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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

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