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2/26/20

TheUpDate Weekly Newsletter - Feb. 26, 2020

Happy Wednesday, FCC! Not sure how your day is shaping up today, but I want to remind you that no matter what is happening to you today, you matter to God and you are not alone.

IN THIS ISSUE:

  • Ash Wednesday service tonight
  • Gospel reminder
  • This Sunday
  • FCC News and Events
  • This week’s Bible memory verse

ASH WEDNESDAY Prayer Service, TONIGHT, FEB. 26 | 7:00pm

This evening we will be hosting an Ash Wednesday prayer service, including a time of singing, a brief teaching from the Bible, and then a time of prayer with our church leaders to pray for healing. If you or someone you know is experiencing some form of sickness, illness or physical pain, we would love to pray for you during this service.

GOSPEL REMINDER

by Pastor Tim Prince

13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Galatians 5:13-14)

It might be said that the theme of Galatians is “Christian freedom in the Spirit.” The question is, “free to do what?” We been set free to love one another.

The law that God gave to Israel is not something that can give life. That isn’t its purpose. The purpose of the law was to keep sin in check and to hold us captive until Jesus was revealed. The law forces the question: “I can’t keep the law perfectly. Who will save me then?!” Now that Jesus has been revealed and his life made available to us in the Spirit, the Spirit empowers us to go beyond the law.

We shouldn’t be asking, “What’s the minimum I can get away with and still be good?” That’s like showing up at a race track with a Lamborghini and asking “What’s the speed limit here?” That question makes no sense. No one shows up at a race track to figure out what the minimum speed is. When you understand that you have been empowered to go beyond the law and become a completely new person in the Spirit, you start asking new questions like: “How much good can I possibly do in the power of the Spirit for the kingdom of God and the good of others?”

“…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23). What the apostle Paul, the author of Galatians, means when he says, that “against such things there is no law,” is that there are no limits on these things. These attributes are eternal, perfect, holy and immortal. Works of the flesh (Gal. 5:19-21) will run their course, but love, joy, peace, patience, kindness… etc. will go on forever. You’re never going to get to the end of them. There is no law governing how far they can go. You’re never going to love too much or have too much joy. You’re free! Go for it!

That’s what we’ve been set free in the Spirit to do. So let us “keep in step with the Spirit.”

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THIS SUNDAY

We all have a story. What is your life’s story? Are you happy with your story? What if your story could change? What if God’s Spirit could rewrite your life’s story? What might your new story look like? Come on Sunday at 9 or 11am for week 3 in the “I Know a Ghost”series: The Spirit Sends.

Watch or listen to sermons in the “I Know a Ghost” series at fcchudson.com or the FaithBase app.

Listen to this week’s worship music playlist on Spotify. Check it out here. (You’ll need to sign up for a free Spotify account to listen, if you don’t already have one.)

FCC MEDICAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM OFFERS NEW OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE

Faith Community Church is committed to a welcoming and safe environment. The Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT) launched in January, in order to address any medical emergencies that may take place on a Sunday morning (we hope to add Wednesday nights in the fall). Because we live in an area with great first responders and close medical facilities, we anticipate MERT members to lead FCC’s response until first responders arrive on site.

Would you be interested in serving on MERT? Participants should have Basic Life Support (BLS) skills or greater. MERT team members serve two to three times a quarter at one of the two services. We are currently seeking six more team members to fill out the team. If interested, please email Pastor Larry Szyman at lszyman@fcchudson.com or stop by the MERT chair on a Sunday morning (just ask an usher to take you to the MERT chair in the sanctuary to talk with a member of MERT).

FCC PRINT DIRECTORY UPDATE

Thank you for your help and patience in this process! We’ve been notified by the printer of the FCC print directory, that it will ship on March 1. We anticipate having copies of the print directory available on Sunday, Mar. 8. Please stop by the Info Booth that day to pick up your copy (one per family).

THIS WEEK’S BIBLE MEMORY VERSE

Psalm 145:17-18 (God’s Character)
17The Lord is righteous in all his ways and kind in all his works. 18The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.

WORTH REPEATING

WE’RE HIRING – FRONT OFFICE CONCIERGE

Come be part of the Faith Community Team as the Front Office Concierge. This full-time position offers a person the opportunity to apply his or her administrative gifts and skills in support of our mission to make more and better disciples of Jesus Christ. You can find the job description at this link. For more information, please contact Ashley Hines at fcchudson.com or 715-386-4070, x118. To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to Ashley Hines by this Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, at ahines@fcchudson.com or by mail at: Faith Community Church, Attention: Ashley Hines, 777 Carmichael Road, Hudson, WI 54016.

FAITH KIDS FAMILY FUN MOVIE NIGHT

Friday, Feb. 28 | 6:30 to 8:30pm | Doors open at 6:00pm.

Come as a family and watch the movie, “The Pilgrim's Progress,” on the BIG screens in the FCC auditorium! All AWANA clubbers and or FCC children grades K-5 and their families are welcome.

  • There is no charge.
  • Popcorn, candy and beverages are provided.
  • Bring a pillow if you want to recline on the floor.

If you know someone who does not know Jesus, consider inviting them to join your family for this fun evening! No need to RSVP- Just come as you are!

HAVE YOU CONNECTED WITH A MISSIONAL COMMUNITY?

Missional Communities are a great place to have people speak truth into our lives. They are the core element of Faith Community’s discipleship, and we'd love to help you get connected with a Missional Community:

  • They are a place to belong, grow in becoming more like Jesus and serve.
  • They offer care and support to one another through life’s celebrations and times of need, too.
  • Within Missional Communities, smaller discipleship groups offer a place to be mentored, while studying God’s word and learning to apply it to all of life.

Watch the video at this link to learn more. Stop by the Connection Center on Sunday to get connected with a Missional Community or visit fcchudson.com or the Faith Base app.

LEARN ABOUT FCC events and registrations at fcchudson.com or the app. Search for “Faith Community Church Hudson” on the App Store or Google play to download the app.

PRAYER REQUESTS + CARE NEEDS are posted on the Prayer + Care wall on the FaithBase app. You can also sign up on the app under “Emails + Registrations,” if you would like to receive an email when new prayer requests and care needs are posted.  

Wondering if something at FCC is canceled? Check fcchudson.com or the FaithBase app.

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