Newsletter
April / 2 / 2019
Presbytery Practices: In the Neighborhood
Rev. Vanessa Hawkins
Designated Associate Presbytery Leader
"Going where God sends us with the right spirit and with an open heart while accepting that things won’t go always as planned, but the experience will give us guidance for next steps."

Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket Update
  • Please pray....Rev. Tom Bass as he is experiencing health problems
  • Please pray .... for Jim Starks in a recent cancer diagnosis
  • Please pray...for Sarah and Kennedy Carnes, as they prepare for a kidney donation
  • Please pray...for Kerry Downing as he is having heart problems, related to cancer.
  • Please pray...for Rev. Chris Keating and family in the passing of his brother.
  • Please pray ... for those in the Nebraska flood plain
Click on the prayer basket to find our current prayers.
PC(USA) Special Offerings Video & Webinar Offered
  • One Great Hour of Sharing
A church walks into a bar … and then what? Looking for a short video sermon to help with interpretation of the offering? Watch this  Sixty Second Sermon by Rev. Ryan Landino, Lead Presbyter for Transformation at the Presbytery of Great Rivers!
  • Pentecost Offering
Looking for information for this year’s Pentecost Offering? Join Special Offerings staff for a webinar:
Mid Council Leaders:  April 23, 2019—12:00 pm EDT.
Congregation Leaders:  April 30 , 2019—12:00 pm EDT.
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Saturday, May 4th
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Upcoming Team Meetings
NOTE: Meeting locations are as follows: Oaks - is the meeting room next door to the presbytery office; St.Andrew - refers to the Board Room of St. Andrews on the second floor, directly above the presbytery office; Pres - refers to the Presbytery Office Resource Center; Ladue - refers to Ladue Chapel; WG - refers to Webster Groves Presbyterian. Contact the office at 314-772-2395 if you are unsure where you will be meeting.
Week of: Apr. 4 to Apr.10

Tues, Apr. 9
10 a.m. . - Finance (Oaks)
1 p.m. - Mission/Outreach (Oaks)
4 p.m. - Admin/Support (Oaks)
Wed., Apr. 10
10 a.m. - Pastoral Trans/Care (Oaks)

Week of: Apr. 11 to Apr.17

Thurs. Apr. 11
10 a.m. . - Stewardship (Oaks)
12:30 p.m. - CoR/N(Oaks)
3 p.m. - Presby Gather Plan (Oaks)
5 p.m. - Cong. Vibrancy Team (Oaks)
Mon., Apr. 15
1 p.m. - Social Witness (Oaks)
Uprooting Hunger - 2019 Presbytery Wide Goal
What is a Matthew 25 church?
Matthew 25:31–46 calls all of us to actively engage in the world around us, so our faith comes alive and we wake up to new possibilities. Convicted by this passage, both the 222nd and 223rd General Assemblies (2016 and 2018) exhorted the PC(USA) to act boldly and compassionately to serve people who are hungry, oppressed, imprisoned or poor.
Uprooting Hunger - Hunger Action Team
The next sixteen months the presbytery will work toward establishing Certified Hunger Action Congregations. This  handout will be helpful to your congregation, as we journey together in the year ahead. If you have any questions, email:  communication@glpby.org
Ministry Team Updates
Summer 2019 Mission & Outreach Team
Grant Applications Now Available
APPLICATIONS DUE BY APRIL 8
The Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy Mission and Outreach Moderator, Joyce Wilks-Love has announced that 2019 Summer Grant Applications are now available. You can find the application and details about the grants here.
SAVE THE DATE
Social Witness Action Team of the
Synod of Mid-America
Annual Conference
Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 9 a.m .to 3 p.m.
John Knox Presbyterian Church
More details coming soon!
Earth Month in April
Earth Day has been on April 22 for nearly 50 years but now April has been designated Earth Month. And, also added is Faith Climate Action Week, April 5 to 14 this year. So now churches have the whole month to raise awareness about caring for God's awesome creation as well as opportunity to participate in some kind of action that will protect and preserve the incredible gift of nature all around us. It is indeed a part of what it means to be a person and community of faith in our time! For resources: Jessica.Maudlin@pcusa.org in Louisville and www.FaithClimateActionWeek.org  Also, contact the presbytery's Earth Care Action Team: carletonstock@aol.com .   
Team & Congregational Happenings
UKirk Pastor Nominating Committee
Gives Update on Search
by PNC Chairperson, Donna Cook
It is an exciting opportunity to participate with this community wide project to find a new Pastor to continue the amazing work created by our Pastor Miriam. I’ve been impressed by the diversity of the applicants and the depth of the experience, gifts, dedication, love, spirituality and energy that each will bring to this ministry, to our presbytery, and our local churches. Click to continue to read more.
Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Lunchtime Lent Prayer Services
Each Wednesday through April 10
12 p.m. to 12: 30 p.m.

Metropolitan Churches United Clergy Breakfast
Thursday, April 11 at 8:30 a.m.
Join us for breakfast, study, conversation, and fellowship. We'll gather and eat, spend some time hearing about what's going on with MCU, wrestle with some Holy Week texts, and discuss ways to plug in going forward. Guest speaker: Dr. Ben Sanders III, assistant professor of Theology and Ethics, Eden Theological Seminary.
Invite your colleagues, bring a clergy pal. We'll collect the $ at the door. We really hope to see you there!  See the Facebook invitation here for more information. 
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Affton & Calvary Presbyterian Churches
Welcome All to a Joint Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 13 - Beginning at 1 p.m.

15th Annual - Praise Is What We Do Concert
The William G. Gillespie Scholarship Committee of Cote Brilliante Presbyterian Church invites you to join us as we celebrate our "Fifteenth Annual Praise Is What We Do Concert" on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 2:00 pm at Cote Brilliante Presbyterian Church. Directions can be found here.
The concert will feature spirit-filled selections of praise dancing, poetry, vocal and instrumental performances. Admission is free; however, a free-will offering will be taken to benefit the scholarship fund. Joyce Addison & Richard Massey are Program Co-Chairs; Pasadena Weathersby - Scholarship Committee Chairperson, welcome all!
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Annual Spring Salad Luncheon
The Hardin, Illinois Presbyterian Church will be having its Annual Spring Salad Luncheon on Wednesday, April 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in its fellowship hall. The menu will include chicken salad, assorted salads and breads, dessert, and drink for $8.00. Proceeds go to local missions. Treat your secretary on “Administrative Professional’s Day.” 
Directions can be found here.
Annual Mound Ridge Dinner Auction
Save the date for the Mound Ridge Dinner Auction committee set the date for the 2019 Dinner Auction. It will be held on April 27, 2019, at Andrea’s Banquet Hall on Telegraph Road.
Complete List of Educational Opportunities: Found Here
Housing Allowance Decision
On March 15, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held that the section of the Internal Revenue Code which exempts the cash housing/manse allowance provided to ministers is constitutional; this reversed a 2017 decision of the federal district court.  Read about this and related PC(USA) policy.
Parking Tax
The General Assembly’s attorneys are not licensed to provide tax advice to mid councils or congregations, and they recommend that you consult someone local if you need assistance with this; but they did arrange for an explanation of the very complicated issue of the new parking tax for tax-exempt organizations. Find it here.
Clergywomen Connections
Racial Equity & Women’s Intercultural Ministries wants to reach out to clergywomen in your presbytery because they’re planning upcoming events and opportunities specifically geared for clergywomen. Please contact  Jewel McRae, 1.888.728.7228, ext. 5848, associate for women’s leadership development & young women’s ministries, so she can update her database.
Rev. Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon Scholarship
The Presbyterian Mission Agency will accept applications for the Katie Cannon scholarship beginning April 1. The scholarship, created to honor the name and legacy of the late Rev. Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon, supports Presbyterian clergywomen and college women of color and other Presbyterian women of color with opportunities for leadership and spiritual development as well as mission opportunities in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Full details can be found here.
Messy Church Training
Saturday, May 18th - 9 a.m. to 3:30 pm. 
at St. Paul UCC-Waterloo, Illinois
Messy Church is a church experience for families who have not found other forms of church engaging and who don’t yet belong to a church. It explores a biblical theme through includes hands-on creative experiences, a celebration and a meal. It is usually held once per month at a time other than Sunday morning. It does not prioritize either the needs of children or adults but intentionally welcomes and provides for all ages.
More details and registration will be announced soon.
National Black Presbyterian Caucus
June 27 to June 29
Registration is open  for the 45th Biennial National Black Presbyterian Caucus, June 27–29. This year’s theme is “Seeking Racial Justice & Equity! Where do we go from here?” The conference will take place at the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel and Conference Center. 
Faithful Innovation Summit
July 24–26, 2019
Luther Seminary in Minneapolis
 “We live in a time of disruptive change—and many of us are unsure where to start or how to lead through uncertainty. The  Faithful Innovation Summit is designed to help you define and address the challenges you’re facing. Gather with fellow Christian leaders and consider what God is calling you to do.”
The Presbytery of the Inland Northwest has been invited to present a case study of their missional transformation this event. Sheryl Kinder Pyle is eager to have some other EPs join them there; contact her for more information, and plan to attend.
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Mid Council Financial Network Planning Team
2019 Conference 
November 20-22, 2019 
Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront

This event is a continuing education and training opportunity for synod, presbytery, and church financial persons. We are working with presenters and various others to bring you the most up to date information for this conference.
Save the date - More details will be released soon.
Stewardship Kaleidoscope Annual Conference
September 30 to October 2
The annual  Stewardship Kaleidoscope Conference is a great opportunity for congregations to take a deeper dive into stewardship. The program is for pastors and for stewardship committees. Whether you want to refresh your approach or overhaul it, there will be something for you at Stewardship Kaleidoscope.  Download the promotional flyer  
Opportunity to Talk about the Confessions
Taking a breif break for Easter, join us after Holy Week. Want to join the conversation? Contact Barbara G. Willock, bwill2@mindspring.com.
Current Support Ministry Position Openings
Congregations Searching for Support Staff
Part Time Site Manager - AMEN|St. Louis

Soprano Section Leader Wanted - Westminster St. Louis

Senior Staff Assistant - Webster Groves

Director of Music and Organist - Faith Des Peres

Director Faith Formation and Family Ministries
for Children - Ladue Chapel