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A Note from Annie

Dear Members and Friends of Faith Des Peres,

There’s a lot happening here on Sunday and it’s all good! At 9:30 Kelly Storck, LCSW and local therapist, will be here to talk about understanding transgender and how to create a space where people of all genders feel safe and welcome. This is a very timely topic and important for us to hear as we live into our Vision 2020 goals and values. In worship, we’ll baptize Henry Robert Harper, son of Cat and Patrick Harper. This is our 6th baptism in as many months! What a blessing it has been to baptize all these babies and welcome them into the church. I have a hunch that the number of baptisms we’re having is connected to the fact that we’re creating a faith community that is welcoming to all people. What do you think?

Don’t forget that next Friday, the 26th, is game night. It starts at 7:00 pm.  Bring a game and munchie and/or drink to share. This is fun for all ages!

 

I hope I’ll see you Sunday!

 

Blessings,

Annie

 

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Understanding What It Means to Be Transgender     

Join us Sunday with Guest Speaker Kelly Storck, Gender Beyond the Binary: Understanding What It Means to Be Transgender.

What does it mean to be transgender? Simply put, transgender is a term used to describe people whose gender identity differs from the sex the doctor marked on their birth                  certificate.  Gender identity is a person’s internal, personal sense of being a man or a woman (or someone outside of that gender binary). But there’s nothing simple about gender and sexual identity. It is complex. It is emotional and can be incredibly challenging for us to wrap our minds around.  This particular talk is designed to be place for you to ask your questions.  

 

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Music Notes 

We are looking for people interested in ringing in our new handbell choir.  We could use 2-4 people who are willing to learn.  Note-reading helpful, but not required.  Right now, we’re practicing for 45-60 minutes after church on Sunday mornings, resuming on January 14th.

Do you play an instrument?   We’d like to put together a database of people who are willing to share their gift in church services.  Any level of ability is welcome!  If we have enough, we might be able to have a small orchestra!  Would you like to play an instrument?   We have some folks who play the recorder, and would be interested in putting together an ensemble (technically called a “consort.”)  This not the squeaky instrument that 4th graders bring home (which are soprano recorders), but larger, lower-pitched instruments. If you’re interested in bells, playing, or learning, check the sign-up sheets in the Gathering Space.  See Jeff White if you have any questions.

 

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Disciples Gathering

Calling all kids and youth! Disciples Gathering meets this semester on the following days:

January 21 and 28

February 11 and 25

March 11 and 25

April 15 and 29

May 13

On the Sundays Disciples Gathering doesn't meet, all children and youth are encouraged to attend worship. On the first Sunday of the month we have communion, and on the third Sunday of the month there is PALS. Tahnk you!

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UKirk Open House!

Help UKirk kick-off our semester by joining us at our Winter Open House on Sunday, January 28. We'll gather from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church (6800 Washington Ave) for an evening of dinner and worship together. It's an opportunity for you to connect with our collegiate community and for UKirk students to connect with the broader church in St. Louis. Please RSVP here and let us know what dietary needs you might have. - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd04lUq3VKyL1vTTn2OS6MHQjd8dH60EkWI6B_3FjUk1ujgbQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

If you have any questions, contact Pastor Miriam at ukirk_stl@glpby.org

 

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Touchy Topics Book Club, Sunday, January 28th

Touchy Topics Book Club, Sunday, January 28th
The Faith Formation Center has started a new book group called Touchy Topics Book Group. The idea is to read a book (religious or not) about a touchy topic and then come  together to talk about it. This month we’re reading This Is How It Always Is, a book about a family whose son transitions to female and the joys and challenges that brings to them. Join us after church (lunch provided) on January 28th for about 1-1 ½ hours to talk about the book. You can               purchase the book at any retailer or find it in your local library. Questions? See Annie. RSVP via the sign-up sheet in the Gathering Space or by email. (Lunch count needed.) Thanks!

 

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Food Outreach, February 3rd, 8 am

Food Outreach, February 3rd, 8 am
Come join members of Faith Des Peres at Food Outreach on Saturday morning, February 3rd. There we will pack food into individual meals that will be given to those living with HIV/AIDS and cancer that are living at or below the poverty level. We start at 8am and are done before 11 am. Food Outreach requests that volunteers be at least 11 years old and in 5th grade. Food Outreach is located at 3117 Olive Street. Meet us there.

 

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Coffee with the Pastor, February 4th at 9:30am


You’re invited to “Coffee with the Pastor” on Sunday, February 4th at 9:30 am in the
Gathering Space. You will have the opportunity to get answers to questions about what it means to be Presbyterian in a friendly and fun environment while also meeting some great people. If you’ve already attended a “Coffee with the Pastor” and are interested in joining the church, we plan on accepting new members during worship in February.  Any Questions?  Ask Pastor Annie.  It would be an honor to be your church family. 

 

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Disciples Gathering

Calling all kids and youth! Disciples Gathering meets this semester on the following days:

January 21 and 28

February 11 and 25

March 11 and 25

April 15 and 29

May 13

On the Sundays Disciples Gathering doesn't meet, all children and youth are encouraged to attend worship. On the first Sunday of the month we have communion, and on the third Sunday of the month there is PALS. Tahnk you!

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Gender Beyond the Binary: Understanding What It Means to Be Transgender 

Speaker: Kelly Storck,  Sunday, January 21, 9:30 am in the Adult Room                   
What does it mean to be transgender? Simply put, transgender is a term used to describe people whose gender identity differs from the sex the doctor marked on their birth certificate.  Gender identity is a person’s internal, personal sense of being a man or a woman (or someone outside of that gender binary). But there’s nothing simple about gender and sexual identity. It is complex. It is emotional and can be incredibly challenging for us to wrap our minds around.  This particular talk is designed to be place for you to ask your questions. It's for those age 11 (5th grade) and above. 

 

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Game Night is Back! Friday, January 26th at 7pm

FDP GAME NIGHT at 7 pm in the Gathering Space. Please bring your favorite card or board games, a drink and a snack to share. Guaranteed FUN and FELLOWSHIP for all ages!                                                                                      

 

 

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Touchy Topics Book Club, Sunday, January 28th

Touchy Topics Book Club, Sunday, January 28th
The Faith Formation Center has started a new book group called Touchy Topics Book Group. The idea is to read a book (religious or not) about a touchy topic and then come  together to talk about it. This month we’re reading This Is How It Always Is, a book about a family whose son transitions to female and the joys and challenges that brings to them. Join us after church (lunch provided) on January 28th for about 1-1 ½ hours to talk about the book. You can               purchase the book at any retailer or find it in your local library. Questions? See Annie. RSVP via the sign-up sheet in the Gathering Space or by email. (Lunch count needed.) Thanks!

 

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Food Outreach is February 3rd, 8 am

Food Outreach is February 3rd, 8 am
Come join members of Faith Des Peres at Food Outreach on Saturday morning, February 3rd. There we will pack food into individual meals that will be given to those living with HIV/AIDS and cancer that are living at or below the poverty level. We start at 8am and are done before 11 am. Food Outreach requests that volunteers be at least 11 years old and in 5th grade. Food Outreach is located at 3117 Olive Street. Meet us there.

 

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Coffee with the Pastor, February 4th at 9:30am


You’re invited to “Coffee with the Pastor” on Sunday, February 4th at 9:30 am in the
Gathering Space. You will have the opportunity to get answers to questions about what it means to be Presbyterian in a friendly and fun environment while also meeting some great people.   If you’ve already attended a “Coffee with the Pastor” and are interested in joining the church, we plan on accepting new members during worship in February.  Any Questions?  Ask Pastor  Annie.  It would be an honor to be your church family. 

 

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