Southside Update

The Southside has been rocking and rolling my friends! For those of you who are new to Faith Center we have a ministry called the Southside of Heaven located at a second campus downtown La Grande.

Our mission has been to reach out to a large sub-culture here in La Grande who struggles with addiction. We have also seen people who don’t like church (yet) come and be a part of our community. I believe God has called us to be very specific in our mission and vision. As I have been praying I’ve asked God to use us to reach out to those who feel unloved, judged, struggling in addiction and who don’t believe in Him.

What we have seen is lives being changed. We have seen people accept Christ, get water baptized, freed from addiction and feel loved and accepted.

God has been doing what He does, changing lives. All of us involved at Southside are totally humbled to be a part of this ministry and that God would use us to fulfill His great commission.

We have an awesome group of leaders who serve with great compassion, energy and love.

Celebrate Recovery is every Thursday night at 7:00 pm. It is a Christ centered 12 step ministry focused on changing not only our addictive behaviors but changing the culture of our lives. Have you ever wondered why you do the things you do? Celebrate Recovery, through God’s grace, allows us to dig down in the depths of our souls and find out why we function the way we do.

Friday nights we meet at 7:30. We have dinner, a life story or teaching with discussion, live music and an awesome kids ministry downstairs, we have a dedicated group of leaders who teach the kids about God and pour every ounce of love upon them. It’s a time to be community. We sit and drink coffee, talk life and love one another.

Monday nights we have men and women’s bible study at 7:00. We just started up Breakfast Club, we meet every Friday morning from 8:30 – 10:30 drinking Latte’s and laughing. The last Saturday of each month we have movie night at 6:30.

If you are interested in checking out the Southside of Heaven come and be a part of this awesome community.

Finally I want to thank those of you who support The Southside financially and most important those who pray relentlessly for us. If you would like to support Southside, or want more information, come and talk with me.

All for the Glory of God!

FCYG Update

Winter Retreat 2015: Recharge was an incredible weekend! We had a total of 75 people gather together to worship, pray, play, and grow together at Camp Elkanah! We were blessed with a wonderful speaker (Gary Waxbom of Baker City Foursquare) and an amazing group of leaders to help facilitate cabin times, meals, and worship. Our leaders came with a heart to serve and disciple these young people as we grow in our walk with the Lord, knowing Him more each day.

 

Through the investment of our leaders and the Work of our Lord, we saw 13 young people come to know Jesus within hours of arriving at camp and by the end of camp we had 28 middle and high school students filled with the Holy Spirit and being comforted and equipped by the Advocate and Helper Jesus has promised us!

 

Since we have returned from camp we have enjoyed sharing the stories of what the Lord has done as well as continue to seek and serve Him in practical ways right here in our homes and in our valley. We want to continue to grow in Him and see all the wonderful blessings He has for us. Thank you to all who helped make it an incredible weekend, and to those that prayed for a powerful movement!

Children’s Ministries Update

Beginning February 1st parents will have the option to check their children in at the beginning of service instead of waiting until after worship. For Children who check in at 9 or 11 we will have a time of combined kids worship in the back classroom. At 9:15 and 11:15 children will return to their classrooms and participate in class as usual.

Save the Date:

Summer Camp will be held at Canby Grove in Canby Oregon this year. We will be taking a group of 3rd-5th graders July 20th-23rd. The cost will remain the same as last year $199. We will have a fundraiser in the near future for any children wanting to earn money for camp.

 

We are still signing people up to serve in February:

Nursery helper 1st service

Preschool Teacher 1st service

2 Nursery helpers 2nd service

Konnect Helper 2nd service

 

Multiplied

Multiplied_00129I am excited, blown away and humbled by what is taking place during Multiplied! After launching Multiplied in September it has been so wonderful to see people connecting personally, being vulnerable, open and growing together! The simple idea of setting around tables and interacting with biblical truth together is not a new idea. However, it is in the simplicity of this that we are seeing life and growth! If you have not made it to multiplied I strongly encourage you to jump in! Join us the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Sundays of the month!

 

Pastor David

A Season of Gifts

By Pastor David

Gifts are interesting things. They are wonderful to receive, more wonderful to give

and sometimes hard to figure out just exactly what they should be. Nothing better than a difficult person to shop for!

However the gift I want to speak to isn’t something that is bought or sold. Not something that you find in any store or can order online. It’s a gift I have personally received and have enjoyed for the past thirteen years. The gift I am speaking of is each of you! One of the greatest gifts I could have ever asked for is this church family and the wonderful, crazy, beautiful way we do life together.

I am rich this year…rich in ways I never thought possible. I am enriched by this church family and each of you that make it up. Thank you for loving, providing for, putting up with, forgiving, laughing with and at me. Thank you for walking along side me, grabbing my hand and pulling when I get stuck and pushing from behind when I need a nudge. For helping my marriage stay strong and watching/raising my kids. For covering me in prayer and listening intently when I use the same illustration you heard ten years ago! For introducing me to your family and friends when they come to town. For letting me walk with you in the good times and weep beside you in the bad. For making time to send me notes and check in on me when I’m down. For not running away when I say, “I have and idea!” For loving Jesus so well and shining his light in all of our communities.

Yes, you, each of you has been a gift to me and our family that we will forever be grateful for. So this year, don’t bother with a receipt…I wouldn’t take any of you back anyway! Not one. Thank you for the privilege it is serve along side each of you! All of us in the Eddy clan wish you a very Merry Christmas!

A Letter From Pastor Ted

Dear precious Church Family,

As we celebrate the glorious birth of our Savior, we give Him praise for all His gifts of wonderful and eternal family in Christ, which we have found in each of you!  We truly love you and we’re so thankful for your many acts of love and care during these months of my recovery.  How we thank God for your enduring care and eternal love!

Pastor Ted & Sheila

Reflections

By Pastor WillDSC00848

I always look forward to this time of year, not necessarily all of the business, commercialism, and fantasy but because of the natural processes that take place. Winter is a time when life slows down, plants go dormant, animals hibernate and the days get shorter. It is during this season that I notice some of the most profound beauty. I love the creativity of our God and how a single ray of light can illuminate a stand of trees against a grey backdrop, or waking up to the glow of the sunlight off a blanket of white snow. I even appreciate the reflection of Christmas lights off passing vehicles.

Winter for me is a time of reflection, thinking about this past year and looking ahead to the upcoming year. As I process this last year of Children’s Ministry I see God working in the lives of our children in many areas. Our goal is that each child at Faith Center would know Jesus personally and understand the need for our Savior.  Each week our amazing team shares stories of how Jesus pursues each of us daily, what God’s big picture plan is, and the role that we all play in the Big God Story. Thank you to each and every person who has served this past year! I’m excited to say that children are getting it! This past year we have had the pleasure of seeing many of our children baptized, publically professing Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. We have had the privilege of introducing children into a personal relationship with God and we have been witness to the prayers and quiet time that these young ones engage in with God. I can share with all confidence that God is touching lives through Children’s Ministry. Children are learning to surrender themselves to God and learn to follow His leading.

As I look ahead to this next year, my prayer is that we would continue to have more people look to invest in our children. I pray that parents would continue their journey of growth with the Lord, and continue to ask how they can lead their own children on that journey. I pray that the Homefront weekly and monthly publications would be a blessing and a resource that are a benefit to parents and grandparents. I pray that more families would hear God’s calling to serve our children this year. Finally, I pray that our children would continue growing in their faith, that a hunger and yearning to be nearer to God would exist in each child and that God would continue speaking through our amazing volunteers who pour out God’s love each week.

Thank you for an amazing year of serving your children! I look forward to what the Lord has in store for this next year.

Southside Update

By Pastor Jeffry

The last year at Southside has been absolutely amazing!!!! I’m not sure where to even begin. I have done a lot of ministries in my life and all have been awesome in one way or another. The Southside has tapped into the depths of my soul and brought out a deep sense of passion, excitement and fulfillment in my life I haven’t experienced before in ministry.

God has created a community of people who love one another. We have seen God drastically change lives and watched people grow deep in their faith.

The other night people shared what the Southside means to them now and over the past year. I sat in awe listening to the stories from our community. I will admit the tears were trying to escape my eyes J I fought them for a few…

I was overwhelmed thinking how God brought a group of people together who are broken and felt like they didn’t belong but after being surrounded by people who love them unconditionally they feel accepted.

At the end of the night after everyone left I sat at the Southside processing what just happened. The tears flowed J I began to thank God for allowing me to be a small part of what He is doing at Southside. I am humbled and deeply honored to be a part of this community.

My life is richer and more complete because of the people I have met through the Southside. I cherish the relationships I am privileged to be a part of.

Finally I want to say thank you to our church family. You have supported us, prayed for us, trusted us and allowed us to go beyond ourselves to reach our city with the love of Jesus. Well done church family, well done….

Deacon’s Fund – The Bridge

By Pastor Jennifer

Each week, I am privileged to hear the stories of our community and church family in need. My goal is to offer my heart and, when appropriate, our Church Family’s resources, to any individual or family who will accept it. We want to help people understand and be empowered to steward their lives, communities, resources and relationships in order to bring glory to God. This can only come through the Holy Spirit’s work. Please pray that opportunities to point to God’s great plan would be made available; that hearts would be ready to hear truth and love through the humble and ready hearts of our Church Family. Thank you to anyone who supports this ministry through prayer and financial resources!

Children’s Ministries

childrensministrieslogoThank you to everyone who helped out at this year’s harvest Party. Also thank you to La Grande Church of the Nazarene for partnering with us and allowing us to use the bounce house. The harvest party was a fantastic night of fun and games and sharing God’s love with our community. It couldn’t have happened without all the members of our congregation serving at the different booths and by bringing in goodies.

We are currently filling positions to serve in classrooms for the month of December. Even if you have travel plans for a week or two but want to serve, please sign up. December is a fantastic time to serve because our focus is completely on Jesus! There is no better gift you can give in my opinion than the gift of teaching our children about our savior and the gift that He is to us during this holiday season!

Pastor Will