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  • 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....
  • Congratulations, Brian!
  • 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!  
 

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.”

 

November 1.  The day after Halloween.  As I drove down the main street of our community city workers were putting up Christmas decorations.  Really?!  Target has their Black Friday ad available.  We aren’t even close to Thanksgiving and already we’re into Christmas stuff. 

 

People who know me are aware that one of my pet peeves is that I think with the commercialization of Christmas we overlook Thanksgiving.  A holiday, a spot on the calendar, where we take a moment to say thank you to God and the people we love.

 

Having said that, there will be no rant from me this year.  Why?  Because this year we need Christmas more than we have ever needed it in my lifetime.

 

What is Christmas?  For me it is about hope.  It is about light breaking into     darkness.  It is God silently coming into our world and lives just when we needed it the most.  Like right now.

 

Our world is a mess.  Violence.  People shot as they worship.  Scandals.  Disrespect of our fellow human beings.  Fear.  Children disappearing.  All of it fueled by the awful political rhetoric of this time of year.  We have people running for office who promise us hope.  They tell us they can get it done.  Do we really buy it?

 

We need Christmas.  Thanksgiving is good and necessary.  But we need Christmas.  In a world that is cynical, hateful, and angry we need God to come into our lives.

 

“The people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”  That light is Jesus.  “In him was life, and that life was the light of all humankind.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

 

As followers of Jesus we are a people of hope.  Jesus is the light that is stronger than the darkness that surrounds us.  It is this light we are called to share: the hope we have in the child who came at Christmas.

 

This year I am thankful.  I am thankful for Christmas.  And we have a message of light to share that can overcome the darkness.  “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the  Messiah, the Lord.”

 

This year after the tricks and treats of Halloween I am ready for Christmas.  Friends, if we share this message of hope, in word and deed, then, and only then, will it begin to look a lot like Christmas.

 

- 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
  • Sunday Morning Worship
    – 10:00 AM
  • Fellowship
    – 11:00 AM
Wednesday
  • 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
Affiliations  
Announcements
2018 Nashville Mission Trip Video
2018 HERO CENTRAL VBS
2018 Brian Smith Graduation Video
Make This Church a Welcome Place Video
2017 Victory VBS Video
2018 PER CAPITA IS $37.00
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