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
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
In 2015, Heidi and I celebrated 25 years of full time pastoral ministry.
In March of 2017 we completed seven years of ministry here at Faith Center. We are thankful for this community, this church, and the fruitfulness the Lord has allowed us to witness while serving here.
Last year the Lord began to nudge us to consider taking a sabbatical during 2017. Heidi and I try to proactively pace ourselves in order avoid the burn out that is typical among pastors. Sabbaticals have recently become common for pastors as they have grown in their understanding of the importance of self-care. With responsibilities that include pastoring, serving as Divisional Superintendents (giving oversight to nine churches), City Council and teaching, we carry a heavy workload and are not immune to the toll that ministry takes. The church council confirmed our thoughts by suggesting that Faith Center should offer this as a benefit every seven years.
What is a Sabbatical?
A ministry sabbatical is a spiritual renewal leave, for the purpose of restoring vitality and health (spiritual, emotional and physical) in spiritual leaders. It is not merely a vacation, but it is instead an intentional time of refreshment and restoration where the leader is released … Continue reading
Join us for a night of worship with Christian recording artist, Chris August on May 19 at 7 p.m. in the Faith Center Sanctuary. Tickets are $10 an can be purchased online here or at the Faith Center Welcome Center.
“These songs mean more to me than anything I’ve ever done…”
Says the guy who brought us “Starry Night” and “7 x 70.”
Says the guy who virtually swept the Dove Awards, taking New Artist of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year upon the merit of his debut album.
Says the guy who has had a distinct, life-‐altering, life-‐saving encounter with his Maker.
In 2012, amongst tours, a sophomore record and endless miles on buses and planes around the world, Chris August’s entire world turned upside down in a matter of seconds. A skateboarding accident put him in the hospital with a bruised and bleeding brain. It was serious, but eventually, he was stabilized—with a major caveat—he might need a surgery that could incapacitate him for life. Fortunately, after some time and a lot of prayer, the swelling subsided and the physical healing began. And that’s when it got hard.
The pain from his injuries had to be managed. His doctors would prescribe pain … Continue reading
Easter weekend is one of our favorite weekends here at Faith Center. We love seeing all of the church come together as one over the course of three days. Together we will remember Good Friday and Christ’s death, and then celebrate his resurrection and promise to us on Easter Saturday and Sunday.
This year we will once again have a special order of events for both Good Friday and Easter. Our Good Friday service is always a somber night. We will have various guest pastors and speakers sharing with us as we reflect on the narrative of Jesus Christ’s death on the cross. We will close our service with communion in remembrance of the sacrifice in which He gave and new life we have received.
On Easter Saturday and Sunday we will have the ultimate celebration! The services will include new songs, a choir, testimony videos from congregation members, and segmented teaching. Each service will also have special prize winners. In the foyer you can find a family photo booth and Faith Center merchandise (t-shirts and stickers) on sale!
Be sure to get to service early as seats fill up. Overflow seating will be available in the Faith Center Dome.
Good Friday Service- April 14, … Continue reading
Sixty-six books tell One Story. It’s a story about One Hope. It’s the story of One Love. (Not to be confused with the Bob Marley song or the U2 song.) It’s about the One Way, Truth and Life: He is the One True God:
He is the Life and you and I only have one life to live. During our current series we will be following the Story from book one of the Bible (Genesis) through the resurrection (Easter weekend). Each message will shed light on another facet of the amazing God who has planned and purchased our salvation. Let’s go on this One journey together between now and Easter.
Since we know the One, let’s keep in step with Him as He offers us His hope, His love and His life. Remember, every great movement and all significant change begins with one person.
Pastors Matt & Heidi Messner
Married couples, your retreat is just around the corner. Join us February 10 and 11 (with an optional second night on the 12th) at Gold Beach Resort in Oregon! With rooms overlooking the beach, paths to the ocean and the mouth of the Rogue River just a short drive away your weekend is set for fresh air and romance.
The retreat conference will include supportive teaching, meals, and fun activities for couples. You will not want to miss this reasonably prices highly beneficial weekend.
One night (Feb. 10) retreat option: $125 per couple
Two nights (Feb. 10 & 11) retreat option: $225 per couple (limited quantity)
Price includes lodging and conference only.
Attendees are responsible for their own transportation to and from the resort, as well as cost of food while at the retreat.
The deadline to register is January 28.
By Matt Messner
More and more of my friends are quitting social media entirely. I miss their posts, but I get it. It used to be that only some people were on call for limited periods of time. This is no longer true. Thanks to our smartphones, we are all available to “everyone” 24 hours a day, seven days a week (As of 2015 68% of all American adults have smartphones).
People send us (“us” meaning every one of us with a smartphone) messages to our phones demanding meetings, a call, or an immediate reply. It doesn’t matter what we are doing or what time of the day or night that it is.
In our sincere desire to be caring, we try to meet these demands and to respond to these requests.
It used to be that when a minor crisis hit us we had to prayerfully process the situation. We had to wait a couple of days to address the situation. We had to meet with someone face to face. The waiting period allowed for our emotional decompression and for God to meet this “need” through other means.
Now we are able to immediately post (vent, rant, etc.) our problems for the world to … Continue reading
After six years of faithful and fruitful service, Curt and Rachel McMurray-Branscombe will be moving on to the next season of their journey. This will take place in February, with their final Sunday being the 12th. Their plan is to take a six month sabbatical in Spain. This is something they have been saving for and looking forward to for some time.
As the director of our Creative Worship Team, Curt has had a broad spectrum of responsibilities, including worship leading, volunteer recruitment and development, department oversight, scheduling and developing worship teams, and much more.
We believe that the Lord has brought Sarah Babcock here to be our Worship Leader. She graduated with a B.A. from Epic Bible College with an emphasis in Worship Arts. Sarah has extensive experience at leading worship, leading worship teams, directing choirs, and more. She has a heart for worship, a heart for the Lord, and a desire to empower people to use their creative gifts for the Lord’s glory. Her official start date is February 1st, 2017.
We are also hiring Zach Stewart to be our Music Director. Zach is a gifted musician, a graduate of the Redwood ELN, and will have completed the Foursquare Church … Continue reading