Adult Bible Study
Fall Session - begins August 21st and continues bi-weekly through October
Short Stories by Jesus
By Amy-Jill Levine
Explore a fresh and timely interpretation of Jesus’ most popular teaching parables.
Jesus was a skilled storyteller and perceptive teacher who used parables from everyday life to effectively convey his message and meaning. Life in first-century Palestine was very different from our world today, and many traditional interpretations of Jesus' stories ignore this disparity and have often allowed anti-Semitism and misogyny to color their perspectives.
In Short Stories by Jesus, Amy-Jill Levine analyzes these "problems with parables" taking readers back in time to understand how their original Jewish audience understood them. With this revitalized understanding, she interprets these moving stories for the contemporary reader, showing how the parables are not just about Jesus, but are also about us—and when read rightly, still challenge and provoke us two thousand years later.
The six-session DVD features Amy-Jill Levine offering a fresh, timely reinterpretation of Jesus’ narratives. Amy-Jill Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, and Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School. An internationally renowned scholar and teacher, she is the author of numerous books including The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus and The Meaning of the Bible: What the Jewish Bible and the Christian Old Testament Can Teach Us.
All are welcome to join the adult study group. The group meets on alternate Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THIS STUDY BUT CANNOT ATTEND ON WEDNESDAYS, touch base with Pastor Liz. She is happy to run another group if there are enough participants.
On the Sunday before Independence Day, our service is a special one as the congregation will have the opportunity to explore a particular section of the Glory to God hymnal, “The Life of Nations.” Come and sing a selection of hymns which speak to our citizenship, while pointing us to the larger truths of our faith in God and Jesus Christ.
The season of Lent has often been a time when we think about “giving something up” - a holdover from its penitential flavor in the medieval church. But what if we thought less about giving up and more about making room? In this Lent season, we will find out what it really costs to be so busy.
You are invited to reconnect with God beginning with Ash Wednesday. We will gather in the sanctuary for worship at 7 p.m. Childcare will be provided.
After the success of GPC’s “Gifts for the Babe” service project, the Connect Commission is pleased to welcome Nurses for Newborns to lead the January Holy Conversation. Nurses for Newborns
believe that every baby should be as safe and healthy as possible and their families strong and
confident in their care. Healthy pregnancy and infancy build the foundation for a lifetime of
The Celebration of Shared Ministry begins with worship in the sanctuary and will move to Fellowship Hall as the morning progresses. Lunch will be served. The Annual Report is available for download in the “Members Area” on the website. Print copies are available in the church office.
On Sunday February 3, 2019 160 million Americans will tune in to the Super Bowl football game. There will be parties with abundant food, friendship and fellowship. At the same time, there will be people worrying about staying warm, finding shelter and a warm meal. Please join young people around the country as they demonstrate God’s love by loving their neighbors through the Souper Bowl of Caring. It’s a simple, yet significant act of caring for others. Drop $1 (or more) in the soup pot as you leave the Celebration of Shared Ministry on February 3rd. Our young people are developing hearts for giving that can last a lifetime. Please support their efforts.
In preparation for Christmas, the Discipleship Commission is asking the congregation to participate in a “Gifts for the Babe” service project in support of Nurses for Newborns.
Nurses for Newborns provides a safety net for families most at-risk in order to prevent infant mortality, child abuse, and neglect by providing in-home nursing visits which promote healthcare, education, and positive parenting skills. This program serves at-risk families who have “medically fragile” babies which includes babies born prematurely, at low birth weight, diagnosed with Down Syndrome of other genetic disorders, or who have been exposed to drugs and/or alcohol prior to birth. The majority of these families are referred by hospital NICU and nursery staff.
The following is a suggested list of items needed by Nurses for Newborns: blankets, wipes, diapers, bath supplies, pacifiers. laundry supplies
Gift bags will be made available on December 2nd for you to fill with supplies. There’s no one way to participate. You can pair up with a friend and fill the gift bag, make it a wonderful family project with your children or grandchildren, or simply participate on your own. Thank you for your support of this service project. All gifts will be received in worship on Sunday, December 23rd and on Christmas Eve.
The Presbyterian Women invite members and friends to gather for lunch at the Egg and I
to share in fellowship and Christmas good cheer. The cost of lunch is $15. The Egg and I is located at 11692 Manchester Road in Des Peres 63131.
There will be collection of feminine hygiene products to benefit Webster-Rock Hill Ministries. Please call the church office at 314-822-2545 to let us know that you plan to attend.
O Come All Ye Faithful
Advent and Christmas at
Glendale Presbyterian Church
Advent is intended to be a season of anticipation and wonder culminating in the joy-filled birth of our Savior. More often than not Advent, in reality, is a season of feeling frantic and overwhelmed. Our hope is that here at GPC you will find space to connect, slow down, and savor the joy of the season. This year a variety of special music is planned in celebration of the season. Trios and soloists, vocalists, and instrumentalists are all preparing to offer their best. The Liturgical Arts Team has created a beautiful visual piece inspired by Van Gogh’s “Starry Night.” The Gospel of Luke will be our guide to the manger. The Connect Commission prays that you will experience a season of joy and deep peace as we welcome the birth of the Savior, Jesus.
First Sunday of Advent—December 2
Family Worship & Communion
Carol for Advent, Trio
The congregation is invited to complete the Christmas decorating in both the sanctuary and Fellowship Hall. There is a lot of greenery to be fluffed and bows to tie!
Second Sunday of Advent—December 9
Peggy Mayfield & Jean Thompson, Duet
Gabe Mueller, Soloist
Third Sunday of Advent—December 16
Children’s Choir, Youth Orchestra, and Chancel Choir
Fourth Sunday of Advent—December 23
Canticle of the Turning, Double Trio
Candlelight Christmas Eve Worship Service—December 24 at 5:00 p.m.
Claire Krob, Soloist
Jim Fiete, Soloist
1st Sunday after Christmas Day—December 30
Christmastide Lessons and Carols
Santa’s Helpers” serves 600 St. Louis families, and more than 2,000 kids, every Christmas providing each child with a toy of their own. The GPC (K-8th grade) Sunday School has taken on this special service project and is collecting new toys and asks for your support! Your donation of an unwrapped toy or gift card (Target, Wal-Mart, Aldi's, or Schnucks) will be greatly appreciated and will make a huge difference in the life a family in need. Toys and gift cards will be collected through December 16th. A collection box is located on the mission counter near the parking lot doors.
Rev. Rick Miller graciously agreed to step into the pulpit on the last Sunday of the liturgical year. His sermon, “Choose Whom You Will Serve” will reflect on John 18: 33-37. He is a native of Iowa and a graduate of Dubuque Theological Seminary and Union Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. He has two children, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren and lives in Kirkwood.
Thanksgiving Dinner hosted by the Care Commission. Following a worship service of thanksgiving, we will gather in Fellowship Hall to enjoy good company and good food! Please bring a dish to share as you are able. There will be plenty for all to feast!
As part of our Thanksgiving Sunday, the Commissions will be signing up volunteers for the new year of ministry here at GPC. There are a variety of opportunities for your participation—some are short term while others are longer. The session encourages each member of the congregation to consider how you will offer the gifts of your time and talent to the ministry of your church in 2019.
The Belhar Confession - Guest Speaker: Rev. Dr. Craig Howard
The Connect Commission is pleased to welcome back to GPC Craig Howard, Presbytery Transitional Leader who will introduce the Belhar Confession to us. The Belhar Confession is a new addition to the Book of Confessions.
The recent murders at the Tree of Life Synagogue and a Kentucky grocery store, where both perpetrators spewed racial epitaphs, demands not only the church’s, but every Christian’s renewed commitment to racial reconciliation. Come and engage in a meaningful and timely conversation on this important topic.