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Let’s round up all our young friends and join the stampede to the Avalanche Ranch Vacation Bible School, beginning Sunday, June 29 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. through Thursday, July 3 at Westminster Hall.

New Program for Young Adults! Coming to First Presbyterian this summer — Bible study, praise music, prayer, with optional small group fellowship and mission outreach.

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Performing Arts Summer Series continues in July with nationally recognized and award winning organist Scott Foppiano, and then in Aug. with internationally renown pianist and composer Mark Hayes.


Join us at 9:30 or 11:30 a.m. Sundays for worship!

Handbell and Chancel choirs add their “voices” to the worship service.

It’s not too late to complete the church Time & Talent Ministry Survey, available here for those who need a copy.  Completed surveys may be sent to fpcindep@swbell.net or mailed to the church at 100 N. Pleasant St., Independence, MO, 64050.  Consider joining us in dedicating ourselves to service and mutual support in Jesus Christ.

Call now to register for our Wednesday evening youth program – GenOn (formerly LOGOS). Grades 1st-12th with college students and parents welcome; nursery provided.  (816-252-6662 or email our Youth Director).


NEWLadies Evening Bible Study for women on the book of Esther.

Thoughts for our Journey (updated monthly)

Rev. Dave Carlson

Jesus loved small groups.  A central part of his ministry was preparing a group of people to carry on his ministry after his death, resurrection, and ascension.  When Jesus called the disciples to journey alongside him, he did so by meeting them where they were.  In Luke 5:5-6, Jesus gets into the fishing boat of Simon Peter and asks him to cast his nets into the sea.  Reluctantly, Simon does so, and is astounded to pull in such a large number of fish that the nets begin to break.  And this after they had worked all night and caught nothing!

First Presbyterian Church loves small groups.  Each of our adult Sunday school classes are small groups that share with one another along life’s journey.  Our Bible studies, circles, and missions teams have a lot in common with small group ministry.  And more recently, Terri DeRouse has begun to form a small group for Meditation (or Centering Prayer).

This forms a wonderful foundation for growth of a small group ministry program.  Within the next few weeks, the Vitality and Growth Committee in conjunction with New Life will send out a survey asking you to indicate which if any activities you might enjoy doing in a small group.  Anyone is welcome to participate whether or not they attend church here.  The idea is to build relationships, grow spiritually, and have fun.

Any activity can form the basis of a small group, whether it’s sports, movies, hiking or walking, parenting, knitting, prayer and Bible study, a mutual hobby, interest or whatever.  If you are interested in exploring the idea of a small group, please contact Terri DeRouse (816-373-6920) or me (816-654-4281).  We’d be happy to hear from you!

Pastor Dave