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Feeding Faith Newsletter - May, 2016

posted Jul 5, 2016, 11:48 AM by Nick Henseler

Spring Issue of Feeding Faith

May 2016


Happenings

 

Hannah’s Hands:

Hannah’s Hands met to reorganize on Saturday, April 9, 2016.  Fourteen women

were in attendance. They shared a salad lunch, devotion and a planning meeting. 

Janet Hadt and Terry Strodthoff volunteered to act as co-chairs, and Betty Doenier volunteered to be treasurer.  The group decided to meet the first Saturday of each month from 9:00-11:00.

 

May Meeting

Mary Ann led the other 9 attending ladies in a devotional regarding taking a quiet moment in each day to listen to God. It was decided to begin gathering items, through donations and garage sale finds, for Global Health Ministry INewborn Kits.  We also decided to donate needed personal items for the men working through Hope Gospel Mission.  Lee Ann volunteered to check on which items were currently most needed. We will meet again Saturday, June 4th at 9:00.  Bring a coffee mug (coffee and muffins provided!) and come join us!



Kristine, who has led our children’s Sunday School program for the past 4 years, had a presentation for the children on May 22nd.  Maddie, Caleb, Joshua, Ella, Dawson and Hannah are the beautiful younger members of our congregation.  Hannah received her first communion during a service earlier this past spring, and both she and Caleb recently received Bibles from the congregation.  Kristine has such a heart for these children, and a deep desire for them to learn God’s Word.  Her passion and devotion in the giving of her time to make our Sunday School a place where her charges feel welcomed and loved is a priceless gift to all of us . We also praise God for this next generation of young believers, and ask that He continues to guide and teach them as they grow in their faith and understanding of His Word.

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Hello fellow Faith Lutheran Mission Church members,

 

        My name is Jacob Shoemaker and I am a Boy Scout out of Troop 175. I am working on obtaining my Eagle Scout rank. For my Eagle Scout Project I will be constructing an agility course for the dogs housed at the Eau Claire County Humane Association. I have attached some computer drawn images depicting what it will look like when completed. The agility course will be located behind the Humane Association. This is a very ambitious project, but it is something that I have always wanted to do. However, it will require a lot of fundraising. A requirement that goes along with the project is that I have to raise all of the funds necessary for completing this. If you would be so kind to stop by Faith Lutheran to donate that would be greatly appreciated. There will be a donation bucket in the fellowship area. If you have any questions please feel free to email me at jacobshoemaker4@gmail.com. Thank you for your generous and gracious hearts!




There was a farewell cake and gathering after the service on May22nd for our choir director, Bob LaMont. Bob began his ministry with our choir when many of our members still attended St. Matthew’s.  He has served FLMC for 5 years, first as both organist and choir director for 3 years, then continuing as choir director for an additional two years.  The choir presented Bob with a figurine “Song of Joy” representing an angel singing songs of joy to our Triune God. We wish Bob and Irene God’s blessings as they move to Wausau to be nearer their children.  We want to thank Bob for years of sharing his talents and gifts by leading our choir and providing us with exceptional music.  He will be greatly missed, but the choir will sing on!!!



Meet-a-Member: Bob and Elaine Moore

Bob and Elaine are two of FLMC’s founding “parents”. 

They had a long history with the ELCA where Elaine worked as a secretary for First Lutheran and Grace Lutheran churches.  Elaine was very active with the women’s ministries holding office for both the local and synod organization and serving on committees at the national level. She was council secretary of the Northwest Synod of WI, but chose to resign following the decisions of the ELCA and its continuing falling away from the Word of God.  Bob and Elaine taught adult Bible studies and served on many committees at First Lutheran and also on the Synod level. Through the “Woman to Woman” program, Elaine spent three weeks traveling in Japan training women leaders, and meeting and speaking at women’s groups and worship services.

 Bob and Elaine made the very difficult, but mutual decision, to leave the ELCA, and sought a new fellowship.  They met with 5 or 6 others at the Blue Moon restaurant before forming a steering committee that discussed plans for a new LCMC congregation.     Beginning a charter was a whole new undertaking for all of them. Bob was chair of the call committee, taking on the research and application forms needed to gain permission to begin a new church. The first service took place just six years ago with approximately 45 members (an anniversary we will be celebrating as a congregation in June). 

 Together with the first members the current building was purchased, and much work went into a new roof, removing the immersion baptismal downstairs, removing old flooring, painting, siding, and other major and minor repair.  Over the past years at FLMC, Bob and Elaine have remained active and vital members of the church they helped to begin.  They were part of the search and acceptance of Pastor Nick, they have been active in the men’s and women’s groups for missions and study, and are faithful in attending and/or leading adult Bible studies. Bob currently holds the position of council president, and Elaine has been the driving force for the restart of Hannah’s Hands.  Bob and Elaine both wish to see our church grow in numbers, including some younger members, and to have current members continue to grow in their faith by engaging in Bible studies and ministry groups.

We are blessed and grateful for Bob and Elaine’s service to God, for the history and foundation they bring to our young church, and for having them as treasured members of our Faith family.


Coming this Summer:
June 5th is our FLMC birthday party (our 6th year as a congregation) and will be celebrated with a 10:00 service at Carson Park.  Please bring a chair!  The offering will go towards the General Operations Fund (special envelopes were mailed to family and friends in a recent letter, and will also be available at the church). That same day at Carson Park is Faith night for EC baseball. Come enjoy a fun and faith-filled day!!!

August 21st is another outdoor service this time at Phoenix Park with the Saving Grace congregation.  Service will begin at 10:30. The “grill guys” from Saving Grace will provide lunch following the service. 


Road resurfacing: Hogeboom Street is being resurfaced this summer.  Arrangements are being made with the city to use the lawn next to the church as a temporary parking lot.  The new street will cost the church around $6000, which will be paid off over ten years. 


Share a Thought:

Vern’s brother passed away just one year ago on May 28th, and in remembrance of him and thinking of so many others that have  gone before, Vern wanted to share this thought from the respected theologian Dr. Ole Hallesby:

 

“God is good.  I am not alone—I feel as though Mia is here with me even though I don’t see her.  In my sorrow, I thank God that I am at peace with God and man, and every day I can believe my sins are forgiven.  The setting sun of my life is smiling on me and predicting that soon I may go home.  I’ll never again see most of my friends in this life, but I pray daily for all of God’s friends in Norway that we would be kept in faith so that we would safely reach God’s eternal glory.”


Food for Faith - By Pastor Nick

Colossians 3:1-2; “Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits at God's right hand in the place of honor and power. Let heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about things down here on earth.”

 

It is so easy to just fill our thoughts with the stuff of this world, isn’t it? And that was the exact problem the Apostle Paul was dealing with when he wrote this Letter to the church of Colossae. The Colossians were filling their heads with rules and regulations of how each person in the church needed to be in order to be a good “church person.”

 

And no doubt there were a few Colossians who thought that the only way for it to be a “good church” was to have the wine served in a particular way and that the floor of the sanctuary had to be a particular color.

 

So Paul says; “Let heaven fill your thoughts.” Paul is telling the Colossians, and us, that it’s not about what you think is important down here; the only thing that is important is what is important in heaven. It’s not about elevator lifts…it’s about the Love of God. It’s not about the songs…it’s about the Spirit of God. In truth, it’s not at all about what we think are holy things in our church… it’s about the holiness of Jesus.

 

All pilots when they fly make sure they have sunglasses that have an optical quality that brings clarity to their vision so that they see everything as it should be with no color distortion. So what kind of “lens” are you looking through? Are you seeing only some colors or maybe even only one color; the color you choose to see with? Is the glare of the world taking your focus off the things of heaven?

 

The Apostle Paul tells us to get rid of the glare and color distortions we are looking through; “Let heaven fill your thoughts” and “Do not think only about things down here on earth.”

 

Have a blessed June and July everyone!!   Pr. Nick    






Feeding Faith Newsletter - February, 2016

posted Jul 5, 2016, 11:33 AM by Nick Henseler

Feeding Faith

A newsletter for the members and friends of

Faith Lutheran Mission Church

February 2016 Issue

 

Happenings:

The Children’s Christmas program:  A huge “Thank You” to Kristine for organizing and leading the children of Faith in a wonderful Christmas program.  Every child had a part and a moment to shine while sharing the message of Jesus’ birth.  Thank you also to the parents and children for your time and efforts to practice, learn songs and present the whole to your church family as a beautiful Christmas gift.

 

Weddings:

 Our church hosted a wedding on January 17th.  Although, Pastor Nick was honored to be a part of this couple’s special day, the decision has been made by the council not to host marriages for other than couples belonging to FLMC in the future. Unfortunately, by hosting a marriage for a couple outside of our own church, we open our church and pastor to marriages for anyone outside the church.  We pray God blesses Faith’s obedience to His Word by protecting His house of worship for those who are following His commands. 

 

Meet-a-Member:  The Olson Family is a remarkable presence in our congregation.  Bev and Larry had been married for 60 years before Larry’s passing in October of 2014. Their four children: Dave (Oshkosh), Chuck, Rhonda (River Falls) and Cindy along with Bev continue to be familiar faces on Sunday mornings. Chuck was on the original steering committee formed to set up what became FLMC. He has continued to help shape the focus of the church’s contributions to missions as well as the growth of our Faith family by serving in various capacities on the church council since its beginning. Chuck is behind the scenes on Sunday mornings, along with Lori, to add visual and auditory support to our worship services. He feels very passionately about missions, and would like to see a better way of communicating that focus to new members to Faith.  Chuck wanted to “strongly encourage people to come to Bible study”. He stated that the time in God’s Word and the accountability to a small group to stay on track, has greatly enriched his walk with Christ Jesus. Chuck and his wife Kim have been active participants in the Thursday evening Bible studies, and are also members of the choir. 

The Olson family is exceptionally gifted with beautiful singing voices.  Joining Chuck and Kim are Bev, Cindy and Dale, Bev’s sister Marylin, as well as Kim’s mom Bonnie and sister, Kelly.  Together their voices contribute to the richness of our church choir and beauty of our worship services.

            Bev has a deep abiding faith that has gotten her through many difficult times. She shared that she trusts God to have total control of her life, and does not fear what may lie ahead. Both Bev and Chuck voiced an interest in having Faith be more involved in our community, and finding opportunities to introduce others to Christ.  One thing Bev would like to see change at Faith is the current absence of a women’s group. She stated that she misses having a woman’s study, and though she has enjoyed the other Bible studies, she misses the fellowship of an all-women group.  (See the next section of the newsletter, Bev! J)

            We are truly blessed to have this family also be members of our family at Faith.  Take time to get to know them all better!!!

         

Calling all Women!     

 WOMEN OF FAITH – An event to put on your calendar for APRIL! 

 

Hannah's Hands” FLMC women's group will re-organize with a salad luncheon on Saturday, April 9th at 11:30 am.

 

All women of Faith (and friends) are invited.  Everyone is asked to bring a salad to share. Rolls and beverages will be provided. We will discuss what we want our organization to be: fellowship, service ministry, Bible study, selecting a missionary to support with prayer and maybe items they need – these are just a few suggestions – bring your suggestions to our first meeting. We can't do everything, but we can get to know one another better, use our resources and be of service to others. “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:40

 

The date and time for future meetings will be considered when we meet in April. Let's get to know each other better, serve one another and our Lord. Put this date on your calendar and make plans to attend!!!

 

If you cannot make this date but are interested, please contact Terry (715-271-4206) or

 Elaine  (715 834-6735).          

See you in April! 

 

 

The women's organization for Wisconsin and Upper Peninsula of Michigan District has planned the third annual RETREAT for April 29, 6 pm – April 30. It will be held this year at Camp Forest Springs at Westboro, Wisconsin. More information is available in the brochure posted downstairs, and will also be forthcoming in the bulletin. Give yourself a gift and plan to attend this special time with other women!

             

           

 

Bible Studies:

 

Bob Moore will be leading a study by Pastor David Jeremiah on Revelation beginning in April.  Watch the church bulletin for more information on this exciting study.

 

George and Terry will be resuming Thursday evening study at their home beginning

March 31st at 6:30. We will be continuing with Precept Ministry studies, this time covering:


Knowing God's Covenant- Precept Workbook (NASB)
 - (11 lessons)


“See this incredible thread running from Genesis through Revelation. God enters into a binding agreement with His people and always keeps His promises. Trusting Him as a covenant partner frees us from the bondage of worry and anxiety. This study will transform the way you read the Scriptures!”

 

Please prayerfully consider becoming involved in one of these studies!

 

Share a Thought


Psalm 19: “The Law is Perfect” by Barb Brogden

 

 

The Law is complete,

Lacking not a tittle,

The Law sends the soul

from the broad wide middle;

Down to the way so narrow

so deep,

Down, down to paths of mercy complete;

Down,

Down,

Down, to the Master's feet

That inscribed in the earth,

The Law is complete.

 

And from Katie Evans:

 

In my church in Madison I started the Middle School Youth Group and I arranged for my group to attend a Friday night service at a local Synagogue.  The humorous part of this was that it is hard to get volunteers but I had no problem as about every parent wanted to attend.  The Rabbi met first with us before the service and left a lasting impression on each and every attendee.  He told us he envied us as Christians because the Jewish People aren’t sure about what happens after death so they cling to life as it is on earth and we as Christians know where we are going after death on earth and that we are saved.  That was very powerful.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

   

 

 Food for Faith by Pastor Nick

 

Joel 2:12-13; “That is why the LORD says, ‘Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.’ Return to the LORD your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish.”

How about this year the season of Lent becomes something very special for you? How about instead of just a couple of fish sandwiches and getting some ashes smeared on your forehead Lent goes a bit deeper…maybe even as deep as into your heart? This Scripture passage from the prophet Joel gives us an incredible promise from God so let’s take a closer look at these words. God says; “Turn to me now.” The word “now” comes from the Hebrew word “attah” which means “at this time now” which does NOT mean “when things settle down in my life.” God wants you to turn to Him “now.” Why? It’s actually not about a purpose of an impending punishment as in; “Turn to me now…or else!” It’s about a purpose of promise. And God speaks about this promise just a few words later when He says; “Return to the LORD your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish.” God wants you to turn to him now so that He can help you through whatever you are going through in your life. The words “turn” in v.12 and “return” in v.13 are the same word in Hebrew which is the word ”shub.” This word means “to turn back.” The context of the word is of a traveler who realizes they are going the wrong way and “return” to the right direction that they need to be going.

Most of you know how “directionally dysfunctional” I am; and if you don’t, just ask Lori! But for me, I can’t know that I need to “return” to the right direction until I’ve realized that I am going in the wrong direction to begin with! And maybe God is doing that in your life right now. Maybe He is giving you a gentle nudge to let you know that maybe you are not going in the direction He would like for you to be going. For me, it’s when I hear my Garmin GPS unit say “recalculating” that I know, once again, I’ve taken a wrong turn. If God is whispering in your ear “recalculating” listen to Him and “turn” to the right direction God has for your life. Why? Once again, Scripture gives us that answer right there in v.13; “Return to the LORD your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish.”

Friends, let this Lent be a special one for you. Turn to God…now…not later…and let Him fill you with His everlasting love and hope to guide you in the right direction for your life.              

Pr. Nick

Feeding Faith Newsletter - November, 2015

posted Jul 5, 2016, 11:30 AM by Nick Henseler

Feeding Faith

A newsletter for the members and friends of

Faith Lutheran Mission Church

November 2015 Issue

 

Meet-a-Member:  Residents at “The Meadows” Apartments

 

I recently had a very pleasant visit with four of our members that also happen to live at the Meadows Apartments down the hill behind Target. We spent an hour touching on their pasts, their families, life at the Meadows, and most importantly their faith and their memberships at Faith Church.

 

Sam and Bev Briggs lived for a while in AZ before moving back to Eau Claire in February of 2014. They have seven children, all of whom live near or in Eau Claire.  Sam worked in an auto parts store for 8 years before starting his own business “Sam’s Auto Supply”, while Bev was kept busy at home with their children. She did manage the monthly books for the business for a short time, but said that she “quit” when no one was willing to take over her position when they wanted to go on vacation. When asked what makes Faith Lutheran Church important in their lives, Bev repeatedly spoke to Pastor Nick’s sermons being Biblically-based, and how important it is that the weekly message comes from God’s Word without being changed.  Sam stated that one of Faith’s strengths is the friendliness of its members, and feels this is something that the congregation should build on.

 

Hart Hanson: Hart’s dad died when he was just 16, and he took over his family’s farm.  At the age of 31 he went into construction, and started his own business which he ran for 20 years.  He lovingly, and with great pride now refers to his son as his boss. Wayne worked for him and then took over running the business which today is named Wayne Hanson/home builder. His son and a daughter live in Eau Claire. Hart has been a part of The Meadows and also Faith Church since their conceptions.  He has been a resident of the Meadows for 15 years moving there after the death of his wife.  Hart is one of the smiling, welcoming faces when one enters our church on Sunday mornings as he passes out bulletins.  He has also been active in the Tuesday afternoon Bible studies.   

 

Jean Anderson raised 6 children; 2 girls and 4 boys with two of the boys being twins. She also was busy raising her family, but later enjoyed driving a school bus in Eau Claire for 10 years, being a bus monitor for 7 years, and also working as a crossing guard.  Her children are spread from La Crosse to Madison and Milwaukee, to Clear Lake and Minneapolis, MN, and even California. When asked what would improve Faith Church, Jean said that she would like to see more Sunday school space incorporated into the building, and also a written report of the “Minutes” from our church board meetings to keep all members informed.  Jean feels we have room for growing numbers, and would like to see the need for a second morning service.  She agreed with Bev that being taught straight from God’s Word was of central importance for the church.

 

I want to thank these dear people for their time, their honesty, and for being such a vital part of our church family!

 

 

Bible Studies

“That I May Know Him” a 13 week study covering both Philippians and Colossians met with different study groups on Tuesday afternoons, and Thursday evenings.  This is what some of the participants on Thursday want you to know:

 

“If you want to get excited about the Living Word…come!  It has been an amazing gift to study the Word!!”

 

“Finding the love of God and trusting in the Word through prayer and the study of the Scripture.”

                                          

“Bible study has made my faith much stronger.  The more you know about God the more you want to know.  It gives you a deeper love for the Lord.”

 

“Bible study is a wonderful way to gain a deeper knowledge of how God wants us to grow in faith and experience his love and truth as we reach out to a broken world.”

 

 

On Sundays, Mark Strack has been leading a very interesting study comparing our Christian beliefs with other religions.  This study has not only been informative as to what other religions believe, but has also armed us with a deeper understanding of how to stand strong in Christ against opposing beliefs. Please join us following coffee on Sunday mornings at 10:30!

 

Happenings

Saturday evening, October 24th, several of our members met for an evening of food, fun and friends.  We were served ham, potatoes, green beans, rolls and salad by the wonderful kitchen crew of Katie, Mary Ann, Roy and Chris.  Chris created a “gift of love” by treating us to his scrumptious bread pudding for dessert.

Entertainment had us all laughing, as Katie and Mary Ann did lip-synching to “Friendship” accompanied by some pretty comical dance steps.  Chris shared a few good jokes, and then we dug into our memories to complete lyrics to some old-time favorite songs.

The evening was filled in by background jazz, a roaring fire courtesy of a DVD, and a lot of good conversation.

Hope you will join us for our next social gathering!

 

Council Meeting Up-dates from Katie Evans:

From  October 19th :

 

Pastor Henseler reported that he will be hosting approximately 15 ministers at FLMC on Tuesday, November 10th.

 

Mark Strack reported the Mission Committee met in October with decisions to support the following missions in October:  International: Samaritan's Purse/Syria.  Local, Chippewa Valley Free Clinic. The following in November: International, Harvest House-Haiti.  Local, Bolton Refuge Home.  And in December: International: Bible Translator, Local, Salvation Army Care Link.  Council approved these missions.

 

Chuck Olson reported that again this year our Thanksgiving Eve service will be at Saving Grace (November 25th).  The service will begin at 6:15 and FLMC is asked to help by bringing baked goods for fellowship following the service.

 

LaMoine Parkhurst reported that construction on the lift has begun.

 

Katie would like to thank those who have made donations for the “Love Baskets, and also  relay to our Faith family that we are in need of more prayer shawls, and anyone wanting to participate in these ministries should contact her.

 

Share a Thought

(Experience, poetry, scripture, etc. from our members at Faith)

 

My name is Terry Strodthoff.  My husband, George, and I have been attending Faith for a little over a year-and-half.  Before finding this small, welcoming and Christ-focused congregation we had visited and even become members of several churches in Eau Claire over ten years’ time.  I was raised within the ELCA in Wausau, and George was raised Methodist.  When we married, George became a Lutheran, but we ended up in a Baptist church when we moved to Ashland, WI.  Ever since then, we stopped searching for a church family by denomination, but looked instead for whether or not God’s Word was being preached and practiced. 

George and I have been honored and blessed to lead evening Bible studies at our house with members of Faith.  We have enjoyed getting to know the people of Faith so much better as we share God’s Word, our faith journeys and our questions with one another.

I am attempting to lead in the rebirth of our newsletter and welcome any input, suggestions or information that you would care to share with me. My hope and prayer is that this will become one more avenue of connection for the friends and members of Faith, and that we will continue to grow in our individual faith in Christ, and also in closeness as a church family.

 

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, Rejoice” Philippians 4:4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                 

    

 Food for Faith by Pastor Nick

         

Hebrews 12:28; “Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe.”

As we once again get ready for another Thanksgiving filled with family, food, and fun…all of which we are VERY thankful for…let’s also remember to be thankful for the one that will be giving the ultimate Thanksgiving celebration in heaven! Isaiah 25:6 tells us about this; “The LORD of Heaven’s Armies will spread a wonderful feast for all the people of the world.”

 

Notice that word “feast.” You can’t have a “feast” without food! The Hebrew word for “feast” actually translates into meaning “a lavish banquet.” Sounds like a great Thanksgiving dinner to me! And we know that we will be reunited with all of our loved ones once again in heaven. I can’t imagine anything to be more thankful about then that promise of hope! And our Scripture passage from Hebrews tells us how we should respond to that thankfulness; “let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe.”

 

So be sure to put Wednesday, November 25th at 6:15pm on your calendars when we celebrate with our brothers and sisters at Saving Grace Lutheran Church our annual Thanksgiving Eve service where we will worship our Holy God!                                                       

Pr. Nick

Words of Faith, May 11, 2015

posted May 11, 2015, 8:25 PM by Faith Lutheran

The Pastor’s Message

By Rev. Nick Henseler

 

Luke 24:51-52; “While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up to heaven. So they worshiped him and then returned to Jerusalem filled with great joy.”

 

On Sunday May 17th we will be celebrating the Ascension of Our Lord and taking a look at these last verses from the last Chapter of the Gospel of Luke. Verse 51 tells us that while Jesus was blessing the disciples He was “taken up to heaven.”

 

What a sight that must have been! And what was the disciple’s response? “So they worshipped him.” Those disciples knew exactly what was happening and that everything that Jesus had promised them had come true, and so it was celebration time!

 

But was that it? Was that all the disciples needed to do? Take a look at just a few verses earlier in vs.46-48; “And he said, ‘Yes, it was written long ago that the Messiah would suffer and die and rise from the dead on the third day. It was also written that this message would be proclaimed in the authority of his name to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem: There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent. You are witnesses of all these things.”

 

Yes, it was worship and celebration time for the One who overcame death. But now it was also time to spread the Good News of what that meant. Acts Chapter 1, which is essentially the Gospel of Luke Pt. 2, then tells of the amazing growth of the early Church as the disciples who were just a few days earlier huddled scared in a locked room “then returned to Jerusalem filled with great joy” empowered with the Holy Spirit.

 

And that’s what we need to do. After we hear the Good News preached on Sunday and our time of worship, we also then, empowered by the Holy Spirit, need to return to our homes neighborhoods, and work places “with great joy.”

 

Have a blessed May everyone!                                                                         Pr. Nick

 

 

Summer Shifts Schedules and Events

Longer and warmer days mark changes in our church calendar.  In addition to being Ascension Sunday, November 17 also marks the last Sunday of our Sunday School until fall.  Thank you to Kristine Seanor-Behling for once again leading the youth education program.  The May 17 service will also feature the final scheduled anthem by the choir until September.

 

Something new planned for summer is a special alternative worship service on the fourth Sunday in June, July and August.  The service will include more music and a varied liturgy.  Watch for more details next month.

 

New Member Sunday Set

Sunday, May 31 will be a day in which new members are welcomed to Faith Lutheran Mission Church.  Anyone interested in becoming a member of the congregation should contact Pastor Henseler before Memorial Day.

 

Wednesday Teachings Focus on Fruits

“Faith Filled Fruit of the Spirit” is the topic of the Wednesday night services.  Pastor Henseler leads a study of Galatians 5:22-23, teaching on how the Holy Spirit produces love, joy, peace patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control in our lives.  The services begin at 7 p.m. each Wednesday.

 

Thrift Sale to Raise Funds for Lift

The church council decided at its April meeting to participate once more in the East Hill Thrift Sale on Saturday, May 16, with the proceeds of the sale going toward the handicapped lift project.  Those wishing to donate items are asked to do so Friday, May 15 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the church. 

 

Helpers are needed on Saturday morning at 6 a.m. to set up and organize tables, price items and cashier once the sale opens at 8 a.m. through the time the sale ends at 4:00.  Anyone wishing to help should contact Mary Ann Christopherson.  If you are interested in baking items for sale, please give your name to Lee Ann Beck.

 

Scholarships Awarded for Bible Camp

The council approved the awarding of two scholarships for summer Bible camp.  Madeline and Caleb DeVries were both given $150 toward their tuition at Lake Wapogasset Bible Camp near Amery.  The money came from the local mission portion of the April offerings.  The council voted that the remainder of the local mission offering for April will go to the Feed My People School Lunch Program.

 

May Missions Focus on Syrian Refugees, Local Jails

Hand of Hope Refugee Relief and Good News Jail Ministries are the missions-of-the-month for May.

 

Hand of Hope provides relief in the form of food, blankes, water and other essentials to Christians and Muslims who have fled Syria and Iraq to avoid civil war and terrorism.  The outpost in Lebanon is part of the mission arm of Joyce Meyer Ministries.

 

The local mission supported by offerings of Faith Lutheran Mission Church for the month of May is the Good News Jail Ministry, which provides support to chaplains serving local jails and prisons, to bring the word of God to inmates.

 

Faith Lutheran Mission Church contributes 11 percent of weekly offerings to local missions and 10 percent to non-local missions.

 

LCMC Posts Survey, Photo Submission Opportunities for Annual Gathering in Fall

The 15th Annual Gathering of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) is set for October in Dallas, Texas.  The theme for the 2015 gathering is “Our DNA.”  In anticipation of that, LCMC is asking its members this question:  “What does being a part of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ mean to you?”  All responses submitted by pastors or members of LCMC congregations by July 1 will be considered for publication in the Annual Gathering Book.  The survey can be found at http://sendstudio.lcmc.net/surveys.php?id=8.

The LCMC is also inviting members to show in a photograph how their congregation exemplifies what it means to be an LCMC congregation.  Special consideration will be given to all photos submitted on or before Tuesday, June 30th, however all photos received by Friday, July 31st will be considered for publication in the 2015 Annual Gathering Book and on the website.   More details can be found there at www.lcmc.net.

Thrivent, LCMC Team Up for Community Outreach Grant

To celebrate the anniversary of the Reformation, LCMC and the Thrivent Financial Foundation will be awarding $5,000 grants to 15 LCMC congregations for use in planning a project to benefit their local community. 

The purpose of the Reformation Anniversary Grant Program is to encourage missional service activities—that is, to encourage congregations and individuals to reach out to their neighbors in Christian service and love, and to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  This connects serving others in Christian love with Lutheran Theology.

Projects should benefit the local community and may NOT to be used for internal congregational-focused purposes.  Project applications should consist of some or all of the following aspects:

  • Future looking. (new ministry efforts)
  • Outward facing. (serving those beyond the congregation)
  • Member engaging. (the more congregation members involved the better)
  • Collaborative. (Involving others in the work as well, like other congregations or schools or service groups, etc.)

Those wishing to apply must submit an online application of 250 words or less answering the question, “How would your congregation use $5,000?”  The application will need to include the name, phone number and e-mail address of a key contact person for the congregation.  This can be anyone; it does not have to be submitted by the pastor or congregational staff.

The application period opens January 1, 2015 and closes August 15, 2015

Martin Luther Reading Challenge Underway

Christians around the world will observe the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017. Oct. 31, 1517 — the date that Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Church in

Wittenberg, Germany — is often considered the beginning of the Reformation.

 

The Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg, France, has launched the Luther Reading Challenge — a free online community where people can sign up to read and discuss Luther’s writings for free from now until October 2017. The website will feature various writings from Luther — starting with the 95 Theses and including his pastoral and spiritual writings, his Biblical commentaries, his Catechisms, his will, and his hymns.

 

“While it is impossible to avoid polemical or controversial elements, our focus is on Luther as a

teacher and preacher of the Christian faith. Too often theology is taught with reference to enemies; our hope is to present here a Luther for the whole church,” organizers explained.

 

To participate in the Luther Reading Challenge, simply visit the site: lutherreadingchallenge.org and sign up for a free account. Each text begins with a brief introduction, explaining the context and the key points. Readers can add their comments and questions on the side of the page.

 

Since 2009, the Institute has offered a two-week “Studying Luther in Wittenberg” program every

November. “It has been an eye-opening and inspiring experience to see how the writings of a

16th-century reformer can still speak so powerfully to people half a millennium later — and not just in the old territory of Christendom but all around the world. More than once we have asked ourselves how to carry this amazing experience of careful reading of Luther’s theology in a global setting to a bigger audience,” organizers explained.

 

Five Years of Faith

Each month of 2015 Words of Faith will feature a look back at documents from that same month in 2010 to help us remember God’s faithfulness as this congregation served as a landing spot for Lutherans abandoned by their former congregations and denomination as we look ahead to evangelizing to our community and the world in the months and years to come.

 

Pastor Craig Nelson of Minong opened the worship month in May of 2010 with the Four Foundations of Faith.  Those simple but profound ideas are:

1.      God loves us dearly

2.      Obey God’s commands

3.      Confess your sins and receive forgiveness

4.      Forgive.

 

Pastor Emory Johnson of Siren shared a Mother’s Day message “Women of Faith.”  Also joining us as supply pastors in May were Jerry Hibbard of Rice Lake and TJ Anderson of Dresser.   Here’s an excerpt from the May 20, 2010 edition of Words of Faith:

 

Crazy.

 

That’s what Pastor Anderson called us on Sunday.  It’s crazy to start a new church with no building … no pastor.  But, as Pastor Anderson also told us, it’s just the kind of crazy God calls for when he sends us into the world to tell the story of a God who would send his own son to die, so that we might live.

 

Our craziness moves to new levels in the coming weeks and months as we move forward in church-building.  The steering committee has announced a strategic planning timetable designed to lay the groundwork for the future ministry of the church and its members.

 

It was a big month of planning for the congregation.  The steering committee set an aggressive timetable with a goal of setting a congregational chartering, passage of the initial constitution and bylaws, election of the first congregational council, development of a budget and establishment of a call committee, and posting of a pastoral opening by the first day of summer, with a pastor in place by fall.  The timetable for each of those items, except the last, was met.  It would be another fall before a pastor was called.

 

Several individuals in the congregation were investigating possible locations for a Sunday morning worship time, as the church had been meeting at the Lutheran Church of St. Matthew Sunday nights at 5 p.m. since its inception in January.  Members and friends were urged to share ideas of locations in the community that would support Sunday morning worship, fellowship and education.  Brainstorming included vacant storefront and rentals of school auditoriums.  But God had other things in mind as a home for Faith Lutheran Mission Church.

 

LCMC Prayer Chain Now Active

A prayer ministry team has been formed, and the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ now has over fifty people who are praying each week for LCMC congregations like Faith Lutheran Mission Church. 

 

Cheryl Coffman is the leader of the team and she is looking for others who may also be interested in joining.  If you would like to be part of praying for our congregations and any specific concerns they might have, contact Cheryl at heartsandhands3@gmail.com.

 

News and Notes

·        The Bible Study “Breaking Free from Fear” continues.  It meets twice per week.  Tuesdays, the gathering is at The Meadows apartments at 1 p.m.  On Thursdays, the study meets at the home of its leaders Teri and George Strodthoff.

 

·        Church cleaning schedule includes Vern and Betty Doenier May 15, Katie Evans with Elaine and Bob Moore May 22 and 29, and Mark Strack with LaMoine Parkhurst on June 5 and 12.

 

·        We’re seeing visitors at the church every week.  Please remember to wear your name tags to help them feel welcome.

 

·        When disposing of recyclable containers and bottles, please rinse them out before placing them in the bin.  That makes it easier and less messy for the DeVries family, which has volunteered to take our trash.

 

·        Are you on Facebook?  Don’t forget to “Like” Faith Lutheran Mission Church’s page!  And our Facebook page editor, Katie DeVries, is asking for some feedback on the page.

 

·        If you have prayer request you would like to have made known to the prayer chain, please contact Sylvia Miller at 715-874-5080 or Katie Evans at 715-831-8797.

 

General Weekly Calendar

(Schedule may vary due to member visitations, evening meetings and special services)

Sundays

9:00     Worship

10:00   Fellowship

Monday-Tuesday

9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Office Hours

Wednesday

10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.      Office Hours

7 p.m. Worship

Thursday

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Office Hours

 

Feel free to check before you stop in by calling Pastor Nick at the Church (715-514-2021) or on his cell (952-484-5101).  You can also email pastornickhenseler@gmail.com.

 

The Last Word

“There are only two days on my calendar…today, and the day of judgment.”     Martin Luther

 

 

Words of Faith, April 6, 2015

posted Apr 6, 2015, 10:41 PM by Faith Lutheran


The Pastor’s Message

By Rev. Nick Henseler

 

Mark 16:2-4; “Very early on Sunday morning, just at sunrise, they went to the tomb. On the way they were asking each other, ‘Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?’ But as they arrived, they looked up and saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled aside.”

 

This first Sunday in April we celebrated the Resurrection of our Lord. And what an awesome promise of eternal life that gives to all believers in what Jesus accomplished by dying on the Cross for our sins!

 

And yet, sometimes we miss the little things we should also be celebrating for Easter. Notice what the concerns were of the women as they were approaching the tomb where Jesus’s body had been placed very early on that first Easter Sunday morning; “Who will roll away the stone for us from the tomb?”

 

This brings up a question; what large stone may for some of us also be a main concern as we approach Jesus? Is there something going on in your life that you think “blocks” any kind of access to your Lord and Savior?

 

If you feel that way, hold tight to that promise Scripture gives in v.4! “But as they arrived, they looked up and saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled aside.” Friend, there is no stone or anything at all in this world which Jesus cannot “roll away” to be with you! Trust in that!

 

So if during this season you feel as though you may be far away from the Lord because of something that is going on in your life, pray for your Lord and Savior to “roll away” whatever is blocking you from being with Him and let His Holy Spirit power fill You and your life with whatever it is that you need to walk with Jesus and conquer the “very large stones” of this world!

 

Have a blessed Easter everyone!                                                                                Pr. Nick

 

 

  

Madison Lovelien Shares Stories of Human Trafficking in Thailand

Sex slavery is a huge problem in Thailand.  And American tourists are a big part of the problem, according to a young Eau Claire woman who spent part of the winter working in safe house for victims of human trafficking.

 

Madison Lovelien of Eau Claire represented the local anti-trafficking group Fierce Freedom on her trip that was in part financially supported by Faith Lutheran Mission Church as part of our mission giving.  In her report to the congregation March 15, Madison described the “Walking Street,” a quarter-mile strip composed of 100 brothels, strip clubs and taverns.  She said an estimated 1,500 women and children are part of the sex industry on that strip.

 

Madison said the sex industry is fueled by “sex tourism,” mostly American, German and Russian men paying for sex with girls as young as 13.  Some of the girls are kidnapped, but many of the teen girls come to the city with the hopes of finding work to help support their families, and fall to the charms of pimps who keep them hostage as they work on Walking Street.

 

Madison plans to work this summer in Wisconsin Dells while getting evangelism training from the Navigators organization.

 

Bible Camp, Bible Providers Targets for Proposed April Missions

Faith Lutheran Mission Church contributes 11 percent of weekly offerings to local missions and 10 percent to non-local missions.

 

The Missions Committee has proposed that the local mission offering for April go to support mission training for the young people of our congregation.  The money will be used to fund scholarships for any FLMC kids (and friends) to attend Bible camp this summer.  Any additional money could be directed to Lake Wapogasset Bible Camp in Amery.

 

For the non-local mission for April, the committee is recommending the recipient be the Gideon Society, which distributes Bibles and New Testaments to people throughout the world.

 

The recommendations of the committee will come before the Church Council at its meeting April 20.  Families interested in exploring a scholarship may contact mission committee chair Dean Kallenbach or Pastor Nick.

 

“Breaking Free from Fear” Study Begins in This Week

The new Bible study that focuses on breaking free from the fears that can assault or hearts and minds begins this week.  Terry and George Strodthoff will lead the study.

 

Participants have their choice of two times to participate in the weekly study.  One group will meet at the church at 2 p.m. Tuesdays, while another will meet at George and Terry’s home Thursdays at 6:30.  For more information, contact the Strodthoffs.

 

Service and Fun on County II!

Saturday, April 18 we get a chance to work together to help our community, and it should be a lot of fun!  We’ll clean up a two mile stretch of County Highway II west from Highway 93 to Balsam Road.  Faith Lutheran Mission Church has “adopted” that highway, and that means we commit to having a crew to clean the ditches two or three times a year.  That date is April 18, and we plan to meet at 10 a.m. at the Corner Store at Double-I and Highway 93. 

 

Stylish yellow vests and garbage bags will be provided but bring your own gloves, pick-up sticks, water bottles and anything else to keep you efficient and energetic while getting a little jump on “Earth Day.”  Thanks to Jack Daniel for once again organizing the pickup.

 

Spring Fling Planned

Spring is just around the corner (we hope)!  The events committee is planning a Spring Fling dinner and fun filled evening on Saturday April 25th at 5:30 p.m.  There will be a sign up in the Fellowship Hall.  Watch the bulletin for more information!

 

Rev. Orv to Preach

Pastor Nick Henseler is on vacation for two weeks after Easter.  Faith Lutheran Mission Church member Rev. Orv Bystol will lead worship and provide the message on Sundays April 12 and 19.

 

That means there will be no Wednesday evening worship on April 8 and 15.  However, on April 22, Pastor Henseler will start a new Wednesday evening series “Faith Filled Fruit of the Spirit.”

 

Women’s Retreat Set for May 1-2 in Tomah

The women’s leadership of the Wisconsin and Upper Peninsula of Michigan District of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) has announced the 2015 Women’s Retreat will be held at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Tomah on May 1 and 2.

 

The theme is “God is Able.”  Please mark the date on your calendar, and plan to attend.  Watch for more details.  If you have questions, you can contact Elaine Moore or Pastor Henseler.

 

Five Years of Faith

Each month of 2015 Words of Faith will feature a look back at documents from that same month in 2010 to help us remember God’s faithfulness as this congregation served as a landing spot for Lutherans abandoned by their former congregations and denomination as we look ahead to evangelizing to our community and the world in the months and years to come.

 

April of 2010 was a very busy time in the life of our congregation.  Pastor Bill Rice of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Tomah joined us for our first Easter Sunday service, just days before his congregation took an unsuccessful vote to remove itself from the ELCA.  Pastor Bill Christianson of Stevens Point preached the second Sunday of the month, and then used his skills as an experienced mission developer to lead a forum on the findings of a congregational survey we conducted, as details in this passage from the April 15 newsletter:

 

Strong preaching.  Warm fellowship.  New friendships.  In many ways, it feels like our church has been around for a long time.  Truth be told, though, we just celebrated our eleventh weekly worship service.

 

So it was very interesting to hear Pastor Bill Christiansen share his ideas and thoughts about possible next steps for our congregation during his address at our fellowship period after Sunday’s service.  Pastor Christiansen, who is a trained mission church developer, had a number of observations and ideas to share, many based on the comments provided in the March survey of members and friends. 

 

He was asked what we should focus on first, a church building of our own, or a pastor.  Pastor Christiansen said we should get a pastor first, and then think about a building.  Pastor Christiansen says pastoral leadership provides a foundation that sets the tone for a congregation.  A pastor who is a true servant helps the congregation find and express its mission and leads it in those ministries.  He suggested that even calling a part-time pastor at first would accelerate Faith Lutheran Mission Church’s move forward in service to its members, to the community, and to the work of God.

 

Other interesting happenings in the month of April 2010 included:

·         The first draft of a congregational constitution, an effort spearheaded by a constitution task force comprised of Rollie Larson and Dick Buck.

·         Our first highway cleanup day, with 14 members and friends banding together on April 17, 2010 to clean up the two mile-stretch of County II south of town.  Jack Daniel spearheaded that effort (as he continues to today).

·         Betty and Vern Donier and Janet and LaMoine Parkhurt attended the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Leadership Conference in Omaha, Nebraska as delegates from our congregation.

·         Elaine Moore hosted the first session of a women’s Bible study “In Harmoney with the Word” at her home.  Meanwhile, Bob Moore began a general study on Wednesday evenings at St. Matthew’s.

·         The Steering Committee, based on the congregational survey, agreed that efforts should be made to find a way to move to a Sunday morning worship service and education hour by fall if possible.  That would likely mean worshipping in a different location than the Lutheran Church of St. Matthew, where we used the sanctuary at 5 p.m. in the first several months of the congregation’s existence.

·         Meanwhile, the St. Matthew board of elders voted to reduce our rent from $100 per week to $300 per month as an act of support for our congregation.  Pastor Greg Lenze of Chanhassen, Minnesota – who preached the final Sunday of April, 2010, reported that the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod has encouraged its congregations to offer aid whenever possible to LCMC congregations like ours.

·         The Steering Committee asked the Worship Task Force to consider inaugurating the “sharing of the peace” as a regular part of worship, and to consider whether to begin including the Psalm of the day on Sundays.  Both practices were initiated, and remain in place today.

 

LCMC Prayer Chain Now Active

A prayer ministry team has been formed, and the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ now has over fifty people who are praying each week for LCMC congregations like Faith Lutheran Mission Church. 

 

Cheryl Coffman is the leader of the team and she is looking for others who may also be interested in joining.  If you would like to be part of praying for our congregations and any specific concerns they might have, contact Cheryl at heartsandhands3@gmail.com.

 

Luther on Scripture will be the Focus of Saturday Workshop

Pastor Dwight Hanson of Hope Lutheran Church in Ladysmith (NALC) will lead a workshop “Luther on Scripture” Saturday, April 11at Saving Grace Lutheran Church in Eastridge Plaza off Hastings Way in Eau Claire. 

 

“When the great reformer and those who stood with him 500 years ago proclaimed ‘Scripture Alone’ as the Church’s highest authority, it was a bold statement, a rejection of the abuse of power hat was running rampant at the time, based as it was in human tradition,” said Pastor Hanson.  The session will explore Dr. Martin Luther’s fascinating insights into matters of Scriptural authority. 

 

Anyone wishing to attend should check in at 9:30 a.m.  The session runs from 10 a.m. through 2:30 p.m.  Cost of the session is $5. 

 

Conflict Management Seminar Set in Duluth

The Lake Superior Fellowship Group of LCMC/NALC will sponsor a seminar on conflict management.  Pastor Kevin McClure will present on “Unity and Conflict” to help church leaders build and maintain a healthy church culture.  Attendees will learn practical skills that help people learn to disagree without being disagreeable.

 

The event will take place at New Life Lutheran Church, 4424 Venture Avenue, Duluth, Minnesota on Saturday, April 18 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.  Cost is $10 per person for lunch.  Registration or questions may go to Pastor Paul Mattson at 218-546-6010 or pauljm@immanuaelcrosby.org.

 

News and Notes 

·         The recorded services have not been telecast on Charter Cable in recent weeks.  Community Television has told us it is at the mercy of the cable company to free the channels up for the telecast, but there is no information as to when the telecasts will be resumed.  Watch this space for updates.  Meanwhile, watch for the sermons on our website:  www.faithlutheranmc.org.

 

·         The Faith Lutheran Mission Church choir, under the direction of Bob LaMont, will rehearse after church on Sunday mornings.  Anyone interested in singing with the choir is invited to join the fun!

 

·         Church cleaning schedule includes Roy and Mary Ann Christopherson April 10 & 17 and Clarence and Janet Hadt April 24 and May 1.  

 

·         We’re seeing visitors at the church every week.  Please remember to wear your name tags to help them feel welcome.

 

·         When disposing of recyclable containers and bottles, please rinse them out before placing them in the bin.  That makes it easier and less messy for the DeVries family, which has volunteered to take or trash.

 

·         Are you on Facebook?  Don’t forget to “Like” Faith Lutheran Mission Church’s page!  And our Facebook page editor, Katie DeVries, is asking for some feedback on the page.

 

·         If you have prayer request you would like to have made known to the prayer chain, please contact Sylvia Miller at 715-874-5080 or Katie Evans at 715-831-8797.

 

General Weekly Calendar

(Schedule may vary due to member visitations, evening meetings and special services)

Sundays

9:00     Worship

10:00   Fellowship

Monday-Tuesday

9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Office Hours

Wednesday

10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.     Office Hours

7 p.m. Worship

Thursday

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Office Hours

 

Feel free to check before you stop in by calling Pastor Nick at the Church (715-514-2021) or on his cell (952-484-5101).  You can also email pastornickhenseler@gmail.com.

 

The Last Word

“All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired, although not in the hour or in the measure, or the very thing which they ask. Yet they will obtain something greater and more glorious than they had dared to ask.”                                                                                                               Martin Luther

 

Words of Faith, March 2015

posted Mar 12, 2015, 9:51 PM by Faith Lutheran


The Pastor’s Message

By Rev. Nick Henseler

 

John 12:12-13; “The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, ‘Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’” (ESV)

 

On the last Sunday of this month we will be celebrating Palm Sunday where we will ourselves be waving palms and worshipping our Lord and Savior! The huge crowd that was welcoming Jesus into Jerusalem were shouting “Hosanna!” which actually is the same word used then as it is used now from the Hebrew word which is a shout of happiness that means “save us now.”

 

Though the crowd back then was looking for a different kind of savior, Jesus was still the perfect and exact Savior that the world needed then…and still needs today. So as we wave our palm branches and sing songs of worship this Palm Sunday let’s still say “Hosanna!” as our shout for happiness that our Lord Jesus is still “He who comes in the name of the Lord” and still is perfectly able to “save us now.”                                                                                 Pr. Nick

 

 

Lent Marches toward Easter

The round-robin Lenten service schedule with the them “God’s People at Critical Moments” continues through the last Wednesday of March.  Pastor Tom Reiff of St. John Lutheran in Phillips provided the address on March 11.  On March 18, Pastor Dwight Hanson of Hope Lutheran of Ladysmith and Glen Flora will come to Faith Lutheran Mission Church.  The final Lenten service will be led by Pastor Bryan Anderson of Clear Lake.  Those services, which use the Holden Evening Prayer as a liturgy, are held Wednesday nights beginning at seven, with a meal available beforehand beginning at 5:30.  The March 25 meal will be a pot luck.

 

As indicated in the Pastor’s message, the final Sunday of the month will be the Palm Sunday service, held at 9 a.m. March 29.  Maundy Thursday service will take place at Saving Grace Lutheran Church in Eastridge Center at 7 p.m. April 2.  Good Friday service will be back at Faith Lutheran Mission Church, with a Tenebrae Service beginning at seven that evening.  The Easter Sunday worship begins at 9 a.m. April 5.

  

Young Missionary to Report on Trip to Thailand

Earlier this year, Madison Lovelien of Eau Claire traveled to Thailand to work in a safe house for victims of human trafficking as part of the work of the local anti-trafficking group Fierce Freedom.  Faith Lutheran Mission Church provided support for Madison’s journey.

 

This Sunday, March 15, Madison will return to Faith Lutheran Mission Church to report on her experience in a special missions forum during the coffee hour after church.  Please come and hear about the work she and others are doing in Jesus’ name to bring hope to the hopeless.

 

Beacon House Week Provides Opportunity for First-Hand Missions to our Neighbors

Sign-up sheets are now available in the fellowship hall for providing meals and overnight chaperones for Beacon House, the family homeless shelter of the Eau Claire Interfaith Hospitality Network, of which Faith Lutheran Mission Church is a member.

 

Donations of portions of the evening meal are being sought for April 5, 9 and 11 – servers are also being sought for those meals.  Overnight hosts will be needed for April 5, 7, 9 and 11.  If you have questions, contact Karla Petersen.

 

IHN, Pioneer Bible Translators or Missions for March

Eau Claire Interfaith Hospitality Network will be the local mission for the month of March.  The consortium of church in the Chippewa Valley provides 4,700 nights of shelter and 13,000 meals to 60 families in need of temporary housing each year at Beacon House in downtown Eau Claire.

 

Pioneer Bible Translators is the non-local mission for the month.  The specific ministry being supported is the work of bible translator Marty Ganong and his wife Tina, who are making the Word of God available for the first time in the langue of the people native to that area of western Africa.

 

Faith Lutheran Mission Church contributes 11 percent of weekly offerings to local missions and 10 percent to non-local missions.

 

“Breaking Free from Fear” Study Begins in April

A new Bible study that focuses on breaking free from the fears that can assault or hearts and minds will begin in April.  Terry and George Strodthoff will lead the study.

 

A workbook detailing the study is available on the ministry opportunities table near the bulletin board in the fellowship hall.  Sign-ups will be taken through Palm Sunday in an effort to capture the time(s) and days the work best for the study.

 

Lift Project on Hold for Now

FLMC President LaMoine Parkhurst shared the following statement before the congregation before worship on February 22 regarding the planned installation of a lift that would allow people to move from all levels of the church without using stairs.

 

As the annual meeting we thought that all details were in order to begin the work of preparation and installation of the lift.  When the contracts were received and studied they did not meet our expectations and requirements.  As the church council met, the decision was made that more information and research was needed before we could proceed.

 

We remain united that God led us to this decision to pursue the lift, and now to do more to seek the best one for Faith Lutheran.  This may include other lift providers.

 

Please pray for your leaders as we seek this solution so we can be more available to all who would like to worship with us.

 

May the Lord bless our work and efforts as we seek his will.

 

Bob Moore Named Vice-President

The congregation council, at its February meeting, elected Bob Moore to serve as the vice-president of the congregation.  The council was directed by the congregation at its annual meeting to select a vice-president from among the council members.  He joins President LaMoine Parkhurst, Secretary Katie Evans and Treasurer Mary Ann Christopherson on the executive committee of the council.

 

Women’s Retreat Set for May 1-2 in Tomah

The women’s leadership of the Wisconsin and Upper Peninsula of Michigan District of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) has announced the 2015 Women’s Retreat will be held at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Tomah on May 1 and 2.

 

The theme is “God is Able.”  Please mark the date on your calendar, and plan to attend.  Watch for more details.  If you have questions, you can contact Elaine Moore or Pastor Henseler.

 

Message from Men’s Ministry Leader of LCMC

Wilson Metz, the pastor adviser for Lutheran Men’s ministry of LCMC, shared the following note for congregations throughout the country:

 

At the LCMC Gathering in Des Moines last year, we shared about the new LCMC-LM email network and the LCMC-LM website.  The team wants to give you more information about some new things going on within the Lutheran Men.  The BIG idea is to share information about what works and what does not work in our ministry to men!  I encourage you to sign up and give it a try!

 

The new website is www.lcmc-lm.net.  On that website, you can find the link to sign up for the email network.

 

Five Years of Faith

Each month of 2015 Words of Faith will feature a look back at documents from that same month in 2010 to help us remember God’s faithfulness as this congregation served as a landing spot for Lutherans abandoned by their former congregations and denomination as we look ahead to evangelizing to our community and the world in the months and years to come.

 

In March of 2000, the congregation continued to be blessed by teaching sermons from spirit-filled guest pastors.  Bill Christenson of Stevens Point, Mark Richardson of Dresser (now executive director of the LCMC’s Augustana District) and Emory Johnson of Siren/Grantsburg led us the first three Sundays of the month. 

 

On the final Sunday of March (which was Palm Sunday as it is in 2015), the congregation for the first time conducted a service that was not led by a pastor.  Several members took part in a reader’s theatre presentation of the Palm Sunday-to-Good Friday account “Cry of the Whole Congregation” by Walter Wangerin.

 

There was also some other news related to worship music, including the introduction of what would become a familiar face, as reported in the March 11, 2010 Words of Faith:

 

Thanks to Paul Kosower, who lifted up this new congregation with his musical talent for the first six services of our existence.  With his own busy performing schedule and family to visit throughout the world, he is handing off the accompanying duties to others.  We’re grateful to Paul for his musicianship and his enthusiasm for Faith Lutheran Mission Church.

 

We are excited that Bob LaMont will play for us at Sunday’s service.  Bob is a retired music teacher who taught for 30 years.  He plays once a month for St. Matthews, and will be helping us out occasionally as well.  The worship task force has other accompanists in mind, but if you know of someone who can lead worship music, please let the worship committee know, or reply to this note.

 

The March 2010 newsletters also reported the development of a survey to members of the congregation to seek out their direction for future emphasis of the church.  Elaine Moore started the first women’s Bible study.  And we got a report from Stanfold Lutheran Church in Rice Lake that it had joined us as an LCMC member after taking its second unanimous vote to leave the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. 

 

And, while the congregation did not conduct midweek Lenten services that first year while worshipping Sunday evenings in the building of the Lutheran Church of St. Matthew, Lent was very much on the hearts and minds of its members, as described in this account in Words of Faith on March 18 of 2010.

 

The dead of winter seems long ago.  Snow-shrinking temperatures in the 60’s and Daylight Savings Time shoves thoughts of cold and dark to the back of our memories.  Most of us are old enough to know better than to think there will be no more cold...but winter has lost its grip on us.  We’ll cheerfully scrape frost from the windshield knowing it’s one of the last times.  Spring comes officially this weekend.  Palm Sunday the week after that.  Then Easter.

 

Faith Lutheran Mission Church was born in the dead of winter, amidst the desolation of betrayal, rejection, abandonment and deep sadness.  But, as God is wont to do to show he is in control, He has brought green shoots from desolation and fruit from frozen ground.  We are in Lent.  But we can see the empty tomb from here.

 

LCMC Prayer Chain Now Active

A prayer ministry team has been formed, and the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ now has over fifty people who are praying each week for LCMC congregations like Faith Lutheran Mission Church. 

 

Cheryl Coffman is the leader of the team and she is looking for others who may also be interested in joining.  If you would like to be part of praying for our congregations and any specific concerns they might have, contact Cheryl at heartsandhands3@gmail.com.

 

The Meaning of Jesus Death will be the Focus of Saturday Workshop

Pastor Bruce Rimmereid of Christ Lutheran Church in Bloomer (LCMC) will lead a workshop on The Atonement: The Meaning of Jesus’ Death Saturday, March 14 at Saving Grace Lutheran Church in Eastridge Plaza off Hastings Way in Eau Claire. 

“While it’s common to hear this explained in a phrase like, ‘Jesus paid our penalty or debt in order to appease God’s wrath against our sin,’ such an understanding is really not very biblical and diminishes the truly good news expressed in the cross of Christ,” says Pastor Rimmereid.  “We will look at how the New Testament draws on several Old Testament passages to ‘proclaim the Lord’s death’ as Gospel.”

 

Anyone wishing to attend should check in at 9:30 a.m.  The session runs from 10 a.m. through 2:30 p.m.  Cost of the session is $5. 

 

News and Notes 

  • The recorded services have not been telecast on Charter Cable in recent weeks.  Community Television has told us it is at the mercy of the cable company to free the channels up for the telecast, but there is no information as to when the telecasts will be resumed.  Watch this space for updates.  Meanwhile, watch for the sermons on our website:  www.faithlutheranmc.org.

     

  • The Faith Lutheran Mission Church choir, under the direction of Bob LaMont, will research after church on Sunday mornings.  Anyone interested in singing with the choir is invited to join the fun!

     

  • Church cleaning schedule includes Chuck and Kim Olson March 13 and 20, and David and Sarah Seanor March 27 and April 3. 

     

  • We’re seeing visitors at the church every week.  Please remember to wear your name tags to help them feel welcome.

 

  • When disposing of recyclable containers and bottles, please rinse them out before placing them in the bin.  That makes it easier and less messy for the DeVries family, which has volunteered to take or trash.

 

  • Are you on Facebook?  Don’t forget to “Like” Faith Lutheran Mission Church’s page!  And our Facebook page editor, Katie DeVries, is asking for some feedback on the page.

     

  • If you have prayer request you would like to have made known to the prayer chain, please contact Sylvia Miller at 715-874-5080 or Katie Evans at 715-831-8797.

     

    General Weekly Calendar

    (Schedule may vary due to member visitations, evening meetings and special services)

    Sundays

    9:00     Worship

    10:00   Fellowship

    Monday-Tuesday

    9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Office Hours

    Wednesday

    10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.      Office Hours

    7 p.m. Worship

    Thursday

    10 a.m.-4 p.m. Office Hours

     

    Feel free to check before you stop in by calling Pastor Nick at the Church (715-514-2021) or on his cell (952-484-5101).  You can also email pastornickhenseler@gmail.com.

     

    The Last Word

    “Adam was created righteous, acceptable, and without sin. He had no need from his labor in the garden to be made righteous and acceptable to God. Rather, the Lord gave Adam work in order to cultivate and protect the garden. This would have been the freest of all works because they were done simply to please God and not to obtain righteousness.

     

    The works of the person who trusts God are to be understood in a similar manner. Through faith we are restored to paradise and created anew. We have no need of works in order to be righteous; however, in order to avoid idleness and so that the body might be cared for an disciplined, works are done freely to please God.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Martin Luther

     

Words of Faith, February 2015

posted Feb 1, 2015, 10:58 PM by Faith Lutheran

 

1 John 4:11-12; “Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.”

 

Well, try as I might to find a Scripture passage that would pertain to Ground Hog Day (though Isaiah 38 and 2 Kings 20 come to mind!) it looks like I will have to just find something about love in the Bible with Valentine’s Day this month…And there is plenty of reference to love in Scripture that’s for sure!

 

Throughout God’s Holy Word we see an outpouring of God’s love for His people; even when they didn’t deserve it. And that’s the big difference between God’s love and a human love; most of the time the love people have for each other is a “give and take” kind of love.

 

However with God it’s quite different; God’s love for us is a love that He gives…and gives…and gives…and gives some more. A love so great that John 3:16 tells us that God gave the world the ultimate Valentine’s Day present to us; “…he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” That beats a ground hog sticking his head out of a hole by a long shot!!

 

Instead of a supposed promise of six more weeks until Spring we have a God-guaranteed promise of the forgiveness of all of our sins and a promise of eternal life in heaven with Him!

 

Have a love-filled and blessed February everyone!                                          Pr. Nick

                                   

 

Lenten Services Include Pastoral Round Robin

Five different pastors will lead worship during the 2015 Wednesday evening Lenten services at Faith Lutheran Mission Church.  The round-robin exchange of pastors among five Lutheran congregations in northwestern Wisconsin will allow members of those congregations to hear the Lenten story from fresh voices.

 

Lent begins February 18 with our Ash Wednesday service.  Pastor Henseler will be here to lead that worship.  The following week, February 25, we will be joined by Pastor Roy Harrisville III from New Life Lutheran Church in Menomonie. 

 

Pastor Henseler returns March 4.  On March 11, Pastor Tom Reiff from St. John Lutheran in Phillips will preach.  Either Pastor Dwight Hanson or Pastor Bert Schultz from Hope Lutheran in Ladysmith and Glen Flora Lutheran will provide the message on March 18.  The final Wednesday night service on March 25 will have Pastor Bryan Anderson – son of Faith Lutheran Mission Church member Jean Anderson – from First Lutheran in Clear Lake giving the sermon.

 

The Holden Prayer of Worship will be the order of service for the Wednesday evening Lenten worship services.  On those evenings with visiting Pastors, members of the congregation will led the worship.  Anyone interested in volunteering to help, please contact Pastor Henseler or members of the worship committee.

 

Budget and Council Set at Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the Faith Lutheran Mission Church congregation was held Sunday, January 25.  Here are the highlights from the meeting and from the annual report:

 

Financial Report and Budget

Treasurer Mary Ann Christopherson reported that the congregation’s finances are in good shape.  The primary reason for the improvement was strong giving, combined with savings that included a refinancing of the church building’s mortgage that reduced expenses by more than $100 per month.

 

For 2015, the council approved a budget of $115,312.

 

Mission Committee Written Report

Mission committee chair Dean Kallenbach reported that mission contributions from offerings in 2014 totaled $24,729.22, bringing the congregation’s five-year total mission giving to $109,875.  The giving went to 22 different missions including local and worldwide organizations and efforts.  In addition, our congregation served meals and staffed overnights at Beacon House, the homeless shelter for families operated by Eau Claire Interfaith Hospitality Network.

 

Fellowship & Member Care Services Committee Written Reports

Katie Evans, who chairs both the Member Care Services and Fellowship Committees, reported the prayer chain continues to be active.  Many Love Baskets have been distributed to members and friends of the congregation, and many prayer shawls have been distributed as well.  The four fellowship teams arrange for food during the post-worship fellowship gatherings and Sundays.

 

Worship Committee Written Report

Chuck Olson, chair of the Worship Committee, reflected on the many worship experiences provided in 2014, including joint worship services at Saving Grace on Maundy Thursday and Thanksgiving Eve.  He recognized the third anniversary of Pastor Nick Henseler’s leadership in October, and previewed the round-robin pastoral exchange during Lent.

 

Stewardship Committee Written Report

Mark Strack of the Stewardship Committee reported that the committee is nearly finished with a Time and Talents questionnaire designed to help the connect members and friends of Faith with tasks and missions available in the congregation and the community.  Watch for that soon.

 

Education Committee Written Report

Education continues to be a hallmark of Faith Lutheran Mission Church.  The Sunday School ministry led by Kristine Seanor-Behling continues to grow.  Hannah’s Hands Women’s Ministry met for several months in 2014, and is restructuring for 2015.  Men of Faith continues to meet the second Monday of each month at Maple Manor Café for prayer and study.  Wednesday evening programming has evolved into a time of worship, teaching and discussion.

 

Council Election and Election of Officers

The congregation thanked outgoing council members Jack Daniel and Elaine Moore for concluding their terms on the body.  Both have served since the council was formed in the summer of 2010, and served before that on the task force that managed the congregation prior to the passage of the constitution.  Elected to new terms were incumbents LeeAnn Beck, Orvin Bystol and Vern Doenier as well as new council members Mark Strack and Bob Moore. 

 

LaMoine Parkhurst was re-elected president of the congregation.  Secretary Katie Evans and Treasurer Mary Ann Christopherson were returned to their positions as well.  The position of Vice-President, which was vacated by the term expiration of Jack Daniel, will be selected by the church council.

 

Lift Campaign

The capital campaign for the lift was successful.  $21,998.06 has been raised in the congregation to combine with a $10,000 match from an anonymous benefactor.  It’s expected that funding will cover the cost of the lift.  Work on the lift is expected to begin in mid-February, and the lift is expected to be operational in part by the end of March.  Care, maintenance and service for the lift will be covered in the first year.  Parts will be covered in years two and three, and after that maintenance of the lift is expected to take about $300 per year.

 

Spencer DeVries Baptized

The year’s first baptism at Faith Lutheran Mission Church happened four days into the year.  Spencer Malachai DeVries was baptized during Sunday worship January 4, wearing a baptismal gown that has been used by members of his family since 1910. 

 

Spencer is the son of Kyle and Katie DeVries, and brother to Madeline, Caleb and Joshua. 

 

 

Five Years of Faith

Each month of 2015 Words of Faith will feature a look back at documents from that same month in 2010 to help us remember God’s faithfulness as this congregation served as a landing spot for Lutherans abandoned by their former congregations and denomination as we look ahead to evangelizing to our community and the world in the months and years to come.

 

In February of 2010, we were worshipping on Sunday nights at 5 p.m. at the Lutheran Church of St. Matthew.  Our visiting pastors that month were Tony Stoutenburg of Grace Lutheran Church in Hayward, Bryan Anderson of First Lutheran Church of Clear Lake and Craig Nelson of Calvary Lutheran Church in Minong.  In fact, because they preached at our service, both Pastors Anderson and Nelson were reprimanded by the local bishop of the ELCA, and Pastor Nelson was released from his role as a pastor at Calvary, an ELCA congregation. 

 

A steering committee of about a dozen individuals met two-to-four times per month to manage the needs of the congregation in those early weeks, and a February edition of “Words of Faith” shared the following report that nicely summarized the focus of the congregation in those days:

 

At our steering committee meeting this week, chair Bob Moore passed out an article by John MacArthur, “Church as It Was Meant To Be.”  You can find it at http://www.gty.org/Resources/Articles/A128_Church-As-It-Was-Meant-To-Be.  It’s a short article – I recommend you read it.

 

It looks at the first Christian church...here’s a key paragraph from the article:

Acts 2:42 gives the blueprint they followed:  “They were continually devoting themselves to the apostle’s teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”  Those are the vital elements that make up the actual function and life of the church – and all of that in just one verse!”

 

Our new church has now managed to hold four Sunday services.  Where do we stand on the essentials mentioned above?

 

They were continually devoting themselves to the apostle’s teaching....

We have heard scripture read from the Holy Bible, and proclaimed from the pulpit by pastors TJ Anderson, Tony Stoutenburg, Bryan Anderson and Craig Nelson...strong proclamations that challenge us to be a church that makes a difference in our community and our world by following the Great Commission to make disciples of all the nations.  Meanwhile, plans are underway to develop Bible Studies and other educational opportunities that will begin after Easter.

 

They were continually devoting themselves to fellowship, to the breaking of bread....Thanks to some great planning by our fellowship committee and a reliance on the Holy Spirit to bring us together as a new congregation, we have enthusiastically embraced the fellowship we are called to develop as a Christian body.  We must continue to be intentional in our welcoming and our relationship-building with one another.  Satan will certainly make an effort to find petty things to set us apart as we bring our varied church experiences together to make one new church.

 

They were continually devoting themselves to prayer... Many individual prayers have been lifted up – by people in this community, but also be people throughout the country and the world as we begin this new congregation.  I’ve heard from many of you who have taken on LaMoine Parkhurst’s challenge to pray for this congregation each morning at

9 a.m., and we trust God is answering those prayers.

 

Missions for February Aimed to Help Local Abused Women and Mexican Congregation

Faith Lutheran Mission Church contributes 11 percent of weekly offerings to local missions and 10 percent to non-local missions.

 

The local mission for February will be Bolton Refuge House, which provides safe shelter, support groups, economic and legal advocacy, children’s programs and transitional living for abused women and children in the Eau Claire community.

 

Mexico Mission International will be the non-local mission.  The money will specifically go to support Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, a mission congregation in a poor section of Rio Bravo.  Pastor Victor Barbosa and his wife Lucy reach into that community to provide food and teach sewing, while the church building is one of the few safe places for children and youth to gather.

 

LCMC Prayer Chain Now Active

A prayer ministry team has been formed, and the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ now has over fifty people who are praying each week for LCMC congregations like Faith Lutheran Mission Church. 

 

Cheryl Coffman is the leader of the team and she is looking for others who may also be interested in joining.  If you would like to be part of praying for our congregations and any specific concerns they might have, contact Cheryl at heartsandhands3@gmail.com.

 

Connecting Sunday with the Rest of the Week focus of Saturday Workshop

Pastor Tony Stoutenburg will lead a workshop on Connecting Sunday with the Rest of the Week on Saturday, February 14 at Saving Grace Lutheran Church in Eastridge Plaza off Hastings Way in Eau Claire. 

 

“You go to church on Sunday.  You go to work Monday through Friday,” said Rev. Stoutenburg, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church of Hayward and one of the founders of LCMC.  “Martin Luther reclaimed the idea that working for God is not something that is limited to pastors of church workers.”

 

Pastor Stoutenburg will take participants through Luther’s understanding of everyday work for God.

 

Anyone wishing to attend should check in at 9:30 a.m.  The session runs from 10 a.m. through 2:30 p.m.  Cost of the session is $5, with an additional $3 for a box lunch.  Those wishing a lunch should reserve by January 5 by calling Saving Grace at 715-514-3552.

 

News and Notes 

·         Charter Cable has moved the broadcast of the recorded services of Faith Lutheran Mission Church back to channel 993.

 

·         Men of Faith gather and the Maple Manor Monday, February 9 for study, prayers and breakfast.  Join them at 8:30 a.m.

 

 

·         Church cleaning schedule includes Laban and Sylvia Miller and Lila Brummond February 6, Jim and Marie Cristallo February 13 and 20, and Gene Fischer and Donna Blum February 27.    

 

·         We’re seeing visitors at the church every week.  Please remember to wear your name tags to help them feel welcome.

 

·         When disposing of recyclable containers and bottles, please rinse them out before placing them in the bin.  That makes it easier and less messy for the DeVries family, who have volunteered to take or trash.

 

·         Are you on Facebook?  Don’t forget to “Like” Faith Lutheran Mission Church’s page!  And our Facebook page editor, Katie DeVries, is asking for some feedback on the page.

 

·         If you have prayer request you would like to have made known to the prayer chain, please contact Sylvia Miller at 715-874-5080 or Katie Evans at 715-831-8797.

 

General Weekly Calendar

(Schedule may vary due to member visitations, evening meetings and special services)

Sundays

9:00     Worship

10:00   Fellowship

Monday-Tuesday

9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Office Hours

Wednesday

10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.     Office Hours

7 p.m. Worship

Thursday

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Office Hours

 

Feel free to check before you stop in by calling Pastor Nick at the Church (715-514-2021) or on his cell (952-484-5101).  You can also email pastornickhenseler@gmail.com.

 

The Last Word

“True humility does not know that it is humble. If it did, it would be proud from the contemplation of so fine a virtue.”                                                                                    Martin Luther

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Words of Faith, January 2015

posted Jan 3, 2015, 11:07 PM by Faith Lutheran


James 1:2-3; “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.”

 

Happy New Year everyone! So…how are those New Year’s Resolutions coming along? This time of year always has us looking forward to trying to make the coming year a little better in some way.

 

Can I make a suggestion? How about resolving yourself to make this a better year in your faith journey? You can start by joining us on Wednesday evenings at 7pm where we’ll begin a new teaching series on “How to Make Faith Work in Your Life” based upon the Book of James. January 7th will be our first evening of study which will start with a lesson talk followed by a time of discussion on how we can apply the lesson to our everyday lives. Sounds like a good way to start the year!

 

Have a blessed New Year everyone!                                                                    Pr. Nick

                                   

 

Five Years of Faith

January marks the five-year anniversary of the formation of Faith Lutheran Mission Church.  The congregation was formed at a meeting on Wednesday evening, January 13, 2010 in the fellowship hall of the Lutheran Church of St. Matthew, and the first service was held January 31 at St. Matthew’s.  Here’s an excerpt from the initial news release that went out prior to the first service:

Faith Lutheran Mission Church, Eau Claire’s newest Lutheran congregation, begins worship Sunday, January 31 at 5 p.m. in the sanctuary of The Lutheran Church of St. Matthew with a time of food and fellowship to follow. 

 

The congregation of nearly 50 members formed January 13 at an organizational meeting.  The church is the first in the Chippewa Valley to affiliate with Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC), an association of 294 congregations that has grown in number by more than 30% since the ELCA Churchwide Assembly decisions in August.  LCMC defines itself as a centrist, congregational-based Lutheran church body which recognizes Scripture as the sole source and norm of faith and life. Details about LCMC and its mission can be found at www.lcmc.net.

 

“Faith Lutheran Mission Church is liturgical, Bible-based, mission-focused and Christ-centered,” said Bob Moore, Eau Claire, chair of the steering committee for the church.  “Anyone who believes in the authority of the scriptures and the Lutheran confessions is invited to join as a member, but membership is certainly not required to take part in worship or other activities at Faith.”

 

Moore said task forces are in place within the church to develop strong programs in mission and outreach, education and fellowship.  The church plans to live up to the “Mission” in its name by dedicating  20% of all offerings to local and global ministries outside the congregation with a goal of expanding the percentage as the church moves forward. For the first service, that mission segment will be designated for earthquake relief for Haiti. 

 

Moore said Faith Lutheran Mission Church is designed for those who prefer a less hierarchical form, with congregation-based decision-making.

 

The Lutheran Church of St. Matthew has graciously given permission to use its facilities for worship and fellowship, according to Chuck Olson, Chetek, vice chair of the steering committee.

 

“The people of St. Matthew, including Pastor Steve Rutter and the church elders, have been warm and welcoming,” Olson said.  “It’s an incredibly beautiful worship space and we’re grateful to the people of St. Matthew for allowing us to use it. We pray that their congregation is as blessed by our presence as we are blessed to be able to worship there.”

 

LaMoine Parkhurst, Mondovi, another member of the steering committee, said Faith Lutheran Mission Church work is well underway to developing a constitution and other structures.

 

“We look forward to the positive role the congregation will play in the community,” said Parkhurst.  “It is exciting and challenging to consider the possibilities before us. If you are looking for a new beginning or continuing your life in Christ in a different setting, consider a faith life with Faith Lutheran Mission Church.”

 

Here’s the account of that first service as recorded in the “Words of Faith” newsletter:

What a start!  Ninety-eight individuals came together for the inaugural worship service of Faith Lutheran Mission Church January 31 at 5 p.m.  We began the afternoon as strangers for the most part.  By the evening, we were church.

 

We heard and sang heartily to the majestic organ music from Paul Kosower – we listened while Kim and Chuck Olson sang about Church, Home of Faith.  We sang with gusto familiar hymns like Lift High the Cross, Built on a Rock and All Creatures of Our God and King.

 

And, of course, we were challenged and inspired by the sermon of Pastor TJ Anderson, who came with his wife Cindy and daughter Brittany to be a part of our congregation’s beginning.  Pastor Anderson’s sermon, “Following the Call of God,” reminded us that we don’t just go to church, we are the church. 

 

Following the service, we gathered for a grand meal and lively fellowship in the beautiful fellowship hall of our hosts, The Lutheran Church of St. Matthew.  Many people stayed for two hours, visiting with old and new friends, musing about the new and exciting direction God is bringing his people.  Wow!  What a start!

 

Each month of 2015 Words of Faith will feature a look back at documents from that same month in 2010 to help us remember God’s faithfulness as this congregation served as a landing spot for Lutherans abandoned by their former congregations and denomination as we look ahead to evangelizing to our community and the world in the months and years to come.

 

Lift Campaign Nears Completion

The campaign for contributions to support the construction of a lift designed to make Faith Lutheran Mission Church more accessible wrapped up at the end of December.  The congregation voted in October to raise funds for the lift, which will allow individuals to ride to the basement or the sanctuary from within the building or from outside.

 

Through December, $21,998.06 had been raised through contributions from the congregation, with an additional $5,000 provided so far from an anonymous contributor who has pledged to provide a dollar for every $2 raised by members and friends of the congregation toward the project.  Once the additional $5,000 promised from the benefactor comes in, the campaign will be very near the $32,000 needed to build the lift.

 

Thanks to all who contributed to the fund.  Be listening for announcements on the construction status.

 

Annual Meeting Date Set for 2015

The annual congregational meeting for Faith Lutheran Mission Church has been set for Sunday, January 25 after Sunday worship.  Included on the agenda will be the election of new council members and congregational officers, and action on the 2015 congregational budget.  Congregation President LaMoine Parkhurst requests that all committees turn in their annual reports to the church office by January 10.

 

The nominating committee continues to seek nominees for open council positions.  If you feel called to serve a two-year term on the council, or would like to learn more, please contact nominating committee members Chris Flaten, Kim Olson or Dean Kallenbach

 

Newest Member Stars in Sunday School Program

Just two weeks after his birth, Spencer DeVries had the lead role as Baby Jesus in the Faith Lutheran Mission Church Sunday School Christmas Program on December 21.  Spencer’s parents, Katie DeVries (as Mary) and Kyle DeVries (as Joseph) were supporting actors. 

 

Also featured in the pageant were Ella Traun, starring as The Star; Madelyn DeVries, Lauren Stillman and KayLee Beck as Angels; Hannah Bauer as The Sheep; Jacob Shoemaker, Logan Stillman and Joshua DeVries as Shepherds; and Tristan Beck, Caleb DeVries, and Dawson Traun as Wise Men.

 

Thanks to Kristine Seanor Behling and Kayla Shoemaker for leading the Sunday School and guiding our children’s ministry.

 

Special Music Sought for January and February

The Faith Lutheran Mission Church choir will be taking a break for a couple of months while director Bob Lamont is off.  Any members of the congregation who would be willing to provide special music as a soloist or within a small group should contact accompanist Kayla Shoemaker to practice and select a Sunday to provide the music.

 

Missions Set for January

The local mission outreach for January is APPLE Pregnancy Care Center, which provides teaching, healing, resources, mentoring and encouragement from a Christian perspective for young women in the Chippewa Valley.

The non-local mission of the month of January focuses on providing relief for refugees fleeing from Islamic militants in the Middle East.  The donation to Samaritan's Purse Middle East Relief will support the national Christian evangelism organization led by Franklin Graham, which is providing shelter, food and clothing to families pouring from Syria into Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.

Faith Lutheran Mission Church contributes 11 percent of weekly offerings to local missions and 10 percent to non-local missions.

 

By the way, the congregation council decided in its December meeting to accept a recommendation by the missions committee to dedicate the missions offering from the Christmas Eve service to Feed My People’s school lunch program and to Ethiopian Relief.

 

FLMC to Offer Volunteers to Support Interfaith Homeless Shelter in January

Mark your calendars for Janaury 18-24 – it’s the first week of 2015 during which Faith Lutheran Mission Church will be offering volunteers and meals to support the mission of Eau Claire Interfaith Hospitality Network at the Beacon House Homeless Shelter downtown. 

 

We’ll share the week with our LCMC sister congregation Saving Grace.  We’ll be looking for sign-ups for preparing or serving meals, and also looking for some overnight hosts.  Sign-up sheets will be in the church fellowship hall. 

 

Contact Karla Petersen if you have questions.

 

Un-Decoration Set for January 7

Members and friends of the congregation are invited to come Wednesday, January 7 at 6 p.m. to help take down the Christmas decorations in the church. 

 

With enough hands, the work should be done by 7 p.m. in time for worship, which features the beginning of Pastor Henseler’s new sermon series “How to Make Faith Work in Your Life” based on the Book of James (see the Pastors Message for more details on the series).

 

Volunteers Needed

The congregation is seeking members to participate in the building committee, which makes recommendations to the church council regarding the physical property of Faith Lutheran Mission Church.  If you’re interested in participating, contact Pastor Nick or congregation president LaMoine Parkhurst.

 

Also needed are individuals who are willing to sign up for a week or two of snow removal.  It involves following up snowfalls by clearing the sidewalks and steps.

 

Personal Faith Formation focus of Saturday Workshop

Pastor Jody Becker will lead a workshop on Personal Faith Formation on Saturday, January 10 at Saving Grace Lutheran Church in Eastridge Plaza off Hastings Way in Eau Claire. 

 

“We read the texts of the Bible and we know that stories,” said Rev. Becker, pastor of Bethel Lutheran Church in Hawkins, “but do we understand that these stories are our stories?  The Bible is the narrative of God’s people from the beginning of time through us here today.”

 

This session is designed to help participants understand how Scripture not only  forms our faith, but also us as individuals, to better know God’s call for us in our lives. 

 

Anyone wishing to attend should check in at 9:30 a.m.  The session runs from 10 a.m. through 2:30 p.m.  Cost of the session is $5, with an additional $3 for a box lunch.  Those wishing a lunch should reserve by January 5 by calling Saving Grace at 715-514-3552.

 

Three Days of Prayer Coming in January

Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ has announced that its third annual Three Days of Prayer will take place from January 6th through 8th of 2015.

 

Rev. Mark Vander Tuig, Service Coordinator for LCMC is inviting all of the congregations in LCMC including Faith Lutheran Mission Church to dedicate one day each for confession, petition and vision. 

 

Day One, Tuesday January 6, is a day of confession, recognizing that we have sinned against God, against each other and ourselves.  We have been caught up in big arguments about small things when there are those we love who do not know Jesus, and not connected to his church.

 

Day Two, Wednesday, January 7, is a day of petition.  There are so many things, people and issues to pray for and about, this day is committed to bringing our petitions to God.  We know that He hears our prayers and is at work in ways that we can see, and ways that we will never know.

 

Day Three, Thursday, January 8, is a day of seeking God’s vision for our church and our association.  The church belongs to Jesus and we simply ask the Lord of the church to lead, guide and direct our mission and ministry.

 

January 2015 is also the official start of the LCMC Prayer Chain.  Those who are interested in signing up to commit to praying for all of the congregations in LCMC each month may sign up at the website www.lcmc.net.

 

News and Notes 

  • Charter Cable has moved the broadcast of the recorded services of Faith Lutheran Mission Church back to channel 993.

  • Men of Faith gather and the Maple Manor Monday, December 8 for study, prayers and breakfast.  Join them at 8:30 a.m.

  • Church cleaning schedule includes the family of Kristine Seanor Behling January 2 and 9, Orv and Pam Bystol and Lee Ann Beck January 16 and 23, and Laban and Sylvia Miller and Lila Brummond January 30 and February 6.    

  • We’re seeing visitors at the church every week.  Please remember to wear your name tags to help them feel welcome.

  • When disposing of recyclable containers and bottles, please rinse them out before placing them in the bin.  That makes it easier and less messy for the DeVries family, who have volunteered to take or trash.

  • Are you on Facebook?  Don’t forget to “Like” Faith Lutheran Mission Church’s page!  And our Facebook page editor, Katie DeVries, is asking for some feedback on the page.

  • If you have prayer request you would like to have made known to the prayer chain, please contact Sylvia Miller at 715-874-5080 or Katie Evans at 715-831-8797.

     

    General Weekly Calendar

    (Schedule may vary due to member visitations, evening meetings and special services)

    Sundays

    9:00     Worship

    10:00   Fellowship

    Monday-Tuesday

    9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Office Hours

    Wednesday

    10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.     Office Hours

    7 p.m. Worship

    Thursday

    10 a.m.-4 p.m. Office Hours

     

    Feel free to check before you stop in by calling Pastor Nick at the Church (715-514-2021) or on his cell (952-484-5101).  You can also email pastornickhenseler@gmail.com.

     

    The Last Word

    Anyone who is to find Christ must first find the church. How could anyone know where Christ is and what faith is in him unless he knew where his believers are?                                  Martin Luther

     

Words of Faith, December 2014

posted Dec 6, 2014, 11:19 PM by Faith Lutheran

WORDS OF FAITH

December 7, 2014

 

The Pastor’s Message

By Rev. Nick Henseler

 

Isaiah 9:6; “For a child is born to us, a son is given to us…”

 

As we enter in to Advent season, for our Wednesday evening services we’ll be taking a look at how Christ the Messiah was prophesied and predicted long before Jesus was even born in that manger in Bethlehem. And it amazes me as I study these prophecies in Scripture how accurate many of these predictions ended up to be and only gives proof as to a divine influence.

 

To give you an idea of the incredible accuracy, the probability of just eight of the Old Testament prophecies being fulfilled is one chance in one hundred million billion. That is a number that is millions of times greater than the total number of people who have ever walked on this planet! Folks, that gives us a confidence that the Bible is inspired by God and is completely trustworthy. There is no way that a person could have made it up.

 

So the Old Testament actually points to the first Christmas. And the New Testament fulfills what the prophets of old were longing for. And remember, Scripture gives just as many prophecies and predictions about Christ when He will return again!

 

So this Advent season let’s be excited not only about the celebration of the birth of Jesus, but also let’s have a hopeful expectation and anticipation of when He will return again to bring all believers home with Him to heaven!

 

Have a blessed Advent everyone!                                                                                     Pr. Nick

                                               

 

Church Year Begins in Anticipation of Christmas

Advent marks the beginning of the church year as we anticipate the celebration of the birth of our Savior.  The season is being marked each Sunday morning by the traditional lighting of the advent candles. 

 

On Wednesdays, Pastor Henseler’s teachings have a focus on Christmas Before Christ.  The two remaining installments will take place at December 10 at 7 p.m. and December 17 at a special time of 11 a.m.

 

The Sunday School Christmas Program will take place during the Sunday 9 a.m. worship on December 21.  The Sunday Schoolers will rehearse the day before at Saturday December 20.

 

The birth of our Lord will be remembered at a special Christmas Eve service December 24 at 4 p.m.  The candlelight service will include special music by the choir.

 

There is a sign-up sheet in the basement for those who would like to purchase poinsettias that can be displayed in the sanctuary.

 

By the way, there will be no evening services December 31.

 

Annual Meeting Date Set for 2015

The annual congregational meeting for Faith Lutheran Mission Church has been set for Sunday, January 25 after Sunday worship.  Included on the agenda will be the election of new council members and congregational officers, and action on the 2015 congregational budget.  Congregation President LaMoine Parkhurst requests that all committees turn in their annual reports to the church office by January 10.

 

Lift Fund Fundraising Continues

Contributions continue to grow to support the construction of a lift designed to make Faith Lutheran Mission Church more accessible.  The congregation voted in October to raise funds for the lift, which will allow individuals to ride to the basement or the sanctuary from within the building or from outside.

 

Through November, $20,925.44 has been raised toward the project, which is expected to cost $32,000.  $14,925.44 has been raised through contributions from the congregation, with an additional $5,000 provided so far from an anonymous contributor who has pledged to provide a dollar for every $2 raised by members and friends of the congregation toward the project.

 

Members can track progress of the project on the thermometer poster in near the church entrance.  Special contributions to the project continue to be welcomed and encouraged.

 

FLMC to Offer Volunteers to Support Interfaith Homeless Shelter in January

Mark your calendars for Janaury 18-24 – it’s the first week of 2015 during which Faith Lutheran Mission Church will be offering volunteers and meals to support the mission of Eau Claire Interfaith Hospitality Network at the Beacon House Homeless Shelter downtown. 

 

We’ll share the week with our LCMC sister congregation Saving Grace.  We’ll be looking for sign-ups for preparing or serving meals, and also looking for some overnight hosts.  Sign-up sheets will be in the church fellowship hall. 

 

Contact Karla Petersen if you have questions.

 

December Mission Offerings to support Community Table and Bible translation in Africa

Faith Lutheran Mission Church dedicates 11% of its weekly offerings to support local missions, and another 10% to missions outside our community.

 

For the month of December, the local mission target is The Community Table, a collaborative effort of local churches, the area food bank and concerned organizations and individuals.  It serves one meal per day each day of the year on a no-questions-asked basis.  Anyone can join the table during mealtime.

 

The non-local support for December will go to support the ministry of Marty and Tina Ganong, who work in West Africa translating the Bible into the native language of a group of people from that area. 

 

Three Days of Prayer Coming in January

Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ has announced that its third annual Three Days of Prayer will take place from January 6th through 8th of 2015.

 

Rev. Mark Vander Tuig, Service Coordinator for LCMC is inviting all of the congregations in LCMC including Faith Lutheran Mission Church to dedicate one day each for confession, petition and vision. 

 

Day One, Tuesday January 6, is a day of confession, recognizing that we have sinned against God, against each other and ourselves.  We have been caught up in big arguments about small things when there are those we love who do not know Jesus, and not connected to his church.

 

Day Two, Wednesday, January 7, is a day of petition.  There are so many things, people and issues to pray for and about, this day is committed to bringing our petitions to God.  We know that He hears our prayers and is at work in ways that we can see, and ways that we will never know.

 

Day Three, Thursday, January 8, is a day of seeking God’s vision for our church and our association.  The church belongs to Jesus and we simply ask the Lord of the church to lead, guide and direct our mission and ministry.

 

“Prayer is the most effective tool in our toolbox and the most powerful piece of equipment in the arsenal,” said Rev. Vander Tuig.  “The church of Jesus Christ will not rise up until we first get to our knees.”

 

January 2015 is also the official start of the LCMC Prayer Chain.  Those who are interested in signing up to commit to praying for all of the congregations in LCMC each month may sign up at the website www.lcmc.net.

 

News and Notes 

  • Men of Faith gather and the Maple Manor Monday, December 8 for study, prayers and breakfast.  Join them at 8:30 a.m.

     

  • FLMC depends on volunteers to keep our sidewalks clear of snow.  Roy Christopherson has volunteers to keep things in shape from December 21 through January 3, but all other dates are still available.  Sign up in the fellowship hall.

 

  • Church cleaning schedule includes Chuck and Kim Olson December 5 & 12, and Katie Evans with Elaine & Bob Moore December 19 and 26.  The family of Kristine Seanor Behling will be taking the first two weeks of January. 

     

  • We’re seeing visitors at the church every week.  Please remember to wear your name tags to help them feel welcome.

 

  • When disposing of recyclable containers and bottles, please rinse them out before placing them in the bin.  That makes it easier and less messy for the DeVries family, who have volunteered to take or trash.

     

  • Are you on Facebook?  Don’t forget to “Like” Faith Lutheran Mission Church’s page!  And our Facebook page editor, Katie DeVries, is asking for some feedback on the page.

     

  • You can now find our worship services from the previous week on channel 994.  And you can still watch anytime at www.faithlutheranmc.org.

     

  • If you have prayer request you would like to have made known to the prayer chain, please contact Sylvia Miller at 715-874-5080 or Katie Evans at 715-831-8797.

     

    General Weekly Calendar

    (Schedule may vary due to member visitations, evening meetings and special services)

    Sundays

    9:00     Worship

    10:00   Fellowship

    Monday-Tuesday

    9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Office Hours

    Wednesday

    10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.     Office Hours

    7 p.m. Worship

    Thursday

    10 a.m.-4 p.m. Office Hours

     

    Feel free to check before you stop in by calling Pastor Nick at the Church (715-514-2021) or on his cell (952-484-5101).  You can also email pastornickhenseler@gmail.com.

     

    The Last Word

    “Nothing good ever comes of violence.”                                                        Martin Luther

     

Words of Faith, November 20214

posted Oct 31, 2014, 10:31 PM by Faith Lutheran

WORDS OF FAITH

November 1, 2014

 

The Pastor’s Message

By Rev. Nick Henseler

 

Hebrews 12:28; “Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe.”

 

As we once again get ready for another Thanksgiving filled with family, food, and fun…all of which we are VERY thankful for…let’s also remember to be thankful for the one that will be giving the ultimate Thanksgiving celebration in heaven! Isaiah 25:6 tells us about this; “The LORD of Heaven’s Armies will spread a wonderful feast for all the people of the world.

 

Notice that word “feast.” You can’t have a “feast” without food! The Hebrew word for “feast” actually translates into meaning “a lavish banquet.” Sounds like a great Thanksgiving dinner to me! And we know that we will be reunited with all of our loved ones once again in heaven. I can’t imagine anything to be more thankful about then that promise of hope! And our Scripture passage from Hebrews tells us how we should respond to that thankfulness; “let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe.”

 

So be sure to put Wednesday, November 26th at 7pm on your calendars when we celebrate with our brothers and sisters at Saving Grace Lutheran Church our annual Thanksgiving Eve service where we will worship our Holy God!                                                                           Pr. Nick

                                               

 

Congregation Votes to Add Lift to Increase Physical Accessibility to FLMC

Faith Lutheran Mission Church voted on Sunday, October 19 to install a hydraulic lift at $32,000. The vote was 36 to 9 for the lift and its installation. The proposal was designed to allow and help our congregation and community to feel free to be in this building and worship.

 

Church Council met this Monday, October 20 and voted to contact the installer of the lift to proceed as soon as possible and to confirm the amount of money they would need to begin. This amount is half of the total at $16,000.

 

Discussion was then held on how to finance this project. A proposal was made to make the month of November “Lift Month” asking for initial contributions to be made during this month with hopes of raising at least the $16,000 – (or possibly the $32,000) . 

 

“We know we can count on God to do the impossible,” said council member Elaine Moore during a temple talk at the October 26 worship service.  “As it says in Matthew ‘All things are possible through Him.’ We also know that His timing isn't always our timing. If after November we do not have the $32,000, we will ask for short term pledges to be made.”

 

A non-member has pledged a matching gift of one dollar for every two dollars that is given up to $10,000.  Elaine announced that two additional gifts have been made by non-members belonging to other churches is support of FLMC. 

 

Elaine said that a poster, graph or thermometer as to our progress will be posted in the entry way and the drive will also be updated in the bulletin. 

 

“This whole project is a challenge,” said Elaine, “but also an opportunity in our need to give back of our resources that God has blessed us with. Faith Lutheran MISSION Church – you bet!”

 

Elaine concluded the talk by asking members and friends of Faith Lutheran Mission Church to pray, asking our Lord what He want us to give to this project beyond our tithes and offerings.

 

Charter Member Larrie Olson Goes Home to God

Larrie Olson, one of the original members of Faith Lutheran Mission Church, went home to meet his Lord and Savior on Friday, October 24, following complications from a long-term illness.

 

Larrie’s death touches all of us at Faith Lutheran Mission Church, and we rally to support our fellow members who survive him, including his wife of 59 years Bev, daughter Cindy Buckli and her husband Dale Johnson, and son Chuck Olson and his wife Kim, as well as his sister-in-law Marylin Howard. 

 

Larrie’s funeral service was held Thursday, October 30 at The Lutheran Church of St. Matthew, with Pastor Nick Henseler officiating.  Burial was at the Lutheran Church Cemetery.

 

Larrie was born on September 7, 1931, in Chimney Rock, WI, to William and Florence (Helgeson) Olson. On September 30, 1955, Larrie married Beverly Johnson at First Lutheran Church in Eau Claire. He drove bus while attending the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and later drove bus for the City of Eau Claire prior to beginning his teaching career. He taught Chemistry in Whitehall and Tomah High Schools and later taught chemistry and photography at Eau Claire Memorial and North High Schools for 31 years.  Larrie enjoyed singing in the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Choir while he was a student. He loved playing cards with his family, was an avid train hobbyist and cherished his two puppies, Mya and Tucker.

 

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Bev; four children, Ronda (Marc) Putzy of River Falls, David (Colleen) Olson of Oshkosh, Cindy (Dale Johnson) Buckli of Eau Claire and Chuck (Kim) Olson of Eau Claire; nine grandchildren, Tricia, Tara (Dane), Brian, Sarah, Emily (Jaime), Jake (Caitlin), Nate, Jennifer (Sergio) and Christy; and three greatgrandchildren, Adriana, Aiden and Aida; sister-in-law, Mary Howard; and two brothers-inlaw, Tom (Sandy) Johnson and Lyle Baker; and also by several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Larrie will be sadly missed by his family and all who knew him.

Larrie was preceded in death by his parents; mother and father-in-law, Jake and Hazel Johnson; brothers-in-law, Dick and Jerry Johnson; and sister-in-law, Millie Baker.

 

The family is asking that memorial gifts be directed to the Elevator-Lift Fund at Faith Lutheran

Mission Church.

 

Our prayers of comfort continue for Bev and the family.

 

LCMC Gathering in Des Moines is a Spirit-Filled Event

Last this month, 1,012 people from around the world came together in Des Moines, Iowa for the 14th Annual Gathering of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC). 

Throughout the year, the 833 congregations that make up LCMC, including Faith Lutheran Mission Church, raised a total of
$91,005.40 for the service project with Meals from the Heartland (13.75% more than the target of $80,000).  On the evening of Tuesday, October 7th, many of the people who attended the gathering met up at the convention center and assembled a total of 291,168 meals. 
A video of that work is available on the LCMC website, www.lcmc.net. 

Rev. Mark Vander Tuig announced the launch of the
LCMC Prayer Chain
, for which people are able to sign up to pray for all of the congregations in LCMC on a weekly basis.

During the Business Session of the gathering, Pastors Christopher Miller (Area 2) and Kenneth “Corky” Spitler (Area 5) were elected to the LCMC Board of Trustees.  Pastors Nathan Hanson and Stephan Turnbull were appointed to serve on the Ministry Board. 

It was also announced that the
15th Annual Gathering
will take place from October 4-7, 2015 in Frisco, TX, a suburb of Dallas.

Photo galleries from the Annual Gathering, downloadable copies of our 2014 Book, and presentation notes from our Keynote Speakers are now available at the website.  

Forum to Focus on Human Trafficking

The mission committee is presenting a forum on Sunday, November 2 featuring Madison Lovelien, a young Eau Claire woman who is raising support to go to Pattaya, Thailand in a mission designed to end human trafficking. 

 

Madison works through a local organization Fierce Freedom which works to end the kidnapping and enslavement of children.  Ten percent of Faith Lutheran Mission Church’s offerings for November will go to support Madision’s ministry, which will include her working at a safe-house for ex-slaves in Thailand. 

 

The forum will take place during the coffee hour after Sunday worship in the fellowship hall.

 

Salvation Army Carelink to Receive Local Mission Support for November

Faith Lutheran Mission Church has dedicated 21% of its offerings to missions outside this church.  As mentioned in the previous article, ten percent of November’s offering will go to Fierce Freedom and the mission work being done by Madison Lovelien.

 

The remaining 11% goes to a mission that serves the Chippewa Valley.  For November, the local mission is Salvation Army Carelink.  CareLink provides short-term relief for individuals in the Eau Claire area who come upon emergency financial needs.  Rather than each congregation having a “Good Samaritan” fund, CareLink pools those resources, which are administered by the Salvation Army, to provide vouchers for food, lodging and transportation to those in need.

 

FLMC to participate in Operation Christmas Child

For the third consecutive fall, Faith Lutheran Mission Church is encouraging its members and friends to participate in Operation Christmas Child.

 

The ministry, developed by Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse organization, encourages participates to fill a shoebox with small toys, hygiene items and school supplies.  The packages are sent to needy children throughout the world with the message the God loves them.  Boxes and labels are available in the church basement.  For more about this ministry, go to www.samaritanspurse.org. 

 

New Approach to Wednesday Evening Worship Cointinues

New programming for Wednesday evenings continues this month in response to the congregation’s answers to a survey earlier this fall.  Pastor Henseler is combining the worship service and the Bible study into one with a contemporary format of praise and worship song, a teaching lesson with discussion time right afterward to talk about the teaching, then closing with a time for prayers.  The service begins at 7 p.m. each Wednesday.  Come be part of it, and invite your friends!

 

Saving Grace Series Features Roy Harrisville III

Pastor Roy Harrisville III will be leading a workshop for interested Lutherans Saturday, November 8 at Saving Grace Lutheran Church in Eau Claire. 

 

Pastor Harrisville, who serves New Life Lutheran Church in Menomonie, will present Studies in Galatians.  He says the workshop will includes lessons on “how to ruin a good faith with all kinds of add-ons, extras and law.  The freedom of a Christian faith, works, and the Spirit will be addressed along with the Christian life, and why St. Paul wasn’t a nice guy.”

 

The workshop begins with coffee and check-in at 9:30, and continues until 2:30.  Cost for the workshop is $5, with an additional $3 if you want a box lunch.  For details, contact Saving Grace at 715- 514-3552.

 

News and Notes 

  • Church cleaning schedule includes Kyle and Katie DeVries November 7 and 14, and Karla Petersen and Luke Lundquist November 21 and 28. 

     

  • All women are welcome to start their day with fellowship and prayer on Tuesdays from 6:30 until 7:30 a.m. at the church.

     

  • We’re seeing visitors at the church every week.  Please remember to wear your name tags to help them feel welcome.

     

  • When disposing of recyclable containers and bottles, please rinse them out before placing them in the bin.  That makes it easier and less messy for the DeVries family, who have volunteered to take or trash.

 

  • Are you on Facebook?  Don’t forget to “Like” Faith Lutheran Mission Church’s page!  And our Facebook page editor, Katie DeVries, is asking for some feedback on the page.

 

  • Have you been having trouble finding our TV broadcasts?  That’s because we’ve changed channels.  You can now find our worship services from the previous week on channel 994.  And you can still watch anytime at www.faithlutheranmc.org.

 

  • If you have prayer request you would like to have made known to the prayer chain, please contact Sylvia Miller at 715-874-5080 or Katie Evans at 715-831-8797.

     

    General Weekly Calendar

    (Schedule may vary due to member visitations, evening meetings and special services)

    Sundays

    9:00     Worship

    10:00   Fellowship

    Monday-Tuesday

    9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Office Hours

    Wednesday

    10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.     Office Hours

    7 p.m. Worship

    Thursday

    10 a.m.-4 p.m. Office Hours

     

    Feel free to check before you stop in by calling Pastor Nick at the Church (715-514-2021) or on his cell (952-484-5101).  You can also email pastornickhenseler@gmail.com.

     

    The Last Word

    “Everything that is done in this world is done by hope.”                   Martin Luther

     

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