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posted Nov 30, 2011, 11:52 PM by Faith Lutheran   [ updated Mar 20, 2012, 9:37 AM by Nick Henseler ]


A monthly newsletter for the members and friends of Faith Lutheran Mission Church of Eau Claire

December 1, 2011

The Pastor’s Message

By Rev. Nick Henseler


Luke 2:6-7; While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”


God comes to earth as a child…Amazing, isn’t it? Jesus didn’t arrive as a Rambo-Schwarzenegger-Terminator type…though He “will be back.” God’s Only Son arrived as a simple innocent baby…incredible…


And yet, God did that for a specific reason. Because as that promised child grew up, He came to know people for all that they were because He grew up right alongside them. Jesus grew up finding out about relationships between people; everything from the love of His Mother to the neighbor boy Jesus played with who would pout just about every day and take his ball and go home.


And because Jesus knew people by experiencing all of these good and bad relationships, we can know for certain that God can know us personally as well. God came to earth as a baby. But not just any baby. This baby grew up to become a man who then sacrificed Himself on the Cross for our sins so that if we only believe in this, we can have the promise of eternal life in heaven with Him.


Now that’s the reason for the season!


                                                                                                Pr. Nick























 A Month of Firsts

We have had our share of “firsts” at Faith Lutheran Mission Church in our 22 months of existence, and November was no exception. 

·         We held our first funeral, as we celebrated the life – and the passing into eternal life – of our sister Linda Buck November 8.  It was a time of great warmth as Dick and their children were wrapped in the arms of the congregation.  Continue to pray for the family as they head into the holidays.

·         We installed our first pastor.  No fewer than 15 pastors were in the building to lay hands on Pastor Nick Henseler Sunday, November 13.  Rev. Paul Spaulding, Pastoral Certification Coordinator for Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC), presided over the service and Rev. Mike Bradley, Director of the Alliance for Renewal Churches and President of The Master’s Institute Seminary delivered the sermon.  Satan did his best to spoil the day by causing the sewer system to back up 10 minutes before the start of the service.  But some well-placed prayers and a prompt appearance by the Redi-Rooter man meant things were “good to go” by the time a joyous celebration meal took place in the fellowship hall to officially welcome Pastor Nick and Lori.

·         We held our first joint worship service November 23 with Grace Lutheran Church, our sister LCMC congregation in Eau Claire.  The well-attended Thankgiving Eve service included liturgical leadership by Grace Pastors Rolf Nestingen and David Irgens, a children’s sermon from Grace’s Director of Education Jayme Silber, inspirational music by the choirs of Grace and Faith, and a powerful sermon from Pastor Henseler.  Children in the congregation processed forward with donated canned goods for Grace’s Food Pantry and an additional $178 was contributed to the food pantry during the offering.  The good visiting that followed convinced those attending that future collaborations should be frequent.


‘Tis the Season!

Advent season, that is!  The first of the Advent candles was lit last Sunday.  Advent is a season of preparation, and there is much preparation taking place.  Here’s how you can help!


A congregational Christmas decorating party will be held on Saturday, December 3 at

3 p.m. with a chili feed to follow.  The church will supply Vienna bread, desserts, milk and coffee.  Bring some of your own famous chili and it will be put together with the other chili for a chili feed when the crew finishes decorating the church for the celebration of our Savior’s birth!  Bring a friend, and enjoy the Christmas Spirit and music along with fellowship time together. 


Another way you can bring the season to the sanctuary is to purchase a Christmas Poinsettia.  They’re $8 each.  There’s a signup sheet on the countertop by the kitchen, so please decide by this Sunday.  The plants will be delivered December 9th, and will adorn the church until the Sunday, December 25th service, after which you may bring your poinsettia home.


Finally, on that same countertop, you can sign up for a Congregational Christmas Dinner.  The meal of meatballs, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, coleslaw, lefse, buns, milk and coffee will be held Saturday, December 10th at 6 p.m. at the church.  Cost is $7 per person, and you’re invited to bring a plate Christmas baking for dessert.


Christmas Eve service will again be a candlelight service at 10 p.m. on Saturday, December 24th.  On Christmas Day, worship will be at its normal time at 9 a.m.


New Member Sunday Set

The final Sunday of Advent will offer another reason for celebration, as it has been set aside as a New Member Sunday.  If you are interested in declaring yourself a member of Faith Lutheran Mission Church, please let Pastor Henseler know so you can be included in a welcoming ceremony on December 18th at the 9 a.m. worship service.  While all are welcome to participate in our ministry, membership does allow the privilege of voting.


Annual Meeting Set – Committee Reports Due before Christmas

The congregation council, at its meeting November 21, set the date for the annual meeting for January 15.  Reports from all committees should be forwarded to LaMoine Parkhurst before Christmas so they can be compiled into an annual report to be distributed to the congregation in advance of the meeting.  Among the actions expected at the annual meeting would be the election of council positions, approval of the budget, and presentation of a mission and vision statement for the congregation.


Arrian Lundquist Recovering from Injury in Afghanistan

Faith Lutheran Mission Church member Arrian Lundquist sustained a concussion when his convoy hit an explosive device in Afghanistan Thanksgiving Day.  The Marine’s wife Kendra and mother Karla Petersen report he’s got a big headache, but is doing well, and expects to return to work in a few days.  Karla says she is convinced the prayers of this congregation and others prevented serious injury to Arrian, and urges the congregation to keep all our military personnel in our prayers.


Bringing Some Christmas to our Military Members

The Member Care and Services Committee is asking for donations that can be used to fill gift boxes that will be sent to our two servicemen – David Flaten and Arrian Lundquist.  You’re invited to bring a non-perishable item (magazines, toiletries, any small gift).  The gift box will be located in the Fellowship Hall, and will be mailed early next week.  Contact Katie Evans for more information.


Jayne Kallenbach Prepares to Leave for Africa

December 14th is the departure date for Jayne Kallenbach as she heads to Dodowa, Volta, Ghana for three months volunteering at the WORSCA (Women’s Refuge and Survival for Children in Africa) Orphanage there.  Jayne, daughter of Sandy and Dean Kallenbach, spent six weeks at the orphanage last winter, and raised more than $1,000 to help meet the nutritional, clothing and educational needs of the 70 children housed at the center. 


This time, she plans to stay for three months, and is especially excited to spend Christmas with the kids.  She has raised additional money to serve the children, including more than $700 contributed by Faith Lutheran Mission Church as part of its mission offering in July. 


There will be a special prayer for Jayne at the Sunday service December 11 at 9 a.m.  Please pray for Jayne’s protection, and that she might be a blessing to the children of WORSCA.  She plans to provide updates on her African adventures as she’s able on her blog -- http://gettingtoghana.blogspot.com, if you’d care to keep up with her adventures.


LWR and Chippewa Valley Free Clinic are December Mission Targets

Faith Lutheran Mission Church continues its practice of sending 20% of its offerings away to mission projects.  In the month of December, those mission offerings will be split between Lutheran World Relief and the Chippewa Valley Free Clinic.


LWR is a ministry of international relief, development, advocacy and social responsibility supported by a number of Lutheran church bodies, helping families and communities around the world who are living in poverty.  The Chippewa Valley Free Clinic offers medical examinations, tests, medications and treatment to individuals in the greater Eau Claire area who are uninsured or underinsured.


Previous Mission Recipients Respond

Two recent beneficiaries of FLMC’s mission giving have sent notes of appreciation.  This from Melinda Gardner at APPLE Pregnancy Care Center in Eau Claire:


Thank you so much for this generous donation.  We are so thankful for your church partnering with APPLE as we minister to women, men and families in the Chippewa Valley.  This week we’re scheduled to see 36 clients in the office.  This includes pregnancy testing, and our “Earn While you Learn” clients who come for education and to “purchase” items that are donated by our supporters.


Dr. David Patterson of the Institute for Lutheran Theology sent this note:


Thank you for your continued support for the Institute of Lutheran Theology.  It is only through the prayers and financial support of individuals and congregations that ILT can continue its mission to education the next generation of faithful Lutheran preachers and teachers.


Patrick Shoemaker Begins Eagle Scout Project to Benefit FLMC

Faith Lutheran Mission Church member Patrick Shoemaker has decided to focus on our congregation as he seeks recognition as an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America.  You can already see some his work with the doors he placed on the utility shed (repurposing the old front doors of the church building).  Here’s a summary of the project Patrick authored for Words of Faith:


For my Eagle Scout project I was planning on fixing up the grounds of Faith Lutheran Mission Church. I plan to fix up the handicap ramp, the front of the church, and add a big brick potting structure in each rock bed in the front of the church. For the handicap ramp I plan to replace a few boards that are rotten, strip the paint and add a new coat of paint. For the front side of the church I will strip the old paint off using a high powered pressure washer and give it a new coat of paint. Then I will also replace a piece of beat up gutter in the front. I plan to put in a big brick potting structure for plants and bushes in each rock bed just to add a little more life to the church.


The reason I am doing this project is because I saw that the church was in need of some fixing up and I needed to get my project done on something. So I thought, why not help the church out a bit and fix up the outside of the church. Plus I want this church to succeed and continue to expand. I feel that my project will benefit the church by attracting more people to join the church.


Also I am fixing up the shed for the church by putting up doors and fixing the siding for winter. I will be using the original church doors for the shed.


Patrick joined Faith Lutheran Mission Church in September, along with his siblings Kayla and Jacob, and his mother Kristine Seanor-Behling.  Patrick’s grandparents Dave and Sarah Seanor are also members.


Communion Moves to Twice Monthly

Last month, a survey was taken on the scheduling of communion at Faith Lutheran Mission Church.  The congregation voted to have communion held twice a month.  As a result, the church council has decided to hold communion on the first and third Sundays of each month, beginning in January.


The Pastor is In

Pastor Nick has set some general “office” hours during which he’ll be in the church.  Here’s what you can normally expect:

Monday:  9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Tuesday:  9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Wednesday:  10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

Thursday:  10 a.m.-4 p.m.


Pastor Nick generally works from home on Friday, and of course is here Sunday morning for worship and fellowship.  The schedule may vary a bit if there are evening meetings, after which he may be in a bit later the next morning.


Of course, Pastor Nick’s duties include visitation and pastoral care out-of-the-office.  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.


Hannah’s Hands to Gather Monday

Hannah’s Hands Bible study for women will be held Monday, December 5 at 7 p.m. at the church.  All are invited!


Church Cleaners, Snow Removers are Needed

Though a straw poll of the congregation indicated an interest in exploring the hiring of janitorial services, the church council has decided that the funding is not yet there to pay for cleaning of the church.  Can you help?  There are sign-up sheets by the coffee pots downstairs if you can take a two-week period.


In the same spot by the coffee pot are sign-ups for snow removal.  If you can help, it would be appreciated!


New Hope in Minong Acquires Building

New Hope Lutheran Church in Minong, a congregation that joined LCMC about the same time we did in early 2010, this week reached an agreement on purchasing a building that will be used as a worship center.  New Hope member Marge Olson reports they had been bidding against another entity for the A-frame building, and were told Monday that they had won the bid.  Marge reports that New Hope continues to use congregational members and supply pastors to lead worship, and are exploring the possibility of bringing in an intern pastor.


Organizational Meeting for Wisconsin-Upper Michigan District Set

In July, representatives of about 40 local churches, including a delegation from Faith Lutheran Mission Church, met at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Tomah to discuss the formation of a new LCMC District. A steering committee was appointed to move the idea forward.


The committee, which includes FLMC member Dean Kallenbach, has issued a call to congregations to gather for a constituting meeting of the district January 7 at Cornerstone Lutheran Church in Wausau.  The meeting will run from 9:30-3:00 pm.  All LCMC Member Congregations are entitled to send delegates to this meeting. Congregation president LaMoine Parkhurst plans to represent Faith Lutheran Mission Church.


Save the Date for “Catching God’s Wave” Youth Event

The first ever event for youth in the new Wisconsin-Upper Michigan District has been set for March 9-11.  Popular Christian musician Peter Eide will be the main speaker and worship leader.  Host congregation is Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Tomah.  They invite middle school and high school youth to “drift away for a weekend of waterpark fun and scripture adventure, and catch the wave of the generation on the move to share their time and talents to serve the Lord!”  More details about registration or the event can be obtained by emailing Cyndy Hall or Lisa McCormick at gloriadeiministry@charter.net.


The Last Word

Peace is more important than all justice; and peace was not made for the sake of justice, but justice for the sake of peace.                                                                                                                                                                                    Martin Luther