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12/23/20

TheUpDate Weekly Newsletter - December 23, 2020

Merry Christmas, FCC!  We are looking forward to gathering in person and online to celebrate Jesus’ birth together--to worship him, and grow in our relationship with Jesus together.  

🕯 If you are joining online with us, make sure you have your own candle ready to light when we all sing "Silent Night" together.  

Also, over two days and four Christmas Eve services, we will have more people in the building than we have had since March 15.  We all want to keep everyone as safe as possible from exposure, while we are together. So please make sure that you physically distance when connecting with people and wear your mask (If you are unable to wear a mask for health concerns, you are more than welcome to join together in person with us!  But please also make sure and physically distance.). We want to help everyone to have a Christmas Eve service together, that's as safe as possible.

IN THIS ISSUE:

  • Christmas is (almost) here!  
  • Online video devotional – Sunday, Dec. 27  
  • Thank you for your support of Heart for the Valley
  • This week’s Bible memory verse
  • End-of-year giving  
  • Upcoming classes at FCC  

CHRISTMAS IS (ALMOST) HERE!

  • Find services times and more at fcchudson.com  or the FaithBase app.  
  • There are still seats available for the 7:30pm service on campus tonight (Wed., Dec. 23)—all other on-campus services are now full. You can also join online for all service times! If you plan to attend the 7:30pm service on Dec. 23, please RSVP at  fcchudson.com  or the FaithBase app. 
  • Check out  Home for Christmas—new this year and designed to fit into your at-home festivities.  

ONLINE VIDEO DEVOTIONAL | Sunday, Dec. 27 

With Christmas Eve being close to Sunday this year, and because of multiple Christmas Eve services requiring a lot of work and sacrifice from staff and volunteers, we are going to give our volunteers and staff some much needed rest. For the last Sunday of the year, Dec. 27, instead of meeting in person at the church building, we will post an online video devotional with an inspirational message for the new year. Just go to fcchudson.com on Dec. 27, to watch.  

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF HEART FOR THE VALLEY

Thank you, FCC, for your generosity in supporting individuals and families in our community through Heart for the Valley! More than $18,000 was donated to Heart for the Valley to bless families this Christmas. We saw a record 218 HFTV Christmas gift packs distributed this year - that’s well over 700 individuals served! You can read more and see photos from the event at fcchudson.com.

THIS WEEK’S BIBLE MEMORY VERSE 

Hebrews 13:5-6 (Godly Living)
5 Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 6 So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”

WORTH REPEATING 

END-OF-YEAR GIVING 

Here at Faith Community, our mission is to make more and better disciples of Jesus Christ, so we seek to help everyone meet know and follow him. Your generosity, especially at the end of the year, can help us do this. Your generosity is helping lives to be changed. Fifteen people said “YES!” to Jesus during 2020, new missional communities have formed, and more people are being discipled.  As you have been changed by God's grace, would you please give generously to help others meet, know and follow Jesus?  You can also find some 2020 year-end giving tips on the updated giving page at   fcchudson.com.  

To ensure the deductibility of your church contributions, please wait to file your 2020 income tax return, until you have received a written acknowledgement of your contributions from the church. Some of your contributions may not be tax-deductible, if you file your tax return before receiving this acknowledgment. FCC contribution statements will be issued  by January 31, 2021,  for contributions  received or postmarked on or before Dec. 31, 2020. Thank you! 

Did you know you can view your giving history any time on your FaithBase profile!? Visit the FaithBase app or login to FaithBase by visiting  www.fcchudson.com. If you have any questions, please contact the church office or email Ashley at  ahines@fcchudson.com.  

UPCOMING CLASSES AT FCC 

DISCIPLESHIP AND BIBLICAL COUNSELING TRAINING with Pastor Pat Stream  

  • How do you deal with and respond to the various trials and afflictions in this life? 
  • Do you want to learn how to walk alongside your friends who are suffering in various trials?  

The Discipleship and Biblical Counseling course will equip you to skillfully, confidently, and lovingly administer God’s word and grow in your own faith.  

CLASSES MEET: 
Thursday nights, Jan. 7, through Apr. 15, at 6:30-8:30pm, in person at the FCC building and through Zoom.  

Over 30 topics covered from a biblical perspective, such as:  
• Anger  
• Depression  
• Psychology and Scripture  
• Anxiety and Fear  
• Marriage and Parenting  

LEARN MORE AND REGISTER online at  fcchudson.com  or on the FaithBase app. 

FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY

As we move toward a new year, you may be considering some goals related to managing your money. Consider taking the Financial Peace University course, which has been offered by FCC for many years.

  • This year, the class will be held online through Zoom. Classes take place on Monday nights, starting at 7:00pm from Jan. 4 through Mar. 1, 2021. 
  • Cost is $129, which includes a year-long membership with Ramsey+, the Financial Peace University course, and more! Learn about everything included in the Ramsey+ membership   here.
  • You will watch each week's course video on your own, then meet with your fellow classmates to walk through the workbook exercises, and discuss the tactics you learn.
  • Learn more and get registered at  fcchudson.com  or on the FaithBase app. Contact Doug and Jean Weiler at 651-398-1184 or by email at  dcw@mnwing.org  for more information. 

Tim Porter

Lead Pastor for the Mission

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