March / 29 / 2022
How Did I Not See It Before
Guest blog post by
Ruling Elder, Mike Willock
Member of Second Presbyterian Church, St. Louis, Missouri
"The tree has God-given potential, but it needs good soil to thrive and produce."
Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket

  • Please pray for... Ruling Elder, Mike Willock, and his work at Second Presbyterian and as a volunteer in the presbytery
  • Please pray for...pray for the world leadership, those in Ukraine who are in harm's way, and for peace to overcome war.
  • Please pray for... praying for those once more battling covid, in the arrival of the BA.2 variant
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Infrequently Asked Questions:
Part One
Here is part one of a new series of me addressing your questions! As I lead best by asking questions myself, I appreciate the questions you have asked and are asking! 
Upcoming Ministry Team Meetings
This Week
Next Week
No Team Meetings
Tues., Apr. 5
12 pm All Pastors -Click Here
Wed.,Apr. 6
12 pm COM - Click Here
Thur., Apr. 7
3 pm Gather Plan -Click Here

Covid Update
Lisa Allgood is the Executive Presbyter of the Presbytery of Cincinnati and has spent 36 years as an executive in the pharmaceutical industry. Speaking across the PCUSA about the COVID-19 pandemic has been an expression of her public ministry. Here is an update about the most recent state of the pandemic to all her colleagues in ministry, shared with permission
News & Updates
Congratulations Ruben!

Rev. Dr. Ruben Rosario Rodriguez was named the Clarence Louis and Helen Irene Steber Professorship in Theological Studies at St. Louis University effective July 1, 2022. Ruben serves as the Moderator of the Commission on Preparation for Ministry.
Public Witness
Program Grants for Summer 2022
Applications Taken Now Until May 30, 2022

Presbytery funds to conduct summer programs are available to member churches and social agencies in relationship with the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy. The funds will be awarded through an application process directed by the Public Witness Ministry Team.
The purpose of the grant is to provide opportunities for summer Christian education and witness, personal growth, faith formation, and recreation (if sanctioned by the local government) to children and adults in communities of need.
Trinity Presbyterian University City
Education Hour
Sun., Apr. 10 at 7 p.m.

R. Marie Griffith, a historian of American religion at Washington University, will be the guest speaker.
Topic - She will speak to us about her timely book Making The World Over: Confronting Racism, Misogyny, and Xenophobia in U.S. History (2021), followed by Q&A. (Reading the book in advance is not required to participate.) From the publisher: “Making the World Over is Marie Griffith’s thoughtful response to an imperiled nation that has forgotten how to listen and debate productively, at a time when it needs vigorous discourse more than ever. Griffith performs the urgent work of examining the histories behind the issues at the root of our country’s conflicts both past and present, from race and immigration to misogyny and reproductive rights.”
Visio Divina Workshop
Saturday, Apr 2
10:00am - 3:30pm
Presenter: Victoria Incrivaglia, RSM, MSW, LCSW
Cultivating Compassion
Saturday, Apr 9
8:00am - 2:30pm
Learn about compassion for others...and for ourselves
Mercy Conference and Retreat Center sponsors programs promoting spirituality, faith formation, mindfulness, and various aspects of human development. These programs encourage and empower individuals to greater depth and breadth in their spiritual journeys.
Tips for Caring for God's Abundant Creation:
Use gray water when possible.
Gray water is water that has been used but is not necessarily contaminated. You can use dish water, hand washing water, and cooking water to water plants, for example.  
TIPS is brought to you by the Earth Care Team of Presbytery to give practical ways to care for planet Earth, our common home. Contact: or 314-941-93789.

The Spirit of Stewardship Planning Team, after much deliberation, has made the decision to postpone the 2022 Spirit of Stewardship Conference.
Mound Ridge Charity Auction
Sat., Apr. 9 | 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
The Venue at Maison Du Lac
2603 Wild Plum Valley Road, Catawissa, MO
Join us for a wonderful socially distanced afternoon of fun, fellowship, raffles, games, and bidding. $60 per person (includes lunch)
To register visit: | Or call us at 573-263-3098
All Proceeds go toward our mission of providing a “discounted or cost-free” outdoor camp experience to 180 underserved children.
Special Offerings and the Presbyterian Giving Catalog: One Great Hour of Sharing is the single largest way that Presbyterians come together every year to work for a better world. Typically received on Easter Sunday, which this year falls on April 17, the annual offering supports Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Hunger Program and Self-Development of People. All three programs work in different ways to serve individuals and communities in need to provide people with safety, sustenance and hope.
Looking for information for Special Offerings in 2022? Click here for a flyer that shares those dates as well as the distribution of each offering and how to remit funds.
Gather at the Well
A Youth and Children's Ministry Training Forum
MLI is co-hosting an ecumenical training event for leaders of young people! Bring your colleagues and volunteers to a relaxed, two-day training event near Lincoln, Nebraska. How might you refill your resources to support the young people and their families in your ministry setting? What nourishment do you seek? Learn more on our registration page.
Deacons & Ruling Elders

PC(USA) Leader Formation Webinar: Good Stewards of God's Grace
Wed., Mar. 30 | 6 pm

This event is provided for free for participants and is funded through your per capita dollars. It does not come without a cost, however. Knowing the diversity of language within the PC(USA), this webinar will be provided in several languages with interpretation based on requests made through the registration process. As a result, there is a registration deadline of March 23, 2022, in order to be able to have time to arrange for those services. This event will be recorded and will be available in English following the event.
Pastors Save the Dates of May 15-20
Mid-America and Lincoln Trails Synod have announced they will have Transitional Ministry Training at the Mercy Center in St Louis May 15-20, 2022. Please watch the newsletter or other direct emails for further information.
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
Ministry Relations Officer - Presbyterian Foundation

(PT) Coordinator of Christian Education - Southminster Presbyterian, Crestwood, Missouri

Minister of Music - Second Presbyterian, St. Louis, Missouri

Office Manager - Second Presbyterian, St. Louis, Missouri

Seminary Summer Intern - First United Presbyterian, Belleville, IL

Church Office Manager - St. Mark Presbyterian, Ballwin, MO

Summer Mission Team Facilitators 2022 - Amen House
(Oak Hill Presbyterian) St. Louis, MO

Interim Pastor - Oak Hill Presbyterian, St. Louis, MO

Organist/Accompanist - First Presbyterian - Cape Girardeau, MO

Director of Youth Ministry + Digital Media - First United, Belleville, IL

Music Director - Glendale Presbyterian Church, Glendale, 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