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Dear Faith Des Peres Community

Dear Faith Des Peres Community,

It’s hard to believe but Lent is almost here. It begins this Wednesday, March 1, with Ash Wednesday. We’ll have an Ash Wednesday service at 6:45-7:15 in the Gathering Space. I’ve found this service is very meaningful and helps me to start Lent “on the right foot”, so I hope you’ll find time to attend and start your Lent “on the right foot”, too.

Speaking of Lent, this Sunday the Worship Arts Center has planned a very special worship service where you’ll learn all about Lent, the meaning behind the symbols of the season, and the history behind Lent. I think both newcomers and old-timers will learn something on Sunday. We’ll also do something different, like “bury the alleluias”, and you’ll take part in burning last year’s palms for this year’s ashes. It will be very multi-sensory! I’m looking forward to it.

Consider inviting someone to church this Sunday. At this time of year, people are thinking about church, especially people who have been away from church for a while. They may have grown up hearing about Lent and knowing that it’s important, but not always understanding why it’s important. On Sunday, we’ll answer both of those questions. Plus, there are pancakes after church. What’s not to like?!

Finally, I mentioned last Sunday the importance of giving up something for Lent or “taking on” something for Lent. I hope you’ve given that some thought. Your Lent, and therefore your Easter, will be much more fulfilling if you do. I’ve posted suggestions on the church’s Facebook page that you can find here.

I hope to see you Sunday.

Blessings,

Annie

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Office Staff Change, Yolanda Mortimer

As many of you know my husband, Doug, had a triple bypass and aorta replacement last month. His recuperation is going well, but he still has a long road ahead for a full recovery. I have decided to step down as the administrative assistant at Faith Des Peres at the end of this month to spend more time with him and the rest of my family. It has been my pleasure to serve FDP the last 2 1/2 years. I will still see you Sundays in worship!

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Parking Request

The State Licensing Board requires that there be no traffic in the back parking lot when the children are out at play. Please park in the front of the church if you need to visit during the week from 9 am to 3 pm when the children are here. Thanks you for your cooperation.

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One Church, One Book

“Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race”
White privilege. We’ve all heard the phrase by now, a phrase that may repel you, puzzle you, guilt you, or own you. Either way, it’s time to talk about it.

During Lent, the Faith Formation Center is hosting a conversation around white privilege – what it looks like, how to be aware of it in our own lives, and how to overcome it in the service of mutuality and fairness.  

The discussion will be centered on the book, “Waking Up White” by Debby Irving.  
So we invite you to join the conversation. Conversations will take place after church March 12, April 2 and April 9. You can pick-up the book on Amazon or at your local library.

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Trout Lodge April 29-30

We are excited to again be traveling to Trout Lodge for an all church overnight, April 29-30.  Activities being planned are a pontoon ride Saturday afternoon, art activity, happy hour, and brief worship Sunday morning. Optional participant pay (some are actually free) activities include horseback riding, archery, mini golf, zip line, and much more. See Trout Lodge's website for more details and costs; sign-up in advance to guarantee your spot.  Saturday night’s stay includes Saturday dinner, Sunday breakfast, and Sunday lunch. You may purchase additional meals and/or a Friday night stay if you’d like to extend your time at the lodge. Please make your room reservation online at http://www.ymcaoftheozarks.org/ as soon as possible.  We have not reserved a block of rooms as in years past, so it’s first come, first serve. 

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Dear Faith Des Peres Friends,

Years ago, Bobby McFerrin wrote a song titled "Don't Worry Be Happy". It was a be-boppy tune with the simple message "In every life we have some trouble/When you worry you make it double/Don't worry, be happy." If it were only that simple! I have 4 kids to worry about it, a job to worry about it, parents to worry about  . . .the list goes on and on.

But in the Bible Jesus tells us not to worry. "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?"

Easy for him to say. He doesn't have teenagers. Not worry? Ha!

But the reality is, Jesus was on to something here. Because there's worry, and then there's worry that gets the best of us. That eats away at us. That becomes our master. And that sort of worry isn't healthy at all. 

If you find yourself worrying these days and need a place to come and find your center, then this Sunday is a good day to come. Hopefully, you'll leave having some tools to use when worry gets to be too much. Do you have a friend that is worried about stuff? Invite them! 

I hope to see you Sunday!

Annie

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Friday Foodies, February 17, 7:00 pm

Friday Foodies is a new group starting up for members and friends of all ages to get together to have fun and get to know one another better. Sponsored by the Church Life group, Friday Foodies will be a quarterly get-together at a local restaurant, and childcare at the church will be provided free of charge.

The first Friday Foodie is February 17 at 7:00 pm at Sugo’s Restaurant, 10419 Clayton Rd.  Childcare is available starting at 6:30 pm, dinner at Sugo’s at is at 7 pm. Let Kathy or Cat know if you’re coming. We hope you can join us!

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Centering Prayer Group, Sunday, February 19 at 5 pm

The Centering Prayer Group, a small group of Faith Des Peres members and friends, meets every 3rd Sunday of the month at 5 p.m. in the Gathering Space. Often referred to as
Christian meditation, Centering Prayer is a method of contemplative prayer that places
emphasis on inner silence. It offers a way to grow in intimacy with God, moving beyond conversation to communion. You are welcome to join us!

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Monthly Lunch Gathering, February 21, 11:30 am

The lunch gathering will be at McArthur’s on Kirkwood Rd. in Kirkwood. McArthur’s serves soup, sandwiches and salads with a “walk-up” order bar. This should speed up the process for everyone coming on his/her lunch hour. Join us!

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OK, I get it already. Lent is important.

But I still need help making sense of why it really is important.
No worries! Worship Arts has something special planned for February 26 to help you make sense of Lent so that it will be a meaningful season for YOU. Join us for worship Sunday, February 26 for “Lent 101”. Worship at 10:30, pancakes at 11:30. RSVP for the pancake brunch in the Gathering Space!

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One Church, One Book

“Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race”
White privilege. We’ve all heard the phrase by now, a phrase that may repel you, puzzle you, guilt you, or own you. Either way, it’s time to talk about it.

During Lent, the Faith Formation Center is hosting a conversation around white privilege – what it looks like, how to be aware of it in our own lives, and how to overcome it in the
service of mutuality and fairness.  

The discussion will be centered on the book, “Waking Up White” by Debby Irving.  
So we invite you to join the conversation. Conversations will take place after church March 12, April 2 and April 9. You can pick-up the book on Amazon or at your local library.

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Trout Lodge April 29-30th

We are excited to again be traveling to Trout Lodge for an all church overnight, April 29-30.  Activities being planned are a pontoon ride Saturday afternoon, art activity, happy hour, and brief worship Sunday morning. Optional participant pay (some are actually free) activities include horseback riding, archery, mini golf, zip line, and much more. See Trout Lodge's website for more details and costs; sign-up in advance to guarantee your spot.  Saturday night’s stay includes Saturday dinner, Sunday breakfast, and Sunday lunch. You may purchase additional meals and/or a Friday night stay if you’d like to extend your time at the lodge. Please make your room reservation online at http://www.ymcaoftheozarks.org/ as soon as possible.  We have not reserved a block of rooms as in years past, so it’s first come, first serve. 

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Save the Date! Next food packing at Food Outreach is Saturday, April 1

Want to know how you can make a difference in people’s lives in just a few short hours? Come join members of Faith Des Peres at Food Outreach on Saturday morning, April 1. 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.  Please sign up in the Gathering Space.

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Dear Faith Des Peres Community

 Dear Faith Des Peres Community,

Last Sunday we completed Part 2 of the Freeze Out/Sleep Out by packing 50 kits to distribute to people who are homeless. Loaded in the kits was food, gloves, hand warmers, Chapstick, an emergency blanket, bottled water, hand sanitizer, tissues, and more food. The bags were filled to the brim. I’m pleased to let you know that the kits were successfully delivered to New Life Evangelistic Center. They’re thrilled to have them to hand out. I want to thank everyone who made the Freeze Out/Sleep Out a success: Cat Harper, Kathy Sherrick, Ashley Laws, Whitney, Brooklyn and Weston Payne, Leila and Bernie Davis, Erica Abbett, Lindsay Marting, Helen Onken, Tommy Epling, Sandy Williams, Andy, Kara and James Richter, Eliot Asyre, Andrew Marting, Beth and Charlie Willock, Ben Laws, Jim Baker, Will Ridley, Mary Dingus, Sarah Lovegreen, Diane Asyre, Elizabeth Pribor, Jane Hogg, Dianne Modrell, Gina Bright, Margaret and Mark Antunes, Terry Epling, Jim and Chris Mabe, Ray, and the folks from Twigs for Kids. All of these people donated their time, talents and treasure to the event. Jesus said the way to show our love for God is to love our neighbor, and you all did that by raising awareness about homelessness and helping our (often) “invisible” neighbor. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

We have two fun events coming up that I want to draw your attention to. The first is Friday Foodies, February 17. You can read more about it in this blog, but if you can go please let Kathy Sherrick or Cat Harper know. It’s a fun night for people of any age (and bring a friend!); childcare is available at the church for free.

After church on February 26, there’s a Shrove Sunday pancake brunch. Please sign up in the Gathering Space or email Yolanda. We’re planning a special worship service that day, too, to help everyone prepare for Lent and learn more about that season.

I hope to see you Sunday.

Annie

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