Your help is needed!

FCC lost a beloved member last night. Carol Knight went to meet Jesus, after her battle with cancer. Services are as follows: Visitation Friday, November 17th, 6-8 pm at Robarts Funeral Home. The funeral will be at First Christian Church at 10 am on Saturday, November 18th, followed by the graveside service, then a meal at FCC. If you can help by preparing food, or volunteering to serve food, click here to sign-up.
 
The Family has requested donations to First Christian Church in lieu of flowers.
 


Video Announcements

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New Women’s Life Group Study

Michelle Crutchfield’s Life Group will begin a new study titled “The Women of Christmas” told from the book of Luke by the author Liz Curtis Higgs. The series will begin Wednesday, November 29th. 
 
The study is an account of Jesus’ birth, emphasizing the women in the story who have hearts to follow God. Best-selling author Liz Curtis Higgs explores the biblical stories of Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna, unwrapping each verse and introducing you to The Women of Christmas. Elizabeth is barren, yet her trust in God remains fertile. Mary is betrothed in marriage, yet she is willing to bear God’s Son. Anna is a widow full of years, yet she waits patiently, prayerfully for the Messiah to appear in the temple courts.
 
Following in their footsteps, you too can prepare for the Savior to enter your heart, your mind, and your life this Christmas season.
 
For more information, click here, or to join this group, click here.
 


Jim See’s Life Group…

Beginning November 27th, Jim See’s life group will be studying a NEW 4-part series called “On Location” by Andy Stanley.When you stop to consider the decaying moral and ethical climate in our culture and in our world, you may be tempted to wonder, “Is there any hope?  Will things ever  improve?”

Two thousand years ago Jesus addressed a handful of men and women who had the same questions, “ You are the salt of the earth—You are the light of the world.”  Translated, you have been strategically placed by God to preserve culture and illuminate God’s will for man.

And that’s exactly what they did.

If there was hope then, there is certainly hope now.  In this four part series, Andy unpacks what it means to be salt and light ON LOCATION; where we live, work and play.
 
Click here for more information on this life group including meeting time and location.
 
 
 
 


Community Thanksgiving Day Meal

WE STILL NEED YOUR HELP!! 
 
AS OF TODAY, WE STILL NEED 11 TURKEYS COOKED THANKSGIVING MORNING.
 
The Community Thanksgiving Meal is sponsored by the Hardee County Ministerial Association and the Hardee Help Center serving more than 600 meals in Hardee County on Thanksgiving Day. Dinner is served from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the First United Methodist Church of Wauchula (207 North 7th Avenue, Wauchula).
 
We’re looking for volunteers to cook an already purchased turkey this Thanksgiving. FCC has committed to cook 42 turkeys for the meal, so your help would be greatly appreciated! The turkeys will be provided and will need to be picked up here at the church on Monday, November 20th, between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM. All you have to do is pick up your turkey(s), cook it/them, and deliver it/them to the Methodist Church on the corner of Palmetto & 7th Avenue, Thanksgiving morning at 8:45 AM (PLEASE NO EARLIER THAN 8:30 AM!! AND PLEASE ENSURE ALL TURKEYS ARE FULLY COOKED!!!) They will take it from there, carving it, getting it ready to be served. You can cook it any way you like…deep fried, grilled, oven baked…any way you want and as many as you want!
 
To sign up to cook a turkey or help in other ways with this meal, click here to fill out the form. 
 


Generations Cafe

 
 


Hardee Help Center Job Opening

The Hardee Help Center has a job position open for Executive Director, 35 hours per week. They are seeking someone who is actively involved in a local evangelical church and who is devoted to a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. Qualifications include: Bachelor’s or higher degree in related field; or Associate in Arts with a minimum of 4+ years of experience in related field. Experience working in a managerial or supervisory capacity. Pick-up an application at the Hardee Help Center, or download an application from their website at www.hardeehelpcenter.org. Application and resume can be returned  between Monday – Friday; 9am – 2pm. If you have any questions regarding the position, email info@hardeehelpcenter.com. The deadline to submit completed applications is Monday, November 27, 2017. The Hardee Help Center is a ministry that operates under the Hardee County Ministerial Association, Inc., an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer, and a Drug-Free Workplace.

 



Missionary Update from the Sudsberry Family

The Breeders Cup.

This week I spent time with some of our church planting team and GO staff in San Diego, California. The objective is to generate some church planting revenue. An organization that sells cups, bags, shirts, etc.. is going to donate a percentage of it’s profits to our church planting initiative. Our team does the setup and sales of their merchandise and they donate a portion of their sales to GO. Pictured is Ryan & Tim Krauss who has been serving with GO for a long time. He is a great leader and friend.

 
 

123 Baptisms!

We have new people following in The Way of Jesus in the following cities:

  • Vega
  • Moca
  • Rafey
  • Monterrey
  • Los Cocos
  • Botoncillo
  • Padre De Las Casas
  • Tamboril
  • Las America’s
  • Marcoris
Please take a moment and thank Jesus for this! Church, the gospel continues to take root and disciples are being made in 7 of our new churches (There are others and can’t wait to share with you but you need to know this now!!). Pray for our local leaders who are working hard daily to serve in their communities.
 
To support our work click HERE and choose to support the Sudsberry family. Or mail a check to: 11501 Plantside Drive Suite 14 Louisville, KY. 40299


Missionary Update from Justin & Steffani

 
In case you haven’t heard, we’re going to be PARENTS!! 
We found out in August that we were expecting. Our little one is due in April and we couldn’t be more excited! We have had several prenatal visits in Madrid, and so far we have a normal, healthy pregnancy. We plan to have our baby in Madrid as the options for care are better in the capital. This involves some logistical planning because we are over 2 hours away from Madrid.
 
Please pray that our baby continues to grow healthy, and that we would be able to navigate all the details regarding our pregnancy and delivery.
 
Thank you for celebrating our joy with us through your encouraging emails, notes, and messages! 
 
 
October marks 1 year in Spain! 
It’s hard to believe we’ve been in Spain for one year! It hasn’t been the easiest year, but it has been worth it. The last few months of our lives have been heavy on the “administrative” side. The picture above is a street in Caceres (our province capital) where we go for visa appointments, as well as driving appointments and tests. Basically anything related to official paperwork or licensing. This city is about an hour and a half from our town, so without a license or car yet, getting here is often a hassle. We’re thankful for our teammate Ingrid who has driven us here several times. We return here again the second week of November for another go at the driving test. We need to pass a written theory exam, followed by a practical driving exam in order to get our Spanish licenses. Being able to drive (legally) would take away a lot of stress and inconvenience in our lives.   

Please pray that we would both pass our tests in November. 

And join us in praising God because our residency VISAS WERE APPROVED for another TWO YEARS!! 
 
 
CHURCH 
 
We want to remind you that your prayers, encouragement, and support is not only impacting us, but is able to impact a community in rural Spain. Where evangelical churches are almost nil, we have a small, but very much alive, church body proclaiming Christ every week (not only in Spanish, but in Arabic too!). These people are passionate about serving this town, and walking with others in need. We gather on Sunday evenings for worship, Bible study, and prayer, and on Tuesdays we gather specifically for prayer. Please be in prayer for our little church, as collectively we have faced some discouragement recently. Pray also for our pastors, Aziz and Pablo. 
 
 
Azmera Haven Conference

In October I (Steffani) was able to attend a women’s conference in Poland. This conference/retreat is specifically geared toward women serving in a foreign context. I connected with many other women serving in Europe, even a few in Spain. Through worshiping together, studying the Bible, swapping field stories, encouraging and praying for one another, it provided a safe space to process work and life abroad. This time together with other expats was very much needed, and a good reminder that we’re not going at it alone.  

One of the key passages from this conference that spoke to me comes from Ezekiel 47:1-12. It is a description of water trickling out from the temple, slowly increasing in flow to the outer courts, then into a river, and eventually pouring into the Dead Sea, bringing fruit to trees along the bank, and life to all kinds of fish and animals where before it was dead. 

“And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing.” (v.12)

What a beautiful picture of living water overflowing to bring life! This life-giving water comes from the sanctuary, a holy place. In the same way, if we are going to bear fruit, we must stay connected to the sanctuary, the Source. We cannot bear fruit by our own efforts. We simply can’t. When you feel overwhelmed, drained, stretched too thin, not sure if you’re making a difference, remember that life flows from staying connected to the Source. We can only give out of our overflow. This was powerful imagery for me, and I hope it will resonate with you too. 

It may be valuable for you to reflect on these questions as you consider the passage in Ezekiel. 

Are you operating from overflow? Or are you struggling with an “empty cup”? 

What are some “dead sea places” in your life where you long to see new life, lasting fruit, and healing? 

Have YOU been trying to manage these “dead sea places” yourself? How can you let go and let God manage these places instead?

What thirsts in your own life is Jesus inviting you to bring into His presence? Are you willing to come to Jesus, asking Him to quench your thirst to the point of overflow? 

Our prayer is that in this season of your life, however full or empty you may be, you would find ways to reconnect to the Source, ever living and serving from the overflow. 

Thank you for your constant prayers and support. We count it a privilege to represent you in the field. You matter to us and if we can pray for you or encourage you in any specific way, we want to know how.  

With love and every blessing, 

Justin & Steffani
 
If you would like to make an end-of-year financial gift to support what God is doing in Spain, you can give here.
 
Financial gifts may be sent to: 
New Mission Systems International 
2701 Cleveland Ave Ste 200
Fort Myers, FL 33901


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