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A Note from Pastor Marilyn

Dear Faith Des Peres Church Family,

 This Sunday we continue our journey through Lent, 40 days not including Sundays, when as we travel with Jesus toward his crucifixion and are particularly invited to reflect upon how we are living our lives and any changes we would like to make toward bringing our lives back in line with our Christian faith and values.    

 This Sunday is a one of great joy for us as we welcome three new members to our church family during worship, and as we hear a report detailing more about the good news of the Frontenac Council having approved the Payne Homes project Tuesday night.

 My sermon message this Sunday will be “Fertilizing Faith” from Luke 13:1-9.  I will be focusing upon the extension of grace within the parable portion of this short reading.

 I will be leading our black history and women’s history book study discussion on Michelle Obama’s Becoming following worship this Sunday.  The former First Lady’s autobiographic book is at times entertaining, poignant, and very personally candid, and will hopefully spark some interesting and insightful conversations about race and gender in our country.

 I hope you’re planning to attend our “Summit on the Past” on Sunday, March 31 following worship.  In preparation for this “summit,” I met with long-time members of each of our former churches this past Sunday and I learned so many interesting things!  But we need to not only hear their stories and memories; we need to hear yours as well and reflect together on how these have formed and shaped Faith Des Peres today.  This will be the first “event” of our transitional journey in preparation to search for your next called and installed pastor.  Fliers about this event are now available in the narthex and the Gathering Space.

 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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Frontenac Board Approves Payne Homes Development 

The Frontenac Board of Aldermen's final approval of Payne Homes' proposal to build 18 townhomes on property to the immediate north of our Clayton Road Church is good news for Faith Des Peres! It means the sale of approximately 1.6 acres of the parking lot at the back of the church is going to happen. It also means we will have the resources to improve and install new parking facilities at the back and front of the church. The property FDP is selling will be combined with land immediately to the north of our parking lot on which the mobile home park is located to create the three-acre site for the new residential development. Within the next few weeks, Payne Homes will create a timetable for developing final construction drawings for approval by Frontenac's architectural review board, securing necessary permits and other pre-construction work. Payne representatives tell us they hope to close on the purchase of our property early this summer.

 

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Summit Sunday, March 31st      

On Sunday, March 31 we will have the first “event” of our transitional journey, a “Summit on the Past” following a slightly shortened morning worship kick-off.  Come to worship at the usual 10:30 time and then stay for the no more than two-hour conversation reviewing our church history and the evolution of our core values that inform the kind of faith community we are today.

This “Summit on the Past” is the first stage of asking ourselves who are we, how did we get here, and who and where do we want to go in the future as part of the preparation to search for your next called and installed pastor.

 

 

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Food Outreach!  Saturday, April 6 at 8am  

Join us for a fulfilling morning of mission on Saturday,  April 6 at Food Outreach (on Olive and Compton). Beginning at 8am, we will don our hats and hair nets and get to work packaging meals for those in need. No prior experience necessary- the Food Outreach program is very well organized- simply show up and everything you need will be provided there.  We are seeking to establish a group of 15-20 participants ages 12 and up. Please sign up in the gathering space and indicate if you have interest in carpooling!  This event is loved and enjoyed by many- we are excited to have you join! 

 

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Ron Scott’s Book Signing, Sunday, April 7, 2019, 12:00pm       

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Have you ever wondered how writers publish books? Plan to join Ron Scott, our own published author, for insights into the process of writing and publishing, “Rainswept and Other Stories”, a collection of fictional and non-fictional stories published in November 2018. Ron will describe his journey, read a selection and even autograph a copy for you. A light lunch will be provided in the Gathering Space. Please join us. Will Ridley, ridleywp@att.net, 314-920-1507.

 

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One Great Hour of Sharing 2019


Again this year, Faith Des Peres is collecting the One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) offering on Easter. OGHS is a Presbyterian Church (USA) ministry that supports Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Self Development of People.

 

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A Note from Pastor Marilyn

Dear Faith Des Peres Church Family,

This Sunday we continue our journey through Lent, 40 days not including Sundays, when as we travel with Jesus toward his crucifixion and are particularly invited to reflect upon how we are living our lives and any changes we would like to make toward bringing our lives back in line with our Christian faith and values.    

My sermon message this Sunday will be “Standing One’s Faith Ground” from Luke 13:31-35.  Among other things in this short reading Jesus compares himself to a mother hen desiring to gather her brood under her wings.

 Before worship, our children, youth and adult PALS will meet at 9:30 to continue fostering their intergenerational relationships as they study and learn together.

 I hope you are reading and will plan to join us for our black and women’s history book study discussion on Michelle Obama’s Becoming following worship Sunday, March 24.

 Please mark your calendars and plan to attend our “Summit on the Past” on Sunday, March 31 following worship.  This will be the first “event” of our transitional journey in preparation to search for your next called and installed pastor.  Fliers about this event are now available in the narthex and the Gathering Space.

 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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Sunday, March 24, at 11:45am   

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In recognition of Black History and Women's History months (February and March), Pastor Marilyn will lead a discussion on Michelle Obama's book, Becoming. Mark your calendars now and plan to be a part of this interesting discussion over lunch in the Gathering Space.

 

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Summit on the Past, Sunday, March 31st       

On Sunday, March 31 we will have the first “event” of our transitional journey, a “Summit on the Past” following a slightly shortened morning worship kick-off.  Come to worship at the usual 10:30 time and then stay for the no more than two-hour conversation reviewing our church history and the evolution of our core values that inform the kind of faith community we are today.

This “Summit on the Past” is the first stage of asking ourselves who are we, how did we get here, and who and where do we want to go in the future as part of the preparation to search for your next called and installed pastor.

 

 

 

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Food Outreach! Save the date! Saturday, April 6 at 8am  

Join us for a fulfilling morning of mission on Saturday,  April 6 at Food Outreach (on Olive and Compton). Beginning at 8am.  Food Outreach program is very well organized- simply show up and everything you need will be provided there.  We are seeking to establish a group of 15-20 participants ages 12 and up. Please sign up in the gathering space and indicate if you have interest in carpooling!  This event is loved and enjoyed by many- we are excited to have you join! 

 

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One Great Hour of Sharing 2019

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Again this year, Faith Des Peres is collecting the One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) offering on Easter. OGHS is a Presbyterian Church (USA) ministry that supports Missions.  Drop your loose change in the provided fish boxes during Lent, and then bring it to church with you on Easter Sunday. (We’ll also take a check!) This year’s goal is $1750. Help us help others. Thank you.

 

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A Note from Pastor Marilyn

Dear Faith Des Peres Church Family,

First, don’t forget to set your clocks ahead Saturday night as Daylight Savings Time begins this Sunday, March 10th!

This Sunday is the First Sunday in Lent, 40 days not including Sundays, when as we journey with Jesus toward his crucifixion and are particularly invited to reflect upon how we are living our lives and any changes we would like to make toward bringing our lives back in line with our Christian faith and values. 

This year our Lenten journey will include the extinguishing of a candle each week on a beautiful display envisioned and created for us by Danny Mortimer and Steve Heitkamp, which will serve as a reminder that the Light of the world we welcomed at Christmas was temporarily snuffed out on Good Friday. 

My sermon message this Sunday will be “Being Led Through the Wilderness” from Luke 4:1-13, which the story of Jesus’ temptations to sin.

Also, on this First Sunday in Lent the Mission and Ministry Center is asking everyone to participate in Presbyterian Disaster Assistance’s “Blue T-shirt Sunday” by wearing your Faith Des Peres T-shirts or something blue on March 10. 

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend our “Summit on the Past” on Sunday, March 31 following worship.  This will be the first “event” of our transitional journey in preparation to search for your next called and installed pastor.  Fliers about this event are now available in the narthex and the Gathering Space.

I also hope you are reading and will plan to join us for our next book study discussion on Michelle Obama’s Becoming following worship Sunday, March 24.

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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Join the BLUE OUT!  

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If red is the color that screams out “emergency,” then blue is the color that seems to announce, “help has arrived — your cries of distress have been heard.”  When crisis and  catastrophe hit  a community, it's the mission Presbyterian Disaster Assistance to respond,  PDA volunteers  are recognized by their blue shirts that read "Out of Chaos, Hope".  On March 10, 2019 - the first Sunday in Lent- join Presbyterians world wide by wearing something BLUE as a visible reminder of the help and hope we can foster with our One Great Hour of Sharing offering, which benefits Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. 

 

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Buddy Packs 

We are packing Buddy Packs again this Sunday. Our Buddy Packs are distributed to low income elementary students in U. City to supplement their food over the weekend.  Come join us after the service in the downstairs Fellowship Hall.  All ages are welcome.

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Sunday, March 24, at 11:45am   

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In recognition of Black History and Women's History months (February and March), Pastor Marilyn will lead a discussion on Michelle Obama's book, Becoming. Mark your calendars now and plan to be a part of this interesting discussion over lunch in the Gathering Space. More details to come. 

 

 

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Summit on the Past, Sunday, March 31st   

On Sunday, March 31 we will have the first “event” of our transitional journey, a “Summit on the Past” following a slightly shortened morning worship kick-off.  Come to worship at the usual 10:30 time and then stay for the no more than two-hour conversation reviewing our church history and the evolution of our core values that inform the kind of faith community we are today.

This “Summit on the Past” is the first stage of asking ourselves who are we, how did we get here, and who and where do we want to go in the future as part of the preparation to search for your next called and installed pastor.

 

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