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4/8/20

TheUpDate Weekly Newsletter - Apr. 8, 2020

I sure miss seeing all of you weekly! I cannot wait to get back together again soon! Just like I am missing you, I am also so grateful for you! We are hearing reports of great missional community meetings through Zoom. Middle School, High School, and AWANA leaders are reaching out and connecting. Small group discipleship is going strong. Neighbors are being served in new ways. The vulnerable are being loved and cared for. More people are worshiping with us online. And much more.

This time is such a good reminder, that as much as the worship gathering is so important, the church is much more than a building. The church is a movement of people led by the Spirit, seeking to love God and love neighbor! You are a part of that movement. I am so grateful to be one of your pastors! Thank you for being on mission!

IN THIS ISSUE:

  • Easter Sunday
  • FCC Online Communion Service | Thursday, Apr. 9
  • Serving our neighbors
  • This week’s Bible memory verse

THIS SUNDAY

This Sunday we will celebrate the event that has changed world history forever. Jesus is alive. Jesus is hope. Because of Jesus’ resurrection, we have the forgiveness of past sins, power for today, and hope for tomorrow. In a time when our hopes are being challenged, it is a gift that we get to celebrate an empty tomb together. I can’t wait to join with you online this Sunday!

  • Join us this Sunday at 9 or 11am for online church at https://www.fcchudson.com/live or on Facebook.  
  • Personally invite a friend to an online service with a text, email or through social media, too!More than ever, people want to stay connected. Reach out to a friend and personally invite them to watch an online service and then have a follow up conversation with them, to ask them what they thought, and see how you can help them take their next step.

Watch or listen to sermons in the “Who Do You Say?” series at fcchudson.com or the FaithBase app. You’ll also find a copy of the sermon guide with the sermon audio and video.

Listen to this week’s worship music playlist on Spotify. Check it out here. (You’ll need to sign up for a free Spotify account to listen, if you don’t already have one.)

FCC ONLINE COMMUNION SERVICE | THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 7:00pm

For many years, we have gathered as a church for a communion service on the Thursday before Easter. We plan to continue that rhythm this year through an online communion service tomorrow evening, April 9, at 7:00pm. We will meet at fcchudson.com/live at 7:00pm for a time of singing, communion and prayer. Pastor Larry Szyman will be leading the service with Mark Meyer, one of our worship leaders.

Here's what I recommend in preparation for the communion service...

  • Pick up some grape or cranberry juice and some bread, and have the bread and juice ready and available at 7:00pm, when the service starts.
  • Tomorrow, fast during the day from food, and instead of eating breakfast and lunch, take some time to pray.  
  • Pray for our nation, pray for our leaders, pray for our health care workers, emergency personnel, and essential workers.  
  • Pray for anyone you know right now, who is furloughed.  
  • Also, pray for two people you could invite to experience our Easter service online at 9:00 and 11:00am. Pray that many people experiencing FCC online on Easter would be drawn to Jesus.
  • Then, have dinner, and get ready to go online for the communion service tomorrow evening at 7:00pm to pray, remember Jesus, and sing together. (The online communion service will only be available at fcchudson.com/live.)

We so wish we could do this in person, but we look forward to remembering Jesus together online.

SERVING OUR NEIGHBORS

Thank you for the many ways you are serving our neighbors across the St. Croix Valley! We’ve put together some resources in the “Serving Our Neighbors” post on the FCC blog to help you reach out to your friends and neighbors, including:

  • Neighbor connect card and social media graphic
  • Ways to help support the medical, EMS and law enforcement personnel in our community
  • New ways to volunteer with the Hudson Backpack Program

THIS WEEK’S BIBLE MEMORY VERSE

Eph. 4:29 (Godly speech)
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

GIVING OPTIONS

Although we’re all experiencing a lot of change right now, our mission stays the same: to help everyone meet, know and follow Jesus. We have an opportunity to reach thousands through our new online services and resources. Your faithful giving helps support our shared mission. Thank you for your generosity!  

  • You can give online at any time at fcchudson.com or on the FaithBase app. You’ll find instructions there on how to get started with giving online with a checking account or credit card (Visa, Mastercard or Discover).
  • You can also give by mail at Faith Community Church, 777 Carmichael Rd., Hudson, WI 54016.  

HAVE YOU CONNECTED WITH A MISSIONAL COMMUNITY?

Missional Communities are a great place to have people speak truth into our lives. They  are the core element of Faith Community’s discipleship, and  we'd love to help you get connected with a Missional Community. Missional Communities are continuing to meet virtually through online meetings.

  • They are a place to belong, grow in becoming more like Jesus and serve.
  • They offer care and support to one another through life’s celebrations and times of need, too.
  • Within Missional Communities, smaller discipleship groups offer a place to be mentored, while studying God’s word and learning to apply it to all of life.

Watch the video at this link to learn more. Get connected with a Missional Community at fcchudson.com or the Faith Base app.

HAVE YOU DOWNLOADED OUR APP?

Search for "Faith Community Hudson" on the App Store or Google Play to download FCC's app today. You'll find sermon audio and video, the weekly videos, latest news, online giving and more!

PRAYER REQUESTS + CARE NEEDS are posted on the Prayer + Care wall on the FaithBase app. You can also sign up on the app under “Emails + Registrations,” if you would like to receive an email when new prayer requests and care needs are posted.

Tim Porter

Lead Pastor for the Mission

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