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9/20/17

TheUpDate Weekly Newsletter - September 20, 2017

Happy Wednesday, FCC! There's a lot going on in this Update, but before you continue to read on, please pause and pray for the Refuge, our middle school and high school ministry starting up tonight! Pray that eyes are opened and hearts are softened to know and trust the Living God!

GOSPEL REMINDER

So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.
Romans 14.8

Some of you may remember the TV show “Cheers.” The theme song of this show, expresses well the human heart: “...Where everyone knows your name.” We want to belong. A lot of our heart struggles in life are wondering if we belong. Many of our relational struggles are characterized by trying to not be rejected by others. The gospel speaks into our desire to belong.

Paul reminds us in Romans 14 that Jesus has lived and died for us, so that whether we live or we die, we belong to Jesus—we are the Lord's! This is great hope! It is hope in this life, so that even if others reject us, we are the Lord's! He will never leave us or forsake us. It is hope in death as well, because one of the terrifying things about death is we will not be known anymore by the people who we love us and who love us. But belonging to Jesus transcends death. Even in death, we belong to Jesus. Our union with Jesus, our belonging to him, cannot be stopped or hindered by death.

Rest your heart today that you are completely known, fully understood, and persistently loved by God—you belong to Jesus. Let this hope compel you to risk rejection from others. Let this hope empower you to pursue including others. Let this hope inspire you to be welcoming, hospitable and sincere in your love for others!

WORSHIP GATHERING

Pastor Larry Szyman will continue in chapter 13 of Romans and preach on “The Gospel and Loving Neighbors” (Romans 13:8-14). In this section of Romans, we will be reminded by Paul that love is not simply an emotion—though, of course, love must be sincere. Love for others is the fuel for morality; it’s the fuel for doing good to our neighbors. When God gives us commands to follow, the commands teach us what love looks like. Love compels us to tell the truth. Love compels us to fidelity in marriage. Love transforms our hearts from jealousy and quarrelling toward generosity and peace making. I'm excited to learn from Pastor Larry on this important passage!

COMMISSIONING ZACK AND ANGIE SZYMAN this Sunday

At FCC, we want to see Christ empowering local and global missional leaders. On Sunday, we will have an opportunity to commission Zack and Angie Szyman to the next step in their ministry with unreached people in the Twin Cities. They’ll be with us in the worship gatherings, and you'll also have a chance to meet with them in the lobby after both services to learn more about how they’re serving.

LIFESHAPING FOR KINDERGARTEN THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL STARTS SUNDAY, SEPT. 24

LifeShaping is our Sunday morning education hour for children and students through 12th grade, and the fall session begins THIS Sunday, Sept. 24. Find more info and register at fcchudson.com!

FCC COVENANT MEMBERS MEETING

SUNDAY, SEPT. 24 – FOLLOWING THE 11 A.M. SERVICE

FCC members will gather THIS Sunday, Sept. 24, following the 11 a.m. service, to vote on candidates for covenant membership. All are welcome to attend this meeting. If you are interested in becoming a covenant member of FCC, the next Covenant Membership Class is scheduled for Oct. 5 and 12, 5:45 to 8:45 p.m. (attend both dates). Dinner and childcare are provided. This class is our introduction to membership at FCC and is required for anyone wishing to pursue membership. The class covers our purpose, mission, vision, discipleship paths, Missional Community, covenant and statement of belief. Learn more and register for the class at fcchudson.com/registrations.

AS WE GO DISCIPLESHIP WORKSHOP

HOW TO START DISCIPLESHIP AND MENTORING – Led by Chris and Jill Willeke and Gary and Angela Nourse

SUNDAY, OCT. 1 AFTER BOTH SERVICES IN ROOMS 9 AND 10

At FCC, our mission is to make more and better disciples, and we want to follow Jesus’ example. We believe God is calling us to trust that we can, by the power of the Spirit, equip one another to more effectively make disciples together as we go. We’re offering a workshop after both services on Sunday, Oct. 1, to come learn how to get started with discipleship and mentoring. There’s no cost for the workshop, and no need to register. 

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

BRATS, POLKA & PRETZELS!

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
  • Just plan to attend—no need to register and no charge for event!
WORTH REPEATING

THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE

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:

1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God,what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:1-2)

MEMORY VERSE FOR THE WEEK OF SEPT. 10

1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God,what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:1-2)

Tim Porter

Lead Pastor for the Mission

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