Dear Faith Des Peres Community,

It was great to see so many of you in church last Sunday.  Wasn’t it nice to see the kids with their backpacks?  I hope all of them had a good first day of school.  I want to thank Clare Dingus who is ably leading all of them in Disciples’ Gathering, their new name for Sunday School.  I also want to extend to the adults an invitation to be a Pal.  We’ve been talking about the new Pals Program for a couple weeks (see more about Pals later in this blog), and we have some children who have already stepped forward to say they want to be in Pals.  Now we need adults!  One of our strengths as a smaller church is our ability to offer one-on-one relationships across generations, and Pals is one way we’re doing this.  So, I hope you’ll give prayerful consideration to being a Pal.  Please email me if you have any questions or interest.

On a completely different subject, I’m sorry to tell you that Jeff Carter has had to withdraw as our interim music director.  Jeff discovered last week that he’ll probably need wrist surgery in the next couple months.  This means we are back to the drawing board.  If you know anyone who may be interested in the job, interim or permanent, please give them my contact information.  And, please keep the search committee in your prayers.  It’s been a long process.

I hope to see you this Sunday in church.  Jürgen Ermel will be back with his bees and honey at 9:30, and I’ll talk about the Apostle Paul in my “Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism” sermon series.  It will draw to a close on August 30 with the subject “Left Behind and Loving It”.


PS: If you haven’t been to our Facebook page in a while or liked it lately, please do so.  We post a lot of stuff there!  Also, share what we post.  It’s amazing how much that share button gets the word out about Faith Des Peres!