December / 13 / 2022
Rejoice...If You Can
"Could we risk...rejoicing in the mercy that comes through Jesus Christ even though that mercy may not save each of us from his or her deepest dilemma? Is it possible to have faith in the One who comes even though His coming may not rescue US from whatever imprisons us – to rejoice though we remain behind bars?" (Bartlett)
The Third Week of Advent
Message from Rev. Bill Vincent
Pacific Presbyterian and First Presbyterian Church-Union
Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket

  • Please pray for...please pray for those struggling with loss as the holidays approach, and for those in the hospital away from their families.
  • Please pray for.. pray for those who have and will bring new life into this world in Advent and the coming year.
  • Please pray for...those in the hospital, receiving treatments, or struggling with health burdens
Quick Connect
Support Ministry
Help Wanted
Save the Date - Holiday Open House
Presbytery Office Open House
Hybrid Open House
(at the Presbytery Office and on Zoom)
Thursday, December 15 | 4 pm to 6 pm 

Join Zoom meeting by clicking here
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Meeting ID: 822 2319 3110

If joining us in person, this event will be held in the Oaks Building First Floor Meeting Room, next door to the Presbytery Office, located at 1001 Craig Rd., Ste. 170, St. Louis, MO. Directions Here
Upcoming Ministry Team Meetings
This Week
Next Week
Wed., Dec. 14
12 pm - COM Click Here
No Meetings Scheduled
The Presbytery office will be closed from Friday, December 23 until Monday, January 2. We will still be accessible to you, should you need support. Our contact information is found at the bottom of this newsletter.
Saddened to Report
Kathryn McKie
March 28, 1931 - December 3, 2022
We are saddened to report the passing of Kathryn McKie, the beloved wife of Rev. Eldon McKie.

Obituary, Service and Memorial information, found by clicking here.
Celebrating Ministry of First Presbyterian - Cuba
Reception and Fellowship following worship service.
A celebration of service and ministry, of First Presbyterian Church, Cuba was held on Sunday, December 11 at 3 pm, for members and friends of the congregation. We give God glory for the 156 years of mission, ministry, and love shared with their community.
The congregation, with the support of the Presbytery, has voted to end ministry at that site on December 31, 2022.
Photos by Rev. Ryan Landino and Janice McMillen
News & Updates
Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy
Christmas Worship Schedules
Friends, we know that many travel for Christmas, and want to make sure that in the busyness of the season, you have somewhere to worship, in person or virtually.
If your church is not listed, but you will be hosting in-person, hybrid or online services up to and including Christmas and New Years, we would love to add them to this booklet. Email [email protected]
Don’t miss our FINAL event of the year!
As the end of the year approaches, church offices often feel overwhelmed with year-end giving, holiday bonuses, and budget planning for 2023. In this free webinar, attorney, CPA, and senior editor Richard R. Hammar from Church Law & Tax will equip and provide leaders with confidence going into the new year.
This FREE webinar will cover key updates and reminders, including:
How to correctly handle business expenses for pastors and staff
How to properly set minister housing allowances
How to document and process charitable contributions
How to identify and prepare the records and paperwork that ministers, staff members, and the church will need for the upcoming tax-filing season
You won’t want to miss this perennially popular event!
Our Selah offers clergy a safe space to connect, give and receive, exhale and release, be prayed for and cared for. Because it is a nationwide Zoom group, Our Selah allows a certain amount of anonymity that pastors do not feel in similar presbytery groups; plus, all members are invited to make a commitment to confidentiality and members may come with cameras off, as well.
In Search of the Christ Child

Join A Place of Grace in a Walk to Bethlehem. The original goal was to make the 6416.84 mile trek to Bethlehem in time for Christmas, however because of the distance, we may expand the journey with an estimated arrival time on Epiphany. Either way, we're going to need a lot more people with us on this journey. Twenty minutes of intentional movement equals one mile. Each day, you'll be guided by a musical prayer prompt, and you'll be asked to report your mileage by email or through the designated Facebook group. You can RSVP via the Event Form at this link: . We hope you'll join us ... it's never too late to join the search for Jesus in our world!
Interactive Cantata
Sun., Dec. 18 at 2 pm

On Sunday, December 18th, First Presbyterian Church, Alton, together with A Place of Grace, will present an interactive cantata. Congregants will be invited to create an original, once-in-a-lifetime piece of art during creating spaces throughout the course of the cantata that will be completed by the end of the musical offering. The cantata will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 18th at First Presbyterian Church, Alton, IL at the corner of E 4th and Alby Streets. Art materials will be provided. The event is open to the public. We hope you'll join us for this experience of art and sabbath.
Tips for Caring for God's Creation
Try to Have a Green Christmas! It's not too late!
The underlying message of all eco-friendly holidays is to simplify the buying and the busyness. Enjoy the spirit of preparation for the coming of the Word into our lives! Here are some earth-friendly ideas: shop locally-owned. Use sustainable wrapping paper. Donate to the PC(USA) Christmas Joy Offering and to local charities. Consider giving "experiential" gifts rather than material things. Use energy-efficient LED lights. Put Christmas lights on timers. Use reusable dinnerware rather than disposable. Avoid soda bottles or cans.
Deadline Extended
The office of Vital Congregations invites presbyteries to join together in covenant relationship to God and each other, as we seek the Spirit’s revitalizing power for a vital life together, through a two-year Revitalization Initiative -which is a covenant relationship between presbyteries and the PC(USA) to prayerfully walk with pastors and existing congregations in intentional efforts of revitalization. The deadline for enrolling in the 5th Wave of the Vital Congregations Initiative has been extended. There's still no application or fees! 
New Home for Choir Robes (FREE)
Saint Andrew Presbyterian Church would like to find a new home for its choir robes. There are 16 green robes (fabric: polyester; style: Symphony; sold by: Cokesbury; manufactured by: Collegiate) with 15 matching cream-colored satin collars. We also have 8 gold robes. Photos are available upon request.
If interested, please leave a message with Saint Andrew at (314) 353-0979.
Fraught & Flummoxed, a conference for those seeking courage and creativity as they elevate the Gospel. Join us January 30–February 2, 2023, as we engage mind, body, and spirit in the analysis of anti-racism.
Have you been trying to engage your congregation in conversations on anti-racism in light of the myriad of issues brought to light over the past two years? These are important - albeit hard - conversations to be having, and we want to do everything we can to help support ministers and lay people alike as their congregations tackle issues of social reform in an ever-polarized political landscape.
Come – join us for a few days as we gather (online and in person) to grieve the losses we have endured due to illness, fear, convenience, laziness, complacency, workaholism, and comparison. Jesus is calling us to rest – really rest. It is our hope that you will find rest and company during the Annual Event.
Learn more by clicking here.
Calvin Symposium on Worship
February 8–10, 2023
Register now for the Calvin Symposium on Worship, held on the campus of Calvin University and Calvin Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
This annual, ecumenical conference gathers worshipers from across Canada, the US, and beyond; brings together people from a variety of roles in worship and leadership, including pastors, worship planners and leaders, musicians, scholars, students, worship bands and teams, organists, visual artists, preachers, chaplains, missionaries, liturgists, council and session leaders, and more; and encourages leaders in churches and worshiping communities of all sizes and settings.
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
Quarter Time Organist - Faith DesPeres Presbyterian, St. Louis, MO

Worship Musician/Coordinator -Westminster Presbyterian St. Louis, MO

Part-Time Pastor - Rock Presbyterian, Imperial, MO

(PT) Coordinator Christian Education - Southminster Presbyterian, Crestwood, MO

Organist/Accompanist - First Presbyterian - Cape Girardeau, MO

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