Search Committee


A Brief Introduction

First Christian Church of Casper, WY

Our vision statement comes from Micah 6:8.  We are called to be a faithful, growing church, that demonstrates true community, deep Christian spirituality and a passion for justice.

First Christian Church was founded February 13, 1921.  After first meeting in the Odd Fellows Hall downtown, the congregation built their first permanent home “The Tabernacle” at the corner of Grant and Lind Streets.  The current sanctuary on CY Avenue was dedicated in 1955.  A Christian Education wing and office space were later added. 

FCC is located next door to the newly remodeled, historic Natrona County High School.  When the school district was buying up properties nearby, including several old houses in our block, the decision was made to remain in our current location.  This commitment was followed by a capital campaign to take care of several property projects – including a new roof, resurfacing the parking lot, foundation repair and installing energy efficient windows in the sanctuary behind the aging “krinkle glass” windows, which were reframed and made removable.

Casper is in the center of the state.  Though our population is just under 60,000, we are the second largest city in the state and a hub for numerous events.  Casper College is well known for its theater department, basketball, rodeo and a variety of solid academic offerings.  The Wyoming Symphony and Artcore offer topnotch fine arts performances.  The Casper Event Center hosts professional events of all types (from Broadway to rodeo to rock concerts and monster truck rallies).  Wyomingites love spending time outdoors.  In Casper, you can fly fish on the North Platte River over your lunch hour, hike world class trails or drive up Casper Mountain in fifteen minutes to watch the summer sunset or ski and snowboard on a winter weekend.  Summer brings farmer markets and boating or camping at two nearby lakes.   Fall includes hunting season and our Pumpkin Patch!  The stunning natural beauty of America’s first National Park, Yellowstone, is a half-day’s drive west along with the stunning Teton Mountains.  Head the other direction to visit America’s first National Monument at Devil’s Tower.

Who We Are

Our church is made up of about 200 participating members, with roughly half that number present for worship on Sunday mornings during two services.  The small, informal 8:15 chapel service shares leadership between our pastor and volunteer laity.  This close-knit group of 20-30 people care deeply for each other.  Our main worship service at 10:10 is a fairly traditional service, with choir and both organ and piano music offered.  We primarily use the Chalice Hymnal but also draw on the Chalice Praise songbook or supplement services occasionally with the words of recorded or live music projected on screens at the front of the sanctuary.  During the summer we share communion by intinction, and the congregation has experienced a variety of creative worship experiences especially during special liturgical seasons.  Each year during Lent, our elders lead weekly Vespers service with a soup supper on Wednesday evenings.

Our Preschool is one of the best run in town and is an important ministry of the congregation, reaching out to young families.  It is run by a director and teaching staff whose salaries are paid through tuition, but directed in partnership with the Christian Education commission and clergy of FCC.  Our pastor provides a weekly Friday morning chapel for the preschool as a way of building connections with these little ones, as well as introducing them to the Christian faith.  FCC is proud to be the charter organization hosting Troop 13 and Pack 13 with Scouts BSA.  We provide weekly meeting space for Alcoholics Anonymous and frequently open the building to other groups serving needs of our neighbors.  This year, Casper Youth for Christ started offering a Thursday lunch and Bible study to high school students in one of our classrooms.

FCC has many small groups – some focus on fellowship and spiritual development while others engage in hands-on mission.  We have two “Community Groups” and one “Shepherding Group,” two quilting groups, a monthly Lunch Bunch for retirees, the Circle of Caring to support caregivers and those in grief, and three Disciples Women’s Ministry circles.  We have a strong history of Christian Education and long for a renewed focus in this area, including offering a variety of Bible and theological study groups for adults.  We use “Worship & Wonder” materials for our children’s church.  The sandwich & blanket ministries are hosted in our building and give a chance for ecumenical partners to work side by side to meet physical needs in Natrona County.

Please visit our website at www.fcccasper.org.

Our Facebook presence can be found at www.facebook.com/fcccasper.

 

Pastoral Search Committee Members

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Left to Right, Back Row: Keith Rouse, George Morrison, Robin Nelson, Maggie Grooms, Stephen Brown, Carmen Goodman
Front Row: Joan McNamara, Spencer Stupak, Linda Mosteller

 

             
             
             

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