First Free Church
Steve Otey | Mark 11:1-11
Locations & Times
  • First Free Church
    1375 Carman Rd, Ballwin, MO 63021, USA
    Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:45 AM

Jewish context and order of events

Mark 11:1-10 (On the way to Jerusalem)

Zechariah 9:9-10 (The prophecy about the Messiah on a donkey)

The Roman Connection

Mark 11:11 (Jesus enters Jerusalem)

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Good Friday and Easter 2018
Good Friday Service: Friday, March 30 at 7 pm. No childcare available.

Easter Sunday Services: Sunday, April 1 at 9 am & 10:45 am. Nursery available for children 2 and under. Regular Kid Connection, Student Ministries, and Adult Communities do not meet.
Women's Ministry Retreat
Women's Ministry Retreat
April 6-8
Sojourn Retreat Center
Cost: ​$175
College​ Students​​: ​​$125

Join your friends for a weekend full of worship, prayer, crafts, and fellowship as you are encouraged and challenged to love as Jesus loves us. Our speaker, Karen Trumbo, serves as the Area Advisor for Bible Study Fellowship for the state of Arkansas. She has a passion for God’s word and for helping others learn to study for themselves and experience God’s life-changing power in their lives. Register at
Built on the Rock Reconciliation Conference
The Ambassadors of Reconciliation, in collaboration with the Institute of Christian Conciliation, will host the third international Built on the Rock Reconciliation Conference at First Free Church, April 12-14, 2018.

You will be challenged to live, proclaim, and cultivate lifestyles of reconciliation in the family, workplace, and church. Whether you are new to biblical reconciliation or you have been through training and already serve as a reconciler, this conference has something for you. It is packed with inspirational speakers and dozens of educational workshops led by peacemaking experts and centered on God, His Word and plan for reconciliation.

Find more information at
Men's Breakfast
The next Men's Breakfast is Saturday, April 21, from 7 - 9 am in Room 315. Join us for breakfast and enjoy a great meal and hear John Richardson, our Executive Pastor of Discipleship, speak about Overcoming Fear. RSVP to
Spring All-Church Baptism Celebration
We will be baptizing people on Sunday, April 22, in the main auditorium during both services.

If you haven’t been baptized since giving your life to Christ, we encourage you to prayerfully consider doing so. Baptism is not necessary for eternal life, but it is making a public statement that you are a follower of Christ and have been saved by grace. Contact Kelli McGill ( for information on baptism for elementary-aged students, Carla Rupkey ( for information on baptism for junior and senior high students, or Marcia Grass ( for information on baptism for adults. You can also sign-up at the Information Center or talk to Nathan after service.
Food Truck Sunday
Join us on May 6 after second service (12:15 pm) in the North parking lot for a First Free Food Truck Sunday!

Hang around after service, buy your lunch from one of the trucks that will be on campus, and enjoy some time in community with your church family.

Featured trucks:
Zia's/Slice of the Hill
2 Girls/4 Wheels
Harvest Xpress
Global Quesadilla
Kona Ice

See you there!
Bridge Builders
If you are new to First Free, we invite you to a casual, interactive gathering called Bridge Builders. It's a great opportunity to discover the heart behind First Free Church, meet some ministry leaders, and make some new friends. We meet on the second and third Sundays of each month in Room 314 from 9:00 — 10:15 am (during first service). For more information, email Pat Brucato at
Kanakuk Kampout! Volunteers Needed
Our Advent Conspiracy team has been hard at work planning ways to bless our neighborhood and our neighbors through sponsoring a week of Kanakuk day camp for kids from Carman Trails Elementary School. We are ready to start putting our volunteer teams together! Camp is scheduled for July 23-27. If you're interested in learning about service opportunities, contact Kelli McGill (
Facilities Team Member (Full-Time)
Come be a part of a great team! The person we are looking for is a maintenance multi-tasker with skills in areas such as painting, carpentry, electrical, or custodial work. Some evening and weekend hours may be required. This is a full-time position with benefits, vacation, sick
leave, and health insurance. Applicants may contact Tom Siener at 636.779.2160 or
Short-Term Teams
Interested in short-term mission teams? We have teams traveling to Germany, Beirut, and Ironton, MO. Visit the Information Center today to learn more, visit, or email for more information.
The Refuge
The Refuge is a Care Group for those suffering with mood disorders. It meets Sundays at 6:30 in Room 360. Email for more information.
Live-Streaming / Video Volunteers Needed
We are so excited to be adding live-streaming to the ways we help our congregation and community hear the Word of God, but to do it, we need your help! You don’t need to be a tech mastermind, just willing to learn. Contact to learn more.
MOPS - Volunteers Needed
MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) is a great program that welcomes and supports mothers. We have a full group of MOPS, but we are having to start a wait list because we don't have enough childcare workers. MOPS meets on the first and third Thursdays of the month from 9:15 to 11:15 am. Can you help with childcare? If so, contact Kathy Wibbermeyer at or 314.221.8075.

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