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WORDS OF FAITH - August 12, 2010

posted Aug 12, 2010, 10:51 PM by Matt Anderson
An occasional newsletter for the members and friends of Faith Lutheran Mission Churchof Eau Claire
August 12, 2010
 
What do we want in the pastor?
 
It’s the question that’s been in the back of our minds, even when we formed this congregation back in January.  Pastoral and congregational attributes and aspirations came up a lot when the steering committee surveyed the membership and friends in the spring.  We recognize elements of importance when our visiting pastors lead worship and share their message.
 
For the past several weeks, the call committee has been formally grappling with the answer to that question as we move closer to advertising our lead minister position.  The committee gathered information from congregational input, council suggestions and its own inspiration in developing the following pastoral profile:
 
The pastor for Faith Lutheran Mission Church should have the following qualifications, skills and attributes:
 
·        strong faith in and personal relationship with Jesus Christ, demonstrated by an active personal prayer life and confidence in God’s involvement in our daily lives.  This includes belief that God answers prayer and performs miracles.  The pastor should be a person of strong moral fiber, high reliability and impeccable integrity.
 
·        heart for evangelism and passion and plan for mission, dedicated to sharing the Good News of the salvation that comes from the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ with those in our community and the world who have not yet heard that news, and to challenging and training our church and its members to exert our own witness into that world.
 
·        solid knowledge of Lutheran theology and a deep Biblical background, as well as the wisdom that springs from such knowledge.  This includes an understanding of the roles of Law and Gospel, belief in the clear authority and absolute truth of Scripture, and support of the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Articles of Faith.  The candidate should be a lifelong learner.
 
·        An ability to proclaim God’s word through preaching and teaching, leaning heavily on Scripture as the source and norm to relate Biblical lessons to current situations.  This includes the willingness to prepare adequately for such presentations, and the development of a study program to nurture the learning of members.
 
·        leadership style that emphasizes listening and strong communication.  This includes collaboration with (not dictation to) congregational leadership to achieve the congregation’s mission and goals.  The candidate should be outgoing and possess a good sense of humor. 
 
·        servant mentality that truly sees the ministry as an opportunity to serve God, our community and our congregation.  The candidate should be personable to all ages, empathetic to the hurting, and respectful of all.  That servanthood includes an understanding of the need for personal balance and support of his/her family, and the ability to express that to the congregation as needed.
 
This document, which will be part of the call packet sent to potential candidates, has been vetted by the Executive Committee, and goes before the Congregation Council on Monday night.  Share your thoughts with the council if you feel called to do so.
 
Also part of the call packet will be a congregation profile and a community profile.  The congregation profile is attached to this letter, and the community profile can be found here Our Community.
 
Once the council okays the call materials and the salary and benefit guidelines, the position will be advertised, and the call committee will begin to screen resumes and schedule interviews.  Pray that the process is guided by the Holy Spirit.
 
Pastor Duesenberg Returns
Rev. Tim Duesenberg, leader of the newly formed LCMC congregation Gift of Grace Lutheran Church in Onalaska, will lead our worship Sunday afternoon, April 15 at 5 p.m.  Pastor Duesenberg will preach a sermon titled “Like Fire and a Hammer!” and no doubt will share some tales from the continued development of Gift of Grace.  As usual, there will be food and fellowship following the service.  Looking ahead to future Sundays, Pastor Bill Rice from Gloria Dei Lutheran in Sparta comes to preach August 22, while Tom Anderson of the Twin Cities area joins us again on August 29.
 
Mission Updates
Thanks to Jan Parkhurst for giving us an update on the work being done by Global Outreach for Christ, which is one of August’s missions recipients.  On April 22, the other August mission recipient, APPLE Pregnancy Care Center in Eau Claire, will be represented during fellowship time.  Melinda Gardner, Director of APPLE PCC, will join us to talk about the center and its Christian mission.  You can get a sneak peak at the work they’re doing at www.friendsofapple.org.
 
Some notes from a couple of our other mission partners:  Interfaith Hospitality Network of Eau Claire will hold its sixth annual Hike for the Homeless at Carson Park on Saturday, September 11.  It includes an opening prayer service, fun family activities, refreshments, and, of course, a pleasant stroll through Carson Park.  There is also a team “build a shelter” contest.  We’ve asked IHN to provide entry forms electronically so they can be sent out to all of us in a future note.
 
The Institute for Lutheran Theology has sent out its fall newsletter, announcing new faculty, a new library director, new degrees being offered and Word and Work fall courses available to individuals and congregations on topics such as “The Rise of Christianity,” “Developing a New Start-Up Congregation” (taught by Rev. Dr. Paul Spaulding), and “Growing a Vibrant Youth and Family Ministry.”  The attractive six-page newsletter is available at http://ilt.org/files/fall2010.pdf.
 
Music, Craft Festival at Stanfold Coming Up August 22
Seven folk, bluegrass and gospel music groups, featuring We Three, Montanis, and the Elmer Family Band will provide daylong entertainment at the first annual Stanfold Lutheran Church Music and Craft Festival, Sunday, August 22.
 
The festival, offered free of charge to the community, is planned for the outdoor pavilion of Stanfold Lutheran Church, located five miles west of Rice Lake on State Highway 48.  In addition to the music, crafters will be offering wares for sale throughout the event, which begins at noon and lasts into the evening. 
 
The day’s musical acts include:
12:30   Joyful Noise  Stanfold Lutheran’s own men’s choir, dedicated to spreading God’s Word through music and fellowship.
 
1:15     We Three  Jim Sockness, Don Ruedy and Ed Thompson have been entertaining area audineces for 38 years, with good humor and a style heavily influenced by such folk stalwarts as The Kingston Trio; Peter, Paul & Mary; and The Chad Mitchell Trio.
 
1:45     Montanis  A Rice Lake-based folk and bluegrass group which plays traditional bluegrass, gospel and Irish fiddle music, with a few Scandinavian waltzes thrown in for good measure.  The quartet is made up of Ben Zimmer on acoustic guitar, Anna Zimmer on fiddle, Cory Schultz on mandolin and Noland Franti on bass and slide guitar.
 
2:45     Shelly & Dad  Shelly Christopherson of Eau Claire and her dad, Larry Seever of Long Lake have sung together off and on throughout their lives.  They play a variety of gospel and country music.
 
3:30     Sing-a-Long  Attendees are invited to join in a “Good Ol’ Fashioned” sing-a-long with praise songs, hymns and gospel music. 
 
4:30     Grace Abounds  The praise team from Grace Lutheran Church in Hayward has played together for three years, under the direction of Kris Dvorak.
 
5:15     Good Medicine  This bluegrass band, originally made up entirely of medical professionals, has played together in one form or another for about ten years.  They play around the Hayward area at events, clubs and nursing homes.
 
7:00     Elmer Family Band  Based in Clayton, the Lee Elmer family and their friends have been playing music folk, country, gospel and other varieties of music together for years.
 
A food booth will feature cook-out meats with all the fixin’s, corn-on-the-cob and ice cream cones.  Proceeds from the food booth will go missions and building projects at the church.
 
Crafters wishing to take part may do so without charge, but must bring all their own equipment and are asked to sell for the full day.  Those seeking more information may call Kerri Ashlin at 715-234-4762.
 
News and Notes
·        Our brothers and sisters at Dallas Lutheran Church had a tie vote – 49-49 – on leaving the ELCA this week, falling short of the two-thirds majority needed to make the move.  Frequent guest pastor and friend of Faith Lutheran Mission Church Mark Richardson of Dresser, has been in contact with the leadership of the congregation.  He says there is no decision on what the next move will be for those who are not satisfied to stay in the ELCA.
 
·        Save the Date!  August 26 is the first evening choir rehearsal, as we prepare to resume special music from the choir.  Bob LaMont is directing.  All are welcome, though, as Bob announced last Sunday, someone should stay in the congregation so there is someone to hear them sing!  The rehearsal will begin at 7 p.m., and will take place in the St. Matthew’s Fellowship Hall.
 
·        Our brothers and sisters at Grace Lutheran Church are celebrating the 100th Anniversary of that venerable congregation that, thanks to faithful pastoral leadership, continues to be a beacon in this community.  They’ll hold a special service at 10:30, August 29 in the Owen Park Bandshell, with a picnic meal to follow ($5 adults, $2 kids).
 
·        Finally, our member Marty Zank won’t be with us this weekend, but he won’t be skipping church.  Marty is attending the Mohican Veterans Powwow this weekend with hundreds of his Stockbridge, Oneida, Brothertown and Menomonee cousins.  Marty tells us Rev. Melinda Schneider will lead a service on the powwow grounds.  May God’s blessings be on that gathering!
 
 
 
The Last Word
“You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say”
                                                                                                            Martin Luther
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