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WORDS OF FAITH - June 23, 2010

posted Jun 25, 2010, 7:18 PM by Matt Anderson

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

June 23, 2010


Committee.  Budget.  Two words that make many church-people cringe.  Many of us have been a part of aimless committees or contentious budget battles, and they seem like part of the churches we left behind.


But the Holy Spirit can transform those words for us.  For Faith Lutheran Mission Church, our seven standing committees (as established by the by-laws passed earlier this month) are designed to direct God’s inspiration for our congregation into action to develop our church and reach out to our community.  For Faith Lutheran Mission Church, our budget can be our blueprint for ministry...a tangible definition of the dedication of our members to the specific work of God.  Pretty exciting, eh?


Your opportunity to immerse yourself in this newfound excitement comes Sunday at our congregational meeting, which will be held during our fellowship time after services.  The meeting, first since our Chartering Meeting June 6, will allow an opportunity to discuss ministry priorities based on the budget and involvement in committees.


The council is developing a proposed budget based on known and anticipated expenses offset by the revenue expected from the pledge forms that many of you have turned in.  (Haven’t turned yours in yet?  Talk to a council member!) What’s your vision for mission?  Pray, and be ready to share your thoughts!


Congregation president LaMoine Parkhurst says the meeting will also lay out the position descriptions designed to move us with some urgency into a robust congregational life.  Remember, the committees set up in the bylaws include:

·        Education

·        Member Care and Services

·        Stewardship

·        Worship

·        Mission & Outreach

·        Property

·        Fellowship


Think about where you are called to serve.


Pastor Stoutenburg Joins Us Sunday

Pastor Tony Stoutenburg, who has been so involved in helping this and dozens of other congregations get started with Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC), joins us once more to lead worship.  His sermon will be based on the entire 3rd Chapter of Galatians....bring your Bible!poster and agenda are attached.


Speaking of Pastor Tony, he is involved in an online community I recently joined, the Google Group Friends-of-LCMC.  Once you’re a member, you can post thoughts, news and ideas and read those of others, commenting on them if you’d like.  Interested?  Got to www.groups.google.com.  If you don’t have a Google login, you’ll have to register...not too hard.  Once registered, go to the Google groups page and type in Friends-of-LCMC and hit “Search Groups.”  Friends-of-LCMC should be the first choice offered...choose it, and follow the directions to accept their invitation to join.  It’s a good way to stay on top of the issues and happenings!


Missions to the Gulf Coast

We continue with our summer practice of dedicating our 20% mission offering to a single mission suggested by congregation members.  This week, we’re contributing to Peace Lutheran Church in Gulf Shores, Alabama.  You may remember them from a plea that went out through the LCMC office for our prayers and financial support.


Peace Lutheran, lead by Pastor Michael Bonham and his wife Barbara, were leaders in helping the homeless and the hungry for many months after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005.  Now, because of the oil spill and all the damage caused by it, many of the members of Peace have been directly affected.  The church and community are feeling a great financial burden caused by the disaster.


Galatians 6:2 tells us to carry and share in each other’s burdens.  This is a great opportunity for us to reach out and support this group of Christian brothers and sisters.


Looking Ahead

On the fourth of July, our service will be lead by Pastor Timothy Duesenberg of Onalaska.  Less than a month ago he left his ELCA congregation to start a new LCMC group, and this weekend he and others (including Pastor Bill Rice of Tomah, a friend of Faith Lutheran Mission Church as well), are holding an event in Tomah to educate folks as to their choices other than ELCA.


On July 11th, we will take part in a joint outdoor service at Stanfold Lutheran Church in Rice Lake with Stanfold and with Pastor Tony’s church, Grace Lutheran of Hayward.  Service will be at 9:30 in their very nice pavilion (in the church if the weather’s bad).  After the service, there will be a time of food and fellowship.  We’re being asked to supply meat...others will bring desserts and salads.  Stanfold will have the grills.  It’s a great opportunity for three congregations with very different stories...but very similar philosophies...to encourage one another.


One question the council would like to ask you is...since there is a joint service in Rice Lake at 9:30 on the 11th, should we have a service here in Eau Claire that evening?  Be ready to discuss that at the meeting on Sunday.


Prayer Chain

Don’t forget...if you would like our congregational prayer chain to pray for you or someone you know, please leave your request with Katie Evans at 715-831-8797