Extending Our Tent Pegs

This last year has been an incredible picture of the faithfulness of God and his amazing provision. We have been on a journey over the last few years of “extending the tent pegs”of our church. Here is what that has looked like:

 

  • Purchasing our Southside building last September for $103,000. We will be paying that off this month.
  • Having God shut the door on a potential building expansion only to open the door to a new one.
  • Entering in to purchasing the “Skip Line” building next door for $185,000. Our offer has been accepted and we are moving forward with all the paperwork. We will be able to pay cash for this buildings purchase out of our building fund! This building will eventually house our youth ministries, some office space, (allowing us more usage of our current church building) AND another access to our parking lot from D street.
  • We are moving forward with plans for expanding our current church building by extending out the walls of our sanctuary and large back classroom to the back of our property. This will enable us to house those currently coming to our services as well as make room for those yet to come, provide a designated “Children’s Church” space, storage, larger nursery and bigger foyer. Our denomination has informed us that the money we are using to pay off our loan on Southside and purchase the property next to us can count as our down payment on the loan we will be seeking for the building expansion! Meaning, we are moving forward with our church expansion full speed.

 

This is an exciting season of growth and provision in the life of this church! Please continue to pray as we move forward with all God has in this next season. We will be taking some time in the new year to talk more about the details of our church expansion and how we can all partner in making that a reality!

 

Faith Center Family Christmas Party

We are throwing a Faith Center Family Christmas Party – Open House Style! This year our heart is to gather everyone who calls Faith Center home to come anytime between 5 and 7 pm and take some time to fellowship, feast and have fun. Please bring food to share. We will have a hayride with caroling, marshmallows for toasting, crafts for the kids, and great food and music.

Southside of Heaven

Southside just celebrated our 4th year in existence. I was sitting around with some of our leaders reminiscing about how Southside began. I remember God speaking to me a very simple phrase “love the broken.” He said “get a building downtown, open the doors, drug addicts are going to walk through and you’re going to do stuff). He also put a very deep and powerful desire in our hearts that every drug addict in our community can be clean and saved!

I have been overwhelmed by the incredible outpouring of love and sense of community happening at our downtown campus. God has challenged us to not only get rooted in His truth but to make disciples. Unity is running through every vain at Southside. We have watched God bring hope, freedom and grace in so many areas and lives.

Our leadership team is clicking on all cylinders and we are watching God captivate and save those He is bringing through the doors. He has led us to engage culture on cultures turf, meaning we must go out in our community where the people are bringing the good news of Jesus Christ.

We live in a day and age where hope has been lost. It is sometimes difficult to engage culture because we get frustrated or mad at the things we see and hear either on television, social media or walking through Walmart.

I believe God is challenging us who know Christ to rise up! We must put on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:10) and engage in the spiritual war! We must be people who are willing to climb into the gutter and battle the darkness for Gods glory. We have to encounter this world with love and recognize we do not battle against flesh and blood but the powers and principalities of darkness.

Thank you for your continued support and love for Southside. I encourage you to stop by sometime and see the incredible work God is doing! I will give you a word of caution! Be careful because the moment you walk in the doors and start meeting the Southsiders you will fall in love with them and not want to leave.

 

In His Grip

Pastor Jeffry

Cookie Exchange

Come exchange cookies, laughter, and fun at the Annual Cookie Exchange at Southside. Anyone is welcome just to attend and sample! Dinner will be served.

Please bring 3 dozen of the same cookie, bar or candy divided into 6 packages (6 cookies/package), plus samples cut up in small pieces on a plate for tasting.

The Cookie Exchange will be December 4th at 6:00 pm at Faith Center. See you there!

 

 

FC Downtown Halloween Outreach

Every year for the past 30 years our church has been engaged in ministering to kids on Halloween night through our Harvest Party. This year we are continuing that heart but changing the venue with our Downtown Halloween Outreach. With over 1200 people turning out last year downtown we are taking our outreach into our community. This really is the GO in Gather, Grow, Go! Come be a part of reaching out to our community this season.

  • Monday October 30th we will be meeting at 6:30 to pray together at Southside. We will then divide up to pray throughout downtown, covering the businesses and the families of our community in prayer.
  • Tuesday October 31st we will be hosting our Downtown Halloween Outreach from 4:00-6:00 at Southside of Heaven: 211 Fir. We will be grilling hotdogs, playing carnival style games, giving away tons of candy and cotton candy.
  • Tuesday October 31st @ 6:00 pm we will once again be walking the sidewalks, picking up garbage and helping the city to clean up from the event. We then are encouraging everyone to go home and be a light in your neighborhood.

    How you can be a part of this event:

  • Come to Southside on Monday, October 30th at 6:30 pm to pray.
  • Sign up to serve at the Downtown event on Tuesday. We need people to run the games and grill the hot dogs.
  • Be downtown at 6:00 pm to help tear down and help the city clean up.
  • Donate Candy! Please drop off donations in the bucket in the foyer.

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.