July / 17 / 2018
On Vacation - Be Back Soon
Rev. Dr. Craig M. Howard
Transitional Leader of
Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy
Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket Update
  • Please pray for Mound Ridge Camp and Retreat Center as they just celebrated their 68th Birthday on July 12th.
  • Please pray for Rev. Bruce Levine and family in the death of his daughter, Amanda Oncken, who was also a member of Webster Groves Presbyterian Church. Full details found here.
  • Please pray for the family and friends of Myrdie Rembert, former member of Westminster Presbyterian, in her death, at over 100 years of age.
What's Happening? Did you know?..... .
  • Presbyterian Youth Triennium 2019...will be held on July 16-20, 2019 at Purdue University, with the theme for the event as “Here’s My Heart”. If you have High School youth in your congregation, save the date and start the conversation about Triennium. More information can be found here.
Quick Connect
Help Wanted
  • Accompanist
  • Part-time Treasurer
  • Communication Coordinator

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Upcoming Team Meetings - Locations Listed
(Wednesday to Tuesday)
PLEASE NOTE: The Oaks Conference Room (Oaks) and St. Andrews Conference Room (St. Andrews) are both located at the new Presbytery office, 1001 Craig Rd., Suite 170, St. Louis, MO 63146.
(Oaks) is on the first floor (St. Andrews) is on the second floor. Directions can be found here.
This Week....
Wed., July 18
2 p.m. - Personnel (Oaks)
Thurs., July 19
10 a.m. - Stewardship (Oaks)
2 p.m. - West Commission (GLPby Office Room TBA)
4 p.m. - Vision Team (Ladue Chapel)
6:30 p.m. - CPM (Ladue Chapel)
Mon., July 23
1 p.m. - DRAP(Ladue Chapel)
Tues., July 24
2 p.m. - Personnel Team (GLPby Office)
4 p.m. - Equity Task Force (Oaks)
Next Week:
There are no meetings to report
for next week (July 25-31)
Save the date for the August Gathering!
Thurs., Aug. 23
There will be two Pre-Sessions offered and we encourage all Congregations within the presbytery to send representatives. For more information on the Pre-Sessions, please click here.

Don't forget to save the date!
Our Community Connected
COLA Marketplace
Items currently available are subject to prior distribution or sale. Please make advance arrangements for pick up either at Ladue Chapel, Presbytery office, or August Presbytery meeting by contacting Jennifer Pitcher by August 10th at the COLA office 314/772-2395 x 1985 or by emailing:
Whitewater Presbyterian Church Annual Picnic
The Whitewater Presbyterian Church, near Sedgewick-ville, Missouri will be holding their annual picnic on Saturday, July 21 from 3:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. and would love for everyone to attend. There will be live music, and homestyle food like Kettle Beef and Chicken and Dumplings. Full details of the event can be found here. The location of the church, with directions can be found here.
Third Annual Blessing Belleville Banquet
The annual Blessing Belleville Banquet is set for Saturday, August 11, 2018 at the Banquet Center in Belleville. Ally Dyer, Blessing Belleville Chair, is seeking sponsors to help them achieve their $10,000 goal. Last year's event raised $8,400 to support greatly needed family and individual theraputic support in Belleville and the need is even greater now. Can you help? If you would like more information, please click here, or email directly here.
Vendors Needed for Craft & Vendor Fair
The Maryland Heights Presbyterian Church, located at 200 Harding Avenue, will be holding a Craft & Vendor Fair on Saturday, October 6th from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Crafters and vendors needed!  Registration deadline is September 7th, 2018. If you need additional information or are interested in requesting an application, please contact us at or by calling (314) 739-4721.
Presbyterian Women Churchwide Gathering
“Arise, shine, your light has come!” (based on Isaiah 60:1) is the theme for the Gathering. Held every three years, PW’s Churchwide Gathering is an event that celebrates and can deepen your engagement in all that Presbyterian Women does. Participants enjoy workshops, tours, forums, resource gathering (and shopping!), plenary sessions with inspiring speakers, worship and more. Full details can be found here.
Church Furnishings Available
Hillside Presbyterian has these lovely items to offer: Communion table is 5' long, 40" tall and 31`” deep; Pulpit is 45" tall 29" deep 40” wide; Baptismal Font; Cross is 125" tall and 72” wide; Candle stick stands are 43" tall and 7x7 top; Choir binders and 8 boxes of sheet music; 45 blue 1990 hymnal; and Choir robes (about 20). Please email  for pictures and inquiries.
UKirk - St. Louis
Don't forget that our last gathering for this summer is on July 31, from 7-9 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church; we'll meet for dinner and an information session about the Montreat College Conference (January 1-5, 2019). Email Pastor Miriam at ( )
Educational & Missional Opportunities
Afterlife Conversations in Faith   
The Interfaith Partnership Board has announced a Afterlife Conversations of Faith event that will be held on Sunday, August 5 at 2 p.m in the auditorium of the St. Louis Art Museum in Forest Park. There will be a panel of representatives from different religions, that will speak on beliefs about the afterlife.
St. Louis Regional Understanding & Analyzing Systemic Racism Workshop on July 18 - 20, 2018 - Open to the Public
This workshop takes an in-depth look into institutional, cultural, and individual manifestations of racism. Using a variety of interactive tools, it explores the historical development of institutional racism and its continuing impact. Strategic methods of dismantling systemic racism within institutions will be introduced. Read more here.
Ministry Position Openings
A ccompanist Needed
The Presbyterian Church of Washington is searching for a part-time accompanist for Sunday morning worship and choir rehearsals. Must have ability to play organ and piano. Full description can be found here.  If interested, please contact Rev. Pat Gruber by email here.
Part-Time Treasurer Needed
Cote Brilliante Presbyterian Church is seeking a part-time treasurer. The Church Treasurer, as needed, shall have access to all income and expense reporting, payroll data, and other pertinent financial data of the church to help carry out their purpose. The ideal candidate will need to be knowledgeable and comfortable working with budgets, and adhere to confidentiality. The full description of the position can be found here. Interested parties, please contact Elder Joyce Wilks-Love
Connections Coordinator Needed
Webster Groves Presbyterian Church is currently searching for an outgoing, friendly person to fill the position of Connections Coordinator at WGPC! It is a part time position (about 25 hours per week), responsible for social media, newsletter communications, and website maintenance, as well as welcoming visitors and members to worship and other church activities, and connecting visitors and new members to current members, events and mission opportunities. If you know someone who might be interested in this type of work, please advise them to email their resume to Carrie Rao at  
  WGPC members are not eligible for this position.