September / 6 / 2022
If we closed today, would anyone care? 
"The church is considered a vital organ that if it is not functioning or absent, the body cannot live abundantly."
Blog Post by Rev. Cedric A. Portis 
Third Presbyterian Church – St. Louis
Member of Presbytery Vision Team
Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket

  • Please pray for... those who have been in vehicular accidents and for the medical personnel who care for them.
  • Please pray for...for those facing hunger in this Hunger Awareness Month.
  • Please pray for... for those experiencing infectious disease, as it spreads across the US
Quick Connect
Support Ministry
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Upcoming Ministry Team Meetings
This Week
Next Week

Thurs., Sept. 8
9 am History Team at Southminster
3 pm Gather Plan Click Here

Mon., Sept. 12
7 pm - DRAWP Click Here
Tues., Sept. 13
11 am NWCC Click Here
4 pm Admin Team Click Here
Wed., Sept. 14
11 am - Transitional Pastors Click Here
12 pm - COM Click Here
Thurs., Sept. 15
10 am Public Witness- Click Here
1:30 pm Vision Team - Click Here

Presbytery Gathering Follow Up
We continue to try to improve each hybrid presbytery event. If you could take just a couple of minutes and fill out this survey, we will use that information in our next planning session.
From Your Presbytery Leader
"Today, I had a very inspiring meeting on the monthly All Pastors' zoom call that I want to tell you all about. We did something a little different, launching a new theme-driven game plan that may serve as a fantastic way to bless our all of our cohort gatherings moving forward..."
Education Session Thursday - Ruling Elders
Are You Registered Yet?
Education Month
The Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy has offered educational opportunities for church support ministries within our boundaries, pre-pandemic, and we are pleased to announce we have planned new educational experiences for our presbytery members this year. 

This September, each Thursday evening at 6:30 pm, we welcome you to join us in learning how to answer the call in some of the support ministries and missions of your church. If you are newly answering a call to serve, exploring answering your nominating committee, or just want a refresh of the call, please join us.
All sessions will be conducted online, using Zoom.
Registration is required and can be found below. 
Congratulations Pastor Ron Koppelmann
and Boeuff Presbyterian Church
News & Updates
A Global Partnerships Virtual Book Discussion
B. Hunter Farrell & S. Balajieblang Khyllep will discuss their new book “Freeing Congregational Mission: A Practical Vision of Companionship, Humility, and Co-Development.”   All Christians are interested in new trends in global mission and social justice are invited to attend.
       The discussion will on Zoom on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, beginning at 6:30 pm (CDT.) The zoom link found here.
For more information about the book go to:
On this link you can order the book with a 30% discount.  Use MISSION at checkout.
For more information about this virtual event, email: or call 314-779-6940.
This event is being presented by the Global Partnership Ministry and the Joining Hands Peruvian Partnership of the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy.
September is Hunger Awareness Month

Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God. — Proverbs 14:31, NIV 
September is Hunger Awareness Month. Educating ourselves about hunger in America is a great way to begin to remedy the problem. It is real. Feeding America reports that “people in all 3,143 counties and in all congressional districts in the 50 states and DC experience food insecurity. Food insecurity ranges from 3% in Bowman County, North Dakota to 46% in Presidio County, Texas.” 
Connect with Light for the Darkness!
Rev. Thirza Sayers, Executive Director of Light for the Darkness, shared about this ministry at the Presbytery meeting. If you or your church would like to hear more, please contact and we would be glad to share the impact and opportunities of L4TD.  
We also invite you to watch this short video to learn more about our mission to connect people with mental health variances with each other and with God in order to provide hope and resources for daily struggles.
We have just started our 2023 fundraising campaign with the goal of raising $87,000. We now have five facilitators and are helping start a Light for the Darkness in Cincinnati and one for clergy called Our Selah. Please consider supporting this vital mental health ministry. Give here.
General Assembly Special Committees Being Formed

Dear Colleagues in Ministry, I hope that you are enjoying these last days of summer! I am writing to let you know that application forms for persons who wish to be considered for appointment by GA Co-Moderators, Rev. Ruth Faith Santana-Grace and the Rev. Shavon Starling-Louis, to the special entities – special committees, commission, task force, development team, and implementation team –
  • 2020 Guiding Statement Implementation Team (2022)
  • Commission to Unify the Office of the General Assembly and the Presbyterian Mission Agency (2022) (225GA Commissioners and YAADS encouraged to apply; must be ruling elder or teaching elder)
  • Funding Model Development Team (2022) - (225GA Commissioners, TSADs, YAADs encouraged to apply)
  • Special Committee on the PCUSA and Race (2022)
  • Special Committee to Revise the Standing Rules (2022) - (224GA and 225GA Commissioners and 225GA TSADs and YAADs encouraged to apply)
  • Special Committee to Write a New Confession - (2022) - (must be ruling elder or teaching elder)
  • Task Force to Explore the Theology and Practice of Ordination - (2022)
created by the Assembly this summer are now available at the GA nominations portal here.
Only those who have completed and submitted an application form and for whom we have received reference forms can be considered for appointment by the Co-Moderators. The deadline for submission of applications for Special Entities is October 14, 2022.
St. Andrews Charitable Foundation
18th Annual Ageless Remarkable
Saint Louisans Gala
Recognizing Impactful Seniors While Supporting Seniors in Need
Saturday, October 1st

One of those amazing seniors is our own, Diane McCullough
St. Andrew’s Charitable Foundation will host their 18th Ageless Remarkable Saint Louisans Gala honoring 11 inspirational Ageless Saint Louisans. The October 1st gala is at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis Downtown at the Arch. All funds raised will provide low-income local seniors with vital programs and services so they can live safely, independently, and healthy in their homes.
Each year a new “class” of Ageless Remarkable Saint Louisans age 70 years or better, who are actively making a tremendous impact in St. Louis through philanthropy, volunteerism, and leadership are nominated. These inspiring individuals are proof that, at any age, anyone can make a difference in our community and in the lives of others.
New Commissioned Pastor Class Forming
A Commissioned Pastor is a ruling elder in the Presbytery who, once training is complete, is eligible for limited pastoral services. Commissioned Pastors may, for example, moderate the session of a congregation to which they are commissioned, administer sacraments, and officiate at marriages where permitted by law.
Many current Commissioned Pastors in the presbytery serve as sole pastors of smaller congregations. Others use their training to strengthen leadership roles in their home churches and throughout the presbytery generally.
Many candidates for the Commissioned Pastor Program complete their training while also employed full-time.
2022 Tech Grants 
 The Vision Team, at its June meeting, approved releasing $16,000 to fund another round of tech grants. Congregations are invited to complete the application linked HERE which includes pertinent details. Grants are given to congregations seeking to establish or expand their online ministries. Please contact Liz Kanerva, Associate Presbytery Leader, if you have questions not answered on the application form. 
We provide scholarships and grants for educational programming, workshops, and seminary study to ordained pastors, commissioned pastors, and church program leaders.
Federal Student Loan Relief for Pastors

The Synod of Mid-America wants you to know that relief is available! Apply soon because this offer expires on October 31.
More information can be obtained here:

The form is here:
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
Communications Administrator - Ladue Chapel, Ladue, MO

Director of Childrens Ministry- Dardenne Presbyterian, Dardenne Prairie, MO

Worship Musician/Coordinator -Westminster Presbyterian St. Louis, MO

Part-Time Pastor - Rock Presbyterian, Imperial, MO

Secretary/Office Administrator -John Knox Presbyterian, Florissant, MO

(PT) Coordinator Christian Education - Southminster Presbyterian, Crestwood, MO

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

Organist/Accompanist - First Presbyterian - Cape Girardeau, MO

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