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Words of Faith, April '13

posted Apr 4, 2013, 9:46 PM by Faith Lutheran

April 4, 2013

 

The Pastor’s Message

By Rev. Nick Henseler

 

Acts 1:8-11; “8 ‘But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’ 9 After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. 10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11 ‘Men of Galilee,’ they said, ‘why do you stand here looking into the sky?’”

 

I love these verses from the Book of Acts! Scripture is telling us that we were not meant to stay up on our spiritual mountains. We were not meant to just stay in our churches and exclaim to each other “Wow! What a great worship service!” And that is so easy to do; especially after we have just celebrated an awesome Easter service!

 

Yet, God wants us to take those spiritual experiences that we have with our Living Lord and share them out in our mission field. And the mission field is everywhere outside of our church doors. Jesus tells His disciples, and us, in the last part of v.8; “and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” For us that means Jesus is telling us to share the truth of Easter in our community, our county, and inside and outside of our country.

 

I know that is frightening for many people! But you have help! In the first part of v.8 Jesus gives us this promise; “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you…” There are two words we need to remember here; “will” and “power.” The promise from Jesus is not that he “might” give you this power…He “WILL” give you this power.

 

And what power is Jesus talking about here? The Greek word used here for “power” is the word “dynamos” from where we get the word “dynamite.” Jesus is promising to give you divine dynamite power when you tell people about Him!

 

The name of our church is Faith Lutheran Mission Church. And our mission is this; “Sharing salvation from God our Father, through His Son Jesus Christ, by word and deed through the power of the Holy Spirit!” So let’s not just “stand here looking at the sky” but instead go out and share the Good News of Easter to a world which has a great need for some good news right now.                                                                                                                                     Pr. Nick

 

Wednesday Evening Text Study and Worship Resumes

Now that we have moved through Lent into the Easter Season, our Wednesday night events return to normal.

 

We’ll gather in the fellowship hall at 6 p.m. to look through the Gospel text from the previous week.  It’s a time to break down and discuss the passage, and explore hit it plays into our everyday life and ministry in the world.

 

Then, after a short break, we stay in the fellowship hall for a simple worship service, including confession, prayers, hymn singing, and a message.  The new sermon series starting this month is called “Getting to Know God.”  Pastor Henseler will focus on how God is Omnipresent, Omnipotent, Sovereign, Faithful and Loving.

 

All are welcome!  Bring a friend!

 

Grace Lutheran Moves Forward Despite Trials

After 18 months of litigation, a circuit court judge has ruled against Grace Lutheran Church in Eau Claire and in favor of a small group of members who were disgruntled when the congregation council chose to join Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) after 57% of the members voted to do so.  The judge on March 15 upheld the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) contention that Grace could not be members of both organizations. 

 

One week after the judge’s decision, the outgoing bishop of the ELCA’s Northwest Synod ruled that Pastors Rolf Nestingen and David Irgens would be immediately removed from the ELCA’s pastoral roster.  Despite that pronouncement from the bishop, the council affirmed that both pastors retained their call to Grace, and both fully took part in Holy Week services, including the inspiring Maundy Thursday service in which Faith Lutheran Mission Church participated as well.

 

That congregation and its leadership continue to ward off the slings and arrows of those who would suppress its ministry.  Even though Grace is no longer a fellow LCMC member (at least for now), they continue to be our sister congregation, and we continue to hold them up in prayer and provide whatever support we can as they stand up for Biblical integrity.

 

Men of Faith & Hannah’s Hands Both Set to Meet April 8

A late winter snowstorm prevented both the Men of Faith and Hannah’s Hands study groups from gathering in March, so we’ll try it again on Monday, April 8.

 

Hannah’s Hands women’s group will continue its current study based on Max Lucado’s book “Facing Your Giants.”  The group meets again at the church on Monday, April 8 at 7 p.m.

 

Men of Faith, the newly formed gathering of men from the congregation and guests, will meet each month on the 2nd Monday at 8:30 a.m. for breakfast and a study at the Maple Manor Restaurant in Eau Claire.  Vern Doenier will lead a discussion on “Suffering.”  All men are welcome.  Just come to Maple Manor, 2507 South Hastings Way, and look for our group in the back room.

 

By the way, if you are a man who would be interested in taking part in an evening “Men of Faith” group, contact Pastor Nick or Vern.

 

Fellowship Committee Seeks Volunteers

The fellowship committee is looking for a pool of back-up volunteers for serving food on Sunday morning after church, as well as funerals, weddings and other special events.  Back-ups would be on a list to be called in the event a regular fellowship team member was sick or out-of-town.  If you’d like to be a sub, contact Katie Evans.

 

Women’s Conference Set in Rice Lake

Stanfold Lutheran Church in Rice Lake will sponsor a day-long women’s conference with the theme “Mind-Body-Spirit” on Saturday, May 4.  Energetic speakers and inspiring testimonies will be featured, but also included will be wellness advice, craft demonstrations and relaxing chair massages. 

 

The conference is themed on 1 Thessalonians 5:23:  “May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through.  May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

 

Registration forms and brochures are available on the bulletin board at church, as is a sign-up sheet for rides.  Anyone with questions can call Elaine Moore at 715-834-6735.

 

Lent Offerings Dedicated to Pastor Development at Institute for Lutheran Theology

The mission committee of Faith Lutheran Mission Church has proposed that the offerings given during our Lenten services in February and March be shared with the Institute for Lutheran Theology. 

 

The Institute of Lutheran Theology is an independent, pan-Lutheran theological project, holding that God in Jesus Christ brings sinners to repentance and new life. Because of its commitment to Scripture, to the Lutheran Confessions, and to deep dialogue with the contemporary intellectual horizon, the Institute works with supporting congregations to educate the next generation of faithful Lutheran preachers and teachers.

 

April Mission Focus will be on Community Table and Potter’s Village Orphanage

Potter’s Village Orphanage in Dodowa, Ghana and the Community Table in Eau Claire will be the mission recipients for April

 

Potter’s Village serves orphaned and abandoned children with food, shelter and assistance with schooling.  Operated by Methodist minister Jane Adu, it came to the attention of our congregation when Jayne Kallenbach, daughter of Sandy and Dean Kallenbach, served there as a volunteer.  The allocation of 10% of our weekly offerings in April will go to meet basic needs like food, clothing and school supplies.

 

The Community Table has been nourishing hungry bodies and spirits in the Eau Claire Community since 1993.  Currently, The Community Table serves one meal each day, 365 days a year on a no-questions asked basis.  Anyone can join the table during mealtime.  It’s a collaborative effort of local churches, the area food bank, and concerned individuals, businesses and organizations.  The Community Table will receive 11% of offerings from April.

 

Including the 2% of offerings dedicated to the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) to support the work done throughout the world by that organization of which Faith Lutheran Mission Church is a member, FLMC sets aside the first 23% of offerings for benevolence each month.

 

Faith Volunteers Help Homeless Families at Beacon House

Volunteers from Faith Lutheran Mission Church provided and served the evening meal for grateful families at the Beacon House homeless shelter for families on March 27 and 30. 

 

If you missed out, or would like to help again, the next opportunity to help serve the evening meal or be an overnight host at Interfaith Hospitality Network’s facility in downtown Eau Claire are May 19, 23, and May 26 through June 1.

 

Please consider volunteering.  Ask Karla Petersen if you have questions or want to sign up!

 

Special Funds Offer Opportunities to Focus Ministry

The congregation currently has six special funds designed to assist in the ministry of Faith Lutheran Mission Church.  Such funds are great for memorial gifts, or just to channel ministry giving to a specific area.

 

The current funds in place include:

·         Fellowship

·         Sunday School

·         Lutheran Malaria Project

·         Ghana Land Fund (would provide the down payment for land to expand Potter’s Village)

·         Pew Cushion Fund

·         Mortgage (would pay down principal to shorten term of our loan).

 

Past Mission Recipients Say “Thanks”

We’ve received several thank you notes from recent recipients of missions monies from Faith Lutheran Mission Church. 

 

From Maribeth Woodford, Executive Director of the Chippewa Valley Free Clinic:

Thank you for your investment in the Chippewa Valley Free Clinic’s future!  Your contribution of $833.30 ensures that the Free Clinic will continue to provide safe, quality care to those who seek our services. We appreciate your generous and continued support.

 

From Rev. Neal Xiong at the Hmong Lutheran Mission of Eau Claire:

Thank you for your recent mission offering of $721.75 for the Hmong Lutheran Mission of Eau Claire.  Every week I have contact with my people in this area as I visit with them and pray with them.  The message of Jesus is shared with over 30 of our mission members who attend our worship services.  Several of these people also study God’s Word with me every week.  Our mission continues to look for new ways to reach out to those who have not yet come to faith in Jesus.  Please keep this mission in your prayers as we share the Good News of Jesus with your neighbors!

 

From Dan and Kay Finley of Lutheran Bible Translators

Thank you so much for your gift.  We will put it to good use as we travel to Springdale, Arkansas again to complete the audio New Testament in the Marshallese language. 

 

BUCK ON BOOKS

A Update from our Church Librarian Dick Buck

LIBRARY CATALOG

A list of the books is in a three ring binder on top of the book shelves.  Books are divided into three categories; Bibles and Study Tools, Religion and Fiction.  Also in the catalog is the Constitution of Faith Lutheran Mission Church.

 

NEW BOOKS

Three books have been given to the library.  They are Heaven, Randy Alcorn, 2004, When Bad Things Happen to Good People, Harold S. Kushner, 1981 and It’s Not About Me, Max Lucado, 2004.  Thanks to those who gave the books.  These books are shelved in the Religious section.

 

CHECKING BOOKS OUT

There is no checkout.  Take a book(s) and return it when you have finished reading it.  Books are shelved alphabetically by title except fiction which is shelved by author.  If the title starts with “The”, the book is shelved under the second word.   Books are in book cases down stairs. 

Do not shelve the book when you return it.  Put it on top of the book case.

 

WILL YOU REVIEW?

If you would like to share a review of a book in our library, please contact Dick Buck and let him know – we’d love to hear from you.  This month’s book review is provided by Lori Henseler. 

 

BOOK REVIEW BY LORI HENSELER

Faith Lutheran Mission Church has the blessing of a wonderful library filled with a great variety of materials.  The book that I most recently finished was a historical fiction entitled Until We Reach Home by Lynn Austin.

 

The author weaves a story from the year 1897 of three orphaned young sisters from Sweden and their journey to find a better life in America.  From the heart wrenching decision to leave the homeland that they love, to the hardships encountered during the trip, the unfortunate delay in immigration, and finally finding a place to call home, this book captivated me from beginning to the end.

 

The girls carry with them the faith foundation passed onto them by their mother and find themselves in situations where their faith is certainly tested.

 

At one point in the story, the youngest sister is asked: “So tell me, what do you think it’s like to die?”

Her response is beautiful and in part states: “Well, I think it will be a lot like coming to America……I didn’t want to leave Sweden at first, because it seemed like I was leaving so many good things behind—and most of us don’t want to leave this life behind either.  But America is so much better in so many ways, just like heaven is going to be.” 

 

While the majority of the books that I tend to read are non-fiction, I do enjoy finding a well written piece of fiction that allows me to just get lost and be entertained, and this book certainly did just that.  I noticed that the library has a few more books by this author and I plan to check those out as well.                                                                                                        Lori Henseler

 

News and Notes

·         Church Council meeting in March was cancelled due to bad weather.  Next council meeting is set for April 15 at 7 p.m.

 

·         Mission Committee will meet at the church on Tuesday, April 9 at 9 a.m.  Anyone wishing to join the committee may contact Dean Kallenbach for more information.

 

·         Church cleaning volunteers for April are Janet and Clarence Hadt (April 12) and Betty and Vern Doenier and LaMoine Parkhurst (April 26).  The full list of volunteers and duty specifics are posted through June 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.

 

·         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

“Everything that is done in this world is done by hope.”                               Martin Luther

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