Baptism is for those who profess a belief in Jesus Christ and can testify to the basic tenants of Christianity in their own lives. We baptize by immersion as it points to our death and resurrection in Jesus.
In a family, baptism of children is often performed by their earthly fathers. Others may choose to have a pastor, elder orspiritual leader perform the baptism. Those being baptized may ask a close friend or mentor to read their testimony.
Membership at Foothills begins at Starting Point, a group that is offered two or three times a year. In this group, you can expect to get connected to and acquainted with the body of Foothills. We study our church beliefs, mission statement and leadership structure. We also see how God wired us for service in His great kingdom. Starting Point gives you a basic step to take: Join our church body and sign a covenant relationship with us. Click here to register for our summer Starting Point class happening July 15 & 16.
Groups at a Foothills aren't meant to eat up your time. They are meant to help us grow into a community that encourages its members to be living examples of the gospel of Jesus Christ and its heart-changing, life-transforming power. Groups are an essential part of our ministry. We hope that everyone who calls Foothills home will experience the encouragement, growth and restoration that can happen in Christ's community.
When to sign up: Groups registration happens three times a year, in January, May and September.
How to sign up: Check out our Groups Catalog to register, or sign up on a Sunday during our registration months.
There are many ways to serve at Foothills and outside our church walls. Service at Foothills typically comes after someone has gone through the Starting Point group and is a covenant member of Foothills.
Family Ministries: Spend time leading a Sunday-morning small group for kids, hold babies in the nursery, or invest in the lives of middle and high school students.
Sunday-morning people team: Greet people coming in our doors, answer questions from guests, help someone find a seat, make coffee and pray.
Worship team: Share your musical talent as part of our Sunday-morning worship team, or go behind the scenes to assist with lighting, projection and sound.
Groups: Lead a small group and shepherd others as we read the Bible, pray together and enjoy fellowship. Or, open up your home and host a group.
Kitchen team: Keep our beautiful kitchen running smoothly with your organizational and neatness skills and lovingly assist various groups that use the kitchen.
Groundskeeping: Join our groundskeeping team and assist with maintenance of lawns, garden beds, trees and shrubs.
Deacons: Men and women who enter deacon service have demonstrated a deep commitment to serve the needy and suffering within our body. Deacons are appointed by elders and meet the qualifications of 1 Timothy 3:8-13. New deacons complete a mentoring process before being publicly appointed through prayer and a laying on of hands. These folks are at the heart of our ministry and may perform such duties as funeral assistance, hospital visitation, care for widows, meals for people facing difficulties and the list goes on.
Sacred Place Renovation: Many skilled laborers in our church are in the process of upgrading our kitchen, offices, bathrooms, sanctuary and foyer spaces.
iServe: One day a year in June we launch people into our local cities to work in public spaces and places. Multiple churches come together and serve out of gratitude for what Jesus has done for us.
Clothing drive: We collect new and used clothes during the summer to give away at our area's Back to School Fair. These clothes are sorted according to gender and size before we give them away.
City leaf raking: We assist the City of Stayton in November and December to rake leaves and haul away debris for people who are unable to do the work themselves due to age or a disability.
Foothills partners with existing ministries in our local community and various parts of the world. Our partners typically have growing ministries to train local people in building the church. Our desire is to have people from Foothills work directly with these partners and welcome them at Foothills when they are in our neighborhood. Pray hard for these folks.
Asia: A Stayton couple that calls Foothills home works as missionaries to a country in Southeast Asia. We join them in their efforts to train new pastors that work in underground churches, and send teams to teach English to the children of this country. We have opportunities to bring the gospel of Jesus to children at an orphanage, as well as offer training to their caretakers.
Mexico: We are growing deep and lasting roots with the people of Papalote, Mexico. What a joy and privilege it is to hear their stories. We partner with Don & Ilene Nagle of Northern Light Ministries as they serve the people of Papalote through the Bible Institute of Baja. Many of the institute's students return to home villages to plant churches and minister to family members who have not met Jesus.
Haiti: Dr. Guesly Dessieux is a physician who calls Foothills home. He is a native of Haiti and takes medical teams from our local hospital to Haiti on a regular basis. We are excited to develop our relationship with Dr. Dessieux, Haitian Christian Mission, and Project Living Hope to include regular mission trips to this part of the world.
Brazil: Jerry and Lynda Neuman found their niche of ministry for building God's Kingdom in Northeast Brazil – currently in Fortaleza, a metropolis of two and a half million inhabitants, and the coastal capital of the state of Ceará. The Neumans are involved in fulfilling the fourth stage of the Great Commission: "teaching them to obey those things I have commanded you" as well as facilitating the completion of the cycle by helping Brazilians to "Go into all the world..." (Matthew 28:19-20)
Hope Pregnancy Clinic of Salem: Hope PC serves Marion and Polk Counties by empowering individuals to make healthy, life-affirming choices regarding sexuality, pregnancy, parenting and adoption. We support the mission of Hope PC through stewardship of various resources.
New Growth Ministries: Created to help youth in crisis, New Growth is a network of host families who provide food, shelter, and rest to youth in order to support and develop their resilience. New Growth works in collaboration with Safe Families for Children.
Community partnerships: We support the Stayton Community Food Bank and Community Action Resource Center through a monthly benevolence offering. These partners provide food and financial assistance to the many needy families of our region.