August / 7 / 2018
Bonnie Sue Lewis
Missional Church Primmer 
Rev. Dr. Craig M. Howard
Transitional Leader of
Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy

I am excited about the keynote speaker and worship leader at our upcoming presbytery gathering. Dr. Bonnie Sue Lewis is the Professor of Mission and World Christianity at Dubuque Seminary. She is speaking to us about being a missional church. I thought it would be a good idea to do a short blog on what missional church means, and why we are learning about it in Giddings Lovejoy. Click here to continue.      
Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket Update
  • Please pray for our communities, our state, our nation and our world as we enter polling places to cast our vote, today.
What's Happening? Did you know?

  • Breaking All Ceilings...being a young, female, single pastor. Despite the improbability of her call last winter as pastor of historic First Presbyterian Church here, the Rev. Liudmila Hernández is supremely confident about her ministry, in Havana, Cuba. Read on here.
  • The Ninth Street Divide … Over 200 people gathered, last Friday, at the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville to join the 2018 National Gathering of Presbyterian Women in the PC(USA) peace and justice march. Drawing attention to “The Ninth Street Divide,” organizers hope the march raises awareness of the lingering effects of racism and discriminatory practices such as redlining that have resulted in segregation in Louisville and in many other cities in the nation. Read on here.
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Items are still available, and currently housed at Ladue Chapel. Contact Jennifer Pitcher through August 10th by emailing her at , after August 10th, please contact Leigh Porter by email at at 314-772-2395. Available merchandise found here.
Upcoming Team Meetings - Locations Listed
(Wednesday to Tuesday)
PLEASE NOTE: The Oaks Conference Room (Oaks) and St. Andrews Conference Room (St. Andrews) are both located at the new Presbytery office, 1001 Craig Rd., Suite 170, St. Louis, MO 63146,
(Oaks) is on the first floor (St. Andrews) is on the second floor. Directions can be found here.
(Ladue) refers to Ladue Chapel, 9450 Clayton Rd., St. Louis, MO 63124. Directions can be found here.
This Week....
Wed., Aug. 8
2 p.m. - Pastoral Trans/Care (Oaks)
Thur., Aug. 9
5 p.m. - Cong. Vitality Team (Oaks)
Tues., Aug. 14
10 a.m. - Finance (Oaks)
1 p.m. - Mission & Outreach (Oaks)
Next Week:
Thurs., Aug. 16
11 a.m. - Stewardship (Oaks)
4 p.m. - Vision Team (Ladue)
6:30 p.m. - Com. Prep/Ministry (Ladue)
Mon.., Aug. 20
1 p.m. - Social Witness (St. Andrews)
Presbytery August Gathering - Thurs., Aug. 23
There will be two Pre-Sessions offered and we encourage all Congregations, within the presbytery, to send representatives to either or both.
* Ministry Team Moderators: All reports due to Rev. Joy Myers, Stated Clerk, by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 15. Please submit them electronically to:
Our Community Connected
VOTE         VOTE     VOTE
ask that you….
Please vote in the Primary Election on August 7, 2018.  Our vote in Missouri will play a great part in the future of how our nation will be governed.
There are many ballot issues both at the state and local levels that will impact our communities, state, and nation in the next generation. Here is a quick example from the St. Louis area:
·          PROPOSITION   A - Senate Bill 19   "Right To Work"
·          CHARTER AMENDMENT 2 - Would provide that the council may appoint an attorney to its executive staff.
·          CHARTER AMENDMENT 3 - Would provide that term employment used in the County Charter be strictly interpreted as prescribed in state law .
·           CHARTER AMENDMENT 4 - Would provide for the regulation of campaign contributions, the regulation of interdepartmental fund transfers, and a website to publish certain county financial documents.  
Your community is important to us as well. If you aren’t sure what proposition, amendment or primary elections are taking place in your area, please click here and find out what you will see at the ballot box. 
Presbyterian Women Encouraged to Leave a Legacy

Presbyterian Women met this past week in Louisville, and the closing worship speaker, Ruth-Aimée Belonni-Rosario Govens said "we are called to shine God’s glory."Govens continued by reminding worshipers that when things seem their darkest, all believers have is the word of God, and with the word, “we can shine.” Read the complete article here.
You can participate in Presbyterian Women of the Giddings-Lovejoy Presbyery, by attending their Fall Gathering on September 29 th at John Knox Presbyterian Church, located at 13200 New Halls Ferry Rd., Florissant, MO 63033. Directions can be found here. 
Are you interested in Presbyterian Women, but have questions? Please email Cindy Fieg, Giddings-Lovejoy Presbyterian Women Moderator here.
VBS Material Available

Cokesbury’s VBS Rolling River Rampage was a huge success at St. Mark Presbyterian Church. We are ready to share our kit and many extras with a Presbyterian Church who would like to use it in the future. 
Please contact: Ellen Hynes, 636/394-2233, ext. 118 or e-mail her at
Third Annual Blessing Belleville Banquet
The annual Blessing Belleville Banquet is set for Saturday, August 11, 2018 at the Banquet Center in Belleville. Ally Dyer, Blessing Belleville Chair, is seeking sponsors to help them achieve their $10,000 goal. Last year's event raised $8,400 to support greatly needed family and individual theraputic support in Belleville and the need is even greater now. Can you help? If you would like more information, please click here, or email directly here.
Educational & Missional Opportunities
Earth Care Action Team Quick Tips

Earth Care Tips: Reduce energy at church, home, workplace or school by replacing current lights with Energy Star certified LEDs. They last up to 25% longer and use 80% less energy than traditional bulbs.
Monthly Task For August: Weatherize windows and doors. In hot weather, use fans over air conditioning as much as possible, especially at night. 
Fast Fact: Though the U.S. government may be the only country in the world to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, 254 U.S. cities, 13 states, 335 colleges and universities, 1845 businesses have pledged to abide by the Agreement.
(Submitted by the presbytery's Earth Care Action Team composed of the 9 congregations who are certified Earth Care Congregations in the Presbytery. For more info, contact .) 
Current Ministry Position Openings
Accompanist Needed
P/T Treasurer
Communications Coordinator