First Christian Church

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  • 415 N Mill St

    Festus, MO 63028

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  • 636-937-3416

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Wow, I just came upon this section and after reading the pastor's comments which seemed a bit out-of-sorts, I continued reading and have read through all the comments here. Just one observation "Pastor." These good people are offering

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Wow, I just came upon this section and after reading the pastor's comments which seemed a bit out-of-sorts, I continued reading and have read through all the comments here. Just one observation "Pastor." These good people are offering

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I am the new pastor of First Christian in Festus. I have some observations for all of you.

Matthew 15:10-19

Luke 11:44-46

John 8:7

While I appreciate all of your concern for the theological and Biblical integrity of the congregation,

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I am the new pastor of First Christian in Festus. I have some observations for all of you.

Matthew 15:10-19

Luke 11:44-46

John 8:7

While I appreciate all of your concern for the theological and Biblical integrity of the congregation,

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I have to agree with the other reveiwers. The reviews seemed harsh to me and I live very close to this church so I decided to give it a try. It definitely wasn't for me.

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I have to agree with the other reveiwers. The reviews seemed harsh to me and I live very close to this church so I decided to give it a try. It definitely wasn't for me.

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recently moved to the area and decided to give this church a try. I should have known better when i first pulled in the parking lot, first of all the church did not look like a chruch, to me it looked like ae library. Second their were

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recently moved to the area and decided to give this church a try. I should have known better when i first pulled in the parking lot, first of all the church did not look like a chruch, to me it looked like ae library. Second their were

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I think this church has forgotten that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God's revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and

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I think this church has forgotten that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God's revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and

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i recently attended with my daughter one sunday, 20 people in the congregation, no minister and the sermon was a story about a lost dog. The elders seemed intocated. Needless to say we wont be going back. Why cant someone shut this

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i recently attended with my daughter one sunday, 20 people in the congregation, no minister and the sermon was a story about a lost dog. The elders seemed intocated. Needless to say we wont be going back. Why cant someone shut this

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I have been reading these reviews and it is reminiscent of about a year ago when I tried this church and found a bizarre woman preaching who had horribly distorted doctrine and was preaching it from the pulpit. I had heard there were

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I have been reading these reviews and it is reminiscent of about a year ago when I tried this church and found a bizarre woman preaching who had horribly distorted doctrine and was preaching it from the pulpit. I had heard there were

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how does this church continue to operate without a minister? The congregation needs to realize these people are false prophets and lock those doors at once.

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how does this church continue to operate without a minister? The congregation needs to realize these people are false prophets and lock those doors at once.

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What a difference a day makes! If you haven't been to this Church recently, please try it now. All of the issues that have been listed on here (including the minister) have been addressed. The interim minister that is there now is truly wonderful! He is an honest to goodness blessing. His sermons are so engaging and spiritually uplifting. You will not be sorry if you come and check it out. I couldn't agree more with a lot of the comments on the previous minister, but absolutely love the changes that have taken place.

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What a difference a day makes! If you haven't been to this Church recently, please try it now. All of the issues that have been listed on here (including the minister) have been addressed. The interim minister that is there now is truly wonderful! He is an honest to goodness blessing. His sermons are so engaging and spiritually uplifting. You will not be sorry if you come and check it out. I couldn't agree more with a lot of the comments on the previous minister, but absolutely love the changes that have taken place.

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I have yet to attend this church, but at the urging of my life partner I will make the necessary donations this congregation requires. Brian changed my life, I want to live a perfect life and be exactly like Jesus Christ, just like this new empowing inspiration he has become to inside of me. Money is no object. As a new couple in the community we would like to welcome the First Christian Church of Festus as a family, hoping they will accept us.

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I have yet to attend this church, but at the urging of my life partner I will make the necessary donations this congregation requires. Brian changed my life, I want to live a perfect life and be exactly like Jesus Christ, just like this new empowing inspiration he has become to inside of me. Money is no object. As a new couple in the community we would like to welcome the First Christian Church of Festus as a family, hoping they will accept us.

Pros: roast beef and soggy bun

Cons: karma is real

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Shame on this church for being very misleading in a recent newspaper article. They stated that they were going to be open on a certain saturday for some type of fund raiser. I drove by there to see becuase i was going to help contribute, But after reading these comments on citysearch im glad i didnt. I drove by this church at the time stated and know one was there. Bad community service.

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Shame on this church for being very misleading in a recent newspaper article. They stated that they were going to be open on a certain saturday for some type of fund raiser. I drove by there to see becuase i was going to help contribute, But after reading these comments on citysearch im glad i didnt. I drove by this church at the time stated and know one was there. Bad community service.

Cons: is not there

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I recently visited this church and was highly dissapointed. I felt that the minister did not really have the call to preech. It seemed to me that when she was preeching she was reading it it from a script rather than having it come from the heart. This told me that she was not really familar with the bible. I use to come here along time ago and will pray that the minister and congregation will become the church it once was. May god bless you and your minsiter. I truly hope that you will find your way! I did however enjoy the open communion although i felt like some of the people were just going through the motions and not beleiving with what the minsiter was saying.

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I recently visited this church and was highly dissapointed. I felt that the minister did not really have the call to preech. It seemed to me that when she was preeching she was reading it it from a script rather than having it come from the heart. This told me that she was not really familar with the bible. I use to come here along time ago and will pray that the minister and congregation will become the church it once was. May god bless you and your minsiter. I truly hope that you will find your way! I did however enjoy the open communion although i felt like some of the people were just going through the motions and not beleiving with what the minsiter was saying.

Pros: very small

Cons: different beliefs

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I remember when they dropped my friend from their prayer list (reference the member's comment below), and it hurt him and his family so deeply. Even though this family had decided to leave for very important reasons (sermons that violated Scripture) they didn't tell the pastor or the church members this, but rather took the high ground saying they felt led to move to another church. This family was treated very rudely and without compassion, and this is a family in great need of prayer due to the father's life threatening medical condition. There is simply no excuse for anyone who claims Christianity to act this way. They have shown more concern over the negative comments posted on this site than they did this man's critically poor health.

People often leave their churches for a variety of reasons. People sometimes move membership from the church I attend simply because they fill led by the Holy Spirit to do so. In marked contrast, our pastor brings them up to the front and says that "God has led them to move on" and we all stretch hands out and pray for them in their new church home. Then they stand at the back of the church so that we can each wish them well and hug them as we exit the service.

Honestly, the best thing this church could do for the kingdom of God is to close it's doors I am sad to say. We have many excellent churches in our area so keep looking, and God bless you as you seach for the one that is right for you.

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I remember when they dropped my friend from their prayer list (reference the member's comment below), and it hurt him and his family so deeply. Even though this family had decided to leave for very important reasons (sermons that violated Scripture) they didn't tell the pastor or the church members this, but rather took the high ground saying they felt led to move to another church. This family was treated very rudely and without compassion, and this is a family in great need of prayer due to the father's life threatening medical condition. There is simply no excuse for anyone who claims Christianity to act this way. They have shown more concern over the negative comments posted on this site than they did this man's critically poor health.

People often leave their churches for a variety of reasons. People sometimes move membership from the church I attend simply because they fill led by the Holy Spirit to do so. In marked contrast, our pastor brings them up to the front and says that "God has led them to move on" and we all stretch hands out and pray for them in their new church home. Then they stand at the back of the church so that we can each wish them well and hug them as we exit the service.

Honestly, the best thing this church could do for the kingdom of God is to close it's doors I am sad to say. We have many excellent churches in our area so keep looking, and God bless you as you seach for the one that is right for you.

Cons: Poor Understanding of Scripture

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I had a friend who went to this church. It is sad to see what it has become. I can see clearly now why they left after reading some of your members and minsiters own comments. Just because someone leaves your congregation is no reason why you should drop his or her name from the prayer list. to me that is very unchristian and uncarring. This church had proved that they do not care about the community or people for that matter. You better wake up and get rid of that so called minister before she destroy's this church any further. Your congregation is so unfirendly no wonder people feel like an outsider when they came to visit. I recently came to a sermon a coupple of weeks ago to see for myself and i know now why i will not be coming back. Remeber we are all god's children weather we go to your church are any church. May the lord wake up this ciongregation

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I had a friend who went to this church. It is sad to see what it has become. I can see clearly now why they left after reading some of your members and minsiters own comments. Just because someone leaves your congregation is no reason why you should drop his or her name from the prayer list. to me that is very unchristian and uncarring. This church had proved that they do not care about the community or people for that matter. You better wake up and get rid of that so called minister before she destroy's this church any further. Your congregation is so unfirendly no wonder people feel like an outsider when they came to visit. I recently came to a sermon a coupple of weeks ago to see for myself and i know now why i will not be coming back. Remeber we are all god's children weather we go to your church are any church. May the lord wake up this ciongregation

Pros: none

Cons: does not know the meaning of being a christian

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I hope and pray that the members of this church will come to really know jesus christ one day. It sounds like after reading some of these member's own reviews on certain subjects is that they are taking gods words and using them to justify what they want to believe including the minister. I have never seen a minsiter so low has to get on an opinion website and give herself 5 stars and react to peoples own opinions. We all have to pray that this congregation will wake up and see what is really happening to this church. It is very sad to see so many of these members including the minister mesinterpetting the bible. I would hate to be your church on judgement day.

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I hope and pray that the members of this church will come to really know jesus christ one day. It sounds like after reading some of these member's own reviews on certain subjects is that they are taking gods words and using them to justify what they want to believe including the minister. I have never seen a minsiter so low has to get on an opinion website and give herself 5 stars and react to peoples own opinions. We all have to pray that this congregation will wake up and see what is really happening to this church. It is very sad to see so many of these members including the minister mesinterpetting the bible. I would hate to be your church on judgement day.

Cons: very misleading

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My name is mr. faulkner, i recently wrote a comment on this churches review. There member stated that i do not exsist. That shows you how well they no the area. They really must be hurting to attack peoples reviews on an opinion website. Remember god is watching everything your church does.

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My name is mr. faulkner, i recently wrote a comment on this churches review. There member stated that i do not exsist. That shows you how well they no the area. They really must be hurting to attack peoples reviews on an opinion website. Remember god is watching everything your church does.

Cons: does not teach the gospel

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i pray for this little church every day. It seems to me after coming across this site looking for a new church this one had alot of reviews. im sorry to say most of them are bad. It seems to me after reading some of these reviews this church has lost the holy spirit. You should obey god words and only gods words not those of your minister. It sounds like this strange lady only wants you to accept her word over jesus christ. Remember god knows all and sees all. . Do not listen to this minister and her strange ideas anymore. If she keeps teaching other religions besides christianity you cannot call this a true christian church. I pray for this minsiter and your congregation that you will really come to know god and have him in your heart. there is only one god and its not your minister.

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i pray for this little church every day. It seems to me after coming across this site looking for a new church this one had alot of reviews. im sorry to say most of them are bad. It seems to me after reading some of these reviews this church has lost the holy spirit. You should obey god words and only gods words not those of your minister. It sounds like this strange lady only wants you to accept her word over jesus christ. Remember god knows all and sees all. . Do not listen to this minister and her strange ideas anymore. If she keeps teaching other religions besides christianity you cannot call this a true christian church. I pray for this minsiter and your congregation that you will really come to know god and have him in your heart. there is only one god and its not your minister.

Cons: not really understanding the bible and god

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i hope that the people of this church will wake up and see what has become of this church. Its sad to see a once lively church become uncaring and unfriendly not so much there members but there clergie. I think with the right leadership this church could become the church it once was. Its not to late to make these changes/ remeber this is gods house, not your minsiters.

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i hope that the people of this church will wake up and see what has become of this church. Its sad to see a once lively church become uncaring and unfriendly not so much there members but there clergie. I think with the right leadership this church could become the church it once was. Its not to late to make these changes/ remeber this is gods house, not your minsiters.

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what type of a minister goes onto cityseach and gives herself 5 stars and a glowing review. It is obvious that she is so desperate for members that she has to advertise on an opinon website. This right here tells me all i need to know about how strange and misleading this church really is! If i worked in an establishment and had several bad comments from alot of people i would try to learn from them and not be so low to go on and give myself five stars to make me look good. You cant blame a few individuals for getting a bad reputation. Blame yoursel

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what type of a minister goes onto cityseach and gives herself 5 stars and a glowing review. It is obvious that she is so desperate for members that she has to advertise on an opinon website. This right here tells me all i need to know about how strange and misleading this church really is! If i worked in an establishment and had several bad comments from alot of people i would try to learn from them and not be so low to go on and give myself five stars to make me look good. You cant blame a few individuals for getting a bad reputation. Blame yoursel

Cons: strange little preacher

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after reading some of these reviews on this church and what there minister and congregation believe how can they call themselves a christian church. They go against everything a true christian church stands for. it is a shame that these people are being taught the wrong way. they better wake up and find a new preecher that truly knows the word and who has a calling to preech. also after reading mr. osterbergs and mr. cornishes view on sin and beliefs its scary to thank they call themselves true christians. This small church better pray and pray hard. You are truly using the bible for your own gain and not really listining to what it really says. If you approve of the way you are being taught i feel sorry for you. When judgement day comes and you face the lord you better pray that he will forgive your sins. This church use to be a nice little church and it makes me sick to see what this new minister has done do it. I hope and pray that it will become the nice and carring congregatrion you once had. Remember it only takes one bad apple to ruin a crop. Change before its to late!

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after reading some of these reviews on this church and what there minister and congregation believe how can they call themselves a christian church. They go against everything a true christian church stands for. it is a shame that these people are being taught the wrong way. they better wake up and find a new preecher that truly knows the word and who has a calling to preech. also after reading mr. osterbergs and mr. cornishes view on sin and beliefs its scary to thank they call themselves true christians. This small church better pray and pray hard. You are truly using the bible for your own gain and not really listining to what it really says. If you approve of the way you are being taught i feel sorry for you. When judgement day comes and you face the lord you better pray that he will forgive your sins. This church use to be a nice little church and it makes me sick to see what this new minister has done do it. I hope and pray that it will become the nice and carring congregatrion you once had. Remember it only takes one bad apple to ruin a crop. Change before its to late!

Cons: using a false name

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The negative reviews published in the last few months of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Festus, Missouri, seem to all be coming from a small group of people. These could be a few who left last year because their authority to run things their way was called into question by the rest of the church. We are a congregation led church and believe in including everyone in the decision making. To those who left, this democratic, open leadership, was not acceptable.

The church now is lively, has many children, a variety of kinds of music, joyful preaching, and a truly open communion table. Jesus never turned any one away from the table. Neither do the Disciples of Christ. We practice unity in the midst of our diversity. The Spirit is alive and well at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Festus.

Come see for yourselves. Don't take the word of a few bitter folks. Coffee Fellowship 9 a.m. Sunday School 9:30. Worship 10:45.

Blessings and Peace,

Rev. Janet Fowler
Ordained Minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Master of Divinity degree from Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, Texas.

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The negative reviews published in the last few months of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Festus, Missouri, seem to all be coming from a small group of people. These could be a few who left last year because their authority to run things their way was called into question by the rest of the church. We are a congregation led church and believe in including everyone in the decision making. To those who left, this democratic, open leadership, was not acceptable.

The church now is lively, has many children, a variety of kinds of music, joyful preaching, and a truly open communion table. Jesus never turned any one away from the table. Neither do the Disciples of Christ. We practice unity in the midst of our diversity. The Spirit is alive and well at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Festus.

Come see for yourselves. Don't take the word of a few bitter folks. Coffee Fellowship 9 a.m. Sunday School 9:30. Worship 10:45.

Blessings and Peace,

Rev. Janet Fowler
Ordained Minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Master of Divinity degree from Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, Texas.

Pros: Preching that applies Biblical truths to current times.

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I have never heard of such a strange group of people calling themselves believers in all of my life. Every one of you need to realize that true believers are salt and light. How can you lead people out of their sin and into salvation if you don't acknowledge that they are sinning in the first place? That is a shame because you are hurting the people you claim to "love" by keeping them in a place where they can never know Christ and be saved. The Bible is clear, you have to have repentence BEFORE you can have salvation. You cannot "out love" God with any person. He will always love them more.
The most loving gift God ever gave us is his son's work on Calvary. Why did Jesus need to die if we can just live our lives however we want to, and just remain in sin all of our lives? You have a serious error in your thinking and it is hurting people. One thing though...this is the smallest congregation I have ever seen in an organized church. I know this church can't have more than thirty members and that is a generous estimate.
I know a family who used to attend, and left when this new pastor arrived and now I clearly see why. You drive by most any other church on Sunday morning in this town and the parking lots are full, so that should tell you something.
God blesses His own, and remember Jesus said that in the last days people would come to him calling him "Lord, Lord" and he would say, "Depart from me, I never knew you." I hope and pray that each member of this strange little fellowship will stop and feel the soberness of these words. Not all who confess Jesus really KNOW Him. We are called to be doers of the Word and not just hearers of it. On this, Jesus is clear.
God's word did not change. He cannot contradict himself. His Bible is truth and His gift to us, NOT your pastor's words (if she contridicts HIS word). God wins she loses, that is why He is God! People. WAKE UP! You are being led astray. Your pastor cannot save you, but Jesus can.
I have a little magnet on my refrigerator and I will leave you with the words it contains as a closing thought, "God says it; I believe it; that settles it!"

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I have never heard of such a strange group of people calling themselves believers in all of my life. Every one of you need to realize that true believers are salt and light. How can you lead people out of their sin and into salvation if you don't acknowledge that they are sinning in the first place? That is a shame because you are hurting the people you claim to "love" by keeping them in a place where they can never know Christ and be saved. The Bible is clear, you have to have repentence BEFORE you can have salvation. You cannot "out love" God with any person. He will always love them more.
The most loving gift God ever gave us is his son's work on Calvary. Why did Jesus need to die if we can just live our lives however we want to, and just remain in sin all of our lives? You have a serious error in your thinking and it is hurting people. One thing though...this is the smallest congregation I have ever seen in an organized church. I know this church can't have more than thirty members and that is a generous estimate.
I know a family who used to attend, and left when this new pastor arrived and now I clearly see why. You drive by most any other church on Sunday morning in this town and the parking lots are full, so that should tell you something.
God blesses His own, and remember Jesus said that in the last days people would come to him calling him "Lord, Lord" and he would say, "Depart from me, I never knew you." I hope and pray that each member of this strange little fellowship will stop and feel the soberness of these words. Not all who confess Jesus really KNOW Him. We are called to be doers of the Word and not just hearers of it. On this, Jesus is clear.
God's word did not change. He cannot contradict himself. His Bible is truth and His gift to us, NOT your pastor's words (if she contridicts HIS word). God wins she loses, that is why He is God! People. WAKE UP! You are being led astray. Your pastor cannot save you, but Jesus can.
I have a little magnet on my refrigerator and I will leave you with the words it contains as a closing thought, "God says it; I believe it; that settles it!"

Cons: Total disregard for God's Word

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Amen on this previous comment. If these people let anoyone in there church without trying to save them and accepting there sin no matter what the sin, they are not obeying gods word. you have to be saved and then you are a christian. It does clearly state in the bible that certain acts are a sin including homosexuality. This minister obviously has not had the call to preech, after reading some of her members own views on this subject. You have to try to save these people not just accept them and call yourselves christians. But it is plain to see like the other viewer stated you can drive by any other church in festus and crystal city and find every parking lot full on sunday. This should tell your congregation something! get to know your bible more

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Amen on this previous comment. If these people let anoyone in there church without trying to save them and accepting there sin no matter what the sin, they are not obeying gods word. you have to be saved and then you are a christian. It does clearly state in the bible that certain acts are a sin including homosexuality. This minister obviously has not had the call to preech, after reading some of her members own views on this subject. You have to try to save these people not just accept them and call yourselves christians. But it is plain to see like the other viewer stated you can drive by any other church in festus and crystal city and find every parking lot full on sunday. This should tell your congregation something! get to know your bible more

Pros: i pray thesse members will change

Cons: does not no the lord

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I am so thankful for this church. I have committed several sins in the passed and now i can worshp here and do not have to worry about being saved. according to these people they will welcome my kind openly no matter what god thanks

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I am so thankful for this church. I have committed several sins in the passed and now i can worshp here and do not have to worry about being saved. according to these people they will welcome my kind openly no matter what god thanks

Pros: allows any sinner

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Its is obvious to me visiting this site looking for a church in the festus/crystal city area that this church only wants you to believe what they want. How do you know your way is the right way. Has anyone of your members gone around to other churches to see how to worship. It sounds like to me has a member of another christian church that you are not being taught the scripture the right way. We are all working to go towards the same place. Work together not fighting with your neighbor.

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Its is obvious to me visiting this site looking for a church in the festus/crystal city area that this church only wants you to believe what they want. How do you know your way is the right way. Has anyone of your members gone around to other churches to see how to worship. It sounds like to me has a member of another christian church that you are not being taught the scripture the right way. We are all working to go towards the same place. Work together not fighting with your neighbor.

Pros: I hope they will learn

Cons: shame on this person

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shame on these people for not accepting the publics opinions. if you were a business owner and someone made a comment about your business i would learn from it and try to change, not run the public down just because they disagree. To me that is not the christian thing to do. this is an opinion website not a debate on church ethics

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shame on these people for not accepting the publics opinions. if you were a business owner and someone made a comment about your business i would learn from it and try to change, not run the public down just because they disagree. To me that is not the christian thing to do. this is an opinion website not a debate on church ethics

Cons: disapponited

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it is very concerning how this church is misquoting the bible. I recently moved to the area.and found this website hoping to find a nice church. I came across this church and its obvious to me that this church does not welcoming anyones opinons but there own members. If this is what your church has become be prepared to loose alot of members. God loves sinners but does hate the sin. Remember this before you open a pandooras box and let everyone in. May god go with you all. You definitly need guidence!

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it is very concerning how this church is misquoting the bible. I recently moved to the area.and found this website hoping to find a nice church. I came across this church and its obvious to me that this church does not welcoming anyones opinons but there own members. If this is what your church has become be prepared to loose alot of members. God loves sinners but does hate the sin. Remember this before you open a pandooras box and let everyone in. May god go with you all. You definitly need guidence!

Cons: is not biblicle

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Wow! I must admit that I was surprised and somewhat saddened by the opinions of some anonymous critics of this church, of which I am a member. I would urge everyone to reach your opinions about this church from the truth, not from heresay or innuendo. I'd also encourage you all to refrain from tearing down the Body of Christ with mean-spirited remarks and narrow-mindedness masquarading as Faith.

If you want to attend a church that tells you precisely what to believe and what to think and how to vote about every issue and idea...this is not the church for you. As a congregation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), we embrace no creed but Christ. We encourage all to come to greater understanding and a stronger faith through prayer, Bible study, and reason. If you believe that some acts are so sinful that people should be barred from fellowship and communion, we are not the church for you either. We believe that the Church and the Lord's Supper is Christ's, not ours. All are invited. Indeed, all are welcome.
If you object to women being in the pulpit or in positions of leadership within the church, then I'm afraid we are not the church for you either. Our denomination has ordained women for well over a century, and this congregation encourages all, regardless of gender, to answer the call to ministry they receive, whether that is in the pulpit, as an elder or deacon, or in any other place of service to which God calls you.
It's true, we don't have a praise band or two services on Sunday morning. But we do have a choir and a diverse group of talented singers and instrumentalists that contribute to worship. In our worship services, in addition to traditional hymns, you are likely to hear spirituals, contemporary Christian music, classical sacred music, folk music and even bluegrass gospel.
If you are out church shopping like you shop for a restaurant, you may be disappointed with us. But I would like to suggest to you that you should consider joining a church, not because everything is done for you, but because the Holy Spirit calls you to a relationship through this congregation. This is a congregation actively engaged with living out our faith in service and fellowship, and I can assure you that we want you to participate with us and share your talents and wisdom and service to God with us. We are not a monolithic group here. We have worshippers in suits and ties and jeans and Motorhead T-shirts. We don't all agree on politics or issues of debate and controversy. We don't all hold with one official interpretation of a particular Scripture. But we do all believe that we are all called together in God's Grace.

If you have felt judged and unwelcomed and shackled by dogma and narrow-mindedness at other churches...I urge you to visit us and see if this is a church where you can draw closer to God.

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Wow! I must admit that I was surprised and somewhat saddened by the opinions of some anonymous critics of this church, of which I am a member. I would urge everyone to reach your opinions about this church from the truth, not from heresay or innuendo. I'd also encourage you all to refrain from tearing down the Body of Christ with mean-spirited remarks and narrow-mindedness masquarading as Faith.

If you want to attend a church that tells you precisely what to believe and what to think and how to vote about every issue and idea...this is not the church for you. As a congregation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), we embrace no creed but Christ. We encourage all to come to greater understanding and a stronger faith through prayer, Bible study, and reason. If you believe that some acts are so sinful that people should be barred from fellowship and communion, we are not the church for you either. We believe that the Church and the Lord's Supper is Christ's, not ours. All are invited. Indeed, all are welcome.
If you object to women being in the pulpit or in positions of leadership within the church, then I'm afraid we are not the church for you either. Our denomination has ordained women for well over a century, and this congregation encourages all, regardless of gender, to answer the call to ministry they receive, whether that is in the pulpit, as an elder or deacon, or in any other place of service to which God calls you.
It's true, we don't have a praise band or two services on Sunday morning. But we do have a choir and a diverse group of talented singers and instrumentalists that contribute to worship. In our worship services, in addition to traditional hymns, you are likely to hear spirituals, contemporary Christian music, classical sacred music, folk music and even bluegrass gospel.
If you are out church shopping like you shop for a restaurant, you may be disappointed with us. But I would like to suggest to you that you should consider joining a church, not because everything is done for you, but because the Holy Spirit calls you to a relationship through this congregation. This is a congregation actively engaged with living out our faith in service and fellowship, and I can assure you that we want you to participate with us and share your talents and wisdom and service to God with us. We are not a monolithic group here. We have worshippers in suits and ties and jeans and Motorhead T-shirts. We don't all agree on politics or issues of debate and controversy. We don't all hold with one official interpretation of a particular Scripture. But we do all believe that we are all called together in God's Grace.

If you have felt judged and unwelcomed and shackled by dogma and narrow-mindedness at other churches...I urge you to visit us and see if this is a church where you can draw closer to God.

Pros: Open, loving and a living witness to Christ in the world

Cons: drawback: misunderstood by anonymous narrow-minded people

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thank you for allowing my kind to come to your church. After reading your members review i will highly encourage all of my people to come! thank you for allwoing us to visit this gay-friendly church

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thank you for allowing my kind to come to your church. After reading your members review i will highly encourage all of my people to come! thank you for allwoing us to visit this gay-friendly church

Pros: excepts everyone

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Frankly, when I came across citysearch tonight looking for a church to try, I thought it was strange all of this bickering back and forth on a customer review site. After all, the point of this site is for people to review and offer their opinions; however, the people from this particular church seem to be under the mistaken impression that it is a debate forum! People are entitled to their "opinion," and you need to recognize that this is the sole purpose of this site.
Secondly, after sifting through all of this it is actually your members' own words, and not that of other reveiwers, that speak loud and clear to your beliefs as you state, "Sodom's sin was not that of same-sex relations but of violation of hospitality." I think every person who comes across this site will now know without any doubt where the people of this church stand. I know that reading this, as well as the other reviewers?? comments from your church, was certainly more than enough for me to know that your church is not a place I have any desire to try.
I will not comment on your beliefs however, because unlike you people, ??I? recognize that this is an ??opinion forum? and not a doctrinal debate. I would say that any born-again, conservative Christian can find out ALL they need to know from your members' own ??interesting? words.

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Frankly, when I came across citysearch tonight looking for a church to try, I thought it was strange all of this bickering back and forth on a customer review site. After all, the point of this site is for people to review and offer their opinions; however, the people from this particular church seem to be under the mistaken impression that it is a debate forum! People are entitled to their "opinion," and you need to recognize that this is the sole purpose of this site.
Secondly, after sifting through all of this it is actually your members' own words, and not that of other reveiwers, that speak loud and clear to your beliefs as you state, "Sodom's sin was not that of same-sex relations but of violation of hospitality." I think every person who comes across this site will now know without any doubt where the people of this church stand. I know that reading this, as well as the other reviewers?? comments from your church, was certainly more than enough for me to know that your church is not a place I have any desire to try.
I will not comment on your beliefs however, because unlike you people, ??I? recognize that this is an ??opinion forum? and not a doctrinal debate. I would say that any born-again, conservative Christian can find out ALL they need to know from your members' own ??interesting? words.

Cons: Read members' comments

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i have never seen so many people writing about one church. however, it is very concerning to what these members do believe. has most conservative christians feel these people our way off base! I to was looking for a place to worhip but i will not be going here. these people are way out there!

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i have never seen so many people writing about one church. however, it is very concerning to what these members do believe. has most conservative christians feel these people our way off base! I to was looking for a place to worhip but i will not be going here. these people are way out there!

Pros: think goodness we do not all believe this way!

Cons: weird members

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to the person who wrote this letter. . It is obvious that this church does not understand the bible and better pray that god will not destroy this church. Has a christian this is very concerning.

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to the person who wrote this letter. . It is obvious that this church does not understand the bible and better pray that god will not destroy this church. Has a christian this is very concerning.

Cons: does not really understand the bible

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this person has not read the bible. We have all committed sins but homosexuality is clearly the biggest sin in the bible. From what has been said by the public and pictures from the internet. I only saw six kids in the photographs. Which tells me that other families are seng these strange beliefs.

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this person has not read the bible. We have all committed sins but homosexuality is clearly the biggest sin in the bible. From what has been said by the public and pictures from the internet. I only saw six kids in the photographs. Which tells me that other families are seng these strange beliefs.

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I agree with Mr. Cornish. The negative reviews seem to have a common source, the mistaken perception that we "advocate" same-sex relations. The Bible says very little about same-sex relations. Temple-prostitution by males is condemned by Paul. Sodom's sin was not that of same-sex relations but of violation of hospitality. And the ancient Hebrew law states that males should not "lay the lines of a woman", the literal translation of the Hebrew text. The Christian (Disciples of Christ) Church has no position about same-sex relations and most individual churchs do not take an official stance. It is not a big issue at First Christian. Poverty, hunger, illness, and discrimination are. The members of our church individually hold many divergent opinions, and what unites us is that we love the sinner, whether he or she is gay or straight, and we are willing to discuss, listen, and learn from each other. We are all sinners and all are welcome at the table. We sing with many voices, and all rejoyce in God's creation. We also accent active praise through seeking justice in the world. Join with us and grow in your faith.

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I agree with Mr. Cornish. The negative reviews seem to have a common source, the mistaken perception that we "advocate" same-sex relations. The Bible says very little about same-sex relations. Temple-prostitution by males is condemned by Paul. Sodom's sin was not that of same-sex relations but of violation of hospitality. And the ancient Hebrew law states that males should not "lay the lines of a woman", the literal translation of the Hebrew text. The Christian (Disciples of Christ) Church has no position about same-sex relations and most individual churchs do not take an official stance. It is not a big issue at First Christian. Poverty, hunger, illness, and discrimination are. The members of our church individually hold many divergent opinions, and what unites us is that we love the sinner, whether he or she is gay or straight, and we are willing to discuss, listen, and learn from each other. We are all sinners and all are welcome at the table. We sing with many voices, and all rejoyce in God's creation. We also accent active praise through seeking justice in the world. Join with us and grow in your faith.

Pros: Welcoming and respectful discussion of differing beliefs

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I am amazed as to how quickly people make judgements. This church is deeply rooted in the Bible. The core of the church is devoted followers of Jesus Christ. Bible study is the bed rock of the church. Every sermon is based on Bible verses that are read by the Elders. The church follows the weekly sermon schedule followed by most Christian churches in North America. Communion is taken every Sunday and is open to all Christian. Our Elders, Deacons, and members study the Bible continuously. This is our Father's house.

Regarding music our choir sings once a month except during the summer. We have a children's choir that sings every four to six weeks. We have the Way Station Trio that performs once a month. We have special music done by our many talented members on a regular basis. The music includes multiple types of musical instruments as well as vocals.

Regarding children we have around 20 regularly attending kids out of roughly 70 to 80 people in attendance. We have a children's church every Sunday except the first Sunday of the month when the kids join the regular service. We also have a nursery every Sunday.

Regarding views on sin, we love people. We are all sinners and have fallen short of the Glory of God. No matter what your sins we will love you. The only sin God condemns us for is not believing in him. How can we therefore condemn others.

Our church gives 10% of its income to missions and charities off the top. We then collect several offerings for special needs such as disaster victims, Christian education, new church starts and so on. We have the only emergency need food pantry in the Festus area. No questions asked we give you food and help on utilities. Our Church is spearheading a Crop Walk to raise money for food for international use. The Crop Walk is being manned by most of the Churches in the Festus area through the work of the Twin City Ministerial Alliance.

Our church is working to add a new food pantry with offices to better serve those in need in our community. We are also adding an elevator to assist our older and handicapped members and friends. We are working to do God's calling.

Our members are deeply rooted in community service. One member heads the local Habitat for Humanities group. Another is a Gideon distributing Bibles and Gods message. Our Pastor is an On Call Chaplain at the local hospital. We have a Parish Nurse who is an active member in the National Parish Nurses Association. We get around for a small church.

Finally our Church has produced seven minister. We assist with their financial needs and provide much needed support. This summer our seventh Minister was ordained and is now serving a church in Kansas. These minister were kids raised in our church who went on to serve.

Please come visit and see our church in person.

Steve Cornish
Vice Chairperson of the Board and Elder
First Christian Church Festus, MO

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I am amazed as to how quickly people make judgements. This church is deeply rooted in the Bible. The core of the church is devoted followers of Jesus Christ. Bible study is the bed rock of the church. Every sermon is based on Bible verses that are read by the Elders. The church follows the weekly sermon schedule followed by most Christian churches in North America. Communion is taken every Sunday and is open to all Christian. Our Elders, Deacons, and members study the Bible continuously. This is our Father's house.

Regarding music our choir sings once a month except during the summer. We have a children's choir that sings every four to six weeks. We have the Way Station Trio that performs once a month. We have special music done by our many talented members on a regular basis. The music includes multiple types of musical instruments as well as vocals.

Regarding children we have around 20 regularly attending kids out of roughly 70 to 80 people in attendance. We have a children's church every Sunday except the first Sunday of the month when the kids join the regular service. We also have a nursery every Sunday.

Regarding views on sin, we love people. We are all sinners and have fallen short of the Glory of God. No matter what your sins we will love you. The only sin God condemns us for is not believing in him. How can we therefore condemn others.

Our church gives 10% of its income to missions and charities off the top. We then collect several offerings for special needs such as disaster victims, Christian education, new church starts and so on. We have the only emergency need food pantry in the Festus area. No questions asked we give you food and help on utilities. Our Church is spearheading a Crop Walk to raise money for food for international use. The Crop Walk is being manned by most of the Churches in the Festus area through the work of the Twin City Ministerial Alliance.

Our church is working to add a new food pantry with offices to better serve those in need in our community. We are also adding an elevator to assist our older and handicapped members and friends. We are working to do God's calling.

Our members are deeply rooted in community service. One member heads the local Habitat for Humanities group. Another is a Gideon distributing Bibles and Gods message. Our Pastor is an On Call Chaplain at the local hospital. We have a Parish Nurse who is an active member in the National Parish Nurses Association. We get around for a small church.

Finally our Church has produced seven minister. We assist with their financial needs and provide much needed support. This summer our seventh Minister was ordained and is now serving a church in Kansas. These minister were kids raised in our church who went on to serve.

Please come visit and see our church in person.

Steve Cornish
Vice Chairperson of the Board and Elder
First Christian Church Festus, MO

Pros: Caring church

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Concerning beliefs...not Biblical

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Concerning beliefs...not Biblical

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shame on this doris person. It clearly states in the bible that homosexuality is a sin. How can they call this a christian church when they do not readt the bible!

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shame on this doris person. It clearly states in the bible that homosexuality is a sin. How can they call this a christian church when they do not readt the bible!

Pros: does not no the bible

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All people are accepted as God's children - regardless of race, gender or sexual preference. I'm sorry if you had a bad experience or were there on a day when the young families weren't in attendance - I hope you'll come back - we have Children's Church and a Children's Sermon as well as a nursery. I love this church!! If you have a concern, it would a good idea to let folks know at the time so it can be addressed and discussed at that time - it would be the Christian thing to do.......

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All people are accepted as God's children - regardless of race, gender or sexual preference. I'm sorry if you had a bad experience or were there on a day when the young families weren't in attendance - I hope you'll come back - we have Children's Church and a Children's Sermon as well as a nursery. I love this church!! If you have a concern, it would a good idea to let folks know at the time so it can be addressed and discussed at that time - it would be the Christian thing to do.......

Pros: open & accepting

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This church used to be a nice place to worship but now it just makes me sick to see what it has become. If you are looking for a Bible-believing church this is NOT IT.

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This church used to be a nice place to worship but now it just makes me sick to see what it has become. If you are looking for a Bible-believing church this is NOT IT.

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I read on the internet where this church indorses homosexuality. this is not what a christian church should be teaching our young people. shame on you!

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I read on the internet where this church indorses homosexuality. this is not what a christian church should be teaching our young people. shame on you!

Pros: small

Cons: very inpersonal

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I came to this church for the first time and it seemed to me that there were very few young families and no kids. Also they kept asking to donate for a building campaign. It seems to me before you ask for money you should have a larger congregation. Also the sermon did not relate to the bible.

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I came to this church for the first time and it seemed to me that there were very few young families and no kids. Also they kept asking to donate for a building campaign. It seems to me before you ask for money you should have a larger congregation. Also the sermon did not relate to the bible.

Pros: late service

Cons: to many stairs

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i have visited several churches and this one seemed really unfriendly. they had no choir or praise band. also they had very few kids in the congregation which tells me they are not welcoming to young people.

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i have visited several churches and this one seemed really unfriendly. they had no choir or praise band. also they had very few kids in the congregation which tells me they are not welcoming to young people.

Pros: none

Cons: no choir or praise band and very few young people

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this is a small church, very few young families in the congregation, and no praise team or praise band which alot of young families like. not use to a female preacher.

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this is a small church, very few young families in the congregation, and no praise team or praise band which alot of young families like. not use to a female preacher.

Pros: some nice people

Cons: no early service

 

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