First Free Church
Mark: Part 7 (Week 5)
Adam Bowers | Mark 15:21-47
Locations & Times
  • First Free Church
    1375 Carman Rd, Ballwin, MO 63021, USA
    Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:45 AM

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Take Back Black Friday

Each year we pledge to spend less on Black Friday so that we can give more to help others know the hope of Jesus. Our offerings have been used to change lives all around the world! This year, funds raised will be split between two projects: Mission Gate’s Promises of Hope Ranch in Troy, Missouri, and Trinity Video Seminary (TVS). Please visit to learn more about these great projects! The offering will be taken on November 25, or give anytime at Be sure to select ‘Take Back Black Friday’ in the dropdown menu!
Church Christmas Decorating
'Tis (almost) season! If you love to decorate for the holidays and save some free time at the end of the month, we need you! For more information, contant

Men's Fall Bible Studies

Men, join us Wednesdays 6:45 – 8:15 pm or Fridays 6 – 7:30 am in the Chapel starting September 12 & 14 for a study of the book of James by Francis Chan.

Care Team Counseling

Life often includes challenges that are too big to face alone. Our lay Care Team Counselors are trained to walk alongside and assist people who are in need of hope, care, and direction. Counselors are available by appointment every Thursday evening - email
Operation Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child brings the Good News of Jesus Christ to children through the simple gift of a shoebox. You can impact His Kingdom by packing a shoebox filled with toys, hygiene item, and school supplies. These shoeboxes will be distributed to children all across the world, and the children will get to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ in their native language. No time to shop? You may donate $25 per box and a team at our church will pack a box on your behalf. You can also donate in honor of a loved one – just come see us in the lobby October 21-November 11 and ask how! Shoeboxes must be returned to church the week of November 11.
Missionary Christmas Cards
Each year we send Christmas cards to our missionaries to let them know that they are very much in our hearts and minds. Stop by the Mission Wall (to the west side of the auditorium) to sign the cards any Sunday this month.
Carman Trails Partnership Backpack Program
We are partnering with Carman Trails school to help support some of their students who face food insecurity. To help, please bring non-perishable, shelf-stable items (not canned, because of weight) to the hampers at the entrances to the building. Suggested items include fruit cups, prepared pasta meals, chicken/tuna packets, etc. Thank you for your generosity!
Women's Worship and Prayer
Our monthly women's worship and prayer gathering meets on the 1st Saturday of each month. We meet in Room 341 from 8:30 - 10:00 am, and we provide the coffee! Join us for time spent with the Lord and your sisters in Christ.
Let There Be Praise
Join us in the Auditorium on November 11 at 6 pm for this Veteran's Day program of music to honor our Lord and remember our veterans. Come and bring a friend!

Coffee with the Pastor

Join us on November 13 in Room 110 for this small gathering and enjoy coffee and conversation with First Free’s senior pastor, Adam Bowers. We have limited registration to 8 people per event to allow for more personal interactions. Spouses, please register separately.

Ramsey Smart Money Livestream

Ramsey Smart Money is a three‑hour event where Dave Ramsey and Chris Hogan teach the 7 Baby Steps that have helped 5 million people get out of debt, build wealth, and retire with dignity. First Free is hosting this FREE livestream on November 15 from 6:45 – 9:45 PM. Register at
Caring for Aging Parents - feat. Dr. Gregg Day
November 18: Alzheimer Disease: Trials Today, Treatments Tomorrow
This session will review the challenges associated with the treatment of Alzheimer disease, and will consider progress towards effective treatment of this disease. Specifically, we will discuss strategies for dementia prevention, available (approved) treatments, and experimental therapies actively being investigated in clinical trials. Particular emphasis will be placed on reviewing research currently ongoing at Washington University in St. Louis. The session will conclude with an question and answer period. Please RSVP to

Comfort and Joy

Ladies, join us on December 6 for an evening of comfort & joy! We’ll kick off the Christmas season with music, desserts, and stories that tell of the comfort and joy found only in the Savior’s birth. Register by following the link below or visiting!

Ladies' Christmas Cookie Exchange

Join the ladies in your church family for fellowship, cookies, and lots of Christmas cheer! Bring a friend and six dozen cookies to exchange.


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RightNow Media
Ready to grow in your faith? First Free has launched RightNow Media - it’s like the "Netflix of Video Bible Studies" and has a HUGE library of faith-based videos aimed at helping you grow. You can access the videos wherever you want (on your phone, computer, at home on your TV) and with whoever you want (alone, with your spouse, with your small group). Log in and look around!

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SOS - Servants On Site
God uniquely gifts every person for service, and SOS is a way to serve by using your maintenance skills on minor jobs such as painting, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, etc. To get involved, contact Tom Siener at 636.779.2160 or

First Free Podcasts

Our sermons and Preparing for Worship emails are now available as podcasts!