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

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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

Faith Center Youth Group

Over the last year, our youth group has seen some amazing changes. We have seen new leaders join our team and see their gifts and passions be used in furthering His kingdom. We have also seen a whole new group of young people enter the doors of our church and coming to know Faith Center Youth Group as their home. We have gone from seeing an average of 25 students attending regularly, to now seeing sometimes over 50 on any given Wednesday. Sometimes, however, when we see rapid growth, we also see some growing pains. The changes within youth group have not been simply in the numbers; it has also changed WHO is coming through the doors. Through some wonderful outreach oriented ministries (namely 5th Quarter) we have come to see a large number of our population be individuals who do not attend church and many do not know the Lord. This has caused us to reevaluate and adjust some of our structure of youth group.

We will always be very centered on these cornerstones: worship, The Word, prayers, and fellowship. These things will alwa

ys be at the core of what we do at FCYG. The goal of youth group is to create a secure and open environment of growth and discipleship for our youth, where a personal relationship with Christ can begin and deepen. Using His word as our guide, we see His love and grace poured out on His people throughout the scriptures, but it also comes with correction and consequences when needed. We are now at a point where it is necessary for us to bring loving and grace filled correction and consequences when there are things that prevent us from creating that environment. We want to make sure that we are coupling correction with encouragement, so that church does not become the building where we modify our behavior, but rather let it be known that Christ loves us wherever we are, but He doesn’t want to leave us there. He is doing a radical work in us, and we want our lives (everywhere) to reflect His glory. What we have put in place is a list of seven expectations to help create this atmosphere.

FCYG Expectations:

  • Come meet with God (Choose to grow)
  • No Phones/Devices
  • Respect…Leaders, Each other, Speaker, Building, Parking Lot
  • Check your words
  • Be punctual and stay put
  • No Purple (space between boys and girls)
  • Have Fun!

We have also enacted a policy in which we will give lots of grace and use discernment to give an individual 3 opportunities to make a the choices to help us create a place to grow. If they choose to be disrespectful or be disruptive the goal of youth group, we will request that they exit yout

h group for that week, and we gladly welcome them back the following week where we will start afresh all over again. With this last piece, there will of course be a phone call home letting parents know what took place.

We would love to extend an invitation for you to partner with us with the changes God as brought through our doors.. There are three specific ways you can partner with us. The first is prayer. Pray for the young people coming through our doors both Tuesday and Wednesday nights, that they can find the shelter and refuge available at the foot of the cross. Pray for our leaders that we can reflect His love and grace, even when we need to bring correction. The second is by joining us. If you are interested in coming down to the church during one of our youth meetings and being a presence in the lobby or even just tucking into one of the side rooms and praying while we meet, you are definitely invited to do so! You can also join the team! The first step is taking the Reducing the Risk class so that we can cover and release you into ministry. The third is to communicate.  If you ever have any questions or concerns, please know that my door is always open. We are in need of your prayer and communication of what the Lord might be showing you, we don’t see it all or know it all, so we would love to have all hands on deck! If you would like to get a hold me there are a few ways to do so, one being the church office: 541-963-8063, and the other is my email (leave an email below) Please, never hesitate! God bless and thank you!


Come Serve at the Christmas Faire!

Sign up in the office to serve at the Christmas Faire! Grab a tag off the Christmas Tree at the church to purchase a gift for a child. Purchase extra food for the Food Baskets and drop them off at the church. Thank you!

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Change

It was cold this morning when I left my house. Thirteen degrees to be exact! I awoke to the realization that perhaps winter had arrived in our neck of the woods. I immediately began to go through the list of what I needed to do that morning since it was no longer sixty degrees outside. I found my coat, was unsuccessful in my search for my scarf, added a t-shirt under my button up and actually managed to start the truck ten minutes early before we left the house. After getting to my office I noticed that the heater wasn’t working quite right and needed some help to get running. I began a list of things I would need to pick up on my way home after work to deal with the forecast cold and snow. Sand bags for the pick up, covers for the outside faucets, ice melt, etc. Whew!

It’s amazing how much work and thought and WORK goes into something as simple as a change of season…a change in weather. Change is like that sometimes. It happens suddenly or slowly, we may know it’s coming or it may surprise us. But however change comes it requires us to change too, to adjust to the new season, the new reality. To not change is to find ourselves standing in knee-deep snow with shorts and flip-flops on wondering why we are so cold! How can we be people that adjust well to change?

1. Remember that No matter how much things around us change God does not. He is our constant in a world of shifting change. Malachi 3:6

2. Change is part of Gods plan for each of us. As we follow Christ he is transforming us into his image. Don’t fear change, God is the God of change! II Corinthians 3:18.

3. Gods plans for us are good even when change seems difficult. Jeremiah 29:11

Change will happen in this life. If you find yourself right now struggling with change allow the peace of God to comfort and encourage you. God is with you in the midst of this time of change! Do not fear, you are not alone!

Ladies Annual Cookie Exchange

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Ladies, the heart of our annual Cookie Exchange will be changing a little this year. We’ll still have cookies, dinner, fellowship, and all the fun you’ve come to expect from this beloved church tradition, but this year’s event will be held at Faith Center’s Southside location downtown at 211 Fir Street. As usual we ask that you bring three dozen cookies, however, this year only two dozen of those cookies will be exchanged. The other dozen will be donated to the Christmas Fair.

Please come join us for some lighthearted Christmas fun (p.s. Even if you don’t bring cookies to exchange, you can still come for soup and fellowship!).

Here are the particulars:

When: December 8th

Time: 6 p.m.

Enjoy: A provided soup supper

Mowing Sideways

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Steve Winn. I am a member of your church council and as such, part of my job is overseeing church maintenance. This building is almost as old and tired as I am, and is in need of various types of maintenance. We would like for some of you to volunteer to help us catch up on some of the various tasks around the church. We are in need of people who would be willing to do some small painting jobs, landscaping, cleaning air vents, and even vacuuming the roof? Yes, vacuuming the roof. We have a flat section of roof that has accumulated enough debris that is it is starting to plug our drains, and we all know that a plugged drain is an unhappy drain, and no one wants that.

We also have some heavier duty tasks such as residing one of our outside storage sheds. The existing siding and trim would need to be removed and replaced with new material, ergo, yes ergo, it would require the use of saws, hammers, nail guns and all the other fun tools guys like to use. One person or many can do this job, and if many, we might even be able to throw in food. We all know that food is a wonderful enticement.

Pastor Will has been making parking blocks for the parking lot and would love to be able to allow someone else the joys of getting to use a concrete mixer, 80# bags of cement and water. He has developed a formula for the mixture and told me it takes about 1 hour to make three blocks. You noticed I said “told me.” The last time I picked up something that weighed 80#, well that’s another fish story. Anyhow, it would be 1 hour, three times a week, and that would give us nine blocks. I am not sure how many blocks we need, but I can let us run out of materials whenever the crew is tired. Pastor Jeffry said he was sure that we would need hundreds of them, but until I see his name on the volunteer list, we’ll  just consider the source.

We could also use someone to keep an eye on our rolling stock, also known as busses. This would involve a weekly minor inspection of our vehicles. You know, fluid levels, tire pressures, looking underneath for leaks, and keeping an eye on the time frame for oil changes. We have been putting our vehicles to good use and it has been hard to keep up with all the various items that need to be checked. I can think of a couple of retired guys who should probably volunteer for this position, and one of them lives not far from here.

I have tried to keep this plea for help fun and humorous, but the need really does exist. I know that we are all busy, but keeping God’s house and vehicles in top shape has to be a priority. So please, if you can give us any of your time, no matter how short or long, we will be able to use you. And, please don’t put it off, winter is approaching and some of these things need to be done before it gets to cold. SOOOOOO, if I have made my plea passionate enough and you know that you would feel guilty if you don’t volunteer, please get a hold of me, or if you would like to talk with someone with a better personality, please contact Pastor Will or of course you may always leave a note with our ever competent secretary, Candis.

Thanks