Dear Faith Des Peres Community,

After two weeks in New Hampshire (and some of the best weather we’ve ever had!), it’s good to be back with all of you.  With August here, we’re getting geared up for Fall at Faith Des Peres.  This year we’re trying some new things that you’ll read about in this email.  Please take the time to familiarize yourself with what is happening, much of which is an outgrowth of Vision 20/20.  Take note of what you’d like to be involved in and where the Spirit is calling.  I’m very excited about the Pals Program, and I’m looking forward to the Sacred Conversations on Race and the challenge that topic brings. 

Speaking of race, this week I’ll continue my sermon series “Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism” with the topic of violence.  While I didn’t plan it this way, the topic just happens to coincide with the one year anniversary of Michael’s Brown’s death.  We’ve had various reactions to the events that have unfolded this past year, and while some may wish the subject would go away, it won’t.  And if we’re faithful to the call of Jesus, we won’t let it go away . . .as difficult as that may be.  Violence is real and so is racism and the two often go hand-in-hand.  So, I hope you’ll be here to talk, listen and learn.

This Sunday the Living Creation series continues AFTER church with a trip to the zoo.  Haven’t been to the zoo in a while?  Want to see the new polar bear exhibit?  This is your opportunity.  We’ll gathering the Gathering Space after church to figure out carpooling, etc.

Last but not least, Feeding the Flock is also this Sunday, so don’t forget your food!

Blessings and see you in church,