Poinsettia Orders   
It’s time to order poinsettias for Christmas. There is a sign-up sheet in the Gathering Space. The cost is $10 per plant.

Giving Tree
Faith Des Peres' Mission and Ministry committee has begun the annual Christmas giving tree collections. Ornaments are 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 are available, 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, when our congregation provides for those in need during the season of giving!


 Parent’s Day Out, December 6, 10:30-2:30
Parents, get some shopping done or just have fun while the teenagers of the church babysit your child(ren) for $10.  Register by December 3 so we know how many babysitters are needed.  Please pack a lunch or snack for your child. 


Annual Gingerbread House Party– Register by December 7!
Come and decorate a gingerbread house on Saturday, December 13 from 10am-noon. This event is geared towards kids but all ages are welcome to decorate or to provide help. Invite friends to join us in Fellowship Hall for a fun morning together. Please sign up in the Gathering Space by December 7 so we know how many houses to prepare. The cost is $13 a house. Questions? See Leslie Barnes.


Presbyterian Women Cookie Exchange
December 10 at 10:30am is the annual Presbyterian Women’s brunch and cookie exchange. Leila Davis will be hosting. Bring 2-3 dozen cookies to exchange. Please RSVP to Leila at 314-994-0039 or Yolanda in the church office at adminasst@faithdesperes.org or 314-432-8029.


TNT (20s and 30 Somethings), December 12, 6:30 pm
Join us at the Kirkwood Brew Station for a night out. Babysitting offered at the church for free. Make a reservation with Beth Willock.

Fund Raiser at Sweet Tomatoes December 1.
The Presbyterian Women's group is hosting a fundraiser at Sweet Tomatoes restaurant in Creve Coeur on Monday December 1.  All church members have to do is show up between 5-8pm with flyer in hand and we will raise funds for our group!  Thank you.


Adult Discussion Group
Want to learn more about the music of Christmas?  On Sunday, Dec. 7 our music director, Gay Spears, will use our new hymnbook as the foundation for her discussion – “Something Old, Something New.”  As the topic suggests, Gay  will share information about  songs of the season and offer some background about hymns that have endured over the years and new ones that are becoming a part of Advent and Christmas.   She will also provide a sneak peek at the music for the rest of the season, including the annual lessons and carols service, and let us “in” on who some special guest musicians are that we can look forward to joining us for worship in the coming weeks.

Plan to join the ADG at 9:15 a.m. , Sunday, Dec. 7 for an interesting and inspirational discussion, warm coffee and Christmas cookies.  And while you’re marking your calendar for December please add the 2015 ADG gathering dates at the same time.
Jan. 11, 18 and 25 at noon – Book study of The Power of Parable: How Fiction by Jesus Became Fiction about Jesus, led by Ron Scott
Feb. 8, 9:15 a.m. – A discussion about Lent, led by Pastor Annie Epling
March 8 and 15 at noon – A book review/discussion, led by Barbara Wright (book to be announced later)
April 19, 9:15 a.m. – Discussion led by Dorcas Case (topic to be announced later)
May 10, 9:15 a.m. – Wrap-up/Evaluation of the year and 2015-2016 planning