January 2018  
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Bell Choir
6:00 PM
Choir Rehearsal
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Bible Search
Independence, Iowa


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  • Treasure Seekers having some fun....
  • Treasure Seeker's Christmas Program....
  • Jr/Sr High Youth sing in the Christmas Program...
  • Youth go Christmas Caroling....
  • Christmas Caroling at the Rozendaal's....
  • Youth sort gifts for Adopt-A-Family...
  • Children's message time with Lynda Fiester....
  • Bell Choir
  • Youth enjoy Christmas lights....
  • Youth go ice skating...
  • Youth outing in Coralville...
  • Youth shop & pack for Operation Christmas Child....
  • Youth help out at Mobile Food Pantry....
  • Family Fun Night....
  • Our quilters display quilts they are donating to Iowa City Veteran’s Hospital, Operation Threshold, Human Resources, & Hospice.
  • Youth help with Trick or Treat for the Food Pantry....
  • Treasure Seekers working on crafts...
  • Youth putting together Operation Christmas Child boxes....
  • Youth Attend Fields of Faith....
  • 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...
  • Confirmands join our church on June 4, 2017
  • Our 2017 Graduates....
Welcome to First Presbyterian Church of Independence Iowa!  

2017 is in our rearview mirror.  Did it seem to go by way too fast for you?  It did for me.  It was year filled with a variety of things.  Good things like our Community    Dinner and Adopt A Family at Christmas program.  Our Treasure Seekers Program continues to go so well and in addition we had a wonderful Confirmation Class last year.  There were hard things.  We had several tough funerals in 2017.  Like every year it was a mixed bag.

So what stands out?  As I look back on 2017 there were 5 things that stood for me.  Here they are in no particular order.

Raise the Roof.  For several years we have talked about needing to replace the roof.  We did it in 2017.  The Property and Finance Committee did the research, got the bids, and then took the proposal to you.  We needed to raise $100,000.  And we did.  Thanks to your generosity we accomplished this in 6 weeks.  That is amazing!

Dinner Theater.  In partnership with River Arts Community Theater on March 31 our Hospitality Committee hosted the production of “The Farndale Avenue Housing  Estate Townswoman’s Guild Dramatic Presentation of a Murder Mystery”.  Added to it was a delicious meal catered by BBQ4U.  Everyone enjoyed a delightful time!

Family Fun Nights.  The Spiritual Life Committee decided the 5th Wednesday of any given month should be a night for families to gather.  And so we did on August 30 and November 29.  A meal was provided and fun was had by all.  A special thank you to Angie Bonefas, Amanda Whitaker, and Kelly Loveless for making it happen.  Good times and laughing together!

Avri Ruffcorn.  May 21 was Graduation Sunday.  Avri, as one of our graduating seniors, had a request.  She wanted to preach.  Absolutely she could preach.  And she did a wonderful job.  In fact, it was so good when I was gone on vacation August 13 we asked her to preach again.  It takes some courage to get up in front of group like that.  Avri was awesome!

Gratitude Month.  We did a calendar for the month of November and each day had  a gratitude task.  We just didn’t talk about being grateful.  We did it.  We moved   beyond good intentions and did some marvelous things that positively impacted the lives of others.  The most positive comments I heard all year involved the Month of Gratitude.  Those who participated were blessed and truly a blessing to others.

We should be so pleased to be a part of a church that does so much that we can be excited about and proud of.  I am so privileged to be the pastor of a group of people that are willing to do new things and explore new opportunities.  As we enter 2018 at FPC the question on my mind is this: What’s next?

With anticipation for all God will do in our midst we journey together into a new year.

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  
  • 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
Make This Church a Welcome Place Video
2017 Victory VBS Video
2017 FPC High School Graduate Video
Youth Group Video - Created by Avri Ruffcorn
2018 PER CAPITA IS $37.00