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Touched by an Angel Tree

Touched by an Angel Tree

First Free Rockford families have long taken part in the Angel Tree program. This Christmas season, Lisa Parrish got an unexpected glimpse of its impact. Run nationally by Prison Fellowship, Angel Tree is an opportunity to buy Christmas gifts for children on behalf of...
Advent, Week 4: The joy of heaven

Advent, Week 4: The joy of heaven

In a flash mob, lots of people suddenly show up in a public place, do something memorable, and then disperse again. Random outbreaks of joy, we might call them. In 2012, a Spanish bank organized a flash mob in a shopping plaza north of Barcelona. A hundred musicians...
Christmas Traditions: A look back

Christmas Traditions: A look back

A huge thanks to everyone who helped make Christmas Traditions a special evening. The indoor and outdoor venues were abuzz, families had lots of fun together and the message of Jesus was front and center. Here are a few highlights from videographer Nate Carter and...
Advent, Week 3: Ordinary and Miraculous

Advent, Week 3: Ordinary and Miraculous

On the third Sunday of Advent, we light the Shepherds candle, which symbolizes joy.  In Luke’s gospel, the shepherds are credited as being the first people to be told of the Messiah’s birth and the first to go and visit the child. However, in Matthew a similar...
Advent, Week 2: Touch of the Master’s Hand

Advent, Week 2: Touch of the Master’s Hand

An auctioneer holds up an old, battered and beaten violin and starts the bidding. The initial offering price is three dollars. Then, after an older gentleman comes forward, wipes the dust away, tightens the strings and plays a beautiful melody, the violin sells for...
Make Christmas memories, indoors and out

Make Christmas memories, indoors and out

This year, Christmas Traditions includes several outdoor venues, so bring your hats and mittens. There’s a carnival-sized carousel; a reindeer petting zoo; and a carriage ride to an outdoor station where you can roast s’mores. At the live Nativity, the...