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TheUpDate Weekly Newsletter - August 16, 2017

Happy Last Day before School Starts in Hudson!!! Let's weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who rejoice! Actually, as you read this, please pause and pray for students and teachers you know, ask God for energy, strength, humility and discernment for students and teachers!


I will have mercy on whom I have mercy.
Romans 9.15

These words are sweet and remarkable. These words come from God, and they are in response to post-Exodus Israel making a golden calf idol and worshipping it with feasting and sexual immorality. In this incident Israel shows itself to be no less idolatrous than Pharoah and the Egyptians. Yet, God will show mercy to Israel.

God is clear that his mercy is pure and comes from him alone, and is not because of any obligation in Israel's previous obedience in following God out of Egypt.  It is pure mercy.  It is shocking mercy. It is unimaginable mercy. It is prophetic mercy.

How is it prophetic? It is prophetic in that God was passing over Israels' idolatry in the moment, because millennia later Jesus would die as a sin-bearer for Israel's sins (Romans 3.21-26). For God to be just in showing mercy to Israel, the sins had to be atoned for. Jesus does that atoning work in his life, death and resurrection.

This is true for us as well today. Because of Jesus' work on the cross, God shows us pure mercy, a mercy that comes from his heart, that he isn't obligated to show us—but he does. A mercy that is free for us, but costly for God. A mercy that we can receive but not earn. In Christ you are an object of mercy and vessel of God's mercy. As objects of mercy, as vessels of mercy, delight in God's mercy and give your life to showing mercy to others. Mercy triumphs over judgment (James 2.13).


Last Sunday we were introduced to Paul's anguish—why did the majority of Israelites reject Jesus the Messiah? The first part of that answer was God's sovereign mercy and judgment.  God was bringing judgment on Israel as he did on Pharaoh. As we move on to Romans 10, we see a complementary answer to Paul's question. God was giving Israel over to what they wanted. They wanted self-righteousness, rather than God's righteousness. This Sunday we learn about The Gospel and Self-Righteousness (Romans 9.27-10.21).


This year, we’re excited to offer even more classes to equip adults for discipleship. Visit the events and registrations area of to learn more about all the classes that start TOMORROW NIGHT, Thursday, August 17:

·      Alpha Community Night

·      Marriage Class: What Did You Expect

·      The Good Book: An Introduction to the Bible

·      Antioch: Acts Course (MEETS TUESDAYS, starts Aug. 22 – meal and childcare not available)

·      Antioch: Essentials of Sound Doctrine

·      Biblical Counseling Training (starts Sept. 7)

Thursday nights at FCC start with a complimentary meal at 5:45 pm and childcare is available to children through age 9. Children age 10 and older will be invited to serve in the nurseries. If you’d like to serve by helping prepare meals or do kitchen clean up on Thursday nights, contact Gary Nourse.

Take a few minutes today to visit to learn more about ministries for all ages starting soon. WATCH THIS VIDEO to learn more about service opportunities in support of discipleship. And, if you’d like to help serve, check out service opportunities posted at


With the Romans series, we have a schedule for memorizing key verses—together as a church—which are crucial for helping us preach the gospel to ourselves and encourage one another as we seek to live out the gospel in all of life. The verses all come from Romans, and correspond to the preaching schedule. Pick up a memory verse card this Sunday to help you memorize the verses each week:

16 So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy. (Romans 9:16)


28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

Tim Porter

Lead Pastor for the Mission


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