May / 14 / 2019
Connected Church
"Being presbytery means being connected to one another, supporting one another, and showing up for one another. Sometimes it may be inconvenient and to do so may even temporarily disrupt our lives."

Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket Update

  • Please pray.... for travel mercies for those who will be leaving for Peru soon.
  • Please thanksgiving for Jim Cook, who now is 100% fully engrafted from his transplant.
  • Please pray...for those who are involved in Hunger Action within our presbytery.
Click on the prayer basket to find our current prayers.
2019-2020 Planning Calendars
PC(USA) Planning Calendar changes from 18 months to a 16 month calendar, this fall.
T his 16‐month calendar, delivered in August, will start on September 1, 2019, and end on December 31, 2020 and contains many planning aids for pastors and other church leaders. Includes lectionary for Sundays and special days, liturgical days, liturgical colors, resource information for PC(USA) programmatic emphases, updated synod, presbytery and Presbyterian Mission Agency staff directories, color foldout synod/presbytery and world maps.
Cost is $8.50 - A limited number will be ordered, so reserve your calendar today by emailing Leigh Porter, Office Manager a t
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ATTENTION Teaching Elders and Commissioned Pastors
Boundary Training is set for Wednesday June 5 th
Details will be coming soon - Watch for an email this week!
Upcoming Team Meetings
NOTE: Meeting locations are as follows: Oaks - is the meeting room next door to the presbytery office; St.Andrew - refers to the Board Room of St. Andrews on the second floor, directly above the presbytery office; Pres - refers to the Presbytery Office Resource Center; Ladue - refers to Ladue Chapel; WG - refers to Webster Groves Presbyterian. Contact the office at 314-772-2395 if you are unsure where you will be meeting.
Week of: May 16 to May 22

Thurs., May 16
10 a.m. - Presb Educator (St. Andrew)
4 p.m. - Vision Team (Oaks)
6:30 p.m. - Com Prep Min (Ladue)
Mon., May 20
11 a.m. - New Worship Com (St.Andrew)
Tues., May 21
10 a.m. - Finance (Oaks)
11:30 a.m. - Interim Pastors (TBA)

Week of: May 23 to May 29

Thurs., May 23
9 a.m. - History Team (Aberdeen Hts)
Mon., May 27
Presbytery Office Closed
for Memorial Day
Tues., May 28
3 p.m. Personnel (Pres)

Uprooting Hunger - 2019 Presbytery Wide Goal
Celebration Time
The Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy now has 20 Hunger Action Congregations, with 14-Covenanting and 6-Certified. We are excited to see the following congregations have applied for this well deserved recognition from the denomination. If your church has not applied yet, please email and we will help you get started.
(* )Denotes Certified Congrgations
Woodlawn Chapel Presbyterian
Presbyterian Church of Washington
*Oak Hill Presbyterian Church
Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church
*Westminster Presbyterian Church
First Presbyterian - Park Hills
Second Presbyterian Church
Pacific Presbyterian Church
Dardenne Presbyterian Church
Whitewater Presbyterian Church
*Webster Groves Presbyterian
Steelville Presbyterian Church
First Presbyterian - Union
*Florissant Presbyterian Church
First Presbyterian - Ironton
Grace Presbyterian Church
*Rock Presbyterian Church -
*First Presbyterian -Edwardsville
First Presbyterian – Fredericktown
Trinity Chapel Presbyterian
Uprooting Hunger - Hunger Action Team
In 2019 the presbytery will work toward establishing Certified Hunger Action Congregations. This  handout will be helpful to your congregation, as we journey together.
We welcome any questions you might have - email us at or call 314-772-2395.
Ministry Team Updates
Social Witness Team Event
"Troubling the Waters for
the Healing of the World"
Featuring: Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, Director of Public Witness PC(USA),
Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 9 a.m .to 3 p.m.
John Knox Presbyterian Church
Pastors in Specialized Ministry
June 26 - 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The Presbytery of Giddings Lovejoy appreciates the work of those laboring outside of congregations. Specialized ministries are essential to the work we are called to do as part of the Church. Join us for at time of fellowship, staff introductions, and reflection on ways we can better support each other and the work of the church. Event flyer, with registration, can be found here.
Mission & Outreach Announces
Matinee Performance of
Fire Shut Up in My Bones
Sat., June 29 | 1 p.m
Loretto-Hilton Theatre

Join Us this summer in Nicaragua! We're going to Plan Grande #2 in July! Our delegation to visit our partners there is scheduled for July 20-28, 2019. They are eager to welcome us and we are really looking forward to being there. JOIN US! -- Go and be a peacemaker!
Details for this trip and contact details can be found here.
Congregational Happenings
Bach's Mass in B minor
Sunday, May 19 | 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Hosted by  Bach Society of St. Louis  and  First Presbyterian Church of First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood , located at 100 E Adams Ave, Kirkwood, Missouri 63122. Directions found here.
Red Cross Blood Drive
St. Mark Presbyterian Church
Sun., May 19 | 8:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m.
The best time to give - in Worship and Praise of the one who sustains and loves us! Give if you are able.
Directions can be  found here.
Hunter Memorial 95th Anniversary
Sunday, May 19
The mission of Hunter Memorial First Presbyterian Church is to proclaim the good news of God's love in Jesus Christ, build a fellowship of Christian love, provide opportunities for spiritual growth, and serve the community and the world. 
They will celebrate their 95th Anniversary on May 19th, and welcome all to join them in celebration. Full details of the day can be  found here.
Movie Night: Crossroads – A Story of Forgiveness
First Presbyterian - Sullivan
Wed., May 22 | 6 p.m.

Free! Everyone Welcome! Just bring a snack and have great fellowship with us! Directions found here.
Is your church having Vacation Bible School?
Let us know, and we will add your church in our newsletter.
Fisk Presbyterian Church will have their annual VBS program week on June 4 to June 7 from 9 a.m. to Noon. If you are in that area, plan to attend! Find their Facebook page here.

New Hope Presbyterian will have their annual VBS program week from June 24 to June 28, 9 a.m. to Noon and their spots are filling quickly.
Registration ends June 1, 2019, so get those registration forms in as soon as possible. Visit their VBS page on Facebook found here.
Complete List of Educational Opportunities: Found Here
Summer Overnight Camp
Let your children discover more about God and how He works in their lives through Mound Ridge Overnight Camp Programs.
Summer 2019 at Mound Ridge offers a transforming experience for children within the breathtaking quiet beauty of our Missouri Foothills and Meramec River.
Find the perfect experience for your child here.
Calling College Age Students
UKirk will be having a Summer Book Club for any student in the St. Louis area this summer, and kicks off on June 5th. The book chosen is: Shameless: A Sexual Reformation
If you are around St. Louis this summer and interested in Christian collegiate fellowship, UKirk will host dinners and discussion (and likely at least one pool party!) on the first three Wednesday evenings in June from around 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (June 5,12, and 19.) Let Pastor Miriam know if you need a copy of the book or order here: Shameless: A Sexual Reformation  by Nadia Bolz-Weber.
Micah 6:8 Camp
Schools will be letting our for the summer soon. Have you made plans for your middle school student, for day camp? Explore what Amen St. Louis
June 17th to 21st.
Click below:

Contact if you have a church bus or van that you're willing to donate for use to transport campers!  
Synod Grant & Scholarships
Now Available

  • The Paragon Grant is a one-time grant of up to $30,000 that aims to foster new and creative “examples of excellence” in congregations within our region. The Synod wants to support innovative and thoughtful projects that might not otherwise be able to be pursued. If your congregation has a dynamic, innovative idea you wish you had the money to pursue, submit an application!
  • Are you a Presbyterian on the hunt for higher education scholarships? The Synod has money for that! Go online to and see if you meet the criteria to apply!
Faithful Innovation Summit
July 24–26, 2019
Luther Seminary in Minneapolis
 “We live in a time of disruptive change—and many of us are unsure where to start or how to lead through uncertainty. The  Faithful Innovation Summit is designed to help you define and address the challenges you’re facing. Gather with fellow Christian leaders and consider what God is calling you to do.”
The Presbytery of the Inland Northwest has been invited to present a case study of their missional transformation this event. Sheryl Kinder Pyle is eager to have some other EPs join them there; contact her for more information, and plan to attend.
Stewardship Kaleidoscope Annual Conference
September 30 to October 2
The annual  Stewardship Kaleidoscope Conference is a great opportunity for congregations to take a deeper dive into stewardship. The program is for pastors and for stewardship committees. Whether you want to refresh your approach or overhaul it, there will be something for you at Stewardship Kaleidoscope. 
Mid Council Financial Network Planning Team
2019 Conference 
November 20-22, 2019 
Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront

This event is a continuing education and training opportunity for synod, presbytery, and church financial persons. We are working with presenters and various others to bring you the most up to date information for this conference.
Save the date - More details will be released soon.
Current Support Ministry Position Openings
Congregations Searching for Support Staff
Children, Youth and Family Ministry - Second Presbyterian

Soprano Section Leader Wanted - Westminster St. Louis

Director Faith Formation and Family Ministries
for Children  - Ladue Chapel