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5/27/20

TheUpDate Weekly Newsletter - May 27, 2020

Happy Wednesday, FCC!

Prayer. I am convinced God is always at work. In all kinds of circumstances, he is always doing something, always doing a lot of things. Always doing far more than we can even see. One of the ways God has been growing me during this season is deepening my prayer relationship with God.

Sometimes I can get cynical about whether anything will ever change. Sometimes I can be tempted to believe that God doesn’t see and God doesn’t hear, when we call to him. But during this season, our heavenly Father has been dispelling revealing and helping me turn from my cynicism. He has been taking me deeper to have confidence in him—a confidence that is helping me to pray as a first and regular response to life.

I am being reminded over and over that our Father really wants us to talk to him about everything and anything. From what I can tell, God is working in me a praying life. I am learning that everyday concerns, small frustrations, and small worries are a reason to pray. I am learning that large national concerns—reopening our country, for example—is a reason to pray. God says that he moves the hearts of leaders. I am learning that great evil and loss in our world—deaths in long-term facilities and the death of George Floyd, for example—are reasons to pray. God brings protection. God brings comfort to the hurting. God brings righteousness.

Prayer doesn’t mean we aren’t acting and working toward real solutions. Prayer as a first and regular response is a way of acting. It is talking to God about things only he can change, and letting him change us in the process.

Will you join me in learning from Jesus more and more how to pray?

FCC, the pastors and elders are meeting tonight to finalize plans for a phased approach to regather for worship. We are looking forward to begin regathering together, and we want to be wise and intentional, caring for one another and our community in the St Croix Valley.

IN THIS ISSUE:

  • This Sunday
  • New leaders for Women’s Ministry
  • This week’s Bible memory verse
  • FaithWorks 2020

THIS SUNDAY

This Sunday we will close out our series called, “Last Things First.” Just like every building needs a solid foundation to build on, so does every human heart. We need a foundation for making hard decisions in life. We need a foundation that is stable when times are uncertain. Jesus taught us that he can give us that kind of foundation. Services will be only online this Sunday, May 31. Please join in for FCC Online at 9 or 11am at https://fcchudson.online.church, or on Facebook or YouTube.

  • Every week we have a follow up to the sermon that’s for the whole family, and helps us all live out what we are learning. From Jesus. Watch for this week’s Faith at Home video later today at fcchudson.com.
  • Watch or listen to sermons in the “Last Things First” series at fcchudson.com or the FaithBase app. You’ll also find a copy of the sermon guide with the sermon audio and video, plus a video of the full service, including the worship music and pre-service announcements.
  • Listen to this week’s worship music playlist on Spotify. Check it out here. (You’ll need to sign up for a free Spotify account to listen, if you don’t already have one.)

THREE LEADERS STEP INTO NEW WOMEN’S MINISTRY ROLES

Spring is the time of year that Faith Community Church’s Women’s Ministries review God’s work from the previous year and begin through prayer to plan the next year's focus. Thank you to all the women who faithfully serve in Women’s Ministry at Faith Community. And, a special thank you to Tracy McCutcheon who has served in Women’s Ministry for more than 10 years, and as Women’s Ministry Director for the past four. Welcome to the three leaders stepping into new roles:

  • Jill Willeke will be the Women’s Ministry Director.
  • Diana deVries will be overseeing the discipleship portion of the Women’s Ministry team.
  • Shelley Thomas will be overseeing the administrative aspect of the ministry.

You can read more about their roles and other changes happening in Women’s Ministry this year in a blog post by Tracy McCutcheon at fcchudson.com.

THIS WEEK’S BIBLE MEMORY VERSE

Isaiah 40:28-29 (Strength)

28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. 29 He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.

WORTH REPEATING

FAITHWORKS 2020 | JUNE 22-26

Each summer, Faith Community Church dedicates a week to serving our neighbors across the St. Croix Valley through FaithWorks, and this summer marks our 10th year! Adaptations will be made, but we will still be loving our neighbors in a significant way together. Registration to volunteer is now open! And, please nominate projects to serve those around us in need: neighbors, schools, parks, widows, single parents, etc. Talk to those in your sphere of opportunity and let us know how we can help by filling out the form online! If you have any questions, contact Pastor Larry Szyman at lszyman@fcchudson.com.

  • Nominate a FaithWorks project at fcchudson.com or the FaithBase app.
  • Register to volunteer during FaithWorks at fcchudson.com or the FaithBase app. (About 100 workers, from middle schoolers through adults, are needed each day to help to complete about 50 projects during the week.)
  • If you would like to make a financial donation to FaithWorks, you can make an online donation at fcchudson.com or the FaithBase app. Thank you!

GIVING OPTIONS

Although we’re all experiencing a lot of change right now, our mission stays the same: to help everyone meet, know and follow Jesus. We have an opportunity to reach thousands through our new online services and resources. Your faithful giving helps support our shared mission. Thank you for your generosity!

  • You can give online at any time at fcchudson.com or on the FaithBase app. You’ll find instructions there on how to get started with giving online with a checking account or credit card (Visa, Mastercard or Discover).
  • Text GIVE to (715) 280-3756.
  • You can also give by mail at Faith Community Church, 777 Carmichael Rd., Hudson, WI 54016.

HAVE YOU DOWNLOADED OUR APP?

Search for "Faith Community Hudson" on the App Store or Google Play to download FCC's app today.You'll find sermon audio and video, the weekly videos, latest news, online giving, ways to connect with a Missional Community, and more!

PRAYER REQUESTS + CARE NEEDS are posted on the Prayer + Care wall on the FaithBase app. You can also sign up on the app under “Emails + Registrations,” if you would like to receive an email when new prayer requests and care needs are posted.

Tim Porter

Lead Pastor for the Mission

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