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1/15/21

Friday UpDate - January 15, 2021

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Happy Friday, FCC! I hope you are able to enjoy the falling snow. Remember snow is a great natural reminder that because of Jesus, our sins are washed away (Isaiah 1.18). I look forward to joining with you online and in person this Sunday for worship!

On Sunday, we continue our series in the Letter of James called "The Way: 12 Rules to Live by for An Inspired Life" with "Rule #2: Make Your Actions Show Your True Beliefs" on James 2.14-26. Similar to last Sunday’s service, there will be a time of prayer for our country in our service.  

  • Find the sermon and conversation guide online with the option to download and print at fcchudson.com and also on the app.     

SHEPHERDING EMPHASIS

2020 has been a year of unprecedented change caused by a global pandemic accompanied by cultural upheaval. This has impacted every area of ministry at FCC. But ministries that meet regularly in large group settings, like our worship services and children & youth programs, have gone through significant changes.  

We have had changes that have been driven by external forces and we have also had changes that have been made internally and intentionally. Some of the internal changes which I have led, in retrospect, have not been helpful in fulfilling our mission towards making more and better disciples of Jesus Christ.  

Preaching, shepherding and leading the staff are all important areas of my responsibilities as Lead Pastor. But in times like these, leading and ministering personally is critical to providing healing, encouragement and hope. So, in the coming months, I’ll focus more of my energy on shepherding so that the body can be strengthened and built up. The Elders have made some organizational adjustments so that I can focus more intensely on these responsibilities. The most noticeable will be that for a period of time, I’ll preach one less time a month, and Pastor Tim Prince will preach one more time per month. I’ll still be at Sunday morning services and, as always, look forward to welcoming you in person.  

I also invite you to join me in counting every trial of 2020 and whatever lies ahead in the New Year as joy---God is at work! Amidst it all God is adding to our number, meeting our financial needs through your generosity and doing “immeasurably more than all we could ever ask or imagine.” Please pray that he will continue and increase his powerful work among us!  

BAPTISMS SCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY, FEB. 7 

An important step in following Jesus is baptism. In consultation with local health workers, we want to offer you an opportunity to take a next step to be baptized. If you have said yes to following Jesus, but haven’t been baptized yet, we invite you to sign up to be baptized.   

If you are hesitant because of COVID-19 concerns to join us on campus for your baptism, we would love to assist you in celebrating your relationship with Jesus in a setting more helpful to you.  Whether you'd like to be baptized during an in-person service on Sunday, Feb. 7, or in a different setting, please sign up at   fcchudson.com   or on the app, and Pastor Larry Szyman will follow up with you. 

CHILD DEDICATIONS – SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28

‍The next child dedications will take place on Sunday, February 28, during the 9:00am and 11:00am services. Learn more and get registered at fcchudson.com or the FaithBase app.

WORTH REPEATING

OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE: HUDSON AREA FOOD SHELF 

The Hudson Area Food Shelf serves our community with volunteer help from the Hudson churches. FCC provides volunteers during the month of February, and we need volunteers to serve!  The volunteer hours needed are weekday mornings from 9:00am to 1:00pm (M-TH) and Tuesday afternoons (4:00-6:00pm). If you are interested in volunteering or have questions, please contact Shirley Root at 715-410-2976 or  shirleyaroot@gmail.com.  Thank you!  

GREEK CLASSES START AT FCC ON SUNDAY, JAN. 17  

According to Wycliffe Bible Translators, about 2,000 languages still need a Bible translation started. Knowing the Greek language is foundational to Bible interpretation. Come join with others at FCC to learn this key language! Classes will use the learning resources with “Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar,” by William D. Mounce.  

  • Classes begin at FCC, starting this Sunday, January 17, 7:30 to 9:00am. 
  • For more information and to sign up for the class, contact Tom Nordahl at 715-441-0223 or  tomnordahl2535@gmail.com  with questions.   
WINTER/SPRING WOMEN’S MINISTRY REGISTRATIONS

Women In the Word

Women in the Word will start a NEW study in February, walking through the book of 1 Peter. Learn how God reminds the people they have hope in the midst of their suffering. The study uses the inductive study method to dig deep into God's word. Each week there are four days of homework that will take about 20-30 minutes per day to complete.  

  • The cost of the study for the spring is $10 (scholarships available).
  • There are two meeting options: (1) Thursday mornings Feb. 4 - April 15 from 10:00-11:30AM, or (2) Thursday evenings Feb. 4 - April 15 from 6:30 to 8:00PM.  
    It has yet to be determined whether the classes will meet in person or online.
  • Learn more and register for either class time at  fcchudson.com  or on the FaithBase app.

CREATE Women’s Ministry Retreat (Winter 2021), Feb. 25-28
Join with other women at Camp Lebanon in Burtrum, MN, for a weekend of crafting, fellowship, relaxation, laughter and fun! There are hotel-style rooms, each with its own bathroom, and there is e a craft space in the same building as the sleeping quarters--all in a very nice lodge! Bring anything you would like to work on, such as quilting, scrapbooking, knitting, crocheting, reading, organizing, etc.

  • Join from Thursday-Sunday or Friday-Sunday!  
  • Find more information and register at  fcchudson.com  or on the FaithBase app.

Tim Porter

Lead Pastor for the Mission

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