June / 4 / 2019
Organic System
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Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket Update

  • Please pray... for those who continue to battle the flood waters in Kampsville, Illinois as well as those in Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Oklahoma and Kansas who face more rain this week.
  • Please pray... for the city of Virginia Beach and the victims of last week's mass shooting.

Click on the prayer basket to find our current prayers.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is Responding to the Midwest Storms and Flooding

“PDA, on behalf of the PC(USA), has been in communication with the impacted presbyteries,” Kirk said. “Presbyterians in those areas, in addition to being survivors, are responding to the enormous needs. PC(USA) churches have opened as shelters, respite centers and family recovery centers. Presbyterians are reaching out to neighbors and meeting the immediate unmet needs in their communities.”
PDA Flooding Donations Accepted Here

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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: 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)

Week of: June 13 to June 19

Thurs., June 13
10 a.m. - Stewardship (Oaks)
3 p.m. -Gathering Planning (Oaks)
5 p.m. - Congregation Vibrancy (Oaks)
Mon., June 17
1 p.m. - Social Witness (Oaks)
Wed., June 19
1:30 p.m. - PTCC (St. Andrew)

Uprooting Hunger - 2019 Presbytery Wide Goal
Agape Youth - Webster Groves Presbyterian
Mission Trip 2019
No matter where you are - you can work on ending hunger, as this youth group has proven. Has your church participated in or planning on Mission Work this summer? We would love to hear from you! Email or even text photos, if easier, to 573-578-3960.
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!
Ministry Team Updates
UKirk Pastoral Nominating Committee
Selects Max Hill as UKirk's New Pastor
Max completed his Masters of Divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary in May 2019. He is fascinated by the creativity and diversity of God's people and is eager to meet students, gather for worship and dinner, and to discuss the impact of faith on identity. He is excited to serve as a Pastor in the Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery and Campus Minister for UKirk St. Louis.
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
Taste of Tuscany
for Pastors in Specialized Ministry
June 26 - 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The Presbytery of Giddings Lovejoy along with St. Luke's Hospital appreciate 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 a free meal, a 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.
Tips For Greening Your Church –Recycling
Recycle paper, aluminum, glass, plastic, and electronic equipment. Make copies double-sided. If the municipality does not do recycling, create a system for recycling at the church.
 ( TIPS is brought to you by the Earth Care Team of the presbytery, composed of members of the nine Earth Care Congregations in the presbytery certified by the Presbyterian Church (USA). For more information on how your church can be certified
Congregational/Event Happenings
Old Argo Presbyterian Church
Vacation Bible School
Begins Monday, June 10 at 5 p.m.
Fun for kids of all ages!
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.
First Presbyterian Church - Sullivan
Celebrates 165 Years of Ministry
July 14 at 2 p.m.

The first records of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Sullivan, Missouri date back to November, 1892, but the first roll of members was received in the area as in 1854, and the first church building was completed in 1897. We have much to celebrate! All are welcome to join us in this celebration.
Dardenne Presbyterian Church
200 th Anniversary Celebration
September 14 th & 15 th , 2019
September 18, 2019 will mark the 200 th anniversary of the founding of Dardenne Presbyterian Church.  God has truly blessed this congregation every step of the journey.  Our story began two years before Missouri was a state. A Connecticut missionary came to the prairie, and along with eight original members “formed by divine permission a church established on the Presbyterian Discipline and based on the Old and New Testaments as illustrated by the American Confession of Faith.”
Ministry Materials
Children's Chairs Available (FREE)

First Presbyterian – Union has some children’s chairs they would love to donate to another church in need of some. They are in great shape and just need a new home.
  • There are 13 child-size molded plastic chairs with metal legs that measure 14" floor to seat and 13" wide.
  • There are 9 child-size molded plastic chairs that measure 12" floor to seat and 13" wide.
  • There are 5 child-size molded plastic chairs that measure 11" floor to seat and 10" wide.
Please contact Carol Gruber (636-583-2329) for more information. 
For the Photographers Among Us
The #ArchCityReligion PhotoBurst is a community-based effort to identify, document, and explore religion as it is lived in the greater St. Louis region through crowd-sourced digital photography.
We invite people of all ages and identities to submit original digital photographs of religion in St. Louis—whatever that means to you. All submissions are welcome and will help us better understand religious life, practices, ideas, objects, and places in the greater St. Louis area. Whether you are religious or not, where do you see (or hear, smell, touch, or taste) religion in your daily life? From collective rituals to private devotions to public spectacles, law, art, sports, and entertainment, how is religion part of the experience of living in St. Louis?
Select entries will be displayed in various venues. Please go to for further information and to submit your photograph. Entries accepted through July 19.
Complete List of Educational Opportunities: Found Here
Stop the Cycle Of Poverty! Free Webinar
The Least of These: Engaging in the Work of Preventing and Alleviating Poverty
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.
Explore Mound Ridge as a Family
Disconnect from Technology to Reconnect as a Family

When you hang out with your family or friends, you feel like you are fighting for their attention because of their phones. We have all been on the other side too; our social media apps are distracting. When you visit Mound Ridge, the cell service will be limited especially at the bottom of the hill near the river. In addition, there are only hot spots in the conference rooms.
We believe families and friends should take a break from technology and unplug for the weekend. During your stay, you won't feel the need to be on your phone the whole time for entertainment. You'll enjoy reconnecting with your family, and feel refreshed. You could spend the day at the river and soak up the sun (don't forget the sunscreen!) or take a hike in the woods. At the end of your stay, you will feel renewed and ready to tackle on another busy week in everyday life. 
Explore Mound Ridge by clicking here.
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