Newsletter
March / 26 / 2019
Space for the Spirit
Rev. Dr. Craig M. Howard
Presbytery Leader
"These spaces are a testament to our limitations and God’s possibility."


Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket Update
  • Please pray.... for those who have experienced tornado damage this week.
  • Please pray .... for those who struggle with mental health care
  • Please pray ... for our commissions and teams as they work to guide our presbytery
Click on the prayer basket to find our current prayers.
Big Tent Registration Now Open
  • Organizers for this year’s Big Tent celebration are expecting a large turnout for the gathering in Baltimore this summer. Registration is officially open for the event that is held in off years for the General Assembly.The theme for this year is “Called to a Movement Beyond Institution,” which is also the theme for the 224th General Assembly (2020), also being held in Baltimore. Full details of Big Tent can be found here.
Self - Development of People Sunday Celebration
  • The Self-Development of People Sunday is Sunday, April 7th. Here is a resource that lifts up stories of community building, self-reliance, and hope – stories of God in action. It also provides hymns, liturgical suggestions, and how to access other free SDOP resources that are available to you and your congregation. Find what you need to celebrate in your church, by clicking here.
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Upcoming Team Meetings
NOTE: Meeting locations are as follows: Oaks - is the meeting room next door to the presbytery office; St.Andrew - refers to the Board Room of St. Andrews on the second floor, directly above the presbytery office; Pres - refers to the Presbytery Office Resource Center; Ladue - refers to Ladue Chapel; WG - refers to Webster Groves Presbyterian. Contact the office at 314-772-2395 if you are unsure where you will be meeting.
Week of: Mar. 28 to Apr. 3

Thur., Mar. 28
Presbytery Office Closed
10 a.m. . - Presb Educators (Oaks)
Mon., Apr. 1
5 p.m. - Liaison (Pres)

Week of: Apr. 4 to Apr.10

Tues, Apr. 9
10 a.m. . - Finance (Oaks)
1 p.m. - Mission/Outreach (Oaks)
4 p.m. - Admin/Support (Oaks)
Wed., Apr. 10
10 a.m. - Pastoral Trans/Care (Oaks)
In Your Neighborhood
Presbytery Remote Office Day this week!
Thursday, March 28 - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Shawnee Room at the Drury Inn, located right off of I-55, at 3351 Percy Dr., in Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701. Directions can be  found here.  
See you there!
Uprooting Hunger - 2019 Presbytery Wide Goal
Does your congregation support
One Great Hour of Sharing
Your gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing have gone to support Presbyterian Hunger Program, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, and Self Development of People's efforts. See how your support helps others, 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:  communication@glpby.org
Ministry Team Updates
Summer 2019 Mission & Outreach Team
Grant Applications Now Available
APPLICATIONS DUE BY APRIL 8
The Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy Mission and Outreach Moderator, Joyce Wilks-Love has announced that 2019 Summer Grant Applications are now available. You can find the application and details about the grants here.
SAVE THE DATE
Social Witness Action Team of the
Synod of Mid-America
Annual Conference
Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 9 a.m .to 3 p.m.
John Knox Presbyterian Church
More details can be found here.
Team & Congregational Happenings
Where’s the Water?
You are invited to join the discussion at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27, at Webster Groves Presbyterian Church 45 W. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, MO 63119
Watershed Cairns artist Libby Reuter will share images and information about the Missouri and Mississippi rivers and their tributary rivers, streams, and sewers. Since 2011, Watershed Cairns® artists Libby Reuter and Joshua Rowan have created 300 images marking the Upper Mississippi River from Lake Itasca, Minnesota to St. Louis, Missouri, and the Missouri River from its origin in the Centennial Mountains, Montana to St. Louis. Their goal is to inspire viewers to preserve and protect the nation’s fresh water resources.
The event flyer can be found here.
Communion Training for Elders
If your church is without a permanent pastor and wants to celebrate the Lord’s Supper regularly without having a Minister of Word and Sacrament present, then send a couple of elders to this training. The training will take place Saturday, March 30, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., at 1st Presbyterian Church of Perryville. Once an elder completes the training, the elder can be the celebrant at the table at his/her church beginning in May after approval at the Presbyter Gathering. Please RSVP to Stephanie Knopf, 314-420-9477 or sbknopf@yahoo.com .
Lenten Prayer Retreat at Ladue Chapel
Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 9 am – 12 pm
You are invited to rest in God’s presence and allow yourself to receive the pure gift of God. This morning of prayer includes an opportunity to pray with words (lectio divina), music (audio divina), and art (visio divina). Join Dieter Heinzl and Anne Peacock, as we nurture contemplative practices to enhance life’s journey. The labyrinth will also be available to walk in Fellowship Hall before and after the retreat. Friends welcome. RSVP to Anne Peacock: apeacock@laduechapel.org or 314-993-4771 x3122. Directions can be found here.
Bridging the Delmar Housing Divide:
Partnering with Fountain Park-Lewis Place
neighbors to sustain their homes
Sunday, March 31 - 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Second Presbyterian Church, St. Louis, will be hosting representatives from community housing organizations who will share their experiences and perspectives on ways to address disparities/inequalities in housing for residents in St. Louis neighborhoods within the STL Village footprint north of Delmar Boulevard. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Registration is requested but not required. Register by calling the STL Village office at (314) 240-5020 or by email at  info@stlvillage.org. Complete details found here.
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UKirk students are excitedly preparing for the Open House and Dessert Auction. As this event quickly approaches, they would love to have those planning to attend RSVP via email here ,

15th Annual - Praise Is What We Do Concert
The William G. Gillespie Scholarship Committee of Cote Brilliante Presbyterian Church invites you to join us as we celebrate our "Fifteenth Annual Praise Is What We Do Concert" on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 2:00 pm at Cote Brilliante Presbyterian Church. Directions can be found here.
The concert will feature spirit-filled selections of praise dancing, poetry, vocal and instrumental performances. Admission is free; however, a free-will offering will be taken to benefit the scholarship fund. Joyce Addison & Richard Massey are Program Co-Chairs; Pasadena Weathersby - Scholarship Committee Chairperson, welcome all!
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Annual Spring Salad Luncheon
The Hardin, IL Presbyterian Church will be having its Annual Spring Salad Luncheon on Wednesday, April 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in its fellowship hall. The menu will include chicken salad, assorted salads and breads, dessert, and drink for $8.00. Proceeds go to local missions. Treat your secretary on “Administrative Professional’s Day.” 
Directions can be found here.
Annual Mound Ridge Dinner Auction
Save the date for the Mound Ridge Dinner Auction committee set the date for the 2019 Dinner Auction. It will be held on April 27, 2019, at Andrea’s Banquet Hall on Telegraph Road.
Complete List of Educational Opportunities: Found Here
Rev. Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon Scholarship
The Presbyterian Mission Agency will accept applications for the Katie Cannon scholarship beginning April 1. The scholarship, created to honor the name and legacy of the late Rev. Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon, supports Presbyterian clergywomen and college women of color and other Presbyterian women of color with opportunities for leadership and spiritual development as well as mission opportunities in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Full details can be found here.
2019 Starpoint Reformed Youth Festival "Unity"
July 23-27 in Debrecen
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 29th
Every two years, thousands of Reformed youth from all over the Carpathian Basin and international guests from around the world gather to worship, fellowship, and grow in faith with one another at the Starpoint Reformed Youth Festival. Each year, during the festival, youth participate in various programs, including opening and closing worships, daily keynotes, roundtable discussions and workshops, and evening devotions and small groups. Unlike other festivals, Starpoint is a festival for youth by youth, with a group of more than 600 people taking part in organizing and running the event.
Upcoming Online Continuing Education
The Leadership Institute is committed to equipping and inspiring church and ministry leaders. Our desire is to foster the continuing, ongoing process of leadership development for pastors, educators, and lay leaders alike. We invite you to explore how we may partner together to strengthen our witness and service to the church in the world. 
Opportunity to Talk about the Confessions
When the Presbyterian Church USA [PCUSA] merged with the Presbyterian Church of North America [PCNA] in 1958 everyone agreed that the Westminster Standards were no longer an adequate confessional statement and committee [of course!] was formed to make suggestions. Thee result of nine years work, under the capable leadership of Edward Dowey of Princeton, to both create a Book of Confessions and draft a new confession which became known as the Confession of 1967 [the year it was finally adopted] or C67. As the entire church read, discussed and commented on the committee’s work in 1966 and 1967, St Louis pastor, Sherman Skinner [Second] added his skills to enable the refinement and final passage of the confession and the Book of Confessions. We’ll talk about all this ~ and more ~ Thursday morning at Eden. An then we’ll take a break until after Easter. Want to join the conversation? Contact Barbara G. Willock, bwill2@mindspring.com.
Current Support Ministry Position Openings
Congregations Searching for Support Staff
Part Time Site Manager - AMEN|St. Louis

Soprano Section Leader Wanted - Westminster St. Louis

Senior Staff Assistant - Webster Groves

Director of Music and Organist - Faith Des Peres

Director Faith Formation and Family Ministries
for Children - Ladue Chapel