January / 5 / 2021
Wading into Pandemic Technology
In chaos, in challenges faced, and in fear unchecked we can become overwhelmed..”
Our Presbytery - Our Work
Weekly Prayer Basket

  • Please pray for...for Pastors who are entering a new year, with new challenges, while still in a pandemic
  • Please pray for...those battling COVID19 at home and in the hospital
  • Please pray for...for those dealing with loss of a family or friend, and those who are in hospice settings and preparing for their return home.
  • Please pray, unexpected and troubling health diagnoses. For hope, for healing and for peace in a new and challenging journey
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Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy
Upcoming Team Meetings
Mon., Jan. 11
Presbytery Office Closed

As Presbytery Ministry Committees and Commissions Organize, please check with your Moderator for meeting dates and times.
Presbytery Called to Gather Sat., Jan. 9
Saturday, January 9, 2021
at 10:00 am

Meeting will be on Zoom
(No Need to Register)
Purpose of the Gathering
  • To act on the resignation of The Rev. Dr. Craig Howard and to dissolve the relationship between Dr. Howard and the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy.
  • To elect a Presbytery Leader Search Committee (PLSC) to begin working immediately.
  • To approve the call to The Rev Elizabeth Kanerva to serve as Associate Presbytery Leader.
  • Introduce the Bridge Presbytery Leader Rev Robert M Jensen, HR upon his contract through Vision Team
  • No other business will be conducted at this time.
New Leaders Begin Their Call
Bridge Presbytery Leader
Rev. Robert (Bob) Jensen
Associate Presbytery Leader
Rev. Elizabeth (Liz) Kanerva
News & Activities
New Year = Reports Are Due
The Start of the Year Checklist provides congregational leaders reminders and guidance of annual reporting requirements to the presbytery, IRS, and Board of Pensions.
Included in the toolkit is the attached Benefits Connect Employer Guide. This document walks treasurers/ administrators through the steps of reporting changes in employment and salary. The employer representative for your council of the church may find it useful.
Planning Now for Black History Month
The 2021 theme for Black History Month, which is observed in February, is “The Black Family: Its Representation, Identity and Diversity.” The theme is an important one as we remember that we are made in the image of God (imago Dei). There is only one human race, and every member of it has the attributes of the Divine.
Tips for Caring for Mother Earth, Our Common Home
Resolve in the New Year to be a Conscious Consumer!
One of the best ways to make the world---God's good creation---a better place is to be a conscious and conscientious consumer: Buy only what you need; buy the best quality and the most eco-friendly items available; and resist the temptation to give in to the short-lived trends that fill our lives with useless things. This is especially true as we order in while sheltering-in during this still surging pandemic!
"TIPS" is brought to you by the Earth Care Team of presbytery, composed of representatives of the nine Certified Earth Care Congregations of the PC(USA) located in our presbytery. Contact: or 314-941-9378.
Concert Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Sun., Jan. 17 | 4pm
The Couts Music Series of Second Presbyterian Church presents a concert honoring the birthday and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The program takes place virtually on Sunday, January 17 at 4:00 pm and features singer Kim Fuller, pianist Carolbeth True, bassist Glen Smith, and drummer David True. To watch and listen, visit This concert is only accessible online on Sunday, January 17 at 4:00 pm. For more information call 314-367-0367 or
FREE to a Church in Need
St. Mark Presbyterian Church recently did some technology updates and has a few 2 GHz Cisco wireless access points it no longer needs. They are free to a good home. Please contact Pastor Dave Burgess at if you are interested.
Scam Alert !!!
If you have recently received an email requesting a gift card, credit card information or any other financial request from the Presbytery office or a Pastor within our Presbytery-someone is Phishing. No one, either in our office or our member churches, will ever solicit funds in this manner. Please notify any party, by phone, if you receive any suspicious email or text message.
What is Phishing?....a scam by which an Internet user is duped (as by a deceptive e-mail message) into revealing personal or confidential information which the scammer can use illicitly
How to recognize and avoid it? Scammers use email or text messages to trick you into giving them your personal information. But there are several things you can do to protect yourselfClick Here
Liturgical Calendar for 2021
Provided by Louisville Seminary, this calendar is one page and can be downloaded and/or printed. 
Great for church staff, committee members, posting in the paraments closet, etc! Click link below:
Hearing from Mission Co-Workers
from Peru
A Christmas Celebration From Peru On Zoom
January 6, 2021 at 5 pm (CST)
For many of us in the United States, the Christmas season culminates on December 25th.In other parts of the world, like in Peru, the Christmas celebration is only just beginning and then comes to completion on January 6th, Epiphany, when the 3 Kings arrive to the manger.
This day, known as the Bajada de Reyes, is often celebrated with music, small gifts for children, and a chocolatada! What is a chocolatada? As you might discern from the word, it involves chocolate - namely, hot chocolate!  Our partners in Peru want to celebrate it with us!
Join us on January 6 at 6pm Peru (5pm Central).
Join Chocolatada Zoom Meeting Click Here
Meeting ID: 862 2190 3493 | Passcode: 243401 
Well see you then! And, don’t forget to bring your Hot Chocolate!!!
Self-Care & Health Care
COVID19 & Seasonal Flu Shouldn't Mix
If you do not live in the St. Louis Area, please consult with your local Health Department for guidance on where you can get your Flu Shot. If you don't know how to contact your local health department, the following links will direct you to the appropriate office.
In Illinois - Click Here | In Missouri - Click Here
Technology Grants - Wave 2
When COVID-19 began to spread across the United States, Giddings-Lovejoy congregations responded in amazing ways to continue their worship and ministries. I am in awe. Congregations have stretched themselves beyond what they thought they were capable of doing. As I like to say, the building may be closed, but the church is not! 
Please submit your grant request to Note in the subject line Second Wave Grant.
In your request, include the church’s name and address, contact person and email address, and what the grant will be used for.  
By the way, First Wave Grants are still available. Please contact Liz Kanerva at the above email for more information. (Learn More Here)
Education & Training Opportunities
Wisdom of Incarnation
Embodied Practices for Health
Registration Required by January 10
The Presbytery of the Cascades invites all PCUSA Pastors and Chaplains to a Continuing Education Mental Health Practicum, January – June, 2021.
Opening Retreat: January 24th, 1pm through January 25th, 3pm.
  • Followed by monthly, one day Retreats — February to June, 8-4pm, days to be determined by participants.
  • Cost: up to $150 for supplies (list to follow upon registration. you may already have some).
  • In between retreats, there will be optional opportunities for small group check-in, spiritual direction and embodied practice.
  • Please invite other clergy friends/minister colleagues in other Presbyterian/Denominations
  • Sign up by January 10th
Conflict Transformation Skills for Churches (CTS)
The Lombard Mennonite Peace Center will present a Conflict Transformation Skills for Churches workshop which is scheduled for Saturday, January 16, 2021. With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, that date will be upon us before we know it. If you have colleagues who you believe might benefit from this training, would you please remind them that the discount deadline for this event is Dec. 31, 2020 (barely three weeks away).  If someone whom you refer eventually registers for any session of CTS — Jan. 16, Feb. 13, March 22, or April 10 — then we would like to thank you by allowing you to register free of charge for The Language We Use, a 90-minute webinar on the morning of December 16.  Learn more here
APCE 2021
Registration is open for the virtual event hosted by the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators, to be held February 4–6. Explore “Anything But Ordinary Time” with APCE, from the comfort of your own home.
Becoming Matthew 25
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How Do We Engage Socially Distancing and still participate in Mission & Ministry?
Send us your stories of how your congregation is maintaining congregational vitality during this pandemic. Send stories to Office Manager, Leigh Porter at
Current Support Ministry Position Openings
Part-Time Pastor - First Presbyterian, Perryville

Part-Time Organist - First Presbyterian of Alton, IL

Associate Pastor - Dardenne Presbyterian, Dardenne Prarie

Organist/Pianist - First Presbyterian, Jackson, MO

Interim Pastor - John Calvin Presbyterian