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WORDS OF FAITH - May 19, 2011

posted May 26, 2011, 8:00 PM by Matt Anderson

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

May 19, 2011

Special Mission Offering This Sunday

Faith Lutheran Mission Church dedicates 20% of its Sunday offerings to missions outside the congregation.  For the month of May we had decided to split the mission offering between the Ethiopian Church Releif Fund and the Grace Lutheran (Eau Claire) television ministry, as reported in the April 30 issue.


However, since May has five Sundays, and due to the need in the southern US from the devastating tornadoes they’ve experienced, the mission committee has recommended, and the council has approved having all the mission offering for this Sunday, May 22, go to tornado relief in the south, via a fellow Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ congregation, Christ the King Lutheran Church in Birmingham, Alabama.


Pastor Scott Hawkins from Christ the King provided this update May 5th:

I am amazed at how short the national media’s attention is, but there is still a disaster taking place in Alabama. There are people who still have no power. There are people with trees on their houses and living at friends or relatives houses. There are places that when you face one direction you see the beauty of Alabama and then turn around and see mass destruction. About 3/4 of the counties in our state have been declared Emergency Disaster Areas from FEMA! 

Our church has been working with other local churches and we have sent four truck loads of supplies to different counties. We have had two work days with a third coming up on Saturday to go and serve the people affected by the storms by unloading trailers, chopping trees or cleaning up yards. We are going to cook food and baked goods for the volunteers at a local Red Cross center this Sunday. We have nurses from our church serving the people in the food through the Red Cross. We are going to do a blood drive on Sunday to replenish the supply that has been lost. If anyone asks where is God when things hurt, He is in the local church!

What can you do? You can pray for the people of the south who were affected by the storms and for the volunteers who are serving them. We are continuing to accept donations to use in our relief effort. We have put together a team of people to focus on the long term recovery from the storms. You can email them at 
ALtornadorelief@gmail.com for ways to volunteer or do mission trips. 

I am trying to remember that this is not a sprint but a marathon. Please help the people of the south by being the cloud of witnesses cheering on those who are serving in this crisis. 

Blessings to you all and thank you for everything that you have done. 


By the way, Pastor Fred Sauder of Eau Claire returns to lead our worship on the 22nd.


And, our final midweek evening Vesper/Prayer service will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 25.

Volunteers Drivers and Visitors Sought

Efforts are underway to expand the list of volunteers who would be interested in providing rides for individuals who need transportation to church, medical appointments and other needs.  The Member Care and Services Committee is also seeking individuals who would visit members in the hospital, nursing homes or those who are homebound.  Contact Katie Evans – 715-831-8797 – if you would like to help or learn more.


News and Notes:

·        After preaching at Faith Lutheran Mission Church on the morning of May 8, Pastor Mark Richardson, service coordinator for the Augustana District of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ, held an educational session about LCMC at Grace Lutheran Church in Eau Claire.  Nearly 90 people were in attendance, including some from our congregation.  Another education session was held tonight as that congregation continues to move forward.

·        Hope Lutheran Church of Ladysmith held its first vote to disaffiliate from the ELCA on Sunday, May 15.  The vote resulted in more than 85% favoring to leave the ELCA, more than the two-thirds majority required to continue the process.  The next step in the process will be a consultation with the ELCA’s Northwest Wisconsin Synod Bishop Duane Pederson.  After at least 90 days and that consultation, the congregation may hold a second vote.  If two-thirds or more again vote to leave and join another Lutheran organization at that time, the only ELCA congregation in Ladysmith will have removed itself from that organization. Reports are that Bishop Pederson has already authorized another ELCA worship community in Ladysmith.

·        This Sunday is another big day at Hope in Ladysmith, as it will ordain a daughter of the congregation.  Jody Becker, who worshipped at Faith Lutheran Mission Church once this winter, invites anyone to attend her ordination at Hope at 3 p.m. on Sunday.  The Bishop of the North American Lutheran Church (NALC) Paull Spring will preside over the service.  Following the service, there will be a picnic in Hawkins, 20 miles east of Ladysmith.  Rev. Becker, who received her Master of Divinity degree from Luther Northwestern Seminary earlier this month, has been called to serve Bethel Lutheran Church of Hawkins and Bethany Lutheran Church of Catawba, which are associated both with NALC and LCMC after leaving the ELCA last month.  Rev. Becker has been serving both congregations while attending seminary for the past three years.

·Peter Rimmereid, another recent Luther grad who preached at Faith Lutheran Mission Church this winter, will be ordained on Sunday, June 5 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Bloomer, his home congregation.  Two weeks later, Peter will be installed as pastor at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Dresser at it’s 10 a.m. service. The ordination Sunday will be the last in the pulpit at St. John’s for its long time pastor, Peter’s father Bruce Rimmereid.  As reported in the last issue, Bruce Rimmereid announced his resignation from St. John’s after the congregation failed in its effort to extract itself from the ELCA in a vote last month.

·        There are new beginnings in Bloomer, however.   A new congregation is forming, initially from people who were members of St. Johns, but made the decision they could not stay with their congregation if it was staying in the ELCA.  They have held several organizational meetings (including one in which a small contingent from Faith Lutheran Mission Church shared experiences of starting anew), and have a steering committee dealing with key details, including incorporation and naming.  The as-yet-unnamed congregation will have its first worship at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 22 at the Bloomer Senior/Civic Center on Duncan Road.  At last report, it appears Pastor Jerry Hibbard of Stanfold Lutheran in Rice Lake will be leading that initial worship.

·        Please be in prayer for a conference coming up this weekend in Waupaca sponsored by Lutheran CORE (Coalition for Renewal) of Wisconsin.  The conference entitled “Strength for Today..Bright Hope for Tomorrow…the Journey of Discipleship” takes place Sunday 2-5:30 p.m.  The conference is for inspiration, learning, and mutual encouragement for all orthodox Lutherans in Wisconsin.

·        Our friends in the Twin Cities Area Chapter of WordAlone/Lutheran CORE are having an open meeting Thursday, May 26 featuring Dr. Hans Wiersma, Asst. Professor of Religion at Augsburg College.  Dr. Wiersma will speak on the subject, “Feathers and All: Luther, Lutherans and the Holy Spirit,” dealing with such questions as how Lutheran understanding of the Holy Spirit lines up with the Biblical witness, and to the understanding of others.  The event takes place at Roseville Lutheran Church, 1214 West Roselawn Avenue in Roseville.  If you’d like to learn more, call 612-889-5709, or e-mail wordalonespas@aol.com.

·        Pastor Hibbard reminds us that Faith Lutheran Mission Church and the other confessional Lutheran congregations of northwestern Wisconsin are invited to a joint service in Stanfold’s outdoor pavilion Sunday, July 31.  The FLMC Choir plans a musical offering, and a picnic will be part of the festivities as well.  The service coordinator for Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ, Mark Vander Tuig, will provide the message.

·        A good crew helped clean up the roadway of Faith Lutheran Mission Church’s 
Adopt-A-Highway, two miles of County II south of town on Saturday, May 7.  That afternoon, there was a cleanup day at the church as well.  Thanks to all who helped.

·        Congratulations to Martin Stephenson, who celebrated his 90th birthday earlier this month. 

·Would you like to become a member of Faith Lutheran Mission Church?  Reply to this newsletter (if you receive it electronically), or contact a council member any Sunday to get more information on membership.

The Last Word

“An upright shepherd and minister must improve his flock by edification, and also resist and defend it; otherwise, if resisting be absent, the wolf devours the sheep.”

                                                                                    Martin Luther