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TheUpDate Weekly Newsletter - Oct. 23, 2019

Happy Wednesday, FCC! I know not everyone is like me, but I love change. One of the reasons I love fall in the upper Midwest is because of the drastic changes in our environment. But even in the changes, I want something steady on which to rest my heart. It seems like it was just yesterday, when my wife, DJ, and I were attending college fairs with our oldest son, Levi. But now Levi is in his freshman year of college, and we just went to our first college fair with our middle son, Ian. Wow, things move fast!

But during the changes, God proves faithful. No matter who you are, or what you’ve done, or what’s been done to you, remember, you matter to God. He is always faithful to keep his promises to you. You can trust him in anything and for everything, he loves you and has spared no expense to make you his own.  


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This Sunday I will be preaching on an amazing story about Jesus’ love and power. Jesus meets us right where we are at. He meets us in the ordinary flow of life. He meets us and loves us right as we are and where we are, but he won’t leave us as we are. Unfortunately, one of the ordinary parts of life is hearing the phrase, “There’s nothing more we can do.” We might hear that from a medical team someday, and we need to endure a chronic illness. What kind of hope does Jesus give us when we hear, “I’m sorry, there is nothing more we can do?” I know it’s a bit cliché, but it’s still true—Jesus gives a real hope in hopeless circumstances. This Sunday we will learn from Jesus’ encounter with a man named Jairus (Luke 8.40-56). Jairus was desperate and hopeless, and Jesus met him, loved him, and changed him.

If you know someone who needs some hope right now, consider inviting them this Sunday. Jesus gives us hope in desperate times.

Watch or listen to the sermons in the “Encounter” series at or the FaithBase app.

Want to listen to this week’s worship music playlist? FCC is now on Spotify! Check it out here. (You’ll need to sign up for a free Spotify account to listen, if you don’t already have one.)


Led by Chris Willeke
After both services in the Refuge Room

We want to help everyone meet know and follow Jesus, and one of the ways we help others meet Jesus is by being honest about the role of Jesus in our lives, while inviting them to follow him. We’d love to help you help others meet, know, and follow Jesus. This workshop is based on the book by William Fay, “Share Jesus without Fear,” which was written to offer help in directing our conversations towards spiritual opportunities to introduce our friends, neighbors, colleagues and even new encounters to Jesus. Learn more at or the FaithBase app. Child care is not available for this workshop.

CHRISTIANITY EXPLORED – New session starts on Thursday, Oct. 31

Christianity Explored is an informal and relaxed seven-week course for anyone who has pondered what life’s all about. It gives you time and space to consider the life and person at the heart of the Christian faith—Jesus Christ. Each session includes discussion, a short DVD segment and a time for questions.

Over the seven interactive classes, we will explore Mark’s Gospel to find out who Jesus is, why he came and what it means to follow him. Please join us and bring a friend!

  • You don’t need to know anything about the Bible.
  • You won’t be asked to read aloud, pray, sing or give a donation.
  • You can ask any question you want, or just listen
  • Come for dinner at 5:45pm. Childcare will be provided for children through age 9. Children 10 and older will be invited to serve in the nurseries. (Register for childcare with course registration.)

REGISTER for Christianity Explored (and childcare) at or the FaithBase app.


Heart For The Valley is our Refuge student-led service event that seeks to provide a Christmas meal for those in need during the holidays, as well as giving extra food to stock their cupboards. Students will be packing and delivering meals on Wednesday, December 18. A $60 donation will provide a meal and additional pantry items for one family. Please donate ANY amount, does not need to be $60. DONATE online at or on the FaithBase App before November 30! Thanks!


Ps. 103:1-4 (Repentance)
1 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, 3 who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, 4 who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy...



We look more like Jesus and experience the joy of community when we serve each other, our neighbors, and our city. Check out these service opportunities (and more) at or the FaithBase app:

LEARN ABOUT FCC events and registrations at or the app. Search for “Faith Community Church Hudson” on the App Store or Google play to download the app.

PRAYER REQUESTS + CARE NEEDS are posted on the Prayer + Care wall on the FaithBase app. You can also sign up on the app under “Emails + Registrations,” if you would like to receive an email when new prayer requests and care needs are posted.  

Wondering if something at FCC is canceled? Check or the FaithBase app.

Tim Porter

Lead Pastor for the Mission


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