FCYM

The future is upon us! It feels like only yesterday we were celebrating the transition of 2015 to 16 and the idea of 2017 seem like an unfathomably distant future. And then life FCYM Winter 2017happened, and here we are. The year 2016 held many incredible memories for the youth in Faith Center Youth Ministries as well as for the leaders along side them. We want to celebrate all that the Lord has done for us, while excitedly and faithfully following as He leads us into tomorrow, lockstep with our loving Father.  We have some incredibly exciting happenings set before us in the upcoming months, all centered around God’s calling to gather, grow, go. We have our weekly meetings of small groups and youth groups.

Young Ladies and Young Mens Small groups happen on Monday evenings. Each group is open for all middle and high school age youth. Young ladies meet at Faith Center from 7-8pm and is lead by Kendra Crosswhite and Becca Butler.

Young mens small group meets at Faith Center from 5:30-7pm and is lead by Joe Brown,  Zach Hall, and Pastor Cameron Hefner. Each meeting is designed with the desire to see young people know their God more, know their mentors more, know their peers more, and have a whole lot of fun doing so.

Middle School Youth Group meets on Tuesday from 6:30-8pm and is lead by Becca Butler, Kendra Crosswhite, Amber Schlegel, Ron Califf, Joe Brown, Micheal Shipman, and Pastor Cameron Hefner. High School Youth Group currently meets Wednesdays from 7-8:30pm and is lead by Becca Butler, Kendra Crosswhite, Joe Brown, Zach Hall, and Pastor Cameron Hefner.

Please be praying for these teams of leaders as they seek out to share and reflect the love of the Father and be vessels of His truth and compassion for our youth. If you wish to join these teams, and we are always looking for more people to serve and mentor, please do not hesitate to contact Pastor Cameron.

We have a few special events coming up in the next few months, one being a middle school all night event in February so stay tuned in to the bulletin and the website for more information to come!

The next event, however, is a high school ski/snowboard trip to Anthony Lakes on Saturday, January 21st. The cost is $5 for transportation plus your lift ticket, any gear rentals, and a lunch unless you pack your own (Cup of Noodle for the win)! Registration deadline is January 18th and forms can be found in the main office or on the Youth Ministries Page on the website. If you have any questions about upcoming events, or would like to be involved in Faith Center Youth Ministries (FCYM), please contact Pastor Cameron at 541-963-8063 or leave us an email:


expectgreatthingsWe have watched as this last year unfolded with so much change and turmoil. We saw our nation torn by racial divides and hatred. We have seen nations destroyed by war and people fleeing their homes seeking safety in other countries. We have witnessed our country polarized as we headed to the polls to decide on our next leader. So what does 2017 hold for us?

 

GREAT THINGS!

 

No, I’m not prophesying that all will suddenly be well in our country or world. I’m not inferring that we will see a cessation of difficulty. What i am speaking of is the great things God desires to do in us and through us. The great work that God is doing and will continue to do in each of us. Here’s three things to grab a hold of today and in this new year:

 

  • Listen Intently. There is no shortcut to making time to listen intently to the voice of the Lord as he speaks life and direction.

 

  • Engage Boldly. This is not a season to be timid in our living for Christ. Listening intently allows us to step out boldly not in our ideas but in his direction.

 

  • Love Lavishly. Do not be stingy in giving away the love, forgiveness and grace that has been so lavishly heaped on us by our Heavenly Father. Let those around you experience the fruit of a life loved by God!

 

I am excited about all that God has for us over this next season. Not because of what I see in our world but because of a certainty in His faithfulness!

Join us at 5:30 pm or 7:00 pm to celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus! Bring the family, your neighbor, or a friend and worship this Christmas.

No Services Christmas Day

This year we will not be having church services on Christmas day here at Faith Center. This decision comes not out of tradition or expedience but out of a heart to set aside time to connect with our families on Christmas Day. I encourage you to attend one of our Christmas Eve services on the 24th and then take time to pray together, read the Christmas story as a family and enjoy time together. Merry Christmas!

Faith Center Family Christmas Party

We are throwing a Faith Center Family Christmas Party – Open House Style! This year our heart is to gather everyone who calls Faith Center home to come anytime between 5 and 7 pm and take some time to fellowship, feast, and have fun. Please bring finger foods to share. We will have a hayride with caroling, marshmallows for toasting, crafts for the kids, and great food and music.

Cookie Exchange

Come exchange cookies, laughter, and fun at the Annual Cookie Exchange at Southside. Anyone is welcome just to attend and sample! Dinner will be served.

Please bring 3 dozen of the same cookie, bar or candy divided into 6 packages (6 cookies/package), plus samples cut up in small pieces on a plate for tasting.

The Cookie Exchange will be December 5th at 6:00 pm at Faith Center. See you there!

 

 

Stolen

 

I would like to file a police report today. I’ve had something stolen. Something valuable that I can’t live without has been taken from me. It was a gift given to me by my father a long time ago and it’s gone. When was it taken, you ask? Well, that’s the problem you see. The thief didn’t take it all at once. In fact, and I know this will sound crazy, I just noticed today that it’s gone. When did I last have it? That’s the funny thing, I can’t remember. I know it was here, just yesterday or last week or maybe last month. But I know its been stolen and I want that thief brought to justice! Can I describe the lost item? Sure. I think. It was a gift; I said that already I know, but the best gift. It was something that matched everything I ever wore. I know that it was perfect to bring into every situation. I took it to school and the store. It was perfect for those fancy occasions and for casual days. When I walked, drove or worked out I always had it with me. Have I filed a claim with my insurance? Not yet, do you think I should? Do I have something to replace it in the meantime? The problem is yes and at the same time NO. I know I have lost it but I’m forgetting what life is like with it. I have tried to replace it but have finally given up. How I am getting by without it? Well, not sure I am very well. But you know what they say, ‘life goes on” and I am getting by. No, I have not looked on Amazon for a replacement. Two day shipping is great but not in this case. What? Oh, yeah that’s a good question, probably should have said that right off the bat. The item missing is joy. I had it not so long ago but like I said, it’s been stolen. Or wait; maybe I gave it away in that yard sale last year? Or misplaced it in that rats nest of an attic under all of the boxes and weight of yesterday’s stuff? Darn, maybe I don’t need to file a report after all? Sorry for taking your time sir, I’ll keep looking. Goodbye.

 

This season of Thanksgiving may find you in the middle of the fictional narrative above. Circumstance, failure, outside pressures and a very real enemy can destroy our joy. DO NOT GIVE UP! The joy of the Lord is not about our circumstance but about his faithfulness. If your joy has grown dim or quiet look to the Lord this season. Begin with thanksgiving and praise. It is a choice, yes, and as we focus on him in worship we will find joy that goes above and beyond anything we can imagine! May this Thanksgiving season be one filled to overflowing with the joy of the Lord!

 

Pastor David

Parent’s Night Out!

This month we will be offering a Parent’s Night Out on November 18th from 5:30-8:30. We will provide a fun night for the kiddos and you get to have a date night with your sweetheart!