October / 1 / 2019
Did you know…what our Session Clerks are doing???
“... the wonderful part is that we have so many amazing session clerks in this presbytery who support one another ... "

Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket Update

  • Please pray... for those who are still working in Hunger Action this year.
  • Please pray....for Darlene Tricamo and her family in the passing of her sister.

Click on the prayer basket to find our current prayers.
World Communion Sunday
October 6
“All who eat and drink without discerning the body, eat and drink judgment against themselves.” (I Cor. 11:29)
The first Sunday in October is designated as World Communion Sunday, which celebrates our oneness in Christ with all our brothers and sisters around the world. Paul tells us that we are to “discern the body” when we partake of Holy Communion, mindful that we note our relationship to all our brothers and sisters in Christ in the celebration. One is not to go hungry while another is drunk! (I Cor. 11:21). This is scandalous behavior opposed to the Way of Christ. Thus it is appropriate that World Communion Sunday is also a time when we receive the annual  Peace and Global Witness Offering  as a way of continuing the ancient Christian practice of sharing what we have with brothers and sisters in need.
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Parish Paper

2019-2021 Book of Order

Will be available at the November 9 Presbytery Gathering, held at Washington Presbyterian Church. $8/Each - Order your copy today! Call Leigh at 314-772-2395 or email her at

Pastors For Your Information
Honorably Retired - Save the Date:
January 22, 2020 for a Board of Pensions Local Event
Survey Says.....
PC(USA) Research Services and partners are inviting all PC(USA) ministers (retired or not) to participate in this web survey that will provide critical information on ministers’ physical, mental, spiritual, and vocational health. The survey explains how ministers can earn Board of Pensions Call to Health points and additional Presbyterian Publishing Corporation (PPC) discounts by participating. Questions? Contact Susan Barnett, Research Services Coordinator, by email or 502-569-5161 . The Survey can be found here.
The Program for Psychology & Religion
St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute 
Ordained and Lay Pastors - Free Workshop and Lunch
Wed., Oct. 9 | 9 a.m to 11:30 a.m.
In the Belly of the Whale: How to Manage Ministerial Expectations Better than Jonah: In celebration of Clergy and Ministers Appreciation Month, the Program for Psychology and Religion at St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute is providing a morning reflection and lunch for all clergy and ministers on October 9, 2019.
RSVP to: Sue Mertens, 314-289-9407; Click to email by Oct. 4th 
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: Oct. 3 to Oct. 9

Mon., Oct. 7
5 pm. - Liaisons (Oaks)
Tues., Oct. 8
10 a.m. - Finance (Oaks)
11 a.m. - NWCC (St. Andrews)
1 p.m. - Mission/Outreach (Oaks)
4 p..m. - Admin/Support (Oaks)
Wed., Oct. 9
1:30 p.m. - PTCC (Oaks)
Week of: Oct. 10 to Oct. 16

Thur., Oct. 10
10 a.m. - Stewardship (Oaks)
3 p.m. - Gathering Plan (Oaks)

Remote Office Days - October 2 & 3
(St. Louis Office Closed)
Presbytery - South West
Presbytery Staff will be traveling to Sullivan, Missouri October 2 & 3. We look forward to meeting with members and leadership of the congregations on the South West Side of our Presbytery.
Uprooting Hunger - 2019 Presbytery Wide Goal
Congratulations to our newest Certified Hunger Action Congregation - Hunter Memorial First Presbyterian of Sikeston, Missouri
In the latest edition of the Presbyterian Hunger Program find......
- War is a Root Cause of Hunger
- Thinking and Acting Both Globally and Locally
- Joining Hands: Celebrating Two Decades of Global Solidarity and Social Change
- The Four Famines
- Addressing Global Hunger…and more!
Week of Hunger Action - October 13 to 20
World Food Day - October 16
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 17 Certified and 19 Covenanting Congregations for their dedication to eradicating hunger in their communities!
Special Services of Celebration
Pendo Presbyterian
Constituting a Congregation
Celebration Service
Sun., Oct. 6 | 12 p.m.
All are welcome!
Upcoming Installation

Rev. Max Hill
Pastor - UKirk StL
Sat., Oct. 12 | 3 p.m.
Trinity Presbyterian
Ministry Teams News & Activities
World Communion Sunday
One World To Save And Savor!
On World Communion Sunday, this coming Sunday, we gather with people of faith around the world at the table of our Lord. May we also remember to thank God for this awesome, incredible planet that we not only live on but that we are of, that we have come from and to which we shall return. May we be about saving life and savoring life on this our "common home".
The Earth Care Team of presbytery would like to recommend this link to a 30 minute video about the spiritual experience of the astronauts of Apollo 8 in 1968 as they looked back at their home. planet: For more info:  
History Team Highlight
Potosi Presbyterian Church
            Potosi Presbyterian Church in Potosi, Missouri has a long and fascinating history. It was established in 1832 by six charter members, including Emily Dunklin, the wife of Daniel Dunklin, who became Missouri’s fifth governor. The church was authorized by Rev. Thomas Donnell, pastor of the Concord Presbyterian Church (now Bellevue Presbyterian Church, Caledonia, Missouri). Potosi was the fifth Presbyterian church organized in the Potosi Presbytery (now Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy).  
Embracing Diversity without Division
Annual Interfaith Dinner & Celebration
Thurs., Oct. 24
Once a year, Interfaith Partnership convenes nearly 500 clergy, leaders and members of St. Louis’ faith communities for a dinner event robust with dialogue, food and more. This event remains our exclusive fundraiser and your participation not only ensures that you will engage meaningfully in interfaith dialogue during the dinner, but that you support the work that we do all year long to build relationships in St. Louis.
This year’s Annual Interfaith Dinner promises to be a special one. You can learn about this annual event by clicking here.
Nicaragua Community Partnership
Mission of the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy
Annual Celebration and Fundraising Dinner
Mon., Oct. 28 | 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. [ Dinner at 7 p.m. ]

Celebrate and Support our successful students. Learn about the continuing national crisis in Nicaragua and the growth of our scholarship program in Plan Grande #2. Explore ways to become involved in this mission. Enjoy a terrific meal at one of St. Louis’ finest Italian restaurants, LoRusso’s Cucina, 3121 Watson Rd., St. Louis, Missouri.
  • $60 per person with Cash Bar Available
  • Reservations Required
  • RSVP by Wed. Oct. 23rd
Checks payable to “GLPBY” mailed to 20 North Maple Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119, email or call Harriet Hall 314-963-7112.
Will you share this with your congregation? A poster can be found here, and bulletin inserts can be found here. Directions can be found here.
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.
Joining Hands - Your Mission Partnership with Peru!
You are invited to be on the 2020 Joining Hands Partnership 20th Anniversary Peru Pilgrimage, to support someone else to participate, or to share this information with your congregation, group, friends and family.
This Pilgrimage includes journeying to the coastal, mountain and rainforest regions of Peru, meeting with our Joining Hands Partners, hearing updates about the socio/economic context of Peru, experiencing historical and cultural events and places, and joining with Red Uniendo Manos Peru (Peru Joining Hands Network) and others in a 20th Anniversary Celebration.
Attached is a flyer (revised from previous announcement flyers) with details about the Pilgrimage which will be August 1-15, 2020, click here for that information.
Presbyterian Women of Giddings-Lovejoy
Fall Gathering Set for October 5th
CROP WALK 2019 - Sun., Oct. 6
 The 2019 St. Louis CROP Hunger Walk and Concert will be on Sunday, October 6 at Eden Seminary, 475 E. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, MO 63119 ( Directions found here) – check-in at 4:30 pm, Walk at 5:00 (1-mile and 3-mile routes), and Concert at 7:00. The Holy Crepe Food Truck will be onsite from 4:15 to 7:00 pm. 
Register online here. where you can solicit donations, create or join a team (after you register as an individual), make donations, etc. The CROP Concert at 7 pm is also the 8th Annual Eden Festival of Psalms, featuring Richard Bruxvoort Colligan (who has two hymns in Glory to God), Christopher Grundy, Paul Vasile and the Eden Seminary Choir, and more. It is free, and there will be the opportunity to donate to CROP/Church World Service. Local beneficiaries are Operation Food Search, Circle of Concern, and Webster-Rock Hill Ministries. Questions or need materials? Contact Clint McCann at or 314-619-0599.
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
Congregational/Event Happenings
First Presbyterian - Brighton
Annual Salad Luncheon & Country Store
Sat., Oct. 5 | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The luncheon will be served starting at 10:30 a.m. Prices are $8.00 for adults, children 4-12 $4.00, and children 3 and under free. There will be over thirty salads and several breads available.
The Country Store will feature gift items and baked items including pies, cookies, breads, peanut brittle, candies, knives, and potato peelers. A 50/50 raffle will be available. The Ladies Evening Circle will be selling raffle tickets for their “Holiday” raffle which includes a “Gift Card” prize worth $300, a Lottery Ticket Basket, a Great Clips Gift Bag, an Avalon Gift Bag, a Philosophy Shower Gel Gift Bag, Pink Zebra Simmer Pot and Sprinkles, a Lantern from Lula Belle's, and a Bath & Body Box. Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. The Country Store will be on the south side of the church, weather permitting.
For more information, contact the Church at 618-372-8241.
Lutesville Presbyterian Church Fall Bazaar
Sat., Oct. 5 | 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
In the fellowship hall, located at 106 Railroad St., Marble Hill, MO. Directions can be found here.
Blood Drive
New Hope Presbyterian Church Deacons will host a blood drive on Sunday, October 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Contact their office to sign up! 636-936–2200  
Annual Fall Luncheon to Benefit Mission
First Presbyterian - Hardin, Illinois
Wed., Oct. 9 | 11 a.m to 1 pm.
Join us in the fellowship hall for delicious homemade soup or chili, sandwiches, desert and a drink. Suggested $8 donation/plate. EAT IN or TAKE OUT!
Proceeds benefit local mission projects, Trunk or Treat and Stuff Your Stocking. We will also have a wreath on display for our Sherwood Forest Farms evergreen fundraiser. These were a HUGE hit last year - they are exceptional quality at a great price point. You can order at the luncheon.
Annual Apple Butter Festival
Old Argo Presbyterian Church
Sat., Oct. 12
3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Trivia Night - Sat., Oct. 12
The Florissant Presbyterian Church will hold a Trivia Night on Saturday, October 12. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with Trivia to begin at 7:00 p.m.
The cost to play is $20 per person at the door or $120 for a table of 8 with a Prepaid registration by Oct 9th .
Call church office to register and send payment. 314-837-8555. Directions can be found here.
Let All the Earth Rejoice
October 20 | 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
First Presbyterian - Kirkwood
As a part of the Con Spirito Concert Series this Hymn festival with organ, brass, and handbells, features Aaron David Miller who will share his highly imaginative and creative style. Prize winner of several prestigious competitions, including the top prize at the AGO National Improvisation Competition, he is noted for his fine performances of repertoire spanning all periods. He has received rave reviews when accompanying silent films. His recital performances have taken him across the country. He serves as the Director of Music and Organist at House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Directions to the event can be found here. 
Cote Brilliante Presbyterian Church
Community Men's Chorus Concert
Sunday, October 27 at 3:00 p.m.
Parking is available. This event is FREE and open to the public. Directions found here.
Reformation Concert to Benefit Food Action
Sun., Oct. 27 | 5 p.m.
Woodlawn Chapel, Wildwood, MO
Soloist Dallas Blair returns to Woodlawn Chapel for a Reformation Sunday concert, Sunday, October 27 at 5 p.m. Featured works will include some of Mr. Blair's noted hymn arrangements, along with classical works for trumpet. He'll be joined by bassoonist Anthea Ybarra for Paul Hindemith's astonishing "Concerto for Trumpet & Bassoon." Sunghee Hinners, a member of the faculty at Washington University's music department will provide accompaniment. Lafayette High School senior Alex Norvell, a member of Woodlawn Chapel, will play an original composition for flute, oboe and piano. A free will offering will be received to assist Woodlawn Chapel's Coupon Club, which purchases food for local food pantries.
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.
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
Four Types of Advent and Christmas Eve Services:
Which Have You Tried?
Experimenting with a different Advent or Christmas Eve worship format may help worshipers connect with the joy and wonder of Christ’s birth. Blue Christmas, Christmas pageants, Las Posadas, or lessons and carols make room for emotions, movement, culture, and people’s gifts.
Learn more at Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
for the study and renewal of worship, by clicking here.
1001/Vital Congregations Conference 
Westin Crown Plaza - Kansas City
October 14-16  
Perspectives: The Church then…now…beyond is an opportunity for church leaders of all ages, shapes, sizes and identities to take a new look at the ministry and mission of God.
Prepare the Way: Advent Planning Workshop with Paul Vasile 
Thur., Oct. 17 | 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
at Oak Hill Presbyterian Church
(4111 Connecticut St) 
Explore the prophetic and poetic power of the Advent and Christmas seasons through music and improvisation with sacred text. We’ll explore Revised Common Lectionary texts for the season (Year A), seeking insights that inspire compelling preaching and liturgy, focusing especially on creative possibilities for small and mid-sized churches. We’ll sing together, experiencing how music from many traditions can enliven and enrich worship. And we’ll create in community, sharing newly written liturgy and worship ideas with each other in a supportive space. Leave with practical worship ideas, preaching prompts, suggested hymns and choral music for your congregation.
Cost: $50/person, $90/congregation (2-4 individuals)
Complete information found here. Directions 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:
Current Support Ministry Position Openings

Young Adult's Co-Coordinator - Pendo Presbyterian

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