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TheUpDate Weekly Newsletter - Aug. 15, 2018

Happy Wednesday, FCC! FCC offices are closed today, because the pastors and staff are on a retreat day, spending time in Bible Study and Prayer. We will be going through Ephesians 2.1-10. Please pray for us as we spend time individually in Scripture and prayer.


For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.
2 Cor 8.9

The gospel seeks to change our relationship with money. In particular, the gospel seeks to reshape our hearts, so that we don’t find our security in life in our financial resources, but in God. One of the ways the Bible seeks to do this is to cast the work of God in Jesus through economic terms. Jesus who is rich became poor, so that we who are poor could become rich.

What this means is that Jesus, who is God, became like one of us, a full human being.  He took on our suffering. He was treated as the worst of criminals. He died on a cross, in our place, spending himself to free us of our debt to sin and death. And then because of his resurrection, we get Jesus’ wealth. We get his righteousness. We get his glory. We get the security of Jesus’ relationship with his father. We get the gift of the Holy Spirit as a down payment that one day God will dwell with us in a new and redeemed creation.

The generosity of God in Jesus becomes our heart’s true security. Money becomes just money, not our security in life. How do we know if we are finding our security in God or in our own resources? One way is to pay attention to our hearts. Do our hearts become massively anxious, when our finances suffer? Do our hearts become gloriously joyful when our finances increase?

The gospel reminds us that God is graciously generous. He will provide for us. He will give us what he believes we need. You can trust him. How do we know we can trust him? Jesus became poor, so we could become rich. Let that truth sink in to the core of your heart. Pray that God would press is in to your heart and reshape where you find your life’s security.


This Sunday, Pastor Larry will be closing up the Proverbs series by talking about envy and contentment. Our hearts are continually tempted to get more and more, and behind this is a suspicion that God isn’t good. But God is so good. This Sunday, Pastor Larry will help us become wise by becoming content in the goodness of God.

INVITE a friend! SEE you on Sunday!



Gather for a great meal, great fellowship and receive some of our best training!

  • Classes meet on Thursday evenings. Come for a complimentary dinner at 5:45 p.m. Classes meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Childcare will be provided for children through age 9. Children 10 and older will be invited to serve in the nurseries. Register for childcare with course registration at

Fall courses offered from Aug. 16 through Nov. 15, include the following courses. You’ll find the course description, related costs, and online registration at each of the links below:

Want to help serve with meal prep or cleanup for Alpha Community Night? Please contact Gary Nourse at 651.260.7236 or


THURSDAY EVENINGS, SEPT. 6 TO DEC. 20 | 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Child care available.)

This foundational discipleship training aligns with Faith Community’s 5-year strategic plan to express a culture of discipleship. It is designed to acquaint people with an understanding of how the sufficiency of Scripture impacts how we view struggles, especially in relation to psychology. The class is led by FCC Elder Pat Stream with class time divided between a large group viewing of a recorded teaching lesson, then smaller group breakouts for discussion. Homework is assigned between sessions. Learn more and register online at QUESTIONS? Contact Pat Stream at



Baptism is an act commanded by the Lord Jesus Christ as an expression of faith and a symbol of our union with Christ, especially in his death and resurrection. We are planning for baptisms in the services on Sunday, August 26. Pick up a “Believer’s Baptism” brochure at the Info Center for more info or contact Becki at or 715.386.4070 by noon on Monday, August 20, if you are interested in being baptized.


In the current sermon series, Proverbs: Seeking Extraordinary Wisdom, we’re talking about wisdom: what it is, how we can get it and what it looks like to live a wise life in the world today. We have a couple of resources available in the café area to go along with the sermon series:


One of the initiatives from our strategic plan is to multiply disciples of Jesus Christ through extension. Our goal with this initiative is local and cross-cultural church planting based on discipleship principles and practices. Over the next five years, by God's power and kindess:

  • We desire to see a Spanish-speaking church led by a culturally relevant Spanish-speaking pastor planted in St. Croix County for the 2,500 people in the area for whom Spanish is their primary language.
  • We desire to return for an additional three-year commitment of training pastors in Uganda, who will not only plant churches, but be trained to participate in and carry on future trainings on their own. This will (God willing) result in an indigenously led, disciple making, church planting movement, not only with the Acholi people of northern Uganda, but beyond.
  • A third, yet to be identified initiative, is hoped to be unveiled and take place in the next five years.

Please make checks out to FCC and put Vision for the Valley or VFV in the memo section. You may also give online at THANK YOU!

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Tim Porter

Lead Pastor for the Mission


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