Happy Wednesday, FCC! I trust your Christmas celebrations were encouraging and delightful. Also, thank you very much for contributing to the Pastor's Christmas gift. We very grateful for your kindness and generosity!
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!
1 Peter 1.3
As we have journeyed through the Advent 2017 series on Joy, I have been recaptured by God's mercy. On Christmas Eve morning, my heart rejoiced as we sang together “What a Beautiful Name.” These lines are some of my favorite words from 2017 songs:
Death could not hold You, the veil tore before You
You silenced the boast, of sin and grave
The heavens are roaring, the praise of Your glory
For You are raised to life again
You have no rival, You have no equal
Now and forever, Our God reigns
Yours is the Kingdom, Yours is the glory
Yours is the Name, above all names
As we sang together, my heart was bursting with delight as we sang back to God his greatness. My mind was flooded with the mercy of God, and how Jesus willingly faced into the sorrow I deserve. He did it so that I could experience the Joy that he deserves. Since that time, I have been returning again and again to the truth, that Jesus took the sorrow I deserve, so that I can experience the Joy he deserves. An amazing theme of the story of the Bible is that God is more committed to our joy than we are. The pain that God endures to give us joy is astounding. May we not trifle around with little joys, when God offers us an inexpressible joy, an eternal joy. May our joy increase as we announce back to God, how great and mighty he is. And may our joy deepen as we remember that Joy is a gift. It's all based in God's mercy to us.
Pastor Larry will be bringing our series on Joy to conclusion on December 31, preaching on “Your Christmas Inheritance.” Come ready to rejoice together and get ready for the new year with worship of the Living God!!!
Using the Bible in Discipleship – Led by Josh Graham and Caleb Johnson
At FCC, our mission is to make more and better disciples, and we want to follow Jesus’ example. We want to make disciples who make disciples. We offer workshops about once a month to help equip FCC with practical, hands-on training to live out this mission.
The next As We Go Discipleship workshop will be held following both services in The Refuge on Sunday, Jan. 7. Two of FCC’s leaders, Josh Graham and Caleb Johnson, will lead a discussion on USING THE BIBLE IN DISCIPLESHIP. We believe that the Bible is central to teaching people to follow Jesus in all of life. So what do you do with it? How do you use the Bible in discipleship? Come and find out. The workshop is FREE and there’s no need to register!
The year-end contributions that we receive at Faith Community have a huge impact on the church’s ability to support our annual budget and make the kind of one-time investments that cannot be funded on the basis of regular, weekly and monthly giving. Would you consider making an additional gift at the end of 2017? Donations can be made via: offering during worship service, mail, online (fcchudson.com), stock donations and even Thrivent Choice Dollars.
To ensure the deductibility of your donations, do not file your 2017 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, 2018 for contributions received or postmarked on or before 12/31/2017. If you’d like to view your giving statement before this time, please visit fcchudson.com, and click on FaithBase. Thank you for your generosity!
The FCC Office will be through Jan. 1, to give the pastors and staff time to enjoy Christmas with their families. We will intermittently check voice mail and e-mail during the week.