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January / 21 / 2020
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Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket Update

  • Please pray...for the friends and family of Wayne Wahler, a faithful and devoted Presbytery volunteer and member First-St. Charles who recently passed away
  • Please pray....for Christopher Hanson (42) newly diagnosed with colon cancer and his care givers in this new journey
  • Please pray... for our un-housed and underprivileged neighbors in this difficult winter weather.
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Presbytery Gathering - Thurs., Feb. 6th
ALL are welcome! Please Share!
10:30 a.m. - Dismantling Racism & Privilege Pre-Session "An Apology to our African American Sisters and Brothers for the Sin of Slavery and its Legacy"
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12 p.m. - Registration/Fellowship
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 1 p.m. - Worship, Plenary, and Business Meeting. Featuring Rev. Dr. Jennifer Harvey, Author of Dear White Christian, the book study for the Presbytery
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, Kirkwood - refers to First Presbyterian of Kirkwood. Contact the office at 314-772-2395 if you are unsure where you will be meeting.
Week of: Jan. 22 to Jan. 28

Thurs., Jan. 23
9:30 a.m. - History Team (Aberdeen)
1:30 p.m. - PTCC (St. Andrew)
Mon., Jan. 27
5 p.m. - Congreg Vib (Oaks)
Week of: Jan. 29 to Feb 4

Thurs., Jan. 30
9:30 a.m. - Pres Women CC (Oaks)
Becoming Matthew 25
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2020 Presbytery Wide Goal
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People of the words: On endurance
Andrew Taylor-Troutman reflects on words that guide people of faith Blog post published in Presbyterian Outlook
Romans 5:3 identifies the need for endurance in the face of suffering. As the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, Jesus had to endure the cross (Hebrews 12:2). But other kinds of suffering, such as racism and sexism, should not be tolerated.
Presbytery Wide Book Study
As part of our Matthew 25 initiative, we ask that you join us in a Presbytery Wide Book Study on Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation by Jennifer Harvey, who will be leading a workshop at the February 6 th Presbytery Gathering. More information about the day found here. More information about Jennifer Harvey found here.
Books may be found at Amazon - Kobo - Google Play - Barnes & Noble
Let's Prepare for Robust Conversation at the
February Presbytery Gathering!
Our Current Matthew 25 Congregations
  • Cote Brilliante Presbyterian
  • First Presbyterian - Cape Girardeau
  • First Presbyterian - St. Charles

  • First United Presbyterian - Belleville
  • Ladue Chapel Presbyterian
  • Second Presbyterian - St. Louis
  • Webster Groves Presbyterian
Ministry Teams News & Activities
Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services ( PCHAS ) announced Lawson Calhoun as Chair of the Board of Trustees. Calhoun is a Ruling Elderr, member of Westminster Presbyterian Church (St. Louis) and Mission and Outreach Team of Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy. 
RE: Ruling Elders
Congregational Ministry Assessment
by: Mary Marcotte
While many churches begin their program year in September and the liturgical calendar begins with Advent, most congregations follow the calendar year for the installations and ordinations that mark a time of reconfigured boards and committees.
New Worshiping Communities Team Event
Dreaming & Discerning
Tues., Jan. 28 | 7 p.m.
First Presbyterian - Ste. Genevieve
Has God called you to breathe new life into a new community and in a new way? New Worshiping Communities are Spirit-led and initiated when a person hears  God’s Song in a new key. Could you be that person? The New Worshiping Communities team is creating a confidential space where you can come and explore your call, God’s vision, and our desire to create new expressions of worshiping communities within the presbytery.
 If you are interested in exploring a call to become a new worshiping community leader, then join the presbytery’s New Worshiping Communities team for a discerning conversation on Tuesday, January 28 at 7 p.m. Directions to 160 S. Main St., Ste. Genevieve can be found here.
 For questions about this event, please contact Vanessa Hawkins at either (314) 772-2395 (ext. 1982) or  vhawkins@glpby.org.
Joining Hands – Peru Mission Meeting
Wed., Jan. 29 | 6:30 p.m.
The next meeting of Joining Hands will be at the Webster Groves Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, Jan. 29.  We will be meeting in the Church Parlor. We will begin at 6:30 pm. Please bring healthy snacks to share. Directions can be found here.
The following items will be on the agenda: Peru Pilgrimage (August 1-15, 2020)..“I Walk with Campaign.”; Presbytery Tree Fund Overture to GA. (This is an initiative of Peru Mission Network and will be submitted to our presbytery for a vote on Feb. 6.); Update on PJT; Other updates.
Bread for the World Advocacy Training:
Better Nutrition, Better Tomorrow
Sat., Feb. 22 | 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
The Advocacy Training will take place at Parkway United Church of Christ 2841 N Ballas Road, St. Louis, Missouri. Directions can be found here.
For more information, click here.
Presbyterians Care Movement 
March 20 to March 22
The Presbyterians Care Movement is a planned quarterly event in which your congregation communally engages in a community based activity. Learn how your church can participate in this weekend of compassion and care.
Seeking Sunday Meals for UKirk Students
Looking for a way to connect with UKirk this coming semester? One of the best ways is to provide a Sunday night meal! Sign up below!
Don't forget to Follow UKirk on Facebook to connect with them on social media here.
Congregational/Event Happenings
Red Cross Blood Drive
Thur., Jan. 23 | 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Steelville Presbyterian Church
Red Cross reserves are critically low. If you have the health, heart and willingness to give, please do so. Directions can be found here.
You can find your closest blood drive by clicking here.
Trombones of the Saint Louis Symphony
at Second Presbyterian Church
Sun., Feb. 2 | 4 p.m.
Since 2006, the Trombones of the Saint Louis Symphony have taken their finely-honed ensemble skills from the symphonic concert stage to intimate chamber music settings across the United States. The International Trombone Association Journal, in a review of their most recent recording Fleur de Lis cited “an astonishing amount of versatility and virtuosity”. The Trombones will present works they have commissioned from composers with strong St. Louis roots including Caleb Burhans (Alarm Will Sound) and Adam Maness (The 442s). They also will perform their own arrangements of works by Giovanni Gabrieli, Sergei Prokofiev, and others.
 For more information call 314-367-0367 or visit  www.secondchurch.net .
Directions can be found here.
Midwest Winds in Concert at
First Presbyterian - Alton, Illinois
Sun., Feb. 9 | 3 p.m.
The Midwest Winds woodwind quintet is an ambassador of the Air Force Band of Mid-America, providing a highly professional product to communicate esprit de corps and render honor to our Airmen and country. Located at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, this ensemble is committed to honoring veterans and active duty military members across a 10 state region in the Midwestern United States. The Midwest Winds present public concerts and educational outreach events, inspiring and connecting with its audiences. The group offers a wide range of musical literature from classical and contemporary music to marches and patriotic crowd pleasers to light popular music.
Directions can be found here.
In Their Own Words Concert at Ladue Chapel
Sun., Feb. 16 | 3:00 p.m.  
“The Power of Spirituals” is an interactive event based on Eileen Guenther’s recently-published book In Their Own Words: Slave Life and the Power of Spirituals.  In this program Guenther, a graduate of Kirkwood High School, combines first-person narratives from books written by those formerly enslaved, interviews conducted with them in the 1930s and her own commentary. These narratives are interwoven with the singing of spirituals by guest soprano and St. Louis native Marlissa Hudson, our Ladue Chapel Choir, and the audience. Many Americans have gaps in their historic and cultural education; this powerful music and the texts of this presentation not only shine a light on the events of the past, but also offer hope and reconciliation to present-day circumstances.
Directions can be found here.
Complete List of Educational Opportunities: Found Here
Empowering Commissioned Pastors Conference
Registration is open for the Empowering Commissioned Pastors Conference, to be held May 13th–16th, 2020, at Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church, Richardson, Texas (Dallas–Fort Worth area). 
Continuing Education Classes Announced
Union Presbyterian Seminary Theological Institute Upcoming Continuing Education Events offered January through March 2020, can be found by Visiting their Events page
Current Support Ministry Position Openings

Full Time Interim Pastor - Grace Presbyterian

Called Pastor - Faith DesPeres Presbyterian

Versatile Soprano Choral Section Leader - Westminster St. Louis
Youth Ministry Coordinator - Cote Brilliante Presbyterian

Christian Educator - First Presbyterian -Edwardsville

Children, Youth and Family Ministry - Second Presbyterian