The Summer Forum will begin Sunday, June 4 and conclude on August 27 offering 13 sessions about “Shaken” by Tim Tebow, “Anxious for Nothing” by Max Lucado and “The Parables of Jesus” by various writers. For more details and to sign up to be a facilitator, please see the poster in the Parlour and the presentation on the church website: https://www.fpcindep.org/weekly-announcements.html
There will be a Youth Meeting on Sunday, June 11, in the sanctuary following the worship service.
Summer Youth Electives will be held on Sundays from 9:15-10:15 a.m. beginning June 4th and ending September 3rd. Participants can choose from activities including Sound Equipment, Choir, Greeter, Usher, and Bells. Contact Melissa (816-726-5529) with any questions.
Sing with the Adult Choir! Summer Choir Sundays are a time to sing with friends and assist with worship in a more relaxed way. We will meet at 9:50 in the sanctuary to rehearse an easy choir anthem prior to the 10:30 service. We will not wear robes. We would love to have you join us, whether it is one Sunday or several! The Summer Choir Sundays will be June 11th & 25th, July 9th & 23rd, and August 6th & 20th. Please talk with a choir member or contact Nicole Murray (816-519-0364 or firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Volunteers are needed for the Independence School District’s Project Shine, which will be on Saturday, June 17, 7:00 a.m.-noon. If you would like to volunteer to paint, repair, or clean at Sunshine Center, there is a signup sheet in the Parlour. If you have questions, please contact Emily Johnson, 816-392-1409.
Heartland Presbytery is sponsoring an outing to Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun on Tuesday, June 20. Meet at the church at 10:15 a.m. to arrive at the parks at 11:00 and stay until closing at 7:00. All ages are welcome. Children 5th grade and under must be accompanied by an adult. This is a free trip for both youth (with participation in fundraisers) and adults.
Pastor Dave and the New Life Committee will be offering a Pet Blessing Service on Saturday, June 24, at 11:00 A.M. in Hiram Young Park on the SW corner of Noland and Lexington. Animals must be leashed or contained, and owners must clean up after if necessary. Invite your friends to bring their pets! Contact Emily Hollembaek (816-588-1404) or Pastor Dave (816-654-4281) with any questions.
The Divine Design craft group has resumed meeting on Thursdays from 2-4:00 p.m. in the Craft Room upstairs. All crafters are welcome regardless of the craft and as always a good time for fellowship. If you have questions, please contact Barb Graham at 816-803-5558 or at email@example.com
Sunday School Classes Start with Renewed Energy, Vision - Sunday School classes are now meeting with new curriculum and activities each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. There’s a class for everyone – Elementary in the downstairs classrooms, Jr/Sr Highs in their upstairs lounge outside the DCE office, and three Adult Classes (Saints Alive/VIPs in the Parlour, Guidance in the upstairs Dining Room, and Lost & Found in a downstairs classroom). We are still looking for part-time teachers for the elementary class on a rotation basis using the easy-to-follow curriculum provided. If you are interested in teaching or would like more information on a class, please contact Melissa Roe-Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (816) 726-5529.
Ink Cartridge Recycling Program - due to the space in the Parlour for the large recycling/collection box and most cartridges and toners are not accepted in this program, Debbie will discontinue the recycling program. There are several ways to recycle ink and toners.
If your address, phone number and/or email address has changed or there has been any other life event such as marriage, new baby, etc. please contact the church office.
The following schedule is for the Coffee Fellowship after worship. Please See Robbie Gorman for more details.
1st Sunday – (former members) VIP Sunday school class
2nd Sunday – Guidance class
3rd Sunday – Fellowship Committee
4th Sunday – Saints Alive class
5th Sunday – Ladies Circle groups
When exiting the church building, please push all doors to ensure they are completely shut and secure and make sure the alarm is set as needed.
Session voted Jan. 18 to share the following information from the CDC website*
Close contact with someone who has COVID-19? – Where a mask if around others and get tested after 5 days or when symptoms begin,
* For full guidelines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html
Please submit all information including the Greeters, Ushers, and detailed requests for the Sunday bulletin by the Wednesday before you would like it added. Bulletins are finalized on Thursday mornings.
Those wanting to get Facebook updates from Bonnie and Will Ratcliff as they battle Will's brain cancer recurrence can join the Will's Warriors group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/386853145972477.
First Church now offers online giving for those faithfully making their pledge offerings and other contributions. You may use your computer or Smartphone to visit the FPC Giving Page (or look for the ❤GiveNow button on our website) and begin the process of simplifying (and if you want, automating) your financial contribution to the ministry of First Church. This service is thanks to The Presbyterian Foundation’s Online Giving Program, with no monthly or annual fees. The Presbyterian Foundation uses the Vanco Payment Solutions platform, an industry leader in providing churches secure and simple giving solutions in compliance with Payment Card Industry data security standards for handling, storing and transmitting credit card information. Contact Robby Klim of Finance Committee, David Melton of Stewardship or Pastor Dave with any questions.
PER CAPITA $43.94
Total per capita for 2023
$2.90 —Synod of Mid-America
$9.85 —General Assembly
All in-person gatherings may resume at at the discretion of the group leader, with masks optional for those vaccinated against COVID-19 and everyone respecting each other's social-distancing, handshaking and hugging preferences. Calendar listings are place-holders only. Please contact meeting/gathering organizers to ask about a specific group's status.