Hello From Pastors Lee and Shannon
Hello Faith Community!
Shannon and I are excited to come up and join you as your new Pastors! We wanted to take a minute and pass on a little information about ourselves. We each felt called by God into ministry as teenagers and pursued that calling to college. We attended Northwest College (now NW University) in Kirkland WA right out of high school where we met and soon after married. Shannon and I have continued to serve God in various ministries over the years, most recently as the Lead Pastors of a Church Plant in the NE part of Spokane, a neighborhood known as Hillyard. That work came to the end of its life cycle after 5 years of serving our community and we have recently been waiting on God as He prepared us for our next chapter in ministry.
Shannon and I have been married for 30 years and have lived in the same house in Spokane for the past 24 of them. We have 3 adult children, a son named Matthew (married to Naomi), a daughter named Danielle (Married to Matt D.) and a daughter named Nicole. We have 3 grandchildren and as you might imagine, we love spending as much time with each of them as we can.
We are so thankful that you are welcoming us in and we look forward to seeing God do amazing things in each of our lives, the lives of the people of our towns and the world beyond our region.
Pastors Lee and Shannon Hitchcock
FAITH COMMUNITY CHURCH (FCC) STATUS UPDATE: 3/17/20
Dear FCC Saints:
Based on the latest federal and state guidelines concerning public gatherings, and the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), we have decided to suspend our church service for this coming Sunday, March 22nd. We intend to review the details and information that is presented on the coronavirus each week and make a decision on meeting together based on the current virus threat level. Although we will not be located in the same building this Sunday, we are considering some electronic options for delivering a message this week. We will let you know about the options as the plans take shape since we want all of us to remain “connected” during this fellowship sabbatical.
We want to encourage you to continue praying about the many issues confronting us in today’s world. Of course, the coronavirus threat and its world-wide impact is of paramount importance for the foreseeable future. But we need to also keep our church’s pastoral transition in prayer. We are continuing to seek God’s will concerning our new pastor(s) selection. We are praying for clarity on who will lead Faith Community Church as we move ahead. We certainly appreciated Lee Hitchcock bringing us the message this past Sunday. And it was a great opportunity to meet Lee’s wife Shannon and some of their family; daughter, Danielle and son-in-law, Matt.
As we close this communication, here’s a Scripture that can bring us encouragement during the challenging and unexpected times in which we are living: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: ‘For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” ROMANS 8:35-39
Let’s continue to support and love one another! Even though we might not be together physically because of the mandate for “social distancing”, let’s be creative in the ways we stay together spiritually. Let’s use the internet and our phones in new ways. Instead of distancing, let’s ramp up our connecting to new heights and in new ways. Stay tuned!
May our God continue to grant us His all-sufficient grace, FCC Church Council
Resting on solid things
Circumstances are unreliable things to set our hopes on. We need to look to something that is solid.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18, "Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."
We like singing the song, "It is well with my soul." It's a powerful reminder that God can be trusted no matter what we're going through. One line in the song goes like this, "Through it all, through it all, my eyes are on You, Through it all it is well. So let go my soul and trust in Him. The wind and waves still know His name."
We can read scriptures like the one above or sing songs like this, but the real test of our faith is if we will put our trust in the Lord when we are personally going through a storm. The transition we are going through as a church feels very "stormy."
Be reminded, Jesus is still in the business of calming storms, plus He walked on water in the middle of a storm one time and know this, He still can. So, like Peter, let's keep our eyes on Jesus. He's been there for us in the past, He'll be there for us in the future. And He is right here with us now! Rest on Him, He's solid!
~Pastor Steve Archer
Foursquare Missions International—https://www.foursquaremissions.org/
THE MISSION OF FMI
The core mission of FMI is to partner with the Foursquare family to evangelize, disciple, plant churches, and multiply national Foursquare church planting movements around the world. It is to see a global family of Foursquare churches, leaders, and missionaries who, as fully devoted followers of Christ, are healthy, growing, and making disciples of all nations.
Equip – Help prepare and train global leaders and FMI missionaries for the expansion of God's Kingdom through the Foursquare Church.
Cultivate – Cultivate church planting movements among new nations and people groups in
partnership with national churches.
Coach – Coach national leaders through the four development stages.
Care – Co-coordinates field-care for FMI missionaries from the U.S.
Network – Partner and network with the Global Foursquare Church and National Leaders.
Connect – Connecting people to missionary opportunities.
Reach – Taking the Gospel to the Unreached
For more information on how to pray, give, go, or send please visit the FMI website.
Northwest District Foursquare— http://www.thenwd.org/missions
Missions are supported, and sent, from a district level. For
more information on forming teams, and how to support missions specific to our Foursquare District, please visit the website above.
You can also keep a pulse on current happenings by following these groups on social media.
Next Sender's Call- February 11th 9am PST. Spread the word: intercessors, missions councils,
future missionaries, pastors and those praying daily over the unreached here & there!
Must register: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/825245452886264843
Faith Community supports FMI missionaries Ken & Linda Stapleton - Czech Republic
Faith Community also supports the following missions and missionaries: Locally CareNet Pregnancy Center Grand Coulee, Care & Share Food Bank, Young Life, and out of the area Bowels of Mercy—Uganda, Didasko—Orphanage in Honduras, Colin Ovenell—Faith Baptist Mission in Benin, George & Crystal Nita— I CARE 4 U in Papua New Guinea, Living Waters International—Kenya, Abby Williams—Ethnos360 and Chris & Jeannette Sheeran—Wycliffe.
Bright Sunshiny Day
Back in 1972 Johnny Nash's song was at #1 on Billboard Hot 100.
I can see clearly now the rain is gone
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It's gonna be a bright (bright)
Bright (bright) sunshiny day
It's gonna be a bright (bright)
Bright (bright) sunshiny day
As I read those words the tune naturally accompanies. Those of you old enough to remember this song might also remember that President Nixon was impeached the following year.
Our polarized country is going through a very difficult time politically. Frankly, it's hard to sing a song with the lyric, "It's going to be a bright (bright) sunshiny day." My next thought is "We can only hope." That phrase can sound like a weak consolation. But, for the Christian, hope is extraordinarily substantial. It's not weak or flimsy. It's solid and lasting, and most of all sustaining. For us who follow Jesus it's in our backpack where we carry our field ready K-rations.
We learned recently that the world's optimism is based on wishing that circumstances will work out, but Christian hope is based on a person. His name is Jesus. We can put our hope in Him always in every circumstance, no matter how bad it may be, because He will always keep His promises. We can sing "It's gonna be a bright (bright) sunshiny FOREVER!"
Pastor Steve Archer