July / 24 / 2018
The Necessity of Disconnecting
Rev. Dr. Craig M. Howard
Transitional Leader of
Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy

It’s been a long time since Marilyn and I have taken a vacation together. Somewhere between getting kids through college, living apart for two years with very demanding jobs, beginning new work for each of us in 2017, life hasn’t allowed the rhythm for us to just get away together. This year we planned a nice Alaskan land and sea cruise. We spent the past 10 days enjoying scenic Alaska. This included seeing bears, wolves, moose, caribou, whales, and eagles. These were against a landscape of mountains, glaciers, oceans, rivers, and trees. The sea cruise portion was a time to be pampered, served, and simply have fun.  Click here to continue.       
Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket Update
  • Please pray for Mound Ridge Camp and Retreat Center, their long time campers and staff as they mourn the passing of Rex, Mound Ridge's Camp Dog. He will be sadly missed.
What's Happening? Did you know?
  • Flyaway Books announces their partnership with the Muhammad Ali Center on a powerful upcoming children’s book called For Beautiful Black Boys Who Believe in a Better World by pastor, scholar and activist the Rev. Dr. Michael W. Waters. The book, which celebrates African-American boys and focuses on the importance of working together to create a better world, will tell the story of a young black boy named Jeremiah who is exposed to gun violence both personally and through the media. Read more here
Quick Connect
Help Wanted
  • Accompanist
  • Part-time Treasurer
  • Communication Coordinator

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Upcoming Team Meetings - Locations Listed
(Wednesday to Tuesday)
PLEASE NOTE: The Oaks Conference Room (Oaks) and St. Andrews Conference Room (St. Andrews) are both located at the new Presbytery office, 1001 Craig Rd., Suite 170, St. Louis, MO 63146.
(Oaks) is on the first floor (St. Andrews) is on the second floor. Directions can be found here.
This Week....
There are no meetings to report
for next week (July 25-31)
Next Week:
There are no meetings to report
for next week (Aug. 1-7)
Save the date for the August Gathering!
Thurs., Aug. 23
There will be two Pre-Sessions offered and we encourage all Congregations within the presbytery to send representatives. For more information on the Pre-Sessions, please click here. Don't forget to save the date!
Our Community Connected
Giddings-Lovejoy Stewardship Team Updates
Establishing a culture of generosity is intentional work. The Stewardship team is committed to keep local congregations informed of practices, technology, and different approaches that congregations can utilize in their efforts to develop successful stewardship programs. Recently, they revised the Stewardship Binder by adding a purpose statement outlining their emphasis on education, encouragement, and information. Learn more about how the Stewardship Team provides encouragement and assistance to congregations as they establish a culture of generous giving within their membership—a culture that recognizes and claims the ministry of the whole church through participation in mission giving, per capita support and local outreach.”
Project Stewardship
You could read that title in more than one way. It was not intended to read, “Project stewardship on to others,” but that is not all bad. To project stewardship outwardly is to be living the faith as a witness to others. To be faithful to God in Christ is to live with love for God and our neighbor. In the face of the reality of the world on the news some people are making that extra effort to smile and be kind. That is projecting stewardship – we can all do that. Continue here
The Kaleidoscope Stewardship Conference is coming soon to St. Louis, and the early registration discount will end on Wednesday, August 1. Take time to see the registration details here.
Stewardship Team Announces (3) $100 Scholarships Available, for the Kaleidoscope Conference.

Click here to email, and be considered for one of these three scholarships!
COLA Marketplace
Items currently available are subject to prior distribution or sale. Please make advance arrangements for pick up either at Ladue Chapel, Presbytery office, or August Presbytery meeting by contacting Jennifer Pitcher by August 10th at the COLA office 314/772-2395 x 1985 or by emailing:
Third Annual Blessing Belleville Banquet
The annual Blessing Belleville Banquet is set for Saturday, August 11, 2018 at the Banquet Center in Belleville. Ally Dyer, Blessing Belleville Chair, is seeking sponsors to help them achieve their $10,000 goal. Last year's event raised $8,400 to support greatly needed family and individual theraputic support in Belleville and the need is even greater now. Can you help? If you would like more information, please click here, or email directly here.
Presbyterian Women Churchwide Gathering
PW’s Churchwide Gathering set for next week! Time is flying, and this event that celebrates and can deepen your engagement in all that Presbyterian Women does. Full details can be found here.
Church Furnishings Available
Hillside Presbyterian has these lovely items to offer: Communion table is 5' long, 40" tall and 31`” deep; Pulpit is 45" tall 29" deep 40” wide; Baptismal Font; Cross is 125" tall and 72” wide; Candle stick stands are 43" tall and 7x7 top; Choir binders and 8 boxes of sheet music; 45 blue 1990 hymnal; and Choir robes (about 20). Please email  for pictures and inquiries.
UKirk - St. Louis
Don't forget that our last gathering for this summer is on July 31, from 7-9 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church; we'll meet for dinner and an information session about the Montreat College Conference (January 1-5, 2019). Email Pastor Miriam at ( )
Vendors Needed for Upcoming Craft Shows
Maryland Heights Presbyterian Church, located at 200 Harding Avenue, will be holding a Craft & Vendor Fair on Saturday, October 6th from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Crafters and vendors needed!  Registration deadline is September 7th, 2018. If you need additional information or are interested in requesting an application, please contact us at or by calling (314) 739-4721.
Presbyterian Women of John Knox Presbyterian Church, located at 13200 New Halls Ferry Rd., in Florissant, are currently looking for vendors and craftspeople for our Saturday, November 10th Autumn Vendor and Crafts Sale, running from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Email for information and application. First come, first served. The event flyer can be found here.
Educational & Missional Opportunities
Veteran's Mental Health - Community Clergy Training
Mercy Conference and Retreat Center and National Chaplain Center of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with support from The Daughters of Charity invite you to attend a free interactive training, on July 30 and 31 st .
Many Veterans can experience limited choices for all types of healthcare.  Community Clergy Training developed to recognize and reach out to Veterans who are struggling in their return to civilian life. Find complete training information and registration by clicking here.
Afterlife Conversations in Faith   
The Interfaith Partnership Board has announced a Afterlife Conversations of Faith event that will be held on Sunday, August 5 at 2 p.m in the auditorium of the St. Louis Art Museum in Forest Park. There will be a panel of representatives from different religions, that will speak on beliefs about the afterlife.
Ministry Position Openings
A ccompanist Needed
The Presbyterian Church of Washington is searching for a part-time accompanist for Sunday morning worship and choir rehearsals. Must have ability to play organ and piano. Full description can be found here.  If interested, please contact Rev. Pat Gruber by email here.
Part-Time Treasurer Needed
Cote Brilliante Presbyterian Church is seeking a part-time treasurer. The Church Treasurer, as needed, shall have access to all income and expense reporting, payroll data, and other pertinent financial data of the church to help carry out their purpose. The ideal candidate will need to be knowledgeable and comfortable working with budgets, and adhere to confidentiality. The full description of the position can be found here. Interested parties, please contact Elder Joyce Wilks-Love
Connections Coordinator Needed
Webster Groves Presbyterian Church is currently searching for an outgoing, friendly person to fill the position of Connections Coordinator at WGPC! It is a part time position (about 25 hours per week), responsible for social media, newsletter communications, and website maintenance, as well as welcoming visitors and members to worship and other church activities, and connecting visitors and new members to current members, events and mission opportunities. If you know someone who might be interested in this type of work, please advise them to email their resume to Carrie Rao at  
  WGPC members are not eligible for this position.