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7/24/19

TheUpDate Weekly Newsletter - July 24, 2019

Happy Wednesday, Faith Community! We look forward to seeing you on Sunday as we gather to worship the Living God together!

IN THIS ISSUE:

  • Gospel reminder
  • Sunday’s worship gathering
  • Service opportunities
  • This week’s Bible memory verse
  • FCC News and Events

GOSPEL REMINDER

by Pastor Steve Holsteen

Last weekend we explored how Psalm 90 calls us to gain a heart of wisdom as we number our days. This Psalm, a prayer of Moses, confronts the reality of death and points us to the source of everlasting legacy for every generation. Moses’ lifework was to bring God’s people, the Israelites, into a dwelling place that God had promised to their forefathers as an “everlasting possession” (Genesis 17:8).

Only a dwelling place that overcomes death could truly be an everlasting possession. An EVERLASTING home cannot be built by the efforts of mortal man. An abiding legacy cannot be established by the work of human hands. This is why Moses and every other prophet, priest and king of God’s people were unable to secure the Promised Land as an enduring legacy for Israel.

That work could only be accomplished by One who was greater than Moses – One who could bring the descendants of Adam and Eve back into a permanent relationship with the God who is, as verse 2 of Psalm 90 says, “from Everlasting to Everlasting.” The Garden of Eden and the Promised Land were only physical reminders of the peaceful and abundant life that is only found in relationship with the Creator. He is the one who is and always has been “a dwelling place to every generation” (Psalm 90:1).

To reestablish that relationship, the sinful distrust of God that we’ve all inherited from Adam and Eve, and the death it causes by separating us from him, would have to be overcome.

Jesus has accomplished this work! Fully man and fully God, he paid the just penalty for our sins, dying the death that we deserved to die. By having his days numbered, he has infinitely multiplied the days of those who trust him for the forgiveness of sins and the hope of eternal life. He was raised to new life with an indestructible body. And, as Philippians 3:21 says, He… “will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.”

The wisdom God seeks for us in numbering our days is to know that He is God and we are not. This wisdom leads to trusting him in the person of Jesus Christ—depending on Jesus’ death and resurrection to reestablish the eternal relationship Adam and Eve lost in Eden. Trusting him, we enter into the promised legacy of an everlasting home in the One who has been a dwelling place to every generation. May it be so in our lives!

WORSHIP GATHERING

Pastor Tim Prince will continue in the “Real You. Real God” series this week as we look at a call to come and worship in Psalm 100. He’ll be talking about why God asks us to come and sing together. Christians have always been people who sing, and something unique happens when we gather to sing together—on Sunday, we’ll be taking a look at what some of those things are.

Invite a friend! See you on Sunday!

Watch or listen to sermons in the “Real You. Real God.” series at fcchudson.com or the FaithBase app.

COMMISSIONING EPOCH LEADERS

During the services this Sunday, we’ll be commissioning leaders of the Epoch Ministry. Epoch is a fun Christ-centered community at FCC, created for career and college-age individuals. Its purpose is to provide a warm atmosphere where young adults can come together to enjoy themselves, build lasting friendships and establish a foundation to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ. Learn more at fcchudson.com, the FaithBase app or connect with Epoch on Facebook at “Faith Community Church Epoch.”

BAPTISMS – SUNDAY, AUGUST 18 – SIGN UP BY NOON ON MONDAY, AUGUST 12

If you believe that Jesus Christ is your Lord and have committed to following him, but have not been baptized as a believer, we would love to celebrate this step in your faith journey with you! Pick up a “Believer’s Baptism” brochure at the Info Center for more information. Please contact Becki at bhedstrom@fcchudson.com or 715.386.4070 by noon on Monday, August 12, if you are interested in being baptized.

WANT TO HELP SERVE THE NEXT GENERATION?

We have several ways to serve our middle school and high school students. Take a look through the listings under SERVE at fcchudson.com or on the FaithBase app, prayerfully consider serving in one of these areas, and then contact Ben McMullen, Director of High School Discipleship, at bmcmullen@fcchudson.com or Jake Pierson, Director of Middle School Discipleship, at jpierson@fcchudson.com, for more information. Thank you!

THIS WEEK’S BIBLE MEMORY VERSE

Romans 8:26 (Prayer)
26Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.

WORTH REPEATING

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL | JULY 29-AUGUST 2

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 5th grade in the fall of 2019.

  • Cost is $15.
  • Volunteers—there is one more training session available tomorrow night, Thurs., July 25, 6:30-8:00pm. We’ll be commissioning everyone helping with VBS team this Sunday, too!
  • Online registration closed this morning for VBS, as we get ready for next week! You can still register at the door, starting at 8:30am each day of VBS.
  • INVITE a friend to come to VBS this summer, too!
  • PLEASE NOTE: VBS set-up help is needed this Sun., July 28, 12:30-6:00pm. Thank you!

PASTOR TIM PORTER’S SABBATICAL

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 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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