May / 31 / 2022
Unity Sunday at First Presbyterian- Ferguson
Rev. Clyde Crumpton gives the message at the Installation of Rev. Dr. Kerry Allison at First Presbyterian Church, Ferguson. Please click the video link above to see how much we can learn with and from each other, working for Unity, in the Peace of Christ.
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  • Please pray for... children in foster care as they wait for a permanent home
  • Please pray for...continue to pray for the families of the victims and survivors of Uvalde, Texas
  • Please pray for... the family of Pat Stewart, in her passing
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From the Presbytery Leader
“Infrequently Asked Questions” for May!
From time to time, Ryan will take questions from across the presbytery and try to address them by newsletter! This will be an experiment that we hope will be a monthly offering. (As I lead best by asking questions, I appreciate the questions you have asked and are asking!) Stay tuned for end of the month opportunities to ask questions, usually the last week of the month.
Upcoming Ministry Team Meetings
This Week
Next Week
Nothing Scheduled this Week
Tues., June 7
12 pm All Pastor - Click Here
Wed., June 8
11 am Transitional Pastors Click Here
12pm Com on Ministry Click Here
Thurs., June 9
9:30 am History Team at Southminster
3 pm Plan Gathering Click Here

Rev. Zach Lysdahl Installed as Pastor
Congratulations to Rev. Dr. Kerry Allison and
First Presbyterian Church of Ferguson, Missouri!
Upcoming Pastor Installations
Rev. Mel Smith, Pastor
Trinity Presbyterian-University City
Sun., June 5 | 3 pm
News & Updates
Here is a letter from the National Taiwanese Presbyterian Council, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) addressed to all churches and leaders in PC(USA), dated May 23, 2022. [link to letter]
Here is the statement from the leadership of the Dismantling Racism and White Privilege Team distributed on May 20th calling for solidarity and a call to prayer in the wake of violence against the Irvine Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, CA and the Black community in Buffalo, NY. DRAWP Communications Update (
Special Committee on Racism Truth and Reconciliation (SCRTR): Riverside Conversation
Thursday, June 2, 2022 at 2:00 pm (Central)
Registration Found Below

On behalf of the leadership of the General Assembly Special Committee on Racism Truth and Reconciliation, all interested in the work of dismantling racism are invited to attend a Riverside Conversation, where the commissioners, delegates, and members of the larger community will hear about the process and work that shaped our final report and recommendations to this summer’s General Assembly. Our presbytery leader Ryan Landino is a member of the Special Committee and was one of the writers of this report!
To be most fully present with the presentation, you are invited to read the final report of the Special Committee on Racism Truth and Reconciliation ahead of this meeting:
You will need to register in advance of this Riverside Conversation: Click Here
The Case of the Hopeless Diamond Dinner Theater
Sunday, June 5 from 5 pm to 7 pm
Steelville Presbyterian Church will be holding a Dinner Theater to support their Scholarship Fund. Donations taken at the door., and No tickets will be sold, but reservations must be made by calling 573-775-2950.

Visit PCUSA's Financial Aid for Studies website and learn about denominational scholarships, loans, and grants.
The Synod of Mid-America has funds available for Presbyterians to use for higher education. These scholarships can be used for any accredited institution of higher learning (including trade schools and graduate study programs). Scholarships are available/awarded per school year and renewable with application annually.
Scholarships are open to active Presbyterians within the Synod of Mid-America, and whose church of membership qualifies as follows:
- in Kansas (total of 90 members or less),
- in Missouri or Illinois (total of 50 members or less),
as determined by membership reported December 31, 2021.
Applicants will be judged on financial need, academic achievement, and involvement in the local church, school, and community. All scholarship applicants must be endorsed by their session, and obtain a letter of support from the Clerk of Session or Pastor.
The deadline for application for Higher Education Scholarships is August 1, 2022 at 5:00pm. Scholarship recipients will be notified by August 31, 2022.
Mental Health First Aid Classes June 4 and July 16
Why Mental Health First Aid (for Adults and Youth)? Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders (in adults and youth). It gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.
Virtual Pentecost Resource

If you are looking for an creative reading of the Acts 2 text, please check out this innovative video that Light for the Darkness created:
FREE Upcoming Concert - Saturday, June 4, 6:00 pm
January-Wabash Park Bandshell, Ferguson, Missouri. Presented in partnership with PROUD - Directions Found Here
Come celebrate with us. Bring your refreshments and invite your friends.
The Voyager Scholarship
The Obama-Chesky Scholarship for Public Service
Shaping the next generation of public service leaders: An increasingly globalized world needs young leaders who can bridge divides and help solve our biggest challenges together.
The Voyager Scholarship was created by the Obamas and Brian Chesky, Airbnb CEO, to help shape such leaders. Even though they come from different backgrounds, both the President and Brian believe that exposure to new places and experiences generates understanding, empathy, and cooperation which equips the next generation to create meaningful change.
This scholarship gives college students financial aid to alleviate the burden of college debt, meaningful travel experiences to expand their horizons, and a network of mentors and leaders to support them.
Federal Student Loan Relief for Pastors

The Synod of Mid-America wants you to know that relief is available! Apply soon because this offer expires 10/31/22.
More information can be obtained here:

The form is here:
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
Part-time custodian - Second Presbyterian Church.

(PT) Coordinator of Christian Education - Southminster Presbyterian, Crestwood, Missouri

Minister of Music - Second Presbyterian, St. Louis, Missouri

Seminary Summer Intern - First United Presbyterian, Belleville, IL

Church Office Manager - St. Mark Presbyterian, Ballwin, 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

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