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Words of Faith, April 2014

posted Apr 1, 2014, 12:30 PM by Faith Lutheran   [ updated Apr 6, 2014, 9:15 PM ]


April 1, 2014


The Pastor’s Message

By Rev. Nick Henseler


Matthew 28:5-6; “Then the angel spoke to the women. ‘Don’t be afraid!’ he said. ‘I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen.’


On April 20th we will all gather together to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus. After examining our spiritual selves for the past weeks with the start of the Lenten season on Ash Wednesday we rejoice and proclaim with triumphant voices that “He is risen!”


And let’s not forget that our Lord and Savior IS indeed risen; the verb tense tells us that His resurrection is something that continues and is ongoing. Sometimes we let that slip through and we tend to just celebrate the Easter that “was” and forget the fact that we need to celebrate the Easter that “is.”


So as we get closer to that Easter morning let’s remember that the season of Lent is not something of the past that we celebrate; Lent is a continuing and ongoing preparation and celebration that we can be part of each and every year. So let’s celebrate our Living Lord who rose from the dead to give us the promise of eternal life with Him in heaven!


Have a blessed Easter everyone!                                                                                Pr. Nick



Lent Flows Into Easter

The final two Wednesday night services of the Lenten Season take place April 2 and 9 at 7 p.m. in the Faith Lutheran Mission Church sanctuary.  The services, which includes a sermon series on the book of Romans, will be preceded by a soup supper in the fellowship hall beginning at 5:30 p.m.


Holy Week begins with a Palm Sunday service at 9 a.m. Sunday, April 13.  There will be no Wednesday evening woship that week.  Instead, our congregation will gather with our brothers and sisters at Saving Grace Lutheran Church in the Eastridge Center to celebrate Maundy Thursday services at 7 p.m. on April 17. 


Easter Sunday worship will be at Faith at 9 a.m. April 20.  Invite your friends and neighbors.


Martin Stephenson Funeral Set for Saturday, April 5

Martin Stephenson, 92, charter member of Faith Lutheran Mission Church, went peacefully to his Heavenly Father on March 27 at the Heritage Court Memory Care under the care of Mayo Health Hospice and with his devoted wife Marian at his side.


Due to the large group of attendees expected, funeral services for Marty will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 5 at The Lutheran Church of St. Matthew, 1915 Hogeboom Avenue in Eau Claire.  Pastor Nick Henseler of Faith Lutheran Mission Church will officiate. 


Visitation will take place at the church Saturday morning two hours prior to the service.  Burial will take place in the Prairie View Cemetery in Lake Hallie at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.


In lieu of flowers, memorials would be appreciated to Faith Lutheran Mission Church.


Friends may offer condolences online at www.fullerspeckienhulke.com, where you can also find a complete obituary.


Beacon House Ministry to Expand

As it has done for several months now, Faith Lutheran Mission Church will supply and serve evening meals at Beacon House for a couple of nights during the month.  In April, those dates are the 20th and 26, and you’re invited to sign up on the sheets in the basement for what you want to bring or if you wish to serve.


In May, FLMC will be teaming with our Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) compatriots at Saving Grace Lutheran Church in Eau Claire to expand our involvement in Beacon House, the homeless shelter for families sponsored by Eau Claire Interfaith Hospitality Network.  Here’s an update from FLMC’s Beacon Coordinator Karla Petersen:


Hi, fellow Faith Mission family!  We have an awesome new opportunity to go out and serve our community through partnering up with Saving Grace Lutheran of Eau Claire.  We will have two weeks a year where we will be responsible for serving evening meals, providing an evening host (6:30-8:30 p.m.) and an overnight chaperone (8:15 p.m.-7:30 a.m.). 


Our first week will begin May 24th.  Watch for more details and sign-up sheets in the church basement coming soon.  A huge thanks for all who have helped in the past.  Please know we are always in need of more hearts, hands, and fee to show God’s love to these families in their time of suffering.


LCMC Mission Start and Feed My People School Lunch Program to Share April Missions

The mission committee of Faith Lutheran Mission Church has recommended that the 21% of weekly offerings which go to missions be split between the Feed My People School Lunch Program and the efforts to start a new Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) congregation in Wisconsin.


Eleven percent of the month’s offerings will support the local mission of Feed My People and its Weekend Kids’ Meals programs.  Each week, Feed My People Food Bank provides bags of food for about 1,700 elementary and preschool students.  Each bag contains easy-to-prepare foods for two breakfasts and two lunches, including two pieces of fresh fruit.  The program is offered at 26 sites in Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls that have a high number of students who qualify for free or reduced meals. 


Another 10% of April’s plate offerings will go to support a mission start-up in the state of Wisconsin.  Several leaders in the Wisconsin and Upper Peninsula of Michigan District of LCMC have been meeting to target communities in the district for which a mission plant would be effective.  Our offering will help support that effort once the decision is made on where the church(es) will be planted.


May Women’s Conference Moved to Eau Claire

The first annual Wisconsin Lutheran Women’s Conference on Saturday, May 3 will be hosted at Saving Grace Lutheran Church in Eau Claire.  The event was original scheduled to be held at Trinity Lutheran in Birchwood, but had to be moved due to some facilities issues at Trinity.


Speakers at the “New Beginnings” conference include:

  • Dr. Nancy Koester, author of Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Spiritual Life.   She will  discuss the spiritual renewal and awakenings of America’s most acclaimed preacher’s daughter, a powerhouse in her own right.

  • Pastor Bob Nordvall from the Eastern European Missionary Network, who will talk about Christian Mission in the current political climate in country like the Ukraine.

  • Brenda Kreyer from Grace Lutheran Church in Hayward, who will share her story of New Beginnings.


Cost for the event is $20 for those registered by April 25, $25 at the door.  See the poster on the bulletin board in the basement for more information, or talk to Elaine Moore to get details.


Dead Sea Scrolls Lecturer Comes to Eau Claire

Anne Carter, president of Saving Grace Lutheran Church of Eau Claire, has extended an invitation to members of Faith Lutheran Mission Church to take part in a speaker series that congregation his hosting on Thursday nights in April and early May.


Pastor Richard Stadler, recently retired from St. James Lutheran Church in West St. Paul, Minnesota, will be conducting a four-lecture series on the Dead Sea Scrolls.  Pastor Stadler has been on several archaeological digs in the Holy Land.  He has conducted tours of the area, and has studied in Jerusalem on the scrolls and historical Biblical geography. 


The class runs April 3, 10 and 24, and May 1.  It begins at 7 p.m. each night in the sanctuary at Saving Grace Lutheran Church in the Eastridge Center.


Passion Play Trip Boards April 12

The motorcoach trip to see the Passion Play at North Heights Lutheran Church in Arden Hills, Minnesota on Saturday, April 12 boards at The Meadows at Otter Creek apartments at 9:15 a.m., or at Saving Grace Lutheran Church at the Eastridge Center at 10 a.m.  For those who have reserved, remember to bring a sack lunch for the trip out, though a meal on the way home is included in your ticket.  It’s expected we’ll be home around 7 p.m.Thanks again to Sam Briggs for arranging this exciting trip.


News and Notes

  • The church council will meet Monday, April 21 at 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall. 


  • Hannah’s Hands will meet at the church Monday, April 14 at 7 p.m.


  • Men of Faith will meet for the monthly prayer breakfast at Maple Manor Café at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, April 14. 


  • Church cleaning schedule includes David and Sarah Seanor for April 4, Gene Fischer and Donna Blue on April 11 and 18, and Vern and Betty Doenier and La Moine Parkhurse April 25 and May 2. 


  • Are you on Facebook?  Don’t forget to “Like” Faith Lutheran Mission Church’s page!


  • 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 – our worship services are cable-cast.  Find the service Sundays at 6 p.m. (it will be the previous week’s service) on channels 96 and 993.  Of course, you can watch anytime online at www.faithlutheranmc.org.


    General Weekly Calendar

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


    9:00     Worship

    10:00   Fellowship & Sunday School


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


    10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.     Office Hours

    6 p.m.  Text Study

    7 p.m. Worship


    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 (952-484-5101).  You can also email pastornickhenseler@gmail.com.


    The Last Word

    “Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.”                                                                                                      Martin Luther