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Friday UpDate - January 22, 2021


Happy Friday, FCC! I am so grateful for you. Stay warm today, and let’s look forward to being together on Sunday in person and online!

Join us this Sunday as we continue in our series on the book of James called “The Way: 12 Rules to Live by for and Inspired Life.”  This week from James 3.1-12 we learn rule #3: Tame Your Tongue.

If you are planning to come in person, I just want to remind you of how we can best love and care for one another, as we gather together during this pandemic to help prevent exposure of Covid-19. Exposure is described as close contact (within 6 feet) with someone with the virus for a cumulative 15 minutes in a 24-hour period. So, with this in mind, one of the key ways we can continue to love and care for one another, when we gather for worship in person, is to protect one another from potential exposure (either getting the virus or needing to quarantine) by maintaining a 6-foot distance and wearing our masks while in the church building.    

We know some are not able to wear a mask for medical reasons--we love you and you are welcome to be in person with us. Just please make sure and remember to remain 6 feet apart!  

Thank you, FCC, for working together and watching out for one another as we gather together in person. While we believe these measures will reduce the possibility of infection for those who attend services in-person, we cannot eliminate that risk entirely. As a result, we need you to resolve for yourself whether participating in on-site worship is the best approach for you. The safest alternative, especially for those who are vulnerable or immune-compromised will continue to be worshipping with us online.

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


Everyone is welcome to attend the FCC Annual Meeting, and you’re going to want to plan to be there!   We’ll be sharing some stories and highlights of how God is moving in and among us, as well as talking about how we see God leading us in 2021 and beyond. FCC covenant members will also be voting to affirm FCC elders and officers.  

  • Takes place following the 11am service on Sunday, Jan. 31, starting at approximately 12:15pm.  The meeting will last about an hour. 
  • Attend in person in the sanctuary or join the livestream online at 
  • All voting will take place online, so please plan to bring your own device (smartphone, tablet, computer) for voting.  (If you don’t have an electronic device, paper ballots will be available.) 
  • Light snacks and bottled water will be available at no charge. 
  • If you need childcare during the meeting for children through age 5, please register for childcare by Wed. Jan. 27, so we can plan accordingly in the nurseries.  Please have all children sit with you, if they are not in the nursery. Thank you! 
  • Find more information and register for childcare (by Wed., Jan. 27) at  or the FaithBase app.  


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  or on the app, and Pastor Larry Szyman will follow up with you. 


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  or the FaithBase app. 

SAVE THE DATE: 2021 FAITHWORKS planned for June 21-25.

Each summer, Faith Community Church dedicates a week to serving our neighbors across the St. Croix Valley through FaithWorks. Save the date now and request vacation time so you can serve this summer. You can learn more about why we have FaithWorks each year and how you can get involved in this blog post by Pastor Larry Szyman, “Why FaithWorks Might Be My Favorite Week of the Year.”


This full-time position offers a person the opportunity to apply his or her communication gifts and skills in support of our mission to make more and better disciples of Jesus Christ. You can find the job description at  or on the FaithBase app. For more information, please contact Pastor Steve Holsteen at  or 715.386.4070, x105. To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to Ashley Hines by Wednesday, February 10, 2021, at  or by mail at: Faith Community Church, Attention: Ashley Hines, 777 Carmichael Road, Hudson, WI 54016. 

Tim Porter

Lead Pastor for the Mission


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