October / 15 / 2019
Visiting the Country
"I find that people usually love their families, want what is best for their children, want work that is meaningful and significant, honor their heritage, and really do care about the environment."

Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket Update

  • Please pray... for the family of Gerald "Jerry" McDaniel, member of John Knox who recently passed away.
  • Please pray....for our servicemen and women, who recover from physical and mental challenges
  • Please pray...for those who are in recovery of the typhoon that hit Japan
  • Please pray...for the work and ministry of Rev. Max Hill and UKirk -StL as the continue in service, worship and mission together.
Click on the prayer basket to find our current prayers.
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Let's Celebrate & Have a Good Time
Presbytery Gathering Sat., Nov. 9
at Washington Presbyterian Church
At this Presbytery Gathering we will celebrate our Hunger Action Congregations and hand out their hunger ministry grant checks! We will also celebrate our congregations that are "4 for 4" in Mission Giving for 2018. We are so excited to celebrate all of the mission work done within our Presbytery!
Presbytery Gathering Featured Speaker:
Rev. Dr. Diane Moffett
Presbyterian Mission Agency
President and Executive Director
Please share the news with your entire congregation, so that we fill the pews and engage in conversation on how we are called to participate in the work of Matthew 25 - ALL are welcome!
Please Share our Facebook Event Found Here
Promotional Flyer Found Here | Promotional Bulletin Insert Found Here
Directions to Washington Presbyterian Found Here
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. 17 to Oct. 23

Thur., Oct. 17
4 p.m. - Vision Team (Oaks)
6:30 p.m. - CPM (Ladue)
Mon., Oct. 21
5 p.m. - Congreg Vibrancy (Oaks
Week of: Oct. 24 to Oct. 30

No meetings are scheduled at this time.
Uprooting Hunger - 2019 Presbytery Wide Goal
Tomorrow is World Food Day - October 16
Congratulations to our newest Covenanting Hunger Action Congregation: Hillside Presbyterian Church, House Springs, Missouri
Rise Against Hunger
Wed., Oct. 16 at 5:30 p.m.
First United Presbyterian, Belleville, IL
A well-known story from the Gospels tells of the time Jesus and His disciples fed more than 5,000 men, women and children. Jesus is at it again but this time He’ll be working through His followers at First United Presbyterian Church to feed 14,000 people through a program called Rise Against Hunger. The Feeding the 14,000 is the perfect opportunity for you to be able to help others in an exciting, fast paced, active way. Come help us package 14,000 dried meals that will be sent around the world to those who are desperately hungry and enduring famine. Directions found here.
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 18 Certified and 20 Covenanting Congregations for their dedication to eradicating hunger in their communities!
Complete List of Hunger Action Congregations Found Here
Questions on how to get your congregation involved email us here.
Upcoming Installations

Rev. Bill Vincent
First Presbyterian Union Pacific
Sun., Nov. 10 | 3:30 p.m.
First Presbyterian - Union

Rev. Karen Dumey
First Presbyterian - Jackson
Sun., Nov. 17 | 3 p.m.
First Presbyterian - Jackson
Ministry Teams News & Activities
World Mental Health Day was October 10
The focus on mental health, for ourselves, for family, friends, neighbors, our congregations and our community should be something we do every day. Checking in is critical for those who face anxiety, depression or other mental health concerns. Some resources available can be found below.
  • Focusing on Self-Care, we hope you explore the local ministry of A Place of Grace, their website can be found here, and you can also find them on Facebook
  • Being a Stigma Free Faith Community—produced by National Alliance on Mental Illness Faith Network
  • Mental Health Guide for Faith Leaders—produced by the American Psychiatric Association
  • Mental Health First Aid—Information about an eight-hour course providing an excellent basic level of instruction in understanding mental illness and recognizing and responding to signs that someone may be considering taking their own life.
224th General Assembly (2020)
Hands and Feet Service Opportunities
During the 224th General Assembly (2020) and as a part of the OGA’s Hands and Feet initiative, The Center: Mission Outside the Box will offer hands-on service opportunities for GA-affiliated visitors, family members, youth groups, and friends. We will offer up to four service options, from 8:30–noon, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, June 22, 24, 25, and 26. 
Find our more by clicking here.
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.
Congregational/Event Happenings
Chili Supper for Local Missions
Fri., Oct. 18 | 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Potosi Presbyterian Church
Eat in or Take Out

Chili, Sandwiches, Dessert & Drnks for $5/Donation.
Call ahead orders available by calling 573-631-4964
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 hand bells, 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. 
Bake & Book Sale
Sat., Oct., 26 | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church - Ste. Genevieve
The Presbyterian Women of First Presbyterian Church of Ste. Genevieve, located at 160 S. Main St., Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, will sell homemade baked goods and host a book sale in conjunction with Rural Heritage Day Celebration of Ste. Genevieve. Take time to enjoy the beauty of fall with sweet treats and a good book! Directions 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.
Michael Unger Organ Recital
Sun., Oct. 27 at 4 p.m.
Second Presbyterian - St. Louis
Organist Michael Unger performs a recital on Sunday, October 27 at 4:00 p.m. at Second Presbyterian Church. Dr. Unger is the Assistant Professor of Organ and Harpsichord at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. The church is located at 4501 Westminster Place in the Central West End, St. Louis, 63108. The concert is part of the Couts Music Series and is free to the community. For more information call 314-367-0367 or
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.
Annual Smorgasbord - Sat., Nov. 2
Serving from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
at Trinity Chapel Presbyterian
Highway 19 North of Cuba, Missouri

Adults are $12 each and $5 for kids under 12. Take out is available but no delivery! Money raised goes towards scholarships.

FREE Hymnals Available
Southminster Presbyterian Church, Crestwood, has 196 The Singing Church hymnals. These hymnals were published by the Hope Publishing Company. These need a new home and are free to whoever will come and claim them. First come first serve, must take all of them. Please contact, Bill Thomas at 314-323-8041, if you are interested.
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.
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
Eugene Carson Blake Scholarship to the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey
The Reverend Dr. Eugene Carson Blake was the Stated Clerk of the United Presbyterian Church in the USA, an antecedent of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He was a pioneer in the ecumenical movement and went on to serve both the National Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches.
The General Assembly Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations (CEIR) has been invited to nominate one Presbyterian Church (USA) student applying for admission for the upcoming academic year. Priority will be given to students under 40 who have at least an undergraduate degree in theology or two years of a Master of Divinity/Theology.
Find out more by clicking here.
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

Church Pianist - St. Charles Presbyterian Church

Christian Educator - First Presbyterian -Edwardsville

Children, Youth and Family Ministry - Second Presbyterian