Giving Tree
Faith Des Peres' Mission and Ministry committee will begin the annual Christmas giving tree collections on November 23rd.  Ornaments will be available for parishioners to take that will provide gift ideas for 25 children from SouthSide Early Childhood Center and for 34 women/children from Lydia's House.  The ornaments will be available for collection starting November 23rd, with gifts and ornaments to be brought back unwrapped for our Christmas giving celebration on December 7th.  We will celebrate our gift-giving with music and tasty treats provided by Mission and Ministry. We look forward to this much anticipated event, where our congregation provides for those in need during the season of giving!

 Nicaragua Community Partnership Annual Fund-Raising Dinner
Join friends of the Nicaragua Community Partnership for our annual celebration and an evening of fine dining at one of St. Louis’ premier Italian restaurants.  Come together as we raise funds to support the mission and scholarship program for our partner community of Plan Grande #2 and as we begin the celebrations of our 15th Anniversary!  

Monday November 17, 2014 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Tickets $50; Cash Bar available
LoRusso’s Cucina 3121 Watson Rd. St. Louis, MO 63139
For more information see Pastor Annie or Barbara Willock [636-227-6904]

ADG Book Study
This year’s ADG book study is scheduled for January 11th, 18th and 25th, and again will take place after church with lunch at noon and the class beginning at 12:30.  This year’s book is The Power of Parable: How Fiction by Jesus Became Fiction about Jesus, by John Dominic Crossan. Jesus’ parables provide some of the most interesting, and at times provocative, parts of the Gospels.  Crossan offers ways to understand these stories by Jesus.  But he goes further, suggesting that many of the stories the Gospel writers told about Jesus can also be understood as parable, opening up a fascinating new way to understand Jesus and his work.The Power of Parable is easy to read and, at about 250 pages, just the right length for our three-week study.  The books are available from Amazon in paperback ($10.68), and Kindle ($9.78), or you can see Barb Abbett if you would like to get your copy from the church.