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Go forward? Only thing to do! On we go!

Dear Faith Des Peres Friends,

“Go forward? Only thing to do! On we go!" – Tolkien

After the resurrection, Jesus told the disciples to go, so that’s what we’re going to do. It’s GO Sunday and it’s not too late to participate. We have 2 off-site locations at Doorways and Lydia’s House and one on-site location making blankets for Children’s Hospital. DON’T FORGET WE START AT 10 AM!!! There will be bagels and coffee in the Gathering Space starting at 9:30. Lunch will be provided for you. If you’re at Doorways or Lydia’s House, bring gardening gloves and gardening tools (shovel, spade) if you have them. If you’re making blankets, bring scissors if you have them. Details about what each site is doing are posted below.

I want to thank everyone who worked so hard to make Holy Week and Easter so special. Gail Robins did an excellent job leading the choir and musicians on Palm Sunday and Easter. We are so fortunate to have Gail here at Faith Des Peres. If you haven’t thanked her, please do. Holy Week and Easter are a lot of work for musicians! The choir did an outstanding job on Palm Sunday with the cantata. It was just beautiful. And I want to thank the Worship Arts Center (Leslie Barnes, Danny Mortimer, and Beth Willock) for assisting with Maundy Thursday (Ginny Feeler and Terry Baker, too!) and getting the sanctuary ready for Easter. Thank you, thank you, thank you. It really does take a village.

I hope to see you Sunday as we put the Easter message into practice.

Blessings,

Annie

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Worship in May

We have exciting things happening in worship in May. Mark your calendars and join us!

May 14: Mother’ Day and Confirmation of Julia Epling. Julia will be confirmed on this Sunday, and after church we’ll have yummy pastries and sandwiches to honor all of the women of the church. Like last year, a photographer will be here to take pictures of families before and after church. Invite a special woman in your life to join you for church!

May 21: We’ll recognize our graduates and have cake! If your child is graduating from preschool, elementary school middle school, high school, or college let us know.

May 28: It’s Memorial Day weekend, so we’ll be at the old church on Geyer Road.

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Join us for GO! Sunday April 23rd

Every year on the Sunday after Easter, members and friends of Faith Des Peres Presbyterian church go into the community to share our gifts of time, service and love with those in need. This year, on Sunday, April 23, we will send teams to four service activities. See details about those activities below. Please sign up on the sheets in the Gathering Space.

We will have a brief worship service at 10 a.m. before heading out for our service projects. Child care will be available at the church during Go Sunday.

Blanket Making (Gathering Space)

We need 8 - 10 volunteers to make blankets for children at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Mary Dingus is the team lead for this project. She will bring the blanket materials, plus patterns/size information for the blankets. Team members should bring good fabric-cutting scissors.

Doorways – Gardening Project
(North St. Louis)

We need 4 – 6 volunteers to plant four raised beds and pot citronella plants at this Doorways location. Three of the beds also need dirt. One bed needs repair, but no dirt. They would like us to plant herbs (no need for mint), tomatoes (preferably beefsteak), cucumbers, beans (best by seed), collard greens and zucchini, as well as citronella. The lead for this project would need to purchase and bring the seeds for planting and the pots for the citronella plants. Additionally, the lead would need to purchase and bring dirt/mulch for the beds. Team members should bring gardening tools and gloves.

Lydia’s House – Outdoor Space Beautification (Location coming soon)

We need 4 – 6 volunteers to help beautify the outdoor space at a new site for women and children. This group will provide two large potted plants for a small front patio and will trim some landscape already planted in the front of the building. Lydia’s house has requested low-maintenance perennials (plants that come back every year) and purple, gold and green plants/flowers. These plants/flowers will get full sun at times. Additionally, the patio needs some good old fashioned sweeping and cleaning, and the patio furniture needs to be cleaned. The lead for this project would be responsible for purchasing and bringing the plants and pots to the site. The team should bring planting and trimming tools, a broom, and cleaning supplies for the patio furniture.

Sandwich Making (Gathering Space)

We need 3 – 4 volunteers to make and bring sandwiches for our volunteer teams. We will let you know by Wednesday, April 19 how many sandwiches we will need, but this team should plan to make approximately 30 – 35 sandwiches depending on how many people sign up for projects. We request that the team lead also provide bottled water, fresh fruit (apples, bananas, Cuties oranges) and chips for our volunteers.

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Stewardship Campaign

Our 2017/8 Stewardship Campaign will be kicking off on Sunday May 7th and we look forward to seeing you all there for a wonderful service. The theme for this year’s campaign is “Accepting, Growing, Serving, Welcoming”.  Sound familiar? They are the Values that shape and guide our life at Faith Des Peres. Your continuing generosity makes everything we do possible and it is much appreciated. In addition to finding out about the important work each of our Centers perform on the 7th, we will also be setting up 3 informal gatherings in May at a member’s/friend’s home to provide some fun and some information about this year’s campaign. All will be invited to attend at least one gathering so please be on the lookout for information in the days and weeks ahead.

 

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Courageous Conversations on Race

Join us after church on May 7th to take part in a courageous conversation on race. These conversations will be facilitated by students from the Cultural Leadership Institute which includes our own Tommy Epling.  To RSVP, please sign-up in the Gathering Space or email Kendra in the church office at adminasst@faithdesperes.org. A light lunch will be provided.

 

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St. Louis Story Telling Festival - May 4th

Thursday Later Tales: “Spirits and Saints”
Storytellers: Donna Washington, Tim Lowry, Angela Lloyd, Dovie Thomason, Leeny Del Seamonds, Brian “Fox” Ellis
May 4th - 7:30 p.m.
Faith Des Peres Presbyterian Church
11155 Clayton Road, Frontenac, MO 63131

Food trucks beginning at 5:30 p.m. Bring the family for dinner and entertainment! Our featured storytellers will perform in two different venues, sharing stories to preview our Fall 2017 GHOST Youth storytelling workshop and performance program on one stage, and spiritually-based stories on the other.

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Dear Faith Des Peres Community

Many of you know that Palm Sunday is my favorite Sunday of the year. It has all the pomp of Easter and is loaded with traditions like Christmas, but underneath it all is a great drama. The week begins with shouts of "Hosanna" but ends with cries of "crucify", and what happened in between is so very human. Fear, jealousy, love, betrayal, denial and relationship gone awry are all a part of the story, and those are all things we've experienced in life. Which makes this ancient story our story, too. 

And I hope you'll be here to hear it.

This year more than ever. Why?

Because we're going to hear it in a very special way this year through music. The choir has been preparing a very special cantata for you called "The Last Week", and they'll be joined by instrumentalists. I've heard the music, and it's beautiful. You won't want to miss it. Plus, we'll take part in two special traditions: the procession of palms (it's forecast to be a beautiful day to begin outside), and the handwashing. 

On behalf of the choir, I'm asking you to please take the time to be here on Sunday to support them but also to worship on what is the most important day of the year.

Because it all begins and ends on Palm Sunday.

Many Blessings,

Annie

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One Church, One Book

Join us Sunday April 9th for—One Church, One Book
“Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race”
The discussion is centered on the book “Waking Up White” by Debby Irving.  We invite you to join the conversation after church April 9th. A light lunch will be provided.

 

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One Great Hour of Sharing … Get Your Fish!

Faith Des Peres will collect the One Great Hour of Sharing offering on Easter Sunday (April 16) this year. Presbyterian Mission Agency, the ministry and mission agency of the Presbyterian Church USA, uses gifts given through this offering to purchase and distribute animals, build wells to provide life-giving clean water to entire communities and provide ministries to youth and young adults in the U.S. and around the globe. Our goal is to raise $1,500 to support this special offering. Make sure to pick up your fish today and start collecting your extra change! By joining our gifts together, however large or small, we expand our witness to God’s gracious and abundant work in the world.

 

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Easter Week Celebrations!

Palm Sunday Musical, April 9, 10:30am
On Palm Sunday, April 9th, our choir and guest instrumentalists will present a cantata, “In the Final Week”.  Using Christ’s love and our response to that love as its central theme, this creative and moving cantata moves listeners through each of the five days of Holy week.

Maundy Thursday, April 13, 7:00pm
The Worship Arts Committee invites you to take part in what is known as an “Agape Meal”.  Loosely based on the Jewish Seder meal, this service will begin with a simple dinner around tables in the Gathering Space.  Towards the end of the meal, we’ll “move” into a worship service that focuses on Jesus’ final meal with the disciples and a reading of the Passion story.  Sign ups are needed so please sign up in the Gathering Space.  This event is for all ages!

Easter Morning, April 16, 10:30am
Invite your friends and families to worship with us at 10:30 Easter morning! Join us for worship to hear an inspiring message, special music by a brass quartet and beautiful flowers proclaiming Christ is risen.  He is risen indeed!  

Feeding the Flock in April
We're celebrating communion on Easter Sunday this year which means we'll collect food for Circle of Concern that day. Let's make this food collection Easter-worthy and fill those wagons to overflowing! Circle of Concern always has need for canned meat, peanut butter, pasta, cereal, canned vegetables and fruit, and soup. But they have other needs, too. See the Faith Des Peres blog for a shopping list. Let's Feed the Flock.

 

 

 

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GO! Sunday - April 23rd

Every year on the Sunday after Easter, members and friends of Faith Des Peres Presbyterian go into the community to share our gifts of time, service and love with those in need. This year, on Sunday, April 23, we will send teams to four service activities. See details about those activities below. Please sign up on the sheets in the Gathering Space.

We will have a brief worship service at 10 a.m. before heading out for our service projects. Child care will be available at the church during Go Sunday.

Doorways – Gardening Project
(Lafayette neighborhood)
We need 4 – 6 volunteers to plant four raised beds and pot citronella plants at this Doorways location. Three of the beds also need dirt. One bed needs repair, but no dirt. They would like us to plant herbs (no need for mint), tomatoes (preferably beefsteak), cucumbers, beans (best by seed), collard greens and zucchini, as well as citronella. The lead for this project would need to purchase and bring the seeds for planting and the pots for the citronella plants. Additionally, the lead would need to purchase and bring dirt/mulch for the beds. Team members should bring gardening tools and gloves.

Sandwich Making
(Gathering Space)
We need 3 – 4 volunteers to make and bring sandwiches for our volunteer teams. We will let you know by Wednesday, April 19 how many sandwiches we will need, but this team should plan to make approximately 30 – 35 sandwiches depending on how many people sign up for projects. We request that the team lead also provide bottled water, fresh fruit (apples, bananas, Cuties oranges) and chips for our volunteers.

International Institute – Urban Farm Project
(North St. Louis)
We need 6 – 8 volunteers to help tend an urban farm. Additional details about this project are coming soon.

Lydia’s House – Outdoor Space Beautification
(Location coming soon)
We need 4 – 6 volunteers to help beautify the outdoor space at a new site for women and children. This group will provide two large potted plants for a small front patio and will trim some landscape already planted in the front of the building. Lydia’s house has requested low-maintenance perennials (plants that come back every year) purple, gold and green plants/flowers. These plants/flowers will get full sun at times. Additionally, the patio needs some good old fashioned sweeping and cleaning, and the patio furniture needs to be cleaned. The lead for this project would be responsible for purchasing and bringing the plants and pots to the site. The team should bring planting and trimming tools, a broom, and cleaning supplies for the patio furniture.

Blanket Making
(Gathering Space)
We need 8 - 10 volunteers to make blankets for children at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Mary Dingus is the team lead for this project. She will bring the blanket materials, plus patterns/size information for the blankets. Team members should bring good fabric-cutting scissors.

 

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Food Outreach


Come join members of Faith Des Peres at Food Outreach on Saturday morning, April 1st. 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.

 

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Interested in FDP's Mission & Ministry Work?

Are you passionate about mission and ministry? If so, this important center is seeking additional members to help with our many mission and ministry projects and activities throughout the year. This committee meets on the first Wednesday of each month, from 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. Our next meeting is Wednesday, April 5. Please contact Erica Abbett for more information.

 

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One Church, One Book

Join us April 9th for—One Church, One Book
“Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race”
The discussion is centered on the book “Waking Up White” by Debby Irving.  We invite you to join the conversation after church April 9th. A light lunch will be provided.

 

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One Great Hour of Sharing ... Get Your Fish!

Faith Des Peres will collect the One Great Hour of Sharing offering on Easter Sunday (April 16) this year. Presbyterian Mission Agency, the ministry and mission agency of the Presbyterian Church USA, uses gifts given through this offering to purchase and distribute animals, build wells to provide life-giving clean water to entire communities and provide ministries to youth and young adults in the U.S. and around the globe. Our goal is to raise $1,500 to support this special offering. Make sure to pick up your fish today and start collecting your extra change! By joining our gifts together, however large or small, we expand our witness to God’s gracious and abundant work in the world.

 

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Feeding the Flock

We're celebrating communion on Easter Sunday this year which means we'll collect food for Circle of Concern that day. Let's make this food collection Easter-worthy and fill those wagons to overflowing! Circle of Concern always has need for canned meat, peanut butter, pasta, cereal, canned vegetables and fruit, and soup. But they have other needs, too.

Here's a shopping list you can take with you when you go to the store. Let's Feed the Flock. (http://circleofconcern.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Shopping-List-CONDENSED.pdf)

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Easter Week Celebrations

Palm Sunday Musical, April 9, 10:30am
On Palm Sunday, April 9th, our choir and guest instrumentalists will present a cantata, “In the Final Week”.  Using Christ’s love and our response to that love as its central theme, this creative and moving cantata moves listeners through each of the five days of Holy week.

Maundy Thursday, April 13, 7:00pm
The Worship Arts Committee invites you to take part in what is known as an “Agape Meal”.  Loosely based on the Jewish Seder meal, this service will begin with a simple dinner around
tables in the Gathering Space.  Towards the end of the meal, we’ll “move” into a worship service that focuses on Jesus’ final meal with the disciples and a reading of the Passion story.  Sign ups are needed so, please sign up by emailing Kendra at adminasst@faithdesperes.org or by signing up in the Gathering Space.  This event is for all ages!

Easter Morning, April 16, 10:30am
Invite your friends and families to worship with us at 10:30 Easter morning! Join us for worship to hear an inspiring message, special music by a brass quartet and beautiful flowers proclaiming Christ is risen.  He is risen indeed!  

Easter Flowers
Our Easter tradition is to decorate the Sanctuary witha variety of blooming flowers (6” pots).  Cost per plant is $10.  See the sign up sheet in the Gathering Space to place your order or email Kendra at adminasst@faithdesperes.org.   Please designate if the flowers are being given in honor of or memory of loved ones.   Make checks payable to Faith Des Peres and a note that the funds are for Easter Flowers.

 

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GO! Sunday

Every year on the Sunday after Easter, members and friends of Faith Des Peres Presbyterian go into the community to share our gifts of time, service and love with those in need. This year, on Sunday, April 23, we will send teams to four service activities. See details about those activities below. Please sign up on the sheets in the Gathering Space.

We will have a brief worship service at 10 a.m. before heading out for our service projects. Child care will be available at the church during Go Sunday.

Blanket Making (Gathering Space)

We need 8 - 10 volunteers to make blankets for children at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Mary Dingus is the team lead for this project. She will bring the blanket materials, plus patterns/size information for the blankets. Team members should bring good fabric-cutting scissors.

Doorways – Gardening Project (Lafayette neighborhood)

We need 4 – 6 volunteers to plant four raised beds and pot citronella plants at this Doorways location. Three of the beds also need dirt. One bed needs repair, but no dirt. They would like us to plant herbs (no need for mint), tomatoes (preferably beefsteak), cucumbers, beans (best by seed), collard greens and zucchini, as well as citronella. The lead for this project would need to purchase and bring the seeds for planting and the pots for the citronella plants. Additionally, the lead would need to purchase and bring dirt/mulch for the beds. Team members should bring gardening tools and gloves.

Lydia’s House – Outdoor Space Beautification (Location coming soon)

We need 4 – 6 volunteers to help beautify the outdoor space at a new site for women and children. This group will provide two large potted plants for a small front patio and will trim some landscape already planted in the front of the building. Lydia’s house has requested low-maintenance perennials (plants that come back every year) purple, gold and green plants/flowers. These plants/flowers will get full sun at times. Additionally, the patio needs some good old fashioned sweeping and cleaning, and the patio furniture needs to be cleaned. The lead for this project would be responsible for purchasing and bringing the plants and pots to the site. The team should bring planting and trimming tools, a broom, and cleaning supplies for the patio furniture.

International Institute – Urban Farm Project (Lafayette neighborhood)

We need 6 – 8 volunteers to help tend an urban farm. Additional details about this project are coming soon.

Sandwich Making (Gathering Space)

We need 3 – 4 volunteers to make and bring sandwiches for our volunteer teams. We will let you know by Wednesday, April 19 how many sandwiches we will need, but this team should plan to make approximately 30 – 35 sandwiches depending on how many people sign up for projects. We request that the team lead also provide bottled water, fresh fruit (apples, bananas, Cuties oranges) and chips for our volunteers.

 

 

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Dear Faith Des Peres Community,

This Sunday we're accepting new members into the church. It's always an honor when someone chooses to make Faith Des Peres his or her church home! I hope you'll be here Sunday to welcome them into your midst and get to know them better. It's a great day when we welcome new members, so this is a cause for celebration!

If you were signed up to come to the Courageous Conversations on Race, you should have received word that this has been rescheduled to May 7 following worship. If couldn't attend this Sunday hopefully you can on May 7.

I hope to see you Sunday.

Annie

 

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Interested in FDP’s Mission and Ministry Work?

Are you passionate about mission and ministry? If so, this important center is seeking additional members to help with our many mission and ministry projects and activities throughout the year. This committee meets on the first Wednesday of each month, from 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. Our next meeting is Wednesday, April 5. Please contact Erica Abbett for more information.

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