July / 30 / 2019
Rear-View Analysis for Budgeting
“The budget process is an opportunity for the teams of the presbytery to dream and plan, to be ambitious and realistic.”

Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket Update

  • Please pray... for Mary Thornton, her family and care givers as she undergoes Heart Catheterization on Thursday
  • Please pray.... for our ministry teams as they regroup and begin meeting again this month

Click on the prayer basket to find our current prayers.
Presbytery Gathering
August 22
Featuring Evangelism & Vital Congregations with
Rev. Dr. Kathryn Threadgill
The Coordinator for Vital Congregation for the PC(USA)

Quick Connect
Support Ministry
Help Wanted
Parish Paper

Planning Calendars should arrive in just a few weeks!
Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy
Application for Nomination
224th General Assembly
June 20-27, 2020 | Baltimore, Maryland
Upcoming Team Meetings
NOTE: Meeting locations are as follows: Oaks - is the meeting room next door to the presbytery office; St.Andrew - refers to the Board Room of St. Andrews on the second floor, directly above the presbytery office; Pres - refers to the Presbytery Office Resource Center; Ladue - refers to Ladue Chapel; WG - refers to Webster Groves Presbyterian. Contact the office at 314-772-2395 if you are unsure where you will be meeting.
Week of: Aug. 1 to Aug. 7

Mon., Aug. 5
5 p.m. - Liaisons (Oaks)
Tues., Aug. 6
10 a.m .- Finance (Oaks)

Week of: Aug. 8 to Aug. 14

Thurs., Aug. 8
9:30 a.m. - History Team (Aberdeen Hts)
10 a.m. - Stewardship (Oaks)
3 p.m. - Gather Planning (Oaks)
5 p.m. - Congreg. Vibrancy (Oaks)
Mon., Aug. 12
3 p.m .- Personnel (Oaks)
Tues., Aug. 13
11 a.m. - New Worship Com (St. Andrew)
1 p.m. - Mission/Outreach (Oaks)
4 p.m. - Admin/Support (Oaks)
Wed., Aug. 14
1:30 - Pastoral Transit/Care (Oaks)
Session Records Review
is Coming Soon! Save the Date!

Session Records Review Resource may be found here.
If you have questions, please contact Rev. Joy Myers, Stated Clerk, at or by calling 314-772-2395.

  • Saturday, August 10 - 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at New Hope Presbyterian
St. Charles, Missouri - Directions Here

  • Saturday, September 14 - 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian
Sullivan, Missouri - Directions Here

  • Saturday, September 21 - 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Oak Hill Presbyterian
St. Louis, Missouri - Directions Here.
SAVE THESE DATES for 2020! Locations To Be Determined
  • Retired Pastors - Third Act - Wed., Jan. 22 from 9:30 a.m to 2 p.m.
  • Healthy Pastors - Wed., Jan. 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Uprooting Hunger - 2019 Presbytery Wide Goal
For Children of Migrant Farmworkers,
High School Graduation Takes a Village
When your parents follow the harvest, getting an uninterrupted education isn't easy. Some schools and universities are working to support students to cross the finish line.
Due to stereotypes about farmworkers, some educators assume that migrant children will fail or struggle to keep up. But Julie Taylor, executive director of the  National Farm Worker Ministry, a faith-based advocacy group for farmworkers and long-time PHP partner, said that these laborers want their kids to be high achievers academically. “Farmworkers—they want a better life for their children and generally see education as a path to that,” she said. “They make sacrifices for that.”
Uprooting Hunger - Hunger Action Team
In 2019 the presbytery will work toward establishing Certified Hunger Action Congregations. This  handout will be helpful to your congregation, as we journey together.
We welcome any questions you might have - email us at or call 314-772-2395.
We celebrate, in thankgiving, our 12 Certified and 17 Covenanting Congregations for their dedication to eradicating hunger in their communities!
Ministry Team Updates
PW Give Day - July 31
Tomorrow is Presbyterian Women’s “PW Gives” Day! Tomorrow, we commemorate the July 1988 formation of today’s Presbyterian Women from the merger of its two predecessor organizations. Thirty-one years (and innumerable ministries) later, Presbyterian Women continues to address the world’s needs and build loving community. You can help ensure that the PW organization remains strong!
 Pray that the work of PW will be sustained and strengthened.
 Share this Facebook post with everyone interested in PW.
 Give to sustain PW's work at . Select PW's annual fund, the Mission Pledge, and type "PWGDAY19" in the notes box.
Gifts to Presbyterian Women’s annual fund make possible every mission, program and resource of Presbyterian Women. Give now to support PW’s witness in the world.
On the Road to Reconciliation
October 18 to 21
The Dismantling Racism and Privilege (DRAP) Team of the Presbytery welcome you to join them on the Road to Reconciliation, as they travel to the National Memorial for Peace and Justice ad Legacy in Montgomery, Alabama.
Hurry - Applications due by August 1.
A Place of Grace
Join Julie Gvillo for one of two Prayer Art Retreats at Von Dell Gallery & Studios on Thursday, August 15th. The afternoon retreat begins at 1:00 p.m. and the evening retreat begins at 6:00 p.m. The focus scripture is Jeremiah 1:4-10 and the theme "Calling and Commission." If you can write the letters l, c, s, and o, you can tangle ... I'll show you how!  RSVP to the art gallery 618-251-8550 by noon on August 13 or to the event on the A Place of Grace Facebook Page .
Is your creativity stalled? Are you stuck? Do you need a jump start? Join Julie Gvillo for a 12-Week Creativity Challenge at Von Dell Gallery & Studios in Wood River, IL beginning Thursday, August 29th. See the attached flier for more information. We're going to have a GREAT TIME flexing our creative muscles!
Congregational/Event Happenings
Family Fun Weekend
August 9th - 11th
First Presbyterian - Sullivan

Yee-Haw Family Adventure as they stampede through the wild frontier and celebrate God’s greatest gift of all—Jesus! Learn more here.
Be SMART for Kids
Webster Groves Presbyterian Church
Sun., Aug. 11 | 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Come early and enjoy brunch! 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

What is Be SMART? The Be SMART framework is designed to help parents and adults normalize conversations about gun safety and take responsible actions.
Maryland Heights Presbyterian Church
Celebration of Ministry & Final Service
Sun., Aug. 11 at 2 p.m.
The final service, in celebration of the many years of ministry and mission, for Maryland Heights Presbyterian Church will be held on Sunday, August 11 beginning at 2:00 pm. Everyone from across the Presbytery is invited to participate with the congregation as the Presbytery officially closes their ministry. Directions may be found here.
Annual Women’s Association Rummage Sale
at Southminster Presbyterian Church
August 16 & 17
The Rummage Sale begins with a Pre-Sale, Friday, August 16 from 6 pm-7:30 pm, $5 admission fee; then the open Rummage Sale will be on Saturday, August 17 from 8 am-12 noon. This is a huge sale with lots of treasures to find! The sale will be held at the church, located at 10126 East Watson Road, Crestwood, Missouri.  Directions found here.
Dardenne Presbyterian Church
Third Annual Bowling for Water
Sat., Aug. 24 | 6 p.m.– 10 p.m.
Bowlero, St. Peters
Come join us for our third annual "Bowling for Water" crazy bowl event to raise money for the purchase and installation of new water purification systems in third world countries such as Haiti. During our trips, we install new systems, provide Health & Hygiene training to local communities, follow-up on systems previously installed, and repair hand-pumps to get water out of the ground so that it can be purified. There will be bowling, 50/50 raffle, silent auction items, raffle box items, and loads of fun!
Celebrating Our Past and Future
Sonlight Parish Celebration
Sun., Aug. 25 | 3 p.m.
As we, the Presbyterian Churches of Fredericktown, Ironton, and Park Hills, rallied together to form the Sonlight Parish, we had no idea of the direction it would take us. Ten years later our relationship has strengthened into a parish
that can be celebrated. Our efforts to form the parish echoed those of previous generations that formed churches across the frontier. So what better place to celebrate our 10 years together than the oldest Presbyterian Church west of the Mississippi!
New Hope Presbyterian to be Host Site for
Journey to Baptismal Living's
National Training Event
October 18-20
Ruling Elder Terry Martinez, a member of New Hope and a member of the Board of Directors of the Journey to Baptismal Living, a national, ecumenical movement to introduce congregations to the adult catechumenate, explains the importance of baptismal living in this blog post, found here . New Hope has practiced the catechumenate for several years and will be the host site for the Journey to Baptismal Living's national training event this coming October 18-20. Learn more about the Journey to Baptismal Living and this event by clicking here.
Space For Rent in Imperial
1600 square foot space, five rooms and common room, second floor. Perfect for office, preschool, daycare, etc. Rent all or individual rooms. Located at Rock Presbyterian Church, Imperial, Missouri. Call 314-420-9471
Complete List of Educational Opportunities: Found Here
Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Lifelong Learning Grants
Deadline - August 15
Through the years, the Foundation has provided over a million dollars to support many educational events, workshops and/or seminars which cover a wide range of topics and serve anywhere from 10 to more than 200 people. Teaching Elders, Commissioned Ruling Elders (CREs) and Lay Leaders all greatly benefit from LifeLong Learning events that are located within their Presbytery or state.
Are you a College Parent?
The PCUSA Parent Loan program was designed to serve Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) members seeking assistance with the expenses of dependents attending college in the United States.
A Religious Perspective on Carbon Pricing
Webinar | Wed., July 31 at 11 a.m. (Central)
As the impacts of climate change continue to worsen, Congress is stepping up its consideration of policies that will address our contribution to climate change and support communities suffering its effects. This webinar will provide a faith-based perspective on one such proposal: carbon pricing. 
Join us for an overview of the goals of carbon pricing and how it works; how faith communities are engaging with carbon pricing; the specific questions that religious organizations are using to evaluate carbon pricing legislation; and an overview of the current bills in Congress. 
"Ending Violence in America"
Beloved Community UMC.
August 9th-10th
The purpose of the conference is to bring the faith community together, cross denominational, to join hands in an effort to reduce violence, particularly domestic violence and other forms of violence as "America's Peacemakers Against Violence". There will be training and workshops on how to implement faith based models of violence prevention and intervention, as an extension from your church into communities near your church. Models of faith based domestic violence and Prison Reentry Programs, as well as other training on faith based violence prevention program models. 
Learn more about the presenter here and registration information can be found here .
Stewardship Kaleidoscope Annual Conference
September 30 to October 2
San Diego, California
Stewardship Kaleidoscope is an annual conference offering excellent plenary speakers, informative workshop leaders, provocative worship experiences, and incredible networking opportunities for all who are passionate about stewardship and generosity. Drawing leaders from across the Lutheran Church (ELCA) and the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) and beyond, Stewardship Kaleidoscope is designed to help participants explore stewardship, in its many colorful dimensions!
More information found here | Registration can be found here.
The Art of Transitional Ministry
Princeton Theological Seminary
October 7–11
Leading a congregation through transition is challenging and rewarding. Whether it is a change in leadership or a changing neighborhood, it takes knowledge, skill, and spiritual strength to navigate the waters of transition in a way that allows a congregation and its leaders to thrive. The Art of Transitional Ministry offers training in the skills and understanding necessary for leading a congregation in transition. There are two week-long courses of study. Both weeks are being offered concurrently.
Co Inspire
Liberating Imagination, Eviscerating Racism
October 7–10, 2019 | Montreat
In the beginning, God breathed on humankind to animate our existence. Our breath is our life-force, but the air we breathe can restore our life or kill us. We are living in a world where the sins of racism infect the very air we breathe. What happens when we pay attention to how much breath we give to scarcity, competition, and fear? What happens when we choose to focus our breath on giving oxygen to liberate our imaginations for a world where the air is full of abundance, hope, and equity?
Current Support Ministry Position Openings
Christian Educator - First Presbyterian -Edwardsville

Part-Time Ministry Assistant - Westminster St. Louis

Church Choir Accompanist - St. Mark Presbyterian

Children, Youth and Family Ministry - Second Presbyterian