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WORDS OF FAITH - March 4, 2010

posted Mar 4, 2010, 10:32 PM by Matt Anderson

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

March 4, 2010

 

Greetings on the only day that’s a command – March Fourth – as in, “Onward Christian Soldiers, Marching Forth to war!”  Okay, that’s a stretch, but it feels appropriate as Faith Lutheran Mission Church continues to move ahead in God’s name!

 

In the spirit of moving forward, we’re sending out a survey to those who have indicated interest in furthering the mission of Faith Lutheran Mission Church over the past month and a half.  The goal of the steering committee is to gather information we need to get a better feel for the needs of our membership and friends.  Please fill it out as best you can, and return it either by replying to the e-mail, or bringing it to the service on Sunday and giving it to Dean Kallenbach. 

 

Worship

Last Sunday a group of 68 worshipers gathered to pray, sing, praise God and proclaim His Word.  Pastor Tony Stoutenburg preached on “Jerusalem.”  At our post-service fellowship period, Pastor Tony updated us on some happenings within the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) and Lutheran CORE (Coalition for Renewal).  You may have recently seen the announcement about the development of a new denomination called the North American Lutheran Church, which Lutheran CORE is spearheading.  Pastor Tony promised to develop a comparison between this new organization and LCMC.  He’s completed it, and it’s attached.

 

Also, we received a visit and greeting from three members of our nearest fellow LCMC congregation, Stanfold Lutheran in Rice Lake.  Dick Petersen spoke briefly, saying hello on behalf of Stanfold, and invited our members to join them in worship when in the Rice Lake area.  There was also talk of a possible outdoor service in Stanfold’s pavilion this summer with other LCMC churches.

 

This Sunday, March 7, we greet Pastor Bill Christiansen, an LCMC pastor from Stevens Point.  His sermon is titled “Speak Gently, Tell the Truth, Be Brave and Yield to Joy!”  Looking ahead to the rest of March, our guest pastors will be Pastor Mark Richardson of Dresser (March 14) and Pastor Craig Nelson of Minong (March 21).

 

On Palm Sunday, March 28, we’ll be doing something a little different, and you’re invited to help!  The service will be a dramatic, worshipful reading of the Passion story interspersed with special music.  We’re still looking for two more readers – please contact Chuck Olson if you’d like to learn more.

 

There will be no choir practice this Sunday, but we will resume March 14 at 4:15 p.m. to rehearse not only for the service that night, but for some special music for Palm Sunday.  Thanks to Paul Kosower for coming early to play for our rehearsals.  Like to sing?  Just show up!

 

By the way, we received a nice note from Pastor Craig and Barb Nelson for the welcome extended to them and their children when he preached February 21.  Quoting the note...

It was so nice to meet you and you are a warm and friendly bunch.  We are so inspired by the stand you are taking and we admire your focus on giving to missions.  God will bless your faithfulness!  ‘Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever.’ Psalm 125:1”

 

Prayer

Remember, if you would like to be a part of the group that joins in prayer prior to the service, come to the north wing of the sanctuary (front and right as you enter) and join in.  Pray for the service to come and for our congregation, as well as any other things God lays on your heart.  And please, continue to include Faith LutheranMission Church and calling in your daily prayers – several folks are trying to take a break at 9 a.m. when possible to join together in that prayer support.

 

Please include in your prayers this week:

  • Stanfold Lutheran in Rice Lake, which takes its second vote to leave the ELCA this Sunday.
  • Geneva Lutheran Church in Illinois, which holds a special congregational meeting to vote on matters relating to a response to the ELCA’s Assembly actions in August.
  • Confessional ELCA pastors in northwestern Wisconsin who continue to come under attack from their peers and church leadership.
  • The good pastors who have been coming each week to lead our worship.

 

Fellowship

Our after-service meal and fellowship has been a real spark in moving our congregation forward quickly in knowing one another.  This week, it’s pot-luck Sunday.  Bring a dish to pass, and we’ll feast together!

 

Mission

The 20% of our offering that goes to outside mission was dedicated to Chippewa Valley Free Clinic and Feed My People for the month of February.  Both organizations received $525.70 checks.  This month, the Mission Task Force has decided to split the mission offering between LCMC Seminarian Fund (which helps LCMC pastors pay off their seminary loans) and Bolton Refuge House, which is undergoing a capital campaign to remodel a building to upgrade its service to adults in abusive relationships.  For April, the task force is suggesting Lutheran World Relief and Interfaith Hospitality Network as recipients.

 

You’ll recall we dedicated our January 31 mission offering to Beyond the River Academy’s Haiti Relief Fund.  We received a thank-you letter from BTRA in the past week, with some explanations on how the money is being used. The letter is attached.

 

Steering Committee

The steering committee continues to meet weekly for now.  We’ll be doing so for the next couple Tuesday nights at7 p.m. – setting aside 30 minutes at 7:30 to edit the sample constitution.  If you’d like to join us for all or part of that, please come March 9 to the fellowship hall (where we eat after the service).

 

Got a meeting?

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!

 

Suggestions?

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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Matt Anderson,
Mar 4, 2010, 10:43 PM
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Matt Anderson,
Mar 4, 2010, 10:43 PM
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