January / 14 / 2020
Paradigm Shift
As I read her book, I felt a shift in my own thinking and expectations. And it troubles me.

Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket Update

  • Please pray...for residents of Puerto Rico after yet another earthquake
Per Capita Breakdown Correction
The per capita breakdown was listed incorrectly on the letter that was sent out to churches. The breakdown is as follows:
Presbytery                          $20.15
Synod                                   $ 2.90
General Assembly           $ 8.95
                                Total     $32.00 x per member
The total amount due on the letter was correct. We apologize for the error.
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Presbytery Gathering - Tues., Feb. 6th
ALL are welcome! Please Share!
10:30 a.m. - Dismantling Racism & Privilege Pre-Session "An Apology to our African American Sisters and Brothers for the Sin of Slavery and its Legacy"
12 p.m. - Registration/Fellowship
 1 p.m. - Worship, Plenary, and Business Meeting. Featuring Rev. Dr. Jennifer Harvey, Author of Dear White Christian, the book study for the Presbytery
Welcome Rev. MP Panco
Newly Installed Associate Pastor at St. Mark Presbyterian Church
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, Kirkwood - refers to First Presbyterian of Kirkwood. Contact the office at 314-772-2395 if you are unsure where you will be meeting.
Week of: Jan. 15 to Jan. 21

Thurs., Jan. 16
11 a.m. - Social Witness (Oaks)
4 p.m. - Vision Team (Oaks)
6:30 p.m. - Com Prep Min (Ladue)

Mon., Jan. 20
Martin Luther King Day
Presbytery Office Closed
Week of: Jan. 22 to Jan. 28

Thurs., Jan. 23
9:30 a.m. - History Team (Aberdeen)
1:30 p.m. - PTCC (St. Andrew)
Mon., Jan. 27
1 p.m. - DRAP (Ladue)
5 p.m. - Congreg Vib (Oaks)

Becoming Matthew 25
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2020 Presbytery Wide Goal
Presbytery Wide Book Study
As part of our Matthew 25 initiative, we ask that you join us in a Presbytery Wide Book Study on Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation by Jennifer Harvey, who will be leading a workshop at the February 6 th Presbytery Gathering. More information about the day found here. More information about Jennifer Harvey found here.
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We encourage individuals, committees, sessions, and churches to consider participating in this book study... . AND We will reimburse you up to 50% of the purchase price of the book, if you submit your receipt to the presbytery office.
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Books may be found at Amazon - Kobo - Google Play - Barnes & Noble
Let's Prepare for Robust Conversation at the
February Presbytery Gathering!
Our Current Matthew 25 Congregations
  • Cote Brilliante Presbyterian
  • First Presbyterian - Cape Girardeau
  • First Presbyterian - St. Charles
  • First United Presbyterian - Belleville
  • Ladue Chapel Presbyterian
  • Second Presbyterian - St. Louis
  • Webster Groves Presbyterian
Ministry Teams News & Activities
New Worshiping Communities Team Event
Dreaming & Discerning
Tues., Jan. 28 | 7 p.m.
First Presbyterian - Ste. Genevieve
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, January 28 at 7 p.m. Directions to 160 S. Main St., Ste. Genevieve can be found here.
 For questions about this event, please contact Vanessa Hawkins at either (314) 772-2395 (ext. 1982) or
Tips For Caring for God's Creation
Use your microwave instead of a conventional oven whenever possible. You can save up to 50% of your cooking energy usage by using a microwave instead of a conventional oven.
TIPS is brought to you by the presbytery's Earth Care Team, composed of members of the eight certified Earth Care Congregations in the presbytery. For info on how your church can become an ECC, contact: or (314) 941-9378.
First Presbyterians Care Weekend
Feb. 29th - Mar. 1st  
The Dismantling Racism & Privilege Team of Presbytery would love for you to take part of this weekend of unity for Justice for All People. They encourage you to complete an activity as a community of faith, where you explore what Justice for All should look like. Seeing a movie, like Just Mercy, or a retreat, or simply gathering as a body to have conversation over a meal.
To make more impact, DRAP is selling Presbyterians Care - Justice for All of God's Children apparel. This will help your group, when assembled in public, show unity and mission purpose. See more information about what is available and the cost by clicking here.
Simply download or print the form and submit it to the presbytery to order your shirt today!
Seeking Sunday Meals for UKirk Students
Looking for a way to connect with UKirk this coming semester? One of the best ways is to provide a Sunday night meal! Sign up below!
Don't forget to Follow UKirk on Facebook to connect with them on social media here.
UniPres Kindercottage Mission Madness Retreat
Wed., Feb. 12 | 9 a.m to Noon

There is just NOTHING like the wonder of little ones listening to a story or playing Follow the Leader or giving a hug! A Place of Grace thoroughly enjoys Mission Madness Retreats at Uni-Pres Kindercottage in East St. Louis! Join us as we spend a few hours teaching through play and loving up these adorable kids as we come alongside the workers at this fantastic childcare facility and support the work they do there. PM Julie for details!
Don't forget to "Like" their Facebook Page!
Congregational/Event Happenings
Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
Building a Beloved Community
Sun., Jan. 19 | 3 p.m.
Keynote Speaker Donell Woodson, an Atlanta-based urban community developer. Sponsored by Neighbors United Undoing Racism and East Central College (supported by members of First Presbyterian – Union) ree and Open to the Public - Refreshments after program
This event will be held at the John Edson Anglin Performing Arts Center at East Central College, 1964 Prairie Dell Road, Union MO 63084.
Anita Jackson and Friends Concert
Sun., Jan. 19 | 4 p.m.
Second Presbyterian Church
Ms. Jackson will be joined with her trio of piano, bass, and drums and perform music commemorating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 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 visit .
Directions can be found here.
Red Cross Blood Drive
Thur., Jan. 23 | 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Steelville Presbyterian Church
Red Cross reserves are critically low. If you have the health, heart and willingness to give, please do so. Directions can be found here.
You can find your closest blood drive by clicking here.
Trombones of the Saint Louis Symphony
at Second Presbyterian Church
Sun., Feb. 2 | 4 p.m.
Since 2006, the Trombones of the Saint Louis Symphony have taken their finely-honed ensemble skills from the symphonic concert stage to intimate chamber music settings across the United States. The International Trombone Association Journal, in a review of their most recent recording Fleur de Lis cited “an astonishing amount of versatility and virtuosity”. The Trombones will present works they have commissioned from composers with strong St. Louis roots including Caleb Burhans (Alarm Will Sound) and Adam Maness (The 442s). They also will perform their own arrangements of works by Giovanni Gabrieli, Sergei Prokofiev, and others.
 For more information call 314-367-0367 or visit .
Directions can be found here.
Midwest Winds in Concert at
First Presbyterian - Alton, Illinois
Sun., Feb. 9 | 3 p.m.
The Midwest Winds woodwind quintet is an ambassador of the Air Force Band of Mid-America, providing a highly professional product to communicate esprit de corps and render honor to our Airmen and country. Located at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, this ensemble is committed to honoring veterans and active duty military members across a 10 state region in the Midwestern United States. The Midwest Winds present public concerts and educational outreach events, inspiring and connecting with its audiences. The group offers a wide range of musical literature from classical and contemporary music to marches and patriotic crowd pleasers to light popular music.
Directions can be found here.
In Their Own Words Concert at Ladue Chapel
Sun., Feb. 16 | 3:00 p.m.  
“The Power of Spirituals” is an interactive event based on Eileen Guenther’s recently-published book In Their Own Words: Slave Life and the Power of Spirituals.  In this program Guenther, a graduate of Kirkwood High School, combines first-person narratives from books written by those formerly enslaved, interviews conducted with them in the 1930s and her own commentary. These narratives are interwoven with the singing of spirituals by guest soprano and St. Louis native Marlissa Hudson, our Ladue Chapel Choir, and the audience. Many Americans have gaps in their historic and cultural education; this powerful music and the texts of this presentation not only shine a light on the events of the past, but also offer hope and reconciliation to present-day circumstances.
Directions can be found here.
Complete List of Educational Opportunities: Found Here
Empowering Commissioned Pastors Conference
Registration is open for the Empowering Commissioned Pastors Conference, to be held May 13th–16th, 2020, at Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church, Richardson, Texas (Dallas–Fort Worth area). 
Continuing Education Classes Announced
Union Presbyterian Seminary Theological Institute Upcoming Continuing Education Events offered January through March 2020, can be found by Visiting their Events page
Current Support Ministry Position Openings

Called Pastor - Faith DesPeres Presbyterian

Personal Care Assistants - St. Andrew’s Senior Solutions
Youth Ministry Coordinator - Cote Brilliante Presbyterian

Christian Educator - First Presbyterian -Edwardsville

Children, Youth and Family Ministry - Second Presbyterian
Full-Time Director of Youth & Children’s Ministry - First Presbyterian, Columbia, Missouri (Missouri Union Presbytery)