Without This, You Fail

by Rick Burke & Cathy Nelson Plumb line: The point in everything is to make disciples. In his book Gaining by Losing, J.D. Greear starts by asserting that there are many skills that make for an effective minister, but there is one without which everything else we do is useless– make disciples. He quotes Robert Coleman’s Master Plan of Evangelism, “The great commission is not merely to go to the ends of the earth preaching the gospel, not to

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News from the Field

From Al Frank, EFCA Central District Associate Superintendent, who writes about church plants in our central district: We’re so pleased to officially announce that is now an Associate Church of the Central District. is just down the street from Six Flags. I have been coaching and developing a relationship with Pastor Jody Burkeen over the past 2 years and we have witnessed the Lord working at the church plant in powerful ways. On Easter Sunday, there were 14 baptisms!

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Community Ministry Efforts

Through the years, Outreach Ministries has made a concerted effort to find ways to meet the real needs of our community. God has blessed by bringing us into the right relationships to ask the kind of questions that go deeper than simply what we perceive as needs. This being said, God has provided mission efforts where we can meet ongoing needs. What a great way to develop relationships and build unity with your Sunday Adult Connection, small groups, families

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Points of Interest

Rick Burke Update: Though Rick and Donna plan to continue to live in St. Louis and attend First Free, he does have an employment end date set:August 31. He will be taking some much deserved vacation time before starting in his new role, so his last day in the office is Thursday, August 17. Please pray that the transition will go smoothly as he equips and hands off some of his responsibilities to Cathy and Laura until his replacement

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Prayer for Missions and Missionaries

Please pray for Rick and Donna Burke as they close out their chapter of pastoral leadership at First Free and move back into direct missionary service. Please pray for Bill and Carol Jones as they seek ministry support to send them to the mission field. Also pray for the life-style transition from the career of pastor to an equipper to those in ministry in undeveloped countries. Please pray that God will supply all the needed people to have an effective

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Painting the Invisible Man

by Rick Burke & Cathy Nelson Have you ever stopped to consider how Jesus turns our world upside down with his values about His Kingdom? Take a few examples: Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep if for eternal life. (John 12:25) OR, how about this one? For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as

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News from the Field

From Shannon Potter, an OB/GYN working in Africa (Samaritan’s Purse): One of my favorite attending doctors in residency taught me a lot about the effect of human touch. He was a doctor to women with GYN cancers, and sometimes these women were old and frail, and their hearing was failing along with their bodies. I watched him on several occasions bend down until his bald forehead was touching theirs, and speak clearly and loudly to them. “They can hear better

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Missionaries Home

Lynn Peters is here until 7/7. (Phone: 314.814.0173) K&S R will be here from 6/30 to 7/18. (Phone: 636.432.8226) T&T B are here at various times from 5/8 to 7/31. (Phone: 205.316.9399) David & Heidi Westmoreland will be here on 8/6. (Phone: 407.668.6852) Ann will be visiting from 7/19 to 8/8. (Phone: 512.925.7971) Mark Sanders is here from 5/26 to 8/9. (Phone: 573.975.5070) Look for a way to connect with our Outreach Friends on their Welcome Sunday or during their stay!

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Points of Interest

JUNE Mission Community Lunch: New to First Free? We’d love to introduce you to First Free missions and outreach. Join us next Sunday, June 4, directly after second service to hear what God is doing through our missionary efforts. We will hear from Lynn Peters (Burkina Faso Outreach), and from the Mustard Seed Group (MSG) that does outreach to Chinese students at Wash U and SLU. We still have room at the table for you! Reservations are appreciated –

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Prayer for Missions and Missionaries

Please pray for Rick and Donna Burke as they close out their chapter of pastoral leadership at First Free and move back into direct missionary service. Please pray for Bill and Carol Jones as they seek ministry support to send them to the mission field. Also pray for the life-style transition from the career of pastor to an equipper to those in ministry in undeveloped countries. Please pray that God will supply all the needed people to have an effective

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