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Words of Faith - November 1, 2011

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WORDS OF FAITH

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

November 1, 2011

 

The Pastor’s Message

By Rev. Nick Henseler

 

Psalm 95:2; “Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.”

 

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! And we have so much to be thankful for! Even though we mourn the loss of our dear sister Linda Buck, we can still be so thankful for all of her contributions towards the formation of Faith Lutheran Mission Church. We will miss her!

 

Yet, knowing Linda for the short time I have, she would have wanted us to continue our mission here at FLMC of reaching out to the community, the region, and the rest of the world with the gracious love of Jesus Christ. That’s why “mission” is part of the name of our church. Do I hear an “Amen?!!?”

 

We are SO thankful for the blessings that have been lavished upon this church, and I truly believe it is because we are being obedient to what God has called us to do as a church. Have a GREAT Thanksgiving everyone!!

 

                                                                                                Pr. Nick

 

Funeral for Linda Buck Planned for November 8

Linda Buck of Eau Claire, a charter member of Faith Lutheran Mission Church, passed away early Sunday, October 30 after a long illness.  Linda and her husband Dick signed on to the original commitment to for FLMC in January of 2010, and were among those who signed the charter when it was approved in June of that year. 

 

The funeral has been scheduled for 11 a.m. on Tuesday, November 8th at Faith Lutheran Mission Church, with Pastor Nick Henseler officiating.  Further arrangements have yet to be announced at this time of this publication, but are being managed by Evergreen Funeral Home, and will be loaded onto the obituary page as they become available at http://www.evergreenfuneralhome.com/obituaries.phtml.

 

Please remember Dick and his family in your prayers.

 

Installation Service for Pastor Nick Set for November 13

The Installation Service for Pastor Nick Henseler will take place on Sunday, November 13 at 3 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Mission Church.  We expect several pastors and friends of the congregation to attend, and it should be a meaningful and Spirit-filled service as we celebrate with Pastor Henseler and his family.  There will be a time of food and fellowship following the service as well.  Join us!

 

Gospel Study by Pastor Henseler Begins This Month

Starting on November 2, our Wednesday evening worship services will be starting a new study of the Gospels.  Pastor Nick will be talking about the who/where/when and why of how the Gospels were formed and most importantly what was the reason the Gospel writers wrote what they did.  The next few weeks, we will then look at how each of the Gospel authors wrote about the life and ministry of Jesus.  Come join us at 7 p.m. on Wednesday evenings.

 

All Saints Sunday to Include Candle Lighting

Sunday, November 6 is All Saints Sunday, and the service will include a special segment during which those attending may light a candle in honor of a loved one who has died in Christ.  Thanks in advance to Hartwick Hanson, who built a candle holder for use in this and future ceremonies involving individual candles.

 

Hannah’s Hands Meets November 7

All women are invited to the Hannah’s Hands Bible Study, which will meet at the church November 7th at 7 p.m.  The lesson for November is “I Am the Way, the Truth and the Life,” based on Isaiah 35:4-10 and John 14: 1-14.

 

Evangelism Course Concludes

The four-part series of live Internet-based classes “How God Grows Churches” concluded Sunday, October 30.  The Sunday night lectures on evangelism by Rev. Dr. Frederick Balz, President of the Institute of Lutheran Theology drew an average of 20 people for the four nights.  The final evening consisted of a panel discussion among Jaynan Clark, President of WordAlone Ministries and recent founder of The Disciple Ship, an online resource designed to be catalyst for evangelism in the United States and Canada; Larry Johnson, Executive Director of Youth Encounter; and Rich Reilly, and LCMC Pastor in El Paso, Illinois.

 

Rev. Clark pointed out the evangelism for the Christian should be as natural as breathing.  “It’s all about Jesus and zero about us,” she said.  “We contribute zero to the equation.  That means we’re free to go do (evangelism), but our fear of failure causes us to sit.”  She went on to point out that the only way to fail is not to go.

 

After the session, Pastor Henseler led a discussion on how Faith Lutheran Mission Church should help its members become better evangelists.  He said he has specific training in that area, and looks forward to helping to equip our membership to make disciples.

 

Joint Thanksgiving Eve Service at Grace Lutheran Church Takes Shape

The congregations of Grace Lutheran Church and Faith Lutheran Mission Church will gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing at a Thanksgiving Eve service Wednesday, November 23.  The service will be held at Grace, 202 West Grand Avenue in Eau Claire at 7 p.m.  Pastor Nick Henseler will deliver the sermon, and the Faith Lutheran Mission Church choir will sing, as will the choir from Grace.

 

Attendees are invited to bring non-perishable food items to the service for the Grace Food Pantry.  Children of the congregations will then bring the food from the narthex to the altar at a particular point of the service. 

 

The Thanksgiving Eve service will be the first joint service of Eau Claire’s two Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) churches.

 

Grace Leaders Describe Journey to Join LCMC in Golden Valley Event

The Twin Cities chapter of WordAlone/Lutheran CORE hosted an event at Calvary Lutheran Church in Golden Valley Thursday, October 27 at which Senior Pastor Rolf Nestingen and Congregation President Anne Carter of Grace Lutheran Church in Eau Claire shared their incredible story of that congregation’s emergence from despair to joy as it chose to join LCMC.

 

The title of the presentation was “Experience Grace: The Story of One Congregation’s Attempt to Leave the ELCA.”  Pastor Nestingen told the crowd of about 90 attendees (including five members of our congregation) that in every challenge and crisis the pastors, council and congregation faces, God delivers a blessing. 

 

Anne told those gathered that, while we may have an idea or a hope or a dream of what should happen, “when we agree to work with God on a ‘plan’, we are not in control. He is.”  The Grace president also had some words about Faith Lutheran Mission Church in her address, saying, “Thank you to Faith Lutheran Church in Eau Claire. They prayed for us. And I know there were times when they prayed really, really hard. They had courage to take a stand, and they have supported us as we have struggled to do what’s right.”

 

If you would like to read Anne Carter’s prepared address, it’s available on the Grace Lutheran web site at http://grace-church.org/newsandevents.html.  The Twin Cities WordAlone chapter plans to make a DVD of the evening available soon.  You can watch for that at www.tcwordalone.org.

 

World Mission Prayer League, Salvation Army Target of November Missions

Since its inception, Faith Lutheran Mission Church has given 20% of its weekly offerings to causes that further the work of Christ outside our congregation.  In November, the World Mission Prayer League and the Salvation Army of the Chippewa Valley will share in the receipts.

 

World Mission Prayer League is a Lutheran community in the mission of God, committed to prayer and evangelizing throughout the world, with some 6,000 member and 120 full-time workers serving 19 countries.

 

Salvation Army of the Chippewa Valley gathers donations throughout the year, but is especially prominent in the season of Advent is it gathers money to tend the needs of the poor and hungry in this community.

 

News and Notes:

·        A straw poll taken during fellowship a couple of weeks ago revealed most folks present that day would support hiring out to clean the church and to shovel the sidewalks, and would also contribute to a fund to support paying to have that work done.  The council will consider those ideas at its next meeting November 21.

 

·        A survey of the congregation is planned on Sunday November 20 to determine the congregation’s preference regarding how often communion should be served (every Sunday or alternating Sundays).  The council plans to make a decision on communion frequency that would take effect in January.

 

·        Grace Lutheran Church invites our congregation to attend its  Bazaar and Bake Sale Saturday, November 5 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., featuring lefse and other Scandinavian delicacies, olds treasures and a silent auction.  Breakfast and lunch served by the Men of Grace will be available for purchase.

 

·        Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 3 as you and your church friends decorate the sanctuary in anticipation of the Advent and Christmas seasons.  You’re invited to bring a pot of chili, which will be merged with everyone else’s chili.  The fun starts and 3 p.m., with the meal starting around 5 p.m. after the decorating is done.

 

·        Did you notice a new addition to the sign outside the church?  It now contains Pastor Henseler’s name!  Check it out!

 

·        Watch the bulletin boards in the fellowship hall for the latest council minutes and treasurer’s report.

 

·        It’s “Fall Back” this weekend as Daylight Savings Time ends.  Worst case scenario – you forget to set your clock back an hour before going to bed Saturday night, and you arrive at church an hour early.  If you should do this, simply put the coffee on, smile and greet everyone else as they come in, and you’ll turn your forgetfulness into a blessing!

 

The Last Word

There is no wisdom save in truth. Truth is everlasting, but our ideas about truth are changeable. Only a little of the first fruits of wisdom, only a few fragments of the boundless heights, breadths and depths of truth, have I been able to gather.                                                                                                                 Martin Luther

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