May / 23 / 2023
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The Presbytery Office will be closed on Monday, May 29th, for Memorial Day. We pray that all within our presbytery have a safe and blessed extended weekend.

The office will re-open on Tuesday, May 30, and assume regular business hours.
DRAWP is pleased to announce the 2023 summer book group! The group will meet for 7 weeks (each Wednesday) via Zoom starting July 19, 2023, with the final gathering in person. This year we will be reading "What Kind of Christianity" by William Yoo.
Summer book group details:
Time: 7:00 PM
Dates: July 19, 26, August 2, 9, 16, 23
Time: TBA
Date: August 30
Location: TBA
The book is currently on sale at the PCUSA Store for $19.50
(Regular Price: $30.00). Click Here for Details
If you are planning to be part of the group read this summer, order yours today and receive 35% off the list price! Sign up for this summer's book group by sending an email to Travis Winckler ( Diane McCullough (, or Julie Northrip (
News & Updates
A Matter of Faith - A Weekly Presby Podcast
A Presby Podcast, the podcast where we respond to your questions and comments on issues of faith, social justice, and church life. Don't be afraid to write in and ask your question because if it matters to you, it matters to us and it just might be a matter of faith. Whether it be faith in God, faith in others, or faith in yourself.
A Matter of Faith is hosted by Simon Doong and Rev. Lee Catoe. The podcast is produced by Unbound and the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program of the Presbyterian Church USA.
Podcasts Each Thursday - Previous Podcasts are found by clicking here.
Steelville Presbyterian Players present:
“The Verdict: The Trial of Judas”
by Peter C. Nichols
Sun., June 4 at 5 pm
This dinner theatre will be held on Please make reservations for our dinner theater so we know how many tables to set up and how much food to fix. A donation to our mission fund is considered an admission fee. (no set fee is taxed) The Steelville Presbyterian Church is located at 211 N. First St., Steelville. Directions found by clicking here.
For reservations, simply call the church office at 573-775-2590.
Healing and Healing Art Together
Fri., June 2 | 6 pm to 8:30 pm
Light for the Darkness and Grounded Gardening has been gifted a bench with a beautiful history from a Christian community that closed last year. The people who sat on it had been waiting, crying, praying, hungry, grateful, lonely, seeking, hopeful and so much more. We are going to rededicate this bench to service our healing work. Learn more by clicking here.
A Place of Grace Mission Madness
Amazon Wish List
Registration for Grace Camp: Mission Madness has ended, but you can still participate by ordering from the APOG Mission Madness Amazon list (Click Here) and having your donations shipped to:
A Place of Grace, 348 Snake Rd., Dorsey, IL 62021
Please order for delivery on or before Monday, May 29th. Items will be used to support the hungry and unhoused in the Riverbend. Thank you for your continued support of this ministry!
A Place of Grace May Prayer Art Retreat
Here is artwork from this month's Prayer Art Retreat at Von Dell Gallery & Studios in Wood River. The story was from John 20:1-18. I'm always amazed by what develops as the evening progresses. The June Prayer Art Retreat is Thursday, June 15th at 6 p.m. at Von Dell Gallery & Studios, 102 E Ferguson, Wood River, IL. We hope you'll join us for art and the sabbath. You can register here:
Learn About Aand Support Groups and Communities Working for Environmental Justice

Today's TIPS is from the Presbyterian Church (USA) Climate Care Challenge to address the current climate crisis on both a personal level and societal level. For more resources and to accept the challenge go to: "TIPS" is brought to you by the Earth Care Team of presbytery. Contact: or 314-941-9378.
Full Funded Westminster Scholarship Announced
Austin College announces the largest single gift in the College’s history, a $20 million bequest from the estate of Clifford J. Grum. The gift will fully fund the Westminster Scholarship Program for Presbyterian students to attend Austin College with full tuition paid, beginning in the 2024-2025 academic year
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
  • Contemporary Worship Band Leader, First Presbyterian, Kirkwood, MO
  • PT Custodian-New Horizons Presbyterian, Overland, MO
  • PT Office Administrator-First Presbyterian, Alton, IL
  • (PT) Coordinator Christian Education - Southminster Presbyterian, Crestwood, 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