May / 17 / 2022
Update on Ministry Beyond Retirement
Blog Post by
Rev. Dr. Ken Dobson, HR

'"I have paid attention to the ways culture impacts how we perceive the world and how we respond to issues."
Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket

  • Please pray for... peace for the Irvine Taiwanese Presbyterian Church and Geneva Presbyterian, in the recent shooting at their facility
  • Please pray for... children in foster care as they wait for a permanent home
  • Please pray end to racism, and the healing of the Buffalo, New York community
  • Please pray for... the family of Rance Thomas, in his passing
  • Please pray for...pray for the world leadership, those in Ukraine who are in harm's way, and for peace to overcome war.
Quick Connect
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Parish Paper
We Gathered Together May 14
Thank you St. Mark Presbyterian for being Amazing Hosts of our first Fully Hybrid Gathering! Here are some highlights:
Pre-Session Public Witness:
We had several commissioners request material to share regarding the Pre-Session on Voting. We are thankful that Ruling Elder, Donna Cook, led the pre-session, and shared many resources with us.
We also had many ask for a copy of the Worship message from our Presbytery Leader, Rev. Ryan Landino. The video can be found at left.
Upcoming Ministry Team Meetings
This Week
Next Week
Wed., May 18
12 pm COM - Click Here
Thur., May 19
10 am Public Witness-Click Here
4 pm Vision Team - Click Here
Mon., May 23
12 p.m. Rural Pastors - Click Here
Wed., May 25
10 am- Honorably Retired- Click Here
Rev. Leo Installed as Associate Pastor
Congratulations to Rev. Melissa Leo and Dardenne Presbyterian Church! 
Upcoming Pastor Installations
Rev. Zach Lysdahl, Pastor
First United Presbyterian-Collinsville
Sun., May 22 | 2 pm
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
DRAWP will be releasing a statement regarding this weekend's racially motivated gun violence, later this week. Please watch your inbox for that statement.
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 Concerts

Saturday, May 21, 3:30 pm
Kirkwood Lion's Amphitheater, Kirkwood Park
With special guests the 13-piece jazz orchestra Jazz Edge - Directions Found Here
Saturday, June 4, 6:00 pm
January-Wabash Park Bandshell, Ferguson, MO
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 Creation:
Plant like the Planet depends on it!
It's garden time! Some suggestions for this year or next: Plant fruit and veggies if possible. Plant with caring for wildlife in mind, especially pollinators like bees. Plant pollinator-friendly native plants. Use non-toxic organic pesticides.
"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:
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.
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