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Friday UpDate - September 11, 2020

Today is the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Like many of you, I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when I heard the news of the attack.  As we are able today, let’s pause and pray for the families affected by the attacks, and let’s continue to pray for the world and our leaders as we navigate this new crisis. God comforts us when we mourn and is faithful to guide us.



One fear we all wrestle with in following God is the fear of inadequacy. The greatest leaders in the Bible wrestled with this as well. This Sunday we will learn from one of the greatest leaders in history how God helps to overcome our fears of inadequacy.

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Whether you watch at home or are on campus on Sundays, you matter to us and you matter to God. We are one church joining together in many locations, on mission to help everyone meet, know and follow Jesus. 


Pastor Tim Porter recently shared a video message with Faith Community Church’s approach to fall ministry: go small in the fall. (You can watch the video at this  link.)  A central part of the “go small in the fall” approach is small groups, as they are the core of progress in discipleship.   

  • Small groups allow us to apply the gospel to our lives alongside others who can support and challenge us  in our journey to know and follow Jesus.    
  • And, in the uncertainty of the pandemic, small groups  are the least likely to be affected during our time of potential  changes.    

Today, we highlight how Awana Clubs are focusing on small groups on campus and adding options for families to participate at home. 

“We’re excited to serve families,” FCC Director of Children’s Discipleship Brigitte  Feia said. “Awana is about the gospel of Jesus Christ and having a great time learning how to apply the gospel to life.” 

More than 135  preschool through sixth grade-age children have signed up for Awana Clubs at FCC.  Just less than two-thirds will meet on Wednesdays on campus, which will include council time and small groups.  About 50 teen leaders-in-training and adult leaders will serve on campus.  Physical distancing will be practiced and masks will be required. 

More than one-third of this year’s participants will go through the Awana materials at home. Some families are choosing to meet together in their homes. A few of the small groups are meeting through Zoom. 

According to Brigitte, a phrase that Awana leaders are focusing on this year is: “If we don’t teach our children to follow Christ, the world will teach them not to.”  This is why Awana leadership and volunteers are coming beside parents to offer the gospel message in any way they can. According to Awana Commander Kim Grosz, “We feel we have an option that will fit any family situation.”

Although Game Time isn’t included in the Wednesday evening activities on campus, theme nights and Bible verse memory competitions will continue. According to Brigitte, this year’s dress-up themes are “Covid-friendly and can be put together from things found at home.” 

Several family fun nights with outdoor activities are also being planned, which may include bonfires, sledding and ice fishing. All on- and off-campus Awana families are welcome to participate. 

Families were invited to FCC on Wednesday for a kickoff event to pick up their child’s Awana Club materials for the year and enjoy some family-oriented activities (pictured below).  Physically-distanced carnival games took place  under the portico and also in the Refuge Room and Community Room. Christian illusionist, David Laflin, traveled from Colorado for the event and used his magic show to give a gospel presentation. The evening included a time of recognition for clubbers who received awards during the 2019-2020 Awana year. 

The first night of Awana Clubs on campus is scheduled for next Wed., Sept. 16. Children are welcome to sign up for Awana at any time. Learn more and get children registered at or the FaithBase app. If you have questions, please contact Awana Commanders Lisa Burton, 715-222-5657, Kim Grosz, 715-386-1447, or Alysha Grosz, 651-829-1598.



We will celebrate communion together in person and online on Sunday, Sept. 20.  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 on Sept. 20, 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.    


FCC ministries are preparing for the fall launch of weekly activities.  Find more information on each ministry, including dates, times and online registrations, at  or the FaithBase app. Registrations include the following:

Tim Porter

Lead Pastor for the Mission


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