‘A window of opportunity’

‘A window of opportunity’

Paul and Diane Geddes never really imagined themselves as snowbirds. Now that they’re both retired, though, you won’t find them in Illinois during the dead of winter. The past three winters, they’ve used the month of January to head south—not to beaches or golf...
A legacy of mission

A legacy of mission

Don Oleson was still principal of Rockford East High School when First Free sent its first mission team to Czechoslovakia in 1992. He watched with interest and thought, I could do something like that after retiring. But he had no plans to retire any time soon. God has...
Helping friends in need

Helping friends in need

For more than 50 years, First Free Rockford sent students to eastern Kentucky every June. Generations of seventh and eighth-graders remember trekking to “the hills and hollers” to serve churches with service and maintenance work, plus hosting a Vacation Bible School....
Summer Ministry in All Directions

Summer Ministry in All Directions

During worship services this Sunday (June 4), we will commission individuals and teams from our church family doing summer ministry work in Rockford and all over the world. Here’s what some of them will be doing this summer, and where—plus some ways you can pray...
An update from Brovary, Ukraine

An update from Brovary, Ukraine

Here’s an email update we just received from Pastor Anatoly and Sophia Lepak of First Free’s longtime sister church, First Baptist Brovary, Ukraine. Brovary is a city of 109,000 people (before the war) about 12 miles east of the capital city of Kyiv. Anatoly and...
Front-line ministry in Ukraine

Front-line ministry in Ukraine

Money sent by First Free Rockford is helping Ukrainian chaplains minister to soldiers on the war’s front lines. First Free has a long relationship with their church, Cirkev Bratska (Church of the Brethren) in the east Slovak village of Hermanovce nad Topľou. It’s...