Worship – The Journey

I remember many years ago when I was first hired at Faith Center to be the Worship Pastor. I was a tad younger (no gray hair) full of energy (a little less fat) and my focus was solely on worship. I was bringing in new songs every week, building teams and spending every last moment praying and seeking God for direction concerning our worship services.

The exciting thing was people fully embraced the new direction and allowed me to dream, make mistakes, grow and enjoy every moment of worship. Some songs and ideas were fantastic and some were just awful (hahaha). All that to say lets flash forward 12 years.

I have been very excited about the changes we have made in worship the past few months. We have watched God bring freshness to our vision, new people on our teams and a ton of new songs that speak to the heartbeat of who we are. My passion has been reignited and it made me think of my younger years.

One of the biggest changes was bringing Chong on board to be a worship leader. This was hours of prayer and discussion with our staff and elders. I met Chong when I began giving him music lessons when he was a teenager. We have been playing music together with Narm for many years. Chong’s passion, talent, excitement, vision and desire reminded me of a younger me (just less pretty, ha-ha). His heart and love for Jesus is contagious, alive and a blessing to our church and me. Our church family has embraced him as a leader and a friend. You have given him room to dream, make mistakes, grow and find his own path that God is leading him on. There is no question among our Pastoral staff and Elders that Chong was called, anointed and released to lead us.

I am still the Worship Pastor; I don’t want people to get confused. You’re all stuck with me for a while J. Bringing Chong in has allowed me to focus more time at Southside and step into other ministries.

Thank you church family for allowing Chong and I the freedom, honor and joy to lead you in worship and chase the dreams God has given us.

In His Grip

Pastor Jeffry

Fun During Spring Break

Parents, mark your calendars. Wednesday March 25th from 1-3 pm your elementary age children are invited to come to Faith Center for an incredible time filled with creativity and fun. Our High school Youth Group will be serving our children by making some amazing creations with them including mini marshmallow shooters that will be used in an afternoon full of games and fun.

Easter Sunday is April 5th. This year our Children’s Ministry Department will be offering classes at all three of our Sunday morning Services: 7:30 am, 9:00 am, and 11:00 am. If you would like to serve our visitors and church family on this special day at one of these times please let Pastor Will know.

City Week

This spring, we have a unique and exciting opportunity for high school age students. Each of the four days will bring 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 with breakfast and a small group discussion lead by a guest speaker. Then we will take part in a service activity with a different and unique purpose each afternoon.  We will have group devotion before dinner. After dinner we will take part in a fun group activity to continue to build and refresh our team. Each evening we will return home to recharge and prepare for the following day. The last night, however, we will be staying at the Foursquare Church of Baker City and partnering with them in a service activity.

 

Prior to Spring Break, the team will meet every Tuesday of March before youth group at 5:30-6:30. This will allow us to gather before serving and grow together as a team. The cost of the week is $60 to cover meals, transportation, and evening activities. If you have any questions or would like to be involved and/or help with meal preparation (we have roughly 12 meals to plan for) please contact Pastor Cameron at 541.963.8063.

Women’s Retreat

Flourishing in the Flames – Cost is $78

Discover and deepen relationships with your sisters in the faith. Rekindle your passion for the Holy Spirit through worship and testimony. Experience Jesus one-on-one in the quiet of our “Soaking Room.” Relax and refresh with the hot tubs, historic displays or spa services.

Registration forms and more information are located in the information station in the office. Register early as space is limited. Check in is Friday, April 10th at 2pm or later. Your registration fee includes: overnight accommodations, dinner, snack, breakfast and lunch, admission to the History Center, Gallery and historical displays around the grounds, access to the soaking tubs. Check out is Saturday, April 11th at 1:00 pm. Please make checks payable to Faith Center and write “Women’s Retreat” on the memo line.

Registration and fee must be received by March 31, 2015. Questions? Contact Carol Rudolph 541.963.0441.

April 10-11 @ Hot Lake Springs

Click Here for the Registration Form

Rooted

I remember as a teenager working at a local ranch and doing ‘whatever was needed’ was the job description.

 

One warm summer day found me helping to remove a very large tree from the ground. Actually it was the very large stump as the rest of the tree had already been cut away. It seemed that no matter how much I dug there seemed to be more roots. There were some large ones that had to be cut with a saw and little ones that seemed to go every which direction. We did finally get that stump out of the ground and in its place a huge hole was left. It wasn’t easy, those roots went deep and we’re really holding that whole tree in place.

 

Roots are like that. Meant to go deep and keep the tree healthy, keep it growing and keep it sturdy and strong. It works the same in the life of the believer. We are called to have roots that grow deep. Meaning we are to have a life giving, growing strengthening relationship with Jesus. A relationship that, like those roots, nourishes us and keeps us strong.

 

Our theme for 2015 here at Faith Center is “Rooted.” A year spent looking at what it means to be rooted in Christ. A year to learn, grow and thrive together. As we head into this year I encourage you to look at the following questions and take some time to answer them. You don’t have to share them, they are for you personally. Look back on them to see the growth God is bringing this year!

 

  • Do I see myself as someone rooted in Christ?

 

  • Where does that show in my daily living?

 

  • What areas do I need to see growth in this year?

 

  • What is my biggest barrier to that growth?

 

I look forward to a year of growing deeper together as a family of believers here at Faith Center!

Pastor David

Southside Update

The Southside has been rocking and rolling my friends! For those of you who are new to Faith Center we have a ministry called the Southside of Heaven located at a second campus downtown La Grande.

Our mission has been to reach out to a large sub-culture here in La Grande who struggles with addiction. We have also seen people who don’t like church (yet) come and be a part of our community. I believe God has called us to be very specific in our mission and vision. As I have been praying I’ve asked God to use us to reach out to those who feel unloved, judged, struggling in addiction and who don’t believe in Him.

What we have seen is lives being changed. We have seen people accept Christ, get water baptized, freed from addiction and feel loved and accepted.

God has been doing what He does, changing lives. All of us involved at Southside are totally humbled to be a part of this ministry and that God would use us to fulfill His great commission.

We have an awesome group of leaders who serve with great compassion, energy and love.

Celebrate Recovery is every Thursday night at 7:00 pm. It is a Christ centered 12 step ministry focused on changing not only our addictive behaviors but changing the culture of our lives. Have you ever wondered why you do the things you do? Celebrate Recovery, through God’s grace, allows us to dig down in the depths of our souls and find out why we function the way we do.

Friday nights we meet at 7:30. We have dinner, a life story or teaching with discussion, live music and an awesome kids ministry downstairs, we have a dedicated group of leaders who teach the kids about God and pour every ounce of love upon them. It’s a time to be community. We sit and drink coffee, talk life and love one another.

Monday nights we have men and women’s bible study at 7:00. We just started up Breakfast Club, we meet every Friday morning from 8:30 – 10:30 drinking Latte’s and laughing. The last Saturday of each month we have movie night at 6:30.

If you are interested in checking out the Southside of Heaven come and be a part of this awesome community.

Finally I want to thank those of you who support The Southside financially and most important those who pray relentlessly for us. If you would like to support Southside, or want more information, come and talk with me.

All for the Glory of God!

FCYG Update

Winter Retreat 2015: Recharge was an incredible weekend! We had a total of 75 people gather together to worship, pray, play, and grow together at Camp Elkanah! We were blessed with a wonderful speaker (Gary Waxbom of Baker City Foursquare) and an amazing group of leaders to help facilitate cabin times, meals, and worship. Our leaders came with a heart to serve and disciple these young people as we grow in our walk with the Lord, knowing Him more each day.

 

Through the investment of our leaders and the Work of our Lord, we saw 13 young people come to know Jesus within hours of arriving at camp and by the end of camp we had 28 middle and high school students filled with the Holy Spirit and being comforted and equipped by the Advocate and Helper Jesus has promised us!

 

Since we have returned from camp we have enjoyed sharing the stories of what the Lord has done as well as continue to seek and serve Him in practical ways right here in our homes and in our valley. We want to continue to grow in Him and see all the wonderful blessings He has for us. Thank you to all who helped make it an incredible weekend, and to those that prayed for a powerful movement!

Children’s Ministries Update

Beginning February 1st parents will have the option to check their children in at the beginning of service instead of waiting until after worship. For Children who check in at 9 or 11 we will have a time of combined kids worship in the back classroom. At 9:15 and 11:15 children will return to their classrooms and participate in class as usual.

Save the Date:

Summer Camp will be held at Canby Grove in Canby Oregon this year. We will be taking a group of 3rd-5th graders July 20th-23rd. The cost will remain the same as last year $199. We will have a fundraiser in the near future for any children wanting to earn money for camp.

 

We are still signing people up to serve in February:

Nursery helper 1st service

Preschool Teacher 1st service

2 Nursery helpers 2nd service

Konnect Helper 2nd service

 

Multiplied

Multiplied_00129I am excited, blown away and humbled by what is taking place during Multiplied! After launching Multiplied in September it has been so wonderful to see people connecting personally, being vulnerable, open and growing together! The simple idea of setting around tables and interacting with biblical truth together is not a new idea. However, it is in the simplicity of this that we are seeing life and growth! If you have not made it to multiplied I strongly encourage you to jump in! Join us the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Sundays of the month!

 

Pastor David

A Season of Gifts

By Pastor David

Gifts are interesting things. They are wonderful to receive, more wonderful to give

and sometimes hard to figure out just exactly what they should be. Nothing better than a difficult person to shop for!

However the gift I want to speak to isn’t something that is bought or sold. Not something that you find in any store or can order online. It’s a gift I have personally received and have enjoyed for the past thirteen years. The gift I am speaking of is each of you! One of the greatest gifts I could have ever asked for is this church family and the wonderful, crazy, beautiful way we do life together.

I am rich this year…rich in ways I never thought possible. I am enriched by this church family and each of you that make it up. Thank you for loving, providing for, putting up with, forgiving, laughing with and at me. Thank you for walking along side me, grabbing my hand and pulling when I get stuck and pushing from behind when I need a nudge. For helping my marriage stay strong and watching/raising my kids. For covering me in prayer and listening intently when I use the same illustration you heard ten years ago! For introducing me to your family and friends when they come to town. For letting me walk with you in the good times and weep beside you in the bad. For making time to send me notes and check in on me when I’m down. For not running away when I say, “I have and idea!” For loving Jesus so well and shining his light in all of our communities.

Yes, you, each of you has been a gift to me and our family that we will forever be grateful for. So this year, don’t bother with a receipt…I wouldn’t take any of you back anyway! Not one. Thank you for the privilege it is serve along side each of you! All of us in the Eddy clan wish you a very Merry Christmas!