Looking to the Weekend
End Racism, one person at a time, starting with ourselves.
A twelve-step program is a set of guiding principles outlining a course of action for recovery from addictioncompulsion, or other behavioral problems.

What are the 12 Steps of Racists Anonymous? Click Here
DRAP Youth Advisory Team
The Youth Committee of Dismantling Racism and Privilege (DRAP) will host a zoom call on the evening of Thursday, August 20th for any youth within the Giddings Lovejoy Presbytery that might be interested in serving on a Youth Advisory Team. 

The ideas and voices of our youth are critical as we as work together to understand the history and the impact of racism in our community and country.

We plan to offer activities and events that connect youth and provide opportunities to discuss issues of racism, privilege and social injustice. We want the youth advisory team to share with us how they would like to explore these topics.

If you feel the Spirit calling you to be part of this youth team and help us move towards our goal of equal justice for all God’s children, please complete this survey: https://forms.gle/yWx7gwAG4agRbcFHA

 If you or your family has questions, please contact one of us.

Thank you for considering being a part of this advisory team and making a positive difference in our community.

Julie Northrip 636-227-3232 • Juliearkansas@yahoo.com
Shala Taylor. 314-322-3456 • Shala.p.taylor@gmail.com
Gary Naylor. 636-484-6029 • garywnaylor@outlook.com
Upcoming Events & News
Presbytery Upcoming Virtual Meetings

Wed., Aug. 19
12 p.m. -Clerks of Session - Click Here

Thur., Aug. 20
9:30 a.m. - History Team - TBA
10 a.m. - Social Witness - Click Here
4 p.m. -Vision Team - Click Here
6:30 p.m. - COM - TBA

Stated Presbytery Gathering
Thursday, August 27
1:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Please share with everyone in your congregation as all are welcome!
Presbytery Job Openings
Current Support Ministry Position Openings

Associate Pastor - Dardenne Presbyterian Church

Youth Ministry Director - First Presbyterian (Salina, Kansas)

Pastoral Opportunity - First Presbyterian, Ferguson

Organist/Pianist - First Presbyterian, Jackson, MO

Interim Pastor - John Calvin Presbyterian

Associate Pastor at Dardenne Presbyterian Church. If you are seeking to serve in a congregation that loves God, strives to build spiritual disciples by demonstrating grace in a loving church family, please consider this position. Supporting the lead pastor in three diverse worship services, administering sacraments, and providing congregational care and family ministry are some current and ongoing needs. A complete MIF for this position is currently posted on the Church Leadership Connection. Send direct inquiries to pastorsearchdpc@dpc4u.org.
Matthew 25 - In Difficult Times
We want to hear your stories!
  • How is your congregation remaining or becoming even more vibrant?
  • How are you reaching out to your neighbors in creative ways?
  • How have you participated in the Presbyterians Care Movement?
Send us your comments to lporter@glpby.org or call 314-772-2395. We hope to hear from you soon!
Steelville Presbyterian Church Hosting a Blood Drive
Tuesday, September 8 | 2pm to 6pm
Hosting a Red Cross Blood drive while schools, college campuses and other facilities are closed, is critical during this Pandemic time. There is a lack of blood supply and the that trend will unfortunately continue.
The blood drive will look different this year, with a bit less fellowship and home cooked food, but the intent and the help that it will provide will make a huge impact.
BONUS - The Red Cross is now testing all blood donors for COVID19 antibodies! This will allow the donor to find out if they might have carried the illness while unaware, and further allow that blood donation be used to help others afflicted with the virus. Learn more here.
Masks Making a Difference
The Mask Making Cohort of Webster Groves Presbyterian Church have now made over 1600 masks for a variety of groups. They are now getting set to begin making masks for children in the Webster Groves School District. 
News & Events
New Worshiping Communities
Dreaming and Discerning
Tues., Aug. 18 at 7:00 p.m.

Although many of our buildings may be closed for now, our churches are creatively open, continuing and even expanding the reach of their mission and ministry, with God’s Spirit inspiring many of us to see visions and dream dreams in ways we might not have imagined a few short months ago. Learn more here.
Please RSVP your interest to Leigh Porter at lporter@glpby.org. A Zoom link will be sent to you before the meeting in August.
Interim Virtual Training
Presbyteries of Grand Canyon and
de Cristo are co-hosting this fall:
Leading Emotional Systems Training / Interim I
Coaching healthy communication for individuals and groups Noticing your organizational system and knowing how to respond to what you observe Mediation strategies for small and large groups (and the limits of mediation) Clarity on your personal engagement style in low stress and high stress situation s Becoming aware of one’s perspective and narrative, while practicing empathy and interest -based negotiating.
Campus ministry is still happening in the midst of a global pandemic! Rev. Max Hill, pastor of UKirk St Louis, would like to catch you up on what they're doing. Please click here to see Max's video. UKirk needs our support as they continue meeting the needs of college students. Please keep them in your prayers and consider making a donation. Donations can be made online through the UKirk website or can be mailed to UKirk in care of the Presbytery of Giddings Lovejoy.
Sunrise Celebration Virtual Benefit
with MC - Al Hrabosky
Thursday, August 27
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Sunrise Celebration virtual event will feature a Caribbean steel drum performance, auction, raffles and fund-a-need via our mobile bidding site, all with Al Hrabosky live in-studio as our honorary chair and emcee!
The hour-long event will be free to stream on our YouTube channel.
The proceeds from the Sunrise Celebration and Dream Vacation Raffle will allow Care and Counseling to provide vital, often lifesaving, mental health services to all who seek them, especially those who lack insurance or ability to pay.
Self-Care and Mental Health
Light for the Darkness
Join us Mondays at 7 p.m.
Feeling anxious or depressed, or know someone who is? Light for the Darkness has started a virtual group for anyone struggling with mental health to connect with others who understand and explore where God may be in the midst, Mondays at 7 pm. 
Please connect with Thirza Sayers, who is intimately aware of these struggles, if you have any questions at  thirzasayers@gmail.com   or 404.313.4549. Learn more about Light for the Darkness by clicking here.
Reiki is the prayerful practice of removing disturbances from the human energy field in order to promote relaxation and facilitate the body's natural healing processes. Reiki supports wholeness of body, mind, and spirit. At least through the end of the calendar year, A Place of Grace is making a special offer for the pastors in Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery: FREE Remote Mini-Reiki Retreats. You can learn more about Reiki here, or schedule a Zoom call if you have questions. You can email me or call 618-410-5060 to schedule an appointment. I'd love to support you as you provide ongoing support for your flock during this challenging time! 
Let's Talk about Self-Care
These days, it is more and more clear there are those who know the practices of self-care and those who don't. In this short video, Synod Executive Landon Whitsitt offers a brief introduction to caring for our bodies, minds, and spirits. Click here
FREE 24 Hour Counseling
Pastors and other Board of Pension members, Cigna is offering a separate 24-hour toll-free help line, to support resiliency during this time of high stress and anxiety, and can be reached by calling 866-912-1687 to connect with qualified clinicians, including licensed social workers, professional counselors, and psychologists, who can provide support and guidance.