Pinedale Community United Church of Christ
Benefits: Parsonage or housing allowance. Depending on the needs and
interest of the candidate, the salary and housing can be redistributed to include
an HSA, or contributions to a Health Plan. We will contribute 14% to the pastor's
pension fund. We reimburse for mileage; provide for minister education; pay for
attendance to conference annual meeting; and reimburse for miscellaneous
minister expenses dealing with parishioners. Sabbatical time is scheduled.
Church and Community Summary:
We are a small church in the mountains of rural western Wyoming. Founded in1907 as a Congregational Church, we later became part of the United Church of Christ. We welcome candidates from all denominations who share our beliefs. Open to all, we are committed to diversity of people, lifestyle, and religious and political beliefs. We are travelers, homebodies, traditional families, and non-traditional ones.
One of our congregation's greatest strengths is our is our diversity. We have a mostly centrist set of values and theologies, which vary from individual to individual but do not define how we interact with one another. We want to be immersed in a loving, accepting community where we strive to avoid judgement. To come together in worship and support one another and seek a better world. To "just be" in the presence of the divine and to listen quietly for the peace that passeth understanding to surround and nurture us. And we love to worship through music and song!
We are active participants in our community, where we maintain warm relationships that transcend divides in our polarized times. Pinedale is nestled at the foot of the Wind River Mountains with a river running through it. It is a strikingly beautiful rural community sitting at a little more than 7,000 feet. While we have experienced some growth with new small businesses, we are still a small- town (population just under 1,800) with a small-town feel. The people here look out for each other, but they also prefer to be as independent as possible. We have a great library, large recreation center, active fine-arts programs, and unlimited year-round outdoor recreational opportunities. We benefit from an uptick in regional and national recreation and the value of open spaces and public
lands. Like our state, our community is witnessing declining revenue. D
iversification of the economy is already being promoted at the state level, and
Sublette County has been attracting new businesses. The recent focus on
improving digital infrastructure is a critical factor in anticipated growth. It is
The statement on our Facebook page reads: "We are seeking to love and
welcome all people in worship, song, and community." Our church's constitution
states: "The avowed purpose of this church shall be to worship God, to preach the
gospel of Jesus Christ, and to celebrate the Sacraments; to realize Christian
fellowship and unity within this church and the Church Universal; to render loving
service toward mankind; and to strive for righteousness, justice, and peace."
We sponsor several community-service projects, and we financially support
a Christian mission in Africa and our local-food basket. Our building has a
reputation of being "open" to community functions and events, and we have
facilitated many funerals and weddings for those who do not have another
"church family." Our space helps support
The Pinedale Theatre Company, Community Choir, Thanksgiving Feasts, a Free Summer Lunch Program, and a
Community Bak Pak program to provide food during the weekend to children who need it.
We have 40 members and 15 "friends." While we have struggled during the
Covid epidemic, with limited in-church attendance, we have more people
following our weekly services posted online. Generally speaking, our population is
"aging," projected to have increasing numbers of 60+ adults as children are raised
and leave the area and the parents remain. We are slightly above the state
average in income and education levels. Pre-Covid, we had a Sunday-school
program with approximately 10 children participating.
We are ready for the deep water and know that we have to find new ways to build our church. as we cannot keep doing the same thing and expect different results. We don't want to travel the path of a dying church, but rather a church that continues to serve our community in new and generous ways, that works to relieve the isolation of those struggling and alone and is a safe place for all those seeking the light and constancy of God's love.
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