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4/10/19

TheUpDate Weekly Newsletter - April 10, 2019

Well, here we sit awaiting a snow storm. Though I don’t have any authority to do this, I am officially naming the next two days ‘snows out, shorts out.’ I’m gonna try and wear my shorts in the snow. I don’t think I’ll wear sandals, but shorts it is. Let’s have some fun with it!

IN THIS ISSUE:

  • Gospel Reminder
  • Sunday’s sermon – ANCHORED series: Whose Likeness, Whose Inscription
  • This week’s Bible memory verse
  • SERVE India Kwik Trip cards available this Sunday
  • Easter Service Schedule

GOSPEL REMINDER

The Father is seeking such people to worship him.  
John 4.23

Since the fall of 2018, I have been coming back again and again to Jesus’ talk with the Samaritan woman at the well. This story is so rich. One phrase that I keep coming back to is Jesus telling the woman, that true worship is worship that is by the Spirit and focused on Jesus, who is the truth. And then Jesus tells the woman that Jesus’ Father, God, is seeking people to worship him in this way.

God is seeking people to worship him. What an amazing statement. God is a seeker. One of the ways this has continued to shape me is in my prayers. On Thursday mornings I have been praying this prayer:

Father, you are seeking to save people, people around me.  Please forgive me for my ineffectiveness and insensitivity to the people you are bringing into my life. Help me today to get into a meaningful spiritual conversation with someone you love and are drawing to your son.

It has been so great to experience God answering this prayer. Since I started asking God to help me get into meaningful spiritual conversations with people, he has been faithful to respond.

We are currently in the midst of 21 days of prayer, asking God to bring revival and renewal to Hudson churches. We are also praying for God to give us boldness and joy in talking about Jesus. Let’s remember that God is seeking people. Just as God sought us, he is seeking others. Let’s make ourselves available and willing to talk about Jesus as he answers our prayers.

WORSHIP GATHERING

This Sunday, Pastor Steve Holsteen will be closing out our Anchored series by talking about identity in Christ and politics. Steve will be preaching from Mark 12.13-17, where Jesus famously responded, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.” I am excited to hear Steve preach on this passage, to learn from his wisdom, and more importantly, to hear about what Jesus means by this and how his words should shape our view of and participation in political things. The sermon is called “Whose Likeness, Whose Inscription.”

You can listen to the sermons from this series online at fcchudson.com or on the FaithBase app.

RECOMMENDED RESOURCES

Want to go deeper on the topics covered in the current sermon series, Anchored? Check out the following resources, that are available for purchase on Sundays at the resource area, next to the café area in the commons:

  • “Who Am I?” by Jerry Bridges, $10
  • “Found in Him” by Elyse Fitzpatrick, $15
  • “The Art of Rest: Faith to Hit Pause in a World That Never Stops” by Adam Mabry, $12
  • “The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place” by Andy Crouch, $12
  • “12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You” by Tony Reinke, $12

Also, check out the blog post, “Teens and Tech: Resources for Navigating Today's Technological World,” with a summary of the information presented at “Teens and Tech,” the Family Discipleship Training offered at Faith Community Church on Mar. 24, 2019.

THIS WEEK’S BIBLE MEMORY VERSE

Heb. 4:15 (God’s character)
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.

SERVE INDIA - KWIK TRIP CARDS AVAILABLE THIS SUNDAY

Part of the vision of Faith Community is to empower global missional leaders. One way we live that out is through partnership with SERVE India, which supports the expanding missionary effort in India, specifically in Andhra Pradesh, a state in South East India. You can stop by their booth in the lobby on Sunday to learn more about SERVE India. Kwik Trip cards will be also be available to purchase in support of SERVE India. You can read the latest newsletter from SERVE India at fcchudson.com.

WORTH REPEATING

EASTER SERVICES

On Sunday, you can pick up copies of the invitation cards for Easter services. Pray about who to invite and share the cards with your friends, neighbors and co-workers! You can also invite a friend to Easter services by sharing the invitation page at fcchudson.com or the app, through a text, social media or an email. This year’s service schedule includes:

THURSDAY COMMUNION SERVICE

April 18, 7 p.m.
Childcare will be available for children through age 5.

From Kevin Christopher, Director for Missional Worship:

During Holy Week (the week leading up to Easter), we will be holding a service dedicated to remembering the tremendous price Jesus paid on our behalf by giving his life on a cross. Through this ultimate act of sacrifice, Jesus took upon himself the full weight and penalty for the sins of those he came to save. The cross is so central to our faith as Christians, that it is worth setting aside a whole service to remembering what Christ did for us.

On Thursday, April 18, we will be remembering Christ’s sacrifice through the act of communion, a practice that Jesus asked us to observe until his return. In years past at FCC, this service has been held on a Thursday, on what is commonly observed in the traditional church calendar as “Maundy Thursday.” Maundy Thursday is traditionally observed in reference to Jesus’ washing of the disciples’ feet in the upper room during his final Passover meal. Maundy Thursday traditionally emphasized Jesus’ command to his disciples to love one another, just as he loved them (John 13:34).

This year we will be calling our Thursday service a Communion Service to better reflect how FCC has observed and practiced this evening service over the years – with corporate communion and remembering Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. This service will also include prayer, singing, and a message from Pastor Tim Prince. We look forward to remembering with you the incredible sacrifice Jesus gave for us.

GOOD FRIDAY

April 19, 7 p.m.
A viewing of “The Passion of the Christ” movie followed by communion.
No childcare.

EASTER SERVICES

Sunday, April 21 at 9 & 11 a.m.
‍Childcare will be available for children through age 5.

SERVICE OPPORTUNITY

Loving child care workers are needed in the nurseries on Easter Sunday! Please contact Karen Garden at 715-220-2507 for more information or to sign up to serve. Thank you!

LEARN ABOUT FCC events and registrations at fcchudson.com or the app. Search for “Faith Community Church Hudson” on the App Store or Google play to download the app.

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

Wondering if something at FCC is canceled? Check fcchudson.com or the app.

Tim Porter

Lead Pastor for the Mission

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