Happy Wednesday! It’s almost time for FaithWorks! There are many ways to get involved—read more below!
FaithWorks gives us an opportunity to see Christ renewing neighborhoods and the valley. Our vision is to complete short-term projects throughout the St. Croix Valley, to serve our community with a focus on outreach and excellence, team building, and reflecting the gospel. Volunteers work together on everything from painting and yard work to home maintenance and meal prep.
While nominations for projects are closed, we still need a small army of people to help serve our FCC family, our neighbors, community schools and organizations, and widows.
Please consider joining us! We find in our service that the words of Jesus ring true, and that we not only help others but find joy and build relationships with some of the wonderful people who are FCC. There is something that takes place in us as God is loving on others through us.
There are opportunities to serve as laborers, on the food team, as nursery workers, and on the prayer/evangelism team. About 100 workers are needed each day of FaithWorks. To be part of this impactful team, sign up for a ½ day or the whole week by following this link or on the FaithBase app. And, if you’d like to help fund FaithWorks, you may make a donation at this link. Thank you!
If you would like to help by providing snacks and treats for our hard workers, here is a list of helpful items:
These items can be dropped off at the church starting now. Please put them on the counter in the kitchen. For more information, please text or call Karen at: 715-220-2507. Thank you!
A variety of tools are needed for FaithWorks projects: truck with hitch and trailer, riding lawn mower, table saw, chain saw, generator, pressure washer, bobcat, weed trimmer, trailer, wheel barrows, tiller, auger, ladders, good coolers, garden tools and/or post diggers. If you'd like to loan any of these items, drop them off in the Community Room at FCC on Sunday, June 16. Please mark all items on loan with your name. If you have any work gloves, please consider bringing them to your job site.
We will be holding a scrap metal collection again this year in support of FaithWorks. Drop off is available from Saturday, June 15, through Saturday June 22, at dumpsters located at the house just south of the church building. If you have any questions about making donations to the scrap metal collection, please contact Larry Szyman at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note, we are not able to accept refrigerators, microwaves, A/C units, automobiles, or anything with freon (unless the freon has already been purged). Thank you!
by Pastor Larry Szyman
On Sunday, we looked at the introduction to Psalms through the lens of the introductory psalm, Psalm One. We saw that the person, whose delight is in the law of the Lord and meditates on it day and night, is like a tree planted by the streams of water. It is planted (secure) drinks deeply from the water (sustainable); it yields fruit in its season (timely); its leaf does note whither (enduring). The summary statement of this person is found at the end of verse three—in all that he does, he prospers. The one who is directed by the wisdom of God, that is found in the word of God, is rooted, fruitful and prosperous.
This person is contrasted with those who find their direction elsewhere. In contrast to the fruitful, enduring and prosperous outlook, they are like chaff that the wind moves out of place and it is forgotten.
Our future can be like a tree planted by streams of water because of another tree. On the cross, the man Jesus, delighted in the law of the Lord, fulfilling it through his life, death and resurrection. In trusting Jesus, his death becomes the payment for our failure to delight in the law. In union with the Jesus who died on a tree, his righteousness is gifted to us and we can now become like a tree planted by the streams of water. All of this is a gift from a gracious God.
A note from Pastor Larry Szyman
If you are looking for a little direction in your Bible reading, consider reading through the Psalms this summer. If you read two Psalms each day from Monday through Saturday, and one on Sunday, you will finish the entire book the week we finish the series. This may be a great way to grow with us. I would encourage three questions as you read each Psalm:
Also, 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.
This Sunday, we will have a guest pastor teaching on Psalm 23. Glenn Herschberger will continue in the “Real You. Real God.” sermon series with “The Good Shepherd.” Psalm 23 is probably one of the most popular selections of verses in the Bible and most often misapplied to life situations. This Psalm addresses the sheep’s perspective on how the good Shepherd cares and provides attention to the sheep. It’s a fascinating reminder on how our good shepherd truly cares for us. We will discover who this good shepherd really is in this passage and how it relates to us. Glenn is the Executive Director of Church Planting for Converge Great Lakes, which FCC partners with to help plant and strengthen local churches locally and worldwide.
Matt. 18:17 (Church Life)
If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.
SERVICE OPPORTUNITY - WANT TO HELP IN THE NURSERIES THIS SUMMER?
Loving caregivers are needed on Sunday mornings this summer in the Early Childhood Ministry area. If you can help, especially for June 30, please contact Karen Garden at 715-220-2507 as soon as possible.Thank you!
SERVICE OPPORTUNITY - WANT TO HELP WITH FCC’S VISITATION MINISTRY?
As an extension of FCC’s Care Ministry, FCC is forming a team of men and women, who can visit people in our FCC family. Would you like to serve by visiting people who may be sick, in the hospital or unable to leave their homes? This involves:
For more information, please call or text Marty Best at 651-592-6504.
PASTOR TIM PORTER’S SABBATICAL
Pastor Tim Porter is currently 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 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 fcchudson.com or the app.