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 Gift Return and Celebration
Please remember to bring your unwrapped gifts for Lydia’s House and Southside Early Childhood Center to church this Sunday.  We will celebrate our gift-giving with Christmas music and tasty treats from Daily Bread Café after the service in the gathering space. We hope everyone will stay for extra Christmas cheer! We look forward to this much anticipated event, when our congregation provides for those in need during the season of giving!

Annual Gingerbread House Party– Register by December 7!
Come and decorate a gingerbread house on Saturday, December 13 from 10 am-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.

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. 

Longtime Faith Des Peres member Janet Boyer was an accomplished musician and founder of Music Folk in Webster Groves. The Janet Boyer Fund was established in her memory. Gifts to the Boyer fund make it possible for us to host guest musicians such as various solo instrumentalists, A Fifth Above Woodwind Quintet, our Easter brass, and the Carolbeth Trio. We thank our generous donors for 2014:
Nancy Bender
Bernie and Leila Davis (in memory of Helen Barks)
Philip and Judy Hutchinson 
Will and Charlotte Ridley
Ron and Marilyn Scott
Samantha Stout
John and Beth Willock