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WORDS OF FAITH - June 30, 2011

posted Jul 24, 2011, 8:47 PM by Matt Anderson
An occasional newsletter for the members and friends of Faith Lutheran Mission Church of Eau Claire
June 30, 2011
 
We Wait in Faith
Faith Lutheran Mission Church’s search for a pastor continues.  Rev. Mark Ziemann, who was issued a letter of call after a congregational vote May 22, decided, after what he called “a long and difficult discernment process,” not to accept the call to Faith.
 
Pastor Ziemann told Council President LaMoine Parkhurst and Call Committee Chair Bob Moore in a note dated June 24 that the decision was difficult “because we agree 100% with the mission and calling and we loved everyone we met.”  In the end, with a home in Minneapolis to sell and Mark’s wife Elizabeth not landing a teaching job, Pastor Ziemann said it came down to financial uncertainty.
 
He ended the letter thanking the congregation for its work in spreading the Good News of Christ Jesus, finishing with “Keep up the good fight of faith.”
 
The position of full-time pastor of Faith Lutheran Mission Church remains open, and the call committee is expected to convene soon to look over resumes that have come in over the past two months.  Meanwhile, we continue to be thankful for the strong messages we receive from our supply pastors and, when need, our lay leaders.
 
LaMoine, in spreading the news to the call committee and council, added a quote from Galatians 6:9:  We must not become tired of doing good. We will receive our harvest of eternal life at the right time if we do not give up.
 
Physical Improvements Planned for July
The church council has approved two major repair projects on the church grounds at 1704 Hogeboom. 
 
Sometime in the coming 30 days, Rock and Tait will remove the roofing over the main part of the church to the boards – make any repairs that may be needed to those boards – and then re-shingle.
 
Also planned for July is concrete repair from the threshold of the front entrance to the curb.  Those of you who experienced the lovely pool of water experienced between the curb and sidewalk during this spring’s snowmelt will appreciate the need to built that area up and drain it away from the walking surface.  The repair should also create more sure footing throughout the front, adding to the friendliness and safety of our space.
 
No Hannah’s Hands Meeting in July
The women’s Bible Study “Hannah’s Hands” normally meets the first Monday of the month.  However, due to the Independence Day holiday, the group will skip July.  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.
 
Though the group will not be meeting in July, 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 Focus for July Includes CareLink, WORSCA
For the month of July, the focus of Faith Lutheran Mission Church’s mission offerings will once again range from local to global.
 
Twenty percent of FLMC’s weekly offerings go to outside missions.  In July, the church council, on recommendation from the missions committee, has decided to give half of the mission offering to Salvation Army CareLink.  CareLink provides short-term relief for individuals in the Eau Claire area who come upon emergency financial needs.  Rather than each congregation having a “Good Samaritan” fund, CareLink pools those resources, which are administered by the Salvation Army, to provide vouchers for food, lodging and transportation to those in need.
 
The other half of July’s mission offering will go to the Women’s Refuge and Survival for Children of Africa (WORSCA) Orphanage in Dodowa, Ghana.  Jayne Kallenbach presented her slides and stories June 12th from her six-week volunteer stint with the orphanage earlier this year.  Jayne plans to return later this year, and is gathering funds that can be used to help improve the nutritional and educational needs of the 70 or so children in the orphanage.
 
The mission committee is always looking for good ideas for ministries we can serve.  If you have a proposal or just a thought, contact Trista Anderson, Katie Evans, Sylvia Miller or Dean Kallenbach.  If you’d like to join the mission team, contact any of the members as well.
 
Exploration of Wisconsin LCMC District Continues
Rev. Tony Stoutenburg of Grace Lutheran Church in Hayward, one of the founders of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) and a key advisor in the building of our own congregation, has asked members of Faith Lutheran Mission Church to mark July 23 on our calendars.
 
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Tomah (pastored by another friend and frequent supply pastor Bill Rice) will host a meeting from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day to discuss the formation of a Wisconsin/Upper Peninsula District for LCMC.  The meeting would include a discussion on what services the churches would want that district to offer its members.
 
Rev. Stoutenburg expects one outcome of the meeting would be the development of a steering committee that would be empowered to draft governing documents based on the stated desires of the congregations who are forming the district.  Please pray about discussion that the decisions coming forth may be blessed by God.
 
Joint Service at Stanfold Set for July 31
Last summer, more than 20 members of Faith Lutheran Mission Church took part in the first ever joint service of the LCMC congregations of northwestern Wisconsin’s Highway 53/63 corridor.  At the time, four congregations were involved, with Grace in Hayward and New Hope in Minong joining us and the hosts.
 
This year, the event is set for Sunday, July 31 – once again planned for the outdoor pavilion at Stanfold Lutheran Church near Rice Lake.  The choir of Faith Lutheran Mission Church will take part in the program, and the message will be delivered by Mark Vander Tuig, the service coordinator for Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ. 
 
It’s hoped that turnout will be even greater this year, with the addition congregations in Luck, Clear Lake, Hawkins and Catawba to LCMC since that inaugural service, not to mention Grace in Eau Claire.  Bring a dish to pass – there will be a pot luck (or, as Rev. Hibbard at Stanfold likes to call it, “pot blessing”) feast after the service.  Watch the bulletin and future newsletter for times and details.
 
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.
 
Christ Lutheran in Bloomer Names Bruce Rimmereid as Pastor
Christ Lutheran Church in Bloomer, which held its first service just a month ago, has named Bruce Rimmereid as its permanent pastor.  Christ Lutheran, which at this time is an independent Lutheran church but is looking at affiliation with LCMC, formed after Evangelical Lutheran Church in America congregation St. John’s Lutheran in Bloomer fell short on its vote this spring to disengage from the ELCA.  Pastor Rimmereid, who had served St. John’s for many years, resigned from St. John’s earlier this month. 
 
Christ Lutheran worships each Sunday at 9:30 in the Senior Civic Center at 2121 Duncan Rd. in Bloomer.  Steering committee member Janet Zwiefelhofer reports that the services have been inspiring and many have expressed this congregation – though new – feels like their “church home.”  A steering committee is developing organizational documents and plans for education and missions.  Please keep them in your prayers.
 
Change Afoot at Institute for Lutheran Theology, and WordAlone
The summer is resulting in some changes at two of our mission partners at Faith Lutheran Mission Church.
 
The Institute of Lutheran Theology, an online confessional seminary based in Brookings, South Dakota, has seen Kip Tyler, senior pastor of Lutheran Church of the Master, Omaha, Nebraska take over as chair of the board after the term of previous chair Randy Freund expired.
 
In a recent letter to friends of the seminary, Tyler reported that ILT president Dennis Bielfeldt has resigned as president and will be serving as ILT’s Vice President of Academic Affairs.  Tyler says the board has chosen an interim president, with an official announcement coming soon.
 
Meanwhile, WordAlone, which was a leader in the fight for orthodox Lutheranism within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and has served so many individuals and congregations driven from the ELCA by its emphasis on humanism rather than Scripture, has decided to direct all of its focus to its Sola Publishing ministry.
 
WordAlone laid the foundation for the explosion of the LCMC in the past two years and the development of Lutheran CORE and the North American Lutheran Church.  The Board of Directors decided that Sola is a growing the thriving ministry that has emerged from WordAlone’s commitment to solid Biblical and confessional preaching and teaching.
 
As a result, WordAlone will continue to exist, but will do business exclusively as Sola Publishing.  Other aspects of the ministry will be “bequeathed” to partner ministries. 
 
The Last Word
“It is characteristic of a Christian to have the greatest strength in the greatest weakness and the greatest wisdom in the greatest foolishness.” 
                                                                                    Martin Luther
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