May / 25 / 2021
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  • Please pray for... our guest blog, the Presbyterian Women Coordinating Council
  • Please pray for... children and youth this summer as they participate in camps, vacation bible school, and relax after a stress-filled pandemic school year
  • Please pray for... Pastor Donna Schiro and Trinity Chapel Presbyterian Church as they formally begin their mission and ministry together.
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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
Wed., May 26
10am Honorably Retired-Click Here
6pm Clerks of Session - Click Here
Tues., June 1
12pm- All Pastors-Click Here
Thurs., June 3
12pm Specialized Ministry-Click Here
Presbytery Office Closed
Mon., May 31
New CDC Guidelines
When the new Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Guidelines came out last Thursday, they were welcome but also a bit confusing. The challenges that each church has faced have not only been based on a deadly virus, but also on municipal, county, and state government guidance and restrictions. As you consider the new guidelines and how to implement them in your congregation, we invite you to continue to practice safety first for your entire congregation. And we ask each of us to pray for and support our sessions and pastors as they make very difficult decisions about re-opening and safety protocols.
Dynamic Leaders Team Recommendations & Support
Stewardship Kaleidoscope Registration Opens
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 Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) and other ecumenical partners, Stewardship Kaleidoscope is designed to help participants explore stewardship, in its many colorful dimensions!
Our mission is to create an annual event that:
  • Ignites generosity
  • Gives practical tools for cultivating generosity in congregations
  • Expands the leadership capacity of those who lead stewardship initiatives
  • Cultivates adaptive approaches for funding Christ’s mission
Venues vary annually, and you can count on Stewardship Kaleidoscope to provide Real Tools for Real Ministry!
Online Livestreaming Workshop Available
Online Communications Workshop
Tues., June 1 | 1pm CT

What do you want your community to know about your church? Now, more than ever, church leaders need to be in touch with their congregations and their communities. Join the Presbyterian Communicators Network for this informative workshop focusing on livestreaming your church service.
After more than a year of many church buildings being closed, congregations are beginning to re-enter their places of worship. However, one thing the pandemic has taught us is that we must do church differently. This workshop will share tips, tools, and techniques to help you up your game of livestreaming or help you venture into the world of live streaming.
You don’t have to have a huge budget or a large staff to effectively tell the story of your work inside and outside the church walls. The workshop will share a variety of resources that are available at little or no cost.
Register now for this online workshop.
Please Complete Survey
The Officer Training Workgroup of the Dynamic Leaders Team is evaluating how the Presbytery can better resource sessions in developing church leaders. We invite all church leaders (in any capacity) to take a moment to complete this brief survey:
Officer Training Workgroup: Barb Abbett, Susan Andrews, Daniel Ervin, Thom Hood, Joy Myers, Bill Smutz
Public Witness Team Training Offered
Oasis a national organization works with 55+ age groups coaching them on how to use for FREE Technology Training, Health and Wellness Training, Health Programs, and Volunteering.

Subjects covered in TECHNOLOGY TRAINING:
o  Smartphones Android and Apple Platforms
o  iPads  Apple and Android
o  Electronic devices software
o  Digital Etiquette
o  Facebook 101
o  Email 101
o  How to secure/protect yourself when using the Internet
The above training would offer benefits to senior members of improving their independence and being able to stay in touch with their grandchildren.
The HELP MINISTRY program at Cote Brilliante Presbyterian Church has worked with the Oasis Program on how to duplicate classes on coaching and training. They developed programs on:
  •            Contract Agreement
  •            Training Manuals
  •            Training for volunteers leading to Certification
  •            A survey process to determine the interest of the congregation
A six-week program had an attendance of 6-11 senior citizens and 6 volunteers. If your congregation is interested in a program of this type that would help senior members become more proficient in the use of technology devices, please contact:
                                       PUBLIC WITNESS TEAM
                                       Milton A. Robinson    Cote Brilliante Presbyterian Church
News & Activities
The commissioning of Ruling Elder, Donna Schiro, to Trinity Chapel Presbyterian Church, Cuba, Missouri was held on Sunday, May 23.
Congratulations to all!
Presbyterians Mission Agency Highlights
Rev. Thirza Sayers and Light for the Darkness
The leader of Light for the Darkness, a new worshiping community that serves as a mental health ministry in the Presbytery of Giddings Lovejoy and pastor at Hillside Presbyterian Church in House Springs, Missouri, has lived with treatment-resistant major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder for 30 years
Tips for Caring for God's Amazing Creation: 
Recycle your tin cans
Make sure you recycle your tins and metal scraps: They will be transformed into new cans, or into sheet metal for various uses.
"TIPS" are submitted by the Earth Care Task Force of the Public Witness Team of the presbytery, consisting of representation from the nine Certified Earth Care Congregations of the presbytery. For more information contact: or 314-941-9378.
Faiths 4 Vaccine National Summit
Wed., May 26 | 12pm CT

Supporting the vaccination effort, caring for our neighbors. In the race to vaccinate the entire United States population, faith leaders across the country are leading by example, receiving the vaccine, advocating on behalf of its equitable distribution, and mobilizing their congregations to support vaccination administration. Faiths4Vaccines is connecting and supporting faith communities in these life-saving efforts.
Imagine Tulsa: 1921
Thurs., May 27 & Thurs., June 3
Join the important work across the denomination…

A message from the Synod of the Sun’s Network for Dismantling Racism
Vigilante violence; hundreds of men, women and children killed; thousands burned out of their homes; businesses looted before they, too, were burned; wholesale internment of residents; the most prosperous black community in the country, the Greenwood District, also known as Black Wall Street, destroyed by racially motivated hatred … Tulsa, 1921. And for generations, both whites and blacks maintained what has been called a “conspiracy of silence,” though for different reasons.
In 2020, the Synod of the Sun formed the Network for Dismantling Racism with the 100th anniversary of this event (May 31–June 1) firmly in its sights, not because what happened in Tulsa was unique, but rather, because it was part of a pattern of domestic terror that marked the era. This is hard local and national history.
  • On May 27th, at 6:30 p.m. Central, the network will air a Listen and Lament event: an interview with Hannibal Johnson, historian, scholar, activist, and author of two books. He’ll provide historical context, a view of Tulsa at the time, specifics of the massacre, and a look at Tulsa today. Rev. Dr. Robert Turner, pastor of the historic Vernon AME Church in Tulsa will pray us out and we’ll close with 100 seconds of silence: one second for every year since those horrific events.
  • One week later, on June 3rd, we’ll reconvene via Zoom to Reflect and Respond—providing brave space to address what comes up and perhaps discern what’s next. You are invited to join in these events virtually— more information here.
Kristy Rodgers, Moderator, Network for Dismantling Racism
Public Witness
Summer Mission Grants Available
The presbytery funds to conduct summer programs are available to member churches and social agencies in relationship with the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy. The funds will be awarded through an application process directed by the Public Witness Ministry Team. The purpose of the grant is to provide opportunities for summer Christian education and witness, personal growth, faith formation, and recreation (if sanctioned by the local government) to children and adults in communities of need.
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
Education & Training Opportunities
Six Perspectives on Issues of Peace and Justice
This new series of six stand-alone webinars explore issues of peace and justice from various perspectives relating to peace with God, peace with creation, and peace with others. For titles and brief descriptions of every individual session, please consult this SHALOM Flyer. Register for one session, register for several, or take all six and pay for just five (a savings of $30). Each webinar will run from 10:30am to 12 noon Central Time. The available dates are June 8, June 29, July 13, July 28, August 10, and August 24. Learn more or register at
Find all upcoming education events, click here
Presbyterian Association of Musicians
June 20-25 & June 27-July 2
We at PAM are excited about our Worship and Music Conferences at Montreat this summer, and we hope you will help us pass along information to all the churches in your presbytery or synod! Please feel free to use this information to create an announcement of your own.
First and foremost, we are dedicated to holding a summer conference that is safe and enjoyable. We are so pleased to be able to offer both of our conference weeks in-person for individuals or groups! We also are offering our conference online for the second year in a row as we hope to bring the Worship and Music Conference experience to everyone! We've even created special pages that talk about what an online conference can look like for you or even a group!
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
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: 
Becoming Matthew 25
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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

Associate Pastor - Dardenne Presbyterian,
Dardenne Prarie

Interim Pastor - John Calvin Presbyterian