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  • 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!  
 

Last week I traveled to Louisville, Kentucky.  With all the traveling I have done I have made two solemn vows.  First, never to fly United Airlines.  Second, to never go through Chicago.  On this trip I broke both those vows.  And I paid the price.

While sitting in the Cedar Rapids airport I noticed that our incoming flight was delayed.  Mechanical issues.  First it was estimated at 30 minutes.  30 became 45 minutes.  45 became 90 minutes.  The flight eventually came in 2 hours late.  Which meant I was going to miss my connection in Chicago.  When we arrived in Chicago it was ironic to have our gate changed to the gate next to my outgoing flight.  I hurried to the gate only to miss my connection by 10 minutes.  I could still see my plane sitting there.  So close, yet so far away.

The next flight to Louisville was full.  I was placed on the last flight to Louisville.  I arrived at Chicago at 2:00 pm.  I would leave at 9:00 pm.  Instead of arriving at 4 pm I would get in at midnight.  Needless to say I was unhappy.  Even more so when I realized I could have and should have flown American or Delta and avoided Chicago.  While I was upset with United Airlines, I was really upset with myself.  I was the one who booked the flight.

When I arrived at the conference hotel in Louisville my roommate Dan was in the lobby waiting for me.  His smile, welcome, and hug was just what I needed.  Dan and I have been friends for over 20 years and attending this conference each year together for those 20 years.  When I got to our room I found a gift waiting for me.  Dan had purchased a “Life Is Good” cap for me.  And there was a note.  He said he was sorry for my awful day and hoped the cap would remind me of an important truth.  It did.

Life is good.  And the thing that reminds me of that is the wonderful people God has placed in my life.  I can read on the pages of the Bible about God’s love for me.  But I experience that love best through people.  I wore my new cap all week.  It was a constant reminder that I am blessed even when life doesn’t go the way I want it to.

By the way, both of my flights home had mechanical issues as well.  Fortunately I was wearing my new favorite hat.  Dan’s gentle reminder not only improved my week in Louisville, it kept me in a much better frame of mind through the trials of coming home. 

I am still committed to never flying United Airlines or going through Chicago again.  But just in case I do I will remember that “Life Is Good”.  The Giver of Life has made it so and surrounded each of us with special people who help us experience life’s goodness.  Your days will not go perfectly and rarely will go as you hoped and planned.  That is the way things go in this broken world.  But life IS good.  And God uses the people in our lives to remind us of that truth.  More than that.  God uses you to remind others of that wonderful truth.

 

Pastor John

 

 

 

Contact Us  
First Presbyterian Church
115 6th Avenue NW
PO Box 188
Independence, Iowa 50644
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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
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