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  • Fellowship Time at FPC...
  • Youth service project - Trick or Treat for Food Pantry on October 20th...
  • Youth group campfire in September....
  • Mission Trip this summer....
  • Community Dinner 2019
  • We had wonderful workers to help with our dinner....
  • Lots of auction items....
  • Fun with Ruth during the Children's Message....
  • Treasure Seeker's help clean up the yard....
  • Lock in with the Youth.....
  • Melody with her prayer quilt...
  • Youth help with Trick or Treat for the Food Pantry....
  • Fall fun....
Welcome to First Presbyterian Church of Independence Iowa!  


Last week my Dad turned 95.  I made plans to be in Minnesota to be with him on his birthday.  I have a sister that lives in the Minneapolis area and we were going to take Dad out for dinner.  I was pleasantly surprised when I learned that my other sister in Seattle was flying home to be with Dad as well on his 95th birthday.  All three kids together.  These days that’s rare.


I drove up on Thursday.  My sister from Seattle flew in on the same day.  On the evening of my Dad’s 95th birthday the four of us went to Kincaid’s – a very nice steak and seafood restaurant.  Dad picked the place.


We ordered wine and each of us kids took a turn toasting our Dad and  sharing a special memory and a word of appreciation for him.  Dad was very moved by all of this.  And Dad doesn’t often get emotional.  He was so deeply grateful to be with his three children.  This was a very special moment.  And I relearned an important truth.  The power of showing up.


You are busy. So am I.  We each have 24 hours in a day.  We each fill those 24 hours with stuff.  Some good.  Some not so good.  The most precious gift you give any person is your time.  Your presence in another person’s life is a difference maker.  It’s the power of showing up.


In John 2 we read about Jesus’ first miracle.  He turned water into wine.  That’s a great miracle.  But the real miracle was this.  A wedding was taking place in Cana and Jesus was there.  His presence changed everything about a normal, everyday life event.  It’s the power of showing up.


The things you show up says volumes about you.  When you show up at a child’s concert.  When you show up to have dinner with your spouse.  When you show up to spend time with your friends.  When you show up to help with our church’s Community Dinner.  When you show up to worship God.  Your presence matters.  It’s the power of showing up.


My new favorite quote comes from Bob Goff.  “I used to be afraid of failing at something that really mattered to me, but now I'm more afraid of succeeding at things that don't matter.”  You and I tend to major in the minors.  The things that don’t matter.  The power of showing up works best when we show up for the things that matter.


I cannot express how important it was for me to show up for my Dad’s 95th birthday.  My presence at that moment was absolutely the best use of my time.  Each of us needs to determine what matters and what we need to be present for.  But never underestimate the importance of your presence.  When you show up it communicates what matters for you.  And the people around you notice.  And it makes their day.  That's the power of showing up.


- 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  
Office Hours
  • Tuesday
    – 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
  • Wednesday
    – 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
  • Thursday
    – 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
  • Friday
    – 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
  • Treasure Seekers (K - 6th Grade) - Sundays beginning September 22nd
    – 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM
  • Sunday Morning Worship
    – 10:00 AM
  • Fellowship
    – 11:00 AM
  • Adult Bible Studies - On the same week as choir practice
    – 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Bell Choir - 2nd & 4th Wednesdays during school year
    – 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM