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WORDS OF FAITH - March 18, 2010

posted Mar 19, 2010, 5:11 PM by Matt Anderson

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

March 18, 2010

 

The dead of winter seems long ago.  Snow-shrinking temperatures in the 60’s and Daylight Savings Time shoves thoughts of cold and dark to the back of our memories.  Most of us are old enough to know better than to think there will be no more cold...but winter has lost its grip on us.  We’ll cheerfully scrape frost from the windshield knowing it’s one of the last times.  Spring comes officially this weekend.  Palm Sunday the week after that.  Then Easter.

 

Faith Lutheran Mission Church was born in the dead of winter, amidst the desolation of betrayal, rejection, abandonment and deep sadness.  But, as God is wont to do to show he is in control, He has brought green shoots from desolation and fruit from frozen ground.  We are in Lent.  But we can see the empty tomb from here.

 

We celebrate spring this Sunday by sharing worship with the pastor of another winter-born church.  Dr. Emory Johnson is pastor of New Hope Lutheran Church of Siren, which formed in January of this year, just like our congregation.  Like our congregation, New Hope was created from confessional Christians whose defense of Scripture was ignored or rejected by their previous churches. 

 

Come Sunday at 5 p.m. and hear Dr. Johnson’s sermon “This is my body.  This is my blood.”  After Sunday’s service, we’ll enjoy food and fellowship as usual with a Spring Pizza Party. 

 

More Worship Notes

Thanks to Pastor Mark Richardson of Dresser, who joined us last week and preached on “The Prodigal Son,” reminding us that God is not only the author of forgiveness, but also gives us the capability to repent.  We look forward to Pastor Richardson’s return to lead our worship April 18.

 

Those wishing to sing with the choir this Sunday should come at 4:15 to rehearse the anthem.  This Sunday, we have a talented young pianist Kayla Shoemaker accompanying our worship.

 

Remember to invite your friends to a special worship experience on Palm Sunday.  Cry of the Whole Congregation by Walter Wangerin is a service based on the Passion story which includes special readings, special music, and congregational participation.  The Palm Sunday service will be followed by a ham dinner.  There will be a rehearsal at the church Thursday, March 25th at 6:30 p.m. for those involved as readers and musicians involved in the service. 

 

Mission

The Chippewa Valley Free Clinic, one of two recipients of our February mission gifts of $525, sent a thank you note.  Here’s part of what it said...

 

“Thank you for your gift to the Chippewa Valley Free Clinic.  On behalf of our patients, volunteers and staff, “Welcome to the CVFC team!”  Your partnership provides a critical care link to the patients who turn to us for help.  CVFC broke its record number of patient visits in one year by 33.2% in 2009.  Your gift, along with the gifts of so many others in the community, helps us to sustain our current services and hopefully grow to meet the tremendous need.”

 

In our March services, our mission offerings are designated for Bolton Refuge House, which provides services for victims of domestic abuse, and the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) Seminarian Loan fund, which helps LCMC pastors pay off their seminary debt.  Faith Lutheran MissionChurch dedicates 20% of general offerings to serve our community and God’s work outside our own congregation’s needs.

 

Prayer

Any and all are welcome to join a prayer group in the north wing of the sanctuary 15 minutes before each service to envelop the coming service and the congregation in prayer.  No skill required – just a heart willing to talk to God on behalf of the congregation. 

 

Please remember to include Faith Lutheran Mission Church and its members in your daily prayers.  Pray particularly for unity as we meld our many personalities and backgrounds into an effective ministry.  Pray also for the confessional pastors in the ELCA who are being persecuted by their peers and their bishops for defending Scriptural authority.

 

Survey

Thanks to the many of you who have turned in the survey that was sent out two weeks ago.  We’ll continue to compile the information, with the plan to make a report to the congregation during our fellowship time April 11th.  If you haven’t responded, please do so this week by sending the results via e-mail, bringing the printed results to church on Sunday, or mailing it to PO Box 1545Eau Claire, 54702.

 

News and Notes

·        The Twin Cities Area Chapter of WordAlone/Lutheran CORE announces an open meeting featuring WA’s Educational Director Pastor Steve King on The Common Confession, that statement of belief that is at the foundation of LCMC, CORE and WordAlone.  It’s 7 p.m. Thursday, March 25that Roseville Lutheran Church1215 Roselawn Avenue in Roseville.  Details can be found atwww.tcwordalone.org or by calling Karen Stack at 612-889-5709.

 

·        The Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Matthew, our hosts and landlords, are starting yet another service.  Pastor Steve Rutter has asked us to announce a new Hispanic Mission Service.  Their first service will be held on Easter Sunday, April 4th at noon at St. Matthew’s.  It will be a bilingual service with songs of praise in Spanish.  More information can be acquired by calling the church at 834-4028.

 

·        An unusual musical treat comes to Eau Claire when the Harlem Gospel Choir comes to the State Theater at the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center Friday, March 25.  The choir travels the globe, sharing its joy of faith through music and raising funds for children’s charities.  Tickets for the 7:30 p.m.concert can be purchased by calling the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center at 715-832-2787, or by going online at www.eauclairearts.com.

 

·        Steering Committee meets Tuesday night, March 23 at the church.  Will spend most of the meeting focusing on

 

·        Watch and listen for news about our Adopt A Highway road!

 

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

 

·        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.

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