July / 16 / 2019
“At each step of the way they shared how they had to make tough decisions, and each time God provided, and they stuck together.”

Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket Update

  • Please pray... for First Presbyterian Church - Sullivan,in thanksgiving for 165 years of ministry, and for strength and support of their new children's ministry.
  • Please pray.... for those who feel called to participate in the the Road to Reconciliation with the Dismantling Racism and Privilege Team, as they prepare their hearts and minds for this journey.

Click on the prayer basket to find our current prayers.
Presbyterian Youth Triennium
This Week

Presbyterian Youth Triennium staff and volunteers prepared for the Tuesday arrival of thousands of young people by worshiping together Monday evening and then remembering their baptisms and God’s unceasing mercy in a unique way.

Keep these youth and adult volunteers in your prayers this week, and when they return embrace their enthusiasm and allow them to share their faith stories.

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2019-2020 Planning Calendars
(August Arrival)
Reserve yours now, by calling or emailing
Leigh Porter at
Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy
Application for Nomination
224th General Assembly
June 20-27, 2020 | Baltimore, Maryland
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: July 18 to July 24

Thurs., July 18
6:30 p.m. - CPM (Ladue)
Mon., July 22
11 a.m.- Social Witness (Oaks)
1 p.m. - DRAP (Ladue)
Week of: July 25 to July 31

No Meetings Scheduled
at this time.
Some Ministry Teams will be in recess the month of July. If your team is not listed, or you are unsure of your meeting schedule, please reach out to the moderator of your team.
Session Records Review
is Coming Soon! Save the Date!

Session Records Review Resource may be found here.
If you have questions, please contact Rev. Joy Myers, Stated Clerk, at or by calling 314-772-2395.

  • Saturday, August 10 - 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at New Hope Presbyterian
St. Charles, Missouri - Directions Here

  • Saturday, September 14 - 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian
Sullivan, Missouri - Directions Here

  • Saturday, September 21 - 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Oak Hill Presbyterian
St. Louis, Missouri - Directions Here.
Uprooting Hunger - 2019 Presbytery Wide Goal
New Hope Presbyterian Church

New Hope’s Earth Care Garden is growing like crazy! In two weeks' time they have harvested six pounds of zucchini, twenty-five pounds of tomatoes and nine pounds of bell peppers. They are ahead of last year, so far!! Everything they grow goes to OASIS Food Pantry, which allows their patrons the option of fresh produce.

Does your congregation have a garden? Share a photo with us!
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.
We celebrate, in thankgiving, our 11 Certified and 17 Covenanting Congregations for their dedication to eradicating hunger in their communities!
Ministry Team Updates
PC(USA) Book of Order
2019/2021 Download
A downloadable PDF version of the Book of Order, now available. You may click here for direct link to download to your PC, tablet or other mobile device.
This book is Part II of the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and contains the Foundations of Presbyterian Polity, the Form of Government, the newly approved Directory for Worship, and the Rules of Discipline. Additional information is provided to the reader through the inclusion of Received Ecumenical Statements of Guidance and Articles of Agreement.
If you prefer to have the book in a print version, please find the link to order that version here.
Church Service Locations Needed
2MIPeople Ministries is looking for some venues for a series of Sunday evening pop up church services we would like to host this fall. Please contact us if you are a progressive church with a parking lot and some free programming space/time from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Sundays. We will set up, clean up, lock up: .
On the Road to Reconciliation
October 18 to 21
The Dismantling Racism and Privilege (DRAP) Team of the Presbytery welcome you to join them on the Road to Reconciliation, as they travel to the National Memorial for Peace and Justice ad Legacy in Montgomery, Alabama.
Registration is limited to 50 - Currently 42 requests for participation.
Hurry - Applications due by August 1.
Congregational/Event Happenings
Red Cross Blood Drive
Red Cross Blood Drive Thursday, July 18 from noon to 6:00 p.m. at Jerseyville First Presbyterian Church. There will be a St. Louis Cardinals t-shirt give away as long as they last. There is a great need for blood so please consider donating. Schedule your donation time here. The directions to the church can be found here.
Whitewater Presbyterian Church
Annual Picnic
July 20 | 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

On a June day 187 years ago, 13 people gathered under a tree on the bank of Whitewater Creek on the old Farmington-Jackson road about a mile east of Heitman's Mill. That was the first official meeting of what is now Whitewater Presbyterian Church in Sedgewickville, Missouri.
This year marks 187 years of ministry and they would love for you to join them at their annual picnic.
Maryland Heights Presbyterian Closing Sale
Fri., July 26 | 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sat., July 27 | 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Maryland Heights Presbyterian Church, located at 200 Harding Ave, Maryland Heights, will be closing soon and need to clear out the building of decor and more. Directions may be found here. Some items include Christmas décor, including trees, quilting and craft supplies, table and kitchenware, bedding, books, TV, air conditioner, folding chairs, and other furniture, toys and much more. A list of items is available here.
Boeuff Presbyterian Church
160th Anniversary Celebration
Sun., July 28 | 10:30 a.m.
The church is located at
407 S. Pine St., in Gerald, Missouri.
Directions may be found here.
Red Cross Blood Drive
Second Annual Blood Drive at First United Presbyterian Church, Belleville, on Sunday July 28, Noon-4 pm! Schedule your appointment to donate now! Go to  and enter FPC into the "Find a Blood Drive" box. Directions to the church may be found here.
Family Fun Weekend
August 9th - 11th
First Presbyterian - Sullivan

Yee-Haw Family Adventure as they stampede through the wild frontier and celebrate God’s greatest gift of all—Jesus! Learn more here.
Be SMART for Kids
Webster Groves Presbyterian Church
Sun., Aug. 11 | 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Come early and enjoy brunch! 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

What is Be SMART? The Be SMART framework is designed to help parents and adults normalize conversations about gun safety and take responsible actions.
Maryland Heights Presbyterian Church
Celebration of Ministry & Final Service
Sun., Aug. 11 at 2 p.m.
The final service, in celebration of the many years of ministry and mission, for Maryland Heights Presbyterian Church will be held on Sunday, August 11 beginning at 2:00 pm. Everyone from across the Presbytery is invited to participate with the congregation as the Presbytery officially closes their ministry. Directions may be found here.
Complete List of Educational Opportunities: Found Here
A Religious Perspective on Carbon Pricing
Webinar | Wed., July 31 at 11 a.m. (Central)
As the impacts of climate change continue to worsen, Congress is stepping up its consideration of policies that will address our contribution to climate change and support communities suffering its effects. This webinar will provide a faith-based perspective on one such proposal: carbon pricing. 
Join us for an overview of the goals of carbon pricing and how it works; how faith communities are engaging with carbon pricing; the specific questions that religious organizations are using to evaluate carbon pricing legislation; and an overview of the current bills in Congress. 
"Ending Violence in America"
Beloved Community UMC.
August 9th-10th

The purpose of the conference is to bring the faith community together, cross denominational, to join hands in an effort to reduce violence, particularly domestic violence and other forms of violence as "America's Peacemakers Against Violence". There will be training and workshops on how to implement faith based models of violence prevention and intervention, as an extension from your church into communities near your church. Models of faith based domestic violence and Prison Reentry Programs, as well as other training on faith based violence prevention program models. 
Learn more about the presenter here and registration information can be found here .
Stewardship Kaleidoscope Annual Conference
September 30 to October 2
San Diego, California
Stewardship Kaleidoscope is an annual conference offering excellent plenary speakers, informative workshop leaders, provocative worship experiences, and incredible networking opportunities for all who are passionate about stewardship and generosity. Drawing leaders from across the Lutheran Church (ELCA) and the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) and beyond, Stewardship Kaleidoscope is designed to help participants explore stewardship, in its many colorful dimensions!
More information found here | Registration can be found here.
The Art of Transitional Ministry
Princeton Theological Seminary
October 7–11
Leading a congregation through transition is challenging and rewarding. Whether it is a change in leadership or a changing neighborhood, it takes knowledge, skill, and spiritual strength to navigate the waters of transition in a way that allows a congregation and its leaders to thrive. The Art of Transitional Ministry offers training in the skills and understanding necessary for leading a congregation in transition. There are two week-long courses of study. Both weeks are being offered concurrently.
Co Inspire
Liberating Imagination, Eviscerating Racism
October 7–10, 2019 | Montreat

In the beginning, God breathed on humankind to animate our existence. Our breath is our life-force, but the air we breathe can restore our life or kill us. We are living in a world where the sins of racism infect the very air we breathe. What happens when we pay attention to how much breath we give to scarcity, competition, and fear? What happens when we choose to focus our breath on giving oxygen to liberate our imaginations for a world where the air is full of abundance, hope, and equity?
Current Support Ministry Position Openings
Part-Time Ministry Assistant - Westminster St. Louis

Church Choir Accompanist - St. Mark Presbyterian

Children, Youth and Family Ministry - Second Presbyterian