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  • 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!  

Summer is underway and already Flat Jesus has been enjoying many fun and exciting adventures.  Flat Jesus has been to Europe, the west coast, and even various places right here in Independence. 


It’s fun to share our adventures with one another.  I have enjoyed seeing your pictures with Flat Jesus on our Facebook page.  I know others have too.  Sharing our summer adventures is a great way to stay connected as we get away and enjoy our summers.


But on a deeper level, Flat Jesus reminds us that wherever we go, whatever we do, God is with us.  Whether the times are fun or hard, God is with us.  Hebrews 13 quotes Deuteronomy 31, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”


God’s presence with us is never in question.  Our awareness of God’s presence, our living into the reality of God’s presence, is in question.  When times are good we tend to neglect God’s presence.  When times are bad we tend to wonder where God is.  We need simple reminders, like Flat Jesus, that God is with us.  Always.


How do you get in touch with the God who is present with you?  Through worship?  Through music?  In prayer?  In generous living?  There are many ways.  The issue is not how you get in touch with God, but do you? 


If you want to get copy of Flat Jesus you can get one at church or print one off our church web page.  Flat Jesus is a fun and a gentle reminder that you can’t leave home without God’s presence going with you.


Thanks again for sharing your wonderful summer pictures with Flat Jesus.  It reminds all of us that the God who loves us is with us, now and always.  Have a great summer!         




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 Morning Worship
    – 10:00 AM
  • Fellowship
    – 11:00 AM
  • 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
2018 Brian Smith Graduation Video
Make This Church a Welcome Place Video
2017 Victory VBS Video
2018 PER CAPITA IS $37.00