Newsletter
March / 24 / 2020
Shopping During a Pandemic
I experienced a great sense of “we are all in this together.” And with that spirit, people conducted business in a civil and orderly way.
Presbytery Address Coronavirus (Covid-19)
Our congregations are encouraged to follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as well as state health department guidelines in meeting in groups no larger than 10 people. We hope that we can return to somewhat normal activities in the coming weeks/months.
If you have any questions about our individual congregations response to Covid-19, as well as resources for worship, daily updates, pastoral care and more, please visit our webpage addressing this pandemic, by clicking here.
Common-sense tips for the Coronavirus (Covid-19) Outbreak
Please click here for more information and download and share this important tool in staying healthy during this outbreak.
Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket

  • Please pray for...all those with Covid-19, those in quarantine and those in recovery
  • Please pray for... for our world as we unite in staying home and bending the curve of Covid-19 spread.
  • Please pray for...for those who are immuno-compromised, the elderly and those who are pregnant.
  • Please pray for... our children who are confused and overwhelmed with their feelings about their routines abruptly changing.
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Upcoming Team Meetings
NOTE: In light of the Covid-19 Pandemic, meetings will be restricted to Zoom or conference call. If you are unsure how to participate, please contact your team moderator, or call the office 314-772-2395, and select Leigh Porter, Office Manager.
Becoming Matthew 25
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How Do We Engage Socially Distancing and still participate in Mission & Ministry?
1001 Zoom Call - Creating Community in Digital Spaces During a Pandemic
Rev. Emily Scott is author of “ For All Who Hunger: Searching for Communion in a Shattered Word ,” scheduled for release on May 12. That book explains how community was created during and after  Hurricane Sandy , an October 2012 superstorm that did more than $70 billion in damage and killed 147 people in 24 states, the Caribbean and Canada.
Click here to learn more.
Ministry Teams News & Activities
Technology Grants Now Available

We need technology now more than ever. There are grants available to help your congregation in acquiring what you need to get your congregation on the technology track    
Summer 2020 Mission & Outreach Team
Grant Applications Now Available
The Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy Mission and Outreach Moderator, Joyce Wilks-Love has announced that 2020 Summer Grant Applications are now available. You can find the application and details about the grants  here.
Webinar Replay:
Optimize Your Homepage for Covid-19 .
Worship Times, a Christian webpage builder company offers suggestions on how to optimize your homepage. Click here
Light for the Darkness
We're starting a New Community Group for anyone with any mental illness, depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar. If you would like to explore where God may be in the midst of your mental health struggles, while connecting with people who understand, please join us. Email thirzasayers@gmail.com, for details. Be a part of the ministry by engaging through Social Media and "Liking" on Facebook here.
An invitation to daily prayer from Rev. Thirza Sayers
You are dear to me, so I’m inviting you to pray together with me daily at 6:30 p.m. central time. Links to connect, found below:
  • Order of Prayer -This is linked to a google doc that may be updated daily.
  • Join Zoom Meeting Connect by Video (first download Zoom app)
  • Join Conference Call - Connect by Audio  (Call in using one of these numbers)
     +1 312 626 6799 US          +1 929 205 6099 US      +1 346 248 7799 US
    +1 669 900 6833 US          +1 253 215 8782 US      +1 301 715 8592 US
Then type in the Meeting ID: 813 950 8462. If it asks for a participant id, just hit #.
If you want to join but need help with technology, email me or call me, preferably before 6:30 p.m. Rev. Thirza Sayers Call 404.313.4549
Spiritual Direction
As we hold ourselves accountable and responsible in facing this challenge of the Coronavirus Pandemic, remember to keep in place spiritual practices to keep yourselves nurtured and sustained. One way to do that is by connecting with a spiritual director. 
Learn more about Spiritual Direction, and those who are called to that role by clicking here.
2020 Mission Opportunities
PPE Mission Project While Self Distancing
Calling all sewers! I am forwarding this pattern for sewing face masks from our daughter Chenoa, a PC(USA) Mission Co-Worker in Peru (now sequestered at home during Peru's mandatory, military enforced lockdown). This might be of interest to some of you sewers or someone you know who sews. Ellie Stock elliestock@aol.com
Click here for the filter mask pattern | Click here for other patterns
Overseas Trips
Please be Aware these Plans May Change
2020 GLPBY Annual Mission Trip to Nicaragua
Plan Grande #2, Nueva Segovia, Nicaragua
July 11-18, 2020
Join us for an Exciting, Multi-Generational Opportunity to follow Christ’s example to love one another. This is an ideal experience for Christians hoping to expand perspectives and be active peacemakers. Learn more here.
2020 Joining Hands Partnership
20th Anniversary Peru Pilgrimage
Pilgrimage:    A long journey to a sacred place
 as an act of devotion.
Your are invited to be part of the 2020 Joining Hands Partnership 20th Anniversary Peru Pilgrimage. This pilgrimage includes journeying to the coastal, mountain and rainforest regions of Peru, to meet with our Joining Hand's Partners, to hear updates about the socio/economic context of Peru, to experience historical and cultural events and places, and to join with Red Uniendo Manos Peru (Peru Joining Hands Network) and others in a 20th Anniversary Celebration.
Current Support Ministry Position Openings
Executive Director of Child-Care Center

Director of Children and Youth Ministries (Presbytery of Arkansas)

Seeking Pastor - Yoked Congregations (Presbytery of the Pines)

AMEN St. Louis Director - Oak Hill Presbyterian

Called Pastor - Faith DesPeres Presbyteria