February / 26 / 2019
Nobody’s Free Until Everybody’s Free 
Rev. Vanessa Hawkins
Designated Associate Presbytery Leader
“Dismantling Racism and Privilege continues to learn ways to articulate the positive value of a racially inclusive space and community”

Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket Update
  • Please pray.... for those with Scoliosis, or other spinal disruptions.
  • Please pray....for those who battle Multiple Sclerosis
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Ash Wednesday Almost Here

Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent with a public act of confession and contrition. Acknowledging that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, we stand in solidarity as fellow creatures before our Creator, acutely aware of our mortality. In the face of our transience, we pledge ourselves anew to live unto God’s Word in Jesus Christ, the eternal Word that remains forever.
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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: Feb. 28 to Mar. 6

Thurs., Feb. 28
9:30 a.m. -History Team (Aberdeen Hts)
10 a.m. - Presbytery Educators (Oaks)
1 p.m. - CoR/N (Oaks)
Mon., Mar. 4
5 pm. - Liaisons (Pres)

Week of: Mar. 7 to Mar. 13

Tues., Mar. 12
10 a.m. - Finance (Oaks)
11 a.m. - New Worship Com (Pres)
1 p.m. - Mission/Outreach (Oaks)
4 p.m. -Admin/Support (Oaks)
Wed., Mar. 13
1 p.m. - Pastoral Trans.Care (Oaks)
Uprooting Hunger - 2019 Presbytery Wide Goal
Self Development of People Day - April 7, 2019
The SDOP Sunday resource lifts up stories of community building, self-reliance, and hope – stories of God in action. It also provides hymns, liturgical suggestions, and how to access other free SDOP resources that are available to you and your congregation.
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:
Team & Congregational Happenings
Kampsville Final Services
The First Presbyterian Church of Kampsville, Illinois will hold its final worship service on Sunday, March 10th. at 3:00 p.m. Please join us for this service and treat yourself to a beautiful drive up the Illinois River on a Sunday afternoon. Direction can be found here .
11th Annual Pancake Supper
& Fat Tuesday Celebration to Support
Isaiah 58 Ministries
Tuesday, March 5, 6:00 – 7:30 pm at Oak Hill Presbyterian Church, located at 4111 Connecticut St. St. Louis, Missouri. Directions found here.
Pancakes with all the fixings will be serves to make this a feast to be remembered! Donations will support the work of Isaiah 58 Ministries.
Live Music! 50/50 Drawing! S’mores Station! Check out our  Facebook event and  download the poster here to share with family and friends!
Lenten Prayer Retreat at Ladue Chapel
Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 9 am – 12 pm
You are invited to rest in God’s presence and allow yourself to receive the pure gift of God. This morning of prayer includes an opportunity to pray with words (lectio divina), music (audio divina), and art (visio divina). Join Dieter Heinzl and Anne Peacock, as we nurture contemplative practices to enhance life’s journey. The labyrinth will also be available to walk in Fellowship Hall before and after the retreat. Friends welcome. RSVP to Anne Peacock: or 314-993-4771 x3122. Directions can be found here.
Presbyterian Woman
West Cluster Winter Gathering
The Gathering will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Sullivan, on Friday, March 8, 2019, and will the day will begin at 9:30 a.m., with registration - coffee and pastries, and from 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. the Union Kitchen Band.
Laurie Osseck, with Scenic Regional Library will give a presentation on “The Most Famous Women in History.” Other guest speakers include Marsha Thompson, Assistant Director, Life House Youth Center of Sullivan. She will explain the services they provide for the area youth. We will also have a collection box available for personal care items or school supplies for the center. Ages 10-17 utilize the center after school. All donations are needed and appreciated. Christy Foster, Director of Mound Ridge will also give a short presentation.  
Neighbors Share Their Stories
Webster Groves Presbyterian Church welcomes all to join them on Sunday, March 3 - Please join them for a viewing of the locally-produced documentary: “No More Thoughts and Prayers,” introduced by filmmaker Angela Lamb. This will be followed by individuals from our community sharing their experiences with gun violence and ideas for action. Come learn how gun violence affects all of us and how you can help make a difference in this public health issue. Complete details can be found here.
Annual Mound Ridge Dinner Auction
Save the date for the Mound Ridge Dinner Auction committee set the date for the 2019 Dinner Auction. It will be held on April 27, 2019, at Andrea’s Banquet Hall on Telegraph Road.
Movie Night
Featuring: The Case for Christ
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 6 p.m.
At First Presbyterian Church - Sullivan
Just Bring A Snack and Have Great Fellowship With Us!!! Free!!! Everyone Welcome!!!
Trivia Night with
Grace Presbyterian
Saturday, March 9
Begins at 6:30 p.m.
Held at VFW Post 3777, Festus
Put on your beach shirts and join us for Trivia and fun. There will be a prize for the best ‘beach’ table decorations, 50/50s, basket raffle and a more. Tables of 8- $15.00 per person or $25.00 per couple.
Trivia Night at
Fisk Presbyterian
Sunday, March 24th
Registration at 4 p.m.
Games begin at 4:30 p.m.
There is no entry fee. Get a team together and join us for a night of fun. We are going to only have 8 categories this year to streamline things a little. Everyone welcome.
St. Matthew Passion Performance
Join the Bach Institute at Valparaiso University for a performance of the St. Matthew Passion by J.S. Bach on Sunday, March 3 at 3 p.m. on the campus of Concordia Seminary at the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus, 801 Seminary Place, St. Louis. Admission is available free of charge to the general public. For more information, visit
Need Hymnals?
First Presbyterian Church of Union has hymnals we would like to donate to another church. We have 70 volumes of "The Worshiping Church" Hope Publishing Company, Copyright 1990 we would like to donate to another church. These red-covered hymnals are in excellent condition. Those interested should contact Carol Gruber at 636-583-2329.
HELP!! Seeking Old Photos
 Uni-Pres Kindercottage is preparing a video of the last 50 years of ministry at the day care center in East St. Louis--the old location and our current building. If you have pictures, especially pictures including Brenda Crisp in them, please get them to us. You can e-mail digital copies to . And please save the date, June 29, for a fabulous "Golden Gala" celebrating 50 years of ministry and looking forward to the future. A twice a century party you don't want to miss!!
Mission Opportunities
Joining Hands Peru Partnership
May 25 to June 2, 2019
The next Joining Hands Peru Partnership Reflection and Action Trip will be May 25 to June 2, 2019. Those interested may contact Ellie Stock ( or Mark Strothmann ( for an application or more information. Deadline is February 28, 2019 with $500.00 deposit. Application for financial assistance is February 15, 2019.
Complete List of Educational Opportunities: Found Here
Pastors in Need of Spiritual Renewal?
What about ECCSR?
What is the ECCSR? The Ecumenical Center for Clergy Spiritual Renewal (ECCSR) offers spiritual renewal to Christian pastors through immersion experiences into the life of Holy Wisdom Monastery, and an ongoing community of monastic resources and support that extends beyond the walls of Holy Wisdom. The program offers early and mid-career clergy the opportunity to nourish their spiritual center—the “monk within”—by developing life-long, covenantal relationships between clergy peers.
These deep connections will create spiritual companioning, renewal of calling, and revitalization within the congregations they serve. Participating clergy cohorts will be diverse in many ways including but not limited to age, gender, ethnicity, theological training, denominational affiliation, years in ministry, and spiritual practice.
Stewardship Kaleidoscope
September 30 – October 2, 2019
Catamaran Resort, San Diego, CA
Stewardship Kaleidoscope is an annual conference offering excellent plenary speakers, informative workshop leaders, provocative worship experiences, and incredible networking opportunities for all who are passionate about stewardship and generosity. Drawing leaders from across the Lutheran Church (ELCA) and the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) and beyond, Stewardship Kaleidoscope is designed to help participants explore stewardship, in its many colorful dimensions! Read more here.
Opportunity to Talk about the Confessions
One important contributing piece to the Reformation was the availability of Biblical texts in their original languages. In 1516 the humanist Erasmus published a complete New Testament in Greek. A first edition of this Reformation foundational text is held in the Archives of Eden Theological Seminary. On Wednesday, as we continue our exploration of Swiss confessions in the Book of Confessions, we will have the opportunity to see this volume as well as early editions of Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion and other jewels form the Eden [UCC] collection.
           After viewing the rare books, we will discuss the Second Helvetic Confession, the only confession in the Book of Confessions explicitly written by a single person. Heinrich Bullinger, who succeeded Zwingli in Zurich and whose pastorate there encompassed Calvin’s in Switzerland, wrote the confession as a gift to the church in Zurich. It has become a gift to all who would pastor.
           Want to join the “viewing” and conversation? Contact Barbara Willock, See all details here.
The Mighty Mite!   
2019 Spirit of Stewardship Conference
What We Can Learn About Stewardship From Those Who (Seem To) Have Less
March 1 & 2
Pastors, Stewardship committees, session members, Christian Educators and other church leaders seeking to nurture faithful financial discipleship and promote meaningful spiritual development as stewards of God’s gifts should plan to attend. Topics will be focusing on the Lucan story of the widow, the many biblical examples of poor and/or uninfluential women (and men) supporting ministries of the prophets and Jesus, and creating ministries of their own. Complete details can be found here.
Join us for Advocacy Training Weekend
Troubling the Waters for the Healing of the World #GoodTrouble
April 5-8 | Washington, D.C.
In 2019, we gather at a time in which people of faith and conscience are again called to stand in the prophetic stream of those who have come before us, those who were not afraid to stir up #GoodTrouble for the sake of God’s kingdom. Complete details can be found here.
Shift 2.0 Conference
May 20-22, 2019 (St. Charles, MO)
Dr. Phil Maynard, a certified coach, an Endorsed coach (UMEA), a certified Conflict/Mediation Coach, and licensed trainer/facilitator, will help you "d  iscover the key shifts that all churches must make if they are going to have a fruitful ministry in the next century… Rural, urban, black, Hispanic, Anglo, Asian, multicultural, liberal, evangelical… they all need to think through these key shifts to figure out a path forward.” -Paul Nixon, Coach/Consultant  Sponsored by Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation. Details coming soon at
Current Support Ministry Position Openings
Congregations Searching for Support Staff
Church Accountant/Bookkeeper - Second Presbyterian

Director Faith Formation and Family Ministries
for Children - Ladue Chapel

Church Accountant/Bookkeeper - Second Presbyterian