May / 24 / 2022
Weapons at Church:
The Unthinkable in God’s House
A message from General Counsel Mike Kirk
as our prayers and lamentations continue

Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket

  • Please pray for... children in foster care as they wait for a permanent home
  • Please pray for...for the chidren victims and their adult teacher's family, in today's mass shooting in Texas
  • Please pray for... the family of Pat Stewart, in her passing
  • Please pray for...pray for the world leadership, those in Ukraine who are in harm's way, and for peace to overcome war.
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From the Presbytery Leader
Between a conference in Seattle and the last presbytery gathering, I have missed the opportunity to engage with you in weekly writing! It’s a spiritual exercise of mine that helps keep me grounded, and I enjoy sharing it with you as a gift. AND SO: Next week will be the SECOND edition of “Ryan Takes Your Questions!” Feel free to send any questions you would like me to address to or by end of day Thursday, and we will see if we can make it a part of the next newsletter! It can be anything from “how do we can change the world?” to “what are your favorite chips?”) Looking forward to engaging with you!
Saddened to Report
Patricia Neary Stewart
We are saddened to report the passing of Patrica "Pat" Stewart, beloved wife of Rev. Hugh Stewart.
Her memorial will be held on Friday, June 3, at 4 p.m.

You can find complete arrangements and leave a message for the family by clicking here.
Upcoming Ministry Team Meetings
This Week
Next Week
Wed., May 25
10 am- Honorably Retired- Click Here

Mon., May 30
Presbytery Office Closed
for Memorial Day
Rev. Zach Lysdahl Installed as Pastor
Congratulations to Rev. Zach Lysdahl and
First United Presbyterian Church of Collinsville, Illinois!
Upcoming Pastor Installations
Rev. Kerry Allison, Designated Pastor
First Presbyterian-Ferguson
Sun., May 29 | 2:30 pm
Rev. Mel Smith, Pastor
Trinity Presbyterian-University City
Sun., June 5 | 3 pm
News & Updates
The DRAWP Leadership Team released a statement, regarding the recent violence in this nation. You can find that statement by clicking here.
Last Week to Apply!
Public Witness
Program Grants for Summer 2022
Applications Taken Now Until May 30, 2022

Presbytery funds to conduct summer programs are available to member churches and social agencies in relationship with the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy. The funds will be awarded through an application process directed by the Public Witness Ministry Team.
The purpose of the grant is to provide opportunities for summer Christian education and witness, personal growth, faith formation, and recreation (if sanctioned by the local government) to children and adults in communities of need.
The Case of the Hopeless Diamond
Dinner Theater
Sunday, June 5 from 5 pm to 7 pm
Steelville Presbyterian Church will be holding a Dinner Theater to support their Scholarship Fund. Donations taken at the door., and No tickets will be sold, but reservations must be made by calling 573-775-2950. Deadline is May 29th.
Guidelines for Faith and Politics
from the PC(USA)
Below are non-partisan guidelines for people of faith voting in this year's elections. Please click on to the site and read the document before the next election. This was one of the resources handed out at the Presbytery Gathering on May 14 during a presentation by Donna Cook from the Public Witness Team of presbytery. It gives guidelines for how Presbyterian people of faith can participate in the political process in our country without getting embroiled in senseless partisan squabbles. We vote as Christians first. Hope this is helpful.
Reformed Faith and Politics Adopted by 195th General Assembly (1983) Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
With gratitude for their continued and generous participation,
we lift up the following congregations of Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery,
who have participated in the Pentecost Offering for at least 20 years!
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church - St. Louis, Missouri
  • Washington Presbyterian Church - Washington, Missouri
Evangelism Conference
An invitation from Kathryn Threadgill
Greetings to you all in the name of Jesus Christ. This year Theology, Formation, and Evangelism, in partnership with Montreat Conference Center, will be hosting a hybrid evangelism experience like never before. We will explore the true harms of evangelism and the church that people have experienced in their lives. We will offer hope to a new way of looking at and doing evangelism in 21st century contexts and communities. We will have practical ways for people to get involved and practice this lifestyle of faith through radical welcome and justice from the 8 Habits of Evangelism resource.
We would love to see so many of you there with us for this special event. More information around speakers, preachers, and leadership will be coming to you soon. Registration for this event opens June 1st. Please don’t wait! Make plans to join us today! We would love to see there!
Mental Health First Aid Classes June 4 and July 16
Why Mental Health First Aid (for Adults and Youth)? Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders (in adults and youth). It gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.
Virtual Pentecost Resource

If you are looking for an creative reading of the Acts 2 text, please check out this innovative video that Light for the Darkness created:
FREE Upcoming Concert - Saturday, June 4, 6:00 pm
January-Wabash Park Bandshell, Ferguson, Missouri. Presented in partnership with PROUD - Directions Found Here
Come celebrate with us. Bring your refreshments and invite your friends.
Tips for Caring for God's Delightful Creation
Reduce electricity used for lighting
Electricity for lighting accounts for an average of 15% of your annual electricity bill, and the second biggest item after refrigeration. You can save by: using natural light wherever possible, switching off unnecessary lights, replacing your conventional bulbs with energy-saving ones, and where feasible, installing lighting with motion-sensors in restrooms, stairways, and hallways.
"TIPS" is brought to you by the Earth Care Team of the presbytery. Contact: or 314-941-9378
The Voyager Scholarship
The Obama-Chesky Scholarship for Public Service
Shaping the next generation of public service leaders: An increasingly globalized world needs young leaders who can bridge divides and help solve our biggest challenges together.
The Voyager Scholarship was created by the Obamas and Brian Chesky, Airbnb CEO, to help shape such leaders. Even though they come from different backgrounds, both the President and Brian believe that exposure to new places and experiences generates understanding, empathy, and cooperation which equips the next generation to create meaningful change.
This scholarship gives college students financial aid to alleviate the burden of college debt, meaningful travel experiences to expand their horizons, and a network of mentors and leaders to support them.
Federal Student Loan Relief for Pastors

The Synod of Mid-America wants you to know that relief is available! Apply soon because this offer expires 10/31/22.
More information can be obtained here:

The form is here:
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
Part-time custodian - Second Presbyterian Church.

(PT) Coordinator of Christian Education - Southminster Presbyterian, Crestwood, Missouri

Minister of Music - Second Presbyterian, St. Louis, Missouri

Seminary Summer Intern - First United Presbyterian, Belleville, IL

Church Office Manager - St. Mark Presbyterian, Ballwin, MO

Organist/Accompanist - First Presbyterian - Cape Girardeau, MO

Director of Youth Ministry + Digital Media - First United, Belleville, IL

Music Director - Glendale Presbyterian Church, Glendale, 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