Good morning, FCC! It's Wednesday, so we're half-way to meeting again for worship on Sunday! Looking forward to being with you all! We're also half-way through Faithworks. Although there has been plenty of rain this week, it hasn't stopped workers from getting things done in Jesus' name. Please be praying for some good working weather today. Pray for energy, strength and safety. Pray that God is glorified in and through Faithworks!
One of our goals for our strategic plan of developing a culture of discipleship with an evangelistic ethos is to multiply disciples of Jesus through extension. What this means is that we want to increase our efforts with church planting. As a church, we have joined with other churches in the St. Croix Valley to plant churches locally and internationally.
This Sunday at 4 p.m. at Lakefront Park in Hudson, we are going to join up with the other St. Croix Valley LEAD Team churches for BBQ, worship, fellowship, celebration and vision casting. God has been so kind to give us some very important opportunities for multiplying disciples through church planting here and around the world.
Please join us on Sunday for worship in the morning at our normal times, and then come down to Lakefront Park for a good time and to hear how God is working! Looking forward to being together!
Can a woman forget her nursing child,
that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb?
Even these may forget,
yet I will not forget you.
With my Bible Reading Plan, I have been in Isaiah for the last month. Isaiah is an amazing book filled with sharp rebuke and deep comfort. Last week I read Isaiah 49, and the metaphor God uses here to comfort Israel in her affliction has gripped my heart and imagination. To answer the doubting heart of Israel, God says that he is both like and dislike a nursing mother.
God has designed nursing to reveal something of his steadfast love, nurture and constant attention. After birth, a woman's body, and therefore heart, is totally oriented around the child. A nursing mom cannot forget her child. Her very body experiences great discomfort if it's been too long since the last meal. God amazingly says—that's what I am like with my people. I am constantly aware of what is going on in your life—he is so committed to us that he cannot forget us.
Yet, God also says that he is unlike moms. Some moms are not that nurturing, and God says, I'm not like that. Also, in the cycle of life, moms eventually do “forget” their children. Old age, dementia, and eventually death bring about forgetfulness. But not so with God. God will not forget you. God has pledged himself to us in his Son Jesus. He has pledged to us that he will not forget us.
Whatever your circumstances today, whatever your feelings today, guard your heart and view your circumstances through this great faith-building truth: God will not forget you.
This Sunday morning, we continue our search for extraordinary wisdom from Proverbs, learning how to work wisely. Proverbs has much to say about how to be a skillful worker, such that kings would be happy to employ you (Proverbs 22.29). The Bible's view of work, its dignity, its difficulty, and its meaning, is unique in the world religions. I'm excited to share with you what I have discovered from Proverbs. May God encourage and equip us together for work that glorifies God, remembering that because of the resurrection of Jesus, our labor in the Lord is never in vain (1 Cor 15.58).
For this sermon, there is a great essay entitled “Why Work?” written by Dorothy Sayers, that I highly recommend reading. You can get the essay here.
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:
This Sunday (June 24) at 4:00 p.m., all the St. Croix Valley LEAD Team churches will gather together at Lakefront Park (505 First St.) in Hudson, Wis., to celebrate what God has done and to cast vision for our continued partnership on mission. You're invited to this special event called Vision for the Valley. This will be a time of smoked BBQ, worship through singing and hearing stories of God's work through us to expand the kingdom of Jesus. We will also hear about some big and strategic opportunities that God is placing before us. We will be asking you to pray; pray for God's leadership in all of this and for how God might invite you to make it all happen.
God has done so much already, but there is still more to be done. We can't do it without God, we can't do it without prayer, and we don't want to do it without you. Pick up a copy of the "Vision for the Valley" magazine to learn more about our vision for what's next for our partnership together and make plans to be at Vision for the Valley on June 24. The Vision for the Valley magazine is inserted into the summer edition of “Faith Hudson” magazine.
We’re doing another metal collection in support of FaithWorks this year. Drop off items for donation through Saturday, June 23, at the designated collection point at the pole shed at 771 Carmichael Road (house next door to Faith Community Church building). Look for the sign pointing to the dumpsters. Please note, we are not able to accept refrigerators, microwaves, A/C units, automobiles, electronics, or anything with freon (unless the freon has already been purged).If you have questions about anything related to FaithWorks, please contact Randy Lau at 715-441-1515.