Newsletter
March / 16/ 2021
PLAYLISTS as PRACTICE
"Music is a common and communal language."
Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket

  • Please pray for... in thanksgiving for Rev. Alexandra Lysdahl for sharing thoughts on evangelism.
  • Please pray for...for those receiving vaccinations for COVID19, as our nation works for herd immunity; those battling COVID19 at home and in the hospital, and science and medical personnel making treatment and vaccination possible.
  • Please pray for...our Presbytery Leader Nominating Committee (PLNC) as they work to finding new leadership for our Presbytery.
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Parish Paper
Black Tax Webinar Part 2
Thank you for attending The Black Tax webinar on March 4th. Below is a link to the webinar recording if you would like to watch it again.
Black Tax Webinar Part 2
Please register for Part 2 in order to receive the Zoom Link.
The Dismantling Racism and White Privilege Team invite you to join author, Shawn Rochester on April 8th at 6:30pm. for Part 2 of The Black Tax. This meeting will examine tangible next steps for long-term economic transformation.
Everyone is welcome to participate in this important discussion.
Get the Part 2 Zoom link by registering in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Easter Worship & Special Events
Special Easter Services & Events?
Is your church having a virtual or in-person event this Easter? We would love to share that information with the Presbytery! Please let us know by emailing us here.
John Knox Easter Egg Hunt
Sat., Apr. 3 | 10:30am
EVERY BUNNY WELCOME! Hundreds of Eggs to Hunt. Rain or Shine – drive-thru distribution in case of rain. Facemasks and Social Distancing Required.
13200 New Halls Ferry Rd, St. Louis, MO 63033 Directions Here
Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church
Holy Saturday, Sat., Apr. 3
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The Ladue Chapel Labyrinth will be open to walking inside the Fellowship Hall. Please note that masks are required, and the number of people walking the labyrinth at the same time will be limited. Directions can be found by clicking here.
Easter Sunday Worship Services
Upcoming Team Meetings
As Presbytery Ministry Committees and Commissions Organize, please check with your Moderator for meeting dates and times, or call the office at 314-772-2395, or email Office Manager, Leigh Porter at lporter@glpby.org
Thur., Mar. 18
9:30am-History Click Here
10am-Public Witness Click Here
4pm-Vision Team Click Here
Fri., Mar. 19
10am-PW Co-Council Click Here

Mon., Mar. 22
12pm-Rural Pastors Click Here
Saddened to Report
Rev. Dr. Bert L. Faison, Jr.
Rev. Faison, aged 91, joined his beloved wife, Ruth Ann on March 12, 2020 from his home at The Fountains, in Ellisville, Missouri. Because of the pandemic, Bert's family delayed his memorial service with respect for the safety of friends and loved ones who would have gathered to honor Bert's life. His full obituary may be found here.
Please keep St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in your prayers, as he was the Pastor there for many years.
Clergy Vaccines Available
St Luke’s is currently offering the COVID vaccine to all clergy. The signup sheet is at https://lukesvaccine.com/ and we are told to indicate in the comments section that you are clergy.
We are excited about our partnership with St. Lukes and will be having a monthly news brief from them, to keep our Presbytery healthy.
In recognition of the essential role that pastoral care plays in safely caring for patients and improving the health of the whole person, SSM Health is partnering with IPSTL to help get clergy vaccinated. Clergy members or religious leaders that provide pastoral care for those in long-term facilities or hospitals who are interested in receiving the vaccine are invited to complete the linked form with their name, email, mobile phone number, date of birth, and the religious organization which they represent. Interested clergy must be willing to travel within the St. Louis area. SSM Health’s vaccination coordination team with then reach out to those registered with possible appointment times.
Those interested need to respond by 9:00 a.m. Monday, March 22.
News & Activities
The Ferguson Ecology Team Video Night
MELTDOWN
Thur., Mar. 18 | 7pm

The film features acclaimed photographer Lynn Davis, who has earned global recognition with her spectacular collection of photos of icebergs off the coast of Greenland; and Tony Leiserowitz, the Director of Yale's Climate Change Communication Project. MELTDOWN follows Lynn and Tony to the tiny, picturesque town of Illulisat, Greenland, which is ""Ground Zero"" for the climate crisis facing the world. There they discuss how beauty and tragedy share the stage, and each enlightens the other on ways to appreciate the wonders of the world while addressing the issues of how to help solve global crises.
Conversation to follow the film. TO REGISTER FOR ZOOM LINK:  http://bit.ly/FETMar2021 For more information: (314) 941-9378
Dreaming & Discerning Virtual Gathering
Tues., Mar. 16th at 7pm
Although many of our buildings may be closed for now, our churches are creatively open, continuing and even expanding the reach of their mission and ministry, with God’s Spirit inspiring many of us to see visions and dream dreams in ways we might not have imagined a few short months ago. Please join New Worshiping Commission Moderator, Rev. Steve Matthews for a time of Dreaming and Discerning.
Please join us virtually, through Zoom, https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89688042422
If calling in, please dial 312.626.6799, and enter meeting ID 896 8804 2422
Mound Ridge’s Annual Spring Dinner Auction
Sat., Apr. 10 | 1 pm to 4 pm
at The Venue At Maison Du Lac
Tickets are $65 per person

Brunch will be served along with a cash bar. You will have a chance to bid on live auction items, dessert auction, silent auctions, raffles, and door prizes. We will also have fun games like ring toss and pig races. This beautiful, spacious venue also has a deck that overlooks a lake, which you can enjoy.
Speaking of spacious.. this will be a socially distanced, safe event! The size of the facility is perfect for our event with plenty of room for guests at the tables. There would be six people to a table to ensure social distancing and sneeze guards at the buffet and drink lines. Masks are required when social distancing can’t take place. 
The Venue At Maison Du Lac is located at 2603 Wild Plum Valley Road, Catawissa, MO 63069. Find complete details and purchase tickets by clicking here.
Mr. Rogers Day
Saturday, March 20
Fred Rogers was an ordained minister of word and sacrament for the PC(USA) and is a notable public figure whose work around peace and reconciliation is worth remembering. Rogers was also a pioneer in the world of Christian education and the formation of young children. March 20th was his birthday and the day that the PC(USA) has chosen to highlight all we can learn from his work. This QuickSheet is a compilation of ideas and resources for faith communities to engage in this emphasis day. Click Here
Black History Month Event
The Great Divide: Race in Our Region
YWCA Metro St. Louis is partnering with the Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis and area Interfaith groups for four important conversations on how systemic racism permeates our city and our region.
These programs will provide background, share stories of how area residents are directly impacted, and explore what action you can take to create change. Each hour-long program will be followed by an opportunity for small group discussion and reflection.
Mark your calendars for these upcoming programs:
April 14th - Environmental Justice
May 12th - Court Systems
Register Here
Young Artists of the Bach Society
Sun., Apr. 18 | 4pm

The Couts Music Series of Second Presbyterian Church presents the Young Artists of the Bach Society of Saint Louis on Sunday, April 18 at 4:00 pm. The program features Danielle Feinstein, soprano; Olivia Roland, mezzo-soprano; Micheal Lowe, baritone; and Sandra Geary, pianist and is part of the 2021 St. Louis Bach Festival. The concert is free and takes place virtually at https://secondchurch.net/music/couts-music-series/. The concert is available on April 18 at 4:00 pm and for four weeks afterward. For more information, call 314-367-0367 or visit secondchurch.net.
New Survey for Congregation
A message to share from Research Services
The Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program and the Presbyterian Foundation have some questions about your congregation’s interest in future loans, online giving, and stewardship.
You may want to engage your church’s financial administrator or another person who is familiar with the church’s budget and loans, if any, to answer this survey. The software estimates that it will take about 15 minutes to complete—less if these questions do not apply to your church.
If you have trouble accessing this survey, please contact us for assistance. This survey will close April 6, 2021. Thank you for completing it! 
Education & Training Opportunities
Mental Health First Aid Training
Sat., Apr. 17 | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(Registration Deadline is April 3)

Light for the Darkness is offering training for adults on Youth Mental Health First Aid (see below for full explanation). Volunteers and leaders of your youth ministries, including parents, are encouraged and welcome to participate in this training. Learn more here.

The actual cost is $170 but due to grants, our cost is $24. The presbytery has said they will cover it if someone is interested and that cost is a deterrent. 

Mail check for $24 to Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy, 1001 Craig Rd Ste 170, STL, MO 63146 memo:MHFA

Online Matthew 25 Education Experience
Focusing on Housing
Wed., Mar. 24 | 2pm EDT (1pm CT)

As unprecedented energy continues to grow across the PC(USA) around the Matthew 25 invitation, so does your interest in additional resources and programming.
Toward that end, last year’s well-attended series of Matthew 25 programs will continue with our first online event for 2021, scheduled for Wednesday, March 24, at 2 p.m. EDT. The topic is how all three areas of the Matthew 25 focus intersect around the subject of housing. The program will include conversations with pastors on how their congregations are engaging with the issue of affordable housing in their communities. You can read more about it in a Presbyterian News Service story here.
To register in advance for this program, click on the link below:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Watch for information on forthcoming Matthew 25 events scheduled for June 23 (Hunger/Eradicating Poverty/Congregational Vitality), September 29 (Education/Dismantling Racism/Eradicating Poverty), and November 17 (Migration/Immigration).
One of the best things about Matthew 25 is that we can do ministry together in ways we cannot do alone. The new and digital ways of doing ministry have also redefined what community means.
Coming Alive in Christ: Training for PC(USA) Ruling Elders and Deacons Based on the Constitutional Questions
The constitutional questions asked of leaders within the PC(USA) when they are ordained, installed, and commissioned is the focus of a new resource created to assist teaching elders as they serve in ministry with ruling elders and deacons. Coming Alive in Christ: Training for PC(USA) Ruling Elders and Deacons based on the Constitutional Questions provides a study of these beliefs that are central to our lives of faith and in our community with each other and is available through Equip, the church’s online training platform. Beginning with an introduction on baptism, call, and membership, the study for each question has been written by a leader from across the diversity of the church with questions for reflection or discussion included in each section. Leader guides and a visual supplement are also included and available for download.
The resource is a focus of the Year of Leader Formation, which provides an emphasis on the ecclesial development of Presbyterian leaders for those currently serving and those preparing to serve PC(USA) congregations as ruling elders and deacons. Events, announcements, and links are available and updated on the Year of Leader Formation webpage. To receive periodic email updates, subscribe here.
Synod Youth Workshop
July 12-17
The 2021 SYW Planning Team of youth and adults is once again energetically preparing for an in-person gathering at the University of Tulsa, July 12-17, 2021. It is through the Planning Team’s prayerful discernment that they invited Martin Osae to keynote the Theme: WhataGreatGod based on Romans 8:38-39 (‘…nothing will separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”) In this passage, they find assurance and hope that God is ALWAYS with us, and takes us far beyond fear to faith, hope and love. In fact, there is nothing which can interrupt God’s love for us…ALL of us. Learn more here
Becoming Matthew 25
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How Do We Engage Socially Distancing and still participate in Mission & Ministry?
Send us your stories of how your congregation is maintaining congregational vitality during this pandemic. Send stories to Office Manager, Leigh Porter at lporter@glpby.org
Current Support Ministry Position Openings
Several Positions - PCUSA National Office

Part-Time Pastor - First Presbyterian, Perryville

Part-Time Organist - First Presbyterian of Alton, IL

Associate Pastor - Dardenne Presbyterian, Dardenne Prarie

Organist/Pianist - First Presbyterian, Jackson, MO

Interim Pastor - John Calvin Presbyterian