May / / 2023
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  • Please pray for ... following Memorial Day, please keep all service members past and present. Many service members experience PTSD
  • Please pray for... for travel mercies of all those on sabbatical or vacation this summer
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Tues., June 6
12 pm - All Pastors Click Here
Thurs., June 8
9:30 am History Team at Southminster
Stated Clerk Search Update
Do you have a heart for people? A spirit for collaboration? A penchant for organizational detail?

The Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy is seeking a part-time Stated Clerk for a three-year term, eligible for reelection who will join our staff in November of this year!
We are looking for a Ruling Elder or Minister of Word and Sacrament with the understanding and skill to serve as a spiritual leader. The ability to communicate and work effectively with others and to establish and maintain interpersonal relationships is vital. You would be working with a seasoned staff that is eager to collaborate with you and incorporate your gifts and experience in the dynamic work of the Presbytery and its congregations, striving to be a compassionate and inclusive community that makes Christianity relevant, meaningful, and joyful. Your work schedule would be negotiable and flexible, with time in the office, the field, and at home, based on the shared needs of the office.
Interested and qualified 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.
Here is the job description approved at our last presbytery gathering:, and here is a draft of the Ministry Information Form (published in full on Church Leadership Connection (CLC) system):
Be on the lookout as we share more about our work and process!
Search Team for the Stated Clerk,
Sarah Holt (Chair of Search Team for the Stated Clerk)
Donna Schiro (Vice-Chair )
Rev. Daniel Ervin
Barbara Abbett
Rev. Larryetta Ellis
Rev. Kathleen Henrion

Our wonderful Presbytery is a community of 69 congregations and ministries in Southeast Missouri and Western Illinois, ranging in size from 5 to 1441, are demographically diverse, and are spread across rural, suburban, and urban areas. The Presbytery’s main office is in St. Louis, Mo, where both the feel of a city and smaller close-knit communities exist.
News & Updates
To learn more about their ministry and to subscribe to their letters, visit their mission connection page.
Mutuality In Mission
Welcome to our first video installment of Mission Matters.
Watch below to meet and hear from José Manuel Capella-Pratts and Vilmarie Cintrón-Olivieri, regional liaisons to the Caribbean, discuss the importance of doing mission in the 21st century, developing relationships through their work, and what it means to be mutual in mission.
Healing and Healing Art Together
Fri., June 2 | 6 pm to 8:30 pm
Light for the Darkness and Grounded Gardening has been gifted a bench with a beautiful history from a Christian community that closed last year. The people who sat on it had been waiting, crying, praying, hungry, grateful, lonely, seeking, hopeful and so much more. We are going to rededicate this bench to service our healing work. Learn more by clicking here.
Steelville Presbyterian Players present:
“The Verdict: The Trial of Judas”
by Peter C. Nichols
Sun., June 4 at 5 pm
This dinner theatre will be held on Please make reservations for our dinner theater so we know how many tables to set up and how much food to fix. A donation to our mission fund is considered an admission fee. (no set fee is taxed) The Steelville Presbyterian Church is located at 211 N. First St., Steelville. Directions found by clicking here.
For reservations, simply call the church office at 573-775-2590.
A Place of Grace May Prayer Art Retreat
Here is artwork from this month's Prayer Art Retreat at Von Dell Gallery & Studios in Wood River. The story was from John 20:1-18. I'm always amazed by what develops as the evening progresses. The June Prayer Art Retreat is Thursday, June 15th at 6 p.m. at Von Dell Gallery & Studios, 102 E Ferguson, Wood River, IL. We hope you'll join us for art and the sabbath. You can register here:
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.
The book is currently on sale at the PCUSA Store for $19.50
(Regular Price: $30.00). Click Here for Details
If you are planning to be part of the group read this summer, order yours today and receive 35% off the list price! Sign up for this summer's book group by sending an email to Travis Winckler ( Diane McCullough (, or Julie Northrip (
Tips for Caring for God's Bountiful Creation: 
Check on heating/cooling at home or church
Are your furnaces and air conditioners high-efficiency models? Are your systems programmable and zoned? Are the outside doors and windows sealed tightly? Are the windows double-paned?
The Earth Care Team and Work Group monitor certified Earth Care Congregations in the presbytery and organize ways to address eco justice within the presbytery's boundaries. Contact: or 314-941-9378.
Full Funded Westminster Scholarship Announced
Austin College announces the largest single gift in the College’s history, a $20 million bequest from the estate of Clifford J. Grum. The gift will fully fund the Westminster Scholarship Program for Presbyterian students to attend Austin College with full tuition paid, beginning in the 2024-2025 academic year
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
  • Contemporary Worship Band Leader, First Presbyterian, Kirkwood, MO
  • PT Custodian-New Horizons Presbyterian, Overland, MO
  • PT Office Administrator-First Presbyterian, Alton, IL
  • (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