Did you miss one of the sermons in Pastor Ruis’es latest series? You can listen to it online!
Click the link: Faith Community Church Sermon Audio Library
Click the link: Faith Community Church Sermon Audio Library
Our Worship Services will be online only until further notice. Join us each Sunday at 9:30 am
As many of you already know, the CoronaVirus (COVID-19) has made its appearance in the state of
Wisconsin. This has begun a waterfall of cancellations across the state. It has also increased concern and fear
with many in our community. With that in mind, it’s important for us to remember some important things and
make some important decisions.
Things to Remember
It’s important for us to remember that God is still on his throne. The Heidelberg Catechism reminds us
that, “God upholds, as with his hand, heaven and earth and all creatures, and so rules them that leaf and blade,
rain and drought, fruitful and lean years, food and drink, health and sickness, prosperity and poverty—all
things, in fact, come to us not by chance but by his fatherly hand.” (Q&A 27).
Another church gave this reminder in light of the CoronaVirus: “When the world is in the midst of
turmoil, Christians are given the opportunity of showcasing our faith in a clear and vibrant way. As the Psalmist
said, ‘Therefore will not we fear (Ps. 46:2).’ In history, the church has faced plagues with courage and mercy,
and been a means of Gospel proclamation. By responding to such events with peace, joy, wisdom, and mercy
we show that our faith is not in any earthly thing, but in our God who rules over all.”
Decisions To Make
Yet, as we rest in God’s sovereignty and show the world how to respond in faith, we must also use the
wisdom God has given us. That means we must make some decisions.
COVID-19 is primarily spread through coughing, sneezing, and possibly some human contact. This
virus is not unlike a common cold or flu in terms of its symptoms. COVID-19 causes a lower respiratory tract
infection. Many people who are infected will have no or only minor symptoms. In fact, most people will be able
to manage the symptoms at home and will recover without complications. However, those over the age of 60,
and people with compromised immune systems may pick up the virus from someone who isn’t showing any
symptoms. Once they contract it, they can face serious complications.
So, if you are feeling sick or have been exposed to COVID-19, follow all medically advised precautions
and stay home. If you are someone who is in the “at risk” category, you may want to consider staying home for
your own safety. The sermons will continue to be online in written and audio form. We are working at
increasing our ability to broadcast services via the internet in order to care for those unable to attend worship
services. Stay tuned for more information in this regard.
Unlike other churches, we will not be canceling our greeting time nor implementing a “no personal
contact policy.” We are leaving this to a decision of personal conscience. So, if you don’t feel comfortable
“shaking hands,” don’t do it. As a congregation we will honor and respect your decision. We also expect
everyone in the congregation to practice good hand washing and utilize the hand sanitizer that is placed
throughout the building.
We will continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 in our area and make decisions/policy changes
accordingly. We will keep you updated through our group email system and our Facebook page. So stay tuned.
You can also find more information at this website .
It’s important we continue to confront this health concern in a Christian manner–by faith–seeking to
make wise decisions. Let’s make sure we are not adding to the mass hysteria around us. Let us trust God.
Sincerely, the Faith Community Church Council
March 13, 2020
The Spirit Warriors Group, for boys and girls in grades K-5, will have its first meeting at Faith Community Church on Wednesday, October 9 at 6:30 to 7:30 pm.
We normally will meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 6:30 pm, except in November and December, when we’ll meet only on the second Wednesday.
If you have grade K-5 kids or grandkids, we hope to see you there! Kids do not need to attend Faith Community Church to be part of Spirit Warriors. Questions? Call or text Bruce McMurry at 920-960-7524.
Imagine that you enter into a conversation with a random person on the street. You begin talking about a number of things, but eventually you say something about attending Faith Community Church. Then they ask, “What’s your church all about?” How would you answer them?
It’s an interesting question because it forces us to think about the core values of our church. What ARE we all about? WHO are we? These questions get down into the very essence of our being—into the DNA of this congregation. What is it that makes this congregation US?
This is the essence of our congregation:
Worshiping the Triune God in community, as a community, for the community.
In order to help us get this further into our DNA, I’ve also created a study booklet to go along with the series. Each week, it provides the basic concept, some scripture to show where the concept comes from, and some questions to help us further think about the application of that concept. The Adult Sunday School class will be using this study booklet for their sessions. I have also created some extra copies, for anyone who would like to bring it home and dive in deeper throughout the week. It’s our prayer that this will be a time that re-centers us around God’s desire for our congregation.
Recognizing that not all of my congregants are physically able to make it to church on Sunday mornings, and that many others are also following this series, I have decided to upload a digital copy of the study booklet that I handed out last Sunday.
This booklet is designed to go along with each sermon in this series. There is a section that gives the Basic Concept of the sermon, a section giving scriptural grounding for the sermon, and a section that provides questions for further reflection/application.
Our church is using this study booklet for our Adult Sunday School class, but others are taking it home for their own personal reflection. Feel free to use it whatever ways it will help you draw closer to Christ. Download your Study booklet here
SUMMER VBS ~ We held two sessions of vacation Bible School this year. * We used a modified version of the 5 Day Club sponsored by Child Evangelism Fellowship. Our summer version consisted of 4 days, but the curriculum is from the original 5-Day Club program. www.cefonline.com/ministries/5dayclub/
July 15-18 The first session was going to be held at the North Hills, however due to unforseen issues, the first session was moved to a new location to Swan City Park, here in town. During week one, we had a total of 12 children attending and 7 volunteers.
July 22-25 On week two we held our sessions at our church on 401 Stone Street. We had a total of 16 children and 14 volunteers on the second week.
July 25 at 6:00 pm we held a Family Night for both groups. This included a cookout (hot dogs and brats); a 6:30 program; after program ice cream cones. On Thursday evening we had approximately 16 children and 32 to 35 adults attend. Over the course of the two sessions we had one girl who give her life to Christ and also one who will join our Young People group.
Also during the last week, the children gave a total of $55 to the mission offering. Child Evangelism Fellowship said that was the biggest amount they have ever collected!