Newsletter
May / 5 / 2020
God's Beautiful People
"I see God moving in this moment."

Presbytery Addressing COVID-19
Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy
Governor JB Pritzker
Governor Mike Parsons
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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.
Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket

  • Please pray for... for those ill and those vulnerable to the coronavirus
  • Please pray for... children who are vulnerable to a parent's stress in these difficult days of quarantine.
  • Please pray for...those who are waiting for treatment and those waiting to have non emergency procedures.
PC(USA)
Quick Connect
Support Ministry
Help Wanted
Parish Paper
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.
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Presbytery Upcoming Virtual Meetings
Wed., May 6 at 12pm - Clerks of Session Click Here
Thur., May 7 at 12pm - All Pastors Click Here
Mon., May 11 at 12pm - TE since 2015 Click Here
Tues., May 12 at 10am - Finance Team Click Here
Tues., May 12 at 11am - NWCC Click Here
Tues., May 12 at 1pm - Mission & Outreach Click Here
Wed., May 13 at 1:30pm - PTCC Click Here
Thur., May 14 at 3pm - Gather Planning Click Here
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Reminders will be sent the evening before, with Zoom link and call-in information. We look forward to seeing you!
Becoming Matthew 25
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How Do We Engage Socially Distancing and still participate in Mission & Ministry?
How can I help? Responding to COVID-19 with Grace and Love
What are Feeding America and food banks doing?
COVID-19 is now in all 50 states, but so is Feeding America.  Food banks across the country continue to mobilize their response to the pandemic, as they deploy new distributions, many of which are drive-through and outdoor, to maximize social distancing. The network is distributing emergency food boxes, and more will continue to reach families and individuals in need in the coming days and weeks. Meanwhile, other food banks are working with school districts and after-school programs to offer grab-and-go cold meals for children and families to help fill the gap while schools are closed. Read more here.
Send us your stories on how your congregation is maintaining congregational vitality during this pandemic. Send stories to Office Manager, Leigh Porter at lporter@glpby.org
News & Activities
Virtual Worship is the New Normal
Make sure your worship music is covered under licensing or be sure you use approved free content.

  • One License is offering churches limited licensing Click here
  • PC(USA) Hymn Usage (Free and Pay by Use) Information - Click here
Church Answers Webinar
Friday, May 8 at 12 pm

14 Major Preparations You Must Make Before
Returning to Your Church Facility
The details can appear endless and overwhelming. Returning to your church facility won’t happen as fast as it took to stop meeting. I hope you have led your team to take the time to “catch up” on facilities maintenance and cleanliness before you return to in-person services. But, there is more to consider than just a clean and well-maintained building.
Some questions I hope to help you answer in my webinar on Friday, May 8 at 12pm (Central) include:
  • How many can we accommodate given government suggestions?
  • Should we increase the number of services?
  • What do we do about children’s ministry?
  • What about the offertory?
  • Should we serve coffee?
  • What about on-campus Sunday School or small groups?
There is much to consider. Click here to register
Presbyterian Heritage Sunday
Sunday, May 17
Every year, Presbyterians celebrate Heritage Sunday, a day to reflect upon and learn more about the long and rich history of the Presbyterian church in America.
Heritage Sunday always falls on the Sunday closest to May 21, the opening date of the first General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America in 1789. Click here to learn more.
Festival of Homiletics (FREE)
Preaching a New Earth: Climate and Creation. 
May 18 to May 22
The Festival of Homiletics is a week-long conference that brings together a wide variety of outstanding preachers and professors of homiletics to inspire a discourse about preaching, worship and culture. Our goal is to engage theologically the practices of preaching and worship, as well as issues related to congregations in the 21st century. Individual preachers are invited to consider various styles and methodologies of preaching in the hopes that they will renew their faith and refresh their spirits through engaging worship, lectures and workshops. Throughout the week we aim to inspire preachers in their roles of proclaiming the gospel.  Learn more here.
Sermon Support from Synod
We, at the Synod of Mid-America, know you are worn slick right now. You have been doing an AMAZING job in the last 5-6 weeks providing a faithful worship experience for those you serve. Truly, you need to believe it when we tell you: You are doing an amazing job. We’d like to help.
 For the foreseeable future, I am going to produce a sermon video you may use for your worship services. These will be for the fourth Sunday of the month, and I will have them ready to go by the preceding Wednesday. I will send you a link via email on that day where you can view and/or download the video to use as you see fit. 
The first sermon will be for May 24, and will be ready on Wednesday, May 20. To receive the sermon, please subscribe to the Synod Newsletter by clicking here.
DRAP Team Welcomes Your Video Message
The Sierra Club Initiative Petition Team has gathered over 7,800 signatures to help put the Medicaid Expansion petition on the ballot in November! Even though signature collecting and in-person events are suspended, we still need your help talking to voters. Currently, we're recording short video messages on why we're supporting Medicaid expansion. Every video will help us spread our message across Missouri and win healthcare coverage for 230,000 Missourians. If you have exciting news that you would like to share with the team, please email us at  communications@drapstl.org   .  Include the information to be sent along with any pictures.
Nicaragua Trip Canceled
It is with great sadness that we have decided to cancel the July trip to visit our partners in Plan Grande #2, Nicaragua. We will continue to evaluate the situations in the US and in Nicaragua and if a trip in the Fall 2020 is wise, we’ll work to make that happen. Please pray for all of the people in Nicaragua, our partners in Plan Grande #2, and our PCUSA partner organization CEPAD as they face the many challenges this crisis brings. Contact Harriet Hall at pg2nicaragua@gmail.com for more information.
Council of Protestant Churches of Nicaragua are a validated PCUSA mission and could use support during these challenging times. To learn more about their mission, click this link: https://cepadnica.org/
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
DEADLINE EXTENDED

You can find the application and details about the grants    Click here.
More details will be found in this Friday's newsletter.
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Remote Faith Formation for the Long Haul
Compilation list of resources that could be helpful for you during the current COVID-19 situation and that may be helpful in developing sustainable remote faith formation for your community. In this list you will find resources to deal with the current crisis, studies for Christian education, blogs and ideas. This is your toolbox. We will update this list periodically over the coming weeks. Download here
Light for the Darkness
Feeling anxious or depressed, or know someone who is? Light for the Darkness has started a virtual group for anyone struggling with mental health to connect with others who understand and explore where God may be in the midst. Sundays at 4:30pm. Please connect with Thirza Sayers, who is intimately aware of these struggles, if you have any questions at  thirzasayers@gmail.com   or 404.313.4549
2020 Mission Opportunities
Our Presbytery Addresses Hunger in our Communities But there are Challenges During the Pandemic
Hunger is a serious challenge, even as our attention is focused on the health crisis at hand, and in many ways, it may get worse. What can we do to ensure that the virus that has brought so much of daily life to a grinding halt does not do the same to our work to end hunger? Read more here.
Give StL May 7 - Consider UKirk
UKirk gives college students an opportunity to connect with others, explore and question their faith in the midst of schoolwork and extracurricular activities. Every week, UKirk gathers for worship, food, fellowship, and so much more! Help us celebrate our fifth year of UKirk on Give St. Louis Day.
Get your giving on! Every gift counts! On our donation page, you can securely donate using your credit card. You can give on the day or schedule your gift from now until May 7th! Click here: https://www.givestlday.org/ukirkstl
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