The Story of a Year

Dear Friends in Christ,

The energy and enthusiasm continues to grown here at Webster Groves Presbyterian Church.

We remain a church identified as one focused on mission. We were the first congregation in the Presbyterian Church (USA) to be designated as a "Matthew 25" church! The first criteria for that designation is to "Build Congregational Vitality." As the increase in young families and the many new baptisms we experienced in 2019 attests, we are a vital congregation that has lots of new things happening and refreshed traditions as we head into the next decade. Our new WGPC Connector highlights all the activity serving Jesus Christ at our church.

The second criteria is "Dismantling Structural Racism," the third criteria is "systemic poverty." Our reimagined Mission Commission, the new Advocacy Team, and the new agencies we now support with the Dorothy Meyer gift are all examples of how we are working hard to fight against poverty and the injustices of racism.

Meanwhile, we continue to revitalize those areas of ministry we have always been committed to such as the faith formation of our children, youth and adults; excellence in and deeper worship experiences through music and preaching; and sharing in the joys and sorrows of everyday life.

As we anticipate the future, we continue to think about new ways to use our wonderful facility to uplift our community and to discover new ways in which we might do ministry within our space. Most importantly, we will be there for one another continuing to bring the good news of Christ's hope to a world that is very divided and in need of Christ's message of love, peace and mercy.

We have a big task, but I believe this congregation is up for it! I look forward to listening with you for the direction of the Holy Spirit as we bind ourselves in Christian love.

Peace be with you!

Pastor Ed

We seek to live Christ's love, welcome all people and joyfully serve God.