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


Dear First Free Church Family,

Thank you for the lovely plant you sent in recognition of my father's passing. Your thoughts and prayers have been so kind and are greatly appreciated by each and every one of us.

Lisa Vance;
Mary and Brad Winter and family


Dylan and Hannah Entz were blessed with a son, Isaiah David, born on March 12, 2021.


Dear First Free Church Family,

Thank you so much for the plant you sent for the passing of my mother. Although we will miss her, we are thankful she's no longer suffering.

Thanks again,
Jason Wenzel & Family


Dear First Free Church Family,

Thank you for all the flowers we received after my son's passing. Thank you, too, for your love and faithful prayers. 

Bernie Hirsch


Dear First Free Church Family,

Thank you for the beautiful rose bouquet we received in honor our our 60th wedding anniversary! What a pleasant surprise. Sixty years is a long time and I know we couldn't do it without the Lord Jesus Christ and our church family in our lives. 

Thank you for your love and support.
Joe & Sandy Stout


Dear First Free Church Family,

The family of John Burkholder would like to thank you for the beautiful Peace Lily plant and the lovely cards with heartfelt and kind expressions of sympathy shown to us following his passing and homegoing to be with Jesus.

Thank you too for the donations to our church and SAT-7, and the prayers for John, especially through the years.

Thank you to our dear friends who prepared a meal for our family after the service and for all who had a part on that day, serving in one way or another! Your caring support and love was a great blessing and comfort to our family. Thank you!

Much love,
Trudy Burkholder, John David & Staci Burkholder & Family


Dear First Free Church Family,

Thank you for the beautiful plant, cards, phone calls, meals, and prayers for my family and I during my dad's hospitalization and subsequent death. I will miss him very much but am confident that he is in his eternal home with his Savior and Lord, free of pain and suffering. Your prayers were so appreciated, and my family and I experienced the peace that passed all understanding and God's comfort as a result. Thank you for being the hands and body of Christ to us during this time. 

Darla Stevens and family


Tim and Ashlee Coltrain were blessed with a son, Ty Lee, born on January 27, 2021.


Matthew and Emily Surridge were blessed with a daughter, Penelope Dawn, born on December 26, 2020.


Dear First Free Church Family,

We want to thank the church for the beautiful peace lily plant that was sent at the time my Dad was called home to be with his Heavenly Father.  It was encouragement to us since we could not return to Ohio for his celebration of life service due to Covid-19 restrictions.  We also appreciated the cards, calls and prayers as they were a comfort to us knowing that we had the support of our church family.  We are closing with the words that my Dad often sang as a solo.

Because He Lives, I can face tomorrow!

Sid and Carol Sprunger


Dear First Free Family,

Thank you for the beautiful lily that was sent after the passing of my mother, Janda. It was beautiful and really touched my heart. I am truly blessed to have such a generous and caring church home. All of the cards and prayers are truly a gift that I will not forget. This has been a difficult time for me, and I feel very loved and cared for by all of you. This is what I prayed and asked Him to do; therefore, you are truly an answer to prayer. Thank you for everything.

Sincerely,
Martha Hawkins


Dear Church Family,

Thank you for your encouraging support through this time. Your thoughts and prayers have been such a comfort. We know Dad is with our Lord and is happy, healthy and pain free.

Thank you for the cards and the beautiful plant. We look forward to being with you soon. May God bless you all.

Love,
Linda & Rhonda Reynolds


Dear Church Family,

Thank you so much for the beautiful peace lily you sent in memory of my mom. Mom was able to attend church with us occasionally and so enjoyed the Read Through the Bible class, the preaching of God's Word, and especially the music, including the choir and organ.

At her bedside, I was able to read Scripture to her, rejoicing that she would soon experience God's victory through Christ! Her faith has become sight and we grieve with great hope!

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. Ps.116:15 

With love and gratitude,
Julie & David Sutton


Dear First Free Church,

Thank you so much for sending us a peace lily plant in honor of my dad. We appreciate our church family. Your love, care, and support means so much to us. You all are such a blessing! Thanks for praying for us as we go through the grieving process.

Love,
Rod & Joyce Bevan


Dear First Free Church,

Thank you for your expressions of thoughtfulness with the passing of Mom. We've appreciated your kind words, cards, prayers, and the lovely lily plant.

In Christ,
Don, David, Colleen, Alaina & Rachel Cox


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Thank you for your kind words, prayers and the beautiful peace lily. We appreciate your support as we drove to West Virginia for my mom's funeral service. There were many, many blessings through it all. God has been gracious to us.

Love,
Paula Ghazarian 


Dear First Free Church Family,

Thank you for the many cards, the beautiful lily plant and especially your prayers in recent weeks during Dad's illness and homegoing. Although COVID prevented us from honoring his life with a memorial service, we are grateful to Mike for doing the graveside service and for the comfort he extended on your behalf. 

We share Dad's love for our church family, his gratitude for your support and prayers over the last two and a half years while he was on dialysis, and we are thankful for your many expressions of sympathy and support.

In Christ,
The Family of Delbert Hinckle (Robert & Sheila Whetstone and Alan & Angie Herbert)


Stephen and Whitney Netherton were blessed with a daughter, Emery Louise, born on November 7, 2020.


Christian and Rachel Raab were blessed with a son, Russell Christian, born on October 22, 2020.


Dear First Free Church Family,

Thank you so much for the lovely Peace Lily you gave us. Our family feels so blessed for the prayers, meals, and other ways that you have cared for us.

Please continue to pray for us as we adjust to not having Doug in our lives.

Sincerely,
Cheryl, Leah, Daniel & Joel Schaible


Hello Church Family,

Thanks so much for the Peace Lily and the prayers and care during the passing of my dad. It is a sad time but we are also rejoicing because he knew Jesus Christ as His Lord & Savior. Glad he is not suffering anymore in his earthly body.

Love,
Donald & Sandy Friesen 


Eric and Jaylen Ross were blessed with a son, William Wybern, born on October 2, 2020.


Dear First Free Church Family,

Thank you so much for the beautiful plant you sent to our home to honor my mom. She was a beautiful example of a life lived for God's service.

Sincerely,
Layne & Nancy Reusser


Dear First Free Church Family,

Thank you for the plant that you sent in honor of my mom. First Free was her home away from home. She loved her time there and it was such a big part of her life. Thank you all for how you loved her and how you poured your life into hers. I am deeply grateful!

In Christ,
Susie Holmes


Dear First Free Church Family,

Thank you for the beautiful plant in honor of my mom, Nancy Gill Alamo. We rejoice that she is in the presence of our Lord & Savior.

Susan Wilson


Dear First Free Church Family,

It was a perfect and beautiful day that the Lord gave us to celebrate Carol's going home to the Lord. It was so wonderful to be with my church family. And the great service we had for her ... I am sure Carol would have been well pleased. Thanks and praise to all of you for the many cards with encouraging words for this time in my life. I thank the church family for many years of great fellowship in the Lord. I love you all so very much and may the Lord bless you all richly!

I look forward to hearing the sermons on Daniel.

In Christ's Love,
Harry Castelli 


Dear First Free Church Family,

Thank you so very much for the beautiful Peace Lily in honor of the Homegoing of my father. Also thank you so much for all the cards, notes of encouragement, and prayers supporting me and my family. We miss him terribly, but know that someday, in God's perfect timing, we will be with him again.

Blessings to you all,
Sally (Giles) Jones


Jake and Angela Ramstack were blessed with a son, Nolan Jacob, born on August 25, 2020.


Nick and Nicole Miller were blessed with a son, Finnegan Graham, born on August 25, 2020.


Ryan and Lynn Matthews were blessed with a son, Caleb Ronen, born on August 12, 2020.


Nelson and Kirstyn Bahruth were blessed with a son, Elias John, born on July 31, 2020.


Dear First Free Church Family,

During a time like this we realize how much our friends really mean to us. Your expression of sympathy will always be remembered. Thank you for the plant.

In His love,
Juanita Stone and Family


Dear First Free Church Family,

It was so kind of you to think of me at this time. Mom was a wonderful wife, mother and friend. She most of all loved her Lord Jesus.

The plant is beautiful and I will cherish it as I do my church family.

Because He Lives!
Anita Callaway


I would like to thank all of you for all of the cards and notes of sympathy after the sudden death of my sister, Joyce. Also your prayers are so special to me and my family. We treasure the support of our church families! May God bless each one of you for your Christian love.

Lynn Frank