March / 28 / 2023
In error I did not add a button for the Presbytery Leader's Blog this week. Please see the revised and now connected button under the "From the Presbytery Leader" section.
I am sorry for not catching that error, before emailing the newsletter out yesterday.
Janice McMillen
Communications Associate
Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy
An Invitation to Join the Dismantling Racism and
White Privilege Team on a Lenten Journey
Darkness and Light
"As we travel with Jesus on the road to Jerusalem, we remember that with Him we walk in the light, and are not lost in the darkness "
Blog Post by:
John Northrip, DRAWP Relate Team Co-Chair
Ruling Elder Member of St. Mark Presbyterian Church
Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket

  • Please pray for... all of us journeying in Lent, for clear vision and open hearts.
  • Please pray for ... those who have lost loved ones to cancer or long-term illness
  • Please pray for.... the families of those lost in the most recent school shooting at Covenant Presbyterian School, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Please pray for....our Presbytery Treasurer, Kathy Sherrick, in the loss of her twin sister, Patty.
Quick Connect
Support Ministry
Help Wanted
From the Presbytery Leader
Liz, Joy, and Ryan Are
Going On A Pilgrimage
"...As an expression of our dedication to addressing Racism and White Supremacy in ourselves, our communities, and alongside you in partnership and solidarity, all three of your eligible presbytery leaders are attending this trip..."
Communication From Search Team For The GLPby Stated Clerk
The work of the newly formed Search Team for the next Stated Clerk of our Presbytery is underway! As we move forward we plan to periodically inform you of our progress. To this end, I report to you that we have met two times via Zoom and have been referencing samples, models, and best practices from other successful searches. We are also working with the Personnel Team on the job description and organizing the details for a good and successful search. We’ve put in place a timeline for the process as follows: Job Description and MIF will be posted by April 30. The deadline for applicants to apply is July 24. Finalists notified by August 1. Interviews of finalists will take place on August 9 & 10. Communicate the announcement on the Candidate by August 14. Introduce and examine the Candidate at the Presbytery Gathering on August 24. We are excited, we are moving, and we are energized! Be on the lookout for updates as our work continues, and please keep the Search in your prayers.
–Donna Schiro
Vice Chair of Search Team from the Stated Clerk
The Search Team for the Stated Clerk was formed by the Committee on Nominations, with their membership approved by the Vision Team of the presbytery and expanded by one to include even broader representation from across the presbytery. The Vision Team also communicated a general plan and timeline to the presbytery on February 2, 2023. The Search Team membership includes Ruling Elder Sarah Holt (chair), Commissioned Pastor Donna Schiro (vice-chair), Rev. Kathleen Henrion (recorder), Rev. Larryetta Ellis, Ruling Elder Barbara Abbett, and Rev. Daniel Ervin. The role of the Search Team for the Stated Clerk is to recommend to the presbytery a candidate to serve as our next Stated Clerk upon the completion of Joy Myers term on November 4th.
Upcoming Ministry Team Meetings
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Presbytery Office Closed on Good Friday - April 7th
2023 Upcoming
Stated Presbytery Gatherings
  • Saturday, April 29th
  • Thursday, August 24
  • Saturday, November 4
Watch your email this Thursday for the first Call to Gather on Saturday, April 29th. All details of the meeting and registration will be included. We hope you have saved the date and will share with all people in your congregation. This will be a hybrid event and Hosted by First Presbyterian Church, Ferguson. The meeting will begin at 9 am.
News & Updates
History Work Group Author Event
Reclaiming Our Calling:
Deacons & Ruling Elders and the Care of Souls 
A Leader Formation Webinar
April 27, 2023; 7-8:30 pm (Eastern)
Are you seeking a more vibrant ministry of pastoral care that does not solely rely on the pastor? Have you ever wondered what to say when visiting someone who is navigating cancer or a chronic illness? Do you find yourself struggling between how to validate people's emotions and how to assure them of the promises of God? Join us as we explore the care of souls in a congregational context and the role that ruling elders and deacons play in that important work.
This event is provided for free for participants and is funded through your per capita dollars. It does not come without cost, however. Knowing the diversity of language within the PC(USA), this webinar will be provided in several languages with interpretation based on requests made through the registration process. As a result, there is a registration deadline of April 19, 2023, in order to be able to have time to arrange for those services. Advanced registration is not necessary for access to the recording which will be available in English following the event.
Register for the webinar by April 19, 2023, here.
Giddings-Lovejoy Synod Spring Meeting
Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy respresented us well at the Synod of Mid-America Spring Meeting last week.
We are very thankful to have great representation from Pastor Rob Cardwell, Rev. Emily Rosencrans, Rev. Joy Myers, Rev. Janet Riley and Ruling Elder, Cheryl Rainey.
We look forward to hearing news from the Synod at our next Presbytery Gathering.
Bethel Hills Community Mission Trip
Junior & Senior High Youth
One-Day Mission Trip
Saturday, June 3
9 am to 5 pm
Deadline to Register
April 21, 2023 
Bethel Hills was established to address a gap in the choices afforded to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities – to allow the option for people to live in community with their friends, families, and others who value them. An inclusive community where people of all abilities thrive together, are connected, and have abundant opportunities. They are developing Phase 1 of 3 phases that will eventually house 70-80 residents.
For more information contact Jolene Patterson, of Washington Presbyterian Church at
Shareable flyer can be found by clicking here.
Healthy Congregations Workshop
Saturday, August 12 | 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church,
Independence, Missouri
Healthy Congregations uses the insights of family systems theory to help church leaders become more effective stewards of their congregations. This workshop was developed by Dr. Peter Steinke and is based on the work of Dr. Edwin Friedman, author of Generation to Generation: Family Process in Church and Synagogue. 
The Healthy Congregations workshop is designed to equip leaders to respond to the presence or potential threat of anxiety in a congregational system in ways that prevent destructive conflict and help the church stay focused on its unique mission and purpose.
The training is made possible in part by a grant from the Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation
To contact the Heartland Presbytery by email, click here.
September 24-27th | Minneapolis, Minnesota
Registration Now Open
Take advantage of 2022 Throwback prices - now through April 15th!
  • $300 individual in-person
  • $115 virtual
  • $159 first-call and seminarian
  • group discounts starting with 2 people from the same church
make your reservations now to secure the conference discounted rate.
Learn more by clicking this link:
Register NOW for
The Art of Transitional Ministry Training
May 22-26, 2023 at Mercy Center (St. Louis, MO)
We live in a crazy time of transition in our churches and culture. Transitional Ministry Education is not limited to those presently engaged in or inquiring about transitional ministry. Anyone interested in learning how to walk through change alongside your church is invited to join in. PLUS, we have expanded to include a more diverse faculty and re-worked curriculum for this spring. The flyer can be found here.
Called to Serve? We Need You!
Have You Considered Presbytery Service?
There are many ministry team positions available in the coming year, and we just know you would be a good fit for a committee or commission
Please fill out and return the form below.
GLPby App Form (Word) | GLPby App Form (fillable PDF)
Current Support Ministry Position Openings
  • PT Office Administrator- Glendale Presbyterian, Glendale, MO
  • PT Office Administrator-First Presbyterian, Alton, IL
  • Office Admin - Trinity Presbyterian, University City, MO
  • (PT) Coordinator Christian Education - Southminster Presbyterian, Crestwood, MO
  • Head of Music - First United Presbyterian, Collinsville, IL

Off Hours Help Needed? Contacts Found Below
Rev. Ryan Landino
Presbytery Leader

Rev. Liz Kanerva
Presbytery Leader
Rev. Joy Myers
Stated Clerk

Leigh Porter
Office Manager
Janice McMillen
Communications Associate