July / 10 / 2018
On Vacation - Be Back Soon
Rev. Dr. Craig M. Howard
Transitional Leader of
Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy
Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket Update
  • Please pray for the Rev. Don Kratz and family in the death of his wife, Lyda.
  • Please pray for Nicaragua as the violence has escalated.
What's Happening? Did you know?..... .
  • Violence escalates in Nicaragua, PC(USA) mission co-worker leaves temporarily... read more here.
  • Presbyterian Disaster Assistance needs help in construction phases of recovery efforts. Can you help? You don't have to be an expert craftsman, rather just a willingness to learn and support the rebuilding efforts already established. Learn more about how you can help, here.
Quick Connect
Help Wanted
Parish Paper
Upcoming Team Meetings - Locations Listed
(Wednesday to Tuesday)
PLEASE NOTE: The Oaks Conference Room (Oaks) and St. Andrews Conference Room (St. Andrews) are both located at the new Presbytery office, 1001 Craig Rd., Suite 170, St. Louis, MO 63146.
(Oaks) is on the first floor (St. Andrews) is on the second floor. Directions can be found here.
This Week....
Wed., July 11
2 p.m. - Pastoral Transitions CC (Oaks)
Thurs., July 12
5 p.m. - Cong. Vibrancy Team (Oaks)
Mon., July 16
1 p.m. - Social Witness (Second Pres)
Next Week:
Wed., July 18
2 p.m. - Personnel (Oaks)
Thurs., July 19
10 a.m. - Stewardship (Oaks)
2 p.m. - West Commission (Oaks)
4 p.m. - Vision Team (Ladue Chapel)
6:30 p.m. - CPM (Ladue Chapel)
Mon., July 23
1 p.m. - Dismant. Racism/Priv. (Ladue Chapel)
Our Community Connected
Presbyterian Women Churchwide Gathering
“Arise, shine, your light has come!” (based on Isaiah 60:1) is the theme for the Gathering. Held every three years, PW’s Churchwide Gathering is an event that celebrates and can deepen your engagement in all that Presbyterian Women does. Participants enjoy workshops, tours, forums, resource gathering (and shopping!), plenary sessions with inspiring speakers, worship and more. PW’s triennial Business Meeting will take place just before the Churchwide Gathering (August 1–2), where budget, leadership and programmatic emphases for the next triennium are decided. Full details can be found here.
Church Furnishings Available
Hillside Presbyterian has these lovely items to offer: Communion table is 5' long, 40" tall and 31`” deep; Pulpit is 45" tall 29" deep 40” wide; Baptismal Font; Cross is 125" tall and 72” wide; Candle stick stands are 43" tall and 7x7 top; Choir binders and 8 boxes of sheet music; 45 blue 1990 hymnal; and Choir robes (about 20). Please email  for pictures and inquiries.
Presbyterian Youth Triennium 2019
Presbyterian Youth Triennium is a gathering for high school age youth from the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church that occurs every three years. The 2019 event is July 16-20, 2019 at Purdue University, with the theme for the event as “Here’s My Heart”.
If you have High School youth in your congregation, save the date and start the conversation about Triennium. More information can be found here.
The Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy Education and Youth Team will release more information in the near future.
Discover Fine Arts Camp
Sun., July 15- Sat., July 21 (Children ages 10-15)
This overnight camp experience calls out your child’s natural creativity. Our campers will be inspired with a variety of art and music forms as they celebrate their particular God-given gifts. Biblical super-heroes will teach us of God’s affinity toward using the ‘ordinary person’ for extraordinary tasks. Campers will participate in learning, creating, fellowship, outdoor worship, water play, campfire activities and building lasting relationships with one another and God .. click here.
UKirk - St. Louis
Pool Party and Service Project this Saturday, and you can find out more by clicking here . Don't forget that our last gathering for this summer is on July 31, from 7-9 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church; we'll meet for dinner and an information session about the Montreat College Conference (January 1-5, 2019). Email Pastor Miriam at ( )
Educational & Missional Opportunities
St. Louis Regional Understanding & Analyzing Systemic Racism Workshop on July 18 - 20, 2018 - Open to the Public
This workshop takes an in-depth look into institutional, cultural, and individual manifestations of racism. Using a variety of interactive tools, it explores the historical development of institutional racism and its continuing impact. Strategic methods of dismantling systemic racism within institutions will be introduced. Read more here.
2018 Evangelism Conference: Sabbath Rest, Holy Surrender, Full Life
This year's conference is set for October 15-19, in Lake Tahoe, and we’ll be inviting participants to consider what it really means to bear witness to Christ’s reconciliation by transforming our ministries into Sabbath Communities. Make no mistake, this is no ordinary conference. Every part of the gathering is intentionally designed to both challenge our thinking about Sabbath and invite us to participate in Sabbath practices together. More information can be found here.
Ministry Position Openings
A ccompanist Needed
The Presbyterian Church of Washington is searching for a part-time accompanist for Sunday morning worship and choir rehearsals. Must have ability to play organ and piano. Full description ca be found here.  If interested, please contact Rev. Pat Gruber by email here.
Part-Time Treasurer Needed
Cote Brilliante Presbyterian Church is seeking a part-time treasurer. The Church Treasurer, as needed, shall have access to all income and expense reporting, payroll data, and other pertinent financial data of the church to help carry out their purpose. The ideal candidate will need to be knowledgeable and comfortable working with budgets, and adhere to confidentiality. The full description of the position can be found here. Interested parties, please contact Elder Joyce Wilks-Love
Connections Coordinator Needed at WGPC
We are currently searching for an outgoing, friendly person to fill the position of Connections Coordinator at WGPC! It is a part time position (about 25 hours per week), responsible for social media, newsletter communications, and website maintenance, as well as welcoming visitors and members to worship and other church activities, and connecting visitors and new members to current members, events and mission opportunities. If you know someone who might be interested in this type of work, please advise them to email their resume to Carrie Rao at .  WGPC members are not eligible for this position.
Seeking Interim Children's/Youth Director
Trinity Presbyterian Church in University City is looking for an Interim Youth Minister for a four month period. Our permanent youth minister will be taking a leave of absence, beginning July 21 through November.  
This is a part-time position, handling elementary through high school programming, including Sunday morning Children's Worship, Confirmation class and youth groups. If interested, please contact Rev. Johanna Wagner at (314) 725-3840.
AMEN Saint Louis – Seeking a Director
( application deadline extended to July 6 , due to GA223)
 AMEN Saint Louis is a Ministry Embracing the Neighborhood. They are a mission of Oak Hill Presbyterian Church, a small, urban church, located in South St. Louis, Missouri. They provide mission experiences and housing for church groups, youth groups, college groups, activists, and others seeking to serve in the city. Groups of all kinds stay in our AMEN House and head out on daily service projects with a variety of local agencies, and the AMEN St. Louis Director will coordinate all activities of the AMEN St. Louis ministry. More information can be found here.