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A Note from Pastor Marilyn

Dear Faith Des Peres Church Family,

This past Sunday I shared the good news that despite damage to three of the four walls at the Old Des Peres Presbyterian Church that the structural engineer who inspected it has green-lighted it for repair/restoration.  The repair/restoration is expected to take 4-6 months to complete.  In the meantime, the building is closed up and protected from both the elements and any curious, shelter-seeking critters.

Join us for an evening of storytelling around a fire pit at 7:00 p.m. this Friday, October 18 at the home of Kelly and Angie Hiner on Geyer Road near the Old Des Peres Church.  Come and share your favorite ghost or other stories and feel free to bring shareable snacks.

Our last food packing day this year at Food Outreach is this Saturday, October 19 beginning at 8:00 a.m.    This is a lot of fun as we work together and makes a huge difference in the lives of the people battling HIV and cancer who receive these hot entrees. 

My sermon message this Sunday will be “Receiving God’s Amazing Grace” from Jeremiah 31:27-34.  In this Scripture the Gracious One through Jeremiah assures the people of God’s forgiveness, continued love and care, particularly extended through a “new covenant” relationship.

We are again participating in the St. Louis World Food Day food packing event Friday, November 1 from 6:00-7:00 p.m.  Last year we signed up for one table and because there was so much interest, we’ve signed up for two tables this year, which means we need 20 people to fill those tables.  Please look for a sign-up sheet to participate in the Gathering Space.  If there’s interest we’ll go out to dinner together afterwards, too.

This Sunday please also look for a list of items we’ll be collecting for our next “A Little Touch from Home” for our deployed troops.  We will dedicate what we’ve collected during our Veteran’s Day worship on Sunday, November 10.

Also looking ahead to November, Faith Formation will host a discussion of Barbara Brown Taylor’s Holy Envy:  Finding God in the Faith of Others over lunch following worship Sunday, November 17.  Hope you’ll join us!

This is just a small sampling of upcoming events and activities being planned by the Faith Formation, Mission and Ministry, and Worship Arts centers for November.  Keep watching our weekly blogs, emails and bulletins for more information!

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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FALL FIRE PIT AND STORYTELLING, OCTOBER 18TH AT 7PM

Membership Expansion will host a time of fellowship and storytelling this Friday, October 18th at 7pm. The event will take place at Kelly and Angie Hiner’s home located near the Old Meeting House. If you need the address, please see Angie at church or reach out to Beth Willock at 618-978-0992. All are welcome to join the fun.

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FOOD OUTREACH! SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19TH AT 8AM  

Join us for a fulfilling morning of mission this Saturday, October 19th 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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“A Little Touch From Home” Mission & Ministry Center

Join our Mission & Ministry Center for “A Little Touch from Home”,  an opportunity to send packages of items that will brighten the day for our deployed armed service members.  Various snacks, hygiene items, and some clothing will be shipped to deployed units. The deadline for the collected items is Sunday, November 10.  We'll dedicate what we've collected during worship.   

 

 

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St. Louis World Food Day – Friday Nov. 1, 2019, 6 – 7 p.m. PLEASE SIGN UP!

Join us for St. Louis World Food Day on Friday, Nov. 1 from 6 – 7 p.m. at the Field House at John Burroughs High School (Clayton and Price Roads)! Faith Des Peres has sponsored two tables at this year’s event and we need 20 volunteers to fill those tables! Friends and family members are welcome to join our group (children ages 7 and up are welcome, with 1 adult for every 2 children age 7 – 9). We will need the FDP group at the Field House at 5:40 p.m. Please sign up in the Gathering Space by Sunday, Oct. 27, and include the names of everyone in your group who will be participating. Please also indicate if you would be interested in going to dinner as a group after we finish our packing session. Please see Roy Lenox for additional details.  

 

 

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Family Fellowship, November 10th, 9:15  

Please join us for a relaxed and fun family morning.  Meet other families and fill your heart with a child friendly message.  Storytime, crafts, and refreshments will be provided. Childcare will be provided should you like to stay for Worship at 10:30 am.

 

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Next Book Discussion November 17 

Our next book discussion will be on Barbara Brown Taylor's Holy Envy:  Finding God in the Faith of  Others.  We will discuss the book over lunch following worship on Sunday, November 17.  Hope you'll join us!

 

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A Note from Pastor Marilyn

Dear Faith Des Peres Church Family,

I’m hoping we will be able to share updates on both our delayed Clayton Road church parking lot reconstruction and what we have done and are learning about the damage to our Old Meeting House during worship this Sunday.

My sermon message this Sunday will be “Seeking the Welfare of Our Community” from Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7.  In this Scripture God through Jeremiah encourages the people to make the best of their circumstances while living in exile from their homes and homeland.

We plan to pack 240 Buddy Packs following worship.  Many hands make light work – and it’s fun, too!

This Saturday, October 12 at 3:00 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church the Rev. Max Hill will be installed as the new UKirk pastor.  Max filled the pulpit for me one Sunday in September.  Please continue to keep Max and the UKirk campus ministry in your prayers as he serves with Washington University and St. Louis University students in our community.

Our next food packing day at Food Outreach is Saturday, October 19 at 8:00 a.m.    This is a lot of fun and makes a huge difference in the lives of the people receiving these hot entrees.  Please look for the signup in the Gathering Space this Sunday.

Mission and Ministry Center Erica Abbett will have a Minute for Mission during worship this Sunday to share with you several more opportunities to serve coming up in November.

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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Fall Fire Pit and Storytelling, October 18th at 7pm

Membership Expansion will host a time of fellowship and storytelling Friday, October 18th at 7pm. The event will take place at Kelly and Angie Hiner’s home located near the Old Meeting House. If you need the address, please see Angie at church or reach out to Beth Willock at 618-978-0992. All are welcome to join the fun.

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Food Outreach! Saturday, October 19th at 8am  

Join us for a fulfilling morning of mission on Saturday,  October 19th 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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Disciples Gathering, October 27th

Disciples Gathering, October 27th Children and youth, join Disciples Gathering as they study . Classes for children (grades K4) and youth (grades 5-8) meet during the worship hour from about 10:40-11:30.

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Family Fellowship, November 10th, 9:15am

Family Fellowship, November 10th, 9:15 Please join us for a relaxed and fun family morning. Meet other families and fill your heart with a child friendly message. Storytime, crafts, and refreshments will be provided. Childcare will be provided should you like to stay for Worship at 10:30 am. We would love for families to rsvp if possible to the linkhttps://paperless.ly/30SbKrY

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A Note from Pastor Marilyn

Dear Faith Des Peres Church Family,

Congratulations to the following members who accepted God’s calling and have been elected to serve on Faith Des Peres’ Pastor Nominating Committee

Erica Abbett

            Mary Dingus

            Angie Hiner

            Roy Lennox, Chair/Moderator

            Danny Mortimer

            Whitney Payne

            Kathy Sherrick

Please keep our PNC members in your prayers as they begin their confidential work seeking the next Pastor God is calling to come and serve with Faith Des Peres!

This Sunday is World Communion Sunday, an ecumenical observance launched by former General Assembly Moderator and Shadyside Presbyterian Church Pastor Hugh Thomson Kerr in 1933.  The original idea was to bring churches together in Christian unity through the communion meal. 

My sermon message this World Communion Sunday will be “Walling In or Walling Out” from Luke 16:19-31.  This is the story of the rich man and Lazarus.  We will share communion using a special liturgy.

Since this is communion Sunday, please bring your non-perishable food items for our Feeding the Flock collection.

 And reminder that Disciples Gathering will be this Sunday, October 6 rather than October 13.

Several of our choir members are singing in the annual Choir Festival at Manchester United Methodist Church at 7:00 p.m. this Sunday evening.  It promises to be a wonderful evening hearing the music of American composer Victor C. Johnson.  Our choir is singing pieces from Sunday night’s concert in our worship services these first two Sundays in October as well.

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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Annual Choral Festival this Sunday!        

Sunday October 6th, the choir of Faith Des Peres is participating in an annual Choral Festival at Manchester UMC.  Located at 129 Woods Mill Road, Manchester, 63011 (near the intersection of Manchester Road and Highway 141) - this Festival will consist of many combined choirs, making joyful music in the wonderful space of this church.  The festival occupies choir time in the afternoon with rehearsals, and concludes with a public concert at 7:00 p.m.  You're invited, and you're also invited to invite your friends and                           colleagues.  The festival will consist of the music of Victor C. Johnson, an American composer who continues even today to offer wonderful music in service to the church.  In fact, today's anthem - "At This Table We Remember" - is one of his compositions.  Next week, we will sing another - "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing".  We hope to see you in the audience Sunday night 7:00 p.m. sharp, and wise to be a bit early to park (available on site) and settle in for what promises to be a beautiful occasion.

 

 

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Buddy Packs

Please join us after worship October 13th to pack buddy packs for the University School district.

 

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Food Outreach! Saturday, October 19that 8am

Join us for a fulfilling morning of mission on Saturday,  October 19th 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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