August / 23 / 2022
What is a Commissioned Pastor?
"In our Reformed tradition all of us—yes, all of us—are called to ministries of one sort or another."
Blog Post by Dr. John Hughes
Dean of Commissioned Pastor Education
Member of Webster Groves Presbyterian Church
Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket

  • Please pray for...for our blogger, John Hughes, Dean of the Commissioned Pastor Program, and the new class starting soon,
  • Please pray for...for the family of Rev. Tom Bass, and the congregations of First Presbyterian - Dexter and Lutesville Presbyterian, in his death.
  • Please pray for... for those experiencing infectious disease, as it spreads across the US
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Saddened to Report
Passing of Rev. Dr. Tom Bass
Rev. Bass passed away August 10, and his funeral was held on August 14, at Ford and Sons Funeral Home on Mt. Auburn Rd. In Cape Girardeau. The obituary can be found by clicking here.
The address for his widow, Mary Lou Bass, is 197 Lake Drive, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701, should you care to send a card.
Upcoming Ministry Team Meetings
This Week
Next Week
Wed., Aug. 24
10 am - HR Pastors-Click Here

Stated Presbytery Gathering
Thursday, August 25 | 3 p.m.

Hybrid Hosted by New Hope Presbyterian
Saint Peters, Missouri

All Are Welcome!!!
Congratulations to Pastor Kathleen Kraus
as the now Commissioned Pastor of
First Presbyterian Church - Sullivan
Upcoming Commissionings
Pastor Ron Koppleman
Commissioning Service 
Sunday, September 4 at 10 am
Boeuff Presbyterian Church
 407 S Pine St.
Gerald, MO 63037
From the Presbytery Leader
Hi! Ryan here. Thank you so much for your prayers these last two weeks as I recovered from COVID! My atypical immune system was hit harder than I was ready for but still not as bad as I’d feared, and I was fortunately able to avoid hospitalization as experienced from illnesses in 2002 and 2019 (my wife Danielle is ok too!). A rough first seven days, then another week of severe chronic fatigue. At this time, I have now enjoyed two full working days, but I promise I will continue to take it steady. Will be ready to give my report at this week’s presbytery gathering. Even though I am now negative for COVID, I will continue to wear my mask, distance, and do the elbow bumps so a common cold doesn’t tip me back over. Thank you so much for your flexibility over changed plans and altered schedules. I do ask you to continue to be safe, and pray for safety for those at risk for this disease and its (sub)variants, for those suffering persisting long COVID symptoms, and for all of us still grieving the personal and communal impacts of the pandemic, even as we still process them. 
News & Updates
First Presbyterian-Brighton
Celebrating 175 Years
The First Presbyterian Church of Brighton is celebrating the 175th year the Church has been a part of the Brighton community. We are extending an invitation to the community to join us on September 4th to celebrate. 
We will have a special Sunday service at 9:00 followed by fellowship time and a meal.  
University City Flood Relief Funds
Accepting Donations

The University City High School Alumni Association (UCHSAA) in partnership with All Nations Church has established funds to help our many U. City flood victims. To date, 300 homes and apartment units have been condemned with many more families also suffering extensive flood damage. FEMA has declared St. Louis a disaster area and will be providing assistance, but it will be limited. Learn how you can help by clicking here.
FREE Organ Concert
Featuring John S. Dixon
Sunday, August 28th at 4 pm

Reception to follow
Dardenne Presbyterian Church
7400 S. Outer 364 Dardenne Prairie, MO
PW Bible Drive for Hospitals

The Presbyterian Women of Giddings Lovejoy are sponsoring a Bible Drive to support the Barnes Jewish Hospital Spiritual Care Service. From now thru August 31, 2022, we will be collecting NEW non-King James bibles for their Chaplains to distribute as needed. The Chaplains requested non-King James bible translations as they are exposed to a lot of different people and would like to provide alternative translations, particularly to those new to the Christian faith. The bibles need to be new due to hospital protocols. The hospital is concerned about germs and any allergens associated with used/gently used bibles. Let's face it, the times we live in (Covid-19) are also a concern.
The attached flyer provides information on the ways you can help support this cause! Let's continue to show our community how Presbyterian Women show up and support a worthy cause! Click Here for Flyer
Tips for Caring for God's Amazing Creation: 
Green your Church Grounds
One way of caring for Mother Earth is to make sure your grounds are environmentally sustainable. Stop using fossil-fuel based fertilizers as well as chemical pesticides, including herbicides. Plant plants that are native to the area. Plant a garden.
'TIPS' is brought to you by the Earth Care Work Group of the presbytery. Contact: or 314-941-9378 with questions or comments.
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. 
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. 
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
Worship Musician/Coordinator -Westminster Presbyterian StLouis, MO

Part-Time Pastor - Rock Presbyterian, Imperial, MO

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

Part-time custodian - Second Presbyterian Church, St. Louis, 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