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TheUpDate Weekly Newsletter - August 19, 2020

Hello, Faith Community! Thank you for your flexibility last Sunday, as we moved the services to only online, due to a water outage at the building caused by last Friday night’s storms. We’re happy to report the water has been restored so restrooms are available once again at the building, and we’ll be gathering together to worship both on campus and online this Sunday.

Please pray for Pastor Tim Porter and his family. Pastor Tim’s father, who lives in Rockford, Ill., is now in hospice care, and Pastor Tim is there with him now.


  • Celebrating communion this Sunday, Aug. 23
  • Baptisms planned for August 30
  • This week’s Bible memory verse


We are excited that we will be celebrating communion together this Sunday. Communion is very important for remembering Jesus’ death, resurrection, and return, and also for our unity together as a church.

  • During the in-person services, we will provide the communion elements in individually wrapped disposable packages.
  • We invite everyone watching online to make plans to have grape juice with bread or crackers available to celebrate communion at home with your family, too.

During our teaching time, we will continue in the “All for One” series on the parables found in Luke 15. What is God like when we wander and stray? How does he respond? That is at least one of the questions that Jesus will answer in this week's sermon on the parable of the Prodigal Son.

Find the conversation guide for the “The Lost Coin” sermon (Aug. 16) at or on the app. This is a great tool for those wishing to take a more personal, deeper dive into the content of each sermon on your own, as a family, or in discipleship groups and Missional Communities. And, we welcome your feedback!

Watch or listen to sermons in the “All for One” series at or on the app.

Whether you watch at home or are on campus on Sundays, you matter to us and you matter to God, and we are one church with one mission: to help everyone meet, know and follow Jesus.


Our mission to help everyone meet, know and follow Jesus continues in the middle of a pandemic. An important step in following Jesus is baptism.  In consultation with local health workers, we want to offer you an opportunity to take a next step to be baptized. If you have said yes to following Jesus, but haven’t been baptized yet, we invite you to sign up to be baptized. 

If you are hesitant because of COVID-19 concerns to join us on campus for your baptism, we would love to assist you in celebrating your relationship with Jesus in a setting more helpful to you. Whether you'd like to be baptized during an in-person service on Sunday, Aug. 30, or in a different setting, please sign up at  or on the app, and Pastor Larry Szyman will follow up with you.


Philippians 4:13 (Strength)

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Faith Community Church


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