Faith Center is excited to announce some new staff changes as we continue Gathering, Growing and Going as disciples of Jesus.
To begin we are welcoming Sami Wright back to our staff as the new Front Desk Receptionist effective immediately. Amy McKnight, previously the Front Desk Receptionist, will be taking on a new role as Pastoral Assistant to Lead Pastors Matt and Heidi Messner.
After saying goodbye to Samantha Karges, Amanda Guy has been hired to oversee Tech, Media and Publications. Amanda has been on Faith Center staff in the past and was a graduate of our ELN program.
Children’s Ministry will also be seeing some changes. Aime Snider has been hired as the new Director of Nursery and Preschool and Cassie Wilson-Craps will begin as the Director of Elementary once she returns from maternity leave. Aime has been an active Children’s Ministry volunteer and a leader in our MOPS program. Cassie was previously the assistant to the Children’s Pastor and is a graduate of both NCBI and the ELN program.
To complete the changes Matt Lemen, previously our Children’s Pastor, has taken on a new role as Executive Pastor beginning officially at the beginning of 2018. He will work directly under Pastors Matt … Continue reading
This week Northern California Congresman Jared Huffman made headlines for stating that he is a humanist, believing society should be guided by reason, rather than the supernatural.
Local audio blog Humboldt Last Week reached out to Faith Center for a response to this new revelation. Pastor Matt Messner shared his thoughts on Huffman’s statements and our responsibilities as Christians. Listen to the story here:
Tickets now on sale for Faith Center’s Christmas Dessert Theater: Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
The scene is set in 1940’s London. As World War II rages on and bombs reign down on the city, four siblings are sent to live in the English countryside with their uncle. But when a game of hide and seek reveals a mysterious world hidden through an old wardrobe, the siblings find themselves once again in the middle of a war.
“The White Witch has ruled Narnia for 100 years, covering it with snow,” Narnia Director Lisa Ladanyi said. “When Lucy, Edmund, Peter and Susan arrive in Narnia, it marks the beginning of an epic battle between good and evil.”
Tickets are now on sale for Faith Center’s Christmas Dessert Theater featuring Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. The production is running from Dec. 8 through Dec. 11, 2017 at Faith Center Foursquare Church.
“We are excited to present this adaptation of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe for the second time here at Faith Center,” Lead Pastor Heidi Messner said. “It was a favorite of cast, crew and audiences as the fantastical adventures of Narnia, written by C. S. Lewis, transforms the stage into a fantasy of good and evil, betrayal and forgiveness, cowardice and courage, transformation and … Continue reading
The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
Fall is the time for wind storms. Often you hear the wind whisper through the trees even before you feel its force. The leaves rustle. A branch snaps. The house creeks. By listening, you can discern the presence of wind.
Because it is invisible, don’t know where it may be coming from until you feel, it or see its impact. Wind can come from any direction. It can surprise you. It ranges from silent stillness to hurricane force.
Followers of Jesus have been supernaturally been “born of the Spirit”. We look like ordinary people, embedded in a community of light and darkness. As the Spirit leads us there are times where we are to be still and silent. Then there are times when we bring a quiet word of encouragement to one person. And there are times when the Spirit brings us together to have a powerful and dramatic impact on our world.
Our responsibility is to develop a sensitivity and responsiveness to the Holy Spirit. But how? What does it … Continue reading
I would like to let the public know I am personally opposed to the production, sale, and use of recreational marijuana.
I have been working with the drug-addicted for many years both in Eureka and in Seattle, where I previously ran an in-patient facility for those affected by addiction and mental health issues. I believe there is a direct correlation between the very difficult issues we face as a community in regard to crime, homelessness, and addiction and the prevalence of recreational marijuana in Humboldt County.
In the Eureka City Council meeting on October 3, 2017, I approved the regulation recommendations of the staff regarding the retail sales of medical and recreational marijuana in the city of Eureka because we are now at a point of determining regulation rather than legalization. Regulation has to do with what is best for our city in light of the new laws voted on by citizens regarding this subject.
My decision was based on that reality more than my personal preference regarding regulation in the city of Eureka, as well as the need to put in regulations before the State of California implements broader ones on January 1, 2018.
Heidi Messner is a lead pastor at Faith Center … Continue reading
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, one third of teens on the street will be lured toward prostitution within 48 hours of leaving home. Teen runaways are often promised food, shelter, and protection from the cruelty of the streets, only to find themselves trapped, prisoners to the world of sex trafficking.
One local group is working to end this horrific crime in Humboldt County. Empower. Protect. Invest. (E.P.I.) thinkSMALL Humboldt County is dedicated to educating local students about the red flags and dangers of human trafficking, empowering them to protect themselves and their friends from traffickers lurking in our county.
E.P.I. is partnering with LifeHouse Humboldt to present Runaway Sleep Out Night, a fundraiser for anti-human trafficking education in Humboldt County. The event is being held at LifeHouse Humboldt (2734 Hubbard Ln., Eureka, CA) on Friday, October 6, 2017 beginning at 5 p.m. and running until 8 a.m. the next day. Runaway Night is a community awareness project that replicates just a small part of what a runaway may face their first night out on the streets. Participants acquire sponsors to donate to the cause if the participant sleeps outside for one night at the event. A prize will be awarded … Continue reading
Down the hall and to the left in the Administration Building is the somewhat elusive Pastoral Office. Without any particular name displayed, it’s easy to pass by.
The staff members inside work largely behind the scenes to plan and coordinate community events, spiritual development classes, missions, and outreaches. Their work is at the heart of Faith Center’s Mission Statement: To lead people into a thriving relationship with Jesus by gathering, growing and going in God’s love.
Two of the pastoral office staff, Rick Urban, Pastor of Care Ministries, and Leslie Lemmon, Assisting Minister and NCBI Administrator, had humble beginnings working at the church. Both have only had their current roles since around 2015, but have a long history at Faith Center.
Rick started out in 2008 working in facilities as a janitor.
“I learned a lot being a janitor here for seven years,” Urban said. “I think we all need to have a heart that is ready to clean a toilet,” he added with a warm chuckle.
Rick has a heart that is ready to clean a toilet (or tell a wisecrack joke). With his humor and servitude he reaches out to others continually, warmly welcoming them as they are.
In various ways … Continue reading
Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
Luke 12:6,7 NIV
There really have been those times for me that I have felt forgotten, well, at least a little bit anyway. Sometimes I have questioned my own personal value. I have even questioned the reality of my relationship with Jesus. I suspect that you have felt like that once in a while too, or should I say, I really hope that I am not completely alone on this account!
I have had the Lord show up a few times and usually right in the middle of my “Pity Party” celebration. He must feel bad for me since no one that I invite comes to those parties anyway. He has shown up in the most unusual of ways; but maybe for him it’s not that unusual. I would like to tell you about one of those times and certainly one of the two most profound encounters that I have had since becoming a believer.
Some years back I was in my garage working on a fish. … Continue reading
On any given Wednesday night at Faith Center, you will find a group of millenials breaking the stereotype; 18 to 30 year olds sharing life and the Bible. It’s a rare sighting for the modern church, in a time where only two in ten Americans under 30 believe attending a church is worthwhile.
But despite the odds, this Young Adults group keeps growing.
“We started off with only a handful of people,” Co-Director Zach Stewart said. “We have since grown to a group of almost 20+ each week. New young adults keep coming.”
The group makes it a priority to meet new young adults right where they are.
“Sometimes people think that they have to have it all together before coming to church or joining a small group,” Co-Director Samantha Karges said. “Some might say, ‘oh well I keep doing this, or that’ or ‘they’ll judge me by my past/present.’ That isn’t the case. Christ meets us where we are, sin and all. We follow His example.”
The idea is to create a community space where young people can make friends and share their lives with their peers. Through games, activities, Bible study and the occasional dinner, connections are happening.
Another focus of the group is … Continue reading