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Words of Faith, March 2012

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WORDS OF FAITH

A monthly newsletter for members and friends

Faith Lutheran Mission Church

1704 Hogeboom Ave

Eau Claire, WI  54701

(715) 514-2021

www.faithlutheranmc.org

March 2, 2012

The Pastor’s Message

By Rev. Nick Henseler

 

John 3:16-17; “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

 

Those words from Jesus in v.16 are well known and are an incredible promise from God! However, all too often, we tend to overlook the very next verse which are also very important words spoken by Jesus; and there is one very special word that we all need to take a closer look at.

 

That word is “send” which comes from the Greek word “apostello.” From “apostello” we then get the word “apostle” which means one who is sent on a mission. So with all that said, let’s work backwards through this to see how all this applies to FLMC.

 

Let’s start with that third word in the name of our church; “Mission.” Now because we are a Christian church we do not do this mission by ourselves with our own goals and objectives. Everything we do here at FLMC is towards the glory of God and building His kingdom. This means that it is God who gives this church, and us, this mission. We become “apostles” of this mission because God has “sent” us.

 

So to put this all together, we are a church with a mission; that mission is that we are “apostles” sent forth with a message by God. And what is that message? This brings us back full circle to v.16 with the awesome words; “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

 

The whole purpose of Lent keys on these two verses. Verse 17 tells us that God sent His only Son to this earth with a mission. And when Jesus completed that mission, everything once again goes back to those wonderful words of promise in v.16.

 

OUR mission is to spread that Good News of promise to Eau Claire and all the way to the ends of the earth. That’s why WE are sent and that’s why we have “Mission” in the name of our church.

 

Do I hear an, “Amen?!!?”                     

  

Pr. Nick

 

 

 “Jesus’ Walk to the Cross” Continues …Weather Permitting

That is, our Lenten service series, “Jesus’ Walk to the Cross” will commence Wednesday, March 7 after this week’s service was snowed out! 

 

After a well-attended and moving Ash Wednesday service (our first service in the sanctuary since New Year’s Day, featuring the beautiful new ceiling), Pastor Henseler will lead the Lenten services using the Holden Evening Prayer each Wednesday night in March.  For each Lenten service, a light meal will be served between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., with the service beginning at 7 p.m. 

 

Looking ahead to Holy Week, we will celebrate Maundy Thursday April 5 in a joint evening service with our brothers and sisters at Grace Lutheran Church in Eau Claire.  A Good Friday service will be held at our church, and Easter Sunday Worship will take place at 9 a.m. on April 8, with a continental breakfast before the service between 7:30 and 8:30.

 

By the way, the Fellowship Committee is seeking individuals who would be willing to bring bars and cookies for the Lenten suppers.  A sign-up sheet is located downstairs in the fellowship room.

 

Strategic Ministry Planning Continues with March 11 Forum

Several members of the congregation stayed after church on February 12 to brainstorm ideas about the strengths, weaknesses, assets and aspirations of our congregation to begin a discernment process as it relates to the specific ministries of Faith Lutheran Mission Church. 

 

As second step in that process takes place on Sunday, March 11.  After Sunday worship, we’ll gather in the fellowship hall, and (once all have had at least one pass at the coffee), we’ll take our observations from February and try to use them to construct mission and vision statements for the congregation.  From there, goals and objectives will be developed. 

 

Please join us on the 11th, and meanwhile pray that God inspires this process, and challenges us to do the work he calls us to do.

 

New Members Sunday Set for March 18

Faith Lutheran Mission Church strives to be a welcoming place, and we are always excited to see familiar faces and new faces alike.  Whether you’re a long-time visitor or a new acquaintance, you’re invited to join the congregation if you would like to be a member.

 

Our next new member Sunday is March 18 at the 9 a.m. worship.  If you are interested in joining our church family, please contact Pastor Henseler.

 

And, a reminder to our members – please wear your name tag during church and fellowship for the sake of our visitors (and each other).  It’s a real courtesy for someone who is new to the congregation that they don’t have to try to keep all those names in their heads the first time!

 

Special Meeting Called for March 25 to Discuss Building Improvements

Chuck Olson, FLMC Council President, has called a Special Congregational Meeting for  Sunday, March 25th at approximately 10:30 a.m. for the sole purpose to discuss possible capital improvements to our church home.

 

For more on that subject, we turn to a new regular feature for Words of Faith, “President’s Thoughts” by Chuck.

 

President’s Thoughts

Chuck Olson

 

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.                                        Philippians 4:6 NKJV

 

 As we make decisions affecting our church home and finances we pray for God’s wisdom and guidance to be with us as a congregation.

 

One item that will be on the church council agenda for the Monday, March 19th meeting will be the reviewing of siding, window, sanctuary paint and sanctuary carpet bids. The congregational meeting set for Sunday, March 25th at 10:30 AM will give the congregation the opportunity to discuss and possibly take action on any recommendations brought forth by the church council.

 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths.                                  Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT

 

As a congregation let us all pray for His wisdom and guidance as we make these important decisions for our church. We have trusted the Lord in all we have done at Faith Lutheran Mission Church. Let us trust him again to direct this church’s path once again.

 

God’s Blessings to you all, Chuck Olson

 

Spiffied Surroundings Abound

As mentioned earlier, the repairs to Faith Lutheran Mission Church’s ceiling which began the first week of January were finally concluded in time for our Ash Wednesday service February 22.  The crew did a thorough job, and the new white ceilings not only add to the beauty and light in the congregation, but also add much needed layer of insulation to keep in the warmth and keep out the cold!

 

Did you also notice this past Sunday that to paneling behind and to the side of the choir area is now also newly painted?  Thanks to Julie Martin for taking the inspiration to brightening up that corner of the church.

 

And the back room (behind the kitchen next to the furnace room) has been redone.  It is available for meetings, classes and other ministry.  Please pop back and take a look at it when you get the chance – then act on your inspiration to make good use of it!

 

Finally, we are looking to raise funds for Patrick Shoemaker’s Eagle Scout project that consists of making outside improvements to the church building.  If you’d like to make a donation, please us a “special envelope,” and mark “Eagle Scout Project” on the envelope when you make a contribution.

 

Congregation Joins Wisconsin-Upper Peninsula of Michigan LCMC District

The Church Council, at its February meeting, voted to have Faith Lutheran Mission Church join the new Wisconsin and Upper Peninsula of Michigan District of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC).  The district was formed at a convening conference in January, and has as its mission to support, guide and expand congregations in the region.

 

The Leadership Team of the district met for the first time in February.  Daniel Wright of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Gillett was elected Chair.  Co-Chair is Scott McKenzie of Grace Lutheran Church of Hayward.  Kurt Haebig of Cornerstone Lutheran of Wausau was named Treasurer, and Dean Kallenbach of Faith Lutheran Mission Church was elected to the position of Secretary.  Other members of the leadership team are Rev. Carole Neitzel of Our Redeemer Lutheran, Champion, Michigan; Jayme Silber of Grace Lutheran, Eau Claire; and Dave Gunderson of Immanuel Lutheran, Baileys Harbor.

 

Initial work by the team is focused on getting the district incorporated, and developing communication structures to allow the congregations to tell one another and hear from one another.  This includes newsletters and mailing lists, but also the development of a website, Facebook page and other opportunities to network.  In the near future, the Leadership Team plans to begin developing a Congregational Service Team designed to help congregations with the call process and deal with conflict in the church.  Other near-term goals are begin some structures and congregations on the subjects of pastoral support, council training, education and missions.  Stay tuned!

 

Missions Set for March

Faith Lutheran Mission Church gives 20% of its weekly offerings to missions outside the congregation.  In March, those missions are the Feed My People Food Bank in Eau Claire and Global Outreach for Christ.

 

Global Outreach for Christ supports the work of Bible Translators in West Africa.  Feed My People serves a multi-county area based in Eau Claire to provide nourishment and hope to thousands of our hungry neighbors each month.

 

World Missions Festival Comes to Eau Claire March 24

Pastor Mark Richardson, one of the key advisors in the formative weeks of Faith Lutheran Mission Church who now serves as the Service Coodinator for the Augustana District of LCMC, has invited our congregation to a special World Missions Festival entitled “Going Global for Christ,” to be held at Grace Lutheran Church in Eau Claire on Saturday, March 24 from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

 

Keynote speaker for the event will be Chuck Lindquist, from the World Mission Prayer League, which has been a mission partner of our congregation.  The festival will also receive an update on the ever-developing progress between LCMC, the National Association of Lutheran Churches (NALC) and the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY) from Paul Knudson.

 

There is no pre-registraton for the event, nor is there a fee.  A free-will offering will be taken.  
 

Hannah’s Hands Begins New Study March 5

Hannah’s Hands women’s study group begins a new Bible Study on Monday, March 5.  Members of the group have chosen “In Harmony with the Word,” and eight-session study on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount authored by Rev. Steven E. King. 

 

Jan Parkhurst is leading the study.  All women are invited.

 

News and Notes

·         Karla Petersen – mother of Arrian Lundquist – asks that you hold off on sending Arrian any notes or care packages for the time being.  Arrian’s unit is being moved to a different section of Afghanistan, and she doesn’t yet have the correct address for the new location.  Watch the bulletin when it comes available.

·         Jayne Kallenbach, whose work at the Potters Village Orphanage in Ghana has been supported by Faith Lutheran Mission Church, returns to the US on March 13.  She promises to join us soon to share photos and stories from her most recent three-month stint as a volunteer there.

·         Are you a member of Thrivent who has Choice Funds to disburse?  Let Thrivent know if you want those funds to come to Faith Lutheran Mission Church.

·         Don’t forget—if you miss a service, you now have two choices to catch it.  Video versions of past services are now available at www.faithlutheranmc.org – and are also cablecast each Wednesday night at 8 p.m. on channels 96 or 993.

·         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!

 

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

 

 

The Last Word

“This life therefore is not righteousness, but growth in righteousness, not health, but healing, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not yet what we shall be, but we are growing toward it, the process is not yet finished, but it is going on, this is not the end, but it is the road. All does not yet gleam in glory, but all is being purified.”
                                                                                                           
Martin Luther

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