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Join the BLUE OUT!   

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If red is the color that screams out “emergency,” then blue is the color that seems to announce, “help has arrived — your cries of distress have been heard.”  When crisis and  catastrophe hit  a community, it's the mission Presbyterian Disaster Assistance to respond,  PDA volunteers  are recognized by their blue shirts that read "Out of Chaos, Hope".  On March 10, 2019 - the first Sunday in Lent- join Presbyterians world wide by wearing something BLUE as a visible reminder of the help and hope we can foster with our One Great Hour of Sharing offering, which benefits Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. 

 

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One Great Hour of Sharing 2019

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Again this year, Faith Des Peres is collecting the One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) offering on Easter. OGHS is a Presbyterian Church (USA) ministry that supports Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Self Development of People. Next Sunday, we’ll distribute the fish coin boxes to all members and friends. Drop your loose change in the fish during Lent, and then bring it to church with you on Easter Sunday. (We’ll also take a check!) This year’s goal is $1750. Help us help others. Thank you.

 

 

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UKirk-St. Louis Open House and Dessert Silent Auction 

Time to celebrate UKirk “sweet success.” Your congregation is invited to join us for Open House and Dessert Silent Auctions on Sunday, March 31 from 7-9pm. Join us for dinner and worship with UKirk and a chance to win wonderful homemade desserts. Our Spring Open House/fundraiser is a chance to connect with this dynamic collegiate community, and to support the ministry as it continues to grow.  Please RSVP to ukirk@glbpy.org by March 22. For more information call (314-650-2713) or Pastor Miriam Foltz.

 

 

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Save the Date! Sunday, March 31        

On Sunday, March 31 we will have the first “event” of our transitional journey, a “Summit on the Past” following a slightly shortened morning worship kick-off.  Come to worship at the usual 10:30 time and then stay for the no more than two-hour conversation reviewing our church history and the evolution of our core values that inform the kind of faith community we are today.

This “Summit on the Past” is the first stage of asking ourselves who are we, how did we get here, and who and where do we want to go in the future as part of the preparation to search for your next called and installed pastor.

 

 

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR SUNDAY ACTIVITIES   

If you are willing to serve as a greeter or a liturgist on Sunday mornings or are willing to bring refreshments for fellowship in the gathering space after worship, please sign up by  using the link or calling Tiara in the church office. www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4AABA82BA1F49-volunteering

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A Note from Pastor Marilyn

Dear Faith Des Peres Church Family,
 
Thank you for all the warm ways you have welcomed me into your church family!  It is a joy to be serving with you during this transitional journey!
 
Don’t forget to join us for our Chili Cook-Off this Friday night in the Gathering Space.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and Chili eating and judging begins at 7:00 p.m.  See you there!
 
Then join us for worship this Sunday, February 24 when my sermon message will be “Envisioning God’s Realm” from Jesus’ “Sermon on the Plain” as found in Luke 6:17-26.  Jesus’ “Sermon on the Plain” is similar to but not identical to his “Sermon on the Mount” found in Matthew’s Gospel.
 
Although every worship is special, some of the extra-special upcoming plans for March include observing “Celebrate the Gifts of Women/Mardi Gras Sunday” on March 3, Ash Wednesday in the Gathering Space at 6:45 p.m. on March 6, the “First Sunday in Lent/Wear-Your-Blue-FDP-Shirt Sunday” March 10, and the prelude to our “Summit on the Past” part of our transitional journey on March 31. 
 
I also hope you will plan to join us for our next book study discussion on Michelle Obama’s Becoming following worship Sunday, March 24.
 
Keep watching our weekly blogs and Sunday bulletins for more details about these and other upcoming worship and church activities.
 
I look forward to seeing you in and around our church as we share in mission and ministry together!
 
Shalom in Christ Jesus,
 

Pastor Marilyn

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Chili Cook-Off Friday at 7pm

FDP's Chili Cook-Off will be held in the Gathering Space Friday evening February 22nd.  Please bring your best chili or a complimentary food item (cornbread, oyster crackers, shredded cheese, etc.) if you don’t want to enter your chili.  We'll eat, cast votes for our favorite chili, and enjoy each other’s company.  Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 entries.  Doors open at 6:30pm. Chili eating, and judging begins at 7pm. Hope to see you there!

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Learn More About Violence and What We Can Do, March 3rd.   

On Sunday, March 3 Webster Groves Presbyterian Church will be hosting a discussion on gun violence -- "Guns in My Backyard? Neighbors Share Their Stories." A locally produced documentary, "No More Thoughts and Prayers," will be shown, followed by a panel discussion on gun violence and ideas for  action. Panelists include the Missouri chapter leader of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, founding president of Students Demand Action St. Louis, an elementary school teacher, an ER physician at St. Louis Children's Hospital, and the community liaison with the Webster Groves Police Department. Designed to help us learn how gun violence affects all of us and how we can help make a difference in this public health issue, the program will be conducted from 4 to 6 p.m. at Webster Groves Presbyterian Church, 45 West Lockwood.

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Save the Date: Sunday, March 24, at 12:30pm

In recognition of Black History and Women's History months (February and March), Pastor Marilyn will lead a discussion on Michelle Obama's book, Becoming. Mark your calendars now and plan to be a part of this interesting discussion over lunch in the Gathering Space. More details to come. 

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UKirk-St. Louis Open House and Dessert Silent Auction

Time to celebrate UKirk “sweet success.” Your congregation is invited to join us for Open House and Dessert Silent Auctions on Sunday, March 31 from 7-9pm. Join us for dinner and worship with UKirk and a chance to win wonderful homemade desserts. Our Spring Open House/fundraiser is a chance to connect with this dynamic collegiate community, and to support the ministry as it continues to grow.  Please RSVP to ukirk@glbpy.org by March 22. For more information call(314-650-2713) or Pastor Miriam Foltz.

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UKirk needs your support!       

Help feed Hungry College Students! Support Presbyterian campus ministry in St. Louis with homemade Sunday dinner. UKirk gathers on Sunday evenings at Trinity Presbyterian - 6800 Washington Ave - for dinner, fellowship, and worship. We gather to be fed in body and  spirit (dinner at 7:15 and worship at 8). If you'd like to prepare a meal for us (to be dropped off that evening or at another time coordinated with Pastor Miriam), learn more and sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054da8af2babf85-ukirk3

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Volunteers Needed for Sunday Activities         

If you are willing to serve as a greeter or a liturgist on Sunday mornings or are willing to bring refreshments for fellowship in the gathering space after worship, please sign up by  using the link or calling Tiara in the church office. www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4AABA82BA1F49-volunteering

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Buddy Packs

Due to inclement weather last Sunday we were not able to pack Buddy Packs.  Please join us downstairs this week after the service in Fellowship Hall to pack food for the elementary school students in University City.  This is a mission project that is quick and easy, and worth a great deal to the students that receive the Buddy Packs. 

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Coffee with the Pastor, Sunday at 9:30am

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You’re invited to “Coffee with the Pastor” on Sunday, February 17th at 9:30 am in the Gathering Space. All visitors and guests are invited to a round table discussion to learn more about each other and our Faith Des Peres community.  Several members of the FDP Session and our new Transitional Pastor, Marilyn Gamm, will be hosting with coffee and donuts.  If you plan to join us, please let Beth Willock know by texting or calling her at 618-978-0992.

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Join Pals this Sunday at 9:30am!

Pals program is an opportunity for children, youth and adults in the congregation to develop meaningful relationships across generations.  It is also an opportunity for children, youth and adults to live into our mission to “reflect and live God’s love, accept and affirm all and inspire passion to do God’s work.”  We will be meeting in the Adult meeting room at 9:30am.

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Thank You        

Mission in Ministry  would like to thank every volunteer that came out to assist in Food Outreach Saturday, February 2nd. . It was uplifting just to help someone else. Please be on the lookout for future opportunities to give back! Be the Hand that Helps!                                                                                                                                   

 

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Chili Cook-Off ,Friday, February 22nd at 7pm    

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FDP's Chili Cook-Off will be held in the Gathering Space Friday evening February 22nd.  Please sign-up in the Gathering Space to bring your best chili! There is a list of complimentary foods (cornbread, oyster crackers, shredded cheese, etc.) if you don’t want to enter your chili.  We'll eat, cast votes for our favorite chili, and enjoy each other’s company.  Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 entries.  Doors open at 6:30pm. Chili eating, and judging begins at 7pm. Hope to see you there!

 

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