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A servant, a car and a spiritual heritage

A servant, a car and a spiritual heritage

In its list of available scholarships, Moody Bible Institute includes a short biography of John Willis, for whom a foreign missions scholarship is named. From Willis’ early years serving at Chicago’s Bethel Baptist Church, this short item is noted: “Every Sunday he...
Q&R with Pastor Luke Uran: Peaks & Valleys

Q&R with Pastor Luke Uran: Peaks & Valleys

First, could we take a look back at the two-week Devoted series, about the church? What were the thoughts behind that? Statistics are showing that 30 percent of people who were regularly gathering in person and engaging in church before COVID are not doing that...
Jesus, John Wayne and the church

Jesus, John Wayne and the church

Any opinions expressed here are mine, and do not necessarily reflect those of First Free Rockford or its leadership. I didn’t want to read Jesus and John Wayne last year. I knew it might take me to a dark place, and 2020 was already dark enough. Here’s why I chose to...
Kids Club will launch with a new look

Kids Club will launch with a new look

When Wednesday night Kids Club starts Sept. 8, much will look the same: fun and games, a large-group talk and breaking into smaller groups with leaders.  But the lessons will look different, with a big emphasis on discipleship.  Kids Director Kari Heckler...
New audience, fresh mission

New audience, fresh mission

In a hidden-away room that used to house the church library, a new ministry opportunity is taking shape. It’s an audio and video production studio aimed at improving First Free’s online worship services. As we all watched services online during the worst months of the...
uNITE brings churches together for worship

uNITE brings churches together for worship

What began last summer as a citywide youth event is now inviting a broader audience. The uNITE worship gathering, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. this Friday at Summerwood, is open to all ages. Talented musicians and song leaders from large and small churches around Rockford will...
ESL class fosters friendships

ESL class fosters friendships

About 11 years ago, one of the women from the Chinese Church that meets at First Free Rockford wanted to speak better English. A church friend introduced her to Lois Mienert, who had been a reading specialist at Rock Valley College and later taught English to...
Better living through chemistry

Better living through chemistry

In 2003, Josh Denhart was a high-school chemistry teacher in West Des Moines, Iowa. His department head asked if he could come up with a mad-scientist routine for a local elementary school. “I thought that sounded fun,” he remembers. “So I pilfered and pulled random...
Q&R with Meredith Domanico – Part 2 of 2

Q&R with Meredith Domanico – Part 2 of 2

Part 1 of this conversation focused on students’ recent experience at Summer Camp. As the conversation continues, we talk about opportunities and challenges of student ministry today. Jim Killam: I know it’s different today than it was 14 years ago when you...
Q&R with Meredith Domanico – Part 1 of 2

Q&R with Meredith Domanico – Part 1 of 2

This is the first of a two-part conversation with Meredith Domanico, Student Ministries Director. Jim Killam: You and some of the students got back from Summer Camp recently, right? Meredith Domanico: Yeah. We were at Expeditions Unlimited in Baraboo, Wisconsin. We...