November / 24 / 2020
Advent Reading 2020
“My hope is to read stories, concepts, and ideas that make me pause and look for God’s work in my life. By observing the story of others, I desire to become a little more sensitive, a little more open, a little more empathetic.”
Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket

  • Please pray for...Peru. The political unrest in Peru has added additional strain to the already challenging COVID19 pandemic.
  • Please pray for...medical personnel, as the COVID19 surge is forcing difficult decisions to be made.
  • Please pray for...those ill from viruses and other diseases, as they fight for their lives.
  • Please pray for...our Chaplains, as they respond to residents in care facilities, to medical personnel and to each other in this hour of grave illness and death.
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Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy
Upcoming Team Meetings
During Advent, Presbytery Ministry Teams are asked to recess from meetings, if possible. If you are unsure if your team is meeting, please ask your Team Moderator, or contact the office at 314-772-2395.
Presbytery Office Closed
Thurs, Nov. 26 and Fri., Nov. 27
The office will reopen on
Monday, November 30

Have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!
A Note from Presbytery Leader
Rev. Dr. Craig M. Howard
News & Activities
Advent Vespers
The 14th annual Advent Vespers of Second Presbyterian Church will be presented virtually beginning on Sunday, December 6. The Vespers will highlight the relevance of Psalm 130 and include readings and choral anthems plus handbell and organ music.
To watch the Vespers, go to The Vespers will be available for viewing from December 6 though December 20. For further information call 314-367-0367 or email
Let us Light Candles
Join in Social Media Participation
Presbyterians Today’s Advent and Christmas devotional, “Let Us Light Candles: Matthew 25 and the work of Advent.” This extended online devotional — taking us not just through Advent but through Christmastide and ending with Epiphany, Jan. 6 — brings to you the inspiring words in Howard Thurman’s poem “I Will Light Candles This Christmas.”
Presbyterians Today wants to see your light shine this holiday. Submit pictures of the candles you are lighting (actual candles or how you are shining light in the world by living out the words of Matthew 25 to give water to those who thirst, visit those in prison and clothe the naked). Include your name, church and a brief description of the picture. Send to Donna Frischknecht Jackson at
Christmas Eve
We hope to bring light and joy to you, your congregation, and anyone looking for light amidst our current darkness, this Christmas Eve.
The Coming of Light
The video includes a reading of the Christmas Eve text,
Isaiah 9:2-7.  
Tips for Caring for God's Amazing Creation:
Buy energy-efficient Christmas lights!
Replace incandescent lights with LEDS. They don't overheat so they are safe on trees. Limit the number of hours you run your holiday lights and don't leave them on all night.
TIPS is brought to you by the Earth Care Team of the presbytery, represented by the nine certified Earth Care Congregations in the presbytery. Contact: or 314-941-9378.
Tuesday, December 1
9:00am - 9:00 pm Eastern
Join us on #GivingTuesday when the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has planned its first-ever, 12-hour live-stream designed to entertain, inform and encourage greater giving on Tuesday, December 1. The virtual event will include worship and reflection, prayer, mental health breaks, ministry area highlights, and a Hollywood Squares-like game called "PresbySquares." Mark your calendars for what is sure to be a memorable event celebrating generosity!
Self-Care & Health Care
COVID19 & Seasonal Flu Shouldn't Mix
If you do not live in the St. Louis Area, please consult with your local Health Department for guidance on where you can get your Flu Shot. If you don't know how to contact your local health department, the following links will direct you to the appropriate office.
In Illinois - Click Here | In Missouri - Click Here
Mission Partners
Nicaragua Community Partnership
“Seguir Adelante – Go forward!”
Our presbytery’s covenant relationship with the community of Plan Grande #2 Nicaragua has been active for 20 years, Gracias a Dios! Despite economic downturns, political unrest, and social disruptions in both countries and the global impact of COVID-19, and we remain committed to our promises of mutual love and support. “Seguir Adelante – Go Forward”!
Donate November 1 to 30 through Venmo (scan at right) or by Checks made to “Giddings Lovejoy Presbytery” may be mailed
c/o Harriet Hall
20 North Maple Ave.
St. Louis MO 63119.
Heritage Preservation Grants
To assist congregations with the preservation of church history, the Presbyterian Historical Society awards annual Heritage Preservation Grants to PC(USA) congregations, covering up to $500 of the cost to digitize official church records. Qualifying congregations must be at least 50 years old.
For 2020, applications are due on December 15. Grants must be used within a two-year time period. You might want to share this with your congregations, especially older and smaller churches. Learn how to apply.
Hunger Action Grants Available
The COVID 19 pandemic has created an unprecedented loss of jobs and hardship on families within the geographical boundary of the presbytery. Food pantries connected to our presbytery and PCUSA congregations are reporting a much higher demand than usual. As we enter the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons, the presbytery is making available Hunger Program grants to hunger programs connected to our congregations or those programs that partner with the presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Security Grant Program Application Support
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has a program called the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) to help nonprofits and faith-based organizations prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks.
Here are several examples of projects the NSGP funds: Surveillance equipment; Physical protective measures such as fences, blast-proof windows, and concrete barriers; Active Shooter Training; Security Training for employees, or members/congregation
PDA is here to assist in the 2021 application, which is always a difficult, complicated and time-bound process. If you are interested in learning more, please let PDA know by November 30, by contacting David L. Myers, Senior Advisor at or by calling 502-200-4878.
Technology Grants - Wave 2
When COVID-19 began to spread across the United States, Giddings-Lovejoy congregations responded in amazing ways to continue their worship and ministries. I am in awe. Congregations have stretched themselves beyond what they thought they were capable of doing. As I like to say, the building may be closed, but the church is not! 
Please submit your grant request to Note in the subject line Second Wave Grant.
In your request, include the church’s name and address, contact person and email address, and what the grant will be used for.  
By the way, First Wave Grants are still available. Please contact Liz Kanerva at the above email for more information. (Learn More Here)
Education & Training Opportunities
Virtual Certification at 
The Church Network

If you are interested in becoming a Certified Church Administrator, you can now take the core educational requirements without leaving your place of work or your family. In 2019 The Church Network launched our first attempt at online certification courses, and it was a great success! For 2021, virtual core classes are especially important.
Seminars will be offered on Thursdays from 12 noon to 3 p.m. Eastern time, with the eight sessions of Module B in the winter of 2021 and the eight sessions of Module A in the fall of 2021.
APCE 2021
Registration is open for the virtual event hosted by the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators, to be held February 4–6. Explore “Anything But Ordinary Time” with APCE, from the comfort of your own home.
Lux Summer Theological Institute
for Youth
A New Earth: Thinking Theologically about Environmental Justice
June 13-27, 2021 
What does it mean to care for creation? Are Christians called to respond to climate change? Is it possible to LIVE SUSTAINABLY for the benefit of future generations? Theologically curious high school students are invited to apply before January 1, 2021 for the 2021 Lux Summer Theological Institute. Safety permitting, the program will be held in-person at Presbyterian-related Monmouth College (Monmouth, IL)
Funded by the Lilly Endowment, the Lux Institute is an opportunity for students to engage with a topic of global importance and participate in a living-learning community through study, worship, service, recreation, and vocational exploration.
Scholarships are available to cover all program expenses for the two-week program, with the exception of travel. A free shuttle to/from Chicago airports is provided.
For more information:
Social Media Deep Dive for Churches
Led by: Christen Kinard
Founder, Digital Congregations
(4-part series) Thursdays, January 21, 28, and February 4, & 11 | 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. EST. Plus, weekly office hours for additional consultation.
Registration Now Open
for May 17-21, 2021
Is the church really dying? Or is it dying to change? How can the church recapture what it was in the first century—a distinctive, confessional community, willing to stand against the status quo, to speak up against the empire, and to stand for the Gospel—in a 21st century context?
This year, the Festival of Homiletics invites you into conversation around how the promise of the Gospel might shape hope and ministry for the future church. What is the role of preaching in forming the church of the future?
Be inspired by God’s Word proclaimed by some of the nation’s finest ministers and teachers. Experience the fellowship of hundreds of preachers. Learn and worship in an atmosphere that is dynamic, friendly, nurturing, and prophetic. Come renew, refresh, and recharge your spirit.
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
Part-Time Pastor - First Presbyterian, Perryville

Part-Time Organist - First Presbyterian of Alton, IL

Associate Pastor - Dardenne Presbyterian, Dardenne Prarie

Organist/Pianist - First Presbyterian, Jackson, MO

Interim Pastor - John Calvin Presbyterian