First Christian Church of Independence
welcomes you to experience our community of faith as we seek God and strive to live in faithfulness.


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.



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.


Annual congreational meeting

First Christian Church will hold is annual congregational meeting on Sunday, Dec. 14the following the 8:30 and the 10:45 worship services.

Congregational meetings will include approval of new officers, elders, deacons and other church offices.


Christmas Capers set for Dec. 6th

The annual Christmas Capers will be held Sat., Dec. 6th in Fellowship Hall.

There will be songs, stories, crafts and a pancake breakfast.

Breakfast will be served at 9:30 am with crafts starting at 10 am.

This is always a very popular, well-attended event.

Please let Linda DeHart (456-3812) or Susan Marquardt if you plan on attending. This will help planning for the day.


Christmas Capers 2012


Get ready for our Santa Cali Gon breakfast

The church again will serve a breakfast during the Labor Day Santa-Cali-Gon festival on the Independence Square.

Breakfast will be served Friday, Aug. 29 through Sunday, Aug. 31st from 7 am to 10 am.

The menu features biscuits and gravy, pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs and beverages.

Volunteers are needed.


Church plans Aug. 9th ice cream social

The church will hold an ice cream social Sat., Aug. 9th at the church.

The event will be from 2 to 5 pm.

Vanilla and chocolate ice cream will be served.

All are welcome to this annual summer event.


Mike Beckner reception Sunday

The church will host a reception for Mike Beckner following the second service on Sunday, Aug. 3rd.

Mike has been the choir director for over 15 years.

The reception will be held in the Friendship Classroom and honor Mike for his ministry of music and service to the church.


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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Big events for Fourth of July at First Christian

Plan on spending the Fourth of July at First Christian Church celebrating the nation's declaration of Independence and the founding of the church.

Join us at 6 pm for Pam and Phil Morgan Family Concert in the church sanctuary. A free will offering will be taken.

Stay afterwards to tailgate and watch the community fireworks display.

Bring your lawn chairs, and beverage and snacks to share as well as your favorite game if you chose.

Good music, fellowship, fun and a great fireworks display are guaranteed as we celebrate the church's 179th birthday.

The church was founded on July 4, 1835.