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A Note from Annie

Dear Faith Des Peres Community,

This Sunday I’m beginning a new sermon series about Moses. Moses is the single most important figure in the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament), and his life serves as the backdrop for much of the New Testament. Throughout history, his story has continued to speak to each generation. Today, it speaks to us again and reveals truth about us as human beings. In this series, we’ll learn about Moses and how his story intersects with ours through the sermon and personal testimonies. Yes, that’s right, personal testimonies. In a Presbyterian Church!

 

This Sunday we’ll hear from Tommy Epling and Jordan Harris, recent graduates of the Cultural Leadership Institute. They’ve been on a year-long transformational journey that has trained them to be change agents, social justice activists, and troublemakers of the best kind by recognizing and resolving issues of privilege and injustice through the lens of the African American and Jewish experience. Like Moses, they have been called to work for freedom for all.

 

Their testimonies couldn’t be more timely given the demonstrations of racial and religious hatred expressed by white nationalist, Neo-Nazi, and Ku Klux Klan groups in Charlottesville.  Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, the Stated Clerk of the PC(USA), wrote on August 14 in his statement about Charlottesville: “White supremacy will not be eradicated until faith leaders become willing to risk their very lives (professional and otherwise) for the sake of the gospel.” On Sunday, in my sermon, we’ll hear the story of two women who risked their lives to save Moses’ life because they feared God more than they feared Pharaoh. It’s a powerful story that compels us to ask ourselves: do we fear God enough to do the same, to risk our lives for the sake of the Gospel?

 

Friends, racism is real and so is our part in it, whether we want to hear that or not. But if we can’t acknowledge our sin in church and in front of each other, where else can we? I know the topic can be uncomfortable, it often is for me, but we must bear witness to the gospel message that “White supremacy and racism stand in stark, irreconcilable contradiction to God’s intention for humanity. This requires courage and a deep faith to speak truth in love.”

 

I hope you’ll join us Sunday as we try to do just that.

 

Blessings,

Annie

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New Sermon Series "Moses: The Reluctant Prophet"

Moses is the single most important figure in the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament), and his life serves as the backdrop for much of the New Testament. Throughout history, his story has continued to speak to each generation. Today, it speaks to us again and reveals truth about us as human beings. In this series, we’ll learn about Moses and how his story intersects with ours through the sermon and personal testimonies. Today, we’ll hear from Tommy Epling and Jordan Harris, recent graduates of the Cultural Leadership Institute. They’ve been on a year-long transformational journey that has trained them to be change agents, social justice activists, and troublemakers of the best kind by recognizing and resolving issues of privilege and injustice through the lens of the African American and Jewish experience. Like Moses, they have been called to work for freedom for all. In addition to the testimonies, today’s liturgical art reflects the Nile River, where Moses was found as a baby among the bulrushes. Also in today’s service is the Belhar Confession, adopted by the PC(USA) in 2016, that was born out of the apartheid movement in South Africa.

 

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New Administrative Assistant

Greetings to all! My name is Tiara Payne.  It’s an honor and privilege to serve as your new Administrative Assistant. I am married with 4 beautiful children. I have several years working in the church as well as civil services. I’m happy to be here and look forward to working with you all.

 

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Circle of Concern

It’s a communion Sunday which means the kids will pull the wagon and collect food for Circle of Concern during the offering time. The idea behind Feeding the Flock is that while we are spiritually fed at Christ’s table, we are called to physically feed others. This is an important outreach ministry of Faith Des Peres, and is one that gets everyone involved. Even if you forgot food today, you can always donate food to Circle of Concern by dropping it off at the church. Thank you.

 

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Buddy Packs is Expanding! Packers needed!

This fall, we’re expanding our Buddy Packs program in a big way. We’re partnering with the University City School District to provide buddy packs to 60 students in that district each week! We’re also partnering with Twigs, an non-profit organization in Granite City that provides buddy packs to students in several Illinois school districts, to get our food for pennies on the dollar. NEW THIS YEAR: we will pack all of the packs (240+) for the month on one Sunday each month. We’ll need at least 10 volunteers to help pack each month. Our first packing session will be today. We’ll meet in Fellowship Hall at 11:45 a.m. to get started. Beginning in September, we will pack after church on the second Sunday of the month. Sign up to help pack on SignUpGenius: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0D4AABA82BA1F49-buddy. We’ll also need volunteers to help deliver the buddy packs to four schools in University City each week. If you would like to deliver on a regular basis, or would like to be a back-up to our regular delivery team, please reach out to Roy Lenox or Gina Bright.  

 

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Mission Trip

Brainstorm for possible Mission Trip? Join us after worship on Sunday, August 27th to see what may be of interest. Leadership, location and likely accomplishments could develop. Day-trip nearby? Overnight destination? Help shape the possibilities.                                                          See Tola or Dianne, if interested

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Presbyterian Women Begins August 30, 9:30am

Presbyterian Women Begins August 30, 9:30am                                                                 

Welcome to the 2017– 2018 Presbyterian Women Bible study “Cloud of Witnesses: The Community of Christ in Hebrews”. In nine monthly lessons, we’ll explore major themes found in Hebrews, relate these themes to other parts of our faith tradition, and tie them together with the overarching motif of community. The community for which the letter was written interacts, in a sense, with all communities of which we are a part, as we bring these groups with us wherever we go. This ever-present “great cloud of witnesses”(Heb. 12:1) strengthens and encourages us as we “run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith”  Study books will be available in the Gathering Space. Join us!

 

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A Note from Annie

Dear Faith Des Peres Family,

Sunday is our 3rd annual Church in the Park worship service and BBQ lunch at 10:30 at Kirkwood Park/Lions Pavilion! This has become one of my favorite Sundays at Faith Des Peres. The atmosphere is fun, and the access to parking and a playground is easy for all ages. I hope you can come! The church will provide the hamburgers and hotdogs and drinks, we just need you to bring a side dish/salad or dessert to share.  If you’re returning to school, bring your backpack, too, for the annual Blessing of the Backpacks. I hope you can be there!  DON'T FORGET TO WEAR YOUR FDP T-SHIRT!

Things are kicking into gear here at the church with Disciples Gathering (Sunday School) starting on August 20. Sydney and Clare are teaching again this year a middle school class and elementary class, respectively. Both classes will learn about Moses, whom the adults will be learning about in church, too. Everyone should have something to talk about on their way home from church!

Make sure to read about Buddy Packs later in this email and the awesome changes that are happening with this program. There’s a Sign-up Genius link to help pack. This is an easy way to make a big impact in the lives of others, it won’t take long, and all ages can help.

I hope to see you Sunday!

Annie

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Disciples Gathering August 20, 2017

Moses is one of the heroes of the faith. Rescued as a child, raised in a royal family, exiled to the wilderness, called from a burning bush, sent to save his people, entrusted by God with the Ten Commandments, Moses was a man whose life overflowed with drama and God's blessings. His story is one everyone should know. While the kids and youth learn it in Disciples Gathering, adults will be learning about Moses in worship

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Presbyterian Women Begins August 23rd, 9:30am

Welcome to the 2017– 2018 Presbyterian Women Bible study “Cloud of Witnesses: The Community of Christ in Hebrews”. In nine monthly lessons, we’ll explore major themes found in Hebrews, relate these themes to other parts of our faith tradition, and tie them together with the overarching motif of community. The community for which the letter was written interacts, in a sense, with all communities of which we are a part, as we bring these groups with us wherever we go. This ever-present “great cloud of witnesses”(Heb. 12:1) strengthens and encourages us as we “run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith” (Heb. 12:1b–2). Join us!

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Buddy Packs is Expanding! Packers Needed

This fall, we’re expanding our Buddy Packs program in a big way. We’re partnering with the University City School District to provide buddy packs to 60 students in that district each week! We’re also partnering with Twigs, an non-profit organization in Granite City that provides buddy packs to students in several Illinois school districts, to get our food for pennies on the dollar. NEW THIS YEAR: we will pack all of the packs (240+) for the month on one Sunday each month. We’ll need at least 10 volunteers to help pack each month. Our first packing session will be Sunday, Aug. 20. We’ll meet in Fellowship Hall at 11:45 a.m. to get started. Beginning in September, we will pack after church on the second Sunday of the month. Sign up to help pack on SignUpGenius: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0D4AABA82BA1F49-buddy. We’ll also need volunteers to help deliver the buddy packs to four schools in University City each week. If you would like to deliver on a regular basis, or would like to be a back-up to our regular delivery team, please reach out to Roy Lenox or Gina Bright.  

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Mission Trip

Join us after worship on Sunday August 27 to brainstorm about a possible mission trip and to see what may be of interest. Leadership, location and likely accomplishments could develop. Day-trip nearby? Overnight destination? Help shape the possibilities.  See Tola or Dianne, if interested.

 

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UKirk Partnership

WashU and SLU students return to campus in a few short weeks, and in the midst of their excitement and stress, UKirk is there to greet them and support them in the love of Christ! UKirk gathers each Sunday night for dinner and worship, feeding our students both physically and spiritually during their time in college. UKirk hosts around 12-15 students each Sunday night at Trinity Presbyterian; would you or a group from your church like to prepare a homemade meal for them? Sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054da8af2babf85-meal1

Or email Pastor Miriam at ukirk_stl@glpby.org for more information.

Need more inspiration? Hear from the students themselves!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5vjTRzoKYMaYnZJblhKaE9TWTg/view

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A Note from Annie

Dear Faith Des Peres Community,

I have lots of good news to share with you, so please take note!

We’ve hired a new Administrative Assistant. Tiara Payne begins on Tuesday, August 8. She has experience working at her own church, where her husband is a pastor, and she’s also been a customer service representative and even a corrections officer! I know you’ll find her very pleasant to work with. Please say hello and introduce yourself the next time you’re at church.

Church in the Park is August 13 at 10:30, not 10:00 am. We’re at our usual worship time, and BBQ lunch follows. Please RSVP here. Remember this is a potluck, so bring a side dish or dessert to share. Everything else is provided.

Also on August 13, we’re blessing the backpacks of all returning students. Bring your backpacks to the park!

On August 20, Disciples Gathering begins. Clare and Sydney are returning as teachers. This year I’m excited about what they’re learning because it matches my Fall sermon series on Moses and the Apostles Creed. In this way, we’re all learning together.

This Fall, we’re expanding Buddy Packs in a big way. We’re partnering with the University School District to provide 60 buddy packs a week!  We’re also partnering with Twigs, an organization in Granite City that provides buddy packs on the east side, to get our food for pennies on the dollar. We’re packing all of the packs for the month on one Sunday. We’ll need at least 10 volunteers to help pack; it will likely be on the second Sunday of the month, after church, though in August we’ll probably pack on August 20. We’ll know more when we have our final meeting with U City. Stay tuned!

And finally, this Sunday we’re over at the old church on Geyer Road and I’m concluding my sermon series with a look at Joseph, Jacob’s youngest son. We learn something important about the nature of forgiveness in Joseph’s story. I hope you’ll be there to listen and learn.

Thanks so much for all you do for Faith Des Peres and making it a great place to worship, serve, grow and learn.

Blessings,

Annie

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Worship with us at the Old Des Peres Church!

Worship this Sunday, August 6th will be at the Old Des Peres Church (a.k.a. the Old Meeting House).  If you have not been there before, our old stone church is on Geyer Road about 1/2 mile south of Clayton Road. Parking is available on side streets near the church. There are no bathrooms, so plan ahead.  

The old stone church was built in 1834 and is the oldest structure in Frontenac.  It has always been a Presbyterian Church and was the house of worship for the Des Peres Presbyterian congregation until 1955, when a new church was built on Clayton Road. The church is now called Faith Des Peres Presbyterian, reflecting its merger with Faith Presbyterian Church in 1992. Discover more about this building on our website at www.faithdesperes.org/history

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Church in the park

Sunday, August 13th at 10:30 am (Not 10am like previously advertised)

Mark your calendars for our third Church in the Park worship service! Church will be at Lions Pavilion in Kirkwood Park.  There is ample parking next to the pavilion and a great playground for kids, too. We’ll bless the backpacks of all our students and afterwards enjoy a BBQ lunch.  It will be lots of fun, so we hope to see you there.  Wear your t-shirts!

Please sign-up in the Gathering Space or email Kendra at adminasst@faithdesperes.org to RSVP. Lions Pavilion is where the Greentree book far is held and is closest to the tennis courts off of Adams Avenue.  There are maps available in the Gathering Space Thanks!

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Two Baptisms!

Dear Members and Friends of Faith Des Peres,

This Sunday we’re celebrating two baptisms. Count them – two! We’re blessed to baptize Emerson and Adam, grandchildren of Rufus and Judy Sisson, and welcome them into the family of faith. I hope you’ll be here to celebrate. Of course, there will be cake after church!

Also this Sunday, we’ll say farewell to Gail Robins, our Director of Music and Organist. Gail has served us very well this past year. It’s been a pleasure to work with her and watch the choir grow under her leadership. Gail’s departure means that we’re looking for a new Director of Music/Organist. This position and the Administrative Assistant position are advertised in different places including our website. If you know anyone who would be a good match, direct them there or to me. I’m happy to talk to them about both positions.

Lastly, August is soon to be here and that means back to school. Julia has already spent a week in drum line rehearsals and band camp starts on Monday. Yikes! We’ll bless the backpacks of all returning students on August 13 at Church in the Park. We’ll also begin Disciples Gathering (Sunday School for children and youth) on August 20. We have some fun and different things planned for them for the Fall, so be on the look-out for more information.

I hope I’ll see you all Sunday.

Blessings,

Annie

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Old Des Peres Church

Worship on Sunday, August 6th will be at the Old Des Peres Church (a.k.a. the Old Meeting House).  If you have not been there before, our old stone church is on Geyer Road about 1/2 mile south of Clayton Road. Parking is available on side streets near the church. There are no bathrooms, so plan ahead.  

The old stone church was built in 1834 and is the oldest structure in Frontenac.  It has always been a Presbyterian Church and was the house of worship for the Des Peres Presbyterian congregation until 1955, when a new church was built on Clayton Road. The church is now called Faith Des Peres Presbyterian, reflecting its merger with Faith Presbyterian Church in 1992. Discover more about this building on our website at www.faithdesperes.org/history

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Church in the Park

Sunday, August 13th at 10 am

Mark your calendars for our third Church in the Park worship service! Church will be at Lions Pavilion in Kirkwood Park.  There is ample parking next to the pavilion and a great playground for kids, too. We’ll bless the backpacks of all our students and afterwards enjoy a BBQ lunch.  It will be lots of fun, so we hope to see you there.  Wear your t-shirts!

Please sign-up in the Gathering Space or email Kendra at adminasst@faithdesperes.org to RSVP. Lions Pavilion is where the Greentree book far is held and is closest to the tennis courts off of Adams Avenue.  There are maps available in the Gathering Space Thanks!

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