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TheUpDate Weekly Newsletter - March 27, 2019

What a beautiful day! I sure hope you are able to enjoy this beautiful spring day! It helps stir my heart for worship! Today is Wednesday, and we’re one day closer to Sunday and being together. Until then, here is the update!


  • Gospel Reminder: Becoming the Friend You Want to Have
  • Sunday’s sermon – ANCHORED series: Asleep in the Storm
  • This week’s Bible memory verse


by Pastor Larry Szyman

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
Galatians 2:20

Galatians 2:20 is an invitation to the exchanged life, being so identified with what Christ has done on our behalf that we are shaped by it. Because of what Christ did in the past, we now live our life trusting him, by faith in this One who loved us and gave his life for us. The past action of Christ being crucified cascades to our current condition, changing us, including the way we live—and why can’t that apply to friendship, especially when we consider the way he befriends his people?

Jesus moved into our territory and took on our condition. He lived among the masses, but had a particular friendship with the 12. He even held out his faithfulness in friendship to the end as Judas betrayed him. When our lives are anchored to this Christ, we are becoming the friends we want to have. When his friendship marks us, we are able to give and receive the type of friendship that brings life to both parties.


This Sunday, I will teach on being anchored in Christ in the midst of anxiety and fear. Jesus leads his disciples into storms beyond their control, so that they can rest their hearts in Jesus’ control of the storm. Whenever I teach about trust in the middle of fear and anxiety, it’s always personal for me. I battle often with fear and anxiety. And what Jesus teaches us, when he calms the storm, has been a comfort and strength, when the battle has been fierce. This Sunday, we will learn from Mark 4.35-41, a powerful story of Jesus’ great power.

You can listen to the sermons from this series online at or on the FaithBase app.


On Monday, April 1, we will begin 21 days of prayer together as a church. This time of prayer will end on Easter Sunday, when we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus together. These days of prayer will focus on renewal and revival for St. Croix Valley churches. We will focus on praying daily for friends and neighbors who are far from God, that God would show himself to them and draw them to Jesus. Would you join me in praying daily for renewal and revival in St. Croix Valley churches? Would you join me in praying daily for two people that you know who are far from God? Would you join me in praying for God to do a mighty work in us as a church that we would have a joyful zeal to do everything we can personally, and as a church, to help everyone meet, know, and follow Jesus.

We will be introducing 21 days of prayer in the worship gathering this Sunday, March 31. You’ll find more information and resources for it at and the FaithBase app, starting this Sunday, too.

Every revival recording in Scripture and throughout history began with God’s people praying. Let’s ask God to do a mighty work in us!


There are two resources I recommend for learning about building your identity in Christ. One is “Who Am I?” by Jerry Bridges and the other is “Found in Him” by Elyse Fitzpatrick. They are both available on Sundays in the resource area by the café in the lobby. I highly recommend picking one of them up and working through it.


Eph. 2:8-9 (Gospel)
8For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9not a result of works, so that no one may boast.


Participating in the Hudson Backpack Program is one way that FCC serves the families in our community, as part of living out our vision of renewed neighborhoods and the valley. With your help, backpacks filled with breakfast, lunch and food items are provided to families at Willow River Elementary and families at E.P. Rock Elementary twice a month during the school year.

  • If you’d like to help this month, please pick up a green bag at the ministry booth in the lobby on Sunday, then shop for the items listed on the card attached to the bag and bring the filled bag back next weekend.
  • New or lightly used plain backpacks are also needed to send food home with students. If you’d like to donate a backpack, please drop it off at the Info Center at FCC.
  • To sign up to help distribute bags and for more information, please contact Robyn Romberg at Thank you, FCC!

LEARN ABOUT FCC events and registrations at or the app. Search for “Faith Community Church Hudson” on the App Store orGoogle play to download the app.

PRAYER REQUESTS + CARE NEEDS are now posted on the Prayer + Care wall on the app. You can also signup 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.

Tim Porter

Lead Pastor for the Mission


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