You keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. (Isaiah 26.3)
Many conversations I have had over the last week revolve around a deeper sense of unsettling. Before last week’s attack on the U.S. Capitol building, there was already a sense of unsettledness—we're all still navigating through various changes and adaptations with the pandemic. Then came the attack. And now state capitols, along with the national capitol, are preparing for the potential of more unrest as we approach inauguration day.
How can we find rest for our hearts, when there is so much unrest? The prophet Isaiah points the way. He lived in a time of great unrest, as well. He lived through a transfer of power—King Uzziah had died, and a new king needed to take the throne. Emerging superpowers in the ancient world were conspiring together and threatening to overtake the people of God. In all of this unrest, the idols that God’s people were tempted to trust in were shown to not be reliable. And in it all, Isaiah directed their hearts back to God. In Isaiah 26.3, Isaiah speaks to God, that he is the one who keeps us in perfect peace. He keeps our hearts calm in the midst of unrest. God does that as we fix our thoughts on God and put our trust in him.
Times of unrest are times to think and to resolve. To think about God, who he is, what his promises are, what he says is true. Resolve—to trust God. Given all that he has revealed about himself, we can trust him, and trust is a decision we make in the midst of unrest. We will trust. As we keep our thoughts on God and intentionally seek to trust, God gives our hearts calm, peace.
Below you’ll find a weekly memory verse. We have memory verses every week in TheUpDate. There is also a link today to a blog about the memory verses. If you are not yet memorizing verses of the Bible as part of your personal discipleship, I highly recommend you start this week. Memorizing the Bible is a great way to keep our minds stayed on God. Join me in memorizing a verse a week in this new year.
This Sunday, we continue our series in the Letter of James called "The Way: 12 Rules to Live by for An Inspired Life" with "Rule #2: Make Your Actions Show Your True Beliefs" on James 2.14-26.
Similar to last Sunday’s service, there will be a time of prayer for our country in our service. We look forward to being together online and in person!
An important step in following Jesus is baptism. In consultation with local health workers, we want to offer you an opportunity to take a next step to be baptized. If you have said yes to following Jesus, but haven’t been baptized yet, we invite you to sign up to be baptized.
If you are hesitant because of COVID-19 concerns to join us on campus for your baptism, we would love to assist you in celebrating your relationship with Jesus in a setting more helpful to you. Whether you'd like to be baptized during an in-person service on Sunday, Feb. 7, or in a different setting, please sign up at fcchudson.com or on the app, and Pastor Larry Szyman will follow up with you.
Colossians 4:2 (Prayer)
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.
And, here’s a blog post by FCC member, Anne Butler, which offers encouragement for memorizing Bible verses as an adult. Thank you, Anne!
I remember well the first interview we had with Leanna Hafften for the role of Communications Manager. I thanked God for the gift she is and that he would give us an opportunity to work together. Leanna has been a great team member, and she has served FCC so well over the years and will be greatly missed. Below is the official announcement of Leanna’s transition from Pastor Steve Holsteen, her direct supervisor.
With deeply mixed emotions, I’m letting you know that Leanna will be leaving our team around the middle of February to pursue a new opportunity with Switchboard – the agency that designs and hosts our website. She will be working as a Project Manager for them in a part-time position that will allow her to focus more time and energy on family. As such, we are excited that this change will provide that extra margin and pray that it will be a great blessing for her and her loved ones. But we are deeply saddened that we’ll no longer have the privilege and pleasure of working with her on a daily basis.
Leanna’s contributions to the range and effectiveness of Faith Community’s communications capabilities would be difficult to overstate. They have been immense! Her partnership in FCC’s very first generosity initiative and her critical role in our response to the current pandemic quickly come to mind as examples of her consistent willingness to “go the extra mile.” Leanna's service to FCC also included shepherding and discipleship as the leader of Women’s Ministry during an important transition in the life of that key ministry.
While she, Mike and Sara will continue to be an active part of our fellowship, she will be sorely missed in our team as both a colleague and a key contributor to our mission. Please join me in thanking Leanna for her years of kind service and in wishing her a bright and blessed future in this new endeavor.
--Pastor Steve Holsteen
The Hudson Area Food Shelf serves our community with volunteer help from the Hudson churches. FCC provides volunteers during the month of February, and we need volunteers to serve! The volunteer hours needed are weekday mornings from 9:00am to 1:00pm (M-TH) and Tuesday afternoons (4:00-6:00pm). If you are interested in volunteering or have questions, please contact Shirley Root at 715-410-2976 or email@example.com. Thank you!
According to Wycliffe Bible Translators, about 2,000 languages still need a Bible translation started. Knowing the Greek language is foundational to Bible interpretation. Come join with others at FCC to learn this key language! Classes will use the learning resources with “Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar,” by William D. Mounce.
Women in the Word will start a NEW study in February, walking through the book of 1 Peter. Learn how God reminds the people they have hope in the midst of their suffering. The study uses the inductive study method to dig deep into God's word. Each week there are four days of homework that will take about 20-30 minutes per day to complete.
Join with other women at Camp Lebanon in Burtrum, MN, for a weekend of crafting, fellowship, relaxation, laughter and fun! There are hotel-style rooms, each with its own bathroom, and there is e a craft space in the same building as the sleeping quarters--all in a very nice lodge! Bring anything you would like to work on, such as quilting, scrapbooking, knitting, crocheting, reading, organizing, etc.