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 Friends at First Free,

Thank you so much for the prayers and support I have felt since my son Clayton's death. I treasure your prayers, and love the beautiful plant sent in his memory.

With love and appreciation,
Nicki Nave


Dear First Free Family,

What a delight this past weekend as our daughter, Jill, brought two large sacks of cards, many of them from you at First Free, in recognition of our 50 years of marriage. Yes, we were married on June 3, 1972, at Linda’s home church, Faith Baptist in Andover. More than one third of those 50 years were spent with you at First Free, being encouraged along the way in our marriage and family. Hearing from you and reading several anecdotes of your memories of those years was a great blessing, including a few tears of joy and longing to our hearts and eyes.

With deep love and gratitude,
Tom and Linda Macy


Dear First Free Family,

Thank you so much for the beautiful plant you gave us after my father's death. We have truly felt loved by the body of Christ in this journey.

Cindy Brazell & Family


Dear First Free Church,

Thank you for remembering Nancy with the nice plant. She loved First Free and the preaching of the Word.

Gustavson Family


L&J were blessed with the recent birth of a son.


Luke and Jessica Wright were blessed with a son, Calvin Howard, born on March 28, 2022.


Dear First Free Church,

Thank you for sending the beautiful peace lily plant and recognizing my dad's death. Your thoughtfulness and prayers are greatly appreciated. The plant is on our kitchen table and brightens the area.

God bless,
Steve & Daina Schatzman


David and Erika Duncan were blessed to finalize the adoption of their son, Jeremiah Job, on March 3, 2022.


Dear First Free Church,

A surprise arrived today: a lovely peace lily plant!! I so appreciate it and thank you so very much. Your kindness was so thoughtful.

Sharon Anderson


Andre and Jenny Youngblood were blessed with a son, Micah Makeen, born on February 3, 2022.


Justin and Emily Syrios were blessed with a son, Graham Hamilton, born on February 2, 2022.


Justin and Claire Woody were blessed with a son, Aiden Reinhardt, born on January 31, 2022.


Dear First Free Family,

Thank you for all your prayers during the passing of our mother. We appreciated the lovely display of flowers as well. May God bless you.

Love,
Allison Peterson and the entire Scheer Family


Jonathan and Sara Gideon were blessed with a daughter, India Jo, born on January 7, 2022.


Dustin and Ellen Smisor were blessed with a son, Jamison Dustin, born on December 7, 2021.


George and Mary Swartzendruber were blessed with a daughter, Elowynn Karis, born on November 6, 2021.


Dakota and Becca Hammond were blessed with a daughter, Felicity Dawn, born on October 26, 2021.


Dear First Evangelical Free Family,

Thank you for the lovely Peace Lily that was given in memory of Marilyn Friess. It is always nice to be remembered when a loved one has passed. We also want to thank all who prayed for Marilyn over the years, of which there are many. And we continue to thank our God and Savior whose grace and mercy far exceeds what we deserve.

In Christ,
Allen & Gaye Friess


First Evangelical Free Family,

Thank you for your kindness and generosity in giving the beautiful plant in memory of Mom. Our family is grateful for the outpouring of love and support shown to us during this time of loss.

Lovingly,
The Family of Sandy Stout


Daniel and Rebekah Garcia were blessed with a son, Frank Orval Pierce Garcia, born on August 26, 2021.


Friends of First Free,

Thank you for regularly blessing us here at Union Rescue Mission. The investment you make today has an eternal return on investment! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Team URM


Dear First Free Church Family,

Thank you for the beautiful plant. We have been overwhelmed with cards and kind expressions of sympathy and encouragement. You have blessed us and we are thankful for you. 

Pat & Nancy Moyer


Dear First Free Church Family,

What a thrill and an honor to be recognized on our 65th anniversary at both services this past Sunday!! This was truly the gift of a perfect memory. And the twelve gorgeous red roses accompanied with delicate flowers and greenery are placed where we can enjoy them throughout the day. Many thanks for sharing your love with us.

Gene & Margaret Logan


Jarvis and Serenity Seaman were blessed with a son, Jude Edward, born on August 2, 2021.


Caleb and Corrie Gibson were blessed with a son, Samuel Dale, born on July 31, 2021.


Dear First Free Church Family,

Thank you so much for the beautiful red roses to celebrate our 60 years of marriage! Most of all thank you for your love and friendship!

Gus & Nancy Gustavson


Mike and Elizabeth Phillips were blessed with a daughter, Olivia Dell, born on July 16, 2021.


Dear First Free Church Family,

The Peace Lily plant looked beautiful helping to grace the front of the Chapel during Mary's service. Many thanks for remembering and honoring her. The plant will be enjoyed!

Sincerely,
John Eby & Family


Dear First Free Church Family,

Thank you for the beautiful live plant in memory of Dad. Your love and care for him and our family during his 5 1/2 years of illness were a great blessing to us! You truly are Jesus' hands and feet--this is true body life! 

Thank you for serving us well. 

With Love & Gratitude,
Pam Roberts for Jeanne, Michael and Cathy


Dear First Free Church Family,

We greatly appreciate your kindness of the beautiful flowers and card on the passing of my mom.

Blessings,
Dave & Cindy Franson