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TheUpDate Weekly Newsletter - July 17, 2019

Hi, Faith Community! Two quick reminders for this month: the SERVE India Appreciation Dinner takes place at FCC on Saturday evening, and the countdown to Vacation Bible School (VBS) is on with just 12 days to go! You can find all the details about these two events in today’s newsletter.


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By Kevin Christopher, Director of Missional Worship

Psalm 77 is a song of lament and struggle. It is also a Psalm of resolve, to remember the goodness of God in the middle of suffering and in the middle of hard questions. It is a Psalm that wrestles with the biggest question we ask as humans—how could a loving God allow us to suffer?

The author of this Psalm is trying to come to terms with the God he has always known. He is struggling with the fact, that from his perspective, his present circumstances don’t line up with the God, who has always been good, gracious, and caring with him and with the nation of Israel.

Israel’s name literally means “wrestles with God.” The Israelites had seen God’s power, might, and faithfulness. That’s why the Psalmist says, “I will appeal to the years of the right hand of the Most High” (v. 10), and “I will remember your wonders of old” (v. 11). Remembering the truth of God is a response to the wrestling and the questions we see in verses 7 through 9.

I think we can learn something significant from the Psalmist here. Maybe this kind of wrestling is exactly what it means to be God’s people. Maybe to struggle and wrestle with God’s goodness is what following God is all about, at least on this side of heaven.

Here are three ways we can take action in the face of the suffering we all experience in our lives:

ONE // Rehearse the truth of God CONSISTENTLY. //

It takes consistency to trust. It is not a one-time decision. It is hundreds of small decisions over time, and it takes regular practice. But practice can make us like the Psalmist, who knew what to believe in the middle of your suffering whatever, it might be.

TWO // Remember: As Much as we want to be relieved from our suffering, we want to know that we do not suffer alone. //

We are not meant to suffer alone. God looked upon the suffering of all people, and he wanted to suffer alongside us. So he sent Jesus. We have the opportunity to represent Christ to others when we enter into their pain and suffer alongside them.

THREE // Do not allow your suffering to pass until you can see Jesus in it. //

I am convinced that we cannot fully know who God is and what he is like except through trust-filled suffering. This is how we can know Jesus—that he came to suffer for us and to acquaint himself with our pain. Even today He is longing to be present to us in all that we suffer, until the day He returns.

Psalm 34 promises that God is near to the broken-hearted. We have the opportunity to be like Jacob (Genesis 32), who wrestled with God and would not let him go, until we receive his blessing. For us, as we suffer and wrestle with God, our blessing is to see and know Jesus Christ and how he suffers with us.

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This Sunday we continue our series “Real You. Real God,” a study of the Old Testament book of the Psalms. Psalms is a collection of song lyrics that are a legacy to us from countless generations of God’s people. These songs reflect the realities of life for Real People in a broken world, people longing for a Real God to provide what they’re incapable of providing in their situation and in themselves.

For the first six weeks of the series, we’ve studied Psalms from the initial three sections or “books” of this collection. Most of these songs, called laments, cry out to God in anguish as the songwriter struggles with deeply troubling experiences and circumstances. This week we turn a corner as Pastor Steve Holsteen preaches on Psalm 90— the first song of the fourth book.

This Psalm is like the hinge on a door that opens into the greater reality beyond the laments born out of our present pain. It confronts the reality of death and points us to the source of everlasting legacy for every generation. So be sure to come this weekend to hear how Psalm 90 calls us to gain a heart of wisdom as we number our days.

Invite a friend! See you on Sunday!

Watch or listen to sermons in the “Real You. Real God.” series at or the FaithBase app. For a nine-minute overview of Psalms in a fun and informative format, watch the nine-minute illustrated presentation of Psalms by the Gospel Project. You can either search online for “Gospel Project Psalms” or follow this link.


Col. 1:19-20 (God’s Character)
19For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,20and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.


SERVE INDIA APPRECIATION DINNER | JULY 20, 5:00pm in the FCC Community Room

At Faith Community, we want to see Christ empowering global missional leaders. One way we live that out is by partnering with SERVE India, which supports the expanding missionary effort in India, specifically in Andhra Pradesh, a state in South East India.

  • Come to the dinner to hear updates and wonderful stories, see pictures, and share a delicious Indian meal.
  • Children are welcome!
  • If you wish to bring a salad or dessert, please contact Jean at
  • If you are not available to come, please see SERVE India’s ePray newsletter posted on the FCC blog for ways you can pray for SERVE India. Thank you!


This year's Vacation Bible School (VBS) theme is PRAISE, and it will take place at FCC from July 29 through Aug. 2, 9am to noon each day. We will praise God for his: Greatness, Authority, Providence, Power and Love. VBS is open to children entering kindergarten through 5thgrade in the fall of 2019.

  • Cost is $15.
  • Many volunteers are needed (6th graders through adults).Volunteers—please attend one of the two team training times: Sat., July 13, 9-10:30am or Thurs., July 25, 6:30-8:00pm.  
  • Learn more plus register your child or register to volunteer at or the FaithBase app!
  • INVITE a friend to come to VBS this summer, too!
  • PLEASE NOTE: VBS set-up help is needed on Sun., July 28, 12:30-6:00pm. Thank you!


Pastor Tim Porter is now on sabbatical until August 25 to rest, refresh, recharge and learn. Please pray for him and his family. Thank you!

LEARN ABOUT FCC events and registrations at 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 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 canceled? Check or the app.


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