Dear Faith Des Peres Community,

This Sunday I’ll conclude my sermon series Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism with the subject “Left Behind and Loving It”.  We began this series with the story of creation from Genesis and fittingly, we’ll end it with the book of Revelation.  No doubt we all have an opinion about the book of Revelation, the end times, and the apocalypse.  But do our opinions match up with what the Bible really says?  I hope you’ll come on Sunday to listen and learn.


Last week we concluded our Living Creation faith formation series.  I want to thank Beth Willock for coming up with the idea and running with it.  It was nice to do something different in terms of Christian education and see different generations coming together to learn and have fun.  I also want to thank everyone who has been working in the community garden this summer.  If you haven’t been back there lately, I encourage you to do so.  You won’t be believe how much it’s grown!


I hope you’ll be here on September 13 for our ice cream social and shared ministry fair.  This is your opportunity to tell us the ways you’re interested in serving in ministry this year.  The four centers will have tables set-up and their leaders will be ready to explain the different things they do and ways you can be involved.  Ministry opportunities vary in length and time commitment, so there’s something for everyone.


And last, but certainly not least, the beginning of Fall marks a time in many people’s lives when they decide to get back to church.  Maybe this is because times of transition also signal new possibilities and/or raise questions for people.  Either way, I’d encourage you to invite a friend to join you or reach out to someone you haven’t seen at church in a while.  A simple “would you join me” or “I miss seeing you” is all it takes to let people know you care about them and are thinking about them.