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TheUpDate Weekly Newsletter - June 26, 2019

Hi, Faith Community! Summer is officially here, and that means it’s almost time for Vacation Bible School (VBS)! This year’s theme is PRAISE, and it will take place at FCC from July 29 through Aug. 2, 9 a.m. 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 (6thgraders through adults). 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!


  • Gospel reminder
  • Sunday’s sermon
  • “Why FaithWorks Might Be My Favorite Week of the Year” by Pastor Larry Szyman
  • This week’s Bible memory verse
  • FCC News and Events


by Glenn Herschberger, Executive Director of Church Planting—Converge Great Lakes

One of the most loved and well known of the Psalms is the 23rd Psalm. King David reflects on his time as a shepherd and the helplessness of the sheep. He draws the connection that we—like sheep—are incapable of properly caring for ourselves. But if we trust the Good Shepherd, we will be cared for in the most loving and generous way. God will totally satisfy us with his goodness.

As we follow the good Shepherd, we, like the sheep, may not know where we are going, but we don’t have to know. We only need to trust that God knows where we need to go and to follow him willingly.

Do you truly trust Him? Are you willing to follow Him anywhere? Is He your Good Shepherd? Have you made the deliberate and conscious decision to let God take His rightful place in your life?

Scripture promises that you will be satisfied and cared for in a way far beyond what you can even imagine.

This Psalm concludes with, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” (Psalm 23:6) Isn’t this a wonderful promise? Goodness, mercy and an eternal home in paradise. Our Shepherd is so Good!

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On Sunday, Pastor Tim Prince will continue in the “Real You. Real God.” series with “When the Righteous Suffer” (Psalm 44). The problem of evil presents us with a false choice: either God is sovereign and omnipotent but not good, or God is good, but not sovereign and omnipotent… or God simply isn’t real. But there is another option: That we are in the middle of a story, not at the end of it, and that a sovereign and gracious God has his own purpose for suffering. He knows the whole story… and he knows how the story will end: There is glory coming to those who suffer that so vastly outweighs what we are asked to endure, that the two are not worth comparing. God himself has come and endured what we cannot, so that we might never have to.

Is God sovereign over all things, including our suffering? Yes. Is he perfectly good and wise and just? Yes. Is that the whole story? No.

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 illustrated video presentation of Psalms by The Bible Project. You can either search online for “Gospel Project Psalms” or follow this link.


The following is the introduction to a blog post by Pastor Larry Szyman. You can read the entire post at or the FaithBase app.

It was just three days ago that the ninth edition of FaithWorks (FW) ended. The people who are Faith Community Church volunteered nearly 2,700 hours doing projects at 10 schools, eight city and township buildings and parks, as well as coming alongside six widows and eight single parent homes, to name just a few of the 65 projects completed. We also served a great BBQ lunch to the City of Hudson and the St. Croix County Government workers. Those numbers are important, but I’d love to share some of the other reasons I love the week of FaithWorks…(Continue reading on the FCC blog at or the FaithBase app.)


1 Cor. 13: 4-8a (Godly living)

4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never ends.


As an extension of FCC’s Care Ministry, FCC has a team of men and women, who can visit people in our FCC family. If you would like to have someone visit you, please call or text Marty Best at 651-592-6504.


In addition to finding Sunday’s bulletin/worship folder on the app, did you know you can also find the announcements shared on Sundays before the worship service? Just open up the app, click on “News, Blog + Bulletin,” then click on “Bulletin/Worship Folder/Announcements. So if you miss the announcements, or would just like to hear them again, Sunday's announcements are generally available to you on the app by Monday evening. Do you have a question or comment about the app? Please send Leanna Hafften an email at We'd love to have your feedback or questions! Thank you!



We’re excited to share that Pat Stream will be joining the FCC Staff as part-time Pastor for Biblical Counseling on July 1. An aspect of our strategic plan for a culture of discipleship with an evangelistic ethos is to bring gospel resources to our church and community. We believe Biblical Counseling can give hope to those who are in the midst of struggle by empowering Christ-centered change. Toward that end, we are seeking to equip as many people as possible for biblical counseling. We hope to have over 200 people trained in Biblical Counseling by 2021.

Biblical Counseling is acute discipleship, taking gospel truth and applying it directly to real life. This pastoral position is an important component of “As We Go” discipleship.  Pat will help us grow our skills and capabilities to disciple each other in the challenges of everyday life and through mentoring relationships.

Pat and his wife, Carla, are members of FCC, and Pat serves as an Elder. He began leading the Biblical Counseling ministry at FCC in 2013 and has helped train more than 120 people in the basics of Biblical Counseling. Pat has earned his certification from the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Biblical Counseling from Faith Bible Seminary in Lafayette, Indiana, and is helping train and supervise others at FCC, who are pursuing their certification.

Thank you, FCC, for your generosity that enables us to bring Pat on staff this year. We are very thankful for this opportunity to have a pastor dedicated to leading this area of ministry and helping us expand Biblical Counseling care in our community.


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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