Midweek Update: January 17, 2024

Midweek Update: January 17, 2024

Dear Faith Community Church Family,

The word gospel means “good news.” We saw on Sunday how the arrival of this good news was prophesied all the way back in the time of Isaiah:

Go on up to a high mountain,
O Zion, herald of good news;
lift up your voice with strength,
O Jerusalem, herald of good news;
lift it up, fear not;
say to the cities of Judah,
“Behold your God!”

(Isaiah 40:9).

This week, as we return to Mark 1:1-13, we’ll see how God had told his people that he would send a messenger to prepare them for the coming Messiah. Mark refers us back to prophecies about this messenger in Malachi 3 and in Isaiah 40. We come to realize that this prophecy is fulfilled in the arrival of John the Baptist, whose ministry is to prepare and to point. That is, his ministry is to prepare God’s people for the arrival of the Christ (the Messiah), through preaching the need for repentance and baptism. But his ministry is also to point to Jesus as the Messiah, the King and Savior of the world.

The message that we need to hear is the same as those who heard John the Baptist’s message: turn from sin and turn to the Savior! In Him alone do we find salvation.

Click here to access the livestream for this Sunday’s worship service (9:30am).

Women’s Bible Studies

Tuesday Nights (7:00pm-8:30pm): The Parables of Jesus by Douglas Sean O’Donnell. Begins January 23 (location TBA). Book cost is $5.00. Please contact Jenny Johnson to register.

Wednesday Mornings (10:00am-11:30am): Habakkuk by Lydia Brownback. Meets in Room 3/4. Our study continues from last fall. Please contact Amy-Jo Wierenga for additional details.

The Divine Dance: A Chamber Music Concert: January 27 (6:30pm)

Join us for a musical concert performed by Jake and Hannah Muzzy entitled “The Divine Dance.” The concert will be held in the Worship Center on Saturday, January 27 at 6:30pm. Be sure to invite friends and family! Musical selections will include Viennese Waltz, Baroque Dance and more. To reserve seats go to realconcerts.us or contact Jake Muzzy ([email protected]; ). The concert is “pay what you want.” You can make a donation online when you reserve your seat or at the concert by check or cash.

Prayer Service and Congregational Meeting: Sunday, January 28

On January 28 we will gather for a brief service of prayer following our worship service and before our congregational meeting. Our time of prayer will focus upon praising God for his faithfulness to our congregation over the past 50 years and bringing to him in prayer our anticipations and concerns of the coming year. There will be a time following the worship service to get refreshments in the Narthex before we begin the prayer service.

Prayer Requests

Mike Horyn: Please continue to pray for Mike as he begins treatment next month to address tier 1 bladder cancer.

Gary and Karla Van der Molen: Pray for encouragement and strength for both Gary and Karla as they address Karla’s ALS.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Rhett


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