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Community Choir Festival 2019

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First Free Rockford is once again hosting a Community Choir Festival with Dr. Gary Bonner. If you like to sing, then this is for you! On Friday and Saturday, February 22 and 23, singers from all around the region will come together in one mighty chorus, and we want you to join us! Rehearsals are Friday evening 7:00–9:30 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Then on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. there will be a free Community Choir Concert.

Singers

Don’t miss the thrill of being a part of this large community choir made up of singers of all ages from all over the mid-west. We will sing, laugh, and learn together. The weekend culminates with a free concert for our community.

For Singers of all levels and musical talents. Everyone learns something!

Directors

If you are looking to infuse joy, energy, and passion into your music program, then this is a weekend that you and your singers simply shouldn’t miss!

Pricing

REGISTER NOW!Lunch on Saturday is included in registration fees below.

EARLY BIRD RATE – thru Nov 30, 2018
$25 – Adults
$15 – Students (for Student Pricing -use Promo code CCF2019)

REGULAR RATEbeginning Dec 1, 2018
$30 – Adults
$20 – Students (for Student Pricing -use Promo code CCF2019)

If you have questions, please call Renee at 815-877-7046 or email her.

 

Videos from Last Year

 

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Public Forum on Human Trafficking & Domestic Violence

Learn how Rockford is being affected by human trafficking and domestic violence and what our community can do about it. There will be a presentation given by Rockford Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation – RAASE, Inc. and the Mayor’s Office, and a panel discussion with Mayor Tom McNamara, Judge Rosemary Collins (17th Circuit Domestic Violence Court), Lt. Kurt Whisenand (Rockford Illinois Police Department) and Jennifer Cacciapaglia (RAASE). First Free Rockford is hosting the event; no reservations required.

 

**Due to the nature of the content, this forum is intended for people age 17 and older**

St Marks Church

St. Mark Church

Thank you for following up on the uniform project and verifying the Norquist’s hours. We received the $750 check from the Jeremiah project and are grateful.

After our Registration Day sales in August, we will send you a report. We appreciate your support.

Peace and blessings,

Stella L. Schroeder

St. Mark Church

Rockford Dance Company

Rockford Dance Company

Thank you for your generous donation of $750.00 to Rockford Dance Company, we truly appreciate your support. There are countless opportunities ahead for RDC and with the continued financial support from our friends we have the foundation to advance our mission of pursuing excellence in the art of dance through performance, education, and outreach.

Rockford Dance Company is committed to providing each student with the opportunity to grow as a dancer, an artist, and as a young adult. We work with our students to instill the importance of discipline, responsibility, and team work–qualities essential to success in life.

On behalf of the Rockford Dance Company family, please accept my deepest gratitude; your gift allows RDC to continue its 45 year legacy in the Rockford community as a premiere performing arts organization.

Best regards,

Emily Cooke

Executive Director

Fish Abled Foundation

The Fish-Abled Foundation

It is with a sincere and humble heart that I write to thank you for your generous gift to The Fish-Abled Foundation. The Foundation provides social outings for those with mental and physical disabilities in Winnebago and Boone Counties and the surrounding area. They continue to expand those boundaries as they build and restore a better quality of life for people who otherwise would not get out because of their disabilities. The Foundation is dependent on the generosity of individuals and organizations so that they may continue to provide “day-cations” for these individuals.

The events include performing arts, bowling, sporting events, picnics, holiday banquets, zoos, apple orchards, support groups, museums and … of course … FISHING. Eric’s influence, passion and love for Jesus has affected not only the more than 200 individuals involved in the Foundation, but also the many “behind the scenes” volunteers. The Fish-Abled Foundation is changing the lives of those with mental and physical disabilities by expanding their horizons, giving them an opportunity to socialize with others and showing the love of Jesus every step of the way. This has a ripple effect in our community and opens doors for other opportunities. It also helps educate our community regarding the personal needs of these individuals and their desire to be a part of our growing society.

The Fish-Abled Foundation’s mission is to lift up and encourage people with disabilities through planned events, fellowship and various outreach opportunities. Erick Fishe, the founder, has a passion to empower our friends with disabilities by providing them fellowship, field trips, and encouragement. Many of these people were just bouncing from doctor appointment to doctor appointment. By getting to know each person individually, Eric began to see what burdens they had. The Fish-Abled Foundation liberates them, so they can re-establish an active lifestyle.

I am personally inspired by Eric’s love, compassion and devotion to God’s leading regarding the Foundation and each individual participant. I also appreciate the many selfless volunteers who have a special place in their hearts for these members of our community. There is no monetary compensation, but the personal, relational and spiritual compensation is eternal. All events are free to the participants and many times their guests. Your generosity will help The Fish-Abled Foundation continue to grow and bring enjoyment and purpose to many more in our community as well continue to spread the love of Jesus. Your generous gift is appreciated beyond words.

May God richly bless you all!

Sincerely,

Jeanne Greenfield, Board Member

The Fish-Abled Foundation

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Big Day of Serving

Big Day of Serving

Back in March we hosted our reSTART 2018 Concert featuring recording artist Crowder.  Through the course of the concert and ticket sales we raised $18,000 to invest back in to the city of Rockford.  What we want to do with the funds is to mobilize First Free Rockford to serve our community and demonstrate the love of God in a very practical way.

May 19th, 2018 we will use the $18,000 to fund the BIG DAY OF SERVING where we will partner with Rockford Public Schools, Rockford Rescue Mission, and the Rockford Park District to carry out landscaping and beautification projects to bring new life to our city in areas that desperately need it.

All three projects will happen simultaneously on the morning of Saturday May 19th from 8:00AM – 12:00PM.

Project Locations:

  • Whitehead Elementary School
  • Rockford Rescue Mission
  • Martin Park

Join Us

If you are interested in join us please sign up at the Events Desk on Sunday mornings at First Free Rockford.

Community Choir Festival

Community Choir Festival

Community Choir Festival

First Free Rockford is once again hosting a Community Choir Festival with Dr. Gary Bonner. If you like to sing – then this is for you!

Dr. Gary Bonner conducting the choir

On Friday and Saturday, February 2 & 3, singers from all around the region will come together in one mighty chorus, and we want you to join us! Rehearsals are Friday evening 7-9:30pm and Saturday 9am-3pm. (Lunch is included in your registration fee)

Then on Saturday at 6pm will be a free Community Choir Concert.

Singers:

Don’t miss the thrill of being a part of this large community choir made up of singers of all ages from all over the mid-west. We will sing, laugh, and learn together. The weekend culminates with a free concert for our community.

For Singers of all levels and musical talents. Everyone learns something!

Directors:

If you are looking to infuse joy, energy, and passion into your music program, then this is a weekend that you and your singers simply shouldn’t miss!

 

If you have questions, please call Renee Cooper at (815) 877-7046 or email reneec@firstfreerockford.org

 

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Choir receiving instruction

Lydia Home

Lydia Home receives funds to train staff.

I want to thank First Free for the Jeremiah Fund Grant to Lydia Urban Academy last spring.
For some time, Lydia has been serving many low-income Rockford youth who had been unsuccessful in their previous schools and who needed a non-traditional classroom setting as well as appropriate specialized intervention to improve their chances for earning a diploma and gaining the life skills for employment so that they can contribute to their community. Our classroom ratio is 10:1, which allows students to receive more help from the teacher. We use much project-based learning experiences so that students can learn subject matter material in different ways, allowing a student to express their learning in ways appropriate for their learning skills and abilities. It had become increasingly apparent that our specialized intervention program, utilizing the  NILD (National Institute for Learning Development) program, needed to expand so the Jeremiah Fund contribution helped make it possible to train additional staff so we could expand help to low-income students who otherwise could not afford such services. So many of our students have Individualized Educational Plans (IEP’s) and 504 Plans and still were unsuccessful in their previous schools because their achievement scores were often 4 or more years below their expected grade level. For them to earn diplomas and become successful in getting jobs, they needed intensive intervention that would change the way they learn and help them develop strategies to become efficient and effective learners at the level that would allow them to become successful and independent. NILD Educational Therapists are trained to guide learning and mediate student’s thinking to higher levels with good questioning, utilizing specific academic and processing techniques so they can make more than a year’s progress academically in one year, rather than to continue to lose ground each year they are in school. The NILD philosophy is based on the expectation that cognition and academic difficulties can be improved, giving student’s new hope in the future. This year we were able to provide  Educational Therapy to three more Lydia students and we expect that more will be added during the year.

Thanks again for the Jeremiah Fund contribution.

Vesta Gillette