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WORDS OF FAITH - July 21, 2011

posted Jul 24, 2011, 8:49 PM by Matt Anderson
An occasional newsletter for the members and friends of Faith Lutheran Mission Church of Eau Claire
July 21, 2011
Congregational Interview Set for Pastor Henseler
The call committee continues to look through resumes of pastors who are interested in exploring a call to Faith Lutheran Mission Church.  Three interviews have been set for the last two weeks of July, and consideration continues for other applicants.
The committee has decided to bring one candidate to the congregation for a second interview at this point.  Pastor Nick Henseler, who has served Faith Lutheran Mission Church several times this year as a supply pastor, has applied for consideration of call. 
Pastor Henseler has served congregations in Farmington, Minnesota and Davenport, Iowa, and currently works as a data security expert for a Twin Cities firm.  Pastor Henseler has been a firefighter and hazardous materials specialist, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering and Chemical Engineering.  He obtained his Masters of Divinity Degree from The Master’s Institute Seminary in Roseville, Minnesota, having also attended seminary at Luther Northwestern in St. Paul. 
The committee interviewed him this week , and is bringing him before the full congregation to give the membership an opportunity to ask questions and get to know Pastor Henseler and his ideas for how he would serve the congregation.  The second interview will take place Sunday, August 7 during the fellowship period after Pastor Henseler leads us in worship after the 9 a.m. worship service.  Bring your questions, and your discerning mind!
LCMC Leader to Preach at Joint Service in Rice Lake July 31
Members of Faith Lutheran Church will be very involved in the second annual Highway 53-63 Gathering at Stanfold Lutheran Church near Rice Lake on Sunday, July 31.
The event begins with an 11:15 a.m. outdoor worship service under Stanfold’s pavilion.  Mark Vander Tuig, Service Coordinator for Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC), will bring the message “Genuine Hunger,” based on the Matthew 14 text of the feeding of the thousands with a few loaves and fish.  Faith Lutheran Mission Church’s Kayla Shoemaker will serve as accompanist for the service, and the FLMC choir will sing, “Grace Us, Almighty God.”  The worship will be followed by a pot luck picnic.
Last year’s event drew worshippers from four LCMC congregations along the Highway 53-63 corridor, with Grace Lutheran of Hayward and New Hope Lutheran of Minong joining our congregation and the hosts.  Pastor Jerry Hibbard says he expects representatives from ten congregations to attend the worship this year, demonstrating the growth of LCMC to include congregations in Clear Lake, Luck, Hawkins and Catawba, and Grace in Eau Claire, with other new confessional Lutheran congregations springing up in Bloomer, Menomonie and Ridgeland as well.
Stanfold is west of Rice Lake on Highway 48.  From Eau Claire, take the second Rice Lake exit off 53.  Travel Wisconsin 48 about four miles to the church on the left.  Those who attended last year will notice that Stanfold has doubled the size of its parking lot to accommodate the growth the congregation has experienced since joining LCMC in March of last year.
A decision is pending as to whether Faith Lutheran Mission Church will also hold a service that Sunday morning in Eau Claire.  The congregation will be polled this Sunday (July 24) to see how many people would attend.  If there is a service in Eau Claire on the 31st, it would begin at 8:30.  The church council has determined that if a dozen or so people would attend an 8:30 service in Eau Claire on the 31st, the service will be held. 
State LCMC Churches Explore Wisconsin District
Five members of Faith Lutheran Mission Church will travel to Tomah on Saturday to participate in a gathering of LCMC congregations interested in being part of a Wisconsin District.  It will give attendees a chance to share their stories of formation and explore what forming a district could do (and could not do) to help congregations in their missions.  The meeting will open and close with worship services. 
Rev. Martha Uecker Nelson, our area representative on the LCMC Board of Trustees from St. Charles, Illinois, plans to attend.  If there’s enough interest, a steering committee could be formed to take the idea to its next steps.
LaMoine and Jan Parkhurst, Elaine and Bob Moore and Dean Kallenbach will be attending.  Let them know if you have any thoughts or comments you would like to have conveyed.
Concrete Work Begins in Front
Don’t be alarmed by the yellow tape surrounding the front of Faith Lutheran Mission Church.  It’s not a crime scene!  Crews began working this week to repair the concrete in front of the church to improve drainage (avoiding those curbside pools we experienced after the snow melt) and to make the footing more consistent and safer.  As of Thursday night, forms were in place in preparation for pouring.

If you do have to enter the church before the work is done, please use the green door at the top of the ramp.
Meanwhile, the roof has been completed.  Some ceiling issues that arose during the roofing will be repaired shortly. 

US Marine and FLMC Member Arrian Lundquist Marries High School Sweetheart
Arrian Lundquist, home on leave from the US Marines, married his fiancé Kendra Bahr in a ceremony before family and friends at the Eau Claire County Courthouse Thursday, July 21. 
Arrian, who was just getting out of boot camp when FLMC formed in January of 2010, has dated Kendra since their days at Eau Claire North High School.  Kendra has most recently been living with her mother in Bloomer.
The couple is enjoying an abbreviated honeymoon before Arrian flies back to Hawaii Sunday to resume his training.  His assignment to Afghanistan is expected to begin this fall.
Karla, Kendra, Arrian and Luke
After the ceremony - Karla (mom), Kendra, Arrian and Luke (brother) Lundquist.
Hannah’s Hands Resumes Meeting August 1
Next meeting for Hannah’s Hands will be Monday, August 1 at Faith Lutheran Mission Church at 7 p.m, with the lesson “I am the Gate for the Sheep.”  All women are invited.
All members of the congregation are invited to bring supplies for the Personal Care Kits being developed by the group.  Watch for good buys on:
  • Bath-sized towels (52” x 27”)
  • Bath-size bars of soap in their original wrappings
  • Adult size toothbrushes in original wrapping
  • Sturdy combs
  • Metal nail clippers
Elaine Moore reports that the kits will be shipped to needy folks in foreign lands in September through Lutheran World Relief.

Missions Targets Assigned for August
Since its inception, Faith Lutheran Mission Church has dedicated 20% of its weekly offerings to missions outside the congregation.  At Monday night’s meeting, the church council approved the recommendation of the Mission Committee to dedicate half of August’s missions to Lutheran Disaster Response/Minot Flood Relief, to assist families and congregations devastated by the flooding last month.  The other half will be sent to Eau Claire Interfaith Hospitality Network/ Beacon House, which serves homeless families in the area.
July’s mission targets are Salvation Army CareLink, which provides short term financial assistance – and the Women’s Refuge and Survival for Children of Africa (WORSCA) Orphanage of Dodowa, Ghana, where Jayne Kallenbach, daughter of Dean and Sandy, volunteers. 
Vacation Bible School Planned at Grace Lutheran Church
Our brothers and sisters at Grace Lutheran Church have announced that they have Vacation Bible School planned for July 31-August 3, and Jayme Silber, Grace’s Director of Education, says “we would love to have anyone there at Faith join us.”
The first night will be a pool party at Fairfax pool, with the less of Jesus being baptized by John.  The second night will be Moses receiving the Ten Commandments.  The third night is Jesus feeding the 5000, and the fourth night will be a wrap-up at Grace with a cookout and worship. 
Call Jayme at 715-832-9713 or drop her an email at jaymegraceeau@sbcglobal.net if you’d like to learn more.
News and Notes
·        If you have a prayer request you would like added to the prayer chain, normally you call Katie Evans at 715-831-8797.  However, due to Katie being out of town for a bit next month, please call your requests on to Elaine Moore at 715-834-6735 between August 6 and 12.   
·        FLMC will be participating in a special online class offered by the Institute for Lutheran Theology called “How God Grows Churches.”  It will be held Tuesday nights in October, so mark your calendars.  And thanks to Chris Flaten for donation of a projector that will make it possible for attendees to see it.
·        Worship Committee reports it is targeting the third Sunday of September as a new member Sunday.
·        If you know of anyone who hasn’t been able to make it to church and would like communion, please let any member of the council or the Member Care and Services Committee know, so they can tend to the matter.
The Last Word
Grant that I may not pray alone with the mouth; help me that I may pray from the depths of my heart.                                                                         Martin Luther