Newsletter
June / 23/ 2020
Death and Loss During a Pandemic
"Perhaps we underestimate the amount of grief being experienced by our society and our churches during this pandemic."

Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket

  • Please pray for... for churches as they plan to re-open to regular services, and for continuing to support of those home bound
  • Please pray ... for racial equality
  • Please pray...for our Missions in Nicaragua and Peru
  • Please pray for... for those ill and those vulnerable to COVID-19, the departed, and all essential workers
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Help Wanted
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Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy
Upcoming Team Meetings
NOTE: In light of the Covid-19 Pandemic, meetings will be restricted to Zoom or conference call. If you are unsure how to participate, please contact your team moderator, or call the office 314-772-2395, and select Leigh Porter, Office Manager.
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Presbytery Upcoming Virtual Meetings
June 19 - June 28
No Meetings - GA#224 Virtual General Assembly
Watch PCUSA GA#224 LIVE on Facebook - Click Here
Mon., June 29
12 p.m. - Rural Pastors (emailing link)
Wed., July 1
12 p.m. - Interim/Transitional Pastors (emailing link)
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Reminders will be sent the evening before, with Zoom link and call-in information. We look forward to seeing you!
NOTE - The Presbytery has already purchased Pre and Post GA#224 bulletin inserts for all of our member congregations. There is no need for congregations to purchase them.
Becoming Matthew 25
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How Do We Engage Socially Distancing and still participate in Mission & Ministry?
Send us your stories of how your congregation is maintaining congregational vitality during this pandemic. Send stories to Office Manager, Leigh Porter at lporter@glpby.org
News & Activities
Clergy Caucus Zoom
Wednesday, June 24 at 3pm
Metropolitan Congregations United (MCU) is inviting all STL area clergy to gather on zoom on Wednesday, to learn about the local demands for racial justice (see pic), to learn about some campaigns already in progress that could really use support from our congregations including:
Close the Workhouse -   Click here   - Break the Pipeline -   Click here
and to talk about what training or support you and your congregation might need to get involved in the work to bring real change to St. Louis city and county. 
Please join us (zoom info in the email below), contact Erin Counihan (   Erin.counihan@gmail.com)   with any questions
Join Zoom Meeting   https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87048158107     
The Road to Unity:
Personal Reflections on Racism Through History
Beginning June 18
Julie Nicolai, a member of Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church and the Presbytery's History Team and Dismantling Racism & White Privilege Committee, will be giving a three part virtual workshop, "The Road to Unity: Personal Reflections on Racism Through History." 
The workshop, hosted by Ladue Chapel, will be held virtually at 6:00 p.m. on the next three consecutive Thursdays, June 18, June 25 and July 2, 2020. 
Through slide presentations and group discussions, we will brainstorm to put an end to racism and white privilege. The workshops will focus on historic events in the St.Louis area in the context of the Legacy Museum, National Memorial for Peace and Justice and Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church. Here's the link to the webinar registration: Register in advance for this webinar:

SPIRIT OF STEWARDSHIP WEBINAR
June 30, 2020 • 1:00 p.m.
We are living in history. What is our context for thanksgiving and praise? This season is more than challenging. But, we are not alone. We worship as a community of faith. We are God’s household. This webinar will look at foundational images of the Body of Christ. We will use those images to formulate how we structure and create our thanksgiving and what we do and say when we are at a loss for words.
Calvary Presbyetian Church
Final Worship Service
To Be Held Through Zoom
Sunday, July 12
More details coming soon!
Summer Camp 2020
Campers go to  https://moundridge.org/virtual-camp/ to register for this free program. We then send packages of supplies to the campers and they follow along online! Space is limited so please register asap!
Camp runs June 15- July 17th and the website is open until August 1st.
NWCC Dreaming & Discerning
Tues., Aug. 18 at 7 p.m.
The Holy Spirit may also be firing the imagination of some of you around Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery to see visions and dream dreams of inviting disciples into Jesus’ loving mission and ministry through launching a completely new worshiping community. As you look around your corner of God’s creation, the Holy Spirit may be breaking your heart for hurting people you are being called to creatively serve through launching something new. The Giddings-Lovejoy New Worshiping Communities Commission would love to partner with you in discerning and supporting your visions and dreams for launching a new worshiping community. Learn more here.
Tips for Caring for God's Creation
Use your hair dryer on the cool setting. Most energy in hair dryers goes to generate heat. Setting it to cool cuts your energy consumption by more than half.
"TIPS" is brought to you by the Earth Care Team of presbytery composed of members from the eight certified Earth Care Congregations in the presbytery plus Mound Ridge Camp and Conference Center. To learn how your congregation can be one please contact:  carletonstock@aol.com or (314) 941-9378.
Current Support Ministry Position Openings
Coordinator, Congregational Ministries and
Member Care - Ladue Chapel

Organist/Pianist - First Presbyterian, Jackson, MO

Interim Pastor - John Calvin Presbyterian

Called Pastor - Faith DesPeres Presbyterian