February / 28 / 2023
An Invitation to Join the Dismantling Racism and White Privilege Team on a Lenten Journey
Find Gods Love in How We See
Each Other and Ourselves
"... when Jesus, after first laying hands on the man’s eyes, asks “Can you see anything?” to which the man replies “I can see people, but they look like trees, walking.” How often, I thought, do I see others so dimly, and as something other than who they really are?..."
Blog Post by:
John Northrip, DRAWP Relate Team Co-Chair
Ruling Elder Member of St. Mark Presbyterian Church
Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket

  • Please pray for...please pray for Rev. Ed Zumwinkel and his family in the passing of his mother Helen.
  • Please pray for...please pray that as we leave Black History Month, we remain committed to learning Black History year-round.
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Wed., Feb. 8
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Thurs., Feb. 9
9:30 am History WG @ Southminster
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Saddened to Report
Rev. Dr. John Shear left this life on Thursday, February 23. He was the long-term past pastor of John Calvin Presbyterian Church, and member of this presbytery. Please join us in prayer for his family.
The visitation for family and friends was held on Monday at John Calvin Presbyterian Church and his memorial service was held Tuesday at his most recent church, Third Presbyterian Curch, of Springfield, Illinois. If you would like to leave a word of support or memory for Rev. Shear's family, please click here.
We are saddened to inform you that Charlet Cochran, wife of former long-time associate pastor to Webster Groves Presbyterian Church, Rev. Don Cochran. Her memorial service will be held at Webster Groves Presbyterian Church on Friday, March 3, 2023, at 3:00 p.m.
To leave words of support, for Rev. Cochran and his family please click here.
Rev. Hannah Zyla Installed at Affton
Rev. Hannah Zyla, and her installation team, at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, St. Louis. St. Andrew graciously hosted Rev. Zyla's installation as Pastor at Affton Presbyterian, on Sunday, February 26.
News & Updates
Curious about How We Align
with other Presbyteries?

Here are the results reported to OGA as of February 23—by amendment and by presbytery. Find the latest reports on the Resources tab of PC-Biz
Do you need seating? We have some!
Faith Des Peres Presbyterian Church would like to invite you to take a seat- literally! FDP is looking to rehome approximately 100 folding chairs in three styles- all metal, metal with a padded seat, and metal with a plastic seat. Conditions vary, but all are usable seats. Approximately 60 of these chairs fit on a moveable rack, also included.  
If interested in some or all these chairs, please contact Emma Holley at to coordinate a time for pickup. You must be able to move and haul the chairs; Faith Des Peres cannot provide delivery.
Are you the Church Historian? Consider….
Records of Historic Value—A message from PHS
What are records of historic value, and how does the Presbyterian Historical Society collect and preserve them?
PC(USA) offices, churches, and mid-councils create records every day. Some of these records are transactional, created as part of the organization’s routine business, and can be destroyed when they’re no longer in use. Other records document the deliberations, vision, and work of the church in the world. These are worth perpetual preservation. The Presbyterian Historical Society collects these records of historic value and preserves them in secure on-site and online facilities.
While these records of historic value might look different for every office or body, PHS staff are trained and available to help make decisions about what records should make their way to the archives. Click her to find out how the Presbyterian Historical Society serves as the record keepers of the PC(USA).
A Place of Grace Lenten Offerings

The Lenten journey is long and winding. Companionship on the road makes the journey through the wilderness, through the events of Holy Week, and to the empty tomb on Easter morning more meaningful. You are invited to join the pastor, founder, and creative executive director of A Place of Grace, Julie Gvillo, as she guides you through these days with scripture, art, coaching, wonder, and worship. Click Here to Learn More
Tips for Caring for God's Wonder-Filled Creation:
Check Your Car's Tire Pressure
Properly inflated tires improve the car's gas mileage. This will not only decrease your carbon emission but also save you money!
"TIPS" is brought to you by the Earth Care Work Group of the presbytery. Contact: or (314) 941-9378.
Understanding Jesus
Public Lecture & Workshop
Thur., Mar. 2
Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, the Rabbi Stanley M. Kessler Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, at the Hartford International University for Religion and Peace, a leading scholar and a voice for interfaith dialogue and cooperation, will be giving a public lecture at 7 pm (flyer found here) and facilitating a workshop at 12 pm (flyer found here) on the importance of knowing and understanding Judaism for knowing and understanding the New Testament on Thursday, March 2, 2023.
Celebrating 75 Years!
Sunday, March 5
Florissant Presbyterian Church welcomes you to join them in celebrating 75 years of outreach and ministry, on Sunday, March 5, with worship at 10:30 am, followed by luncheon and an Open House.
To support their local schools they will be collecting school supplies to celebrate this special occasion. Florissant Presbyterian Church is located at 660 Charbonier, Florissant, Missouri. The directions can be found by clicking here.
Please RSVP by calling the church office so we can get a head count for lunch, at 314.837.8555.
Sat., Mar. 11 at 7 pm
Grab 7 of your closest trivia-loving friends and head to St. Mark on Saturday, March 11th, 2023
The cost is $160 per table – that’s just $20 per person!
Doors open at 6 pm and trivia starts at 7 pm. There will also be a silent auction, games, and prizes. Participants may bring their own beverage of choice –water and soda will be provided. Look for the registration forms on the Youth Table in the Narthex and on the St. Mark website,
All proceeds benefit the 2023 St. Mark Youth Group Summer Mission Trip to Puerto Rico.
Do you know Juniors & Seniors?
Voyager Scholarship: Obama-Chesky Scholarship For Public Service
Applications are due by March 22

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 Co-founder, and 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.
History Work Group Author Event
2023 Middle School Summer Workshops at
Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site and Gateway Arch National Park
To have students learn under-told stories about African Americans in St. Louis and Missouri, and work as teams to creatively share those stories with others. These stories include stories of slavery, resistance, and Reconstruction. Find more information by clicking here.
Contact Julie Northrip, Interpretation, Education, and Volunteer Program Manager, Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site, 314-842-1867 ext. 223
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
Office Admin - Trinity Presbyterian, University City, MO

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