May / 10 / 2022
Blog Post by Rev. Thirza Sayers
"...skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.”

Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket

  • Please pray for... the family of Rev. Dr. Gary Ferbet in his passing
  • Please pray for... the family of Rance Thomas, in his passing
  • Please pray for...Pastor Mark Wiley and family, in the passing of his father
  • Please pray for.... Rev. Thirza Sayers and her family, in the death of her father
  • Please pray for...the continued healing of Rev. Kathleen Henrion following surgery.
  • Please pray for...pray for the world leadership, those in Ukraine who are in harm's way, and for peace to overcome war.
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Upcoming Ministry Team Meetings
This Week
Next Week
Wed., May 11
11am Trans/Interim Pastors-Click Here
Thur., May 12
9:30am History Team -Oak Hill Pres
3pm Gather Planning - Click Here

Mon., May 16
Presbytery Office Closed
Wed., May 18
12 pm COM - Click Here
Thur., May 19
10 am Public Witness-Click Here
4 pm Vision Team - Click Here
Saddened to Report
Dr. Rance Thomas
Dr. Rance Thomas, Ruling Elder, a devoted member of John Knox Presbyterian Church, and of this presbytery has passed away. We remember his decades of dedication, working on social justice projects.
His memorial service will be held at John Knox Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, May 17 at 10:30 am. Directions can be found here.
Rev. Dr. Gary H. Ferbet
Rev. Dr. Gary H. Ferbet, Honorably Retired long time member, and short term Interim Presbytery Leader of Giddings-Lovejoy has passed away. He had been living in North Carolina. The memorial arrangements can be found by clicking here. If you would like to send a card to his wife, Pam, her address is: 6701 Brighton Park Drive, Mint Hill, NC 28277
Upcoming Pastor Installations
Rev. Melissa Leo, Associate Pastor
Dardenne Presbyterian Church
Sun., May 15 | 2 pm
Rev. Zach Lysdahl, Pastor
First United Presbyterian-Collinsville
Sun., May 22 | 2 pm
Rev. Kerry Allison, Designated Pastor
First Presbyterian-Ferguson
Sun., May 29 | 2:30 pm
Rev. Mel Smith, Pastor
Trinity Presbyterian-University City
Sun., June 5 | 3 pm
News & Updates
Tips for Caring for God's Creation:
Celebrate Environmental Successes!
With global warming, plastic pollution, and the potential sixth mass extinction, humanity has made some incredible messes in this world. But when people and nations pulled together, they cleaned up some of those environmental catastrophes. For the recent Earth Day on April 22, more than 25 environmental scientists and policy experts shared their top stories about how the world fixed some of those environmental problems. The ones mentioned most often: healing the ozone hole in the atmosphere, clearing perpetually polluted air and water, the steep fall in the price of solar and wind power with the hope of weaning the world from coal, oil, and natural gas, and saving many species from the brink of extinction. Praise the Lord!
 "TIPS" is brought to you by the Earth Care Team of the presbytery. Contact: or 314-941-9378
Procedures for the 225th GA:
Public Hearings
The Standing Rules of the General Assembly require every assembly committee (except Bills and Overtures) to hold a public hearing in which anyone who wishes to address an item of business can sign up to speak. At a traditional GA, people sign a piece of paper on a bulletin board. Committees try to hear as many testimonies as possible, alternating pro and con; but sometimes when there is major interest, a lottery is necessary to limit the numbers. 
Federal Student Loan Relief for Pastors

The Synod of Mid-America wants you to know that relief is available!
Apply soon because this offer expires 10/31/22.
More information can be obtained here:

The form is here:
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.
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
(PT) Coordinator of Christian Education - Southminster Presbyterian, Crestwood, Missouri

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

Seminary Summer Intern - First United Presbyterian, Belleville, IL

Church Office Manager - St. Mark Presbyterian, Ballwin, 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