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WORDS OF FAITH - February 18, 2010

posted Feb 18, 2010, 9:45 PM by Matt Anderson

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

February 18, 2010


We’re a month old – three inspiring services under our belts, including Pastor Bryan Anderson’s leadership last week with his “Be Surprised” sermon.  We now enter Lent, and each Sunday, you’ll notice the addition of some of the music of Lent added to our services.


This Sunday, we welcome Craig Nelson.  He’s pastor of Calvary Lutheran Church in Minong, and has been for the past 18 years.  He’s familiar with Eau Claire, having spent eight years here during the 80’s and early 90’s as associate pastor of Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd.  He grew up the son missionaries in Japan, and began his ministry as a missionary to Hong Kong.  We will also be joined by his wife Barb and two of his children – daughters Katelynn, a freshman in high school and Joanna, a student at UW-Eau Claire.  His sermon is titled “God is in Control.”


Special Music

A small group of members joined together last week to provide special music during last weeks offering.  Are you a singer?  If so, meet with your fellow singers in the balcony at4:15 this Sunday to rehearse a piece for this Sunday’s offering.  Paul Kosower, our accompanist extraordinaire, will meet with the group to rehearse with them.  Don’t be shy – add your voice to our service!


Special Offering

You have probably heard by now that nine young people were displaced Sunday night when fire gutted the home they were renting on Lake Street.  Several of the residents lost everything they had.  We will be collecting a special offering at the door at the end of our service to help meet their needs.  If you would like to write a check, make it out to the 310 Lake Street Fund.


Special Meals

The post-service meals and fellowship have been a big hit, and the hits just keep on coming.  Join us this week for hot dogs and fixin’s – nothing like a picnic in February to bring spring a little closer!


The fellowship committee has done some great work.  They have come up with a schedule that includes one pot-luck per month, one catered meal per month, and two meals prepared by a smaller group.  What happens the fifth week?  We don’t have to worry about that until May – I’m sure they’ll figure something out.


Obviously, the more folks we have helping with fellowship, the less stress there will be for those serving.  Want to help (that includes you too, men)?  Talk to one of the fellowship committee members Sunday night – they’d love to have you!


Special Attention

We’ve had some good visibility in our first few weeks in mission.  Our Leader Telegram ads have been eye-catching, and our news releases have had good play in the news section of the paper.  Watch this weekend for a full article by reporter Alyssa Waters about our church’s birth.  She interviewed by Bob Moore and Chuck Olson, chair and vice-chair of our steering committee.  Watch for it.


WHEM radio (91.3 FM) is also interested in doing an interview on the air during Garrett Novak’s morning show – dates and time to be announced.


Don’t forget you can always check out our web site for the latest news about Faith Lutheran Mission Church – Matt Anderson is keeping things current, and the site offers nice access for anyone in the community who wants to learn more about us.  Remember the URL – www.faithlutheranmc.org.


Mission Group Seeking More

We hope to get our mission group together soon to decide on where our mission offering will go for next month.  Recall we are committee to putting the first 20% of our weekly offerings toward missions, and this month’s recipients are the Chippewa Valley Free Clinic and Feed My People.  This group will identify missions for our support for each month beginning in March.  Want to be a part of that?  Reply to this note, or contact Dean Kallenbach Sunday night.


Happenings in the Larger Church

There are several interesting things coming out regarding Lutheranism in North America.  In fact, you can check out a news release about a new organization that’s going to be formed called the North American Lutheran Church.  It’s tied to Lutheran CORE, and you can read all about it at www.lutherancore.com.


The Twin Cities Chapters of WordAlone is inviting folks to attend a special event Thursday, February 25.  Seminarian Clayton Wilfer will present Guidelines for Interpreting the Bible in the Lutheran Tradition.  If you’d like to attend, go to Calvary Lutheran Church in Golden Valley at 7 p.m.  If you’d like more details, contact the St. Paul Synod president of WordAlone, Karen Stack, at 612-889-5709 or at wordalonespas@aol.com.


Notes from the Steering Committee

The steering committee met Tuesday night, and will meet on Tuesday for the next two weeks as well.  Here are some highlights:

  • Last week, we had 61 folks in attendance
  • Last week’s offering totaled $1,689.  Our cash balance stands at $2,612.67.
  • The survey mentioned last week will be sent out in the first half of March.  Do you have a question you’d like asked in a congregation-wide survey?  Let us know!
  • The committee began working through a draft constitution developed by the Dick Buck and Rollie Larson, based on the LCMC constitution and some other examples. 
  • The committee learned that Sharon and Don Fleming have donated a nice HP Deskjet printer to go with the computer and monitor acquired last week.


Got a meeting?

If you’re serving on one of the task forces to get us started, and you’re planning a meeting, let Todd Lundquist (midnitebass@gmail.com) know – he’ll make sure it gets added to the calendar on the website.  Check it out!



Do you have ideas?  Wanna serve on a task force?  Have a skill or talent you're willing to share.  We want to hear from you.  You can reply to this e-mail, or use the contact form on the web -- http://www.faithlutheranmc.org/contact-us.