Newsletter
April / 16 / 2019
Between the Towers
By Rev. Dr. Craig M. Howard
Presbytery Leader
"So, what is the future of the church between the two towers?"

Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket Update

  • Please pray.... for leaders, congregations and youth candidates as plans are made to attend 2019 Youth Triennium June 16-20 Purdue University. 
  • Please pray...for Pastor Nominating Committees throughout our presbytery, for their strength and dedication of serice.
Click on the prayer basket to find our current prayers.
Respite at the Border: Many Faces with Many Voices
A Reflection of Service
Their journeys are long and hard, their destinations unknown and unfamiliar, and their reception is uncertain and, in many ways, unwelcoming. And yet…they journey, they hope, they pray, they appreciate, and they believe.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
Presbyterian Children's Home and Service staff took four of our Farmington residents to the Missouri State Capitol for Child Advocacy Day. They spoke to legislators about bills in the house to help improve the foster care system for teens, and one of our youth even shared their personal story in a room full of youth and legislators from across Missouri. It was incredible watching them advocate for themselves and other youth in care.
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Saddened to Report
Rev. Jack Seibert
Rev. John F. "Jack" Seibert, who served Zion Presbyterian Church, Fosterburg, from the mid/late-70's through the mid-80's, passed from this world to the next on Tuesday, March 19th. The link to his obituary is can be found here .
Jack and his wife, Joan, served as missionaries in India for many years prior to their shared ministry at Zion. Jack was beloved and cherished, and we know that all of heaven is rejoicing at welcoming home. Please hold Joan and their family in your prayers.
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: Apr. 11 to Apr.17

Thurs. Apr. 11
10 a.m. . - Stewardship (Oaks)
12:30 p.m. - CoR/N(Oaks)
3 p.m. - Presby Gather Plan (Oaks)
5 p.m. - Cong. Vibrancy Team (Oaks)

Week of: Apr. 18 to Apr.24

Thurs. Apr. 18
9:30 a.m. - History Team (Aberdeen Hts)
6:30 p.m. - Com Prep Min (Ladue)
Mon., Apr. 22
1 p.m. - Dismant Racism Priv. (Ladue)
During Holy Week meetings might be rescheduled, so
please check with Team Moderators to verify correct meeting date and time.
Uprooting Hunger - 2019 Presbytery Wide Goal
Three small congregations stage event using
OGHS fish banks
By Pat Cole and Lauren Rogers
Presbyterian News Service
Three small Presbyterian congregations are combining the spirited competition of a fishing derby and the iconic  One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) fish banks to promote giving to the churchwide offering.
In this Fishing Derby, OGHS fish banks are used rather than traditional tackle, and instead of angling for fish, these congregations are filling the fish banks with coins that will benefit ministries supported by OGHS.
Uprooting Hunger - Hunger Action Team
The next sixteen months the presbytery will work toward establishing Certified Hunger Action Congregations. This  handout will be helpful to your congregation, as we journey together in the year ahead. If you have any questions, email:  communication@glpby.org
Ministry Team Updates
Partners for Just Trade
360° FAIR TRADE
Give StL - Give the Month of April to Support
Partners for Just Trade in 2019
Partners for Just Trade is a non-profit, faith-based organization that builds partnerships between producers living in extreme poverty and consumers in North America. We address root causes of poverty through Fair Trade sales, education, solidarity, and a commitment to trade justice. Learn more about Partners for Just Trade by clicking here.
To learn how to give through Give StL, click here.
Earth Month in April
Earth Day has been on April 22 for nearly 50 years but now April has been designated Earth Month. And, also added is Faith Climate Action Week, April 5 to 14 this year. So now churches have the whole month to raise awareness about caring for God's awesome creation as well as opportunity to participate in some kind of action that will protect and preserve the incredible gift of nature all around us. It is indeed a part of what it means to be a person and community of faith in our time! For resources: Jessica.Maudlin@pcusa.org in Louisville and www.FaithClimateActionWeek.org  Also, contact the presbytery's Earth Care Action Team: carletonstock@aol.com .   
Congregational Happenings
Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Lunchtime Lent Prayer Services
Each Wednesday through April 10
12 p.m. to 12: 30 p.m.

Easter Cantata
The combined choirs of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Cape Girardeau and Centenary United Methodist Church, under the direction of Mike Dumey, will present an Easter Cantata on Sunday, April 14, 2019, 10:45 a.m. at Westminster Presbyterian, located at 1820 Perryville Rd., Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
Metropolitan Churches United Clergy Breakfast
Thursday, April 11 at 8:30 a.m.
Join us for breakfast, study, conversation, and fellowship. We'll gather and eat, spend some time hearing about what's going on with MCU, wrestle with some Holy Week texts, and discuss ways to plug in going forward. Guest speaker: Dr. Ben Sanders III, assistant professor of Theology and Ethics, Eden Theological Seminary.
Invite your colleagues, bring a clergy pal. We'll collect the $ at the door. We really hope to see you there!  See the Facebook invitation here for more information. 
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Affton & Calvary Presbyterian Churches
Welcome All to a Joint Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 13 - Beginning at 1 p.m.

15th Annual - Praise Is What We Do Concert
The William G. Gillespie Scholarship Committee of Cote Brilliante Presbyterian Church invites you to join us as we celebrate our "Fifteenth Annual Praise Is What We Do Concert" on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 2:00 pm at Cote Brilliante Presbyterian Church. Directions can be found here.
The concert will feature spirit-filled selections of praise dancing, poetry, vocal and instrumental performances. Admission is free; however, a free-will offering will be taken to benefit the scholarship fund. Joyce Addison & Richard Massey are Program Co-Chairs; Pasadena Weathersby - Scholarship Committee Chairperson, welcome all!
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Annual Spring Salad Luncheon
The Hardin, Illinois Presbyterian Church will be having its Annual Spring Salad Luncheon on Wednesday, April 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in its fellowship hall. The menu will include chicken salad, assorted salads and breads, dessert, and drink for $8.00. Proceeds go to local missions. Treat your secretary on “Administrative Professional’s Day.” 
Directions can be found here.
Annual Mound Ridge Dinner Auction
Saturday, April 27, 2019
at Andre’s South Banquets and Catering
4238 Telegraph Road, St. Louis, MO
from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m .

Tickets: $65 per person or $500 for a table of 8. Come join us and help support Mound Ridge because there is, “No Place Like Camp”
RSVP and pay for your tickets via PayPal, by clicking the link above.
Complete List of Educational Opportunities: Found Here
PC(USA) Special Offerings Webinar Offered
Pentecost Offering
Looking for information for this year’s Pentecost Offering? Join Special Offerings staff for a webinar:
Mid Council Leaders:  April 23, 2019—12:00 pm EDT.
Congregation Leaders:  April 30 , 2019—12:00 pm EDT.
Messy Church Training
Saturday, May 18th - 9 a.m. to 3:30 pm. 
at St. Paul UCC-Waterloo, Illinois
Messy Church is a church experience for families who have not found other forms of church engaging and who don’t yet belong to a church. It explores a biblical theme through includes hands-on creative experiences, a celebration and a meal. It is usually held once per month at a time other than Sunday morning. It does not prioritize either the needs of children or adults but intentionally welcomes and provides for all ages.
SAVE THE DATE
Social Witness Action Team of the
Synod of Mid-America
Annual Conference
Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 9 a.m .to 3 p.m.
John Knox Presbyterian Church
More information on the day can be found here.
National Black Presbyterian Caucus
June 27 to June 29
Registration is open  for the 45th Biennial National Black Presbyterian Caucus, June 27–29. This year’s theme is “Seeking Racial Justice & Equity! Where do we go from here?” The conference will take place at the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel and Conference Center. 
Faithful Innovation Summit
July 24–26, 2019
Luther Seminary in Minneapolis
 “We live in a time of disruptive change—and many of us are unsure where to start or how to lead through uncertainty. The  Faithful Innovation Summit is designed to help you define and address the challenges you’re facing. Gather with fellow Christian leaders and consider what God is calling you to do.”
The Presbytery of the Inland Northwest has been invited to present a case study of their missional transformation this event. Sheryl Kinder Pyle is eager to have some other EPs join them there; contact her for more information, and plan to attend.
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Mid Council Financial Network Planning Team
2019 Conference 
November 20-22, 2019 
Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront

This event is a continuing education and training opportunity for synod, presbytery, and church financial persons. We are working with presenters and various others to bring you the most up to date information for this conference.
Save the date - More details will be released soon.
Stewardship Kaleidoscope Annual Conference
September 30 to October 2
The annual  Stewardship Kaleidoscope Conference is a great opportunity for congregations to take a deeper dive into stewardship. The program is for pastors and for stewardship committees. Whether you want to refresh your approach or overhaul it, there will be something for you at Stewardship Kaleidoscope. 
Opportunity to Talk about the Confessions
Taking a breif break for Easter, join us after Holy Week. Want to join the conversation? Contact Barbara G. Willock, bwill2@mindspring.com.
Current Support Ministry Position Openings
Congregations Searching for Support Staff
Part Time Site Manager - AMEN|St. Louis

Soprano Section Leader Wanted - Westminster St. Louis

Director of Music and Organist - Faith Des Peres

Director Faith Formation and Family Ministries
for Children - Ladue Chapel