I was glad to have the opportunity to worship at First Christian, Independence, on Sunday, Aug. 14, and to see friends I have known from my youth.
It brought back many memories and warmed my heart.
Margaret Shields took my picture in front of my Timothy picture in the hall way. Brent Schondelmeyer asked me to write an article on what it means to be a Timothy of this congregation.
I grew-up in this congregation with my mother and father, Hazel and Lewis McNeill, and my two brothers, Russell and Rodney. I was baptized and joined the church on March 22, 1959, by Dr. Donald McKay; I was ordained at First Christian on April 28, 1974.Read More
This is a return concert for the popular jazz/blues group which has performed several benefit concerts at the church for the children's clothing closet.
There is no charge for the concert but a free will offering will be taken to support Tabitha's Closet.Read More
It has been an honor to be a deacon for the church in which I was baptized.
Presentation of the communion and offering plates is a service which I always watched and experienced from the pews, but never totally shared until last year. The solemnity of presentation of the communion to members of the church is always very close to my heart. But what I have noticed when I pass the collection plate is the beauty of the hands which take the plate and always present something for it.Read More
The church will refurbish the historic marker located in front of the church sanctuary.
The marker, installed as part of the nation's 1976 bicentennial, will be sent to Ohio where it will be refurbished by Sewah Studios - a national company which manufactures historic marker.
The marker shares the earlyhistory of the congregation and its founding in 1835 and its early relationship with leaders of the denomination.Read More
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