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  • Treasure Seekers learning about the Body of Christ...
  • Youth at Bible Study...
  • Youth go roller skating....
  • Youth help organize our Adopt-A-Family gifts...
  • Treasure Seekers Christmas Program...
  • 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!  

The Saturday morning of Christmas Eve Day found me in Galena enjoying a marvelous breakfast at Otto’s Place.  It was a wonderful experience.  A beautifully restored old building with staff that were fun and hospitable.  And the food was excellent.  Our waitress insisted we needed to order one of their frosted cinnamon rolls.  We did and it was awesome.  If you are in Galena check out Otto’s Place.  It’s a great choice.  Speaking of choices…

When the waitress brought us our check on the outside of the check holder were these words.

I choose…

To live by choice, not by chance;

To make changes, not excuses;

To be motivated, not manipulated;

To be useful, not used;

To excel, not compete.

I choose self-esteem, not self-pity.

I choose to listen to my inner voice, not the random opinion of others.

I was struck by the wisdom of these words.  In the old days I would have written them down.  In the new day in which we live I used the camera on my phone.  As I near the end of 2016 and prepare to enter a new year I found these words particularly poignant.

You are the choices you make.  (Or don’t make.  Not choosing is also a choice.)  Our choices set the direction of our lives.  In Proverbs 22:3 we read: “The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.”

The prudent person makes good choices.  The simple person not so good.  The point?  Life is far less painful and difficult for the person who makes good choices.  The prudent person takes charge of their situation.  The simple person is the victim in every story they tell.  The prudent person makes the world a better place.  The  simple person creates drama everywhere they go.

Will you make great choices in 2017?  It begins right now.  Will you choose to live on purpose?  Will you make changes?  Will you make the world a better place?  Will you be the best you?

The prudent person is aware of themselves and others.  The prudent person knows what is important.  The prudent person sees the dangers ahead.  And with this information the prudent person makes choices.

2017 is staring you in the face.  Will it be a good year or a bad year?  Notice I did not say hard.  Every year is hard.  But whether it is good or bad is your choice.

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) - 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

ANNUAL MEETING will be held Sunday, January 22nd after worship.  It will be preceded by a BRUNCH hosted by our Hospitality Committee to benefit the youth mission trip this summer.

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