March / 30/ 2021
In a Garden, Some People See the Flowers 
"Some see grace and joy and love and endless possibilities for good everywhere in the living of their days.”
Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket

  • Please pray for... all Pastors for their messages this Holy Week
  • Please pray for...Wurdack Presbyterian and Poplar Bluff Presbyterian who have or are closing. For their members and friends who will mourn.
  • Please pray for...those who are struggling with addiction.
  • Please pray for...for the ministry of Rev. Dr. Deb Krause, in her inauguration service.
  • Please pray for...our partners in health, St. Luke's Hospital as they continue to battle COVID19, and also vaccination clinics.
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50th Ordiversary
Please join our Presbytery in a prayer of praise and thanksgiving for the ministry of Rev. Ellie Stock, in her 50th Ordiversary. She was ordained on March 21, 1971 in the Genesse Valley Presbytery.
Black Tax Webinar Part 2
Thank you for attending The Black Tax webinar on March 4th. Below is a link to the webinar recording if you would like to watch it again.
Black Tax Webinar Part 2
Please register for Part 2 in order to receive the Zoom Link.
The Dismantling Racism and White Privilege Team invite you to join author, Shawn Rochester on April 8th at 6:30pm. for Part 2 of The Black Tax. This meeting will examine tangible next steps for long-term economic transformation.
Everyone is welcome to participate in this important discussion.
Get the Part 2 Zoom link by registering in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Easter Worship & Special Events
PC(USA) Good Friday
On Good Friday 4:00 pm EST, musicians and pastors will offer a gift to the church: An online service, hosted by the Presbyterian Association of Musicians and organized by the PCUSA office of Theology and Worship. #Lent2021 #HolyWeek2021 #PCUSA
Find more information here:
Stations of the Cross
Oak Hill Presbyterian is thrilled to announce its new community art project for the Easter season. They are going to create their own Stations of the Cross display. Check their website or Facebook for updates and displays. Click here
Florissant Presbyterian Church
Palm Sunday Grab N Go
The Easter sack Grab-n-Go, will be held on March 28th, from 3:30-5:30pm. Each child receives sacks with candy and a toy/activity bag. Located at 660 Charbonier Rd, Florissant, MO 63031. Directions Here
John Knox Easter Egg Hunt
Sat., Apr. 3 | 10:30am
EVERY BUNNY WELCOME! Hundreds of Eggs to Hunt. Rain or Shine – drive-thru distribution in case of rain. Facemasks and Social Distancing Required.
13200 New Halls Ferry Rd, St. Louis, MO 63033 Directions Here
Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church
Holy Saturday, Sat., Apr. 3
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The Ladue Chapel Labyrinth will be open to walking inside the Fellowship Hall. Please note that masks are required, and the number of people walking the labyrinth at the same time will be limited. Directions can be found by clicking here.

Drive-In Worship
for Easter
  • First United - Belleville at 8:00am and 9:15am (in addition to their 10:30am Zoom worship). Reserve your parking spot by clicking here
  • St. Mark - Ballwin will have 9:00am services on Easter Sunday in addition to normal services. Find details here
  • Webster Groves Presbyterian - 8:00am Outdoor "sometime after sunrise" Service. Join us on the parking lot for this brief outdoor service, rain or shine!, to delight in the Resurrection morning with the sacrament of communion. Registration opens on March 30th. Bring your own chair! Click here for all Holy Week Services
Easter Worship Services
  • Trinity-University City, Missouri Sunday at 10am on Facebook Live
  • Boeuff Presbyterian, Gerald, Missouri 7am Sunrise Service (in person)Directions Here
  • John Knox Presbyterian, Florissant, Missouri Maundy Thursday at 7pm; Good Friday 12pm; Easter – 9:30am on Facebook Live
  • First United Presbyterian Church of Collinsville, Illinois will offer both a in-person and a virtual worship service at 10am on Easter Sunday. In-person worship will happen in the sanctuary and Westminster Hall. Virtual worship will take place on Zoom and Facebook live. Everyone is invited to join us and worship wherever they feel most comfortable. www.FUPCOLL.org
  • Florissant Presbyterian, Florissant, Missouri will be having an person worship service Easter at 10:15 am. Maundy Thursday 7 pm; Easter Service 10:15am; In Person, Facebook, Drive-in - parking lot tune to FM 107.9
  • First Presbyterian- Alton, Illinois - Maundy Thursday at 7pm, Good Friday at 7pm, Sunday at 10am, all in person with masks and social distancing required.
  • First Presbyterian-Jackson, Missouri is having a Good Friday service at 6:00 p.m. and Easter worship at our normal time of 10:00 a.m. on Sunday. Both are held in the sanctuary.
  • First Presbyterian-Kirkwood, Missouri is having live streamed services, Maundy Thursday at 7pm, Good Friday at 12pm and 7pm, Sunday at 11am and Parking Lot Sunday at 9am. Details here
  • Westminster Presbyterian-Belleville, Illinois 10am Sunday, Facebook Live
  • Washington Presbyterian-Washington, Missouri, Maundy Thursday 7pm, Sunday 8:30am and 10:15 am -Click here
  • Westminster Presbyterian-St. Louis, Missouri, Monday-Thursday 6:30pm, Sunday at 11am. Details here
  • First Presbyterian - Ferguson, Missouri Sunday at 10:10 on Facebook
  • First Presbyterian-Edwardsville, Illinois, Maundy Thursday at 7pm, Sunday 8:30am and 10:45am (reservations required) Click Here
  • Ladue Chapel Presbyterian, Ladue, Missouri - Good Friday 12pm, Sunday at 10:30am Click Here
  • Third Presbyterian - Moline Acres, Missouri, Sunday at 10 am. Click Here
  • New Hope Presbyterian-St. Charles, Missouri, Sunday at 10:15 am Facebook
  • Cote Brilliante Presbyterian, St. Louis, Missouri, Maundy Thursday at 6:30pm, Sunday at 10am. Click Here
  • Oak Hill Presbyterian, St. Louis, Missouri, Maundy Thursday at 6:30pm Zoom, Sunday 6:15am on outdoor steps, 10:30am Zoom, Click Here
  • Dardenne Presbyterian-Dardenne Prairie, Missouri - Several services, but all require reservation. Click Here.
  • Second Presbyterian, St. Louis, Missouri, Maundy Thursday at 7pm, Good Friday 7pm, Sunday 10:30am all online. Click Here
  • First Presbyterian-Ste. Genevieve, Missouri- Maundy Thursday at 6pm, Youth Hosted SonRise Service at 7am (in person, maked)
  • Steelville Presbyterian-Steelville, Missouri, Maundy Thursday at 7pm, Good Friday at 12pm, Sunday at 10:30am (in person, masked and on Facebook)
  • First Presbyterian-Sullivan, Missouri, Maundy Thursday at 6pm, Good Friday at 6pm, Sunday at 10:45am (in person)
  • First Presbyterian, St. Louis, Missouri, Maundy Thursday at 7pm, Sunday at 10:30am Facebook
  • Woodlawn Chapel Presbyterian-Wildwood, Missouri, Maundy Thursday at 7pm online, Sunday 9:30am online and 11 am outdoors. Click Here
  • LoveJoy United Presbyterian, Wood River, Illinois, 10:15am online and in person by reservation. Click Here
Ferguson Outdoor Easter Sunrise Service
at January-Wabash Memorial Park
 You are invited to come and celebrate Easter at the annual 2021 Ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service, Sunday, April 4 at 6:30 AM at January-Wabash Memorial Park, located at January Avenue and North Florissant Road. (Directions here) The service will be held outside on the west side of the lake. Bring your own chair if desired. Giving a brief meditation for the informal service will be Mr. Chuck Henson, long-time active resident of Ferguson. "Chuck" was involved in "All of Us", was a founding member of PROUD and now its Vice President, was a former member of the Ferguson-Florissant School Board, and is currently Diversity Manager of Design and Construction for BJC. Clergy from various churches and ministries in Ferguson will also participate. What a great way to begin the celebration of resurrection and new life!
This year, in order to continue to taking precautions during the pandemic, participants asked to wear masks and maintain social distance.
This special service is sponsored by the Ferguson Ministries Alliance.  A free-will offering will be received for PAKT which benefits the Ferguson Community.  For more information, please contact Rev. Ellie Stock (314) 521-8418 or
Upcoming Team Meetings
As Presbytery Ministry Committees and Commissions Organize, please check with your Moderator for meeting dates and times, or call the office at 314-772-2395, or email Office Manager, Leigh Porter at
No Meetings for Holy Week

Presbytery Office Closed
Thursday at Noon
Good Friday - All Day
Tue., Apr. 6
12pm-All Pastors Click Here
Thur., Apr. 8
3pm-GatherPlanning Click Here
News & Activities
Eden Seminary Inauguration
Tues., Apr. 6 | 5:30pm
Join the Eden Seminary Community and Board of Trustees as the Rev. Dr. Deborah Krause is inaugurated as president of Eden Theological Seminary. All are welcome! Please register for this online event by clicking here. 
Wurdack Memorial Presbyterian Church
Closing Prayer Service
It is with gratitude and sorrow that the presbytery announces the closing of Wurdack Memorial Presbyterian Church. A closing prayer service will be held on Monday, April 12, 2021, at 3 p.m. The service will be held at Wurdack Memorial Presbyterian Church with appropriate COVID precautions. The presbytery is invited. Please RSVP to the church office at (314) 752-5849. Directions can be found here.
Earth Care Team:
Song Video: Let the Earth Breathe
Holy Week/Easter/Earth Day-Month greetings!

Below is a link to a song video "Let the Earth Breathe" written in 2012.  Later that year my daughter, Chenoa (PCUSA Mission Co-Worker in Peru) and I made an audio recording of our singing the song together (not professional--mainly just to have a record of it).   It has previously been used in several services and events such as the Presbyterians for Earth Care Conference. It is also included in the Ecumenical Seasons of Creation resource curriculum (  
Over the years, as we have experienced the intersectionality of issues related to the environment, racism, pandemic, economic/social disparities, the song has taken on additional levels of meaning. In 2020 Chenoa and I reformatted the song into a song video.   Here is the link to the song video (found here) and the music notation and lyrics. (found here)
Holy Week/Easter/Earth Day Journey blessings! Contact me with any questions, Ellie Stock, email or by calling (314) 521-8418.
Greening the Bible:
A Biblical Basis for Creation Care

Second Presbyterian Church, St. Louis welcomes you to attend, via Zoom, their April/May Sunday Forum Series: Greening the Bible: A Biblical Basis for Creation Care. This series will run April 11, 18, 25 and May 2, 9:00 AM. Please email Ellie Stock for zoom link: or, for more information, call (314) 521-8418. This is a great way to celebrate Earth Day/Month.
These sessions. led by Eden Theological Seminary Professor, The Rev. Clint McCann, are designed to illustrate the variety of biblical texts that call us to attend to the current ecological crisis. Find the flyer here. 
2021 Tech Grants
Over the last year, GLPBY congregations have worked hard to move vital ministries online. We have connected for worship, learning, and fellowship utilizing resources we never imagined incorporating into our ministries pre-pandemic. To that end, GLPBY granted more than $46,000 in Tech Grants to assist churches in their efforts to establish and/or update their online presence.
Wave 1 and Wave 2 Grants are now phased out. GLPBY is pleased to announce a new round of Tech Grants is available to GLPBY congregations. The Presbytery will pay 75%, up to $2,000, of the grant request with the church commitment to paying the balance. Just to be clear the maximum grant will be $2,000. This round of grants will assist congregations that are expanding their online presence. The grant could be used for upgrading equipment, tech training, or developing hybrid worship for example. If you have any questions, please contact Liz Rolf Kanerva, Associate Presbytery leader at
Earth Care Team
Environmental Film: Journey of The Universe
The Ferguson Eco Team will be hosting as part of its environmental film series the viewing of the film JOURNEY OF THE UNIVERSE, Thursday, April 15, 2021, 7:00 PM via ZOOM. It is the Epic story of Cosmic, Earth, and Human Transformation, produced by physicist Dr. Brian Swimme and Yale Religious Historian Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker. The film guides viewers through an elegant telling of this epic story, from the origins of life to our present challenges. Today the survival of species and entire ecosystems depends upon the choices humans make. Weaving modern science with enduring wisdom from the world's cultures, the film explores cosmic and Earth evolution as a profound process of creativity, connection, and interdependence, and offers an opportunity to respond to ecological challenges of our times and our community.
A conversation will follow the film. To register for the ZOOM LINK: For more information: (314) 521-8418; or Flyer can be found here
Mound Ridge’s Annual Spring Dinner Auction
Sat., Apr. 10 | 1 pm to 4 pm
at The Venue At Maison Du Lac
Tickets are $65 per person

Brunch will be served along with a cash bar. You will have a chance to bid on live auction items, dessert auction, silent auctions, raffles, and door prizes. We will also have fun games like ring toss and pig races. This beautiful, spacious venue also has a deck that overlooks a lake, which you can enjoy.
Speaking of spacious.. this will be a socially distanced, safe event! The size of the facility is perfect for our event with plenty of room for guests at the tables. There would be six people to a table to ensure social distancing and sneeze guards at the buffet and drink lines. Masks are required when social distancing can’t take place. 
The Venue At Maison Du Lac is located at 2603 Wild Plum Valley Road, Catawissa, MO 63069. Find complete details and purchase tickets by clicking here.
Public Witness Reminder
COVID-19 Still Active in Our Communities

The Public Witness Team of the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy is committed to keeping our congregations healthy. Please find the resources that might help congregation and community leaders with the importance of vaccination and what to expect afterward.
This Centers for Disease Control (CDC) document is available in a PowerPoint for ease of editing for your individual community (Found Here), or you can use the PDF for just general information. (Found Here)
Well-Being Respite Available
Well-Being Respite is a unique online opportunity to step away from your daily routine and come to the well for spiritual renewal, mental stimulation, thoughtful conversation, and meaningful engagement with colleagues in life and ministry as you contemplate God's movement in our individual and collective experiences.
Available to all Benefits Plan members*, Well-Being Respite is a virtual space to pause, learn, reframe, and connect. Each of these four monthly offerings focuses on a different dimension of wholeness — financial, spiritual, vocational, and health — and how the current landscape shapes our understanding and application of it.
Click here for more information.
Black History Month Event
The Great Divide: Race in Our Region
YWCA Metro St. Louis is partnering with the Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis and area Interfaith groups for four important conversations on how systemic racism permeates our city and our region.
These programs will provide background, share stories of how area residents are directly impacted, and explore what action you can take to create change. Each hour-long program will be followed by an opportunity for small group discussion and reflection.
Mark your calendars for these upcoming programs:
April 14th - Environmental Justice
May 12th - Court Systems
Register Here
Young Artists of the Bach Society
Sun., Apr. 18 | 4pm

The Couts Music Series of Second Presbyterian Church presents the Young Artists of the Bach Society of Saint Louis on Sunday, April 18 at 4:00 pm. The program features Danielle Feinstein, soprano; Olivia Roland, mezzo-soprano; Micheal Lowe, baritone; and Sandra Geary, pianist and is part of the 2021 St. Louis Bach Festival. The concert is free and takes place virtually at The concert is available on April 18 at 4:00 pm and for four weeks afterward. For more information, call 314-367-0367 or visit
New Survey for Congregation
A message to share from Research Services
The Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program and the Presbyterian Foundation have some questions about your congregation’s interest in future loans, online giving, and stewardship.
You may want to engage your church’s financial administrator or another person who is familiar with the church’s budget and loans, if any, to answer this survey. The software estimates that it will take about 15 minutes to complete—less if these questions do not apply to your church.
If you have trouble accessing this survey, please contact us for assistance. This survey will close April 6, 2021. Thank you for completing it! 
Education & Training Opportunities
2021 NEXT Church National Gathering Online Resource Subscription
GLPBY is pleased to offer free subscriptions to this year’s recorded NEXT Church National Gathering held March 5-7th. By subscribing, your congregation will have access to the national gathering in its entirety, plus additional resources. Over the years, GLPBY Teaching Elders and lay leaders have participated in NEXT Church national gatherings and have appreciated its focus on resourcing the Presbyterian Church for the 21st century. To learn more about this year’s conference, its presenters, and workshops, please navigate to
If your church would like to take advantage of the free subscription please sign up, following the NEXT Church website’s instructions, and be sure to select the appropriate church size when purchasing the subscription. When checking out use the coupon code: “GiddingsLovejoyGroup”. Once you have purchased, you will receive an email with instructions for how to pass on your access to the rest of your church. You may only use ONE coupon code purchase per church. If you have questions, please contact Liz Rolf Kanerva, Associate Presbytery leader at
“Fostering Expressions of Lament and Bearing Witness with those experiencing
Military Moral Injury”
Mon., Apr. 19 | 2pm Eastern

The Soul Repair Center will be offering free monthly webinars in the months ahead of use to religious leaders and professional caregivers supporting veterans and their families. Speakers include:
Chaplain Christopher Hansen, LT, USN, has served with the Marine Infantry and Naval Special Warfare, deploying to combat zones in the Middle East and conducting training exercises in Australia. He currently teaches Moral Injury and Chaplaincy for Wesley Theological Seminary.
Dr. Kathleen O’Connor, William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament, Emerita, at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia
Dr. Nancy Ramsay, Director of the Soul Repair Center and Emerita Professor at Brite Divinity School
There will be time for discussion among the presenters and time for questions.
Recording of the webinar will be available on this website and the VOA’s YouTube channel within two weeks of the webinar.
Mental Health First Aid Training
Sat., Apr. 17 | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(Registration Deadline is April 3)

Light for the Darkness is offering training for adults on Youth Mental Health First Aid (see below for full explanation). Volunteers and leaders of your youth ministries, including parents, are encouraged and welcome to participate in this training. Learn more here.

The actual cost is $170 but due to grants, our cost is $24. The presbytery has said they will cover it if someone is interested and that cost is a deterrent. 

Mail check for $24 to Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy, 1001 Craig Rd Ste 170, STL, MO 63146 memo:MHFA

For Elders and Deacons
April 14, 7:00-8:30 pm (EDT)
As a part of the “ Year of Leader Formation: Investing in Ruling Elders and Deacons,” a series of webinars will be offered. Please share the information and registration for the first of these events:
Discovering Our Gifts . God has gifted each of us with a variety of skills, interests, and talents. As those called to leadership in the church, particularly to the ministries of ruling elder and deacon, many of those gifts are called upon in a variety of ways. Take time to explore and discover your own talents, how they can be used to form effective teams and ways that we work together in the community as God’s children. During this webinar, you can expect to search within yourself while also being introduced to some tools to use in your own congregation. Mark your calendar for April 14, 7:00-8:30 pm (EDT).
The webinar will be recorded for viewing at a later time. Korean and Spanish interpretation will be available; please register and indicate interpretation needs by April 7.
Union Seminary: The Basics of Digital Church Communication
Learn about more continuing education opportunities
at Union Seminary by clicking here.
Transitional Ministry
Please mark your calendars for the next offering of the  Art of Transitional Ministry Education. The orientation will begin at 1:00 pm on Monday, October 18, 2021, and will conclude the evening of Thursday, October 21, 2021. At this time, the in-person orientation will be hosted at the Parkville Presbytery Church in Kansas City, Missouri. 
Registration is now open. To register click here
For questions related to the content or assignments of Weeks I and II or Executive Training, contact Beth Wagner: For administrative and registration questions contact Danelle O’Connell at the Synod of Mid-America office: 
Becoming Matthew 25
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How Do We Engage Socially Distancing and still participate in Mission & Ministry?
Send us your stories of how your congregation is maintaining congregational vitality during this pandemic. Send stories to Office Manager, Leigh Porter at
Current Support Ministry Position Openings
Several Positions - PCUSA National Office

Senior Staff Assistant - Webster Groves Presbyterian

Protestant Religious Education Coordinator - Scott Air Force Base

Part-Time Pastor - First Presbyterian, Perryville

Associate Pastor - Dardenne Presbyterian, Dardenne Prarie

Interim Pastor - John Calvin Presbyterian