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Welcome!

ABOUT US

We are a welcoming, open, and affirming community who gathers in the heart of downtown Olympia.

We differ in race, age, cultural background, ability, sexual orientation, physical condition, gender identity, family structure, and life circumstances.

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We invite you to journey with us as we engage in social outreach and wrestle with questions of faith.

Together we are on a spiritual journey as followers of the teachings of Jesus and his living example to do justice, love goodness and walk humbly and thoughtfully with God.

OUR MINISTRIES

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 a community.

Each Monday morning the Intentional Prayer Group meets on Zoom to pray the prayers of the people, which are shared during Sunday service, and an ongoing list of requested prayers and prayers related to events in our world.

The prayer group also prays for each person in the congregation.

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Sew Crafty // Prayer Shawl

The Sew Crafty group meets weekly to visit while creating handmade items. It’s a chance to gather and feel connected.

The Sew Crafty group also hand-crafts shawls to give to people in the church community who are experiencing a life trauma.

New Hope Community

Further information coming soon!

OUR STAFF

Amy LaCroix

Pastor

Pastor Amy began her ministry at First Christian Olympia on July 1, 2010. Amy moved to Olympia from Indianapolis, IN. There she served as an associate at Allisonville Christian Church and First Congregational United Church of Christ. She earned her Master of Divinity degree from Christian Theological Seminary and recently completed her Doctor of Ministry degree at Claremont School of Theology. Her undergraduate work in theatre was at Texas Christian University and Indiana University – Purdue University in Indianapolis, IN. Before accepting her call into ministry, she owned a used bookstore, was a massage therapist, and was co-founder of the Indianapolis Children’s Theatre. She is passionate about creating an open, affirming, and welcoming faith community that truly seeks to do justice and be a sign of God’s all-inclusive love in the world.

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Kate Ayers

Director of Music

Kate Ayers has served in Christian Music Ministry in many capacities before moving to Olympia in 2013. She has sung in several praise bands in several churches in Indianapolis and worked in the Performing Arts Department of Grace Community Church. She went to Goodman Theatre School, received her BFA from Columbia College, and got her Master's in Applied Sociology at the University of Indianapolis. Most of her career has been working in the Educational and Non-Profit world, teaching, touring, speaking, performing, writing, and creating programs. She enjoys playing music to set a mood and tone and to uplift or comfort spirits in need.

Leland Brungardt

Co Accompanist

Leland Brungardt is excited and grateful to be part of the First Christian family sharing his love of music with the congregation on Sundays. Leland is an Olympia native who has been involved in the arts/theater community for over 15 years. He has performed locally with numerous theater companies over the years but eventually settled in behind the scenes playing piano, trumpet, and guitar. Leland lives with his girlfriend, Audrey, and their tuxedo cat, Fez.

Leadership Kairos

Church Leadership

The Leadership Kairos receives its authority from the congregation. The five voting members, which include the pastor, make business decisions for First Christian Church, and a spiritual elder participates as well.

PARTNERSHIPS

FAN strives for a just, compassionate, and sustainable world through community building, education, and courageous public action.” Learn more about FAN HERE.

A non-profit organization built by volunteers, OlyMAP offers services to houseless people and communities in need of essentials like water, food, cleaned clothes and trash removal. OlyMAP’s office is located within First Christian Church. Further information HERE.

Along with other Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) churches, FCC is working to build a more inclusive church. Learn more about the LGBTQ+ Alliance HERE.

The First Christian community is grateful to work alongside other faith communities in Olympia through Interfaith Works. Interfaith Works and First Christian worked together for several decades to provide emergency shelter in First Christian Church. Learn more  HERE.

The Northern Lights Region is 51 congregations found over about 800,000 square miles in Alaska, Washington, Northern Idaho, and Montana. Learn more about Northern Lights Region HERE.

OUR COVENANT

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First Christian Church of Olympia strives to be a caring, Christian community that seeks, celebrates, and serves God with heart, soul, and mind. We are a faith community that affirms the worth and dignity of every person. All are welcome here.