Family News

A place to share news and notes from our church family, things like thank you notes, births, weddings, and more.

Have something you'd like to share? You may submit it by emailing Julie Egy.

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Robert and Christi Kingsley were blessed with a son, Tyler Robert, on April 5.

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Brad and Mackenzie Williamson were blessed with a son, Bennet Axel, on March 23.

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Brian and Elizabeth Beyer were blessed with a daughter, Eloise Inez, on March 7.

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You kind expression of sympathy and friendship will always remain in our memories. Thank you for your thoughtfulness. And thank you also for the beautiful plant. What a perfect way to honor and remember my dad who was a farmer that loved the green earth.

Mike and Leann Karr

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Dear First Free friends,

That you so much for the beautiful pink plant. The blooms are still gorgeous! My mom loved flowers and her precious church family! And her Lord!! What a sweet assurance to know we will all spend eternity with God, continuing our praise and song! I cherish this knowledge!

Thanks again,
Karen and kids
(daughter of Maryann Papke)

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Dear Church family,

Thank you for the beautiful bouquet of roses you presented to us in honor of our 60th anniversary. We appreciate this lovely gift along with the many who celebrated the Lord's faithfulness throughout our marriage at the reception on the 12th, and for the many cards.

In Christ,
Gladys and Del Hinckle

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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Thank you for the living plant in memory of Mark's dad, Herb. Thank you to all those at church and in the office, who sent words of comfort and encouragement.

God is so good for His incredible grace, mercy and love in our redemption. We are humbled that He chose us to be His and that through the joys and sorrows of this life we glorify Him because of being "in Christ" and we can be Him to others who do not have His hope and peace.

Thank you for glorifying our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and for loving us. What a great testimony to share to others.

In great appreciation and sincere love,
Mark and Amy Michaelis

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Thank you so much for your care, prayers and support since Fay’s mother passed away last Monday. The lovely plant the church sent is a living reminder of the support and love we share at First Free. Thank you so much for that gift! We are so blessed to be part of a community like First Free. And we know the strength we have found in the last week is in large part from the answers to prayer from you all.

Grateful to be in this Body of Believers,
Dave and Fay Netherton

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Jonny and Michal Rector were blessed with twin daughters, EleanorJoy and Abigail Hope, on February 20.

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Josh and Sarah Beth McCollum were blessed with a son, Gibson Bennett, on February 12.

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Long-time member Maryann Papke died Wednesday, February 8. Her funeral service is at 10:30 am on Thursday, February 16, in the Worship Center at First Free.

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Andy and Martha Hawkins were blessed with a daughter, Kathryn Renee, on November 29.

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Dear First Free,

We so appreciate the beautiful plant sent in memory of Dan's mother! We rejoice that she accepted Jesus as her savior two days before she died. We know we will see her again.

Dan & Susan Wilson

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Dear First Free Family,

A hearty thank you to the church for all of your prayers and kindness expressed to me and my family as we said goodbye to my dad. Thank you to each one who prayed, sent cards, spoke words of sympathy. All is appreciated, and we feel the love.

Thank you also for the beautiful plant. It will be a sweet reminder of my dad.

On behalf of the Paul Penner family,
Thanks!
Sandy Friesen

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Jordan and Hannah Northerns were blessed with a daughter, Margaret Jo Caroline, on December 7.

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Dear First Free Family,

Thank you for the beautiful peace-lily in memory of Lindy's mom, Darlene Smith. We are grateful for your kind expression of thoughfulness and sympathy. We are blessed, knowing that she is no longer suffering, but whole and rejoicing eternally with our LORD Jesus. How thankful we are for the peace and hope we have in Christ.

With gratitude,
Suzi & Lindy Smith and family

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Russ and Kristin Yost were blessed with a daughter, Lily Mae, on November 2.