Blog Post by

Rev. Dr. Craig M. Howard
Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy
Transitional Leader

I have almost completed my first year as your Transitional Presbytery Leader, and I just want to say, “Thank You.” There are so many things I can give thanks for, but I’ve limited myself to 10. Then, the Vanessa, Leigh, Janice, and Joy decided to jump in with their testimonies as well!
Ten Things Craig Gives Thanks For (In no particular order)
For my wife joining me in St. Louis after being apart for two years
For a roof over my head; being warm in the winter and cool in the summer
For the challenges and opportunities of this time in the life of the church
For a staff I respect and work well together with
For the hospitality and generosity of our congregations
For the many meals, laughs, and stories I’ve been a part of here in Giddings-Lovejoy
For readers who are honest, encouraging, and challenging
For colleagues in ministry whom I respect and admire
For the chance to pour my life into ministry
For the many sessions and congregations honestly struggling with their future
(Plus one for bonus!)
For the “yes” of God that leads to trust, and love of others
Vanessa Adds
For the joy of new beginnings
For the love of family and friends
For God’s abundant grace
Leigh Adds
For family
For a Christian workplace
For abundance
Janice Adds
For the beauty of the sun as it rises every morning, giving light to the hope of each day
For the enveloping strength of a hug from Thanksgiving reunion with friends and family
For the compassion and kindness reawakened in holiday spirit from strangers, in every walk of life
Joy Adds
For the gift of time to explore the wonders God puts before us
For the beauty of family and friends
For the positive future before the Presbytery
How about you? What are some things you would like to give thanks for?
Happy Thanksgiving from the Staff of Giddings-Lovejoy!
Rev. Craig M. Howard


  • Posted November 21, 2017 4:20 pm
    Paul Reiter

    I am thankful Craig that God called you to Giddings-Lovejoy. It’s future is bright because of your thoughtful gifts of leadership put to Kingdom purposes. My regret is that I am in FL watching from a distance, but abundantly seeing God at work there!!!!

    • Posted November 22, 2017 1:55 pm
      Craig Howard

      Thanks! You left some pretty big shoes to fill. Thank you for your consistent encouragement.

  • Posted November 22, 2017 10:14 am
    Carleton Stock

    For presbytery leadership paid and volunteer!
    For the gifts of creation and the daily opportunities to reconnect with nature, with neighbor and myself.
    For this nation with it’s wonderful ideals and promise and it’s incredible contradictions needing to be resolved.
    For all the diverse faith communities including of course the Presbyterian family and particularly the Second Church of the Central West End.
    For global citizenship and U.S. citizenship.
    For being at one with the Creator and Sustainer of life already with no need for any substitute atonement.
    For the network of family, extended and immediate and friends far and wide.

  • Posted November 22, 2017 1:56 pm
    Craig Howard

    Beautiful! My favorite: “For this nation with it’s wonderful ideals and promise and it’s incredible contradictions needing to be resolved.”

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