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TheUpDate Weekly Newsletter - March 31, 2021

Happy Wednesday, FCC! I am looking forward to worshiping with you tomorrow evening and this weekend!  

The memory verse for this week is one of my favorite verses (see below). It highlights the difference of Christianity and every other religion. Paul writes, “For by grace you have been saved through faith” (Ephesians 2.8). At the heart of religion is “you get what you deserve.” But at the heart of Christianity is a relationship with the God of grace. At the heart of Christianity, Jesus dies in our place—he gets what we deserve. And in response, we receive grace. Jesus gets the penalty for our sins, and we get forgiveness. Jesus gets death, and we receive eternal life.

Amazing grace! This week we celebrate and remember together the most important elements of Christianity—Jesus died for our sins; he was buried; and he rose again for us. All this so we could live lives defined by God’s grace.

As we worship together and celebrate Jesus’ resurrection together, let’s recommit ourselves to being defined by God’s grace to us!


  • Easter Services this weekend (RSVP today!) + Communion Service tomorrow evening
  • This week’s Bible memory verse

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. To continue to socially distance and care for one another, 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 this 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.


We are now in the last week of our 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!)


Eph. 2:8-9 (Gospel)

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

Tim Porter

Lead Pastor for the Mission


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