May / 19 / 2020
Taking a Productive Break
Plan a time to turn off the electronics, take our eyes off of the screens, just unplug and take some “self” time.”
Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket

  • Please pray for... for those ill and those vulnerable to COVID-19, the departed, and all essential workers
  • Please pray for... children who are vulnerable to a parent's stress in these difficult days of quarantine.
  • Please pray for...those battling non-COVID19 illness or approaching the end of life.
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Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy
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.
Presbytery Upcoming Virtual Meetings
Thurs., May 21
11am - Social Witness - Click Here
12pm - All Pastors - Click Here
4pm - Vision Team - Click Here
Wed., May 27
12pm - Clerks of Session - Click Here
Thur., May 28
11am - Presbyterian Women - Click Here
Reminders will be sent the evening before, with Zoom link and call-in information. We look forward to seeing you!
Office Closed Memorial Day - May 25
Becoming Matthew 25
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How Do We Engage Socially Distancing and still participate in Mission & Ministry?
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Matthew 25 Work in a Pandemic
Send us your stories of how your congregation is maintaining congregational vitality during this pandemic. Send stories to Office Manager, Leigh Porter at
News & Activities
Pastoring in a Time of Pandemic
Thurs., May 21 | 1 p.m.
The Solihten Institute and Care and Counseling present a live interactive webinar conversation about the intersection of faith and mental health in these unprecedented times. Join Rev. Kelli Walker-Jones and Rev. Dr. Graham Standish who will provide important information of how mental health dynamics can intersect with one’s faith as we live in these challenging times. This conversation is especially timely as congregational leadership are discussing when and how to begin to join together in face to face worship. Both speakers also have personal and professional experience to understand how clergy may also have been impacted by the transitions and stresses of the past few months. Complete details found by   clicking here.
Pentecost Offering Taken Until May 31
Nurturing the faith of those who are the church to come
A gift to the Pentecost Offering helps the church encourage, develop, and support its young people, and also address the needs of at-risk children. 40% of the Pentecost offering can be retained by individual congregations wanting to make an impact in the lives of young people within their own community. The remaining 60% is used to support children-at-risk, youth, and young adults through ministries of the Presbyterian Mission Agency.
Consider giving if you are able - Click here for details
Day of Pentecost Bell Ringing
The Episcopal Diocese of Missouri invite their Presbyterian siblings to join with their congregations in ringing church bells on Sunday, May 31 at 12 p.m. (Noon) in honor of those who have died from COVID-19 and in thanksgiving for the essential workers who have kept things going during this time.
Chaplains are on the Front Lines of the Pandemic
With commitment and compassion, Chaplains are navigating a new normal, during the COVID-19 Outbreak. Please click here and read how one of our own Pastors and colleagues are making an impact. Click here.
Tip for Caring for God's Creation
(while sheltering in)
Plant some flowers outdoors or indoors. And if possible, plant them in the front yard where neighbors and passers-by can enjoy them!
TIP's is brought to you by the Earth Care Team of presbytery composed of representatives of the 9 congregations that are Certified Earth Care Congregations in the presbytery. More information? Contact or 314-941-9378.
Sermon Support from Synod
We, at the Synod of Mid-America, know you are worn slick right now. You have been doing an AMAZING job in the last 5-6 weeks providing a faithful worship experience for those you serve. Truly, you need to believe it when we tell you: You are doing an amazing job. We’d like to help.
 For the foreseeable future, I am going to produce a sermon video you may use for your worship services. These will be for the fourth Sunday of the month, and I will have them ready to go by the preceding Wednesday. I will send you a link via email on that day where you can view and/or download the video to use as you see fit. 
The first sermon will be for May 24, and will be ready on Wednesday, May 20. To receive the sermon, please subscribe to the Synod Newsletter by clicking here.
DRAP Team Welcomes Your Video Message
The Sierra Club Initiative Petition Team has gathered over 7,800 signatures to help put the Medicaid Expansion petition on the ballot in November! Even though signature collecting and in-person events are suspended, we still need your help talking to voters. Currently, we're recording short video messages on why we're supporting Medicaid expansion. Every video will help us spread our message across Missouri and win healthcare coverage for 230,000 Missourians. If you have exciting news that you would like to share with the team, please email us at   .  Include the information to be sent along with any pictures.
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    
Summer 2020
Mission &
Outreach Team
Grant Applications

You can find the application and details about the grants    Click here.
More details will be found in this Friday's newsletter.
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.
Remote Faith Formation for the Long Haul
Compilation list of resources that could be helpful for you during the current COVID-19 situation and that may be helpful in developing sustainable remote faith formation for your community. In this list you will find resources to deal with the current crisis, studies for Christian education, blogs and ideas. This is your toolbox. We will update this list periodically over the coming weeks. Download here
Light for the Darkness
Feeling anxious or depressed, or know someone who is? Light for the Darkness has started a virtual group for anyone struggling with mental health to connect with others who understand and explore where God may be in the midst. Sundays at 4:30pm. Please connect with Thirza Sayers, who is intimately aware of these struggles, if you have any questions at   or 404.313.4549
2020 Mission Opportunities
Mission Team at Woodlawn Chapel
Seeking Coupons
The Coupon Club shops each week for a local food pantry, Circle of Concern in Valley Park, Missouri, by combining church donations, coupons and grocery sales to stretch our dollars. With the Covid-19 shutdown, our coupon donations are way down -- normally our members drop these off each week at church. Can you help?
We shop each week to meet pantry needs, but normally we focus on non-perishable food items:
Cereal • Pasta Sauce • Pasta • Jelly • Peanut Butter • Canned Pasta • Canned Fruit • Dinner Helpers • Mac & Cheese • Snacks, i.e., fruit snacks, granola bars, Pop Tarts, crackers, chips • Laundry Detergent
If you have any of these coupons at home, please mail them to: Coupon Club, Woodlawn Chapel, 16520 Clayton Rd., Wildwood, MO 63011.
Our Presbytery Addresses Hunger in our Communities But there are Challenges During the Pandemic
Hunger is a serious challenge, even as our attention is focused on the health crisis at hand, and in many ways, it may get worse. What can we do to ensure that the virus that has brought so much of daily life to a grinding halt does not do the same to our work to end hunger? Read more here.
Current Support Ministry Position Openings
Interim Pastor - John Calvin Presbyterian

Dir. of Youth Ministries - 4th Presbyterian, Greenville, SC

Executive Director of Child-Care Center

Called Pastor - Faith DesPeres Presbyterian