April / 7 / 2020
Harps on the Willows
"During their captivity, Israel had to learn a new way to worship that did not include the temple."
CARES Act Seminar Tomorrow
Unforeseen disruptions — from the coronavirus (COVID-19) to natural disasters — can create many uncertainties. Join us tomorrow, April 8 at 3 p.m. for a live seminar that will help your church understand how the CARES Act can help you. Please share with anyone within your congregation responsible for church financial matters.

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Presbytery Address Coronavirus (Covid-19)
Common-sense tips for the Coronavirus
(COVI-19) Outbreak

Please click here for more information and download and share this important tool in staying healthy during this outbreak.
Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy
Emergency Relief Plan
Purpose: To provide emergency support for congregations experiencing proven financial hardship due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Finance Team has been authorized to approve emergency grants up to $10,000. Find more information by  c licking here.
Board of Pensions
Dues Relief & Deferment for Churches
  • Dues Relief is not automatic!
  • Churches need to call 1-800-773-7752 to apply for Dues Relief & Deferment.
  • If a church has questions or complicated circumstances, call!
Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket

  • Please pray for...all those with Covid-19, those in quarantine and those in recovery
  • Please pray for... for medical personnel who are working the front lines to combat this virus and who are getting sick themselves.
  • Please pray for...our mission personnel around the world.
Quick Connect
Support Ministry
Help Wanted
Parish Paper

Staff Changes are Coming
There will be some staff changes in the next month. Presbytery Leader, Rev. Craig Howard and Associate Presbytery Leader, Rev. Vanessa Hawkins address these changes.
Please click here to find more information, and please email any questions, concerns, or thoughts about these changes. There are email links on the information page.
Upcoming Team Meetings
NOTE: In light of the Covid-19 Pandemic, meetings will be restricted to Zoom or conference call. If you are unsure how to participate, please contact your team moderator, or call the office 314-772-2395, and select Leigh Porter, Office Manager.
Becoming Matthew 25
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How Do We Engage Socially Distancing and still participate in Mission & Ministry?
While circumstances have changed since we first released the One Great Hour of Sharing Sixty Second Sermon, the invitation to build God's household together is more relevant now than ever. 
Most of our congregations are worshiping in digital or other means this Sunday for Easter, but if you would also like to worship as a denomination, PC(USA) invites you to share your joyous expressions of Easter on their Facebook page (click here) during a digital Easter Worship service. The video, with captions in English, Spanish and Korean, will be emailed to churches and mid councils on April 9, to be used in lieu of an Easter service or in conjunction with a preplanned digital service. More information can be found at
Sunrise Service
These last weeks, like many of you, we have been worshiping at home via live-streaming services. For many years, I have coordinated the outdoor Easter Sunrise Service on the west bank of the January-Wabash Lake, sponsored by the Ferguson Ministries Alliance. This year the service will not be held. 
Wherever we have lived, the Easter Sunrise Service (when it has been held outdoors, as this one is) has always been my favorite, but this year, with everything else changing, so has the way we will do this service. The service was held there rain or shine or snow, cold or warm with umbrellas or hats and gloves or no coats at all. Always a joy-filled occasion. 
Click here to find a copy of the liturgy for this year. Feel free to use it at home and share with others--best to be outside.
Be well, stay safe, stay calm, and stay connected as we take all necessary precautions and remain physically-distanced and sheltered-in-place but Together in Spirit. Grace and peace - Easter blessings and love  
Ministry Teams News & Activities
Resources for Churches Searching

New Release! “Congregations can experience more vitality, not less, after switching to part-time clergy.” —from Part-Time Is Plenty
Save 35% on this guidebook for congregations who have or are looking into calling a part-time pastor:
Read an excerpt: 
We've gathered new and previous resources to help with your ministry and service during this time, including a free e-book version of a Connections preaching commentary volume. Discover all resources:
Stewardship in a Pandemic
COVID-19 is changing the way the world interacts and the church is not immune to those changes. Amid social distancing and shelter in place orders, many churches have either canceled worship or moved to a virtual form of worship. Pastors and sessions are looking for creative ways to be the church in a quickly changing landscape.
Click here to read complete article
Technology Grants Now Available

We need technology now more than ever. There are grants available to help your congregation in acquiring what you need to get your congregation on the technology track    
Light for the Darkness
Mental health is so important. These days of isolation can make things difficult for everyone. Light for the Darkness seeks to help. Learn more about participating and be encouraged in worship and prayer.
Email Rev. Thirza Sayers, Pastor of Light for the Darkness with any questions you might have Be a part of the ministry by engaging through Social Media and "Liking" on Facebook here.
An invitation to daily prayer from Rev. Thirza Sayers
Spiritual Direction
As we hold ourselves accountable and responsible in facing this challenge of the Coronavirus Pandemic, remember to keep in place spiritual practices to keep yourselves nurtured and sustained. One way to do that is by connecting with a spiritual director. 
Learn more about Spiritual Direction, and those who are called to that role by clicking here.
2020 Mission Opportunities
PPE Mission Project While Self Distancing
Calling all sewers! I am forwarding this pattern for sewing face masks from our daughter Chenoa, a PC(USA) Mission Co-Worker in Peru (now sequestered at home during Peru's mandatory, military enforced lockdown). This might be of interest to some of you sewers or someone you know who sews. Ellie Stock
Click here for the filter mask pattern | Click here for other patterns
Aberdeen Heights Looking for Masks
We are accepting donations of homemade fabric masks. A variety of mask patterns are available online. Choose the one that fits your skill level. Here's one:    fr
Masks should be at least double layer and have a different pattern on the inside versus the outside, preferably 100% cotton. Cloth ties are fine if elastic is unavailable. While homemade masks aren't medical grade, they are washable so we can sanitize & reuse them, and that's helpful for some purposes.
If you can help, contact Aberdeen Heights by phone at 314-909-6000.
Overseas Trips
Please be Aware these Plans May Change
2020 GLPBY Annual Mission Trip to Nicaragua
Plan Grande #2, Nueva Segovia, Nicaragua
July 11-18, 2020
Join us for an Exciting, Multi-Generational Opportunity to follow Christ’s example to love one another. This is an ideal experience for Christians hoping to expand perspectives and be active peacemakers. Learn more here.
2020 Joining Hands Partnership
20th Anniversary Peru Pilgrimage
Postponed to 2021
Please email Rev. Ellie Stock for more details about when planning and rescheduling will occur. Click here

Current Support Ministry Position Openings
Executive Director of Child-Care Center

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