Presbyterian Women Cookie Exchange December 11, 9:30am
The annual Presbyterian Women’s brunch and cookie exchange will be Friday, December 11 at
9:30am. Charlotte Ridley will be hosting. Bring 2-3 dozen cookies to exchange. Please RSVP to
Charlotte at 314-821-8524.

Dear Faith Des Peres Family,
Thank you so much for remembering and recognizing my 15th anniversary.  It’s been an honor and blessing to serve as your pastor all these years.  Thank you for being patient with me, laughing and praying with me, and serving alongside me.  But most of all, thank you for welcoming me and my family.  Faith Des Peres is truly our second home and you our family. 

The stole you gave me is beautiful and I’m looking forward to wearing it during Advent, my favorite season of the church year.  I appreciate your thoughtfulness very much.


Christmas Eve Service, 5:30 pm
Join us for Christmas Eve worship at 5:30 pm Thursday, December 24. We’ll have a traditional candlelight service. Sing the carols, hear the stories and find hope here!

Christmas Brunch and Worship, December 27    
Join us for a special Christmas Brunch and worship service on Sunday, December 27 at 10:30.  This special service will take place in the Gathering Space where we’ll eat and worship and focus on the new year.  It’s for all ages and will include the Christmas carols we love and some exercises to get us thinking about things we want to leave behind or take on in the new year.  This is also a potluck!  So, please sign-up in the Gathering Space and let us know what dish you’ll bring.  Thank you!  (There is no nursery care or Sunday School this day.  Everyone is encouraged to worship together!)

Upcoming Book Study
For 20 years the annual Faith Des Peres book study has offered opportunities to read and discuss books featuring current scholarship on biblical, historical, or theological issues. This year’s book is, Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi, by Amy-Jill Levine, New Testament and Jewish Studies Professor at Vanderbilt University. Books can be purchased at Barnes & Noble ($15.99 for paperback) or from Amazon ($13.40 for paperback, $9.99 for Kindle). A limited number of copies will be available from the church office; see Will Ridley for details.

The book study will be on three alternating Sundays, January 10, January 24 and February 7 from noon to 1:30 after church in the Gathering Space. Lunches will be made available for a nominal fee. This year’s study should be informative and fun. Plan to join us!

Year-end donations to the church
Contributions that you wish to include on 2015 tax documents must be in the church office or postmarked no later than Thursday, December 31.

Save-the-Date Presbyterian Women's Retreat, Saturday, January 9
Plan on joining us on Saturday, January 9 9am – 4pm in the Gathering Space for a day of fellowship and spiritual renewal. Childcare will be available. More details to follow.