June / 2/ 2020
Hope in Reconciliation
Reconciliation happens when the pedestal of white privilege is dismantled and becomes debris
I Can't Breathe
A Reflection by Rev. Ellie Stock

Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket

  • Please pray for...the family of George Floyd
  • Please pray ... for racial equality
  • Please pray...for an end to violence, at home and abroad.
  • Please pray for... for those ill and those vulnerable to COVID-19, the departed, and all essential workers

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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
Wed., June 3
12pm - Interim/Transitional Pastors - Click Here
Thurs., June 4
12pm - All Pastors - Click Here
3pm - Gathering Planning - Click Here
Mon., June 8
12pm - Rural Pastors - Click Here
Wed., June 10
12pm - Clerks of Session - Click Here
Reminders will be sent the evening before, with Zoom link and call-in information. We look forward to seeing you!
Presbytery - Called to Gather
Saturday, June 13 | 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Details can be found here - All Welcome
Becoming Matthew 25
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How Do We Engage Socially Distancing and still participate in Mission & Ministry?
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
Concert: Hope Thru Connection:
 Meaning in a Time of Pandemic
with Carrie Newcomer
Saturday, June 6 at 7p.m. 
Carrie Newcomer is a performer, recording artist, and educator. As one of the definitive voices of the heartland and progressive spirituality, Carrie has the ability for sharp observation of the world. She has attracted a devoted following with her warm voice, exquisite melodies, and an irreverent yet spiritual view of the world.
During this time of COVID-19, Carrie Newcomer and Mercy Conference and Retreat Center have agreed to move the benefit concert online. We have partnered to create an experience that will have professional audio & visuals, as well as an easy way for anyone to stream this experience from Carrie's home to yours. For more information and to register:
Eco Challenge for Congregations!
During this pandemic, while most are doing things from their homes, the Earth Care Team of presbytery is issuing a monthly challenge to congregations in the presbytery. It is a way of continuing to care for God's creation while sheltering at home.
For the month of June, ECT is challenging members and churches to beautify your home and community by planting a garden or just cleaning up an unsightly area in your home, yard, block, neighborhood or community. You can do it alone, with family or friends or neighbors (keeping social distancing of course!). Many of you already do this and we applaud you! Keep it up and maybe expand it this year!
The Earth Care Team hopes you will take up this challenge each month as a way to continue the call to care for the earth, our common home so that it can take care of us. Thank you.
ECO TIP: If possible, get outside on a regular basis. It is good for body, mind and soul to re-connect with Mother Earth! (For more information, contact or 314-941-9378.)
2020 St. Louis Crop Hunger Walk
Save the Date and Start Now!
The 2020 St. Louis CROP Hunger Walk and Concert is scheduled for Sunday, October 25, at Eden Seminary in Webster Groves, if public gatherings are permissible and advisable. But the Walk this year may have to be virtual, so you can start now! For details, go to:
Here you can register, create a team, and/or donate. CROP is the hunger-fighting wing of Church World Service (CWS), of which the PCUSA is a vital part. The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the need, internationally as well as locally, and CROP/CWS is helping. Questions? Email Clint McCann at or call at 314-619-0599.
Acts 2: Coming of the Holy Spirit,
Pentecost Video
Inspired to nurture creativity, serve with imagination, and bring some light and joy to the malaise of the pandemic, Light for the Darkness has created a Pentecost video  on Vimeo or dropbox, including a selected reading of Acts 2. If you would like to share our video with your congregation, it would be amazing if you would support our artist, composer, and videographer. However, if you like the video and have already committed those funds to feeding other hungry folks, please go ahead and share the video.
To support Light for the Darkness, send a check, with the memo:
Light, to:Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy, 1001 Craig Rd, Ste 170, St. Louis, MO 63146. 
Peace, joy, and health be with you,
Thirza Sayers, Light for the Darkness, servant leader, Hillside Presbyterian, pastor
Mission Co-Workers Update
Chenoa Stock
Quarantine greetings to you desde Peru! With our Peruvian partners and the world on our hearts during these unknown and challenging times, we share our newsletter with you.
Paula Cooper
I pray that all is well with you and yours during these days of navigating uncharted waters with God’s help!
I greet you in the name of our Risen Savior, Jesus, the Christ, from Lusaka, Zambia.
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.
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.
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