Newsletter
December / 11 / 2018
Advent – A Journey of Faith
Rev. Vanessa Hawkins
Designated Associate Presbytery Leader
Take time to give thanks to God for the faithful witnesses who have gone before us. Pause and give thanks for being one of many being used by God to prepare the path for those who will come after us. And for all these things we give thanks.
Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket Update
  • Please pray.... in thanksgiving for the ministry of Rev. Dr. Andrew Kasberg, and the Dardenne Presbyterian Church.
What's Happening? Did you know?

  • Radical Hope .... “While many in the church are familiar with the idea of Advent as a season of waiting, counting the days until we celebrate the birth of Jesus. There is a much deeper waiting and deeper yearning — of watching in expectation for Christ to come again.” Learn more here.
  • Grateful for????? .... PCUSA is featuring notes of gratefulness, and want to hear from you. Featured last week of #thankstoactpcusa, was Mike Ferguson, the new Editor of the Presbyterian News Service. We invite you to share what you’re grateful for and how you can use that gratitude to be a catalyst in the new year! Tag us in your responses or use the hashtag to be featured next. https://bit.ly/2QflB9K
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Upcoming Team Meetings
NOTE: Most Ministry Teams will be recessing until January 2019. Please check with your team's moderator for any questions, prior to the January meetings.
Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery Office Holiday Schedule
The office will be closed December 24, 25, 31 and January 1 to spend time with family for the holiday season. We will be accessible by email, albeit it with a delayed response, during this time.
Uprooting Hunger - 2019 Presbytery Wide Goal
Reclaiming Advent
In Advent we wait for the coming of Christ. At Christmas we celebrate Jesus’ birth. Shape your seasonal celebration to be one centered on the true meaning of Christmas. Prepare for the holiday by simplifying life, incorporating prayers, giving alternative gifts and serving sustainable foods. Share the love of Christ with others throughout your life with a living witness this season.
Uprooting Hunger - Hunger Action Team
The next sixteen months the presbytery will work toward establishing Certified Hunger Action Congregations. This handout will be helpful to your congregation, as we journey together in the year + ahead. If you have any questions, email: communication@glpby.org
Our Community Connected
Blue Christmas Services
This time of year can be difficult if you have lost family and friends. Several churches in our presbytery will have services for those who will be struggling with these emotions. Please share these locations with anyone who might need support through the holiday season.
* Thursday, December 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Oak Hill Presbyterian. Directions found here.
*Thursday, December 20 at 7 p.m. - Boeuff Presbyterian. Directions found here. Flyer found here.
*Friday, December 21 at 6:30 p.m. - Westminster Presbyterian - St. Louis, will join with Union Avenue Christian Church (UACC) and Pilgrim Congregational Church, for service at UACC. Directions found here .
* Saturday, December 22 at 3 p.m. - Westminster Presbyterian - Belleville. Directions found here.
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Christmas Eve Services
Most of our congregations will be holding Christmas Eve Services. If you are searching for one in your area, please search our Church Pages Here.
If you are still unsure, please let us know by emailing: communication@glpby.org and we will assist you.
Very Merry Trombone Christmas
This concert is FREE and open to the public. Thursday, December 13th at 6:30 p.m. at Glendale Presbyterian Church . Get into the holiday spirit with a fun and festive trombone quartet concert! Enjoy hot chocolate as you cozy up with friends and family, and feel free to sing along! Directions found here.
Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
This Music Ministry presentation will be held on Sunday, December 16 at 3 p.m. at New Hope Presbyterian Church
All are welcome! Directions found here.
FREE Pancake Breakfast
Monday, December 24th from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
FREE Pancake Breakfast at Fisk Presbyterian Church
(Provided by Presbyterian Men)
Complete List of Educational Opportunities: Found Here
Book of Common Worship
In order to help Presbyterian pastors, church musicians, and liturgical leaders get the resources they need we are now offering three different Book of Common Worship Sets! Each set offers different Book of Common Worship resources based on your specific needs. And even better, they provide you with extra savings! Look here for more information.
The Role of the Minister in
a Dying Congregation
The Center of for Life Learning at Columbia University will offer an online course February 1 - March 4, 2019. According to several sources, approximately 3,500 to 4,000 U.S. churches close their doors every year. In our success-driven culture the topic of dying congregations is taboo, yet that is the reality many pastors and congregations struggle through with little guidance for discernment. In The Role of the Minister in a Dying Congregation, author Woody Jenkins provides a forum and resource to church leaders for on one of the most critical issues facing congregations today: how to help a congregation conclude its ministry life cycle with dignity and meaning. Learn more here.
Save the Date for Big Tent 2019
Baltimore, Maryland has been selected as the location for Big Tent 2019. The event will be held August 1-3 at the adjacent downtown Radisson and Lord Baltimore Hotels. More details will be coming in early 2019.
Current Support Ministry Position Openings
Congregations Searching for Support Staff
Church Accountant/Bookkeeper - Second Presbyterian Ministry Associate - UKirk St. Louis
Interim Director of Christian Education - Ladue Chapel
Choral Conductor - Westminster, St. Louis
Church Office/Facilities Manager ∙ St. Mark Presbyterian
Administrative Assistant ∙ Second Presbyterian
Communications Coordinator ∙Webster Groves Presbyterian