June / 7 / 2022
From the Presbytery Leader
The Church’s Response to the
Violence Engulfing our Nation
"...With our hearts, we can empathize with the fears of teachers, parents, and children in anguish of horrors that simply did not exist before this century, are notably and disproportionately of our country, and entirely of our making..."
Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket

  • Please pray for... children in foster care as they wait for a permanent home
  • Please pray for...pray for all victims and families of victims, of gun violence
  • Please pray for... those ill from the resurgence of COVID in our faith communities
  • Please pray for... law makers as they work toward addressing gun violence in our nation
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Wed., June 8
11 am Transitional Pastors Click Here
12pm Com on Ministry Click Here
Thurs., June 9
9:30 am History Team at Southminster
10 am Public Witness Click Here
3 pm Gathering Plan Click Here

Mon., June 13
7 pm DRAWP Click Here
Tues., June 14
11 am NWCC Click Here
4 pm Admin/Support Click Here
Thurs., June 16
4 pm Vision Team Click Here

The presbytery office will be closed on Monday, June 20th, a day of rememberance, reflection, education and celebration of the end of slavery in our nation.
Rev. Mel Smith Installed as Pastor
Congratulations to Rev. Mel Smith and
Trinity Presbyterian Church of University City, Missouri!
News & Updates
Art & Sabbath Sunday
Pastors: Are you looking for something different for a summer sermon? A Place of Grace would like to invite you to try an art and sabbath Sunday where art is created in response to scripture and throughout the service in front of your congregation’s eyes! Pastor and Certified Zentangle Artist/Teacher, Julie Gvillo, will set up in your sanctuary and create art with congregational interaction while you lead worship. Opportunities exist for congregational reflection on the artwork at the end of the service. Call 618-410-506 or email Julie at  to schedule your Art and Sabbath Sunday today! A Place of Grace is supported by offerings.
Non-Partisan Community Watch Event
“Disinformation, January 6, and Our Democracy”
for the January 6 Select Committee Public Hearings
Thursday, June 9, 2022 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Hosted by First Congregational Church 
10 West Lockwood, Webster Groves, MO 63119

Churches Together for Justice, Alliance for Interracial Dignity, St. Louis Voter Protection Coalition, and Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice, invite you to a non-partisan community watch event, called “Disinformation, January 6, and Our Democracy” Featuring the Guest Speaker at 6:40 p.m., Jennifer Lohman, National Disinformation Expert and Chair of the MO Voter Protection Coalition Disinformation Committee
Masking is highly recommended. Hand sanitizers available and social distancing will be in place. Ample parking on the east and west sides of the church. Enter from either Elm, Lockwood or Gore.
Stop using "throw-away" items at church food events.
Avoid using "throw-away" plastic and foam utensils, cups, and dishes. Many congregations have returned to using ceramic cups and dishes. Some urge members to bring their own dinner service to congregational dinners.
"TIPS" is brought to you by the Earth Care Team of presbytery consisting of members of the 9 Earth Care Congregations in the presbytery. Contact: or 314-941-9378.
Enter the Chaos: Engage the Differences to Make a Difference
Sunday, Jul 10, 2:00pm - Wednesday, Jul 13, 11:00am
"Enter the Chaos: Engage the Differences to Make a Difference" is a reflective four-day program grounded in communal contemplative practice that invites participants to deepen their interior lives in order to integrate skills for interpersonal and cultural transformation. Drawing from the study of spiral dynamics theory and the evolution of consciousness, the workshop will provide time to practice new tools for healing encounters with people from differing worldviews in today's seemingly opposing value systems.
A Four Day Program that Draws On:
  • the transformative power of contemplation
  • conscious intent of the values we want to embody
  • understanding our role in the evolutionary process
  • systems thinking as a tool for engagement
  • willingness to welcome our own ongoing personal transformation
For more information and to register, please click here.
The 1001 New Worshiping Communities, (Light for the Darkness and Our Selah are both 1001 NWC), have created a Pentecostal Devotional which is sure to be innovative and inspiring. L4TD’s Pentecost video will be included.
If you would like to join us on this Pentecost Devotional journey, please click and subscribe here.

Visit PCUSA's Financial Aid for Studies website and learn about denominational scholarships, loans, and grants.
The Synod of Mid-America has funds available for Presbyterians to use for higher education. These scholarships can be used for any accredited institution of higher learning (including trade schools and graduate study programs). Scholarships are available/awarded per school year and renewable with application annually.
Scholarships are open to active Presbyterians within the Synod of Mid-America, and whose church of membership qualifies as follows:
- in Kansas (total of 90 members or less),
- in Missouri or Illinois (total of 50 members or less),
as determined by membership reported December 31, 2021.
Applicants will be judged on financial need, academic achievement, and involvement in the local church, school, and community. All scholarship applicants must be endorsed by their session, and obtain a letter of support from the Clerk of Session or Pastor.
The deadline for application for Higher Education Scholarships is August 1, 2022 at 5:00pm. Scholarship recipients will be notified by August 31, 2022.
Mental Health First Aid Classes July 16
Why Mental Health First Aid (for Adults and Youth)? Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders (in adults and youth). It gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.
The Voyager Scholarship
The Obama-Chesky Scholarship for Public Service
Shaping the next generation of public service leaders: An increasingly globalized world needs young leaders who can bridge divides and help solve our biggest challenges together.
The Voyager Scholarship was created by the Obamas and Brian Chesky, Airbnb CEO, to help shape such leaders. Even though they come from different backgrounds, both the President and Brian believe that exposure to new places and experiences generates understanding, empathy, and cooperation which equips the next generation to create meaningful change.
This scholarship gives college students financial aid to alleviate the burden of college debt, meaningful travel experiences to expand their horizons, and a network of mentors and leaders to support them.
Federal Student Loan Relief for Pastors

The Synod of Mid-America wants you to know that relief is available! Apply soon because this offer expires 10/31/22.
More information can be obtained here:

The form is here:
Called to Serve? We Need You!
Have You Considered Presbytery Service?
There are many ministry team positions available in the coming year, and we just know you would be a good fit for a committee or commission
Please fill out and return the form below.
GLPby App Form (Word) | GLPby App Form (fillable PDF)
Current Support Ministry Position Openings
Part-time custodian - Second Presbyterian Church.

(PT) Coordinator of Christian Education - Southminster Presbyterian, Crestwood, Missouri

Seminary Summer Intern - First United Presbyterian, Belleville, IL

Church Office Manager - St. Mark Presbyterian, Ballwin, MO

Organist/Accompanist - First Presbyterian - Cape Girardeau, MO

Director of Youth Ministry + Digital Media - First United, Belleville, IL

Music Director - Glendale Presbyterian Church, Glendale, MO

Head of Music - First United Presbyterian, Collinsville, IL

Off Hours Help Needed? Contacts Found Below
Rev. Ryan Landino
Presbytery Leader

Rev. Liz Kanerva
Presbytery Leader
Rev. Joy Myers
Stated Clerk

Leigh Porter
Office Manager
Janice McMillen
Communications Associate