September / 22 / 2020
Finding Hope
"Now we are all pastors and recognize the need for hope in the lives of our congregants."

Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket

  • Please pray for... the continued ministry of newly installed Pastors, Mel Smith and Daniel Ervin
  • Please pray for...those ill with COVID19, their families and caregivers
  • Please pray for...peace and patience with one another, as we struggle with so many challenging medical, social and political issues at this time.
  • Please pray ... for students, teachers, administrators and support staff for all educational institutions. (digitally and in person)
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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.

Presbytery Upcoming Virtual Meetings
This Week
Next Week
Wed., Sept. 23
12pm - Interim/Transitional- Click Here

Mon., Sept. 21
12pm - Rural Pastors - Click Here
Wed., Sept. 23
12pm - Clerks of Session Click Here
Pastors - Don't forget to register for the Bi-Annual Required Anti-Racism Workshop, if you haven't already. Remember that it will be held via Zoom on Thursday, October 1.
You must be registered to vote. You can check to see if you are registered to vote, Missouri, here, and in Illinois, here. If 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
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:
  • 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 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.
News & Activities
Save the Date!
Sunday, September 27 at 3 p.m.
for a Virtual Installation Service
of Rev. Daniel Ervin.
Rev. Ervin will be the first Installed Pastor of LoveJoy United Presbyterian.
Join the worship by computer, tablet or smart phone by going to: and click "Connect Via Zoom" or call in at Dial +1 (669) 900-6833 and then at the prompt enter: 611 784 858#
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Please note that there will be no 10:15 AM Service that day.
Come to the church at 5:30 PM for a parking lot parade to
celebrate with Daniel!
Tips for Caring for God's Incredible Creation: 
Do Laundry at Lower Temperatures.
Modern washing machines, with modern earth friendly detergents, are just as effective at 30 or 40 degrees as they are at higher temperatures, so make sure you run your machine on low or an 'eco' setting; and don't use the prewash, leave clothes to soak if they have particularly bad stains.
(TIPS are brought to you by the Earth Care Team of presbytery, composed of representatives from the 8 Earth Care Congregations plus Mound Ridge Camp and Conference Center. For information on how to become a certified Earth Care Congregation in the Presbyterian Church (USA), please contact: or 314-941-9378)
Presbyterian Women
Find the Presbytery of Giddings - Lovejoy Presbyterian Women Link Letter, below. If you are a member of a congregation, we welcome you to join us in Mission! Please consider joining the PW!
Dreaming & Discerning Virtual Gathering
Tuesday, October 20th at 7:00 pm.
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.
Please RSVP your interest to Leigh Porter at A Zoom link will be sent to you before the meeting in October.
Paula Cooper
I pray that all is well with you and yours during these days of navigating uncharted waters with God’s help! I greet you in the name of our Risen Savior, Jesus, the Christ, from Lusaka, Zambia.
Faith & Fiction
In these pandemic reading can be a means for “being” in another place for a while. Fiction has the ability not only to tell a story, but also to speak to matters of truth. If you are interested in joining with others in a zoom book discussion group focused on “Faith and Fiction” contact me, Rev. Karen Blanchard, at and we will select a mutually agreeable time beginning in October. We will begin with Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger and select other books together
Please reach out…
Whether you are a pastor, CLP, elder, staff, member, or visitor, Light for the Darkness invites you to talk one-on-one or with our group to share thoughts, insights and struggles. Being connected with others, especially in this time of limited contacts, can be helpful and becoming part of Light for the Darkness may be a good fit for you. Being in conversation with those who understand what you are going through can help to ease the challenges of anxiety and depression and feelings of isolation.  
Light for the Darkness offers a safe place to reach out whether as a starting point, as a place to receive information on mental health and support resources that are available, or as a place to connect to others feeling similarly.  It is our hope that you will find our group a helpful way for you to explore where God is in the midst of these challenging times with others who are feeling sim. 
We meet Mondays at 7pm via Zoom
Contact me about this group or to speak one-on-one, Thirza Sayers, 404.313.4549,
A Note from Leigh & Janice....
Did you know we are notaries? We want to help you vote safely! Call or email us and set up an appointment to meet with one of us.
2020 CROP Hunger Walk Update
The ongoing pandemic has necessitated the decision that the 2020 St. Louis CROP Hunger Walk be all-virtual. For possible ways to participate (or donate) as an individual or a congregation, please see and/or contact Clint McCann at or 314-619-0599. To facilitate the formation of a virtual CROP community, the 4th Annual CROP Concert will be broadcast on Sunday, October 25 at 7:00 p. m., probably as a Facebook Live Premier event. This concert will also be the 9th Annual Eden Seminary Festival of Psalms, featuring Richard Bruxvoort Colligan and a host of other excellent musicians. For updates, check the local CROP website (above) or Due to the pandemic, the need is even greater than usual; so please consider how you can support CROP/Church World Service!
Technology Grants - Wave 2
When COVID-19 began to spread across the United States, Giddings-Lovejoy congregations responded in amazing ways to continue their worship and ministries. I am in awe. Congregations have stretched themselves beyond what they thought they were capable of doing. As I like to say, the building may be closed, but the church is not! 
Please submit your grant request to Note in the subject line Second Wave Grant.
In your request, include the church’s name and address, contact person and email address, and what the grant will be used for.  
By the way, First Wave Grants are still available. Please contact Liz Kanerva at the above email for more information.
Education & Training Opportunities
FREE - Held Virtually September 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 Charlottewill host the 2020 Intercultural Transformation Workshops.
The free workshops will be held from 1 p.m. through 3 p.m. Eastern Time on September 26. All participants must register in advance. Find more information about this event here.
Union Seminary Online
Continuing Education Workshops
Examples of what you could participate in:

  • Preparing Your Leadership and Congregation for A Post-Covid Reality
  • The New Testament & Current Social Concerns (2-Part Series)
Are We Willing To Stand Where God Stands?
Webniar Begins October 4
This 4-week webinar series seeks to offer participants language and frameworks they can use to talk about systemic racism and white supremacy in effective and nuanced ways. Participants will be engaged in an exploration of what antiracism is and how it will challenge the church to reckon with her historical and current investment in the ideology of white supremacy and systemic racism.
Each 90-minute webinar will consist of 60 minutes of presentation and teaching followed by 30 minutes of Q&A. Learn more by clicking here.
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.
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
Presbyterian Association of Musicians (PAM) 2021 Worship and Music Conference, a small group of middlers will make history by being part of the first denomination-wide confirmation class at Montreat.
The weeklong confirmation class, June 22–July 2, hosted by PAM and the Presbyterian Publishing Corp., will take place during PAM’s intergenerational 2021 Worship and Music Conference at Montreat. The overall conference theme is “Gathered in My Name.” Learn more here.
Becoming Matthew 25
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How Do We Engage Socially Distancing and still participate in Mission & Ministry?
Current Support Ministry Position Openings
Send us your stories of how your congregation is maintaining congregational vitality during this pandemic. Send stories to Office Manager, Leigh Porter at

PRN Staff Chaplain at St. Luke's Hospital

Part-Time Organist - First Presbyterian of Alton, IL

Associate Pastor - Dardenne Presbyterian, Dardenne Prarie, MO

Organist/Pianist - First Presbyterian, Jackson, MO

Interim Pastor - John Calvin Presbyterian