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Newsletter for June 3, 2022
CLICK HERE to watch Pastor Bill's Video!
Important Upcoming Dates:

Sunday, June 5, 2022
One worship service at 10:00 a.m.
Picnic will immediately follow at Scout Shelter in Kirkwood Park
Wear red, yellow or orange!

Sunday, June 12, 2022
Summer worship schedule begins:
Arise! unplugged worship at 8:30 a.m. in the Tree of Life Chapel
Traditional worship at 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary 
Join Us for the Church Picnic on June 5th!

After our one worship service at 10:00 a.m. on June 5th, we hope you'll join us for our Church Picnic at the Scout Shelter in Kirkwood Park. We will be serving hot dogs, baked beans, potato salad, chips, water, and lemonade. Park by the water tower. Wear red, orange, or yellow for Pentecost!

We want to be sure to have enough food for everyone, so please RSVP! Scan the QR code or, sign up at the link below:

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 already use the online giving for the Church, you will need to reset up your giving account in the new platform. We understand this is inconvenient for you and appreciate your understanding. You may also notice that the giving options have changed. These changes reflect the Church’s coordinated approach to ministry.
If you have any questions, please reach out to

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 donated by the congregation to Kirk Care on a weekly basis.

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 Kirk Care, 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  

From Bill Stein, Director of Music Ministries
Photo of Bill Stein, Director of Music MInistriesThis Sunday we celebrate Pentecost, 50 days following Easter, and the many gifts of the Holy Spirit. The Chancel Choir will sing along with the Clarion Brass and timpani. Wear red to church and be ready to celebrate with wonderful music, scripture, and preaching.
Don’t forget that this Sunday is one service at 10:00 a.m. followed by the Church Picnic!
Our Sunday summer schedule begins next week, June 12.
Join us for:
     Arise! unplugged worship at 8:30 a.m. in the Tree of Life Chapel
Traditional worship at 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary

May the coming days of summer bring rest and
refreshment to us all.

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, 2020, 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 (
Work Camp Mile BUY Mile Fundraiser!

We are hoping to receive support from our church and community to help sponsor the van expense (about $12,500 this year) with our *Mile Buy Mile* fundraiser. In July we will be taking off for our two week Work Camp trip to Grand Rapids, MI,
about 900 miles round trip.

We are asking you to sponsor a mile of the trip at $10 per mile, which will bring in $9,000, a huge chunk of our on the-road expense.

You can donate online at:
Select “Work Camp” from the drop-down menu!

We have “rewards” for different increment of miles purchased:
  • 5 miles ($50) will be rewarded with a public shout out in the next video made
  • 10 miles ($100) will be rewarded with a letter and photo of the group from the trip
  • 15 miles ($150) will be rewarded with an “I Support Work Camp” Keychain.
  • 20 miles ($200) will be rewarded with a Zoom with Rob and a few students while on Work Camp
We will have a map displayed in Fellowship Hall and will mark out miles as they are bought and will update weekly!
Dear members of First Pres,

I sincerely thank you for the lovely reception following worship on Sunday, May 15. It was a wonderful opportunity to see many of you and get some much needed hugs. The encouragement and well wishes that were extended through words and written expression were touching and kind. A special thank you to the Hospitality Committee for providing the delicious cookies to take home. First Pres is an amazing church community and I look forward to seeing you on one of the many visits I will make in the future.

With Love,
Paula Bujewski
Wednesday Book Club Info
The Fourth Wednesday Book Group will be meeting June 22 at 1:30 p.m. on Zoom. We are discussing The Day the World Came to Town by Jim DeFede This is a 2002 oral history of the small town of Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada in the wake of the September 11 attacks. If you would like to be on the invite list, please email Julia Abreu at

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.


Canned Spaghetti or Ravioli
Canned Green Beans
Canned Applesauce
Peanut Butter

Ushers Needed!
Now that our 11:00 a.m. service attendance is increasing, 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.

Calling All Green Thumbs!
It’s spring and time to organize our First Pres vegetable garden. Our garden grows yummy
vegetables, which are donated to local organizations throughout the summer. If you have a green thumb, and/or a desire to help us prepare and plant our garden, please contact Julie Nesvig at

Community Gospel Choir Concert
Free concert in Kirkwood Park on Sunday, June 12 at 5 p.m.
Bringing together singers from all backgrounds, the Community Gospel Choir seeks to build bridges that restore unity to “community.” Through the rich tradition of African-American spirituals and the energy of Gospel music, they deliver the messages of hope and joy found in the Good News. The choir was formed in the summer of 2007 and has grown to more than 60 members. It has become recognized as one of the premier gospel choirs in the region. 

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
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!
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