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!
Avri's youth group video from this past year... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfjPEPIpeBY&feature=youtube_gdata_player&app=desktop