EOU Tailgate Party

What an amazing time to be right in the middle of our community serving people! The tailgate party at EOU is an incredible opportunity to be a blessing right where we live by simply stepping out and serving people FOOD! Join us on Saturday, October 5th in the EOU tailgate zone to cook, laugh, eat and love on our community and college campus. Sign up in the office to help set up, cook, make a potato salad or clean up! If you have any questions talk to Pastor Jeffry or Pastor David.

My Heart About Southside

I think that the initial conversation about Southside of Heaven will be something that I will forever remember. Sitting with a VERY excited Pastor Jeffry as he unfolded the vision God had given him the night before as he was walking downtown in the wee hours of the morning. Listening slowly and clearly I saw the heart of Father God revealed afresh right in front of me. I smile when I remember us sitting back and looking at one another with the “So what do we do now” look on our face.

Vision and direction are often times not in the places we think they should be. Why would God give a vision like this to reach people in our community in a very different way when we already reach out a great deal? Why would he ask a worship pastor to step into a new ministry when the one he is already involved in is going so well? Why would he ask a family of believers to invest time, money, energy and themselves into another building and location on ANOTHER night of the week? Why now, why here…why, why, why?

The answer is very simple. Love. Love for what the Father loves…people. Our Heavenly Father is very serious about his love for people. Very focused on people. In fact the whole of salvation, the coming of Jesus, his death and resurrection was all because of Gods love, for, you guessed it…people!

Southside of Heaven will take time, energy, finances and lots and lots of Prayer! It will be messy, sometimes difficult, glorious ministry. There will be great times of victory and yes even times of disappointment. However, every tear shed, drop of sweat spent, dollar given, prayer offered, minute spent will absolutely be worth it.

How can I be so sure? Because, I know the Father’s heart for people. I know his heart for his church to reach the people he so loves. Yes, even the ones that may not want anything to do with him…yet!

So, bring on the adventure! Whatever it may look like! May we continue to be a church that never fears reaching, never fears mess and always has the heart of God for the people around us.

Southside Begins October 11th @ 7:30 pm

FCYG ‘See You at the Pole 2013’

See You at the Pole (SYATP) is an annual gathering of Christian students of all ages at a flagpole in front of their local school for prayer, scripture-reading and hymn-singing, during the early morning before school starts. The American SYATP events occur on every fourth Wednesday of September. The events began in 1990, in the United States, where public schools cannot sponsor prayers and some Christians see public schools as hostile to Christian students. It has grown by word of mouth, announcements at youth rallies and churches, and the internet and now occurs internationally. In 2005, over two million students in the U.S. participated, as well as students in Canada, Cote d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Germany, Ghana, Guam, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, South Korea, Malaysia, Nigeria, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Scotland, and South Africa. Click on these images for more information.
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Annual Church Picnic Photos!

We had a great time up at Camp Elkanah this year worshiping, eating great food, witnessing baptisms, slide down the water slide, zipping down the zip line, and hanging out with one another! If you missed it, plan on making it next year, August 24th! It’s a good time together as a family!

A Secret

Can I tell you a secret? I love teaching our Church Family’s kids! I am blessed every week by their open hearts and living faith. I learn something every week from Logo with Textour curriculum and through the kid’s unique perspectives. Find someone you know who has taught in a classroom and ask them what it was like, ask them if they always had the answers to questions, ask them if they were always prepared, ask them if they were ever scared and then…ask them if they think it was all worth it. I have a feeling I know what answers you are going to get. Pray about whether God wants you to find it all worth it too. Sign-ups are in the Foyer for a month commitment as a teacher or as a helper.

Pastor Jennifer

Annual Tru Training Sunday, September 8th after Second Service

All Parents, Children’s Ministry Team Members and Prospective Team Members are invited to join us for our annual meeting about the upcoming year’s curriculum in our classrooms.

We will be going over the year’s scope and sequence and walk through an example of the curriculum. We will get to hear how the monthly and weekly HomeFronts are being utilized within our church family and brainstorm some ideas of how it can be utilized in yours. We will also have time to discuss any questions and how we might be able to better partner with you in discipling your kids.

We will be serving lunch and will have childcare available. Please sign up in the Foyer so we can arrange for enough food and childcare workers. We hope to see you there!

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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!