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11/28/18

TheUpDate Weekly Newsletter - November 28, 2018

Happy Wednesday, FCC! Christmas time is here!

GOSPEL REMINDER

“Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?”
John 4.29

There is so much that is remarkable about Jesus’ interaction with the Samaritan woman at the well. But one part of the story that has captured me the last couple of days is how quickly after talking with Jesus, that the woman begins to talk with others about Jesus and his work in her life. Sometimes we may believe that we should know all kinds of arguments for defending our faith in Jesus, before we talk about Jesus. Or sometimes we may believe we have to know a lot about the Bible before we talk about Jesus to others. Both of these are good, but the woman at the well models for us, that fundamentally what we need for talking about Jesus, is an experience of meeting Jesus. In other words, if you have met Jesus, and Jesus is changing your heart and life, that’s all you need to begin sharing Jesus with others.

The gospel reminder for this week is to remember that if you have met Jesus, just start sharing about the work Jesus is doing in your life.

WORSHIP GATHERING

This weekend we begin our Christmas series, The Wonder of the One. In this series, we will be focused in the Gospel of John to experience wonder as we discover who Jesus is and what he has done for us. On Sunday, we will wonder at the astounding love of God, who even though the world is dark and rebellious, sent his son into the world, not to condemn the world but to save it. This Sunday we will learn from John 3.16-21.

As a church, we want to do everything we can to help everyone meet, know, and follow Jesus.  Because of this, the series is designed to focus on Jesus, both so you can experience wonder and so you can invite someone to meet Jesus as we worship. Please be praying about someone you could invite. Maybe a neighbor, maybe a relative, maybe someone you regularly text, who doesn’t know Jesus yet?

With this series, we will also have some great reading resources to focus your heart during this Christmas season. You can pick them up on Sunday morning or by following the links below:

Resources for Sermon Series:

  • "Hidden Christmas" by Tim Keller
  • "Who is Jesus?" By Greg Gilbert
  • "What is the Gospel?" By Greg Gilbert

2019 BUDGET MEETINGS | THIS 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 followJesus. Through our strategic plan, we have established five main initiatives to help us move toward this overall goal.

  • This Sunday, please pick up a copy of the 2019Vision 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 10:30 a.m.

SERVICE OPPORTUNITY – RING BELLS FOR THE SALVATION ARMY KETTLE DRIVE

Renew the neighborhoods through bell ringing. The Salvation Army kettle drive is in full swing. Every penny given stays in St. Croix County with Grace Place being a key recipient. Volunteer at a time slot and place that works for you at registertoring.com. Thank you!

WORTH REPEATING

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.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

Thank you, Faith Community, for your support of OperationChristmas Child again this year. Here’s an update from Lynn Hawksford, who leads these efforts: “Operation Christmas Child National Collection Week has concluded. There were 1627 shoeboxes dropped off at FCC Hudson this year. This is up from 997 last year – God is good! I am so grateful to all the wonderful volunteers that helped this year. On behalf of OCC, I want to thank FCC Hudson for their support of this ministry. And thank you to everyone that packed a shoebox. Now, 1627 more children will hear about our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, when they receive these shoebox gifts.”

LEARN ABOUT FCC events and registrations at fcchudson.com.

Tim Porter

Lead Pastor for the Mission

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