December / 15 / 2020
The Spiritual Value of Church Property
“In 2021 and beyond, there will probably be a lot of conversation around the role of church buildings in a post-COVID era.”
Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket

  • Please pray for...for Rev. Richard Hause and family, in the passing of his wife Barbara
  • Please pray for...all of our churches as we journey through Advent during a challenging Pandemic year.
  • Please pray for ... for those struggling from anxiety, depression, irrational worry, and all other mental health concerns that they find comfort, healing and support as this difficult year continues into a difficult winter.
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Saddened to Report
Elder Barbara Hause
We are saddened to report the passing Barbara Hause, the beloved wife of Rev. Richard Hause, honorably retired and member of the Social Witness Team.
To send a card or message, please mail them to: Rev. Richard Hause, c/o Scott Hause, 910 Lindmark Dr., Wentzville, Missouri 63385-6865.
Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy
Upcoming Team Meetings
During Advent, Presbytery Ministry Teams are asked to recess from meetings, if possible. If you are unsure if your team is meeting, please ask your Team Moderator, or contact the office at 314-772-2395.

Meetings will resume virtually in January.
Presbytery Holiday Schedule
Thur., Dec. 24 & Fri., Dec. 25 - Office Closed
Thur., Dec. 31 - Office Closing at Noon
Fri., Jan. 1 - Office Closed

We will return to regular office hours
Mon., Jan. 4 at 9 a.m.
New Associate Presbytery Leader Announced
The Vision Team is delighted to announce that we have concluded our search for an Associate Presbytery Leader and have unanimously and enthusiastically called Liz Kanerva to serve as our Associate Presbytery Leader beginning on January 1. We will be asking for Presbytery-wide approval of this decision at our called meeting on January 9. 
Giddings-Lovejoy Continues
Working toward Matthew 25 Goal
 In a year of unforeseen changes and challenges, the Matthew 25 vision to actively engage congregations in the world and community around them has taken on new meaning. Launched in April 2019, the Matthew 25 invitation has received its 700th congregation to make the commitment to radical and fearless discipleship.
News & Activities
ATTENTION: Giddings Lovejoy Congregations
The holidays will be more of a challenge during COVID19. How can we be in community with one another?
  • How will you worship Christmas Eve?
  • Will you have a Blue Christmas Service?
  • Will you have a additional special services?
  • What will your worship look like?
  • Do you have a link that we can share?
Please email us, so that we can share in next week's newsletter (no later than Monday, December 21 by 6 p.m.)
We hope to share Christmas Worship similar to the Synod of the Covenant.                Christmas Eve Worship:
The Christmas Eve Text, 
Isaiah 9:2-7, Comes Alive
This brief video creatively offers a relevant reading of Isaiah, while also bringing the Light to our current darkness. 

(Produced by Light for the Darkness: Learn more here.)
Please watch here and
share this Light. 
This Christmas, Give a Gift that Lasts.
Give new meaning to "hanging the stockings by the chimney with care" this year. Instead of filling those stockings with last-minute purchases none of us really need, be intentional and give a gift that matters.
A gift from the Presbyterian Giving Catalog makes an impact that lasts long after the last present is unwrapped. Not only does your gift help teach the joy of giving, your gift could help combat hunger, provide access to clean water or connect those in need with health and hygiene resources.
Tips for Caring for God's Fabulous Creation:
Have an Eco-Friendly Holiday!
One last message for an Eco-Friendly Holiday: Simplify buying and busyness. Follow COVID protocols especially wearing a mask. Gather in small groups of family and friends. Reach out to those in need. Respect the health of our planet including caring for the land. Use quality materials that can be reused or recycled.
"TIPS" is sponsored by the Earth Care Team of presbytery, composed of representatives of the nine Earth Care Congregations of the PC(USA) in our presbytery. To learn how to become a certified Earth Care Congregation, contact: or (314) 941-9378.
Let us Light Candles
Join in Social Media Participation
Presbyterians Today’s Advent and Christmas devotional, “Let Us Light Candles: Matthew 25 and the work of Advent.” This extended online devotional — taking us not just through Advent but through Christmastide and ending with Epiphany, Jan. 6 — brings to you the inspiring words in Howard Thurman’s poem “I Will Light Candles This Christmas.”
Presbyterians Today wants to see your light shine this holiday. Submit pictures of the candles you are lighting (actual candles or how you are shining light in the world by living out the words of Matthew 25 to give water to those who thirst, visit those in prison and clothe the naked). Include your name, church and a brief description of the picture. Send to Donna Frischknecht Jackson at
Phishing is about...
If you have recently received an email requesting a gift card, credit card information or any other financial request from the Presbytery office or a Pastor within our Presbytery-someone is Phishing. No one, either in our office or our member churches, will ever solicit funds in this manner. Please notify any party, by phone, if you receive any suspicious email or text message.
What is Phishing?....a scam by which an Internet user is duped (as by a deceptive e-mail message) into revealing personal or confidential information which the scammer can use illicitly
How to recognize and avoid it? Scammers use email or text messages to trick you into giving them your personal information. But there are several things you can do to protect yourself. Click Here
FREE to a Church in Need
St. Mark has three working server switches at the church, and our Technology Committee would like to offer them to any other churches who might need them. We just did an upgrade, but they are all in good working order. We’d prefer donating them (since they are costly) as opposed to recycling. Do you know of anyone who might need them? Please contact Rev. Dr. Dave Burgess by email here.
Hearing from Mission Co-Workers
from Peru
Leandro is only just learning about Jesus and his revolutionary birth, life and ministry of justice and love. And yet, Leandro knows that we cannot simply read the story over and over; but we must put those words into action. We must jump up and down when we tell of Jesus’ birth. This is a story to be told and remembered all year round, not only at Christmas. It is a story that all are invited to hear, and one in which all can take part and take action.
Self-Care & Health Care
COVID19 & Seasonal Flu Shouldn't Mix
If you do not live in the St. Louis Area, please consult with your local Health Department for guidance on where you can get your Flu Shot. If you don't know how to contact your local health department, the following links will direct you to the appropriate office.
In Illinois - Click Here | In Missouri - Click Here
Heritage Preservation Grants
To assist congregations with the preservation of church history, the Presbyterian Historical Society awards annual Heritage Preservation Grants to PC(USA) congregations, covering up to $500 of the cost to digitize official church records. Qualifying congregations must be at least 50 years old.
For 2020, applications are due on December 15. Grants must be used within a two-year time period. You might want to share this with your congregations, especially older and smaller churches. Learn how to apply.
Hunger Action Grants Available
The COVID 19 pandemic has created an unprecedented loss of jobs and hardship on families within the geographical boundary of the presbytery. Food pantries connected to our presbytery and PCUSA congregations are reporting a much higher demand than usual. As we enter the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons, the presbytery is making available Hunger Program grants to hunger programs connected to our congregations or those programs that partner with the presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Security Grant Program Application Support
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has a program called the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) to help nonprofits and faith-based organizations prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks.
Here are several examples of projects the NSGP funds: Surveillance equipment; Physical protective measures such as fences, blast-proof windows, and concrete barriers; Active Shooter Training; Security Training for employees, or members/congregation
PDA is here to assist in the 2021 application, which is always a difficult, complicated and time-bound process. If you are interested in learning more, please let PDA know by November 30, by contacting David L. Myers, Senior Advisor at or by calling 502-200-4878.
Technology Grants - Wave 2
When COVID-19 began to spread across the United States, Giddings-Lovejoy congregations responded in amazing ways to continue their worship and ministries. I am in awe. Congregations have stretched themselves beyond what they thought they were capable of doing. As I like to say, the building may be closed, but the church is not! 
Please submit your grant request to Note in the subject line Second Wave Grant.
In your request, include the church’s name and address, contact person and email address, and what the grant will be used for.  
By the way, First Wave Grants are still available. Please contact Liz Kanerva at the above email for more information. (Learn More Here)
Education & Training Opportunities
Wisdom of Incarnation
Embodied Practices for Health
Registration Required by January 10
The Presbytery of the Cascades invites all PCUSA Pastors and Chaplains to a Continuing Education Mental Health Practicum, January – June, 2021.
Opening Retreat: January 24th, 1pm through January 25th, 3pm.
  • Followed by monthly, one day Retreats — February to June, 8-4pm, days to be determined by participants.
  • Cost: up to $150 for supplies (list to follow upon registration. you may already have some).
  • In between retreats, there will be optional opportunities for small group check-in, spiritual direction and embodied practice.
  • Please invite other clergy friends/minister colleagues in other Presbyterian/Denominations
  • Sign up by January 10th
Conflict Transformation Skills for Churches (CTS)
The Lombard Mennonite Peace Center will present a Conflict Transformation Skills for Churches workshop which is scheduled for Saturday, January 16, 2021. With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, that date will be upon us before we know it. If you have colleagues who you believe might benefit from this training, would you please remind them that the discount deadline for this event is Dec. 31, 2020 (barely three weeks away).  If someone whom you refer eventually registers for any session of CTS — Jan. 16, Feb. 13, March 22, or April 10 — then we would like to thank you by allowing you to register free of charge for The Language We Use, a 90-minute webinar on the morning of December 16.  Learn more here
APCE 2021
Registration is open for the virtual event hosted by the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators, to be held February 4–6. Explore “Anything But Ordinary Time” with APCE, from the comfort of your own home.
Lux Summer Theological Institute
for Youth
A New Earth: Thinking Theologically about Environmental Justice
June 13-27, 2021 
What does it mean to care for creation? Are Christians called to respond to climate change? Is it possible to LIVE SUSTAINABLY for the benefit of future generations? Theologically curious high school students are invited to apply before January 1, 2021 for the 2021 Lux Summer Theological Institute. Safety permitting, the program will be held in-person at Presbyterian-related Monmouth College (Monmouth, IL)
Funded by the Lilly Endowment, the Lux Institute is an opportunity for students to engage with a topic of global importance and participate in a living-learning community through study, worship, service, recreation, and vocational exploration.
Scholarships are available to cover all program expenses for the two-week program, with the exception of travel. A free shuttle to/from Chicago airports is provided.
For more information:
Becoming Matthew 25
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How Do We Engage Socially Distancing and still participate in Mission & Ministry?
Send us your stories of how your congregation is maintaining congregational vitality during this pandemic. Send stories to Office Manager, Leigh Porter at
Current Support Ministry Position Openings
Part-Time Pastor - First Presbyterian, Perryville

Part-Time Organist - First Presbyterian of Alton, IL

Associate Pastor - Dardenne Presbyterian, Dardenne Prarie

Organist/Pianist - First Presbyterian, Jackson, MO

Interim Pastor - John Calvin Presbyterian