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Dear Members and Friends of Faith Des Peres,

Welcome to summer in St. Louis! The heat is on, as they say. I hope you're staying cool and safe in these 100 degree days. This Sunday I'll continue my sermon series "Foundational Bible Stories" with a look at the story of the birth of Esau and Jacob. They were Isaac's twin sons who never got along; their sibling rivalry was intense from day one. If you ask me, Esau always seemed like the nicer of the two, but Jacob's the one who gets all the glory. Which isn't very fair, to be honest. We like to work in a system that rewards good behavior and punishes bad behavior. But sometimes God works in the reverse. Why is that? And why is that good news for us? Come on Sunday to listen and learn and explore the story together!

On Sunday we have communion and Feeding the Flock, too. Don't forget your food! Kids are home which means the need for food is even higher at food pantries. 

And finally, I regret to tell you that Gail Robins has submitted her resignation as Director of Music and Organist. It's been a pleasure to work with Gail this past year, and the choir has grown under her leadership. She'll be missed very much. Her last Sunday is July 30. Danny Mortimer, moderator of Worship Arts, and I are lining up substitute organists and are beginning a preliminary search for a new one. This could take a while, anywhere from a couple months to a year, though we're certainly hoping it's the former and not the latter. If you know anyone who may be interested in the position, please let one of us know.

Last, some of you know Kendra Rains, our administrative assistant, moved to Chicago in June when her husband received a job there. We're currently reviewing resumes for this position, but if you know someone looking for a great part-time job, let me know. We want to fill it ASAP. I can give you the details.

Thanks so much for your continued support of Faith Des Peres and all that you do to make this a great place to worship and learn, serve and grow in the faith.

Blessings,

Annie

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A Note from Gail

July 18, 2017

It is with a heavy heart and sad spirit that I have submitted my resignation as Organist/Choir Director at Faith Des Peres.  I have experienced medical/physical concerns over the past weeks which are still being diagnosed.  In the midst of this, I was offered a position as an Organist only, which will reduce the amount of time, energy and responsibilities required in my church music position.  For that reason, I accepted the offer and will begin there on August 5th.

During my time at Faith, I have grown spiritually under the awesome leadership of Pastor Annie and I have grown musically as I have served the amazing choir.  I will always be grateful for my time, albeit too short, spent with all of you.

I am trusting that this is the best decision for my health and my family and that God will go ahead of this and will lead you soon to a wonderfully talented person to fill this position.  You will always be in my heart and in my prayers.

Peace and blessings,

Gail Robins

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Communion this Sunday!

This Sunday on August 23rd we are observing communion together 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 forget food on Sunday, you can always donate food to Circle of
Concern
 by dropping it off at the church.

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Church in the Park

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.  We’re looking for grill masters!  Let Annie know if you can help with that.  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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A Note from Annie

Dear Faith Des Peres Friends,

I'm looking forward to being back with you all this Sunday! We've been in New Hampshire for the past two weeks with a side trip to Maine, and it's been lots of fun. Our weather has been beautiful, but I hear the summer heat in St. Louis is in full swing. I'm not looking forward to returning to that!

This Sunday we will ordain and install to the Session Ashley Laws, Dianne Modrell, and Beth Willock. I'm thrilled these women have agreed to serve as Elders and I look forward to working with them on the Session. This is an important calling, and I hope you will be here Sunday to support them and your church. We will also recognize Terry Baker, Cat Harper and Rufus Sisson who are concluding their terms as Elders. They deserve a round of applause! And finally, the choir will also sing! It will be a nice service, so please plan on being there.

See you Sunday!

Annie

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Worship at the Old Des Peres Church

Worship on Sunday, July 2nd 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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Vacation Reminder

Pastor Annie will be on vacation June 30th-July 15th.  

Join us on Sunday, July 2nd as Rev. Miriam Foltz leads worship for us while Annie is on vacation with her family.  Miriam is the pastor of UKirk, the Presbyterian campus ministry
at Washington University and St. Louis University.

 

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Big Tent 2017

Big Tent 2017 is the biennial gathering of Presbyterians from across the country. This year, Big Tent will be held on the beautiful campus of Washington University in St. Louis, MO, July 6 -8th.

The theme, “Race, Reconciliation, Reformation”, will emphasize the hope of the Gospel and its power to transform society in our current cultural context, marked by anxiety, racial division, political animosity, and economic inequality. Through dialogue, workshops, exhibits, and engagement with one another, participants will engage the Church in its mission of justice-making and peace. Big Tent is expecting 400 Presbyterians to attend and to participate in learning, worship, and fellowship.  

The event is open to all who register. For more information click here for a flyer and to register, click here: http://oga.pcusa.org/section/churchwide-ministries/big-tent-2017/  

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Old Des Peres Church

Worship at the Old Des Peres Church, July 2
Worship on Sunday, July 2nd 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 church was built in 1833.

 

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Vacation Reminder

Pastor Annie will be on vacation June 30th-July 15th.  Rev. Miriam Foltz and Rev. Joy Myers are preaching while she is gone.

 

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Stewardship Payments

Our current fiscal year ends this Friday, June 30 and we are asking all members to check the status of the stewardship pledges they made for fiscal year July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.   Your payment in full of your pledge will be deeply appreciated to enable us to meet the church’s year-end expense obligations.  If you are uncertain about the status of your pledge please let Kendra in the church office know so she can direct your question to our bookkeeper or a member of the Finance team.  Checks can be mailed to the church by June 30 or placed in the offering this Sunday, June 25.  All that you give to support our mission to reflect God’s love, accept and affirm all and inspire a passion to do God’s work is deeply appreciated.  Thank you so much for your generosity.

 

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Baptism - Sunday June 25th

Welcome to the family - Jack Douglas Mortimer!

Jack will be baptized on June 25th at 10:30am.  Join us for a reception immediately following the service to celebrate with the Mortimer family.

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Big Tent 2017

Big Tent 2017 is the biennial gathering of Presbyterians from across the country. This year, Big Tent will be held on the beautiful campus of Washington University in St. Louis, MO, July 6 -8th.

The theme, “Race, Reconciliation, Reformation”, will emphasize the hope of the Gospel and its power to transform society in our current cultural context, marked by anxiety, racial division, political animosity, and economic inequality. Through dialogue, workshops, exhibits, and engagement with one another, participants will engage the Church in its mission of justice-making and peace. Big Tent is expecting 400 Presbyterians to attend and to participate in learning, worship, and fellowship.  

 

The event is open to all who register. For more information click here for a flyer and to register, click here: http://oga.pcusa.org/section/churchwide-ministries/big-tent-2017/  

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Dear Faith Des Peres Family,

I hope you all are enjoying your summer. As I write this, I'm at Spofford Lake and there isn't a cloud in the sky and the temps are in the 70s! This Saturday, the church will have a booth at Pridefest St. Charles. Stop by and say hi! This Sunday, there's an informal lunch after church in honor of Father's Day. It's a ballpark theme so wear your Cardinals gear! Rev. Jillian Embrey is preaching because I'll be at Montreat next week with Terry and the girls.

Our sympathy is extended to Marilyn Phillips whose husband, Patrick, died on Monday. The memorial service for Patrick will be Saturday at 11:00 am at the church. A reception will follow the service. Please hold Marilyn and her family in your prayers.

If I don't see you Saturday, I hope to see you next Sunday, June 25, when we'll celebrate the baptism of Jack Mortimer! It's always a joyous occasion when we welcome a little one "to the family".

If you're traveling, I hope it's been safe and fun.

Blessings,

Annie

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With Deepest Sympathy

Our sympathy is extended to Marilyn Phillips whose husband, Patrick, died June 12. A memorial service for him will be held on Saturday, June 17 at 11:00am at Faith Des Peres. Marilyn and family will greet people beginning at 9:30, and a reception will be held following the service. We hold Marilyn and family in our thoughts and prayers.

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Welcome by Baptism!

Welcome to the family - Jack Douglas Mortimer!

Jack will be baptized on June 25th at 10:30am.  Join us for a reception immediately following the service to celebrate with the Mortimer family.

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St. Charles Pride Festival

For the second year, members of Faith Des Peres Church will staff an informational booth at the Pride St. Charles Festival. The event takes place June 17 from 11:00am-7:00pm at Frontier Park, 500 S Riverside Dr, St Charles, MO 63301.

If you would like to volunteer for a two hour shift, please contact Whitney Payne, hendricks.whitney@gmail.com.

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Take Me Out to the Ballgame!

Celebrating all the men of the church on Father's Day.  Join us for worship on June 18th when we recognize the fathers & father-like figures in our lives.  Our theme is "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" so wear your Cardinals gear! 

All men in the church will get a special gift.  After church there will be hot dogs, popcorn & nachos.

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Big Tent 2017

Big Tent 2017 is the biennial gathering of Presbyterians from across the country. This year, Big Tent will be held on the beautiful campus of Washington University in St. Louis, MO, July 6 -8th.

 

The theme, “Race, Reconciliation, Reformation”, will emphasize the hope of the Gospel and its power to transform society in our current cultural context, marked by anxiety, racial division, political animosity, and economic inequality. Through dialogue, workshops, exhibits, and engagement with one another, participants will engage the Church in its mission of justice-making and peace. Big Tent is expecting 400 Presbyterians to attend and to participate in learning, worship, and fellowship.  

 

The event is open to all who register. For more information click here for a flyer and to register, click here: http://oga.pcusa.org/section/churchwide-ministries/big-tent-2017/  

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