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WORDS OF FAITH - April 29, 2010

posted Apr 29, 2010, 9:50 PM by Matt Anderson   [ updated Jun 4, 2015, 6:39 AM by Nick Henseler ]

An occasional newsletter for the members and friends of Faith Lutheran Mission Church ofEau Claire

April 29, 2010


Thanks to Pastor Greg Lenz of Chanhassen, Minnesota, for leading worship last Sunday, and reminding us that as sheep, we rely on the Good Shepherd, but that’s a good place to be!


We also heard a very interesting report on his visit to the WordAlone Ministries conference the weekend of April 18 in Golden Valley.  He shared several interesting stories about the speakers and the strong sense of spirit at the conference. 


He commented that our brothers and sisters in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod have been praying for disenfranchised ELCA Lutherans and for LCMC.  In fact, he informed us that the leadership of the Missouri Synod church has encouraged its congregations to offer aid wherever it can to LCMC congregations!  The hospitality shown our congregation by St. Matthew’s is living evidence of that! (By the way, did you know that St. Matthew’s board of elders recently decided to reduce our rent from $100 per week to $300 per month?  Thank God for their faithful witness!)


Pastor Lenz also talked about the Institute for Lutheran Theology (www.ilt.org), an independent, pan-Lutheran theological education project that works with all who share the conviction that God is at work in the world bringing sinners to repentance and new life in Jesus the Christ. Through Internet-based courses and work in a sponsoring congregation, students integrate theological education with pastoral practice.  With a variety of programs, from Pastoral Certification to the more traditional Master of Divinity, ILT seeks to prepare faithful proclaimers of the good news.  Teachers include such prominent theologians as James Nestingen, Paul Hinlicky and Dennis Bielfeldt.


Coming this Sunday...

This coming Sunday, we welcome the return of Pastor Craig Nelson of Minong.  He’ll preach on “Four Foundations to Build Upon.”  Pastor Craig’s wife Barb, a talented musician, will accompany him on the trip, and accompany us on the piano!


Bring a dish to pass for our potluck supper for our fellowship time after the service.  Dishes and flatware provided...just bring the food!


During our fellowship time (after a helping or two), our delegates to the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) Leadership Conference will speak about the experience and their observations.  LaMoine and Janet Parkhurst, and Vern and Betty Donier attended the conference titled, “Mapping our DNA” April 25-27 at Lutheran Church of the Master in Omaha.




Bible Studies

Coming up Wednesday, May 5, the women’s Bible study led by Elaine Moore continues.  It will be held at 7 p.m. at the church.  The study by Dr. Steven King, “In Harmony with the Word,” will be held on the first and third Wednesday’s of each month.  Contact Elaine if you’d like to join up!


On April 28, the first of the general study for any interested member was held.  Led by Bob Moore, the work focused on the ability of God’s people, when doing His work, to overcome seemingly impossible obstacles.  When the study resumes May 12, we’ll begin in the workbook, “We Still Believe,” a seven-session Bible study on Lutheran themes in the Common Confession, with a focus on Christ.  Those studies will be held the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 7 p.m. until completed.  Wanna join?  Talk to Bob!



In May, we focus our mission giving (20% of our weekly offering) on two ministries:  Eau Claire’s Good News Jail Ministry, and the East European Mission Network.


Pastor Bill Moberly of East European Mission Network, upon hearing of our decision, wrote the following:


Thanks...for your interest in EEMN.  We welcome your partnership, and value your involvement no matter what size your church is!  I pray the work continues and develops there in Eau Claire.  I come regularly to the Midwest, and so will keep in touch as your church grows.  I actually interned in Chetek (1979-1980) and so was in Eau Claireregularly for hospital calling.  We love the area.


My wife and I leave (May 5) for an extended 12-week ministry trip across easter and central Europe, and would welcome your prayers.  I will have my staff add you to our email prayer list as well.


God bless you, and please bring my greeting and thanks to the congregation and its leaders.


In Christ,


Rev. William Moberly

Director, East European Mission Network (www.eemn.org)

Founder & Director, Awakening Lutherans to World Missions (www.alwm.org)


Pastor Tom Herro of Good News Jail Ministry also responded with his thanks, and hopes to join us for worship soon.


Remember, we’d still like to hear about individual missionaries that you support in your prayers and or financially that you’d like to nominate for some of our congregational support.  Just reply to this note, or contact mission task force members Katie Evans, Susan Kaul, Sylvia Miller or Dean Kallenbach with your ideas.


Odds & Ends

·        Readers are still needed.  Fill out the signup sheet next to the coffee pot on Sunday, or just reply to this e-mail if you’d like to take a turn reading Scripture lessons on Sundays.


·        Pastor Bill Rice of Gloria Dei in Tomah, which saw its second vote to leave the ELCA fall short of the required 2/3 super-majority earlier this month, says he and his fellow pastor at the church have received a letter from their synod’s Bishop that they must either support the ELCA or be removed from the ELCA clergy roster.  Says Pastor Rice, “Our bishop is very polite, and a very decent man.  He doesn’t do this out of any anger – but it is his job and we should not be on the roster if we do not support the ELCA.”  He asks that we keep Gloria Dei and its pastors in our prayers.


·        Tickets are still available to either showing of Church Basement Ladies at the State Theatre, downtown Eau Claire at 2 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 1.  Set in 1964, Church Basement Ladies is a celebration of the church basement kitchen and the distinctive women who work there. This musical comedy features four unique characters and their relationships as they organize the food for, and solve the problems of a rural Minnesota church facing changes.  Details can be found at www.eauclairearts.com.


·        One of our previous mission partners, Feed May People Food bank, is having an open house Thursday, May 6 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at their new facility at 2610 Alpine Rd (off North Clairemont north of the North Crossing).  You can meet the board and staff, tour the facility, enjoy light refreshments and see a freezer as big as a house!


·        Congratulations to Faith Lutheran Mission Church members Trista and Matt Anderson, who are buying and moving into their first home this weekend.  Welcome to the world of mortgages, Matt and Trista!