About Our Church

We, the members of Prince of Peace, being called by Jesus Christ, are guided to provide a meaningful worship experience, an active mission program, a fruitful education program, and a caring community. And as such, we will use these four principles to determine our actions and direct the decision making process in all that we do.

Staff

Statement of Faith

Our Unique Front Doors

Church History

Staff

Brad Urban

Brad Urban

Pastor

Billie

Billie

Secretary

United Church of Christ Statement of Faith

We believe in God, the Eternal Spirit, who is made known to us in Jesus our brother, and to whose deeds we testify:

God calls the worlds into being, creates humankind in the divine image, and sets before us the ways of life and death.

God seeks in holy love to save all people from aimlessness and sin.

God judges all humanity and all nations by that will of righteousness declared through prophets and apostles.

In Jesus Christ, the man of Nazareth, our crucified and risen Lord,God has come to us and shared our common lot, conquering sin and death and reconciling the whole creation to its Creator.

God bestows upon us the Holy Spirit, creating and renewing the church of Jesus Christ, binding in covenant faithful people of all ages, tongues, and races.

God calls us into the church to accept the cost and joy of discipleship, to be servants in the service of the whole human family, to proclaim the gospel to all the world and resist the powers of evil, to share in Christ’s baptism and eat at his table, to join him in his passion and victory.

God promises to all who trust in the gospel forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace, courage in the struggle for justice and peace, the presence of the Holy Spirit in trial and rejoicing, and eternal life in that kingdom which has no end.

Blessing and honor, glory and power be unto God.

Amen.

United Church of Christ Statement of Faith

Our Unique Front Doors

A generous gift from the Bushway family inspired the design and building of this beautiful and stunning set of wood mosaics that are symbols of our faith. Kathy Mitter, Bruce and Pat Vincent worked together to design and fashion the doors using a technique called “Intarsia”, a 15th-century Italian method of creating mosaics through the inlaying of contrasting woods.

At the top of the left door, there is a descending dove–the sign of the Holy Spirit, who calls the church into being and empowers and directs the life of the church.

At the top of the right door, there is the bread and cup of Communion, in which we celebrate the resurrection and receive a taste of the completeness of God’s kingdom.

At the center of the doors is a cross, the central sign of death and resurrection and of God’s decisive triumph over the powers of sin, death, and evil.

At the bottom left, there is an open Bible, signifying that we are both proclaimers and students of the Word of God.

At the bottom right, there is an escallop shell, drops of water, and the waters of creation, signifying both Jesus’ and our baptism.

Look carefully at the center of the doors, and you will see a great sailing ship, signifying the mission of the church. We are reminded of Paul’s missionary journeys, the voyage of the Pilgrims, and of mission endeavors to the corners of the earth.

For more information on the wooden art form known as “Intarsia”, click here.

Church History

Prince of Peace UCC

Early in 1962, it was determined that a new church congregation was needed in the south county area. A residence was purchased in the Towne South subdivision early in 1963 to be used as a parsonage and meeting place. In April 1963, Reverend Richard S. Brueseke was called to serve as organizing pastor for the new congregation. In October 1963, after conducting approximately 1,500 door-to-door religious surveys, a series of “cottage meetings” was held with interested families. It was at these small group meetings that plans were made for the initial “Service of Worship”.

The first service for the new congregation was held on November 3, 1963, at Washington Elementary School, formerly located at the intersection of Butler Hill and Kerth Roads. (This intersection is now home to the Orchid Terrace Gracious Retirement Living community.) On Sunday, December 15, 1963, the congregation voted “Prince of Peace” to be the name of the church. Also, in December, the first Sunday school sessions were held. A Constitution and By-Laws Committee was formed in the spring of 1964, and in June of that year, the first nine members of the church council were elected. Reverend Richard Brueseke was elected as resident pastor on July 5, 1964. That year, a total of 97 persons were received into the charter membership of the congregation.

In November 1964, the first building study committees were organized, and early in 1966, architects were selected and plans were prepared for the first unit of the church building. A groundbreaking ceremony took place in September 1966. A “Farewell Service” was held at Washington Middle School on April 30, 1967. The first service in the new church at 4966 Towne South Road was held on Ascension Thursday, May 4, 1967, at 7:30 p.m. By the end of May, an “early service” had been added. Dedication Day was Sunday, June 18. Reverend Richard Brueseke remained at Prince of Peace United Church of Christ as pastor and friend for the next seven years.

As the church grew and flourished, it was decided that more space was needed. In October 1976, a groundbreaking service was held for a new building that would serve as the church’s parish/fellowship hall. A dedication service for the new structure was held on October 2, 1977, just a few months after the congregation celebrated its tenth year of worship at this location. Prince of Peace United Church of Christ grew to more than 400 members by November 1983, which was the year of the congregation’s twentieth anniversary of worship together.

Since then, members of Prince of Peace have been devoted to supporting many Mission and Outreach efforts. A variety of fellowship groups have provided opportunities to participate in fundraising activities and to socialize with others. Christian education continues to be recognized as a vital aspect of the church. We hope you enjoy learning more about Prince of Peace United Church of Christ.

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4966 Towne South Rd
St. Louis, MO 63128