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February 24, 2023
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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)
We Need 30 Seconds of Your Time!
For a variety of reasons we are working toward moving the streaming of our worship services to YouTube - it will be more accessible and that's a great thing!
In order to unlock some streaming features we need 50 "subscribers" to the new page. Please go through to the link below and click the "Subscribe" button on the upper right side on a browser, center of the screen on the YouTube App. You can even choose to be notified of when the stream goes live if you would like!
Upcoming Annual Meeting:


Pursuant to the Form of Government G-1.0502, the Session has called the Annual Meeting of the Congregation following the 11:00am Worship Service on Sunday, February 27, 2022 to act on (1) proposed changes to the Bylaws of First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood and for any business that is appropriate.
This meeting will be held in person and by Zoom.

By Order of the Session
Lisa K. Ward
Lisa K. Ward
Clerk of Session

Click the buttons below to review the proposed changes to the Bylaws and the 2022 Annual Report.
Amended & Restated Bylaws
Explanation of Bylaw Changes
2022 Annual Report

Con Spirito Concert on Tuesday, Feb. 28

Join us for the next concert in our Con Spirito series!

Save the date for the next concert in our Con Spirito series featuring the Concordia University Symphony Orchestra from Irvine, CA, on Tuesday, February 28th at 7:30 p.m.

With an enrollment of nearly 4000 students, Concordia University Irvine strives to prepare students for their various callings in life.  Concordia offers degrees at all levels at their beautiful Southern California campus. Affiliated with the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, Concordia is dedicated to excellent teaching, scholarship, and the promotion of demonstrable learning. 

The aim of the Music Department is to develop general musicianship, performance, musical collaboration, and critical listening. Ensembles are open to students interested in studying to be professionals as well as those who desire to perform for the joy of music.

The program scheduled to be performed includes:

Bach: Cantata Ich bin in mirvergnügt (“On Contentment”) BWV 204, mvt. 3 (student soprano soloist)

Rouse: Flute Concerto – Mvt. 4&5 (student soloist)

Bach: Fugue from Sonata #2 for Solo Violin (student soloist)

Bach:Cantata Ich bin in mir vergnügt BWV 204, mvt. 5 and 8 (student soprano soloist)

Copland: Appalachian Spring (Suite for Full Orchestra)

John Williams: Suite from Far and Away

Hymn Concertato: “For All the Saints” (arr. Alex Guebert ’10)

Education Series

Matthew 25, Part II: Dismantling Structural Racism 

In the spring of 2021, the First Presbyterian Session voted to become a Matthew 25 congregation. Matthew 25 is a movement within the larger Presbyterian Church, designed to focus the hearts and minds of disciples on the challenging, justice-focused ministry priorities taught by Jesus in the twenty-fifth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew. The Matthew 25 movement has three foci – 

  • Dismantling Structural Racism, the focus of our February sermons; 
  • Eradicating Systemic Poverty, which we explored last fall; and, 
  • Building Congregational Vitality, which we will focus on this spring.   
Join us for our next class focusing on Dismantling Structural Racism. See details below!

Class - available in-person and on Zoom
Dismantling Structural Racism
Sunday, February 26
Classroom 007 (please, note the room change!)
10:00-10:45 AM
Series Description:
First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood is a Matthew 25. In February, 2023, we will continue of our exploration of the Matthew 25 focuses. The series for February will be Dismantling Structural Racism. Please join us for the education series, beginning at 10 AM in Classroom 9.

Zoom Link:
Room ID: 
From the Director of Music Ministries
We are now in the season Lent, and the next several weeks will be spend in worship, prayer, and meditation as we prepare for Holy Week and Easter. The music will sound different on Sunday mornings as we put away our “Alleluias” and sing of Jesus’ last days on this earth and meditation on his amazing sacrifice for us.
February is Black History Month and we have featured music by several composers and arrangers during the past few weeks. March is Women’s History Month, and I am happy to say that we will sing and play music by women composers at the 11:00 a.m. service. The Choir and I look forward to sharing this wonderful music with you.
As the journey of Lent begins, may God bless us and fill us with love and hopefulness.
Faithfully yours,
Next Lenten Concert
Features Our Own Bill Stein!

Join us on Fridays at noon during Lent for our Tree of Life Concert Series! Friday, March 3rd at 12:00 p.m., we will host a concert featuring our own Bill Stein on organ with the Rosewood Ensemble. We hope to see you there!
Join Us for Our Next Family Event!
Please see the flyer above! For more info, contact Rob Monroe, our Director of Children, Youth & Family Ministries at
Work Camp Auction
Our Senior High Fellowship students are excited to get back to the most fun night of the year - the Work Camp Auction! Join us for our biggest fundraiser on Sunday, March 12th for dinner, silent auction, and a live  dessert auction. Every dollar raised goes directly to taking our 35+ high school students on a two week mission trip to Milwaukee, WI in July!

We are still on the hunt for donations of all sorts, but the big news is that you can buy your tickets NOW! Look for students at the white table near the Welcome Desk to purchase tickets for the event, which includes dinner, silent auction, live dessert auction and more fun! Tickets are $12 for adults or $7 for children. You can also donate via our Envelope Wall starting this week and running through the big event! 

Please reach out to Rob Monroe ( or 314-965-0326) if with any questions!

Adult Mission Trip Save the Date
Mission Committee members are arranging a second mission trip to Dawson Springs, Kentucky from May 14-20, 2023 to help rebuild homes after a catastrophic tornado in 2021. A group from First Pres worked in the area last fall. You might not recall the specifics of the storm, as there have been so 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 still in the rebuilding phase. 
This area is about 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 The Call to Build and they promise there will be plenty of work for all skill levels. 
Our housing hosts are the congregation from Hanson United Methodist Church, Madisonville, KY.  We will be staying in their church, and they are generously providing housing free of charge, as well as lunches. We will share a dinner with them one evening during the week.
We will host an Informational Meeting on Sunday, March 26 at 10:00 in the Fireplace Room. At this meeting, we will share trip details and answer any questions you may have. 
If you're interested, just pencil in that week. Please let one of the trip leaders know if you have questions and/or if you plan to join us so that we can count noses. Thanks so much.
Liz McCane (  
Georgina Sikorski (
Linda Jarrett (
Lucy Tidwell (

Christian Concerns Class

Join us on Sunday at 9 a.m. in the Fireside Room or on Zoom for our Christian Concerns Class. Dr Paul Robinson from Concordia Seminary will conclude his 4-week series about The History of Preaching.  

Did you know that people asked questions during St. Augustine’s sermons? Or, that medieval preaching set the basic structure of sermons until the 20th century? The four sessions of this class will introduce you to the history of Christian preaching through some of the church’s most famous preachers and their sermons.
If you would like more information or the Zoom link, please 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.

Veterans' Personal Hygiene Items
During the month of February, we will be collecting personal hygiene items for local Veterans, in partnership with Youth in Action. Please bring your donations of shampoo, deodorants, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc. to church. We will have a box set up near the information desk for donations. Thank you for your support!

A Lenten Bible Study
Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. during Lent you are invited to a book study, Meeting Jesus at the Table by Cynthia Campbell and Christine Coy Fohr. Each week we will look at a story of Jesus eating with people and what we can learn from these meals. After the class, if you would like, we will go to eat lunch at a restaurant somewhere in Kirkwood. 

The class began on February 22nd, Ash Wednesday. After class we will go to the Ash Wednesday worship Service and then to lunch. We will not meet on March 1st. The class will continue on March 8th through April 5th. We will meet in the Fireside Room.

Book Clubs

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

Tuesday Book Club: Tuesday Book Club will be discussing First Mothers, the Women Who Shaped the Presidents by Bonnie Angelo beginning February 14 and for five subsequent Tuesdays at 10 AM. The book reveals the influence, stories, and times of presidential mothers from FDR to Bill Clinton. Interested persons are welcome to join in. For questions, please contact
Wednesday Book Club: The next meeting for the Wednesday book club will be March 29th (note the date change) at 1:30 over zoom.  We will be discussing The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall.
 This book traces two married couples whose lives become entangled when the husbands become copastors at a famed NYC congregation in the 1960s. Please contact for more information.

History Book Club: The History Book Group now meets every month, 10:30 on the 4th Thursday of the month. We’re reading Barbara Tuchman’s A Distant Mirror about how Europe’s 14th century – a time of plague, distrust of institutions, climate change – echoes in 21st century Western civilization.  All are welcome. For more info, contact Carlin Scanlan ( or Don Lewis (

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
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