November / 13 / 2018
Rev. Dr. Craig M. Howard
Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy Leader

What would happen if we unbundled ministries and committees? What if congregations separated all that they do, and then asked, “What do we do best?”  Continue to read here.
Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket Update
  • Please pray.... for those who have lost their loved ones, their homes and businesses in the California wildfires. The San Fernando Presbytery could use our prayers as well.
What's Happening? Did you know?

  • Touring and ICE Facility...Two staff members from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Office of the General Assembly recently visited the facility while along the U.S. Mexico border. Amanda Craft, manager of advocacy with the OGA’s Office of Immigration Issues and Teresa Waggener, OGA’s immigration attorney, were allowed access to see firsthand how men and women are living and coping in the federally-run facility. Continue to read here.
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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.
(Ladue) refers to Ladue Chapel, 9450 Clayton Rd., St. Louis, MO 63124. Directions can be found here.
(WebGrov) refers to Webster Groves Presbyterian, 45 W Lockwood Ave, St. Louis, MO 63119 Directions can be found here.
This Week....
Wed., Nov. 14
2 p.m. - Pastoral Trans Care (Oaks)
Thurs., Nov. 15
4 p.m. - Vision Team (Oaks)
6:30 p.m. - Com Prep Ministry (Ladue)
Mon., Nov. 19
1 p.m. - Social Witness (Oaks)

Next Week:
Thurs., Nov. 22/Fri.., Nov. 23
Presbytery Office Closed

Mon., Nov. 26
1 p.m. - Dismantling Racism/Priv (Ladue)

Giddings-Lovejoy Ministry Teams and Office
Approaching a Holiday Schedule
** The office will be closed November 22 and 23, December 24, 25, 31 and January 1 to spend time with family for the holiday season. We will be accessible by email, albeit it with a delayed response during this time.
** Most teams will not meet in December, however please check with Team Moderators for definitive schedule.
Installation Date Announced
Rev. Dr. Andrew KasbergInstallation at
Dardenne Presbyterian Church
Sunday, December 9 at 3 p.m.
Make plans to attend

Directions to Dardenne Presbyterian Church can be found here.
Uprooting Hunger - 2019 Presbytery Wide Goal
T hinking Theologically about Hunger and Poverty - Sunday, June 16-Sunday, June 30, 2019
A Place at the Table: Thinking Theologically About Hunger and Poverty...Why are some people hungry while others have more than enough food? Are Christians called to respond to the needs of the poor? Is it possible to have a world without poverty and hunger? How does the food we eat impact our communities? These are just some of the questions the 2019 Institute will explore. Students will consider the many resources for thinking about hunger and poverty in the Christian tradition from Biblical studies to Christian ethics and theology.
More information found here.
Uprooting Hunger - Hunger Action Team
The next sixteen months the presbytery will work toward establishing Certified Hunger Action Congregations. This handout will be helpful to your congregation, as we journey together in the year + ahead. If you have any questions, email:
Our Community Connected
Called to Serve in East Africa
The Rev. Paula Cooper describes her leadership style as one that “deliberately works toward developing a culture that values a collaboration of God’s people and their gifts for ministry.” And now she has answered God’s call to help the people of East Central Africa do just that.
Presbyterian World Mission has named Cooper as the new regional liaison for East Central Africa, serving Malawi, Kenya, Rwanda and Zambia. She succeeds Nancy Collins, who is retiring from service in 2019. Read complete article here.
Want to follow Rev. Cooper on this journey? She has made that easier.
Tuesday, November 27th
#GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. One of the best ways to get involved is in your own community.
Remember UKirk and Caritas Presbyterian in your giving on #GivingTuesday .

The Freshman - Silent Film Musical Experience
Organist Andrew Peters provides live accompaniment to the silent film The Freshman on Sunday, November 18 at 4:00 p.m. at Second Presbyterian Church. (Please note date change from earlier advertisements). This 76-minute comedy film from 1925 stars Harold Lloyd. The church is located at 4501 Westminster Place in the Central West End, St. Louis, 63108. The movie is part of the Couts Music Series and is free to the community. For more information call 314-367-0367 or .  
Save the Date for the Second Church Chorale and Orchestra presentation of Antonio Vivaldi’s Magnificat with conductor Andrew Peters on Sunday, December 2 at 4:00 p.m. The music, part of Advent Vespers,
Fall Is Here
Are You Ready for Holiday Shopping?
There are many congregations within our presbytery that host fall art, craft and vendor shows to support their mission projects. Shop for holiday gifts, that also give back to mission! Check our Online Calendar Here before shopping this year! .

  • Sat., Nov. 19- 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Craft Show at Florissant Presbyterian Church Directions can be found here.
  • Sat., Dec. 1 - 9:30 a.m to 2 p.m. Firs Annual Cookie Walk (Cookies, Candies, Crafts, and more!) at St. Charles Presbyterian Church All proceeds go to mission causes sponsored by PW. Full flyer found here.
Is your church hosting an event? Please let us know so that we can share with the presbytery. Simply email:
Complete List of Educational Opportunities: Found Here
History Team Highlight
Second Presbyterian Church in St. Louis was established as an offshoot of First Presbyterian Church in 1838. The church’s first home, from 1840 – 1870, was a Greek Revival building at Fifth (Broadway) and Walnut Streets. Second Presbyterian started its own colony in 1840 – Fourth Presbyterian Church (now Central). In 1864, during the Civil War, Second’s congregation split over doctrinal and political differences. A group broke off and formed the 16 th Street Church (later Walnut Street Church and now Memorial Presbyterian Church). The second church building (1870 – 1900) was at 17 th Street and Lucas Place, while the third and present church structure is at Westminster Place and Taylor avenue.
The Witnessing Whiteness program is for individuals who identify as white to come together to do work around eliminating racism in a supportive, non-threatening setting. This group seeks to encourage advocacy and collaboration, and practice strategies for change while increasing knowledge as well as to understand and practice interrupting racism. YWCA and John Calvin Presbyterian Church present this program, that will meet on Thursdays beginning in January 2019. For more information, please click here. 
Current Support Ministry Position Openings
Congregations Searching for Support Staff
Choral Conductor - Westminster, St. Louis
Church Office/Facilities Manager ∙ St. Mark Presbyterian
Administrative Assistant ∙ Second Presbyterian
Communications Coordinator ∙Webster Groves Presbyterian