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6/27/18

TheUpDate Weekly Newsletter - June 27, 2018

FCC! We have had a lot going on lately! Wow, FaithWorks, Vision for the Valley, along with other ministries continuing in the summer. Great work in being productive for the kingdom!  Thank you for all of your service! I am so encouraged by what I am hearing about your work in Jesus' name! 

Hundreds gathered at Lakefront Park in Hudson on June 24 for Vision for the Valley.

STRATEGIC PLAN UPDATES

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.

WORSHIP GATHERING

This Sunday I will be talking about the gift of sexual enjoyment in marriage. God has a really beautiful and glorious view of sex—he thought it up! And God has designed covenant marriage to be the relationship where sexuality is powerfully and beautifully expressed. We will be learning from Proverbs 5.15-23 and Ephesians 5.25-33 about the enjoyment of sex within a faithful, honoring marriage.  ***Note: though we will be talking about the glory and enjoyment of sex within marriage, I will be speaking sensitively because of younger ears in the congregation. I'll try to speak in such a way that our 11-year-old Seth can participate in the service.

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:

LEARN ABOUT FCC events and registrations at fcchudson.com.

Tim Porter

Lead Pastor for the Mission

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