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

 

A Window of Opportunity

openwindowThis is the phrase I heard the Lord impress into my spirit and mind during a church service near the end of April. The message of ‘equipping’ I heard is for myself, our body, and for anyone else who is willing to hear.   As such, during the subsequent worship services I have attended since that particular Sunday, the Lord has not released me from the urgency and relevance of this word; I can’t shake it.

What does ‘Window of Equipping’ really mean?

  • Window: a period of time regarded as highly favorable for initiating or completing something.
  • Equipping: to furnish or provide with whatever is needed for use or for any undertaking; fit out, as a ship or army.

The definitions for window and equipping speak for themselves…. We have a period of time to get what we need for a specific task, event or occasion.

As I continue to mediate on this word and His written word, my sense is that things are about to go to the next level of intensity. I don’t know exactly what that means, but I know that God has a plan for this season and it will indeed require equipped and ready saints. The enemy also has a plan for this season: disruption in the life of believers and disruption of the harvest.

Ill-equipped saints are neutralized saints.

As such, the ‘equipping’ moment before us is essential in fortifying us that we may stand firm and advance. We must stay connected with Him in the season ahead. We are to move forward and mature in individual and corporate callings as transformed, unified powerful messengers of truth to a hungry and confused world.

What does your ‘Window of Equipping’ look like?

Your course of action and mine are found in James 4:8 which says “…draw near to God and He will draw near to you”. Get close to Him and let Him reveal your equipping strategy; it will be different for all of us.

I believe His desired outcome is a body of worshippers, working together. We must:

  • Shed the distractions (time spent indulging ourselves must give way to more time spent with Him)
  • Get rid of the garbage in our lives (it takes many forms, but has the same effect: a diluted follower)
  • Get anchored in Biblical truth (2 Timothy 2:15)

Together, we must stop being a company of people who wear the jersey of the Kingdom of God but look nothing like the Kingdom.

Prior to the financial collapse of 2008 the Lord gave me the word ‘acceleration’. Since then, the landscape of all the stabilizing ‘connective tissue’ of national and geopolitical concern has seen an undeniable acceleration of challenges and issues that appear to be driving the world to a crescendo of unknown outcomes. It has been unrelenting.   In light of this, I believe the ‘window of equipping’ He is presenting, is important for all of us. We must get solid in His word, solid in His Spirit, and be ready for our assignments in the fast paced, critical season ahead.

The Lord is a God of strategy, and our best life is moving forward with His plans and His purposes, not ours. As such, my prayer is for all of us to take a moment and prayerfully consider this word and seek Him during this hour of equipping.

Feet

I was thinking about feet today. That alone should either intrigue you or scare you

off from the rest of this article. No really, feet, think about them. They are

important enough that God gave us two of them! They keep us standing upright,

help us with balance, we walk on them and there pretty important for kickball.

However with all of their usefulness I don’t think I would ever call feet the most

beautiful part of our make up. Feet just aren’t that pretty. I know mine aren’t. My

second toe is longer than the big toe and bends way too far to the left. Looks

really strange but it’s great for gripping wet rocks when swimming! Feet just

aren’t what we would call beautiful. Then I read this:

How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe

in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone

preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written:

“How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (Romans 10:14-15 NIV)

Feet are beautiful things when what they do is carry the messenger of good news.

When our feet are committed to carry us to where people need to hear about

the one who died for them…who loves them. Feet are beautiful things when they

are surrendered and submitted to follow where God alone leads.

Yeah, those feet are more beautiful than we could ever imagine to those who are

waiting for a delivery of hope and purpose.

Think again about those feet…your feet. Where are they walking and what are

they carrying?

Pastor David

VBS Recap

The goal of Faith Center’s Vacation Bible School this year was to open new doors by taking the gospel into our neighborhoods and sharing the love of Jesus with our friends, neighbors and acquaintances. We have had the privilege of hosting one of these VBS’ so far in Island City, and the intended outcome was a success. Our attendance grew throughout the week. Kids kept coming because they had been watching us from home and wanted to see what all the fun was about. We had people walking by and asking what we were doing, families joining us for our snack time and we got to share the love of Jesus the whole time. I would like to say thank you to Heather Watson, Alaina Watson, Hope Vavra, Brooke Bertrand, Jennifer Phillips, Stacy Shown, and Lavina Casey for sharing your selfless service, endless energy, and boundless love with an amazing group of children at VBS this year.

If you are interested in hosting a VBS in your neighborhood this summer, there is still time. This is a fun and easy way to share the Gospel with the people you see and live with every day. Contact Pastor Will for more information.

Vacation Bible School

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VBS Registration Form

Our first VBS of the summer is quickly approaching. Preschool age children are invited to Faith Center on Friday June 19th from 5:30-8:30pm and Saturday June 20 from 9-Noon. We will be celebrating God’s love for us, His gift of Jesus, and the Holy Spirit’s power in us, helping us to live for Him.

Parents Night Out this month will be combined with our Preschool VBS on Friday the 19th. Preschool and Elementary age children are welcome to join us for a time of Worship, storytelling, crafting and snacking from 5:30-8:30.

Elementary VBS begins Monday June 22nd and continues daily through Friday June 26th from 9am-noon at Fred Beeman Park. (Island City Elementary) Each day children will learn a different part of scripture revealing God’s love for them! Please encourage your children to bring their friends as this VBS is designed to be a neighborhood outreach. Numbers will be limited, but we are hoping to host other VBS outreaches throughout the summer at other city parks. If you would like to help lead a VBS in your neighborhood, please contact Pastor Will.

 

Kids Summer Camp is July 20-23 and will be at Canby Grove. Cost is $200. Registrations and payment for Summer Camp at Canby Grove is due by June 26. Please begin turning in your registrations and any outstanding balance, so your child can be ensured a spot at this year’s camp. Our theme this year is B.e.a.r.s.

 

B-Believe

Acts 16:31 New International Version (NIV)

“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved”

E-Experience

Galatians 5:25 New Living Translation (NLT)

25 Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.

A-Act

Luke 11:28 New Living Translation (NLT)

28 Jesus replied, “But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice.”

R-Restore

Isaiah 41:13b New Living Translation (NLT)

13And I [the Lord] say to you,

‘Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you.

S-Share

Mark 16:15New Living Translation (NLT)

15 And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.

 

Please join us is praying for everyone going to camp this summer, that God would pour out his abundant grace on everyone involved, that students would meet and be transformed by Jesus, and in turn be excited to share the message of the Gospel with their friends.

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2015 VBS

I’m pleased to announce that Faith Center Children’s Ministries will be offering Vacation Bible School to our church and community once again! This year we will be trying something a little different than we have done in the past. Instead of holding our VBS within the walls of Faith Center we will be sending teams to GO out into our local neighborhood parks to reach children with the Love of Christ right where we work, live and play. Instead of one large VBS we are hoping to see many smaller VBS experiences around our valley.

 

We currently have one elementary VBS scheduled, happening at Fred Beeman Park in Island City June 22-26th. From 9:00am-Noon.

 

We also have one preschool VBS scheduled at Faith Center June 19-20th. Friday the 19th from 6pm-8pm and Saturday the 20th from 9am-noon.

 

If you would like to be a part of one of these VBS’ or if you are interested in leading a VBS at another park near you, please contact Pastor Will Phillips for more details.