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Faith Lutheran Mission Church Begins Worship

posted Jan 27, 2010, 10:46 PM by Matt Anderson   [ updated Jan 27, 2010, 10:48 PM ]

First LCMC Church in Eau Claire Holds First Service January 31

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, 1915 Hogeboom Street, with a time of food and fellowship to follow.  The congregation will worship at 5 p.m. Sundays thereafter.


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.


While the congregation has not yet called a pastor, several visiting pastors have been lined up to lead worship.  Minnesota Pastor Tom Anderson will preside at the inaugural service January 31, delivering a sermon entitled “Following the Call of God.” Pastor Anderson has served six different Lutheran churches, and is passionate about preaching the Gospel and leading children, youth and family ministry. 


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.”