June / 6 / 2023
Marching Together in Faith for
Gun Violence Prevention
"It seems that every single day, there is some type of violence involving guns - mass shootings, accidental child shootings, school shootings, grocery store shootings, sweet sixteen party shootings, accidentally ringing the wrong doorbell shootings — ‘normal’ everyday situation types of shootings. But we must never let gun violence become normalized... " 
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Blog Post by Julie Burchett
Webster Groves Presbyterian Church
GLPBY Public Witness Team
Churches Together for Justice
Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket

  • Please pray for ... an end to gun violence in our nation.
  • Please pray for... for sustained energy of volunteers at churches hosting Vacation Bible School events
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Upcoming Ministry Team Meetings
This Week
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Thurs., June 8
9:30 am History Team at Southminster

Mon., June 12
7 pm - DRAWP Click Here
Tues., June 13
4 pm - Administration Click Here
Wed., June 14
10 am - COM Click Here
Thurs., June 15
1:30 pm - Vision Team Click Here
3 pm - Planning Gather Click Here
Our Stated Clerk Search Is Live!
The Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy is seeking a part-time Stated Clerk who will join our staff in November of this year!
Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and resume, Personal Information Form (PIF), or CV to Donna Schiro,
Please include your name in the subject line of your email and title all documents in the upper left corner with your first and last name. There will also be the opportunity to provide written responses to supplemental questions that will be extended to candidates upon application. Your letter of interest and documents must be received by July 24, 2023. Finalists will be notified by August 1, and interviews will be conducted on August 10 and 11, 2023.

Check out our new webpage for information on the search!
Search Team for the Stated Clerk,
Sarah Holt (Chair of Search Team for the Stated Clerk)
Donna Schiro (Vice-Chair )
Rev. Daniel Ervin
Barbara Abbett
Rev. Larryetta Ellis
Rev. Kathleen Henrion
News & Updates
Cote Brilliante Presbyterian Church
Youth Sunday
Sun., Jun. 11 | 10:00 am
Guest Speaker, Mr. Brian H. Hurd, an exceptional youth motivational speaker, will join us in celebrating the educational achievement of the youth and young people of the church.
Brian Hurd is a nationally recognized leader in transforming urban communities. He is a field instructor for Washington University's George Warren Brown School of Social Work and an adjunct professor at the University, His course, is titled, Planning Sustainable and Racially Equitable Urban Communities. Learn more about his work by clicking here.
Cote Brilliante Presbyterian Church is located at 4673 Labadie Ave., St. Louis. Directions may be found by clicking here
If you are joining us by Zoom, the link is found by clicking here. The passcode is 145026. If you are calling in, please dial 1-312-626-6799, enter the meeting ID when prompted and the passcode of 145026. 
Church Leadership Connection (CLC)
Rolls Out New System
The New CLC System becomes the official CLC system today, June 5th, 2023. After four-plus years of planning and waiting, the PC(USA) has an updated and more effective system that mixes automation, user experience, and presbytery customization. The old system will keep working for those who are already in the system, but all new call processes or call seekers will begin their journey in the new system.
All and any support for PNCs, presbyteries, and synods will be provided by our staff of CLC Consultants.
The system will keep getting updates and fixes throughout the transition process and afterwards, so your reporting and suggestions are more than welcome. Address them to Manuel Silva-Esterrich, Manager for Call Process Support.
CLC and Call Process were recently featured in an episode of Along the Road. Listen below and learn more about the podcast HERE.  
June Opportunities for Transformation, Wonder, and Healing with A Place of Grace:
A Place of Grace May Prayer Art Retreat
Here is artwork from this month's Prayer Art Retreat at Von Dell Gallery & Studios in Wood River. The story was from John 20:1-18. I'm always amazed by what develops as the evening progresses. The June Prayer Art Retreat is Thursday, June 15th at 6 p.m. at Von Dell Gallery & Studios, 102 E Ferguson, Wood River, IL. We hope you'll join us for art and the sabbath. You can register here:
Bethel Hills Community
Public Open House and Barbeque!
Sunday, June 11 | Noon– 4pm
at 10450 Voelkerding Road, Dutzow, MO
Directions may be found by clicking here.

The Bethel Hills community in Dutzow, MO, is being developed by the Advocates for Community Choice (ACC) and their many donors and volunteers. Their vision is an all-inclusive faith-based community where adults with and without developmental disabilities live, learn and worship together. Those without disabilities live alongside community members with intellectual or developmental disabilities as good neighbors.
✓ Higher Education Scholarship App.
✓ 3 Essay Questions
✓ Session Endorsement Form
✓ Letter of Support from the Clerk of Session or Pastor
✓ Completed IRS W-9 Form
✓ Deadline August 1st
About The Scholarship
Funds are available for Presbyterians to use for higher education. Scholarships can be used for any accredited institution of higher learning (including trade schools and graduate study programs.)
Scholarships are awarded per school year and are renewable with application annually. Open to active Presbyterians within the Synod of Mid-America, and whose church membership qualifies as reported on December 31, 2022.
Kansas—total of 100 members or less Missouri—total of 50 members or less
Applicants will be judged on financial need, academic achievement, and involvement in the local church, school, and community. Scholarship recipients will be notified by August 31, 2023.
For more information visit
PHP American Climate Metrics Survey
Climate change intersects with systemic poverty and structural racism, particularly being an acute threat for countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia — the regions where most of the global poor are concentrated.
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has long recognized our obligation to act as faithful stewards of God’s Creation to respond to climate change. Many General Assembly actions have acknowledged the realities of climate change, its effect on the “least of these” and the need to reduce energy consumption and reliance on fossil fuels.
We would like to hear your voice on important issues that affect our planning and focus around Climate Change. Please take this 5-minute survey to help us better understand your attitudes and awareness on various issues and our role as faith leaders:
Your individual answers are confidential, and we value your input!
Tips for Caring for God's Bountiful Creation: 
Reusing rather than "one time use and tossing it"!
At home, church, school, or work: Use reusable plates, cups, flatware, and tablecloths. Serve water in pitchers rather than plastic water bottles.
"TIPS" is brought to you each week by the Earth Care Work Group of Presbytery monitors the certified Earth Care Congregation program of the PC(USA) in the presbytery and exposes environmental injustices among people of color, women, indigenous, and LGBTQ communities. Contact: or 314-941-9378.
Giddings-Lovejoy Global Partnerships Promotes Fairtrade Products
There is a place in the heart of Galilee where Jewish and Arab women are working towards peace in equality and mutual respect, and we invite you to be part of our vision of a truly democratic society.
These Fairtrade products include olive oils, spices, honey, and olive oil cosmetics, all of which are produced based on the principles of women's empowerment and Jewish-arab cooperation.
DRAWP is pleased to announce the 2023 summer book group! The group will meet for 7 weeks (each Wednesday) via Zoom starting July 19, 2023, with the final gathering in person. This year we will be reading "What Kind of Christianity" by William Yoo.
The book is currently on sale at the PCUSA Store for $19.50
(Regular Price: $30.00). Click Here for Details
If you are planning to be part of the group read this summer, order yours today and receive 35% off the list price! Sign up for this summer's book group by sending an email to Travis Winckler ( Diane McCullough (, or Julie Northrip (
The New Horizons Presbyterian Church will be hosting a Craft & Vendor Fair on Saturday, November 4th, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. We are looking for crafters and vendors to join us! For more information and/or to request an application, please call (314) 427-0841 or e-mail us at Applications will be accepted beginning on July 1st, 2023. Registration Deadline is September 15th, 2023. New Horizons Presbyterian Church is located at 9424 Everman Ave. in Overland, Missouri.
Full Funded Westminster Scholarship Announced
Austin College announces the largest single gift in the College’s history, a $20 million bequest from the estate of Clifford J. Grum. The gift will fully fund the Westminster Scholarship Program for Presbyterian students to attend Austin College with full tuition paid, beginning in the 2024-2025 academic year
Called to Serve? We Need You!
Have You Considered Presbytery Service?
There are many ministry team positions available in the coming year, and we just know you would be a good fit for a committee or commission
Please fill out and return the form below.
GLPby App Form (Word) | GLPby App Form (fillable PDF)
Current Support Ministry Position Openings
  • Contemporary Worship Band Leader, First Presbyterian, Kirkwood, MO
  • PT Office Administrator-First Presbyterian, Alton, IL
  • (PT) Coordinator Christian Education - Southminster Presbyterian, Crestwood, MO
  • Head of Music - First United Presbyterian, Collinsville, IL

Off Hours Help Needed? Contacts Found Below
Rev. Ryan Landino
Presbytery Leader

Rev. Liz Kanerva
Presbytery Leader
Rev. Joy Myers
Stated Clerk

Leigh Porter
Office Manager
Janice McMillen
Communications Associate