July / 2 / 2019
Fourth of July
"As a nation, the Fourth of July is a reminder that our accomplishments and struggles are a result of those who went before us."

Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket Update

  • Please pray... for the family of Martha Gillespie in her
  • Please pray.... for the youth and leaders who are preparing to attend Triennium

Click on the prayer basket to find our current prayers.
Session Records Review
is Coming Soon!

Saturday, August 10 at New Hope Presbyterian
St. Charles, Missouri - Directions Here

S aturday, September 14 at First Presbyterian
Sullivan, Missouri - Directions Here

Saturday, September 21 - To Be Determined

If you have questions, please contact Rev. Joy Myers, Stated Clerk at or by calling 314-772-2395.

Session Records Review Resource may be found here.
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Help Wanted
Parish Paper

2019-2020 Planning Calendars
(August Arrival)
Reserve yours now, by calling or emailing
Leigh Porter at
Saddened to Report
Martha Gillespie
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Martha Gillespie, widow of former Cote Brilliante pastor, Rev. William G. Gillespie.
Services will be held on Saturday, July 6 at Cote Brilliante Presbyterian Church, located at 4673 Labadie Ave., St. Louis, Missouri 63115. Directions may be found here.
The viewing will begin 9:00 a.m and will go until the time of service at 11:00 a.m. There will be a repast following internment
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: July 3 to July 10
Office Closed - July 4
Tues., July 9
11 a.m. - New Worship Com (St.Andrew)
4 p.m. - Admin/Support (Oaks)
Wed., July 10
1:30 p.m.- PTCC (Oaks)
Week of: July 11 to July 17

Thurs., July 11
9:30 a.m. - PW Coordinating (Oaks)
3 p.m. - Gathering Planning (Oaks)
Tues., July 16
11:30 a.m.- Interim Pastor Gather (TBD)
Some Ministry Teams will be in recess the month of July. If your team is not listed, or you are unsure of your meeting schedule, please reach out to the moderator of your team.
Uprooting Hunger - 2019 Presbytery Wide Goal
Have you checked out the latest Reflection Action Trips?
The Presbyterian Hunger Program promotes experiential trips which analyze the root causes of hunger and poverty while calling participants to engage in solidarity actions with our local and global partners!
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 thankgiving, our 11 Certified and 17 Covenanting Congregations for their dedication to eradicating hunger in their communities!
Ministry Team Updates
Trinity Presbyterian Church in Berwyn, PA,
(Certified Earth Care Congregation)
Becoming Better Stewards of Church Grounds
I’ve always loved growing plants but never had much interest in formal gardens. I love walking in the woods or the meadow and seeing what’s growing with what, what’s blooming, and what’s attracting birds and butterflies among other creatures. On the other hand, gardens populated with whatever’s in bloom at the box garden store, each individual surrounded by a mound of mulch, bore me and just make me think of the chore of maintaining that look. Is this really ‘curb appeal’?
Church Service Locations Needed
2MIPeople Ministries is looking for some venues for a series of Sunday evening pop up church services we would like to host this fall. Please contact us if you are a progressive church with a parking lot and some free programming space/time from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Sundays. We will set up, clean up, lock up: .
On the Road to Reconciliation
October 18 to 21
The Dismantling Racism and Privilege (DRAP) Team of the Presbytery welcome you to join them on the Road to Reconciliation, as they travel to the National Memorial for Peace and Justice ad Legacy in Montgomery, Alabama.
Registration is limited to 50 - Currently 12 applications received.
Hurry Applications and Deposit due by August 1.
Congregational/Event Happenings
Happy Retirement!
Rev. James Chi
Rev. Chi has served the Taiwanese Presbyterian Church of Greater St. Louis, and our presbytery faithfully for 26 years.
Rev. Mark Thomas
Rev. Thomas has served as Head of Staff for Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church, and our presbytery faithfully for 14 years.
Forte Handbell Quartet
Second Presbyterian Church
Saturday, July 6
The Forté Handbell Quartet presents a concert on Saturday, July 6 at 7:00 pm at Second Presbyterian Church, 4501 Westminster Place, St. Louis, 63108. The concert is free but donations will be accepted to cover some of the group’s touring expenses. The quartet comes from Colorado Springs and has presented several successful tours across the country. For more information about the group and its tour go to Find out more about the Forte Handbells here.
Con Spirito Concert Series
First Presbyterian - Kirkwood
Begins July 7
First Presbyterian Church Kirkwood presents: July Notes @ 9 series beginning this Sunday, July 7th! Join them the next four Sundays for half hour concerts at beginning at 9:00 am in their beautiful sanctuary, for a free concert! Each week is a different featured concert, seen below. All are welcome! Directions can be found here.
  • July 7 - The Clarion Brass
  • July 14 - The Rosewood Ensemble
  • July 21 - Jonathan Reycraft, trombone
  • July 28 - Piano Ensemble
You are Invited!
A going away party is being planned for
Rev. Miriam Foltz, UKirk Pastor
Saturday, July 13
3 p.m. to 5 p.m
Trinity Presbyterian - University City

Please RSVP your attendance to:
First Presbyterian Church - Sullivan
Celebrates 165 Years of Ministry
July 14 at 2 p.m.

The first records of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Sullivan, Missouri date back to November, 1892, but the first roll of members was received in the area as in 1854, and the first church building was completed in 1897. We have much to celebrate! All are welcome to join us in this celebration.
Whitewater Presbyterian Church
Annual Picnic
July 20 | 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

On a June day 175 years ago, 13 people gathered under a tree on the bank of Whitewater Creek on the old Farmington-Jackson road about a mile east of Heitman's Mill. That was the first official meeting of what is now Whitewater Presbyterian Church in Sedgewickville, Missouri.
This year marks 187 years of ministry and they would love for you to join them at their annual picnic.
Family Fun Weekend
August 9th - 11th
First Presbyterian - Sullivan

Yee-Haw Family Adventure as they stampede through the wild frontier and celebrate God’s greatest gift of all—Jesus! Learn more here.
Maryland Heights Presbyterian Church
Celebration of Ministry & Final Service
Sun., Aug. 11 at 2 p.m.
The final service, in celebration of the many years of ministry and mission, for Maryland Heights Presbyterian Church will be held on Sunday, August 11 beginning at 2:00 pm. Everyone from across the Presbytery is invited to participate with the congregation as the Presbytery officially closes their ministry.
Further information will be available as plans develop.
There are numerous items available for other churches or individuals who can use them in their own ministry. See the attached list.
Complete List of Educational Opportunities: Found Here
Pastoral Responses To Adolescent Depression & Anxiety: Preventing Crisis & Suicide in the Church’s Youth
Wed., July 31 | 9 a.m to Noon

 There is little more frightening for a youth minister than when a young person confides that they are having thoughts of harming or killing themselves. This workshop is intended for parish pastors, youth ministers, and directors of religion education to help prepare them to respond to youth in their fellowship who might be experiencing depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. Participants will be educated on the signs of adolescent depression, anxiety, and suicidality. They will learn basic pastoral intervention that can help keep a youth safe, and will be provided community mental health resources to support the youth and the family.
"Ending Violence in America"
Beloved Community UMC.
August 9th-10th

The purpose of the conference is to bring the faith community together, cross denominational, to join hands in an effort to reduce violence, particularly domestic violence and other forms of violence as "America's Peacemakers Against Violence". There will be training and workshops on how to implement faith based models of violence prevention and intervention, as an extension from your church into communities near your church. Models of faith based domestic violence and Prison Reentry Programs, as well as other training on faith based violence prevention program models. 
Learn more about the presenter here and registration information can be found here .
Co Inspire
Liberating Imagination, Eviscerating Racism
October 7–10, 2019 | Montreat

In the beginning, God breathed on humankind to animate our existence. Our breath is our life-force, but the air we breathe can restore our life or kill us. We are living in a world where the sins of racism infect the very air we breathe. What happens when we pay attention to how much breath we give to scarcity, competition, and fear? What happens when we choose to focus our breath on giving oxygen to liberate our imaginations for a world where the air is full of abundance, hope, and equity?
Current Support Ministry Position Openings
Part-Time Ministry Assistant - Westminster St. Louis

Church Choir Accompanist - St. Mark Presbyterian

Children, Youth and Family Ministry - Second Presbyterian