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TheUpDate Weekly Newsletter - September 23, 2020

What a glorious Wednesday! God is so kind to give us such a beautiful day. May your heart be filled with joy and comfort that the God of all creation knows you, loves you, desires good for you! God is for you (Romans 8.31)!


  • This Sunday
  • Ministry Highlight: The Refuge Student Ministry
  • This week’s Bible memory verse
  • Opportunities to serve
  • Ministry Extension Partner Update
  • Fall ministry registrations


This Sunday, as we continue our Unafraid series, we will learn from the life of Daniel how we can be unafraid with resolve.


  • Find the conversation guide for the “Unafraid of the Enemy” sermon (Sept. 20) 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!
  • Watch or listen to sermons in the “Unafraid” series at 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.


This year, Faith Community Church’s approach to fall ministry, as outlined by the pastors and elders, is: go small in the fall. This includes a focus on small groups, family simplicity and Sunday morning services. (You can watch a video from Pastor Tim Porter with more information on the “small in the fall” approach at this link.)

Today, we highlight The Refuge, which serves middle and high school students and their families in helping students meet, know and follow Jesus. On Wednesday evenings throughout the school year, students gather for The Refuge for worship, small group discussion and prayer. These Refuge activities will continue to take place on campus this year, with a few adjustments in place for the current COVID-19 situation.

  • Meeting times have changed this year. Middle school students will meet 5:30-6:15pm, and high school students will meet 7:45-8:45pm. 
  • Small groups will meet in larger spaces throughout the building, such as the auditorium, Community Room and lobby, rather than in classrooms, to accommodate physical distancing.
  • Small group discussion will be based on the sermon from the previous Sunday. The use of the weekly sermon conversation guides is an outgrowth of the “Faith at Home” videos and materials initiated when FCC services moved to all-online in March.
  • On the last Wednesday of every month, a combined worship with middle school and high school students will take place in the auditorium. Small groups will not gather on worship nights.
  • Face coverings will be worn to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“Small groups have always been a major component of student ministry,” said Director of High School Discipleship Ben McMullen. “This helps us easily pivot. Even before COVID-19 hit, our student ministry was heavily focused on small group discipleship. Now more than ever, we are narrowing in on small groups as the core of our ministry.”

“We also want to encourage students to participate on Sunday mornings,” said Director of Middle School Discipleship Jake Pierson. “There’s a lot to gain by being a part of a Sunday morning service or serving.”

Many of the current leadership positions in support of Sunday worship services are being filled by students, including the nursery and the worship team. Students also help in key video production roles for livestream services on Sundays, as well as other video projects.

The Refuge kickoff night is planned for Wednesday, Sept. 30, with a worship night for middle school students starting at 5:30pm and a worship night for high school students starting at 7:45pm. Register students for The Refuge at or on the FaithBase app.

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,


2 Cor. 5:17 (Repentance)

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.


Loving child care workers are needed on Sunday mornings in the nurseries. The nurseries 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 or



Find more information on each ministry, including dates, times and online registrations, at, the FaithBase app, or at the links below:

  • (NEW!) CREATE (women’s retreat)
  • Awana (preschool through 6th grade)
  • The Refuge (middle school and high school students)

Tim Porter

Lead Pastor for the Mission


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