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5/23/18

TheUpDate Weekly Newsletter - May 23, 2018

Happy Wednesday, FCC! I have a shorter Update for you today, because I will be gone working with Converge Great Lakes LEAD Team Captains today. As a church, we are a part of a network of churches that connect together for church planting and church strengthening. I am the captain of our smaller network of churches called The St. Croix Valley LEAD Team. It's because of the St Croix Valley LEAD Team that we are hosting Vision for the Valley on June 24, at the band shell in Hudson. We are gathering together to celebrate the work God has done since our last Vision for the Valley, and to cast vision for what God might be calling us to next. If you think of it, please pray for us!

THANK YOU

Faith, I cannot thank you enough for your immediate and rich outpouring of generosity on Compassion Sunday. Compassion International gave us 70 child sponsorship packets, and we sponsored all of them. Thank you for your generous response! I can't wait to hear the stories! Let's let the great generosity of God compel us to become more and more and more generous!!!

WORSHIP GATHERING

The truth in the sermon this Sunday may just change our lives and keep us from all kinds of danger. I will be talking about the great benefit and power of humility and the destructive nature of pride. The sermon is called “Humility before Honor.”  This is a message anyone and everyone needs to hear, so even on Memorial Day Weekend, consider inviting friends and neighbors. Lives could be changed this Sunday!

Also, please pray for this worship gathering.  Pray for the hosts, the musicians, the vocalists, and me that we would serve well. Pray that God's Spirit would be active, softening hearts.

There will be a resource available this Sunday for $5 called From Pride to Humility. I can't recommend it enough.  I highly recommend you pick it up, and work through it with a mentor or discipler.

SERMON SERIES RESOURCE

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 resource available in the café area to go along with the sermon series: “God's Wisdom for Navigating Life: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Book of Proverbs,” by Timothy Keller. This is a hardcover book and available for purchase for $14.

OFFICE CLOSED ON MONDAY, MAY 28

The FCC office will be closed on Monday, May 28, in observation of Memorial Day.

AS WE GO DISCIPLESHIP WORKSHOP: HOW TO ASK GOOD QUESTIONS

LED BY PAT STREAM AND PENNIE BIXLER
JUNE 3 | AFTER BOTH SERVICES

At FCC, our mission is to make more and better disciples, and we want to follow Jesus’ example. We want to make disciples who make disciples. We offer As We Go discipleship workshops, such as the one planned for June 3, as one way to help equip FCC for discipleship. There’s no cost for the workshop, and no need to register.

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

Discipleship comes about as a result of the Holy Spirit transforming individuals and families at the heart level. Jesus transforms people into his image by changing the desires of their hearts and giving them new purpose and vision. As seen in Scripture, Jesus often discipled people by asking them really good heart level questions. We can learn from him how to do this, too. This workshop seeks to equip disciple-makers in asking people questions that no one else asks them, the kinds of questions that stir real transformation, healing, and deep biblical friendships.

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP LEADERS

Pat Stream is one of FCC's elders. He is also a certified Biblical Counselor and leads FCC's Biblical Counseling training. Pennie Bixler is the founding leader of the women's ministry, SAMMY's. She also serves as in Biblical Counseling and as a co-leader of FCC's Hospitality Team.

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A COVENANT MEMBER OF FAITH COMMUNITY?

The Covenant Membership Class is our introduction to membership at Faith Community Church and is required for anyone wishing to pursue membership. This class will cover our purpose, mission, vision, discipleship paths, Missional Community, covenant and statement of belief. REGISTER online to attend the class and also for child care at fcchudson.com.

  • Meets 2 Thursdays: Thursday, June 7 and 14 (you need to attend both classes)
  • 5:45 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Dinner starts at 5:45 p.m.
  • Free childcare available for children 9 years of age and younger. Be sure you have registered your children for childcare!
  • Required Reading: “Church Membership” by Jonathan Leeman (provided at class)
WORTH REPEATING

ELDER CONFIRMATION – BETWEEN THE SERVICES ON SUNDAY, JUNE 10

Faith Community Church is an elder led body. We have both Family of Families elders and Missional Community elders, and we commend elder apprentices in waves. As men complete the elder vetting process and are ready, we commend them to the congregation for apprenticeship. Josh Graham has been serving as an elder apprentice since 2017, and on June 10, Faith Community members will vote to affirm him as an elder for the River Falls Missional Community.

Josh is a man who not only fulfills the character qualities of 1 Tim 3 and Titus 1, but he also lives out the discipleship principles articulated in our discipleship pyramid. He is seeking to help others bring them into their lives, as well.

Also on June 10, we will be praying for Eric Lent to become an elder apprentice for Faith Community. Eric is a solid and beloved teacher, a servant leader, and has been in training for elder apprenticeship for a few years. He is excited to bring his skills and gifts to help FCC accomplish our mission of making more and better disciples of Jesus.

You can pick up a copy of the FCC shepherding booklet this Sunday for more information about biblical shepherding and the names and photos of FCC’s elders and elder apprentices.

LEARN ABOUT FCC events and registrations at fcchudson.com.

Tim Porter

Lead Pastor for the Mission

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