Ministries:

Sunday Morning: All are welcome!  We come from all backgrounds and ages. You are welcome to come in your Sunday best or just come as you are.  We sing traditional and contemporary music. We share prayer concerns and celebrate communion every Sunday. Children have programs during the worship service, but join worship for communion to be with their families. Join us at 10:30am!

New Class — Beginning Sunday, Feb. 3rd after service we will offer a new class, “Embracing Forgiveness”.  We know forgiveness can be hard–whether forgiving others or forgiving ourselves. We will learn what Biblical forgiveness is and what it isn’t.  So, grab a cup of coffee and a snack at coffee hour, and join us!  You can watch a short clip here.

Intentional Prayer Group:  We believe that prayer is a basic part of our faith, the way we communicate with God.  We can pray as individuals or as community. The Intentional Prayer group meets every Monday at 11:00 am in the church library.  ALL are welcome to join us.

Day Spa: In addition to providing the home to the Interfaith Works Shelter, First Christian Church also runs a Day Spa for our shelter guests.  What is a day spa? It is a warm, gentle daytime space for Interfaith Works Overnight Shelter guests.  There is more information available, including how you can get involved and help here. We offer a peaceful, calming, safe space for our shelter guests.

Week of Compassion: February our mission of the month is Week of Compassion.  You can learn more about Week of Compassion and view some videos:

Week of Compassion challenges us to imagine–and work towards–a world where no child goes unfed, un-housesd, or unloved; where no one ever fears abuse or violence; where clean water is not a dream but a reality for all; where small farmers do their work with dignity and are paid a fair wafe for their labors; where agricultural practices enrich and renew the land rather than deplete it; where survivors of natural disasters have the resources they need; where vulnerable immigrants are welcomed in Christ’s name. Can you imagine these things?

Special Services during Lent:

Ash Wednesday service – March 6th @ 6pm

Palm Sunday – Sunday, April 14th

Maundy Thursday – April 18th @ 6pm

Good Friday Prayer Walk

Easter Sunday – April 21st  7am Sunrise Service @ Gwinwood; 10:30 am service here.

Christmas Special Offering:  Northwest Region Christmas Special Offering video.  Did you know that the special offering for Christmas goes to local ministries right here in the Pacific Northwest? You can learn more about the great  things your donations can accomplish!

Reconciliation Ministry:    Disciples of Christ — September 30th and October 7th, congregations all across the United States and Canada will collect the special offering for Reconciliation Ministry. As a way to prepare for the offering, and in partnership with the National Benevolent Association, Refugee & Immigration Ministries, and Disciples Immigration Legal Counsel, Reconciliation Ministry is offering a couple of educational webinars for all Disciples. The webinars are free of cost, but require registration in order to obtain access.     You can find out more about each webinar on our calendar page.  There are webinars on Sept. 20th & 27th.   Not sure what Reconciliation Ministries are? Here’s a link to a short video: https://youtu.be/R4joh9eLPpo Here’s a link to learn more: https://reconciliationministry.org/2018/a-reintroduction-to-reconciliation-ministry/

Prayer Shawl Ministry: The Sew Crafty group hand-crafts shawls to give to those in our community experiencing life trauma. The Sew Crafty group noted so many people waiting in doctor’s offices and hospitals for loved ones to get treatment, they wanted to offer some physical reminder of connection and support. They’ve created dozens of colorful hand-made “prayer squares” for you or a loved one to have during a challenging time. If you’d like one, please call or email the office–or just stop by!

Nesting churches: Our building is a church home to Emmaus Catholic Community and Bible Fellowship Calvary Church (formerly Pacific Island Family Church).

Support Groups: One of the ways our buildings are used throughout the week are with the various support groups.  This is another way we can keep FCC-OLY as a resource for our community! During the week, there are about half dozen different support groups each of whom call FCC-OLY home–and that’s just the way we want it! That’s part of what we mean when we say ALL People Are Welcome!

Community Partners:

Interfaith Works:  We are proud to work alongside other faith communities through Interfaith Works. IW also runs the shelter that is located in our church.  For more information about this great community organization here.

LGBTQ+ Alliance:  Alongside other Disciples of Christ churches, we are working to build a more inclusive church.  Disciples LGBTQ+ Alliance was formerly known as GLAD Alliance. Learn more about open & affirming churches here.

Faith Action Network (FAN): Their “mission is to be a faith-inspired statewide partnership striving for a just, compassionate, and sustainable world through community building, education, and courageous public action.”  Our work with FAN reflects our strong commitment to build a more just and welcoming community. Learn more about FAN here Feb. 14th is FAN Advocacy Day.  You can learn more about it and plan to join us, along with many other members of many faith community groups here.

Olympia Charter of Compassion: “We work to build a community that welcomes and respects the unique gifts brought by all who make up our diverse Olympia community.”  Our own Rev. Amy Walters LaCroix was instrumental in bringing this to fruition. You can learn more about it and sign the charter yourself here.