Happy Wednesday, FCC! Sunday is almost here. I can’t wait to be together! Remember the best way to start your week is in church! See you on Sunday!
The time for restoring all things...
About a month ago, I learned about a Japanese art form called Kintsugi. This art form is about restoring broken pieces of art to make new pieces of art. The philosophy behind it is that each work of pottery is precious, and when or if it is broken, it should not be thrown away. With kintsugi, the artist takes the broken pieces and seeks to repair the original work of art. But the artist is not trying to hide the cracks or the breaks in the pottery, like we might do with glue. Instead, the artist seeks to highlight the restoration by using a compound made with flecks of gold. The end result is a restored and new piece of art.
When I learned about Kintsugi, I couldn’t help but think about the good news of Jesus. In the gospels, Jesus is regularly restoring people. Today, Jesus is restoring people. See, God loves his creation, and he has made us humans unique. We matter to him. We are his precious works of art. But we are also broken. We are broken because of the original sin; we are broken because of things done to us; and we are broken because of the things we have done. But God doesn’t just throw away what is broken. God makes beautiful things out of the brokenness.
Remember, today, no matter who you are, what you have done or what has been done to you: You matter to God--he sent his son to restore us. One day, because Jesus lived the life we should have lived and died the death we should have died, we can be restored. Restored to relationship with God, restored to relationship with one another, restored from death one day when Jesus returns. You are a work of art that God is making into a more beautiful work of art.
Life is all about relationships. We are made to love God and love others. But relationships are hard. And sometimes we get hurt. Sometimes we are hurt by the people we love and care about most. So, what do we do when we are hurt? How do we handle the hurt? Because Jesus cares about us and our relationships, he shows us a path forward for when we are hurt.
Watch or listen to sermons in the “Relationship Matters” series at fcchudson.com or the FaithBase app.
Want to listen to this week’s worship music playlist? FCC is now 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.)
SUNDAY, JAN. 26 | Doors open at 5:00pm. Dinner served at 5:30pm.
We look forward to gathering together on Sunday, January 26, to celebrate God’s abundant faithfulness in 2019 and look forward to what’s ahead in 2020!
Sunday, Feb. 9 | 6:00 to 8:00pm
Some topics are so crucial, current, debated and/or divisive, they require focused attention in addition to sermons. Faith Community introduced Faith Forums in 2015 as an additional way to offer biblical perspective on culturally relevant topics. In our next Faith Forum on Feb. 9, we’ve invited Voddie Baucham to discuss the topic: The Gospel and Justice. Every human heart desires justice, and Jesus is absolutely committed to seeking and establishing justice. And, all who follow Jesus are called to seek justice. But not all concepts of justice align with what Jesus is establishing. Sometimes, even, the justice we are seeking to establish can be contrary to Jesus’ vision for justice. Voddie Baucham will seek to humbly and clearly help us to work toward a justice that Jesus has come to establish.
ABOUT VODDIE BAUCHAM
Voddie Baucham is a husband, father, pastor, author, professor, conference speaker and church planter. He currently serves as Pastor of Preaching at Grace Family Baptist Church in Spring, Texas. He has served as an adjunct professor at the College of Biblical Studies in Houston, Texas, Union University in Jackson, Tenn., and has previously lectured at Southern Seminary. He helps ordinary people understand the significance of thinking and living biblically in every area of life. Learn more at fcchudson.com or the FaithBase app.
Psalm 27:1 (Fear)
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
Join with other adults across the spectrum of life at FCC to gather for a great meal and receive some of our best training. Come for dinner at 5:45pm. Classes take place from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Not all courses begin or end on the same days, so please check dates in “Faith Hudson” magazine, at fcchudson.com or on the FaithBase app. All courses are dependent on enrollment.
We invite you to come to FCC Community Night to our Christianity Explored class. | Starts Jan. 23
Come for a meal starting at 5:45pm. Class starts at 6:30pm.
Christianity Explored is an informal and relaxed seven-week course for anyone who has pondered what life’s all about. It gives you time and space to consider the life and person at the heart of the Christian faith—Jesus Christ. Each session includes discussion, a short DVD segment and a time for questions. Over the seven interactive classes, we will explore the Book of Mark in the Bible to find out who Jesus is, why he came and what it means to follow him.
Register for the class and childcare at fcchudson.com or on the FaithBase app.
FEB 1, 8:00am - 2:00pm | All women are welcome!
How does one move from an unbeliever to a co-heir in Christ? What are some practical conversations, tools and Scripture we can use as we share the gospel of Christ with others? Join the LATTE team and the Women’s Ministry team of Faith Community Church as we host a one-day conference based upon the 5 Thresholds of Christianity.
Part of the vision of Faith Community Church to see Christ renewing the neighborhoods. One way we live that out is through serving in the community. Each year, FCC provides volunteers to serve at the Hudson Food Shelf during the month of February. If you are interested in serving, please contact Shirley Root at 715.410.2976 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you, Faith Community, for your generosity! FCC contribution statements will be issued by January 31, 2020, for contributions received or postmarked on or before 12/31/2019. If you’d like to view your giving statement before this time, please visit fcchudson.com, and click on FaithBase from the top right menu or view your statement through the FaithBase app. Thank you!
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.