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WORDS OF FAITH - May 6, 2010

posted May 15, 2010, 10:53 PM by Matt Anderson

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

May 6, 2010

 

  1. God loves us dearly.
  2. Obey God’s commands
  3. Confess your sins and receive forgiveness
  4. Forgive

 

Those are the Four Foundations of Faith as described Sunday by Pastor Craig Nelson.  Simple, but profound.  Clear, but a mystery beyond our understanding.  Four short phrases that provide a blueprint for our lives.  Thanks for the reminder, Pastor Nelson, and thanks to Barb Nelson for playing piano for our worship on Sunday.

 

The sermon was a great lead-in to our fellowship discussion, in which Janet and LaMoine Parkhurst and Betty Donier shared observations and inspiration derived from the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) Leadership Conference in Omaha, Nebraska April 25-27 (Vern Donier was there, too…but had another commitment Sunday). 

 

LaMoine shared that the experience was strongly spiritual – that he felt the presence of the Holy Spirit and saw it in the face of others.  “This is not a synod convention.”  He said a common theme is that we have the ability to sustain through any circumstance if we hold to our truths.

 

Janet shared that Sunday night’s speaker Christine Nelson of Sandy, Utah talked about what it’s like to be free in Christ, and described the task of the Christian in the world to pray, listen and move out in obedience.

 

LaMoine said the favorite speaker was pastor/snowboarder and author of the book “How to Set your Church on Fire without Burning it Down” David Householder.  He said every church needs to pass the parking lot test – stand in the parking lot and count how many people bring their Bibles into church.  That focus on God’s word leads to action – the key is mission...looking outward. 

 

Other observations shared include:

  • The Bible will sometime make us uncomfortable, but God still speaks.
  • Any congregation relying only on disenfranchised Lutherans from other churches will quickly flatline.
  • The most fertile age group for evangelism is 18-25 – they’re the least evangelized and the most open – but we may need to learn to Twitter!  Or is that Tweet?
  • Choose a Bible version, and stick to it 20 years.
  • There are fifty LCMC pastors ready to accept a call, plus an additional 80 outstanding applications for certification. 
  • The LCMC is now endorsing military chaplains.
  • “What does one do when it is the father who is prodigal?

 

LaMoine also said Dave Drumm of Tuscon, Arizona spoke on the fact that the Great Commission (“Go into the world and make disciples of all the nations.”) makes a great one word vision (“Go”) and one word mission (“Make”) statement for a church.  So, asks Pastor Drumm, “How is your go-ing going?”

 

So, How is Our Go-ing Going?

The steering committee spent a good part of Tuesday night’s meeting dealing with that question.  Next week, watch for a detailed timetable we’re proposing for the congregation, which will include a date for chartering and approving a constitution, electing a church council, establishing a budget, calling a pastor, and finding a place for morning worship. It’s an aggressive timetable, and we’ll need your full engagement in the process as we seek to place this church fully within God’s will. 

 

By the way, are you a member?  We’ve got you as a Yes to that question if you’ve told us so in one of three ways:

  • You signed the statement that creating the congregation at our organizational meeting January 13.
  • You told us so on one of the information cards available each week at worship\
  • You indicated so in the survey we sent out in March.

 

If you want to be a member, but haven’t taken one of the above steps (or aren’t sure), please let us know by hitting reply (if you get the newsletter electronically) or by filling out an information card on a Sunday in May.

 

Women of Faith Remembered on Mothers Day

Dr. Emory Johnson of Siren joins us to preach Sunday, the sixth Sunday of Easter which also happens to be Mothers Day, and his sermon will be on “Women of Faith.”  Thanks to Pastor Johnson, who is pinch-hitting on short notice for Pastor Tony Stoutenburg, who had a conflict arise.  Pastor Tony will be back with us soon!

 

Fellowship News

There’s been a slight change of plans regarding food during fellowship.  There was talk of cutting back to desserts only for the summer months, but a group of folks has stepped up to volunteer to make certain we’ll continue to have a light meal (sandwiches & desserts) after each service.  This is strong endorsement for the great work done by our fellowship task force members…that bonding time after church has accelerated our ability to move forward.  Thanks to all who have helped with this, and all who have committed to helping!

 

Missions

We got this note from Gerald L. Wilkie, executive director at Bolton Refuge House for our March mission offering to them.

Thank you, thank you!  We would like to take this opportunity to thank Faith Lutheran Mission Churchfor the very generous donation of $502.15.  This contribution enables us to continue to assist abused women and children in the community. 

 

Your gift will help address the immediate needs of our clients and their children.  Bolton Refuge House provides safe shelter, support groups, economic and legal advocacy, children’s programs, a transitional living program, and other services that would not be possible without generous contributions such as yours.

 

Great ideas continue to flow in regarding individual missionaries that you’re supporting.  Keep ‘em coming!

 

Hmong Mission Notes

The Hmong Lutheran Mission of Eau Claire, which also worships at the Lutheran Church of St. Matthew on Sunday afternoons (at 2 p.m.), has a few announcements to share:

  • They’re hosting a dinner Monday night, May 10 at 6 p.m. in the church fellowship hall.  The meal, catered by Jade Garden with egg rolls provided by the ladies of the congregation and a dessert from Culvers, costs $8 at the door.  After the meal, we’ll hear from Pastors Neal and Joe, as well as testimonies shared a couple members of the congregation.
  • The Hmong Mission’s Vacation Bible School will be held in late August at St. Matthew’s.  Want to help? Transportation, shepherding, lunch supervision and crafts are all needs.  Call 834-4028 if you can lend a hand!
  • If you would like to give a special offering to the Hmong Mission, you may write your check to Hmong Lutheran Mission of Eau Claire, and send it to 1915 Hogeboom Ave, 54701.
  • Please keep Pastor Neal and his family, and the entire mission in your prayers.  Pray that the Hmong people in the community can be reached with the message of Jesus through this ministry.

 

Calendar Items

·        Tuesday, May 11:  Steering Committee meets in an effort to finalize the draft constitution and by-laws.  7 p.m. at the church.

 

·        Wednesday, May 12:  Bible Study “We Still Believe” led by Bob Moore at the church.  All are welcome!

 

·        Saturday, May 22:  LCMC Augustana District Constituting Convention, 10 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, Hutchinson, Minnesota (www.augustanadistrict.com).

 

·        June 13-14:  ReClaim’s Fourth Annual Worship Conference at Luther Seminary, St. Paul

 

The Last Word

Welcome home to PFC Arrian Lundquist, back from U.S. Marine Corps schooling in Missouri for a few days before his deployment to Okinawa, Japan.  Arrian is brother to Luke, and son to Todd and Karla.

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