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7/3/18

TheUpDate Weekly Newsletter - July 3, 2018

Happy Independence Day, FCC! 

I hope you have a safe and fun time with friends and family! Seek to see how you can be on mission during this delightful summer holiday.

STRATEGIC PLAN UPDATES

As a part of our strategic plan, we seek to develop more and more gospel-centered leaders and elders for the mission and care of FCC. On Sunday, July 15, during both services, we will be ordaining Josh Graham as an elder of the River Falls Missional Community. Please be praying for Josh and for his leadership in River Falls!

GOSPEL REMINDER

For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. 
Romans 8.2

As we celebrate our independence as a nation, it is important to remember that God has set us free in a way no human nor nation has been able to secure. By his Spirit, God has set us free from the law of sin and death. God has done this by the law of the Spirit. What does this mean? In essence, this means that because Jesus lived for us, and died for us, and rose again for us, God is pleased to give us his Spirit. His Spirit comes upon us and enlivens us at conversion. We are born again by God's Spirit. When we come under the law or the rule of God's Spirit at conversion, we are set free from the law of sin and death.

To be set free from the law of sin and death means that one day we will be raised from the dead by the same Spirit (God's Spirit), that raised Jesus from the dead. We no longer belong to death. We belong to the Spirit who gives life. Because we belong to the Spirit who gives life, we no longer belong to sin the way we used to. Though we will still sin in this life, we are given the power to stop sinning. The Spirit gives us the power to begin obeying God from the heart. This is true freedom! This is true independence!

God's independence campaign doesn't free us to do whatever we want to do. God's freedom campaign gives us the power to obey him and say no to sin.

As we pause to remember our liberty and the cost for that liberty as a nation, may we pause and remember Jesus' cost to bring us liberty from sin, and may we give ourselves fully to the Spirit of God to live under his power to make us holy.

WORSHIP GATHERING

No matter the relationship, we will all experience pain in our relationships with one another.  When we are sinned against by those we love, it hurts and puts us in the place of a choice.  What will we do with that hurt? This Sunday we will learn from God's extraordinary wisdom about what relational repair is so important and how to do it. This Sunday we will learn about Relational Wisdom.

SERMON SERIES RESOURCES

In the current sermon series, Proverbs: Seeking Extraordinary Wisdom, we’re talking about wisdom: what it is, how we can get it and what it looks like to live a wise life in the world today. We have a couple of resources available in the café area to go along with the sermon series:

FCC OFFICE CLOSED ON WEDNESDAY

The FCC Office will be closed this Wednesday, July 4, in honor of the holiday.

WORTH REPEATING

VISION FOR THE VALLEY

One of the initiatives from our strategic plan is to multiply disciples of Jesus through extension. Our goal with this initiative is local and cross-cultural church planting based on discipleship principles and practices.

Well, this last Sunday at Vision for the Valley 2018, not only did we seek to celebrate God's goodness in planting churches since our last Vision for the Valley, we also looked ahead at opportunities God was giving us.

Over the next five years, by God's power, kindness, a lot of hard work and prayer, along with your help:

  • We desire to see a Spanish-speaking church led by a culturally relevant Spanish-speaking pastor planted in St. Croix County for the 2,500 people in the area for whom Spanish is their primary language.
  • We desire to return for an additional three-year commitment of training pastors in Uganda, who will not only plant churches, but be trained to participate in and carry on future trainings on their own. This will (God willing) result in an indigenously led, disciple making, church planting movement, not only with the Acholi people of northern Uganda, but beyond.
  • A third, yet to be identified initiative, is hoped to be unveiled and take place in the next five years.

The estimated cost of these endeavors is $300,000. Would you please pray about how you may contribute to this vision? If all of our current givers from all of our churches in the St. Croix Valley Lead Team gave $300 between now and September 30, we could reach this goal. You can give $25 a week between now and then. Or $100 per month between now and then. Or one gift of $300. Or a bigger gift, as the Lord leads. We ask that your gifts would be above and beyond your regular giving. Also, if you are not yet giving to the mission of FCC, you can begin giving toward Vision for the Valley, and then continue to give to regular tithes and offerings. Think about all the good that can be accomplished here and around the world for just $300! The door is open for fruitful ministry! Please make checks out to FCC and put Vision for the Valley or VFV in the memo section. You may also give online at fcchudson.com.

You can learn much more of what has occurred and what we hope will take place through the Vision for the Valley insert, that is part of the summer edition of “Faith Hudson” magazine.

LEARN ABOUT FCC events and registrations at fcchudson.com.

Tim Porter

Lead Pastor for the Mission
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