March / 12 / 2019
Great Man Theory
Rev. Dr. Craig M. Howard
Presbytery Leader
“When people are asked to draw an effective leader, their sketch typically reflect male features, even when a woman is holding the pencil.”

Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket Update
  • Please pray.... for the Office of the General Assembly, and the family of Robina Winbush, who served as Associate Stated Clerk and Director of Ecumenical Relations with the Office of the General Assembly. This was a sudden and unexpected passing, so information will be released at a later date.
  • Please pray ....for the family of Dr. Ruth Ann Faison
Click on the prayer basket to find our current prayers.
National event draws more than 500 to reimagine faith in their communities
by Gregg Brekke
Meeting together since 2010 as a group dedicated to “vibrant theological discussion, spiritual growth and evangelistic courage” in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.),  NEXT Church is gathering this week under its 2019 theme “Woven Together: Stories of Dissonance, Sacrifice and Liberation.” Read more here.
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We are Saddened to Report...
Dr. Ruth Ann Faison
Dr. Ruth Ann Faison, wife of Dr Bert Faison’s, (HR) passed away March 3, 2019.  There will be a memorial service March 24, 2019 at St. Mark Presbyterian Church, time to be determined. Memorial donations can be made to Presbyterian Children’s Home in Farmington.
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: Mar. 14 to Mar. 20

Thur., Mar. 14
1 p.m. - Presb Gath Planning (Oaks)
Mon., Mar. 18
1 p.m. - Social Witness (Oaks)
4 p.m. - Congregation Vibrancy (Oaks)
Week of: Mar. 21 to Mar. 27

Thur., Mar. 21
4 p.m. - Vision Team (Oaks)
6:30 p.m. - Com Preparation Min (Ladue)
Mon., Mar. 25
1 p.m. - Dismantling Racism/Priv (Oaks)
In Your Neighborhood
We are excited to announce that the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy Office Staff will be traveling to southern Missouri for a remote office day on Thursday, March 28 and will assume office space from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Shawnee Room at the Drury Inn, located right off of I-55, at 3351 Percy Dr., in Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701. Directions can be  found here.  
We recognize that it isn’t always easy or even possible to travel into the St. Louis area, so we are traveling to those to our south this month. We hope to see you there!
Uprooting Hunger - 2019 Presbytery Wide Goal
Until All Eat and Are Fed
We experience God’s grace and love through our faith in the saving power of Jesus’ death and resurrection. “We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us—and we ought to lay down our lives for one another” (1 John 3:16). In the Gospels, Jesus was compassionate to all people, especially the widow, the orphan, the stranger, the hungry, the poor, and the infirmed —the most vulnerable in society. Jesus loved all people—rich and poor—and actively cared for people in need. He urged his disciples to do the same. 
Uprooting Hunger - Hunger Action Team
The next sixteen months the presbytery will work toward establishing Certified Hunger Action Congregations. This  handout will be helpful to your congregation, as we journey together in the year ahead. If you have any questions, email:
Team & Congregational Happenings
Summer 2019 Mission & Outreach Team
Grant Applications Now Available
The Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy Mission and Outreach Moderator, Joyce Wilks-Love has announced that 2019 Summer Grant Applications are now available. You can find the application and details about the grants here.
Paris To Pittsburgh
The Climate For Change Is Now.
Wednesday, March 20 at 7 p.m.
The Ferguson Ecology Team Video Night, featuring Paris To Pittsburgh, The Climate For Change Is Now. The flyer can be found here.
These video nights are sponsored by the Ferguson Eco Team, composed of some members of Presbyterian Churches in the presbytery. For info, contact .
St. Patrick’s Day Men’s Fellowship
LoveJoy United Presbyterian Church
Thursday, March 14 at 6 p.m.
LoveJoy United Presbyterian Church (2550 Rock Hill Rd, Wood River, IL) invites you to join in on a great St. Patrick’s Day tradition: a corned beef & cabbage meal, wonderful entertainment, and a competitive game of washer toss.
Directions can be found here. To RSVP or for information, call the church office 618.254.5880. 
Communion Training for Elders
If your church is without a permanent pastor and wants to celebrate the Lord’s Supper regularly without having a Minister of Word and Sacrament present, then send a couple of elders to this training. The training will take place Saturday, March 30, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., at 1st Presbyterian Church of Perryville. Once an elder completes the training, the elder can be the celebrant at the table at his/her church beginning in May after approval at the Presbyter Gathering. Please RSVP to Stephanie Knopf, 314-420-9477 or .
Lenten Prayer Retreat at Ladue Chapel
Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 9 am – 12 pm
You are invited to rest in God’s presence and allow yourself to receive the pure gift of God. This morning of prayer includes an opportunity to pray with words (lectio divina), music (audio divina), and art (visio divina). Join Dieter Heinzl and Anne Peacock, as we nurture contemplative practices to enhance life’s journey. The labyrinth will also be available to walk in Fellowship Hall before and after the retreat. Friends welcome. RSVP to Anne Peacock: or 314-993-4771 x3122. Directions can be found here.
Trivia Night at Fisk Presbyterian
Sunday, March 24th - Registration at 4 p.m.
Games begin at 4:30 p.m.
There is no entry fee. Get a team together and join us for a night of fun. We are going to only have 8 categories this year to streamline things a little. Everyone welcome.
Annual Mound Ridge Dinner Auction
Save the date for the Mound Ridge Dinner Auction committee set the date for the 2019 Dinner Auction. It will be held on April 27, 2019, at Andrea’s Banquet Hall on Telegraph Road.
Seeking Support?
Need Hymnals?
First Presbyterian Church of Union has hymnals we would like to donate to another church. We have 30 volumes of "The Worshiping Church" Hope Publishing Company, Copyright 1990 we would like to donate to another church. These red-covered hymnals are in excellent condition. Those interested should contact Carol Gruber at 636-583-2329.
Copier Available
Pacific Presbyterian Church has a copier to donate. It is a Toshiba model E-Studio 352 digital copier. It can use letter size, legal size, and oversized paper. We printed in black/White, so I’m not sure about color options. It prints very well, has 1 and 2-sided copying and collating. Comes with extra toner cartridge and ink collection container, plus all manuals and CDs. Some parts to connect copier to computer no longer available. Dimensions 26” x 28” x 29” (W x D x H). Weight Approximately 177 lbs. We would need you to arrange for pickup and delivery. Call 636-257-2742 if interested.
HELP!! Seeking Old Photos
 Uni-Pres Kindercottage is preparing a video of the last 50 years of ministry at the day care center in East St. Louis--the old location and our current building. If you have pictures, especially pictures including Brenda Crisp in them, please get them to us. You can e-mail digital copies to . And please save the date, June 29, for a fabulous "Golden Gala" celebrating 50 years of ministry and looking forward to the future. A twice a century party you don't want to miss!!
Complete List of Educational Opportunities: Found Here
Movement: Mission, Body, and Justice
Forum on Youth Ministry - Princeton
April 23 rd -26 th , 2019
The Forum on Youth Ministry is an event for Christian leaders who work with young people. At the Forum we gather thought leaders, pastors, and scholars together on the campus of Princeton Theological Seminary for 4 days to provide lectures, seminars, and worship that feeds our work in youth ministry, and creates space for ministry leaders to network, rest, and learn.
If you would like to know more about the Forum you can find more information at , or you can email our director, Abigail Visco Rusert at .
2019 Starpoint Reformed Youth Festival "Unity"
July 23-27 in Debrecen
Every two years, thousands of Reformed youth from all over the Carpathian Basin and international guests from around the world gather to worship, fellowship, and grow in faith with one another at the Starpoint Reformed Youth Festival. Each year, during the festival, youth participate in various programs, including opening and closing worships, daily keynotes, roundtable discussions and workshops, and evening devotions and small groups. Unlike other festivals, Starpoint is a festival for youth by youth, with a group of more than 600 people taking part in organizing and running the event.
Upcoming Online Continuing Education
The Leadership Institute is committed to equipping and inspiring church and ministry leaders. Our desire is to foster the continuing, ongoing process of leadership development for pastors, educators, and lay leaders alike. We invite you to explore how we may partner together to strengthen our witness and service to the church in the world. 
Opportunity to Talk about the Confessions
The confession in the Book of Confessions with the widest history of use in the United States is Westminster. Its Confession of Faith and its Catechisms have literally been part of American churches [and not only Presbyterian ones] since 1648, the year it was first adopted by the English Parliament. Until the creation of the Book of Confessions in 1967, it was the only confession used as a theological “plumbline” in Presbyterian churches.
Wednesday morning we will discuss the history of these foundational documents in the life of our church and explore what the Westminster Confession of Faith still has to teach us about our God and our faith.
Want to join the conversation?
Contact Barbara Willock and you can always,
Stewardship Kaleidoscope
September 30 – October 2, 2019
Catamaran Resort, San Diego, CA
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! Read more here.
Current Support Ministry Position Openings
Congregations Searching for Support Staff
Church Accountant/Bookkeeper - Second Presbyterian

Director Faith Formation and Family Ministries
for Children - Ladue Chapel

Church Accountant/Bookkeeper - Second Presbyterian