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December 2, 2022
CLICK HERE to watch the announcements video for this week.
Our Sunday Worship Schedule:

8:15 a.m. Chapel Worship Service in the Tree of Life Chapel 

9:05 a.m. Arise! Contemporary Service in Fellowship Hall

11:00 a.m. Traditional Worship Service in the Sanctuary
(live-streamed on website & Facebook)


Pursuant to the Form of Government G-1.0501, the Session has called a Special Meeting of the Congregation following the 11:00 a.m. worship service on Sunday, December 11, 2022 to act on the election of new church officers. This meeting will be held in the Sanctuary in addition to being available by Zoom.
By Order of the Session
Lisa K. Ward
Lisa K. Ward
Clerk of Session

New Member Classes
Are you interested in becoming a member of First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood or learning more about the congregation? You can attend the class on December 4th or 11th at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel. We will talk about the Presbyterian Church USA and about this congregation. Then on the 11th, during worship, you will become a member.  
If you are interested, please call the office (314-965-0326) or send an email to and let Pastor Linda know you plan to attend.

Alternative Gift Market

Please mark your calendars for the annual Alternative Gift Market!  
It will be held in the Gathering Space during the following times:
  • Sunday, December 4 from 8:00 a.m. through 12:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 11 from 8:00 a.m. through 12:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 11 from 2:30-3:00 p.m., and         5:00-5:30 p.m., before & after the Allegro Choir Concert 
The market provides one-stop, hassle-free shopping for a variety of unique gifts that benefit local and international charities and fair trade.  
Please come visit us in December!
RSVP for Christmas Concert & Dinner

Christmas Concert AND Dinner - Sunday, Dec. 18 – 4:00 p.m.
Mark your calendars! The concert begins at 4:00 p.m. and will be immediately followed by a delicious catered dinner. RSVP for the dinner by clicking the button below.
RSVP for Christmas Concert & Dinner
Christmas Services

Come join us to celebrate at the following worship times!
Saturday, December 24th - Christmas Eve
4:00pm Christmas Pageant
7:00pm Christmas Eve Service
9:30pm Lessons and Carols Prelude
10:00pm Lessons and Carols 
Sunday, December 25th – Christmas Day
10:00 a.m. Traditional Service
Giving Trees
Giving Tree Gifts are due back to church, unwrapped, on or before December 11th at 10:15 am so that they can be delivered in time for delivery to Lydia's House that morning.

If you have questions about a tag that you have taken, contact Rob Monroe at

Order Christmas Poinsettias

Poinsettias may be ordered now through Friday, Dec. 16. 

Cost is $25 each. This is a wonderful way to honor a loved one and help beautify our facility for Christmas. Just pick up an order form in the lobby or CLICK HERE to download. You can place the form in the offering plate, or mail it to the church with payment made to First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood, earmarked “Poinsettia.”

***Online ordering is now available! CLICK HERE!***

Questions? Contact Bill Larson at

Advent Devotionals Available

In preparation for this season of Advent, a group of members, staff and pastors have written short devotionals that have been collected and formatted into a booklet to share. There are a few hard copies that will be available in the lobby. Hard copies have also been placed in the advent bags for our homebound members. The devotionals will also be available digitally on our Facebook page on our website soon.

Questions? Please contact Pastor Linda at

St. Louis Civic Orchestra Concert

Come see the St. Louis Civic Orchestra on December 3rd at 7:00 p.m. They will be performing works by Anderson, Price, and Dvorak.

Tickets: Concert is now FREE!

Visit for more information.
Allegro: A St. Louis Choral Community

“We Sing Merry Everything!”
December 11, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary
There will be a free-will offering.
Visit for more information.
Asherton String Quartet

The Festive Sounds of Christmas
by the Asherton String Quartet
December 13, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel
FREE Concert
Calling All Bakers!

Please consider providing 6-12 individual servings of baked goods for the Alternative Gift Market! Containers and labels in groups of 6 are available at the Welcome Center at church on or after November 20. Please drop off your items at 8:00 a.m. on the date you sign up for or contact Sarah Nepple at 314-448-2911 to make other arrangements.  
All money raised from baked items will be donated to Presbyterian Children’s Services.  Please click on the link below to sign up. Thank you so much for your help!
A Taste of Advent

The first Sunday of Advent is November 27, 2022. We invite you to participate in “A Taste of Advent.” This is a fun, family mission opportunity that serves our neighbors. We will collect the designated items for each day of Advent and bring them to church each Sunday. Copies of the designated items are available at the Welcome Center, or you can CLICK HERE to download a copy.
Please place your items on the marked carts in Fellowship Hall and near the Welcome Center each Sunday. The food collected will be split between KirkCare and our Little Pantry outside the Jefferson Ave. doors.

Breakfast Casseroles for St. Patrick's Center

St. Patrick’s Center provides opportunities for self-sufficiency and dignity to people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Individuals and families build permanent, positive change in their lives through safe and affordable housing, sound mental and physical health, and employment and financial stability. 
Please join us by preparing a delicious breakfast casserole for St. Patrick’s Center. CLICK HERE for the recipe.

For more information, please contact Julie Nesvig at

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Little Free Pantry

Our Little Free Pantry is a part of the solution for those with food insecurities. Our Little Free Pantry is located near the Jefferson Avenue entrance of the church. Whether there is a need for food, or a need to give, our Little Free Pantry helps feed neighbors, and nourishes all of us.  

Please give what you ‘can’ (we especially need canned meals/meats, fruit, and veggies). Thank you!

Exercise Class Available

Interested in a fun way to exercise? We have started a small class on Mondays at 2:15 p.m. in Fellowship Hall, called Dance, Fun and Fitness, led by Lieschen Fink, former Kirkwood High School P.E.and dance teacher. It is geared to over-50’s and no previous experience is necessary. If you would like to join us call Judy Moeller at 314-821-5357.

First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood
Book Clubs

We have several active book clubs! Check out the info below!

Tuesday Book Club – During Advent the Tuesday Book Club will be reading INTO THE WORLD OF THE NEW TESTAMENT by Dr. Daniel Smith. The author is a Kirkwood resident, and we enjoyed his recent visit and content so much when he joined us on November 8, that we decided that we would like to follow up with discussion of his book. It was written in 2015 as an introduction for the diverse students in his theology classes at St. Louis University. All are welcome to join in for this unusual opportunity. Contact Karen Koch,

Wednesday Book Club - Due to Thanksgiving, we will be discussing The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict & Victoria Christopher Murray on November 30 at 1:30 over Zoom. The book is a fictional account of JP Morgan’s personal librarian, Bella da Costa Greene, who was a black woman that passed as white and left a legacy that enriched our nation. If you want to be added to the contact list, contact Julia Abreu at
History Book Group –Meets on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. every other month at church. For more info, contact  Carlin Scanlan ( or Don Lewis(

Christian Concerns Class:
Series on Mental Health

December 4th, we will continue a three-week series on mental health by Michelle Koerner of the Care and Counseling Center in Creve Coeur. Ms. Koerner will be in the Fireplace Room at 9 a.m. 
and on Zoom for those at home.

The Mental Health Topic for Dec 4th will be: 

       How to identify and help others coping and living with mental health issues.
Questions? Contact Ann at

The Zoom link is :

Meeting ID: 838 3632 0060

Passcode: 63122

If the link does not open directly, copy it and paste it into your internet Search window and find us there.

Give Online
Have you tried giving online? You can do a onetime gift or set up reoccurring payments and pay with ACH direct from your checking account, via credit card or using GooglePay.
Go to and follow the prompts, text GIVE to 314-293-4922, or scan the QR code to go directly to our giving portal. If you have any questions, please reach out to

Staff Directory:

Rev. Dr. Bill Smutz, Interim Senior Pastor
Rev. Linda Maconochie, Interim Associate Pastor
Bill Stein, Director of Music Ministries
Rob Monroe, Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries
Bill Larson, Business Manager
Megan Ligeti, Communications Director
Dee Robinson, Head Custodian
Sherry Peters, Preschool Director
First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood | (314) 965-0326
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