September / 25 / 2018
Rev. Dr. Craig M. Howard
Transitional Leader of the
Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy

Q: What is the chief end of (humanity)? 
A: (Humanity’s) chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy (God) forever.
Westminster Shorter Catechism

 . . . For the joy of the Lord is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10
After graduating seminary, my first call was as an associate to a small Pentecostal new church development (300 members) on a rough side of town in Chicago. It was a difficult context and a difficult call for me. I had not been exposed to a community of drugs, violence, and crime since my youth in the projects. But this is where God chose to plant a church, and where I learned to connect with the most vulnerable in our society. Continue to read here.
Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket Update
  • Please pray....for the caregivers, as well as those who need cared for.
What's Happening? Did you know?

  • Hurricanes & Typhons... Presbyterian Disaster is there for it all, but they could use your help. If you are able to make a contribution, the Presbyterian Mission Agency has set up a web page to do so here.

  • Examining stewardship in racial and ethnic communities: James Reese outlines unique perspectives found in various groups…The Rev. Dr. James Reese, now approaching the 70th anniversary of his ordination in the Presbyterian Church, believes learning about stewardship is a cross-cultural exercise. He asserts approaches to charitable giving, especially in the context of the church, are formed by a community ethos — and he has the data to back it up. Read on here.
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Upcoming Team Meetings - Locations Listed
(Wednesday to Tuesday)
PLEASE NOTE: The Oaks Conference Room (Oaks) and St. Andrews Conference Room (St. Andrews) are both located at the new Presbytery office, 1001 Craig Rd., Suite 170, St. Louis, MO 63146,
(Oaks) is on the first floor (St. Andrews) is on the second floor. Directions can be found here.
(Ladue) refers to Ladue Chapel, 9450 Clayton Rd., St. Louis, MO 63124. Directions can be found here.
(WebGrov) refers to Webster Groves Presbyterian, 45 W Lockwood Ave, St. Louis, MO 63119 Directions can be found here.
This Week....
Thurs., Sept. 27
10 a.m. Equity Task Force (St. Andrews )
Teaching Elders/Commissioned Pastors
Boundary Training
Tues., Oct. 2nd (All Day)
with any questions
Next Week:
Tues., Oct. 9
10 a.m. - Finance (Oaks)
1 p.m. - Mission & Outreach (Oaks)
4 p.m. - Admin/Support (Oaks)
Called Presbytery Gathering
Wed., Oct. 10 at 1 p.m.
Woodlawn Chapel - Wildwood
(   directions here   )
Uprooting Hunger - 2018 Presbytery Wide Goal
Building a mission village:
Dwindling church revives with grand vision
In the fall of 2016, the Rev. Dwayne Black, pastor of The Sanctuary Church, found himself behind bars more than once for feeding the homeless on Florida’s Fort Lauderdale Beach. His arrest gleaned international attention. In his defense, Black says he “follows the red letters in Scripture.” Read on here.
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. We look forward to the year + ahead. If you have any questions, please contact us via
Session Records Review Date/Time
Sat., Oct. 13 - 10 a.m.
First Presbyterian - Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. Directions can be
Sat., Oct. 20 - 2 p.m. -Westminster Presbyterian - Belleville, Illinois.
Directions can be found here.
If you have any questions, or concerns, please contact Stated Clerk, Rev. Joy Myers at  or by calling 314-772-2395.
Our Community Connected
Fall Is Almost Here
Are You Ready for Holiday Shopping?
There are many congregations within our presbytery that host fall art, craft and vendor shows to support their mission projects. Shop for holiday gifts, that also give back to mission! Check our Online Calendar Here before shopping this year!
  • Sat., Sept. 29 - 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Rummage Sale at Lutesville Presbyterian Church in Marble Hill, Missouri. Directions here.
  • Sat., Oct. 6 - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Craft and Vendor Sale at Maryland Heights Presbyterian Church, Maryland Heights, Missouri. Directions here.
  • Sat., Oct. 6 - 7:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. Rummage Sale at Elm Street Presbyterian Church, 101 West Elm Street Alton, Illinois. Directions here.
  • Sat., Oct. 6 - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Salad & Holiday Shoppe at First Presbyterian, Brighton, Illinois. Flyer Found here. Directions Found here.
  • Sat., Oct. 13 - 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. - Old Argo Fall Festival at Old Argo Presbyterian Church, Bourbon, Missouri. Directions here.
  • Sat., Nov. 10 - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. - PW of John Knox Presbyterian Church Craft and Vendor Sale, Florissant, Missouri. Directions here.
  • Tues., Nov. 13 (10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.) and Wed., Nov. 14 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ) St. Mark's Presbyterian Church Christmas Boutique, Ballwin, Missouri. Directions here.
Is your church hosting an event? Please let us know so that we can share with the presbytery. Simply email:
UKirk - Calling all college students!
UKirk - StL leads a group from January 1-5, 2019 to the College Conference at Montreat, NC. Sign up by October 15!
Learn more about this year's conference theme "Compassionate Community"  Here
Presbyterian Women Fall Gathering
You can participate in Presbyterian Women of the Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery, by attending their Fall Gathering on September 29 th at John Knox Presbyterian Church. Directions can be found here. Registration for the event can be found here.
Perseid String Quartet in Concert
The Perseid String Quartet plays a concert at Second Presbyterian Church on Sunday, October 7 at 4:00 p.m. The ensemble is comprised of violinists Hannah Frey and Manuela Kaymakanova, violist Eliana Haig, and cellist Stephanie Hunt. 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 .
Missional Opportunities
Red Cross Blood Drive
Hurricane Florence has damaged not just property, but also shattered lives. Can you give the gift of life to someone? If you have free time, on Saturday, September 29, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., please consider visiting the Fellowship Hall at Webster Groves Presbyterian Church, found at 45 West Lockwood Avenue, Webster Groves, Missouri 63119.
2018 Crop Hunger Walk & Concert at Eden Seminary
The 2018 Crop Hunger Walk and Concert is Sunday, October 7 at Eden Seminary in Webster Groves (475 E. Lockwood Ave. 63119) — check-in at 4:30 p.m., walk at 5 p.m. and the concert will begin at 7 p.m. The Holy Crepe Food Truck will be on-site from 4 to 7 p.m. 
Register online at:
The Concert is free, and is also the 7th Annual Eden Festival of Psalms, featuring Richard Bruxvoort Colligan (who has two pieces in our hymnal, “Glory to God”) and other excellent musicians. Questions? Call Clint McCann at 314-619-0599.
Nicaragua Community Partnership
Annual Celebration and Fund-Raising Dinner
Celebrate and Support our successful scholarship students Learn about the recent national crisis in Nicaragua and the positive developments in Plan Grande #2 Explore ways to become involved in this mission Enjoy a terrific meal at one of St. Louis’ finest Italian restaurants. Save the date! Monday, October 22, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at LoRossa’s Cucina, located at 3121 Watson Rd., St. Louis, Missouri 63139. Please make reservations by contacting Harriet Hall 314-963-7112, or by emailing Please find and like the Nicaraguan Community Partnership on  Facebook here.
Complete List of Educational Opportunities: Found Here
Educational Opportunities - September 2018
2018 Preaching Conference
September 28-29, 2018
Preaching God's Word to a Changed World: Lectures and Workshops for Ordained/Commissioned/Lay Pastors. This conference will feature Keynote Speaker:  Rev. Dr. Thomas G. Long, and will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Full details can be found here.
Compassion, Wisdom, and Inner Peace
The program “Compassion, Wisdom, and Inner Peace” by Venerable Guo Jiann will be on Saturday, September 29, at 2 p.m. at the Pure Mind Buddhist Center, located at   7825 Olive Blvd., St. Louis, Missouri 63130. Directions can be found here.
Educational Opportunities - October 2018
Upcoming Lutheran School of Theology Course on the Apostle Paul:  THE WORLD OF PAUL - Seeking to Understand the Writings of Apostle Paul by Understanding his Times
This short course begins on Monday, October 1, 2018.
The Apostle Paul has been subject to revisionism and criticism from the minute he began to embark on the mission to which he was called. But he was a man of place and time, and in order to understand Paul we must begin with some understanding of who he was in relation to his culture and environment. More information can be found here.
Practical Preaching in a Polarized Polis: An exploration of Christian preaching in a time of political & cultural polarization... October 1 & 2
Regain confidence and enthusiasm as a contemporary Christian preacher; Reflect with colleagues on current trends in Christian preaching; Discuss the possibilities and pitfalls in Christian preaching today with Rev. Willimon
Interfaith Meetings
Everyone is invited to attend the Interfaith Dialogue meetings in the lower level conference room at Aquinas Institute of Theology. Directions can be found here . These meetings will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on the following Tuesdays: October 2, 9, 16. At these meetings a group of Jews, Christians, and Muslims study the Torah, the Psalms, the Gospels, and the Qur’an together.
The Lost Art of Democratic Argument:
What’s Become of Civility?
Michael Sandel, Harvard political philosopher and best-selling author discusses this question at Ladue Chapel on Monday, October 8th at 7 p.m. Event flyer can be found here.
Imagination, Empathy, and Action:
Being a Christian in a Fragmented Age
On Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at Second Presbyterian, St. Louis, Missouri, presented by Rev. Marianne Borg. This even is free and open to the public.
Pastoral Leaders Retreat
Held on Monday, October 29 and Tuesday, October 30 at the St. Crispins Conference Center, in Wewoka, Oklahoma. Complete details can be found here.
Educational Opportunities - November 2018
Underground Railroad Bus Tour
The Presbytery History Team is pleased to announce its 2018 bus tour featuring the Underground Railroad in the St. Louis and Alton areas. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 7. We will enjoy a delicious lunch at a favorite Alton restaurant. Full details can be  found here.
Educational Opportunities - Looking @ 2019
YMIM National Conference
 All youth workers, including volunteers, staff, pastors, and youth ministers are invited to Montreat, North Carolina, for our fifth annual Youth Ministry Academy . The dates are January 24–26, 2019, and the theme is "WHOLE." Come relax, learn, and share in fellowship with others in youth ministry as we seek wholeness together. More information can be found here.
Current Ministry Position Openings
Children's Music Director
St. Mark Presbyterian
P/T Treasurer
Cote Brilliante Presbyterian
Communications Coordinator
Webster Groves Presbyterian