August 2016  
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  • Youth at Back to School Bash....
  • Youth Groups in Independence...
  • Mission Trip to Nashville...
  • Youth travel to the Jones County Fair for a Christian Concert...
  • VBS Music Time...
  • VBS Game Time..
  • Craft Time...
  • Mark Geertsema gives the Children's Message...
  • Treasure Seekers help with Community Garden...
  • Treasure Seekers making pizzas...
  • Easter Sunday Fun...
  • Treasure Seekers Craft time...
  • Treasure Seeker Fun...
  • Youth see the movie "Risen"...
  • Peanut Gallery wins at Trivia Night on Feb. 21st...
  • Treasure Seekers make Valentine's Day Cards for Nursing Homes...
  • Treasure Seeker fun...
  • Youth Superbowl Party
  • Youth Retreat at Camp Wyoming with Ty & Mitch...
  • Our youth enjoy some fun in the snow...
  • Youth Group attends Winter Jam in Des Moines...
  • Skit time during Treasure Seekers...
  • Treasure Seekers' craft
  • Future Treasure Seeker...

Welcome to First Presbyterian Church of Independence Iowa!  

As I type this the noise of construction can be heard outside my office window.  We are replacing the concrete in our east parking area at FPC.  It is much needed and will be a valued improvement.  My thoughts are of a wonderful weekend.  We had a dear friend and her sister visit us for a couple of nights.  Friends and  family are what makes life so special.  There was time for golf, coffee on the porch, and I smoked some outstanding ribs and beans this weekend.  That was all really good.  But, wait, it gets better.  We live in the best place on earth for doing July 4th.  I volunteered and was down at the park for the evening of July 3.  And we gathered with friends to enjoy the fireworks on the 4th.  The people who  organize the July 4th festivities hit another one out of the park.  It was a great weekend!

The backup alarm and hammering of the drill out my window drag me back to reality.  The    wonderful times of our lives come and go.  The hard times too.  The former go too quickly.  The latter too slowly.  But this much we do know.  Time doesn’t stop.  It keeps on moving.  Always forward.  Like a stream to a river.  Like a river to a sea.  The moments become hours.  The hours turn to days.  Days become weeks.  And soon the years start piling up.

The Byrds sing a song based on Ecclesiastes 3, “To everything (turn, turn, turn), there is a season (turn, turn, turn), and a time to every purpose, under heaven.”  It’s a song and a  Bible passage about time. 

A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep

A time to build up, a time to break down
A time to dance, a time to mourn
A time to cast away stones, a time to  gather stones together

I am certain that as I grow older time seems to move more quickly as I do.  In July I will  become a large number.  And as is the case with most milestones in life, I become reflective.  I think back on my life and how I have spent my time.  The writer of Ecclesiastes tells us, “There is a time for everything.”  If that is true, then the issue when it comes to time is what I choose to do with it.  I did not choose my birth, but I do choose what I do with the time I have until I die.  Will I plant?  Will I kill?  Not just people, but ideas, relationships, dreams, and hopes?  Will I laugh?  Will I build up?  Will I dance?  Life is what you make it.  And all of us have choices as we move forward.

The noise of concrete being broken up is unmistakable.  Something is being broken down.  Something new is taking its place.  That’s life.  Always moving.  Always  forward.  Taking us home.  But along the way may we make the choices that give our lives meaning and   purpose and which bring glory to God!

                                                                                                                                              - 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 Morning Worship
    10:00 AM
  • Fellowship
    11:00 AM
  • Youth Group (Grades 9-12) - During School Year
    6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Treasure Seekers (Age 4 - 7th Grade) - During School Year
    3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
  • Adult Bible Studies - Every other Wednesday during the school year
    6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Youth Bible Studies - Every other Wednesday during the school year - Grades 8-12th
    6:00 PM
Pets Unleashed VBS Video - 2016
"God Breathed" performed by Kate Barloon
Youth Group Video - Created by Avri Ruffcorn
2016 PER CAPITA IS $33.00