Pastor’s Retreat

So then, a sabbath rest still remains for the people of God; 10 for those who enter God’s rest also cease from their labors as God did from his. – Hebrews 4:9-10

We welcome you to join the Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery’s offering of an all-digital, remote, pastors’ retreat for the pastors in the presbytery beginning at 2 p.m. on Friday, October 23rd and ending at noon on Saturday, October 24th.

Pastors are encouraged to get away to a place of sabbath rest overnight. Strong Wi-Fi should be a priority in choosing your getaway location. Julie Gvillo, A Place of Grace, will be leading the retreat. A schedule has been attached for your convenience. (CLICK HERE)

Please register by Monday, October 12th, so that supplies can be purchased and mailed to your home for you to take with you on the retreat. Included in the package will be several prayer activities and special treats for your time away. Watch the GLP newsletter, the GLP Facebook group, and your email for more information. We sincerely hope you will take time out for renewal and restoration. Register soon – CLICK HERE

Please note that attendees will receive $75 for travel, food, and incidentals. Those who choose to join the retreat from a hotel can be reimbursed up to $175, with receipt submission, by emailing Leigh Porter, Office Manager

Anti-Racism Workshop

In 2002 the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy approved the creation of the Dismantling Racism and Privilege Team (DRAP), and required, “All clergy to participate in anti-racism training, within two years and new clergy within one year.” In May of 2018, DRAP provided training at the Presbytery Gathering through Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training. Now, it is time for pastors’ anti-racism training.

The timing for this workshop is more important than ever. Since the killing of George Floyd and other innocent African American siblings, hearing the words “I cannot breathe” demands action. We cannot stand by and do nothing. As leaders, we pledge our lives to God’s service. With this anti-racism training, let us either begin or deepen our struggle to discern “What can I do?” as individuals and as a church community.

The registration link can be found here.  Please add October 1, 2020 from 11:30 am through 1:30 pm to your calendar and look to the second week of September for more information.

If you should have any questions, regarding this training, please contact Rev. Dr. Junie Ewing, Bridge Associate Pastor at

Final Service at First Presbyterian – Fredericktown

First Presbyterian – Fredericktown
The final worship service for First Presbyterian Church, Fredericktown, will be held on Sunday, September 20, at 3:00 pm at the church. THE IN-PERSON EVENT IS BY INVITATION ONLY. Social distancing will be followed and masks will be required. A video recording of the final worship service will be posted on G-L Presbytery’s website and a link will be included in the Presbytery newsletter for a few weeks after the service for anyone interested to view.