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WORDS OF FAITH - August 20, 2011

posted Sep 27, 2011, 10:35 AM by Matt Anderson   [ updated Oct 5, 2011, 9:35 PM ]

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

August 20, 2011

Wednesday Evening Services Return September 14

Next month marks the return of Wednesday evening services at Faith Lutheran Mission Church.  Theme of the first several weeks will be “God Speaks through the Holy Spirit.”  The devotional messages will revolve around Jesus’ words in John 14:26:  “The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.”


These member-led services involve a simplified liturgy, with a brief message, devotional, study or testimony.  If you discern that you are led to share a message, talk to Bob Moore. 


Hannah’s Hands to Meet in September

After taking a month off, Hannah’s Hands women’s Bible study returns next month.  Because the first Monday of September lands on the Labor Day holiday, the session will be held on Tuesday, September 6 at 7 p.m. at the church.  The lesson will be titled “I am the Good Shepherd,” from the study guide “Portraits of Jesus” written by Rev. Roy Beutel and Rev. Steven King from Sola Publishing.  All women are invited.


Building Improvements Continue

The roof of the worship center was redone by Rock and Tait of Chippewa Falls in July.  It looks beautiful, but there was some damage done to the church’s ceiling in the process of shingling the roof.  Church council members are in contact with Rock and Tait and their insurance company, and the company promises to repair the ceiling.


Also completed was the concrete work in front of the church to improve drainage and safety as worshippers enter the building.  The railing outside the front doors should be put up soon.  The council is now looking into plumbing and electric work for hot water in the restrooms.


New Member Sunday Set

The church council has set September 18 as the congregation’s first “New Member Sunday” since our chartering service in June of 2010.  Any person wishing to declare themselves a member of Faith Lutheran Mission Church should contact a member of the church council or leave a note on a visitor’s card found in the rack in the back of the sanctuary.


Communion Now Available for Those Unable to Attend Sunday Mornings

Several people in our congregation are ill, receiving treatments, recovering from surgery or undergoing tests.  Four members of Faith Lutheran Mission Church have volunteered to take communion to members or friends of the congregation who desire to receive the Lord’s Supper, but are unable to attend Sunday worship due to health problems.  Thanks to those individuals:  Marylin Howard, Joanne Flaten, LaMoine Parkhurst and Bob Moore.  If you or someone you know requires this service, please contact one of the members above.


Meanwhile, remember to hold those who are in need up in prayer at 9 a.m. every morning.  Also, make use of our Prayer Chain by contacting Katie Evans (715-831-8797), who will get the prayers started.  You may also call Katie if you wish to be added to the prayer chain.



Faith Lutheran Mission Church has be received at the 26th Chippewa Valley congregation to participate in the CARELink program of the Salvation Army.  The program provides the congregation referral forms to direct individuals in emergency financial need to a central site to receive direct services and vouchers to meet their needs.  Our congregation has already contributed to the program, but we will now receive referral forms and a laminated sign to put in the entryway of our church.


Missions Plans and Responses

Faith Lutheran Mission Church continues to extend its ministry into this community and throughout the world through our mission commitment of 20% of our weekly offerings.  In August, we have been sending 10% of our plate to Eau Claire Interfaith Hospitality Network and its work for homeless families in this community, and another 10% to Lutheran Disaster Response for flood relief in Minot, North Dakota.


For September, the mission offering will be split between APPLE Pregnancy Center and the Institute of Lutheran Theology.  APPLE Pregnancy Care Center is about prevention, teaching, healing, resources, mentoring and encouragement from a Christian perspective for young women in the Chippewa Valley.  ILT is an independent, autonomous Lutheran seminary training orthodox, confessional pastors and theologians through online courses, while also providing training resources for congregations.


We’ve received several recent communications from other mission partners.  Here are some excerpts:


From Christ the King Lutheran, Hoover Alabama:

Thank you for your generous donation of $265.00 to Christ the Kind Lutheran Church for Alabama Tornado Relief.  On behalf of everyone affected by the April tornados, we appreciate your prayers, donations and compassion.  Christ the King Lutheran Church has made a long-term commitment to assist tornado victims in whatever capacity is needed.  Right now, we are meeting short-term needs, but as time goes on, we will be there to help meet as many needs as possible.  We are particularly interested in assisting people who do not have insurance to cover the damage and those who have been left behind by the larger assistance groups.                                                                         Rev. Scott Hawkins



From Grace Lutheran Church, Eau Claire

We greatly appreciate your May benevolence gift to our Media Board to support our radio and television broadcast.  This support will continue to help minister to our community and member that are shut in.  May God bless hyour congregation and grow our relationship of support through his love and grace.

                                                            Kevin Otto, Co-chairman, Media Board


From Good News Mail Ministry

Thank you for your ongoing support of our jail ministry.  In Matthew 25, we are called by God to minister to those in prison.  This is an under-served mission field.  Be when we engage in this ministry, we are blessed. Our lives have greater significance because we are blessing the heart of God.        Chaplain Tom Herro


From New Hope Lutheran Church, Minong

We received your generous gift of $574.70, and we THANK YOU.  Yes, it is a huge undertaking to break away from Calvary Lutheran Church, but we felt we had to.  Your congregation is further along than we are. We do have guest pastors often, but our members have come forward to serve our congregation.  We average around 30 on Sundays.  We will remember you in our prayers.  Prayers are answered.                 Charlene Montgomery, Card Chairman


News and Notes:

·        It was great to welcome Rev. Bryan Anderson, an integral advisor in the early stages of this congregation, to our pulpit August 14.  His inspirational leadership has spread far beyond his own congregation.  It was especially meaningful to Pastor Bryan that his mother, FLMC member Jean Anderson, read the lessons!

·        The marvelous Faith Choir, under the direction of Bob Lamont, will begin rehearsals again September 8 at 7 p.m. at the church.  The choir plans to sing for Sunday worship two weeks per month for the rest of the year, in addition to the Thanksgiving Eve service.  If you’d like to learn more about choir membership, contact Chuck Olson or any choir member.

·        Workers are needed at the church for a cleanup day Saturday, September 17 at 10 a.m., with the focus being the shed and the back room in the basement.

·        By the way, we rely on volunteers to keep the church clean.  Sign up for a shift on the sheet next to the coffee maker.

·        One more “clean-up” note:  Our “Adopt-a-Highway” road, County II south of Eau Claire, is due for its last pickup of the year.  Plan to join us 10 a.m. September 24 for our last ditch adventure of 2011 – we’ll meet at the Corner Store on 93 and II.

·        Chris Flaten and Chuck Olson are doing a lot of work to develop our media center.  Watch and listen for some exciting new developments in that area in the weeks to come.


The Last Word

“Anyone who is to find Christ must first find the church.  How can anyone know where Christ is and what faith is in him unless he knew where his believers are.” 

                                                                                    Martin Luther