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


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.


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.


Sign up for Vacation Bible School

This year's Vacation Bible School will be June 29 through July 3 involving First Christian, First Presbyterian and First Methodist churches.

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

The program will be five nights from 6-8 pm and include a light meal.

A $1 donation is requested for the meal.

Please contact one of the participating churches to register.

Download the registration form.

VBS will be held at First Christian and Westminster Hall.


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.