May / 26 / 2020
Online Presbytery Gathering
Our next two presbytery gatherings will be online. The first will be on Saturday June 13 and the second will be August 27.
Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket

  • Please pray for... for those ill and those vulnerable to COVID-19, the departed, and all essential workers
  • Please pray for... children who are vulnerable to a parent's stress in these difficult days of quarantine.
  • Please pray for...those battling non-COVID19 illness or approaching the end of life.
  • Please pray for...those navigating the financial strain of this virus
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Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy
Upcoming Team Meetings
NOTE: In light of the Covid-19 Pandemic, meetings will be restricted to Zoom or conference call. If you are unsure how to participate, please contact your team moderator, or call the office 314-772-2395, and select Leigh Porter, Office Manager.
Presbytery Upcoming Virtual Meetings
Wed., May 27
12pm - Clerks of Session - Click Here
Thur., May 28
11am - Presbyterian Women - Click Here
Mon., June 1
11am - Dynamic Leaders - Moderator sending link
12pm - Newer Teaching Elders - Click Here
Wed., June 3
12pm - Interim/Transitional Pastors - Click Here
Thurs., June 4
12pm - All Pastors - Click Here
3pm - Gathering Planning - Click Here
Reminders will be sent the evening before, with Zoom link and call-in information. We look forward to seeing you!
Presbytery - Called to Gather
Saturday, June 13 | 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

There will be a Presbyter Gathering held virtually, using Zoom on June 13. This meeting, and official call notice, with support material, will be soon be sent to commissioners and placed on our website. Save the date & share with your congregation. All are invited and encouraged to attend.
Becoming Matthew 25
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How Do We Engage Socially Distancing and still participate in Mission & Ministry?
Click Flyer Below to See Our Presbytery
Matthew 25 Work in a Pandemic
Send us your stories of how your congregation is maintaining congregational vitality during this pandemic. Send stories to Office Manager, Leigh Porter at
News & Activities
Acts 2: Coming of the Holy Spirit,
Pentecost Video
Inspired to nurture creativity, serve with imagination, and bring some light and joy to the malaise of the pandemic, Light for the Darkness has created a Pentecost video  on Vimeo or dropbox, including a selected reading of Acts 2. If you would like to share our video with your congregation, it would be amazing if you would support our artist, composer, and videographer. However, if you like the video and have already committed those funds to feeding other hungry folks, please go ahead and share the video.
To support Light for the Darkness, send a check, with the memo:
Light, to:Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy, 1001 Craig Rd, Ste 170, St. Louis, MO 63146. 
Peace, joy, and health be with you,
Thirza Sayers, Light for the Darkness, servant leader, Hillside Presbyterian, pastor
COVID-19 and the Digital
Transformation of the Church
FREE Webinar - Friday, May 29
Presbyterian Christopher Lim, co-founder and CEO of Seattle-based  TheoTech , wants to help church leaders — technologically — in a post-coronavirus world.
Lim is helping to organize an online educational event for church leaders and technologists to discuss the theology of technology. “COVID-19 and the Digital Transformation of the Church,” will be held from 1 p.m. through 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, with a break from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time. The free virtual summit, hosted by  Seattle Pacific University , is being funded through a grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust.  Learn more   and  register for the summit .
Pentecost Offering Taken Until May 31
Nurturing the faith of those who are the church to come
A gift to the Pentecost Offering helps the church encourage, develop, and support its young people, and also address the needs of at-risk children. 40% of the Pentecost offering can be retained by individual congregations wanting to make an impact in the lives of young people within their own community. The remaining 60% is used to support children-at-risk, youth, and young adults through ministries of the Presbyterian Mission Agency.
Consider giving if you are able - Click here for details
Day of Pentecost Bell Ringing
The Episcopal Diocese of Missouri invite their Presbyterian siblings to join with their congregations in ringing church bells on Sunday, May 31 at 12 p.m. (Noon) in honor of those who have died from COVID-19 and in thanksgiving for the essential workers who have kept things going during this time.
Mission Co-Workers Update
Chenoa Stock
Quarantine greetings to you desde Peru! With our Peruvian partners and the world on our hearts during these unknown and challenging times, we share our newsletter with you.
Paula Cooper
I pray that all is well with you and yours during these days of navigating uncharted waters with God’s help!
I greet you in the name of our Risen Savior, Jesus, the Christ, from Lusaka, Zambia.
Technology Grants Now Available

We need technology now more than ever. There are grants available to help your congregation in acquiring what you need to get your congregation on the technology track    
Summer 2020
Mission &
Outreach Team
Grant Applications

You can find the application and details about the grants    Click here.
More details will be found in this Friday's newsletter.
Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy
Emergency Relief Plan
Purpose: To provide emergency support for congregations experiencing proven financial hardship due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Finance Team has been authorized to approve emergency grants up to $10,000. Find more information by  c licking here.
2020 Mission Opportunities
Mission Team at Woodlawn Chapel
Seeking Coupons
The Coupon Club shops each week for a local food pantry, Circle of Concern in Valley Park, Missouri, by combining church donations, coupons and grocery sales to stretch our dollars. With the Covid-19 shutdown, our coupon donations are way down -- normally our members drop these off each week at church. Can you help?
We shop each week to meet pantry needs, but normally we focus on non-perishable food items:
Cereal • Pasta Sauce • Pasta • Jelly • Peanut Butter • Canned Pasta • Canned Fruit • Dinner Helpers • Mac & Cheese • Snacks, i.e., fruit snacks, granola bars, Pop Tarts, crackers, chips • Laundry Detergent
If you have any of these coupons at home, please mail them to: Coupon Club, Woodlawn Chapel, 16520 Clayton Rd., Wildwood, MO 63011.
Current Support Ministry Position Openings
Interim Pastor - John Calvin Presbyterian

Dir. of Youth Ministries - 4th Presbyterian, Greenville, SC

Executive Director of Child-Care Center

Called Pastor - Faith DesPeres Presbyterian