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5/9/18

TheUpDate Weekly Newsletter - May 9, 2018

Happy Wednesday, FCC! Today is the Lord’s day. He made it. He’s in control and he seeks our good. Let’s live for him with everything we’ve got. He’s worthy and he’s gracious!!

STRATEGIC PLAN UPDATES

Today I want to take a quick break from discussing the discipleship principles to give a quick announcement about affirming a new elder for FCC.

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.

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.

GOSPEL REMINDER 

Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself,
so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.
Hebrews 12.3

How do we get the power to keep following Jesus, when following Jesus is difficult? This difficulty can involve being sinned against, and not retaliating. This difficulty can be living in an environment where you are the only Christian in the household, and you are looked down on.  This difficulty can be simply seeking to live faithfully in the midst of a culture that has a growing contempt for Jesus and Christians.

Hebrews gives us a way. The author tells us to consider Jesus and what and how he endured to ransom us back to God. What this can look like is, if you are mocked for following Jesus, look for places in the gospel for how Jesus was mocked. How did he respond? What was it like for Jesus who never sinned and was never foolish to endure mocking? Seek to experience awe for the fact that Jesus endured this mocking as a way of suffering for us, as a way of suffering with us. Considering Jesus in this way, helps us to see that Jesus identifies with us in our suffering. He is with us and he did it for us.

When we see Jesus suffering with us and for us, and when we are amazed that he suffered with us and for us, our fatigue is energized, and our fear is replaced by courage. “He did this for me,” shows me how much I am loved, and love casts our fear. “He did this with me,” shows me he can give me the strength to live as he has lived.

Spend time every day considering Jesus and what and how he endured for you. This is proactive preparation for enduring difficulty throughout the day. When in the midst of difficulty, look at the gospels in the Bible to see places where Jesus endured what you are needing to endure and consider Jesus. Seek your strength and courage from him.

WORSHIP GATHERING

This Sunday Pastor Tim Prince will be leading us through Proverbs 31. This is such a powerful picture of the fear of the Lord expressed with femininity. Remember this Sunday is Mother's Day! Let's seek to honor our mothers in a way that glorifies God!!

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.

AUDIO NOW AVAILABLE FOR FAITH FORUM ON “THE GOSPEL AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING”

On April 22, Faith Community hosted a Faith Forum on “The Gospel and Human Trafficking,” featuring guest speaker, Rachel Paulose. Find audio recordings of Rachel’s presentation and the Q + A following her presentation at fcchudson.com.

WORTH REPEATING

FAITHWORKS 2018 – JUNE 18-22

Part of our vision at Faith Community is to see Christ renewing neighborhoods and the valley. One way we live that out is through FaithWorks, a week we set aside each year with an intensive focus on short-term missions across the St. Croix Valley. Volunteers work together on everything from painting, yard work and home maintenance projects. FaithWorks is scheduled for the third week of June, from June 18 to 22. You can sign up for part of a day or evening, a full-day, several days or the entire week. There are opportunities to serve as laborers, on the food team, as nursery workers, on the prayer/evangelism team, and as administrative assistants.

FaithWorks is also a great opportunity for Missional Communities to serve their neighbors by working together on a project right in their neighborhood. If you’d like to nominate a project, please just go online to fcchudson.com and complete the online form.

Find more information on FaithWorks, please visit fcchudson.com and click on REGISTRATIONS to:

  • nominate a project
  • sign up to volunteer 
  • donate in support of FaithWorks projects.

AND here’s a tip when completing the online registration form: Please be sure to click the “Continue Registration” button. You will receive an email confirming that your registration is complete. If you do not receive an email, it’s possible your registration wasn’t processed completely. If you need more help with this, please call the FCC Office. Thank you!

VISION FOR THE VALLEY | JUNE 24 at 4 P.M. at Lakefront Park in Hudson (505 First Street)

A part of the vision at Faith Community Church is to see Christ empowering global missional leaders. One way we live that out is by partnering with a network of churches in the St. Croix Valley called The St. Croix Valley LEAD Team to extend our disciple-making convictions locally and globally.

The LEAD Team churches, which include The Bridge in Somerset, Faith Community Church in New Richmond, The Village in Baldwin, The River in River Falls and Torrent in Prescott will gather on Sunday, June 24 at 4 p.m. at Lakefront Park in Hudson for Vision for the Valley 2018. We will celebrate what has transpired through our shared mission in recent years, cast vision for what the future could hold and share a meal.

Stay tuned for more details, including a magazine coming out in May. Learn more through this brief video shared during the services on April 29.

 
WORTH REPEATING

FAITHWORKS 2018 – JUNE 18-22

Part of our vision at Faith Community is to see Christ renewing neighborhoods and the valley. One way we live that out is through FaithWorks, a week we set aside each year with an intensive focus on short-term missions across the St. Croix Valley. Volunteers work together on everything from painting, yard work and home maintenance projects. FaithWorks is scheduled for the third week of June, from June 18 to 22. You can sign up for part of a day or evening, a full-day, several days or the entire week. There are opportunities to serve as laborers, on the food team, as nursery workers, on the prayer/evangelism team, and as administrative assistants.

FaithWorks is also a great opportunity for Missional Communities to serve their neighbors by working together on a project right in their neighborhood. If you’d like to nominate a project, please just go online to fcchudson.com and complete the online form.

Find more information on FaithWorks, please visit fcchudson.com and click on REGISTRATIONS to:

  • nominate a project
  • sign up to volunteer 
  • donate in support of FaithWorks projects.

AND here’s a tip when completing the online registration form: Please be sure to click the “Continue Registration” button. You will receive an email confirming that your registration is complete. If you do not receive an email, it’s possible your registration wasn’t processed completely. If you need more help with this, please call the FCC Office. Thank you!

STOP THE TRAFFICKING 5K WALK/RUN FOR JUSTICE

Thank you for your participation in the Faith Forum held last Sunday night on “The Gospel and Human Trafficking.” Our speaker shared many facts on the subject, including a statistic that places the Twin Cities as one of the top centers of human trafficking in the nation. Grace Church in Eden Prairie, Minn., is hosting the Stop the Trafficking 5K Walk/Run for Justice on Saturday, June 9, to help raise awareness about human trafficking. The event will take place at Purgatory Creek Park, 13001 Technology Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344. To learn more about the event, please visit https://www.stopthetraffickingrun.org

LEARN ABOUT FCC events and registrations at fcchudson.com.

Tim Porter

Lead Pastor for the Mission

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