Welcome to First Presbyterian Church of Independence Iowa!
On Sunday, September 14, we will be celebrating our 160th anniversary. Stop and think about that. 160 years of life and ministry and mission in Independence. I want to encourage members and friends of FPC to come and join us on that Sunday. Following our 10 AM worship service we will have fun and games for the whole family including a picnic lunch sponsored by our Hospitality Team. At FPC we have a wonderful history. There have been so many marvelous people who've been a part of this congregation over the many years of its existence that have made this church a wonderful place to worship, serve God, and form wonderful relationships with friends and family. And while we have a rich history, we are not done by a long shot.
Our Property and Finance Team is currently engaged in a project to replace our windows. They are starting to rot and we also would like to increase the energy efficiency of them. We are currently undergoing a campaign for people to contribute to our new windows which I hope you will consider contributing to. Our leadership is committed to ensuring that our facility is kept current and looking nice. We are always proud and pleased when visitors comment on how nice of a facility we have. Thanks to the generosity and commitment of people like you we have a building we can be very proud of and that supports the ministries in which we are engaged.
Beginning Wednesday, September 10, our Sunday school program is going to move to Wednesdays. This is an attempt to increase attendance and participation not only by our children but also our adults as well. Each Wednesday from 3:30 to 5:00 Treasure Seekers (children age 3 through 6th grade) will gather for crafts, games, treats, music, and a Bible story. On the first and third Wednesday of each month from 6 to 7 PM adults will gather for a study led by Pastor John. The start date for this is September 17 and our first study will be on the book of Esther. In addition at that same time on the first and third Wednesday of each month our youth (grades 7-12) will gather for a Bible study. Our youth group (grades 9-12) will also gather on Sunday evenings. Lastly beginning on September 28 we will be starting a confirmation class for seventh and eighth graders.
We are 160 years old but we are still going strong and doing wonderful things in our community. Thank you for all you do to be a part of all that is going on in our congregation. We are so thankful for your participation, for your generosity, and for your presence among us. It's not the things that we do, it's the people that we do those things with. At FPC we have a wonderful group of people and I am thankful to God for each and everyone of you. Together we will trust God for the next 160 years.
Avri's youth group video from this past year... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfjPEPIpeBY&feature=youtube_gdata_player&app=desktop