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Church choir to perform A Christmas Prayer

The church choir will perform a special musical drama A Christmas Prayer Sunday, Dec. 21st at a single 9:30 am worship service.

The musical drama by J. Daniel Smith tells in word and music the story of Phillip Galloway who has a 20-year chip on his shoulder because of a troubled past, and he's not really into family bonding.

His family, however, has been praying that God will restore hope to his heart.

The music involves the church choir and several members who have reading parts.

Following worship there will be a potluck lunch. All are welcome.

The church is providing drinks, plates and utensils; all you have to bring is a covered food dish.

This is a perfect time to share your favorite recipe with others, and as always Independence First Christian has the best cooks ever.



Dr. Don Brezavar announces his plans for 2015

Dr. Don Brezar has formally shared with the congregation his plans to formally retire in November 2015.

In an article in the church newsletter, Dr. Don shared:

"I am resigning as Pastor of First Christian Church effective Dec. 1, 2015.This means we have one year to plan our future together. 

"I believe, in fact, I know that with God’s help FCCI does have hope for an unbelievable and prosperous future. But, we must all work together to achieve this goal and make our future with the Lord a reality."

Dr. Don previously shared his plans with the church board, administrative cabinet and during the December church congregational meeting.

Dr. Don's full comments are in the Dec. 18th church newsletter.


Special holiday church newsletter

This special holiday church newsletter includes information about Christmas and Advent programs and also a special message from Dr. Don Brezavar concerning his 2015 retirement plans.

Look for the print edition in the mail.

Download the newsletter.


Advent meditation booklet available

The 2014 Advent meditation booklet is now available from the church.

The booklet provides a daily meditation from Nov. 30 to Dec. 20th.

This year the Worship Committee selected previously published meditations from prior years.

Most of the meditations are by church members who are now deceased.

Copies of the meditation can be downloaded or pick up from the church office. 

This is a wonderful booklet for Advent and something that can be shared with neighbors, friends and families.


Church organizes preschool program for mothers


First Christian Church Mothers Of Pre-Schoolers will be held the Thursday, Dec 11. There will be two sessions: Session 1 (1-2:30 pm) and Session 2 (6:30- 8 pm).

This is FREE and OPEN to the public.

Treats, chats, crafts, support, mentor moms and more

Learn more on the FCC Mops webpage.

Please call (816) 252-6100 or email to participate or visit our webpage.

This is an effort to continue our significant outreach to children and families in our community.

If interested, contact the church office



Church helps high school students without regular home

The church is helping about 70 unaccompanied high school students with gift packs and some need help.

The Missions Committee has already gathered gloves, several food items and personal hygiene items and will get food coupons, insulated mugs and gift cards for QT.

Unaccompanied students do not have a regular home where they stay and move from location to location while still attending school.

This is the second year the church has supported these students picking up an effort orginally supported by community volunteer Cecil Taylor, who died.

The Missions Committee is also providing 100 books to CAPA to accompany the gifts purchased by the congregation and also will provide books to all children that attend the upcoming Christmas Capers.