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WORDS OF FAITH - March 11, 2010

posted Mar 15, 2010, 9:05 PM by Matt Anderson

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

March 11, 2010


Speak gently.


Tell the truth.


Be brave.


Yield to joy.


Pastor Bill Christiansen of Stevens Point delivered that advice in his sermon to our congregation on Sunday, March 7.  To many of us, it sounded like a mission statement for Christians, and the church itself.  In visiting afterward with some visitors to our congregation who are continuing the fight for scriptural authority in their own church, they took great comfort and encouragement from his word.  In fact, one of the visitors said when they need to build one another up during tense encounters at church, they’re simply going to say “Shamwow” to one another (referencing Pastor Christiansen’s illustration using that product’s pitchman Vince Shlomi).  God works in mysterious – and sometimes absorbent – ways! Pastor Christiansen will be back with us on April 11th.


We look forward to the return of Pastor Mark Richardson to Eau Claire this coming Sunday.  While this is his first time preaching at Faith Lutheran Mission Church, many of our members were present when he preached at Grace Lutheran Church on the evening of December 1, 2009, and then did a presentation and Q&A regarding Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ.  On Sunday, Pastor Richardson will preach on the gospel text of the Prodigal Son.


Pastor Richardson, who comes from American Lutheran Church (ALC) roots, is a 1979 graduate of St.Olaf College and a 1983 graduate of Luther Seminary in St. Paul.  He has served churches in Sioux FallsSouth DakotaMarshallMinnesotaNew BrightonMinnesota and Mounds View, Minnesota.  He has served Bethesda Lutheran Church in Dresser since December of 2004 – just after Bethesda left the ELCA and joined LCMC.  His wife Julie is a Certified Public Accountant and works in the Twin Cities. He has three daughters, a son and two step-daughters.


Pastor Richardson is also one of the founding signatories for LCMC’s Augustana District, which holds its constituting convention May 22 in HutchinsonMinnesota.  He will share some information and answer questions about the Augustana District during our fellowship time after Sunday’s 5 p.m. service.  (The most recent brochure of Augustana District is attached.)  As further inducement, our fellowship committee is preparing a meal of ham, turkey and cheese on croissants, with chips and pickles, topped off by apple pie!  Gather with us for worship, food, fellowship and education.


March Worship News

Thanks to Paul Kosower, who lifted up this new congregation with his musical talent for the first six services of our existence.  With his own busy performing schedule and family to visit throughout the world, he is handing off the accompanying duties to others.  We’re grateful to Paul for his musicianship and his enthusiasm for Faith Lutheran Mission Church.


We are excited that Bob LaMont will play for us at Sunday’s service.  Bob is a retired music teacher who taught for 30 years.  He plays once a month for St. Matthews, and will be helping us out occasionally as well.  The worship task force has other accompanists in mind, but if you know of someone who can lead worship music, please let the worship committee know, or reply to this note.


Those wishing to join the singing group for music during the offering on Sunday can gather at 4:15 for rehearsal of “Beautiful Savior.”  Also at that time the group will also be working on some special music, “He Loved Them to the End” for Palm Sunday’s service.


Speaking of Palm Sunday, we have received permission from Walter Wangerin, Jr. to conduct his special service “Cry of the Whole Congregation,” a reader’s theater presentation based on the Passion story involving readers, special music and congregational response.  Thanks to those who have offered to read and provide music for this service.


Between now and then, on March 21, we’ll be joined by Dr. Emory Johnson, who is pastor of New HopeLutheran Church serving the Siren and Grantsburg areas, another congregation which began in January of this year.  It should be an exciting day.


Notes and Reminders

v     Please return the surveys that went out along with last week’s newsletter.  Give them to Dean Kallenbach at church, or send them back via e-mail.  Whether a member or a regular visitor, we’d like to know your thoughts.


v     Pastor Craig Nelson, who preached at Faith Lutheran Mission Church February 21st, has asked us to pray for him as he interviews for a call to an LCMC church in Illinois on Monday, March 15.  Pastor Nelson, former pastor at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Eau Claire who has served Calvary Lutheran in Minong for the past 18 years, opted to affiliate with LCMC earlier this year.


v     Our nearest fellow LCMC church, Stanfold Lutheran of Rice Lake, voted last Sunday to leave the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  Their second vote was 50 in favor of leaving, with zero opposed.  The vote, witnessed by a delegate of ELCA Synod Bishop Duane Pederson, satisfied the constitutional procedures needed to terminate Stanfold’s relationship with the ELCA. 


v     There is a new LCMC quarterly newsletter out.  You can read it online at http://www.lcmc.net/newsletters/1stqtr2010newsletter.pdf We’ll have a few printed copies available at the church during fellowship for those who don’t have the opportunity to read it on or download it from the web.


v     Betty and Vern Donier will be joining Janet and LaMoine Parkhurst as representatives of our congregation at the LCMC Leadership Event April 25 in OmahaNE.  There’s no limit – anyone who wishes to consider attending may learn more at www.lcmc.net.


v     As we approach Palm Sunday and Easter, watch for some special advertising for FaithLutheran Mission Church in upcoming issues of the Eau Claire Leader Telegram.


v     If you’re serving on one of the task forces to get us started, and you’re planning a meeting, let Todd Lundquist (midnitebass[at]gmail.com) know – he’ll make sure it gets added to the calendar on the website.  Check it out!


v     Do you have ideas?  Wanna serve on a task force?  Have a skill or talent you're willing to share.  We want to hear from you.  You can reply to this e-mail, or use the contact form on the web -- http://www.faithlutheranmc.org/contact-us.