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TheUpDate Weekly Newsletter - February 20, 2019

Woo Hoo!!! It’s another snow storm. Stay safe and have fun!!! 


  • Gospel Reminder: The Move from Anger to Delight
  • Sunday’s sermon: Every human heart desires…APPROVAL.
  • This week’s Bible memory verse
  • Hudson Backpack Program—green bags available on Sunday.


As a parent or baby sitter, you have probably experienced this. You have been breaking up arguments all day with the children in your care. And now you have just given them the last warning, before you really, really give them consequences for their actions. You walked away, hoping this time your warning will be heeded, and you go sit in another room and get about your business. 

Your work is interrupted 15 minutes later, by what sounds like another argument. Immediately, you are angry, and you start your trek down to the source of the noise. You are angry and can’t wait to give the consequences. But as you turn the corner, you see something you didn’t expect. The children aren’t arguing with themselves. They are playing Legos and it only sounded like an argument. Instantly, you are happy, delighted, and you have rich affection for the children. Your anger is gone.

What happened? Your anger turned to favor. Why? You saw their obedience.
What does this have to do with the gospel? Great question! In a short answer, Everything!

Here’s the longer answer:

Because of our rebellion against God, he is rightly angry with us. A theme in the Bible is the wrath of God. God’s wrath is good, it is patient, it is just, and flows out of his love for us. God is angry with humanity because of our sin, and our refusal to live according to how he made us. But the good news of the gospel is that God’s wrath has turned to favor. God went from wrath to favor and delight with us. This change is called propitiation. Propitiation is the act of becoming propitious. It is the move from anger to delight. An eye witness to Jesus, named John, wrote a letter to a church in the first century telling them about the propitiation of God.  

Here’s what he wrote:

In this is love, not that we have lovedGod but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
1 John 4.10

Because God’s love for us is great, he is angry at our sins and will give us the consequences of our sins. But because God’s love for us is so great, he has made a way for his anger to be turned to delight. What turned God’s anger to delight? Like the story above, was it our obedience that was propitious? No. It was Jesus’ obedience! Here is the gospel: Jesus is the propitiation for our sins. Because of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, all of our sins—past, present, and future—all of them are paid for. What good news! Out of deep love for us, God has done everything necessary for his wrath to be satisfied, and it was at his great cost.

Let your heart rest and believe the good news of God’s love for you! Marvel in his love. Rest securely in his love.


This Sunday, Pastor Tim Prince will be closing out our series called, “Every Human Heart.” This Sunday, he will be teaching from 1 Corinthians 4 about how every human heart desires approval. We are made for approval from God, and Tim will talk about how we can receive it.


Isaiah 65:24 (Prayer)
Before they call I will answer;
while they are yet speaking I will hear.


Participating in the Hudson Backpack Program is one way that Faith Community Church serves the families in our community, as part of living out our vision of renewed neighborhoods and the valley. With your help, backpacks filled with breakfast, lunch and food items are provided to families at Willow RiverElementary and families at E.P. Rock Elementary twice a month during the school year.

  • If you’d like to help this month, please pick up a green bag at the ministry booth in the lobby on Sunday, then shop for the items listed on the card attached to the bag and bring the filled bag back next weekend.
  • New or lightly used plain backpacks are also needed to send food home with students. If you’d like to donate a backpack, please drop it off at the Info Center at FCC.
  • To sign up to help distribute bags and for more information, please contact Robyn Romberg at Thank you, FCC!



We’re excited to offer a new role on our staff: communications and administration assistant. This full-time position offers a person the opportunity to apply his or her administrative and creative 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 or on the FaithBase app. For more information, please contact Leanna Hafften at or 715-386-4070, x124.

PRAYER REQUESTS + CARE NEEDS are now posted on the Prayer + Care wall on the 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 cancelled? Check or the app.

LEARN ABOUT FCC events and registrations at or on the app.

Tim Porter

Lead Pastor for the Mission


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