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Words of Faith, April 2012

posted Apr 1, 2012, 1:01 PM by Faith Lutheran   [ updated Apr 1, 2012, 1:03 PM ]


A monthly newsletter for members and friends

Faith Lutheran Mission Church

1704 Hogeboom Ave

Eau Claire, WI  54701

(715) 514-2021


April 1, 2012

The Pastor’s Message

By Rev. Nick Henseler


Luke 24:5-6; “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!”


As we go into Holy Week these words are ringing in my head like a big bell.  We NEED this promise from Jesus right now!  Though everything that has happened with Jan Parkhurst is still a shock that all of us at FLMC are still reeling from, we can hold on tight to this promise that Jan, Linda Buck, and all of our loved ones who have gone to be with the Lord will someday greet all of us with outstretched arms from rejuvenated and resurrected bodies!


We hurt now…we cry our tears in anguish in all of our individual Garden of Gethsemanes like Jesus did. However, Jesus came out of that Garden with a renewed sense of purpose and strength. This is also a promise to each of us every time we cry out to the Lord, that He will send His Holy Spirit to give us strength to get through our difficulties.


Thank You Jesus for coming to take away our sins and giving us the promise of eternal life with You if we only believe in Your saving grace!


He is risen! He is risen indeed!  Have a blessed Easter everyone!    Pr. Nick



 Jan Parkhurst Leaves this World, Continues her Walk with God into Eternity

Our sister in Christ Janet Parkhurst died Friday night, March 30 among family and friends in Mondovi from complications of a severe stroke two weeks prior. 


Janet and her husband LaMoine were among a small group of individuals who gathered in Eau Claire’s old Blue Moon Café in December of 2009 to seek God’s will in developing a new Lutheran church in the Chippewa Valley that would focus on God’s word, prayer and fellowship.  Once Faith Lutheran Mission Church formed in January of 2010, Jan volunteered to serve on the initial steering committee that remained in place until the first council was elected in June of 2010, and was the financial secretary of the congregation throughout its first year.


Jan Parkhurst’s fingerprints remain throughout this church, from her joyful service in fellowship and her testimony during the first service in our new building on Thanksgiving Eve 2010, to her leadership in the congregation’s prayer and education ministries.  She served for more than a year on the call committee which resulted in the calling of Pastor Henseler.  Just this spring, she had begun leading a Bible study series as part of the Hannah’s Hands women’s ministry.


Despite those accomplishments, Jan’s impact has been most felt through the warmth and hospitality she has shown member, visitor, friend and stranger alike.  The nametags we wear every week were designed, printed and maintained by Jan as a technique to put turn visitors into friends.  We are challenged to live to those standards as we reach out as individuals and as a congregation in the years to come.  We continue to pray for LaMoine and the family that they find comfort from the life Jan lived, and the God she worshipped.


Following is the obituary for Jan:


Janet Irene Parkhurst passed away peacefully Friday, March 30 surrounded by family after suffering a stroke which brought her to the hospital on Friday, March 16. She received the highest level of care from the doctors and staff at Mayo Health Systems, The American Lutheran Home, and Mayo’s hospice nurses. For this care, Janet’s family is truly grateful.

Janet was born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin on July 25, 1937, a daughter of the late Howard L. and Laura (Kruger) Ganong. She attended and graduated from Eau Claire High School in 1955 and married LaMoine Parkhurst on September 28, 1957. Together, they had two children, Mark and Laurie. They spent nearly thirty years in Des Moines, Iowa but their hearts remained true to Wisconsin and they retired in the Mondovi area in 1999.

Janet was very active in her retirement serving as a mentor at the Mondovi elementary school, serving on the Friends of the Library board and as a charter member of Faith Lutheran Mission Church in Eau Claire. She was also an avid baker showing her love to friends and family by feeding them sweets. She befriended everyone she met, never knew a stranger and never forgot a name.

Left to cherish the memories of her life are her family; husband, LaMoine Parkhurst, son, Mark (Bernie) Parkhurst and daughter, Laurie (Karl) Heth. She also leaves behind a sister, Mavis Halverson and two brothers, Howard (Nancy) Ganong and Ron (Kay) Ganong. Her brother and sisters in law include Donna Parkhurst, Don and Jean Parkhurst, Maurice and Donna Eide and Roger and Shari Parkhurst. Many cousins, nieces and nephews will remember her as well.
Janet was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Laura Ganong, her father and mother in law, Loren and Myrtle Parkhurst, her brother in law, Milford Parkhurst, sister in law, Sandi Ganong, brother in law Everett Halverson and her precious grandson, Robert Parkhurst with whom she is sharing a glorious reunion.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 3 at 11:00 AM at Grace Lutheran Church, 202 W. Grand Ave., Eau Claire with Pastor Nick Henseler officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Lutheran Cemetery in Mondovi.


Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 2 from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the Poeschel-Talbot Funeral Home, Mondovi and again on Wednesday one hour prior to the service at the church.


Online memories or condolences may be sent to www.talbotfuneralhomes.com

A memorial service will follow at Zion Lutheran Church in Des Moines, IA with details to be announced .

We thank all who sent the many beautiful flowers and cards to the hospital. They were placed where Janet could see and enjoy them. Memorial contributions can be made to Faith Lutheran Mission Church, 1704 Hogeboom Ave, Eau Claire and earmarked for the building fund.

Holy Week Plans Include Services Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter

Our Lenten service theme for this spring has been “Jesus’ Walk to the Cross.  Following our Palm Sunday service Sunday morning, April 1 at 9 a.m., our attention turns to those steps that brought Jesus to The Last Supper, Golgotha and the empty tomb.


Maundy Thursday will be a joint service at Grace Lutheran Church, 202 West Grand Avenue in Eau Claire.  We are honored to be hosted by our brothers and sisters at Grace.  Pastor Henseler will deliver the message, and the Faith Lutheran Mission Church choir will sing as part of the service, which begins at 7 p.m. April 5.


A tenebrae service will be held at Faith Lutheran Mission Church at 7 p.m. on Good Friday, April 6. 


Easter Sunday begins at Faith Lutheran Mission Church with a continental breakfast served from 7:30 until 8:30 a.m., with the Resurrection of our Lord celebrated at 9 a.m. on April 8th.


Please join us, and bring your friends, for this opportunity to bring to our heart the passion story.


Congregation Votes to Make Major Building Improvements

New siding, windows, carpet and interior painting for Faith Lutheran Mission Church were approved at a special congregational meeting Sunday, March 25 in the fellowship hall.


Congregation President Chuck Olson began with a presentation that laid out all the research that had been done by the building committee.  The congregation then decided to approve all four phases of the plan proposed by the church council to the congregation.


Specifically, Hatleli Construction of Eau Claire was awarded the bids for vinyl siding ($14,320) and window replacement ($7,452).  The bids include all materials, labor and clean-up. 


SDR Painting of Chippewa Falls was awarded the bid to pain the interior of the sanctuary with a cost of $3,420, which includes moving of the pews, repair of cracks and holes in the wall, labor and one coat of paint similar to the color currently on the sanctuary walls.


The flooring contract will go to Swanson’s Commercial Flooring of Eau Claire.  The $4,900 agreement will include a high-grade 28-ounce nylon carpet throughout the sanctuary, with linoleum flooring at the entrance of the church as well as linoleum at the entrance of the door used for ramp access toward the front of the church.   


Total cost of the projects is estimated to be $30,092, based on the bids approved.  The congregation voted to use $20,000 from general fund balance, with the remaining $10,092 to be raised through a capital campaign above and beyond general offerings.


More details about the timetable for the project can be found in Chuck’s President’s Thoughts column, which follows.

President’s Thoughts

Chuck Olson


 "Honor the Lord with your wealth and first fruits from all your crops. Then your barns will be full, and your wine will overflow with new wine.

                                                                                              Proverbs 3:9-10 NCV


Oh, how true these words are. Our Heavenly Father has blessed this congregation with so many gifts and blessings. I am so proud to be a part of a community of faith that always keeps its focus on God's works through the missions we support. It is also exciting to be part of a church that wants to reach out and invite others to become Disciples of Christ. Let us always pray that our Heavenly Father will guide us and that his will always be done in each decision we make at FLMC. Praise the Lord!


I met with Hatleli Construction on Sunday afternoon after the meeting and have signed the contracts for the windows and siding. We have paid half down on the siding and on the windows so the product can be ordered. The other half of the payment will be made when the job is complete. We paid $10,886.00 as a down payment with $10,886 due when the job is finished. Hatleli Construction hopes to begin the job in four weeks. The window install will be the first phase with the siding being installed after that.


I will be securing the building permit from the City of Eau Claire for the siding installation. That cost is $78.50. It appears according to the City we do not need a separate permit if we are not changing the size of the windows, which we are not. I will be getting the permit within the next week or two so we have it ready to go.


We will be having a Capital Campaign Thermometer to chart how we are doing as a congregation to raise the goal of $10,092 to pay off the total balance of the siding, windows, sanctuary paint and carpet. The total coat of this project was $30,092 minus the $20,000 being used from our checking account which leaves us a total of $10,092 to raise in order to leave us no debt on this project.


If you want to give to this Capital Campaign please use a special envelope and designate it to the Capital Campaign Fund which will be used towards the payoff of the $10,092 dollar balance.


On behalf of the Executive Committee and the Church Council I thank everyone in the congregation for their support! As we approach Holy Week let us remember the price less gift of His Son Jesus Christ and praise God for the gift of eternal life through His Son Jesus Christ, our risen Lord and Savior!


Thanks be to God!


Chuck Olson


Hannah’s Hands Will Not Meet April 2

Because of Jan’s passing, Hannah’s Hands will not meet as schedule on April 2.  The women’s study of “In Harmony with the Word,” an eight-session study on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount authored by Rev. Steven E. King, will resume on Monday, May 7 at 7 p.m. at the church. 


April Mission to Focus on Good News Jail Ministry, Billy Graham Evagenical Assn.

It is the practice of Faith Lutheran Mission Church to dedicate 20% of weekly giving to missions.  For April, those contributions will be split equally between the Billy Graham Evangelical Association and the Good News Jail Ministry.


Good News Jail and Prison Ministry provides support to chaplains serving local jails and prisons to bring the word of God to inmates.  Chaplain Tom Herro works with men in Eau Claire, Pepin, Trempealeau and Bufflo Counties, while Chaplain Margi Meis works with women inmates in those same counties, plus Chippewa County.  Cliff Woltersdorff witnesses to male inmates in Chippewa County, and to all those assigned to the Juvenile Detention Center.


In March, one year after the devastating earthquake and tsunami killed thousands in Japan, the Tohuku Celebration of Hope drew the largest crowd ever assembled for a Christian event in Sendai, Japan – nearly 12,000 people, hopefully spurring revival in Japan, where less than 1% of the population is Christian.  This month, Franklin Graham holds a crusade in Accra, Ghana.  In August, Franklin Graham comes to Green Bay to preach at the Rock the Lakes Festival.


Speaking of Ghana, Jayne Kallenbach, daughter of Dean and Sandy, returned home March 13 from her 3-month stay as a volunteer in Dodowa in Greater Accra.  Faith Lutheran Mission Church has supported Jayne’s ministry at the Potter’s Village orphanage.  Jayne plans a presentation this spring talking about her experiences, and sharing the stories of the lives you have touched through your gifts.


Strategic Ministry Discussion Continues

Members and friends of Faith Lutheran Mission Church gathered after worship Sunday, March 11 to continue the ongoing discussion about the direction of our current and future ministries.  Those participating were asked to rank the characteristics and priorities that had bubbled up from February’s congregational brainstorming session.  Here, in order, are the ideas that received the highest group ranking after individual rankings were scored:


Most Important Characteristics:

  1. Dedicated to Biblical Accuracy and Authority
  2. Preaching the Word of God
  3. Love of God and his Word
  4. (tie) Mission Minded

Loving, Caring and Supporting that is Genuine


Greatest Need

  1. To be Faithful to God’s Word
  2. Sunday School and Confirmation
  3. Making God’s Word Known
  4. Member Growth
  5. Greater Commitment to Scripture Study


Greatest Assets

  1. Good Pastor
  2. Fellowship
  3. Preaching the Word
  4. God-Centered
  5. Supporting Each Other


Where We Hope to Be Three to Five Years from Now

  1. Active Bible-Centered Congregation
  2. Church Growth
  3. Missions!  Missions!  Missions!
  4. A Beacon of Faith Renewal in the Community
  5. Lots of Small Group Bible Studies


What does Mission Mean to You?

  1. The Means of Winning Others to Christ
  2. Reaching Out with God’s Love to Supply Needs so They are Ready to Receive the Gospel
  3. International and Local
  4. Making Disciples who are Dedicated to Serving our Lord
  5. Walk the Talk: Settig Good Examples


In addition, those at the March 11 session did a “fill in the blank” exercise, using a short phrase to describe what Faith Lutheran Mission Church is now, and what we feel God is calling us to be in the future.  Those ideas will be shared at another Mission and Vision Forum April 15 after Sunday morning worship (about 10:30) as we seek to narrow down mission and vision statements for the congregation.  Please plan to join us.


LCMC Wisconsin-UP District News

The newly formed Wisconsin and Upper Peninsula District of LCMC, of which Faith Lutheran Mission Church is a member, has sent out its first newsletter, which is attached to this document. 


The district has a web site – you can find it at www.lcmc-wiupd.com.  It’s still under construction, but you’re invited to visit.  Also up and running is the new Facebook page.  If you’re on Facebook, find the Wisconsin and Upper Peninsula of Michigan District and click the LIKE button to start sharing your thoughts.


Finally the district is seeking individuals who are interested in working on district-wide teams in the area of call processes, congregational conflict resolution, church growth, worship, evangelism, and many more areas – see the newsletter for details.


News and Notes…

·         We continue to look for funds to support Patrick Shoemaker’s Eagle Scout project to make some outside improvements to the church.  To help, use a special envelope and mark “Eagle Scout Project” on it.

·         If you have prayer request you would like to have made known to the prayer chain, please contact Sylvia Miller at 715-874-5080 or Katie Evans at 715-831-8797.

·         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)


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 a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times.”                                 Martin Luther