February / 18 / 2020
Creative Church
 “Matthew 25 is the focus of this presbytery. Everything flows through Matthew 25, and is centered around Matthew 25 for the year 2020.”

Our Presbytery - Our Work
Presbytery Education Day

Saturday, March 21
10 am to 3 pm
Registration at 9:30 am

Ladue Chapel Presbyterian
9450 Clayton Rd,
St. Louis, MO 63124
Keynote Speaker: Rev. Dr. Rodger Nishioka, Former National Coordinator for Youth and Young Adult Ministries for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and long time instructor at Columbia Seminary where he taught pastors to be teachers and leaders in the church’s educational ministry, specializing, in particular, on youth and young adult ministry. 

This FREE education day features several breakout sessions for congregation members, deacons, elders, and pastors. All are welcome to join us! The workshops are designed to entice everyone to imagine and re-imagine what the church can be. 
Weekly Prayer Basket

Please pray for:
The family and friends of Rev. Dr. Jerry Douglas who passed away February 15, 2020.
We are sad to report the passing of Rev. Dr. Jerry Douglas, Pastor Emeritus at Calvary Presbyterian Church. Funeral Services for Rev. Douglas will be Saturday, March 7 at 11 a.m. at Calvary Presbyterian Church, 3400 Lemay Ferry Road. Reception to follow. Click here for the full obituary.
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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, Kirkwood - refers to First Presbyterian of Kirkwood. Contact the office at 314-772-2395 if you are unsure where you will be meeting.
Week of: Feb. 19 to Feb. 25

Thurs., Feb. 20
11 a.m. - Social Witness (Oaks)
4 p.m. - Vision Team (Oaks)
6:30 p.m. - CPM (Ladue)
Mon., Feb. 24
5 p.m. - Congregational Vibrancy

Week of: Feb. 26 to Mar. 3

Thurs., Feb. 27
9:30 a.m. - History (Abereen Hgts)

Becoming Matthew 25
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2020 Presbytery Wide Goal
Dismantling Structural Racism
Racism is deeply embedded in the life and history of the U.S. Through colonization, slavery and a shameful history of legislative action and judicial pronouncements, our nation created and embraced a system that valued and devalued people based simply on skin color and ethnic identity. People of color were deliberately subjugated for material, political and social advantage. Racism today is the continuing and enduring legacy of this history.
There is a growing awareness among Presbyterians that racism is a crisis and must be addressed. The PC(USA) is strongly committed to the struggle for racial justice.
Click here for more information.
Ministry Teams News & Activities
Move Forward with DRAP
(Dismantling Racism and Privilege Team)
Wed., Feb. 19 | 6:30 p.m.
St. Mark Presbyterian Church
The DRAP Team presenented " An Apology to Our African American Sisters and Brothers For The Sin Of Slavery and Its Legacy" at the Presbytery Gathering on February 6 was approved by the body. DRAP now asks that you join them in moving forward, by attending the meeting held on February 19 at St. Mark Presbyterian. The document can be found here. Directions to St. Mark can be found here.
Bread for the World Advocacy Training:
Better Nutrition, Better Tomorrow
Sat., Feb. 22 | 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
The Advocacy Training will take place at Parkway United Church of Christ 2841 N Ballas Road, St. Louis, Missouri. Directions can be found here.
For more information, click here.
Attention Presbyterian Women! 
The Presbyterian Women of Giddings Lovejoy Midwest/South Metro Cluster Winter Gathering will be held on Thursday, March 12, 2020 from 11 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. at the Sunny Street Cafe in Des Peres, MO. Please view the linked flyer for more information about this stimulating event. RSVP to Ann Schmid, by Friday, March 6, 2020.

Is Your Church in the
Medicaid Expansion Conversation?
The Social Witness Team of the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy wants to know if your congregation is addressing Medicaid Expansion? The State of Missouri is one of the 14 states that have not elected to expand coverage to people making up to $18,000 a year.
In the 2012 Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), states were allowed to opt out of the law's Medicaid expansion. This leaves each state's decision to participate in the hands of the nation's governors and state leaders. Now, amid perennial debate over whether to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the fate of Medicaid expansion remains uncertain.
If you are discussing this matter, please contact Social Witness Team member, Bernice Thompson, by emailing her at or by calling (314)496–7665.
Presbyterians Care Movement 
March 20 to March 22
The Presbyterians Care Movement is a planned quarterly event in which your congregation communally engages in a community based activity. Learn how your church can participate in this weekend of compassion and care.
2020 Mission Opportunities
2020 GLPBY Annual Mission Trip to Nicaragua
Plan Grande #2, Nueva Segovia, Nicaragua
July 11-18, 2020
Join us for an Exciting, Multi-Generational Opportunity to follow Christ’s example to love one another. This is an ideal experience for Christians hoping to expand perspectives and be active peacemakers. Learn more here.
2020 Joining Hands Partnership
20th Anniversary Peru Pilgrimage
Pilgrimage:    A long journey to a sacred place
 as an act of devotion.
Your are invited to be part of the 2020 Joining Hands Partnership 20th Anniversary Peru Pilgrimage. This pilgrimage includes journeying to the coastal, mountain and rainforest regions of Peru, to meet with our Joining Hand's Partners, to hear updates about the socio/economic context of Peru, to experience historical and cultural events and places, and to join with Red Uniendo Manos Peru (Peru Joining Hands Network) and others in a 20th Anniversary Celebration.
Planning Your Youth Mission Trip - Consider....
Westminster College (New Wilmington, PA) has partnered with Pittsburgh Theological Seminary for a unique Summer Mission and Leadership Program for Youth. This coming summer we will be the host site for Summer Youth Institute North.  This program will be part of The Rev. Dr. Roy F. Miller, Ph.D., and Mrs. Florence Lantz Miller Summer Youth Institute at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
Congregational/Event Happenings
Kid Brother with Organ Accompanist Andrew Peters
Second Presbyterian Church
Sun., Mar. 1 | 4 p.m.
Harold Lloyd shows his talents in this 1927 American classic comedy silent film. Still considered by critics and fans as one of Lloyd’s best films, The Kid Brother blends comedy, romance, and drama in one action-packed film. Lloyd stars as the town sheriff’s bashful son who has the chance to prove himself when a medicine show comes into town. Andrew Peters provides live organ accompaniment to this 84 minute film. Directions found here.
Journey with Jesus - Childrens Fun
First Presbyterian - Sullivan
Sat., Mar. 14 | 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Crafts, Stories & Fun
Click here for more information. | Click here for directions
Complete List of Educational Opportunities: Found Here
Free webinar on ‘Basics of Reformed Theology’ with Rev. Dr. Cynthia Rigby
Thurs., Feb. 20 | 12 p.m.CT
Learn the basics during a one-hour webinar led by theologian, speaker and author the Rev. Dr. Cynthia Rigby, W.C. Brown Professor of Theology at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and co-chair of the Reformed Theology and History Unit of the American Academy of Religion. Rigby is also an associate editor for the Journal of Reformed Theology and the Journal of the American Academy of Religion.
Learn more here. Registration is available  here .
Transitional Ministry Education
May 18–21
It has been said that the church is in a time of great transition and needs skilled pastors in transitional ministry. Are you exploring how to cultivate new pastoral, organizational, professional skills that will support you in your present call and in a possible new call to come? Have you wondered if you might be interested in transitional ministry or an interim call? We highly encourage you to consider the Transitional/Interim Training from May 18-21 in Parkville, MO.
Continuing Education Classes Announced
Union Presbyterian Seminary Theological Institute Upcoming Continuing Education Events offered January through March 2020, can be found by Visiting their Events page
Current Support Ministry Position Openings

Full Time Interim Pastor - Grace Presbyterian

Called Pastor - Faith DesPeres Presbyterian

Versatile Soprano Choral Section Leader - Westminster St. Louis
Youth Ministry Coordinator - Cote Brilliante Presbyterian

Christian Educator - First Presbyterian -Edwardsville

Children, Youth and Family Ministry - Second Presbyterian