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A Note from Pastor Marilyn

 

Dear Faith Des Peres Church Family,

 This will be another active Sunday worship for us.  We will recognize and celebrate this year’s kindergarten, eighth and high school graduates and will present Bibles to our fourth graders.  We will also hear our last financial stewardship pledge campaign presentation, which will be from our Administration Center.

 My sermon message this Sunday will be “Seeing God’s Spirit at Work” from the Acts of the Apostles 11:1-18.  This is the story of Peter sharing receiving a vision of God’s inclusivity of Gentiles in The Way with the believers in Jerusalem.

 Looking ahead to Memorial weekend we plan to have our first monthly summer worship at the old Des Peres church during which we will kick-off a new mission opportunity.

 Our Presbyterian Women will share brunch together at Lori Gilley’s house on Wednesday, May 29 at 10:00 a.m.  Please RSVP to Lori for her planning.

 Looking even further ahead, the next “event” of our transition journey will be our “Summit on the Present” reviewing our current mission and ministry, resources, and opportunities after worship Sunday, June 2.  Lunch will be provided, and a sign-up sheet now available in the Gathering Space.  During the summit there will be a brief congregational vitality survey.  If you are unable to attend the summit but would like to participate in the survey, please let the church office know and one will be sent to you.  The summit will last no more than two hours and even if you are unable to stay the entire time, please come and participate as long as you can.

 I look forward to seeing you in and around our church as we share in mission and ministry together!

 Shalom in Christ Jesus,

 Pastor Marilyn

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Presbyterian Women Brunch Wednesday, May 29 10:00 a.m.

Plan on joining the women of our church on Wednesday, May 29 at 10:00 a.m. at the home of Lori Gilley as we share brunch together. Please RSVP to Lori at lori.a.gilley@gmail.com to let her know if you are planning on attending. Lori’s address is 21 Southridge Dr, Glendale 63122

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Dedication of pledges Sunday, June 2

We will be dedicating our pledges on June 2 during our worship service. Please bring your completed pledge card with you that day. If you are unable to attend worship June 2, please mail your pledge card to the church or drop it by the church office. Thank you for all you do and give to Faith Des Peres.

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Summit on the Present Sunday, June 2 after Worship

The next “event” of our transition journey will be our “Summit on the Present” reviewing our current mission and ministry, resources, and opportunities after worship Sunday, June 2.  Lunch will be provided, and a sign-up sheet is now available in the Gathering Space.  During the summit there will be a brief congregational vitality survey.  If you are unable to attend the summit but would like to participate in the survey, please let the church office know and one will be sent to you.  The summit will last no more than two hours and even if you are unable to stay the entire time, please come and participate as long as you can.

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Feeding the Flock Sunday, June 2

As is our tradition, we will be collecting food on Communion Sunday to distribute to area Food Banks. Now that the children are home from school for the summer, the need is even greater.

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Volunteers Needed for Sunday Activities    

Please consider signing up as liturgist, greeter or providing refreshments for our Sunday services. Sign up is easy using signupgenius.com or calling the church office. There is also a sign up sheet for flowers for those who would like to donate flowers to decorate our church. These flowers can be from your garden or florist. Thank you!

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A Note from Pastor Marilyn

Dear Faith Des Peres Church Family,

 We have a new Music Director/Organist!  Our Interim Music Director/Organist, Rene Zajner, discerned God calling him to apply for our position, our Search Committee when we met with Rene confirmed his calling, and Session approved his hiring.  Welcome to our Faith Des Peres staff and church family Rene!

 My sermon message this Mother’s Day Sunday will be “Being a Congregation of Resurrection Hope” from the Acts of the Apostles 9:36-43.  This is the story of the disciple Tabitha/Dorcas’ resurrection, the only resurrection of a woman in our Scriptures.

 This Sunday we will hear presentations from two more of our Centers as part of this year’s financial stewardship pledge campaign during worship as well.

 Following worship in honor of Mother’s Day we will again have a lunch and there will be a photographer available to take family photos.

 Looking ahead, on Sunday, May 19 we will recognize this year’s graduates and will present Bibles to our fourth graders.

 Memorial weekend we plan to have our first monthly summer worship at the old Des Peres church during which we will kick-off a new mission opportunity.

 Looking even further ahead, the next “event” of our transition journey will be our “Summit on the Present” looking at our current mission and ministry, resources, and opportunities after worship Sunday, June 2.  Lunch will be provided, and a sign-up sheet will be available in the Gathering Space soon.  During the summit there will be a brief congregational vitality survey.  If you are unable to attend the summit but would like to participate in the survey, please let the church office know and one will be sent to you.  The summit will last no more than two hours and even if you are unable to stay the entire time, please come and participate as long as you can.

 I look forward to seeing you in and around our church as we share in mission and ministry together!

 Shalom in Christ Jesus,

 Pastor Marilyn

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Welcome our new Music Director/ Organist, Rene Zajner

Rene has been Interim Music Director at Faith des Peres since the beginning of this year, after having previously serving as substitute organist during the summer of 2018.  Rene is both humbled and excited to be welcomed by our community of faith, and looks forward to cultivating our music ministry, both with our choir and congregation.  Rene began piano studies at the age of five, and continued on the pipe organ at the age of twelve.  This began a decades long service of being involved in the music ministry of churches, beginning in Toronto (Canada) on the organ, in Chicago with a new focus on singing with choirs, and bringing together all of these experiences in Saint Louis.  His overall experience involves working amongst very small congregations, and very large spaces such as the Cathedral Basilica here in Saint Louis, and Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago.  This includes exposure to many different kinds of musical instruments,
multiple languages, and varying types of liturgical worship.  His education includes a B.A. degree in economics from the University of Toronto, and an M.A. degree (economics) from the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada).  Rene is also a consultant in the area of communication strategies to a number of regional musical organizations, a teacher of elementary school music, and a private music teacher.  He is a member of the American Guild of Organists, the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, and the Professional Photographers of America.

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Looking Ahead

May 19-We will recognize all of our graduates and present Bibles to our 4th graders.

May 26– Worship at the Old Meeting House.

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A Note from Pastor Marilyn

 

Dear Faith Des Peres Church Family,

 A big welcome back and thank you to Yolanda Mortimer, who is filling in for Administrative Assistant Tiara Payne while she recovers from knee surgery.  For the next two weeks Yolanda will be in the office Wednesdays and Thursdays.

 This Sunday there will be lots of activities for you and your family before, during and after worship!  The last PALS gathering of the school year will be at 9:30 a.m. with a special guest from the Marion Medical Mission.  She will have an information table in the Gathering Space and be available for conversation during our fellowship time following worship as well.  The last Disciples Gathering of the school year will follow the young people’s message during worship.  And we will hear presentations from two of our Centers as part of this year’s financial stewardship pledge campaign during worship as well.

 My sermon message this Sunday will be “Touching Lives” from the Acts of the Apostles 9:1-20.  This is the story of Saul’s conversion on the road to Damascus in preparation to serve Christ’s mission as the more prolific first century church planter.

 As part of sharing Holy Communion together we will also collect food for the Circle of Concern Pantry.

 Looking ahead to Mother’s Day we will again have lunch following worship and there will be a photographer available to take family photos.

 Looking even further ahead, on Sunday, May 19 we will recognize this year’s graduates and will present Bibles to our fourth graders.

 And Memorial weekend we plan to have our first monthly summer worship at the old Des Peres church.

 I look forward to seeing you in and around our church as we share in mission and ministry together!

 Shalom in Christ Jesus,

 Pastor Marilyn

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We Have a Special Program on Sunday!

This Sunday, May 5, is PALS -- and everyone is invited to join us (not just the PALS group that typically meets on the third Sunday of the month).

Marion Medical Mission (MMM) volunteer and one of Faith Des Peres' very own -- Alisa Simpson -- will join us at 9:30 a.m. in the Gathering Space to talk about MMM's well program that provides a sustainable source of safe drinking water for African people in Northern and Central Malawi and Southern and Eastern Tanzania. Alisa has been to Africa with MMM twice, so we will get to hear some of her experiences first-hand.

MMM is a volunteer non-profit organization that establishes partnerships with Africans at the grassroots level. People in the villages dig the wells, make the bricks to line them, and bring sand and stone needed for construction. MMM supplies what the villages cannot -- cement, pipe, skilled African labor and training. Each well costs $400 and is easy to maintain and repair.

According to estimates, over 14 million people in the rural areas of Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia do not have access to safe drinking water and 4,000 children worldwide die each day because of unsafe drinking water.

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Mother’s Day Lunch and Photos May 12th

Our church will once again be celebrating Mother’s Day together on Sunday, May 12th  following worship service. Photographers will be on hand to take photos and we’ll have a light lunch to have in the Gathering Space. Please mark your calendars and join us to celebrate mothers and families on May 12th 

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Stewardship Campaign Begins Sunday

Sunday we begin our Stewardship Campaign. We will hear from our 5 different centers over the next three weeks and dedicate our pledges on June 2.. Thank you for all you do and give to Faith Des Peres.

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Looking Ahead

May 19-We will recognize all of our graduates and present Bibles to our 4th graders.

May 26– Worship at the Old Meeting House.

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A Note from Pastor Marilyn

Dear Faith Des Peres Church Family,

This Sunday is our annual GO! Sunday worship and day of service.  Coffee and donuts will be available in the Gathering Space at 9:45 a.m.  We will then have a brief commissioning service at 10:00 a.m. before heading out to serve.  Sounds like the weather is going to cooperate for the outdoor service projects, too.  Yay!  Please wear your blue Faith Des Peres T-shirts, and we will plan to take a group picture of all participants as well.

Looking ahead, our church is again serving as a host site for the St. Louis Storytelling Festival on Friday, May 3 at 7:00 p.m.  All are welcome.  Fliers with more information are available on our Faith Des Peres website and in the Gathering Space.

Friday Foodies is also back, gathering at Canyon Café on Friday, May 3 at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome.

And there will be lots of activities for you and your family before, during and after worship on Sunday, May 5.  The last PALS gathering of the school year will be at 9:30 a.m. with a special guest from the Marion Medical Mission.  The last Disciples Gathering of the school year will follow the young people’s message during worship.  And we will hear presentations from two of our Centers during worship as well.

And looking even further ahead, on Sunday, May 19 we will recognize this year’s graduates and will present Bibles to our fourth graders.

I look forward to seeing you in and around our church as we share in mission and ministry together!

 Shalom in Christ Jesus,

 Pastor Marilyn

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