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WORDS OF FAITH - September 2, 2010

posted Sep 3, 2010, 7:34 PM by Matt Anderson   [ updated Sep 3, 2010, 7:59 PM ]

An occasional newsletter for the members and friends of Faith Lutheran Mission Church of Eau Claire
September 2, 2010 
Congregation Decides to Acquire Building

A special congregational meeting held August 29 resulted in Faith Lutheran Mission Church deciding to purchase the former Victory Baptist Church at 1704 Hogeboom in Eau Claire.  Pending a favorable appraisal, the decision will likely mean Faith Lutheran Mission Church, which has been worshipping at 5 p.m. Sundays at the Lutheran Church of St. Matthew since its establishment in January, will begin Sunday morning services at its new location early this fall. 

Specifically, the congregation, on a unanimous voice vote, elected to seek the purchase of the property financed by Security Financial Bank.

Victory Baptist Church disbanded earlier in the summer, and clearing the mortgage would enable them to conclude that process.  That congregation offered the building to Faith Lutheran Mission Church because it wanted to see the property used as a church by a Bible-believing congregation.  

In the coming days, the building will be appraised to make certain its value is adequate for Security to make the loan.  If all goes well from that perspective, the congregation council will develop a plan for preparing the building for use. 

After the conclusion of the meeting, the congregation applauded as it looks forward to moving into its new home. 

Pastoral Call Process

The call committee continues to gather applications from prospective pastors.  Some interviews have occured, and details of congregational opportunities to meet and talk to candidates will be discussed in a separate note. 

Worship Update

Thanks to Pastor Tom Anderson, who delivered an energetic, spirit-filled address despite having just flown in from a conference in Houston, Texas.  This Sunday, Rev. Gerald Hibbard of Chetek, pastor of Stanfold Lutheran Church in Rice Lake, will lead worship. 

September Missions

The 20% mission offering for September will be split between the LCMC Seminarian Loan Fund and Interfaith Hospitality Network of Eau Claire.  The LCMC fund is for recent seminary graduates who are serving LCMC congregations.  They can submit grant requests, and the LCMC Board of Trustees divides the available funds among qualified applicants.   

IHN serves homeless families in the Eau Claire area from Beacon House in downtown Eau Claire.  The network, developed by congregations throughout the community, celebrates its 15thAnniversary September 11th at Carson Park’s Oak Pavilion.  The event includes at 8 a.m. worship service, a Hike for the Homeless at 9:30 and a carnival at 10 a.m., which includes a “Build-a-Shelter” contest.  More details are available by calling Beacon House at 715-834-4357. 

Seminary News

The Institute of Lutheran Theology’s president Dennis Bielfeldt recently forwarded a note to members of our congregation.  We’ll forward his note separately from this message, but they ask us to consider putting ILT in on the annual budget of our congregation.  You’ll recall ILT Dean of Students Julie Smith preached at Faith Lutheran Mission Church earlier this summer.  In addition to training pastors for LCMC and similar congregations seeking Biblically-grounded and confessionally-trained pastors, the institute is also offering “Word and Work” courses for congregational use.  You can learn more about ILT at www.ilt.org. 

LCMC Reaches Milestone 

Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ welcomed its 500th member congregation August 22.  Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Morris, Minnesota, a new mission start congregation, voted to join LCMC and was accepted on that date.  LCMC has more than doubled in numbers since August of 2009 after the ELCA’s vote to liberalize its position on moral issues. 

Speaking of LCMC, it celebrates its 10th anniversary with its annual gathering October 3-6 in Golden Valley, Minnesota.  All are welcome!  Go to www.lcmc.net to learn more. 

News from Neighbors

The new Peace Community Church north of Ridgeland on State Highway 25 filled its small church to near capacity Sunday, August 29th.  The congregation, which formed after Dallas Lutheran Church failed to extract itself from the ELCA in a congregational vote, worships in the former Wisconsin Synod St. Paul’s Lutheran Church building.  Gary Borgen, one of the new congregation’s organizers, described the service as “Awesome,” the spirited singing.  The service was led by recent seminary graduate Deb Bottjen Licata, the daughter of long-time Dallas Lutheran preacher Dwayne Bottjen, who was also in attendance.  67 people were on hand in the church, which holds about 70.  The congregation continues to seek your prayers. 

New Hope in Minong to have First Baptism

Fellow northwest Wisconsin LCMC congregation New Hope Lutheran Church of Minong will be having its first baptism this Sunday, September 5.  New Hope, which formed in February, will see a pair of twins welcomed to the family of Christ at a service which will be followed by fellowship which will include a baptism cake, and pictures will be taken for the church photo album.  Thanks to New Hope member Gerri Hodek for the update! 

Erosion of Christianity Found Among Young People 

FLMC member Marty Zank found this article on the CNN website about young people who claim to be Christians, who think they are Christians, but whose positions are counter to those of basic Christianity.  It’s quite an article...and can be found at www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/08/27/almost.christian/index.html?htp=C1.  A real eye-opener. 

The Last Word

      Grant that I many not pray alone with the mouth; help me that I may pray form the depths of my heart.”       Martin Luther