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Friday UpDate - October 30, 2020

Hello, Faith Community!

⏰ Just a friendly reminder to set your clocks back this Saturday night as Daylight Saving Time ends, because you’ll want to be sure to be on campus or join online for this Sunday’s worship. We will be learning about how Jesus’ return gives us a hope, that nothing can take away, and shapes how we can together live every day, encouraging one another. Come on campus or join online and invite a friend, too! We are better together!

It’s hard to believe this, but it was seven months ago that coronavirus really hit the United States, and we all had to make a pretty major pivot in the way we operated in day-to-day life. That’s certainly been true as a church, as well. We want to say thank you for the way that you’ve handled the challenges of this pandemic with us and for making the adjustments that needed to be made so that we can gather as a church. We also appreciate your flexibility to join online for Sunday morning worship and for missional community gatherings.

We know that it can be hard to keep up with all of the information and mandates. Your willingness to mask and maintain social distance, as best as we can, provides a sense of safety and welcome for those who aren’t able to wear masks, because of medical conditions, to be with us. So, thank you and hang in there!

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


I invite you take a few minutes to watch the latest FAITH & Life video, "How Faith in God Helps Us Prepare Now for the Results of the Election," as we get closer to Election Day on Tuesday. We can approach the future with hope, even if our candidate loses. Thank you for taking the time to watch.

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We will be celebrating communion together in person and online on Sunday, Nov. 8. Communion is very important for remembering Jesus death, resurrection, and return and also for our unity together as a church.

During the in-person services, we will provide the communion elements in individually wrapped disposable packages. We invite everyone watching online to make plans to have grape juice with bread or crackers available to celebrate communion at home with your family, too.


The next child dedications will take place on Sunday, November 22, during the 9:00am and 11:00am services. Learn more and get registered at or the FaithBase app.


  • Want to help everyone God sends our way to feel welcomed, noticed and loved? Consider joining the Hospitality Team. Find a list of Hospitality Team roles at Contact Pastor Larry Szyman at to learn more and get involved.

  • The national shoebox collection week for Operation Christmas Child (OCC) is Nov. 16 to 23. There are many ways to participate!  Want to help?

    1) VOLUNTEERS are needed to staff the Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Drop Off at FCC from Nov 16 - Nov 23. We will be providing a curbside drop off process this year.
    *Volunteers are needed to unload shoeboxes from cars and pack them into cartons.
    *Heavy lifters are also needed at the end of each shift to load heavy cartons (40 to 50 pounds) into a trailer.
    *For more information and to sign up:
    *Contact Lynn Hawksford with questions at 715-377-5944.

    2) PACK A SHOEBOX and drop it off at FCC.
    *Some helpful tips on what to include in a shoebox and how to pack a shoebox can be found at this link.
    *As an alternative, consider packing a shoebox online at  
    *A curbside shoebox dropoff process will be in place this year.  Volunteers will be there to assist you during the scheduled dropoff hours. Please drop off filled shoeboxes at Faith Community Church, 777 Carmichael Rd., Hudson, WI. Find a list of dropoff hours at
  • Loving child care workers are needed for the 9am service on Sunday mornings in the nurseries and preschool rooms, which serve families with children (newborn through age 5) throughout the year. Consider helping one time, once a month, or more. If this is an area in which God has gifted you, please contact Karen Garden at 715.220.2507.


We have a new episode of the FCC podcast, which also now has a name—The Great News Podcast! In this episode, Pastor Tim Prince and I talk with Kevin Christopher about politics, masking, racquetball, socks and morality, showing how we can handle ourselves in productive ways when we differ in opinion from others.

Thanks to everyone who sent in suggested ideas for naming the podcast, too! Joe Mancuso’s name was drawn from the submissions we received for the $25 gift card to a Hudson restaurant of his choice. Congratulations, Joe!


Watch a short video to learn about Heart for the Valley.

Through Heart for the Valley, middle school and high school students from Faith Community Church serve the surrounding community by packing a Christmas meal for families, as well as giving extra food to stock their cupboards! Last year, because of the generosity of FCC, students distributed meals to more than 156 families in the Hudson area! We had over 175 middle school, high school and adult volunteers to make this event a success.

This year, students from FCC will pack meals for families to pick up on Saturday, December 19, from 9:00-11:00am. Working alongside the Hudson Backpack Program and County Market, the goal is to serve more than 150 families in our neighborhoods.

Want to help support Heart For the Valley? Each $60 tax-deductible donation allows students from FCC to pack two full boxes of food to each family, including a Christmas meal with extra food for their cupboards. Please consider donating any amount to help feed families in our neighborhoods! Learn more and make a donation at or the FaithBase app. Thank you!

Tim Porter

Lead Pastor for the Mission


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