What does it mean to be a Timothy of First Christian Church of Independence

What does it mean to be a Timothy of First Christian Church of Independence

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.

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Wild Women of Kansas City to perform benefit concert for Tabitha's Closet

Wild Women of Kansas City to perform benefit concert for Tabitha's Closet

The Wild Women of Kansas City will perform a benefit concert for Tabitha's Closet on Sunday, Oct. 9th at 4 pm at the church.

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.

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With these hands

With these hands

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.

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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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