January / 22 / 2019
A Caring Church
Rev. Dr. Craig M. Howard
Presbytery Leader
"We need people who are trained to walk alongside us during times of grief, suffering, and loss"

Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket Update
  • Please pray.... for Don Marshall
  • Please pray... for our unhoused neighbors, near and far.
  • Please pray...for those who are newly ordained to serve as Deacons, Elders, Trustees or others who will serve faithfully and joyfully.
Click on the prayer basket to find our current prayers.
What's Happening? Did you know?

  • Action arm of Presbytery of Detroit focuses on shelter, food, education and health….. While sitting in a committee meeting in 2004, Tom Neal asked, “How do we help all our churches get involved in mission?” Since no formal system was in place within the Presbytery of Detroit at that time, he and others worked to create the Hands-On Mission Work Group(HOMWG).
Read more here on how to be involved.
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Upcoming Team Meetings
NOTE: Meeting locations are as follows: Oaks - is the meeting room next door to the presbytery office; St.Andrew - refers to the Board Room of St. Andrews on the second floor, directly above the presbytery office; Ladue - refers to Ladue Chapel; WG - refers to Webster Groves Presbyterian. Contact the office at 314-772-2395 if you are unsure where you will be meeting.
Week of: Jan. 24 to Jan. 30

Thurs., Jan. 24
10 a.m - Equity Task Force (Oaks)
Mon., Jan. 28
1 p.m. - Dismantling Racism/Priv (Ladue)
Week of: Jan. 31 to Feb. 6

Thurs., Jan. 31
GLPby Staff Retreat - Office Closed

Presbytery Gathering
Thurs., Feb. 7 th - 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
(Registration/Fellowship Begins at 12 p.m.)
Host will be Southminster Presbyterian Church

This half - day gathering will include the Installation of Rev. Dr. Craig Howard, as Presbytery Leader, and will be packed with information by offering six different training opportunities for the leadership of each congregation.
All are welcome!
Teaching Elder, Ruling Elder, Deacon, Treasurer, Finance Team Member, and interested congregation members or even friends of the congregation, we have created these learning opportunities with you in mind! Visit our Gathering Page and Register Today! Click Here.
Uprooting Hunger - 2019 Presbytery Wide Goal
Tread Lightly for Lent
In Lent, we reflect on Christ’s ministry, death, and resurrection. 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. 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. Check out the 2019 'Tread Lightly for Lent' reflection-action calendar!
Uprooting Hunger - Hunger Action Team
The next sixteen months the presbytery will work toward establishing Certified Hunger Action Congregations. This  handout will be helpful to your congregation, as we journey together in the year + ahead. If you have any questions, email:
Celebrating Life and Ministry
Share the Pics!
If you are ordaining and/or installing Deacons, Elders, Trustees or others to service, would you share that joy with us? It is easy to do, by emailing those photos to or even texting 573.578.3960 if using a smart phone.
(At left we recognize, with joy and thanks-giving, the new class of Ruling Elders at Third Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Cedric Portis, which include Rozitta Bennett , Lucy Holliam , Felica Ezell and Gillespie Robert Marshall )
Officially Installed
Rev. Alexandra Lysdahl has been installed as the Associate Pastor at First United Presbyterian Church, Belleville.
We celebrate her ministry and service with the congregation and look forward to what the future holds.
Winter Outreach During Bitter Cold Winter

The First Presbyterian Church - University City, in preparation for their first night as a Winter Outreach Emergency Shelter for their unhoused neighbors. What a blessing to to have movable seating in the sanctuary, to allow for beds and tables to be moved in for easy and safe space, as a sanctuary for all!

Learn more about First Presbyterian by clicking here.
United in Ministry - 60 Years Young
The Congregation of John Knox Presbyterian Church, located in Florissant, Missouri celebrated their 60th Anniversary this weekend. The worship was held united, as the photo implies, a community of believers who work in mission in their community and beyond.
Learn more about John Knox by clicking here.
Save These Dates
Red Cross Blood Drive
The Steelville Presbyterian Church will be hosting a blood drive on Thursday, January 24, from 2 p.m until 6 p.m., if you are in the Steelville area, please consider donating.
The blood reserves are drastically low because of the recent winter storms, so donate somewhere if you can
Brian Owens Duo to Perform
The Brian Owens Duo explores songs of love and hope. This concert features Brian’s own compositions as well as music by African American artists and takes place on Sunday, February 17 at 4:00 p.m. at Second Presbyterian Church. The church is located at 4501 Westminster Place in the Central West End, St. Louis, 63108. The concert is part of the Couts Music Series and is free to the community. For more information call 314-367-0367 or .
Presbyterian Women of Giddings-Lovejoy
2019 Midwest/South Metro Cluster Winter Gathering
Thursday, March 14
Grace Presbyterian
Trivia Night
Sat., Mar. 9th
Event will help fund their children’s missions and community outreach
Once Every 50 Years Golden Gala
The Uni-Pres Kindercottage Board of Directors has begun the process to allow Ms. Brenda Crisp, UPK Director, to transition to retirement after over 50 years serving the children and families of East St. Louis. We are having a party to honor Brenda’s ministry with us, for us and to us in the Illinois South Conference and the Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery: The Once Every 50 Years Golden Gala Event will be held on June 29. Please save the date for this celebration of the lives transformed, the families served and Jesus’ love made real over the last half century. If you are interested in being on the committee to help plan this event, please contact Rev. Mike Southcombe at And we look forward to seeing you on June 29 th to celebrate the legacy and build the future for Uni-Pres Kindercottage.
Music, Melody and Ministry
Children's Community Choir
Registration Rescheduled for Winter Weather
If your child likes to sing, our new children's choir will give them the opportunity to share their talents with other kids in our community and have a great time! Prospective Choir members would be children from 1st grade to 5th grade. Rehearsals would be from 10 a.m. until Noon on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month, starting January 26, 2019. After registration at 10 a.m. on Jan. 26th, we will plan to rehearse at 10:30 a.m. 
This choir is sponsored by the First Presbyterian Church, located at 285 E. Springfield Rd., Sullivan, Missouri For more info call 573- 468- 6364 or email:
Seeking Bass Section Leader
Second Presbyterian Church in the Central West End of St. Louis has an opening for a bass section leader. The choir rehearses Wednesday evenings from 7:15-9:15 pm, and sings for the 11:00 am Sunday service each week from September through May. For further information, or to schedule an audition, please contact Andrew Peters, Organist/ Minister of Music at or 314-367-0367.
Mission Opportunities
Joining Hands Peru Partnership
May 25 to June 2, 2019
The next Joining Hands Peru Partnership Reflection and Action Trip will be May 25 to June 2, 2019. Based on double room occupancy and at least 6 participants, the cost will be about $1,000, plus round-trip St. Louis-Lima air fare/trip support preparation expenses (estimated $1,400), and personal expenses (passport, meds, souvenirs, etc.)
Those interested may contact Ellie Stock ( or Mark Strothmann ( for an application or more information. Deadline is February 28, 2019 with $500.00 deposit. Application for financial assistance is February 15, 2019.
Complete List of Educational Opportunities: Found Here
2019 Presbyterians Today Lenten Devotional
Awakening to God’s Beauty
A Lenten invitation to pray with art
 This year’s stunning devotional invites us on a spiritual and visual pilgrimage through the holy season of Lent . . . through the final days of our Lord’s ministry . . . his passion . . . his death on the cross . . . and finally his glorious resurrection at Easter.
Shift 2.0 Conference
May 20-22, 2019 (St. Charles, MO)
Dr. Phil Maynard, a certified coach, an Endorsed coach (UMEA), a certified Conflict/Mediation Coach, and licensed trainer/facilitator, will help you "d iscover the key shifts that all churches must make if they are going to have a fruitful ministry in the next century… Rural, urban, black, Hispanic, Anglo, Asian, multicultural, liberal, evangelical… they all need to think through these key shifts to figure out a path forward.” -Paul Nixon, Coach/Consultant Sponsored by Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation. Details coming soon at
Current Support Ministry Position Openings
Congregations Searching for Support Staff
Church Accountant/Bookkeeper - Second Presbyterian Ministry Associate - UKirk St. Louis
Interim Director of Christian Education - Ladue Chapel
Church Office/Facilities Manager ∙ St. Mark Presbyterian
Communications Coordinator ∙Webster Groves Presbyterian