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.
A Blessing of Animals witnesses to God's and the Church's love, care, and concern for creation. All creatures great and small, furry or not, are welcome. Pastor Liz will bless them all. Come on by the south lawn of GPC at 8:30 a.m. for a brief, informal service and blessing. Be sure to have your beloved pet secure. We don't anyone to scamper off or fly away.
GPC is pleased to be a partner in this one-day mission blitz of our local community sponsored by Kirkwood Baptist Church. A day when every member of the community is encouraged and empowered to go and to serve. All of us have heard the statement, “It is better to give than to receive.” Most of us believe this statement, and HOK provides an easy opportunity to get involved. Just sign-up – to serve neighbors in need. Neighbors in need of a friend, neighbors in need of yard work, neighbors in need of home repairs, neighbors in need of a smile, neighbors in need of a clothes or a blanket. The events and volunteer opportunities are open to everyone – not just Kirkwood residents!
To see a list of projects follow the link: http://www.kirkwoodbaptist.org/hok-projects/
To register click https://reg.planetreg.com/E819535118510.
Living the Word
Multi-age Classroom for K-5th Grades - Teacher: Courtney
This class introduces our youngest disciples to the sweeping story of God and God’s people as revealed in the Bible. Living the Word: Teaching God’s Story teaches students the Story of God’s love in Scripture. Based on the Narrative Lectionary, lessons will match what students learn in their class to what they hear in worship. Living the Word also facilitates better engagement with students in the worship service and furthers discussions of faith in the home!
Colaborate by Sparkhouse
6th-8th Grades - Teacher: Emilee
Colaborate lays the foundation for the Confirmation Class of 2020. Over the next year and half students will discover the Old and New Testaments and Presbyterian History and Doctrine. Colaborate helps students answer the question, “so what? Allowing students to discover the richness of Presbyterian history and doctrine as well as the Old and New Testaments. Colaborate changes the way students think about faith and the Bible by helping youth to take an honest look at the holy mystery and the complexity of Scripture to move them onto a path of growth and discovery for a lifetime.
Children and youth begin their Sundays in worship and leave for their classes following Opening the Word with Young Disciples led by Pastor Liz. The 1st Sunday of the month is Family Worship Sunday where the congregation as a whole worships together and celebrates the Lord's Supper.
Navigating Changing Relationships: Adult Children and Senior Parents
Guest Speaker: Sandi Guyton, Community Outreach Coordinator
St. Andrew's Senior Solutions
As we age there are decisions to be made particularly around health and home care whether one likes it or not. Senior parents you may be thinking, "I've done a good job caring for myself, and frankly, it's private." So let's talk about why and how to involve your children and loved ones in the conversation Adult children, you know have a new role to play in your parent's ongoing care and it can seem invasive and overwhelming. How do you negotiate the parent-child relationship to embrace your new role and honor your parent?
The Connect Commission is pleased to welcome Sandi Guyton to Holy Conversations Sunday. Sandi will speak to the changing dynamics of senior parent and adult child relationships. All are welcome and childcare is provided.
GPC Youth are organizing the Winter Clothing Drive in support of Hands on Kirkwood. Your gently worn clothing items and winter wear are greatly desired. All sizes need including adult and children's. Clothing may be dropped off anytime the church is open through September 23rd. A collection box is located near the parking lot doors.
We're going on old school on Sunday, July 29th! Come and sing your favorite hymns and enjoy an easy summer Sunday with friends and neighbors. Following worship, all are welcome to enjoy a potluck in Fellowship Hall. Bring a dish to share. No time to cook? There will be plenty for everyone!
Immigration: What is the law? What is policy? What is fiction?
The hottest topic currently in our country is immigration. It's on the news. It permeates our social media. It taps into our deepest emotions. As people of faith, whose scriptures teach us to welcome the immigrant and offer hospitality to the stranger, it is essential we educate on ourselves on this politicized issue.
The Connect Commission is pleased to welcome Jim Hacking to facilitate our Holy Conversation on immigration. A graduate of SLU and SLU Law School, Jim has practiced law in the greater St. Louis area since 1997. Since 2007, his practice has been devoted to immigration law. Jim brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for his work. His greatest joy is being married to Amany, who is also a partner in the law firm, and their four children.
The family friendly fun will begin at 7:30 p.m. with games on the South Lawn. Due to our CVLI we cannot advertise the name of the family friendly movie, but here is a hint! Name the movie featuring a bull with a big heart.
Bring your favorite snacks, blanket, or chair.
July 1- July 29
The Discipleship Commission seeks your support in this year's collection which will be donated to Webster Rock Hill Ministries. The commission is delighted by a wonderful donation of backpacks and would like to fill them with the following items:
- pens and pencils
- glue sticks
- crayons and markers
- 3 ring notebooks and spiral notebooks
- pencil boxes
- pocket folders
- lined notebook paper
- hand sanitizer