Ministry Community Cancelled Jan 20th

January 19, 2011

Dear Friends,

After sending you a reminder this morning, Dan Walter and I have consulted and decided it best to CANCEL        the Ministry Community luncheon for tomorrow Jan 20th.  Forecasts of significant snow along with weather and travel advisories and likely school closings have led us to decide to cancel early.  Some participants were coming in from mid-state and it is easiest to make and communicate this decision even before the first flakes have come down in St. Louis.  Hopefully, Puxsutawny Phil won’t see his shadow and we’ll have an early Spring for our next Ministry Community lunch on March 17th

Richard Schumacher
Regional Associate Superintendent
Church Planting Missionary
EFCA Central District
P.O. Box 848, Manchester, MO  63011-1148
(636) 527-4432 Phone
(314) 640-4560 Cell


Ministry Community Lunch Jan 20th

January 6, 2011

St. Louis/Eastern Missouri Ministry Community

Dear Colleagues,

 The regular bi-monthly Ministry Community luncheon will take place Thursday January 20th from 12:00pm to 1:30 pm at St. Paul’s Evangelical Church, 9801 Olive Blvd., St. Louis MO 63141.  This is a gathering of pastors, church planters, ministry leaders and seminarians interested in the EFCA.  An RSVP would be helpful as St. Paul’s will be ordering pizza for lunch.  As always, a $5 donation would be appreciated to cover costs (seminary students and church planters eat free!)

 This month’s Ministry Community lunch falls on a date when the EFCA Theology Conference takes place in Austin, TX (Jan 19-21 at First EFC Austin) (   These conferences are great opportunities to reflect on theological issues and to network with EFCA pastors from around the county.  This year’s speaker will be Dr. Walt Kaiser. 

 Since we know that many of you will not be able to travel to Austin for the conference, we want to go ahead with the luncheon.  Again your RSVP would be helpful so we can get a count.

Richard Schumacher
Regional Associate Superintendent
Church Planting Missionary
EFCA Central District
P.O. Box 848, Manchester, MO  63011-1148

World Impact Benefit Concert

November 29, 2010

What: Concert to benefit World Impact St. Louis
When: Friday, December 10th 7:00pm
South County Christian Center
5001 Little Rock Road
St. Louis, MO 63128

Join World Impact for our Hearts for the City Benefit Concert and Silent Auction! The proceeds will help repair damage done to our urban ministry center from recent thefts and help save our summer programs!  Don’t miss this fun evening featuring music artist Mark Roach and the chance to bid on many fantastic silent auction items for you and your family!  Tickets are $5 at the door; doors will open at 6:15pm so you can start your bidding early!

For more information please visit

Smalley Marriage Conference at FBC O’Fallon

November 24, 2010

Gary Mace (Amazing Grace, Cuba, MO) has called attention to the “Love and Laughter Marriage Getaway” to be held January 28-29 at First Baptist Church, 1111 E. Highway 50, O’Fallon, IL 62269. About 20 from Amazing Grace are expected to attend. For more information go to: Smalley/Cunningham Marriage Conference

Church Items Available

November 23, 2010

The EFree Church in Columbia, MO has made available the following items for use in another EFCA church:
> American flags
> Christian flag
> 4′ long kneeling bench
> half-dozen pew-end-held candle holders
> a reasonably-sized pulpit.

Contact Dick Dowdy ( if you are interested or let me know and I’ll put you in touch.

Dr. Walter Kaiser to speak in St. Louis

September 20, 2010

Pastor Mark Friz has relayed this great opportunity to sit in on the teachings of this renouned scholar.  Apart from the Firday appearance at Covenant, all Dr. Kaiser’s messages will be at St. Paul’s Evangelical Church, 9801 Olive Blvd., St. Louis, MO  63131.

Dear Colleagues in Ministry,

 The OT scholar and theologian, and President Emeritus of Gordon Conwell Seminary, Dr. Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., will be in town this next weekend. His speaking schedule is as follows:

Friday, Sept. 24 – 10:00 a.m.: Chapel at Covenant Seminary

Saturday, Sept. 25 (St. Paul’s)
11:00 a.m.: Beit Tefilah Service
1:00 p.m.: Torah Study

Sunday, Sept. 26 (St. Paul’s)
8:30 a.m.: St. Paul’s Traditional Service
9:45 a.m.: Informal Lecture: “Introduction to Isaiah: Preparing the Bible Study Fellowship Notes on Isaiah”
11:00 a.m.: St. Paul’s Contemporary Service

You are all welcome to any and all of these events. If you would like to have lunch with Dr. Kaiser on Friday, let me know and I will see if we can work you in.
Blessings to all!

Mark Friz
St. Paul’s Evangelical Church

Pastor’s Breakfast prepares for Billy Graham Hope in Crisis Seminar

September 9, 2010

First Free Manchester is hosting a Pastor’s Breakfast on Tuesday September 14th in the north foyer of the church (1375 Carman Road, Manchester, MO) The breakfast will brief pastors and prepare for the Billy Graham Sharing Hope in Crisis seminar that First Free will host on October 23rd. Mike Beresford from Billy Graham Assoc will be sharing about how to get church leaders involved to be equipped to offer soul care to those who have experienced man-made and natural disasters. If you would like to attend the breakfast, please sign up at and go to the Sharing Hope in Crisis link.