In the interest of safety, worship activities of the church have been cancelled indefinitely.  Updates will be made here as well as through phone communication.  You are encouraged to be prayerful and follow the safety precautions provided.  Detailed safety information can be found by selecting the Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery website link and selecting Coronavirus-covid19. The church phone is being monitored so you may contact us at (314) 381-2770.

We recommend that you utilize the COVID Act Now website at It allows you to track the risk level by county daily.

COVID-19 Funeral Assistance

Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA will provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020.

To be eligible for funeral assistance, you must meet these conditions:

§  The death must have occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.

§  The death certificate must indicate the death was attributed to COVID-19.

§  The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after January 20, 2020.

§  There is no requirement for the deceased person to have been a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien.

How to Apply

In April, FEMA will begin accepting applications. If you had COVID-19 funeral expenses, we encourage you to keep and gather documentation. Types of information should include:

§  An official death certificate that attributes the death directly or indirectly to COVID-19 and shows that the death occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.

§  Funeral expenses documents (receipts, funeral home contract, etc.) that includes the applicant’s name, the deceased person’s name, the amount of funeral expenses, and the dates the funeral expenses happened.

§  Proof of funds received from other sources specifically for use toward funeral costs. We are not able to duplicate benefits received from burial or funeral insurance, financial assistance received from voluntary agencies, government agencies, or other sources.

How are Funds Received

If you are eligible for funeral assistance, you will receive a check by mail, or funds by direct deposit, depending on which option you choose when you apply for assistance.

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