September / 11 / 2018
Rev. Dr. Craig M. Howard
Transitional Leader of
Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy

It’s time I doubled back and shared more material from our August Presbytery Gathering at Edwardsville, First. After each Presbytery Gathering we send out a survey to determine what went well and what did not. The surveys are reviewed by the Presbytery Gathering Planning Team. Our last gathering from September returned a record number of responses. Thank you! Many of you requested we provide the documents from the pre-sessions.
Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket Update
  • Please pray....for Jim Cook, as he will be having a stem cell transplant sometime in October. Pray for the donor, for the physicians who care for him and for the success of the transplant. Please also remember his family, as they walk this journey with him.
  • Please pray...for the family of Rev. Chip Andrus, often referred to as the Willie Nelson of the PC(USA) and a General Assembly favorite music leader, as he has passed away. Read more here.
What's Happening? Did you know?

  • In Racial Equity & Women’s Intercultural Ministries, we envision a world in which all communities have an equal voice and fully participate in church and society, through intercultural ministries, leadership development, racial justice and reconciliation, women’s empowerment, church growth, church revitalization and transformation. Our goals are: ending racism, empowering women, and building intercultural communities. Read on here. (Find a video which includes Sacred Conversations, featuring Giddings-Lovejoy, within this article.)

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Hurricane Florence - Prayer for East Coast
God of our life, whose presence sustains us in every circumstance, in the aftermath of storm and distress, we welcome the restoring power of your love and compassion.
We open our hearts in sorrow, gratitude, and hope:
that those who have been spared nature’s fury 
as well as those whose lives are changed forever by ravages of wind and water 
may find solace, sustenance, and strength in the days of recovery and reflection that come.
We are thankful for the generous grace of days of preparation;
for the wise counsel of experts and the generous collaboration of so many communities,
that in the face of the storm kept many out of harm’s way, and lessened the effects of wind and water on others. 
We are grateful that dire predictions did not result in the worst case scenario for all,
yet still served to support our best efforts at preparation and immediate relief. 
At the same time, we open ourselves to the stories of those for whom the Hurricane was not a near miss:
communities deeply affected, whose livelihood, homes and stability has been destroyed. 
We pray in grief, remembering the lives that have been lost.
We lift our voices in sorrow and compassion for families who have lost loved ones, homes, or livelihood.
We ask for sustaining courage for those who are suffering;
wisdom and diligence among agencies and individuals assessing damage and directing relief efforts; 
and for generosity to flow as powerfully as rivers and streams, 
as we, your people, respond to the deep human needs beginning to emerge in the wake of the storm.
In these days of relief, assessment and response,
open our eyes, our hearts, and our hands to the needs of your children and the movements of your Spirit,
who flows in us like the river whose streams makes glad the city of God,
and the hearts of all who dwell in it, and in You.
In the name of Christ the Healer we pray, Amen.
  Prayer written by the Rev. Dr. Laurie Ann Kraus, Pastor, Riviera Presbyterian Church, Miami, Florida; Member, National Response Team of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. This prayer was originally written in response to Hurricane Irene that struck August 30, 2011 .  
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.
(WebGrov) refers to Webster Groves Presbyterian, 45 W Lockwood Ave, St. Louis, MO 63119 Directions can be found here.
This Week....
Wed., Sept. 12
2 p.m. - Pastoral Transit/Care (Oaks)
Thurs., Sept. 13
3 p.m - Presby Gathering Plan (GLPby Office)
5 p.m. - Congregational Vibrancy (Oaks)
Mon., Sept. 17
10 a.m. - Finance (GLPby Office)
1 p.m. - Social Witness (Oaks)
Next Week:
Thurs., Sept. 20
10 a.m - Stewardship (Oaks)
4 p.m. - Vision Team (Oaks)
6:30 p.m. - Com Prep Ministry (Ladue)
Mon., Sept. 24
1 p.m. - Dismant Racism/Priv. (Ladue)
Uprooting Hunger - 2018 Presbytery Wide Goal
Hunger Action Congregation looks for
innovative ways to help people in need
Pleasantville Presbyterian   Church   in New York state, is helping people in need. It has become a part of their DNA. Certified as a Hunger Action Congregation by the Presbyterian Hunger Program in 2017, the church has taken numerous steps over the years to reach out to a community that struggles to find enough food. Click here to continue.
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. We look forward to the year + ahead. If you have any questions, please contact us via
Session Records Review Date/Time
Sat., Sept. 22 - 10 a.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Washington. Directions can be
Sat., Oct. 13 - 10 a.m. First Presbyterian - Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. Directions can be
Sat., Oct. 20 - 2 p.m. -Westminster Presbyterian - Belleville, Illinois. Directions can be found here.
If you have any questions, or concerns, please contact Stated Clerk, Rev. Joy Myers at  or by calling 314-772-2395.
Our Community Connected
Cote Brilliante Celebrating 62 Years
On Sunday, September 16, 2018, Cote Brilliante Presbyterian Church will celebrate 62 years in ministry (since its reorganization in 1956). Our guest speaker, during the morning worship service at 10 a.m., will be Rev. A. Vanessa Hawkin, Designated Associate Leader of the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy.
The musical worship service will be at 2 p.m. with guests including Harris Stowe College Gospel Choir and Mrs. Jennifer Kelly.
We anticipate a spirit-filled celebration for this anniversary; and, hope you are able to fellowship with us as we worship and praise our God. Cote Brilliante is located at 4673 Labadie Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri 63115. This event is FREE and open to the public.
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. The event flyer can be found here. Learn more about the congregation here.
Great Music of Many Faiths
The Eighth Annual Arts and Faith Interfaith Concert “Great Music of Many Faiths” will be on Sunday, September 16, at 5:30 p.m. at the Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, Missouri 63108 .  Directions can be found here. The concert is free. Doors open at 4:30 p.m.
United States Air Force Band of Mid-America
Chamber Ensemble Recital
Members of the USAF Band of Mid-America will present a recital at The First Presbyterian Church, 100 E. Adams Avenue, Kirkwood, MO on Sunday, September 23rd at 3 p.m. Admission to the concert is free and tickets are not required.
Presented in partnership with The Con Spirito Concert Series, this is a family-friendly, all-ages event. This recital offers an eclectic mix of solo, duo and chamber ensembles performing works from the renaissance period to contemporary styles. Consider it a musical ‘grab bag,’ sure to inspire and entertain audience members of all ages.
Presbyterian Women Fall Gathering Date Set
You can participate in Presbyterian Women of the Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery, 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.
Don't forget they are also seeking supplies for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. Find the complete list here. If you are able to help financially, please email Cindy (listed above).
Perseid String Quartet in Concert
The Perseid String Quartet plays a concert at Second Presbyterian Church on Sunday, October 7 at 4:00 p.m. The ensemble is comprised of violinists Hannah Frey and Manuela Kaymakanova, violist Eliana Haig, and cellist Stephanie Hunt. The church is located at 4501 Westminster Place in the Central West End, St. Louis, 63108. The concert is part of the Couts Music Series and is free to the community. For more information call 314-367-0367 or .
Missional Opportunities
Nicaragua Community Partnership
Annual Celebration and Fund-Raising Dinner
Celebrate and Support our successful scholarship students Learn about the recent national crisis in Nicaragua and the positive developments in Plan Grande #2 Explore ways to become involved in this mission Enjoy a terrific meal at one of St. Louis’ finest Italian restaurants. Save the date! Monday, October 22, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at LoRossa’s Cucina, located at 3121 Watson Rd., St. Louis, Missouri 63139. Please make reservations by contacting Harriet Hall 314-963-7112, or by emailing  Please find and like the Nicaraguan Community Partnership on Facebook here.
Joining Hands Partnership Trip - 2019 Date Set
Save the dates of May 25 through June 1, 2019 for a trip to Peru! There will be more details released soon, so continue to watch the newsletter for details. If you have any questions, please find the flyer here, where you will find contact details. What is Joining Hands? We are glad you asked....find some details about this ministry here.
2018 Crop Hunger Walk & Concert at Eden Seminary
The 2018 Crop Hunger Walk and Concert is Sunday, October 7 at Eden Seminary in Webster Groves (475 E. Lockwood Ave. 63119) — check-in at 4:30 p.m., walk at 5 p.m. and the concert will begin at 7 p.m. The Holy Crepe Food Truck will be on-site from 4 to 7 p.m. 
Register online at:
The Concert is free, and is also the 7th Annual Eden Festival of Psalms, featuring Richard Bruxvoort Colligan (who has two pieces in our hymnal, “Glory to God”) and other excellent musicians. Questions? Call Clint McCann at 314-619-0599.
Educational Opportunities
The Lost Art of Democratic Argument:
What’s Become of Civility?
Michael Sandel, Harvard political philosopher and best-selling author discusses this question at Ladue Chapel on Monday, October 8th at 7 p.m.
In these deeply divided times, is it possible to reason together, in public, about hard ethical and political questions? Harvard political philosopher and bestselling author, Michael Sandel shows us how, challenging audiences to examine the ethical dilemmas we all confront in politics and in our everyday lives.
Sandel will address topics including: Restoring civility to difficult ethical discussions ∙Does religion belong in politics? ∙ Examining ethical dilemmas that we confront in our personal lives. ∙ Why are politics today so bitter and partisan, and what can we do about it? Event flyer can be found here.
Interfaith Meetings
Everyone is invited to attend the Interfaith Dialogue meetings in the lower level conference room at Aquinas Institute of Theology, 23 South Spring, St. Louis, Missouri 63108 , Directions can be found here . These meetings will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on the following Tuesdays: September 18, 25; October 2, 9, 16. At these meetings a group of Jews, Christians, and Muslims study the Torah, the Psalms, the Gospels, and the Qur’an together.
Gun Sense Educational Resources Available
Mom's Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a national, grassroots organization, part of a group founded by Michael Bloomberg, former Mayor of New York City after the Newtown shootings in 2012. The resources from this group combined with policy statements and curriculum from the General Assembly of the PCUSA, can be used as text for adult education or mission committee conversation. If interested in more information, please contact Susan Andrews at, or by calling 914-815-6507.
Mindful Ministry: Moving from
“Doing” Ministry to “Being” Ministers
This full day workshop will be held on Tuesday, September 18, 2018. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m., Workshop held 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Lunch included) Mercy Conference and Retreat Center. We live in a very busy and noisy culture. All around us people and things clamor for our attention. The pressure to maintain the hectic pace of our on-demand, instant gratification society can be especially taxing for ministers or desire to be of service to all who need their help. The pressure of “doing ministry” in such a hectic environment can contribute to burn-out and a feeling of being disconnected from one’s self, and from God. Full details can be found here.
Pastoral Leaders Retreat
This retreat, partially funded by the Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation, is for Clergy, Commissioned Pastors and Christian Educators. It will be held on Monday, October 29 and Tuesday, October 30 at the St. Crispins Conference Center, in Wewoka, Oklahoma. The focus will be Renewal in Worship, where we will learn about the new developments in the 2018 Common Book of Worship, seek the renewal of gifts, rest and reflect. Complete details can be found here.
Underground Railroad Bus Tour
The Presbytery History Team is pleased to announce its 2018 bus tour featuring the Underground Railroad in the St. Louis and Alton areas. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 7. Please join the Team on this journey along the covert network that led fugitive slaves to freedom. We will see Old Des Peres Presbyterian Church, Nathanial Hanson House, Elijah Lovejoy Monument and Grave, College Avenue Presbyterian Church and the Old Rock House, as we learn the history of this important, but neglected, humanitarian effort. We will enjoy a delicious lunch at a favorite Alton restaurant. Full details can be found here.
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.
Complete details can be found here.
Current Ministry Position Openings
Accompanist Needed
Washington Presbyterian
P/T Treasurer
Cote Brilliante Presbyterian
Communications Coordinator
Webster Groves Presbyterian
Children's Music Director
St. Mark Presbyterian