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November 19, 2022
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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)
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.
Giving Trees
Giving Trees go up on November 20th. We are excited to again partner with Lydia's House, a transitional shelter for women and children fleeing from domestic violence. We will have ornaments ready to be picked up during the 10:00 a.m. hour.

Gifts need to be returned to church, unwrapped, on or before December 11th at 10:15 a.m. so that they can be delivered in time for delivery to the shelter. 
If you have questions about a tag that you have taken, 
reach out to Rob Monroe -

Advent Bags Ready for Delivery

The Advent Bags will be ready for delivery Sunday the 20th through the 27th. They will be on tables in the vestibule for members of the Congregation to help deliver. Please check to see if there are bags you could deliver to a relative or friend that is home bound.
Thank you,
The Deacons

Order Christmas Poinsettias

Poinsettias may be ordered now through Friday, Dec. 9. 

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.”

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

Matthew 25 Education Series Concludes

Matthew 25:31–46 calls all of us to actively engage in the world around us, so our faith comes alive and we wake up to new possibilities. As a Matthew 25 Church we are called to act boldly and compassionately to see our neighbors through Jesus’ eyes and serve those who are marginalized or in need — people who are hungry, thirsty, naked, sick, imprisoned, strangers, poor or oppressed in other ways and in need of welcoming.

The themes of the Matthew 25 invitation are grounded in the gospel. Jesus calls us to serve with and for “the least of these” — not as a group to be pitied, but as people who are deeply loved by Jesus. 
Matthew 25 churches embrace one or more of these three focuses:

  • Building congregational vitality by challenging congregations and their members to deepen and energize their faith and grow as joyful leaders and disciples actively engaged with their community, seeing new disciples engaged in ministry and longstanding believers develop in faith as the gospel of Jesus Christ is shared in word and deed.
  • Dismantling structural racism by fearlessly applying our faith to advocate and break down the systems, practices and thinking that underlie discrimination, bias, prejudice and oppression of people of color.
  • Eradicating systemic poverty by acting on our beliefs and working to change laws, policies, plans and structures in our society that perpetuate economic exploitation of people who are poor.

Want to Learn More?

Join us for our final session of Matthew 26 series on Eradicating Systemic Poverty. In this session, we will review the highlights from our prior meetings, share information on our church programs to address poverty, and get your input and suggestions on how our church can make a difference in the lives of those in poverty, in our community. 

Eradicating Systemic Poverty
Date: November 20, 2022
Time: 10-11:00 a.m.
Location: Classroom 9

If you can't join us in person, please join us on Zoom! 

Join Zoom Meeting (CLICK THE LINK BELOW!)

Meeting ID: 898 3465 7735
Passcode: 432450
To join by phone/audio only, dial 1 (312) 626-6799.

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!
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!

From Bill Stein, Director of Music Ministries

Dear Friends,
The coming week brings a lot of transition in the life of the church. We celebrate Christ the King this Sunday, the final day of the church year. Thursday will see us gathering with family and friends to observe Thanksgiving, and the following Sunday is the beginning of Advent, a new church year and our preparations for Christmas will begin in earnest.
As we anticipate the Thanksgiving holiday next week, I am especially grateful for the members of this faith community. For your examples of discipleship and stewardship, your deep love for this church, and your vision and commitment to our future. Thank you for your faithfulness!
The next several weeks will bring busy but fruitful days at church. There are many opportunities to gather in worship and fellowship, to share with those in need this season, to sing, pray, and rejoice. Come and be a part of it. This is the perfect time to return to in person worship if you haven’t already done so. Your presence is vital!
God bless our journey together,

Bill Stein
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
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: $18 general admission; $12 for students and seniors

Visit for more information.
Mission Trip Update

We had a great mission trip to Dawson Springs, Kentucky, spending a week with Habitat for Humanity, and Called To Build (coordinated through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance) building new houses for those made homeless by a devastating tornado in December of 2021. 

To witness, in person, the devastation caused by the tornado’s path was jarring…participating in helping people respond to this devastation by purchasing new homes and rebuilding their lives was an honor and privilege. We put the finishing touches on a house close to completion and we worked on two other homes in the early stages of the process. We painted, we sanded, we cleaned.  We learned new skills like operating nail guns, blocking walls and using a table saw. Homeowners worked along side us and we were moved to see their gratitude. 

As we patronized local stores for gas, food, etc. we consistently had people look us directly in the eyes and give their sincere appreciation for coming to their community. Hanson Methodist Church in Madisonville, KY, who housed us, was so welcoming and made the costs of this trip nominal. 

Thank you First Pres for giving us the opportunity to put some of your mission dollars to such good work. It’s often said that involvement in mission enriches the lives of those who work even more than it does the lives of the beneficiaries. This was our experience. We are hoping to take a group again next May. We hope that you’ll consider joining us!

 Afghan Family Update - Nov. 2022

Our families are making great progress in all areas: school, jobs, English comprehension. One young man is taking in-depth English classes, while the other is planning on enrolling in IT classes at the Community College. This is in addition to both having full time jobs. The women continue to work on English skills in hopes to find jobs. The Affton school students seem to be doing well in their studies and are making friends. 

In addition to helping with medical appointments and immigration issues, your First Pres team of volunteers has helped them to learn about Halloween and birthdays and will entertain them through the Holiday Season, celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's. When visiting in their homes we are always served a juice drink or tea and a "goodie" of some sort, sometimes even a full meal. All the food is delicious and we greatly enjoy their hospitality. Join us if you wish! 

We are most appreciative of the generosity of our congregation and continue to welcome Aldi's, Target, Amazon, or gasoline gift cards to assist the families as they continue to adjust to living here.  HAPPY THANKSGIVING! BLESSINGS & THANKS to ALL! handmade ornament

Sharon Croissant 

Tom Edelstein 

These Christmas Tree
ornaments will be for sale 
($5.00 each) at the 
Alternative Gift Market 
on Sunday mornings,
December 4 and 11. 


The ornament making project was filled with afternoons of
love, laughter, and delicious
Afghan food. 

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

First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood
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

Michelle Koerner and the Care and Counseling Team will continue their series about Mental Health issues.   
The next two classes will be held on November 20 and December 4.  

Michelle will be in the Fireplace Room at 9 AM and the Class will be available on Zoom for those at home.

The Mental Health Topic for Nov 20th is depression and other mental health issues: societal, family, biological, etc. why they increase in youth and adults.           


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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