October / 30 / 2018
Rev. Dr. Craig M. Howard
Transitional Leader of the
Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy

This past weekend the presbytery had a visioning retreat with the team and sub-team leaders. It was a time of stimulating ideas, great conversation, and rich fellowship. As we met with one another, we realized what a blessing we have when we come together in fellowship. Saturday will be another opportunity for us to meet face to face and get to know one another a little better at our stated Presbytery Gathering.
Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket Update
  • Please pray.... for our Jewish neighbors, the city of Pittsburgh, and all who mourn from continued gun violence.
What's Happening? Did you know?

  • It’s not the most wonderful time of the year…The holidays have been difficult for Christine Caton ever since her mother died — three days after Christmas. As an only child, with her father already gone, Caton experienced profound grief in losing her mom. The Christmas season only accentuated that grief. Continue to read here.
  • Hurricane Response…Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) has received questions lately about how they raise funds and what the funds support, amid some confusion about the role of additional agencies in responding to hurricanes and other disasters. They have prepared a FAQ on funding to address some of the questions. You can also read about PDA responses to Florence and Michael.
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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....
Sat., Nov. 3
Stated Presbytery Gathering
( See Below)

Tues., Nov. 6
1 p.m. - Church Liaisons (Oaks)

Next Week:
Thur., Nov. 8
3 p.m. - Presby Gath Planning (Oaks)
5 p.m. - Congreg. Vibrancy (Oaks)
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)
Stated Presbytery Gathering
Saturday, November 3
Second Presbyterian Church, St. Louis, Missouri
Theme: Faith and Science - All are Welcome

NOTE: Wifi should not be expected at this location. Download all documents, prior to your arrival at the gathering. This meeting will include GA Overtures, found here. so please download, read this lengthy document and be prepared to vote at this gathering.
Online registration will close 12 p.m. on Thurs., Nov. 1. Late registrations requested by email to or by calling 314-772-2395 .
Daylight Savings Time Ends at 2 a.m. on Sun., Nov. 4th. Set your clocks BACK one hour, so you don't arrive early at Sunday services!
Uprooting Hunger - 2019 Presbytery Wide Goal
Rural realities: Hunger in the heartland, Churches address food deserts and food insecurity
Fresh out of seminary, a pastor listens intently as the chair of the nominating committee drives around the countryside, narrating the history of a rural community that has seen better days. As she listens, she takes note of the sagging porches with faded and torn upholstered furniture. They pass sheep grazing behind a dilapidated barn, and the pastor silently reminds God that this was not what she had in mind when she said “yes” to tending the flock.  Continue to read here.
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. We look forward to the year + ahead. If you have any questions, please contact us via
Our Community Connected
VOTE             VOTE          VOTE         VOTE
VOTE: November 6, 2018
The ballot is much longer than ever before - thus, lines will be longer - allow yourself extra time to vote.
If you have questions or concerns about the length of the ballot, polling locations, or to find out if you are registered to vote, you might place a call to whomever holds your state elections. In Missouri that is the Secretary of State, John R. Ashcroft at (573) 751-4936. In Illinois it would be the Board of Elections (217) 782-4141.
***Please NOTE that mail ballots can be submitted if you meet the criteria. In Illinois, please click here. In Missouri please click here.
·          If you live in the State of Missouri Sample Ballots are available HERE
·         If you live in St. Louis County, Sample Ballots are available HERE.
·         If you live in the City of St. Louis, Sample Ballots are available HERE.
·         If you live in the State of Illinois, Sample Ballots are available HERE.
·         A great resource is The League of Women Voters available at
  All registered voters should receive a white "Notice of Election" card in the mail and a sample ballot approximately one week before election day.  
Celebrating 75 Years!
Ladue Chapel is excited to celebrate their 75th anniversary this weekend! Check out their teaser video that they have made to commemorate the event.
Trinity Chapel Annual Smorgasbord
Saturday, November 3 - 4 to 7 p.m.
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. 
UKirk Open House
The Students put together a video invitation to welcome you to their Fall Open House.
See their video here
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
GA#223 Moderators Announce New Book Study
Presbyterians will soon have a new book study available to them. The Co-Moderators of the 223rd General Assembly (2018) have announced the title of their new year-long study, Where the Cross Meets the Street: What Happens in the Neighborhood When God Is at the Center. Watch for updates soon!
Educational Opportunities - November 2018
Spiritual Care for Moral Injury:
Equipping Religious Leaders and Faith Communities on Shattuck Hall, Iliff School of Theology Campus, on Thursday and Friday, November 15 and 16, 2018. Full description of workshops can be found here. 
Educational Opportunities - Looking @ 2019
YMIM National Conference
The dates are January 24–26, 2019 , and the theme is "WHOLE." Come relax, learn, and share in fellowship with others in youth ministry as we seek wholeness together. More information can be found here.
Compassion Peace and Justice
Ecumenical Advocacy Days ∙ April 5th-8th, 2019
#GoodTrouble for the sake of God’s kingdom.  More information will follow soon from Presbyterian Mission Agency/ Justice & Compassion
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