Newsletter
August / 11 / 2020
Three Dimensional Worship
COVID time has not
been pleasant, but it has offered
us an opportunity for creativity.
Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket

  • Please pray ...  for students that will be learning online and for those going back to the classroom as well as the teachers for a safe start of the school year.
  • Please pray for... for medical personnel as they are on the front lines of battling COVID19
  • Please pray for... for communities who are experiencing an uptick in COVID19 positives and hospitalization.
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Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy
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
This Week
Next Week
Wed., Aug. 12
12pm - Interim/Trans - Click Here
1:30pm -COM - Click Here

Thurs., Aug. 13
3pm - Gather Planning - Click Here

Wed., Aug. 19
12pm - Clerks of Session - Click Here

Thurs., Aug. 20
9:30am - History Team - Click Here
10am - Social Witness - Click Here
4pm - Vision Team - Click Here
12pm - Clerks of Session - Click Here

Sat., Aug. 22
9am - Zoom Training for Gathering -

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!

If you are not comfortable with
Zoom or need a refresher -
please join Janice on
Saturday, August 22nd at 9am or
Tuesday, August 25th at 7pm by clicking this Zoom link.
News & Activities
Trinity Presbyterianian Church University City
Participates in Virtual St. Louis
PrideFest 2020
Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and restrictions on public gatherings at the time, St. Louis Pride postponed PrideFest 2020 from June to mid-August. Then, due to the ongoing restrictions on large crowds, St. Louis Pride made the decision to hold a virtual PrideFest 2020 celebration on August 15. Read more here.
A Place of Grace
Reiki is the prayerful practice of removing disturbances from the human energy field in order to promote relaxation and facilitate the body's natural healing processes. Reiki supports wholeness of body, mind, and spirit. At least through the end of the calendar year, A Place of Grace is making a special offer for the pastors in Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery: FREE Remote Mini-Reiki Retreats. Because Reiki is a practice of prayer, Reiki II and Reiki Master Practitioners have the ability to "send" it to those who request it. A mini-retreat consists of a short conversation followed by an energetic assessment and approximately fifteen minutes of Reiki being sent to the recipient. You can learn more about Reiki here, or schedule a Zoom call if you have questions. You can email me or call 618-410-5060 to schedule an appointment. I'd love to support you as you provide ongoing support for your flock during this challenging time!
The Youth Committee of Dismantling Racism and Privilege (DRAP) will host a zoom call on the evening of Thursday, August 20th for any youth within the Giddings Lovejoy Presbytery that might be interested in serving on a Youth Advisory Team. 
The ideas and voices of our youth are critical as we as work together to understand the history and the impact of racism in our community and country.
We plan to offer activities and events that connect youth and provide opportunities to discuss issues of racism, privilege and social injustice. We want the youth advisory team to share with us how they would like to explore these topics.
If you feel the Spirit calling you to be part of this youth team and help us move towards our goal of equal justice for all God’s children, please complete this survey: https://forms.gle/yWx7gwAG4agRbcFHA

If you or your family has questions, please contact one of us.

Thank you for considering being a part of this advisory team and making a positive difference in our community.

Julie Northrip 636-227-3232

Shala Taylor. 314-322-3456

Gary Naylor. 636-484-6029

Campus Ministry During a Pandemic
Campus ministry is still happening in the midst of a global pandemic! Rev. Max Hill, pastor of UKirk St Louis, would like to catch you up on what they're doing. Please click here to see Max's video. UKirk needs our support as they continue meeting the needs of college students. Please keep them in your prayers and consider making a donation. Donations can be made online through the UKirk website or can be mailed to UKirk in care of the Presbytery of Giddings Lovejoy.

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.
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 thirzasayers@gmail.com 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:
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.
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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.
Becoming Matthew 25
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How Do We Engage Socially Distancing and still participate in Mission & Ministry?
Current Support Ministry Position Openings
Send us your stories of how your congregation is maintaining congregational vitality during this pandemic. Send stories to Office Manager, Leigh Porter at lporter@glpby.org
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

Associate Pastor - Dardenne Presbyterian, Dardenne Prarie, MO