Good morning, FCC!
Like many, I was hoping that 2021 would be filled with less unprecedented events, but then I watched with grief, anger, shock and disbelief over the U.S. Capitol building being overrun. It is clear that much healing needs to be done in our land. It is also clear that Christian witness has become more difficult. Crosses were joined together with confederate flags and nooses, and the images of those combined symbols have been broadcast over major media networks and social media.
I know many have been praying already--thank you--and this is a time for even more prayer. Prayer for the church that we would be humble, quick to listen, and bold with love and gospel hope. Prayer that the church would keep Jesus front and center in our hearts, priorities, zeal and witness. Prayer for our country and our leaders. The apostle Paul directs our prayers this way:
1 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Tim 2.1-4).
Please continue to pray daily for the church and for our country.
We will also be dedicating some time in the worship service this Sunday for prayer for the church and our country.
Also, the pastors and elders feel an important step for us to take as a church is to gather for prayer for the church and our country. We invite you to come to one of the two prayer meetings planned, which will be led by Pastor Larry Szyman.
On Sunday, we will continue our series in the study of James, called The Way: 12 Rules to Live by for An Inspired Life. This week we will learn Rule #1 from James: Let Mercy Triumph over Judgment. And, if you’re watching online, please plan to be online about five minutes before the start of the service for an important message from Pastor Larry Szyman related to what’s happened this week in Washington, D.C.
We will also be celebrating communion together on campus and online this Sunday. Communion is very important for remembering Jesus' death, resurrection, and return and also for our unity together as a church. If you will be watching online, please make plans to have grape juice with bread or crackers available to celebrate communion at home with your family.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
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.