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TheUpDate Weekly Newsletter - November 4, 2020

What a beautiful start to November! I hope you get a chance to soak up some sun this week, as we pray for our next President and await the election results!


  • This Sunday - Celebrating communion
  • This week’s Bible memory verse
  • Child Dedications on Sunday, Nov. 22
  • Opportunities to serve (Hospitality Team, Operation Christmas Child, FCC Nurseries)
  • Heart for the Valley


We will close out our walk through 1 Thessalonians this Sunday learning from God’s word about the importance of being together with strong relationship.  We are in a spiritual battle and God has given us to each other to help us overcome evil with good!

We will be celebrating communion together in person and online this Sunday. Communion is very important for remembering Jesus’ death, resurrection, and return and also for our unity together as a church. If you’ll be watching the service online, please plan to have grape juice with bread or crackers available to celebrate communion at home with your family, too.

Thank you so much for the ways you have adapted during this time! It’s not been easy to be on mission during this pandemic, and I am so proud of how you’ve responded. Thank you for being welcoming and encouraging one another, while also wearing masks and distancing when in the building. This isn’t easy, but God is working in all of this!


  • Find the conversation guide for the “Better: Encouragement” sermon (Nov. 1) 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 “Better Together” 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.  


Hebrews 12:1-2 (Repentance)
1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.



The next child dedications will take place on Sunday, November 22, during the 9:00am and 11:00am services. Learn more and get registered at or the FaithBase app.


  • Want to help everyone God sends our way to feel welcomed, noticed and loved? Consider joining the Hospitality Team. Find a list of Hospitality Team roles at Contact Pastor Larry Szyman at to learn more and get involved.

  • The national shoebox collection week for Operation Christmas Child (OCC) is Nov. 16 to 23. There are many ways to participate! Want to help?

    1) VOLUNTEERS are needed to staff the Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Drop Off at FCC from Nov 16 - Nov 23.
    We will be providing a curbside drop off process this year. *Volunteers are needed to unload shoeboxes from cars and pack them into cartons.
    *Heavy lifters are also needed at the end of each shift to load heavy cartons (40 to 50 pounds) into a trailer.
    *For more information and to sign up:
    *Contact Lynn Hawksford with questions at 715-377-5944.

    2) PACK A SHOEBOX and drop it off at FCC.
    *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

  • Loving child care workers are needed for the 9am service on Sunday mornings in the nurseries and preschool rooms, which 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.


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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