Networking Happy Hour
Thursday, August 25, 2022
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Come enjoy drinks and appetizers complimentary of Send Me to kick off the Fall 2022 training calendar. You’ll have an opportunity to connect with both new and old friends, ministry leaders, Send Me staff, and, perhaps, some of the Fall 2022 presenters. We look forward to hosting a relaxed, open-house style happy hour and hope to see you there!
In 1987, fresh out of college, Steve and Lisa St. Pierre opened Once Upon A Toy, a tiny retail toy store in the suburban town of Edwardsville, Ill. As anyone in retail knows, the heart of a successful business is serving people. After 18 years and three stores later, Steve and Lisa felt a call to take this commitment to serving much deeper. In 2006, they sold the business and moved their family into the inner city of St. Louis, and began working with New City Fellowship (NCF)/Restore St. Louis, a church and network of ministries that address the physical, relational, and emotional needs of those in the heart of a very broken place. In 2017, they once again felt called to move forward in this desire for deep reconciliation. Taking what they learned from owning retail stores, and pairing it with their experiences with NCF/Restore St. Louis, the idea for Have a Cow Cattle Co. was born. With no farming experience, they purchased a 180-acre farm in Owensville Mo., bought about 12 cows, and began the steep learning curve of becoming overnight farmers. At the same time, plans were drawn up for the Café & Urban Farm Store and construction began. After several construction delays – and in the middle of a pandemic – they finally opened their restaurant doors in January 2021 as “a peaceful little place where all are welcome.”