August / 29 / 2023
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Rev. Jimmie Hawkins
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  • Please pray for ... our month of education and the upcoming picnic. For fellowship and community.
  • Please pray for ... pastors who are discerning new calls, approaching retirement, and those who are ministering to inter-congregational struggles.
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Tues., Sept. 5
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September Education Evenings
Held Each Thursday on Zoom
We are excited to offer a month of Thursday Education Evenings! Each Thursday evening at 6:30 pm there will be a unique learning experience that can be used in your own church. Please join us!
Stated Clerk Search Deadline Extended to September 24
Please send your letter of interest and resume, Personal Information Form (PIF), or CV to Donna Schiro, [email protected].
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.
Be sure to check out our webpage for information on the search!
Candidates will be requested to fill out supplemental questions upon indication of their interest. Finalists will be notified by October 1st, and interviews will be scheduled on Tuesday, October 17th, and Wednesday, October 18th.
News & Updates
Join us for a Season of Rebuilding - Virtual Town Hall   
Thursday, August 31, 2023, 2-3:30 p.m. CT
The Benefits Plan of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) was created for a different church at a different time. The dues structure has not changed in nearly 40 years, while the denomination has not stopped changing. Declining church membership, shifting demographics, and rising healthcare costs have meant that fewer and fewer congregations can afford to enroll pastoral leadership in the plan. The goal of the season of rebuilding is to make the necessary changes to provide greater flexibility and cost control for congregations as they care for the well-being of their pastoral leaders. 
The success of the season of rebuilding initiative relies on feedback from our community of faith. We look forward to hearing from you and sharing information on the initiative from the June meeting of our Board of Directors. 
All Active Pastors Gather
Tuesday, September 5
Join us in welcoming Rev. David Loleng, of the Presbyterian Foundation to this month's All Pastor Zoom. The Presbyterian Foundation is establishing a national coaching network to help address the challenges faced by pastoral leaders. Therefore, the goal of this coaching program is to develop pastoral leaders who have a solid foundation in church financial literacy and appropriate skills in leadership and management so that their ministries flourish and their congregations create a culture that forms generous disciples who join in Christ’s mission in their neighborhoods, communities, and the world.
Second Presbyterian Church Sunday Forum Invites You to
The Season Of Creation: Let Justice And Peace Flow

The Sunday Forum Coordinating Team has been working to create a schedule of timely topics, and we hope you will be able to participate.  This fall season begins with a three-week series focusing on the SEASON OF CREATION. We are now in the church liturgical season of Ordinary Time which focuses on the church’s being called into the world to spread God’s love.  Within this season is the SEASON OF CREATION, September 1 to St Francis’ Day, October 4, which calls us, as Christians, to love and protect Creation the way God does, to LET JUSTICE AND PEACE FLOW for Creation and all that is in it--which is this year’s theme.  
The Forum is pleased to announce that this series will be led by Dr. Clint McCann from Eden Seminary. An overview as well as the topics for each Sunday are listed below. The Forum meets at 9:00 AM in the Portrait Lounge.
This past summer, so much has occurred locally, nationally, and globally regarding the environment and the devastating effects human behavior has had on Earth and all that is in it. This series is timely in helping us to LET JUSTICE AND PEACE FLOW not only for us now but for our children and their great-grandchildren to the seventh generation.
We are looking forward to being together again to broaden and deepen our understanding of our calling to follow Jesus' Life Way of being Justice and Peacemakers on behalf of Earth and all that is in it.
We hope to see you there! For more information:  Ellie Stock, [email protected] 
Are You Ready for our
Presbytery Picnic?
The Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery Picnic will be hosted by the beautiful Grace Presbyterian Church, on Saturday, September 30. The church is located 105 Bailey Road, Crystal City, MO 63019. We plan for this event to be filled with fellowship, great food, fun for all ages, music, and enjoying this gorgeous church setting. We are hopeful that your church will encourage your congregants to attend!
2023 Presbytery History Tour
Underground Railroad
Friday, October 20th | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Depart and return to Faith Des Peres Presbyterian Church, 11155 Clayton Rd St Louis, MO 63131
Reservations Required. Contact Jan Stanford, 314-638-0195, 9511 Howerton Dr., St Louis MO 63123. Checks payable to: Presbytery of Giddings Lovejoy, Please note the History Tour on the memo line. $85 per person (Includes tour, lunch, and gratuities)
What We Do

A Place of Grace does Healing and Wholeness Retreats! Sometimes you just need a way to say thank you to your employees, an entry into a Healing and Wholeness service, or to de-stress. A Place of Grace has got you! From a healing pathway to finger labyrinths to essential oils and the Reiki chair, A Place of Grace pastor, Julie Gvillo, can set up a soothing space in a conference room, a family room, or a Sunday School room, and your participants can be renewed and restored. OR you can make a Healing and Wholeness room part of a larger customized retreat that offers additional options for nurturing delight, facilitating healing, and inspiring prayer in people of all ages and from all walks of life through creative spiritual practices! The women of First Presbyterian in Fort Wayne, Wellshire Presbyterian in Denver, and Woodlawn Chapel in Wildwood can vouch for it! Call 618-410-5060 today to schedule a Healing and Wholeness Retreat or email Julie Gvillo at [email protected] for more details.
The Association of Partners in Christian Education Annual Event is coming to St. Louis Union Station from January 24th through January 27th, 2024. Your Local Committee is preparing to offer hospitality. We are asking for one volunteer per congregation in our presbytery. Please email your willingness to serve to [email protected] (Julie Gvillo) and [email protected] (Rev. Pat Cleeland)
Another way you can help us is to click on the QR code, which will take you to our Amazon wish list which has a current list of our needs. This list will change as our needs are met and new ones materialize, so please keep checking. Thank you so much! We are grateful!
Fernclipse: Solar Eclipse
Intergenerational Event
April 6-9, 2024
The Office of Christian Formation of the Presbyterian Mission Agency is partnering with Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center in Little Rock, Arkansas, to offer a four-day, three-night intergenerational Creation care event from April 6-9, 2024, culminating with a total solar eclipse.
Little Rock is expected to experience a little over three minutes and 30 seconds of totality on Monday, April 8, 2024. Guests will gather around 2 p.m. CT for a picnic to experience the historic alignment. The next eclipse is not expected in this hemisphere until 2044.
To learn more about this event, click 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
  • Director of Children’s Ministries - Webster Groves Presbyterian, Webster Groves, MO
  • Choir Director and Organist, First Presbyterian, Alton, IL
  • Chaplains, St. Luke's Hospital, Chesterfield, 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