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10/24/18

TheUpDate Weekly Newsletter - Oct. 24, 2018

Wow, it sure has been beautiful the last fewdays. Right now, the sun is coming up, and there is a crisp chill in the air, frost is on the grass, and the leaves are changing. I love this time of the year! I’m looking forward to being with you all this Sunday.

GOSPEL REMINDER

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Phil 4.13

I don’t know if you’re like me, but sometimes I get massively overwhelmed by life. Car rides for the kids, deadlines, illness, opportunities, problems in my heart, in my family, in the church. Yard work, house work, church work, repairs and improvements. Dreams, failures, longings, disappointments. This can all add up in my life, and it can be hard just to want to keep going. The pressure can be immense.

In the midst of mounting and sometimes insurmountable pressure, I am reminded that I am not alone. I am reminded that I am not made to live life in my own strength, that I don’t have to, and that it is foolish to try. I am reminded that everything that Jesus supplies me is the strength for everything Jesus wants me to be, to become, and to accomplish. I am reminded that I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

I used to hear that verse wrongly as saying that anything I can dream up—even seemingly impossible things—Jesus will give me the help and strength to do. After study, I realized that this verse is saying so much more. The apostle Paul is reminding us that no matter what circumstance we find ourselves in, whether it is prosperity or poverty, whether things are going my way or life is against me, Jesus will give me the strength to glorify God and become more like him in each and every circumstance.

I don’t know what’s in front of you today. But may God delightfully remind you, that you are not alone, and that Jesus’ strength is sufficient for you today.

STRATEGIC PLAN UPDATES

Last Sunday we began a sermon series called, As We Go. This series is designed to shape the biblical principles for discipleship into actionable and applicable steps. Each week we will be talking about a new step to take in being a disciple of Jesus. To be a disciple ofJesus means simply to follow Jesus. We learn from his teaching in both word and deed, and we live the way he teaches everyone to live.

This six-week sermon series flows right out of our strategic plan. We are seeking to cultivate a discipleship culture, where we learn to help one another follow Jesus, and invite everyone to follow Jesus. This flows right out of our mission, because we exist as a church to make more and better discipleship of Jesus. What this means is we exist to help everyone meet, know, and follow Jesus.  

The pastors and elders have been praying about this series, that God would do a mighty work in us as a church to reach more and more of our neighbors in the St. Croix River Valley with the good news of Jesus.

Please be praying about how you can take each step of discipleship.

WORSHIP GATHERING

This Sunday Pastor Tim Prince will be preaching about the role the Bible should have in our life as followers of Jesus. The Bible is sufficient to teach us everything God thinks we need to know about him and life, so that we can live for him, glorify him, be acceptable to him, and experience joy in this life as we wait to see Jesus face-to-face. The first step in being a disciple of Jesus is to commit to FOLLOW him. We looked at that step on October 21. You can view or listen to it here. This week we’ll take the second step and ALIGN our lives to the Bible’s teaching.

AS WE GO DISCIPLESHIP WORKSHOP: Getting Started with the Bible in Discipleship

Sunday, Nov. 4 after both services in the Refuge Room

Ledby Chris and Jill Willeke

The mission of Faith Community is to make more and better disciples of Jesus Christ. We offer occasional discipleship workshops, such as this one, that offer ways for each of us to be equipped for discipleship as we go about our lives every day. Come learn from the Willekes about a Bible study method that will help you enjoy a vital and rich relationship with God as you hear him speak to you on a daily basis. You will learn lifelong skills that over time will become a lifetime habit of self-guided reading and study of the Bible. 

WORTH REPEATING

HEART FOR THE VALLEY CHRISTMAS MEAL

Want to help families in the Hudson community to have a Christmas meal this year, plus some extra food for their cupboards? Through the annual Heart for the Valley service project, middle school and high school students from Faith Community Church serve the surrounding community by packing and delivering a Christmas meal for families, as well as giving extra food to stock their cupboards. Each $60 donation to Heart for the Valley allows students to deliver two full boxes of food to each family, including a Christmas meal with extra food for their cupboards. To see Heart for the Valley in action, check out this video.

Please consider sponsoring one or multiple families this Christmas. You may donate online at fcchudson.com, or you may contribute through a check made to FCC with“Heart for the Valley” or “HFTV” in the memo section. Thank you for your generosity in helping us serve families in our community!

LEARN ABOUT FCC events and registrations at fcchudson.com.

Tim Porter

Lead Pastor for the Mission
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