Newsletter
April / 20/ 2021
Earth Day 2021
"A reminder that we are not just on Earth for a while, but we are of Earth"

Called to Pray
From Bridge Presbytery Leader
“As I write these words, the jury is in deliberation in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd. I write today simply to invite you to join your prayers and commitments with ours for peace, for hope, and for justice, truly for every person.” Continue to read here
Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket

  • Please pray for... Rev. Carleton Stock and the Earth Care Team of the Presbytery
  • Please pray for...Debbie Taylor, member of First - Park Hills who was diagnosed with thyroid cancer last week 
  • Please pray for... children in foster care who are separated from both their parents and their siblings
  • Please pray for... for those young people/families who have recently become ill with COVID in the most recent surge.
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Upcoming Team Meetings
If you have any questions regarding team meetings, please check with your Moderator for meeting dates and times, or call the office at 314-772-2395, or email Office Manager, Leigh Porter at lporter@glpby.org
Thur., Apr. 22
12pm-Zoom Training-Click Here
Fri., Apr. 23
6pm-Zoom Training-Click Here
Mon., Apr. 26
12pm-Rural Pastors-Click Here
Wed., Apr. 28
10am-HR Pastors-Click Here

Stated Presbytery Gathering
Saturday, April 24
Featuring Rev. Marthame Sanders

Rev. Marthame Sanders is an Atlanta-based podcaster, producer, musician, improviser, and consultant. A graduate of Yale University and the University of Chicago, Marthame has served in ministry as international mission staff, youth director, and solo pastor.
The meeting will be on Zoom, and all members are welcome!
8:15 am Fellowship Rooms Open | 9 am Meeting Begins in Worship
We anticipate ending by 12:15 pm

The Presbytery Office will be closed on Monday, April 26, following the Saturday, April 24th Gathering.
We look forward to responding to missed phone calls and emails as soon as possible on Tuesday, April 27.
Sharing Good News in our Presbytery
Please join us in celebration and prayer of thanksgiving for:

Old Argo Presbyterian Teens
Called to Baptism & Confirmation
From left, Pastor Rob Cardwell, Kelsie Hansel, Emma Muir and Robert Morefield, Elder Darlene Tricamo
We love hearing about the creativity, joy, and concerns of our congregations. Please send your news to communication@glpby.org
News & Activities
Save the Date
Presbyterian Women Spring Gathering
Sat., May 1 | 10am-12pm
Online through Zoom - Click Here
If calling in, dial 312-626-6799,
enter Meeting ID 817 0035 4292.
Rental and Utility Assistance Available
for Missourians
Ameren Missouri is encouraging families across the state to look into a new program to help pay outstanding rent and utility bills. The State Assistance for Housing Relief (SAFHR) program is for Missouri renters who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It covers up to 12 total months of rent and utility bills, including up to three months of future rent. The SAFHR program is administered through the Missouri Housing Development Commission.
Eligible customers can apply at mohousingresources.com. If approved, payment typically takes place in two to four weeks, directly to your landlord and/or utility companies. If you need help applying, call 1-888-471-1029. To qualify for SAFHR, you must be renting a residential property in Missouri and meet the following criteria:
  - You or someone in your household must also have experienced a financial hardship due to the pandemic, including increased expenses, reduced income, lost wages, etc. You must be at risk of housing instability or losing your housing as a result of the hardship.
  - Your household income must be at or below 80% of the median income in your area, defined by your county and household size. You can look up this information at mohousingresources.com/safhr.
The program is funded by COVID-19 stimulus packages passed by the federal government. Applications for assistance are available now through September 30, 2021. Customers can learn more about available energy assistance programs at AmerenMissouri.com/EnergyAssistance.
FEMA COVID19
Funeral Expense Support
Linked below find information about a FEMA program that begins April 12, which offers financial support for funeral expenses for families/individuals who have lost someone due to COVID19. This grant can reimburse expenses already incurred.
Please forward this information to your congregations. There many be church members who can benefit for this support. In addition your churches can share this information with community partners who may have clients who could benefit from this support. FEMA Information Found Here
Synod Fourth Week Sermon Support
Rev. Bob Jensen, Bridge Presbytery Leader
The next "4th Sunday" is April 25. Below is the worship information. The direct video and transcript links will be sent on or before April 19th.
  • Title: Tuning to the Shepherd’s Voice
  • Scripture: John 10:11-18
  • Themes: “I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me.” John 10:14
Tips for Caring for God's Wonder-Filled Creation
Celebrate Earth Day at your church and
in your community!
April is Earth Day Month with the 51st anniversary of Earth Day itself on April 22. The Earth Care Team of presbytery is encouraging congregations to acknowledge Earth Day during worship in April. It could be in the music, the prayers, the sermon, the liturgy, the children's message, the décor in the sanctuary, or whatever way the church decides to do it. We are called by our faith to care for Mother Earth especially in this time of climate crisis across the world, our country, and our community. We take care of her as she takes care of us! It is part of following the "Jesus Way"!
"TIPS" is brought to you by the Earth Care Team of presbytery, represented by membership from the nine "certified Earth Care Congregations" of the Presbyterian Church (USA) in the presbytery. For more information contact: carletonstock@aol.com.
2021 Tech Grants
Over the last year, GLPBY congregations have worked hard to move vital ministries online. We have connected for worship, learning, and fellowship utilizing resources we never imagined incorporating into our ministries pre-pandemic. To that end, GLPBY granted more than $46,000 in Tech Grants to assist churches in their efforts to establish and/or update their online presence.
Wave 1 and Wave 2 Grants are now phased out. GLPBY is pleased to announce a new round of Tech Grants is available to GLPBY congregations. The Presbytery will pay 75%, up to $2,000, of the grant request with the church commitment to paying the balance. Just to be clear the maximum grant will be $2,000. This round of grants will assist congregations that are expanding their online presence. The grant could be used for upgrading equipment, tech training, or developing hybrid worship for example. If you have any questions, please contact Liz Rolf Kanerva, Associate Presbytery leader at ekanerva@glpby.org
Black History Month Event
The Great Divide: Race in Our Region
YWCA Metro St. Louis is partnering with the Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis and area Interfaith groups for four important conversations on how systemic racism permeates our city and our region.
These programs will provide background, share stories of how area residents are directly impacted, and explore what action you can take to create change. Each hour-long program will be followed by an opportunity for small group discussion and reflection.
Mark your calendars for these upcoming programs:
May 12th - Court Systems
Register Here
Education & Training Opportunities
2021 NEXT Church National Gathering Online Resource Subscription
GLPBY is pleased to offer free subscriptions to this year’s recorded NEXT Church National Gathering held March 5-7th. By subscribing, your congregation will have access to the national gathering in its entirety, plus additional resources. Over the years, GLPBY Teaching Elders and lay leaders have participated in NEXT Church national gatherings and have appreciated its focus on resourcing the Presbyterian Church for the 21st century. To learn more about this year’s conference, its presenters, and workshops, please navigate to https://nextchurch.net/product/2021-next-church-national-gathering-subscription/.
If your church would like to take advantage of the free subscription please sign up, following the NEXT Church website’s instructions, and be sure to select the appropriate church size when purchasing the subscription. When checking out use the coupon code: “GiddingsLovejoyGroup”. Once you have purchased, you will receive an email with instructions for how to pass on your access to the rest of your church. You may only use ONE coupon code purchase per church. If you have questions, please contact Liz Rolf Kanerva, Associate Presbytery leader at ekanerva@glpby.org.
Union Seminary: The Basics of Digital Church Communication
Learn about more continuing education opportunities
at Union Seminary by clicking here.
Transitional Ministry
Please mark your calendars for the next offering of the  Art of Transitional Ministry Education. The orientation will begin at 1:00 pm on Monday, October 18, 2021, and will conclude the evening of Thursday, October 21, 2021. At this time, the in-person orientation will be hosted at the Parkville Presbytery Church in Kansas City, Missouri. 
Registration is now open. To register click here
For questions related to the content or assignments of Weeks I and II or Executive Training, contact Beth Wagner: pastrb7@gmail.com. For administrative and registration questions contact Danelle O’Connell at the Synod of Mid-America office: office@synodma.org 
Becoming Matthew 25
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How Do We Engage Socially Distancing and still participate in Mission & Ministry?
Send us your stories of how your congregation is maintaining congregational vitality during this pandemic. Send stories to Office Manager, Leigh Porter at lporter@glpby.org
Current Support Ministry Position Openings
Senior Staff Assistant - Webster Groves Presbyterian

Protestant Religious Education Coordinator - Scott Air Force Base

Part-Time Pastor - First Presbyterian, Perryville

Associate Pastor - Dardenne Presbyterian, Dardenne Prarie

Interim Pastor - John Calvin Presbyterian