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TheUpDate Weekly Newsletter - September 16, 2020

Happy Wednesday, FCC!

My heart is full today, because I am hearing many reports of our ministries firing up safely in the midst of our pandemic realities. Small groups, Awana, Bible studies and Missional Communities are ramping back up with more ministries starting up in the coming weeks. I am grateful for all of the leaders and volunteers dedicated to helping others meet, know and follow Jesus.  

Would you please pause and pray, asking the Holy Spirit to fill us and give us power and protection this fall?


  • Celebrating communion this Sunday, Sept. 20
  • Opportunities to serve
  • This week’s Bible memory verse
  • Fall ministry registrations


The most often stated command in the Bible is “do not be afraid.” God cares so much about our fears, not only because he cares about us, but also because fear is the biggest barrier between us faithfully following God and enjoying the good that he’s prepared for us, and resisting God. This week we’ll learn to be unafraid of our enemies.

We will celebrate communion together on campus and online this Sunday. 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 on Sept. 20, 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. 

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.  



Check out the following discipleship resources for the "Unafraid" sermon series.

  • Find the conversation guide for the “Unafraid of Inadequacy” sermon (Sept. 13) at 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!  
  • Pastor Tim Prince highly recommends a free resource on Exodus, available on RightNow Media, as a follow-up to last Sunday’s sermon. It’s a two-hour video called, "Patterns of Evidence: the Exodus" by Tim Mahoney. You just need a free RightNow Media account to watch the video. Contact Tim Prince at, if you need an account.  
  • Watch or listen to sermons in the “Unafraid” series at or on the app.


The Refuge Student Ministry (Middle School and High School Students) is getting ready for fall launch on Wednesday, Sept. 30. If you'd like to serve with The Refuge on Wednesdays throughout the school year, there are opportunities for small group mentors for the following:

  • 6th grade boys
  • 7th grade boys
  • 9th grade boys
  • 9th grade girls
  • 10th grade girls
  • 11th grade girls

Small group mentors are a vital part of a student's discipleship journey. As a mentor, you are an essential partner with parents in helping students grow in their maturity in Christ. Mentors spend time developing gospel-centered relationships with students as you study the Bible, pray, hang out on Wednesday nights, and do fun events together. For more information, please contact Ben McMullen, Director of High School Discipleship,, or Jake Pierson, Director of Middle School Discipleship,


Deuteronomy 6:6-7 (Godly Living)

6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.



FCC ministries are preparing for the fall launch of weekly activities.  Find more information on each ministry, including dates, times and online registrations, at  or the FaithBase app. Registrations include the following:

Tim Porter

Lead Pastor for the Mission


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