August / 18 / 2020
Taking the Pandemic Seriously
Amidst the pandemic, protests, and riots, the residents of the city showed a heart of hospitality and kindness to one another.
Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket

  • Please pray for... Chris Wittman, son of Debbie and the Rev. John Higgins, who will have surgery for brain cancer on August 27th at Barnes.
  • Please pray for...Richard Layne family, long time Elder at First Presbyterian, Park Hills who passed away last week.
  • Please pray ... for students, teachers, administrators and support staff as school restarts (digitally and in person)
  • Please pray for... for communities who are experiencing an uptick in COVID19 positives and hospitalization.
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Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy
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.

Presbytery Upcoming Virtual Meetings
This Week
Next Week
Wed., Aug. 19
12pm - Clerks of Session - Click Here

Thurs., Aug. 20
10am - Social Witness - Click Here
4pm - Vision Team - Click Here
6:30pm - CPM - TBA

Sat., Aug. 22
9am - Zoom Training for Gathering -

Mon., Aug. 24
12pm - Rural Pastors- Click Here

Tues., Aug. 25
7pm - Zoom Training for Gathering -

Wed., Aug. 26
12pm - Interim/Trans. Pastors - Click Here

Thur., Aug. 27
1:45pm - Presbytery Gathering

Stated Presbytery Gathering
Thursday, August 27
1:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Please share with everyone in your congregation as all are welcome!
If you are not comfortable with Zoom or need a refresher - please join Janice on
Sat., Aug. 22nd at 9am or Tues., Aug. 25th at 7pm by clicking this Zoom link.
News & Activities
A Place of Grace
August Prayer Art Retreat
Jesus came to feed the hungry in body, mind, and spirit. The A Place of Grace monthly Prayer Art Retreats offer opportunity to get away to a quiet place and listen for God's voice. The August Prayer Art Retreat, hosted by A Place of Grace, will focus on the Matthew story of the feeding of the 5,000. Worship will unfold, and art will be created in response to scripture. Communion will be served virtually.
You are invited to join us, and to invite your friends from around the country or even the world as well! Registration is required. Click here for details
NWCC Dreaming & Discerning
Tues., Aug. 18 at 7 p.m.
The Holy Spirit may also be firing the imagination of some of you around Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery to see visions and dream dreams of inviting disciples into Jesus’ loving mission and ministry through launching a completely new worshiping community. As you look around your corner of God’s creation, the Holy Spirit may be breaking your heart for hurting people you are being called to creatively serve through launching something new. The Giddings-Lovejoy New Worshiping Communities Commission would love to partner with you in discerning and supporting your visions and dreams for launching a new worshiping community. Learn more here.
The Youth Committee of Dismantling Racism and Privilege (DRAP) will host a zoom call on the evening of Thursday, August 20th for any youth within the Giddings Lovejoy Presbytery that might be interested in serving on a Youth Advisory Team. 
The ideas and voices of our youth are critical as we as work together to understand the history and the impact of racism in our community and country.
We plan to offer activities and events that connect youth and provide opportunities to discuss issues of racism, privilege and social injustice. We want the youth advisory team to share with us how they would like to explore these topics.
If you feel the Spirit calling you to be part of this youth team and help us move towards our goal of equal justice for all God’s children, please complete this survey:
If you or your family has questions, please contact one of us.
Thank you for considering being a part of this advisory team and making a positive difference in our community.
Julie Northrip 636-227-3232 |
Shala Taylor. 314-322-3456 |
Gary Naylor. 636-484-6029 |

Presbyterian Justice Week of Action
August 24–30, 2020

The 224th General Assembly called the PC(USA) to action (Click Here) in confronting our complicity with white supremacy, and many Presbyterians are seeking to learn, repent, be transformed. The whole church is invited to join staff of national agencies August 24–30 to proclaim in word and deed that BLACK LIVES MATTER. Details are being added as they become available; one day or seven, make these PC(USA) community activities a part of your justice journey.
  • Daily events will take place virtually, and the complete list can be found here.
  • If daily events are hard because of your work schedule, consider Sunday, the Day of Service. Here are some suggestions on how you can help. Click Here.
Sunrise Celebration Virtual Benefit
with MC - Al Hrabosky
Thursday, August 27
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Sunrise Celebration virtual event will feature a Caribbean steel drum performance, auction, raffles and fund-a-need via our mobile bidding site, all with Al Hrabosky live in-studio as our honorary chair and emcee!
The hour-long event will be free to stream on our YouTube channel.
The proceeds from the Sunrise Celebration and Dream Vacation Raffle will allow Care and Counseling to provide vital, often lifesaving, mental health services to all who seek them, especially those who lack insurance or ability to pay.
For more information, tickets and sponsorships, please visit
St. Louis UKirk Ministries Featured in Presbyterian Outlook Article:

Presbyterian campus ministry finds new paths during COVID-19
What does campus ministry look like during a pandemic? How can campus ministers provide support and spiritual guidance for students? As colleges and universities reopen, here’s what’s happening in three places with UKirk, the campus ministry connected to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
Campus Ministry During a Pandemic
Campus ministry is still happening in the midst of a global pandemic! Rev. Max Hill, pastor of UKirk St Louis, would like to catch you up on what they're doing. Please click here to see Max's video. UKirk needs our support as they continue meeting the needs of college students. Please keep them in your prayers and consider making a donation. Donations can be made online through the UKirk website or can be mailed to UKirk in care of the Presbytery of Giddings Lovejoy, 1001 Craig Rd., Ste. 170, St. Louis, MO 63146.
Tips for Caring for God's Incredible Creation: 
Reduce waste by Limiting packaging volume
Limiting the amount of waste for disposal inevitably involves reducing the volume of packaging. For such food as cheese, ham, seeds, and rice, buy in bulk, by weight, or cut to your needs rather than in prepackaged sizes. For every large bag of rubbish placed at the curb, the equivalent of 71 bags of waste are created in the course of the production, transportation, and industrial processes used to convert raw materials into finished products and their packaging.
TIPS are brought to you by the Earth Care Team of presbytery representing the 8 certified Earth Care Congregations plus Mound Ridge Camp and Conference Center of the presbytery. For info on how to become an Earth Care Congregation, contact: or 314-941-9378.
PCUSA Store FREE Children's Bible Story
This week's free children's Bible story and coloring sheet are all about Jeremiah and how God called him to share God's messages with many people.
Light for the Darkness
Join us Mondays at 7 p.m.
If you are feeling depressed or know someone who is, besides seeking professional help, connection and divine hope can help. Message me about our group Monday at 7pm and here’s another good resource, too. Click Here
Learn more about Light for the Darkness by clicking here.
Education & Training Opportunities
Upcoming APCE Sponsored Zoom
and Webinar Events
It has been awe-inspiring to see how our educators have continued serving their congregations with creative energy during this difficult time of social distancing in our country.
APCE has stepped up with incredible webinars and zoom meetings that support, educate and nurture our members and many others who join these online events.
  • Engaging Volunteers for Remote Ministry – Thurs, August 20 – 2:00 pm EST
  • Thinking Ahead to Advent – Wednesday, August 26 – 4:00 pm EST
These Zoom conversations can be found at:
Stewardship Kaleidoscope 2020
September 22, 29 & October 6
The 2020 conference will be virtual! Please mark your calendars for the dates below (all times eastern). Hear from leading thinkers exploring the opportunities for growth in stewardship even in the midst of profound social change – registration is now open.
Rethinking Evangelism
October 12-14
The department of Theology, Formation, and Evangelism is inviting you and your churches to the Rethinking Evangelism Conference, October 12–14, 2020. This virtual event will feature Ralph Watkins (Columbia Theological Seminary), Mark Ramsey (Macedonia Ministries), and others for an event you won’t want to miss. Come as a church group or as an individual to explore what it means to practice evangelism in these transformative times.
Interim Virtual Training
Presbyteries of Grand Canyon and
de Cristo are co-hosting this fall:
Leading Emotional Systems Training / Interim
Coaching healthy communication for individuals and groups Noticing your organizational system and knowing how to respond to what you observe Mediation strategies for small and large groups (and the limits of mediation) Clarity on your personal engagement style in low stress and high stress situation s Becoming aware of one’s perspective and narrative, while practicing empathy and interest -based negotiating.
Becoming Matthew 25
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How Do We Engage Socially Distancing and still participate in Mission & Ministry?
Current Support Ministry Position Openings
Send us your stories of how your congregation is maintaining congregational vitality during this pandemic. Send stories to Office Manager, Leigh Porter at
Youth Ministry Director - First Presbyterian (Salina, Kansas)

Pastoral Opportunity - First Presbyterian, Ferguson

Administrative Assistant for Program and Pastoral Ministries – Ladue Chapel 

Organist/Pianist - First Presbyterian, Jackson, MO

Interim Pastor - John Calvin Presbyterian

Associate Pastor - Dardenne Presbyterian, Dardenne Prarie, MO