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

 

Faith Center Youth Group

This past year has been an ongoing season of growth with the awesome students that we collectively call “the youth.”

Between road trips to Boise or Eugene for various concerts and events, winter retreats at Elkhanah and summer camps at Crestview, baptisms, barbecues, waterparks, trampoline parks, movie nights and dance parties; we’ve been blessed with many opportunities to grow together as family.

While those are always great fun, I have to admit that I’ve been floored with constant encouragement throughout our regular weekly meetings.  This year, in addition to our Tuesday and Wednesday nights, we have also been meeting in young men’s and women’s small groups to really dive deeper into God’s word and allowing iron to sharpen iron.  Friday nights have also been instrumental, as our community’s youths and leaders have rallied together for 5th Quarter Friday’s!  With an average of 50-60 students at each event, we have seen a lot of fruit by way of outreach and discipleship.

That is the heart of our youth group right now; to continue loving others while helping each other to walk in the love our Father has with each of us.

 

Tyler Delphous

Together

“Eliashib the high priest and his fellow priests went to work and rebuilt the Sheep Gate. They dedicated it and set its doors in place, building as far as the Tower of the Hundred, which they dedicated, and as far as the Tower of Hananel. The men of Jericho built the adjoining section, and Zakkur son of Imri built next to them.” (Nehemiah 3:1-2 NIV)

I love the book of Nehemiah! The story of the Israelites return from captivity to their home in Jerusalem and the subsequent rebuilding of the walls around their city is inspiring! It’s a beautiful picture of Gods faithfulness and goodness.

As I was reading this recently there was something that hit me afresh from this section. It was the phrase …built next to them. If you read this scripture you will see the Israelites begin to rebuild the wall in sections. Each one working on their part of the whole. Whether you were priests or from distant areas didn’t matter.

They worked shoulder to shoulder building what God wanted rebuilt. Shoulder to shoulder….

There is something powerful when Gods people work together, shoulder to shoulder to accomplish His work, His calling. It is in these times when we have a common purpose and come together that lasting ties of friendship, fellowship and heart happen. There is always more than just getting the job done when we work together!

I want to encourage each of us in this season ahead to look for opportunities to

serve shoulder to shoulder with your family here. To pray and seek where that might take place. Whether the Harvest Party, Children’s Ministry, Loaves and Fishes, our upcoming Christmas Fair, Southside or… wherever, you will be blessed and find beautiful fellowship and relationship waiting!

The Heart of Worship

Worship is an open unguarded response to God by which we declare His worth in an intimate manner, leaving Him room to touch us and flood us with His peaceful presence.

Our public worship is going to be a reflection of our private worship…

Jack Hayford says it in this way… “There are no talent shows in heaven.”

God is NOT judging us according to our talents, but rather the content of our hearts!!

WHAT IS PRAISE/WORSHIP?

PRAISE = “to commend, to applaud or magnify” For the Christian, praise to God is an expression of Worship, Lifting-up & Glorifying the Lord.

WORSHIP = in English, to ascribe worth, to pay homage, to reverence. In Hebrew, the word most commonly translated “worship” in the Old Testament means “to prostrate (oneself)”

PROSTRATE = in Webster’s, stretched out with face on the ground in adoration or submission, bow down, fall down flat, do reverence. In Greek, the word most commonly used in the NT (for worship) means “to kiss the hand, to prostrate oneself.

WHY WORSHIP GOD?

a. He is worthy of our praise: Revelation 4:11 – You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things, and by Your will they were created and have their being.

b. The Word commands us to: Psalm 95:6-7 – 6 Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; 7 for His is our God and we are the people of His pasture, and the flock under His care.

Psalm 150:6 – Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

A. When?

Hebrews 13:15 – Through Jesus, therefore, let us CONTINUALLY offer to God a sacrifice of praise — the fruit of lips that confess His Name.

Psalms 146:2 – I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.

B. How?

John 4:23,24 – 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshippers will worship the Father in Spirit and Truth, for they are the kind of worshippers the Father seeks. 24 God is Spirit, and His worshippers must worship in Spirit and in Truth.

There are many different ways of praising & worshipping God… singing, clapping, shouting, dancing, playing instruments, lifting up our hands, verbally praising/worshipping God, etc.

It is HOW … we worship! It is HOW… we Praise! Is it onto God? Is it in Spirit and in Truth?

C. Worship Him with Your Lives

Romans 12:1-2 – “Therefore I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship. 2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of the world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

We NEED to Worship God more than just what we DO ON SUNDAYS…

Our relationships/ our lifestyle/ our thought-life… should be an ACT OF WORSHIP.

True Worship is understanding WHO God is and responding to Him. It is an intimate and transparent moment where our hearts are totally unguarded before the Father.

In His Grip

Pastor Jeffry

 

 

 

The Shadow of the Almighty

October 12th was another Sunday morning away from my precious Church family, again.  The past two months have been hard in so many ways, but one of the hardest has been my inability to be in the House of the Lord with my family at Faith Center listening to Pastor David bring the Word.  I got my hopes up of being able to come for a weekend visit recently, but they are concerned my immune system and the “hole in my leg” which is slowly healing, should not risk exposure in a large gathering of people.  (I had to tell my Doctor we hug a lot at Faith Center, and oh how I miss your hugs! J)

So on this Sunday morning I awoke feeling homesick and it seemed that all my present circumstance was engulfed in darkness.  Darkness; I have always dreaded the darkness and I love sunrises.  But as the melancholy sought to overwhelm me, suddenly the Holy Spirit brought to my heart these words found in Psalm 91:1-2.  “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”

And then I heard the precious Holy Spirit whisper these words to me.  “My child, the darkness you have felt all these many weeks in Boise is not evidence of My absence, nor is the darkness the result of satanic spirits.  The darkness is in fact “The shadow of the Almighty.”  You have been in a battle which you know cannot be won in your own strength and because this is true you have come to me again and again amidst your pain and suffering, yet you continue to experience “darkness.”  So I declare to you IT IS NOT DARKNESS ASSAILING YOU MY SON, IT IS MY SHADOW YOU ARE ABIDING UNDER!

The Lord went on to say, “Never lose sight of this My Word to you in the months ahead!  Declare with confident faith, “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” (Psalms 91:1-2 NKJV)

Beloved family in the faith, the Word of God goes on to say in Psalm 139:11-12, “If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,” even the night shall be light about me; indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, but the night shines as the day; the darkness and the light are both alike to You.”

As this Word came into my heart early on Sunday October 12th, the whole nature of my circumstance began to change.  I am not, nor are you, “drowning in darkness.”  Rather, the darkness is in fact “The shadow of the Almighty.”  I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”

I will say it again, “I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”

We love and miss you more than mere words can describe, but while we wait, we are all abiding under the shadow of the Almighty!

Your “Care Pastor” in exile…

Pastor Ted

Christmas Basket Offering

Each year beginning in mid November we begin to collect names of those in our community and our church family that may need help during the Christmas season with food and gifts. A key part of this process is our Christmas basket offering. This one time offering is used to purchase the food basket from Grocery Outlet. Would you pray about taking part in this offering this year? What an incredible season in front of us to practically show the love of Christ to those around us! On Sunday, November 9th, Please make checks out to Faith Center and put Christmas Food Baskets on the memo line of your check. Thank you!