February /15 / 2022
An Embodied Faith
Guest blog post by Rev. Dr. Chris Keating
Woodlawn Chapel Presbyterian Church 
"By the Spirit’s gracious leading, we are the church—together."
Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket

  • Please pray for... Rev. Dr. Chris Keating in his ministry as a Police Chaplain, at Woodlawn Chapel Presbyterian, and as a member volunteer within our Presbytery.
  • Please pray for...those still battling Covid, even as the surge wanes.
  • Please pray for... continue to pray for Rev. Paula Cooper, as she is no longer on oxygen but now has daily therapy in her recovery from COVID.
  • Please pray for...our world leaders, who are charged with keeping us safe, at home or away.

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Saddened to Report
We are saddened to report the passing of Genevieve Rottnek, beloved Clerk of Session of New Horizons Presbyterian Church, this week. There are no memorial plans at this time.
Please pray for her family as well as the congregation in this unexpected loss.
Upcoming Ministry Team Meetings
This Week
Next Week
Thurs., Feb. 17
10 am - Public Witness- Click Here
4 pm - Vision Team Click Here
Fri., Feb. 18
10 am PW Coord Council-Click Here

Mon, Feb 21
7 pm - DRAWP- Click Here
Wed., Feb. 23
10 am Honorably Retired-Click Here
We Heard You - We Are Grateful
Thank You for Participating in the
Post-Gathering Survey
The Presbytery Gathering Planning Committee meets the week following each Presbytery Gathering to go over the highlights and lowlights of the meeting, technical glitches, and discuss survey results. It is with guidance from the survey that we seek to improve each Presbytery Gathering for all attendees.
In quick summary:
  • We heard from our commissioners and guests that Rev. Dr. Ott’s message was the highlight of the day, with additional complimentary commentary honors going to Rev. Dr. Threadgill and Rev. Rob Dyer.
  • We heard that you liked the Zoom option, however; would prefer an option to include in-person (Hybrid) for the remaining Gatherings of Giddings-Lovejoy.
  • We heard that there was a lack of material and clarity in the breakout sessions. Improvement can occur by structuring the sessions with materials and possibly a leader.
We are grateful for your feedback. We heard your joy and occasional frustration, and we will use that informative fuel to enrich the upcoming May 14 Presbytery Gathering. Please remember that our presbytery values all members' vision and voice and we welcome hearing from you.
News & Updates
Tips for Caring for God's Amazing Creation
Turn off Electronics and Appliances when not in use
Power off your computer, TV, video games, kitchen equipment, etc. since they use up a lot of energy (in Missouri, coal is used to produce most of the electricity and burning coal makes the atmosphere hotter!). Also, unplug these electronics and appliances when you are not using them. The little things done by all of us help keep the planet cooler!
"TIPS" is brought to you by the Earth Care Team of the presbytery. Contact: or 314-941-9378.
Ferguson ECOLOGY Team Video Night
Presents VIA ZOOM:
Thurs., Feb 17 at 7 pm
2040 is an innovative feature documentary that looks to the future, but is vitally important NOW. Award-winning director Damon Gameau embarks on journey to explore what the future would look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them into the mainstream. Structured as a visual letter to his 4-year-old daughter, Damon blends traditional documentary footage with dramatized sequences and high-end visual effects to create a vision board for his daughter and the planet.
—GoodThing Productions
Conversation to follow the film
To Register for Zoom Link:
For more information: (314) 521-8418 or email
Lent Resources Available
Check out the 2022 Lent Resource Guide (attending 4-hr online POINT training - Presbyterians Organized in Nurture and Training - so will be sharing other resources.
St. Louis County Library Internship
Now Applications Available
Students ages 16-18, who are residents of St. Louis County Library District, are invited to apply for the Sidney Johnson Summer Internship at St. Louis County Library. This paid, 10-week summer internship will provide the student with a behind-the-scenes look at library operations. Dates for the internship will be May 31-August 5, 2022. By the end of the summer, the intern will understand the scope of library work and be able to identify how their interests and skills match that work.
Called to Address Hunger in Your Area
Malnutrition is responsible for nearly half of all deaths among children under the age of 5. By the end of 2022, 60 million children will face life-threatening malnutrition if we don’t act.
The House is expected to vote on the bipartisan Global Malnutrition Prevention and Treatment Act (HR4693) in the next few weeks. Urge your representative to cosponsor this lifesaving bill. 
The Global Malnutrition Prevention and Treatment Act builds on Bread for the World’s years-long efforts on improving global nutrition. It establishes a strategy to support countries in implementing their plans to prevent and treat malnutrition.
Good nutrition is critical during a child’s first 1,000 days of life. If we act now, we can intervene during that critical time.
Please contact your Representative. Contact Hunger Action Enabler, Donna Cook by clicking here.
Presbyterian Communicators Network
Schedule of 2022 workshops
One of the most prevalent issues facing churches in the age of COVID-19 is effectively communicating with church members while continuing to adjust to and discern how best to communicate.
Their workshops will cover the following:
  • Social media analytics: March 29. Open mic panel discussion to follow on April 5.
  • How to post a live service: May 17. Open mic panel discussion to follow on May 24.
  • Helping pastors build communications teams: August 16. Open mic panel discussion to follow on August 23.
  • Video editing: November 8. Open mic panel discussion to follow on November 15.
Faith at Home Lent Practices Webinar
February 24 at 2 pm
Join this webinar on February 24 at 3:00 p.m. EST with Traci Smith, who will talk about simple practices for at-home faith formation during Lent. We will also release six short videos for use by your households, highlighting our five faith practices of storytelling, hospitality, service, prayer, and retreat. Faith at Home Book: Are you looking for a Lenten resource for households with children? Have you seen author and pastor Traci Smith’s newest book, Faithful Families for Lent, Easter, and Resurrection? The Office of Christian Formation has partnered with Chalice Press and Traci Smith so that PC(USA) formation leaders can receive a discount of 50% off 5 or 10 copies of the book to share with those you serve.
White Privilege Conference
March 9-12
For the first time in it's 23-year history, the White Privilege Conference is being hosted by a religious organization and specifically by The Presbytery of Charlotte in Charlotte, NC March 9-12, 2022. We plan to be both in-person and hybrid knowing that the in-person experience will be life-changing. We hope to see you all here in Charlotte!
The WPC Conference Theme for 2022 is: 'Wade in the Water: White Supremacy, Race, Religion, and Reciprocity. Our keynote speakers will include Resmaa Menachem, Khyati Joshi, Bree Newsome, and Gregory Drumright. 
There is a 20% discount for PC(USA) members: Enter PCUSAWPC23 at checkout. (Thanks to Molly Casteel) Register online here: 
St. Stephen Presbyterian Church Youth Searching for Mission Location
Week of July 25-29
St. Stephen Presbyterian Youth, a small but hearty youth group, is looking in several places in the USA to offer our services for a Vacation Bible School and possibly a small construction project at a church or needy organization in your area. We are mostly a group of girls, with a few guys, looking to hold a VBS in a location this particular week of the summer: Their resume of past summer experiences can be found by clicking here.
Contact Beth Fultz, Director of Christian Education
St. Stephen Presbyterian Church of Fort Worth, Texas 76109
817.927.8411 office | 817.875.9704 cell
Pastors Save the Dates of May 15-20
Mid-America and Lincoln Trails Synod have announced they will have Transitional Ministry Training at the Mercy Center in St Louis May 15-20, 2022. Please watch the newsletter or other direct emails for further information.
Month of Grace + Prayer:
A Retreat in Everyday Life
Pray on your own 20 minutes each day and meet one-on-one with a spiritual companion one hour each week for four consecutive weeks. Starts on February 6. All meetings will be virtual (Zoom or phone if you prefer). Weekly meeting times set around your schedule. This is an individually directed retreat tailored to your own deep desires. Committed couples also have the option to participate as a couple. All adults are welcome regardless of denomination or affiliation. For more information, visit and to register contact Clarence Heller at
Changes are coming to Triennium, a life-changing event for thousands of Presbyterian youth and young adults
July 24-27, 2022
God has called us to be together to SEE God’s people and to SEE and explore what it means to truly SEE each other. There is a place for you to be, to see, and to be seen…in July 2022. A place where young Presbyterians will gather together to activate their next steps in faith, exploring the intersection of justice, courage, connection, and vision. When we SEE each other at the Presbyterian Youth Triennium... We will SEE God | We will SEE Ourselves We will SEE OTHERS | We will SEE ALL We will understand what it means to truly SEE!
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
Organist/Accompanist - First Presbyterian - Cape Girardeau, MO

Director of Youth Ministry + Digital Media - First United, Belleville, IL

Audio and Video Tech (15 hours/week) - First United, Belleville

Music Director - Glendale Presbyterian Church, Glendale, MO

Head of Music - First United Presbyterian, Collinsville, IL

Associate Pastor - Dardenne Presbyterian, Dardenne Prarie, MO

Off Hours Help Needed? Contacts Found Below
Rev. Liz Kanerva
Associate Presbytery Leader
Rev. Joy Myers
Stated Clerk
Leigh Porter
Office Manager
Janice McMillen
Communications Associate