Newsletter
February / 21 / 2023
Thank you for joining us Saturday!
We are so thankful you were able to carve some time out on a beautiful Saturday, to vote on the presbyterian polity. Seeing so many friends on Zoom and getting done early was great!
We are also grateful for the hard work of our GA#225 Commissioners, Rev. Karen Dumey, Rev. Jeff Ott, Ramona Williams, Amber Geiger, and Maggie Cleeland.
Rev. Joy Myers, Presbytery Stated Clerk, entered the voting results into official PC(USA) records, and will be tabulated in the overall todal.
The new Book of Order should be available by fall. We do not know the cost, as yet. You can begin reserving your copy today, by contacting office manager, Leigh Porter at [email protected] or 314.772.2395.
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  • Please pray for...please pray for the victims of gun violence and mass shootings.
  • Please pray for...please continue to pray for the nations of Turkey and Syria as they are rocked once more by earthquakes this week.
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Regarding Ruling Elders Monthly Resource
Highlights GA#225 GLPby Commissioner
Ruling Elder, Ramonda Williams

Our capacity for awe and wonder feeds spiritual capacity within ourselves, with others, and with God. In turn, spiritual capacity heightens our awareness of compassion, emotional well-being, and our ability to recognize what is sacred in life. 
Journey Through Lent
The New Horizons Presbyterian Church, 9424 Everman Avenue, invites you to join us for a journey through Lent. Our theme will be “The Music of the Passion.” We begin our journey with Ash Wednesday service at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 22nd. Then we continue with our weekly Lenten lunches. We will begin our luncheon at 12:00 noon with a soup luncheon. We will provide soup and drinks. If you would like something else to go with the soup, feel free to bring it with you. Following a time of food and fellowship, we will have a devotional and a time to reflect. We will meet on the following dates: February 28, March 7, 14, 21, and 28 (all are Tuesdays). If you have any questions, please contact us at (314) 427-0841. We will meet in Jubilee Hall. Enter through our Ramp entrance. Please mark your calendars and come join us on our journey through Lent. Directions found here.
A Place of Grace Lenten Offerings

The Lenten journey is long and winding. Companionship on the road makes the journey through the wilderness, through the events of Holy Week, and to the empty tomb on Easter morning more meaningful. You are invited to join the pastor, founder, and creative executive director of A Place of Grace, Julie Gvillo, as she guides you through these days with scripture, art, coaching, wonder, and worship. Click Here to Learn More
Hunger and the Farm Bill:
Education and Advocacy Training
Saturday, Feb. 25th, 10am – 12pm.
St. Pius V Catholic Church, Singler Hall

Join Bread for the World, JustFaith Ministries St. Louis, Catholic Relief Services, and other faith and hunger organizations to learn about hunger, the impact of federal policies like the Farm Bill, and how your church can advocate for a more just world. You’ll hear about and connect with others in the St. Louis area who are involved in advocacy and justice ministries. And you’ll leave with information, ideas and inspiration—equipped to hold an Offering of Letters (letter-writing event) to Congress and other impactful actions with your small group or faith community!
3310 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63118 (map)
St. Pius V Catholic Church, Singler Hall is located near the intersection of I-44 and Grand Blvd. Enter from Utah St.
Daily Reflecting this Lent
The Presbyterian Hunger Program strives to walk with people in moving towards sustainable choices that restore and protect all of God’s children and creation. As people of faith, we seek to “serve and preserve” God’s world. However, some of our collective choices have led to a changing global climate, which translates to warmer temperatures, rising sea-levels, and severe storms, just to name a few. To turn this tide, we must commit to treading lightly on God’s Earth. In Lent, we slow down, take time, and examine our internal spiritual lives and the way we live out our Christian faith in the world around us. Our hope is that this Lenten calendar will be the beginning of actions intended to create more mindful behaviors throughout the year.
Rev. Hannah Zyla Installation
Sun., Feb. 26 | 3 pm
Rev. Hannah Zyla will be installed as the Pastor to Affton Presbyterian Church on Sunday, February 26th at 3 pm.
The installation will be hosted by St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, which is located at 5905 Loughborough Ave., St. Louis, MO 63109. Directions can be found by clicking here.
Con Spirito Concert Series
Concordia Symphony Orchestra
Tuesday, February 28 at 7:30 pm

The First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood, welcomes the Concordia Symphony Orchestra, of Concordia University (Irvine, CA) on February 28th.
The orchestra will present a concert while on its annual tour. Admission is free but an offering will be collected to help defray expenses. Learn more about the Con Spirito Concert Series by visiting the website:
FPC-Kirkwood is located at 100 E. Adams Avenue, Kirkwood, Missouri (Click here for directions)
Understanding Jesus
Public Lecture & Workshop
Thur., Mar. 2
Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, the Rabbi Stanley M. Kessler Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, at the Hartford International University for Religion and Peace, a leading scholar and a voice for interfaith dialogue and cooperation, will be giving a public lecture at 7 pm (flyer found here) and facilitating a workshop at 12 pm (flyer found here) on the importance of knowing and understanding Judaism for knowing and understanding the New Testament on Thursday, March 2, 2023.
Celebrating 75 Years!
Sunday, March 5
Florissant Presbyterian Church welcomes you to join them in celebrating 75 years of outreach and ministry, on Sunday, March 5, with worship at 10:30 am, followed by luncheon and an Open House.
To support their local schools they will be collecting school supplies to celebrate this special occasion. Florissant Presbyterian Church is located at 660 Charbonier, Florissant, Missouri. The directions can be found by clicking here.
Please RSVP by calling the church office so we can get a head count for lunch, at 314.837.8555.
ST. MARK TRIVIA NIGHT IS BACK!
Sat., Mar. 11 at 7 pm
Grab 7 of your closest trivia-loving friends and head to St. Mark on Saturday, March 11th, 2023
The cost is $160 per table – that’s just $20 per person!
Doors open at 6 pm and trivia starts at 7 pm. There will also be a silent auction, games, and prizes. Participants may bring their own beverage of choice –water and soda will be provided. Look for the registration forms on the Youth Table in the Narthex and on the St. Mark website, www.discoverstmark.org
All proceeds benefit the 2023 St. Mark Youth Group Summer Mission Trip to Puerto Rico.
Tips for Caring for God's Amazing Creation: 
Make Caring for creation part of your Lenten Covenant!
Lent is the season of penitence, prayer, and new possibility. As you journey through these 40 days (plus Sundays) of Lent, may you also be mindful of how we are to care for Mother Earth and of how Mother Earth cares for us every day. Maybe this year, you could add something new to your list of practical ways to care for God's unbelievable creation!
"TIPS" is brought to you by the Earth Care Work Group of the Public Witness Team of presbytery: Contact: [email protected] or (314) 941-9378. 
Spirit of Stewardship Conference
Generosity & Stewardship
in a New Day

Tuesday, March 7th   9:00 am - 4:30 pm

The Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy Conference Room will serve as one of the four synod regional host sites. The office is located at 1001 Craig Rd., Ste. 170, Saint Louis, Missouri 63146.
  • Cost: $25 per person and includes lunch and refreshments. The registration deadline is February 28th. Late Registration: $35
  • Scholarships are available to Giddings-Lovejoy members
  • Registration is online and available by clicking here.
 
The planning team is pleased to welcome Scott McKenzie and Kristine Miller of Horizons Stewardship. Both Scott (Horizons Partner) and Kristine (Horizons Senior Vice President and Partner) bring a combination of experience & energy to the ministry of stewardship and are delighted to lead us in a day of learning.
Both are seasoned stewardship leaders. Kristine’s stewardship passion is rooted in her days serving on her church’s stewardship team. She is a self-described “stewardship junkie. Scott, an ordained minister, developed his ministry over the last 25 years to focus on stewardship. He is a trained ICF coach and certified fundraising executive. 
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2023 Middle School Summer Workshops at
Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site and Gateway Arch National Park
To have students learn under-told stories about African Americans in St. Louis and Missouri, and work as teams to creatively share those stories with others. These stories include stories of slavery, resistance, and Reconstruction. Find more information by clicking here.
Contact Julie Northrip, Interpretation, Education, and Volunteer Program Manager, Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site, 314-842-1867 ext. 223
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
Office Admin - Trinity Presbyterian, University City, 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

314-409-9002
Rev. Liz Kanerva
Associate
Presbytery Leader
314.779.6809
Rev. Joy Myers
Stated Clerk

815.501.5522
Leigh Porter
Office Manager
314.225.9470
Janice McMillen
Communications Associate
573.578.3960