July / 19 / 2022
September is Presbytery Education Month
The Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy has offered educational opportunities for church support ministries within our boundaries, pre-pandemic, and we are pleased to announce we have planned new educational experiences for our presbytery members this year. 

This September, each Thursday evening at 6:30 pm, we welcome you to join us in learning how to answer the call in some of the support ministries and missions of your church. If you are newly answering a call to serve, exploring answering your nominating committee, or just want a refresh of the call, please join us.

  • Thursday, September 1 - Clerks of Session
  • Thursday, September 8 - Ruling Elders
  • Thursday, September 15 - Treasurers
  • Thursday, September 22 - Deacons, Compassionate Ministry, Stephen Ministry
  • Thursday, September 29 - Personnel/Session Members Tasked with HR

All sessions will be conducted online, using Zoom.
Registration is required and can be found below. 
Please Share Education Month with your Congregation
All are welcome!
Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket

  • Please pray for...for the Presbytery Education Month, that all are equipped to support the work God has called them to
  • Please pray for...the Faith Des Peres Presbyterian and the family of Rene Zajner, music director, in his passing from a brief battle with cancer.
  • Please pray for... for the safety of those protesting injustices around the world
  • Please pray for... for VBS fun this summer
Quick Connect
Support Ministry
Help Wanted
Upcoming Ministry Team Meetings
This Week
Next Week
Thur., July 21
10 am Public Witness-Click Here

No Meetings Scheduled
Please note that many presbytery teams will recess in July.
Please check with your teams moderator to find out when you next meet.
2022-2023 Planning Calendar
This 16-month calendar (starting with September 2022, and ending with December 2023) contains many planning aids for pastors and other church leaders. Cost is $9.75 per calendar
Email to reserve your copy as soon as possible.
Calendars arrive in August.
Upcoming Installation
Rev. Racquel Tomacruz
Installation Service 
Sunday, August 7, at 2:00 pm
Farmington Presbyterian Church
403 W. Columbia Street
Farmington, MO 63640
History Team Highlights
Whitewater Presbyterian Church in Sedgewickville, Missouri was organized in 1832 by Reverend James Sadd. Thirteen people attended a meeting under a tree on the bank of Whitewater Creek. They were received by the Session, which consisted of Reverend Sadd and Alexander Boyd. Three additional people were received at an evening meeting, bringing the number of charter members to sixteen. The congregation initially met at members’ homes until a log house became available to use as a church building. It was also used as a school. Eventually, five acres of land were donated for a church and cemetery eight miles east of the church's original location. In 1842, a log church was built on the land. The current building was constructed from 1893-1896.
Whitewater Presbyterian Church is the oldest Presbyterian church west of the Mississippi River to have continuous church since it was organized. It was associated with Patton Presbyterian Church in Patton, Missouri, which had a manse serving both churches.
Prayer Art Retreat
Prayer Art Retreat
Friday, August 5th | 6:30-9:30pm
Light for the Darkness is hosting Julie Gvillo, Pastor and Certified Zentangle Teacher, for a Prayer Art Retreat where worship unfolds and art is in response to prayer and scripture. No previous art experience is required -- if you can form the letters i, s, c, and o, you can tangle, Julie will teach you all you need to know. Communion will be shared as part of the worship experience. Come and spend time with God in art and healing community. Supplies will be provided. Donations are welcome. RSVP by 25th to
News & Updates
2022 Tech Grants 
 The Vision Team, at its June meeting, approved releasing $16,000 to fund another round of tech grants. Congregations are invited to complete the application linked HERE which includes pertinent details. Grants are given to congregations seeking to establish or expand their online ministries. Please contact Liz Kanerva, Associate Presbytery Leader, if you have questions not answered on the application form. 
Tips for Caring for God's Amazing Creation
Participate in outdoor activities this summer (when safe) in a nearby park or camp.
Try to get outdoors to experience the earth in its natural state! Some congregations worship outdoors in the summer or picnic in a park or send their children off to Mound Ridge Camp. Use these opportunities to teach about the wonders of creation and the need to address the current climate crisis.
"TIPS" is brought to you by the Earth Care Team of the presbytery. For more information about their work, contact: or 314-941-9378.
The Struggle is real webinar series:
Poverty & Disabilities
This Series Explores how the church can Listen, Engage & form Relationships with Communities to Eradicate Poverty

Wednesday, July 20 | Time: 2 – 3:30 p.m. (Eastern time)

Join the Dialogue and Listening Forum with Church and Community Leaders on:
• Poverty Engagement and Intentional Action by churches stepping outside their walls to form relationships and live out loving their neighbors
• Exploring best practices about relationship building and developing partnerships with communities
• Learn and explore ways to take concrete actions to eradicate poverty through presence and activism
Presbyterian Women Giving Day - 2022
A message from Susan Jackson Dowd, Executive Director of Presbyterian Women
“PW Gives Day, a day to remember the many ways Presbyterian women support the promise of God’s kingdom, is fast approaching. July 31, the day Presbyterian women’s organizations officially combined to become Presbyterian Women, was chosen as a day to acknowledge and honor our PW founders—those foremothers who provided us with the shoulders we stand on. My shoulders—your shoulders—provide PW’s ongoing foundation. PW Gives day supports the annual fund (Mission Pledge), which undergirds PW program from the congregation to the national level.”
Support PW on PW Gives Day 2022
Give online at Then select PW Gives Day and your gift amount. Or mail your check to Presbyterian Women Inc., PO Box 643652, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3652. Please indicate annual fund and PWGDay22 in the memo line of your check.
The deadline for application for Higher Education Scholarships is August 1, 2022 at 5:00pm. Scholarship recipients will be notified by August 31, 2022.
We provide scholarships and grants for educational programming, workshops, and seminary study to ordained pastors, commissioned pastors, and church program leaders.
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 on October 31.
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
Interim Pastor - Covenant Presbyterian Church in Kansas City, Mo. (Heartland Presbytery)

Part-time custodian - Second Presbyterian Church.

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

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