Christmas spirit at Hazelwood North Middle School

Children and families from across the community will benefit from the generosity of Hazelwood North Middle School this holiday season. Students, staff, PTSA members, and parents donated $3,000 as part of a schoolwide effort to support those in need. Students used the money to buy clothing, toys, and electronics that will benefit the St. Vincent Home for Children and St. Louis Crisis Nursery. The gifts also will be shared with three local families the school adopted for the holiday season. The school held a Holiday Give Back assembly December 17 where the gifts were collected and given to representatives of each organization. 

Interfaith Partnership moved to Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church 

The Interfaith Partnership of Greater St. Louis has moved its headquarters from Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Groves to a newly renovated house on the grounds of Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church at 9450 Clayton Road in Ladue.

The new office provides larger space for Interfaith Partnership’s growing staff plus meeting and conference rooms under one roof in a central part of the St. Louis region. The stand-alone, five-room house known as The Cottage has served over the years as housing for some Ladue Chapel staff and more recently as the location for Care and Counseling, an interfaith agency providing mental health services for children, adults and families, as well as congregational and clergy training and psychoeducation programs.  

“In 2016 we found ourselves outgrowing the office space Eden Theological Seminary generously provided to us since 2010 and started asking ourselves, what does our future look like and where do we need to be to best serve our broad-based constituencies and faith groups,” said Rev. David Mehl, executive director of the Interfaith Partnership of Greater St. Louis. 

“The Ladue Chapel congregation stepped up when we reached out to them. This new location came at the right time and in the right place, and it underscores our close working relationships with many different faith communities. We are not under Ladue Chapel’s roof, but we are nearby and grateful for their partnership.”

“This move is a win-win for everyone,” said Rev. Dieter Heinzl, associate pastor – Faith Formation at Ladue Chapel and representative of the Presbyterian Church USA to Interfaith Partnership.

“Helping Interfaith Partnership ties in with our Christian mission and demonstrates the breadth and depth of our outreach to the St. Louis community. Our members spent hundreds of hours preparing The Cottage for our new neighbors. The fact that this move took place during our 75th anniversary year has made it extra special for our congregation and further strengthens our relationship with Interfaith Partnership.” 

Founded in 1985, the Interfaith Partnership of Greater St. Louis works to deepen the understanding, respect and appreciation among all persons across lines of religious difference and moves people toward greater peace and understanding. It is built on strong relationships and active programs that reach across the many religious divides that exist in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Membership includes nearly 30 communities of faith and conscience. For more information, visit www.interfaithstl.org.

Founded in 1943, Ladue Chapel is a congregation of God’s people, welcoming all, illuminating faith, serving God and neighbor, and making a difference on behalf of Christ. It is part of the Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery and the Presbyterian Church (USA). On November 4 the church celebrated its 75th anniversary. For more information, visit www.laduechapel.org.

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