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TheUpDate Weekly Newsletter - March 24, 2021

Happy Spring, FCC!

Last Sunday, I taught on Rule #11 for living an inspired life. It was: Pray. (It Makes a Difference). We were challenged to make prayer our first response in trouble and in joy. We were encouraged to do so, because prayer is the way God releases his healing power into the world and into our relationships. Remember a way to make prayer our first response is through 10-second prayers—pray on the spot, wherever you are, for whatever troubles or joys show up.


  • This Sunday
  • Easter Services on April 3 and 4 (RSVP today!) + Communion Service on April 1
  • This week’s Bible memory verse


This Sunday we are closing up our series on James with Rule #12: Make It Your Business to Restore People.

  • Find the conversation guide for Rule #11: Pray. (It Makes a Difference.) (Mar. 21) at or on the app. This is a great tool for those wishing to take a more personal, deeper dive into the content of each sermon on your own, as a family, or in discipleship groups and Missional Communities. And, we welcome your feedback!  
  • Watch or listen to sermons in the “The Way: 12 Rules To Live By For An Inspired Life” series at or on the app.  

EASTER SERVICES | Saturday, April 3, at 4pm and Sunday, April 4, at 9 + 11am

Come celebrate the risen Jesus with us! Filled with music, stories of transformation and an inspiring message from Pastor Tim Porter, our Easter services are designed to highlight the resurrection of Jesus and showcase the power that God’s grace can provide to change our lives. Services will be held both in person and online. We have maximum capacities per service, so RSVP for your seats today! Find more info and RSVP for your on campus seat at

  • Childcare is provided for infants through children age 5.
  • NEW this year, children grades K-5 are invited to a special Easter Celebration during the Easter services. The celebration will include worship, a game, an Easter craft and a special snack!

COMMUNION SERVICE | Thursday, April 1 at 7pm

Join us for a communion service on Thursday, April 1, at 7pm that helps us remember Christ’s redemptive sacrifice of love on the cross. Surrounding this theme of the cross, we will sing songs, hear a devotional message, and take communion together within a service that will last about one hour, and will be held in-person and online at, YouTube and Facebook. Childcare will not be available for the communion service.

YOUR STORY MATTERS. SHARE IT! | Submit Your Defined by Grace Video

This Easter, we are inviting you to be a part of a video montage showing how God’s grace has made a difference in so many people’s lives. Here is how you can be a part: simply submit a 30-second video (give or take!) of yourself sharing a “snapshot” of God’s goodness in your life! Find more details at the bottom of our Easter page!


On Mar. 15, we started 21 days of prayer leading up to Easter. Here are a few prayer points I would love for you to pray:

  • Pray daily for our whole church, that we would be defined by grace and filled with the hope of Jesus’ resurrection.
  • Pray daily for our whole church, that we would have joy in Jesus that overflows to telling others about Jesus and inviting friends and neighbors to follow him.
  • Pray for eyes to see how God is working around you, and how you can join in on what he is doing.

Lastly, I ask you to invite someone you are praying for to view one of our Easter services online, or join you in person. Invite them to one of the services and then consider connecting with them for brunch or a meal afterward. (Find downloadable Easter invitation graphics at the bottom of our Easter page!)


Philippians 4:8 (Anxiety)

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Tim Porter

Lead Pastor for the Mission


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