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Looking Ahead to May

For the next two weeks (April 22 and April 29) we will continue to celebrate Annie's ministry with Faith Des Peres.  After we say our fond farewells and best wishes to Annie and the fabulous Epling family on the last Sunday in April, we will be welcome visiting clergy to our weekly worship services as we start our journey to the next chapter in the life at FDP.  Please be sure to join us on a regular basis on Sunday mornings in May and throughout the summer.

Sunday, May 6 -- The Rev. Dr. Craig Howard, transitional presbytery leader, will be our guest minister.  Rev. Howard will also join us in the Gathering Space after worship for a Q&A roundtable and light lunch, when he will answer our questions and talk with us about the process of calling a new pastor for Faith Des Peres.

Sunday, May 13 --  The Rev. Miriam Foltz, pastor of UKirk - St. Louis, will lead us in worship.  Rev. Foltz (whom we have all come to know as Miriam) has been with us on various occasions and is always welcome at FDP.

Sunday, May 20 -- The Rev. Vanessa Hawkins, designated associate presbytery leader, will be our minister for worship service.  Rev. Hawkins came to the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy earlier this year and we look forward to having her with us.

Sunday, May 27 -- More information to come about this holiday weekend in the next week or two.

 

 

 

 

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Graduation Recognition for Tommy Epling

Please join us Sunday to help celebrate the high school graduation of Tommy Epling. This is a special time in his life. We want him to know how much his church family at Faith Des Peres sends him off with all God's Blessings and Good Wishes. Stay for Coffee Fellowship for a special treat and to share any special memories with him. 

 

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Thank You

Thank you to our church choir for such a wonderful Cantata last Sunday! You guys did exceptionally well.

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Thank You    

We had over 40 volunteers that assisted with Go Sunday this year.  It was a great success and we’re sure it was greatly appreciated. Thank you to everyone who participated! 

 

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Thank You     

Our grateful acknowledgement goes to Bud Schuller, father of Clarissa Schuller-Meyer, for a special donation. This allowed us to upgrade the childrens' area. Stop by to see the "New,             Improved" Nursery.

We would also like to thank Ben and Ashley Laws and Beth Willock (with family) for             completing the nursery updates. Ben assembled our shelving and Beth added the final touches.

With appreciation,

The Faith Formation Team

 

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Food Outreach, April 28th at 8am   

Come join members of Faith Des Peres at Food Outreach on Saturday morning, April 28th. 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.  Sign up in the Gathering Space. Meet us there or let us know if you want to carpool on the sign up sheet.

 

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A Night at the Opera, April 28th at 7:30pm

Madeline O’Meara, choir section leader at Faith Des Peres, will be hosting a musical recital on April 28th, 2018 at 7:30 pm in the sanctuary. This is a totally free event, though she will be  accepting free will donations if anyone feels inclined to give. All donations will be going       towards her tuition for a summer program she is attending this summer. She was accepted to Opera NEO, which is a prestigious music program in San Diego, California.  She will be      accompanied by Ines de Erausquin.  All are welcome and there is NO need to RSVP. If you have any questions, please contact Madeline via email: momeara4477@gmail.com Thank you and we hope to see you there!

 

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A Time to Celebrate Annie and Her Family  

As you know Annie’s last Sunday in the FDP pulpit is April 29. Following worship, we will have a catered lunch and will share fond memories with Annie and the Epling family. To   ensure we have an accurate count for the meal, please sign up on the sheet in the Gathering Space or on SignUpGenius www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0D4AABA82BA1F49-atimeto by Wednesday, April 25. Watch for an email to FDP members and friends with additional details – some of which we want to be a surprise for Annie and the Epling family! If you have any questions, please contact Erica Abbett, Ashley Laws or Danny Mortimer.

 

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St. Louis Storytelling Festival Friday May 4th at 7:00pm PM

The best kept secret in St. Louis and it's free! Once again Faith Des Peres Presbyterian Church will host the 39th. annual St. Louis Storytelling Festival. Featured Storytellers: David Gonzalez, Gayle Ross, Donald Davis, Bobby Norfolk, Regi Carpenter, Alton Chung and  Peter Cook with adult stories that inspire!

 

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Community Garden                                                                                                                                             

Our mission is to be stewards of the Earth and our community, and we invite our friends and neighbors to join us this growing season in our Community Garden. Gardeners of all skill levels are welcome. We encourage those with growing experience to share their knowledge and expertise with new gardeners. For more information visit http://www.faithdesperes.org/mission-index/#community-garden Come Grow with us!

 

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A Note from Annie

Dear Faith Des Peres Friends,

This Sunday the choir is presenting the cantata “Share the Good News! He is Risen!” This is a follow-up to the cantata they shared in December. They’ve been working hard for many weeks, so I hope you’ll be here to celebrate their ministry with us. Jeff White, our interim director of music and organist, shared with us this week that he will conclude his service at Faith Des Peres on May 31 (though he has indicated a willingness to serve as a substitute organist). Jeff has served the church well these past few months and really came at a time when we needed someone desperately! It’s been a pleasure for me to work alongside him, play in his bell choir, and listen to his fabulous organ music. I hope you will take the time to thank him for his service to the church.

 

This Sunday, the congregation will meet following worship to formally dissolve my call with you. Rev. Craig Howard, Transitional Presbytery Leader, will serve as moderator of the meeting. Should you have questions about the transition, I encourage you to talk to Craig at the meeting or any of your Session members.

 

As we approach April 29, I hope I’ll see you in worship. Thank you to everyone who has reached out to me; your kind words about my time with you really mean a lot.

 

Blessings,

Annie

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Guest Speakers Rev. Carlton and Ellie Stock with Earth Care Congregation

All adults are welcome to attend our gathering to discuss ENVIRONMENTAL concerns with two PC (USA) pastors, Reverends Carlton and Ellie Stock. They have taken on the role of promoting EARTH CARE CONGREGATIONS. We will take a look at both church and individual options to care for our Mother Earth. Come at 9:30 AM – Adult Room (upper level) and see what role we can play for Earth Day.

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Thank you!!!

Our grateful acknowledgement goes to Bud Schuller, father of Clarissa Schuller-Meyer, for a special donation. This allowed us to upgrade the childrens' area. Stop by to see the "New, Improved" Nursery

We would like to thank Ben and Ashley Laws and Beth Willock (with family) for completing the nursery updates. Ben assembled our shelving and Beth added the final touches.

With appreciation,

The Faith Formation Team

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Congregational Meeting Scheduled April 15        

A congregational meeting is called for Sunday, April 15 to act on the dissolution of Pastor Anne Epling's relationship with Faith Des Peres Presbyterian Church.  The meeting will be held in the sanctuary immediately following the worship service.  Annie informed Session on March 19, 2018 that she has accepted another call for service as head of staff at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Wayne, Ind.   We are excited for Annie and the Epling family for this wonderful opportunity and at the same time are sad to see them leave Faith Des Peres.  Please plan to attend the congregational meeting on April 15.

 

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Food Outreach , April 28th at 8am 

Come join members of Faith Des Peres at Food Outreach on Saturday morning, April 28th. 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. Sign up in the Gathering Space. Food Outreach is located at 3117 Olive Street. Meet us there.

 

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A Night at the Opera, April 28th at 7:30pm

Madeline O’Meara, choir section leader at Faith Des Peres, will be hosting a musical recital on April 28th, 2018 at 7:30 pm in the sanctuary. This is a totally free event, though she will be  accepting free will donations if anyone feels inclined to give. All donations will be going towards her tuition for a summer program she is attending this summer. She was accepted to Opera NEO, which is a prestigious music program in San Diego, California.  She will be accompanied by Ines de Erausquin.  All are welcome and there is NO need to RSVP. If you have any questions, please contact Madeline via email: momeara4477@gmail.com Thank you and we hope to see you there!

 

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A Time to Celebrate Annie and Her Family    

Mark your calendars now for Sunday, April 29.  That's the day we will celebrate Annie and her time as Faith Des Peres' pastor.  The worship service at 10:30 a.m. will be Annie's last Sunday in the FDP pulpit, and Session is planning a special luncheon after church for all of us to spend time with the Epling family and share many fond memories.  Hope you can be with us on April 29.  More details will be available soon.

 

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Dear Faith Des Peres Family,

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I hope you can join us for GO Sunday! This is the Sunday we serve go out to serve our community because after Easter Jesus told the disciples to go into the world. We have a number of places for people to serve. Don't forget to wear your FDP t-shirt and be here at 10:00!! We start earlier so people don't end too late. Lunch is provided. More information about each site can be found here.

I hope to see you Sunday at 10:00!

Annie

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GO! Sunday, April 8th at 10:00am  

After the resurrection, Jesus told his disciples to “Go!” and this Sunday we’ll do just that!  Sunday we’ll go into the community and serve five organizations in our community. Worship on Go! Sunday will be at 10 a.m. and is a brief commissioning service before going out to serve; coffee and doughnuts will be available at 9:30 am.

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