Newsletter
December / 26 / 2018
Merry Christmas
Rev. Dr. Craig M. Howard
Presbytery Leader
“Truly, being your presbytery leader is a gift exchange.”
Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket Update
  • Please pray.... for Elm Street Presbyterian Church, as they end their ministry.
  • Please pray... for Rev. John Higgins as he retires and enters a new phase of his life.

Click on the prayer basket to find our current prayers.
What's Happening? Did you know?

PC(USA) Delegation Reports a ‘Vibrant, Resilient’ Faith among Liberian Presbyterians
by Joshua Heikkila, World Mission West Africa Regional Liaison
  • Outgoing moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Liberia, the Rev. Sando Townsend, has invited the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to walk alongside the Presbyterian Church of Liberia, and U.S. church leaders are taking him up on his offer.
The complete article can be read by clicking here.
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Upcoming Team Meetings
NOTE: Most Ministry Teams will be recessing until January 2019. Please check with your team's moderator for any questions, prior to the January meetings.
Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery Office Holiday Schedule
The office will be closed December 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.
Dec. 27 to Jan. 2

No meetings scheduled
during this time.


Jan. 2 to Jan. 9

Mon., Jan. 7
5 pm - Church Liaisons (Oaks)
Tues., Jan. 8
10 a.m. Finance (Oaks)
1 p.m. Mission/Outreach (Oaks)
4 p.m. - Admin/Support (Oaks)
Uprooting Hunger - 2019 Presbytery Wide Goal
Rural Abundance Core to Justice, Climate And Food: Heartland of the Country
This phrase conjures up images of farmers in red flannel shirts, combines, rich soil, and giant bundles of wheat. While this can still be found, the reality is often less Norman Rockwell. Decrepit barns, empty silos, abandoned mills and boarded-up Main Streets are common. Presbyterian Today’s Donna Jackson writes about how churches are dealing with hunger in rural areas, as three quarters of the counties in the U.S. with the highest rates of food insecurity are rural. Continue to read here.
Uprooting Hunger - Hunger Action Team
The next sixteen months the presbytery will work toward establishing Certified Hunger Action Congregations. This  handoutwill be helpful to your congregation, as we journey together in the year + ahead. If you have any questions, email:  communication@glpby.org
Our Community Connected
Celebration of Ministry
You are all invited to participate in the final worship service of Elm Street Presbyterian Church, which is closing at the end of this year after 99 years of faithful ministry. The service will be on Sunday, December 30, 2018 at 1 p.m., with The Rev. George Humbert preaching. A reception will be held in the fellowship hall immediately after the service. Join us in giving thanks to God for the ministry of Elm Street Church, and join us in prayer for its members and community. The address is 101 W Elm St, Alton, IL 62002.
Retirement Celebration for Rev. John Higgins
The family and friends of the John Knox Presbyterian Church would like to invite you to the retirement celebration of Rev. John Higgins. Pastor John will deliver his last sermon at John Knox on Sunday, December 30, 2018, at 9:30 a.m. ( There will be no Sunday School that morning.)  The John Knox Presbyterian Church is located at 13200 New Halls Ferry Road, Florissant, MO 63033. Directions can be found here. A reception will follow immediately after church. 
Pastor Higgins has served John Knox Presbyterian for 16 1/2 years. The congregation welcomes all to his reception, giving you, the members and friends of the Presbytery the opportunity to say thank you to John, to remember him for his leadership, his friendship, and his love.  
Feed Hungry UKirk College Students
UKirk - Support Presbyterian campus ministry in St. Louis with homemade Sunday dinner! UKirk gathers on Sunday evenings at Trinity Presbyterian - 6800 Washington Ave - for dinner, fellowship, and worship. (We gather to be fed in body and spirit!)
Dinner begins around 7:15 (once students have arrived) and worship begins around 8 p.m.
Full details and to sign up to participate in this ministry, click here.
Installation of
Rev. Alexandra K. Lysdahl
First United Presbyterian Church of Belleville, Illinois has called an Associate Pastor, the Rev. Alexandra K. Lysdahl. Please join us and FUPC - Belleville on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 3 p.m. in welcoming Rev. Lysdahl. Directions found here.
Rev. Dr. Andrew Kasberg Installation at Dardenne Presbyterian
Rev. Dr. Andrew Kasberg, left, in prayer wtih Presbytery Moderator, Rev. Pat Gruber, during the Installation service.
Rev. Kasberg has been with Dardenne and the presbytery for many years, and we now welcome him into his new leadership role.
Complete List of Educational Opportunities: Found Here
Tour Israel & Palestine
The Interfaith Partnership is pleased to offer a spiritual and educational journey through the land which contains some of the holiest sites of the Baha'i, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim faiths, meeting with active and engaged Israelis and Palestinians working cooperatively in diverse projects.
Complete details can be found here.
Religion in the Age of Trump
Dr. James K Wellman, Jr. Professor of American Religion , Culture and Politics, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, will offer a variety of presentations in Lawrence during the week of March 24-26, 2019.
For more information contact:Kent Winters-Hazelton at kent@firstpreslawrence.org
Current Support Ministry Position Openings
Congregations Searching for Support Staff
Church Accountant/Bookkeeper - Second Presbyterian Ministry Associate - UKirk St. Louis
Interim Director of Christian Education - Ladue Chapel
Choral Conductor - Westminster, St. Louis
Church Office/Facilities Manager ∙ St. Mark Presbyterian
Communications Coordinator ∙Webster Groves Presbyterian