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TheUpDate Weekly Newsletter - August 30, 2017

What a gloriously beautiful day! May your heart be filled with delight today, not simply because of the beautiful weather, but because of the God who made this day.


“Or who has given a gift to him
that he might be repaid?”
For from him and through him and to him are all things.
To him be glory forever. Amen.
Romans 11.35-36

In Romans 9-11, Paul moves from expressing anguish over how his fellow Israelites are rejecting Jesus the Messiah toward a closing praise for God's wisdom. As Paul has worked his way through his anguish with gospel truths, praise erupts in his heart. If you are familiar with the Psalms, this is a familiar pattern; anguish leads to praise as God's beauty and goodness are considered.

The aspect of God's goodness that Paul has highlighted is God's mercy. God is absolutely free in giving us his mercy. God is moved from his own heart to show mercy. God is absolutely determined to display and give us his mercy. God's free mercy is even highlighted in the Scripture above. Who has given God a gift that God is obligated to repay? Those are wonderfully freeing words. They remind us that God's mercy to us is not dependent upon anything we are or do. God's mercy is free to us. It has to be absolute free to us, because even if we were able to give God gifts, every gift we give to him is first a gift that he gives to us.

So as we walk through this day, as we experience favorable circumstances and trials—everything we have, all that we are able to enjoy, every moment is a gift from God. As we experience trials, and as we experience anguish, reflect on the beauty of God's pure mercy.  Consider his great generosity toward us! In anguish, seek God's beauty. Seek to praise him even in the trial.


I am excited for us all—this Sunday, Kevin Christopher will preach a sermon “The Gospel and Sacrifice” (Romans 12:1-8). I am eager to learn from him about the gospel and for us all to be urged by the mercies of God to live for Jesus, because he is worthy of our sacrifice.


The FCC Office will be closed on Monday, Sept. 4, for the Labor Day holiday.



Did you know that you can find the announcements shared during the Sunday worship gatherings at Check online at the beginning of the week to learn more about what’s happening at FCC. You can listen to the audio recording of the announcements or read a brief written summary.


Facilitated by Pat Stream

Meets Thursdays, Sept 7 to Jan 25

(No Class during the weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s)  

  • 5:45 pm – Meal offered through Alpha Community Night
  • 6:15 - 8:30 pm Class Time
  • $50 per person for materials
  • Meets at Faith Community Church (room location will be posted)

This foundational discipleship training aligns with FCC’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 format of the class time is divided between a large group viewing of a recorded teaching lesson, then smaller group breakouts for discussion.
  • There is homework between each week’s class, which includes watching 60 to 90 minutes of video lessons.
  • There are over 30 topics covered from a biblical perspective.
  • There will also be an opportunity to observe biblical counseling in action through recorded sessions on various topics.


For more information, contact Pat Stream at or 651.248.9295.



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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:

33 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! 34 “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” 35 “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” 36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen (Romans 11:33-36)


10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. (Romans 10:10)

Tim Porter

Lead Pastor for the Mission


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