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TheUpDate Weekly Newsletter - November 18, 2020

Happy Wednesday, FCC!

As I was running yesterday, I listened to a talk about how the gospel can help us rest, when there is no time for rest. A few phrases have stuck out to me, and maybe they will be helpful to you. Sometimes it’s hard for us to rest, because we believe we have to fix it all, be everywhere at once, and know it all. I don’t know about you, but I can relate to that. But the speaker reminded me—we don’t have to repent for not being able to fix it all, or know it all, or be everywhere at once—we need to repent for trying.

See, there is already someone who will fix it all, who knows it all, and is everywhere all at once—God. One of the heart conditions that can keep me from rest, and maybe you too, is that I try to be like God—all powerful, all knowing, and everywhere at once.

I’m learning to rest, by letting God be God.

Here are the links to the podcast episodes, if you'd like to listen to them:


  • This Sunday
  • This week’s Bible memory verse
  • Operation Christmas Child – National Shoebox Collection is this week!
  • Helping our neighbors through Heart for the Valley


If we are honest with ourselves, the world isn’t just a dark place at times, we have darkness in our hearts and lives as well. When given the opportunity for generosity, we choose selfishness. When we need to speak a gentle word, we are harsh. When we need to grant forgiveness, we choose bitterness. This Sunday, we continue our study in 1 John, and John shows us how God shines his light into our dark hearts, so we can walk with him as he is in the light.


  • Find the conversation guide for the “God is Light” sermon (Nov. 15) at or on the app. This is a great tool for those wishing to take a more personal, deeper dive into the content of each sermon on your own, as a family, or in discipleship groups and Missional Communities. And, we welcome your feedback!  
  • Watch or listen to sermons in the “Walk in the Light” series at or on the app.  

Whether you watch at home or are on campus on Sundays, you matter to us and you matter to God, and we are one church with one mission: to help everyone meet, know and follow Jesus.  


Isaiah 64:4 (God’s Character)

From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him.



The national shoebox collection week for Operation Christmas Child (OCC) is this week, Nov. 16 to 23. There’s still time to pack a shoebox and then drop if off at FCC this week:

  • Some helpful tips on what to include in a shoebox and how to pack a shoebox can be found at this link.
  • As an alternative, consider packing a shoebox online at  
  • A curbside shoebox drop off process will be in place this year.  Volunteers will be there to assist you during the scheduled dropoff hours. Please drop off filled shoeboxes at Faith Community Church, 777 Carmichael Rd., Hudson, WI. Find a list of dropoff hours at


Watch a short video to learn about Heart for the Valley.

Through Heart for the Valley, middle school and high school students from Faith Community Church serve the surrounding community by packing a Christmas meal for families, as well as giving extra food to stock their cupboards! Last year, because of the generosity of FCC, students distributed meals to more than 156 families in the Hudson area! We had over 175 middle school, high school and adult volunteers to make this event a success.

This year, students from FCC will pack meals for families to pick up on Saturday, December 19, from 9:00-11:00am. Working alongside the Hudson Backpack Program and County Market, the goal is to serve more than 150 families in our neighborhoods.

Want to help support Heart For the Valley? Each $60 tax-deductible donation allows students from FCC to pack two full boxes of food to each family, including a Christmas meal with extra food for their cupboards. Please consider donating any amount to help feed families in our neighborhoods! Learn more and make a donation at or the FaithBase app. Thank you!

Tim Porter

Lead Pastor for the Mission


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