August / 22 / 2023
Our Presbytery - Our Work
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  • Please pray for ... safe travels for Rev. Jimmie Hawkins this week with our presbytery.
  • Please pray for ... pastors who are discerning new calls, approaching retirement, and those who are ministering to inter-congregational struggles.
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Thurs., Aug. 24
Presbytery Gathering
No Meetings Scheduled
Presbytery Hybrid Gathering
Hosted by
LoveJoy United Presbyterian
2550 Rock Hill Rd., Wood River, Illinois
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Thursday, August 24
2 pm - Community Conversations with Book Signing
3:15 - Worship Begins
All are welcome to attend and have a voice, even if not commissioned to a voting role.
Please register, even if you will be joining us on Zoom.
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The link to attend is
If using a Zoom app, enter the Meeting ID: 844 9104 1607
All Welcome to Attend Pre-Gathering Sessions
If your schedule allows, we hope you will join us at one or all of the Pre-Gathering Community Conversations. The topics at each location will be unique and focused on how we may serve our communities through mission and action, as Christ calls

Wednesday, August 23
9 am - Oak Hill Presbyterian
2 pm - Webster Groves Presbyterian
6:30 pm - Third Presbyterian
September Education Evenings
Held Each Thursday on Zoom
We are excited to offer a month of Thursday Education Evenings! Each Thursday evening at 6:30 pm there will be a unique learning experience that can be used in your own church. Please join us!
Stated Clerk Search Deadline Extended to September 24
Please send your letter of interest and resume, Personal Information Form (PIF), or CV to Donna Schiro, [email protected].
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.
Be sure to check out our webpage for information on the search!
Candidates will be requested to fill out supplemental questions upon indication of their interest. Finalists will be notified by October 1st, and interviews will be scheduled on Tuesday, October 17th, and Wednesday, October 18th.
News & Updates
Laurene Chan, a ruling elder at the Presbyterian Church in Chinatown, in San Francisco, believes that being prayerful while preparing a liturgy and practicing its delivery builds confidence and trust in it. She finds that centering herself and praying, “OK, God; use me,” helps her trust that God will use her to do amazing things.
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
Book Signing Success
Julie Nicolai, a member of the Presbytery History Work Group, and author of Enslavement and The Underground Railroad in Missouri And Illinois, had a large crowd at her book signing last night at the eNovel Neighbor Book Store, in Webster Groves. (photos by Leigh Porter)
Real and Lasting Change?
Models that Work to End Poverty
Eradicating Systemic Poverty Through:
Community Organizing, Movement-Building,
and Public Policy Advocacy

Monday, August 28 | 10 AM CT
Guest Speakers Include: Denzel Mitchell, an Associate Organizer from the congregation-based community organization “Richmonders Involved to Strengthen Our Communities” in Richmond, VA, • Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, Director of the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary (NY) and Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign • The Rev. Jimmie R. Hawkins, Director of the Presbyterian Church (USA) Office of Public Witness in Washington D.C. • Moderators of this online event will be Jennifer Evans of the Presbyterian Hunger Program and Rev. Dr. Alonzo Johnson of the Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People
To register to attend this Zoom, click here.
Presbytery Picnic Planned
The Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery Picnic will be hosted by the beautiful Grace Presbyterian Church, on Saturday, September 30. The church is located 105 Bailey Road, Crystal City, MO 63019. We plan for this event to be filled with fellowship, great food, fun for all ages, music, and enjoying this gorgeous church setting. We are hopeful that your church will encourage your congregants to attend!
2023 Presbytery History Tour
Underground Railroad
Friday, October 20th | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Depart and return to Faith Des Peres Presbyterian Church, 11155 Clayton Rd St Louis, MO 63131
Reservations Required. Contact Jan Stanford, 314-638-0195, 9511 Howerton Dr., St Louis MO 63123. Checks payable to: Presbytery of Giddings Lovejoy, Please note the History Tour on the memo line. $85 per person (Includes tour, lunch, and gratuities)
Keep air conditioning temperature at 78 degrees----especially during these hot days of summer!
When functioning, the air conditioning unit pumps warm air into an already warming environment. Even during these very hot days, keep the temperature on your thermostat as high as you can stand it, thus keeping the unit from functioning longer than it needs to. It also saves some money!
This eco message is brought to you by the Earth Care Working Group of the presbytery that monitors the ten Earth Care Congregations of the PC(USA) in the presbytery and advocates for low-income, people of color, and LGBTQ communities that are too often harmed first and most by environmental degradation. Contact: [email protected] or 314-941-9378.
A Place of Grace offers transformational coaching. Having worked specifically with young adults discerning their futures, couples seeking shared goals and stronger relationships, Christian Education committees, Directors of Christian Education, and solo pastors, APOG Pastor, Julie Gvillo, has also worked with the Office of Christian Formation, and the Association of Partners in Christian Education to coach cohorts on Enhancing and Innovating Adult Ministries and Small Church Faith Formation. If you are feeling stuck, coaching may be just the thing to help you move forward. Email Julie to be added to the Coaching Opportunities email list and set up your first coaching appointment today! 
The Association of Partners in Christian Education (APCE) will hold its 2024 Annual Event in St. Louis from January 24th through January 27th at St. Louis Union Station. That's right! APCE AE is coming to ST. LOUIS, and we are SO EXCITED! The Local Committee has been working on this event for the past year, and now we are reaching out to you to ask for your help. We will need volunteers -- LOTS of them -- to provide hospitality to our colleagues in ministry during that week. Right now, we just need to know that you have marked your calendars and that you're willing to be of service. In the fall, we will ask about your availability during the week and your preferences regarding tasks. Please email Julie Gvillo ([email protected]) and Pat Cleeland ([email protected]) together, so we can start compiling a list of resources. Pastors, please put this announcement in your bulletins. This international event is a huge undertaking, and we are counting on the presbytery to help us deliver! Thank you!
Fernclipse: Solar Eclipse
Intergenerational Event
April 6-9, 2024
The Office of Christian Formation of the Presbyterian Mission Agency is partnering with Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center in Little Rock, Arkansas, to offer a four-day, three-night intergenerational Creation care event from April 6-9, 2024, culminating with a total solar eclipse.
Little Rock is expected to experience a little over three minutes and 30 seconds of totality on Monday, April 8, 2024. Guests will gather around 2 p.m. CT for a picnic to experience the historic alignment. The next eclipse is not expected in this hemisphere until 2044.
To learn more about this event, click 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
  • Choir Director and Organist, First Presbyterian, Alton, IL
  • 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