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Newsletter for July 1, 2022
CLICK HERE to watch Pastor Bill's Video!
***Reopening Task Force Update***
Due to rising COVID numbers, the church's Reopening Task Force
encourages and welcomes all to wear a mask while in the
church building.
Barb Kuhlmann Celebration of Life
A radiant light and fountain of joy was lost when Barbara “Barb” (Enoch) Kuhlmann passed away in Kirkwood, MO on June 16, 2022. She was 70 years old. Barb spent over fifteen years teaching the youth choirs at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church.

CLICK HERE to read Barb's full obituary.

A Celebration of Barb’s life will be held at Parkway United Church of Christ on Saturday July 30th at 3 pm, with a reception thereafter. If you’d like to make a gift on behalf of Barb, donations to Parkway United Church of Christ can be sent to 2841 N. Ballas Rd. St. Louis, MO 63131.

Children & Youth Ministry in 2022
by Rob Monroe, Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries

What on earth do you want to hear from a children and youth ministry director in 2022? I asked that in the PC(USA) Leaders Facebook group and had 37 comments in a matter of two days. There are so many question marks with how to reach our young people that their requests ranged from “how do you start from scratch” to “how do you convince people it’s okay to volunteer, even when they feel like they’re too old.”

Like so many other things in your ministries already the answer is singular: Relationships.

You do not start a Women’s Circle with one person putting an announcement in the bulletin saying, “let’s do this,” you start with an invitation to people you already know a little bit and find a common conversation or task to sit around.

The same is true when your congregation decides to reach out to the community – any part of the community, not just young families, or young people – you need to start by finding common ground.

While other churches took big losses in their youth ministry during the heart of the Pandemic, we were able to pivot our middle school group to Zoom. Typically, we end our program year for them in late April, but they continued to meet, week after week on Wednesdays, because they knew it was a safe space to explore what they were going through together. We structured it with a quick check in, a group game and then just a virtual hang out space that morphed into playing a phone-game that could be played by all and talked through during breaks.

The game needed at least six people to play it well, so when we fell short of that they started calling their friends to jump into the zoom and onto the game. Suddenly we hit the max of 10 players, so I just sat back and watched and caught up with them while they played.

I never invited these “bonus” students – they were invited by a friend for something they had a little interest in. When we started back in person in the fall of 2021 our middle school group was twice as big as when we went into pandemic.

You cannot start a family ministry from scratch if you do not have families on the inside already, just like you would not start a clown ministry without a clown in your midst. (Not a far jump from youth ministry to clowns, trust me!) Take the time to find out what the young people or families in your church have interest in, capitalize on it and then begin inviting others in.

For us this summer it’s the Bubble Bus – we have literally planned an evening where we are buying popsicles and will have the Bubble Bus in the parking lot. That’s it. Our families are excited, and they are inviting friends – folks that would not have crossed our paths before.

By putting relationships at the front of your public-facing ministry you will then be able to incorporate them better. It’s what you would do for those already in your midst, you just have to be willing to push beyond your comfort levels.

But it just may be worth it.

From Bill Stein, Director of Music Ministries
Photo of Bill Stein, Director of Music MInistriesNotes@9 begins this Sunday, July 3rd! We invite everyone to join us for these half hour concerts in the sanctuary. If you are attending the 8:30 Arise unplugged service, come on down to the sanctuary right after worship. For those attending 10:00 worship, please arrive early to hear some great music.
  • July 3: Clarion Brass performs American and patriotic music
  • July 10: Chancel Choir Section Leaders (and friends) will perform PDQ Bach’s “The  Seasonings”. 
  • July 17: Hazel Shipley, clarinet and Bill Stein, piano perform music of Reade and Brahms
  • July 24: The Perseid String Quartet performs music of Brahms
  • July 31: The Piano Ensemble – 2 pianos, 4 pianists, 8 hands
The Con Spirito Concert Series is also preparing to announce our 23rd season and ask for your support in the coming weeks. We are thrilled with our lineup of musicians and programs and know you will be as well.

This is also another reminder that NOW is the perfect time to consider joining the Chancel Choir or a Bell Choir this Fall. Let me know if you are interested or have any questions.

Faithfully yours,
Mission Trip to Help Rebuild in Kentucky

Mission Committee members are busy arranging a mission trip to western Kentucky from October 30-November 5 to help rebuild after a catastrophic storm in 2021. You might not recall the specifics of the storm, as there have been too many disasters of all kinds. To refresh your memory, in December, 2021, a violent, long-track tornado moved through Western Kentucky, causing catastrophic damage and taking 57 lives. Residents are now in the rebuilding phase. This area is a 3-hour drive from St. Louis, which means it's convenient even if you can only come for part of the week. We will be working with Hopkins County Emergency Management and with Habitat for Humanity. They promise there will be plenty of work for all skill levels. If you're interested, just pencil in that week and watch for more details this summer.

If you have questions, email Liz McCane ( or Georgina Sikorski (
Horizons St. Louis Kirkwood
Horizons St. Louis in Kirkwood is a transformational, community-centered program proven to close the opportunity and achievement gaps for under-resourced students in the Kirkwood, MO school district. Horizons offers high-quality learning experiences outside the traditional school year to support academic achievement and healthy youth development.

Check Out Our New Online Giving Platform!
The Church has adopted a new online giving platform which will integrate our back office systems, improve the user experience and lower our fees. If you have not tried online giving, here is your chance. 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. 

CLICK HERE: and follow the prompts. Or, 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
Tuesday Book Club Info
The Tuesday Book Club is on recess during the summer and will resume after Labor Day with our weekly Tuesday morning 10:00 a.m. meetings in the Fireplace Room. Our first book in the fall will be THE PRESIDENT’S CLUB: Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity.

Anyone who wishes to be added to the mailing list for the group can notify
Karen Koch at

All are invited.

Little Free Pantry Donations Needed!
Our Little Pantry is a part of the solution for those with food insecurities. Our Little 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 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!
Ushers Needed!
We are in need of new ushers! Serving as an usher is a great (and simple) way to
serve our community. 

Please contact Art McDonnell ( or Bill Stein
( if you are interested or have any questions.
Donate to Kirk Care
Pick up a bag outside of the sanctuary to donate a meal to Kirk Care. CLICK HERE to learn more about their mission.


Vienna Sausages, Pork 'n' Beans
Canned Fruit Cocktail, Corn Muffin Mix (no eggs required)
Optional: Peanut Butter,
Canned Juice
History Book Group, 10:30 Thursday, Every Other Month
At our next meeting, July 28 at 10:30 a.m. in Room 029, we will talk about The Trials of Harry Truman: The Extraordinary Presidency of an Ordinary Man by Jeffry Frank, a newly published and well-received book about Missouri’s favorite son. The book for September 22 is Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson, another applauded biography that demonstrates even remarkable greatness does not mean being flawless. For more information, contact Carlin Scanlan ( or Don Lewis (
Men's Bible Study
First Pres men of all ages are invited to join us Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. on Zoom. We take turns reading aloud, ask questions, discuss what the Holy Spirit might be saying, and even share in laughter.

Contact Tim Morrison at  (314) 456-9936 or with any questions.

Feeding the Homeless
St. Patrick’s Center provides opportunities for self-sufficiency and dignity to people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Thanks to you, First Pres members cooked and donated over 300 breakfast casseroles to St. Patrick’s Center last year! The need is ongoing. For more information, please contact Julie Nesvig at
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