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WORDS OF FAITH - June 16, 2010

posted Jun 16, 2010, 10:11 PM by Matt Anderson

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

June 16, 2010


As spring moves to summer, the earth is alive.  Our sunny warm May has been followed by abundant rainfall, leading to incredible growth of plants and flowers.  Grass, too, as every lawnmower in Eau Claire was operating on this first sunny day in awhile.


Faith Lutheran Mission Church is new growth.  The deadwood of humanist theology has been pruned away.  Our council has met for the first time, and we’ll be seeing our first budget – our first blueprint for ministry – in time for our special meeting after church June 27.


We’ll hear about something else that’s new on Sunday.  Pastor Julie Smith will lead our worship, and share news about the Institute of Lutheran Theology.  Rev. Smith teaches pastoral theology at ILT.  It describes itself as an independent, pan-Lutheran theological project.  It works with supporting congregations to educate the next generation of faithful Lutheran preachers and teachers. 


One particularly interesting aspect of ILT is that it provides this advanced Christian education online in real time.  That means that, even though the Institute is headquartered in Brookings, South Dakota...students can study from any place they have access to the internet.  The resources go to the education of the students, rather than an expansive campus. 


You can learn more about the Institute for Lutheran Theology at www.ilt.org.  We will be providing our mission offering for June 20 (20% of our plate offering) to ILT.


More on Missions

Jim Blessman of Blessman Ministries, which received last week’s mission offering, shared a note of thanks.  Here’s an excerpt:

I praise God for connecting our ministry to your new congregation.  We have one of the very first LCMC foreign missionaries on the field in Lisa Berry, who is from Lutheran Church of the Cross in Altoona. She has been serving full time in South Africa with our ministry from the last two year.  Our headquarters is located on a safari game farm in South Africa.


We invite your church members to join us on a short-term mission trip in 2011.  Our calendar of mission trips starting in February will soon be on our web site.  We usually have six to eight teams each year traveling with us to South Africa, and is currently feeding 500 children there each day.  We built our first orphanage last year, and will be building our second orphanage in 2011.


God bless,



Where Can You Serve?


Our new church council held its first meeting on Tuesday night, and worked on developing a budget proposal based on known expenses, anticipated expenses and, of course, the commitments that have been made by our members.  If you haven’t yet filled out a commitment card, but wish to do so, please contact one of our council members on Sunday, or reply to this note, and we’ll send you the information.


Our new constitution and bylaws call for seven standing committees.  President LaMoine Parkhurst (parkjan@frontiernet.net) would like to hear from members as to which committee(s) they would like to be involved with.  The committees are:

·        Education

·        Member Care and Services

·        Stewardship

·        Worship

·        Mission & Outreach

·        Property

·        Fellowship


The bylaws offer a more detailed description of the committees and what they do, but if you’re still not sure, just ask a council member.


News from Our Neighbors and Friends

·        Pastor Bill Rice, who led our worship last Sunday, and Pastor Timothy Duesenberg, who will lead our worship on July 4, are teaming up with others to develop a conference that will take place the afternoon on Sunday, June 27 at Pastor Rice’s Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Tomah.  The conference, “The Challenge and Hope for Lutherans in North America,” is sponsored by Lutheran CORE of Wisconsin.  A poster and agenda are attached.


·        By the way, Pastor Duesenberg’s brand new congregation in Onalaska has begun worshipping.  Here’s a note from him that should leave a smile on your face:

Our newly formed LCMC congregation has had two services.  We are meeting at Luxury Bath of La Crosse, which is located in Holmen.  Although we are Gift of Grace Lutheran Church, I kid around saying we should have named ourselves "Luxury Bath Lutheran Church" and used the tag line, "Come every Sunday and have your sins washed away, in luxury."


·        Our Pastor-Friend Rev. Craig Nelson, who has twice spoken at Faith Lutheran Mission Church, reports he continues to seek a call at an LCMC congregation after leaving Calvary Lutheran (ELCA) in Minong after eighteen years in the pulpit there.  He is in discussions with at least three congregations in Wisconsin and Iowa.  On the 27th, Pastor Craig will be preaching in Edgar.  He says that congregation is meeting in a former bar (not exactly the Luxury Bath).  Pastor Craig says, “God can sanctify and make whole the place set apart for worship.”

·        Elaine Moore called to our attention an interesting article on the WordAlone Ministries website for individuals and congregations seeking to leave the ELCA.  While that’s already happened for members of Faith LutheranMission Church, the case studies are particularly inspiring to new congregations like us.  Scroll down to the Case Studies segment at http://wordalone.org/tempdocs/leaving.shtml.


·        Finally, two more members have signed the charter, putting our membership at 51.


Happy Father’s Day!