July /25/ 2023
An Update from Our Search Team for the Stated Clerk
Our July 24th deadline has come and passed, and we currently have not received any applications for the position. Therefore, we will not be able to present a candidate to the August 24th Presbytery Gathering. We are required by the denomination to fill this position upon the ending of Joy Myers’ term in November, but the longer it takes to present a candidate, the less time they’ll have to shadow and train! Therefore, we are extending our deadline to apply to Sunday, September 24th. Candidates will be requested to fill out supplemental questions upon indication of their interest. Finalists will be notified by October 1st, and interviews will be scheduled on Tuesday, October 17th and Wednesday October 18th. Please send your 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.
Be sure to check out our webpage for information on the search!

Whatever gifts you bring, we can use them together in this position!

Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket

  • Please pray for ... the Rev. Brian Hall as he continues to have health challenges and moves to be nearer to family
  • Please pray for ... students as they prepare for a safe and healthy return to classrooms and college dorms
  • Please pray for ... Rev. Karen Dumey and her family as her mother, Mary Dumey, begins hospice care.
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Upcoming Ministry Team Meetings
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Thurs., July 27
11 am NWCC Click Here
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Tues., Aug. 1
10 am All Pastors at Ladue Chapel
Contact Liz if you haven't registered
Are we ready to gather? Save the date!
Presbytery Hybrid Gathering
Hosted by LoveJoy United Presbyterian
Wood River, Illinois
Thursday, August 24
Opening in Worship at 3:30 pm
Education and worship with Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, PC(USA)’s advocacy director, overseeing the efforts of the Office of Public Witness in Washington, D.C., and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations.
Rev. Hawkins New Book Published in 2022
In this compelling and informative volume, Jimmie R. Hawkins walks the reader through the many forms of Black protest in American history, from pre-colonial times through the George Floyd protests of 2020.
We are still working out the details of this gathering. The Call to Gather will be sent out on Thursday, July 27th, with complete details.
September Education Thursday Workshops are Back
  • When Two or Three Are Gathered: Resourcing Faith Formation When the Gathering Is Small, Led by Julie G’villo – Director of A Place for Grace. Julie has co-chaired the annual event for the International Association of Presbyterian Church Educators, written on spiritual practices with the PC(USA) Office of Christian Formation, and has done consulting work with churches in three states in the Midwest region.
  • Top 10 Best Practices around Investments, Endowments, and Legacy Giving Programs, Led by Joseph Moore and Sherri Finke, Ministry Relations Officers of the Presbyterian Foundation Presbyterians are called to fulfill stewardship responsibilities by ensuring that the resources managed by the church reflect our faith and God’s desires for the world.
  • How to Have the Best Meetings in the World, Led by Rev. Ryan Landino, Presbytery Leader – Giddings-Lovejoy At the beating heart of our church polity is discerning together in community, which is going to mean conducting business together in meetings. 
Save your Thursday evenings for one of these workshops! More details and registration links will be released later this week!
News & Updates
Day of Learning - Stewardship: Back to Basics
Two Programs to Strengthen Stewardship Practices
Wednesday, August 23

The Presbyterian Foundation is pleased to bring you another Day of Learning for getting back to basics with stewardship.
This FREE online learning opportunity is set for August 23, 2023.
·        1:00 PM CT Building a Culture of Generosity with Robert Hay, Jr., Senior Ministry Relations Officer for the Presbyterian Foundation
·        4:00 PM CT Tactical Stewardship: Creating an Annual Plan with Maggie Harmon, Ministry Relations Officer for the Southwest
2023 Presbytery History Tour
Underground Railroad
Friday, October 20th | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Depart and return to Faith Des Peres Presbyterian Church, 11155 Clayton Rd St Louis, MO 63131
Reservations Required. Contact Jan Stanford, 314-638-0195, 9511 Howerton Dr., St Louis MO 63123. Checks payable to: Presbytery of Giddings Lovejoy, Please note the History Tour on the memo line. $85 per person (Includes tour, lunch, and gratuities)
Presbyterian Women Giving Day
“PW Gives” Day is a day to celebrate and support all that Presbyterian Women make possible. July 31 was selected to commemorate the July 1988 formation of today’s Presbyterian Women, from the merger of its two predecessor organizations. Thirty-five years later (and innumerable ministries supported), Presbyterian Women continues to address the world’s needs and build a loving community.
Your gift to Presbyterian Women makes possible a wide variety of PW ministries at all levels of the church. 
Jesus & Justice Advocacy Conference
New Young Adult Advocacy Conference This Fall
October 20-22
The Jesus & Justice Advocacy Conference will be Oct. 20-22 at the Presbyterian Center, near Waterfront Park, and will be replicated across the country over the next few years. The first one is mainly intended for people who live in the Louisville-Southern Indiana area or within a short drive, but there also will be ways to participate in some sessions remotely.
“A primary goal is to connect with young adults who are interested in justice advocacy, especially those who want to engage from a faith perspective,” said the Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, who leads the Presbyterian Office of Public Witness and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations. “There are those who want to do more, to make a difference, but are unsure how to begin and the intricacies of networking and coalition building.”
To register, go here. To view videos about the conference, go here.
Tips for Caring for God's Amazing Creation: 
Put an insulating water heating jacket on your hot water heater and turn down the temperature to 110-120 degrees Fahrenheit.
These "jackets" are generally available at any hardware or hardware supply store.
"TIPS" is made possible through the Earth Care Action Group of the presbytery, monitoring the ten Earth Care Congregations of the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy and advocating for people of color, low-income, indigenous, and LGBTQIA+ community who are usually hurt first and most by environmental degradation. Contact: or 314-941-9378.
The Association of Partners in Christian Education (APCE) will hold its 2024 Annual Event in St. Louis from January 24th through January 27th at St. Louis Union Station. That's right! APCE AE is coming to ST. LOUIS, and we are SO EXCITED! The Local Committee has been working on this event for the past year, and now we are reaching out to you to ask for your help. We will need volunteers -- LOTS of them -- to provide hospitality to our colleagues in ministry during that week. Right now, we just need to know that you have marked your calendars and that you're willing to be of service. In the fall, we will ask about your availability during the week and your preferences regarding tasks. Please email Julie Gvillo ( and Pat Cleeland ( together, so we can start compiling a list of resources. Pastors, please put this announcement in your bulletins. This international event is a huge undertaking, and we are counting on the presbytery to help us deliver! Thank you!
✓ 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
WANTED: Committed Participants for Fall
A Place of Grace is gearing up for new fall offerings
WHAT IS A PLACE OF GRACE? Good question ... thanks for asking! A Place of Grace is a validated ministry of Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery which provides a number of options for spiritual retreat planning for individuals, couples, families, small groups, businesses, organizations, and churches. The mission is to nurture delight, facilitate healing, and inspire prayer in people of all ages and from all walks of life through creative spiritual practices. A Place of Grace pastor, Julie Gvillo, would love the opportunity to talk with you, your church leaders, or any group within your church about ways in which A Place of Grace offerings might support your ministry. I am currently scheduling dates in August and September to visit with you and your people. Call 618-410-5060 to set up an appointment to have that conversation. I look forward to hearing from you!
Book Launch Announced
Enslavement and The Underground Railroad in Missouri And Illinois
The book launch event is on August 21, 2023, at 7:00 at The Novel Neighbor Book Store, 7905 Big Bend Boulevard, Webster Groves, Missouri. Directions are found here.  
The Path to Freedom in Missouri and Illinois…
People enslaved here experienced the same horrors as those held captive in other states, and their stories of courage and perseverance are amazing.
The book is available for pre-order by clicking here.
Uni-Pres Kindercottage Fundraiser
Laugh Out Loud Christian Comedy
Saturday, August 26
Show time starts @ 6:30pm
115 W B St, Belleville, IL 62220, St. Paul UCC
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
  • Chaplains, St. Lukes Hospital, Chesterfield, MO
  • Contemporary Worship Band Leader, First Presbyterian, Kirkwood, MO
  • (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