September / 17 / 2019
“Sometimes the path appears as we take the step”

Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket Update

  • Please pray... for Dardenne Presbyterian, Salem Presbyterian and Third Presbyterian who celebrated anniversaries this week, that they continue their mission for generations to come.
  • Please pray for ... Pastor Julie Gvillo as the newly commissioned ministry of A Place of Grace

Click on the prayer basket to find our current prayers.
Book of Order

Will be available at the November 9 Presbytery Gathering, held at Washington Presbyterian Church. $8/Each - Order your copy today!

Call Leigh at 314-772-2395 or email her at
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Support Ministry
Help Wanted
Parish Paper

Planning Calendars ARE IN

 Stop by the office to pick up your copy today! $8.50
Have you "Liked Us" on Facebook yet? NO! You are missing so much!
Look at some of what you missed this weekend alone ( see below )
Julie Gvillo
A Place of Grace
What is A Place of Grace?
Third Presbyterian
Celebrated 126 years of ministry with opening a much needed daycare in their community, Ms. Minnie's House. KMOV was there and the video can be found here.
Dardenne Presbyterian Church
Celebrated their 200th Anniversary, all weekend! In addition to fun, food, fellowship and games there were 80 treasured quilts displayed by the congregation. (Photos by Vice Moderator, Barbara Bowyer)
Partners for Just Trade
Several members of Giddings-Lovejoy congregations met for a themed Downton Abby Tea in support of Partners for Just Trade, at Webster Groves Presbyterian Church. What fun!
(Photo by Vice Moderator, Barbara Bowyer)
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: Sept. 19 to Sept. 25

Thurs., Sept. 19
9:30 a.m. - History (Aberdeen)
4 p.m. - Vision Team (Oaks)
6:30 p.m. - CPM (Ladue)
Mon., Sept. 23
1 p.m. - DRAP (Ladue)
Week of: Sept. 26 to Oct. 2

The presbytery office will be closed on October 2 and 3, while we participate in remote office days in the South West portion of the presbytery. We will still reply to emails and calls, albeit with a time delay.
Presbytery - South West
Presbytery Staff will be traveling to Sullivan, Missouri October 2 & 3. We look forward to meeting with members and leadership of the congregations on the South West Side of our Presbytery.
Ask your Pastor for Details!
Session Records Review - LAST CHANCE
Session Records Review Resource may be found here.
If you have questions, please contact Rev. Joy Myers, Stated Clerk, at or by calling 314-772-2395.

  • Saturday, September 21 - 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Oak Hill Presbyterian
St. Louis, Missouri - Directions Here.
Uprooting Hunger - 2019 Presbytery Wide Goal
Global Food Week of Action - October 13 to 20
World Food Day is October 16
Have you planned a way to worship in prayerful consideration of addressing hunger in your community and around the world?
We envision a world where everyone has enough affordable, healthy and culturally appropriate food where no one is hungry, and where all who work in the food chain
are fairly compensated, respected and celebrated!
Learn how your congregation can learn about hunger - click 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 17 Certified and 19 Covenanting Congregations for their dedication to eradicating hunger in their communities!
Ministry Team Updates
Specialized Ministry
Upcoming Ordination & Installation
Specialized ministry is a critically important role in the life of our presbytery. We are blessed to have some amazing Pastors serving in specialized ministry, and we celebrate their calls. Save these dates!
Rev. Eric Post
Chaplain - BJC Health
Sat., Sept. 21 • 3:30 p.m. 
Second Presbyterian
Rev. Max Hill
Pastor - UKirk StL
Sat., Oct. 12
Coming Soon
Special Upcoming Services
Jeanne Zimmermann
Commissioning Service

Sun., Sept 22 | 10:30 a.m.
New Horizons Presbyterian
Pendo Presbyterian
Constituting a Congregation
Celebration Service
Sun., Oct. 6 | 12 p.m.
All are welcome!
Ministry Teams News & Activities
1001/Vital Congregations Conference 
Westin Crown Plaza - Kansas City
October 14-16  
(FREE Registration by Sept. 20)
Perspectives: The Church then…now…beyond is an opportunity for church leaders of all ages, shapes, sizes and identities to take a new look at the ministry and mission of God. We hope this time together will provide a clearer view of ourselves as God’s beloved community, of our neighborhoods, and beyond – to the places God’s Spirit is leading us to love and serve. The conference offers time for faithful leaders longing for church revitalization to learn alongside hopeful church planters taking big risks for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ
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.
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!
The next meeting of Joining Hands will be held at Webster Groves Presbyterian Church on Wed., Sept. 25. We will begin at 6 pm with a pot-luck. (Bring your favorite dish to share and enjoy the bounty of others.) The program will begin at 6:45 and feature a report (and pictures!) from our 2019 trip to Peru.  We will also begin planning our 20 th Anniversary celebration in Peru in August 2020. Everyone is invited!  Directions can be found here.
Contact Mark Strothmann ( or Ellie Stock ( for more information. 
Presbyterian Women of Giddings-Lovejoy
Fall Gathering Set for October 5th
 The 2019 St. Louis CROP Hunger Walk and Concert will be on Sunday, October 6 at Eden Seminary, 475 E. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, MO 63119 ( Directions found here) – check-in at 4:30 pm, Walk at 5:00 (1-mile and 3-mile routes), and Concert at 7:00. The Holy Crepe Food Truck will be onsite from 4:15 to 7:00 pm. 
Register online here. where you can solicit donations, create or join a team (after you register as an individual), make donations, etc. The CROP Concert at 7:00 pm is also the 8th Annual Eden Festival of Psalms, featuring Richard Bruxvoort Colligan (who has two hymns in Glory to God), Christopher Grundy, Paul Vasile and the Eden Seminary Choir, and more. It is free, and there will be the opportunity to donate to CROP/Church World Service. Local beneficiaries are Operation Food Search, Circle of Concern, and Webster-Rock Hill Ministries. Questions or need materials? Contact Clint McCann at or 314-619-0599.
2019 Annual History Team Tour "Our Roots"
Tues., Nov. 12
Complete details of the day can be found here. If you have any questions, or would like to purchase tickets, please contact Janet Stanford at 314-638-0195
TAKE NOTE - New Store Hours
Partners for Just Trade

Tuesday and Thursday, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and the second Sunday of each month from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
They are located on the third floor of Webster Groves Presbyterian Church. Directions may be found here. 
Congregational/Event Happenings
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.
Dawn Weber & Friends
Dawn Weber and friends present a concert at Second Presbyterian Church on Sunday, September 22 at 4:00 pm. The free concert features Dawn Weber, trumpet; Bob DeBoo, bass; and Adam Hansbrough, guitar. The church is located at 4501 Westminster Place in the Central West End, St. Louis, 63108. For more information call 314-367-0367 or .
Directions to Second Presbyterian found here.
Food Trucks & Cool Cars
Come join us on Sunday, September 22nd from 4:00-7:00pm for Food Trucks and Cool Cars! Have a cool car? Bring it to display! Love food trucks? We'll have them! Most importantly: have friends or family? Bring them! We'll have face painting, balloons, games, food trucks, cars, and more! This is a FREE event and FAMILY FRIENDLY!
Directions to First United Presbyterian, Belleville found here.
First Presbyterian Church - Sullivan
September 25, 2019 |6 p.m.
Bring a Snack & Have Great Fellowship with Us!!!
Free!!! Everyone Welcome!!
The Joshua Transformation Project
Organizing and Training Churches
to Reduce Violence 
September 23 | 6:30 p.m.
John Knox Presbyterian Church
How Does the Joshua Transformation Project Work? The Rev. Dr. Richard C. Dalton will explain an overview of the Joshua Partnership Project, as it is a "neighborhood specific project". That is, we organize and train churches in the "same neighborhood" or same demographic area of their city, how to develop a united front against violence, drugs, gangs, and criminal activity. Churches in partnership with each other, and the neighborhood community, is the catalyst for change to stop the killing and reduce violence. We are losing too many of our young people to gun violence. The result of this church based neighborhood organizing and training is a reduction in loss of life, less violence, less crime, and safer communities.
Worker's Rights Board Presents:
Richard Rothstein, Author of The Color of Law
Thurs., Sept. 26
Immediately following the 2019 St. Louis Workers’ Rights Board Annual Meeting at 9:00 am, Keynote by Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America.Books will be available for purchase and signing through Left Bank Books.
We will learn about the history of legalized housing segregation and what we can do about housing and wealth inequity five years after the Ferguson Uprising. Held at Greater St. Mark Family Church, located at 9950 Glen Owen Dr, St. Louis, MO 63136, directions may be found here.
14th Annual St. Luke's Golf Classic
Saturday, Sept. 27

To benefit the Gary Olson Employee Crisis Fund. Registration begins at 7:15 a.m., with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. The tournament will feature teams of four in a shamble format. Players can compete for prizes in a closest to pin, longest drive, putting challenge and a hole-in-one contest with a $10,000 cash prize. Registration is $110 per person. For more info, call 314-205-6628
Annual Fall Luncheon to Benefit Mission
First Presbyterian - Hardin, Illinois
Wed., Oct. 9 | 11 a.m to 1 pm.
Join us in the fellowship hall for delicious homemade soup or chili, sandwiches, desert and a drink. Suggested $8 donation/plate. EAT IN or TAKE OUT!
Proceeds benefit local mission projects, Trunk or Treat and Stuff Your Stocking. We will also have a wreath on display for our Sherwood Forest Farms evergreen fundraiser. These were a HUGE hit last year - they are exceptional quality at a great price point. You can order at the luncheon.
Annual Apple Butter Festival
Old Argo Presbyterian Church
Sat., Oct. 12
3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Trivia Night - Sat., Oct. 12
The Florissant Presbyterian Church will hold a Trivia Night on Saturday, October 12. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with Trivia to begin at 7:00 p.m.
The cost to play is $20 per person at the door or $120 for a table of 8 with a Prepaid registration by Oct 9th .
Call church office to register and send payment. 314-837-8555
Journey to Baptismal Living
Leadership Training on October 18-20, 2019. 
September 18th is the last day to register for Journey to Baptismal Living Leadership Training on October 18-20, 2019. 
Learn how to use the Journey to Baptismal Living process in your church. Participants have been profoundly impacted by the warm fellowship, the sharing of faith stories, the spiritual discipline of Bible reading and application and exploring how they can be God’s hands and feet in their church and community.
The Journey to Baptismal Living is a process led by lay members of your church, and this training is an immersive experience into how the Journey to Baptismal Living can change participants’ lives – and, by extension, your church, as well.
The Journey to Baptismal Living training sessions will be held at New Hope Presbyterian Church, 1580 Kisker Road, St. Charles, MO 63304. If you have questions or need more information about the training, contact Ruth Irvine ( or 636-300-1573). 
To register for the event, go to and click on “Register Now for Training”. All denominations are welcome.
Seasonal Paraments Available
John Knox Presbyterian Church has a complete set of 4 separate paraments-seasonal colors of red, white, green, and purple damask design to donate to any church who can and would like to use them. The set in each color includes one chancel table runner/cover, two pulpit/lectern scarves, and one bookmark.
If interested, please call Elizabeth Thomas at 314-882-5211 or Mrs. Kim Chandler (office administrator) at John Knox at 314-921-5833.
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
Healthy Systems. Innovative Change. 
For the Future of the Church
SAVE THESE DATES - 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day
December 7, 2019 and March 7, 2020 - Locations TBD
For a long time, most ministry leaders have assumed they had to choose. They had to choose between disruptive innovation or sustainable systems. Today, smart churches are realizing that their survival depends on not choosing, but embracing both creativity and structure as partners in the same dance. Our group is made up of a peculiar collection of radically practical visionaries, intensely committed to help you build healthy systems that create space for deliberate, often disruptive, innovation. Contact Vanessa Hawkins, at or call her at 314-772-2395 for more information.
Ecumenical Service Opportunity-Recruiting Two Adults
  • On October 2-4, Christian Churches Together will gather in Montgomery, Alabama for its 2019 Annual Convocation. We invite you to be a part of an historic moment of lament and hope in national and global history — the Quad-Centennial of the forced Transatlantic voyage of enslaved African people to Jamestown, Virginia (USA). For more information:
  • This year’s Christian Unity Gathering (of the National Council of Churches) will be an extraordinary occasion. The theme is “Ending Racism: Confronting Our Past, Revisiting our Present, and Naming God’s Preferred Future. For more information:
Everdith Landrau ( ) on the staff of the PCUSA Ecumenical Office will be handling any scholarship applications that may be forthcoming. If you would like to be part of these events, I would encourage you to let Everdith know asap by filling out the application attached. All expenses for these events will be covered.  
Phillips Fund Scholarship Available
The Phillips Fund scholarship for a young clergy family, was created to allow young clergy families to have a nearly all expense paid week at the Presbyterian House at Chautauqua Institution in western New York State. Chautauqua is a unique institution on a beautiful lake that was founded 146 years ago. It Is a religious and cultural institution with a symphony, opera company, ballet, daily worship and lectures of all sorts, evening entertainment in the Amphitheater, and Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs for youth activities during the day.
Former member of the Presbyterian House Board of Trustees, Rev. Jay Summerville, asks young clergy families to consider this scholarship as a unique opportunity in a beautiful setting. The application for the scholarship may be found here, and if you have any questions please contact Rev. Jay Summerville by clicking here, or by calling (314) 973-6067. 
The Program for Psychology & Religion
St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute 
Clergy and Ministers Free Workshop and Lunch
Wed., Oct. 9 | 9 a.m to 11:30 a.m.
In the Belly of the Whale: How to Manage Ministerial Expectations Better than Jonah: In celebration of Clergy and Ministers Appreciation Month, the Program for Psychology and Religion at St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute is providing a morning reflection and lunch for all clergy and ministers on October 9, 2019.
RSVP to: Sue Mertens, 314-289-9407; Click to email by Oct. 4th 
Curriculum NOW Available
Are you looking for confirmation curriculum for small groups?  Big God Big Questions: Confirmation for a Growing Faith is written for groups of four or five students, ages 13 – 15, with suggestions for larger groups.  Big God Big Questions: Confirmation for a Growing Faith includes a Teacher’s Guide (print or download), a Student Journal, Home Mentor Guide, Infographics (print or download) and a video (dvd or download) and is designed for 12 ninety minutes sessions or 24 forty-five minute sessions. A copy of the curriculum is available in the Resource Center or may be purchased at
 The Resource Center is available to all members, deacons, ruling elders, and teaching elders of congregations within our Presbytery as well as ministers-at-large. Hours are the same as the Presbytery office, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
For information you may contact Barbi Smith ( ) or Stephanie Foltz (
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

Director of Children’s Ministry - St. Mark Presbyterian

Youth Associate - St. Mark Presbyterian

Church Pianist - St. Charles Presbyterian Church

Christian Educator - First Presbyterian -Edwardsville

Children, Youth and Family Ministry - Second Presbyterian