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4/10/20

Friday UpDate - Apr. 10, 2020

I miss seeing you all in person. But I am excited to join with you at FCC online this Sunday morning at 9 and 11am! For the first time in church history we will be gathering online together to celebrate for us Christians the most important event in human history—Jesus’ resurrection from the dead.

This season has been hard on our hope. Our hope has been on a roller coaster ride. But this Sunday, we will celebrate the solid hope of a relationship with a living Jesus!

IN THIS ISSUE:

  • This Sunday
  • Serving our neighbors
  • Gospel reminder for Good Friday

THIS SUNDAY

Please join us at fcchudson.com/live for services at 9 or 11am. You can also view on Facebook and YouTube.

If you join us on Facebook, and you are planning to dress up in your Easter clothes, we’d love to see how you are celebrating Easter at home. Take some photos and tag FCC, or post them in the comments during the services on Sunday morning.

It has never been easier to hear about the hope of Jesus or to tell others about the hope of Jesus. Please be praying about one or two people you can invite to watch online, then give them a call, send them a text, or invite through zoom—but personally invite people here in the valley or around the world. Then talk about the service and the hope of Jesus with them.

This is an opportunity for us to reach thousands to meet know and follow Jesus, both online and in our day to day lives.

Remember the church isn’t a gathering, or a building—the church is a Spirit lead movement of people who are seeking to love God and love others.

Find a digital sermon guide with an option to download and print the sermon notes at fcchudson.com.

SERVING OUR NEIGHBORS

Thank you for the many ways you are serving our neighbors across the St. Croix Valley! We’ve put together some resources in the “Serving Our Neighbors” post on the FCC blog to help you reach out to your friends and neighbors, including:

  • Neighbor connect card and social media graphic
  • Ways to help support the medical, EMS and law enforcement personnel in our community
  • New ways to volunteer with the Hudson Backpack Program

I was encouraged this week as I heard reports of some of our missional communities printing off the neighbor connect cards and handing them out to their neighbors. Great work, FCC! It’s a personal touch in our physically distant world. We have an opportunity to love our neighbors just as Jesus taught us.

Just this week I was able to pick up some things at the store for some neighbors. I was honored that they asked, and grateful for the opportunity to serve.

GOSPEL REMINDER FOR GOOD FRIDAY

This week, I have been helped by the apostle Paul’s example for how to live day to day in uncertainty.

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is from 2 Corinthians 12. Paul had a physical condition that was giving him a great deal of pain.  

He prayed, asking God to take it away. But instead of taking away the pain, Jesus said these words to Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

We have an opportunity right now in new ways to experience the personal power of Jesus’s grace to help us in our weaknesses.

None of us are liking what we are going through right now. It is difficult. We are finding that the things we are tempted to trust in for security are weaker than we thought.  

But as we experience weakness in ourselves, we have the opportunity to experience great strength in Jesus.

Paul goes on to say that because of Jesus, he is content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

In this season, I am learning in a new way, a deeper way to lean into Jesus’ daily grace for power and provision.

Jesus’ strength and personal power for what we need right now is better and greater than any other power or strength.

Today, on Good Friday, let’s lean into Jesus’ strength, a strength that helped him endure the cross, die in our place, for our sins. Let's remember Jesus’ personal love for us.

If his strength can accomplish our salvation, if he won’t let our sin get in the way of a relationship with us, he knows how to give us strength for today.

No matter who you are, where you’ve been, you need to know that you matter to God, and you matter to us. If we can help you in anyway, please let us know. We would love to serve you in any way we can in this time.

WATCH today's Faith Live video.

HAVE YOU DOWNLOADED OUR APP?

If you haven’t already, search for "Faith Community Hudson" on the App Store or Google Play to download FCC's app today. You'll find sermon audio and video, the weekly videos, latest news, online giving and more!

PRAYER REQUESTS + CARE NEEDS are posted on the Prayer + Care wall on the FaithBase app. You can also sign up on the app under “Emails + Registrations,” if you would like to receive an email when new prayer requests and care needs are posted.

GIVING OPTIONS

Although we’re all experiencing a lot of change right now, our mission stays the same: to help everyone meet, know and follow Jesus. We have an opportunity to reach thousands through our new online services and resources. Your faithful giving helps support our shared mission. Thank you for your generosity!

  • You can give online at any time at fcchudson.com or on the FaithBase app. You’ll find instructions there on how to get started with giving online with a checking account or credit card (Visa, Mastercard or Discover).
  • You can also give by mail at Faith Community Church, 777 Carmichael Rd., Hudson, WI 54016.

See you this Sunday at fcchudson.com/live at 9 or 11am! Invite a friend, too!

Tim Porter

Lead Pastor for the Mission

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