First Free Church
________ and Rejoicing (Week 5)
John Richardson | Philippians 2:12-30 | Tempted and Rejoicing
Locations & Times
  • First Free Church
    1375 Carman Rd, Ballwin, MO 63021, USA
    Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:45 AM

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2018 Giving Statements Available

Giving statements for 2018 are available to download from your myFIRSTFREE account (access them at, or use the link below). If you prefer that we mail you a paper copy, please contact the church office at or 636-779-2193.

Short-Term Mission Teams

Itching to travel and help grow God's kingdom in 2019? A short-term team might be just the thing! We have opportunities to serve in the Middle East, Czech Republic, Poland, and Ironton, MO. Learn more at
Reception for Pat Brucato
Join us on today at 12:15 pm in Room 110 to celebrate Pat’s nearly 20 years of ministry at First Free!

Financial Peace University

Does money stress you out? You're not alone! 78% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. But, you don't have to be a math wiz or make 6-figures to win with money. You just need a plan. Join us for Financial Peace University (Monday evenings, February 4 - April 8) to learn how to master budgeting, pay off debt, build wealth, and give generously. Follow the link below to register!


A new session of DivorceCare starts on February 6. This Bible-based program can help you understand the pain of separation and divorce, cope with finances, embrace forgiveness, and look forward to rebuilding your life.
2019 Annual Meeting
Our 2019 Annual Meeting will be Sunday, February 10, after second service (12:15 pm) in the Activity Center.

During the Annual Meeting, we will introduce new church members, elect new leaders, and vote on the 2019 budget. Anyone may attend the meeting, but only members may vote. Lunch will be available for $2/person or $10/family.

Childcare will be available with reservation; please contact

If you would like detailed budget information, we will be having a budget meeting on January 27 at 12:15 pm in Room 341.

Questions? Contact Heather Wright at
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.

Men's Breakfast

We are excited to have Kevin Krosley kicking off our 2019 Men’s Breakfast series on February 23rd, from 7-9 am. Kevin will talk about “Four Biblical Models of Leadership," which include Stewardship, Servanthood, Harvesting, and Shepherding.  We will explore the Biblical basis for each of these models and consider the applications as we grow as Christian men in leadership roles. IMPORTANT: Please RSVP at so we can accurately plan the meal.
Mission Community Lunch
Join us for the next Mission Community Lunch on Sunday, March 3, directly after second service (12:15 pm) in the Activity Center. You will be encouraged, challenged, and thankful for those who God has called to send to the ends of the earth. Join us as we hear from Paul Stolwyk and Ryan and Shannon Potter. Mark your calendars today and let us know you’re coming by RSVP-ing to Laura at Bring a friend to introduce them to First Free missions!

Women's Retreat

Ladies, we invite you to be transformed! The 2019 Women's Retreat is an opportunity to spend a weekend away from the distractions of everyday life and focus on our relationships with God and others. Join us at the Sojourn Retreat Center in Dittmer, MO, from March 8-10 as we study the book of Romans and hear from popular speaker Courtney Doctor about how we can be transformed through God's work in our lives.
Ushers Needed!
Guest Connection is looking for ushers! We have openings in both services, so if you're interested, please contact

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!

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
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!

Didn’t get the email? Check your spam or visit
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


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


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