Welcome to First Presbyterian Church of Independence Iowa!
When we meet another person we have a variety of ways to greet them. We might say, “Hi.” We might say, “Hi. How’s it going?” It’s not really a question. Another common greeting is, “Hi. What’s new?” Again, it’s not really a question. It’s just a greeting. But for a moment let’s assume it is a legitimate question. Someone is asking you, “What’s new?” Our first inclination is to respond, “Not much”. Really?
Ours is a God of new things. God speaking through the prophet Isaiah challenges us, “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” God is in essence telling us one thing and asking another. God is a God of new things. That’s just a fact. The question is: Are you paying attention?
So what’s new around our congregation? First and foremost we’ve added a wonderful dynamic to our Lenten worship. Each Sunday during Lent we have an artist in residence. During worship you can watch on the big screen as a local artist creates a piece of art that flows out of the theme of that Sunday’s worship. We have had three artists so far and each one has been well received. It really is amazing to watch a blank canvas spring to life. It adds so much to our worship experience. The pieces of art that are created will be on display so watch for them when you come to worship.
Our Session has a new mission statement that they created last January. It reads:
Our mission is to add value to people’s lives by being engaged in sharing God’s graciousness through inspirational worship, community involvement and being good stewards of God’s many gifts to us.
This statement gives our ministry and life together direction as we continue into 2016 and beyond. Adding value to people’s lives is what we are about as followers of Jesus.
Our Community Garden will be getting two new beds as we prepare to again grow fresh produce for the Independence Area Food Pantry. This was a very successful project for us last year. We donated over 245 pounds of fresh produce and we are looking to do better than that this year.
I could go on, but you get my drift. New things are going on around church and in your own life. Are you paying attention?
Avri's youth group video from this past year... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfjPEPIpeBY&feature=youtube_gdata_player&app=desktop