Welcome Jeffrey Carter, interim Music Director
We are very happy to welcome Dr. Jeffrey Carter to Faith Des Peres. Jeff has agreed to be our interim music director as we continue our search for a permanent director of music. He will begin August 23.

Jeffrey Richard Carter is Chair of the Department of Music at Webster University in Saint Louis, Missouri.  His performing and educational endeavors have taken him to the continents of Asia, South America, and Europe, in addition to the continental United States.

 As a choral conductor, Carter led Ball State University Singers from 2000 until 2008, where he was Associate Director of the School of Music.  He led the Missouri All-State Show Choir in July 2006, the Alabama All-State Show Choir in January 2007, and the Alabama All-State Men’s Choir in March 2008.  He was Artistic Director of the Gateway Men’s Chorus, the gay men’s chorus of Saint Louis, for three seasons ending in July 2011.  During that time the chorus experienced significant artistic renewal, audience growth, and community presence.

 Dr. Carter holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Kansas, and the Master of Arts degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Central Missouri.  UCMO named him Distinguished Music Alumnus in 2011. His return to the musical theatre stage in 2011 was recognized by the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch critic with a ‘Best Supporting Actor in a Musical’ award. The Saint Louis Theatre Critics Circle 2015 awarded him Outstanding Musical Director of a Musical for his work with New Line Theatre. Dr. Carter is especially proud that his students have gone on to prominent positions in such various places as the male ensemble Chanticleer, on Broadway and in national tours, and on various college and university faculties. 

 Dr. Carter’s recordings include Then and Now with Ball State University Singers (2005) and two discs with the Gateway Men’s Chorus: Love Changes Everything (2010) and I Want to Fly (2011).  Dr. Carter lives near Forest Park in Saint Louis with his feisty little dog Samson, a much-loved and overly-spoiled terrier.  He is a member of Christ Church Cathedral (Episcopal).

Communion Table Flowers
A sign-up sheet for communion table flowers is now available in the Gathering Space. Please indicate how you would like the dedication in the bulletin to read. Yolanda will send an email a few days ahead of your scheduled date to remind you to bring flowers. Thank you so much!

LIVING CREATION  -  Sundays, 9:30-10am
An intergenerational, experiential Bible study on the creation story (Genesis 1)

Aug 16: --- Connie McNutt, master gardener, will lead us in a discussion on biodiversity; the kids will have a chance to dig in the dirt and everyone will explore the community garden.

Aug 23: --- Jurgen Ermel will be back with his bees and hopefully some honey. If you missed his presentation the first time, you won’t want to miss this one!

Summer Sermon Series: “Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism”
In this series we’ll continue to cover some of the hot-button issues of the day with a look at what the Bible does and does not say about them.  This series allows us to take the Bible seriously but not literally, and assumes God and the Bible can handle our
intellectual pursuits.  Don’t check your brain at the door.

August 16        Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up?
August 23        The Apostle Paul
August 30        Left Behind and Loving It
September 6    Now What?