August / 4 / 2020
Shuffling Through History
"If the church is going to move forward on issues of race, it must move from lament to accountability; from repentance to justice; from reconciliation to repair.
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Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy
Missouri August Primary - Today! Polls Open to 7 p.m.
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Upcoming Team Meetings
NOTE: In light of the Covid-19 Pandemic, meetings will be restricted to Zoom or conference call. If you are unsure how to participate, please contact your team moderator, or call the office 314-772-2395, and select Leigh Porter, Office Manager.

Presbytery Upcoming Virtual Meetings
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Mon., Aug. 10
12pm Rural Pastors -   Click Here
3pm Personnel - Click Here
Tues., Aug. 11
10am - Finance - Click Here
11am - NWCC - Click Here
3pm - Mission/Outreach - Click Here
4pm - Admin/Support - Click Here
Wed., Aug. 12
12pm - Interim/Trans - Click Here
1:30pm -COM - Click Here
Thurs., Aug. 13
3pm - Gather Planning - Click Here
Stated Presbytery Gathering
Thursday, August 27
1:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Please share with everyone in your congregation as all are welcome!
Becoming Matthew 25
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How Do We Engage Socially Distancing and still participate in Mission & Ministry?
At the invitation of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, Stony Point Center and Johnson C Smith Seminary have partnered to develop the Matthew 25 Curriculum. The curriculum will offer both on-line and in-person learning opportunities for Presbyterians who desire to develop skills and build capacity to nurture vital congregations, dismantle structural racism, and work to end systemic poverty.
Send us your stories of how your congregation is maintaining congregational vitality during this pandemic. Send stories to Office Manager, Leigh Porter at
News & Activities
Presbyterian Week of Action
August 24–30, 2020
It is abundantly clear through the gospel narrative and the greater witness of the Bible, that God has called us, as people of faith, to seek justice for those most marginalized in our world. As a Matthew 25 denomination, it is the vision of our church to eradicate white supremacy and dismantle institutionalized racism. Furthermore, in an effort to do the “hands & feet” work the Lord ordains, we must act and bear witness to the gospel in these crucial times.
As a centerpiece of this movement, we will host a Presbyterian Week of Action. This endeavor is structured to provide a public witness that facilitates education, visibility, and action that reinforces our PC(USA) statements and policy around the support of eradicating racism and acknowledging that God loves all Black lives. By joining together as national staff and the greater church, we hope to provide faithful leadership in the area of justice, love, and equality within our denomination and communities.
Tip for Caring for God's Incredible Creation
Turn off the air-conditioning in your car 
Air-conditioning significantly increases the amount of fuel you use, yet simply turning up the ventilation fan can often keep your vehicle at a comfortable temperature. AC can make your car up to 20% less efficient, which effects your wallet as well as the environment.
"TIPS" is brought to you by the Earth Care Team of presbytery, composed of representatives of the 8 certified Earth Care Congregations (plus Mound Ridge Camp and Conference Center) in the presbytery. For more information: or (314) 941-9378.
NWCC Dreaming & Discerning
Tues., Aug. 18 at 7 p.m.
The Holy Spirit may also be firing the imagination of some of you around Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery to see visions and dream dreams of inviting disciples into Jesus’ loving mission and ministry through launching a completely new worshiping community. As you look around your corner of God’s creation, the Holy Spirit may be breaking your heart for hurting people you are being called to creatively serve through launching something new. The Giddings-Lovejoy New Worshiping Communities Commission would love to partner with you in discerning and supporting your visions and dreams for launching a new worshiping community. Learn more here.
Light for the Darkness
Meeting Day/Time Change
Join us Mondays at 7 p.m.
Feeling anxious or depressed, or know someone who is? Light for the Darkness has started a virtual group for anyone struggling with mental health to connect with others who understand and explore where God may be in the midst.Mondays at 7 pm. Please connect with Thirza Sayers, who is intimately aware of these struggles, if you have any questions at or 404.313.4549. Learn more about Light for the Darkness by clicking here.
Education & Training Opportunities
Upcoming APCE Sponsored Zoom
and Webinar Events
It has been awe-inspiring to see how our educators have continued serving their congregations with creative energy during this difficult time of social distancing in our country.
APCE has stepped up with incredible webinars and zoom meetings that support, educate and nurture our members and many others who join these online events.
  • Engaging Volunteers for Remote Ministry – Thurs, August 20 – 2:00 pm EST
  • Thinking Ahead to Advent – Wednesday, August 26 – 4:00 pm EST
These Zoom conversations can be found at:
August 5 & 6
Join the PC(USA) Special Committee on Racism, Truth and Reconciliation (SCRTR) next week as we speak with Rev. Dr. Mark Lomax of Interdenominational Theological Center and Rev. Dr. William Yoo of Columbia Theological Seminary. These conversations promise to be informative and powerful. Don't miss it!
Broadcast on SCRTR Facebook event page August 5th and 6th at 3pm EDT both days.
CLC Online Webinar:
Tips & Tools for Navigating the Online System
Wednesday, August 5 | 1:30 p.m. (CT)
Mid-Council Leaders and COM and CPM chairs, register to join Omar Chan and Mason Todd, CLC consultants, as they share valuable information about the online system. Manuel Silva, Manager of Call Process, will be also available to answer questions.
Stewardship Kaleidoscope 2020
September 22, 29 & October 6
The 2020 conference will be virtual! Please mark your calendars for the dates below (all times eastern). Hear from leading thinkers exploring the opportunities for growth in stewardship even in the midst of profound social change – registration is now open.
Rethinking Evangelism
October 12-14
The department of Theology, Formation, and Evangelism is inviting you and your churches to the Rethinking Evangelism Conference, October 12–14, 2020. This virtual event will feature Ralph Watkins (Columbia Theological Seminary), Mark Ramsey (Macedonia Ministries), and others for an event you won’t want to miss. Come as a church group or as an individual to explore what it means to practice evangelism in these transformative times.
Interim Virtual Training
Presbyteries of Grand Canyon and
de Cristo are co-hosting this fall:
Leading Emotional Systems Training / Interim
Coaching healthy communication for individuals and groups Noticing your organizational system and knowing how to respond to what you observe Mediation strategies for small and large groups (and the limits of mediation) Clarity on your personal engagement style in low stress and high stress situation s Becoming aware of one’s perspective and narrative, while practicing empathy and interest -based negotiating.
Current Support Ministry Position Openings
Youth Ministry Director - First Presbyterian (Salina, Kansas)

Pastoral Opportunity - First Presbyterian, Ferguson

Administrative Assistant for Program and Pastoral Ministries – Ladue Chapel 

Organist/Pianist - First Presbyterian, Jackson, MO

Interim Pastor - John Calvin Presbyterian