Erik Estrada at Gateway Community Church June 29

Erik Estrada
Erik Estrada

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MACHESNEY PARK, Ill. — Gateway Community Church, 8545 N. Alpine Road, Machesney Park, Ill., will be screening a new faith-based family-friendly film called Uncommon at 9 a.m., Sunday, June 29. Gateway Community will also be hosting the star of the film, Erik Estrada, at the screening.

Estrada is best known for his leading role in the television series CHiPs. Since that program, he has appeared in a long list of movies, television shows and reality programs. Estrada’s Uncommon comes on the heels of his 2013 release of Finding Faith, and is the next in a series of faith-based family-friendly movies from JC Films.

The film Uncommon is a feature-length narrative motion picture that highlights the struggles of a group of students at fictional Rosewood High School as they seek to write, produce and perform their own theater production after the school announces that their Theater, Music and Dance departments have been cut as a result of budgetary issues.

Struggling to find the right script, music and choreography, the students get advice from an uncommon source: the Bible! Each student becomes uniquely influenced as they discover that God takes them personally. Equipped with unique talents, they bond together to prepare the perfect production by exploring the diversity of stories in the Bible.

Fighting overwhelming challenges, the teens fight against political correctness to defend their privilege to worship, meet and perform. Will months of constant bullying by the establishment defeat the production and dismantle their faith? Armed with expert legal counsel, these teens realize what it means to be … “Uncommon”!

Uncommon explores the issues surrounding religious liberties in public schools, and examines specific questions, such as: Can students pray out loud in their schools? Can students conduct their own Bible studies on school grounds? Can they mention God or wear Christian-themed clothing at their schools?

The film is produced in association with Liberty Counsel, which is an international nonprofit litigation, education and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life and the family since 1989, by providing pro bono assistance and representation on these and related topics. Liberty Counsel’s purpose is to preserve religious liberty and help create and maintain a society in which everyone will have the opportunity to discover the truth that will give true freedom.

Playing himself in the movie as the students’ attorney is Mat Staver, Liberty Counsel’s founder and chairman.

For more about Uncommon, visit the film’s website at

Posted June 26, 2014

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