April / 30 / 2019
Legacy Investment
By Rev. Dr. Craig M. Howard
Presbytery Leader
"A church is only as strong as the community that surrounds it."

Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket Update

  • Please pray.... For Beth recently diagnosed with pneumonia and cancer. Daughter of Margaret King Rechtien
  • Please pray....for safe travel to the Presbytery Gathering
Click on the prayer basket to find our current prayers.
Poverty & Social Witness
Earlier this month, the Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, director of the PC(USA)’s Office of Public Witness, discussed the Poor People’s Campaign during Compassion, Peace & Justice Training Day in Washington, D.C. …. Hawkins, director of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s  Office of Public Witness in Washington D.C., says “we have third-world conditions in parts of the United States of America,” reflecting on his travels to cities some might find surprising. Read more here.
See below for your chance to hear Rev. Hawkins speak .
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"Troubling the Waters for
the Healing of the World"
Featuring: Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, Director of Public Witness PC(USA),
Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 9 a.m .to 3 p.m.
John Knox Presbyterian Church
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: May 2 to May 8

Sat., May 4
Presbytery Gathering
@ First Cape Girardeau
Mon., May 6
Presbytery Office Closed
Wed., May 8
2 p.m. - PTCC (Oaks)

Week of: May 9 to May 15

Thurs., May 9
3 p.m. - Gathering Plan Team (Oaks)
5 p.m. - Cong Vibrancy (Oaks)
Tues., May 14
10 a.m - Finance (Oaks)
11 a.m. - New Worship Com (St.Andrew)
1 p.m. - Mission/Outreach (Oaks)
4 p.m. - Admin/Support (Oaks)
Presbytery Gathering Information
Next Presbytery Gathering - Saturday, May 4th

  • Workshops Featuring Hunger Action and Sacred Places
  • Please bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the food pantry that services the Cape Girardeau community.
  • Pre-Gathering Fellowship on Friday, May 3 - Beginning at 5:30 p.m. with the dedication of the Peace Park of First Presbyterian Church, Cape Girardeau. First Friday with the Arts is taking place in the downtown area that evening, with galleries and shops open until 9 p.m.
  • Carpooling is key! Again, when there are three or more to a vehicle, a $10 gift card will be offered to carpooling attendees.
  • Meeting Binder and Last Stated Gathering Minutes found here.
Gathering Features
Hunger Action & Partners for Sacred Places
When did we see you hungry?
How the church meets Jesus as we engage in hunger ministry.....

Rev. Rebecca Barnes
Rebecca is a graduate of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary earning a Masters of Divinity and a Masters of Art in Religion in 2011, with a thesis titled: “A Fuller Experience of God’s Grace: How the Sacraments Invite Us to Relationship with, and Care for, the Earth.”
"Urban/Rural: Contrasts in Poverty and Hunger Without Compartmentalization"

Rev. Dr. Rubén Rosario Rodríguez
Ruben is Associate Professor in the Department of Theological Studies at Saint Louis University, where he also serves as Director for the Mev Puleo Scholarship Program in Latin American Theology, Politics, and Culture.
Local food pantry representatives from the Salvation Army and FISH, based in Cape Girardeau, will also offer workshops.
Presenting: Reimagine your Community
Robert Jaeger (Bob)
Bob co-founded Partners for Sacred Places in 1989. Previously, Bob worked with the Philadelphia Historic Preservation Corporation as Senior Vice President for the Historic Religious Properties Program. He is the co-author of Sacred Places at Risk (1998) and Strategies for Stewardship and Active Use of Older and Historic Religious Properties (1996), author of Sacred Places in Transition (1994), and editor (from 1985 to 1989) of Inspired, a bi-monthly magazine with news and technical articles on religious property preservation. Bob holds a master’s degree in preservation planning from Cornell University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
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Uprooting Hunger - 2019 Presbytery Wide Goal

Presbytery Hunger Program (PHP) staff and advisory committee members visited  Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO ) , a PHP grant partner, and learned how they successfully transformed a brownfield site into a community garden that produces over 2 tons of organic produce and organized to transform a 22-acre Superfund site into a public park, La Villita Park. (Chicago, Illinois)
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 in the year ahead. If you have any questions, email:
Ministry Team Updates
Give StL - May 1
(24 Hours of Giving)
  • Ukirk: UKirk gives college students an opportunity to have a close relationship with Christ in the midst of schoolwork and extracurricular activities. Every week, UKirk gathers for worship, food, fellowship, and so much more. Give Here.
  • Partners for Just Trade: Partners for Just Trade is a non-profit, faith-based organization that builds partnerships between producers living in extreme poverty and consumers in North America. Give Here.
Pastors in Specialized Ministry
June 26 - 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The Presbytery of Giddings Lovejoy appreciates the work of those laboring outside of congregations. Specialized ministries are essential to the work we are called to do as part of the Church. Join us for at time of fellowship, staff introductions, and reflection on ways we can better support each other and the work of the church. Event flyer, with registration, can be found here.
Congregational Happenings
Safety/Active Shooter Workshop
Thurs., May 2
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The Department of Homeland Security and J.R. Green Insurance Services, Inc. extend an invitation to the churches and organizations of The Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy to attend the Safety/Active Shooter Workshop. Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church has graciously provided the meeting space.
J. R. Green Insurance Services, Inc. provides the insurance program to many of the Presbyterian churches and organizations in the Presbytery. The Workshop is free and will provide information and resources that are valuable to your organization and members. This is an opportunity to "review your plan of action" or "develop a plan of action"
To register and learn more about this training opportunity, please click here.
Washington Presbyterian's First Trivia Night
Friday May 3rd 2019
We will have popcorn and soft drinks (bring your own additional refreshment), a silent auction, a cash award for the top team, and lots of fun! All to benefit the youth of the church who will be serving at the event. We are raising money to send them to camp this summer!! Call Andy at 816-694-9095 to register.
Friday Night Story Delights
Friday, May 3 - 7 pm
Faith DesPeres Presbyterian Church

Sponsored by the University Extension of Missouri you are welcome to join these Festival Featured Storytellers for bite-sized stories.
Featured Storytellers: Bil Lepp, Diane Ferlatte, Liz Weir, Robert Lewis, Noa Baum, Bill Harley, Motoko, Antonio Sacre, and TrixBruce.
Hosted by Faith Des Peres Presbyterian Church, Directions may be found here.
$5 suggested donation at the door - Visit for more information.
Exploring Missional Leadership
Tuesday, May 7 • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ferguson Presbyterian Church

How do we develop more missional leaders in the church? Exploring Missional Leadership (EML) is a daylong event hosted by mid councils & churches and led by 1001 national staff. Through presentations, active learning and group conversation, participants will be introduced to the concept of missional church and the qualities and competencies of missional leadership.
Sponsored by 1001 New Worshipping Communities and Ferguson Presbyterian Church, this event is free, with lunch provided. Learn more about Exploring Missional Leadership and register for this event by clicking here. Registration for the event can be made by calling Ferguson Presbyterian (314) 522-8542 and registering with Marcia Keys our church administrator. Office hours are M-Th 8:30-12:30 pm. Directions to the church can be found here.
Hunter Memorial 95th Anniversary
Sunday, May 19
The mission of Hunter Memorial First Presbyterian Church is to proclaim the good news of God's love in Jesus Christ, build a fellowship of Christian love, provide opportunities for spiritual growth, and serve the community and the world. 
They will celebrate their 95th Anniversary on May 19th, and welcome all to join them in celebration. Full details of the day can be found here.
Micah 6:8 Camp
Schools will be letting our for the summer soon. Have you made plans for your middle school student, for day camp?
Explore what Amen St. Louis
June 17th to 21st. Click below:
Calling College Age Students
UKirk will be having a Summer Book Club for any student in the St. Louis area this summer, and kicks off on June 5th. The book chosen is: Shameless: A Sexual Reformation
If you are around St. Louis this summer and interested in Christian collegiate fellowship, UKirk will host dinners and discussion (and likely at least one pool party!) on the first three Wednesday evenings in June from around 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (June 5,12, and 19.) Let Pastor Miriam know if you need a copy of the book or order here: Shameless: A Sexual Reformation  by Nadia Bolz-Weber.
Complete List of Educational Opportunities: Found Here
Synod Grant & Scholarships
Now Available

  • The Paragon Grant is a one-time grant of up to $30,000 that aims to foster new and creative “examples of excellence” in congregations within our region. The Synod wants to support innovative and thoughtful projects that might not otherwise be able to be pursued. If your congregation has a dynamic, innovative idea you wish you had the money to pursue, submit an application!
  • Are you a Presbyterian on the hunt for higher education scholarships? The Synod has money for that! Go online to and see if you meet the criteria to apply!
Shift 2.0 Conference
May 20-22, 2019 (St. Charles, MO)
Dr. Phil Maynard, a certified coach, an Endorsed coach (UMEA), a certified Conflict/Mediation Coach, and licensed trainer/facilitator, will help you "d   iscover the key shifts that all churches must make if they are going to have a fruitful ministry in the next century… Rural, urban, black, Hispanic, Anglo, Asian, multicultural, liberal, evangelical… they all need to think through these key shifts to figure out a path forward.” -Paul Nixon, Coach/Consultant   Sponsored by Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation. Details found below:
Board of Pensions
Annual Benefits Connection
Thurs., May 9th - 10 am. to 3 p.m.
Hosted by Ladue Chapel
Benefits Connections are half-day events, during which employers hear from benefits experts from the Board about the foundational values of the Benefits Plan of the PC(USA) — wholeness, compassion, and justice — and the Church’s commitment to just compensation. You’ll explore ways your congregation can support ministers and staff through these values. And you’ll understand how benefits offered by the Board can meet your needs as an employer.
You’ll also have the opportunity to network with colleagues from your region and tell us what you need as an employer. We look forward to meeting with you. Learn more here.
Messy Church Training
Saturday, May 18th - 9 a.m. to 3:30 pm. 
at St. Paul UCC-Waterloo, Illinois
Messy Church is a church experience for families who have not found other forms of church engaging and who don’t yet belong to a church. It explores a biblical theme through includes hands-on creative experiences, a celebration and a meal. It is usually held once per month at a time other than Sunday morning. It does not prioritize either the needs of children or adults but intentionally welcomes and provides for all ages.
National Black Presbyterian Caucus
June 27 to June 29
Registration is open  for the 45th Biennial National Black Presbyterian Caucus, June 27–29. This year’s theme is “Seeking Racial Justice & Equity! Where do we go from here?” The conference will take place at the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel and Conference Center. 
Faithful Innovation Summit
July 24–26, 2019
Luther Seminary in Minneapolis
 “We live in a time of disruptive change—and many of us are unsure where to start or how to lead through uncertainty. The  Faithful Innovation Summit is designed to help you define and address the challenges you’re facing. Gather with fellow Christian leaders and consider what God is calling you to do.”
The Presbytery of the Inland Northwest has been invited to present a case study of their missional transformation this event. Sheryl Kinder Pyle is eager to have some other EPs join them there; contact her for more information, and plan to attend.
Stewardship Kaleidoscope Annual Conference
September 30 to October 2
The annual  Stewardship Kaleidoscope Conference is a great opportunity for congregations to take a deeper dive into stewardship. The program is for pastors and for stewardship committees. Whether you want to refresh your approach or overhaul it, there will be something for you at Stewardship Kaleidoscope. 
Mid Council Financial Network Planning Team
2019 Conference 
November 20-22, 2019 
Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront

This event is a continuing education and training opportunity for synod, presbytery, and church financial persons. We are working with presenters and various others to bring you the most up to date information for this conference.
Save the date - More details will be released soon.
Opportunity to Talk about the Confessions
Taking a breif break for Easter, join us after Holy Week. Want to join the conversation? Contact Barbara G. Willock,
Current Support Ministry Position Openings
Congregations Searching for Support Staff
Children, Youth and Family Ministry - Second Presbyterian

Part Time Site Manager - AMEN|St. Louis

Soprano Section Leader Wanted - Westminster St. Louis

Director of Music and Organist - Faith Des Peres

Director Faith Formation and Family Ministries
for Children - Ladue Chapel