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  • Trivia Night Winners in April....
  • Fellowship Fun after church....
  • Youth travel to the Mall of America....
  • Youth work on Valentine's....
  • Youth Super Bowl Party fun....
  • Treasure Seekers having some fun....
  • Treasure Seeker's Christmas Program....
  • Jr/Sr High Youth sing in the Christmas Program...
  • Youth go Christmas Caroling....
  • Christmas Caroling at the Rozendaal's....
  • Youth sort gifts for Adopt-A-Family...
  • Children's message time with Lynda Fiester....
  • Bell Choir
  • Youth enjoy Christmas lights....
  • Youth go ice skating...
  • Youth outing in Coralville...
  • Youth shop & pack for Operation Christmas Child....
  • Youth help out at Mobile Food Pantry....
  • Family Fun Night....
  • Our quilters display quilts they are donating to Iowa City Veteran’s Hospital, Operation Threshold, Human Resources, & Hospice.
  • Youth help with Trick or Treat for the Food Pantry....
  • Treasure Seekers working on crafts...
  • Youth putting together Operation Christmas Child boxes....
  • Youth Attend Fields of Faith....
  • Youth Campfire to kickoff the new year....
  • Youth help out at the Community Garden...
  • Victory VBS was a great time.... Thanks for all who participated!
  • Mission Trip 2017...
  • Confirmands join our church on June 4, 2017
  • Our 2017 Graduates....
Welcome to First Presbyterian Church of Independence Iowa!  

Many moons ago we raised this question: If our church were to close its doors how long would it take for people in our community to realize we were gone?  All of this took us to a proactive question: How is it that we add value to our community?  Our desire to add value to people’s lives led us to begin a number of programs: Adopt A Family at Christmas, Operation Backpack, Help Our Teacher’s (HOT), Winter Warmth for Kids, Bikes For Kids, and the Community Sharing Garden.  In addition we financially support the One Another Program and the Independence Area Food Pantry.  This led to a challenge.  All of these programs require money  to fund them.


This challenge birthed an idea: our Community Dinner and Silent Auction which comes on the fourth Wednesday each April.  From the beginning the dinner and auction has been designed so that ALL the proceeds go to support programs that positively affect our community.  It’s what we mean by adding value.  In the last six years we have given over $23,900 to programs that benefit our community.


On April 25 we will again host our Community Dinner and Silent Auction.  For this to be a success, and we define success by how it enables us to positively impact our community, we need your help.  You can assist us in a number of ways.


First, you can volunteer to help.  We have broken the day down into two shifts: 4:00 to 6:00 pm and 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  We need kitchen and dining room help.  We need people to bake cakes.  If you would like to volunteer please contact the church office.  Your generous gift of time makes this work.


Second, you can donate to the Silent Auction.  This can be crafts, things you have purchased, or services you can provide.  We make most of the money we use to support the programs listed above at our Silent Auction.  Your generous gifts help us to raise funds so that we can continue to add value to our community.


Third, you can show up to eat and bid on the Silent Auction items.  You can invite friends and neighbors as well.


Fourth, if you want to be on the cutting edge of all of this, we can use people to be a part of our Community Life Committee.  This group oversees the various programs we are involved in and is responsible for the Community Dinner and Silent Auction.  Your presence would be most welcome and appreciated.


Adding value.  Its who we are at FPC and what we strive to do as we seek to serve God by serving others.  Thanks for all you do to support the life and ministry of our church.


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 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
  • Youth Bible Studies (Grades 7-12) - 1st & 3rd Wednesdays at FUMC during school year
    – 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Make This Church a Welcome Place Video
2017 Victory VBS Video
2017 FPC High School Graduate Video
Youth Group Video - Created by Avri Ruffcorn
2018 PER CAPITA IS $37.00