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An update from First UMC
Independence, IA

December 2nd, 2020

A midweek update from FUMC
Independence, IA
Here are the events going on this week! 

  • Wednesday, December 2nd
    • 1:30 p.m. Funeral- Richard Booth
    • 4:30 p.m. Finance Committee via Zoom
  • Thursday, December 3rd
    • 11:00 a.m. Funeral- Dorothy Zimmerly
  • Sunday, December 6th
    • 9:00 a.m. Worship via Facebook Live
    • 11:00 a.m. Radio Broadcast
  • Wednesday, December 9th
    • 5:00 p.m. Confirmation via Zoom

From the Kitchen Table Remember you can always watch the video later if you aren't able to catch it live.  No need to have Facebook to watch them, links are added to this page.

Church News and Notes:

Video to the November 29th Sunday service 
Here is the video to the service from last Sunday if you haven't had a chance to watch it yet.

Bulletin for December 6th: Here is a link to the bulletin for this coming Sunday. 

Office Closed The office is closed the rest of this week.  You can call the office (319-334-3689) or email ( and I will get back to you. Normal office hours resume next week!

Angel Tree
The Angel Tree is set up and located at the north door. This is for donating gifts to children in need in Buchanan County. As of today, Wednesday, we have 3 Angel tags left.  (We originally had 65.)
The north door will be unlocked daily from  8:30am-6:30pm so you can pick out your angel card / return the wrapped gifts with the angel card taped to the gift.  Please remember to write your name down on the sheet so all the angels are accounted for. All gifts are due back December 14th.

Champs Cupboard
Champs Cupboard is collecting food donations to go home with students over winter break.  FUMC has been specifically asked to collect fruit snacks and Mac & Cheese.  Our goal is 50 of each. Or monetary donations.  Drop off your fruit snack and mac & cheese donations at the north door. It is unlocked daily from 8:30am-6:30pm. Deadline is December 14th.


Children's Christmas Program Update

Thank you to everyone who has been mailing in their pledge!

Community Info
Independence Area Chamber of Commerce

"Holidays at the Depot"
Buchanan County Tourism is running their "Holidays at the Depot" online this year. Go to their auction site, to view items and register to bid. Items will be on display for in person viewing at the Independence Area Chamber of Commerce office.
Proceeds will go towards maintaining the historic Illinois Central Railroad Depot, and a portion of the proceeds will also go to support the Independence Area Food Pantry.

You can bid on items until December 13th!

Lee Mansion Open House

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