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  • 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 weekend, August 26, was the 12th annual Independence Brew B Q.  I am the last surviving original member of the Brew B Q Committee.  The Brew B Q touts itself as summer’s last bash.   It is a lot of fun.  Great drinks, barbeque, music, and friends.  But what matters to me, and the reason I have been involved for 12 years, is each year the Brew B Q has a charity partner.  This year our charity partner was extra special for me.

Jon Holland was a member of First Presbyterian Church.  He was an active and positive force in our community for the more than 15 years I knew him.  If something good was going on in our  community it would never surprise me to learn Jon was involved with it.  From the 4th of July to the Community Christmas Dinner to the Rotary Club to a school bond referendum to the City Council Jon was a force for good things in our community.  He was the original driving force behind our Backpack Program and a regular in our choir.  On top of all of that Jon was my friend.  Jon died this past January.  A loss for our community, our church, and for me personally.

A legacy.  We all will be leaving one.  Jon’s legacy can be summed up by this phrase on the business card he was fond of passing out: “Professional Volunteer”.  Jon was all about service to the community.  He defined service this way: “Making people feel good.”  The Independence Celebrations Committee, which is made up of two groups that Jon helped to form – the 4th of July Committee and the Brew B Q Committee, decided to  honor Jon’s memory by creating the Jon Holland Impact Indee Fund.  This is a permanent fund with the Northeast Iowa Community Foundation.

Jon was a visible and influential presence throughout the community of Independence.  The Jon Holland Impact Indee Fund is about continuing his legacy of making a positive impact on our community.  It is a way to honor his “Professional Volunteer” legacy by   encouraging people to get involved by putting their gifts and talents to use to better the Independence area.  The annual distribution from this endowment will support community betterment projects and programs in Jon’s memory. 

The Independence Brew B Q chose the Jon Holland Impact Indee Fund as its charity partner this year.  Last Saturday I went home exhausted and sore all over, but so pleased that all of our hard work would honor a person and benefit a cause I feel strongly about.  I want to share that while we are still settling our finances from the event something extraordinary happened.  We did a silent auction for a “one of kind” bike from New Belgium Brewery.  We had hoped to get about $500 for it.  The winning bid was $1,001.  And then an anonymous donor matched another $1,000.  That bike generated $2,001 and all of that will go to the Jon Holland Impact Indee Fund.  As a founding member, along with Jon, of the Brew B Q I could not be more proud or excited about this.

At FPC we believe that our presence should add value to our community.  Jon Holland’s life and work here in Independence did exactly that.  A legacy.  We will all leave one.  May God bless us as we continue to work on our legacies.  ‘Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.’

If you are interested in contributing to the Jon Holland Impact Indee Fund contact me or go to

Pastor John




Contact Us  
First Presbyterian Church
115 6th Avenue NW
PO Box 188
Independence, Iowa 50644
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Phone 319 334 3523
Fax 319 334 4134
Regular Schedule  
  • Sunday Morning Worship
    – 10:00 AM
  • Fellowship
    – 11:00 AM
  • 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
2017 Victory VBS Video
2017 FPC High School Graduate Video
Youth Group Video - Created by Avri Ruffcorn