April / 6/ 2021
River Reminiscences 

"The haunting beauty of the ruins and folk traditions, along with the accompanying legacy of oppression and hurt, changed my life."
Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket

  • Please pray for... Julie Nicolai, our guest blog author this week
  • Please pray for... all of those who will vote today, and for those whom they vote for.
  • Please pray for... for DRAWP, in Part 2 of The Black Tax Webinar this week.
  • Please pray for... for those who have and battle long haul COVID. They continue to need rest, care and support as their body is healing.
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Black Tax Webinar Part 2
Thank you for attending The Black Tax webinar on March 4th. Below is a link to the webinar recording if you would like to watch it again.
Black Tax Webinar Part 2
Please register for Part 2 in order to receive the Zoom Link.
The Dismantling Racism and White Privilege Team invite you to join author, Shawn Rochester on April 8th at 6:30pm. for Part 2 of The Black Tax. This meeting will examine tangible next steps for long-term economic transformation.
Everyone is welcome to participate in this important discussion.
Get the Part 2 Zoom link by registering in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Upcoming Team Meetings
If you have any questions regarding team meetings, please check with your Moderator for meeting dates and times, or call the office at 314-772-2395, or email Office Manager, Leigh Porter at
Thur., Apr. 8
3pm-GatherPlanning Click Here

Mon., Apr. 12
5pm-DRAWP Educat Team Click Here
6pm DRAWP Moderators Click Here
Tues., Apr. 13
11am - NWCC Click Here
4pm-Admin/Support Click Here
Wed., Apr. 14
12pm-Transitional Pastor Click Here
1:30pm-COM Click Here
Thur., Apr. 15
9:30am-History Team Click Here
10am-Public Witness Click Here
4pm-Vision Team Click Here
Fri., Apr. 16
10am- PW Coord Council Click Here
Celebrating Our Congregations
Pandemic Easter Creativity
Florissant Presbyterian Church Easter Sack Grab-n-Go 
We love hearing about the creativity of our congregations and sharing it with our presbytery. Please send your news to
News & Activities
Dispatches from The Deep State:
The Political Theology of Qanon
Trinity Presbyterian Adult Education
Sun., Apr. 11 | 7pm
QAnon is more than a fringe political movement. It has embraced the tradition of American exceptionalism, borrows language and imagery from the Bible, and its followers exhibit cult-like devotion. The spread of QAnon conspiracies within US Christianity—specifically white Evangelicalism—reveals something deep and unnerving about the role of religion in US politics. On January 6, 2021, these so-called “fringe” groups took part in an armed assault on the US Capitol. How do we as Christians respond to this radical movement?
Please join us on April 11, 2021, at 7:00 PM for this special adult education presentation by Dr. Ruben Rosario Rodriguez, Ph.D., Professor of Systematic Theology at St. Louis University.
Trinity Church is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting, by clicking here
If you are attending by calling in, please dial 312-626-6799, and enter meeting ID: 879 0981 7143. The passcode is: 650343
Wurdack Memorial Presbyterian Church
Closing Worship in Prayer Thanksgiving Service
Mon., Apr. 12 | 3pm
We welcome your attendance to celebrate with prayers and Thanksgiving the ministry of Wurdack Memorial Presbyterian Church.
Wurdack was born in 1961 as the “child” of the congregation that formed the Victor Street Mission Church formed in 1903. The Victor Street Mission church was itself created from the mission field adopted by some very earnest members of the First German Presbyterian Church in South St. Louis.
Continue to read the history and final service information by clicking here.
Rental and Utility Assistance Available
for Missourians
Ameren Missouri is encouraging families across the state to look into a new program to help pay outstanding rent and utility bills. The State Assistance for Housing Relief (SAFHR) program is for Missouri renters who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It covers up to 12 total months of rent and utility bills, including up to three months of future rent. The SAFHR program is administered through the Missouri Housing Development Commission.
Eligible customers can apply at If approved, payment typically takes place in two to four weeks, directly to your landlord and/or utility companies. If you need help applying, call 1-888-471-1029. To qualify for SAFHR, you must be renting a residential property in Missouri and meet the following criteria:
  - You or someone in your household must also have experienced a financial hardship due to the pandemic, including increased expenses, reduced income, lost wages, etc. You must be at risk of housing instability or losing your housing as a result of the hardship.
  - Your household income must be at or below 80% of the median income in your area, defined by your county and household size. You can look up this information at
The program is funded by COVID-19 stimulus packages passed by the federal government. Applications for assistance are available now through September 30, 2021. Customers can learn more about available energy assistance programs at
Tip For Caring For God's Creation: 
Check the Temperature of Your
Refrigerator or Freezer
Use a thermometer to check the temperature of your refrigerator or freezer. A refrigerator that is ten degrees too cold can use up to 25% more energy than one running at the ideal temperature. Recommended temperatures are 37 to 40 degrees F for the refrigerator and 5 degrees F for the freezer. A long-term storage freezer should be set at 0 degrees.
TIPS are sponsored by the Earth Care Team of the presbytery, consisting of members from the nine Certified Earth Care Congregations in the presbytery (and 276 nationally). Contact: for more information.
Greening the Bible:
A Biblical Basis for Creation Care
Beginning April 11
Second Presbyterian Church, St. Louis welcomes you to attend, via Zoom, their April/May Sunday Forum Series: Greening the Bible: A Biblical Basis for Creation Care. This series will run April 11, 18, 25 and May 2, 9:00 AM. Please email Ellie Stock for zoom link: or, for more information, call (314) 521-8418. This is a great way to celebrate Earth Day/Month.
These sessions. led by Eden Theological Seminary Professor, The Rev. Clint McCann, are designed to illustrate the variety of biblical texts that call us to attend to the current ecological crisis. Find the flyer here. 
Save the Date
Presbyterian Women Spring Gathering
Sat., May 1 | 10am-12pm
Online through Zoom - Click Here
If calling in, dial 312-626-6799,
enter Meeting ID 817 0035 4292.
2021 Tech Grants
Over the last year, GLPBY congregations have worked hard to move vital ministries online. We have connected for worship, learning, and fellowship utilizing resources we never imagined incorporating into our ministries pre-pandemic. To that end, GLPBY granted more than $46,000 in Tech Grants to assist churches in their efforts to establish and/or update their online presence.
Wave 1 and Wave 2 Grants are now phased out. GLPBY is pleased to announce a new round of Tech Grants is available to GLPBY congregations. The Presbytery will pay 75%, up to $2,000, of the grant request with the church commitment to paying the balance. Just to be clear the maximum grant will be $2,000. This round of grants will assist congregations that are expanding their online presence. The grant could be used for upgrading equipment, tech training, or developing hybrid worship for example. If you have any questions, please contact Liz Rolf Kanerva, Associate Presbytery leader at
Earth Care Team
Environmental Film: Journey of The Universe
Thur., Apr. 15 | 7pm
The Ferguson Eco Team will be hosting as part of its environmental film series the viewing of the film JOURNEY OF THE UNIVERSE, Thursday, April 15, 2021, 7:00 PM via ZOOM. It is the Epic story of Cosmic, Earth, and Human Transformation, produced by physicist Dr. Brian Swimme and Yale Religious Historian Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker. The film guides viewers through an elegant telling of this epic story, from the origins of life to our present challenges. Today the survival of species and entire ecosystems depends upon the choices humans make. Weaving modern science with enduring wisdom from the world's cultures, the film explores cosmic and Earth evolution as a profound process of creativity, connection, and interdependence, and offers an opportunity to respond to ecological challenges of our times and our community.
A conversation will follow the film. To register for the ZOOM LINK: For more information: (314) 521-8418; or Flyer can be found here
Mound Ridge’s Annual Spring Dinner Auction
Sat., Apr. 10 | 1 pm to 4 pm
at The Venue At Maison Du Lac
Tickets are $65 per person

Brunch will be served along with a cash bar. You will have a chance to bid on live auction items, dessert auction, silent auctions, raffles, and door prizes. We will also have fun games like ring toss and pig races. This beautiful, spacious venue also has a deck that overlooks a lake, which you can enjoy.
Speaking of spacious.. this will be a socially distanced, safe event! The size of the facility is perfect for our event with plenty of room for guests at the tables. There would be six people to a table to ensure social distancing and sneeze guards at the buffet and drink lines. Masks are required when social distancing can’t take place. 
The Venue At Maison Du Lac is located at 2603 Wild Plum Valley Road, Catawissa, MO 63069. Find complete details and purchase tickets by clicking here.
Well-Being Respite Available
Well-Being Respite is a unique online opportunity to step away from your daily routine and come to the well for spiritual renewal, mental stimulation, thoughtful conversation, and meaningful engagement with colleagues in life and ministry as you contemplate God's movement in our individual and collective experiences.
Available to all Benefits Plan members*, Well-Being Respite is a virtual space to pause, learn, reframe, and connect. Each of these four monthly offerings focuses on a different dimension of wholeness — financial, spiritual, vocational, and health — and how the current landscape shapes our understanding and application of it.
Click here for more information.
Black History Month Event
The Great Divide: Race in Our Region
YWCA Metro St. Louis is partnering with the Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis and area Interfaith groups for four important conversations on how systemic racism permeates our city and our region.
These programs will provide background, share stories of how area residents are directly impacted, and explore what action you can take to create change. Each hour-long program will be followed by an opportunity for small group discussion and reflection.
Mark your calendars for these upcoming programs:
April 14th - Environmental Justice
May 12th - Court Systems
Register Here
Young Artists of the Bach Society
Sun., Apr. 18 | 4pm

The Couts Music Series of Second Presbyterian Church presents the Young Artists of the Bach Society of Saint Louis on Sunday, April 18 at 4:00 pm. The program features Danielle Feinstein, soprano; Olivia Roland, mezzo-soprano; Micheal Lowe, baritone; and Sandra Geary, pianist and is part of the 2021 St. Louis Bach Festival. The concert is free and takes place virtually at The concert is available on April 18 at 4:00 pm and for four weeks afterward. For more information, call 314-367-0367 or visit
Education & Training Opportunities
2021 NEXT Church National Gathering Online Resource Subscription
GLPBY is pleased to offer free subscriptions to this year’s recorded NEXT Church National Gathering held March 5-7th. By subscribing, your congregation will have access to the national gathering in its entirety, plus additional resources. Over the years, GLPBY Teaching Elders and lay leaders have participated in NEXT Church national gatherings and have appreciated its focus on resourcing the Presbyterian Church for the 21st century. To learn more about this year’s conference, its presenters, and workshops, please navigate to
If your church would like to take advantage of the free subscription please sign up, following the NEXT Church website’s instructions, and be sure to select the appropriate church size when purchasing the subscription. When checking out use the coupon code: “GiddingsLovejoyGroup”. Once you have purchased, you will receive an email with instructions for how to pass on your access to the rest of your church. You may only use ONE coupon code purchase per church. If you have questions, please contact Liz Rolf Kanerva, Associate Presbytery leader at
“Fostering Expressions of Lament and Bearing Witness with those experiencing
Military Moral Injury”
Mon., Apr. 19 | 2pm Eastern

The Soul Repair Center will be offering free monthly webinars in the months ahead of use to religious leaders and professional caregivers supporting veterans and their families. Speakers include:
Chaplain Christopher Hansen, LT, USN, has served with the Marine Infantry and Naval Special Warfare, deploying to combat zones in the Middle East and conducting training exercises in Australia. He currently teaches Moral Injury and Chaplaincy for Wesley Theological Seminary.
Dr. Kathleen O’Connor, William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament, Emerita, at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia
Dr. Nancy Ramsay, Director of the Soul Repair Center and Emerita Professor at Brite Divinity School
There will be time for discussion among the presenters and time for questions.
Recording of the webinar will be available on this website and the VOA’s YouTube channel within two weeks of the webinar.
Mental Health First Aid Training
Sat., Apr. 17 | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(Registration Deadline is April 3)

Light for the Darkness is offering training for adults on Youth Mental Health First Aid (see below for full explanation). Volunteers and leaders of your youth ministries, including parents, are encouraged and welcome to participate in this training. Learn more here.

The actual cost is $170 but due to grants, our cost is $24. The presbytery has said they will cover it if someone is interested and that cost is a deterrent. 

Mail check for $24 to Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy, 1001 Craig Rd Ste 170, STL, MO 63146 memo:MHFA

For Elders and Deacons
April 14, 7:00-8:30 pm (EDT)
As a part of the “ Year of Leader Formation: Investing in Ruling Elders and Deacons,” a series of webinars will be offered. Please share the information and registration for the first of these events:
Discovering Our Gifts . God has gifted each of us with a variety of skills, interests, and talents. As those called to leadership in the church, particularly to the ministries of ruling elder and deacon, many of those gifts are called upon in a variety of ways. Take time to explore and discover your own talents, how they can be used to form effective teams and ways that we work together in the community as God’s children. During this webinar, you can expect to search within yourself while also being introduced to some tools to use in your own congregation. Mark your calendar for April 14, 7:00-8:30 pm (EDT).
The webinar will be recorded for viewing at a later time. Korean and Spanish interpretation will be available; please register and indicate interpretation needs by April 7.
Union Seminary: The Basics of Digital Church Communication
Learn about more continuing education opportunities
at Union Seminary by clicking here.
Transitional Ministry
Please mark your calendars for the next offering of the  Art of Transitional Ministry Education. The orientation will begin at 1:00 pm on Monday, October 18, 2021, and will conclude the evening of Thursday, October 21, 2021. At this time, the in-person orientation will be hosted at the Parkville Presbytery Church in Kansas City, Missouri. 
Registration is now open. To register click here
For questions related to the content or assignments of Weeks I and II or Executive Training, contact Beth Wagner: For administrative and registration questions contact Danelle O’Connell at the Synod of Mid-America office: 
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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
Current Support Ministry Position Openings
Senior Staff Assistant - Webster Groves Presbyterian

Protestant Religious Education Coordinator - Scott Air Force Base

Part-Time Pastor - First Presbyterian, Perryville

Associate Pastor - Dardenne Presbyterian, Dardenne Prarie

Interim Pastor - John Calvin Presbyterian