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January Newsletter

posted Jan 31, 2012, 6:08 PM by Faith Lutheran   [ updated Mar 20, 2012, 9:38 AM by Nick Henseler ]


A monthly newsletter for members and friends

Faith Lutheran Mission Church

1704 Hogeboom Ave

Eau Claire, WI  54701

(715) 514-2021


January 1, 2012

The Pastor’s Message

By Rev. Nick Henseler


Luke 2:28-32; “Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: ‘Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.’”


Happy New Year everyone! What awesome Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services we had! This will sure pump us up for the New Year. Thanks to everyone who joined us in the celebration of the birth of our Lord Jesus!


Simeon had some great words of praise for the birth of the promised Messiah, and this prayer of thanks can still be words of praise from us today. Jesus is still a light of revelation and glory for everyone! So as we make our inevitable New Year’s resolutions for the coming year, let’s also resolve ourselves to be the “light for revelation” of He who is within us as we go into the new year.


Have a blessed and joyous New Year everyone!!     

                                                                                                Pr. Nick




















 Two Years Old and Counting…on You!

Faith Lutheran Mission Church held its organizational meeting on January 13, 2010 in the fellowship hall of The Lutheran Church of St. Matthew, just two blocks from our current worship center. 


Two days after that anniversary, FLMC will hold its second Annual Congregational Meeting.  The meeting will be held after Sunday morning worship during the fellowship period in the basement, beginning around 10:45 a.m. (once everyone has had a chance to get their coffee).  The congregation council will report on the ministries of Faith Lutheran Mission Church in 2011, and present the blueprint for 2012 ministries, including the annual budget.  A written annual report will be made available to the congregation.  Also included in the agenda for the annual meeting will be the election of council members.


A congregational pot luck meal will follow the meeting.  Please bring a dish to pass and plan to attend to help plan the continued growth of God’s work in and through us!


New Members Welcomed in December

Six new members declared their intent to be added to the rolls of Faith Lutheran Mission Church during an installation service December 18.  The new members, who were welcomed at a reception following that service, are:

  • Judith & Dominic Bautch, who live in Strum.  Judith grew up in the Lutheran church, while Dominic became a Lutheran when he married Judith, coming up on 40 years ago.  The couple has six grown children – Patrick, Erin, Daniel, Carolee, Samuel and Andrew.  Dominic worked for 26 years at Nelson Industries in Neillsville before joining Northwest Enterprises in Eau Claire, where he retired in 2005.  Judith worked for Northwestern Mutual Life in Milwaukee, and also served as a nurse’s aide and a waitress.  Dominic says he and Judith were attracted to Faith Lutheran Mission Church by its focus on Scripture.  Judith said they had been frustrated by recent church experiences.  They had heard about Faith Lutheran Mission Church, but didn’t know where we worshipped until they called Pastor Steve Rutter of St. Matthew’s, who told them where to find us.  They’ve been regulars since then!
  • Mary Ann & Roy Christopherson both have Lutheran backgrounds, but they also have strong ties to the military.  They both work for the U.S Army as Reservists and also as civilian military technicians, repairing military vehicles.  Mary Ann is a self-described “Air Force brat,” and was actually born in Germany.  Roy’s daughter served in the Army, and is married to an Air Force Captain.  Roy was raised in Central Lutheran Church in Mondovi, while Mary Ann grew up at Grace Lutheran Church in Eau Claire.  Mary Ann joined First Lutheran in Eau Claire in the ‘70’s, and she and Roy were married there in 2005.  As they were looking for a new churchy, Mary Ann said she and Roy accepted an invitation by Joanne Flaten to attend a service at Faith Lutheran Mission Church, and they were happy to see familiar and friendly faces, and the service reminds Mary Ann of the services she grew up with. 
  • Lori Henseler, the wife of Pastor Nick Henseler, made it official by joining the congregation.  Lori grew up Lutheran in northwestern North Dakota before moving to Minneapolis in 1989.  She has worked in the financial industry for the last 13 years with Wing Financial Credit Union.  She has been married to Pastor Nick for 15 years, and they live in Apple Valley.
  • Laura LeBarron (A biography for Laura wasn’t yet available at “press” time but will be included in the next issue.)


Ceiling Repairs Mean Downstairs Worship

Repairs to the ceiling in the sanctuary will begin January 5, and are expected to last three or four weeks.  That means that Sunday worship services will be held in the fellowship hall downstairs for a few weeks beginning January 8.  The ceiling was damaged during the re-roofing of the building this past summer.  The repairs will include the addition of 1.5 inches of insulation.  Congregation president LaMoine Parkhurst says the repairs and insulation will not interfere with appearance of the wooden beams that are a prominent aspect of the sanctuary ceiling.  The insurance settlement covers 100% of the work.


Zion in Bone Lake, Jayne in Ghana are January Missions

Twenty percent of the weekly offerings at Faith Lutheran Mission Church go to missions outside the congregation.  Last month the council voted to have half of the mission allocation to to Zion Lutheran Church of Bone Lake (rural Frederic) and half go to support the work of Jayne Kallenbach at the Potter’s Village Orphanage in Ghana.


Zion is a congregation of 56 members that voted last fall to leave the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and join Lutheran Congregation in Mission for Christ.  The rural congregation located between Frederic and McKinley is currently without a pastor, and is working to decide on next steps, according to June Hendricks, president of the Zion council.  The gift from Faith will be in honor of Zion’s alignment with LCMC and to encourage their ministry in Polk County and beyond.


Jayne, daughter of Sandy and Dean Kallenbach, arrived December 16th at the orphanage in the village of Dodowa.  With funds raised this summer and fall, including half of July’s mission giving at FLMC, Jayne has already helped to purchase a power generator that will allow the orphanage to retain electricity despite frequent outages from the village power supplier.  Jayne and other volunteers also helped to make Christmas Day special for the 85 orphans at Potter’s Village by buying fruit and chicken for a special meal.  To read more about Jayne’s adventures, and see photos, go to Jayne’s blog at http://www.gettingtoghana.blogspot.com.  The blog posts will also be printed out and posted on the bulletin board in the fellowship hall.  Jayne remains in Ghana through mid-March, so the funds raised in January will be available for use while she is there to direct them.


News and Notes

·         The take-down date for removing the church’s Christmas decorations will be Wednesday, January 4th at 5:30 p.m.  Please help if you are able, and stay for worship at seven.

·         If you haven’t checked out our website – www.faithlutheranmc.org -- in a while, go take a look.  Video versions of past sermons are now available on the site, as are photos of recent events in the photo gallery.

·         Bob Moore and LaMoine Parkhurst will serve as delegates at the convening conference of the Wisconsin-Upper Michigan District of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ to be held January 7 at Cornerstone Lutheran Church in Wausau.  Also attending from Faith Lutheran Mission Church will be Elaine Moore, Janet Parkhurst, Pastor Nick Henseler, and Dean Kallenbach (who served on the district steering committee).

·         Beginning in January, the congregation will be served Holy Communion at the first and third Sunday morning worship services of each month.

·         Thanks to all who volunteered to help clean the church.  Because you stepped up, we won’t have to pay to outsource that task!

·         Crews to assist with snow removal are still needed for some weeks this winter.  See the signup sheet near the coffee area downstairs.

·         If you are interested in reading the lessons and Psalms for our Sunday morning worship services, please contact Laban Miller for further information.

·         It was great to see David Flaten in church on Christmas Eve while home on leave from the US Air Force.  

·         A reminder that there are lists of suggested items on the table near the bulletin board for our “Gifts of Love” baskets that are provided to encourage and support members and friends of our congregation.  Take one, and help keep the baskets going!

·         Bethesda Lutheran Church in Dresser is seeking volunteers to participate in their “Feed My Starving Children” event.  They want 480 volunteers to help pack meals that will be distributed to hungry children around the world.  If you would like to help, or make a monetary contribution, contact Debby Hill at 715-755-2562 or bethesdalutheran@centurytel.net.

·         Hannah’s Hands women study group will not meet in January, but will conclude its current study the first Monday evening of February, the 6th. 


General Weekly Calendar

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


9:00     Worship

10:00   Fellowship


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


10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.     Office Hours

7 p.m.  Worship


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 (563-676-1853).  You can also email pastornickhenseler@gmail.com.



The Last Word

Faith is permitting ourselves to be seized by the things we do not see.                                                                                                                               Martin Luther