June / 5 / 2018
GA#223 - 10 Days Away
Blog Post by the Rev. Carol DeVaughan
Co-Moderator of Committee on Local Arrangements (COLA)

In case you aren’t aware – the General Assembly of PCUSA meets in St. Louis in about 10 days. I really hope this is not news to any of you, because you, as members of the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy are part of the hosts for this gathering. For more than two years those of us who are part of the planning team have been working on the myriad details of our hosting responsibilities.
Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket Update
  • Please pray for our General Assembly Commissioners, Rebecca Barnes, Kennedy Carnes, Rob Dyer, Miriam Foltz and Victoria Sherman,as they prepare to engage with the larger church.
What's Happening?
Did you know?..... .
  • Many - Many Ways to Connect to GA#223
  • Read about it! GA#223 News, published daily from June 16-23, is available for free email subscription by clicking here.
  • Watch it happen! PC(USA) makes connecting easy at PC-Biz, click here.
  • Social Media! Online-All the time, you can see daily hi-lights on our own Facebook feed here, Instagram here, Twitter here, or follow on PC(USA) Social Media Outlets.
  • Complete Program Book Found Here
  • Download the Guidebook App (available next week)
Quick Connect
Help Wanted
Parish Paper

Text: PRESBYTERY to 22828 and sign up to receive it each week
We Want Your Help
Volunteering at GA? Share your story! We would love to hear your thoughts and see through your eyes! Throughout the week of General Assembly #223, Friday, June 15 through Saturday, June 23, text or iMessege photos to:
(573) 578-3960, or email them to:
Be sure to send your name for the photo credit.
We look forward to seeing your vision of GA#223!
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
This Week....
Wed., June 6
3:30 p.m. - COLA Steering (1st-Kirkwood)
Thurs., June 7
3:00 p.m. - Presb. Gath. Plan (Oaks)
Mon., June 11
11 a.m -Dynamic Leaders (Webster Grv PC)
Tues, June 12
4 p.m. - Admin/Support (Oaks)
Next Week:
Wed., June 13
2 p.m. - PTCC (Oaks)

Volunteer if able.
We will see you at GA#223

Beware of meeting schedule changes for General Assembly. Most Ministry Teams will not meet June 11-25, so members can volunteer and participate in GA#223 activities. Staff will still be accessing email and voice mail, however with delayed response.
General inquiries can be sent here.
General Assembly #223
Connect to COLA
Want to Attend Some GA#223 Events?
Please see this Schedule of Events.
"Draw the Welcome Circle Wider"

COLA has commissioned Mary Louise Bringle to write a hymn text for General Assembly 223. The new hymn “Draw the Welcome Circle Wider” incorporates the GA’s theme “Renewing the Vision: Kindom Building for the Twenty-first Century” with biblical metaphors, social justice themes, and even a surprising nod to the GA’s location in St. Louis. The hymn will be sung to the pentatonic shape-note tune BEACH SPRING.
Presbyterians from around the country are well acquainted with Mel Bringle through her hymns, her teaching at conferences and her service as chair of the Presbyterian Committee on Congregational Song.
For more information about the hymn, and download, click here.
Volunteers Needed
COLA (Committee on Local Arrangements) encourages EVERYONE to go to the COLA website , click on the Volunteer tab and link to Sign Up Genius to find the many ways where they can volunteer from June 14-23.
Help where you can, as often as you can!
Hands and Feet Celebration
featuring Kirk Whalum
Be sure to purchase your tickets to be part of the Hands and Feet Celebration featuring Grammy Award winning artist Kirk Whalum for Thursday evening, June 21, at the 223 rd Meeting of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Tickets are $15 and can be purchased as a part of General Assembly Registration . For more information, continue here.
Active Shooter Training Offered
During General Assembly
The Insurance Board is offering an Active Shooter Response Training Workshop at the General Assembly. The training is scheduled for Tuesday, June 19th beginning at 1:30 p.m. and will end at 3:00 p.m. at the Marriott Grand (across from the convention center). This is FREE, but you must register online. You do not need to register for the GA to attend the workshop. Save the date, and we will have the link to register in next week's newsletter.
Our Community Connected
Stack Community Relations Award
On May 31, several members of the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy attended the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) 2018 JCRC Tzedek Awards Celebration and Dinner. This evening was made special when Rev. Dr. Dieter Heinzl , Associate Pastor/Faith Formation at Ladue Chapel, received the Stack Community Relations Award. This award was established in 1989 to honor leaders of the St. Louis community who have made significant contributions to interfaith understanding, intergroup relations, and social justice. ( Photos by Rev. Craig M. Howard )
Accepting the Award
Some Presbytery Members
Dieter and Renita
The “125 th Anniversary Celebration” of Gibson Heights Presbyterian Church

We’re celebrating an anniversary, 125 years no less. The congregation of Gibson Heights Presbyterian Church would like to invite you to our 125th Anniversary Celebration. Gibson Heights has ministered and sustained a continuous presence in the Grove Neighborhood in the city of St. Louis for 125 years. To celebrate this historic occasion, please join us Friday evening, June 22, at 7:00 PM when A Call to Conscience will present “ I’ve Been to the Mountain Top,” an interactive interpretation of the last speech given by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to the striking sanitation workers of Memphis at Mason’s Temple Church of God in Christ on April 3, 1968. The production will also feature the Voices of Young Christian Servants gospel choir from our associated congregation, Everlasting Light Church. Refreshments and conversation with the cast will follow the celebration in the adjacent Fellowship Hall. Directions can be found here.
Families’ Together Camp - July 6-8
Escape to the hills and river for a replenishing weekend designed with you and your family in mind. This overnight camp is presented retreat style. All generations will enjoy the mix of rest and recreation we have planned as we fellowship, play, worship together and share our ‘stories.’ Individuals, groups and families (*whoever is family to you is family to us!) are welcome as Together we enjoy a weekend around the campfire, skipping stones, hiking, canoeing, swimming, practicing yoga on the beach and simply being in the spectacular Missouri treasure which is Mound Ridge! To register, click here.
Kaleidoscope Scholarships Available
The Stewardship Team approved ten $100 scholarships to the 2018 Kaleidoscope Conference.   Priority will be given to lay leaders. Names and contact information should be sent to Liz Rolf Kanerva no later than July 1st. 
Kaleidoscope will be held in St. Louis this year, and full details of the conference can be found here.
Church Financial Literacy
and Leadership
Part of the Lilly Endowment Inc.’s National Initiative to Address Economic Challenges Facing Pastoral Leaders, helps to equip and train pastors and church leaders in their financial management and leadership for congregations. The opening for the acceptance of grant applications and the subsequent deadlines will be listed here.
These resources help pastors navigate the changing cultural context they face as they seek to strengthen the financial vitality of their congregations. Grants for finance-related educational activities are available, through Lilly Endowment Inc., as seen in the link above.
Museum Tour Available
The Interfaith Partnership will have a tour of the St. Louis Holocaust Museum on Sunday, June 24 at 2 p.m. This museum is at 12 Millstone Campus Drive, St. Louis, Missouri 63146 . Directions can be found here .  Please email David Oughton for further details at .
UKirk - St. Louis
Are you a college student spending the summer in the St. Louis area? UKirk (the Presbyterian Campus Ministry in St. Louis) hosts fellowship gatherings for college students like you! E-mail Pastor Miriam ( ) to get on our contact list about planned events. (A June pool party is in the works!) 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). 
Educational Opportunities
Leadership in Ministry (LIM) Workshop
The workshop will be held in Kansas City, and is a fall and spring commitment, be held October 22 - 24, 2018 and March 11-13, 2019, and is intended for pastors, rabbis, other congregational staff members, interim pastors, chaplains, lay leaders, denominational workers, pastoral counselors, public school counselors and early childhood educators.
The Leadership in Ministry workshops will apply Bowen Family Systems Theory as further developed by Edwin Friedman, author of Generation to Generation and A Failure of Nerve, to ministerial and organizational leadership. The majority of time is spent in small group case studies led by participants and facilitated by experienced faculty coaches. As such, participants work to apply the theory to the “real world” realities of their ministry context. More information can be found here.
Ministry Position Openings
AMEN Saint Louis – Seeking a Director
 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.
Seeking Part-Time Custodian
The Second Presbyterian Church, located at 4501 Westminster Pl, St. Louis, MO 63108, is currently seeking a part-time custodian to work approximately 15 hours per week. If you, or anyone you know, might be interested, please email , or call them at is 314-367-0366. 
Seeking Musicians
We provide worship services for several area nursing homes. Most of these people have been involved in worship all their lives, now they find themselves in nursing homes and unable to worship. So we are currently seeking a guitar player, a piano player, any instrument that the old folks can sing to!!! We are not fussy.
We have these opportunities to serve:
Tuesday at 2 p.m. in West country; Wednesday at 2:15 p.m. in DesPeres; the first and third Sundays in Kirkwood at 3:30pm.
If you find God calling you to use your skills in this very needed service, please call Jeanne Zimmerman at 314-707-4003.
Part-Time Administrative Assistant
Pacific Presbyterian Church in Pacific, MO, is requesting applications for the part time position of Administrative Assistant. The purpose of the position is to provide administrative and secretarial services to the pastor and other church staff. Continue here for more information .