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TheUpDate Weekly Newsletter - October 26, 2017

It’s a glorious day in the St. Croix Valley! I trust you are well! Just a brief reminder, that as you see the landscape—the leaves changing and falling from the trees—our God is ever faithful. He does not change and he will not fail!


Forgive each other,
As the Lord has forgiven you…
Colossians 3.13

We’re continuing with the four promises of forgiveness, developed by Ken Sande.  As we work out forgiving one another as we have been forgiven, Ken reminds us that when we forgive, we are making promises to one another. We promise not to dwell on the incident. We promise not to bring it up again and use it against the offending party. Today we look at the third promise, which is “I will not talk to others about this incident.”

When we forgive the sins committed against us, we are promising not to tear down the reputation of the offender. In other words, we will not gossip about this person and what they did to us. Making and keeping this promise helps us to not rehearse what was done to us.

The Bible uses the word “cover” when talking about forgiving sins (1 Peter 4.8). When the Bible tells us to cover the sins of others, it doesn’t mean we should be involved in cover up of sinful activities. Instead, it means that when we have received a confession of sins committed against us, we are to cover the sin by not letting it affect our relationship, and this covering includes not talking to others about the sins that others have committed.

Let us forgive one another and “[a]bove all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4.8).


We will conclude our series on Romans this Sunday with “The Gospel and the Glory of God” (Romans 16.25-27) by looking at my favorite section of Paul’s letter. Our text for Sunday is a closing summary of the main theme of the letter.  And what is beautiful about this summary statement is that it is a statement of praise to God who is worthy of all of our glory. We are made for glory. We hunger for glory.  And in relationship with Jesus, we behold the glory of God, and we are transformed. 

REFORMAPALOOZA FCC PICNIC – SUNDAY, OCT. 29 – 12:15 to 3:00 p.m.



Reformapalooza is being held under a big top HEATED tent located in the upper parking lot of the church. There will be NO LIFESHAPING CLASSES held this Sunday. Please dress for an outdoor event; however, with the sides on the tent and the heater, it should be toasty inside.

October 29 marks the 500th anniversary of Reformation Sunday. On Oct 31, 1517, Martin Luther began a reformation of the church by nailing 95 theses to the Wittenberg Door. This event sparked a recovery of the gospel of grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. As we bring our Romans series (a sermon series on Living and Breathing the Gospel) to conclusion on Oct 29, it seemed fitting to take an opportunity to gather together and have some fun together, while also reminding ourselves of the gospel of God’s grace.

On Sunday, Oct. 29, Faith Community is hosting Reformapalooza, a family Reformation celebration, following the 11 a.m. service. Come enjoy this fun, festive, fall picnic!

  • Serving a German-style lunch of brats, potato salad and sauerkraut
  • Large Oktoberfest pretzels, hot dogs and chips also available
  • 1919 Root Beer on tap
  • Featuring the Jolly Huntsmen Polka band under a big top tent
  • Jump house and other activities for kids
  • Lederhosen, dirndls, hats or other German ethnic dress welcome.
  • Just plan to attend—no need to register and no charge for event!


Some topics are so crucial, current, debated and/or divisive, they require focused attention in addition to sermons. Faith Community introduced Faith Forums in 2015 as an additional way to offer biblical perspective on culturally relevant topics. Forums include a time of Q & A, and opportunities for respectful dialogue with other believers.

FCC will be hosting our next Faith Forum on “The Gospel and the Sanctity of Human Life,” on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. We’ve invited Brian Gibson, a national leader in the pro-life movement, to speak. Since 1986, he has served as executive director of Pro-Life Action Ministries. Under Brian’s direction, Pro-Life Action Ministries has grown from a small activist group in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota into the nation’s largest and most organized sidewalk counseling ministry. Over the years, Pro-Life Action Ministries has documented more than 3,200 babies saved directly from abortion. Brian has led 40 Days for Life (a prayer movement to end abortion) in the Twin Cities since the first national Lenten campaign. Brian & his wife, Julie will celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary in October. They have two adult children.


Please see this note from FCC’s Early Childhood and Care Ministry Director, Karen Garden:

“We have an abundance of precious little ones coming to the first service in the toddler nursery. MORE HELP IS NEEDED. If you or your family member love children and can commit to one service a month, I NEED YOU!”

Please contact Karen via text or call at: 715-220-2507.


With the Romans series, we have a schedule for memorizing key verses—together as a church—which are crucial for helping us preach the gospel to ourselves and encourage one another as we seek to live out the gospel in all of life. The verses all come from Romans, and correspond to the preaching schedule. Pick up a memory verse card this Sunday to help you memorize the verses each week:

17 I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. (Romans 16:17)


I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf...(Romans 15:30)

Tim Porter

Lead Pastor for the Mission


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