April / 12 / 2022
Tiger King Goes to Church
Blog Post by Rev. Bill Perman
First Presbyterian Church, St. Louis
(University City)
" It can happen with people who say they love tigers, and it can happen with people who say they love Jesus. In either case, when things fall apart, they start eating one another."
Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket

  • Please pray for... Rev. Bill Perman and his work at First Presbyterian, St. Louis (University City) and as a volunteer in the presbytery
  • Please pray for...pray for the world leadership, those in Ukraine who are in harm's way, and for peace to overcome war.
  • Please pray for... praying for those injured and dying from gunfire in our nation.
  • Please pray from in incoming storms
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From Your Presbytery Leader
Holy Week, Easter Hope, and also I Hate Roller Coasters
"This is the kind of Holy Week I am coming into in 2022. Our experience of suffering may find a clear mirror this year in the story of the cross.

Yet, against all of this despair, the community of faith has taught me to have hope. Hope that the sun will rise and the tomb will be empty. Hope that our incarnate God is present with us now, just as God has been with us all along..."
Upcoming Ministry Team Meetings
This Week
Next Week
Thur., Apr. 14
9:30 am History Team
Admin & Support

Tues., Apr. 19
10 am - PW Coord Council Click Here
11 am - NWCC - Click Here
Thurs., Apr. 21
10 am Public Witness - Click Here
4 pm Vision Team - Click Here
The Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy office will be closed on
Friday, April 15 in observance of Good Friday.
News & Updates
Rev. Kalyn Stevwing
Installation Service
Sun., Apr. 24 | 2:30 p.m.
Rev. Kalyn Stevwing will be installed as the Associate Pastor of First Presbyterian, Edwardsville, Illinois on Sunday, April 24.
Tips for Caring for God's Delightful Creation:  
Attend the St. Louis Earth Day Festival
at Forest Park April 23 & 24

During this Earth Day Month of April, the Earth Care Team strongly encourages all who live within a reasonable driving distance to attend the annual Earth Day Festival at Forest Park (MUNY Pavillion) Saturday and Sunday, April 23 and 24. There will be several booths with all kinds of information about how to live sustainably on this wonderful planet God has given to us plus food, music, dancing, and more. Fun and informative for all ages.
StL Earth Day Festival Information Here
 "TIPS" is brought to you by the Earth Care Team of the presbytery. For more information, contact: or 314-941-9378.
Presbyterian Women
Spring Gathering

Sat., Apr. 30
10 am - 12 p.m.
All Women of the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy are welcomed and encouraged to attend the Spring Gathering. This event will be held via Zoom and you can attend by clicking this link If you will be using the Zoom App, please enter the Meeting ID 817 0035 4292
Find the Presbyterian Women Spring Gathering Flyer Here
Honorably Retired
Clergy Lunch

Thursday, April 28 | 11:30 a.m.
Woodlawn Chapel Presbyterian Church Pavilion

Confirmation for the Matthew 25 Congregation:
Commissioned to Change the World
In the spirit of Matthew 25:31-46, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) seeks to act boldly and compassionately to serve people who are hungry, oppressed, imprisoned and poor, showing God’s love, justice and mercy. In so doing, congregations will enliven their shared faith, shared worship and shared outreach in a biblical response to the compassionate justice of God.
Commissioned to Change the World: Confirmation for the Matthew 25 Congregation, written by Mark D. Hinds, marries adolescent confirmation with the theological focus of “serving the least of these.” The curriculum affirms teenagers as God’s beloved children, anointed for ministry in the context of a covenant community of mutual encouragement and accountability.
Bibles Wanted
Hospitals receive ample supply of KJV NT/Psalms provided by the Gideons, but when it comes to other translations we are very limited in our supply as well as in our ability to obtain copies. Do you have Bibles that you might be interested in donating to a Hospital Spiritual Care Department? If you, your church, or a mission would be interested in providing these Bibles, please contact Rev. Jay Kanerva
Giddings-Lovejoy People of Prayer
Do you love your pastor? Want the best for them? Not sure how to care for them? 
We have just started a New Worshiping Community for pastors, who are reaching out for care. According to a recent study, over seventy percent of pastors “almost always feel burned out.”
We are inviting you to support our Faith Leaders in prayer.
Who: People of prayer who want to support pastors, clergy, and chaplains 
When: April 26, 12-1pm. This is the Kick-off event for Our Selah—this new worshiping support group for Faith Leaders.
Where: Zoom
Skills required: Besides prayer, must be knowledgeable of Zoom and capable of Zoom chatting.
Commitment: We will meet every other Tuesday (if you need to miss one, we can cover you but need to know ahead of time). 
You will be assigned 3-5 clergy, for whom you will pray between sessions and reach out to once via email.
RSVP: For more information and a brief training, please contact Rev. Thirza Sayers,
Holy Week
Prayer Walk & Labyrinth
Join Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church during Holy Week for a prayer walk and labyrinth! Both will be available April 11th-16th, 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday!
Ladue Chapel is located at 9450 Clayton Rd, St. Louis, MO 63124. Directions found here.
Florissant Presbyterian Church
Easter Trunk or Treat
Saturday, April 16th from 3-5 pm
660 Charbonier Florissant, Missouri 63031
Public Witness
Program Grants for Summer 2022
Applications Taken Now Until May 30, 2022

Presbytery funds to conduct summer programs are available to member churches and social agencies in relationship with the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy. The funds will be awarded through an application process directed by the Public Witness Ministry Team.
The purpose of the grant is to provide opportunities for summer Christian education and witness, personal growth, faith formation, and recreation (if sanctioned by the local government) to children and adults in communities of need.
The Art of Transitional Ministry
Sponsored by Montreat Conference Center, in cooperation with the Transitional Ministry Education Consortium.
Leading a congregation and faith community through transition is challenging and rewarding. It is recognized both in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and in other denominations as a specialized ministry. It takes knowledge, skill, resilience, and spiritual strength to navigate the waters of transition in a way that allows a congregation and its leaders to be open to possibilities, go deeper and thrive. The Art of Transitional Ministry offers education in the skills and understanding necessary for leading a congregation and faith community in transition.
There are two offerings of this course, one in-person, and one virtual. If traveling to Montreat is not the best fit for you right now, you can still experience the Art of Transitional Ministry from the comfort of your own home (or office). Participants will follow a slightly modified schedule from the participants who are in residence and will be required to do more advanced preparation for the event.
Pastors Save the Dates of May 15-20
Mid-America and Lincoln Trails Synod have announced they will have Transitional Ministry Training at the Mercy Center in St Louis May 15-20, 2022. Please watch the newsletter or other direct emails for further information.
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
Ministry Relations Officer - Presbyterian Foundation

(PT) Coordinator of Christian Education - Southminster Presbyterian, Crestwood, Missouri

Minister of Music - Second Presbyterian, St. Louis, Missouri

Office Manager - Second Presbyterian, St. Louis, Missouri

Seminary Summer Intern - First United Presbyterian, Belleville, IL

Church Office Manager - St. Mark Presbyterian, Ballwin, MO

Summer Mission Team Facilitators 2022 - Amen House
(Oak Hill Presbyterian) St. Louis, MO

Interim Pastor - Oak Hill Presbyterian, St. Louis, MO

Organist/Accompanist - First Presbyterian - Cape Girardeau, MO

Director of Youth Ministry + Digital Media - First United, Belleville, IL

Music Director - Glendale Presbyterian Church, Glendale, 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