Newsletter
March / 24 / 2020
COVID-19 Update
"I experienced a great sense of “we are all in this together.” And with that spirit, people conducted business in a civil and orderly way."
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.
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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.
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.
PC(USA)
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?
What makes for Effective Matthew 25 Ministry During a Pandemic
Despite disruptions and challenges that this pandemic has presented, churches are adapting to this new normal amid financial concerns, member anxieties and changing communication technologies. And while the nation continues to see a rapid rise in new cases, PC(USA) churches are displaying an abundance of resilience, compassion and ingenuity in the middle of widespread anxiety.
Continue to read by clicking here . Read how First United Belleville continues to live into Matthew 25, during the pandemic.
Ministry Teams News & Activities
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    
Summer 2020 Mission & Outreach Team
Grant Applications Now Available
The Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy Mission and Outreach Moderator, Joyce Wilks-Love has announced that 2020 Summer Grant Applications are now available. You can find the application and details about the grants  here.
Light for the Darkness
We're starting a New Community Group for anyone with any mental illness, depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar. If you would like to explore where God may be in the midst of your mental health struggles, while connecting with people who understand, please join us. Email thirzasayers@gmail.com, for details. 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
You are dear to me, so I’m inviting you to pray together with me daily at 6:30 p.m. central time. Links to connect, found below:
  • Order of Prayer -This is linked to a google doc that may be updated daily.
  • Join Zoom Meeting Connect by Video (first download Zoom app)
  • Join Conference Call - Connect by Audio  (Call in using one of these numbers)
     +1 312 626 6799 US          +1 929 205 6099 US      +1 346 248 7799 US
    +1 669 900 6833 US          +1 253 215 8782 US      +1 301 715 8592 US
Then type in the Meeting ID: 813 950 8462. If it asks for a participant id, just hit #.
If you want to join but need help with technology, email me or call me, preferably before 6:30 p.m. Rev. Thirza Sayers Call 404.313.4549
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 elliestock@aol.com
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 eesewing.org/blog/facemask-frenzy/
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
Pilgrimage:    A long journey to a sacred place
 as an act of devotion.
Your are invited to be part of the 2020 Joining Hands Partnership 20th Anniversary Peru Pilgrimage. This pilgrimage includes journeying to the coastal, mountain and rainforest regions of Peru, to meet with our Joining Hand's Partners, to hear updates about the socio/economic context of Peru, to experience historical and cultural events and places, and to join with Red Uniendo Manos Peru (Peru Joining Hands Network) and others in a 20th Anniversary Celebration.
Current Support Ministry Position Openings
Executive Director of Child-Care Center

AMEN St. Louis Director - Oak Hill Presbyterian

Called Pastor - Faith DesPeres Presbyterian