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Faith Des Peres Presbyterian Church Welcomes Transitional Pastor The Rev. Marilyn Gamm to Begin February 1, 2019

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The Rev. Marilyn Gamm comes to serve with us as our Transitional Pastor after having served a little over a year as the Transitional Pastor for Pacific Presbyterian Church, Pacific, MO and First Presbyterian Church, Union, MO.  She is an experienced pastor and transitional/interim pastor, transitional presbytery executive, presbytery and national church leader.

 Pastor Marilyn is a native of Missouri, having grown up on a farm near Bowling Green.  She is a cradle Presbyterian, which increasingly is an anomaly in our denomination.  For most of her 28 years in lay and ordained ministry Pastor Marilyn has served smaller Midwestern congregations in Missouri, Kentucky, Indiana, Kansas and Wisconsin.  She has also served in transitional pastoral roles with a large church in Wisconsin and as a presbytery executive in southern California.

 Smaller congregations with their close, caring relationships hold a special place in her heart.  She is a trained and experienced interim/transitional pastor who enjoys collaborating with congregations and presbyteries to discern and live into what the prophet Isaiah calls God’s new thing, whatever that new thing may be.

 Pastor Marilyn is also an experienced presbyter, having served in leadership roles and on many of her different presbyteries’ committees.  Most recently she served the national church as an elected member of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board of Directors, and as Board Chair from 2014 to 2016.  She currently serves on the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Mission Resources Development Committee.

 Prior to seminary, Pastor Marilyn was a broadcast journalist and executive for nine years, working in television in Jefferson City and St. Louis, and in radio in Bowling Green and Louisiana.  She is a graduate of William Woods University in Fulton, the St. Louis Broadcast Center, and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.  She has memberships in the Daughters of the American Revolution and PEO.  Pastor Marilyn is a life-long St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan, and also enjoys watching the Triple Crown horse races.  She is an avid gardener, which she finds both enjoyable and at times therapeutic.

 Pastor Marilyn lives in Ballwin with her spouse, the Rev. Dr. Craig Howard, who is the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy’s Presbytery Leader.  They share his two adult daughters, Jacqueline Howard and Judith Howard, both of Chicago.

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We welcome Rene Zajner as our interim Music Director!  

As many of you know by now, Ron Robinson resigned as our Music Director effective 12/30 and his last service with us was Christmas Eve. Rene Zajner, who was with us much of last summer, has agreed to join us for the immediate future.  We are already enjoying his wonderful organ music!  Please join Worship Arts in welcoming Rene to Faith Des Peres. 

 

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Advent Calendar Results

Your response to the Advent Calendar proved to be a big mission success again this year.  Altogether, we collected 374 food items that go directly to our Buddy Pack program with U. City Schools.  We also received $250 which goes to TWIGS for their financial support.  Thank you to the families of FDP for all the contributions you made this Christmas season!

 

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Buddy Pack Packers

Due to last Sunday's inclement weather, we were not able to pack Buddy Packs.  Join us after the service this week for a quick mission project that the entire family can participate in.  

 

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Special Guest, Rev. Susan Andrews Sunday, January 27th.   

GUN VIOLENCE is a crisis for public health. What is the church doing? What individual responses are possible? Please plan on attending. Older Youth and Adults might want to do a quick read of  Jason Reynolds’ short book, LONG WAY DOWN, for insights. This is available at the St. Louis County public library, Amazon or your favorite book store. There will be a light lunch and a lively discussion. Please sign up in the Gathering Space for planning purposes.

 

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Food Outreach! Save the date! Saturday, February 2nd at 8am 

Join us for a fulfilling morning of mission on Saturday, February 2nd at Food Outreach (on Olive and Compton). Beginning at 8am, we will don our hats and hair nets and get to work packaging meals for those in need. No prior experience necessary- the Food Outreach program is very well organized- simply show up and everything you need will be provided there.  We are seeking to establish a group of 15-20 participants ages 12 and up. Please sign up in the gathering space and indicate if you have interest in carpooling!  This event is loved and enjoyed by many- we are excited to have you join! 

 

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Chili Cook-Off , Save the date!  Friday, February 22nd at 7pm

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FDP's Chili Cook-Off will be held in the Gathering Space Friday evening February 22nd.  Please  sign-up in the Gathering Space to bring your best chili! There is a list of complimentary foods ( cornbread, oyster crackers, shredded cheese, etc.) if you don’t want to enter your chili.  We'll eat, cast votes for our favorite chili, and enjoy each other’s company.  Prizes will be awarded to the  top 3 entries.  Doors open at 6:30pm. Chili eating and judging begins at 7pm. Hope to see you there!

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UKirk needs your support!               

Help feed Hungry College Students! Support Presbyterian campus ministry in St. Louis with homemade Sunday dinner. UKirk gathers on Sunday evenings at Trinity Presbyterian - 6800 Washington Ave - for dinner, fellowship, and worship. We gather to be fed in body and spirit (dinner at 7:15 and worship at 8). If you'd like to prepare a meal for us (to be dropped off that evening or at another time coordinated with Pastor Miriam), learn more and sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054da8af2babf85-ukirk3

 

 

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Faith Des Peres Presbyterian Church Welcomes Transitional Pastor The Rev. Marilyn Gamm to Begin February 1, 2019

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The Rev. Marilyn Gamm comes to serve with us as our Transitional Pastor after having served a little over a year as the Transitional Pastor for Pacific Presbyterian Church, Pacific, MO and First Presbyterian Church, Union, MO.  She is an experienced pastor and transitional/interim pastor, transitional presbytery executive, presbytery and national church leader.

 Pastor Marilyn is a native of Missouri, having grown up on a farm near Bowling Green.  She is a cradle Presbyterian, which increasingly is an anomaly in our denomination.  For most of her 28 years in lay and ordained ministry Pastor Marilyn has served smaller Midwestern congregations in Missouri, Kentucky, Indiana, Kansas and Wisconsin.  She has also served in transitional pastoral roles with a large church in Wisconsin and as a presbytery executive in southern California.

 Smaller congregations with their close, caring relationships hold a special place in her heart.  She is a trained and experienced interim/transitional pastor who enjoys collaborating with congregations and presbyteries to discern and live into what the prophet Isaiah calls God’s new thing, whatever that new thing may be.

 Pastor Marilyn is also an experienced presbyter, having served in leadership roles and on many of her different presbyteries’ committees.  Most recently she served the national church as an elected member of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board of Directors, and as Board Chair from 2014 to 2016.  She currently serves on the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Mission Resources Development Committee.

 Prior to seminary, Pastor Marilyn was a broadcast journalist and executive for nine years, working in television in Jefferson City and St. Louis, and in radio in Bowling Green and Louisiana.  She is a graduate of William Woods University in Fulton, the St. Louis Broadcast Center, and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.  She has memberships in the Daughters of the American Revolution and PEO.  Pastor Marilyn is a life-long St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan, and also enjoys watching the Triple Crown horse races.  She is an avid gardener, which she finds both enjoyable and at times therapeutic.

 Pastor Marilyn lives in Ballwin with her spouse, the Rev. Dr. Craig Howard, who is the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy’s Presbytery Leader.  They share his two adult daughters, Jacqueline Howard and Judith Howard, both of Chicago.

 

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We welcome Rene Zajner as our interim Music Director!     

As many of you know by now, Ron Robinson resigned as our Music Director effective 12/30 and his last service with us was Christmas Eve. Rene Zajner, who was with us much of last summer, has agreed to join us for the immediate future.  We are already enjoying his wonderful organ music!  Please join Worship Arts in welcoming Rene to Faith Des Peres.

 

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Special Guest, Rev. Susan Andrews,  Sunday, January 27th.      

GUN VIOLENCE is a crisis for public health. What is the church doing? What individual responses are possible? Please plan on attending. Older Youth and Adults might want to do a quick read of Jason Reynolds’ short book, LONG WAY DOWN, for insights. This is available at the St. Louis County public library, Amazon or your favorite book store. 

There will be a light lunch and a lively discussion. Please sign up in the Gathering Space for planning purposes. 

 

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Food Outreach! Save the date! Saturday, February 2nd at 8am     

Join us for a fulfilling morning of mission on Saturday, February 2nd at Food Outreach (on Olive and Compton). Beginning at 8am, we will don our hats and hair nets and get to work packaging meals for those in need. No prior experience necessary- the Food Outreach program is very well organized- simply show up and everything you need will be provided there.  We are seeking to establish a group of 15-20 participants ages 12 and up. Please sign up in the gathering space and indicate if you have interest in carpooling!  This event is loved and enjoyed by many- we are excited to have you join! 

 

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Chili Cook-Off , Save the date!  Friday, February 22nd at 7pm

FDP's Chili Cook-Off will be held in the Gathering Space Friday evening February 22nd.  Please sign-up in the Gathering Space to bring your best chili! There is a list of  complimentary foods ( cornbread, oyster crackers, shredded cheese, etc.) if you don’t want to enter your chili.  We'll eat, cast votes for our favorite chili, and enjoy each other’s  company.  Prizes will be awarded to the  top 3 entries.  Doors open at 6:30pm. Chili eating and judging begins at 7pm. Hope to see you there!

 

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Volunteers Needed for Sunday Activities    

If you are willing to serve as a greeter or a liturgist on Sunday mornings or are willing to bring  refreshments for fellowship in the gathering space after worship, please sign up by  using one of the links below or calling Tiara in the church office.    

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4AABA82BA1F49-volunteering

Your time and help in this part of the ministry of Faith Des Peres is always appreciated. 

 

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Faith Des Peres Church Welcomes Rev. Marilyn Gamm

The Rev. Marilyn Gamm comes to serve with us as our Transitional Pastor after having served a little over a year as the Transitional Pastor for Pacific Presbyterian Church, Pacific, MO and First Presbyterian Church, Union, MO. She is an experienced pastor and transitional/interim pastor, transitional presbytery executive, presbytery and national church leader.  Pastor Marilyn is a native of Missouri, having grown up on a farm near Bowling Green. She is a cradle Presbyterian, which increasingly is an anomaly in our denomination. For most of her 28 years in lay and ordained ministry Pastor Marilyn has served smaller Midwestern congregations in Missouri, Kentucky, Indiana, Kansas and Wisconsin. She has also served in transitional pastoral roles with a large church in Wisconsin and as a presbytery executive in southern California.  Smaller congregations with their close, caring relationships hold a special place in her heart. She is a trained and experienced interim/transitional pastor who enjoys collaborating with congregations and presbyteries to discern and live into what the prophet Isaiah calls God’s new thing, whatever that new thing may be.  Pastor Marilyn is also an experienced presbyter, having served in leadership roles and on many of her different presbyteries’ committees. Most recently she served the national church as an elected member of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board of Directors, and as Board Chair from 2014 to 2016. She currently serves on the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Mission Resources Development Committee.  Prior to seminary, Pastor Marilyn was a broadcast journalist and executive for nine years, working in television in Jefferson City and St. Louis, and in radio in Bowling Green and Louisiana. She is a graduate of William Woods University in Fulton, the St. Louis Broadcast Center, and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She has memberships in the Daughters of the American Revolution and PEO. Pastor Marilyn is a life-long St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan, and also enjoys watching the Triple Crown horse races. She is an avid gardener, which she finds both enjoyable and at times therapeutic.  Pastor Marilyn lives in Ballwin with her spouse, the Rev. Dr. Craig Howard, who is the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy’s Presbytery Leader. They share his two adult daughters, Jacqueline Howard and Judith Howard, both of Chicago.

The Rev. Marilyn Gamm comes to serve with us as our Transitional Pastor after having served a little over a year as the Transitional Pastor for Pacific Presbyterian Church, Pacific, MO and First Presbyterian Church, Union, MO. She is an experienced pastor and transitional/interim pastor, transitional presbytery executive, presbytery and national church leader.

Pastor Marilyn is a native of Missouri, having grown up on a farm near Bowling Green. She is a cradle Presbyterian, which increasingly is an anomaly in our denomination. For most of her 28 years in lay and ordained ministry Pastor Marilyn has served smaller Midwestern congregations in Missouri, Kentucky, Indiana, Kansas and Wisconsin. She has also served in transitional pastoral roles with a large church in Wisconsin and as a presbytery executive in southern California.

Smaller congregations with their close, caring relationships hold a special place in her heart. She is a trained and experienced interim/transitional pastor who enjoys collaborating with congregations and presbyteries to discern and live into what the prophet Isaiah calls God’s new thing, whatever that new thing may be.

Pastor Marilyn is also an experienced presbyter, having served in leadership roles and on many of her different presbyteries’ committees. Most recently she served the national church as an elected member of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board of Directors, and as Board Chair from 2014 to 2016. She currently serves on the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Mission Resources Development Committee.

Prior to seminary, Pastor Marilyn was a broadcast journalist and executive for nine years, working in television in Jefferson City and St. Louis, and in radio in Bowling Green and Louisiana. She is a graduate of William Woods University in Fulton, the St. Louis Broadcast Center, and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She has memberships in the Daughters of the American Revolution and PEO. Pastor Marilyn is a life-long St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan, and also enjoys watching the Triple Crown horse races. She is an avid gardener, which she finds both enjoyable and at times therapeutic.

Pastor Marilyn lives in Ballwin with her spouse, the Rev. Dr. Craig Howard, who is the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy’s Presbytery Leader. They share his two adult daughters, Jacqueline Howard and Judith Howard, both of Chicago.

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