Welcome to First Presbyterian Church of Independence Iowa!
In May of 1978 Pete Rose got his 3,000 hit. Earl Campbell was the number one overall pick in the NFL Draft going to the Houston Oilers. A pound of bacon cost $1.20 and a dozen eggs to go with it cost 48 cents. Jimmy Carter was the president of the United States and 8 track players were the preferred way to listen to music. And just in case you were wondering a gallon of gas went for 63 cents. And one more thing happened in May of 1978. On May 30, 1978 our church hired a new janitor. His name was George Hemmer.
George just recently announced that he is “retiring” from being our church custodian. For 38 years he has been a faithful, conscientious servant of FPC. More than that he has been a wonderful friend to this church. In my 16 plus years here George has been the go to guy for anything on our church property. From getting the heat working to painting a bathroom to vacuuming the floors to cleaning up after all of us he has gotten it done. And always with a smile on his face. I have never, not once, heard George complain about anything. He has been an amazing part of the FPC team.
We have begun the process of finding George’s replacement. Actually, you don’t replace a guy like George. But we will find someone to take over his job. You will see an ad in the Bulletin Journal soon and we will be using Facebook and email to make people aware of our job opening. George has agreed to stay on for a while and mentor our next custodian. Which is a good thing because he knows everything about our church building.
We have a wonderful staff at FPC. They are caring folks who work so well together. The chemistry is excellent. And George is a part of that.
Relationships are so important. In fact they are the most important thing in life. And when our staff, or any staff in any business, work well together and truly likes each other the things they produce will reflect it. Our church is truly blessed.
On a personal note George Hemmer has been so much more than an employee of our church. He has been my friend. I have enjoyed working with George. I appreciate his easy going style and his can do attitude. George can be counted on and not once in my over 16 years at FPC has he not been where he was supposed to be or not done what needed doing. It has been a real pleasure to have George in my life.
George is adamant he doesn’t want a party. But I would encourage all of you to in some way express your thanks to him. When you come to church for something and all is as it should be that’s not an accident. Someone is always working, mostly unnoticed, to make sure things are right and going smoothly. That someone is George.
George, thank you for your service to this church. Thank you for your friendship. You are going to be missed. I hope you will remember that the Keurig can make a cup of coffee in just minutes and we would welcome a visit anytime. God bless you!
- Pastor John
Avri's youth group video from this past year... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfjPEPIpeBY&feature=youtube_gdata_player&app=desktop