December 2016  
Upcoming Events


Treasure Seekers (K-6th)
3:30 PM to 4:45 PM
Adult Bible Study
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Bible Search
  • Youth help gather Food for the Food Pantry...
  • Youth enjoy some time together after Trick or Treat for the Food Pantry...
  • Youth travel to Air FX...
  • Youth attend Big Daddy Weave, Plumb, and We Are Messenger Concert...
  • Youth at Back to School Bash....
  • Youth Groups in Independence...
  • Mission Trip to Nashville...
  • Youth travel to the Jones County Fair for a Christian Concert...
  • VBS Music Time...
  • VBS Game Time..
  • Craft Time...
  • Mark Geertsema gives the Children's Message...
  • Treasure Seekers help with Community Garden...
  • Treasure Seekers making pizzas...
  • Easter Sunday Fun...
  • Treasure Seekers Craft time...
  • Treasure Seeker Fun...
  • Youth see the movie "Risen"...
  • Peanut Gallery wins at Trivia Night on Feb. 21st...
  • Treasure Seekers make Valentine's Day Cards for Nursing Homes...
  • Treasure Seeker fun...
  • Youth Superbowl Party

Welcome to First Presbyterian Church of Independence Iowa!  

What’s new?  For some it is a greeting.  Many times the phrase comes out of our mouths and we don’t wait for the response.  Ours is a God of new things.  As God’s people, we should always have something new to talk about.  So grab a cup of coffee and I’ll share what’s new.

Our fall programming is in full swing.  Treasure Seekers is meeting the first and third Wednesday each month.  That’s a new thing.  We are doing a youth Bible Study with our friends from the Methodist Church, also on the first and third Wednesday each month.

Sunday mornings we have added Jr Church to our worship experience.  Following the       children’s sermon we invite young people to a time designed especially for them.  The     curriculum we use is geared for 2 to 4 year olds.

Our Bell Choir has restarted.  They rehearse on the second and fourth Wednesday each month at 6:00 pm.

Speaking of worship, I am currently doing a sermon series called “Engaging Your World: The 6 Relationships That Matter”.  We impact our world through our relationships.  Do you know which relationships you need to be paying attention to so you have a positive impact?

I am leading a Confirmation Class.  We had 5 wonderful young people at our first meeting.

Our Nominating Committee is at work identifying elders and deacons for the class of 2019.  I am so thankful for the terrific people who say yes to serving our church.  I appreciate their time and the energy, imagination, intelligence, and love they bring to their work.

We have endured another season of flooding.  I chair the Buchanan County Disaster Recovery Coalition and we will be meeting to assess our community’s needs next week and how we can respond.  We may be asking for financial help so be considering how you might give.

On a more personal note, our family is preparing for the wedding of our oldest son John on November 5th.  I am pleased and humbled that he and his fiancé have asked me to officiate.

So that is what’s new.  Thanks for asking.  God is up to something in your life, our church, and our community.  Remember.  Life is not a spectator sport.  Get involved! 

John Hougen




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) - 1st & 3rd Wednesdays During School Year
    3:30 PM to 4:45 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
  • Youth Bible Studies (Grades 7-12) - 1st & 3rd Wednesdays at FUMC during school year
    6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Youth Mission Trip Video 2016
Pets Unleashed VBS Video - 2016
"God Breathed" performed by Kate Barloon
Youth Group Video - Created by Avri Ruffcorn
2017 PER CAPITA IS $36.00