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Newsletter for August 26, 2022
CLICK HERE to watch the video of announcements for this week!
Our Summer Sunday Schedule:

8:30 a.m. Arise! Unplugged worship in the Tree of Life Chapel

10:00 a.m. Traditional worship in the Sanctuary

***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.
Our Fall Sunday Schedule:

Starting on Sunday, September 11, 2022

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 in the Sanctuary
Call for Congregational Meeting

SUNDAY, AUGUST 28, 2022 AT 9:30 A.M.

Pursuant to the Form of Government G-1.0501, the Session has called a Special Meeting of the Congregation at 9:30am  on Sunday August 28, 2022 to act on (1) proposed changes to the Bylaws of First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood and (2) 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

Clerk of Session

Review Draft of By-Law Changes
Review Presentation of By-Law Changes
Zoom Info

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 836 5803 3726
Passcode: zoom

Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) Update

Your Pastor Nominating Committee is busy wrapping up its final draft of the Ministry Information Form (MIF). When finalized, it will go to Session and the Presbytery for approval; once approved, it will then be posted on the PCUSA Church Leadership Connection web site as well as our First Pres web site to solicit applications for the position.  

While waiting for all that to happen, we thought you might enjoy getting to know each of us!

Ron Evens, PNC Co-Chair, is a 50 year member of Kirkwood Pres. He is a happily retired physician, radiologist and hospital administrator.  He remains active on several Boards of not-for-profit organizations.

Sue Hosack, PNC Co-Chair, is a church Elder, sings soprano in our Chancel Choir and is a member of the Worship, Music and Arts committee.  She works at Washington University on the Student Sunrise Project, implementing a new Student Information System for the university.

Tom Edelstein and his wife, Debbie Wiser have been members of the church for thirty years. Tom serves on the Session, facilitates the Spiritual Formation class, Co-chairs the Welcome Thy New Neighbor subcommittee of the Mission Committee, and has served on prior search committees for Associate Pastor and Music Ministry. He serves as Vice President, Mission in the Mercy Health system.

Ivy Hartman joined the church in 2002 when she married Kirk Hutchison. She has served as an Elder, volunteered as a storyteller at Vacation Bible Camp, and currently helps with the planning of the Arise! Contemporary Worship service.  Her sons attended Logos and participated in Sr. High Youth activities and of course, Work Camp!  Ivy works part-time in television and full-time as a Post High School Counselor for Rockwood Summit HS.  

Bennett Lasater is 16 and went on the Senior High Work Camp trip this summer.  He likes to play video games and learn about history.

Mark Robinson is a Kindergarten teacher, married with grown children and several grandchildren. He sings and plays guitar for the Arise, contemporary service at First Pres Church of Kirkwood and is involved with the church’s Senior High Fellowship program.

Lucy Woodard Tidwell grew up at First Pres, being baptized, confirmed and married here.  She lived in Kansas City after college and was a long-time member of Village Presbyterian Church there, where she was an Elder and Clerk of the Session.  She has loved reconnecting to First Pres through involvement in mission work, a new women’s Circle, women’s book group, and adult education classes.

New Member Class

Are You Interested in becoming a member of First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood?

We are always happy to welcome new members into the congregation. We will have a two-week class that will answer your questions about the PCUSA, this congregation and what membership means. The class will meet on September 11th and the 18h at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel. You will then stand before the congregation at The Arise Service or the 11:00 a.m. Service on September 25th and become a member. If you are interested in attending these classes, please contact Linda at or 631-800-6067. If you are interested in joining, but are unable to attend the class, please let Linda know. 

From Bill Stein, Director of Music Ministries

Dear Friends,

September is just around the corner, and with it the return to many of our church activities. I am excited for Chancel Choir rehearsals to begin, along with Bell Choirs and Children’s Choirs return to weekly rehearsals and participation in worship. Our Con Spirito Concert Series has a great season of music planned for the congregation and community.

We return to our 3-service schedule on September 11 and invite you to join us at 8:15 in the Chapel, 9:05 in Fellowship Hall, and 11:00 in the Sanctuary. If you have been attending via live-stream this summer we would love to see you in person on Sunday. Your church needs you and you need your church! We are welcoming new staff and excited about the future and all that is possible at First Presbyterian Church.

It is an honor to serve you and I look forward to another season of worship, music, fellowship, and community.

Faithfully yours,


Bill Stein
(314) 965-0326
All-American Alumni Band

The All-American Alumni Band will use our sanctuary for rehearsals September 1-3. Their concert will be in Tower Grove Park on Sunday, September 4 at 3:00 pm. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held in our sanctuary. We are happy to support this amazing group as they gather from around the country and fill our community with great music!

What Are the Deacons Doing?
The Deacons would like to share with the congregation how they have been serving First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood and the Kirkwood community in the past few months.

The Bereavement Committee has ushered at funeral and memorial services as well as hosting receptions following these services.

The Community Care Committee hosted the Red Cross Blood Drive in April, which in turn benefitted 87 people needing blood. They have continued to collect and deliver food weekly donated by the congregation to Kirkcare.

The Crisis Care Committee is always on standby to meet emergency needs of the Kirkwood community when requested.

The Homebound Committee has sent cards to homebound members several times throughout the year to remind members that we continue to think of them. The Hospital Care Committee, while unable to visit folks in person, makes phone calls and sends cards to members recuperating.

We have been pleased to get to know our new Interim Associate Pastor, Linda Maconochie, who is our staff liaison.

We have hosted guest speakers (via Zoom or in-person) from Kirkcare, Lydia’s House, and the Mission Committee’s Afghan Family Partnering ministry with 2 families.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact our co-moderators, Georgia and Gary Hepp at
Afghan Families Update - August 2022


Goal #1 – Moving BOTH families into safe housing. CHECK     

August 1 was the move-in day for BOTH families to the SAME COMPLEX in Affton. With the help of a truck borrowed from a local church and the strong backs of several young men from a volunteer organization PLUS the assistance of 12+ volunteers from our church, the move was a total success. Our families are delighted with their new apartments and their location. They are across the street from each other and are enjoying that proximity.  Each apartment is reflecting the tastes of their owner as they settle in. And it’s closer to Kirkwood….a plus for our volunteers.

Goal #2 – Getting the children in school. CHECK

Monday, August 22 saw the start of the 7th grader, the 9th grader and the 12th grader into the Affton Middle and High Schools.  Each needed more shots to get enrolled and were rewarded with a treat at Andy’s Ice Cream afterwards. The students are looking forward to new classes and new friends. A NEW NEED:  We just learned that the 3 children are WAIT LISTED for bus transportation to schools. If anyone can spare an hour for school pickup in the morning (high school starts at 7:30, middle school at 8:00) or afternoon (high school is out at 2:15, middle school is out at 2:45) PLEASE contact Ann Korte (314-412-1784) for details. ANY day would be appreciated.  

Additional Goals --  TO BE DETERMINED

With these two major accomplishments we can move into other areas with our people, for example: working on immigration issues, health issues, job betterment, life goals, additional education, etc. Both families will be busy once school gets going again and they settle into a new routine. In other news:  our young medical worker has a new position in the Surgical Unit. He is thrilled!


The families are MOST appreciative of the gift cards from Target and Aldi’s. We have a washing machine and dryer coming soon.  One family needs a table or cabinet for a big TV to sit on.  Through various organizations they have received school supplies and gift cards for shoes. Other needs will be made known as they arise.  

Thanks again to First Presbyterian of Kirkwood and the love that you continue to show to our new friends!

Blessings to all,

Sharon Croissant                       

Tom Edelstein

Join Us at Hands On Kirkwood!

The annual Hands On Kirkwood (HOK) Mission Blitz will be October 1, 2022, starting at 9:00 AM.

Churches, local organizations, and individuals work together to connect to various projects and community needs. The HOK leadership team secures projects, enlists project leaders, promotes the event, and registers volunteers. Any individual, family or group of friends can sign-up to serve. 

​All of us have heard the statement, "It is better to give than to receive”. Most of us believe this statement, and Hands On Kirkwood provides an easy opportunity to be involved.

It is a simple way - as a group or individual - to serve others in need. Sign up using this link: 

Hands On Kirkwood 2022 Sign Up

Thank you. We guarantee a great day of fellowship and fun!

Sunday-Morning Coffee Makers
Are The Best!

Are you a morning person? Do you love coffee as well? Would you be willing to share your coffee-love with the friends and members of First Presbyterian by joining the Sunday morning coffee making team? As the transition from covid-time continues, coffee loving/making volunteers are being sought to help the First Presbyterian Community be well-caffeinated, and ready to worship  and fellowship with energy and enthusiasm! To learn more or to volunteer, contact interim pastor Bill Smutz.    

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
Beginning on Tuesday, September 6, the Tuesday Book Club will resume our weekly gatherings at 10 AM in the Fireside Room. We typically read/discuss approximately 100 pages per week on a variety of book topics. Our opening book will be The Presidents Club: Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity, by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy. A very readable book, it offers a fascinating look at the rivalries and relationships of the few people who know what it is like to be president from Truman to Obama.  

All Book Club participants are invited to submit suggestions for future books, and a vote will determine what books will be generating our lively discussions in the coming months. To be added to the email list for the group, contact Karen Koch at Everyone is welcome.
History Book Group, 10:30 Thursday, Every Other Month
At our next meeting, September 22 at 10:30 a.m. in Room 029, we will talk about Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson, an applauded biography that demonstrates even remarkable greatness does not mean being flawless. For more information, contact Carlin Scanlan ( or Don Lewis (

Metropolitan Orchestra Concerts
August 28, 2021: The First Presbyterian Church Parking lot at 6:30 p.m.. The program is called Cartoon Classics and features the music of Beethoven, PDQ Bach, Brahms, Rossini, Struss and Dvorak.

September 3, 2021: On the front steps of Kirkwood City Hall, 6:00 p.m. ( Kirkwood Road will be closed before and during the concert). The program is called Around The World and features works by Sousa, Bernstein, King, Grainger, Hanssen and more.

Concerts are free, but a free offering will be taken. People need to bring a chair.

Feed the Need
Feed the Need will be packing one million meals September 8-11, 2022 at the Kennedy Recreation Center 6050 Wells Rd. (by Suson Park off Tesson Ferry) and they need lots of help with the packing. If you are free sometime that weekend and would like to help pack or gather your family to help pack, please sign up for a 2 hour shift at The only age limit is that you have to be 5-years-old and up to pack the meals. These meals will be shipped to countries where kids are starving (such as Haiti, Africa, the Ukraine, etc.).
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