August / 30 / 2022
Rest to Answer the Call
"We need a place to keep this anxiety..."
Rev. Katy Steinberg
Worship Message from Presbytery Gathering - Thurs., Aug. 25
Pastor of First Presbyterian, Daytona Beach, Florida
Founder of Missing Peace, Ormond Beach, Florida
Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket

  • Please pray for... in thanksgiving for New Hope Presbyterian Church and Rev. Dr. Chris James for their amazing hospitality and support for last week's Presbytery Gathering.
  • Please pray for...for the family of Michael Fridley and Dardenne Presbyterian Church as they mourn.
  • Please pray for... for those experiencing infectious disease, as it spreads across the US
Quick Connect
Support Ministry
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Saddened to Report
Passing of Michael Currier Fridley

Michael Currier Fridley of O'Fallon, Missouri, passed away suddenly at his home on February 2, 2022.
He was the historian of Dardenne Presbyterian Church and was known for his great love of history throughout our presbytery. He will be missed. The memorial notice can be found here.
Upcoming Ministry Team Meetings
This Week
Next Week

Tues., Sept. 6
11 am - NWCC Click Here
4 pm - Administration Click Here
Wed., Sept. 7
11 am - Transitional Pastors Click Here
12 pm - COM Click Here
Thurs., Sept. 8
9 am History Team Click Here
3 pm Gather Plan Click Here
Presbytery Gathering Follow Up
The Presbytery Gathering was well attended, both in person and online and we had a great time and learned from one another and from Rev. Steinberg. This Friday, sharable videos will be available on the Gathering Information page. We hope these videos help you talk about evangelism in your church home, as you share them with fellow members and friends.
We continue to try to improve each event. It helps us plan, if we have your feedback.
We continue to try to improve each hybrid presbytery event. If you could take just a couple of minutes and fill out this survey, we will use that information in our next planning session.
Education Sessions Begin Thursday
Are You Registered Yet?
Education Month
The Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy has offered educational opportunities for church support ministries within our boundaries, pre-pandemic, and we are pleased to announce we have planned new educational experiences for our presbytery members this year. 

This September, each Thursday evening at 6:30 pm, we welcome you to join us in learning how to answer the call in some of the support ministries and missions of your church. If you are newly answering a call to serve, exploring answering your nominating committee, or just want a refresh of the call, please join us.
All sessions will be conducted online, using Zoom.
Registration is required and can be found below. 
Upcoming Commissionings
Pastor Ron Koppleman
Commissioning Service 
Sunday, September 4 at 10 am
Boeuff Presbyterian Church
 407 S Pine St.
Gerald, MO 63037
News & Updates
First Presbyterian-Brighton
Celebrating 175 Years
The First Presbyterian Church of Brighton is celebrating the 175th year the Church has been a part of the Brighton community. We are extending an invitation to the community to join us on September 4th to celebrate. We will have a special Sunday service at 9:00 followed by fellowship time and a meal.  
Tips for Caring for God's Amazing Creation:
Stormwater Management at the Church
So important for your church to have effective storm management features in place, especially in this time of Climate Change when many storms will be fiercer than in the past. Install a rain barrel or cistern to catch water from gutters for later watering needs. Construct a rain garden, bioswale, or another feature to help manage stormwater runoff. When re-paving your parking lot, please consider permeable pavement that allows rain to filter down to the soil underneath rather than runoff to streams or sewers.
'TIPS' is brought to you by the Earth Care Work Group of the presbytery. Contact: or 314-941-9378 with questions or comments.
PW Bible Drive for Hospitals

The Presbyterian Women of Giddings Lovejoy are sponsoring a Bible Drive to support the Barnes Jewish Hospital Spiritual Care Service. From now thru August 31, 2022, we will be collecting NEW non-King James bibles for their Chaplains to distribute as needed. The Chaplains requested non-King James bible translations as they are exposed to a lot of different people and would like to provide alternative translations, particularly to those new to the Christian faith. The bibles need to be new due to hospital protocols. The hospital is concerned about germs and any allergens associated with used/gently used bibles. Let's face it, the times we live in (Covid-19) are also a concern.
The attached flyer provides information on the ways you can help support this cause! Let's continue to show our community how Presbyterian Women show up and support a worthy cause! Click Here for Flyer
St. Andrews Charitable Foundation
18th Annual Ageless Remarkable
Saint Louisans Gala
Recognizing Impactful Seniors While Supporting Seniors in Need
Saturday, October 1st

One of those amazing seniors is our own, Diane McCullough
St. Andrew’s Charitable Foundation will host their 18th Ageless Remarkable Saint Louisans Gala honoring 11 inspirational Ageless Saint Louisans. The October 1st gala is at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis Downtown at the Arch. All funds raised will provide low-income local seniors with vital programs and services so they can live safely, independently, and healthy in their homes.
Each year a new “class” of Ageless Remarkable Saint Louisans age 70 years or better, who are actively making a tremendous impact in St. Louis through philanthropy, volunteerism, and leadership are nominated. These inspiring individuals are proof that, at any age, anyone can make a difference in our community and in the lives of others.
New Commissioned Pastor Class Forming
A Commissioned Pastor is a ruling elder in the Presbytery who, once training is complete, is eligible for limited pastoral services. Commissioned Pastors may, for example, moderate the session of a congregation to which they are commissioned, administer sacraments, and officiate at marriages where permitted by law.
Many current Commissioned Pastors in the presbytery serve as sole pastors of smaller congregations. Others use their training to strengthen leadership roles in their home churches and throughout the presbytery generally.
Many candidates for the Commissioned Pastor Program complete their training while also employed full-time.
2022 Tech Grants 
 The Vision Team, at its June meeting, approved releasing $16,000 to fund another round of tech grants. Congregations are invited to complete the application linked HERE which includes pertinent details. Grants are given to congregations seeking to establish or expand their online ministries. Please contact Liz Kanerva, Associate Presbytery Leader, if you have questions not answered on the application form. 
We provide scholarships and grants for educational programming, workshops, and seminary study to ordained pastors, commissioned pastors, and church program leaders.
Federal Student Loan Relief for Pastors

The Synod of Mid-America wants you to know that relief is available! Apply soon because this offer expires on October 31.
More information can be obtained here:

The form is 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
Worship Musician/Coordinator -Westminster Presbyterian St. Louis, MO

Part-Time Pastor - Rock Presbyterian, Imperial, MO

Secretary/Office Administrator -John Knox Presbyterian, Florissant, MO

(PT) Coordinator Christian Education - Southminster Presbyterian, Crestwood, MO

Church Office Manager - St. Mark Presbyterian, Ballwin, MO

Organist/Accompanist - First Presbyterian - Cape Girardeau, MO

Music Director - Glendale Presbyterian Church, Glendale, 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