Feeding The Flock, September 13
We will collect food this Sunday for Feeding the Flock. Please remember to bring your donations and help feed those less fortunate.

Disciples Gathering
Disciples Gathering is a time for kids grades K-5 to learn about the Bible, the people in the Bible, God, Jesus, and faith.  They meet this Sunday at 10:45.  Hope to see you there!

Shared Ministry Fair and Ice Cream Social, September 13
MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the Shared Ministry Fair in the Gathering Space after worship. This will be a time for you to learn about what ministry opportunities exist and in return to let us know what you’re interested in doing this year at Faith Des Peres.  Want to take part in Buddy Packs, or help plan Advent?  How about serving as a liturgist, or assisting with communion?  These and many more opportunities are available.  Each of us is uniquely gifted by God to share our gifts, energy and passions with others to build the kingdom of God, and shared ministry helps us live out the affirmation that God calls all people to ministry. Hope to see you there!

T-Shirt Sunday
On Sunday, September 13 you’re invited to wear your Faith Des Peres t-shirt on what we’re calling “t-shirt Sunday”!  It just seems like a good day to wear it with the ice cream social and shared ministry fair.

Sacred Conversations on Race Sunday, September 13 and November 8
Faith Des Peres will join other congregations in the presbytery for Sacred Conversations on Race.  Sacred Conversations on Race was designed by Metropolitan Congregations United (MCU) to support congregations as they broach the difficult but necessary conversations centered on racial tensions. With a community in need of understanding, healing and great systemic change, the conversation must begin.

There will be two “mass congregation” gatherings, September 13 and November 8at First Presbyterian Church of Ferguson, 401 Darst Road, Ferguson 63155 from 3:00—6:00 pm, and two with Faith Des Peres only (dates TBD) . If you are interested in attending the conversation in Ferguson, please sign up in the Gathering Space.


New Sermon Series Starts September 13
DIY: A Faith of Your Own But Not On Your Own
Few Christians arrive at a set of beliefs that they can set in stone for the rest of their lives.  What we believe evolves in response to insights into the Bible, the Christian tradition, questions and changes in life circumstances, or things that happen in the larger world.  Faith is a living thing.  But sometimes it’s hard to articulate what we believe.  The purpose of this sermon series is to help you name a faith of your own.  Subjects covered include: God, Christ, Holy Spirit, evil, and the church.

Columbarium Expansion
Many years ago, plans were drawn to expand the columbarium at the Old Des Peres Church and enhance the landscaping around it because all of the current niches are sold and the landscaping is in need of attention.  Lately, there’s been enough interest expressed in purchasing a niche at the columbarium that it may be time to dust off those plans and expand.  If you’re interested in purchasing a niche, please let Annie know. If enough interest is expressed, it may be possible to expand the columbarium. Any member or friend of the church may purchase a niche. Thank you.

Tai Chi Classes Resume September 28
Tai Chi classes are beginning again!  Tai Chi has proven benefits of improved balance, lowered blood pressure, improved immune system, and improved mood.  Classes will be held Monday evenings beginning on Sept. 28th at 5:30 in the Gathering Space.  Classes are just $5, pay as you go, and last one hour.  Dress comfortably.  Bring a friend or make a friend. You'll enjoy this soothing meditation in motion! For further information contact Susan Marting 314-609-9091.

It’s not to late to join the new Faith Formation Opportunity for Adults
Embracing an Alternative Orthodoxy: Richard Rohr on the Legacy of St. Francis

Jim Gerst is facilitating this four week DVD and book discussion. Each session begins with a 10-15 minute video presentation by Richard Rohr followed by filmed interaction with a small group of adults. Classes are on Wednesdays only at 11:30am for a brown bag lunch. The weekly sessions will last an hour.

Next food packing at Food Outreach is Saturday, October 3 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, October 3. There we will pack food into individual meals that will be given to those living with HIV/AIDS and cancer that are living at or below 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 in the Gathering Space.