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Capital Christian in Lacey meets you where you are

Capital Christian Center in Lacey is ready for a "normal" summer of fun with their kids' camp at the Solid Rock Ranch in Thurston County. Credit: Capital Christian Center Facebook

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The Capital Christian Center has a mission to "care for those who protect us." According to Pastor Tim Minter, "Capital Christian Center started supporting military families over 15 years ago. We conducted an event, A Tribute to Those Who Serve, at the Capitol Building in Olympia. Since that event, we've created ministries like Military Fellowship where our military families can come together monthly to share food, play fun games and make memorable friendships. We've thrown Veterans Day banquets to honor those who serve, and we have a Memorial Day picnic to pray for our nation and the families whose service member made the ultimate sacrifice."

Minter is a veteran and really understands the unique needs of military families who are away from their friends and family. "My experience as a veteran does give me some insight into how we can support military families. I can recall being assigned to Fort Lewis 15 years ago, over 2,000 miles from my extended family. I yearned for family-like relationships that my Army assignment had separated me from. The Army did a great job making me and my family feel comfortable being a part of the Fort Lewis team, but it wasn't a great substitute for the family-like connections that I longed for. Today, I meet young military families who are far from their grandparents, parents, siblings and relatives who are experiencing that same need for family connections. The church fulfills those needs with spiritual relationships very similar to that of their natural families," said Minter.

COVID hasn't stopped the church either. Drew Minton, marketing manager for Capital Christian said the church meets people where they are at.

"We just want to love them," he added.

To those ends, programs, services, and more are come as you are, and in person, online, and even in your car.

"We have a drive thru service on Sundays," Minton added. People honk their amens during that time.

One of the special ways the church community supports military service members is with the Dog Tag Prayer partners. When a military church member deploys or a relative of a church member deploys, they create a special dog tag with their name on it. During the deployment, members of the community will take turns wearing the dog tag and praying for the service member each day. When they return, the church has a service and the dog tag is returned to the military member.

This summer, the church will host their kids' camp at the Solid Rock Camp with both day and overnight options. 

"This is an amazing time - our youth love it," Minton said. To register, go to

Kids can also learn to sew during a summer program Aug. 9-13. Volunteers help both boys and girls with an interest in the craft to build confidence and connect. 

For more information on the Capital Christian Center, visit their website at At the top of the page click the "Are you new here? Click here to Start", on the menu, there is a section for military.

Capital Christian Center, 4431 Martin Way E., Lacey,


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