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10/28/20

TheUpDate Weekly Newsletter - October 28, 2020

Happy Wednesday, FCC! I sure hope you are doing well! Hey, as we begin this update, would you please pause and pray for the teachers in our community? Every teacher I talk to is dealing with a lot of stress. They are managing a lot. Let’s pray that the Holy Spirit would give them energy and strength. Also, Awana Clubs and The Refuge are meeting tonight. Please pray that God would work mightily as they gather tonight.

Behind the scenes on the scene of Episode 2 of the FCC podcast
Behind the scenes on the set of Episode 2 of FCC's "The Great News Podcast"

We have a new episode of the FCC podcast, which also now has a name—The Great News Podcast! In this episode, Pastor Tim Prince and I talk with Kevin Christopher about
politics, masking, racquetball, socks and morality, showing how we can handle ourselves in productive ways when we differ in opinion from others.

Thanks to everyone who sent in suggested ideas for naming the podcast, too! Joe Mancuso’s name was drawn from the submissions we received for a $25 gift card to a Hudson restaurant of his choice. Congratulations, Joe!

IN THIS ISSUE:

  • This Sunday
  • Celebrating communion on Sunday, Nov. 8
  • Opportunities to serve (Hospitality Team, Operation Christmas Child, FCC Nurseries)
  • This week’s Bible memory verse
  • Child Dedications on Sunday, Nov. 22
  • Heart for the Valley

THIS SUNDAY

This Sunday we will be learning about how Jesus’ return gives us a hope that nothing can take away and shapes how we can together live every day, encouraging one another.

Last Sunday, we talked about how we show love to each other in our relationships, and how that often means making personal sacrifices. The past few months have been filled with adjustments, and we want to thank you for the many ways you are lovingly making those adjustments when you’re at the church building. As we are now in the fall/winter cold and flu season, just a reminder about our current guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you or anyone in your family are experiencing any flu-like symptoms, we request that you not attend until the symptoms have passed. For the benefit of the children in the nurseries and the child care workers, we cannot care for children with flu-like symptoms in the nurseries. Symptoms may include:

  • Fever
  • Coughing or sneezing
  • Gastro-intestinal upset
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Other general symptoms associated with COVID-19

You can find the complete list of guidelines at this link.

SERMON RESOURCES

  • Find the conversation guide for the “Better: Pure Relationships” sermon (Oct. 25) at fcchudson.com 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 fcchudson.com 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.  

COMMUNION PLANNED FOR SUNDAY, NOV. 8

We will be celebrating communion together in person and online on Sunday, Nov. 8. Communion is very important for remembering Jesus death, resurrection, and return and also for our unity together as a church.

During the in-person services, we will provide the communion elements in individually wrapped disposable packages. We invite everyone watching online to make plans to have grape juice with bread or crackers available to celebrate communion at home with your family, too.

OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE

  • 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 fcchudson.com. Contact Pastor Larry Szyman at lszyman@fcchudson.com 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:
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4baca62ba7f4c61-operation
    *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 samaritanspurse.org.  
    *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 fcchudson.com.

  • 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.

THIS WEEK’S BIBLE MEMORY VERSE

1 Sam. 12:23-24 (Prayer)
23 Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you, and I will instruct you in the good and the right way. 24 Only fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you.

WORTH REPEATING

CHILD DEDICATIONS – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22

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 fcchudson.com or the FaithBase app.

HELPING OUR NEIGHBORS THROUGH HEART FOR THE VALLEY

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 fcchudson.com or the FaithBase app. Thank you!

Tim Porter

Lead Pastor for the Mission

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