May / 21 / 2019
“A leader in an anxious system is tempted to emotionally react and not patiently respond to problems and crises.”

Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket Update

  • Please pray... for the Joining Hands Partnership Delegation traveling to Peru, May 26-June 2, to meet with partners related to systemic hunger and poverty concerns rooted in environmental and economic issues and to work together to care for God's Creation.

Click on the prayer basket to find our current prayers.
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
Being the church is more than just “gathering on the Sabbath.” It’s more than “mission projects that have a start and end date.” It’s more than “just having a title, but it is a way of being that you cannot turn on and off,” says Dr. Tony McNeill, worship music leader for Big Tent, set for Aug. 1-3 in Baltimore.
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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 23 to May 29

Thurs., May 23
9 a.m. - History Team (Aberdeen Hts)
Mon., May 27
Presbytery Office Closed
for Memorial Day
Tues., May 28
3 p.m. Personnel (Pres)
Week of: May 30 to June 5

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

Boundary Training is set for Wed., June 5 th
2019-2020 Planning Calendars
PC(USA) Planning Calendar changes from
18 months to a 16 month calendar, this fall.
This 16‐month calendar, delivered in August, will start on September 1, 2019, and end on December 31, 2020 and contains many planning aids for pastors and other church leaders. Includes lectionary for Sundays and special days, liturgical days, liturgical colors, resource information for PC(USA) programmatic emphases, updated synod, presbytery and Presbyterian Mission Agency staff directories, color foldout synod/presbytery and world maps.
Cost is $8.50 - A limited number will be ordered, so reserve your calendar today by emailing Leigh Porter, Office Manager a t
Uprooting Hunger - 2019 Presbytery Wide Goal
What is a Summer Food Service Program
and How Does it Work?

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is administered at the federal level by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture. FNS decides overall program policy and publishes regulations and payment rates. State education agencies administer SFSP in most States. Other state agencies may also be assigned to run the program.

SFSP reimburses approved sponsors for serving meals that meet federal nutritional guidelines. Sponsors receive payments from USDA, through their state agencies, based on the number of meals they serve. All meals are served free to eligible children. 
While it is too late for this summer - consider the summer of 2020 and start planning now how you can assist children in your community.
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.
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 Happenings
Movie Night: Crossroads – A Story of Forgiveness
First Presbyterian - Sullivan
Wed., May 22 | 6 p.m.

Free! Everyone Welcome! Just bring a snack and have great fellowship with us! Directions found here.
Vacation Bible School
Fisk Presbyterian Church will have their annual VBS program week on June 4 to June 7 from 9 a.m. to Noon. If you are in that area, plan to attend! Find their Facebook page here.

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 (
Vacation Bible School
New Hope Presbyterian will have their annual VBS program week from June 24 to June 28, 9 a.m. to Noon and their spots are filling quickly.
Registration ends June 1, 2019, so get those registration forms in as soon as possible. Visit their VBS page on Facebook 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
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.
The Great Adventure to God's Kingdom
Summer Overnight Camp
July 17 - 20
Ages 6 to 10 years

Your child will learn about the people in the Bible that God sent on adventures and how those stories apply in their own lives.
Summer 2019 at Mound Ridge offers a transforming experience for children within the breathtaking quiet beauty of our Missouri Foothills and Meramec River. 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!  
Synod Grant & Scholarships
Now Available

  • The Paragon Grant is a one-time grant of up to $30,000 that aims to foster new and creative “examples of excellence” in congregations within our region. The Synod wants to support innovative and thoughtful projects that might not otherwise be able to be pursued. If your congregation has a dynamic, innovative idea you wish you had the money to pursue, submit an application!
  • Are you a Presbyterian on the hunt for higher education scholarships? The Synod has money for that! Go online to and see if you meet the criteria to apply!
Current Support Ministry Position Openings
Children, Youth and Family Ministry - Second Presbyterian

Soprano Section Leader Wanted - Westminster St. Louis