Welcome to First Presbyterian Church of Independence Iowa!
On January 9 leaders from our church gathered with Pam Mumm for a one day Leadership Summit. It has been my practice to regularly gather our leaders in retreat settings so we can grow and develop as church leaders. Our gathering on this occasion was focused on looking at the horizon. What do we see as the priorities for 2016 and beyond?
Pam did a masterful job of leading us through the maze of priorities. We talked about many different things that we are doing and would like to be doing. As we weaved in and out of the subject matter a phrase rose to the top for us: Engaged Congregation. We came to see that with all we are doing (and our church does a lot) and the things we would like to be doing, none of this happens if we don’t have an engaged congregation. None of this happens if we don’t have people saying yes to the right things.
We arrived at three priorities for the coming year. They are:
All of this was developed into a mission statement for 2016:
Our mission is to add value to people’s lives by being engaged in sharing God’s graciousness through inspirational worship, community involvement and being good stewards of God’s many gifts to us.
I want to commend our leadership team. They do serve with energy, imagination, intelligence, and love. No organization, including our church, will rise higher than the quality of its leadership. In this regard we are truly blessed.
It is my hope and prayer that each of our members will look for ways to be engaged in the life and ministry of our congregation. I know folks get busy, but what we do at FPC matters for our lives, the lives of our children and grandchildren, and the community that surrounds us. We can’t do what we do if people like you don’t say yes. I am thankful for so many that do.
I would be remiss not to say thank you for the Sweet 16 surprise. As I begin my 17th year as the pastor of FPC I can honestly say I am not aware of another church I would rather be the pastor at. Our relationships are life giving and our ministry together significant. We really are adding value to the lives of people inside and outside our congregation. May God continue to bless all that we do together.
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Or see the display in the Friendship area. The booklets are $5 & the youth will receive the entire amount.
Avri's youth group video from this past year... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfjPEPIpeBY&feature=youtube_gdata_player&app=desktop