LENT 2015 

You might think Lent is about giving up chocolate and other fun stuff, but really it’s about growing closer to Jesus.  Join us this Lent as we learn how to do that in a variety of ways.

Sunday, March 8, 10:30 am.  "Give Up Indifference”

Sunday, March 15, 10:30 am.  "Take Up the Charge"

Sunday, March 22, 10:30 am.  "Lift Up the Hurting"

Sunday, March 29, 10:30 am.  "Lift Up the Healed"

Easter Sunday!  Join us at 10:30 am with special music, communion, and an inspirational message:  “Look Up to Overcome!”

Adult Discussion Group, March 8 & 15
Planning to participate in the Adult Discussion Group study of Richard Rohr's Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life?  Barb Wright is leading the discussion and we will meet at 12 noon on Sunday, March 8 and Sunday, March 15. 

 If you'd like to order a "brown bag lunch"  from The Daily Bread for these two Sundays, please contact Barb Abbett (314-721-3292 or b.abbett@att.net).  She can let you know what is available and will place all orders on Friday, March 6.

Going Green
During the discussion of our January bible study, Presbyterian Women (PW) members considered ways in which we could participate in caring for God's creation, especially in caring for our own planet Earth.  One idea which was shared was to avoid using Styrofoam hot cups.  The PW group has committed to bringing sustainable hot cups to our meetings, or to bringing our own non-disposable cups each month.  The PWs now offer an invitation to the congregation to join us in this small effort to preserve our environment by bringing a portable coffee cup with you on Sunday mornings and for other church gatherings which include meals.  

Church Directory
Don’t forget to pick up your copy of our new church directory in the Gathering Space. Thanks to Terry Baker, Cat Trotter and Judy Sisson for all their work on this project. It looks great!

Easter Flowers
Again this year, we will decorate the sanctuary with a variety of blooming flowers (6” pots). Cost per plant will be $10. See the sign-up sheet in the Gathering Space to place your order or you can email Yolanda in the office (adminasst@faithdesperes.org). Please designate if the flowers are given in honor or in memory of loved ones. Make checks payable to Faith Des Peres and note that the funds are for Easter Flowers. Thanks.

One Great Hour of Sharing
Through abundant and generous gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS), Presbyterians have faithfully heeded God’s call to serve people seeking to reclaim and restore their lives.

Your gift allows Presbyterian Disaster Assistance to restore communities around the world affected by natural and human-caused disasters. Your generosity helps the Presbyterian Hunger Program work with Presbyterians and other partners to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes in this country and internationally. Your sharing makes it possible for Self-Development of People to affirm the dignity of all by assisting in the empowerment of economically poor, oppressed, and disadvantaged people.

 The programs supported by OGHS depend on continued and increased support from congregations like ours. Our goal is to collect $1500. We will collect the OGHS offering on Easter Sunday, April 5th. 

Next food packing at Food Outreach is Saturday, March 21 at 8 am 
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 March 21.We will pack food into individual meals that will be given to individuals living with HIV/AIDS and cancer who are living at or below 400% of the poverty level. We start at 8am, and are done before 11 am. Food Outreach requests that volunteers be 11 years old and in 5th grade. We need to have at least 10 individuals and they strongly prefer 15 – so know that we NEED YOUR HELP. Please sign up by emailing Erica Abbett at eabbett@sbcglobal.net . There is also a signup sheet in the gathering space.

Older & Wiser Brunch Sunday March 22
The Older & Wiser brunch will be held Sunday, March 22 after worship. See Barbara Wright for more details.

Lunch Bunch Tuesday March 17

The Lunch Bunch will meet on Tuesday, March 17 at Miss Sheri’s on Manchester at 11:30am.