Newsletter
March / 17 / 2020
Stress Reduction
"If the leadership of the church or institution is cloudy in their thinking and incapacitated in their actions because of stress, then the entire church or organization suffers."
Presbytery Address Coronavirus (Covid-19)
Our congregations are encouraged to follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as well as state health department guidelines in meeting in groups no larger than 10 people. We hope that we can return to somewhat normal activities in the coming weeks/months.
If you have any questions about our individual congregations response to Covid-19, as well as resources for worship, daily updates, pastoral care and more, please visit our webpage addressing this pandemic, by clicking here.
Common-sense tips for the Coronavirus (Covid-19) Outbreak
Please click here for more information and download and share this important tool in staying healthy during this outbreak.
Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket

  • Please pray for...all those with covid-19 and those in quarantine
  • Please pray for... first responders, all those in the medical field, our government offices - local, state and federal, our education system, small businesses, those who face unemployment/underemployment, and anyone else who is feeling anxiety, fear and burden of facing Covid-19 as a community. thi
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Saddened to Report Passing of
Rev. Dr. J. Bruce Melton
The Rev. Dr. J. Bruce Melton was laid to rest today, in a private service. Rev. Melton was very active in the life of this presbytery for over 50 years. He most recently attended Dardenne Presbyterian Church. He will be sadly missed by all. Please join us as we pray for his devoted wife, Frani and their children.
His obituary can be found here, and you may leave memories and sign the guestbook, found here. If you would like to send cards of sympathy, they can be sent to 3028 Oakmont Court, St. Charles, MO 63301-0399.
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.
Week of: Mar. 18 to Mar. 24

Thur., Mar. 19
11 a.m. - Social Witness
6:30 p.m. - CPM
Mon., Mar. 23
3 p.m. -Personnel
5 p.m. - CVT
Week of: Mar. 25 to Apr. 1

No Meetings Planned
at this Time

Becoming Matthew 25
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How Do We Engage Socially Distancing and still participate in Mission & Ministry?
Former General Assembly Moderator Bruce Reyes-Chow shares how he and his flock practiced social distancing Sunday by worshiping online

The Rev. Rob Dyer, pastor and head of staff at  First United Presbyterian Church in Belleville, Illinois , said his church held a practice session Saturday. One success was the extra effort on the part of the church’s Christian educator director, who during the week “called everyone she suspected was not well tech enabled,” reminding worshipers they could participate using Zoom’s call-in feature through their telephone. As a bonus, the church “picked up about two dozen people for our email list just by making those phone calls,” Dyer said.
Podcast host, producer Marthame Sanders will share how to adapt worship for streaming
1001 New Worshiping Communities will host a Zoom webinar at 11 a.m. Central Time Thursday how to best utilize streaming technology for worship in the face of the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Click  here  on Thursday, March 19, to join the meeting .
Ministry Teams News & Activities
Illinois Polls are Open Today until 7 p.m.
(If voting, please be safe)

Have you voted yet? Your polling places here.
Summer 2020 Mission & Outreach Team
Grant Applications Now Available
The Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy Mission and Outreach Moderator, Joyce Wilks-Love has announced that 2019 Summer Grant Applications are now available. You can find the application and details about the grants  here.
40th Ordination Anniversary of
Rev. Mark M. Strothmann

POSTPONED
A New Date Will Be Announced in a few weeks.
New Worshiping Communities
Dreaming & Discerning
 For questions about this event, please contact Vanessa Hawkins at either (314) 772-2395 (ext. 1982) or  vhawkins@glpby.org.
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.
History Team 2019 History Tour
POSTPONED

History Team Meetings on Hold Until Further Notice
2020 Mission Opportunities
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.
Complete List of Educational Opportunities: Found Here
Please be Aware these Plans May Change
Lenten Retreats Announced

The Mercy Conference and Retreat Center hope you join them as they embrace a Lenten observance that has a social dimension, focusing on the relationship between our inner conversion and its outer social expression.  An outline of all Lenten experiences can be found by clicking here. Their Covid-19 Response Found Here.
The Mercy Conference and Retreat Center is located at 2039 N Geyer Rd., St. Louis, Missouri. Directions found here.
Transitional Ministry Education
May 18–21
It has been said that the church is in a time of great transition and needs skilled pastors in transitional ministry. Are you exploring how to cultivate new pastoral, organizational, professional skills that will support you in your present call and in a possible new call to come? Have you wondered if you might be interested in transitional ministry or an interim call? We highly encourage you to consider the Transitional/Interim Training from May 18-21 in Parkville, MO.
Continuing Education Classes Announced
Union Presbyterian Seminary Theological Institute Upcoming Continuing Education Events offered January through March 2020, can be found by Visiting their Events page
Current Support Ministry Position Openings
Executive Director of Child-Care Center

Director of Children and Youth Ministries (Presbytery of Arkansas)

Seeking Pastor - Yoked Congregations (Presbytery of the Pines)

AMEN St. Louis Director - Oak Hill Presbyterian

Called Pastor - Faith DesPeres Presbyteria