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8/8/18

TheUpDate Weekly Newsletter - Aug. 8, 2018

Happy Wednesday, FCC!!! Not only is it a beautiful day today, but I am prepping for preaching this Sunday. Woo hoo! I am so grateful to be back preaching this Sunday!

STRATEGIC PLAN UPDATES

One aspect of our strategic plan is to multiply disciples by extension. The goal for this initiative is local and cross-cultural church planting based on discipleship principles and practices.  Toward fulfillment of this goal, I am excited to announce that in partnership with the St. Croix Valley LEAd team, The Bridge Bible Church of Somerset, Wis., will be calling Alberto Melo as a Network Evangelist for ministering to the Spanish-speaking population of St. Croix County.  Our prayer is that Alberto, along with many others already faithfully ministering, will be able to develop a Latino church planting network. Alberto and his family will be moving up here later in the month. Please be praying for gospel fruit! I look forward to introducing you to him and his family, when he arrives! And, you can read more about this in the Vision for the Valley update below.

GOSPEL REMINDER

And those who know your name put their trust in you,
for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.
Psalm 9.10

Partially in preparation for a sermon on money, generosity, and true security, and partially because I am becoming more aware of my own heart and my heart’s desire for security, I was struck this morning in my daily Bible reading. While reading through Psalm 9, verse 10 caught my heart. The context is about God being a stronghold or a refuge during times of trouble.

In times of trouble, we look for security. In storms we go to the basement or to a shelter of some kind. When threatened with downsizing, we view our assets online or we begin viewing LinkedIn for job opportunities. Those things are good, but our hearts are made to ultimately rest securely in the character of God. He is our ultimate and unchanging security. He is the one security that will not fail, when all other temporary securities will.

But it’s hard to trust God ultimately, rather than our bank accounts or other things that we can so easily see. How then do we increase our trust in God? Psalm 9.10 tells us. When we know God’s name, we will trust in him. To know God’s name is to know his character, who he is and what he is like. Further, verse 10 tells us what God is like. The Lord has not forsaken those who seek him. God is faithful; he does not forsake those who seek him. One of the grand themes of the Bible is that God will not forsake those who seek him.

So today, as we are tempted to rest our heart’s security in temporary things that we can see, rather than in God, who never forsakes—remember God’s name. Remember the testimony of Scripture: God is faithful. Remember the gospel, “If God did not spare his own son, but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things” (Romans 8.32).

WORSHIP GATHERING

Our natural inclination is to look to wealth for security in life. In one way, the Bible teaches that wealth is a security against external dangers. But wealth is a potential danger for our hearts. We can have wealth be our security, instead of God being our security. So, this Sunday as we continue in the Seeking Extraordinary Wisdom series on the book of Proverbs, we will gain God’s wisdom for the power of wealth and true security with power to increase in generosity. 

SERMON SERIES RESOURCES

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:

FCC ADULT COURSES ON ALPHA COMMUNITY NIGHT START AUGUST 16

JOIN WITH OTHER ADULTS ACROSS THE SPECTRUM OF LIFE AT FCC TO:

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 fcchudson.com.

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 genourse@comcast.com.

WORTH REPEATING

THE NEXT SESSION OF BIBLICAL COUNSELING AND DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING STARTS SOON!

THURSDAY EVENINGS, AUG. 16-NOV. 15 | 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.

BAPTISMS – SUNDAY, AUGUST 26 – SIGN UP BY NOON ON MONDAY, AUGUST 20

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 bhedstrom@fcchudson.com or 715.386.4070 by noon on Monday, August 20, if you are interested in being baptized.

VISION FOR THE VALLEY UPDATE

One of the initiatives from our strategic plan is to multiply disciples of Jesus through extension. Our goal with this initiative is local and cross-cultural church planting based on discipleship principles and practices.

On June 24 at Vision for the Valley 2018, the St. Croix Valley churches gathered together at Lakefront Park in Hudson. Not only did we seek to celebrate God's goodness in planting churches since our last Vision for the Valley, we also looked ahead at opportunities God was giving us.

Over the next five years, by God's power, kindness, a lot of hard work and prayer, along with your help:

  • 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.

The estimated total cost of all three components of Vision for the Valley is $270,000. Would you please pray about how you may contribute to this vision? If all of our current givers from all of our churches in the St. Croix Valley Lead Team gave $325 between now and September 30, we could reach this goal. Think about all the good that can be accomplished here and around the world for just $325! You can learn much more of what has occurred and what we hope will take place through the Vision for the Valley insert, that is part of the summer edition of “Faith Hudson” magazine. Thank you!

WAYS TO GIVE TO VISION FOR THE VALLEY

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.com. THANK YOU!

LEARN ABOUT FCC events and registrations at fcchudson.com.

Tim Porter

Lead Pastor for the Mission

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