The WKND Upper Class

The WKND Upper Class has its first Dinner/Workshop for high school Junior and Seniors from 5-6pm on Sept 24th. Workshops will be held the last Sunday of every month and will cover topics specific to Jr/Srs as they begin to transition out of High School. Each workshop will include a meal and will be held right before TheWKND service.

Connection College Group

As this year rolls into fall, we’re very excited to announce our Connection College Group will be starting back up again! We want to invite anyone who’s out of high school, ages 18 to 26 to come join us as we eat, fellowship, learn, and walk life out together.

We’ve moved locations to Southside of Heaven, 211 Fir Street in La Grande, just around the corner from the movie theater between Adams Avenue and Jefferson Avenue. Our first meeting is going to be September 27th starting at 6:30 pm. we will have a home cooked meal together, fellowship, and hear a message. We hope to see you there!

Connected

We have been doing a lot of remodel work on our house this summer and have been learning a great deal along the way. I am understanding better how our home is interconnected. Framing, drywall, wiring, flooring, all part of a whole. In some ways it’s awesome, in others I wish it was connected better!

Connection is important! This fall there are great options to grow in connection here at Faith Center. Our Multiplied Home Groups are a key way of growing in relationship with others and in our relationship with the Lord. I encourage you to be part of a home group here and grow through those gathered times. Sign ups will begin mid-September.

Our Women’s Ministries has a retreat planned October 13-15 for all our Faith Center ladies. What a perfect way for women to connect with other women this fall! You can sign up in the office anytime through October 1. God has a great season in front of us and it is the perfect time to Gather, Grow and Go through a small group connection.

Pastor David

Thank you

As we head into fall let’s take a moment to show appreciation to everyone who gave of themselves during these busy summer months to teach our children here at Faith Center. We want to extend a huge thank you to Bethany Troutman, Sandy Knowles, Amanda Schlegel, Mark Schlegel, Amber Schlegel, Erin-Marie Kilpatrick, Jennifer Littlefield, Dana Gunter, Vicki Grove, Stan Grove, Elizabeth Zastrow, Tawny Savage, Hope Vavra, Jennifer Phillips, Mike Pedro, Darcy Pedro, Jeremy Jones, Tyler Dubsky, Tammy Donivan, Sonja Wagoner, Bekah Hefner, Emily Sorensen, Kim Bolen, Shelly Hubbell, and to anyone else I may have missed. Thank you for making Faith Center an amazing church where families look forward to bringing their children to learn about God!

Pastor Will

Joy in the Journey

This retreat, nestled in the Wallowa Lake Methodist Camp, has been designed for Faith Center women 18 and older to participate and connect with God and each other as a group and within a small group. Enjoy some free time, relax, explore Wallow Lake and Joseph, sit around a campfire, and make a new friend. Check-in begins Friday at 4:30 pm and checkout is Sunday at 10:30 am. The camp offers tow types of accommodations to choose from:

Rustic, Total Weekend Cost: $80 – Heated cabins with sturdy wood framed bunks. Toilets and showers located less than 10 yards from cabin. Guests bring bedding and towels.

Deluxe, Total Weekend Cost: $125 Heated cabins with bathroom and kitchenette, one queen bed and 1-2 stud wooden bunks. The queen bed must be shared. Bedding and towels are provided.

Information/Registration Packets are available at church on Sunday mornings. Open to all women who attend Faith Center and are 18 years or older. Registration and money deadline is October 1st. Registrations must be turned in with full payment. Please write checks out to Faith Center and put Women’s Retreat on the memo line. Space is limited to the first 130 women. 

Southside of Heaven

It’s difficult to put Southside into words. As I think about the past few years I am overwhelmed by God’s grace and provision. Seeing the countless lives that He has rescued and have set free from addiction and emotional bondage is a testament to our Lord’s wonderful love and compassion for His kids.

We started Sunday Church at Southside last September with a few goals in mind. First and foremost, we wanted to glorify God above all, second we wanted to be true to the gospel and teach scripture in a tangible and relevant way. We have been building a solid worship team and have a core group of leaders rotating in to teach.

Speaking of leaders, they are “all in” and fully committed to reaching the lost in our community. We all believe that God can save and set free every addict in our town. I am blown away by their level of involvement, passion and heart! Our team understands community, grace and the importance of unity and investing in lives. I am truly humbled to be a part of this group.

Our Celebrate Recovery ministry is really starting to pick up momentum. Our leaders are all home grown Southsiders, they came to Southside and found hope, freedom and joy through Christ. I sit back and watch how the Holy Spirit is leading them to reach the broken.

Our Friday night Southside meeting hasn’t missed a step. It is a time for us to eat together, fellowship and hear message’s that will challenge and encourage us to look at our lives and allow God to come in and put the broken pieces back together. We have invited a ton of pastors from our community to come in and speak, it has truly been a blessing.

One of main focuses for this next season is discipleship. We have a fantastic group of people who have called Southside home. We are excited to dive deeper into God’s truth with them and walk life out together.

Other ministries happening at Southside are the Southside’s kid’s ministry, the Landing (high school ministry) and women’s ministry.  They are all doing great! We are dreaming about what comes next at Southside.

Thank you for all of your prayers and support. So many people bring desserts, bring dinners and encouragement to Southside. Domino’s has been a huge blessing to our high school group donating pizzas every week (Thanks Jesse).

I am overwhelmed by the love and encouragement from so many Pastors and churches in our community along with different non-profit groups. We have watched God bring different groups together for the common goal of helping people. We are honored that Southside is a part of that.

Finally, to our Faith Center (the mothership) family, thank you for allowing us to dream, love and reach our community with the gospel of Christ. Without you Southside wouldn’t exist, my heart is full…

 

In His Grip

Pastor jeffry

 

Alaska Update

Just a few weeks ago 14 teenagers and 6 adults embarked on an epic
adventure into Alaska. Our team served at Gabberts Camp at the base of
Mount Susitina, roughly 40 miles into the wilderness from Anchorage. In
the next few weeks our team will be sharing stories and posting pictures
about our incredible adventures, so stay tuned. We got to experience God’s
incredible provision, protection, and powerful love all along the way!
Thank you for those that prayed and supported our team, it was truly a
church family effort to see the dream become a reality and to see His
Kingdom advanced in the beautiful frontier that is Alaska. Thank you!

Love

It seems easier to be God than to love God, easier to control people than to love people, easier to own life than to love life. Jesus asks, “Do you love me?” We ask, “Can we sit at your right hand and your left hand in your kingdom?” (Matthew 20: 21). Ever since the snake said, “The day you eat of this tree your eyes will be open and you will be like gods, knowing good from evil” (Genesis 3: 5), we have been tempted to replace love with power. Jesus lived that temptation in the most agonizing way from the desert to the cross. The long painful history of the Church is the history of people ever and again tempted to choose power over love, control over the cross, being a leader over being led. —Henri Nouwen “In The Name Of Jesus”

 

Love is not an easy thing.  It is because of love that Jesus came and lived as a man. Love is the reason he went to the cross. We are called to love God and love others. No, love is not an easy thing. It is no wonder we often settle for a counterfeit of love in our lives. That is, we exchange love, real love, for something else entirely. As the quote said above we often swap love for control, power or even lust.

Love is living with open hands. An open handed, palms up lifestyle that doesn’t grasp at things that were never meant to be held by us. Love is open handed because living with our palms up is to live without fists or the need to defend ourselves. To live without the need to hold tightly to anything. It is a posture of expectancy of receiving from above, a lifestyle of giving away. It’s easy to applaud others accomplishments and sponsor them with open palms.

The counterfeit of this love is to live with clenched fists. To fight for control, position and acknowledgment. A closed fisted life grabs at those things that were never meant to define us. It is to face life with clenched fists ready to defend and react. It pushes others out and looks not up but down. A clenched fisted life seems in control but will never satisfy. Control is a poor substitute for love.

If you stop for a moment and step back from your life. I mean just pause and take a 30,000 foot view for a second what do you see? Are there areas where love has been usurped by something else? Have your fists closed around some things that should be released? Perhaps at this height you can see the love of your Heavenly Father calling you to a fresh place of open handed, palms up, living!

 

 

 

 

 

Light

These June days living in Eastern Oregon are days filled with light. Winter has it’s beauty but when darkness sets in at 4 pm it can get a little dreary. Having light from 4:30 am until almost 10 pm has it’s advantages! More time in the light is a beautiful thing.

Light is used throughout the New Testament as a picture of what it means to walk with the Lord. Contrasted with darkness light is the picture of an open, transparent, faithful and free relationship with Father God. A picture of his presence. More time in the light is most definitely a beautiful thing!

There is a reason why one of the most key and powerful ploys of the enemy is to get us to live in the shadows, where we are not experiencing freedom or joy. Shadow living is not necessarily walking in pitch black darkness. No, it’s just out of the light.  We see the light but are just out of reach of it. This is where fear and sadness reign. It’s a place of self protection and mistrust. We can mistakenly see this gift of light as a revealing, fearful and exposing thing. Please don’t fear the light. Step out of the shadows. Better yet, allow the Lord to lead you today to a new place of shade free living! Where the light of God purges away the shadow and brings healing and freedom to those places where we so desperately need it.

Living in the light is to be fully known and fully loved by God. Don’t settle for anything else today!

 

1 John 1:7 NIV
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”

Pastor David

Faith Center Family Time!

Faith Center Family Time returns this summer with activities and events designed to bring us together as a church family!

June 29th @ The Maridell Center from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Join us for unlimited miniature golf, laser tag, roller-skating, laughter, and fellowship. The cost of admission is covered for all who attend. Invite a neighbor, bring a friend and enjoy an evening getting to know your church family better.

July 22nd @ Pendleton Aquatic Center. We have reserved the park to open early for exclusive use from 10am-12pm when it opens to the public. You will need to provide your own transportation. We will BBQ for lunch at the blue pavilion at 12pm. See ya there!

August 13 @ BBQ Potluck at Fred Beeman Park. Everyone is invited to head on over after 2nd service to Fred Beeman Park in Island City for a BBQ and Potluck! Please bring a side dish or a dessert to share and a lawn chair. There will be games: volleyball, basketball, soccer, horseshoes, and possibly a slip and slide. There’s plenty of shade and time for fellowship. Let’s hang out together as a family!