crossroads these days. They are either thriving or dying. The ones that are thriving all have this in common: clear communication. The workshop will show you how to help your ministry rise above the noise of today's world and effectively use social media to share your mission with your community. This half day workshop will teach you how to reach your community where they are more than 20% of their time: online. The workshop will be held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 327 Woods Mill Rd., Ballwin, MO 63011. You may register online at:
2019 E4 Faith Formation Conference
Being a Community of Welcome
November 3 to 5
Registration is Now Open
If you have any questions regarding this amazing event, please do not hesitate to contact Heartland Presbytery at or by calling 816.924.1730. Registration found here.
Current Support Ministry Position Openings
Director of Children’s Ministry - St. Mark Presbyterian

Youth Associate - St. Mark Presbyterian

Church Pianist - St. Charles Presbyterian Church

Christian Educator - First Presbyterian -Edwardsville

Children, Youth and Family Ministry - Second Presbyterian