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WORDS OF FAITH - July 22, 2010

posted Jul 22, 2010, 9:25 PM by Matt Anderson

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

July 22, 2010


Ever notice that, for a congregation that’s only been around for six months, we’ve got a lot going on?  Take this week, for example. 


Sunday was church, of course, with Pastor Greg Lenz delivering an excellent message on how the Christian life is expensive, but worth it.  And it was followed by our excellent fellowship meal, as usual.  But, prior to the service, a few members of church council and other members got a tour of Victory Baptist Church, just two blocks west of our current worship space at The Lutheran Church of St. Matthew (in fact, the Victory building was originally St. Matthew’s). Victory Baptist has made the decision to disband following this coming Sunday’s service, and is looking for a Bible-believing congregation who would purchase the church and continue to use to for Godly purposes.  They came to us through our website.  There will be more discussion during fellowship times and in news from the council about the building and its possible application for our ministry.


Monday:  Victory Baptist was one of the many things on the docket of the church council as it met.  The council set up an “Open Church” for members of Faith Lutheran Mission Church to tour Victory Baptist at 1704 Hogeboom from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, August 1.  Members are encouraged to bring their questions, and be ready to share their thoughts. Among other decisions was to end the “chartering” process on Wednesday of next week.  That means that anyone who wishes to be a charter member should join by then (contact LaMoine Parkhurst, congregation president, or any council member to make that happen).


Tuesday:  The call committee gathered for the first time.  LaMoine gave the committee a charge to develop a pastoral profile, based on the congregation’s mission and needs.  Bob Moore was elected chair of the committee, whose members also include Gail Larson, Matt Anderson, Janet Hadt, Janet Parkhurst and Dean Kallenbach.  The committee will meet again on Monday, July 26, with each member bringing a list of qualifications, concerns, desires and desires regarding the new pastor.


Wednesday:  The women’s Bible study group once again gathered to learn and share.


Saturday:  It’s Adopt-A-Highway duty again!  Members and friends of Faith Lutheran Mission Church will gather July 24 to pick up garbage on a two-mile stretch of Eau Claire County Trunk Highway II that is sponsored by our congregation.  We’ll meet at 10 a.m. at the Corner Store (intersection of II and 93).  Highway safety vests and garbage bags will be supplied....bring your own picker-uppers!  Contact Jack Daniel for more info.


Sunday:  July 25, we celebrate the return of Pastor Craig Nelson of Minong, who will share a message titled “Waiting on the Lord” at our normal 5 p.m. worship service, with food and fellowship to follow.


A full week, made fuller by the grace God provides each day!


Member on the Move

Kathryn Estridge, charter member who has been with us from our organizing meeting in January, is moving from Eau Claire on Sunday.  She asks us to keep her in our prayers, and she promises the same for us.  If you’d like to drop Kathryn a note, send it to:

Kathryn Estridge

c/o Russ Estridge

Box 142

Danbury WI 54830


May God’s richest blessings go with you, Kathryn.


Faith Notes

·        Don’t forget to use our Prayer Chain.  Call Katie Evans (715-831-8797) to start the chain.

·        While on the topic of prayer, join other members at 9 a.m. daily by praying-where-you-stand for our congregation.  And, remember that there is a group that meets in the sanctuary before each service at 4:45 to pray for that service and for God’s protection from Satan’s attacks.

·        When you pray, please remember our hosts, The Lutheran Church of St. Matthew.  They have been ultimately gracious and supportive, even while many of our former congregations and their bishop label us as “schismatic,” “misfits,” and “malcontents.”  When you think of it...sounds like the definition of apostles!

·        Another subject of our prayer...and our mission gifts for one more week...will be Peace Lutheran Church of Gulf Shores, Alabama as its members serve their community, and deal themselves with the havoc left behind by the gulf oil spill.

·        Remember, our standing committees are looking for members that will bring good ideas and enthusiasm to move our congregation toward mission.  Those committees are:

·        Education

·        Member Care and Services

·        Stewardship

·        Worship

·        Mission & Outreach

·        Property

·        Fellowship


Serve where you are called!


Quote of the Week


God is the beyond in the midst of our life. 

Dietrich Bonhoeffer