November / 6 / 2018
Decent Disorder
Rev. Dr. Craig M. Howard
Transitional Leader of the
Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy

"Spirit of cooperation and compassion is critical as we journey further into a future that is both exciting and fearful." Continue to read here.
Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket Update
  • Please pray.... for our voters as they travel to and from the polls.
What's Happening? Did you know?

  • In historic meeting, three Kentucky presbyteries explore collaboration, leadership ... Gathering November 2-3 for the first time since before Presbyterian reunion in 1983, some 200 commissioners from the three presbyteries in Kentucky learned that they can be stronger together. Continue to read here.
  • Raising Generous Children....Along with the excitement, joy and anticipation of a new baby, parents often worry whether they can guide a child into becoming a healthy, happy and confident adult. Most would say they hope to raise a child who is kindhearted and generous — a child who not only can give thanks, but can also turn that thanks into acts of sharing. But how do you teach generosity to a child? Continue here.
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2019 Presbytery Leadership
Moderator, Rev. Pat Gruber
Vice-Moderator, Elder Barbara Bowyer
Vision Team Moderator, Elder Mike Willock
Presbytery Leader, Rev. Dr. Craig Howard, Designated Associate Leader, Rev. Vanessa Hawkins, and State Clerk, Rev. Joy Myers
No Longer Transitional
Rev. Dr. Craig M. Howard was unanimously voted to Installed Presbytery Leader at the Presbytery Gathering held last Saturday.
The Installation Service will be a part of the Presbytery Gathering held at New Horizons/Pendo Presbyterian on Thursday, February 7, 2019.
Save this date, and plan to attend!
Presbytery Triennium Page Created
Upcoming Team Meetings - Locations Listed
(Wednesday to Tuesday)
PLEASE NOTE: The Oaks Conference Room (Oaks) and St. Andrews Conference Room (St. Andrews) are both located at the new Presbytery office, 1001 Craig Rd., Suite 170, St. Louis, MO 63146,
(Oaks) is on the first floor (St. Andrews) is on the second floor. Directions can be found here.
(Ladue) refers to Ladue Chapel, 9450 Clayton Rd., St. Louis, MO 63124. Directions can be found here.
(WebGrov) refers to Webster Groves Presbyterian, 45 W Lockwood Ave, St. Louis, MO 63119 Directions can be found here.
This Week....
Thur., Nov. 8
3 p.m. - Presby Gath Planning (Oaks)
5 p.m. - Congreg. Vibrancy (Oaks)
Fri., Nov. 9
GLPby Office Closed
Mon., Nov. 12
11 a.m. - Dynamic Leaders (WebGrov)
Tues., Nov. 13
10 a.m. - Finance (Oaks)
1 p.m. - Mission/Outreach (Oaks)
4 p.m. - Admin/Support (Oaks)
Next Week:
Wed., Nov. 14
2 p.m. - Pastoral Trans Care (Oaks)
Thurs., Nov. 15
10 a.m. -Stewardship (Oaks)
4 p.m. - Vision Team (Oaks)
6:30 p.m. - Com Prep Ministry (Ladue)
Mon., Nov. 19
1 p.m. - Social Witness (Oaks)

Giddings-Lovejoy Ministry Teams and Office
Approaching a Holiday Schedule
** The office will be closed this Friday, November 9, and then November 22 and 23, 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.
** Most teams will not meet in December, however please check with Team Moderators for definitive schedule.
Rev. Dr. Andrew Kasberg
Installation at
Dardenne Presbyterian Church
Sunday, December 9 at 3 p.m.
John Knox Presbyterian Church
Celebrates 60 Years
Sunday, January 20, 2019
Details still being developed
Uprooting Hunger - 2019 Presbytery Wide Goal
Congregations around the country are responding to the biblical call to alleviate hunger and end its causes. The Presbyterian Hunger Program would like to hear from, encourage, and recognize these ministries. Share this hunger action bulletin insert with your home congregation, so you can work toward giving the best gift, this season to your community.
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:
Our Community Connected
Tuesday, November 27th
#GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. One of the best ways to get involved is in your own community.
Remember UKirk and Caritas Presbyterian in your giving on #GivingTuesday.

The Freshman - Silent Film Musical Experience
Organist Andrew Peters provides live accompaniment to the silent film The Freshman on Sunday, November 18 at 4:00 p.m. at Second Presbyterian Church. (Please note date change from earlier advertisements). This 76-minute comedy film from 1925 stars Harold Lloyd. The church is located at 4501 Westminster Place in the Central West End, St. Louis, 63108. The movie is part of the Couts Music Series and is free to the community. For more information call 314-367-0367 or .  
Trivia Night
LoveJoy United Presbyterian Church invites you its annual Trivia Night Fundraiser at the VFW Hall In Wood River, IL on Friday, November 9 at 7 p.m. You can sign up individually and be assigned to a team for $25 or sponsor a whole table and invite friends for $200. Beverages are included in ticket price. Contact  (618-254-5880) for information or go to  to register online. 
Fall Is Here
Are You Ready for Holiday Shopping?
There are many congregations within our presbytery that host fall art, craft and vendor shows to support their mission projects. Shop for holiday gifts, that also give back to mission! Check our Online Calendar Here before shopping this year! .
  • Fri., Nov. 9 - 8 a.m. - Holiday Bazaar at First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Missouri. Directions here.
  • Sat., Nov. 10 - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. - PW of John Knox Presbyterian Church Craft and Vendor Sale, Florissant, Missouri. Directions here.
  • Tues., Nov. 13 (10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.) and Wed., Nov. 14 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ) St. Mark's Presbyterian Church Christmas Boutique, Ballwin, Missouri. Directions here.
Is your church hosting an event? Please let us know so that we can share with the presbytery. Simply email:
Complete List of Educational Opportunities: Found Here
Lux Summer Theological
Institute for Youth
A Place at the Table: Thinking Theologically about Hunger and Poverty
Theologically curious high school students are invited to apply before January 1, 2019 for the 2019 Lux Summer Theological Institute (Sunday, June 16-Sunday, June 30, 2019) at Presbyterian-related Monmouth College (Monmouth, IL).
Questioning….Why are some people hungry while others have more than enough food? Are Christians called to respond to the needs of the poor? Is it possible to have a world without poverty and hunger?
The Witnessing Whiteness program is for individuals who identify as white to come together to do work around eliminating racism in a supportive, non-threatening setting. This group seeks to encourage advocacy and collaboration, and practice strategies for change while increasing knowledge as well as to understand and practice interrupting racism. YWCA and John Calvin Presbyterian Church present this program, that will meet on Thursdays beginning in January 2019. For more information, please click here. 
LED/CFL Lights in Two Churches
Two churches in our presbytery have replaced their incandescent lights with energy-saving, earth-saving LED and CFL lights! Congratulations to First Presbyterian Church of Ferguson, Mike Trautman, Pastor and The Presbyterian Church of Washington, Pat Gruber, Pastor. They were happy to hear that, not only do these new lights use 60% less energy, but the cost will be recovered in about five years! Both churches are on the way to becoming Earth Care Congregations in the Presbyterian Church (USA). For more information on how your church can become a certified ECC, contact Rev. Carleton Stock, HR (  or 314-941-9378) convenor of the Earth Care Action Team of the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy.
Current Support Ministry Position Openings
Congregations Searching for Support Staff
Church Office/Facilities Manager ∙ St. Mark Presbyterian
Administrative Assistant ∙ Second Presbyterian
Communications Coordinator ∙Webster Groves Presbyterian