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WORDS OF FAITH - August 26, 2010

posted Aug 31, 2010, 7:38 PM by Matt Anderson

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

August 26, 2010

 

Faith Lutheran Mission Church is poised at the edge of a lot of news.  So, let’s keep this note short and sweet, understanding that much more is to come.

 

Pastor Anderson Returns

We once again welcome Rev. Tom Anderson of the Twin Cities metro area to our congregation to preach on Sunday, August 29 at our 5 p.m. service at the Lutheran Church of St. Matthew Fellowship Hall.  He’s been here twice before, including our inaugural service in January.  He’s an electrifying speaker, with a great message to share.

 

Special Congregational Meeting August 29

Congregation president LaMoine Parkhurst has called a special congregational meeting to be held in the fellowship hall after Sunday’s service once we’ve eaten...around 6:20 or so.  Purpose of the meeting will be to discuss and possibly act on the opportunity to  purchase the Victory Baptist Church building on Hogeboom.  The council will present research they have been collecting about the building and the financial implications at the meeting.

 

Call Committee Continues Work

The call committee met Tuesday night, including a joint session with the council to get a definition of the financial package that might be offered to a pastor.  Later, the group looked over the applications received so far, and began to schedule interviews.  Questions are based on the congregational profile approved by the council last week.  Candidates who make a positive impression in the first interview will be invited back, if circumstances permit, to preach at our congregation for a Sunday.  The candidate would then answer questions from the congregation during our fellowship time. 

 

Missions Update

Sunday is the final day of August, the month during which APPLE Preganncy Care Center and Global Outreach for Christ share the 20% mission set-aside from our weekly offerings.  Thanks to Melinda Gardner for her presentation about APPLE last week.  One of our previous mission recipients, Peace Lutheran Church in Gulf Shores, Alabama, shares an update on the Gulf Oil crisis and its effect on real people in the attached document.

 

Choir Practice is On!

Thursday night, August 26, Bob LaMont lead rehearsal for the Faith Lutheran Mission Church choir at 7 p.m. in Lutheran Church of St. Matthew fellowship hall.  The choir will sing the second and fourth Sundays of each month.  Come and sing!

 

Lutheran CORE Convention Taking Place

Lutherans from throughout North America are gathering this week in suburban Columbus, Ohio, for the Lutheran CORE Theological Conference and Convocation. The Convocation, during which the new North American Lutheran Church will be formed, will be streamed live on the internet on August 26-27. Log onto http://gccn.org and click on "Media." The first tab under Media is "Live Streaming." Click on it to watch the convocation.

 

New Church is Born

The new congregation forming in southern Barron County, Peace Community Church, holds its first service at 9 a.m. Sunday, August 29th in the former St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on State Highway 25 north of Ridgeland.  Like us, they hope to use supply pastors to lead worship until they can get established.  They have found a pianist from the Barron area who has offered to accompany them.  This congregation springs from the failure of Dallas Lutheran Church to extract itself from the ELCA after its vote failed to get the 2/3 majority needed to leave.  The congregation is evaluation possible affiliations.  If you feel called to join them at their inaugural service, take I-94 west, then go north on 25 through Ridgeland a few miles to the white church on the right –about 50 minutes.

 

Stanfold Music and Crafts Festival a Success

An estimated 200 people attended the first annual Music and Crafts Festival at Stanfold Lutheran Church (LCMC) in Rice Lake on Sunday.  Among the performers were Stanfold’s men’s chorus Joyful Noise, and the praise choir from Grace Lutheran Church (LCMC) in Hayward.  Four folks from Faith Lutheran Mission Church were on hand, as were folks from New Hope Lutheran (LCMC) in Minong, and the newly forming Peace Community Church west of Dallas.  It was an uplifting event all around!

 

Grace Centennial Service at Owen Park is Sunday

The service celebrating 100 years of service to God and this community by Grace Lutheran Church of Eau Claire takes place Sunday morning at Owen Park in Eau Claire.  The celebration begins at 10:30 in the bandshell with a worship service, with a picnic meal to follow.

 

ILT Set to Resume Classes

The Institute of Lutheran Theology, the new online seminary pulled together by confessional Lutheran scholars, begins its fall semester next week.  Rev. Julie Smith, who spoke this summer at Faith Lutheran Mission Church, reports that the student population is now up more than 30, compared to 20 at the end of the Spring, 2010 semester.  Learn more about what ILT has to offer at www.ilt.org.

 

Pray

That’s it.  Just pray.  Remember, we try to check in at 9 a.m. – whereever we are – to offer prayers for our congregation and its members.  If you have specific prayer requests, call Katie at 715-831-8797, who will place your petition on the prayer chain.

 

The Last Word

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

Martin Luther

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