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Words of Faith, 12-31-12

posted Dec 31, 2012, 8:16 PM by Faith Lutheran

 

The Pastor’s Message

By Rev. Nick Henseler

 

Micah 5:2;But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”

 

We just kind of take it for granted when we hear the town Bethlehem and automatically think of the birthplace of our Lord and Savior. However, back then, Bethlehem was just a small town that had no significance to society and was barely a speck on the map. Verse 2 states that Bethlehem is “small among the clans of Judah.” The town was so small that Scripture even had to add “Ephrathah” to indicate what region the town was in!  Yet, out of that backwoods town came “one who will be ruler over Israel.” Definitely something big coming out of a small package!

 

And so, also, are the many big things that have come out of the small package of FLMC! We continue to give 20% of our weekly offerings to local and non-local ministries and we continue to build our worship services, Bible studies, and our Children’s Ministries. We are small; however God has blessed us with so much! Then we take all that God has entrusted us with and use it to further build His kingdom.

 

I am excited for what God has planned for FLMC in the year to come for we who are small among the clans of Lutherans!                                                                                        Pr. Nick

 

 

Annual Meeting Set for January 20

The annual meeting of Faith Lutheran Mission Church will be held Sunday, January 20 at about 10:45 a.m.   All members of the congregation are welcome and encouraged to take part in the business of the meeting.

 

Reports will be provided by Pastor Henseler, Treasurer Dale Johnson, and the ministry committees of the congregation. 

 

Among the business items on the agenda will be the regular business of an annual meeting, including approval of the 2013 budget and ministry plan and election of council, executive committee, nominating committee and audit committee

 

The agenda will also include a presentation and discussion on a new procedure regarding development of special funds, and a proposal to make a change to the bylaws designed to increase the flexibility for other leadership roles by members of the executive committee. 

 

A complete agenda and supporting documents will be available at church a week prior to the meeting.

 

The President’s Thoughts by Chuck Olson

 

Since God assured us, "I'll never let you down, never walk off and leave you."  Hebrews 13:5-6

 

It is a blessing to know that God will never leave us!

 

Over the past year as I ran across many different opinions and many different ideas, God was with us guiding the process to His glory. It has been a joy to serve God and this congregation as president over the past year. It has taken a lot of hard work and many people to help lead this congregation.  I am very thankful for all the hard work everyone has done. There are too many people to thank by name but please know how grateful I am for all the hard work that has been done to better God's kingdom in this wonderful congregation.

 

I pray for the new Executive Committee and the new counsel as they continue to help lead this congregation over the next year. We all pray that His will always be done as important decisions are made on behalf of the FLMC congregation.

 

Colossians 3:23 NIV reads "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”

 

All of our time, talents and treasure are the Lord's, so we should always work with all of our hearts to do his work at FLMC and outside of FLMC.

 

May God Bless continue to bless FLMC now and forever!

 

Chuck

 

 

Beatitude Study Resumes January 2

The Wednesday night sermon series on the Beatitudes resumes January 2 at 7 p.m.  As usual, the service will be held in the fellowship hall. 

 

The services will be preceded by a Bible Study on the previous Sunday’s sermon text at 6 p.m.  All are welcome to attend either the study or the service, or both.

 

Healing Service Set for January 23

A special service of healing will be held Wednesday, January 23 at 7 p.m.

 

All are welcome to the service, particularly those who would like to have prayers of healing provided for physical, emotional or spiritual needs.  Unlike most of our Wednesday evening services, the healing service on the 23rd will be held in the sanctuary.

 

January 27 is New Member Sunday

The next opportunity to welcome new members to Faith Lutheran Mission Church will be January 27, our next scheduled New Member Sunday.

 

Anyone interested in officially joining the congregation that day should contact Pastor Henseler earlier in the month.

 

Missionaries to Chad to Speak at Forum January 13

Alissa and Zachary Schroer of Eau Claire will speak about their upcoming spiritual and medical missionary appointment to the African country of Chad during a forum at Faith Lutheran Mission Church on Sunday, January 13 at 10:30 during the congregation’s fellowship hour.

 

Zachary and Alissa, members of Bethesda Lutheran Church in Eau Claire, are preparing for long-term mission work through Lutheran Brethren International Mission in Chad.  Zachary is a 2011 graduate of Lutheran Brethren Seminary of Fergus Falls, Minnesota, while Alissa is a nurse.  The Schroers will receive 10% of the offerings of Faith Lutheran Mission Church during the month of January as part of the congregation’s commitment to provide 20% of offerings to mission work.

 

Hmong Lutheran Congregation is January’s Local Mission

The Hmong Lutheran Church of Eau Claire will receive the other 10% of FLMC’s January offerings dedicated to local mission work.  The congregation is a ministry of the Lutheran Church of St. Matthew, which provides Bible-based Christian worship targeted to Hmong refugees living in the Chippewa Valley.

 

Mission Partners Respond with Thanks

Several recent mission fund recipients have expressed thanks for contributions from FLMC.

 

New Hope Lutheran Church of Minong, which received a gift in honor of its building dedication in August, wrote “We thank you for your gift to our ministry.  We are now in our church building and we invite your members to come visit us.  Take route 53 north to the first exit into Minong.  We’re at the corner of 53 and Houston – you can’t miss it!”

 

Kelly Christianson, Executive Director of Beacon House, wrote “On behalf of the Eau Claire Interfaith Hospitality Network, the Board of Directors, volunteers and staff, I would like to thank you for your donation in the amount of $1,073.50 to our organization.  We are most grateful to have your support in our pursuit to assist struggling families and for your commitment to the well-being of the Greater Eau Claire area.”

 

Heather Steinmetz, treasurer for Global Outreach for Christ, wrote regarding our gift to the ministry of Marty and Tina Ganong and their children Heather and Laura.  That letter is available for reading on the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall.

 

Deacon Richard Sage, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of La Crosse, sent a note regarding our gift to Sojourner House homeless shelter.  “Thank you so much for your response to Homeless for the Holidays with your donation of $983.13 to support the work of Catholic Charities in assisting the most needy among us at Sojourner House in Eau Claire.  May our hearts always be open to be touched by the love of Christ, and thus give to our neighbor, who needs us, something more than just a place to sleep.”

 

Potter’s Village Land Fund Continues to Seek Donations

The new special fund dedicated to collecting money for a down payment and eventual purchase of land for the Potter’s Village Orphanage in Dodowa, Ghana, Africa continues to be open for donations.

 

As a special dedicated fund, the Ghana Land fund is set aside from the regular budget so that individuals can contribute above and beyond their normal offering if they so desire.  The fund will also serve as a holding place for other congregations or non-members to make a contribution.  The tentative plan is to disburse the funds when they get up to $6,000 to allow for the down-payment, and then again when the full amount of $12,000 is reached.

 

Anyone wishing to make a donation to the special fund may designate “Ghana Land Fund” on the memo section of their check, or by placing it in a special offering envelope marked “Ghana Land Fund.”  Donations may also be sent to the Faith Lutheran Mission Church at 1704 Hogeboom Ave, Eau Claire, 54701.

 

Patrick Shoemaker Earns Eagle Scout Honors

Patrick Shoemaker’s Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held at Faith Lutheran Mission Church on Sunday, December 16.  Patrick took on beautification of the church’s exterior and grounds as his Eagle Scout project.

 

“I would like to thank the congregation for their prayers and support of my Eagle Project and Eagle Ceremony,” Patrick said.  “It is greatly appreciated.”

 

Fellowship Chair Filled, Still Looking for Property Chair

Katie Evans has agreed to succeed Bev Olson as the chair of the Fellowship Committee.  Others in the congregation interested in serving on that committee are invited to contact Katie.

 

Meanwhile, we are still looking for a chair for the Property Committee.  Currently, Gene Fischer and LaMoine Parkhurst are on the committee.  Contact LaMoine if you’re interested.

 

Hannah’s Hands Prepares for New Study in 2013

Hannah’s Hands, our women's Bible study group at Faith Lutheran Mission Church, will begin again January 14 at 7 p.m. at the church.

 

Women of FLMC and friends are invited to gather on the second Monday of each month to study God’s word.  The meeting will take place in the Fellowship Hall.  Plan to grow in your faith as we study the Word and fellowship with one another.

 

BUCK ON BOOKS

A Review from our Church Librarian Dick Buck

This month, Joanne Flaten offers a guest review of “The Story”

 

The Story: the Bible as one continuing story of God and His People.

 

If you’ve always wanted to read the entire Bible but for many reasons have not found the right time to start, the time is now!!

 

The foreword of The Story is by Max Lucado and Randy Fraser.  This book tells the grandest, most compelling story of all time.  The story of the true God who loves His children, who establishes for them a way of salvation and provided a route to eternity.   There are 31 chapters and each story reveals the God of grace, the God who speaks, the God who listens, the God whose love for His people culminated in His sacrifice of Jesus, His only son to pay the price for the sins of all humanity.

 

The Story is the Bible in its own words, featuring selections from the NIV (New International Version) Bible with short explanatory transitions to connect the reader to the continuing story, events, characters and teachings of the Bible arranged in chorological order.

 

The greatest story ever told is more than a cliché.  The Story is all about the story of the Bible, God’s great love affair with humanity and it’s TRUE!!!

 

Roger and I decided to read it together, reading aloud as much as we could each day.  Many days we just wanted to keep going because the events and stories were so interesting and exciting.  The Story reads like a novel and moves so fast.  Reading it together or with someone gave us the opportunity to discuss any questions or comments we had with each other.

 

We have given this book as a gift and one recipient finished it in his spare time in about a week. 

 

We recommend it to all even if you have read thru the Bible many times before.

 

News and Notes

·        We will be taking down the Christmas decorations upstairs and downstairs on Wednesday, January 16th at 5:00PM. If you can come and help it would be greatly appreciated.

 

·        Church cleaning volunteers for January are Gene Fischer and Donna Blum (January 11) and Katie Evans and Bob and Elaine Moore (January 25).  The full list of volunteers and duty specifics are posted through June in the Fellowship Hall.

 

·        Volunteers are needed to sign up for reading during worship services and for snow shoveling.  Sign-up sheets for either task are available in the Fellowship Hall.

 

·        If you have prayer request you would like to have made known to the prayer chain, please contact Sylvia Miller at 715-874-5080 or Katie Evans at 715-831-8797.

 

·        All are welcome to join a brief prayer time that is held five to ten minutes prior to each Sunday morning worship service in the front of the church.

 

·        Don’t forget—if you miss a service, you now have two choices to catch it.  Video versions of past services are now available at www.faithlutheranmc.org – and are also cablecast each Wednesday night at 8 p.m. on channels 96 or 993.

 

General Weekly Calendar

(Schedule may vary due to member visitations, evening meetings and special services)

Sundays

9:00     Worship

10:00   Fellowship & Sunday School

Monday-Tuesday

9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Office Hours

Wednesday

10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.      Office Hours

6 p.m. Bible Study, 7 p.m. Worship

Thursday

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Office Hours

 

Feel free to check before you stop in by calling Pastor Nick at the Church (715-514-2021) or on his cell (563-676-1853).  You can also email pastornickhenseler@gmail.com.

 

The Last Word

All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired.                                Martin Luther



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