August / 14 / 2018
Why Commissioned Pastors
Rev. Dr. Craig M. Howard
Transitional Leader of
Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy

At our next Presbytery Gathering on August 23 rd at First Edwardsville, we will be examining two commissioned pastors (CP). Commissioned pastors are formerly known as commissioned ruling elders-(CRE). Our presbytery currently has 14 commissioned pastors serving 13 congregations. The average size congregation being served by a commissioned pastor is 41. Often, the commissioned pastor is the only choice a congregation has for pastoral leadership. As the membership size of a congregation decreases, so does the capacity to afford called and installed pastors. Decreasing congregations are on the increase. The overall presbytery picture shows an increase in the number of congregations with 50 members or less. Click here to continue.      
Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket Update
  • Please pray for Charlottesville, Virginia as they and our nation work toward ending racism in our world.
What's Happening? Did you know?

  • Back2School...the daily devotional series geared to youth and young adults and those who walk alongside them in ministry, returns to on Monday, August 13. This Series is designed to help students of all ages live faithfully during transition time. Full article can be found here.
  • Formal Foundation...for dresses! The First Presbyterian Church, Jackson participates with SEMO Prom Mothers (a chapter of Becca's Closet) to provide free, new and gently used formal attire to young women in financial need, so that they can attend and feel comfortable at any high school formal event. This years kickoff is August 24-25. What a great start to the school year!
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James Wilkie
We are saddened to report the passing of James Wilkie, 2002 GA Commissioner of the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy and devoted member of First Presbyterian of Brighton, Illinois. He is survived by wife, Sheila Wilkie, children and grandchild.
Visitation will be 4-8 pm on Thursday, August 16 at the First Presbyterian Church in Brighton. Funeral Services will be at 11 am on Friday, August 17, at the First Presbyterian Church in Brighton.
The complete obituary can be found here.
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.
(Ladue) refers to Ladue Chapel, 9450 Clayton Rd., St. Louis, MO 63124. Directions can be found here.
This Week....
Thurs., Aug. 16
9 a.m. - History Team (Aberdeen Heights)
11 a.m. - Stewardship (Oaks)
4 p.m. - Vision Team (Ladue)
6:30 p.m. - Com. Prep/Ministry (Ladue)
Fri., Aug. 17
9:30 a.m. - Presbyterian Women (Oaks)
Mon.., Aug. 20
1 p.m. - Social Witness (St. Andrews)
Next Week:
Thurs., Aug. 23
Presbytery Gathering
10 a.m. - Pre-Session (Neighborhood Walk)
11 a.m. - Pre-Session (Personnel Training)
12:30 p.m. - Gathering Registration
Mon.., Aug. 27
1 p.m. - Dismantl Racism/Privilege (Ladue)
It's Session Records Review Time
The Stated Clerk is responsible for the review of session records (Minutes, Rolls and Registers) on behalf of the presbytery. The Book of Order requires sessions to have their session and congregational minutes, rolls and registers reviewed by presbytery annually. For information about what is needed at the review, please visit
The dates selected for review are:
  • Saturday, September 22 - 10 a.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Washington. Directions can be found here.
  • Saturday, October 20 - 2 p.m. - Location To Be Announced
  • Saturday, October 27 - 10 a.m. - Location To Be Announced
If you have any questions, or concerns, please contact Stated Clerk, Rev. Joy Myers at or by calling 314-772-2395.
Presbytery August Gathering - Thurs., Aug. 23
There will be two Pre-Sessions offered and we encourage all Congregations, within the presbytery, to send representatives to either or both.
* Ministry Team Moderators: All reports due to Rev. Joy Myers, Stated Clerk, by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 15 . Please submit them electronically to:
Presbyterian Women Welcome your help!
The Presbyterian Women of Giddings-Lovejoy are seeking cleaning supplies to send to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance in their support of victims of natural disasters. They will be collecting these supplies at the August Presbytery Gathering. If you can help support this mission, please see the information flyer here.
Our Community Connected
Celebrate 200 Years of
Saint Charles Presbyterian Church
Founders' Day 2018 - Sunday, August 26
Celebrate the 200th year of Saint Charles Presbyterian Church! Arrive for registration at 8:00 a.m. found in the Java for Jesus area, and stay and enjoy activities and fellowship for everyone throughout the day!
Worship will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary, followed by a lunch. Please call the church office to register for lunch at (636) 946-4467 . Participate in activities and celebration until the Service of Thanksgiving and the dedication of the new window at 3 p.m. You will be inspired, and the day will be a wonderful way to celebrate the birthday of the church! The church is located at 131 Gamble St, St Charles, MO 63301. Learn more about the St. Charles Presbyterian Church here.
75th Anniversary Celebration
Affton Presbyterian Church welcomes all to celebrate with them, the 75th Anniversary of their church. There will be a celebratory worship service beginning at 10 a.m. on Sunday, September 16, followed by a luncheon. Please call 314-631-9217 for more information and to register for lunch. Learn more about the congregation here.
Ivory Perry Park Concert
Working To Bridge the Delmar Divide
The final concert for this year will be held on Sunday, August 26 and will feature one of the best blues bands in the St. Louis area. Skeet Rodgers & The Inner City Blues Band stars vocalists Sandra Carter and Charles "Skeet" Rodgers who are greatly inspired by the harmonics the band expresses.
Grab your friends, neighbors, congregation members, and family and head on over to Ivory Perry Park with your lawn chair or blanket to experience good music and a good time. Food and beverages will be available for purchase along with free activities for the children. 
This event is sponsored by UC Ministries, supported by member congregation, Westminster Presbyterian – St. Louis. For more information visit or call (314)367-2112.
Success! Third Annual Blessing Belleville
The annual Blessing Belleville Banquet was held on Saturday, August 11, and raised $11,700, well beyond their $10,000 goal, for three different charitable organizations, in Belleville. Ally Dyer, High School Senior at Belleville and Blessing Belleville Chair, and was followed by KSDK leading up to and during the event and they will be airing a special "Senior Standout" on Friday, August 17 during their 6 a.m. broadcast. Set your alarm, so you don't miss it!
Presbyterian Women Fall Gathering Date Set
You can participate in Presbyterian Women of the Giddings-Lovejoy Presbyery, by attending their Fall Gathering on September 29 th at John Knox Presbyterian Church. Directions can be found here. 
Registration for the event can be found here.
Are you interested in Presbyterian Women, but have questions? Please email Cindy Fieg, Giddings-Lovejoy Presbyterian Women Moderator here.
Educational & Missional Opportunities
Kaleidoscope Conference is Fast Approaching
September 24 - 26, 2018
St. Louis, MO Hilton St. Louis Frontenac
Stewardship Kaleidoscope is an annual conference offering excellent plenary speakers, informative workshop leaders, provocative worship experiences, and incredible networking opportunities for all who are passionate about stewardship and generosity.
Our mission is to create an annual event that: Ignites generosity among Lutherans and Presbyterians, gives practical tools for cultivating generosity in congregations, expands the leadership capacity of those who lead stewardship initiatives and cultivates adaptive approaches for funding Christ’s mission.
Complete details can be found here.
Current Ministry Position Openings
Accompanist Needed
P/T Treasurer
Communications Coordinator