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TheUpDate Weekly Newsletter - December 2, 2020

It’s the first Wednesday of December and the countdown to Christmas has begun! As a family, each year we buy a new Christmas album, and play it over and over again—along with playlists and albums from the past.  For this year, we just downloaded Rend Collective’s "A Jolly Irish Christmas (vol 2)," and it is a joy-filled album, reminding us of the great goodness of God as we head into Christmas. Though so many things are different this year, this album is helping me stay grounded in the God who doesn’t change.


  • This Sunday
  • FCC Online Community on Thursday nights
  • FCC Covenant Member Meeting | Sunday, Dec. 6
  • Mission Extension Update | Monday, Dec. 7
  • This week’s Bible memory verse
  • End-of-year giving


One of the key teachings of Jesus is to love others the way he loved us. At the heart of Jesus’ way of love is self-sacrifice--we sacrifice our rights, our desires, our wants, for the good of others. As we continue our study through 1 John (a letter written by an eye-witness to Jesus’ life and teaching), John will show us why sacrificial love is essential for Jesus’ followers and how we get the power to love others the way he loved us.


  • Find the conversation guide for the “Two Loves” sermon (Nov. 29) 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. You can also join with others in the FCC Online Community on Thursday nights for a discussion led by Pastor Larry Szyman or Pastor Pat Stream (learn more at
  • Watch or listen to sermons in the “Walk in the Light” 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—we are one church with one mission, and we want to help everyone meet, know and follow Jesus.  


NEW! FCC ONLINE COMMUNITY on Thursday nights!

Join online on Thursday nights at 7:30pm with either Pastor Larry Szyman or Pastor Pat Stream for an opportunity to connect with others at FCC and discuss the weekly sermon and conversation guide. It’s a great way to take a next step at FCC! Register for the Zoom meeting today at this link to join in for FCC Online Community! After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


This Sunday, Dec. 6, FCC covenant members will meet to vote on a by-laws amendment and the proposed 2021 budget. The meeting will take place after the 11am service (starting at approximately at 12:15pm). If you’re on campus, find a seat in the auditorium. If you’d like to join online through Zoom, please register at this link. You can watch a video recording of the Vision Forward meeting, plus learn more about the by-laws amendment and the 2021 budget proposal on the FaithBase app.


Would you like to learn more about what God is doing through our partnerships? Join Pastor Larry Szyman on Monday, Dec. 7, at 7:30pm, for a Zoom meeting. He will provide an update on all of FCC’s mission extension partners and answer any questions you might have about our partners—30 miles away and on the other side of the planet! Register at today!


Col. 3:18-19 (Family Life)
18 Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them.


We have a vision, that in the coming years, we will help thousands in the St. Croix Valley meet, know, and follow Jesus. Your generosity, especially at the end of the year, can help us do this. Your generosity is helping lives be changed. Fifteen people said “YES!” to Jesus during 2020! As you have been changed by God's grace, would you please give generously to help others meet Jesus, know and follow Jesus? You can also find some 2020 year-end giving tips on the updated giving page at Thank you!

Tim Porter

Lead Pastor for the Mission


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