January 2019   
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  • 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!  

2019.  Ready or not the new year is upon us.  The struggle comes to remember to put 2019 on my checks.  Fortunately, I don’t write many checks these days.  That’s just one of the ways life has changed over the years.  But change life does.  There’s no stopping it.


One of my favorite movies is “The Natural” starring Robert Redford and Glenn Close.  They were childhood sweethearts whose paths separated.  They meet years later.  And the years have not been kind.  Roy Hobbs is a baseball phenom whose path took a nasty turn.  Iris Gaines has been living as a single mom raising a child Roy  did not know he had.  They have this exchange.


Roy: “My life didn't turn out the way I expected…I guess some mistakes you never stop paying for.”

Iris: “You know, I believe we have two lives.”

Roy: “How… what do you mean?”

Iris: “The life we learn with and the life we live with after that.”


What have you learned in the past year?  You made mistakes.  Life didn’t go as you   expected.  So how are you smarter entering a new year?


While answering that question is good, it begs a “so what?”.  How are you applying all that you have learned to your life in the new year?  How will your life be different in 2019?


From a Roman prison Paul writes: “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” 


When Paul tells us to forget the past he does not mean don’t remember it.  He means don’t let it get in the way of moving forward in the present.  Learn from it.  Grow from it.  And keep moving forward.  In Jesus God is calling us heavenward.  In 2019 we will continue that journey.  Don’t let anything interfere with that. Especially what is behind us.


As you respond to God’s call to continue to move heavenward in 2019 I hope for  two things.  First, that you will allow the church to be a part of it.  Second, that the church will deserve to be a part of it.  My prayer is that FPC will be a place that will encourage you on your journey heavenward.


One last thought.  Traveling companions are important on our journeys.  You have many traveling companions on your journey.  Make sure that traveling heavenward is important for some of them so they may encourage you and you them on the  journey.  At FPC I am thankful for encouraging travel companion, on the journey heavenward.


- 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