From the Pastor


Some years ago, a Scottish minister told his congregation about how he’d had a dream that he had died…

When he arrived at the pearly gates, to his dismay, he was denied entrance into the heavenly kingdom until he presented his credentials.  Proudly, the pastor articulated the number of sermons he had preached and the prominent churches he had served.  But St. Peter said no one had heard of them in heaven.  The discouraged pastor began to enumerate all the community service activities he had been involved in over the  years; yet, he was told that they, too, were not recorded or remembered.

Sorrowfully, the pastor turned to leave, but Peter said, “Stay a moment and tell me… Are you the man who fed the hungry, called on the sick and welcomed the stranger?”  “Yes,” the Scotsman replied, “but what does that have to do with it?”  “Come in,” said St. Peter, “The master, who loves and remembers the forgotten, wants to thank you.”

Sometimes, we think too big when it comes to serving God.  We forget it is those small, little gifts of loving care and compassion that can mean so much more than some huge production.  “For whosoever is trusted with little can be trusted with much…”  (Luke 16:10)

During this shelter-in-place and social distancing lifestyle, many people are feeling alone, frightened, neglected, disenchanted and abandoned.  You would be surprised how much just a phone call, an encouraging letter or a personal visit can do to lift someone up and give them hope and reassurance.  Just saying “Hello” to a stranger or offering to help the helpless are little things that can really make a big impression on God’s people.

We, at First Christian Church, are making a difference.  We have set up and offer a very safe and secure way for you to come each and every Sunday morning free of worry, free of fear and free to worship in a safe, caring and sanitized environment.  We pray for you; we are here for you, and we are always available to help you and to help others.  May we continue to serve, to give and to glorify God in all that we say and do.  Amen.

“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unaware. (Hebrews 13:2)


Pastor Mark

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319 W. Laurel St.
Independence, KS 67301