October / 23 / 2018
Rev. Dr. Craig M. Howard
Transitional Leader of the
Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy

“There is a quality I feel in the room right now—a generosity of spirit—a drawing one another out— that gives me the feeling we can do things we didn’t know we could do and say things we didn’t know we knew.”
  We need churches that feel like this. Our future depends on it.
Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket Update
  • Please pray.... for Jim Cook, who had his transplant and is now undergoing treatments.
What's Happening? Did you know?

  • The Message’ author Eugene Peterson dies at age 85. Longtime ‘pastor to pastors’ served at PC(USA) church in Maryland. The Rev. Eugene Peterson, a pastor, author and scholar, died Monday morning at his home in Montana. He was 85. Continue here to read more about the life of Rev. Peterson. 

  • Preservation Grants for Churches ...To assist congregations with the preservation of church records, the society awards annual Heritage Preservation Grants to PC(USA) congregations, covering up to $500 of the cost to digitize official records. Grant applications due by October 31st. More information can be found here.

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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. Directions can be found here.
(Ladue) refers to Ladue Chapel, 9450 Clayton Rd., St. Louis, MO 63124. Directions can be found here.
(WebGrov) refers to Webster Groves Presbyterian, 45 W Lockwood Ave, St. Louis, MO 63119 Directions can be found here.
This Week....
Thurs., Oct. 25
10 a.m. -Christian Educators (Oaks)

Next Week:
Sat., Nov. 3
Stated Presbytery Gathering
( See Below)

Tues., Nov. 6
1 p.m. - Church Liaisons (Oaks)
Ministry Team Moderators Visioning Retreat
Ministry Team Leaders, please save the dates of Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27th for the Presbytery Visioning Retreat. The retreat will be held at First Presbyterian, Kirkwood, and we will study together "Canoeing the Mountains" You should have already received notice and a copy of the book, but if not please let us know and we will get one to you as quickly as possible. Please email Leigh Porter, if you have any questions at
Stated Presbytery Gathering
Saturday, November 3
Second Presbyterian Church, St. Louis, Missouri
Theme: Faith and Science - All are Welcome

NOTE: Wifi should not be expected at this location. Download all documents, prior to your arrival at the gathering. This meeting will include GA Overtures, found here. so please download, read this lengthy document and be prepared to vote at this gathering.
Online registration will close at 12 p.m. on Thursday, November 1.
Late registrations requested by email to or
by calling 314-772-2395 .
Uprooting Hunger - 2019 Presbytery Wide Goal
Uprooting Hunger - Hunger Action Team
The next sixteen months 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. We look forward to the year + ahead. If you have any questions, please contact us via
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VOTE             VOTE          VOTE         VOTE
VOTE: November 6, 2018
The ballot is much longer than ever before - thus, lines will be longer - allow yourself extra time to vote.
If you have questions or concerns about the length of the ballot, polling locations, or to find out if you are registered to vote, you might place a call to whomever holds your state elections. In Missouri that is the Secretary of State, John R. Ashcroft at (573) 751-4936. In Illinois it would be the Board of Elections (217) 782-4141.
***Please NOTE that mail ballots can be submitted if you meet the criteria. In Illinois, please click here. In Missouri please click here.
·          If you live in the State of Missouri Sample Ballots are available HERE
·         If you live in St. Louis County, Sample Ballots are available HERE.
·         If you live in the City of St. Louis, Sample Ballots are available HERE.
·         If you live in the State of Illinois, Sample Ballots are available HERE.
·         A great resource is The League of Women Voters available at
  All registered voters should receive a white "Notice of Election" card in the mail and a sample ballot approximately one week before election day.  
On Sunday, October 28, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. This powerful documentary addresses the school-to-prison pipeline, the need for comprehensive criminal justice reform, and the importance of healing and restorative practices. Designed for dialogue, Healing Justice is meant to prompt questions and open conversations, exploring trauma, justice, and healing. The screening will take place at Webster Groves Presbyterian, located at 45 W Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, Missouri 63119. Directions found here.
The Fall Open House is scheduled for Sun., Nov. 4th, 7 - 9 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, located at 6800 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63130. Registration can be found here.
Fall Is Here
Are You Ready for Holiday Shopping?
There are many congregations within our presbytery that host fall art, craft and vendor shows to support their mission projects. Shop for holiday gifts, that also give back to mission! Check our Online Calendar Here before shopping this year!
  • Sat., Oct. 27 - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Bake and Book Sale at First Presbyterian Ste. Genevieve. Find more about the event here.
  • Sat., Nov. 3 - 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Trinity Chapel Presbyterian's Annual Smorgasbord Dinner. A dinner out and supporting a great cause!
  • Fri., Nov. 9 - 8 a.m. - Holiday Bazaar at First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Missouri. Directions here.
  • Sat., Nov. 10 - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. - PW of John Knox Presbyterian Church Craft and Vendor Sale, Florissant, Missouri. Directions here.
  • Tues., Nov. 13 (10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.) and Wed., Nov. 14 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ) St. Mark's Presbyterian Church Christmas Boutique, Ballwin, Missouri. Directions here.
Is your church hosting an event? Please let us know so that we can share with the presbytery. Simply email:
AMEN House Trivia Night - October 26
Come join us for our second annual Halloween Trivia Night! (Doors open at 6 p.m., Trivia starts at 7 p.m.) All proceeds support the ministry of AMEN St. Louis (an outreach of Oak Hill Presbyterian Church), which is growing every year. BYOB & Food. Pizza and soda will be available for $1/slice and $1/can. Prizes for best costume and best-decorated table! Raffle tickets and silent auction! Tickets: $25/each or $160 for a table of 8. Please email to get your tickets.  Directions can be found here.
Trivia Night Fundraiser
Dardenne Presbyterian - DC Students is hosting a Trivia Night fundraiser on Saturday October 27th! Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., First Round begins at 6 p.m. The price per table (8 people) is $120. The fundraiser proceeds will benefit camp scholarships. If you would like to reserve a table, volunteer or donate items for the silent auction contact Mindy Earley at Round sponsorship are also available!!
Complete List of Educational Opportunities: Found Here
Educational Opportunities - October 2018
Pastoral Leaders Retreat
Held on Monday, October 29 and Tuesday, October 30 at the St. Crispins Conference Center, in Wewoka, Oklahoma. Complete details can be found here.
Educational Opportunities - Looking @ 2019
YMIM National Conference
 All youth workers, including volunteers, staff, pastors, and youth ministers are invited to Montreat, North Carolina, for our fifth annual Youth Ministry Academy . The dates are January 24–26, 2019 , and the theme is "WHOLE." Come relax, learn, and share in fellowship with others in youth ministry as we seek wholeness together. More information can be found here.
Compassion Peace and Justice
Training Day ∙ April 5th
and Ecumenical Advocacy Days ∙ April 5th-8th
In 2019, we gather at a time in which people of faith and conscience are again called to stand in the prophetic stream of those who have come before us, those who were not afraid to stir up #GoodTrouble for the sake of God’s kingdom.  More information will follow soon from Presbyterian Mission Agency/ Justice & Compassion
Current Support Ministry Position Openings
Congregations Searching for Support Staff
Church Office/Facilities Manager ∙ St. Mark Presbyterian
Administrative Assistant ∙ Second Presbyterian
P/T Treasurer ∙ Cote Brilliante Presbyterian
Communications Coordinator ∙Webster Groves Presbyterian