Big day this weekend!

First, Eurasian Missions contribution will be collected this weekend. We have a goal of $75,000 and as of last count we’ve collected almost $35,000. An updated count will be provided this coming Sunday.

Second, Heartland Youth Camp and Heartland Kids Kamp registration will close on Sunday night. I’ve spoken with Tim Schmidt and he asked me to let everyone know that we will not be extending the registration deadline this year, and also no walk-up registrations will be accepted on-site at camp. CLICK HERE for all camp information and for the camper and counselor registration forms. We are full on women counselors for both HYC and HKK but need men at both!

Also coming:

Men’s Breakfast (Saturday May 19th, 9am): All men are invited to join us for Grand Slams and coffee at the Denny’s near Dorsett and 270. Contact Rob Woods with questions: 314-398-4711.

All-Church Picnic (June 3rd, Following our FIRST 10am church service!): Heads up! Beginning June 3rd, we will be switching our Sunday service time to 10am. To kickoff summer on this same day, there will be an all-church picnic on the front lawn following church service.

Lunch will be potluck style within each family group, to be coordinated by each family group leader. Bring enough of your dish to accomodate your group members and any guests your group may have. The church will provide water to drink.

Please also bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on, possibly a portable table or two for your group to set up their items. Volleyball net and other sports gear will be provided for pickup games the day of the event.

Titus 2 Women (Saturday June 9th, 9:30am): More details to come soon.

Family Devotional Feedback: A reminder for parents, please do submit your feedback for our family devotionals if you haven’t already. CLICK HERE to complete the form.

That’s it for this week!



tiny house

Good Evening, Gateway!

John and I are settling into our new home (somewhat larger than the one pictured above). But if this email was a house, it’d be a “tiny house”; minimal, but with all the essentials.

Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 13th): We are looking forward to honoring our Gateway moms this Sunday! Please remember to bring a package new diapers if you are planning to give to the St. Louis Diaper Bank.

Eurasian Missions Sunday (May 20th): Less than two weeks remain till Eurasian Missions Sunday. We will have an update for you on the total amount collected this Sunday.

Family Devotionals Input: Moms and Dads, please take a few minutes to provide your input on our Family Devotionals HERE. Family Devotionals will resume soon.

That’s it for this week!

PS (Just for fun): The house in the picture above was actually built by a 13-year-old in Iowa for just $1500! His story is pretty impressive. Click HERE to read more about the 89 square foot micro-home and why he decided build it.



Hello, friends!

If you’ve missed our family devotionals, good news! They are coming back. We as many families as possible to attend, so please make your voice heard:

Click here to share your input.

We are asking you to share the evenings of the week that would work best for you, and there is also a space for any additional thoughts you would like to share about our upcoming devotionals. Please email Bobby Ritter if you have any questions (

Also coming soon:

Congregational Devotional (Friday May 4, 7pm): We hope all of you can join us this Friday. Childcare will be available for age 11 and under.

Diaper Donations Update (Mother’s Day, May 13th): Over the weekend we received donations of nearly 500 diapers! Since we reached this goal so quickly, we’re raising the goal to 1000. Please consider giving any size package of new diapers. All sizes are needed but the greatest need is Sizes 4 and 5, along with training pants/pull-ups.

Missions Update (Sunday, May 20th): As of this past Friday, we have collected $27,224 towards our goal.

Hope many of you will join us on Friday!



Good evening, Gateway!

This year, we are doing something different for Mother’s Day! In addition to honoring our own Gateway mothers, we also want give all our members — men AND women — the opportunity to “be a mom” to those in need outside of our church.

On Sunday, May 13, we will be collecting diapers to benefit the St. Louis Diaper Bank. These are distributed to local moms in need. We have a goal of collecting at least 500 diapers as a congregation. You can bring any size diapers, but the greatest need is sizes 4 and 5, and also pull-ups and training pants.

Please bring new, unopened packages of diapers for our collection. We will take these to the diaper bank for you following our Mother’s Day service.

Click here to read more about story of the St. Louis Diaper Bank.

Here’s what else is coming:

Congregational Devoational (Friday, May 4th, 7pm): Please save the date! All members are encouraged to attend our quarterly “family time”. Childcare will be provided.

Missions Sunday (Sunday, May 20th): Collection continues! As of now we’ve received $20,400 towards our goal of $75,000. You can give online (select “Missions” as the fund) or via check (write “Eurasian Missions” in the memo.) Click here to learn more about the work of Eurasian Missions.

Heartland Youth Camp (June 10-16), Heartland Kids Kamp (June 19-23): Only 5 days remain in the Early Bird registration period! For all camp-related information, go to:

And finally…..

Save the Dates!

Marrieds & Singles Night on the Riverfront (Saturday July 28th, beginning at 4:30pm)

Cardinals Baseball Outing (Sunday September 23rd, 1:15pm)

More details to follow on both events.


Lima Beans


It’s true! The humble, underappreciated lima bean has a holiday all of its own. This coming Friday is Lima Bean Respect Day. You can read about this obscure holiday and fun facts about the lima bean HERE.

Coming events at the church…sadly–or perhaps thankfully, depending on how you were raised–none of these will feature lima beans…

Heartland Prom/Afterprom (Saturday, April 28th): Prom and afterprom registration will close this coming Sunday, April 22nd. No registrations will be accepted at the door. Click here to register. Cost is $60 per person for both prom and afterprom, or $20 for afterprom-only.

Congregational Devoational (Friday, May 4th, 7pm): Please save the date! All members are encouraged to attend our quarterly “family time”. Childcare will be provided.

Missions Sunday (Sunday, May 20th): Our annual contribution for our sister churches in Russia will be collected about one month from now. The goal is $75,000; you can give earlier if you want to. Select “Missions” from the fund options for giving online. Checks should have “Eurasian Missions” written in the memo line.

Heartland Youth Camp (June 10-16), Heartland Kids Kamp (June 19-23): Early Bird registration continues through the end of this month. For information and registration forms for both camps, go to

One last thing…

We are working to repair some plumbing issues affecting the sanctuary area of the church. For this coming Sunday (and possibly next couple after that), the bathrooms off the sanctuary will be closed. The upstairs bathrooms are still available. Additionally, use of the baptistry will be limited. Please reply to this email if you have questions.

Thanks all! See you this weekend.



Good afternoon family!

If you signed up to be a mentor at our last family devotional, are currently mentoring a teen/pre-teen, or are interested in potentially doing so, please join us either at 8-8:45 am or 10:45-11:30 am in the Adult Education room (#3) on Sunday, April 15th. In this session we will share available resources, expectations, and match available mentors with our youth! Text Bobby Ritter with questions: (908) 989-0757.

Also coming up…

Teen Prom/After-prom (Saturday April 28th): Only a few days remain to register at the reduced rate of $55 per person. Beginning April 9th thru April 22nd, the price will increase to $60. Go here to register for prom and afterprom:

Titus 2 (Saturday, April 14th, 9:30am): Jeanine Spencer will lead our next lesson, “Life is Like a Box of Chocolates”. We’ll discuss how to respond as Christian women when the “chocolates” aren’t quite what we expected! Light refreshments will be served and childcare will be provided.

Blood Drive (Sunday, April 22nd, 8:30-1pm): Click HERE to sign up in advance. Sign-ups will also be available for the next two Sundays at church.

Upcoming Singles Events:
Singles Connect Breakfast – Saturday, April 7th, 9am
Singles Devotional – Friday, April 27th, 7pm

Contact Alex Hanna for details on both events.

Have a great evening!



Good evening Gateway,

Easter is almost here! Here’s what you need to know about this coming weekend:

Good Friday (Friday, March 30th, 7pm): As in past years, this will be a time of sober reflection about Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross. Worship will include singing, prayer, and scripture reading. Ages middle school and up will join us in the sanctuary; childcare will be available for ages 11 and under.

Easter Sunday (Sunday, April 1st, 9am): Get there early! We will be providing a light continental breakfast of pastries, fruit, coffee, and DONUTS! Breakfast will be served beginning at 8:15am, followed by Easter worship at 9am. After church, we will have an egg hunt outside on the church lawn for all kids age 11 and under. The Easter Bunny will also make a guest appearance for photographs. If your child will participate in the egg hunt, please bring a basket or bag to collect eggs.

Please do continue to share the above graphic via text/direct message/social media. We look forward to seeing you and your friends on Sunday!

Heartland Prom/After Prom (Saturday April 28th): Just a reminder that the Early Bird period for prom registration will be ending a week after Easter. Cost is still $55 per person, but will be $60 per person beginning April 9th. Afterprom lock-in is $20 per person, no price increase after April 8th. Registration for both will remain open through Sunday, April 22nd. Go here to register for both:

See you on Sunday! I’ll be the one hoarding all the Boston Creme donuts. 😉