Rev. Colby Smith will become out new church minister following an extensive search process and approval by the congregation. He officially starts July 1.
Colby was born and raised in the north Texas city of Wichita Falls.
In the midst of a summer ministerial internship Colby met Suzy Franklin. After a two year courtship between Texas and Oklahoma, a marriage took place in First Christian Church of Wichita Falls on May 25, 1991.
Colby attended Brite Theological Seminary at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX. and received a Masters of Divinity with Pastoral Care & Counseling Emphasis.Read More
This July 4th will be the 181st birthday of First Christian Church – an occasion of note marking a long history of faithfulness and service.
Several years ago we started an annual tradition of marking the church's birthday with a special gift to the church.It seems only fitting.
We give birthday gifts to others - a spouse, a child, a grandchild and others. We even give gifts when politely informed NO GIFTS please.Read More
First Christian Church will celebrate its 181st birthday on the Sunday, July 3rd.
The Sunday will be the first worship service for the new church minister Rev. Colby Smith.
The church is also planning an event on July 4th with a tail gate party in the west church parking lot. Look for more details in the next church newsletter.
First Christian Church was founded on July 4, 1835.
This is the text from Dr. Don Brezavar's last newsletter column published June 8, 2016.
“The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts;” I Cor. 12:12a
This text gives us the fundamental truth about the church.
The church, our church, First Christian Church, Independence is a body of Christ, “and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ.” (I Cor. 12:12b).
This text goes on to tell us that just as all the parts of the physical body are different, they none-the-less form one, and only one body; so all the parts of the body of Christ, though different persons with different skills, talents, and abilities, still work together in unity and harmony to form one body of Christ to the glory of God our Father.Read More
The church Search Committee has offered a call to a new church minister.
To consider the call, the church will hold a meeting of the board of directors Sunday, May 15th at 9:30 am and then congregational meetings Sunday, May 22nd following the 8:30 and 10:45 worship services.
Information about the new minister and other details will be shared at the meetings.
Approval of the board of the directors and the congregation are required in order to call a new minister. If approved, the new minister would start July 1.Read More
The church has 40 tickets to the 7:15 pm Friday night KC Royals vs. Detroit Tigers baseball game June 17 which is also Fireworks Friday.
The $15 tickets will go fast to see the reigning World Champion KC Royals.
If interested contact Bill Czeschin before they are gone.Read More
John Brune, a longtime church member, died Feb. 25 following a long confinement.
Services are scheduled for Tues., March 1 at the church.
The visitation is at 1 pm followed with a memorial service at 2 pm.Read More