July /18/ 2023
Application Deadline is Near
✓ Higher Education Scholarship App.
✓ 3 Essay Questions
✓ Session Endorsement Form
✓ Letter of Support from the Clerk of Session or Pastor
✓ Completed IRS W-9 Form
✓ Deadline August 1st
About The Scholarship
Funds are available for Presbyterians to use for higher education. Scholarships can be used for any accredited institution of higher learning (including trade schools and graduate study programs.)
Scholarships are awarded per school year and are renewable with application annually. Open to active Presbyterians within the Synod of Mid-America, and whose church membership qualifies as reported on December 31, 2022.
Kansas—total of 100 members or less Missouri—total of 50 members or less
Applicants will be judged on financial need, academic achievement, and involvement in the local church, school, and community. Scholarship recipients will be notified by August 31, 2023.
For more information visit
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  • Please pray for ... the family of Rev. Wynn Ward, in his passing from this life.
  • Please pray for ... the first meeting of the DRAWP Book Study, happening on Wednesday
  • Please pray for ... the planning of our next Presbytery Gathering, Education Evenings and Picnic
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Thank you for your prayers and messages. And thank God for healing my heart--It returned from afib to its normal rhythm on its own within 24 hours without needing a charge. Grateful, Thirza
Upcoming Ministry Team Meetings
This Week
Next Week
Thurs., July 20
10 am Public Witness Click Here

Thurs., July 27
11 am NWCC Click Here
11 am Vision Team Click Here
Many Ministry Teams will Recess in July. Please reach out to your team's moderator, to confirm your teams meeting schedule.
Are we ready to gather? Save the date!
Presbytery Hybrid Gathering
Hosted by LoveJoy United Presbyterian
Wood River, Illinois
Thursday, August 24
Opening in Worship at 3:30 pm
Education and worship with Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, PC(USA)’s advocacy director, overseeing the efforts of the Office of Public Witness in Washington, D.C., and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations.
Rev. Hawkins New Book Published in 2022
In this compelling and informative volume, Jimmie R. Hawkins walks the reader through the many forms of Black protest in American history, from pre-colonial times through the George Floyd protests of 2020.
We are still working out the details of this gathering. The Call to Gather will be sent out on Thursday, July 27th, with complete details.
Our Stated Clerk Search Is Live!
The Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy is seeking a part-time Stated Clerk who will join our staff in November of this year!
Interested candidates should send a 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. There will also be the opportunity to provide written responses to supplemental questions that will be extended to candidates upon application. Your letter of interest and documents must be received by July 24, 2023. Finalists will be notified by August 1, and interviews will be conducted on August 10 and 11, 2023.
Check out our new webpage for information on the search!
Saddened to Report
Rev. Wynn Ward
We are saddened to report the passing of Rev. Wynn Ward. Rev. Ward served many churches within our presbytery and we know he will be deeply missed.
We will update you when final arrangements have been made.
News & Updates
Presbyterian Women Giving Day
“PW Gives” Day is a day to celebrate and support all that Presbyterian Women make possible. July 31 was selected to commemorate the July 1988 formation of today’s Presbyterian Women, from the merger of its two predecessor organizations. Thirty-five years later (and innumerable ministries supported), Presbyterian Women continues to address the world’s needs and build a loving community.
Your gift to Presbyterian Women makes possible a wide variety of PW ministries at all levels of the church. 
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!
DRAWP Summer Book Study Starts Wednesday!
DRAWP is pleased to announce the 2023 summer book group! The group will meet for 7 weeks (each Wednesday) via Zoom starting July 19, 2023, with the final gathering in person. This year we will be reading "What Kind of Christianity" by William Yoo.
WANTED: Committed Participants for Fall
A Place of Grace is gearing up for new fall offerings
GRACE CAMP: ART! Supplies have been ordered for the 4 p.m. Grace Camp: Art! retreat Tuesday, July 25th through Friday, July 28th at Von Dell Gallery & Studios in Wood River. However, supplies needed to be ordered in a quantity that exceeded the number of registrations we currently have, so IT'S YOUR LUCKY DAY!!! You can still sign up for this intergenerational art and sabbath opportunity! Go to and fill out the RSVP form on the right side of the page. Minors should be accompanied by an adult. Registration is $12 per person to cover expenses, and an offering box will be made available to contribute to the ministry of A Place of Grace which is providing this opportunity. An art show will be held on Saturday, July 26th at the gallery from 4 to 6 p.m. where participants can speak to their work and share it with family and friends.
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!
Church Financial Leadership Grants Available Now
If you are a pastor, commissioned ruling elder (CRE), a leader of a 1001 New Worshiping Community or a member of a stewardship team we have Church Financial Leadership Grants available for you. The grants will enable you to institute best practices for church financial leadership, introduce you to new models of giving and stewardship, and offer you new ways to talk about money and form generous disciples within your church.
Book Launch Announced
Enslavement and The Underground Railroad in Missouri And Illinois
The book launch event is on August 21, 2023, at 7:00 at The Novel Neighbor Book Store, 7905 Big Bend Boulevard, Webster Groves, Missouri. Directions are found here.  
The Path to Freedom in Missouri and Illinois…
People enslaved here experienced the same horrors as those held captive in other states, and their stories of courage and perseverance are amazing.
The book is available for pre-order by clicking here.
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
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
  • 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