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Clerks of Session, Personnel, Treasurers & Pastors
Board of Pensions is providing a Benefits Webcast to highlight the 2021 Benefits Plan. Our Board of Pensions, Rev. Kevin Keaton, is offering the following one hour webinar to go over changes and answer any questions you might have. Please add one of these dates to your schedule.
To better serve congregations in the our region, Kevin will be offering four webinars on the following dates:
  • Tuesday, September 15 at 10:00 am CDT
  • Wednesday, September 16 at 7:00 pm CDT
  • Wednesday, September 23 at 2:00 pm CDT
  • Thursday, September 24 at 10:00 am CDT
Those interested in participating are asked to send a request to him at kkeaton@pensions.org so that h may provide them with a GoToMeeting link and advance materials. Link can be shared with those in your congregation that might find this information helpful.
Upcoming Events & News
Presbytery Upcoming Virtual Meetings

Mon., Sept. 7
Labor Day - Office Closed

Tues., Sept. 8
11am - New Worship Com - Click Here
1pm - Mission/Outreach - Click Here
4pm - Admin/Support - Click Here
Wed., Sept. 9
12pm - Interim/Trans Pastors - Click Here
1:30pm - COM - Click Here
Thurs., Sept. 11
3pm - Plan Gathering - Click Here
News & Updates
Woodlawn Chapel Welcomes
Walkers & Runners for Race to Reconciliation
Join us Labor Day, Monday, September 7 to take a step against racism! Woodlawn Chapel members and friends will be participating in the virtual "Race for Reconciliation" benefitting the St. Louis Reconciliation Network. We will gather at Woodlawn between 9:30-11:30 to walk a 1 mile course in our parking lot. (Because of Covid-19 this year's race is not being held in one location.) Wearing masks and keeping good distances between us, we'll enjoy a bit of exercise and fellowship while raising money for the Network. STLRN has a passion for bringing diverse faith communities together to address racism in St. Louis.
You can pre-register (includes a free t-shirt) at www.stlrn.org for $20 in advance. Four legged walkers welcome, too! STLRN is an inter-faith nonprofit working for racial reconciliation. 
First Presbyterian - Fredericktown
The final worship service for First Presbyterian Church, Fredericktown, will be held on Sunday, September 20, at 3:00 pm at the church. THE IN-PERSON EVENT IS BY INVITATION ONLY. Social distancing will be followed and masks will be required. A video recording of the final worship service will be posted on G-L Presbytery’s website and a link will be included in the Presbytery newsletter for a few weeks after the service for anyone interested to view.
Get Ready to Vote: Early, By Mail, or In Person! 
 Election Day is Tuesday, November 3 

You must be registered to vote. You can check to see if you are registered to vote, Missouri, here, and in Illinois, hereIf not you may register to vote online in Missouri here and in Illinois, here.
Be a prepared and knowledgeable voter - See your voting options here
Educational Opportunities
FREE - Held Virtually September 19 & 26
In an ongoing effort to create a more diverse and inclusive denomination, the Presbyterian Intercultural Network and the Presbyterian Mission Agency, in partnership with the presbyteries of Sacramento and Stockton and Charlotte, will host the 2020 Intercultural Transformation Workshops.
The free workshops will be held from 1 p.m. through 3 p.m. Eastern Time on Sept. 19 and 26. All participants must register in advance. You may register here. Find more information about this event here.
Faith Practices Toolkit
Whether you’re just joining the conversation on Christian practices or you’re a seasoned veteran, we hope you’ll find this resource stimulating and helpful for cultivating a renewed interest in formative rituals within your faith community. Each component of the toolkit is listed below for download. We recommend you start with the introduction document to understand how to use the toolkit. Learn more here
September 22, 29th and October 6th

The Kaleidoscope conference is just around the corner and it is one of the best conferences the PC(USA) offers. Ruling Elders, Teaching Elders, stewardship chairs, and church treasurers will find the resources and workshops invaluable.
The conference is online and spread out over several weeks making it easier than ever to participate especially our lay leadership. Furthermore you can’t beat this year’s registration fee of $45.00.
Click on the link for a brief overview of the conference theme by keynote speaker, Eric Barreto. Eric will be exploring the relevance of the Acts of the Apostles for a 21st century audience, asking us to imagine what our call as stewards of the gospel looks like today, and how we can be a relevant, impactful church in the midst of crisis.
Rethinking Evangelism
October 12-14
The department of Theology, Formation, and Evangelism is inviting you and your churches to the Rethinking Evangelism Conference, October 12–14, 2020. This virtual event will feature Ralph Watkins (Columbia Theological Seminary), Mark Ramsey (Macedonia Ministries), and others for an event you won’t want to miss. Come as a church group or as an individual to explore what it means to practice evangelism in these transformative times.
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Interim Virtual Training
Presbyteries of Grand Canyon and
de Cristo are co-hosting this fall:
Leading Emotional Systems Training / Interim
DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 8
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.
Art of Transitional Leadership
Virtual Training
Our partner, the Synod of Lakes and Prairies, is offering the Art of Transitional Leadership virtual training the week of October 12-15, 2020. Please visit their website to learn more and register. Click here for details
Upcoming Presbytery Pastor Events
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!
Self-Care and Mental Health
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.