April / 5 / 2022
An Unforgettable Church Member
Blog Post by
Rev. Doug Mankell
Honorably Retired
"On the first day of school in August of 1960, a large angry crowd had gathered outside the school, yelling racial epithets and throwing things at the four Marshals who were surrounding Ruby. The next day the angry crowd followed the same pattern."
Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket

  • Please pray for... Honorably Retired, Rev. Doug Mankel his work in the presbytery
  • Please pray for...pray for the world leadership, those in Ukraine who are in harm's way, and for peace to overcome war.
  • Please pray for... praying for those once more battling covid, in the arrival of the BA.2 variant
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From Your Presbytery Leader
Finding the “Yes, Let’s!” in a Pandemic (A Top Ten list)

Last week, our staff at Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery worked to name together some common ground consensus that we wanted to try to name as we help each other move into this next phase of the pandemic. 
Upcoming Ministry Team Meetings
This Week
Next Week
Wed.,Apr. 6
12 pm COM - Click Here
Thur., Apr. 7
3 pm Gather Plan -Click Here

Mon.,Apr. 11
7 pm DRAWP - Click Here
Thur., Apr. 14
9:30 am History Team
Admin & Support
The Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy office will be closed on
Friday, April 15 in observance of Good Friday.
History Team Highlights
Pacific Presbyterian Church
Pacific, Missouri
By Julie Nicolai, Presbytery History Team
Pacific Presbyterian Church was organized during the Civil War (1864) by the Presbytery of St. Louis as The Presbyterian Church of Pacific City. The first pastor was Reverend J.F. Fenton. The first services were held in member's houses, the schoolhouse on the corner of Osage and 4th Streets and at the Masonic Hall. The congregation purchased the stone Union Church at the corner of 4th and St. Louis Streets in 1867 and it was renamed Pacific Presbyterian Church. In 1880, a Sabbath School was established. In 1926, the solid oak floor was elevated a couple of feet so a basement could be built underneath. In the 1950s and 1960s, the stone exterior was covered with brick veneer, a narthex was added to the front and the sanctuary was redecorated, including the installation of stained-glass windows at a cost of $45.00 each. In addition, a new manse was constructed, and the Garrett house next door was purchased for use as a Christian education building, pastor's study and church office.
News & Updates
Giddings-Lovejoy People of Prayer
Do you love your pastor? Want the best for them? Not sure how to care for them? 
We have just started a New Worshiping Community for pastors, who are reaching out for care. According to a recent study, over seventy percent of pastors “almost always feel burned out.”
We are inviting you to support our Faith Leaders in prayer.
Who: People of prayer who want to support pastors, clergy, and chaplains 
When: April 26, 12-1pm. This is the Kick-off event for Our Selah—this new worshiping support group for Faith Leaders.
Where: Zoom
Skills required: Besides prayer, must be knowledgeable of Zoom and capable of Zoom chatting.
Commitment: We will meet every other Tuesday (if you need to miss one, we can cover you but need to know ahead of time). 
You will be assigned 3-5 clergy, for whom you will pray between sessions and reach out to once via email.
RSVP: For more information and a brief training, please contact Rev. Thirza Sayers, [email protected]
First Presbyterian - Kirkwood
Spring Blood Drive - Critically Needed!
Mon., Apr. 11 | 1 pm to 6 pm
The Deacons of First Presbyterian, Kirkwood are sponsoring a Red Cross Blood Drive on April 11, 2022, from 1 pm-6 pm. It will be conducted in the Red Cross Bloodmobile located in the church parking lot at the corner of Taylor and Adams. There is a critical need for blood at this time. Please consider this life-saving opportunity.
Holy Week
Prayer Walk & Labyrinth
Join Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church during Holy Week for a prayer walk and labyrinth! Both will be available April 11th-16th, 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday!
Ladue Chapel is located at 9450 Clayton Rd, St. Louis, MO 63124. Directions found here.
Florissant Presbyterian Church
Easter Trunk or Treat
Saturday, April 16th from 3-5 pm
660 Charbonier Florissant, Missouri 63031
Public Witness
Program Grants for Summer 2022
Applications Taken Now Until May 30, 2022

Presbytery funds to conduct summer programs are available to member churches and social agencies in relationship with the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy. The funds will be awarded through an application process directed by the Public Witness Ministry Team.
The purpose of the grant is to provide opportunities for summer Christian education and witness, personal growth, faith formation, and recreation (if sanctioned by the local government) to children and adults in communities of need.
Trinity Presbyterian University City
Education Hour
Sun., Apr. 10 at 7 p.m.

R. Marie Griffith, a historian of American religion at Washington University, will be the guest speaker.
Topic - She will speak to us about her timely book Making The World Over: Confronting Racism, Misogyny, and Xenophobia in U.S. History (2021), followed by Q&A. (Reading the book in advance is not required to participate.) From the publisher: “Making the World Over is Marie Griffith’s thoughtful response to an imperiled nation that has forgotten how to listen and debate productively, at a time when it needs vigorous discourse more than ever. Griffith performs the urgent work of examining the histories behind the issues at the root of our country’s conflicts both past and present, from race and immigration to misogyny and reproductive rights.”
Cultivating Compassion
Saturday, Apr 9 | 8:00am - 2:30pm
 Learn about compassion for others...and for ourselves
Mercy Conference and Retreat Center sponsor programs promoting spirituality, faith formation, mindfulness, and various aspects of human development. These programs encourage and empower individuals to greater depth and breadth in their spiritual journeys.
Mound Ridge Charity Auction
Sat., Apr. 9 | 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
The Venue at Maison Du Lac
2603 Wild Plum Valley Road, Catawissa, MO
Join us for a wonderful socially distanced afternoon of fun, fellowship, raffles, games, and bidding. $60 per person (includes lunch)
To register visit: | Or call us at 573-263-3098
All Proceeds go toward our mission of providing a “discounted or cost-free” outdoor camp experience to 180 underserved children.
The Art of Transitional Ministry
Sponsored by Montreat Conference Center, in cooperation with the Transitional Ministry Education Consortium.
Leading a congregation and faith community through transition is challenging and rewarding. It is recognized both in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and in other denominations as a specialized ministry. It takes knowledge, skill, resilience, and spiritual strength to navigate the waters of transition in a way that allows a congregation and its leaders to be open to possibilities, go deeper and thrive. The Art of Transitional Ministry offers education in the skills and understanding necessary for leading a congregation and faith community in transition.
There are two offerings of this course, one in-person, and one virtual. If traveling to Montreat is not the best fit for you right now, you can still experience the Art of Transitional Ministry from the comfort of your own home (or office). Participants will follow a slightly modified schedule from the participants who are in residence and will be required to do more advance preparation for the event.
Pastors Save the Dates of May 15-20
Mid-America and Lincoln Trails Synod have announced they will have Transitional Ministry Training at the Mercy Center in St Louis May 15-20, 2022. Please watch the newsletter or other direct emails for further information.
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
Ministry Relations Officer - Presbyterian Foundation

(PT) Coordinator of Christian Education - Southminster Presbyterian, Crestwood, Missouri

Minister of Music - Second Presbyterian, St. Louis, Missouri

Office Manager - Second Presbyterian, St. Louis, Missouri

Seminary Summer Intern - First United Presbyterian, Belleville, IL

Church Office Manager - St. Mark Presbyterian, Ballwin, MO

Summer Mission Team Facilitators 2022 - Amen House
(Oak Hill Presbyterian) St. Louis, MO

Interim Pastor - Oak Hill Presbyterian, St. Louis, MO

Organist/Accompanist - First Presbyterian - Cape Girardeau, MO

Director of Youth Ministry + Digital Media - First United, Belleville, IL

Music Director - Glendale Presbyterian Church, Glendale, 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