September / 5 / 2023
Public Witness Grant for Camp Flourish
Public Witness Ministry Team
Thank you for awarding Camp Flourish with $20,000 for the summer of 2023. Funding from the Public Witness Ministry Team made it possible for Camp Flourish to continue to provide an excellent experience for 8 weeks for youth and families in the North St. Louis County area. To put that into perspective, your financial contribution helped Flourish create a space for youth to spend over 300 hours of their summer break with us in a safe, Christ-centered, nurturing, and educational summer program. The impact of knowledge learned during our camp will carry a positive footprint for years to come because it filled what would be idle time with new friendships, friendly competitions, bubbles, painting, slime, and much more!
Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket

  • Please pray for ... our month of education and the upcoming picnic. For fellowship and community.
  • Please pray for ... Kerry Downing, brother of Rev. Wendy Downing, who has just had two heart valves replaced, but additionally has tumors in 85% of his liver.
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Upcoming Ministry Team Meetings
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Mon., Sept. 11
7 pm DRAWP Click Here
Tues., Sept. 12
2 pm - Dynamic Leaders Click Here
4 pm - Admin Click Here
Wed., Sept 13
11 am Transitional Pastors Click Here
Thur., Sept. 14
9:30 am - History @ Southminster Pres
3 pm Gathering Plan Click Here
6:30 pm COM Click Here
September Education Evenings
Held Each Thursday on Zoom
We are excited to offer a month of Thursday Education Evenings! Each Thursday evening at 6:30 pm there will be a unique learning experience that can be used in your own church. Please join us!
Stated Clerk Search Deadline Extended to September 24
Please send your letter of interest and resume, Personal Information Form (PIF), or CV to Donna Schiro,
Please include your name in the subject line of your email and title all documents in the upper left corner with your first and last name.
Be sure to check out our webpage for information on the search!
Candidates will be requested to fill out supplemental questions upon indication of their interest. Finalists will be notified by October 1st, and interviews will be scheduled on Tuesday, October 17th, and Wednesday, October 18th.
News & Updates
  The Synod of Mid-America (SoMA) announces the 2023 Innovation Grant program to foster creative projects that seek to address the PCUSA’s Matthew 25 focus areas in:
  • Dismantling structural racism,
  • Eradicating systemic poverty, and
  • Revitalizing congregations.
A minimum of $5,000 in grant funding has been allocated across each of the Synod of Mid-America’s six presbyteries for awards to support congregations* that engage in innovative mission projects that can be easily replicated across the Synod for maximum impact and effectiveness.
The State of Church Compensation 2023
Join us as we explore current pay trends and discover creative ways to improve staff pay and benefits.
Thurs., Sept. 14 at 11 am
FREE Webinar: Inflation is easing, but churches still face financial constraints. How are churches adapting while trying to retain and reward pastors and staff in 2023 and beyond? 
Join hosts Aaron Hill from ChurchSalary and Matthew Branaugh from Church Law & Tax, along with experts Scott Landon and Josh Whitehead, for a webinar as we discuss:     
● How much are churches handing out in terms of raises and bonuses in 2023?
● How can churches retain pastors and staff if they can't give large raises?
● How are multisite churches approaching pay and benefits for campus pastors?  
Worship and the Arts with A Sanctified Art September 18-21, 2023
We are called to worship God with our whole, authentic selves, but our worship services don't always reflect all facets of our being. “Worship and the Arts” - a retreat led by Anna Strickland of A Sanctified Art – will encourage us to break out of our worship boxes with sessions that span from big-picture planning to the smallest details, from simple changes to big projects, from theological foundations to practical tips. Not only will we claim our creativity - our birthright as children of the Creator whose image we bear - and use these gifts to craft services that invite all people to worship God with their whole being, we will gather in the sanctuary of the Heartland Retreat Center outside Kansas City, Mo to laugh, to reflect, to pray, to eat, and to connect. Participants will leave with resources in hand to plan for the upcoming year.
Limited spots available.
Giving Beyond Cash:
Encouraging Creative Gift Making
with Complex Assets
Wed., Sept 20 at 11 am

FREE Webinar: Do you only ask for gifts of cash or marketable securities from your donors? Did you know there are billions of dollars in privately held interests owned by very philanthropically-minded individuals who would love to make a gift to your congregation or religious non-profit? Do you know how to encourage your donors to consider those gifts or how to spot donors who may hold these more complex assets?
Sign up for our webinar to learn what to look for proactively and how to build trust with donors who can make these special gifts from a true expert, Bryan Clontz of Charitable Solutions!
Financial Aid for Service Helps
as Student Loan Payments Resume in October
Wed., Sept. 20 at 1 pm
Laura Bryan, coordinator of the Office of Financial Aid for Service, hopes anyone working full-time (more than 30 hours) for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) with education debt will come to the webinars her team is hosting this fall and start the process to have their debt forgiven. The Office of Financial Aid for Service partners with PeopleJoy to offer Student Loan Coaching.
Registration can be found by clicking here.
Recordings of the webinars are available.
Tips for Caring for God's Creation: 
List of "to do's"
A recent Post Dispatch Letter to the Editor had a practical list of how to address the current climate crisis. Summarized, they are:

  • Learn about how our planet is warming and the causes.
  • Talk about it with friends, family, and fellow workers and students.
  • Join a climate action group like Sierra Club.
  • Contact elected officials and demand action.
  • Reduce emissions in your everyday routine.
  • Keep faith and hope that we all will do whatever is necessary to preserve life into the future!
"TIPS" is brought to you by the presbytery's Earth Care Work Group that monitors the ten Earth Care Congregations in the presbytery and advocates for Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and LGBTQ+ communities that are often hurt first and most by environmental degradation. Contact: or 314-941-9378.
Are You Ready for our
Presbytery Picnic?
The Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery Picnic will be hosted by the beautiful Grace Presbyterian Church, on Saturday, September 30. The church is located 105 Bailey Road, Crystal City, MO 63019. We plan for this event to be filled with fellowship, great food, fun for all ages, music, and enjoying this gorgeous church setting. We are hopeful that your church will encourage your congregants to attend!
Second Presbyterian Church Sunday Forum Invites You to
The Season Of Creation: Let Justice And Peace Flow

The Sunday Forum Coordinating Team has been working to create a schedule of timely topics, and we hope you will be able to participate.  This fall season begins with a three-week series focusing on the SEASON OF CREATION. We are now in the church liturgical season of Ordinary Time which focuses on the church’s being called into the world to spread God’s love.  Within this season is the SEASON OF CREATION, September 1 to St Francis’ Day, October 4, which calls us, as Christians, to love and protect Creation the way God does, to LET JUSTICE AND PEACE FLOW for Creation and all that is in it--which is this year’s theme.  We hope to see you there! For more information:  Ellie Stock, 
Save the Date - October 1
The 2023 CROP Hunger Walk and Concert is on Sunday, October 1 at Eden Theological Seminary, 475 E. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves 63119 -- check-in at 4:30 pm, Walk at 5:00, and CROP Concert at 7:00 (= the 12th Annual Eden Festival of Psalms). For further information and details, to register, to create a team, and/or to donate, go to the following website:
2023 Presbytery History Tour
Underground Railroad
Friday, October 20th | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Depart and return to Faith Des Peres Presbyterian Church, 11155 Clayton Rd St Louis, MO 63131
Reservations Required. Contact Jan Stanford, 314-638-0195, 9511 Howerton Dr., St Louis MO 63123. Checks payable to: Presbytery of Giddings Lovejoy, Please note the History Tour on the memo line. $85 per person (Includes tour, lunch, and gratuities)
What We Do

A Place of Grace does Healing and Wholeness Retreats! Sometimes you just need a way to say thank you to your employees, an entry into a Healing and Wholeness service, or to de-stress. A Place of Grace has got you! From a healing pathway to finger labyrinths to essential oils and the Reiki chair, A Place of Grace pastor, Julie Gvillo, can set up a soothing space in a conference room, a family room, or a Sunday School room, and your participants can be renewed and restored. OR you can make a Healing and Wholeness room part of a larger customized retreat that offers additional options for nurturing delight, facilitating healing, and inspiring prayer in people of all ages and from all walks of life through creative spiritual practices! The women of First Presbyterian in Fort Wayne, Wellshire Presbyterian in Denver, and Woodlawn Chapel in Wildwood can vouch for it! Call 618-410-5060 today to schedule a Healing and Wholeness Retreat or email Julie Gvillo at for more details.
The Association of Partners in Christian Education Annual Event is coming to St. Louis Union Station from January 24th through January 27th, 2024. Your Local Committee is preparing to offer hospitality. We are asking for one volunteer per congregation in our presbytery. Please email your willingness to serve to (Julie Gvillo) and (Rev. Pat Cleeland)
Another way you can help us is to click on the QR code, which will take you to our Amazon wish list which has a current list of our needs. This list will change as our needs are met and new ones materialize, so please keep checking. Thank you so much! We are grateful!
Are you a pastor looking for local QUALITY CONTINUING EDUCATION events at an affordable rate?
Have you thought that you or your ministry could benefit from ONE-ON-ONE COACHING OR SPIRITUAL DIRECTION?
Do you ever feel isolated and are seeking PEER-TO-PEER SUPPORT OR COLLEAGUES IN MINISTRY?
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
  • Director of Children’s Ministries - Webster Groves Presbyterian, Webster Groves, MO
  • Choir Director and Organist, First Presbyterian, Alton, IL
  • Chaplains, St. Luke's Hospital, Chesterfield, MO
  • (PT) Coordinator Christian Education - Southminster Presbyterian, Crestwood, 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