July /11/ 2023
2023 Youth Summer Challenge
"When God stirs something in them, we want to be there to provide them with opportunities to express those visions in positive and constructive ways. We can mentor them and trust them – and together with them we can build an incredible future!..."
Blog Post by:
Ruling Elder, Jolene Patterson
Children and Youth Workgroup
Dynamic Leaders
Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket

  • Please pray for ... Rev. Thirza Sayers as she has health challenges
  • Please pray for... for Giddings-Lovejoy Youth and the Summer Challenge
Quick Connect
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Help Wanted
Upcoming Ministry Team Meetings
This Week
Next Week
Thurs., July 13
9:30 am History Team (Southminster)
1 pm Gather Planning Click Here
6:30 pm COM Click Here

Thurs., July 20
10 am Public Witness Click Here
Many Ministry Teams will Recess in July. Please reach out to your team's moderator, to confirm your teams meeting schedule.
Our Stated Clerk Search Is Live!
The Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy is seeking a part-time Stated Clerk who will join our staff in November of this year!
Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and resume, Personal Information Form (PIF), or CV to Donna Schiro,
Please include your name in the subject line of your email and title all documents in the upper left corner with your first and last name. There will also be the opportunity to provide written responses to supplemental questions that will be extended to candidates upon application. Your letter of interest and documents must be received by July 24, 2023. Finalists will be notified by August 1, and interviews will be conducted on August 10 and 11, 2023.
Check out our new webpage for information on the search!
News & Updates

  • 2023-2024 CALENDARS. The cost will be $10/each.
  • 2024 Books of Order. The cost will be $8/each
  • There will be shipping fees if you would like these mailed to you.
We anticipate that these will arrive in early fall, if not earlier, but do not have an exact date. Reserve either or both by emailing, Office Manager, Leigh Porter at
DRAWP Summer Book Study Announced
DRAWP is pleased to announce the 2023 summer book group! The group will meet for 7 weeks (each Wednesday) via Zoom starting July 19, 2023, with the final gathering in person. This year we will be reading "What Kind of Christianity" by William Yoo.

The book is currently on sale at the PCUSA Store for $19.50
(Regular Price: $30.00). Click Here for Ordering Details
If you are planning to be part of the group read this summer, order yours today and receive 35% off the list price!
WANTED: Committed Participants for Fall
A Place of Grace is gearing up for
three new fall offerings:

  1. Worship and Wonder for seniors dealing with memory challenges and their caregivers as a means to help connect prior memories to the present moment.
  2. Worship and Wonder for families eager to learn faith language and the stories of scripture in a gentle and loving way.
  3. Selah retreats for those who love to write communal prayers and accompany those prayers with embodied movement and music
Church Financial Leadership Grants Available Now
If you are a pastor, commissioned ruling elder (CRE), a leader of a 1001 New Worshiping Community or a member of a stewardship team we have Church Financial Leadership Grants available for you. The grants will enable you to institute best practices for church financial leadership, introduce you to new models of giving and stewardship, and offer you new ways to talk about money and form generous disciples within your church.
Uni-Pres Kindercottage Fundraiser
Laugh Out Loud Christian Comedy
Saturday, August 26
Show time starts @ 6:30pm
115 W B St, Belleville, IL 62220, St. Paul UCC
Volunteer Opportunities at St. Luke’s Hospital
St. Luke's Hospital seeks dedicated adult volunteers with weekday availability to work in our Gift Shop and to serve as Wayfinders assisting patients and visitors on our campus in Chesterfield. Adult volunteers at St. Luke’s serve one shift per week on a consistent day, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Please call St. Luke’s Hospital Volunteer Office at (314) 542-4768 or visit our
website: St. Luke's Hospital Volunteer Program | Adult Volunteer Program ( to learn more about these opportunities.
Releasing July 31st from Our Own Julie Nicolai
Enslavement and The Underground Railroad in Missouri And Illinois
The Path to Freedom in Missouri and Illinois…
People enslaved here experienced the same horrors as those held captive in other states, and their stories of courage and perseverance are amazing. Priscilla Baltimore purchased her own emancipation and founded a freedom village. Caroline Quarlls escaped to Canada. Many who fled for their lives spent time bunkered in the basement of Hanson House. The region's Congregationalists brought a fiery. brand of abolitionism. And Prairie Park still holds the faded "haint" blue paint traditionally used on slave dwellings. Author Julia Nicolai details these and other adjective stories.
The book is available for pre-order by clicking here.
The New Horizons Presbyterian Church will be hosting a Craft & Vendor Fair on Saturday, November 4th, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. We are looking for crafters and vendors to join us! For more information and/or to request an application, please call (314) 427-0841 or e-mail us at Applications will be accepted beginning on July 1st, 2023. Registration Deadline is September 15th, 2023. New Horizons Presbyterian Church is located at 9424 Everman Ave. in Overland, Missouri.
✓ Higher Education Scholarship App.
✓ 3 Essay Questions
✓ Session Endorsement Form
✓ Letter of Support from the Clerk of Session or Pastor
✓ Completed IRS W-9 Form
✓ Deadline August 1st
About The Scholarship
Funds are available for Presbyterians to use for higher education. Scholarships can be used for any accredited institution of higher learning (including trade schools and graduate study programs.)
Scholarships are awarded per school year and are renewable with application annually. Open to active Presbyterians within the Synod of Mid-America, and whose church membership qualifies as reported on December 31, 2022.
Kansas—total of 100 members or less Missouri—total of 50 members or less
Applicants will be judged on financial need, academic achievement, and involvement in the local church, school, and community. Scholarship recipients will be notified by August 31, 2023.
For more information visit
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
  • Chaplains, St. Lukes Hospital, Chesterfield, MO
  • Contemporary Worship Band Leader, First Presbyterian, Kirkwood, MO
  • (PT) Coordinator Christian Education - Southminster Presbyterian, Crestwood, 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