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Church concludes successful vacation Bible school

The church completed a successful Vacation Bible School from June 29 through July 3 involving First Christian, First Presbyterian and First Methodist churches.

About 55 children participated of which about 25 were from First Christian Church.

The theme is Avalanche Ranch: A Wild Ride Through God's Word.

We are blessed to have these children in our midst and have such great church partners.




Golf Tournament to benefit Tabitha’s Closet

In celebration of another successful year for Tabitha’s Closet is hosting its third annual benefit golf tournament on Saturday, August 2, 2014, at WinterStone Golf Course, 17101 E. Kentucky Road, Independence.

Please consider helping Tabitha’s Closet and the families of the Independence School District by partnering with us in our plans for this event by:

1. Donating a service or item.

2. Sponsoring

  • Tournament Sponsor ($2,500): includes 2 foursomes, banner on the club house, full page ad in the program and all publications.
  • Hole Sponsor ($750): includes 1foursome, hole signage, 1/4 page ad in the program.
  • Hole Sponsor w/o Team ($250): includes hole signage and 1/4 page ad in the program.
  • Contest Sponsor ($100): Sign at contest hole, listing in program, winning prize given in your name.
  • Cart Path Sponsor ($50): Cart path signage, listing in program.

3. Donating money directly to the event

4. Golfing! Come out and join us!

Registration ($100/golfer)  includes breakfast, beverages, lunch, door prizes, hole contests and insulated cooler containing a towel and many other items.

Register at


Funeral services for Mark Harken Saturday

Funeral services for Mark Harken will be Sat., July 12 at Community Christian Church in Kansas City, MO.

Visitation will be at 10 am followed by services at 11 am.

Mark was tragically killed in a car accident in southern Missouri.

He is the son of Bruce Harken and stepson of Rev. Amy Lignitz Harken, our recent church pastor.

Read the full obituary.

We are deeply sorrowed by the untimely death of this young vibrant person.


Mark Finley Harken, of Prairie Village, Kan., a beloved son, grandson, brother, and friend to many, died July 5, 2014. He was 20. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 12, at Community Christian Church, 4601 Main, KCMO. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. Mark was born April 5, 1994, in Overland Park, Kan., to Bruce and Sarah (Higgins) Harken. Since early childhood, he was an enthusiastic scout. He is an Eagle in Troop 91 of Prairie Village, a warrior of the Tribe of Mic-O-Say, and he counted a trip to Philmont Scout Ranch in NM among his most treasured experiences. He graduated from Shawnee Mission East High School in 2012, and was selected for honors among pre- engineering students. He was accomplished in robotics and led his high school build team his senior year. He ran cross country, lettering his senior year. Mark was passionate and skilled in many areas including fireworks, woodworking, BBQ, and gardening. His affable, adventurous personality won him many friends, who will miss him greatly. Mark is survived by his parents, Sarah Higgins of Prairie Village and Bruce and Amy Harken of Mattapoisett, Mass.; siblings, Erik and Claire of Prairie Village; grandparents, Kathy and Tony Giordano of Overland Park, and Mary and Larry Gruenhagen of Greenville, SC; his intended, Jennifer Noble of Florida; and many close friends and relatives. Memorial contributions may be made to BSA Troop 91 for Philmont camperships or to the SMEHS robotics team. Online condolences at Arr.: McGilley & Hoge, 8024 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park, KS 66204. McGilley & Hoge Johnson County Memorial Chapel, 8024 Santa Fe Dr, Overland Park, KS 66204, 913-642-3565 - See more at:

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Read the July 9th church newsletter

The July 9th church newsletter is out and with information about church news and events,

Download the newsletter.


What we are able to do together through faith

This past Sunday Liz Evans shared an offering mediation about what we can do together in faith.

Evans, in her meditation, shared:

"And I am always reminded that individual salvation is free and grace is freely granted to individuals but Christian ministry is much more effective and goes much farther when carried out by WE, the people of Christ!

When we pool our gifts and resources, they multiply to the glory of God; when we work together, we can hold each other accountable, share our stories, learn and grow in the Holy Spirit and become the moving force of action God intends us to be."

Download the full meditation which was given June 15.


Five youth are baptized on Palm Sunday

Receiving First Communion

Palm Sunday brought joy and confessions of faith by five young people.

Those who were baptized following a multi-week pastor's class were:

  • Nathan Joseph Adams
  • Kira Elizabeth Hollinbeck
  • Claire Maire Humphrey
  • Jeremy David Humphrey
  • Elizabeth Jean Thomas

The baptism took place in the church chapel in the presence of family, friends and church members.


Tabitha's Closet gets 1,300 books for children

Tabitha’s Closet has nearly 1,300 books to support our outreach to children in the community.

The books will be given to every child receiving clothing from Tabitha’s Closet and also used the annual book walk at the Procter Carnival in April.

First Christian Church has a long relationship with Procter Elementary including providing tutors and helping children and families at the school located near the church.

Tabitha’s Closet began over 10 years ago through our relationship with Procter which incidentally is named for Alexander Procter, a well-known Disciples minister who lead our church for over 40 years.

The books are possible through a donation by Laura Shockley in honor her husband Sherman, who was an avid reader.

The books were purchased through FirstBook - a national organization which provides “access to new books for children in need.”

First Book shipped Tabitha’s Closet boxes of books with 1,292 titles for age birth to 15 years old.

First Book has distributed more than 100 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada.

This new effort shows the bounty which is possible when we respond to God’s many gifts and matchless grace.