Harvest Party!

Fall is in the air, which means that our annual Faith Center Harvest Party is right around the corner. There are many ways for everyone to help this year. Everyone is invited to donate candy for the party itself. This year because harvest party is on a Saturday we will be hosting people from 3-6pm making the harvest party an hour longer than previous years. Everyone is also encouraged to sign up to bring desserts for our cake walk.

Friday night the 30th we will be setting up games, decorating and preparing goodie bags for all of the festivities the next day. Families are welcomed to join us for pizza, friendly competition with prizes (of course), candy, and laughter, while we transform the building into a fantastic game zone for our harvest party on Saturday.

The day of the harvest party requires the most help with people signing up to serve at each activity, as well as people helping to tear down at the end of the night. We ask that everyone sign up to serve a one-hour shift at a game of your choosing. Sign up sheets are in the front office.

We are excited to provide a fun and safe environment again this year for children to see and hear the love of Jesus on Halloween night. Please feel free to dress up in fun family friendly costumes.Harvest Party Bold square

Southside of Heaven

The LandingI have been very excited about this season down at the Southside of Heaven! As we get ready to celebrate going into year 3 (doesn’t seem like it’s been that long) I have thought a lot about what God has done and continues to do downtown. We have an amazing team of leaders completely sold out for God and Southside. It is an absolute honor to serve with this group of people.

 

Celebrate Recovery continues to challenge us to work through our hurts, habits and hang-ups. I am watching our community desire and chase after God with a passion to have Jesus captivate and change our lives. We do not have to be bound by our past failures.

 

The Landing has kicked off on Wednesday s. The Landing is the high school version of Celebrate Recovery. It allows teens to have a safe place where they can come to feel accepted and loved and learn how to walk life out in a healthy way. I want to thank Domino’s for donating pizza’s every week! What a huge blessing!!!!!

 

Friday nights at our Southside gathering we have seen tremendous growth in lives. Every Friday we have different people share their story. We all have a story and something valuable to offer! It’s a great time to hear truth, connect with others, eat a meal together and listen to music. The Southside kids ministry has been booming as well. It’s exciting to see how God is working in lives from young to old.

 

Friday morning latte’s are fired up and ready to roll! Every Friday morning starting at 9:00 am we will be hanging out, drinking coffee and talking life. It’s a great way to build relationships and find people we can walk life out with.

 

At the Southside of Heaven we talk a lot about being community. We focus on building relationships and recognize we are not alone in this crazy world. It’s a safe place to encounter God, deal with our struggles and find hope. I encourage you to come and check it out! Thank you all for your prayers, support and encouragement!

 

Address:       211 Fir Street La Grande

Tuesdays:     7:30 pm – Celebrate Recovery (Southside kids ministry)

Wednesdays:           5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – The Landing (High School) pizza every week

Fridays:          9:00 am – Friday morning latte’s

Fridays:          7:30 pm Southside… Truth, Dinner, Music, Southside kids

 

In His Grip

Pastor JeffrySouthsideLogo

Love & Respect

loveandrespectSuccessful couples know that harmony and happiness in marriage are not achieved by love alone. Based on extensive biblical and scientific research, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs reveals the secret to couples meeting each other’s deepest needs. He helps to end the vicious cycle so many of us live in. Love and Respect is a groundbreaking study, which offers much-needed help to husbands and wives everywhere. It introduces the biblical teaching of unconditional respect, and that it is as powerful as unconditional love.

This marriage class begins October 22nd at 6:30 pm at Faith Center. It will run for 6 weeks each Thursday, taking a break for Thanksgiving. This class will be lead by Mark and Caroline Baker who have a deep passion to minister to couples. Childcare at Faith Center is not yet available, but might become available. Please sign up for this class in the office and let us know if you are in need of childcare.


Children’s Ministry

childrens_ministry (1)Church Family! We have a lot of kiddos coming through the doors at Faith Center. Praise God! We have need of many people to sign up to serve. You can serve at one service and attend the service you prefer! Please pray about signing up for multiple Sundays in September, October, & November. Here are the areas we need filled:

1st Service                                            2nd Service

Nursery                                                Nursery

Preschool                                              Preschool

K-5th                                                  K-5th

Southside of Heaven

The LandingI am excited for this coming fall down at Southside. Our core leadership has spent the last few months praying and seeking after the heart of God for our community. We are united and passionate for what God is calling us to do and what we are to be about. As we wrap up our second year and look ahead to the third year we believe God has given us a fresh vision and a fresh heart.

There are a few things that have been changed to fulfill the heart and vision of Southside.

‘The Landing’ is a new ministry focused on recovery for high school students. We will meet every Wednesday from 5-7 pm at the Southside building. We have a great team of people who have a passion to see our teens find freedom from life’s hurts, habits and hang-ups. We will be sharing more details about this awesome ministry in the next few weeks. We are launching ‘The Landing’ September 16th!

Another change is with our Celebrate Recovery ministry. We have met for years on Thursdays from 7-9 pm. After much prayer the leaders along with people who attend CR felt Tuesday nights from 7:30-8:30 pm is a better night for our community. The goal is to give people the option to go to church on Sunday, CR on Tuesday and Southside on Friday. We have discussed our small group format as well and have been praying about step study groups and bible studies. We are waiting for God to show us what that looks like. CR will now be Tuesdays 7:30-8:30 starting September 8th.

Thank you to all those who have served and that are still currently serving downtown! I also want to thank our church staff, elders, council and all of you for your prayers, wisdom, financial support and encouragement.

We have watched Jesus captivate, love and change all of us who are a part of the Southside community! If you are interested about what Southside is all call the front office, better yet come hang out with us downtown and experience what God is doing!

In His Grip,

Pastor Jeffry

 

Upcoming Fall Dates

September 13              Multiplied:Disicpleship

September 18              FCYG – 5th Quarter

September 20              Multiplied:Discipleship

September 22              FCYG – See You At The Pole Rally

September 23              FCYG – See You At The Pole

September 27              Faith Center 101/Reducing the Risk Classes

October 3-4                 FCYG – Seeing Seattle

October 4                    Multiplied:Leadership

October 9                    FCYG – 5th Quarter

October 11                  Multiplied:Discipleship

October 17                  EOU Tailgate Party!

October 18                  Multiplied:Disciplehsip

October 23                  FCYG – 5th Quarter

October 31                  Harvest Party

November 1                 Multiplied:Leadership

November 8                 Christmas Basket Offering

November 8                 Multiplied:Discipleship

November 15               Multiplied:Discipleship

 

Everlasting Arms

The wonderful Word of our Living God declares, “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms!” (Deuteronomy 33:27) No matter where I turn or who I speak with or pray for these days, the cry of so many hurting people is, “Where can I find a refuge from this storm assailing my life and family?” I have seen changes so vast and sweeping move across our country, and now as an older man I can declare with greater assurance than ever, that the arms of Jesus our Lord and our God…are our only refuge! He said in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid!”

When I was twelve years old I ran away from home. I had given a “romantic card” and a box of chocolates to a pretty blonde girl named Sheila who lived two houses from me. Her dad was irate, and he retuned my gift to my dad with the words, “This is totally inappropriate!” My dad sent me back to my room to contemplate for a moment what I would say, and then he demanded I go across the street and apologize to Sheila’s dad. I decided running away was preferable to facing Mr. Van Orden! So I gathered a few survival items from my room, slipped out the bedroom window and hopped on my bike and took off, determined to “live off the land up in the forest of Silverado Canyon!”

I made it twenty-four miles by nightfall; had eaten my couple candy bars and I was cold and frankly getting scared of the sounds of the night. So in my hunger, weariness and fear I remembered a family who attended our church who lived up in Silverado Canyon. When I knocked on their door, I told them that dad and mom had given me permission to take a long bike ride and that the time and distance had simply gotten away from me! They knew better. They prepared me a meal, and then I lay down on their couch and fell into an exhausted sleep. They called my folks and the next thing I knew my dad’s powerful arms were picking my up and carrying me to the car! By the way they never talked with me or punished me for running away, nor did they demand I make the apology…they just rejoiced in finding me and transporting me safely home.

Beloved children of God, storm warnings of one kind or another are in the daily headlines, whether it be a new terrorist threat, impending economic collapse or the last disintegration of Biblical moral values in America. In addition your life may seem engulfed in darkness, and fear may be your constant companion. Oh people of God, GOD IS IN CONTROL, AND HE ALONE IS OUR REFUGE! Take heart and stand on His Word which says in Psalm 46:1-2, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea!”

HELD IN THE EVERLASTING ARMS…

Pastor Ted

A Season of Change

Scan1I recently spent seven weeks on sabbatical and had time to process and work on my relationship with God and spend time with my wife Kellie and daughter Olese. Our travels took us to Southern California where we attended our Foursquare International conference. It didn’t hurt that the conference was next door to Disneyland. Olesya was pretty stokedJ.

During my time God revealed some very key perspectives about my life. It wasn’t easy hearing about my flaws and dealing with my own selfishness.

We never enjoy dealing with our imperfections but the freedom that comes from God is so worth it. As we traveled through California we had a ton of adventures all the while God was preparing me for the season ahead. He never promised it would be easy or without conflict. He did show me the way I went about doing ministry had to change. It’s easy for us to think we are doing God’s work running ourselves ragged getting involved in everything that comes down the pike. We sacrifice our families, relationships and our sanity not even realizing it. It is so easy to get caught up in self and find fulfillment or validation in “the work” of God rather than delighting ourselves in the glory of God. We get so busy doing the work we can sometimes forget what the work is all about.

I had to ask myself “why do I do what I do?” The answer we all tell ourselves is “all for the glory of God”. That is the answer we want but we have to be willing to stop, humble ourselves and really allow God to search our heart.

It is easy to allow self to get in the way. We sometimes find out our identity in our works and not in the Creator. Searching for approval from man, finding self worth or validation in our works or wanting to be recognized can sneak in and rob us of the beauty and joy in serving God. It can cause us to become arrogant and self-righteous.

We are all a work in progress; we all need God to change our perspective from time to time. One of the keys to fulfillment is spending time with Jesus and asking Him what He is requiring from our lives. It can be quite a shock when we think we are doing the will of God but find out we are doing things He never asked or intended us to do. The beautiful thing is when we discover what its truly about we are flooded with passion and joy.

I want to thank John, Chong, Pastor David, the Staff, the Leaders at Southside, Worship teams and you our church family for allowing me to take some much needed time away to rediscover the true joy and love of the Lord in my life. The time with Kellie and Olese reminded me what is truly important.

I am excited for the next season of ministry here at Faith Center and downtown at the Southside of Heaven. I am truly honored and humbled to be a part of this amazing community.

Annual Church Picnic

Our Annual Church Picnic, Sunday, August 16th, is a great time to gather together for worship, food, and fun! Worship services will not be held in La Grande, instead please join us up at Camp Elkanah at 10:30 am for Worship service and plan to stay for the afternoon! At 11:30 am we will have a huge potluck. The church will provide the desserts; please bring a main dish and a side dish. After lunch, we will be having baptisms in the river. If you are interested in being baptized, please contact Pastor David for more information. After the baptisms, we will enjoy all that Camp Elkanah has to offer: giant water slide, mini-golf, game room, volleyball, or just sit in the shade and visit with each other!

 

If you are interested in being baptized up at camp in the river, please contact Pastor David.

 

What to Bring:

 Lawn Chairs, a Main Dish, and a Side Dish

 The church will provide, dessert, drinks, and table service.

 

Schedule:

10:30 am        Worship

11:30 am        Potluck Picnic

1:00 pm          Baptisms in the River

1:30 pm         Giant Water Slide, Game Room, Mini-Golf, Volleyball, Playground, or Sitting in the shade and visiting with friends!

 

Directions to Camp Elkanah:

 

  1. Take the I-84 W ramp
  2. Merge onto I-84 for 5.9 miles
  3. Take exit 252 for OR-244 toward Ukiah
  4. Merge onto 5 Point Creek Road
  5. Continue onto OR-244 W/Hilgard Hwy. Continue to follow OR-244 W for 16.8 miles and your destination will be on the right.

It should take you about 30-40 minutes to get up there. Grab some friends and carpool up!campelkanah

Camp Information

High School Camp:summer-camp

July 22-25th

Departure time: 8:00 am July 22nd

Travel time: 6.5 hours with stops

Check in time: 2-3:30 pm @ Westside Foursquare Church in Bend, OR

Pack List:

Bible, Pen, and Notebook
Sleeping Bag and Pillow
Athletic Shoes
Modest Swimwear
Towel
Clothes for warm weather
Personal items & toiletries
Snack and/or souvenir money
Inner tube or Pool Float for floating the river
Fan for dorm room
Sunscreen
Water Bottle
Money for Lunch to/from camp

Contact Pastor Cameron with any questions

Middle School Camp:

July 13-17

Departure time: 8:30 am July 13th

Travel time: 6 hours with stops

Check in time: 3:00 pm @ Canby Grove

Pack List:

Bible, pen, and notebook
Sleeping Bag and pillow
Athletic Shoes
Modest Swimwear
Towel
Clothes for warm weather
Personal items & toiletries
Snack and/or souvenir money
Flashlight
Bug spray/sunscreen
Water bottle
Money for lunch to/from camp

Contact Pastor Cameron with any questions

Kid’s Camp:

July 20-23

Departure time: 8:00 am July 20

Arrival back home: 5:00 pm July 23rd

Pack List

Bible, pen, and notebook
Sleeping bag and pillow
Athletic shoes
Modest swimwear
Towel
Clothes for warm weather
Personal items & toiletries
Snack and/or souvenir money
Flashlight
Bug Spray/Sunscreen
Water Bottle
Packed Lunch for trip down

All medications will need to be in a ziplock baggie with your child's name on it, and will be checked in with the Camp Nurse upon arrival at camp.

Contact Pastor Will with any questions