Welcome to First Presbyterian Church of Independence Iowa!
It’s May. The school year, and church year, are winding down. June, July, and August become busy times for all of us: vacations, weekends away, and a variety of activities with family and friends. So as we enter May I would like to take this opportunity to commend the best church staff in Independence (and maybe in all of Iowa).
In the office we have Kathy Smith. She is a wonderful, friendly presence in our office. If you call or stop by, you are warmly greeted and efficiently assisted. Kathy takes care of many things – from bulletins to newsletters, to bills and calling Waterloo Boiler – she keeps our church office running smoothly. She is always ready to go the extra mile and does so with a smile and positive attitude. Our church is blessed to have Kathy on our staff.
Our Youth/Christian Education Coordinator – Kathy Eilers – has been doing a phenomenal job. She has worked hard to make our Treasure Seekers program the huge success that it is. May 6 is our last Wednesday until the fall. Kathy, along with Amber Krusey, have made this an exciting and high quality time for our 3 year old through 6th grade youth. In addition Kathy is working on this summer’s mission trip to Nashville. Along with all that she works with our youth group and enjoys wonderful relationships with them. Our church is blessed to have Kathy on our staff.
Around the church our custodian George Hemmer has been keeping the church operational and looking great for over 35 years. I have worked with George my entire time at FPC and he has served our church with a pleasant, easy going attitude. He really knows how everything works at our church and he does a great job of making sure everything does. George is someone we can count on to do his job, do it to the best of his ability, and who will answer his phone when we have a problem. Our church is blessed to have George on our staff.
We are also blessed to have a great music program at our church. Sue Stilwell does a wonderful job with our choir. Her love of music, great worship ideas, and engaging personality makes our choir click not just as singers, but as a family. Lillian Cue has been playing the organ and accompanying the choir for over 50 years. Her dedicated service has been the foundation of our music program for many years. Diane Yeager has been growing as our associate accompanist. She does a great job on the piano and has been introducing a little jazz into our music mix. Our church is blessed to have Sue, Lillian, and Diane on our church staff.
And I don’t want to forget our Treasurer, Dave Harms. Dave has been a real asset overseeing our church’s finances. He is attentive and always available to answer questions. He works well with Kathy Smith to coordinate our church’s financials. Dave does a great job and our church is blessed to have him on our church staff.
From my many years as a Customer Service Supervisor I know that when people get good service, because it’s what they expect to get, they tend not to say thank you. Our church is well served by our staff. The chemistry is good, we work well together. I believe what our staff produces for our church is high quality. I am thankful for each of them. I hope you are as well. And if you are, would you please let them know? Our church is blessed! Thanks be to God!
Avri's youth group video from this past year... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfjPEPIpeBY&feature=youtube_gdata_player&app=desktop