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Independence, Iowa


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Humidity: 85%
Wind: 1 MPH

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  • Melody with her prayer quilt...
  • It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.....
  • 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....
Welcome to First Presbyterian Church of Independence Iowa!  

As I write this it is -25 degrees outside.  A friend of mine, a Green Bay Packer fan, texted me suggesting that the Minnesota Vikings must have just won the Super Bowl.  Not funny.


Friends.  Where would we be without them?  Good friends add a wonderful quality to our lives.  Their love and support help us get through our days here on this third rock from the sun.


Let me share a few thoughts from Proverbs on friendship:

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.

The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.

Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.

One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.


The quality of a person’s life is directly tied to the quality of their relationships.  Your relationship with family and friends defines you.  Who your friends are will speak volumes about you.


In church one of our favorite hymns is “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”.  One of the objections the religious leaders had with Jesus had to do with his friends.  “Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.”  For some this is a problem.  Jesus hanging with all the wrong kinds of people.  For most of us this should be very comforting. Jesus is hanging out with people just like us.


If our relationships come to define us, then no relationship will define us more than our friendship with Jesus.  No one loves us more.  No one has sacrificed more for us.


The church exists to help you with relationships that will add value to your life.  Nurturing your relationship with friends.  And nurturing your relationship with God through God’s Son Jesus.  While no church is perfect at this, it is a place where positive, impactful, life-giving relationships can happen.  Relationships are the way we add value to our own lives and to the people around us.


You are blessed with wonderful people in your life!  Sunday, February 17, is Random Acts of Kindness Day.  I have a suggestion for you.  On that day plan to say thank you to as many of your friends as you can.  Both they and you will be glad you did!  Set a reminder on your phone and get it done!     


- 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 Morning Worship
    – 10:00 AM
  • Fellowship
    – 11:00 AM
  • Treasure Seekers (K - 6th Grade) - Every Wednesday during the 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
2018 Nashville Mission Trip Video
2018 Brian Smith Graduation Video
Make This Church a Welcome Place Video
2017 Victory VBS Video
2018 PER CAPITA IS $37.00