January / 8 / 2019
The Need for Strong
Sessions of Discernment
Rev. Dr. Craig M. Howard
Presbytery Leader
"I lift up these two stories because they taught me that a church is only as strong as its session and the ruling elders who serve on it"

Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket Update
  • Please pray.... for college students who are returning to campus and classes.
  • Please pray...for the Bach -Harrison family as it expands (see below)

Click on the prayer basket to find our current prayers.
What's Happening? Did you know?

  • Have a cup or two....Couple dreams of starting new worship community in coffee shop that employs people with disabilities: “It’s not about the coffee, but it really is about the coffee. But, it’s about church too.” #PCUSA #1001NWC Watch video by clicking here.
  • Lets Keep Learning....the Presbytery will offer training to all leaders of Giddings-Lovejoy Congregations, at the February 7 Presbytery Gathering. Learn more here.
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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; 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: Jan. 10 to Jan.16

Thurs., Jan. 10
10 a.m. - Stewardship (Oaks)
3 pm - GatherPlanning (Oaks)
5 p.m. - Cong. Vibrancy (Oaks)
Mon., Jan. 14
1 p.m. Social Witness (Oaks)
Wed., Jan. 16
12 p.m. - Pastoral Trans/Care (Oaks) 
Week of: Jan. 17 to Jan.23

Thurs., Jan. 17
4 pm - Vision Team (Oaks)
5:30 p.m. - Com Prep.Ministry (Ladue)

Presbytery Gathering
Thurs., Feb. 7 th - 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
This half - day gathering will be packed with information and six different training opportunities for the leadership of each congregation. All are welcome!
Teaching Elder, Ruling Elder, Deacon, Treasurer, Finance Team Member, and interested congregation members or even friends of the congregation, we have created these learning opportunities with you in mind! Visit our Gathering Page and Register Today! Click Here.
Uprooting Hunger - 2019 Presbytery Wide Goal
Souper Bowl of Caring on Super Bowl Sunday
Start Now - Super Bowl Sunday is February 3
Brad Smith, a seminary intern serving at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina, in 1990 gave birth to the Souper Bowl of Caring with this prayer: “Lord, even as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us be mindful of those who are without a bowl of soup to eat.”
Souper Bowl of Caring empowers youth and unites communities around the time of the Big Game to help those in need. Since 1990, young people have been leading the charge and inspiring others to collect dollars and food weeks leading up to the Big Game. Teaming up with local partners, these groups give 100% of donations to local charities, changing the nation's largest weekend of football into the largest weekend of caring. Since its inception, more than $100 million has been collected to tackle hunger! Learn how to participate here .

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. If you have any questions, email:
Celebrating Life and Ministry
Welcome Juniper!
Rev. John Harrison and Michelle Bach welcome their first child, a daughter, they have named Juniper Emily Bach Harrison. Juniper arrived weighing 8 lbs., 6 oz.
Her name comes from Isaiah 55:12-13 (NIV)  "You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the Lord’s renown, for an everlasting sign, that will endure forever.
Congratulations to the Bach-Harrison Family!
John Knox Presbyterian Celebrating 60 Years
Dr. Alan Krummenacher, former pastor, will be the guest pastor, Sunday, January 20, 2019. The service will begin at 9:30 am. There will be no Sunday School that day. We will serve brunch after the service at 11:00 am. We invite all members of the Presbytery as well as friends and former members and families to join us. Please RSVP to Kim Chandler, office administrator, at 314-921-5833 or Any questions may be directed to Marilyn Lange at Directions can be found here.
Our Community Connected
Installation of Rev. Alexandra K. Lysdahl
First United Presbyterian Church of Belleville, Illinois has called an Associate Pastor, the Rev. Alexandra K. Lysdahl. Please join us and FUPC - Belleville on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 3 p.m. in welcoming Rev. Lysdahl. The flyer can be found here, and directions found here.
Save the Date for Rev. Susan Hayes Installation
Installation of Rev. Susan Hayes at St. John’s United Church of Christ 15370 Olive Chesterfield 63017 on January 20, 2019 at 3 p.m.
The Rev. Mike Trautman (First, Ferguson) will be preaching. Clergy who wish to participate in the opening processional are invited to robe and wear (red) vestments. Directions can be found here.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
This celebration will be held Sunday, January 20 at 3 p.m. at the John Edson Anglin Performing Arts Center at East Central College, Union, Missouri. All are invited to the celebration, which will feature keynote speaker Rep. Bruce Franks, Jr.  Musical performances will also be featured. Refreshments will follow. The event is hosted by Neighbors United - Undoing Racism, along with the Civic Engagement Committee at East Central College.  Directions found here.
Horn and Alphorn Free Concert
Thomas and Tricia Jöstlein offer a program for horn and alphorn with tenor Derek Dahlke and keyboardist Andrew Peters on Sunday, January 20 at 4:00 p.m.. The concert takes place at Second Presbyterian Church, 4501 Westminster Place in the Central West End, St. Louis, 63108. The concert is part of the Couts Music Series and is free to the community. For more information call 314-367-0367 or .
Feed Hungry UKirk College Students
UKirk - Support Presbyterian campus ministry in St. Louis with homemade Sunday dinner! UKirk gathers on Sunday evenings at Trinity Presbyterian - 6800 Washington Ave - for dinner, fellowship, and worship. (We gather to be fed in body and spirit!)
Dinner begins around 7:15 (once students have arrived) and worship begins around 8 p.m.
Full details and to sign up to participate in this ministry, click here.
Children's Community Choir
If your child likes to sing, our new children's choir will give them the opportunity to share their talents with other kids in our community and have a great time! Prospective Choir members would be children from 1st grade to 5th grade. Rehearsals would be from 10 a.m. until Noon on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month, starting January 12, 2019. After registration at 10 a.m. on Jan. 12th, we will plan to rehearse at 10:30 a.m. 
This choir is sponsored by the First Presbyterian Church, located at 285 E. Springfield Rd., Sullivan, Missouri For more info call 573- 468- 6364 or email:
Seeking Bass Section Leader
Second Presbyterian Church in the Central West End of St. Louis has an opening for a bass section leader. The choir rehearses Wednesday evenings from 7:15-9:15 pm, and sings for the 11:00 am Sunday service each week from September through May. For further information, or to schedule an audition, please contact Andrew Peters, Organist/ Minister of Music at or 314-367-0367.
Mission Opportunity
Joining Hands Peru Partnership
May 25 to June 2, 2019
The next Joining Hands Peru Partnership Reflection and Action Trip will be May 25 to June 2, 2019. Based on double room occupancy and at least 6 participants, the cost will be about $1,000, plus round-trip St. Louis-Lima air fare/trip support preparation expenses (estimated $1,400), and personal expenses (passport, meds, souvenirs, etc.)
Those interested may contact Ellie Stock ( or Mark Strothmann ( for an application or more information. Deadline is February 28, 2019 with $500.00 deposit. Application for financial assistance is February 15, 2019.
Complete List of Educational Opportunities: Found Here
Healing the Wounds of Privilege
January 15th at 1 p.m. Central Time
This 90-minute webinar will offer congregations and pastors alike a way to address the challenging topic of privilege and social divisions with generosity, humility and hope. This webinar will be particularly useful in the context of predominantly white congregations with members who want to explore the concept of privilege and consider whether a loving response is possible.
What about a Trip to Scotland!
From historic Edinburgh to the Isle of Iona and on through majestic Highland scenery….. Scotland has so much to see, so many stories to tell. It’s my pleasure to share all this with our visitors. But it’s our focus on Scotland’s sacred heritage which makes a trip with Scotus Tours so special. Why not join one of the open tours in 2019? Click here to learn more about the tours offered.
Shift 2.0 Conference
May 20-22, 2019 (St. Charles, MO)
Dr. Phil Maynard, a certified coach, an Endorsed coach (UMEA), a certified Conflict/Mediation Coach, and licensed trainer/facilitator, will help you "d iscover the key shifts that all churches must make if they are going to have a fruitful ministry in the next century… Rural, urban, black, Hispanic, Anglo, Asian, multicultural, liberal, evangelical… they all need to think through these key shifts to figure out a path forward.” -Paul Nixon, Coach/Consultant Sponsored by Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation. Details coming soon at
Current Support Ministry Position Openings
Congregations Searching for Support Staff
Church Accountant/Bookkeeper - Second Presbyterian Ministry Associate - UKirk St. Louis
Interim Director of Christian Education - Ladue Chapel
Choral Conductor - Westminster, St. Louis
Church Office/Facilities Manager ∙ St. Mark Presbyterian
Communications Coordinator ∙Webster Groves Presbyterian