October / 16 / 2018
Another Hidden Jewel
Rev. Dr. Craig M. Howard
Transitional Leader of the
Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy

The first indicator that I’m visiting a rural church is when the pastor says not to trust my GPS but follow his instructions instead! After exiting I-44 I turn, weave, go up and down hills, and after a few more hair pin turns, I’m on a black top. The church suddenly appears on my right. I know I’m visiting a rural church when the only sound I hear are the cows singing a melody of moos! I’m met at the front door by a little dog, which I find out later doesn’t belong to anyone but refuses to leave. This is Old Argo. This is a shining jewel of a congregation located in Bourbon, Missouri off the Sullivan exit.
Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket Update
  • Please pray.... for those who face hunger, every day.
What's Happening? Did you know?

  • Regarding ruling elders: a monthly series for spiritual leaders“The Gift of the Spirit” For the early church, the infallible evidence of being a Christian was the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Jesus, at work in a person's life. The ways the Spirit manifested varied from person to person (not everybody spoke in tongues for example), but the bottom line was this: if you were a true believer, you received the Holy Spirit. Continue to read here.
  • Halloween: letting your Christ light shine, “Turning your passion into a holiday tradition” Inspirational messages carved in pumpkins every Halloween have become a tradition at First United Presbyterian Church. Dusk descended onto the little village, but the sleepy stillness that usually followed was nowhere to be found. It was Halloween in Salem — upstate New York, that is, not the one in Massachusetts known for its late 17th century witch trials. As a new pastor, I’d been informed by my congregation that this night was not to be missed. Continue to read 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., Oct. 18
10 a.m. - Stewardship (Oaks)
4 p.m. - Vision Team (St. Andrews)
6:30 p.m. - Com Prep Min (Ladue)
Fri., Oct. 19
10 a.m. - Presb Women CCT (Oaks)
Mon., Oct. 22
1 p.m. -Dismantling Racism/Priv (Ladue)
Tues., Oct. 23
9:30 a.m. -History Team (Aberdeen Hts)

Next Week:
Thurs., Oct. 25
10 a.m. -Christian Educators (Oaks)


Stated Presbytery Gathering
Sat., Nov. 3
( See Below)

Visioning Retreat
Ministry Team Leaders, please save the dates of Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27th for the Presbytery Visioning Retreat. The retreat will be held at First Presbyterian, Kirkwood, and we will study together "Canoeing the Mountains" You should have already received notice and a copy of the book, but if not please let us know and we will get one to you as quickly as possible.
Please email Leigh Porter, if you have any questions at .
Stated Presbytery Gathering
Saturday, November 3
Second Presbyterian Church, St. Louis, Missouri
Theme: Faith and Science - All are Welcome

NOTE: Wifi should not be expected at this location. Download all documents, prior to your arrival at the gathering. This meeting will include GA Overtures, found here. so please download, read this lengthy document and be prepared to vote at this gathering.
Online registration will close at 12 p.m. on Thursday, November 1.
Late registrations requested by email to or
by calling 314-772-2395 .
Uprooting Hunger - 2019 Presbytery Wide Goal
Food Week of Action and World Food Day/Week † October 14–21

We envision a world where everyone has enough affordable, healthy and culturally appropriate food where no one is hungry, and where all who work in the food chain are fairly compensated, respected and celebrated!
Join us in building more equitable and ecological food & farm systems!
Beyond examining our food choices, we must recognize the lingering racism embedded in our food system. This system was founded on slavery and plantation agriculture, and still exploits food chain workers and despoils the environment. We call for changes which bring us closer to food sovereignty, where producers have control over seeds, land and livelihood, and where all have the right to food. More information can be found 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. 20 - 2 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian - Belleville, Illinois, will be the last day of Session Records Review. 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
Nicaragua Community Partnership
Annual Celebration and Fund-Raising Dinner
Monday, October 22, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
at LoRossa’s Cucina, 3121 Watson Rd., St. Louis, Missouri
Please make reservations by
contacting Harriet Hall 314-963-7112, or by emailing Please find and like the Nicaraguan Community Partnership on  Facebook here.
On Sunday, October 28, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Webster Groves Presbyterian Church Advocacy Team and the Dismantling Racism and Privilege Team of the Presbytery welcome you to a special screening of Healing Justice. The screening will take place at Webster Groves Presbyterian, located at 45 W Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, Missouri 63119. Directions found here.
This powerful documentary addresses the school-to-prison pipeline, the need for comprehensive criminal justice reform, and the importance of healing and restorative practices. Designed for dialogue, Healing Justice is meant to prompt questions and open conversations, exploring trauma, justice, and healing. Full details can be  found here.
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!
  • Fri., Nov. 9 - 8 a.m. - Holiday Bazaar at First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, 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 News
Fall Open House is Sun., Nov. 4th, 7 - 9 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, located at 6800 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63130
Trivia Night Fundraiser
Dardenne Presbyterian - DC Students is hosting a Trivia Night fundraiser on Saturday October 27th! Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., First Round begins at 6 p.m. The price per table (8 people) is $120. The fundraiser proceeds will benefit camp scholarships. If you would like to reserve a table, volunteer or donate items for the silent auction contact Mindy Earley at Round sponsorship are also available!!
Complete List of Educational Opportunities: Found Here
Educational Opportunities - October 2018
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.
Compassion Peace and Justice
Training Day ∙ April 5th
and Ecumenical Advocacy Days ∙ April 5th-8th
In 2019, we gather at a time in which people of faith and conscience are again called to stand in the prophetic stream of those who have come before us, those who were not afraid to stir up #GoodTrouble for the sake of God’s kingdom.  More information will follow soon from Presbyterian Mission Agency/ Justice & Compassion
Current Ministry Position Openings
Congregations Searching for Support Staff
Church Office/Facilities Manager ∙ St. Mark Presbyterian
Administrative Assistant ∙ Second Presbyterian
P/T Treasurer ∙ Cote Brilliante Presbyterian
Communications Coordinator ∙Webster Groves Presbyterian