August / 15 / 2023
Our Presbytery - Our Work
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  • Please pray for ... the safety and health of all students, educators, and support staff as school resumes
  • Please pray for ... pastors who are discerning new calls, approaching retirement, and those who are ministering to inter-congregational struggles.
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Upcoming Ministry Team Meetings
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Thurs., Aug. 17
10 am Public Witness Click Here
1:30 pm Vision Team Click Here
Tues., Aug. 22
10 am NWCC Click Here
Have you Registered for the Gathering yet?
Presbytery Hybrid Gathering
Hosted by
LoveJoy United Presbyterian
2550 Rock Hill Rd.,
Wood River, Illinois
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Thursday, August 24
Opening in Worship at 3:30 pm
All are welcome to attend and have a voice, even if not commissioned to a voting role.
The binder will be uploaded and sent out to Commissioners on Friday, August 18.
All Welcome to Attend Pre-Gathering Sessions
If your schedule allows, we hope you will join us at one or all of the Pre-Gathering Community Conversations. The topics at each location will be unique and focused on how we may serve our communities through mission and action, as Christ calls us to.

Wednesday, August 23
9 am - Oak Hill Presbyterian
2 pm - Webster Groves Presbyterian
6:30 pm - Third Presbyterian
September Education Evenings
Held Each Thursday on Zoom
We are excited to offer a month of Thursday Education Evenings! Each Thursday evening at 6:30 pm there will be a unique learning experience that can be used in your own church. Please join us!
Stated Clerk Search Deadline Extended to September 24
Please send your letter of interest and resume, Personal Information Form (PIF), or CV to Donna Schiro,
Please include your name in the subject line of your email and title all documents in the upper left corner with your first and last name.
Be sure to check out our webpage for information on the search!
Candidates will be requested to fill out supplemental questions upon indication of their interest. Finalists will be notified by October 1st, and interviews will be scheduled on Tuesday, October 17th, and Wednesday, October 18th.
News & Updates
Praying for the Presbytery of the Pacific
The Red Cross has asked PDA to be on standby to provide a team of spiritual care providers who could be embedded with the Red Cross for their ongoing response on Maui. On Friday, PDA was making calls to names on its roster of about a dozen such providers to see who might be available should the need arise.
Learn more about the Presbyterian Disaster Response by clicking here.
If you would like to donate to the PDA for these wildfires, click here.
Within the Liturgical Season of Ordinary Time, between Pentecost and Advent, when the church is forming and going into the world, is another season that a growing number of congregations are observing: The Season of Creation, from September 1, World Day of Prayer for God's Creation to October 4, the Feast of St. Francis Day. This season calls the church not only to go to all the world's human populations but to care for God's Earth and all that is in it. Each Sunday celebrates and calls for care for a different aspect of God's Creation. Many free materials (liturgies, prayers, hymn/scripture suggestions, children's curriculum and messages, sermon ideas, and practical actions for the congregation) are available to celebrate this season. For more information: 
Also, available for your use during this Season of Creation or Earth Day (or any day!) is a choral arrangement of the song "Let the Earth Breathe," lyrics/words by Ellie Stock, © 2012; Choral Arrangement, © 2023, by Second Presbyterian Church Minister of Music, Spencer Smith, sung by the Second Presbyterian Church Choir: YouTube link: ; music notation, attached.  
For more information about this or becoming an Earth Care Congregation, please contact Ellie Stock, or Carleton Stock, 
CORRECTION from last week:
Florissant Presbyterian Church and John Knox Presbyterian Church partnered together to give out 300 bags of school supplies to be a blessing to those in their community, at this Back to School Drive.
Uni-Pres Kindercottage Fundraiser
Laugh Out Loud Christian Comedy
Saturday, August 26
Show time starts @ 6:30pm
115 W B St, Belleville, IL 62220, St. Paul UCC
Real and Lasting Change?
Models that Work to End Poverty
Eradicating Systemic Poverty Through:
Community Organizing, Movement-Building,
and Public Policy Advocacy

Monday, August 28 | 10 AM CT
Guest Speakers Include: Denzel Mitchell, an Associate Organizer from the congregation-based community organization “Richmonders Involved to Strengthen Our Communities” in Richmond, VA, • Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, Director of the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary (NY) and Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign • The Rev. Jimmie R. Hawkins, Director of the Presbyterian Church (USA) Office of Public Witness in Washington D.C. • Moderators of this online event will be Jennifer Evans of the Presbyterian Hunger Program and Rev. Dr. Alonzo Johnson of the Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People
To register to attend this Zoom, click here.
Presbytery Picnic Planned
The Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery Picnic will be hosted by the beautiful Grace Presbyterian Church, on Saturday, September 30. The church is located 105 Bailey Road, Crystal City, MO 63019. We plan for this event to be filled with fellowship, great food, fun for all ages, music, and enjoying this gorgeous church setting. We are hopeful that your church will encourage your congregants to attend!
2023 Presbytery History Tour
Underground Railroad
Friday, October 20th | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Depart and return to Faith Des Peres Presbyterian Church, 11155 Clayton Rd St Louis, MO 63131
Reservations Required. Contact Jan Stanford, 314-638-0195, 9511 Howerton Dr., St Louis MO 63123. Checks payable to: Presbytery of Giddings Lovejoy, Please note the History Tour on the memo line. $85 per person (Includes tour, lunch, and gratuities)
WANTED: Committed Participants for Fall
A Place of Grace is gearing up for new fall offerings
WHAT IS A PLACE OF GRACE? Good question ... thanks for asking! A Place of Grace is a validated ministry of Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery which provides a number of options for spiritual retreat planning for individuals, couples, families, small groups, businesses, organizations, and churches. The mission is to nurture delight, facilitate healing, and inspire prayer in people of all ages and from all walks of life through creative spiritual practices. A Place of Grace pastor, Julie Gvillo, would love the opportunity to talk with you, your church leaders, or any group within your church about ways in which A Place of Grace offerings might support your ministry. I am currently scheduling dates in August and September to visit with you and your people. Call 618-410-5060 to set up an appointment to have that conversation. I look forward to hearing from you!
The Association of Partners in Christian Education (APCE) will hold its 2024 Annual Event in St. Louis from January 24th through January 27th at St. Louis Union Station. That's right! APCE AE is coming to ST. LOUIS, and we are SO EXCITED! The Local Committee has been working on this event for the past year, and now we are reaching out to you to ask for your help. We will need volunteers -- LOTS of them -- to provide hospitality to our colleagues in ministry during that week. Right now, we just need to know that you have marked your calendars and that you're willing to be of service. In the fall, we will ask about your availability during the week and your preferences regarding tasks. Please email Julie Gvillo ( and Pat Cleeland ( together, so we can start compiling a list of resources. Pastors, please put this announcement in your bulletins. This international event is a huge undertaking, and we are counting on the presbytery to help us deliver! Thank you!
Called to Serve? We Need You!
Have You Considered Presbytery Service?
There are many ministry team positions available in the coming year, and we just know you would be a good fit for a committee or commission
Please fill out and return the form below.
GLPby App Form (Word) | GLPby App Form (fillable PDF)
Current Support Ministry Position Openings
  • Choir Director and Organist, First Presbyterian, Alton, IL
  • Chaplains, St. Lukes Hospital, Chesterfield, MO
  • Contemporary Worship Band Leader, First Presbyterian, Kirkwood, MO
  • (PT) Coordinator Christian Education - Southminster Presbyterian, Crestwood, MO
  • Head of Music - First United Presbyterian, Collinsville, IL

Off Hours Help Needed? Contacts Found Below
Rev. Ryan Landino
Presbytery Leader

Rev. Liz Kanerva
Presbytery Leader
Rev. Joy Myers
Stated Clerk

Leigh Porter
Office Manager
Janice McMillen
Communications Associate