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A Message from Junie

Many here have labored long and hard to help bring us together, made one by the Holy Spirit,

into communal space through PCUSA’s General Assembly. Thanks to all for their efforts.  

Thanks be to God for our connections and connectedness as congregation and PCUSA. 

Called to share our gifts, we bring different gifts together to share for the good of all.

Walter Brueggemann says it well in his poem below, called “We are different”:

“We are counted your people,

    We are grateful to be called by you, and

        glad for our specific way of faith in the world.

You have marked us and named us and signed us,

        and we are different,

                  different memories,

                  different hopes,

                  different fears,

                  different commands,

                  different ways of being.

That difference we find glorious, but at times a burden too severe.

     We yearn to be like others,

                  like others in power,

                                    in money,

                                    in freedom,

                                    in certitude,

                                    in security,

                 like the others

                             uncalled, unburdened, unembarrassed.

We come to you in that deep trial of difference and likeness.

      Engage us in our difference,

       Give courage for our different vocations,

            and energy for our different hope.

In the name of your crucified, Easter One, so unlike the others.

Amen.”                                                                                                                                                              From “Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth:  Prayers of Walter Brueggemann (p. 89)”

 

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Special General Assembly Worship at the Old Des Peres Church Sunday

Please join us at the Old Des Peres Church (aka Old Meeting House) next Sunday, June 17, as we welcome and worship with commissioners from General Assembly. Please sign up on the sheet in the Gathering Space so we know how many to expect. And don't forget to wear your blue FDP shirts ... they're a great way to show the commissioners who we are!

 

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Summer Worship

We hope to see many of you this Sunday at the Old Des Peres Church (OMH) when we will welcome about 40 commissioners who are in St. Louis for General Assembly.  Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. and will be followed by lunch under tents on the lawn.  If you plan to attend you may want to talk to others and think about carpooling from the Clayton Road Church.  We hope to see you this Sunday.

We will return to the Clayton Road Church for worship on Sunday, June 24.  Other days we will worship at the Old Des Peres Church this summer are Sunday, Aug. 5 and Sunday, Sept. 2.

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With Sympathy

Our sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Jayne Burks, a former member of Faith Des Peres who served as a ruling elder from January 1996 until January 2002.  Jayne passed away on May 26, 2018.  She moved to Crawfordsville, Ind. several years after her husband, Mel Rubenstein, passed away in 1995.  Jayne's ashes will be interred at the columbarium at the Old Des Peres Church in July.  More information will be available in the future.  

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Volunteers Needed for 223rd General Assembly in St. Louis        

From Saturday, June 16 through Saturday, June 23 several thousand Presbyterians from all corners of the country will be in St. Louis for the Presbyterian Church (USA) 223rd General Assembly. Volunteers are needed in many areas -- helping to prepare and serve communion, usher at worship services, greet arriving guests at one of several downtown hotels and a           myriad of other tasks.  A website -- stlouisga.org -- hosted by the Committee on Local           Arrangements (COLA) lists the many volunteer opportunities during the gathering, which will be held at the Convention Center in downtown St. Louis.  Please visit the website --               stlouisga.org -- in the next few days and sign up to volunteer.  Ushering or helping with    communion at the opening worship service at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 16 offers a special opportunity.  On June 23 at the closing worship service each church in the Giddings-Lovejoy Presbyterian is encouraged to have two volunteers to help serve communion.  Hopefully, you will consider being a part of this exciting and important gathering of Presbyterians.  If you have questions, check with Dianne Modrell, Roy Lenox or Barb Abbett who are volunteering with COLA in some of the planning areas.  

 

 

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Welcome Rev. Joe Marting June 17   

When GA Commissioners come to Faith Des Peres' Old Des Peres Church (aka Old Meeting House) on Sunday, June 17 the Rev. Joe Marting will be preaching and leading the worship service.  Rev. Marting is a retired minister who served Southminster Presbyterian Church in Crestwood before his retirement several years ago.  Joe has filled in as preacher at Faith Des Peres on a number of occasions since his retirement.  We are happy he will be with us at the historic Old Des Peres Church to help welcome approximately 40 Commissioners to the 223rd General Assembly being held in St. Louis.  Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. and will be followed by lunch under tents on the lawn.  Please plan to join us for worship on June 17.

 

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Hosting General Assembly, June 17         

General Assembly is a little over a month away. FDP is hosting roughly 40 guests from around the country on Sunday 17, 2018 at the Old Meeting House. We will be having a special service and a catered lunch after. We are needing some volunteers to help with the event. If you are available here are the areas we could use some help:

· 2 Members to ride with the commissioners on the bus from the Convention Center to FDP. The two members will need to be downtown by 8:30 to help escort them  on the correct bus.

·  Members who will help set up at the Old Meeting House. (Tables & Chairs)

·  Members that will donate bottled waters, soda, bottled tea, Coolers

·  Members who will want to help with clean up.

Please let Danny Mortimer, Erica Abbett, or Ashley Laws know if you can help.

 

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Welcome Rev. Joe Marting June 17 

When GA Commissioners come to Faith Des Peres' Old Des Peres Church (aka Old Meeting House) on Sunday, June 17 the Rev. Joe Marting will be preaching and leading the worship service.  Rev. Marting is a retired minister who served Southminster Presbyterian Church in Crestwood before his retirement several years ago.  Joe has filled in as preacher at Faith Des Peres on a number of occasions since his retirement.  We are happy he will be with us at the historic Old Des Peres Church to help welcome approximately 40 Commissioners to the 223rd General Assembly being held in St. Louis.  Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. and will be followed by lunch under tents on the lawn.  Please plan to join us for worship on June 17.

 

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Volunteers Needed for 223rd General Assembly in St. Louis 

From Saturday, June 16 through Saturday, June 23 several thousand Presbyterians from all corners of the country will be in St. Louis for the Presbyterian Church (USA) 223rd General Assembly. Volunteers are needed in many areas -- helping to prepare and serve communion, usher at worship services, greet arriving guests at one of several downtown hotels and a           myriad of other tasks.  A website -- stlouisga.org -- hosted by the Committee on Local           Arrangements (COLA) lists the many volunteer opportunities during the gathering, which will be held at the Convention Center in downtown St. Louis.  Please visit the website --               stlouisga.org -- in the next few days and sign up to volunteer.  Ushering or helping with    communion at the opening worship service at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 16 offers a special opportunity.  On June 23 at the closing worship service each church in the Giddings-Lovejoy Presbyterian is encouraged to have two volunteers to help serve communion.  Hopefully, you will consider being a part of this exciting and important gathering of Presbyterians.  If you have questions, check with Dianne Modrell, Roy Lenox or Barb Abbett who are volunteering with COLA in some of the planning areas.  

 

 

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Hosting General Assembly, June 17           

General Assembly is a little over a month away. FDP is hosting roughly 40 guests from around the country on Sunday 17, 2018 at the Old Meeting House. We will be having a   special service and a catered lunch after. We are needing some volunteers to help with the event. If you are available here are the areas we could use some help:

· 2 Members to ride with the commissioners on the bus from the Convention Center to FDP. The two members will need to be downtown by 8:30 to help escort them  on the correct bus.

·  Members who will help set up at the Old Meeting House. (Tables & Chairs)

·  Members that will donate bottled waters, soda, bottled tea, Coolers

·  Members who will want to help with clean up.

Please let Danny Mortimer, Erica Abbett, or Ashley Laws know if you can help.

 

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Welcome Our New Gap Pastor   

Sunday help us welcome Rev. Dr. June (Junie) Burks Ewing will join Faith Des Peres as our gap pastor to fill the vacancy following Pastor Annie Epling departure. Please join us  and give Junie as enthusiastic FDP welcome on her first Sunday in the pulpit and in the Gathering Space after worship.

Junie was ordained in 2006 after receiving her Masters in Divinity from Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN. Most recently, she served an interim associate pastor of congregational and      community care at Mt. Washington Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati. She was the pastor and head of staff at Westminster Presbyterian, Topeka, KS from February 2010 through January 2016 and prior to that she served as pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Ste. Genevieve, MO for approximately four years. Prior to entering the ministry, Junie had careers in sales and financial management. She also served for more than six years as administrative director of Cumberland Pediatric Foundation, Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

We are pleased to have Junie join the FDP community to provide spiritual leadership as we      prepare to seek an interim pastor.

 

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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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Volunteers for Old Des Peres Church clean up, June 9th

On June 17th FDP will be hosting the General Assembly at the Old Des Church formally known as Old Meeting House. We would like to make sure that everything is clean and in order for our guest.  Those that would like to volunteer for clean up on June 9th from 7:30 until can sign up in the Gathering Space or see Andy Richter for more information.

 

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Hosting General Assembly, June 17                 

General Assembly is a little over a month away. FDP is hosting roughly 40 guests from around the country on Sunday 17, 2018 at the Old Meeting House. We will be having a   special service and a catered lunch after. We are needing some volunteers to help with the event. If you are available here are the areas we could use some help:

· 2 Members to ride with the commissioners on the bus from the Convention Center to FDP. The two members will need to be downtown by 8:30 to help escort them  on the correct bus.

·  Members who will help set up at the Old Meeting House. (Tables & Chairs)

·  Members that will donate bottled waters, soda, bottled tea, Coolers

·  Members who will want to help with clean up.

Please let Danny Mortimer, Erica Abbett, or Ashley Laws know if you can help.

 

 

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Welcome Rev. Joe Marting June 17    

When GA Commissioners come to Faith Des Peres' Old Des Peres Church (aka Old Meeting House) on Sunday, June 17 the Rev. Joe Marting will be preaching and leading the worship service.  Rev. Marting is a retired minister who served Southminster Presbyterian Church in Crestwood before his retirement several years ago.  Joe has filled in as preacher at Faith Des Peres on a number of occasions since his retirement.  We are happy he will be with us at the historic Old Des Peres Church to help welcome approximately 40 Commissioners to the 223rd General Assembly being held in St. Louis.  Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. and will be followed by lunch under tents on the lawn.  Please plan to join us for worship on June 17.

 

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Volunteers Needed for 223rd General Assembly in St. Louis  

From Saturday, June 16 through Saturday, June 23 several thousand Presbyterians from all corners of the country will be in St. Louis for the Presbyterian Church (USA) 223rd General Assembly.   Volunteers are needed in many areas -- helping to prepare and serve communion, usher at worship services, greet arriving guests at one of several downtown hotels and a           myriad of other tasks.  A website -- stlouisga.org -- hosted by the Committee on Local           Arrangements (COLA) lists the many volunteer opportunities during the gathering, which will be held at the Convention Center in downtown St. Louis.  Please visit the website --               stlouisga.org -- in the next few days and sign up to volunteer.  Ushering or helping with    communion at the opening worship service at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 16 offers a special opportunity.  On June 23 at the closing worship service each church in the Giddings-Lovejoy Presbyterian is encouraged to have two volunteers to help serve communion.  Hopefully, you will consider being a part of this exciting and important gathering of Presbyterians.  If you have questions, check with Dianne Modrell, Roy Lenox or Barb Abbett who are volunteering with COLA in some of the planning areas.  

 

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Donate to the Janet Boyer Music Fund  

Janet Boyer was a long-term member of Faith Des Peres. She and her husband started and owned Music Folk in Webster Grove. Since her passing, FDP created the “Janet Boyer  Music Fund” to hire special musicians throughout the year. All donations to the fund will go directly into the special music provided here at FDP.

 

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Sunday Morning Worship

Please join us at our Clayton Road location this Sunday, May 27th at 10:30am for worship with guest preacher Rev.Jay Summerville. After service stick around and fellowship with our church family and friends and enjoy some nice refreshments . Hope to see you Sunday!

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Welcome Our New Gap Pastor

On Sunday, June 3rd the Rev. Dr. June (Junie) Burks Ewing will join Faith Des Peres as our gap pastor to fill the vacancy following Pastor Annie Epling departure. Please join us  and give Junie as enthusiastic FDP welcome on her first Sunday in the pulpit and in the Gathering Space after worship.

Junie was ordained in 2006 after receiving her Masters in Divinity from Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN. Most recently , she served as interim associate pastor of congregational and community care at Mt. Washington Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati. She was the pastor and head of staff at Westminster Presbyterian , Topeka, KS from February 2010 through January 2016 and prior to that she served as pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Ste. Genevieve, MO for approximately four years. Prior to entering the ministry,  Junie had careers in sales and financial management. She also served for more than six years as administrative director of Cumberland Pediatric Foundation, Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

We are pleased to have Junie join the FDP community to provide spiritual leadership as we prepare to seek as interim pastor.

 

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