July / 31 / 2018
Leave the Building
Rev. Dr. Craig M. Howard
Transitional Leader of
Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy

When I was executive presbyter in Milwaukee, there was one city whose economy was based on the GM auto plant. During the great recession, the plant closed. This resulted in increased unemployment and under employment. Downtown became a ghost town as stores closed and shops boarded up. The downtown Presbyterian church took a hit too. Membership dropped along with collections. It was a matter of time before the church could no longer afford a full-time pastor.  Click here to continue.      
Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket Update
  • Please pray for those on final vacations before school starts up again for the fall. This can be a trying time for children and parents alike.
  • Please pray for those in California who are facing wildfires.
What's Happening? Did you know?

  • Presbyterian Women from across the country will gather in Louisville August 2-5. Read more here.
  • ‘Holy Discontentment’ provides blueprint for community advocacy efforts. The Office of Public Witness (OPW), the public policy information and advocacy office of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), recently published an updated version of its community advocacy guide titled “Holy Discontentment: Grassroots Advocacy and Organizing in the PC(USA).” Read more 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....
Mon., Aug. 6
6 p.m. - CP Training Meeting (Oaks)

Next Week:
Wed., Aug. 8
2 p.m. - Pastoral Trans/Care (Oaks)
Thur., Aug. 9
5 p.m. - Cong. Vitality Team (Oaks)
Tues., Aug. 14
10 a.m. - Finance (Oaks)
1 p.m. - Mission & Outreach (Oaks)
Presbytery August Gathering - Thurs., Aug. 23
There will be two Pre-Sessions offered and we encourage all Congregations, within the presbytery, to send representatives to either or both. Click here to Register
Our Community Connected
VOTE         VOTE     VOTE
ask that you….
Please vote in the Primary Election on August 7, 2018.  Our vote in Missouri will play a great part in the future of how our nation will be governed.
There are many ballot issues both at the state and local levels that will impact our communities, state, and nation in the next generation. Here is a quick example from the St. Louis area:
·          PROPOSITION   A - Senate Bill 19   "Right To Work"
·          CHARTER AMENDMENT 2 - Would provide that the council may appoint an attorney to its executive staff.
·          CHARTER AMENDMENT 3 - Would provide that term employment used in the County Charter be strictly interpreted as prescribed in state law .
·           CHARTER AMENDMENT 4 - Would provide for the regulation of campaign contributions, the regulation of interdepartmental fund transfers, and a website to publish certain county financial documents.  
Your community is important to us as well. If you aren’t sure what proposition, amendment or primary elections are taking place in your area, please click here and find out what you will see at the ballot box. Again – don’t forget that Tuesday, August 7, 2018 from 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. you have the opportunity to make a difference!
VBS Material Available
Cokesbury’s VBS Rolling River Rampage was a huge success at St. Mark Presbyterian Church. We are ready to share our kit and many extras with a Presbyterian Church who would like to use it in the future. 
Please contact: Ellen Hynes, 636/394-2233, ext. 118 or e-mail her at
SAVE $$ - Register Today
The Kaleidoscope Stewardship Conference is coming soon to St. Louis, and the early registration discount will end on Wednesday, August 1. Take time to see the registration details here.
Stewardship Team Announces (2) $100 Scholarships Available, for the Kaleidoscope Conference. Click here to email, and be considered for one of these two scholarships!
COLA Marketplace - Items Still Available
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:
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.
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.
Vendors Needed for Upcoming Craft Shows
Maryland Heights Presbyterian Church, Saturday, October 6th from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Crafters and vendors needed, please contact us at or by calling (314) 739-4721.
John Knox Presbyterian Church, are currently looking for vendors and craftspeople for our Saturday, November 10th from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Email for information and application.
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.