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.
We will be closing the Office the week of November 21-25 for prayer, planning and budgeting for 2017.
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!
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!
You maybe asking yourself what does that mean? One hand in the gutter, one hand stretched to the sky. We constantly have conversations with people who feel like they are in the gutter, they have made choices in their life that has caused them to feel unacceptable by culture, unlovely, worthless and that no one cares if they live or die. They struggle in their addictions and for most have lost everything, especially hope. When we spend a lifetime chasing something that we know will destroy us everything else becomes secondary until we hit rock bottom, even then at times we continue to find a new low. We can lose our jobs, kids, homes, self worth and again hope. Reaching from the depths of despair up to the sky asking Jesus to pull us up out of the gutter is the cry of our hearts. When we’ve tried everything under the sun finding out none of it works Jesus is there with open arms. What a beautiful picture, God rescuing His kids. Of course we would all hope before we get to that point we would reach for our Father in heaven, its not always the case unfortunately. Southside has become that place where people can reach for the sky.
We are starting Sunday Church at Southside. We have done one service a month to see if that is what God desires from us. This past Sunday night was a beautiful picture of Gods love. The room was full of people struggling, some knew Jesus as their Savior but some didn’t. At one point during worship I looked out and saw every hand raised, tears streaming down faces and Jesus captivating the room. I have never experienced a moment like that in my life. Hopeless people finding hope and not being able to explain what was happening in their hearts, it was beautiful. All of our leaders were in tears J. They didn’t know the songs and didn’t know how to respond other than lifting their hands to the sky.
I watched people completely surrender to God. It was raw and so real; I’m finding it hard to truly explain what went on. All I know is God melted our hearts and drew us to a place of total peace and took us to a place where we’ve never been before.
Thank you all for your prayers, support and love for Southside. God is doing amazing things downtown!
Most people understand the heart and soul teachers put into their work. What’s more, we know that teachers are often on the “front lines” providing support when students are confronted with struggles and crisis. Have you ever wondered how you could bless a teacher? Starting in January, we want to stand alongside public and private school teachers with Adopt-A-Teacher (AAT). With AAT, you can be the person who provides a kind word, a compliment, or a small token of encouragement to a specific teacher. Whether you have a specific teacher in mind, or you want to be matched with a teacher, we would love you to join with us in this new outreach.
If you want to be an encourager OR if you are a classroom teacher who would like to have an encourager please send us an email and let us know!
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” – Acts 2:42-47
The beauty of what God was doing in the early church of Acts was bringing them together as a community of believers. They ate together, met in homes and in public, shared needs and did life together. Connecting with others believers in a small group setting is imperative for health and growth in our walk with the Lord. I encourage you this fall to plug into a Multiplied Home Group, Men’s Small Group, College Group, or Women’s Group to go deeper in relationship and grow in community. Stay tuned for more opportunities to grow big in a small group setting!
It is that time of year again when the leaves change color, the morning air is tinged with a hint of coming frost and EOU Homecoming is upon us! Our annual Tailgate Party is all about being in the middle of our community, of our college campus, to love, support, feed people and shine the light of Jesus! This outreach on October 22nd is an opportunity for the church to engage our culture at a central point of life in this community, the EOU campus! Come help set up, flip burgers, grill onions, bake cookies and love on others in our community! Sign up to serve today!
Multiplied Home Groups will be starting up in October! Small groups of people will meet weekly in homes to gather, grow, and go together as a family! If you desire to go deeper in your walk with Jesus or to connect with others at Faith Center, Multiplied Home Groups will be perfect for you! Sign up sheets are available in the office. Spots are limited so sign up today! If you have any questions or would like to sign up, please send us an email!