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8/22/18

TheUpDate Weekly Newsletter - Aug. 22, 2018

Happy Wednesday, FCC! I trust you are well! This Sunday we are celebrating baptisms! These are some of my favorite services. Come ready to rejoice over people showing their repentance and commitment to Jesus. He loved us first, so we love him in response!! This is a great weekend to invite friends who are wondering about Christianity. The gospel will be on display in song, sermon, and baptism!

STRATEGIC PLAN UPDATES

As an aspect of our strategic plan, we desire to equip and empower more and more leaders with gospel principles for leading in the church’s mission. One important way to be equipped is by participating in our Antioch School of Church Leadership courses. On Thursday, Sept 6, we will begin two important courses for church leadership. The Acts Course and Essentials of Sound Doctrine Course. If you have yet to take these classes, I highly recommend starting with the Acts Course this year. It will give you a great vision for the mission of the church. For those of you, who have begun the leadership courses, then it would be good to jump back in to the series with Essentials of Sound Doctrine.

You can register here for the Acts Class. 

For Essentials, you can register here.

GOSPEL REMINDER

For his anger is but for a moment,
and his favor is for a lifetime.
Ps 30.5

This morning in my Bible reading, I was reminded again of God’s great grace and mercy. As I read through Psalm 30, I was reminded that because we are in Christ, God’s anger toward us is just for a moment, but his favor is for a lifetime. What this means is that because God is holy, and he loves us, he will be angry with us because of our sin. Because God is good and loves us, he will discipline us. His discipline will be painful, but it is designed to bring us to repentance. But this discipline is also temporary compared to all the bounty of blessings and joys he brings into our lives.

As I read and then meditated on this verse this morning, my heart rested. This thought gripped my mind and heart: The God of the universe, the Holy One, is graciously disposed toward me.  I too often forget God’s gracious disposition toward me. How about your heart? Are you remembering today, that because Jesus lived, died, rose again, and ascended to heaven, God is graciously disposed toward you? That God’s favor toward you will last your lifetime and into eternity?

Rest your heart in his great favor!

WORSHIP GATHERING

I am grateful for Pastor Larry concluding our Proverbs series so well last Sunday, preaching about Envy and Contentment. This Sunday Pastor Tim Prince will be preaching from Colossians 2 about the importance of baptism. We always have guests with us, but this Sunday in particular, we will have guests with us because of the baptisms. Please look around you and look for others you don’t know and welcome them so they feel noticed and loved.

On Sept 2, we will begin a new series on the Old Testament books of Ruth and Esther. These two books are very powerful in reminding us, that though God seems hidden, he is never absent. Both Ruth and Esther highlight the courageous loyalty of two heroic women during times when God seems hidden. These two books highlight the steadfast love of God in the midst of dark times. Ruth and Esther are wonderful heroines, who point to Jesus, embolden courage, and give us examples of loving others more than ourselves. I can’t wait to walk through these two books with you and learn from these courageous women!

May God increase our courage and loyalty to him and one another as we remember God’s great steadfast love!

INVITE a friend! SEE you on Sunday!

WORTH REPEATING

NEW START DATE FOR BIBLICAL COUNSELING & DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING – THURS., SEPT. 6!

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 fcchudson.com. QUESTIONS? Contact Pat Stream at pat.stream@gmail.com.

WAYS TO GIVE TO VISION FOR THE VALLEY

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 fcchudson.comTHANK YOU!

LEARN ABOUT FCC events and registrations at fcchudson.com.

Tim Porter

Lead Pastor for the Mission

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