September / 13 / 2022
September is Hunger Action Month 
"Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God." Proverbs 14:31, NIV 
September is Hunger Awareness Month. Educating ourselves about hunger in America is a great way to begin to remedy the problem. It is real. Feeding America reports that “people in all 3,143 counties and in all congressional districts in the 50 states and DC experience food insecurity. Food insecurity ranges from 3% in Bowman County, North Dakota to 46% in Presidio County, Texas.” 
Have you renewed your Hunger Action Forms Yet?
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Weekly Prayer Basket

  • Please pray for... those facing financial hardship, employment uncertainty, or loss
  • Please pray for...for those facing hunger in this Hunger Awareness Month.
  • Please pray for... for those experiencing infectious disease, as it spreads across the US
Quick Connect
Support Ministry
Help Wanted
Upcoming Ministry Team Meetings
This Week
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Wed., Sept. 14
11 am - Transitional Pastors Click Here
12 pm - COM Click Here
Thurs., Sept. 15
10 am Public Witness- Click Here
1:30 pm Vision Team - Click Here
Mon., Sept. 19
12 pm - New to GLPby Pastors Click Here

History Workgroup Annual Tour
National Churchill Museum
at Westminster University, Fulton, Missouri
Wednesday, October 12

Home of America’s National Churchill Museum, scene of Winston Churchill’s historic Iron Curtain speech, and sections of the Berlin Wall. Tour Church of St Mary Aldermanbury with Organ Concert. 
Presbytery Historical Highlight
The pre-Civil War era Old Presbyterian Burial Ground in St. Louis City was bounded by 25th (now North Jefferson), Carr, Biddle and North 23rd Streets. It was located close to St. Bridget of Erin Catholic Church (built in 1859; demolished in 2016). LaSalle middle School is now on the site.
Some of the bodies buried in the Old Presbyterian Burial Ground were reinterred in Bellefontaine Cemetery (founded in 1849) in 1865. A memorial marker at Bellefontaine reads as follows:
“This monument was removed from the Old Presbyterian Burial Ground on Franklin Avenue and Washington Street, and beneath are deposited all the human remains found there in November 1865, when they were removed according to an act of the legislature.”
Pre-1865 advertisements appeared in local newspapers encouraging relatives to move their deceased family members from the Old Presbyterian Burial Ground to Bellefontaine Cemetery. It is probable that some graves were left at the original cemetery, but all of the markers were lost and the cemetery site replaced with new buildings.
The inscription on the monument indicates the Old Presbyterian Burial Ground was located at Franklin and Washington, but primary newspaper articles list it as being on the LaSalle Middle School site.
Submitted by Julie Nicolai, History Workgroup Member
Education Session This Thursday Treasurer/Financial Officers
Are You Registered Yet?
Education Month
The Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy has offered educational opportunities for church support ministries within our boundaries, pre-pandemic, and we are pleased to announce we have planned new educational experiences for our presbytery members this year. 

This September, each Thursday evening at 6:30 pm, we welcome you to join us in learning how to answer the call in some of the support ministries and missions of your church. If you are newly answering a call to serve, exploring answering your nominating committee, or just want a refresh of the call, please join us.
All sessions will be conducted online, using Zoom.
Registration is required and can be found below. 
News & Updates
Services Announced for
Rev. Dr. Richard Elroy Miller
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 24 at the First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood, 100 East Adams Avenue, Kirkwood, MO 63122 at 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice—whatever makes you think of him.
His full obituary may be found here.
Student Loan Webinar
Wed., Sept 21 at 2 pm CT
This webinar will cover the changes to Federal Student Loan policy that massively affect PC(USA) leaders. The webinar will be presented by PeopleJoy. PeopleJoy is a student loan consulting company contracted by the Presbyterian Mission Agency to provide digital advising as well as hands-on document preparation and submission for Federal Programs including Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Income-Driven Repayment Plans, Loan Consolidation, Default Recovery and more. Registration is required. Registration found here. You can find past webinars and FAQs at
A Global Partnerships Virtual Book Discussion
Tues., Sept. 20 at 6:30 pm
B. Hunter Farrell & S. Balajieblang Khyllep will discuss their new book “Freeing Congregational Mission: A Practical Vision of Companionship, Humility, and Co-Development.” All Christians are interested in new trends in global mission and social justice are invited to attend. The discussion will on Zoom on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, beginning at 6:30 pm (CDT.) The zoom link found here.
For more information about the book go to:
On this link you can order the book with a 30% discount.  Use MISSION at checkout.
For more information about this virtual event, email: or call 314-779-6940.
This event is being presented by the Global Partnership Ministry and the Joining Hands Peruvian Partnership of the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy.
Old Argo Annual Apple Butter Day
Sat., Sept. 24
7 am Kettles Go On Fire
1:30 pm Jar Up Begins

Stop, stir, visit, and learn about this annual event.
Located in rural Franklin County, located at 8857 Hwy Ae, Bourbon, MO 65441, this beautiful church is surrounded by nature. Directions are found here.
"Tips" for Caring for God's Wonderful Creation: 
Use a reusable water bottle.
Cut down on plastic by carrying your own water bottle. Preferably one made of aluminum rather than plastic. You will save money by bringing your own water rather than buying new bottles every time you are thirsty. Bottles from bottled water pollute our streams, rivers, and ocean.
"TIPS" is brought to you by the Earth Care Work Group of presbytery. Contact: or 314-941-9378.
Connect with Light for the Darkness!
Rev. Thirza Sayers, Executive Director of Light for the Darkness, shared about this ministry at the Presbytery meeting. If you or your church would like to hear more, please contact and we would be glad to share the impact and opportunities of L4TD.  
We also invite you to watch this short video to learn more about our mission to connect people with mental health variances with each other and with God in order to provide hope and resources for daily struggles.
We have just started our 2023 fundraising campaign with the goal of raising $87,000. We now have five facilitators and are helping start a Light for the Darkness in Cincinnati and one for clergy called Our Selah. Please consider supporting this vital mental health ministry. Give here.
If your church choir has not begun meeting or if you would like to be a part of a group and experience the joy of singing together, whatever the reason, please join us!
New Horizons Presbyterian Church is preparing for the Christmas season and would like to include singers from the community in our Christmas cantata. The choir is preparing to start rehearsals on a Christmas musical by Marty Parks entitled, "A Promise, The Blessing of Christmas." The songs include a number of familiar carols as well as a few new melodies. It is arranged to be easily accessible to choirs of all sizes and ages! Singers will purchase a copy of the music and be able to rehearse on their own time in addition to a few large group rehearsals.
Our first meeting will be Sunday, October 2nd at 2:30 p.m. in the choir room at New Horizons Presbyterian Church, located at 9424 Everman Avenue in Overland, Missouri. Since this is a community choir event, the performance will be on Saturday, December 10th at 3:30 p.m.
If you need additional information, please contact our church office at (314) 427-0841 and leave a message. We would love to have you join us!
General Assembly Special Committees Being Formed

Dear Colleagues in Ministry, I hope that you are enjoying these last days of summer! I am writing to let you know that application forms for persons who wish to be considered for appointment by GA Co-Moderators, Rev. Ruth Faith Santana-Grace and the Rev. Shavon Starling-Louis, to the special entities. Persons who wish to be considered for nomination are encouraged to file an application form as soon as possible at the GA nominations portal. 
Only those who have completed and submitted an application form and for whom we have received reference forms can be considered for appointment by the Co-Moderators. The deadline for submission of applications for Special Entities is October 14, 2022.
St. Andrews Charitable Foundation
18th Annual Ageless Remarkable
Saint Louisans Gala
Recognizing Impactful Seniors While Supporting Seniors in Need
Saturday, October 1st

One of those amazing seniors is our own, Diane McCullough
New Commissioned Pastor Class Forming
A Commissioned Pastor is a ruling elder in the Presbytery who, once training is complete, is eligible for limited pastoral services. Commissioned Pastors may, for example, moderate the session of a congregation to which they are commissioned, administer sacraments, and officiate at marriages where permitted by law.
Many current Commissioned Pastors in the presbytery serve as sole pastors of smaller congregations. Others use their training to strengthen leadership roles in their home churches and throughout the presbytery generally.
Many candidates for the Commissioned Pastor Program complete their training while also employed full-time.
Practicing Inclusion
A Leader Formation Webinar for
Ruling Elders and Deacons
Thurs., Oct. 13 at 6 pm (CT)
What is implicit bias—and how does it affect the ability of the church to be faithful to God’s will? How can the church be more welcoming and inclusive of all voices?
Jihyun Oh, Director of Mid Council Ministries in the Office of the General Assembly, will lead a 90-minute webinar exploring these matters—both identifying problems hindering our faithfulness and offering tools to address them.
The cost of the webinar is covered by your per capita dollars. Register no later than October 5.
Federal Student Loan Relief for Pastors

The Synod of Mid-America wants you to know that relief is available! Apply soon because this offer expires on October 31.
More information can be obtained here:

The form is here:
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
Communications Administrator - Ladue Chapel, Ladue, MO

Director of Children Ministry- Dardenne Presbyterian, Dardenne Prairie, MO

Worship Musician/Coordinator -Westminster Presbyterian St. Louis, MO

Part-Time Pastor - Rock Presbyterian, Imperial, MO

Secretary/Office Administrator -John Knox Presbyterian, Florissant, MO

(PT) Coordinator Christian Education - Southminster Presbyterian, Crestwood, MO

Organist/Accompanist - First Presbyterian - Cape Girardeau, MO

Music Director - Glendale Presbyterian Church, Glendale, 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