First Christian Church
 Open Hearts, Open Minds, An Open Table
 224 West Dryden, Odessa MO 64076*  816-633-7726*firstchristian@fccodessa.org  
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We know it takes a lot of courage to go into a church for the first time, so we thought we'd put together some information to help make it easier. Church seen from W Dryden

How to Find Us: Our church is located on the corner of W Dryden and 3rd Street in downtown Odessa.  Coming from I-70 you will take the Odessa exit, following signs to 131.  This takes you onto Second Street into downtown Odessa.  Follow this road to a four-way stop, and the next road on your right is West Dryden.  Turn right, and the church is on the left side.  We have street parking, as well as parking behind the church.  Also the Community Center, across from the church on the north side of Dryden, allows us the use of its parking lot on Sunday mornings.  

Handicap Accessibility: We have handicap-accessible parking right in front of the church, as well as in the alley behind the church.  An elevator located in the middle of the building accesses all floors.  

Church Layout: Most of our classrooms are located on the basement level of the church, along with our church office and nursery.  The sanctuary, library, chapel, and multipurpose room are located in the upper level of the church.  

Worship: We worship weekly with the singing of songs and the offering of prayers, and gathering around the communion table.  Our communion meal, consisting of bread and grape juice, is served by deacons who pass the plate to the congregants who remain seated.  We use familiar and contemporary songs, all of which are displayed on a screen used as a worship aid. Our pastor brings a message each Sunday inspired by the lectionary passage assigned for that week.  In general, our worship services last about an hour. 

Inclusive Language: Many of us are nurtured by traditional male language used for God - words such as Father, King, and Lord.  But there are others among us who struggle with these labels, and might even find their use prevents them from feeling safe in a worship environment.  Keeping this in mind our pastor seeks to be hospitable with language, and will often replace traditional language with a more inclusive choice.  For example, "Father" might be replaced with "Creator."  We invite everyone present to use the language which bests connects them to God, and to respect each other's use of language.

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