Church will refurbish historic marker

Church will refurbish historic marker

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.

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Colby Smith is new church minister; starts July 1st

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.

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Celebrate the church's birthday with a special gift

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.

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FCC to celebrate 181th birthday

FCC to celebrate 181th birthday

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.


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Parting message of hope from Dr. Don

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.

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Church calls a new minister

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.

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