Happy Wednesday, FCC! I’m back from some vacation and study focus, and I look forward to being with you all this Sunday!
...Put on the new self, created after the likeness of God
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!
I felt stuck. I had struggled so long that I felt like I would never change.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 715.386.4070 by noon on Monday, November 19, if you are interested in being baptized.
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.
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.
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.
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.