Happy soggy Wednesday to you, FCC! After a couple of weeks away, here comes my update.
STRATEGIC PLAN UPDATES
Last week I, along with five other FCCers involved in biblical counseling, attended theAssociation of Certified Biblical Counselors annual meeting in Fort Worth, TX. The theme for the conference was abuse. The conference organizers sought to equip pastors, elders and counselors for helping victims and abusers. It was a heavy conference. But it was also an encouraging conference. Not only was there great material, but what amazed me was that the conference was sold out. There were hundreds, maybe thousands of people, who wanted to attend this conference to be equipped to help. That is amazing to me. I was surrounded by people who wanted to help others in some very hard, painful, fearful circumstances and relationships.
One of the reasons we were there is because we believe a key way that FCC can help serve the St. Croix Valley is through becoming proficient and skilled with biblical counseling. There is so much pain, and there is a great God who comforts with hope and power for change!
23 since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; 24 for
“All flesh is like grass
and all its glory like the flower of grass.
The grass withers,
and the flower falls,
25 but the word of theLord remains forever.”
And this word is the good news that was preached to you.
Our youngest son, Seth, is a strong feeler. The other day we were driving in town,and he was looking closely at the skin on the back of my hand. Then he was contrasting it with the skin on the back of his hand. All of a sudden, he started to tear up. I was pretty sure I knew why he was tearing up, but I wanted to hear his heart, so I asked him what he was thinking. This caused him to go into a full cry. In the midst of sobs, he told me, “You are getting old,you are dying.” He’s right. I am withering like the grass. Lord willing, I still have many decades in front of me, but each decade will bring more and more withering.
But the hope—the deep and abiding hope—is because of God’s good news, because Jesus died in our place and rose again, we can be born again, even while we are withering. And being born again means that though we wither, we will one day rise again with Jesus. We will one day have glorified bodies. Because the word of the Lord remains forever, and because that word is believed in our hearts, we too will remain forever.
This Sunday we will be closing out the series on Courage andLoyalty. In this final sermon, we will see how God brings justice for Esther and Mordecai. Our hearts long for justice, and the great news of the Bible is that God is a just God, and he will bring justice to every wrong. Since this is true, Esther also shows us how to be loyal in seeking justice, as we wait for God to bring justice.
BIBLE PRESENTATION – THIS SUNDAY
One way FCC comes alongside parents in the discipleship of their children is to present second graders with Bibles. The second graders receive a copy of the “Following Jesus” Bible (ESV/Crossway), which includes many study resources. Bibles will be presented to 2nd graders during both services this Sunday, October 14, 2018. All second graders are welcome to receive a Bible during the services. Second graders who attend LifeShaping will be escorted by their teacher into the auditorium for the presentation. If your second grader does not attend LifeShaping, please have your child come forward during the service to receive a Bible.
In addition, two-year-olds will be joining the second graders for the Bible presentation in both services. The two-year-olds will be receiving a copy of “The Jesus Storybook Bible” by Sally Lloyd-Jones, which will be available to be picked up at the nursery window after both services. The two-year-olds will be escorted to the auditorium for the Bible presentation by their nursery teacher. If your two-year-old does not attend the nursery, you are welcome to bring your child to the front for the presentation.
SERMON SERIES RESOURCES
“Faith Among the Faithless: Learning from Esther How to Live in a World Gone Mad” by Mike Cosper. Available for purchase in the café area for $11. “A call to spiritual awakening and to faith in an age of malaise and apathy, "Faith Among theFaithless" is an invitation to remember the faithfulness of God,knowing that in dark times—as in the days of Esther or our own—God may be hidden, but he is never absent.” (Source: Amazon.com)
“A Loving Life: In a World of Broken Relationships” by Paul E. Miller (author of “A Praying Life) Available for purchase in the café area for $12. I loved reading this book in preparation for the current series on Ruth. Miller gives examples of what love can look like in very practical ways and constantly pointed me to God’s faithful love as the fuel to love others well.
FCC WILL SERVE AS A COLLECTION CENTER FOR OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
The national shoebox collection week for OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD (OCC) is Nov. 12-Nov.19. Faith Community Church will serve as the Western Wisconsin OperationChristmas Child Collection Center. Want to help?
QUESTIONS? Contact Lynn Hawksford at715-377-5944 for more information.
ABOUT OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
LEARN MORE about Operation Christmas Child in this 3-minute video.
The mission of Operation Christmas Child (OCC) is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News ofJesus Christ. OCC partners with local churches for shoebox distributions. A gospel message in the child’s language is included with each shoebox and shared with the child when they receive their shoebox. OCC also invites children to learn about Jesus at a 12-week discipleship program taught by trained, local leaders.
SERVE INDIA - KWIK TRIP CARDS AVAILABLE THIS SUNDAY
One part of the vision of Faith Community is to empower global missional leaders. One way we live that out is through partnership with SERVE India, which supports the expanding missionary effort in India, specifically in Andhra Pradesh, a state in South East India. You can stop by their booth in the lobby on Sunday to learn more about SERVE India. There will also be Kwik Trip cards available to purchase in support of SERVE India.
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