Welcome to summer in St. Louis! The heat is on, as they say. I hope you're staying cool and safe in these 100 degree days. This Sunday I'll continue my sermon series "Foundational Bible Stories" with a look at the story of the birth of Esau and Jacob. They were Isaac's twin sons who never got along; their sibling rivalry was intense from day one. If you ask me, Esau always seemed like the nicer of the two, but Jacob's the one who gets all the glory. Which isn't very fair, to be honest. We like to work in a system that rewards good behavior and punishes bad behavior. But sometimes God works in the reverse. Why is that? And why is that good news for us? Come on Sunday to listen and learn and explore the story together!

On Sunday we have communion and Feeding the Flock, too. Don't forget your food! Kids are home which means the need for food is even higher at food pantries. 

And finally, I regret to tell you that Gail Robins has submitted her resignation as Director of Music and Organist. It's been a pleasure to work with Gail this past year, and the choir has grown under her leadership. She'll be missed very much. Her last Sunday is July 30. Danny Mortimer, moderator of Worship Arts, and I are lining up substitute organists and are beginning a preliminary search for a new one. This could take a while, anywhere from a couple months to a year, though we're certainly hoping it's the former and not the latter. If you know anyone who may be interested in the position, please let one of us know.

Last, some of you know Kendra Rains, our administrative assistant, moved to Chicago in June when her husband received a job there. We're currently reviewing resumes for this position, but if you know someone looking for a great part-time job, let me know. We want to fill it ASAP. I can give you the details.

Thanks so much for your continued support of Faith Des Peres and all that you do to make this a great place to worship and learn, serve and grow in the faith.