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WORDS OF FAITH - March 25, 2010

posted Mar 25, 2010, 10:07 PM by Matt Anderson   [ updated Mar 25, 2010, 10:16 PM ]

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

March 25, 2010


With all the abnormally warm weather we’ve been having, it’s easy to get lulled into a false sense of seasons.  This morning, I was walking into the Shopko Plaza when I encountered a woman wearing a thin sleeveless blouse.  It was about 28-degrees. She looked at me, shivering, and said, “I forgot to look at the weather this morning.”  Smark aleck that I am, I replied, “No – you forgot to look at a calendar – It’s March!”


Christian living can be a bit like that experience.  It’s easy to assume things based on our recent experiences, but our only assurance of truth is by digging into Scripture on a regular basis.  Our guest pastors have been delivering great teaching sermons since our first service January 31st, including Dr. Emory Johnson’s fascinating teaching on the Lord’s Supper, and its ties to Jewish tradition and culture.  Our upcoming Holy Week services promise to do the same.


In addition, Elaine Moore has announced that she will be starting a women’s Bible study “In Harmony with the Word,” on the first and third Wednesday nights of the month beginning April 21 at 7 p.m.  She’ll host the study, eight sessions on Matthew 5-7 written by Rev. Steven King, education director for WordAlone, at her home.  Elaine will have a sign-up for the study by the coffee machine in the fellowship hall the next couple of Sundays.  Cost of the booklet is $2.50, and early sign-up is encourage so enough booklets are ordered.  Elaine says “Real biblical study is more than just a conversation amongst ourselves; it is an opportunity to hear God himself speak to us through his Word.”  All women are invited – and bring your friends!


Bob Moore is also planning a congregational Bible study, with details soon to come!


Palm Sunday Worship and Fellowship

Several members of the congregation have been preparing to lead us in worship on March 28th at the special Palm Sunday service, “Cry of the Whole Congregation.”  The service, written by noted Lutheran scholar and author Rev. Walter Wangerin, Jr., brings the story of Holy Week to life, using passage from scripture, dramatic reading and special music.  Come, and bring your friends to the service at 5 p.m. Sunday night.


Fellowship meal will follow as always.  This week, the menu will include ham and scalloped potatoes. 


Easter Sunday

Pastor William Rice of Tomah will preside over the first Easter Sunday service in the history of Faith Lutheran Mission Church. Pastor Rice has been a Lutheran pastor for 36 years, serving parishes in Ettrick and Ridgeland before beginning a 20-year stint as a chaplain in the US Air Force.  After he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2001, he became the senior pastor at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Tomah, and has been in that position since.  Join us for his resurrection message and the singing of some great traditional Easter hymns.  Food and fellowship will follow.


You will have an opportunity to sponsor an Easter lily or a butterfly balloon for our April 4 service in memory or honor of a loved one.  The balloons and lilies will be used to decorate the sanctuary and fellowship hall.  Cost is $8, and the money and sponsor sheet will be collected in a basket by the coffee machine in the fellowship hall this coming Sunday.    



Our Palm Sunday offering will conclude our mission collection for the Bolton Refuge House and the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) Seminarian Fund.  We’ve been dedicating 10% of our weekly offerings for each of those organizations throughout March. 


We continue our “first fruits” set-aside of 20% in April.  The month’s mission targets are Lutheran World Relief, which targets humanitarian needs throughout the world and provides disaster assistance, and Interfaith Hospitality Network, which provides services to homeless families in the Chippewa Valley through its downtown Eau Claire shelter Beacon House.


Looking for a Sign?

You’ll find the name of Faith Lutheran Mission Church on a couple of road signs south of Eau Claire on County Trunk Highway II.  That’s right, we’ve adopted a two-mile stretch of that highway.  As the adoptive organization, we agree to remove litter from the sides of that road a few times per year.  Our first cleanup has been scheduled for Saturday, April 17.  Jack Daniel, the project manager for our congregation, says we’ll meet at the Corner Store at the corner of 93 and “Double-I” at 10 a.m. that morning.  Garbage bags and bright yellow vests will be provided, but Jack says to “bring your own extension picker if you don’t want to bend over a couple hundred times.”  Contact Jack at 878-4812 if you have questions.


Odds and Ends

·        The steering committee meets on Wednesday at the church, beginning at 7 p.m. in the church library.


·        Lutheran CORE has put out its March newsletter, which can be found at www.lutherancore.org/newsletters.  Full of interesting articles about CORE, the ELCA and other aspects of Lutheran reform.


·        On April 11, Pastor Rice’s congregation, Gloria Dei in Tomah, will be taking its second vote to leave the ELCA.  If two thirds of the congregation vote to leave, they will have terminated their relationship with ELCA.  Gloria Dei is already a member of LCMC.  Please pray for that congregation that it might abide in unity and God’s will.


·        Pray for our congregation and its protection from the forces of Satan every morning at 9 a.m., wherever you are.  And join the prayer group at 4:45 each Sunday prior to services in the north wing of the sanctuary.


·        We’re still waiting for several of the surveys to be turned in.  Please email your survey to Dean Kallenbach at deankallenbach(at)aol.com, or mail it to the church at PO Box 1545Eau Claire, 54702.


·        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!


·        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.


·        No newsletter next week.


Bulletin Bloopers

As the guy who makes at least one mistake in the bulletin each week, I was comforted to know I wasn’t alone.  Here are some bloopers taken from actual church bulletins.


·        Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered.

·        The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious hostility.

·        Potluck supper Sunday at 5 p.m. – prayer and medication to follow.