This month’s topic: Immigration.
The Connect Commission is pleased to welcome Diego Abente of the International Institute of St. Louis to worship and guide our conversation.
For nearly 100 years the International Institute has provided essential community integration services to each new wave of immigrants to St. Louis. The Institute strives to serve all immigrants without regard to country of origin, race or religion. It believes that America becomes even stronger when we embrace new cultures and traditions. Our purpose is also to create a more welcoming community and shared prosperity for all residents.
Support the food programs at Webster-Rock Hill Ministries.
Over 2,000 people in our community live in poverty. That makes food scarcity a daily concern. Share a meal of soup provided by local restaurants, take home a beautiful bowl, and fight
hunger. We hope you can join us on 11/5 from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the Webster Hills Methodist Church Christian Life Center (1333 W. Lockwood at the corner of Lockwood and Berry).
Admission: $15 Adults; $5 Students; Free for kids under 5.
Contact Sue Vigen for tickets.
This Sunday, October 29th - 8 a.m.
This year, GPC will be hosting our third annual pancake breakfast in association with the City of Glendale Firehouse Run. The runs start at 8:00 am on Sunday, October 29. Volunteers are needed starting at 7:45 am, October 29. Help is needed that morning with set-up, cooking, serving, and (most importantly) being present and visiting with our neighbors. We will still have 10 am worship inside the sanctuary that morning, and will invite those at breakfast to join us. Clean up will take place following worship. Help is also needed with set up at 10:00 am on Saturday, October 28. Please contact Paige Stroud at (314) 425-9781 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to help. Or just come on Sunday, have some pancakes, and enjoy the fellowship!
Our first installment of this new worship series Holy Conversations is about how we have good conversations with each other, that give us the space to share our points of view but also space to listen. We welcome Rev. Geoffrey Black, former General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ and Visiting Professor of Leadership and Ecumenical Studies at Eden Seminary, to lead us in this conversation.
Yes! It includes GPC this Year!
It's time to sign up to participate in this year's Hands on Kirkwood! Printed sign up sheets are available here at GPC. Simply complete the page and Pastor Liz will submit them together. Or you may register online at http://www.planetreg.com/E88124744572
All sorts of skills and ages are needed - including older elementary. There is childcare available as well for parents of young children.
GPC is a host site this year and we hope the congregation will enjoy having a variety of ways to serve the larger community.
Please remember we are collecting gently used winter clothing through September 24th for the Community Store. Bring your donations to GPC at your earliest convenience.
Bring the entire family to a celebration of the community! Free activities, exhibits, demonstrations, live music and food including hot dogs, soda, snacks, and ice cream.
Movies begin at dusk!
Due to our particular license we cannot advertise the name of the movie, but we can offer you hints! Can you guess the name of this movie?
“Dapper Koala Buster Moon presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. An eternal optimist, and a bit of a scoundrel, he loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Facing the crumbling of his life's ambition, he takes one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world's greatest singing competition. Five contestants emerge: a mouse, a timid elephant, a pig, a gorilla and a punk-rock porcupine.”
Bring a lawn chair/blanket and your favorite snacks! Popcorn is provided.
GPC Members—this is the perfect opportunity to invite a friend or neighbor to church!
This is an incredible opportunity for us to extend the hand of fellowship to our brothers and sisters from across the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). As a token of our gratitude you're invited to attend Big Tent activities at no additional cost for the same day of your service. If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities please
Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery and its member congregations have been asked to provide volunteers to help with everything from onsite registration to golf cart shuttle drivers.
Position descriptions & volunteer scheduleinformation:
Pre-Show Hula Contest!
Arrive at 8:00 ready to show off your awesome hula skills. Grass skirts are encouraged!
What's movie is being shown?
The license we use does not allow us to advertise the name of the movie. However, we can give hints! This Saturday's movie is animated. It is a recent release. It is set in Polynesia! Or, you can call the church at 822-2545 and we'll tell you. (Crazy, we know. But we don't want to break the terms of our license!)
Movies begin at dusk. Brings lawn chairs and/or blankets. Free popcorn & lemonade is provided, but you are welcome to bring a picnic or any snacks you like! Bathrooms are available in the church.
The Connect Commission is collecting individually wrapped candy and plastic eggs. Donations can be dropped off in the church office.
All are welcome - service in the Sanctuary.
The word "tenebrae" comes from the Latin meaning "darkness." The Tenebrae is an ancient Christian Good Friday service that makes use of gradually diminishing light through the extinguishing of candles to symbolize the events of that week from the triumphant Palm Sunday entry through Jesus' burial.
This increasing darkness symbolizes the approaching darkness of Jesus' death and of hopelessness in the world without God. The service concludes in darkness, sometimes with a final candle, the Christ candle, carried out of the sanctuary, symbolizing the death of Jesus. A loud noise may also sound symbolizing the closing of Jesus' tomb. The worshipers then leave in silence to ponder the impact of Christ's death and await the coming Resurrection.
Come join Holy Crafts, as we make cards, knit, and sew. Holy Crafts meets every other Friday from 10:00-noon during the school year.
Looking for an affordable greeting card? Holy Crafts handmade cards are $1 each. This year, proceeds benefit Webster Rock Hill Ministries food pantry. Cards are available on the shelving across from the Choir Room.
Pastor Liz has had several conversations with members expressing an interest in learning more about what it means to be transgender. Simply put transgender is a term used to describe people whose gender identity differs from the sex the doctor marked on their birth certificate. Gender identity is a person’s internal, personal sense of being a man or a woman (or someone outside of that gender binary).
But there’s nothing simple about gender and sexual identity. It is complex. It is emotional and can be incredibly challenging for us to wrap our minds around. This particular talk is designed to be place for you to ask your questions. Both adults and older youth are welcome.
Kelly Storck, MSW, LCSW, is a therapist in private practice with a specialty in gender diversity and transgender healthcare. Along with seeing individuals and families in therapy, Kelly presents on trans issues to local and national audiences, co-facilitates a support group for gender expansive children and youth and is writing a gender workbook for children. Kelly is a resident of Webster Groves, enjoys being outdoors, yoga, and spending time with her family.
Please consider participating in the Month of Grace + Prayer as one way to welcome God to soften your heart. Starts February 26 at 1:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church in Kirkwood. Throughout the month each participant will be invited to pray privately each day and then meet confidentially with an experienced spiritual companion for one hour each week. Meetings with prayer guides take place on Tuesday mornings, afternoons or evenings, at the convenience of each participant. Committed couples also have the option to participate as a couple. Brochures and registration forms are available in church, and for even more information, visit www.momentsofgraceandprayer.org.
Brochures/registration forms are available in church office. Registration encouraged by February 17.
****** If you would like more information - Clarence Heller, of the Moments of Grace + Prayer ministry will lead an Informational Time at 9:15 this Sunday, February 19.