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WORDS OF FAITH - November 18, 2010

posted Nov 18, 2010, 9:07 PM by Matt Anderson

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

November 18, 2010


Goodbye!  Hello!

In our first worship service on January 31, Pastor Anderson reminded us that we – the people – are the church.  Our shared experience in the nine months since has confirmed that we can be a church without our own building.


Now, we get the chance to see what kind of church we can be with a building.


As anticipated in our last Words of Faith, the sale of the church building at 1704 Hogeboom, Eau Claire was finalized on November 5.  Since then, several members and friends have been working in the church to get it ready for worship.  The basement floor has been re-done.  The altar has been sanded and stained.  Banners have been created.  Appliances have been fixed and replaced.  A sign has been ordered. All in preparation for Faith Lutheran Mission Church – that congregation of people – to enter for worship and fellowship next week.  Here’s a look at what God has in store:


Sunday, November 21

We celebrate our final worship at The Lutheran Church of St. Matthew, which has been our home from our organizational meeting January 13 through the 44 Sundays with 5 p.m. worship followed by food and fellowship, including our chartering Sunday and our first Easter worship.


As yet another sample of the gracious hospitality that has overflowed from our “landlords,” Pastor Steve Rutter of St. Matthew’s will lead our final worship at his congregation’s building on Sunday at 5 p.m.  As he looks forward to the opportunity to bid us farewell, let us also embrace him with the warmth that we have taken from that place.  As usual, food and fellowship will follow.  Let us leave a blessing at the Lutheran Church of St. Matthew.


Wednesday, November 24

We dedicate our new church home, appropriately, with a Thanksgiving Eve service at 7 p.m. November 24.  This will be a lay-led service, with three homilies from FLMC members Vern Doenier, Laban Miller and Janet Parkhurst, and an anthem from our choir.  Come ready to worship, praise and sing to God for all he has done for us individually and as a congregation. Fellowship – with pie – will follow!


Sunday, November 28

Faith Lutheran Mission Church launches a new era in our brief history by moving to Sunday morning worship at the beginning of a new church year.  The 9 a.m. service on the first Sunday in Advent Rev. Paul Bittner.  Rev. Bittner retired from St. John Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Fall Creek ten years ago.  He’s an active Amateur Radio Operator, and has used his hobby to open doors to mission fields in Latvia, Russia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.  Food and fellowship will follow (what, you thought we were going to stop eating just because we moved into our own building?).


Dressing the Building for the Christmas Season

The worship committee invites members and friends to come together to prepare our new building for the Advent and Christmas season.  The decorating party/get together/chili feed will take place the afternoon of December 4.  Watch the bulletin for details!


December Worship Dates and Pastors

9 a.m. Sunday, December 5: 

·        Rev. Daniel Brue (LCMC) of Rochester, Minnesota

9 a.m. Sunday, December 12:

·        Rev. Mark Richardson (LCMC) of Dresser, Wisconsin

9 a.m. Sunday, December 19:

·        Service of Lessons and Carols

7 p.m. Friday, December 24

·        Christmas Eve Service

9 a.m. Sunday, December 26

·        Pastor to be announced

9 a.m.  Sunday, January 2

·        Rev. Joe Schultz (LCMS Retired) of Eau Claire


Executive Committee News

Roland Larson, FLMC’s treasurer, has resigned from the church council.  Congregation President LaMoine Parkhurst announced that council member Dale Johnson has accepted appointment to the treasurer position effective immediately, joining LaMoine, Vice-President Chuck Olson and Secretary Trista Anderson on the executive committee. 


Roland’s resignation leaves a vacancy on the council.  LaMoine says the congregation will have an opportunity to replace the position at the Annual Meeting, which will take place in January.


Financial Secretary Being Sought

By the way, beginning in January, the congregation will be looking for a volunteer who would be willing to keep track of records for our congregational giving.  Jan Parkhurst has served in that role since the congregation’s organization in January of this year.  Do you feel God’s calling to take this on?  If so, contact LaMoine or Chuck, who can let you know what the job entails.


Mission Update

A reminder that the mission offerings for the month of November are being split between the World Mission Prayer League and Feed My People’s Weekend Program for Kids.  Faith Lutheran Mission Church sets aside 20% of its weekly offerings to programs and projects designed to spread God’s love in our community and the world. 


Jan Parkhurst reports that one of our other mission partners, the Ganong Family, is grateful for FLMC’s wonderful response to the Books for Guinea Christmas Project.  Here’s a report from Jan:

Seventeen books were ordered for the pre-school/kindergarten children and have been shipped to Global Outreach for Christ.  Some titles included “The Berenstain Bears’ Big Book of Science and Nature,” “A Child’s Book of Art: Great Pictures-First Words,” “How Flowers Grow,” “Eggs and Chicks” and more.  They will be delivered to Guineain December with some laypeople who plan to travel there to help with some projects.  Tina Ganong has sent a thank you to FLMC via e-mail and is looking forward to receiving the books for their library.  Your generosity is appreciated.


Memorial Gifts

Gifts to Faith Lutheran Mission Church’s memorial fund were given in remembrance of Viola King, mother of Sarah (David) Seanor, grandmother of Kristine (Dave) Behling and great-grandmother of Kayla Shoemaker.  The gifts were given by Indianhead Insurance Agency, Laban and Sylvia Miller, Bob and Elaine Moore and the King/Seanor family and friends.  Memorial contributions will go to FLMC’s Building Fund.


Please prayerfully consider making a special financial gift to the Building Fund to help with repair and remodeling costs of our new church home.  Contact any church council member for further information.


Choir Schedule

The Faith Lutheran Mission Church choir, directed by Bob Lamont, rehearses Monday at 7 p.m. at the new church, in preparation to sing for both Thanksgiving Eve service and the November 28th service.  December rehearsal schedule will be announced soon.


LCMC Newsletter Available – Article on Highway 53-63 Gathering Included

The quarterly newsletter of Lutheran Congregations in Mission For Christ, “By the Word,” is not out.  LCMC’s new Service Coordinator, Mark Vander Tuig has an excellent article to lead it out, challenging congregations to be people of prayer, mission minded, dedicated to training and equipping people for God’s service, and committed to staying connected.  Go tohttp://www.lcmc.net/newsletters/4thqtr2010newsletter.pdf to find the full 16-page newsletter.  Some paper copies will be on hand at Sunday’s service.


By the way, a photo of the FLMC Choir is on page 14 of the newsletter within a full-page article on the gathering of four northwestern Wisconsin LCMC congregations at Stanfold Lutheran in Rice Lake this summer.  They look good!


Clear Lake Church Takes First Vote to Leave ELCA

First Lutheran Church of Clear Lake (Polk County) on Sunday voted to begin the process of disaffiliation with the ELCA.  The vote margin was 120-27, and 82%-18% margin (67% was required to move the process forward).  In order to complete the process, the congregation is required by its church constitution to wait at least 90 days, during which they must consult with the Northwest Wisconsin Synod bishop Duane Pederson.  If a second vote to disaffiliate receives the required super-majority, the ELCA Synod Council then must give final approval in order for First to extract itself.  Pray for that congregation, led by Rev. Bryan Anderson, son of FLMC member Jean Anderson.


Prayer Chain

Our prayer chain is in place to lift up needs of members, friends and anyone who wishes to surround a person or a situation in prayer. Simply call Katie Evans with your request, and she’ll begin the request’s journey down the chain of prayer warriors in our congregation.  Would you like to be a member of the prayer chain?  Use the same number to reach Katie:  715-831-8797.


The Last Word

“We must make a great difference between God’s Word and the word of man.  A man’s word is a little sound, that flies into the air, and soon vanishes; but the Word of God is greater than heaven and earth.”                                   Martin Luther