March 2019   
Upcoming Events


All God's Children
9:00 AM to 9:40 AM
11:00 AM
11:00 AM
Youth Fellowship
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM


Bible Search
Independence, Iowa


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  • Lock in with the Youth.....
  • Melody with her prayer quilt...
  • It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.....
  • Youth help with Trick or Treat for the Food Pantry....
  • Fall fun....
  • The Peanut Gallery won Trivia On October 28th. We raised $285 for our Help Our Teacher program.
  • We tied a knot and said a prayer. Blessing given and received. Frankie loves her prayer quilt.
  • Our Youth traveled to Fields of Faith...
  • We celebrated our members over 90 years of age...Marcia, Kate, and Audrey were able to join us.
  • Youth Mission Trip....
  • Skit time at VBS....
Welcome to First Presbyterian Church of Independence Iowa!  

 No school, again, today.  And for the first time in a long time and only the third time in my 19 years in Independence we canceled our worship service yesterday (February 24).  This winter has been relentless.  The biggest question we have is this: will our school kids get July 4th off as a holiday?


Evidently Punxsutawney Phil, the weather predicting rodent, did not see his shadow on February 2.  That is supposed to mean warming temperatures and an early spring.  Hope is always a good thing!


Speaking of spring, Lent is late this year.  Easter Sunday is April 21 and Ash Wednesday is on March 6.  This Lent we have something new and different for you to try.  Our Spiritual Life Team is introducing a 5-week intergenerational Sunday morning gathering – All God’s Children.  Intergenerational means it is for everyone – all ages and for families.


The study is on Jesus’ life and ministry and each week has a different theme: The Test, Set Apart, The Teacher, The Friend to All, and The Healer.  The study will start on Sunday, March 10, and will run from 9:00 to 9:40.  This could be a real blessing to you!


At Lent you often hear people talking about giving up something for Lent – no sugar, no fast food, no swearing – stuff that is relatively meaningless.  If you really want to give up something meaningful how about giving up texting and driving, complaining, only doing church when its convenient, being selfish, being judgmental, not apologizing, lame excuses, looking at your phone during meals, being the victim, and pretending you don’t have time.


I would encourage you to add something meaningful to your life.  In your crazy busy world I know that seems like asking for a lot.  But what if it might be good for you?  And good for others?  All God’s Children might be just the ticket for your life this Lent.  There is only one way to find out. 


The great philosopher John Lennon said, “Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.”  Seek life.  Embrace life.  Make time for life.  Each of us gets to decide what our lives will consist of.  You make those choices on a daily basis.  Be wise and include God.


Lent is always an opportune time to look at yourself, the direction your life is going, and consider course corrections.  Your life is a great gift from God.  You live it best when you pay attention to the One who gave it to you in the first place. 


“Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all God’s benefits.”


- Pastor John 

Contact Us  
First Presbyterian Church
115 6th Avenue NW
PO Box 188
Independence, Iowa 50644
Map  •   Directions
Phone 319 334 3523
Fax 319 334 4134
Regular Schedule  
  • Sunday Morning Worship
    – 10:00 AM
  • Fellowship
    – 11:00 AM
  • Treasure Seekers (K - 6th Grade) - Every Wednesday during the school year
    – 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
  • Adult Bible Studies - 1st & 3rd Wednesdays during the school year
    – 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Bell Choir - 2nd & 4th Wednesdays during school year
    – 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
2018 Nashville Mission Trip Video
2018 Brian Smith Graduation Video
Make This Church a Welcome Place Video
2017 Victory VBS Video
2018 PER CAPITA IS $37.00