Newsletter
July / 23 / 2019
Road to Reconciliation
“We can be tempted to believe it is enough to dismantle racist laws. The problem is that while the laws may be gone, the walls they built still remain...”

Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket Update

  • Please pray... for Boeuff Presbyterian Church in their 160th Anniversary Celebration this Sunday, and for Leah Athena Henrion who will be baptized at this service.
  • Please pray.... for Rev. Paul Bembower who will have another cardiac procedure this week.

Click on the prayer basket to find our current prayers.
Nicaragua Community Partnership
Please pray for our group currently in Nicaragua, for safe travels and a great experience.

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Planning Calendars should arrive in just a few weeks!
Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy
Application for Nomination
224th General Assembly
June 20-27, 2020 | Baltimore, Maryland
Upcoming Team Meetings
NOTE: Meeting locations are as follows: Oaks - is the meeting room next door to the presbytery office; St.Andrew - refers to the Board Room of St. Andrews on the second floor, directly above the presbytery office; Pres - refers to the Presbytery Office Resource Center; Ladue - refers to Ladue Chapel; WG - refers to Webster Groves Presbyterian. Contact the office at 314-772-2395 if you are unsure where you will be meeting.
Week of: July 25 to July 31

No Meetings Scheduled
at this time.

Week of: Aug. 1 to Aug. 7

Mon., Aug. 5
5 p.m. - Liaisons (Oaks)
Tues., Aug. 6
10 a.m .- Finance (Oaks)
Some Ministry Teams will be in recess the month of July. If your team is not listed, or you are unsure of your meeting schedule, please reach out to the moderator of your team.
Session Records Review
is Coming Soon! Save the Date!

Session Records Review Resource may be found here.
If you have questions, please contact Rev. Joy Myers, Stated Clerk, at jmyers@glpby.org or by calling 314-772-2395.

  • Saturday, August 10 - 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at New Hope Presbyterian
St. Charles, Missouri - Directions Here

  • Saturday, September 14 - 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian
Sullivan, Missouri - Directions Here

  • Saturday, September 21 - 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Oak Hill Presbyterian
St. Louis, Missouri - Directions Here.
Uprooting Hunger - 2019 Presbytery Wide Goal
Congratulations to our newest Certified Hunger Action Congregation:
First Presbyterian - Ste. Genevieve
Beth-El Farmworker Ministry Board Member Shares Program’s Outreach During Triennium Workshop
In a variety of ways, Beth-El Farmworker Ministry near Tampa, Florida, feeds the minds, bodies and spirits of farmworkers and their neighbors in need. During Presbyterian Youth Triennium last week, the Rev. Johan Daza, coordinator for cross cultural ministries with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, used a workshop to explain a program that’s near and dear to his heart
Uprooting Hunger - Hunger Action Team
In 2019 the presbytery will work toward establishing Certified Hunger Action Congregations. This  handout will be helpful to your congregation, as we journey together.
We welcome any questions you might have - email us at communication@glpby.org or call 314-772-2395.
We celebrate, in thankgiving, our 12 Certified and 17 Covenanting Congregations for their dedication to eradicating hunger in their communities!
Ministry Team Updates
On the Road to Reconciliation
October 18 to 21
The Dismantling Racism and Privilege (DRAP) Team of the Presbytery welcome you to join them on the Road to Reconciliation, as they travel to the National Memorial for Peace and Justice ad Legacy in Montgomery, Alabama.
Registration is limited to 50 - Currently 49 requests for participation.
Hurry - Applications due by August 1.
Congregational/Event Happenings
Annual Rummage Sale
Washington Presbyterian Church
Fri., July 26 | 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sat., July 27 | 8 a.m to Noon
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Maryland Heights Presbyterian Closing Sale
Fri., July 26 | 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sat., July 27 | 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Maryland Heights Presbyterian Church, located at 200 Harding Ave, Maryland Heights, will be closing soon and need to clear out the building of decor and more. Directions may be found here. Some items include Christmas décor, including trees, quilting and craft supplies, table and kitchenware, bedding, books, TV, air conditioner, folding chairs, and other furniture, toys and much more. A list of items is available here.
Boeuff Presbyterian Church
160th Anniversary Celebration
Sun., July 28 | 10:30 a.m.
The church is located at
407 S. Pine St., in Gerald, Missouri.
Directions may be found here.
Red Cross Blood Drive
Second Annual Blood Drive at First United Presbyterian Church, Belleville, on Sunday July 28, Noon-4 pm! Schedule your appointment to donate now! Go to   www.redcrossblood.org  and enter FPC into the "Find a Blood Drive" box. Directions to the church may be found here.
Family Fun Weekend
August 9th - 11th
First Presbyterian - Sullivan

Yee-Haw Family Adventure as they stampede through the wild frontier and celebrate God’s greatest gift of all—Jesus! Learn more here.
Be SMART for Kids
Webster Groves Presbyterian Church
Sun., Aug. 11 | 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Come early and enjoy brunch! 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

What is Be SMART? The Be SMART framework is designed to help parents and adults normalize conversations about gun safety and take responsible actions.
Maryland Heights Presbyterian Church
Celebration of Ministry & Final Service
Sun., Aug. 11 at 2 p.m.
The final service, in celebration of the many years of ministry and mission, for Maryland Heights Presbyterian Church will be held on Sunday, August 11 beginning at 2:00 pm. Everyone from across the Presbytery is invited to participate with the congregation as the Presbytery officially closes their ministry. Directions may be found here.
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Dardenne Presbyterian Church
Third Annual Bowling for Water
Sat., Aug. 24 | 6 p.m.– 10 p.m.
Bowlero, St. Peters
Come join us for our third annual "Bowling for Water" crazy bowl event to raise money for the purchase and installation of new water purification systems in third world countries such as Haiti. During our trips, we install new systems, provide Health & Hygiene training to local communities, follow-up on systems previously installed, and repair hand-pumps to get water out of the ground so that it can be purified. There will be bowling, 50/50 raffle, silent auction items, raffle box items, and loads of fun!
Celebrating Our Past and Future
Sonlight Parish Celebration
Sun., Aug. 25 | 3 p.m.
As we, the Presbyterian Churches of Fredericktown, Ironton, and Park Hills, rallied together to form the Sonlight Parish, we had no idea of the direction it would take us. Ten years later our relationship has strengthened into a parish
that can be celebrated. Our efforts to form the parish echoed those of previous generations that formed churches across the frontier. So what better place to celebrate our 10 years together than the oldest Presbyterian Church west of the Mississippi!
Space For Rent in Imperial
1600 square foot space, five rooms and common room, second floor. Perfect for office, preschool, daycare, etc. Rent all or individual rooms. Located at Rock Presbyterian Church, Imperial, Missouri. Call 314-420-9471
Complete List of Educational Opportunities: Found Here
Are you a College Parent?
The PCUSA Parent Loan program was designed to serve Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) members seeking assistance with the expenses of dependents attending college in the United States.
A Religious Perspective on Carbon Pricing
Webinar | Wed., July 31 at 11 a.m. (Central)
As the impacts of climate change continue to worsen, Congress is stepping up its consideration of policies that will address our contribution to climate change and support communities suffering its effects. This webinar will provide a faith-based perspective on one such proposal: carbon pricing. 
Join us for an overview of the goals of carbon pricing and how it works; how faith communities are engaging with carbon pricing; the specific questions that religious organizations are using to evaluate carbon pricing legislation; and an overview of the current bills in Congress. 
"Ending Violence in America"
Beloved Community UMC.
August 9th-10th
The purpose of the conference is to bring the faith community together, cross denominational, to join hands in an effort to reduce violence, particularly domestic violence and other forms of violence as "America's Peacemakers Against Violence". There will be training and workshops on how to implement faith based models of violence prevention and intervention, as an extension from your church into communities near your church. Models of faith based domestic violence and Prison Reentry Programs, as well as other training on faith based violence prevention program models. 
Learn more about the presenter here and registration information can be found here .
Stewardship Kaleidoscope Annual Conference
September 30 to October 2
San Diego, California
Stewardship Kaleidoscope is an annual conference offering excellent plenary speakers, informative workshop leaders, provocative worship experiences, and incredible networking opportunities for all who are passionate about stewardship and generosity. Drawing leaders from across the Lutheran Church (ELCA) and the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) and beyond, Stewardship Kaleidoscope is designed to help participants explore stewardship, in its many colorful dimensions!
More information found here | Registration can be found here.
The Art of Transitional Ministry
Princeton Theological Seminary
October 7–11
Leading a congregation through transition is challenging and rewarding. Whether it is a change in leadership or a changing neighborhood, it takes knowledge, skill, and spiritual strength to navigate the waters of transition in a way that allows a congregation and its leaders to thrive. The Art of Transitional Ministry offers training in the skills and understanding necessary for leading a congregation in transition. There are two week-long courses of study. Both weeks are being offered concurrently.
Co Inspire
Liberating Imagination, Eviscerating Racism
October 7–10, 2019 | Montreat
In the beginning, God breathed on humankind to animate our existence. Our breath is our life-force, but the air we breathe can restore our life or kill us. We are living in a world where the sins of racism infect the very air we breathe. What happens when we pay attention to how much breath we give to scarcity, competition, and fear? What happens when we choose to focus our breath on giving oxygen to liberate our imaginations for a world where the air is full of abundance, hope, and equity?
Current Support Ministry Position Openings
Christian Educator - First Presbyterian -Edwardsville

Part-Time Ministry Assistant - Westminster St. Louis

Church Choir Accompanist - St. Mark Presbyterian

Children, Youth and Family Ministry - Second Presbyterian