March / 23/ 2021
Aren’t We All New Worshiping Communities?
"I found myself responding that I would be willing to serve “wherever there was a need.”
Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket

  • Please pray for... in thanksgiving for Rev. Steve Mattews for his work with NWCC
  • Please pray for...for the work of Commissioned Pastor, Julie Gvillo and her work as A Place of Grace
  • Please pray for...those who are struggling with their faith and fear from mass shootings.
  • Please pray end to racism in this country and our world

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Black Tax Webinar Part 2
Thank you for attending The Black Tax webinar on March 4th. Below is a link to the webinar recording if you would like to watch it again.
Black Tax Webinar Part 2
Please register for Part 2 in order to receive the Zoom Link.
The Dismantling Racism and White Privilege Team invite you to join author, Shawn Rochester on April 8th at 6:30pm. for Part 2 of The Black Tax. This meeting will examine tangible next steps for long-term economic transformation.
Everyone is welcome to participate in this important discussion.
Get the Part 2 Zoom link by registering in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Easter Worship & Special Events
Special Easter Services & Events?
Is your church having a virtual or in-person event this Easter? We would love to share that information with the Presbytery! Please let us know by emailing us here.
PC(USA) Good Friday
On Good Friday 4:00 pm EST, musicians and pastors will offer a gift to the church: An online service, hosted by the Presbyterian Association of Musicians and organized by the PCUSA office of Theology and Worship. #Lent2021 #HolyWeek2021 #PCUSA
Stations of the Cross
Oak Hill Presbyterian is thrilled to announce its new community art project for the Easter season. They are going to create their own Stations of the Cross display. Check their website or Facebook for updates and displays. Click here
Florissant Presbyterian Church
Palm Sunday Grab N Go
The Easter sack Grab-n-Go, will be held on March 28th, from 3:30-5:30pm. Each child receives sacks with candy and a toy/activity bag. Located at 660 Charbonier Rd, Florissant, MO 63031. Directions Here
John Knox Easter Egg Hunt
Sat., Apr. 3 | 10:30am
EVERY BUNNY WELCOME! Hundreds of Eggs to Hunt. Rain or Shine – drive-thru distribution in case of rain. Facemasks and Social Distancing Required.
13200 New Halls Ferry Rd, St. Louis, MO 63033 Directions Here
Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church
Holy Saturday, Sat., Apr. 3
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The Ladue Chapel Labyrinth will be open to walking inside the Fellowship Hall. Please note that masks are required, and the number of people walking the labyrinth at the same time will be limited. Directions can be found by clicking here.

Drive-In Worship
for Easter
  • First United - Belleville at 8:00am and 9:15am (in addition to their 10:30am Zoom worship). Reserve your parking spot by clicking here
  • St. Mark - Ballwin will have 9:00am services on Pal and Easter Sundays, in addition to normal services. Palm Sunday they will have a special Jerusalem Festival from 11am-1pm. Click here
  • Webster Groves Presbyterian - 8:00am Outdoor "sometime after sunrise" Service. Join us on the parking lot for this brief outdoor service, rain or shine!, to delight in the Resurrection morning with the sacrament of communion. Registration opens on March 30th. Bring your own chair! Click here for all Holy Week Services
Easter Sunday Worship Services
Easter Sunday Worship Services
  • 10am Trinity-University City on Facebook Live
  • 7am Sunrise Service at Boeuff Presbyterian (in person)
Upcoming Team Meetings
As Presbytery Ministry Committees and Commissions Organize, 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
No Meetings for Holy Week

Presbytery Office Closed
Thursday at Noon
Good Friday - All Day
Tue., Apr. 6
12pm-All Pastors Click Here
Thur., Apr. 8
3pm-GatherPlanning Click Here
Saddened to Report
Rev. Dr. Grant Gillard
Rev. Dr. Grant Franklin Claude Gillard, 62 of Holden, Missouri passed away unexpectedly Thursday, March 18, 2021, at his home. 
Pastor Gillard, as a member of Heartland Presbytery, had been serving as the temporary supply pastor of New Horizon Presbyterian Church in Odessa, Kansas. He faithfully served First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Missouri from 1993 to 2019, as a member of the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy.
Please hold Nancy, their children, and families, the Odessa, Holden, and First Presbyterian, Jackson churches in your prayers. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
To find his complete obituary and to leave condolences - click here.
If you would like to send a card or note to the family, please address them to: Nancy Gillard, 1259 SW 600th Rd., Holden MO 64040.
News & Activities
Plan for an Earth Day Service in April
The Earth Care Team of the presbytery is urging congregations in the presbytery to plan for a way to celebrate the 51st anniversary of Earth Day in the U.S. which began on April 22, 1970. The best way would be to incorporate it into a service of worship, in person or virtual on either Sunday, April 18 or 25 by stressing caring for God's creation and Mother Earth through hymns, prayers, sermon, children's message, décor, or liturgy or some other way of your choosing. Resources are available by contacting Jessica Maudlin, Associate for Sustainable Living and Earth Care Concerns, the Hunger Program in Louisville. Contact her at  Any questions, contact:
Mound Ridge’s Annual Spring Dinner Auction
Sat., Apr. 10 | 1 pm to 4 pm
at The Venue At Maison Du Lac
Tickets are $65 per person

Brunch will be served along with a cash bar. You will have a chance to bid on live auction items, dessert auction, silent auctions, raffles, and door prizes. We will also have fun games like ring toss and pig races. This beautiful, spacious venue also has a deck that overlooks a lake, which you can enjoy.
Speaking of spacious.. this will be a socially distanced, safe event! The size of the facility is perfect for our event with plenty of room for guests at the tables. There would be six people to a table to ensure social distancing and sneeze guards at the buffet and drink lines. Masks are required when social distancing can’t take place. 
The Venue At Maison Du Lac is located at 2603 Wild Plum Valley Road, Catawissa, MO 63069. Find complete details and purchase tickets by clicking here.
Public Witness Reminder
COVID-19 Still Active in Our Communities

The Public Witness Team of the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy is committed to keeping our congregations healthy. Please find the resources that might help congregation and community leaders with the importance of vaccination and what to expect afterward.
This Centers for Disease Control (CDC) document is available in a PowerPoint for ease of editing for your individual community (Found Here), or you can use the PDF for just general information. (Found Here)
Well-Being Respite Available
Well-Being Respite is a unique online opportunity to step away from your daily routine and come to the well for spiritual renewal, mental stimulation, thoughtful conversation, and meaningful engagement with colleagues in life and ministry as you contemplate God's movement in our individual and collective experiences.
Available to all Benefits Plan members*, Well-Being Respite is a virtual space to pause, learn, reframe, and connect. Each of these four monthly offerings focuses on a different dimension of wholeness — financial, spiritual, vocational, and health — and how the current landscape shapes our understanding and application of it.
Click here for more information.
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:
April 14th - Environmental Justice
May 12th - Court Systems
Register Here
Young Artists of the Bach Society
Sun., Apr. 18 | 4pm

The Couts Music Series of Second Presbyterian Church presents the Young Artists of the Bach Society of Saint Louis on Sunday, April 18 at 4:00 pm. The program features Danielle Feinstein, soprano; Olivia Roland, mezzo-soprano; Micheal Lowe, baritone; and Sandra Geary, pianist and is part of the 2021 St. Louis Bach Festival. The concert is free and takes place virtually at The concert is available on April 18 at 4:00 pm and for four weeks afterward. For more information, call 314-367-0367 or visit
New Survey for Congregation
A message to share from Research Services
The Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program and the Presbyterian Foundation have some questions about your congregation’s interest in future loans, online giving, and stewardship.
You may want to engage your church’s financial administrator or another person who is familiar with the church’s budget and loans, if any, to answer this survey. The software estimates that it will take about 15 minutes to complete—less if these questions do not apply to your church.
If you have trouble accessing this survey, please contact us for assistance. This survey will close April 6, 2021. Thank you for completing it! 
Education & Training Opportunities
Mental Health First Aid Training
Sat., Apr. 17 | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(Registration Deadline is April 3)

Light for the Darkness is offering training for adults on Youth Mental Health First Aid (see below for full explanation). Volunteers and leaders of your youth ministries, including parents, are encouraged and welcome to participate in this training. Learn more here.

The actual cost is $170 but due to grants, our cost is $24. The presbytery has said they will cover it if someone is interested and that cost is a deterrent. 

Mail check for $24 to Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy, 1001 Craig Rd Ste 170, STL, MO 63146 memo:MHFA

Online Matthew 25 Education Experience
Focusing on Housing
Wed., Mar. 24 | 2pm EDT (1pm CT)

As unprecedented energy continues to grow across the PC(USA) around the Matthew 25 invitation, so does your interest in additional resources and programming.
Toward that end, last year’s well-attended series of Matthew 25 programs will continue with our first online event for 2021, scheduled for Wednesday, March 24, at 2 p.m. EDT. The topic is how all three areas of the Matthew 25 focus intersect around the subject of housing. The program will include conversations with pastors on how their congregations are engaging with the issue of affordable housing in their communities. You can read more about it in a Presbyterian News Service story here.
To register in advance for this program, click on the link below:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Watch for information on forthcoming Matthew 25 events scheduled for June 23 (Hunger/Eradicating Poverty/Congregational Vitality), September 29 (Education/Dismantling Racism/Eradicating Poverty), and November 17 (Migration/Immigration).
One of the best things about Matthew 25 is that we can do ministry together in ways we cannot do alone. The new and digital ways of doing ministry have also redefined what community means.
Coming Alive in Christ: Training for PC(USA) Ruling Elders and Deacons Based on the Constitutional Questions
The constitutional questions asked of leaders within the PC(USA) when they are ordained, installed, and commissioned is the focus of a new resource created to assist teaching elders as they serve in ministry with ruling elders and deacons. Coming Alive in Christ: Training for PC(USA) Ruling Elders and Deacons based on the Constitutional Questions provides a study of these beliefs that are central to our lives of faith and in our community with each other and is available through Equip, the church’s online training platform. Beginning with an introduction on baptism, call, and membership, the study for each question has been written by a leader from across the diversity of the church with questions for reflection or discussion included in each section. Leader guides and a visual supplement are also included and available for download.
The resource is a focus of the Year of Leader Formation, which provides an emphasis on the ecclesial development of Presbyterian leaders for those currently serving and those preparing to serve PC(USA) congregations as ruling elders and deacons. Events, announcements, and links are available and updated on the Year of Leader Formation webpage. To receive periodic email updates, subscribe here.
Synod Youth Workshop
July 12-17
The 2021 SYW Planning Team of youth and adults is once again energetically preparing for an in-person gathering at the University of Tulsa, July 12-17, 2021. It is through the Planning Team’s prayerful discernment that they invited Martin Osae to keynote the Theme: WhataGreatGod based on Romans 8:38-39 (‘…nothing will separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”) In this passage, they find assurance and hope that God is ALWAYS with us, and takes us far beyond fear to faith, hope and love. In fact, there is nothing which can interrupt God’s love for us…ALL of us. Learn more here
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
Current Support Ministry Position Openings
Several Positions - PCUSA National Office

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

Organist/Pianist - First Presbyterian, Jackson, MO

Interim Pastor - John Calvin Presbyterian