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Announcements - Sunday, October 15, 2017


FCC desires to grow Christ-like disciples locally and around the world. The mission of Operation Christmas Child (OCC) is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Operation Christmas Child partners with local churches for shoebox distributions. A gospel message in the child’s language is included with each shoebox and shared with the child when they receive their shoebox.  OCC also invites children to learn about Jesus at a 12-week discipleship program taught by trained, local leaders.

Sunday School teacher, Miriam Bacab, is excited about the impact a shoebox distribution is having in the lives of the children she teaches at the Central Farm Philadelphia Church in Belize. She says that the distribution event grew the Sunday School and drew many children from the community into the church. She is especially excited about the Greatest Journey materials. Miriam had been praying for Sunday School materials for a long time and was excited to learn that the boxes would be followed with lessons for the children. She attended the training events and was trained to teach the Greatest Journey Materials. She reports that the children look forward to Sunday School and are excited about the activities and games which really help them to understand the lessons especially those who do not read very well. She is grateful for OCC.

If you’d like to get help with Operation Christmas Child this year, there are a several ways to get involved.

  • You can fill a shoebox for a child. You can do this as an individual or as a family. Then, drop off the filled shoebox here at FCC in one of the cardboard cartons during the national shoebox collection week of Nov. 13 through Nov. 20.
  • If you’d like to help pack shoeboxes here at FCC from Nov. 13 through Nov. 20, you can volunteer to help with that, too.
  • Consider sponsoring a child in OCC's "The Greatest Journey" discipleship program.

PLEASE NOTE that there will NOT be a trailer here at FCC during the collection period.

For more information, contact Lynn Hawksford at 715.377.5944.


October 29 marks the 500th anniversary of Reformation Sunday. On Oct 31, 1517, Martin Luther began a reformation of the church by nailing 95 theses to the Wittenberg Door. This event sparked a recovery of the gospel of grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. As we bring our Romans series (a sermon series on Living and Breathing the Gospel) to conclusion on Oct 29, it seemed fitting to take an opportunity to gather together and have some fun together, while also reminding ourselves of the gospel of God’s grace.

On Sunday, Oct. 29, Faith Community is hosting Reformapalooza, a family Reformation celebration, from 12:15 to 3 p.m.

  • There is no charge for this event and no need to register.
  • Just come enjoy this fun, festive, fall picnic with your family of families!


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