August / 16 / 2022
Self-Care: The Key to Healthy Living
Understanding What Self-Care is and Why You Need It
"So, you’ve been told time and time again that self-care is key to a healthy life – but what does that really mean? The truth is, there IS no one right way to care for yourself!"
Blog Post by Lisa Chestnut
Member of Third Presbyterian Church
Owner of 
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Upcoming Ministry Team Meetings
This Week
Next Week
Thur., Aug. 18
9 am - Public Witness-Click Here

Mon., Aug. 22
12 pm - Rural Pastors Click Here
Wed., Aug. 24
10 am - HR Pastors-Click Here
Stated Presbytery Gathering
Thursday, August 25 | 3 p.m.

Hybrid Hosted by New Hope Presbyterian
Saint Peters, Missouri

All Are Welcome!!!
Congratulations to Rev. William "Bill Vincent"
as the now Installed Pastor of
First Presbyterian-Union and Pacific Presbyterian Churches
Upcoming Commissionings
Pastor Kathi Kraus
Pastor Ron Koppleman
Commissioning Service 
Saturday, August 20 at 2:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church
285 E Springfield Rd.
Sullivan, MO 63080
Commissioning Service 
Sunday, September 4 at 10 am
Boeuff Presbyterian Church
 407 S Pine St.
Gerald, MO 63037
PC(USA) at Work
PDA responds to Kentucky Flooding
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance National Response Team members recently visited areas of Eastern Kentucky impacted by devastating late July floods to offer support and help plan long-term recovery efforts. Learn how you can support PDA's response here:
August 25
Have student loan debt? If you've worked at a non-profit organization, you may be eligible for Public Service Loan Forgiveness! The PC(USA) is offering debt advising and document preparation to all PC(USA) leaders and free webinars for anyone with student loan debt.
Act now! The Limited Opportunity waiver expires soon! Learn more about what the PC(USA) can do to help at our next webinar on August 25th. Sign up here:
In the next episode of the Being Matthew 25 Livestream, we look at how our youth and young adults are not only engaging with Matthew 25 but serving as a point of energy and leading their congregations in this journey. Join us live on Thursday, August 18 at 1 p.m. ET, 12 p.m. Central, 10 a.m. PT on Facebook and YouTube.
News & Updates
FREE Organ Concert
Featuring John S. Dixon
Sunday, August 28th at 4 pm

Reception to follow
Dardenne Presbyterian Church
7400 S. Outer 364 Dardenne Prairie, MO
Third Presbyterian Golf Club Donation
Third Presbyterian Church continues to live out its mission by being a resource provider to the community by donating 11 sets of golf clubs to Urban Golf of Greater St Louis. UGOLFSTL is an organization focused on preparing youth in urban St. Louis to be successful beyond high school and exposing them to the game of golf.
Pictured here is Jerome Harris Jr CEO and Rev Cedric A Portis - Pastor
PW Bible Drive for Hospitals

The Presbyterian Women of Giddings Lovejoy are sponsoring a Bible Drive to support the Barnes Jewish Hospital Spiritual Care Service. From now thru August 31, 2022, we will be collecting NEW non-King James bibles for their Chaplains to distribute as needed. The Chaplains requested non-King James bible translations as they are exposed to a lot of different people and would like to provide alternative translations, particularly to those new to the Christian faith. The bibles need to be new due to hospital protocols. The hospital is concerned about germs and any allergens associated with used/gently used bibles. Let's face it, the times we live in (Covid-19) are also a concern.
The attached flyer provides information on the ways you can help support this cause! Let's continue to show our community how Presbyterian Women show up and support a worthy cause! Click Here for Flyer
Tips for Caring for God's Amazing Creation: 
Green your Church Grounds
One way of caring for Mother Earth is to make sure your grounds are environmentally sustainable. Stop using fossil-fuel based fertilizers as well as chemical pesticides, including herbicides. Plant plants that are native to the area. Plant a garden.
'TIPS' is brought to you by the Earth Care Work Group of the presbytery. Contact: or 314-941-9378 with questions or comments.
St. Andrews Charitable Foundation
18th Annual Ageless Remarkable
Saint Louisans Gala
Recognizing Impactful Seniors While Supporting Seniors in Need
Saturday, October 1st

One of those amazing seniors is our own, Diane McCullough
St. Andrew’s Charitable Foundation will host their 18th Ageless Remarkable Saint Louisans Gala honoring 11 inspirational Ageless Saint Louisans. The October 1st gala is at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis Downtown at the Arch. All funds raised will provide low-income local seniors with vital programs and services so they can live safely, independently, and healthy in their homes.
Each year a new “class” of Ageless Remarkable Saint Louisans age 70 years or better, who are actively making a tremendous impact in St. Louis through philanthropy, volunteerism, and leadership are nominated. These inspiring individuals are proof that, at any age, anyone can make a difference in our community and in the lives of others.
August 2022 Linkletter
If you are a woman and member of any Presbyterian Church within the bounds of the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy, you are a GLPby Presbyterian Woman.
New Commissioned Pastor Class Forming
A Commissioned Pastor is a ruling elder in the Presbytery who, once training is complete, is eligible for limited pastoral services. Commissioned Pastors may, for example, moderate the session of a congregation to which they are commissioned, administer sacraments, and officiate at marriages where permitted by law.
Many current Commissioned Pastors in the presbytery serve as sole pastors of smaller congregations. Others use their training to strengthen leadership roles in their home churches and throughout the presbytery generally.
Many candidates for the Commissioned Pastor Program complete their training while also employed full-time.
2022 Tech Grants 
 The Vision Team, at its June meeting, approved releasing $16,000 to fund another round of tech grants. Congregations are invited to complete the application linked HERE which includes pertinent details. Grants are given to congregations seeking to establish or expand their online ministries. Please contact Liz Kanerva, Associate Presbytery Leader, if you have questions not answered on the application form. 
Education Month
The Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy has offered educational opportunities for church support ministries within our boundaries, pre-pandemic, and we are pleased to announce we have planned new educational experiences for our presbytery members this year. 

This September, each Thursday evening at 6:30 pm, we welcome you to join us in learning how to answer the call in some of the support ministries and missions of your church. If you are newly answering a call to serve, exploring answering your nominating committee, or just want a refresh of the call, please join us.
All sessions will be conducted online, using Zoom.
Registration is required and can be found below. 
We provide scholarships and grants for educational programming, workshops, and seminary study to ordained pastors, commissioned pastors, and church program leaders.
Federal Student Loan Relief for Pastors

The Synod of Mid-America wants you to know that relief is available! Apply soon because this offer expires on October 31.
More information can be obtained here:

The form is here:
Called to Serve? We Need You!
Have You Considered Presbytery Service?
There are many ministry team positions available in the coming year, and we just know you would be a good fit for a committee or commission
Please fill out and return the form below.
GLPby App Form (Word) | GLPby App Form (fillable PDF)
Current Support Ministry Position Openings
Worship Musician/Coordinator -Westminster Presbyterian StLouis, MO

Part-Time Pastor - Rock Presbyterian, Imperial, MO

Secretary/Office Administrator -John Knox Presbyterian, Florissant, MO

Part-time custodian - Second Presbyterian Church, St. Louis, MO

(PT) Coordinator Christian Education - Southminster Presbyterian, Crestwood, MO

Church Office Manager - St. Mark Presbyterian, Ballwin, MO

Organist/Accompanist - First Presbyterian - Cape Girardeau, MO

Music Director - Glendale Presbyterian Church, Glendale, MO

Head of Music - First United Presbyterian, Collinsville, IL

Off Hours Help Needed? Contacts Found Below
Rev. Ryan Landino
Presbytery Leader

Rev. Liz Kanerva
Presbytery Leader
Rev. Joy Myers
Stated Clerk

Leigh Porter
Office Manager
Janice McMillen
Communications Associate