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Independence, Iowa


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  • Mission Trip this summer....
  • Community Dinner 2019
  • We had wonderful workers to help with our dinner....
  • Lots of auction items....
  • Fun with Ruth during the Children's Message....
  • Treasure Seeker's help clean up the yard....
  • Lock in with the Youth.....
  • Melody with her prayer quilt...
  • Youth help with Trick or Treat for the Food Pantry....
  • Fall fun....
Welcome to First Presbyterian Church of Independence Iowa!  


 Blessed are the flexible…


It has been said if you want to make God laugh, tell God your plans.


Getting our plans squared away for this fall has been a challenge.  Let me update you on where we are at.


Allison Schutte will be directing the Adult Choir and rehearsals will begin on Wednesday, September 4, at 7:00 p.m.  The Choir will be performing twice a month.  For September rehearsals will be September 4 and 18.  The Choir will perform in worship on September 8 and 22.  New members are always welcome!


Janet Harms will be directing the Bell Choir.  They will be rehearsing on September 11 and 25 at 6 p.m.  New bell ringers are encouraged to jump right in.


I will be leading an Adult Bible Study on the Wednesdays that the choir rehearses.  Our first gathering will be September 18 at 6 p.m.  We will begin a study of the book “Love Does” by Bob Goff.  The tag line is “Discover a secretly incredible life in an ordinary world”.  Books will need to be ordered.  Sign up at the church or email the office if you want to get a book.


Treasure Seekers.  Our program for  children K through 6th grade has been difficult to nail down.  In no particular order the Spiritual Life Committee has been struggling with locating a coordinator for the program, the Independence School’s decision to have 2 early out Wednesdays each month, and a lack of volunteers.  The Committee has wrestled with whether or not we should move back to a Sunday morning educational program.  The Spiritual Life Committee met on Tuesday, September 3, and has decided to recommend to Session that we move the program to Sunday mornings.


Several things are driving this decision.  First, we have advertised for a Treasure Seekers Coordinator to no avail.  But we have someone who is willing to coordinate the program for whom Wednesdays would be challenging and Sunday morning doable.  The Committee also desires to maximize our time with our children.  Wednesdays are limited due to the early outs.  Sundays would provide more   regular opportunities to be with our  children in an educational setting.  In addition, Sunday would solve the volunteer issues we face on Wednesdays.  More details will be forthcoming soon.


This has been an interesting journey, but I feel we are arriving in a good place. We appreciate your patience with this.  And remember, the flexible are blessed because…


They won’t get bent out of shape!


- Pastor John  

Contact Us  
First Presbyterian Church
115 6th Avenue NW
PO Box 188
Independence, Iowa 50644
Map  •   Directions
Phone 319 334 3523
Fax 319 334 4134
Regular Schedule  
Office Hours
  • Tuesday
    – 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
  • Wednesday
    – 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
  • Thursday
    – 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
  • Friday
    – 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
  • Treasure Seekers (K - 6th Grade) - Sundays beginning September 22nd
    – 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM
  • Sunday Morning Worship
    – 10:00 AM
  • Fellowship
    – 11:00 AM
  • Adult Bible Studies - On the same week as choir practice
    – 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Bell Choir - 2nd & 4th Wednesdays during school year
    – 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM