Welcome to First Presbyterian Church of Independence Iowa!
Each year our church, and most Presbyterian churches, participate in the Christmas Joy Offering. This offering annually raises about $1.7 million. For more than 80 years Presbyterians have given generously at Christmas to lift up those who’ve devoted their lives to the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The offering is administered by the Assistance Committee of Board of the Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Our generosity assists church workers, active and retired, with various needs and emergencies they encounter. For me this is more than just a great program. It’s more personal than that.
I have the privilege of serving on the Board of Directors of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). There are 34 of us on the Board of Directors. The Board of Pensions has the responsibility of running and overseeing the medical plan for ministers and lay employees in our churches. In addition it handles the retirement program for ministers and oversees over $8 billion in investments. The Board also administers the death and disability program for clergy. But, the Board does other things. Specifically through the Assistance Committee the Board of Pensions cares for church workers, active and retired, with needs and emergencies. This is where it gets personal for me. I chair the Assistance Committee of the Board of Pensions.
I started my first four year term on the Board in July of 2008. I was reelected to another four year term in July of 2012. I will rotate off the Board in July of 2016. For that entire time I have served on the Assistance Committee. And it has been most gratifying to be a part of something that so positively impacts the lives of those who serve the church. I have met many wonderful people who have helped me grow personally and professionally. It always feels good to give of your time and energy to something worthwhile. But I feel like mine has been the greater blessing in all that I have learned and the relationships I have formed with staff and other Board members. The Board meets three times a year. Twice in Philadelphia where the offices are located and once in October at an off-site location. All of my expenses for attending any Board function are covered 100% by the Board.
This year we raised $728 for the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions. I can assure you it gets to people who can use the help. I can guarantee you that your gift matters and makes a difference in someone’s life.
“You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” (2 Cor. 9:11)
Avri's youth group video from this past year... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfjPEPIpeBY&feature=youtube_gdata_player&app=desktop