Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Last Sunday, we saw how the gospel turns the world upside down through the downward path of Jesus’ earthly ministry, his passion, and then the upward path of his resurrection. In the biblical estimation, the only way to go up is to go down.
This Sunday, we see the message of the Gospel coming up against the greatest human philosophy of the day when Paul visits the city of Athens and preaches the amazing truth of the God who has revealed himself. As we will see on Sunday, everything Paul says about who God is and what he is like goes against the idolatrous teachings of Greek philosophy and religion. And as it turns out, ancient Greek religion isn’t so far removed from popular ideas of God today.
We serve a God who did not leave us in ignorance. He revealed himself to us. We can know what God is like and how to be in relationship with him because he has made himself known. He has made himself known through the Scriptures and through his Son, Jesus Christ.
Here is the link to Sunday’s livestream service (9:30am)
This Sunday: Congregational Meeting at 11:00am (Livestream also available)
Please make a point to stay after the service this Sunday as we celebrate the updates to our church building and host our annual January meeting. All members are encouraged to attend in-person or via livestream.
Giving statements are now available in FCC mailboxes. If you gave via the church website, we encourage you to double check your records to ensure no online donations were missed during our office administrator transition (you can do this through searching “Faith Community Church receipt” in your email).
FCC Sunday School Updates (Resumes January 30 at 11:00am)
Adult Sunday School
Our adult Sunday school series resumes January 30 with a study entitled J-Curve: Dying and Rising With Jesus in Everyday Life by Paul Miller. To reserve your copy of the book, please contact the church office.
Youth Sunday School
Youth Sunday school (6th-12th grade) will also resume with a study on the compassion of Christ by Robert Row. Our youth Sunday school will be led by Ben Huggins, Natalie Wierenga, and Erin and Isaac Evans.
Children’s Sunday School
Valerie Austin and Abbie Armstrong will continue teaching children’s Sunday school following the Teach Me to Worship curriculum.
Tuesday Night Women’s Bible Study in Luke Resumes January 25
The Tuesday night study will resume on January 25 (having been postponed one week) at Valerie Austin’s house at 7 pm. Previous participation is not required!
Embracing Hope, February 12 (9:30 am)
The next Embracing Hope gathering for women will take place on February 12 at 9:30 am at Amy Paglia’s home. Diane Walker will share her story of hope. Embracing Hope is an opportunity for FCC women to gather in one another’s homes and to invite friends and neighbors to enjoy delicious food and hospitality.
Prayer Requests and Praises
Joan Vander Molen: Praise God for his faithfulness to our sister Joan who will turn 101 on January 25!
Richard Kepner: Please pray for a safe and quick recovery for Richard Kepner, recently diagnosed with COVID-19.
Amy Rhody: Continue to pray for Pat and Larry LaBelle’s daughter, Amy, as she recovers from a pacemaker replacement surgery.
Bryan Van Zanten: Bryan is undergoing treatment for lymphoma. Pray for strength for Bryan as he undergoes chemotherapy and for the treatment to be effective.
Karla Van Der Molen: Pray for Gary and Karla as they continue to adjust to Karla’s ALS diagnosis.