Building Project!

Stacked Stones on Sand --- Image by © Tim McGuire/CORBISWe met as a church body to rejoice in God’s faithfulness to us over this past year and discuss some direction for the new season in front of us. The two main items that were brought before us for discussion and voting were the opportunity to purchase the Southside building at 211 Fir and moving forward with our expansion plan on the current facility. After much prayer, discussion and questions both items passed with an overwhelming majority of 95% and 93%! We will be moving forward with both of these items and will continue to post information as we have it. Thank you for your continued prayers as we seek to follow the leading of the Lord!

Architectural drawings of the building expansion are available in the office.

Project Cost: $1,600,000 – $1,800,000

Project Cost  includes: the building itself, 25% contingency required by Foursquare, and $200,000 for furnishings and equipment.

Pre-approved for a loan amount of: $1,200,000

We would be going through Foursquare Financial Solutions. The interest rate is 4.5%-5.5. Interest paid into this loan goes to funding ministry.

Amount required before loan can be procured: $240,000

Foursquare requires 20% down. However, we would need to have $600,000 to move forward with a 1.8 million dollar building if our approved amount stays the same.

Monthly payments on $1,200,000

The estimated payments after construction would be:

$6,781.16 with a 4.5% rate

$7,132.00 for a 5% rate

$7,491.87 for a 5.5% rate

Quote taken from Foursquare Financial Solutions

We are asking you to pray about giving towards the building fund. Currently, we would need to raise $497,778.39 to move forward with the building project. After that, as a family, we would need to make the monthly payments. Which if 200 of us give $50/month we would more than cover it!

If you would like to give to the building fund, you can make checks out to Faith Center and put ‘Building Fund’ on the memo line, or place cash in an envelope labeled ‘Building Fund.’

 

City Week

cityweekSpring is coming!  As the days become longer, the valley comes alive with energy and the new life always beckons for adventure. We have already had hints of the coming season, and I am confident this Spring is going to stir in us a sense of Gods wonder and desire of exploration. There will be families headed on vacation and groups headed out on mission trips, and I urge students to pray about their opportunities and to take advantage of what is available. As the excitement comes with Spring, with many people head in different direction to enjoy family and friends, it struck me: What about the people right here in my city? We are called to love people and make disciples, sharing the gospel to all corners of the earth, and that starts right in our backyard.

 

Enter CITY WEEK. This spring, we once again have an exceptional and exciting opportunity for high school age students. Each of the four days of City Week will bring different service activities, meals, and a whole lot of fun as we take a mission trip to our city. The goal is to not only serve our community but to also build a team of servant hearted individuals. We will start each day at 10AM at the church with breakfast, a small group prayer time, and a word from a guest speaker. Each afternoon will have lunch and a service activity with a different and unique purpose to serve our community.  We will then gather for a group devotional before dinner together. After dinner we will take part in a fun group activity to continue to build and refresh our team. After the fun activity, we will return to our own beds to recharge to do it all over again the following day.

 

I am passionate about raising up young adults with a drive and desire to practically serve one another, looking to our neighbors not to see and compare what they have, but to see how we can serve and show Gods love with them. In order to get the most of the experience, we will have PRE-City Week meetings. Prior to Spring Break, the team will meet the first three Wednesdays of March, meeting before youth group from 5:30-6:30.This will allow us to gather collectively and grow together, preparing our hearts to serve. The cost of the week is $60 to cover meals, transportation, and evening activities. During our Pre-City Week meetings we can discuss fund raising opportunities for students to do during the weeks leading up to City Week.

City Week is an opportunity to serve, and not just for our students! Our congregation can come along side these young people and champion them on in prayer as they step into the desires of our loving Father. We can also practically serve our youth threw sponsorships and food. If you are interested in sponsoring a student to participate in City Week, and/or provide one of the 12 meals we have scheduled for the week, please talk with Pastor Cameron.  Thank you for your prayers and support!

 

FCYM Dough Drive

doughdriveEveryone loves fresh baked cookies, and what an incredible way to serve and show love to our youth! We are launching a cookie dough drive for Faith Center Youth Ministries! We are looking for parents (or anyone with a delicious cookie dough recipe) to bring in cookie dough to be made into fresh baked cookies at youth groups. We will be freezing the dough and thawing it for groups on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, so bring it in dough balls or even just in a large sealed bags so we can place it in the freezer. Enough dough to serve 3-4 dozen students per group would be wonderful! Please include cooking times and temps. If you have any questions please let Pastor Cameron know.

Multiplied – Real-Life Discipleship

Gather…Grow…Go. These three words define the heart and direction behind our Multiplied time on Sunday evenings. We gather and grow together with the goal of both being disciples and gaining tools to go be disciple makers! Starting February 14th we are changing a few things up at Multiplied. We will begin working through a twelve-week course entitled “Real Life Discipleship.” If you have not been a part of Multiplied this is the perfect time to jump in! The books will be available for pick up in the office and the cost is $10 per book or $15 per family please sign up in the office today if you will be getting a book so we can make sure we have enough.  reallife

Southside Update

southsidelogoThe past few months down at our Southside campus has been an incredible time. We have watched God change lives drastically. God saved 11 souls in a month, people are being freed from their addictions, hurts and habits, we have more kids coming through the doors than ever before and the Landing has impacted a group of teens who are excited to be there.

Our vision is simple. Love the broken. I’ve learned that our job is to love people for who they are not our expectations of who we think they should be. God is the one who fixes us and it’s His job to change us. We have to be obedient and understand that there is nothing better than the presence of Jesus in our midst.

Celebrate Recovery: Tuesdays 7:30 pm

(Southside kids every week)

1st Tuesday of month – General teaching

2nd Tuesday – Testimony’s

3rd Tuesday – I am Second video and discussion

4th Tuesday – Dinner (6:30 pm) and being community

The Landing: Wednesdays 5:00 – 7:00 pm

(High School Group)

Southside of Heaven: Fridays 7:30 pm

(Southside kids, dinner every week)

1st & 3rd Fridays – Southside sessions

2nd & 4th Fridays – Message and conversation

Last Friday night of month SCI FI Friday after our meeting… (We watch a classic SCI FI movie)

If you are interested or curious about Southside contact me in the church office. Thank you all for your prayers, support and encouragement as we continue to dream, love and honor God with every breath.

 

21 Days of Prayer and Fasting

21daysofprayerandfastingJoin us as we stand with churches across the world in 21 days of prayer and fasting! Click on the link to see what Foursquare is doing!

Foursquare Prayer and Fasting

21 Days of Prayer and Fasting 2016

As we continue to move forward with all that God has for us here at Faith Center we want to begin this year by setting aside time to “sit at God’s feet” as a family and a body of believers. To corporately and individually seek God for His miraculous power to be evidenced more in our lives and in the life of this church.

Would you join with us beginning January 11th and take 21 days to seek God together, to set time aside to see what He has for this Body and for you individually?

What Is Fasting?

“Simply stated biblical fasting is refraining from eating food for a spiritual purpose.” When we eliminate eating from our daily schedules it frees time to be with the Lord, unclutters our hearts and makes us amazingly sensitive to the things of God.

Is It In The Bible?

Yes! Fasting is mentioned 21 times in Scripture. The Bible records many circumstances when God’s people fasted and prayed.

  • Moses fasted when he received God’s law (Deut. 9:9)
  • Joshua fasted when Israel’s armies were defeated at Ai (Joshua 7:6)
  • Jesus fasted at the beginning of His earthly ministry (Matt. 4:2)

Why Fast?

  • To Petition God (Ezra 8:23)
  • To Break Spiritual Bondage (Isaiah 58:6)
  • Repentance (Daniel 9:2-3)
  • For Wisdom (Daniel 9:21-22)

How Do You Fast?

There are three kinds of fasts that are mentioned in Scripture:

1.) The Absolute Fast – This fast is an extreme fast and should only be done for very short periods of time. The absolute fast means you take in nothing – no food or water. This is not your ordinary fast and should not be attempted without first consulting your physician.

2.) The Normal Fast – No food of any kind is eaten for a certain number of days. You do drink water and plenty of it. Depending on the length of your fast you may also choose to take in clear broth or juices.

3.) The Partial Fast or “Daniel Fast” – A partial fast usually involves giving up particular foods and drinks for a time. One of the most commonly used examples of a partial fast is seen in Daniel 1:11-14 and Daniel 10:3. In chapter 1 Daniel only eats vegetables and drinks water. Later on in chapter 10 He refrains from eating “choice” foods and drinks no wine.

There is no set way for determining how long you fast or what type of fast you do. Make this a matter of prayer and ask the Lord what you should do.

Important Things To Remember When Fasting:

  • Fasting is not a spiritual badge of honor. It’s not about how long you fast but about setting time aside to seriously seek God.
  • Our fasting is to be done privately:

Matt 6:16-18

16 “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth; they have received their reward in full. 17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18 so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Even though we will be taking time to fast and pray over the next 21 days as a congregation it is between you and God how you fast and when you fast.

  • Don’t get caught up in legalism. If you fast one meal, one day or one week it is an awesome sacrifice seen by God! If you eat a cracker or drink some juice it doesn’t mean that your prayers suddenly become ineffective.
  • Start slowly. If you have never fasted start with one meal or one day. You can also fast from sun up to sundown. Don’t start with more than you can handle.
  • Know your physical condition. If fasting is not an option because of physical health then set extra time aside for prayer and study in God’s Word.
  • Make the fast mean something to you! When fasting, it is imperative that we spend the extra time each day praying and being in the Word. If we simply abstain from eating we are not fasting…we’re dieting!
  • Keep a journal during the next 21 days of the things God shows you. It’s a great way to keep fresh His promises to us.
  • We will be concluding this time of prayer and fasting on Sunday, January 26th with a special night of worship and prayer here at Faith Center!

Why Fast Right Now?

Beginning this year with a time of fasting is to set our hearts individually and corporately as a church on The Lord. To set time aside to hear from Him about who we are, where were at and where we need to be.

 

We will be ending our time of fasting on Sunday, January 31st with prayer and worship at 5:00 pm!

 

Multiplied

multiplied: leadership is on the 1st Sunday of the month

multiplied: discipleship is on the 2nd and 3rd Sunday of the month.

multiplied: kids is on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Sunday of the month


Here’s what a typical multiplied: discipleship Sunday evening will look like:

 

  • Walk through the doors and pick up a nametag…no guessing!
  • Grab a snack from our amazing Holy Cannoli team
  • Find a place at one of our 15 round tables
  • Listen to a short, applicable teaching
  • Take time to share about the teaching, ask questions and interact with one another
  • Talk about how your will apply this this week
  • Pray together
  • Go out and do what you learned

We ask that you make the commitment to grow spiritually by attending multiplied: discipleship every 2nd and 3rd Sunday evening of the month at 5:00 pm. Everyone, age 11 and up, is welcome to multiplied: discipleship!

multiplied: leadership will be the first Sunday of the month at 5:00 pm beginning October 4th. If you would like to dive deeper, please make the commitment to multiplied: leadership!

multiplied: kids will be rocking it the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Sundays of the month at 5:00 pm. Their curriculum will be geared for growth, mirroring what the adults are learning at multiplied: discipleship. The hope is that you will be able to have great conversation at home as a family about what everyone is learning Sunday night!

 

“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20 NIV)

Our call to be disciples and make disciples is the call to follow Jesus and walk with others teaching them what it means to be a follower of Jesus. This is what Multiplied is all about! This is a venue on Sunday evenings where we can gather together, do life together, learn, apply and grow; where we can press in to growing as disciples of Jesus!

Multiplied as a ministry here at Faith Center is birthed out of Gods strong call to us as a family of believers to be very intentional in our equipping and our growth. I encourage, exhort and challenge each of you to get involved this fall in Multiplied. There are many areas to participate in and grow in for all ages.

 

Winter Camp

John 8:12 “Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

 

What an incredible promise, not only that Christ came to be a light of the world but that by following him, we no longer walk in darkness and also personally gain that light. The Light of Life. At Winter Camp 2016 we are blessed to be hosting an incredible speaker, mentor, and friend, Ryan Brown as he leads us through this beautiful picture found in John 8; Grace Stooped down, Hope pointed forward, and Christ lit the way…

 

In 1999 Ryan took the role as a youth pastor in Canby Oregon where he developed many thriving ministry models to reach and raise young passionate Christ followers. During his time there he also served as a District and National NextGen Representative for Foursquare.

 

In 2015 he and his wife Shelly followed the Lords leading and left a thriving ministry to take on the role as Youth Outreach Director at the Union Gospel Mission in Spokane Washington working at the same homeless shelter where he found Christ.  His current role has him working with hundreds of teens and children in need while discipling and training scores of young leaders to do the same. He also continues to serve within Foursquare in an advisory role in the development of NextGen leaders, processes and discipleship models.

 

Winter Camp takes place January 16-18th at Camp Elkanah. The cost for Camp is $75, which covers transportation, food, lodging, and a camp T-shirt. Registration deadline is January 4th. Please join our Faith Center team of leaders as we begin praying and preparing for this upcoming Winter Camp.

Click Here to Register!

The Sound of His Voice

snowyfieldMy childhood bedroom was located in the upstairs, southeast corner of our home here in the valley. There was no heat up there from our basement furnace and the winters we’re mighty chilly! I could easily see my breath most mornings when I woke up. I loved it! Tucked under about twenty pounds of blankets topped off with a quilt made of old Levis I was toasty and rather immobile. Being on the southeast corner of the house my window received the full blast of the winter wind back in the days when we had real winters here! Yes, I am that old. I could actually tell what was happening outside by the tone of the wind. What I loved most were the mornings when I would wake early to the sound of strong wind assailing our home coupled with the light, sandy sound of snow against the outside trim. I knew that sound…it meant no school! Before I jumped up and headed downstairs to double check conditions I already knew it was a snow day. The certainty of that truth lay in the sound of the wind. As I look back now I realize the peace, joy and comfort I found in that wind.

 

It’s the same today, no, not in the sound of wind, but in recognizing the sound of our Savior’s voice. Knowing what it is when He is speaking, guiding and leading. Hearing his voice in the midst of the chaos of a moment or the uncertainty of the future brings certainty, peace and hope. In this season of celebration of our Savior listen for Him, be expectant of him afresh. This is not a season to celebrate the memory of the Savior but to live again in the wonder of a living, personal Savior that still speaks today!

Southside of Heaven

southsidelogoI love the Christmas season. We got the tree all decorated, stockings hung on the fireplace and the Polar Express train set firing on all cylinders. The gifts are wrapped and excitement is in the air. This season represents hope and joy for so many of us.

We understand that our Savior was born to bring peace, hope and love to this broken world. He was born to bring freedom to the captives and to set us free from the bondage of sin.

I spend most of my time with people who are hopeless; life has punched them in the face knocking them down. Sometimes by choices made and sometimes by things beyond their control, does it matter? Hopelessness is hopelessness, it doesn’t matter how someone gets there, it matters how they get out.

Matthew 11:28

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

 

Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

 

1 Corinthians 13:7

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

 

Isaiah 61:1

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;

 

Psalm 34:18

The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.

 

Psalm 147:3

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds

 

I want God to use me to love the broken hearted and the ones who have no hope this Christmas season. The challenge is to love unconditionally. Not to judge them based on circumstances or my own opinion but to truly love and share the hope of Christ. I pray God will use each one of us to reach out beyond ourselves and show the love of Christ to a lost and broken world…