September / 15 / 2020
Know Justice. Know Peace.
"Justice is the cross to bear."

Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket

  • Please pray for... the members of First Presbyterian - Fredericktown as they prepare for their final service this Sunday.
  • Please pray for...peace and patience with one another, as we struggle with so many challenging medical, social and political issues at this time.
  • Please pray ... for students, teachers, administrators and support staff as school restarts (digitally and in person)
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Support Ministry
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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
This Week
Next Week
Thurs., Sept. 17
10am - Social Witness- Click Here
4pm -Vision Team - Click Here
Mon., Sept. 21
12pm - New Teaching Elders - Click Here
Wed., Sept. 23
12pm - Interim/Transitional- Click Here
Clerks of Session, Personnel, Treasurers & Pastors
Board of Pensions is providing a Benefits Webcast to highlight the 2021 Benefits Plan. Our Board of Pensions, Rev. Kevin Keaton, is offering the following one hour webinar to go over changes and answer any questions you might have. Please add one of these dates to your schedule.
To better serve congregations in the our region, Kevin will be offering four webinars on the following dates:
  • Wednesday, September 16 at 7:00 pm CDT
  • Wednesday, September 23 at 2:00 pm CDT
  • Thursday, September 24 at 10:00 am CDT
Those interested in participating are asked to send a request to him at so that h may provide them with a GoToMeeting link and advance materials. Link can be shared with those in your congregation that might find this information helpful.
Ministry Team Highlights
Presbytery History Team Highlights
Berea (now Berea Curby) Presbyterian
Mary Jane Thompson, a former enslaved person, started teaching Scripture and writing and reading to African American children in the basement of Washington-Compton Presbyterian Church in the 1890s. It soon became a mission church and, in 1898, was organized as the Leonard Avenue Presbyterian Church by the Presbytery of St. Louis. In 1908, the congregation hired its first full-time pastor, Selden Parr, who moved the church to Pine Street and named it Berea Presbyterian Church. It again moved, this time to Compton Heights, in the early 1900s. Berea described itself as, “an all-black congregation, surrounded by a deteriorating all-black residential area.” Mixed income housing was constructed where urban renewal projects demolished neighborhoods. As white residents moved in, Berea’s pastor, Carl Dudley, opened the church to both the black and white communities. Its Christian Conscience Committee advocated for social justice, provided shelter to people not welcome elsewhere and hosted desegregation training for pastors.
The Berea Presbyterian, now Berea Curby Presbyterian, was featured by the Presbyterian Historical Society in 2016. That article can be found here.
Tip for Caring for God's Wonderful Creation
Install energy-efficient lighting
Use energy-saving compact flouorescent (CF) lightbulbs in your home, your church, your office, and your school. They now come in a range of sizes, shapes, and color tones and use up to 80% less energy and last 10 times as long as the old incandescent lightbulb. LED's (light emitting diodes) are even more efficient and long lasting. And you save lots of money over the long run.
TIPS are brought to you by the Earth Care Team of presbytery composed of representatives of 8 Earth Care Congregations and Mound Ridge Camp and Conference Center. For more info on becoming an Earth Care Congregation in the PC(USA) contact: or (314) 941-9378.
News & Activities
Installation Celebration Honoring Rev. Melanie Smith
Sunday, September 20 | 4:30-6:00 p.m. (drop-in any time)
Ladue Chapel Parking Lot
 Seoul Taco food truck! (purchase your own food)
Ice cream truck! (compliments of the church)
 Wear masks | Health waivers distributed to sign upon arrival
Church building closed
We need to keep numbers to no more than 50 at one time (socially distanced), so we plan to keep guests flowing in and out."
First Presbyterian - Fredericktown
The final worship service for First Presbyterian Church, Fredericktown, will be held on Sunday, September 20, at 3:00 pm at the church. THE IN-PERSON EVENT IS BY INVITATION ONLY. Social distancing will be followed and masks will be required. A video recording of the final worship service will be posted on G-L Presbytery’s website and a link will be included in the Presbytery newsletter for a few weeks after the service for anyone interested to view.
Faith & Fiction
In these pandemic reading can be a means for “being” in another place for a while. Fiction has the ability not only to tell a story, but also to speak to matters of truth. If you are interested in joining with others in a zoom book discussion group focused on “Faith and Fiction” contact me, Rev. Karen Blanchard, at and we will select a mutually agreeable time beginning in October. We will begin with Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger and select other books together
Please reach out…
Whether you are a pastor, CLP, elder, staff, member, or visitor, Light for the Darkness invites you to talk one-on-one or with our group to share thoughts, insights and struggles. Being connected with others, especially in this time of limited contacts, can be helpful and becoming part of Light for the Darkness may be a good fit for you. Being in conversation with those who understand what you are going through can help to ease the challenges of anxiety and depression and feelings of isolation.  
Light for the Darkness offers a safe place to reach out whether as a starting point, as a place to receive information on mental health and support resources that are available, or as a place to connect to others feeling similarly.  It is our hope that you will find our group a helpful way for you to explore where God is in the midst of these challenging times with others who are feeling sim. 
We meet Mondays at 7pm via Zoom
Contact me about this group or to speak one-on-one, Thirza Sayers, 404.313.4549,
Get Ready to Vote: Early,
By Mail, or In Person! 
 Election Day is Tuesday, November 3 
You must be registered to vote. You can check to see if you are registered to vote, Missouri, here, and in Illinois, here. If not you may register to vote online in Missouri here and in Illinois, here.
Be a prepared and knowledgeable voter - See your voting options here
A Note from Leigh & Janice....
Did you know we are notaries? We want to help you vote safely! Call or email us and set up an appointment to meet with one of us.
2020 CROP Hunger Walk Update
The ongoing pandemic has necessitated the decision that the 2020 St. Louis CROP Hunger Walk be all-virtual. For possible ways to participate (or donate) as an individual or a congregation, please see and/or contact Clint McCann at or 314-619-0599. To facilitate the formation of a virtual CROP community, the 4th Annual CROP Concert will be broadcast on Sunday, October 25 at 7:00 p. m., probably as a Facebook Live Premier event. This concert will also be the 9th Annual Eden Seminary Festival of Psalms, featuring Richard Bruxvoort Colligan and a host of other excellent musicians. For updates, check the local CROP website (above) or Due to the pandemic, the need is even greater than usual; so please consider how you can support CROP/Church World Service!
Technology Grants - Wave 2
When COVID-19 began to spread across the United States, Giddings-Lovejoy congregations responded in amazing ways to continue their worship and ministries. I am in awe. Congregations have stretched themselves beyond what they thought they were capable of doing. As I like to say, the building may be closed, but the church is not! 
Please submit your grant request to Note in the subject line Second Wave Grant.
In your request, include the church’s name and address, contact person and email address, and what the grant will be used for.  
By the way, First Wave Grants are still available. Please contact Liz Kanerva at the above email for more information.
What a wonderful time to order "Presbyterians Care" T-shirts, sweatshirts or hoodies as a congregation! They might be worn for a church-wide "Presbyterians Care" DAY, for worship, for a neighborhood mission outing, as a youth group or just for fun. 
·        What is the minimum number per order? 
50 T-Shirts or 10 Hoodies or 10 Sweatshirts - you might contact another church to help you complete an order.
  • How do I place an order? 
  1. Appoint a T-Shirt Coordinator
  2. He/she will contact Leigh Porter at the Presbytery office for an order form. Please keep your original to know who gets what when they arrive as the T-Shirt Coordinator will distribute all t-shirts ordered for your congregation as well as collect all payment to send one check for the full order.
  3. Mail to Leigh Porter at the Presbytery Office your church's whole order and ONE Check to pay for the whole order (NOT tax-deductible). 
  • What if I ordered a t-shirt/sweatshirt/hoodie and have not yet received it? Call Leigh Porter at the Presbytery office to let us know.
  • How Long will it take to get my order? Due to COVID, it may take 4-5 weeks, though hopefully less.
  • Where will my order be sent? The Presbytery Office - we will call your T-Shirt Coordinator to come and pick them up there.
Education & Training Opportunities
FREE - Held Virtually September 19 & 26
In an ongoing effort to create a more diverse and inclusive denomination, the Presbyterian Intercultural Network and the Presbyterian Mission Agency, in partnership with the presbyteries of Sacramento and Stockton and Charlottewill host the 2020 Intercultural Transformation Workshops.
The free workshops will be held from 1 p.m. through 3 p.m. Eastern Time on Sept. 19 and 26. All participants must register in advance. Find more information about this event here.
September 22, 29th and October 6th

The Kaleidoscope conference is just around the corner and it is one of the best conferences the PC(USA) offers. Ruling Elders, Teaching Elders, stewardship chairs, and church treasurers will find the resources and workshops invaluable.
The conference is online and spread out over several weeks making it easier than ever to participate especially our lay leadership. Furthermore you can’t beat this year’s registration fee of $45.00.
Click on the link for a brief overview of the conference theme by keynote speaker, Eric Barreto. Eric will be exploring the relevance of the Acts of the Apostles for a 21st century audience, asking us to imagine what our call as stewards of the gospel looks like today, and how we can be a relevant, impactful church in the midst of crisis.
Union Seminary Online Workshop:
Pastoral Care Within a Pandemic
September 30 & October 1
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Many faith and church leaders continue to search for ways to connect with their parishioners in virtual, although creative and meaningful, ways. Likewise, the pandemic itself has heightened pastoral care concerns in a variety of ways. This online workshop will address some of those concerns. Additionally, a portion of this workshop will be dedicated to allowing participants to voice their own concerns, with conversation facilitated around those concerns and time provided to reflect together on some pastoral care resources that might be helpful in the midst of the current crisis. Part of the purpose of this online workshop is to enable participants to explore current pastoral care concerns together within the context of a global pandemic. Learn more here.
Are We Willing To Stand Where God Stands?
Webniar Begins October 4
This 4-week webinar series seeks to offer participants language and frameworks they can use to talk about systemic racism and white supremacy in effective and nuanced ways. Participants will be engaged in an exploration of what antiracism is and how it will challenge the church to reckon with her historical and current investment in the ideology of white supremacy and systemic racism.
Each 90-minute webinar will consist of 60 minutes of presentation and teaching followed by 30 minutes of Q&A. Learn more by clicking here.
Rethinking Evangelism
October 12-14
The department of Theology, Formation, and Evangelism is inviting you and your churches to the Rethinking Evangelism Conference, October 12–14, 2020. This virtual event will feature Ralph Watkins (Columbia Theological Seminary), Mark Ramsey (Macedonia Ministries), and others for an event you won’t want to miss. Come as a church group or as an individual to explore what it means to practice evangelism in these transformative times.
Art of Transitional Leadership
Virtual Training
Our partner, the Synod of Lakes and Prairies, is offering the Art of Transitional Leadership virtual training the week of October 12-15, 2020. Please visit their website to learn more and register. Click here for details
Presbyterian Association of Musicians (PAM) 2021 Worship and Music Conference, a small group of middlers will make history by being part of the first denomination-wide confirmation class at Montreat.
The weeklong confirmation class, June 22–July 2, hosted by PAM and the Presbyterian Publishing Corp., will take place during PAM’s intergenerational 2021 Worship and Music Conference at Montreat. The overall conference theme is “Gathered in My Name.” Learn more here.
Becoming Matthew 25
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How Do We Engage Socially Distancing and still participate in Mission & Ministry?
Current Support Ministry Position Openings
Send us your stories of how your congregation is maintaining congregational vitality during this pandemic. Send stories to Office Manager, Leigh Porter at

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Interim Pastor - John Calvin Presbyterian