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11/14/18

TheUpDate Weekly Newsletter - Nov. 14, 2018

Happy Wednesday, FCC! I’m back from some vacation and study focus, and I look forward to being with you all this Sunday!

GOSPEL REMINDER

...Put on the new self, created after the likeness of God
(Ephesians 4.24)

In the fall of 1997, I had been married for three years. I was a few years into a Master of Divinity program at Bethel Seminary. I was doing ministry, and I was a teaching assistant to a prof that was quickly becoming a mentor to me—and I needed a mentor, a discipler!  

In all of this, I was quickly realizing that some of the struggles, temptations, and sinful behaviors I had prior to being married were not going away and they were painfully affecting my relationship with my wife.

I felt stuck. I had struggled so long that I felt like I would never change.

But God worked and gave me hope in an unexpected way.

My mentor invited me to go with him on a day trip up to Duluth. He would be preaching at a former student’s pastoral installation service, and he asked me to join him. I hadn’t visited Duluth, and so the opportunity to visit Duluth in the fall was very appealing. Add on top of that, there was a promise of visiting Tobi’s in Hinckley—I was hooked.

As we drove, we talked about all kinds of life. Eventually,Tom asked me about a research project I was doing on Ephesians 4. Now I don’t remember everything we discussed about the passage and the truth it talks about. But one truth shot deep into my heart that day. He told me exactly what my heart needed to hear. He told me, Ephesians 4.22-24 teaches that we can change.

Because of Jesus, we don’t have to live in a defeating struggle, we can change. Jesus is committed to our change.

These words gave me the hope that I needed. I didn’t have to stay stuck in defeated struggle. I could walk in a new way of life. I could change. Jesus would change me.

I’m not sure if you feel stuck today. Or, if you feel defeated in the struggle against sin. The gospel reminder today is that you can change. Jesus has saved you for change. He has saved you to be changed to look like him in attitude and action. You have all the resources of heaven on your side. The change may be slow, God is patient. But the power to change is there.  

WORSHIP GATHERING

This Sunday we will continue in the AS WE GO series, and talk about the goal of discipleship.  We take the step to Follow Jesus, Align ourselves to Scripture, Covenant together, and seek an Apprenticeship—all for a goal. The goal is to change. To change to be like Jesus. This Sunday we’ll learn of the power of Jesus to change us, and how to change our attitudes and behaviors, so we can be like Jesus. This Sunday the Apostle Paul, an early follower of Jesus and leader in the Christian movement, will help us with the dynamics of change. We will be learning from Ephesians 4.20-29.

WATCH OR LISTEN to sermons in the AS WE GO series at fcchudson.com.

BAPTISMS – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25 – SIGNUP BY NOON ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19

Baptism is an act commanded by the Lord Jesus Christ as an expression of faith and a symbol of our union with Christ, especially in his death and resurrection. We are planning for baptisms in the services on Sunday, November 25. Pick up a “Believer’s Baptism” brochure at the Info Center for more info or contact Becki at bhedstrom@fcchudson.com or 715.386.4070 by noon on Monday, November 19, if you are interested in being baptized.

HUDSON BACKPACK PROGRAM

Participating in the Hudson Backpack Program is one way 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 rombergrobyn@gmail.com. Thank you, FCC!

2019 BUDGET MEETINGS |SUNDAY, DEC. 2, AFTER BOTH SERVICES

The mission of Faith Community is to make more and better disciples of Jesus Christ. We want to help everyone to meet, know and follow Jesus. Through our strategic plan, we have established five main initiatives to help us move toward this overall goal.

  • On Dec. 2, please pick up a copy of the 2019 Vision Forward booklet to see what’s planned for next year. We will have a brief meeting after both services on Dec. 2 in the Refuge Room, to discuss the budget proposal.
  • On Sunday, Dec. 16, FCC covenant members will vote on the budget proposal following the 9 a.m. service with a meeting starting at approximately 10:15 a.m.

HUDSON COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING SERVICE
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 21 at Trinity Lutheran Church (WestCampus: 1205 6th St., Hudson, WI) and hosted by the Hudson Ministerial Association

We have so much for which to be thankful and what a better way to celebrate God’s grace by joining together as a community and thanking him for his blessings. A pie reception will be held after the service in the gym. Invite your friends and family for this wonderful time of celebration.

SERVICE OPPORTUNITY – NURSERY WORKERS

Loving child care workers are needed on Sunday mornings in the nurseries. We currently have an opening during the 9 a.m. service. The nurseries serve families with children (newborn through age 5) throughout the year. Consider helping one time, once a month, or more. If this is an area in which God has gifted you, please contact Karen Garden at 715.220.2507 or Karen_garden@yahoo.com.

LEARN ABOUT FCC events and registrations at fcchudson.com.

Tim Porter

Lead Pastor for the Mission

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