Fields

Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest  is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9:37 I went for a drive last week to clear my head and spend some time praying. You know those times when you feel you have to step away from the noise and bustle to try and find a place to be still. Well, it was one of those kind of days. I drove up Fox Hill Road over washboard that made my teeth clack together…not quite peaceful yet! I finally found myself at Indian Rock overlooking our beautiful valley through the hazy air of mid August. From up there it was easy to make out the fields below me in their various states of harvest. Some had the tell tale dust cloud of a combine working them, others you could tell had already been harvested with the rows of chaff neatly waiting to be bailed, still others were green awaiting a harvest yet to come.

As I sat there I heard the gentle voice of The Lord say, “David, the harvest is ripe.” Yes it is I thought, and ready to be brought in. As I continued to look out over the fields I realized how easy it would be for someone with an untrained eye to mistake the golden fields ready for harvest for areas that were dead, especially if you compared them with the green fields. The fields that I looked down on are not dad, they are ripe!

Sometimes when we look out on the world around us we can forget the words of our Savior that would have us look at the world as a place ripe and ready for harvest. Sometimes we get lost in the despair around us and instead view this world as a dead place where we bid our time until we can escape into eternity. This world is not dead, no it is just ripe for harvest. The people in this world are ready to hear about the love of Jesus, the power of the cross…the freedom that is available in Christ.

When you look out on the world around you what do you see? Death or Harvest? Is there an adjustment of how we see, needed? Then come and see the world through the eyes of the one who died for us! Perhaps that view is not as bleak as we once thought?

Pastor David

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Virtuous Women – Battlefield of the Mind

LADIES…Do you suffer from worry, doubt, confusion, depression, anger or condemnation?  Find peace and gain control over your mind.  Join us as we study “The Battlefield of the Mind” by Joyce Meyer – Tuesdays at 6:30pm at Faith Center.  The book and studyguide cost will be $17.  If you want to order them, please have your money to Carol Rudolph by August 25th.  Questions?  Call Carol at 541-963-0441.

Fall Term Bible Class

Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is Freedom! Pastor Ted will begin his Fall Term Bible Class on Sunday evening, September 8th at 6:00 pm, simultaneous to our Sanctuary Service. This verse by verse study of the Apostle Paul’s second letter to the church at Corinth, will examine these important questions and more:

  • Where is the power of the Holy Spirit today? Why is the power of the Holy Spirit not more evident in my life?
  • I am grieving a great sadness and loss in my life; how can I experience the comfort I so desperately need?
  • I feel so weak and often struggle to hold onto hope. How can I find the Spirit’s supernatural presence and power?
  • As the days grow darker in our culture, where can I find God’s wellspring of joy and purpose and supernatural strength?

Come join us as we see the precious and powerful presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives! Sign ups are in the

Robin’s Nest

This morning after my quiet time with the Lord I decided to go and check the nest a robin has built outside our bedroom window. If I stood on my very tippy toes I could just make out a bit of blue through the leaves and branches, the tell tail hints of a new egg! I wanted so badly to take a picture and share this precious treasure with the world via Facebook. But branches and leaves blocked a clear view and chance for a photo. My fist thought was to grab some clippers and lean out my window to cut away the offending foliage. But immediately I realized that to do so would also remove the soon to appear baby’s only form of concealment and protection, both from predators as well as the elements. My attempt to bask in the temporary glow of public attention could very well result in permanent damage for those who need protecting most.

How often am I tempted to do the same to my own two children? How many times do I desire to share their lives with the world in an attempt to gain a few likes or lols from my friends? Even if my desires are rooted in need for prayer or council, have I removed their only protection? Am I exposing them to the elements in a way could harm their very souls?

Even though my children are now teenagers, their father and I are still their primary form of protection from a world that desires nothing more than to destroy them.

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8 NIV)

And what better way for the enemy of their souls to accomplish that than by exposing them to the judgment or labels of others.

Their lives are just that, THEIR LIVES; they are not sermon illustrations or Facebook fodder. They may make choices soon enough to share their failings and foibles with their own chosen online community.  Or they may choose to live more quiet and private lives with a few close friends. But it needs to be their choice, after all they are the ones who will have to live with the results.

I wonder who might the Lord may be asking you to protect. Maybe it is your children, your spouse, family or friends? What if He  is asking us to stretch that cover of protection beyond our homes and intimate circles? Perhaps He is asking us to protect the grocery store clerk who lashed out after a hard day, or the barista that messed up our drink order? Or will we continue to expose them in order to gain momentary sympathy, attention or even a few laughs for ourselves?

So for now I will only share my family’s joys and triumphs, with their permission  of course. Not in an attempt to show the world a sugar coated view but in an attempt to live in obedience to Philippians 4:8

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Sunshine Eddy

Church Out!

For the last four years we have designated one Sunday as our “Church Out” Sunday. What is church out you ask? On Sunday, July 21st we will be taking church out into our community. That means finding a practical way to bless the communities we live in. Whether you throw a block party, make breakfast at a rest stop, paint kids’ faces in the park, hand out free soda at the skate park or help someone clean up their yard, it’s all about serving! So mark the date on your calendar and start planning, start praying, and start working together to find a way to love people!

Vacation Bible School

Preschool  Vacation Bible School

Any child who can use the restroom unassisted  is welcome to be a part of a special Vacation Bible School formed just for them , Friday, June 21st from 5:30 – 8 PM and Saturday, June 22nd from 9AM – 12 PM.

We will begin our journey into the Big God Story by inviting our preschool families to join their kids for a celebration BBQ dinner at Faith Center beginning at 5:30 PM. After that, we will jump into the VBS curriculum written by Tru, the same company that publishes the curriculum that we use in every classroom here at Faith Center. The BIG picture being taught is our need for a savior, that God promised to provide a way to restore relationship with us, and despite many threats to this promise, it is preserved, and finally fulfilled through Jesus, and it is through Jesus that we are invited to be a part of this great Big amazing story.

We will continue our journey the following day, Saturday at 9 AM until 12 PM.

We are excited to be able to love on the kids and parents that are involved in this year’s VBS through God’s Big Story. We want to prioritize relationship, make room for the Holy Spirit to draw hearts close to His, model a faith filled life and give opportunity for our families to step out in faith with us. We will be intentional in providing parents resources to equip them in their role as the primary faith builders of their families.

Vacation Bible School for Kindergarten through Fifth Grade

Our Elementary Bible School is tailor made for kids going into Kindergarten to 5th grade and is held Monday, June 24th to Friday, June 28th from 9 AM – 12 PM.

We are excited to be using a VBS curriculum created by Tru, the same company that publishes the curriculum that we use in every classroom here at Faith Center.

Each morning we will learn about God’s Big story and, how we are a part of His big adventure. The BIG picture being taught is our need for a savior, that God promised to provide a way to restore relationship with us, and despite many threats to this promise, it is preserved, and finally fulfilled through Jesus, and it is through Jesus that we are invited to be a part of this great Big amazing story.

Following our last day on Friday, families of our Elementary aged kids will be invited to enjoy Root Beer Floats on the lawn to celebrate the truth embraced and relationships formed over the past week.

We are excited to be able to love on the kids and parents that are involved in this year’s VBS through God’s Big Story. We want to prioritize relationship, make room for the Holy Spirit to draw hearts close to His, model a faith filled life and give opportunity for our families to step out in faith with us. We will be intentional in providing parents resources to equip them in their role as the primary faith builders of their families.

Good Friday and Easter Services

 

Join us Friday evening March 29th at 6:30 pm for our Good Friday Service. A time to reflect, worship and receive communion together.

Come celebrate the Risen Savior together on Sunday March 31st! Our Easter service times are 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 11:00 am and 6:00 pm. Baptisms will be held at the 11:00 pm service and the 6:00 pm. Please contact Pastor David if you are interested in being baptized.

Taco Feed and Dessert Auction!

Join us March 17 after Second Service. The taco feed and dessert auction will be presented by the Middle School and High School students going to Camp Crestview this year. There are a few ways you can help with this event… One way is to donate a “homemade” dessert to be auctioned off. The second way is to come and eat tacos and bid on the desserts donated! This is a fun event that you don’t want to miss! Not only can you come and support our youth, but it is a great time to fellowship with others and have a little competition with the bidding!

This young man is enjoying chocolate dipped bacon on a stick!

We Are Growing!

This church building has seen a lot of use over the years! From Youth Groups, Bible Studies, Sunday mornings and nights, to weddings, funerals and everything in between! As the years have gone by and our family here has grown there has been a continued need for upkeep and change to our facility. The newest addition for our building will be an expansion of our church foyer. This will allow for more room to fellowship between services as well as better flow of people entering and exiting the building.

We are projecting on starting this project in mid February and expect it to take about a month to complete. This may mean some alternate entrances for a short time. Just follow the signs! If you would like to check out the schematic for the expansion stop by the church office.