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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...
Meet First Free’s one-woman band

Meet First Free’s one-woman band

You wouldn’t know it by watching her play, but First Free organist Karen Anderson controls a warehouse full of electronic relays, pneumatic tubes, wall-sized louvers and — literally — almost 2,000 bells and whistles. The organ’s offi cial name is Opus 1329, which is...
Q&R with Pastors Luke Uran & Josh Pardee

Q&R with Pastors Luke Uran & Josh Pardee

Two weeks into our “In Season” series about the fruit of the Spirit, we spoke with Lead Pastor Luke Uran and Associate Pastor Josh Pardee about all things summer here at First Free. What prompted this new series and where are we going with it? Luke Uran, lead pastor...
An evening to remember

An evening to remember

This was going to be about bears. Grizzlies, in fact. I was thinking about Pastor Luke’s message about the love of God. I thought of hiking in wild places, because it reminds me not only of God’s infinite grandeur, but also his infinite love. There’s a lot there to...