October / 9 / 2018
Presbyterian Church leaders ask for healing in Chicago
Mid Council Gathering holds prayer as verdict announced in police officer’s murder trial

The Rev. Dr. Craig Howard, with the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy, and the Rev. Sue Krummel, with the Presbytery of Chicago, react to the verdict in the murder trial of a Chicago police officer. Photo by Rick Jones.
A Chicago police officer has been found guilty of second degree murder in the shooting death of a seventeen-year-old teenager. A few miles away, attendees of the Mid Council Leaders Gathering discussed Fearless Dialogues, a grassroots movement and organization that encourages people to have hard discussions, break down barriers, and build respect and relationships.
Called Presbytery Gathering for Wed., Oct. 10 at 1 p.m.
The Gathering will be held at
Woodlawn Chapel Presbyterian Church,
located at 16520 Clayton Rd, Wildwood, MO 63011.
Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket Update
  • Please pray.... for those in the path of natural disasters, past and upcoming this week.
What's Happening? Did you know?

  • Presbyterian Giving Catalog inspires Soup for Goats project The soup at Heritage Presbyterian Church in Glendale, Arizona, is a recipe for encouraging mission support. A Sunday school class composed of elementary and middle-school students generated mission interest earlier this year through a soup-making venture aimed at helping Presbyterian Mission. They assembled the ingredients, put them in jars they had labeled, and sold the mixture to the congregation. The children used the proceeds to give a pair of goats, a family of chickens, a piglet and six refugee food baskets through the Presbyterian Giving Catalog.
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Upcoming Team Meetings - Locations Listed
(Wednesday to Tuesday)
PLEASE NOTE: The Oaks Conference Room (Oaks) and St. Andrews Conference Room (St. Andrews) are both located at the new Presbytery office, 1001 Craig Rd., Suite 170, St. Louis, MO 63146,
(Oaks) is on the first floor (St. Andrews) is on the second floor. Directions can be found here.
(Ladue) refers to Ladue Chapel, 9450 Clayton Rd., St. Louis, MO 63124. Directions can be found here.
(WebGrov) refers to Webster Groves Presbyterian, 45 W Lockwood Ave, St. Louis, MO 63119 Directions can be found here.
This Week....
Wed., Oct. 10
11 a.m. - PTCC (Woodlawn Chapel)
Thurs., Oct. 11
3 p.m. - Gathering Planning (Oaks)
5 p.m. - Cong. Vibrancy (Oaks)
Mon., Oct. 15
10 a.m. - Finance (Oaks)
1 p.m. - Social Witness (Oaks)

Next Week:
Thurs., Oct. 18
10 a.m. - Stewardship (Oaks)
4 p.m. - Vision Team (St. Andrews)
6:30 p.m. - Com Prep Min (Ladue)
Fri., Oct. 19
10 a.m. - Presb Women CCT (Oaks)
Mon., Oct. 22
1 p.m. -Dismantling Racism/Priv (Ladue)
Tues., Oct. 23
9:30 a.m. -History Team (Aberdeen Hts)
Visioning Retreat
Ministry Team Leaders, please save the dates of Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27th for the Presbytery Visioning Retreat. The retreat will be held at First Presbyterian, Kirkwood, and we will study together "Canoeing the Mountains" You should have already received notice and a copy of the book, but if not please let us know and we will get one to you as quickly as possible.
Please email Leigh Porter, if you have any questions at .
Uprooting Hunger - 2018 Presbytery Wide Goal
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. We look forward to the year + ahead. If you have any questions, please contact us via
Session Records Review Date/Time
Sat., Oct. 13 - 10 a.m.
First Presbyterian - Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. Directions can be
Sat., Oct. 20 - 2 p.m. -Westminster Presbyterian - Belleville, Illinois.
Directions can be found here.
If you have any questions, or concerns, please contact Stated Clerk, Rev. Joy Myers at  or by calling 314-772-2395.
Clerk's Annual Questionnaire
DUE - November 15th
Clerks of Session, please participate in the Clerk's Annual Questionnaire. To preview the survey, click here . Once ready, please click the Survey Link (left) and submit to the denomination. The survey provided is in English, if you require a different version please contact Stated Clerk, Joy Myers, at, or call the office at 314-772-2395.
Our Community Connected
On Sunday, October 28, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Webster Groves Presbyterian Church Advocacy Team and the Dismantling Racism and Privilege Team of the Presbytery welcome you to a special screening of Healing Justice. The screening will take place at Webster Groves Presbyterian, located at 45 W Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, Missouri 63119. Directions found here.
This powerful documentary addresses the school-to-prison pipeline, the need for comprehensive criminal justice reform, and the importance of healing and restorative practices. Designed for dialogue, Healing Justice is meant to prompt questions and open conversations, exploring trauma, justice, and healing. Full details can be  found here.
Fall Is Almost Here
Are You Ready for Holiday Shopping?
There are many congregations within our presbytery that host fall art, craft and vendor shows to support their mission projects. Shop for holiday gifts, that also give back to mission! Check our Online Calendar Here before shopping this year!
  • Sat., Oct. 13 - 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. - Old Argo Fall Festival at Old Argo Presbyterian Church, Bourbon, Missouri. Directions here.
  • Fri., Nov. 9 - 8 a.m. - Holiday Bazaar at First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Missouri. Directions here.
  • Sat., Nov. 10 - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. - PW of John Knox Presbyterian Church Craft and Vendor Sale, Florissant, Missouri. Directions here.
  • Tues., Nov. 13 (10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.) and Wed., Nov. 14 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ) St. Mark's Presbyterian Church Christmas Boutique, Ballwin, Missouri. Directions here.
Is your church hosting an event? Please let us know so that we can share with the presbytery. Simply email:
UKirk News
  • Calling all college kids - Deadline to sign up to go to Montreat, January 1-5, 2019, is October 15th!
  • Fall Open House is Sun., Nov. 4th, 7 - 9 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, located at 6800 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63130
Trivia Night Fundraiser
Dardenne Presbyterian - DC Students is hosting a Trivia Night fundraiser on Saturday October 27th! Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., First Round begins at 6 p.m. The price per table (8 people) is $120. The fundraiser proceeds will benefit camp scholarships. If you would like to reserve a table, volunteer or donate items for the silent auction contact Mindy Earley at Round sponsorship are also available!!
Living Green In Our Common Home
Switching to Energy Star certified LED bulbs is an inexpensive and easy way to reduce your energy costs in church, home, workplace, or school! They last up to 25 times longer and use up to 80% less energy than traditional bulbs.
First Presbyterian Church, Ferguson recently replaced all of their lights in the church with LED lights! They will wisely save lots of money over the long haul and be caring for God's creation at the same time. Way to go First Church!
(" Living Green" is provided by the Earth Care Action Team of presbytery composed of members of the nine current certified Earth Care Congregations in the presbytery. For info on how to become an ECC, contact or 314-941-9378.)
Missional Opportunities
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is responding to the recent earthquake in Haiti; monsoon floods in Kerala state, India; Super Typhoon Mangkhut in the Philippines, China and surrounding areas; and earthquakes resulting in a tsunami and volcanic eruption in Indonesia. Due to lack of widespread media coverage, PDA needs your support in responding to these recent international disasters. Please give generously at
Nicaragua Community Partnership
Annual Celebration and Fund-Raising Dinner
Celebrate and Support our successful scholarship students Learn about the recent national crisis in Nicaragua and the positive developments in Plan Grande #2 Explore ways to become involved in this mission Enjoy a terrific meal at one of St. Louis’ finest Italian restaurants. Save the date! Monday, October 22, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at LoRossa’s Cucina, located at 3121 Watson Rd., St. Louis, Missouri 63139. Please make reservations by contacting Harriet Hall 314-963-7112, or by emailing Please find and like the Nicaraguan Community Partnership on  Facebook here.
Save the Date!
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. Save to your calendars now!
Complete List of Educational Opportunities: Found Here
Educational Opportunities - October 2018
Interfaith Meetings
Everyone is invited to attend the Interfaith Dialogue meetings in the lower level conference room at Aquinas Institute of Theology. Directions can be found here . The last meetings will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, October 16. 
Imagination, Empathy, and Action:
Being a Christian in a Fragmented Age
On Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at Second Presbyterian, St. Louis, Missouri, presented by Rev. Marianne Borg. This even is free and open to the public.
Pastoral Leaders Retreat
Held on Monday, October 29 and Tuesday, October 30 at the St. Crispins Conference Center, in Wewoka, Oklahoma. Complete details can be found here.
Educational Opportunities - November 2018
Underground Railroad Bus Tour
The Presbytery History Team is pleased to announce its 2018 bus tour featuring the Underground Railroad in the St. Louis and Alton areas. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 7. We will enjoy a delicious lunch at a favorite Alton restaurant. Full details can be  found here.
Educational Opportunities - Looking @ 2019
YMIM National Conference
 All youth workers, including volunteers, staff, pastors, and youth ministers are invited to Montreat, North Carolina, for our fifth annual Youth Ministry Academy . The dates are January 24–26, 2019, and the theme is "WHOLE." Come relax, learn, and share in fellowship with others in youth ministry as we seek wholeness together. More information can be found here.
Current Ministry Position Openings
Second Presbyterian
P/T Treasurer
Cote Brilliante Presbyterian
Communications Coordinator
Webster Groves Presbyterian