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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Dear First Free,

God has special ways of brightening our days, and you certainly added a measure of brightness to our day; with the best wishes and the beautiful bouquet of roses for our 60th anniversary. It was quite a surprise. Thanks.

WIth the love of Christ,
Jim and Elise Gates

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Dear First Free Family,

Thank you for the beautiful plant you sent in honor of my dad. The many cards, notes and kind words we have received from our Frist Free family have been a tremendous source of strength as we mourn his loss.

Blessings to all,
Patti & Byron West

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Dear First Free Family,

Thank you so much for the beautiful plant we received after my father's death. We are also thankful for the many phone calls, cards and emails. It is comforting to know that in our time of grief, we had the concerns and prayers of our church family.

With love in Christ,
Myra and Greg Waldo

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Dear First Free Family,

On behalf of my family, I want to thank you so much for the prayers, kind words and lovely plant that you have gifted to us. Thank you to Pastor High, Sherri and Judy for attending the service - that meant so much. What a gift mom was to all of us and what a gift to know she is with the Lord she loves. We miss her.

Sending our love and gratitude,
Mike, Michelle and Allison Sutherland

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My Dear First Free Family,

Thank you all so much for the lovely plant you sent. It is beautiful! We so appreciate all of you and don't tell you enough! Knowing our church is praying for us is about the best blessing in the world!

Love and prayers,
Cindy and Keith Call

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My Dear First Free Family,

Thank you so very much for the lovely plant you sent me. I love it very much and it means a whole lot to me. I just want to tell you all thank you for how much you care about me and love me. Each and every one of you mean so very much to me and I really love you all so very much.

Thanks so very much for thinking about me in my time of loss and for prayig for me at this time. It all means so much to me to have a loving and caring church family such as you all.

Love,
Denise Gurley.

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Christopher and Molly Chase were blessed with a son, Daniel Keith, on May 25.

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Josh and Kim Schmidt were blessed with a son, James Duane, on June 12.

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Chris and Ginny Shields were blessed with a son, Easton Grey, on June 6.

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First Free family,

We are enjoying the beautiful green plant. It's a cheery sight in the time of our sorrow. Thank you for your continued thoughts and prayers.

Love,
Lynn & Priscilla Frank and the Bowers family

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Dear First E. Free family,

Thank you so much for the flowers and the card. It really encouraged me and brightened up my hospital room. I also loved the card that folded out to be flowers. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sara Vance

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Dear First Free family,

Thank you for the beautiful plant you sent for Susan's memorial service. Thanks too for the love and support for Susan and our whole family.

With love,
Steve Nave

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Jarvis and Serenity Seaman were blessed with a daughter, Jillian Mae, on March 10.

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First Free member Marvin Way passed away Monday afternoon, May 15. His memorial service is Friday, May 19, at 11:00 am in the Worship Center. Please join us in praying for God’s comfort for JoAnn and the rest of the family.

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Rachelle Herrman graduated with highest honors from Butler Community College with an Associate's degree in Elementary Education on May 13.

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I would like to thank the church for taking such good care of me during my 3 months of recovery from broken legs and again for your love and support with the passing of my dad. We felt blessed and loved.

Thanks so much,
Lora and Ken Voth family and Ruth Pracht

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First Free member Susan Nave passed away Monday afternoon, May 1, after being hospitalized on Friday. Her memorial service is Friday, May 5, at 11:30 am in the Worship Center.

We are very saddened by her passing and ask you to join us in praying for God’s comfort for Steve, children Tony, Nick, Maggie (Black) and their families, and the many who knew and loved Susan.

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Clayton and Emily Riehn were blessed with a son, Cole Stephen, on April 17.

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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.