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Surviving the Holidays after divorce: Nov. 8

Date: Friday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m. 

Location: Second floor conference room

Register: Please register here, or call the church office

Facing a holiday after a separation or divorce can be more difficult than your friends and family may realize. The DivorceCare: Surviving the Holidays evening will help you not only to survive the holidays, but to find strength, healing and tools to move forward in your daily walk through these painful emotions.

All are welcome on November 8 for this special two-hour event, where you will watch videos from Christian experts and others who share honestly about: 

  • being prepared for surprising emotions that may hit over the holidays
  • what to do about family traditions and other coming changes
  • how to survive potentially awkward moments at holiday events
  • how to help your children have a good holiday experience
  • where to find comfort, strength and hope in a seemingly hopeless time.

In your discussion group, you’ll have the chance to talk with others and ask questions. 

Childcare will be available for those who pre-register.

Veterans Day Assembly: Nov. 11

Date: Monday, November 11 at 8:15 a.m.

Location: St. Paul's School gym

Photo submission form (due by Nov. 1): click here

For more in formation contact: Miss Amy Rudsinski via email, or the school at 314-822-2771

St. Paul's wants to honor ALL veterans of our congregation ... retired or active duty, and from all service branches and eras! We cordially invite you to be our special guests at our Veterans Day assembly, hosted by our school students.

The patriotic morning has become a favorite tradition with our school families and alumni, parents, grandparents, relatives and friends.

Highlights of the assembly include a recognition of the veterans present, a guest military speaker, student singers and instrumentalists, a photo reel with a picture of each veteran, taps, the Pledge, scout color guard, and an extra-special "mail call" that guests are sure to remember! Coffee and refreshments will be served.

Photo submission information:

A favorite part of our veterans' recognition is our slide show featuring each veteran's picture and information (for example: "John Smith, Marine Corps, grandfather of Tommy Smith"). Find more photo submission details on the downloadable form, above.

"You Matter " Tour: Guest Speaker Nov. 18

Date: Monday, November 18 at 7:00 p.m.

Location: Presentation in church sanctuary; refreshments/games afterward in gym

Candid * Real * Current

Teens and tweens today are bombarded with cultural messages like, "it's just sex," "it's just a choice," or marriage is "just a piece of paper." Being a middle-schooler or high-schooler can be tough today. Being a Christian parent of teen can feel tough too. We get it. But you're not alone … so let's talk about it together.

Let's Talk

St. Paul's has engaged nationally-recognized speaker and author, Heather Ruesch, to present her "You Matter" program on November 18. Ruesch will speak candidly, but appropriately, about life issues, sexuality, and creating a culture of Biblical integrity. The presentation is designed for sixth- to twelfth-grade youth, for their parents, and interested adults in the congregation and Lutheran community.

Let's Get Real

The presentation will focus on real topics that real kids are asking about—like dating, relationships, modesty, and sex. We'll talk about God’s design for relationships, so you and your teen/tween can connect with real, faith-based conversations at this pivotal time.

Event Details

Join us at St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Des Peres on Monday, November 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the church sanctuary. After the hour-long presentation, we'll offer recreation time for kids and families in the gym with refreshments and blacklight nine-square-in-the-air games. Maps here

Collecting Christmas shoeboxes: due by Nov. 17

Let’s launch 500 Christmas shoeboxes around the globe!

Operation Christmas Child collects and distributes shoeboxes filled with Christmas gifts and supplies to children in need in more than 100 countries. Last year St. Paul's collected 421 shoeboxes; this year our theme is “The Drive for Five (Hundred)!”

Shoeboxes may be filled with toys, school supplies, and hygiene items. Some families and children enjoy including a letter or photo with prayers and greetings from America.

Complimentary empty shoeboxes and fill-in-the blank letters are available for you to pick up in our main narthex. A contribution of $9 is suggested to accompany each shoebox to offset shipping and processing costs.

Please fill and return to church by Sunday, November 17. Thank you.

Ysleta Mission Trip: Summer 2020

Calling all adults and youth: Help build a home! Host a VBS at the US/Mexico border! Share the love of Jesus!⁠

Next summer, St. Paul's will host a trip to the Ysleta Lutheran Mission in El Paso, Texas, serving God's people across the border in Mexico. No building or VBS experience is necessary, just a heart to serve.⁠

For more information, contact Pastor Thomson.

Joy 55+ Bunco Night on December 7

Date: Saturday, December 7 at 6:3o p.m.

Location: Fellowship Hall

Register online: here


Come join us for a December evening of games, food and sharing. The "game" is the most popular game in St. Louis - bunco; the "food" will be a favorite appetizer you want to bring; and the "sharing" will be the $10 gift we each bring to share with one another. Please bring a second toy/gift card for the Friends of Kids with Cancer organization. Contact Sue Franson or Sherry Whitlock with questions. 

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