Blue Christmas Service
Dec
21
7:00 PM19:00

Blue Christmas Service

Join us on Thursday, December 21 at 7pm at MCCGSL for the Blue Christmas Service.

This year we will hold our annual Blue Christmas Service on the longest night of the year, Winter Solstice. This non-traditional holiday service is especially for those who are stressed, hurting, lonely, or grieving during the holiday season. This unique service, like all our services, is open to the public.

 

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January Sermon Series: Embracing the Heart of Jesus
Jan
7
10:30 AM10:30

January Sermon Series: Embracing the Heart of Jesus

Join us for the January Sermon Series , Embracing the Heart of Jesus, beginning on Sunday, January 8 at 10:30am at MCCGSL.

This January we will explore the emotional side of Jesus. Many of us were taught negative lessons about emotions and feelings. We were told not to cry; we were told that it didn’t matter how we felt. Or, we just got the message subtly that feelings were the same as weakness. In this series, we want to acknowledge that Jesus was fully human and experienced every kind of feeling which shows us that emotions are not bad. Come and explore what you can learn about living your best life by following Jesus’s example around living authentically and emotionally open.

 

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The Passionate Jesus Book Study
Jan
10
6:30 PM18:30

The Passionate Jesus Book Study

Join us on Wednesdays from January 10 to February 7 at 6:30pm for a book study on The Passionate Jesus.

A fresh and moving portrait of Jesus as a model for how to live more authentic, honest and meaningful lives by fully experiencing our emotions in the love of God. While we are often introduced to a Jesus who didn't have emotions, a closer look at scripture reveals a very different portrait. You will love getting to know Jesus this way!

 

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Membership Class in January
Jan
20
9:00 AM09:00

Membership Class in January

If you are ready to become a member of MCCGSL, if you want to learn more about our church, or if you have been thinking about becoming a member of our church, come to our Membership Class on Saturday, November 4 from 9am to 3pm. 

We will explore what MCC believes, the work we feel called to do, and the ways we are interested in your spiritual life! All are welcome, and there is no requirement that you become a member upon completion of the class. Lunch will be provided

 

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Holy Conversations on Friday, January 26
Jan
26
6:30 PM18:30

Holy Conversations on Friday, January 26

Join Rev Lilly at her home on Friday, January 26 for a Holy Conversation about our future.

2018 is an important year for our church and denomination as we celebrate 45 and 50 years of doing ministry in St. Louis and around the globe. These important markers offer an opportunity to appreciate all that we have done while simultaneously, expecting that God is ready to give us a new picture of our future.


Pastors Wes and Lillie will be inviting all of you in groups of 10 to come to their homes and have Holy Conversations about the future of MCCGSL. What are your hopes and dreams for this community of faith? What are you most passionate about in your life, and where does that intersect with your faith? Who do you believe God is calling us to be in this new season? All of these questions and more, invite us to pray, share, listen and discern so that our future together is all that God has imagined for us.

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Holy Conversations on Monday, January 29
Jan
29
6:30 PM18:30

Holy Conversations on Monday, January 29

Join Rev Wes at his home on Monday, January 29 for a Holy Conversation about our future.

2018 is an important year for our church and denomination as we celebrate 45 and 50 years of doing ministry in St. Louis and around the globe. These important markers offer an opportunity to appreciate all that we have done while simultaneously, expecting that God is ready to give us a new picture of our future.


Pastors Wes and Lillie will be inviting all of you in groups of 10 to come to their homes and have Holy Conversations about the future of MCCGSL. What are your hopes and dreams for this community of faith? What are you most passionate about in your life, and where does that intersect with your faith? Who do you believe God is calling us to be in this new season? All of these questions and more, invite us to pray, share, listen and discern so that our future together is all that God has imagined for us.

 

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Holy Conversations on Friday, February 16
Feb
16
6:30 PM18:30

Holy Conversations on Friday, February 16

Join Rev Wes at his home on Friday, February 16 for a Holy Conversation about our future.

2018 is an important year for our church and denomination as we celebrate 45 and 50 years of doing ministry in St. Louis and around the globe. These important markers offer an opportunity to appreciate all that we have done while simultaneously, expecting that God is ready to give us a new picture of our future.


Pastors Wes and Lillie will be inviting all of you in groups of 10 to come to their homes and have Holy Conversations about the future of MCCGSL. What are your hopes and dreams for this community of faith? What are you most passionate about in your life, and where does that intersect with your faith? Who do you believe God is calling us to be in this new season? All of these questions and more, invite us to pray, share, listen and discern so that our future together is all that God has imagined for us.

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Holy Conversations on Tuesday, February 20
Feb
20
6:30 PM18:30

Holy Conversations on Tuesday, February 20

Join Rev Lilly at her home on Tuesday, February 20 for a Holy Conversation about our future.

2018 is an important year for our church and denomination as we celebrate 45 and 50 years of doing ministry in St. Louis and around the globe. These important markers offer an opportunity to appreciate all that we have done while simultaneously, expecting that God is ready to give us a new picture of our future.


Pastors Wes and Lillie will be inviting all of you in groups of 10 to come to their homes and have Holy Conversations about the future of MCCGSL. What are your hopes and dreams for this community of faith? What are you most passionate about in your life, and where does that intersect with your faith? Who do you believe God is calling us to be in this new season? All of these questions and more, invite us to pray, share, listen and discern so that our future together is all that God has imagined for us.

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Breakfast with Santa
Dec
16
10:00 AM10:00

Breakfast with Santa

Santa Claus will be in the house…just days before Christmas! 

Come talk to Santa and have your picture taken with him so all your Christmas wishes are heard! Parents, bring the kids! Breakfast will be served and then the kids or the whole family can take a picture with Santa. We will have a professional photographer onsite to capture these precious memories.  There will be crafts and other activities as well. This will be great fun!

Don't forget to sign up so we have a count for breakfast. Also let us know of any food allergies on the sign up form.

 

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Steel Magnolias
Dec
10
2:00 PM14:00

Steel Magnolias

Make plans to attend the Stray Dog Theatre's production of Steel Magnolias with friends from MCCGSL and family on Sunday, December 10 at 2pm.  The ticket cost is $22. 

Steel Magnolias is always a crowd pleaser and so we are delighted to offer this as a connection event! The Stray Dog Theatre is presenting this popular play and so we hope you will join us for this matinee performance while enjoying one another's company. 

 

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Kids Christmas Choir
Dec
10
12:00 PM12:00

Kids Christmas Choir

Sign up your kid(s) to sing on Christmas Eve.

This year, we want to have a big Children's Christmas Choir for Christmas Eve!!! Our family service will be Christmas Eve morning (Sunday) at 10:30 and having our kids sing will make it all the more special. If you have children or know of children who might love singing, please make sure they get signed up to participate. Practice will be on December 10 right after worship.

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Holiday Stroll in Kimmiswick
Dec
9
12:00 PM12:00

Holiday Stroll in Kimmiswick

Join friends from MCCGSL as we stroll through Kimmswick and enjoy the sights on Saturday, December 9 from 12 to 6pm.

Enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas in Kimmswick. The shops will be decked out in their Holiday Splendor, Carolers will be strolling the streets, and Horse Drawn Carriage Rides will carry you back to a time gone by. With over 25 unique shops, Kimmswick will make your holiday shopping easy and stress free. So, bring the whole family and enjoy an Old Fashioned Christmas in Kimmswick!

 

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St. Charles Santa Parade
Dec
3
1:30 PM13:30

St. Charles Santa Parade

Join us for the St. Charles Santa Parade in Downtown St. Charles on Sunday, December 3 at 1:30pm.

Main Street comes alive with the music, pageantry, and spectacle of one of the best loved Christmas Traditions events: the Santa Parade. Cheer and celebrate as all of the Christmas Traditions characters and carolers come together in the special Main Street  procession. You won't want to miss the parade's grand finale, as a cavalcade of our international Santas, each carrying the flag of their native land, herald the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus and their horse-drawn carriage. Enjoy shopping and the old town charm of Christmas in St. Charles.

 

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Ways of Light and Dinner
Dec
2
5:00 PM17:00

Ways of Light and Dinner

  • The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for a car tour of The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows on Saturday, December 2. We will meet at MCCGSL at 5pm and take a van that we are renting to the shrine. The cost for the van is $10 per person. 

Wintertime sparkles at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows as the Annual Way of Lights Christmas display illuminates the grounds. Since 1970, the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate have invited one and all to make the Way of Lights a part of their family tradition. This breathtaking display focuses on the birth of Christ a light for the world. 

After driving through the light display, we will go to the Shrine Restaurant for a Chicken Dinner Buffet. The cost of the Buffet is $10. For $13.99 you can add the Soup and Salad Bar.

 

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World Aids Day
Dec
1
4:00 PM16:00

World Aids Day

Join us at the World Aids Day Service on Friday, December 1 at the Missouri History Museum.

This year we are partnering with all of St. Louis’s AIDS Service Organizations and many others in the field to celebrate those who work day in and day out to help those impacted by HIV/AIDS, and we will also share in a powerful Ritual of Remembrance to honor the lives of those we have loved and lost.

Note: This service is held at the Missouri History Museum (9001 Clayton Rd, St. Louis, MO 63117).

Doors Open/Snacks/Documentary: 4-5pm
Program/Awards/Gateway Men’s Chorus/Ritual: 5-7pm

 

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As Far as the Heart Can See on Tuesdays
Nov
28
6:30 PM18:30

As Far as the Heart Can See on Tuesdays

Join us for a book study of As Far as the Heart Can See by Mark Nepo. This study will track closely with our Advent Sermon Series where we will be thinking about what is being born in us. 

Stories carry the seeds of our humanness. They help us, teach us, heal us, and connect us to what matters. As Far As the Heart Can See is an invitation to be in relationship with deep and life-giving material. Poet and philosopher Mark Nepo reaches people through their hearts, bringing something fresh and new to the field by stimulating change through reflection of thoughts and feelings. The stories he shares in As Far As the Heart Can See come from many places--from Nepo's personal history to dreams to the myths of our ancestors. Each one is an invitation to awaken an aspect of living in relationship with the sacred.

The cost for this book study is $15 which includes the price of the book.

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As Far as the Heart Can See on Mondays
Nov
27
6:30 PM18:30

As Far as the Heart Can See on Mondays

Join us for a book study of As Far as the Heart Can See by Mark Nepo. This study will track closely with our Advent Sermon Series where we will be thinking about what is being born in us. 

Stories carry the seeds of our humanness. They help us, teach us, heal us, and connect us to what matters. As Far As the Heart Can See is an invitation to be in relationship with deep and life-giving material. Poet and philosopher Mark Nepo reaches people through their hearts, bringing something fresh and new to the field by stimulating change through reflection of thoughts and feelings. The stories he shares in As Far As the Heart Can See come from many places--from Nepo's personal history to dreams to the myths of our ancestors. Each one is an invitation to awaken an aspect of living in relationship with the sacred.

The cost for this book study is $15 which includes the price of the book.

 

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December Sermon Series
Nov
26
10:30 AM10:30

December Sermon Series

Join us from Sunday, November 26 to Sunday, December 24 for the Unto Us Is Born sermon series.

In this season when we celebrate that “unto us a child is born,” we will explore the gift of Christ as well as the many other things that are born in us. What kinds of things have you given birth to in your life? What areas of your life are in need of new birth and new life? Join us as we spend the weeks of waiting for the arrival of the birth of Christ to also explore what else might be born in us this Christmas season.

 

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Gift of Gratitude
Nov
19
12:00 PM12:00

Gift of Gratitude

Teaching our kids how to be grateful and thankful for all things is such an important part of life. All are welcome to join us after worship on Sunday, November 19 as we gather to share lunch and to make Gifts of Gratitude to take to our neighborhood first responders at St. Louis Engine house NO. 11 (just 2 blocks South of the church.)

Cost:  FREE

Event Host:  Ginger Harris

 

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Winter Outreach Training
Nov
18
10:00 AM10:00

Winter Outreach Training

The training to be a Winter Outreach Volunteer is on Saturday, November 18 at 10am at MCCGSL.

If you sign up to be a volunteer for Winter Outreach then put this orientation and training date on your calendar. This training will acquaint you with all the things that are necessary for us to serve our guests during the coldest winter nights.

 

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Ezekiel Project Retreat: A New Season
Nov
18
8:00 AM08:00

Ezekiel Project Retreat: A New Season

  • St. Joseph of Carondelet Motherhouse (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We will gather on Saturday, November 18 at Sisters of St Joseph of Carondelet Motherhouse in St Louis. This weekend retreat is for men living with or without HIV/AIDS. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served.

Learn. Meet. Eat. Pray. Reflect. Relax.

Mark your calendar today. More details to be forthcoming!

 

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Do Justice
Nov
8
6:30 PM18:30

Do Justice

It can be hard to know how best to raise our children when it comes to addressing the things happening these days. Using real-world scenarios, this class will help all participants consider different ways we can respond. From full avoidance (stop watching news with kids in the room) to on the ground activism (take your kids to the march), we will explore the full range of all the possible ways a family can respond. Join us for this time that will have you feeling more confident that your parenting will produce the kind of kid anyone would be proud of!

Cost:  FREE

 

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DAP Diversity and Inclusion Series
Nov
6
6:30 PM18:30

DAP Diversity and Inclusion Series

MCCGSL is excited to offer a three class series presented by DAP (Diversity Awareness Partnership) on Monday nights November 6, 13 and 27 from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Participants need to commit to all three classes. Class size is limited to 35 participants so do not delay in getting registered as we expect to fill this series quickly! 

Diversity Awareness Partnership (DAP) is an organization that acts as a catalyst to increase awareness, facilitate engagement, and provide education about diversity and inclusion. Its vision is inclusive communities where diversity is respected and embraced, and equity is the norm. DAP works with a wide array of organizations, from business and sports to social services nonprofits and faith communities.

Recently, DAP has been working on modifications to its key training offerings in order to add a faith lens to sessions about inclusion and related topics. DAP will be partnering with MCCGSL to pilot initial versions of these sessions in order to better serve the religious community in our region.

Class 1: Diversity & Inclusion: The Basics

This session addresses the difference between diversity and inclusion, stereotypes and biases, various aspects of identity (race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and age), and strategies for being a more inclusive church community.
 

Class 2: Unconscious Bias

The negative impacts of unconscious bias can be present at every level of an organization in myriad ways. Participants in this training will be exposed to current research on bias, as well as best practices for mitigating bias in ways that are specifically suited for their context. Real-world examples are provided throughout the session in order to demystify what can sometimes be an elusive concept.

Class 3: Listen. Talk. Learn.

The events that have transpired since August 9, 2014 after the shooting of Michael Brown Jr. in Ferguson, Missouri have presented all of us—as neighbors, business leaders, educators, students, and concerned citizens—with the opportunity to step forward and increase understanding of race relations and what inclusion means to St. Louis. It is vital that our communities understand each other to ensure healthy communication, trust, and respect for those that live, work, and play in our region. This session will expose participants to the debate vs. dialogue framework, provide them with needed skills to practice dialogue, and help them understand a lived experience different than their own.

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A Night with Comic Karen Williams
Nov
4
8:00 PM20:00

A Night with Comic Karen Williams

Join us on Saturday, November 4 at 8pm at MCC of Greater Saint Louis for a night of comedy of Karen Williams, featuring a pre-show with music by local star Kristen Goodman!

Most locals know of the amazing talents of Kristen Goodman. Come out to hear some great music followed by hilarious comedy.

Schedule:
6:30pm VIP Reception
7:30pm General Admission Doors Open
8:00pm Show begins

Tonight only, so don't miss this opportunity!

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Cycling Club
Nov
4
10:30 AM10:30

Cycling Club

The Cycling Club will be riding at various locations around St. Louis on SaturdayNovember 4. We will meet at 10:30am.

Want to meet people, be outside, do a healthy activity, and have lots of fun? Then join the cycling club! As the weather cools off this will be an awesome experience. These rides won't be strenuous, so come and enjoy being out in nature. You will need a bike, helmet, spare inner tube, and water to drink. You will be asked to sign a release on the day of each outing.

 

 

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Night Out, Night Off
Nov
3
5:30 PM17:30

Night Out, Night Off

The kids get a NIGHT OUT and parents and guardians get a NIGHT OFF! Drop the kiddos off at church after 5:30pm on Friday, November 3 for a night of fun, games, crafts and dinner. Who doesn’t need a night off? Take advantage of this Friday night without the kids and have a date night, movie night, or just a free night to catch up on your to-do list! 

Cost:  $5 per kid (covers cost of dinner)

Event Hosts:  Emily Hurst and Dusty Gieger

 

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Homecoming Sunday/Volunteer Appreciation
Oct
29
10:30 AM10:30

Homecoming Sunday/Volunteer Appreciation

Join us on Sunday, October 29 as we celebrate our 44th Anniversary. This year our special guest preacher for Homecoming Sunday is Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson, former Moderator of MCC at 10:30am.

Then, in the afternoon, our staff will host the annual Volunteer Appreciation and Awards Reception, which will begin at 5:30pm and conclude around 7pm.

 

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Meditation and Healing
Oct
23
6:30 PM18:30

Meditation and Healing

Back by popular demand is Dr. Christopher Ngo presenting his introduction to guided meditation on Monday, October 23 from 6:30-8pm at MCCGSL.

Join us for a powerful introductory talk and guided meditation to learn the purpose of meditation and how it can help you in your daily life. You will be taught a powerful meditation to calm your emotions and experience inner peace with a sense of Divine connection. Join us in discovering how life energy can create a better physical, emotional, mental and spiritual YOU!

Event Host: Christopher Ngo, DO

 

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Villa Antonio Winery
Oct
21
12:00 PM12:00

Villa Antonio Winery

Join us on Saturday, October 21 from Noon to 5pm at the Villa Antonio Winery in Hillsboro, MO.

Enjoy a leisurely afternoon in the peaceful rolling hills of Jefferson County surrounded by vineyards, gazebos and a lake. Located a mere 25 minutes from church down I-55, this pastoral setting will put you at ease as you enjoy the father-daughter music of Daddy's Girl Band. You may purchase wine by the bottle. Be sure to bring your own picnic basket or some cash to purchase food at the grill. If you prefer bring your own non-alcoholic beverage.

 

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Spiritual Location Gathering
Oct
19
7:00 PM19:00

Spiritual Location Gathering

Join us on Thursday, October 19 from 7 to 9pm at MCCGSL as we determine your Spiritual Location. Your Spiritual Location is the place where are on your spiritual journey. Knowing your location can inform your programming decisions as you decide what classes or programs you are interested in.

For those who were not with us in January to do Spiritual Location Gatherings OR if you just need a tune up, this is an opportunity to stop for a couple of hours with 9 other people to consider where you are in your spiritual life.  With the assistance of a facilitator and the support of the group, you will do some internal work on locating your spiritual place and space.

 

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Jumpin' Pumpkin Jamboree
Oct
14
10:00 AM10:00

Jumpin' Pumpkin Jamboree

Whether you are looking for the perfect Jack-O-Lantern or a pumpkin for home-baked recipes, Eckert’s grows all sizes and shapes of pumpkins.  Join us at the fall festival on Saturday, October 14 at 10am.  There will also be wagon rides out to the fields, live entertainment, great festival foods, children’s activities and much more!  Just in time for Halloween too!

Cost:  $1 wagon ride to pumpkin fields, pumpkins - pay per pound onsite

 

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Positive Parenting Class
Oct
7
10:00 AM10:00

Positive Parenting Class

For parents that want to raise compassionate self-expressed kids this is the class for you!
3-part Class offered on Saturday, October 7, 14 and 21 10am-12pm.  This 3-part course is full of practical and empowering tools you will start using on day one:

· Glean a deeper understanding of yourself, personal triggers, and how to manage those triggers.
· Learn to discipline children free from yelling, shame, blame, or pain.
· Gain simple, effective and playful ways to connect with and redirect even the most strong-willed of children.
· Practice setting & maintaining firm, respectful, and consistent boundaries. 
· Put an end to power struggles and sibling rivalry.
· Practice parenting as a team.

Cost:  Regularly $129**Special MCC Rate $59 per couple or individual (childcare will be provided)  (2 FULL Scholarships available contact Rev. Katie katie.hotze-wilton@mccgsl.org).

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING:

“This class changed my life.” – Lindsey Reed

“My husband and I realized that everything we learned in this class is relevant to our marriage as well. So helpful.” – Mendy and Clint Koerkenmeier

“5 out of 5! My favorite part was learning how my childhood shapes my parenting. So helpful. Especially as I give up yelling.” -Bob

“Suzanne just gets it on a whole other level. She is a true empath. You will leave feeling both understood and empowered.” -Andrea Rocha

“I’m going to retake this class AGAIN next month it was that helpful, and next time I’m watching the videos with my husband!” -Sari Rotskoff

“This class has changed my parenting so much. My daughter and I have a better relationship because of it. Not that it was bad before, it’s just a lot better now and has saved me lots of headaches!” – Ashlee Russ

“I feel MUCH more empowered to be a good mom.” – Carrie Burnett

“We’ve gone from having regular battles to being best buds with our two year old.” – Cathy and Steve

“One of my favorite things about this class was hearing the questions, struggles, breakthroughs and stories shared by other parents. The feeling that I'm not alone and that we’re all in this together. You can’t get that from a book.” -Jennifer

“The best part for me was getting on the same page as my husband. We were coming from very different places. It is so much calmer in our house.” – Anna

“We were really in a rut. This was just what I needed.” – Dani

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Streetfest in Ferguson
Sep
22
6:00 PM18:00

Streetfest in Ferguson

Join us for live music on Friday, September 22 from 6-10pm at the Ferguson Streetfest at Plaza 501 in Ferguson (501 S. Florissant Road).

Ferguson StreetFest is North St. Louis County’s largest annual outdoor music festival that draws thousands of visitors each September. Renowned for its great live music, fun events, and mouthwatering food vendors, the event has hosted some of the Midwest’s top musicians and performers. This will be a great evening of fun, great food, and a way to support the town of Ferguson!

Cost: Only what you spend at the event

 

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HIVin 2017: What's Next
Sep
17
12:30 PM12:30

HIVin 2017: What's Next

Becoming complacent about HIV in 2017? This complacency is dangerous!

This workshop is designed to get us up to date on HIV: most vulnerable populations, best safer-sex practices, community education,  and successful treatments. As we learn more about all these questions, then we can examine what it might look like for the church to respond. Lunch will be provided.

Cost: $10

 

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Apple Picking at Eckert's Farm
Sep
16
10:00 AM10:00

Apple Picking at Eckert's Farm

The season of fall brings with it the smells of warm apple pie or apple crisp fresh from the oven. We are headed to Eckert’s to stock up on apples.  There will also be wagon rides out to the orchard, live entertainment, great festival foods, children’s activities, and much more to make this an apple pickin’ good time for everyone!

Cost:  $1 wagon ride to apple fields, apples - pay per pound onsite

 

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