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4/3/19

TheUpDate Weekly Newsletter - April 3, 2019

Hello, Faith Community! Pastor Tim Porter is at the 2019 National Gospel Coalition Conference this week. Today’s update includes information on this Sunday's worship gathering, plus news and events at FCC.

IN THIS ISSUE:

  • Sunday’s sermon – ANCHORED series: Technology
  • Child Dedications this Sunday
  • Recommended resources
  • 21 Days of Prayer
  • Holy Week and Easter Sunday Services
  • This week’s Bible memory verse

WORSHIP GATHERING

We all feel massive pressure in various ways from work to romantic relationships to social media. In the Anchored sermon series, we’re looking at answering the question, if our identity is in Christ—a received identity, not an earned identity—how does this reshape our lives? There is a place we can anchor our hearts. We can anchor our hearts in God’s grace.

On Sunday, Pastor Tim Porter will be looking at 1 Corinthians 6.12 with “Technology,” talking about how our identity in Christ can shape how we approach technology.

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

CHILD DEDICATIONS THIS SUNDAY

This Sunday, we will also have the great opportunity of participating in child dedication together. FCC, thank you for seeking to notice, welcome and care for others on Sunday morning, because every Sunday we have guests with us. Your hospitality is massively significant to guests experiencing belonging on Sunday morning. With child dedication Sundays, we usually have even more visitors, so please be extra special welcoming on Sunday morning! One kind word can change the trajectory of one person’s life.

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 FCC 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.

21 DAYS OF PRAYER

From Pastor Tim Porter:

On April 1, we began 21 days of prayer together as a church. This time of prayer will end on Easter Sunday, when we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus together. These days of prayer will focus on renewal and revival for St Croix Valley churches. We will focus on praying daily for friends and neighbors who are far from God, that God would show himself to them and draw them to Jesus. Would you join me in praying daily for renewal and revival in St. Croix Valley churches?  Would you join me in praying daily for two people that you know who are far from God? Would you join me in praying for God to do a mighty work in us as a church that we would have a joyful zeal to do everything we can personally, and as a church, to help everyone meet, know, and follow Jesus.

You can find more information and resources for it at fcchudson.com and the FaithBase app, too.

Every revival recording in Scripture and throughout history began with God’s people praying. Let’s ask God to do a mighty work in us!

HOLY WEEK AND EASTER SUNDAY 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! 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.

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 WEEK’S BIBLE MEMORY VERSE

Eph. 2:10 (Gospel)
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

WORTH REPEATING

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.

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