Is First Free Your “Church Home”?
We believe that financial giving is a natural part of our regular worship to God. He calls us to give our ‘first fruits’ (2 Corinthians 9; Proverbs 3) such that we are called to give back to Him a sacrificial portion of what He has first given us. Through this sacrificial giving, it is our desire that all would draw closer to the heart of God.
If you have other questions about giving, call Director of Admin & Finance, Jung Hower: (773) 561-4175 x106.
Space Usage Requests
If you have questions, email our Director of Facilities, Michael Johnson or call the church office (773) 561-4175 x107.
FOR FIRST FREE MINISTRY TEAMS:
All events or meetings that take place on First Free campus space (events, team meetings, prayer and small groups, etc) must have the space reserved ahead of time. Please fill out this form to request space. (Note: Staff members can add their team meetings to the calendar, in which case this form does not need to be filled out. Ex: Del could add an Eleeo team meeting to the calendar.)
Ministry Space Request Form
FOR GENERAL SPACE USAGE OR RENTALS: (public/private non-First Free events)
During times when our various campus rooms are not being used for ministry, space may be available for rent for outside events/meetings/etc. Please refer to the pdf linked below for our rental policy. On page three, you can access both the fee information and a space request form.
FOR WEDDING RENTALS:
Please refer to the pdf linked below for our rental policy.
Our upcoming schedule is as follows. Meetings are held in the sanctuary, at approximately 11:15am (after a shorted 10am service and five-minute break.) Childcare is provided, but parents/guardians must RSVP for it at least one week in advance: email@example.com.
Sunday, January 22, 2016 – Ministry Community Meeting
Sunday, April 30, 2017 – Annual Meeting
Our Elder Board meets once a month to conduct business, sometimes calling additional meetings when there’s more business to conduct. The Elder Secretary keeps copies of meeting agendas and notes. For any inquiries about those meetings, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nomination Process for Elders
Nov 1– Communicate to the congregation that leadership is accepting names for potential elders
Nov 30 – Deadline for accepting names of potential elder candidates from congregational members
Dec – Elders will decide which nominee(s) we will approach about serving as an elder
Jan 15 – Senior pastor and/or elder chairperson will initiate conversations with prospective elder candidates
Feb 15 – Prospective candidates must let the senior pastor and/or elder chairperson know if they are willing to serve as an elder
April – At Annual Meeting the congregation votes on new elder candidate(s). Those affirmed will begin a two-year term of service.
Paul has been at FF for over eight years and has particularly enjoyed working with the youth and small group ministries, as well as teaching more in-depth Bible studies and working in the nursery. He is eager to see FF growing in our ability to make disciples and in our efforts to share God’s story.
Growing up, some of his favorite family vacations involved thirteen of us sleeping in a two bedroom house. Paul and his wife, Lizzy, and their young son live on Chicago’s north side.
Mark came to FF 18 years ago on a friend’s recommendation and “sensed the Holy Spirit leading me here.” In fact, Mark challenges others, “Come worship. It’s Spirit-filled, and your life will be transformed if you allow the Spirit to work.”
Mark works in healthcare management. He lives in the North Mayfair neighborhood with his wife Claudia, and two daughters. He likes home improvement projects.
Greg has been at FF for over 15 years and was initially drawn by a thriving small group and college & career ministries, plus the focus on Jesus and how to live out the Christian faith.
He is a caseworker with the State of Illinois and lives in Chicago’s Big Oaks neighborhood (near Jefferson Park and Norwood Park) with wife Nicole, three children…and another on the way! Greg enjoys biking, basketball and generally anything outdoors.
Cindy has been at FF for over 23 years and has enjoyed being involved in the startup at Breakthrough Urban Ministries (out of FF), as well as small groups and the Eleeo team. She says, “I think God is inviting us into a deeper relationship with Himself and each other but also calling us to connect in a more meaningful way with people in our community. I think we have just begun to experience what God wants to do in us and through us.”
Cindy is an avid birder and also loves to play the guitar.
Jason first came to FF over 13 years ago when he married Tawnya, who was already attending. He instantly felt at home and quickly became involved in arts ministries and small groups.
He teaches English and mentors other teachers at a high school on Chicago’s west side. Jason and his wife live in the West Ridge neighborhood with their two kids and trusty dog. He likes to spend time camping, writing and seeing theater.
Bain and his wife, Laura, were especially drawn to FF over six years ago when they received an outpouring of compassion by way of meals, delivered to them by people from the church during a time of family crisis. “We weren’t even regular attenders at that time,” Bain says, and adds that FF is “incredibly Bible-based and grace-based.”
Bain is a bank analyst, so it’s no surprise that he likes spreadsheets. He’s also a huge U of M fan and loves being with family. He, Laura and their three children live in Evanston.
Bill holds a doctor of ministry degree from Trinity International University and has served as Senior Pastor at First Free since the winter of 1999. He will retire in January of 2017, continuing to offer spiritual direction to Christian workers and leaders after his move from Chicago.
Bill lives in the Andersonville neighborhood with his wife Wenda and their dog Gracie. He enjoys playing with his grandchildren, learning how to play the guitar, discovering more about his Greek heritage, playing racquetball and appreciating vintage cars.
Dan was attracted to FF by community and small groups. He has been a part of the FF family for over 15 years and has served in a variety of positions and ministries. He grew up in a loving Christian home and came to know Jesus early in his life. His career in financial services and risk management pay the bills by day, but he just as much enjoys pouring into the ministries of First Free at night.
Dan, his wife and daughter live in far NW Chicago. He has interests in photography, mountains, music, small houses, finances and investing.
Jake has attended First Free since 2004 and has been serving on the elder board since 2014. He is married to Suzanne, and they have two daughters, Isabella and Emily. He studied film at Columbia College Chicago and works as a video producer. Jake is quick to help you identify The Gospel allegories in comic books, Star Wars, and Bruce Springsteen songs.