Welcome to First Presbyterian Church of Independence Iowa!
Adding Value. That’s our mission. Adding value to people’s lives. Adding value to the community in which God has placed us. It really is that simple. But, it’s not easy.
It has come to my attention that many people in our community of faith don’t realize all the things our Community Life Committee is doing. So what are we doing to add value to our community? We just completed our Adopt-A-Family at Christmas program. We coordinated this effort which put the Merry in Christmas for 27 families and 90 plus kids. The Community Life Committee is beginning to work on our annual Community Dinner on April 30. One of the things that makes this dinner unique is that ALL of the proceeds benefit local ministries. In addition there are ongoing things such as the Backpack Program (currently serving 130 school kids each week), the HOT (Help Our Teachers) program and Trivia Nights (all proceeds go to a ministry of some kind). The Committee received a $5,000 grant from the Community Foundation to assist with getting bikes for kids and ensuring safe routes in town for kids to bike. This is being done in partnership with Indee Go Healthy. We also received a $750 grant for our Winter Warmth for Kids program. The schools are aware that we are able to assist in getting warm jackets, hats, and gloves for kids. When it comes to our community, we are busy, very busy adding value.
In the coming weeks and months we are going to do more to inform our congregation of the wonderful things we are doing. We want to share the stories of what God is up to. So be watching and listening. And most importantly ask yourself: How can I be a part of this?
When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flock,
The work of Christmas begins:
To find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner,
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among brothers,
To make music in the heart.
And so the work of Christmas continues.
Click here to see Kyle Eiler playing, "If Our Love Could Fly" on Mother's Day, 2013.
Click here to see Janet's Youth Adventure Video....