Hi, Faith Community! This is an exciting week as we look forward to gathering together on Sunday to worship the living God and also celebrate some important milestones. Pastor Tim Porter returns this Sunday from his sabbatical to conclude the “Real You. Real God.” sermon series. We’ll be celebrating FCC’s 35th anniversary and also looking forward to what’s next at FCC. And, we will be commissioning our newest pastor, Pat Stream, Pastor for Biblical Counseling.
Today we’re starting a new feature of “TheUpDate,” to help you get to know Faith Community’s elders, pastors and staff. We plan to highlight one leader each month, sharing some of his or her story, along with information on how he or she serves at FCC. We’re starting this month with FCC’s newest pastor, Pat Stream, who began as part-time Pastor of Biblical Counseling on July 1. We’ll be commissioning Pat this Sunday in our services. The following is Pat story’s and vision for Biblical Counseling at Faith Community, written in his own word:
I come from a family history of dysfunction. My younger years were filled with fear, confusion, and loneliness. My mission in life has been to become self-sufficient by creating my own life according to my idealistic visions.
I tried to achieve my mission by building high walls, separating me from any meaningful relational connection to family members or friends. I ended relationships so that I could avoid pain. For example, I remember distinctly in my middle school years, vowing to discontinue any meaningful relationship with my earthly father. Instead, I began building my identity and self-worth upon the approval of others outside of my family. I worked hard to win the approval of coaches and teachers in high school and college, and employers earlier in my career. I found ways to serve someone else’s purpose and to be perceived as valuable. This became a rhythm for me and as a result I lived a period of my life filled with deep depression, anger, and unmet expectations.
But Jesus pursued me according to his terms, not mine. I’ve always had an intuitive sense that God existed. I grew up Catholic and knew about the Bible but never understood it, until I submitted to Jesus. Jesus pursued me through the kindness and grace of other people. He broke down all the walls and provided healing, hope and a new mission. I was confronted by Jesus’s mercy and realized I worked hard to justify myself. In the parable told by Jesus from Luke 18:9-14, I saw how I was living like a pharisee to justify my existence. In my late 20s, I began to see that living as a surrendered, accepted, sinner loved by God, was what life was really about.
I want to help people see how Jesus pursues them out of his love for them, so that they choose not to live in isolation. Because of this, I have a passion to see counseling restored to the local church.
Where is someone pressured by the trials and suffering of life to go for compassionate care and wisdom? According to 1 Peter 4:7-11, the answer is the local church. Members of the local church should have the opportunity to both receive care when they need it and to live out the fruit of that care by loving and giving care to one another (1 Cor. 12.) Now that I have recently crossed over into my 50s, I want to invest the rest of my years developing a culture of care at Faith Community Church based on the truth that the Bible is sufficient for everyday life issues. Biblical Counseling is a means to liberate people, so they know the love of God and live it out by loving others.
A church with a flourishing culture of care will care for the surrounding community. Biblical counseling is an expression of the Great Commission, to keep counseling and evangelism separate is unbiblical. I see a church-based counseling center that serves the community. If Faith Community is doing biblical counseling well, word will get out and open opportunities for creative ministry. My personal mission as a Pastor of Biblical Counseling is to equip us to live out Matthew 5:16:“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” People of the St. Croix Valley will give praise to God because of the positive contributions by Faith Community Church’s counseling ministries.
Pat and his wife, Carla, have been married 25 years. They have four children, Josh (22), Sarah (19), Nathan (15) and Tim (13). You can read more of their story on the FCC blog.
For the past 27 years, Pat has held professional positions in Sales, Account Management and Customer Success in small entrepreneurial companies. During 13 of those years, Pat has been employed with Procentive, (a locally owned Electronic Healthcare company) and its two related companies BillCare and Tevera. He’s been in the role of Director of Customer Success for the past four years, until now making this transition to a Pastor.
Pastor Tim Porter returns from sabbatical this Sunday, and will conclude the “Real You. Real God” sermon series! Here’s a preview from Pastor Porter about this Sunday’s sermon:
“We all are made with a great capacity for awe and we live in an awe-filled world. Yet the awe of this world—friendships, food, sex, vacations, etc.—doesn’t fully satisfy our desire for something or someone who is awesome. What does this mean? It must mean we are made for someone beyond this world, the creator of this world.
“This Sunday I’ll teach about awe. What’s it for, how it’s dangerous, and what to do, when your heart has been captured by Someone who is truly awesome!
“As a follow up to this sermon, Caleb Johnson, a leader in the River Falls Missional Community, will be leading a discipleship workshop entitled: Tell Your Story as a Gospel Story. The workshop will take place at 6:30pm on Thursday, Sept 5, at Faith Community. What do we do, when we’ve met Jesus and he becomes our awe? We tell our story as a Gospel Story! (Please note that childcare will not be available for the workshop.)
“Also, we will have a helpful book for sale in our cafe area, if you want to know more about your capacity for Awe. It’s called “Awe,” and it’s by Paul Tripp. I highly recommend reading it. It is a transformative book.”
Invite a friend! See you on Sunday!
Watch or listen to sermons in the “Real You. Real God.” series at fcchudson.com or the FaithBase app.
The nurseries serve families with children (newborn through age 5) throughout the year. Consider helping one time, once a month, or more. We have an immediate need for adult workers in the 9am services on Sunday mornings. If this is an area in which God has gifted you, please call or text Karen Garden at (715) 220-2507.Thank you!
Romans 8:1-2 (Gospel)
1There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you[b] free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.
Faith Community’s K-5 and middle school and high school ministries partner with parents as you disciple your child. Our goal is to help children and students Know God, Do (act on) what they know, and ultimately Be (become) Christ followers who bring honor and glory to God. Fall registration is now available online at fcchudson.com and the FaithBase app for FaithKids LifeShaping (Kindergarten through 5th grade), Awana Clubs (age 3-years to 6th grade) and the Refuge (6th-12th grade).
THE REFUGE - MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
For many years, Faith Community has partnered with Options for Women of River Falls, a prolife non-profit organization supporting women and families facing an unplanned pregnancy. We’re offering the baby bottle fundraiser again this year as another way to support Options for Women. If you picked up one of the baby bottles, thank you! Please place your change or cash into the baby bottle this week and bring it back to FCC on Sunday. If you’d like to include a check, please write the check to Options for Women. (Please note that any check made out to FCC cannot be forwarded/cashed on behalf of Options for Women.) Thank you!
Pastor Tim Porter is now on sabbatical until August 25 to rest, refresh, recharge and learn. Please pray for him and his family. 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 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.
Wondering if something at FCC is canceled? Check fcchudson.com or the FaithBase app.