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Treasure Seekers (K-6th)
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Youth Bible Study At FUMC
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Choir Rehearsal
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Bible Search
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  • 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...
  • With our Methodist friends...
  • Confirmands join our church on June 4, 2017
  • Our 2017 Graduates....
  • The children anticipate the big Easter Egg Hunt....
  • Youth made Easter baskets to deliver to our homebound....
  • Kyle reading the Bible lesson to Treasure Seekers...
  • Confirmation Retreat at Camp Wyoming...
  • Children's message led by Melody Malek...
  • Treasure Seekers learning about the Body of Christ...
  • Youth at Bible Study...
  • Youth go roller skating....
  • Youth help organize our Adopt-A-Family gifts...
  • Treasure Seekers Christmas Program...
  • Youth help gather Food for the Food Pantry...
  • Youth enjoy some time together after Trick or Treat for the Food Pantry...
  • Youth travel to Air FX...
  • Youth attend Big Daddy Weave, Plumb, and We Are Messenger Concert...
  • Treasure Seekers help with Community Garden...
Welcome to First Presbyterian Church of Independence Iowa!  
 

This past Saturday, September 30, FPC hosted the meeting of the Presbytery of East Iowa.  This involved some work on our part.  We needed people to assist with registration as people arrived.  We needed greeters to welcome people and offer directions.  We needed parking lot attendants to show people where to park.  We needed to serve lunch to the group.  Hosting a Presbytery meeting takes some   effort and I want to thank everyone who volunteered their time to make it a good day.  I want to especially thank the       Hospitality Committee for organizing the kitchen.  They had coffee, scones, and fresh fruit available as people arrived and coordinated a great lunch from First Street Deli. 

In the course of the day we had many nice compliments from people around our Presbytery.  They were grateful for our welcoming and hospitable spirit.  They were complimentary about our building.  The time and energy we put into keeping our building nice looking and serviceable got noticed.  It was a good day thanks to the many folks who gave of their time to make it so.  Generosity finds expression in so many ways, but perhaps no more so than in how we give of our time.

Do you know what a presbytery is?  The word “presbytery” comes from the Greek word “presbyteros,” which means “elder” (i.e., a church leader).  A presbytery consists of a group of churches connected to one another within a geographical    region.  We are a part of the Presbytery of East Iowa.  FPC is in the northwest corner of the Presbytery.  We extend to Keokuk on the south and Davenport on the east.  The Presbytery meets a number of times through the year to conduct business that pertains to the lives of our churches.  Our Presbytery oversees everything from assisting churches find pastors to setting salary guidelines to building up pastors and churches to providing common mission opportunities for our churches.

All the technical stuff aside, a presbytery at its best is all about relationships.  Relationships between pastors and churches.  For me a presbytery is at its best when it is encouraging its member churches and pastors to thrive in their  settings.  A presbytery allows us to share ideas about life and ministry together, it challenges us to grow, and it encourages us to be more.  A presbytery should connect us in ways that are life giving for the glory of the Christ whose church we are.

In our Presbytery I serve on two committees.  The Committee on Ministry and I chair the Camp Wyoming Board of Directors.  I have been related to the   Committee on Ministry for my entire stay in Independence.  And I truly enjoy working with Camp Wyoming.  It is a wonderful mission and has a wonderfully positive impact on people both young and old.  We all want to be a part of something that matters and makes a difference.  I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve.

What and to whom are you connected?  What are the relationships that challenge you to grow and to serve?  What are the relationships that encourage and nurture you?  In our lives we have people and things that take the life out of us and we have people and things that give life to us.  We have both.  We need both.  The danger is if we have more going out than is coming in.  When a presbytery is at its best it helps direct our efforts and strengthens us for the things we do.

Ultimately that’s what FPC aspires to be.  A place where you can be enriched and encouraged as we seek to add value to people’s lives.  Last Saturday was another amazing example of who we are at FPC.  I am so grateful for the people who are the FPC of Independence.

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
  • 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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