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Words of Faith, August 2014

posted Aug 5, 2014, 10:39 PM by Faith Lutheran   [ updated Aug 6, 2014, 4:23 PM ]






The Pastor’s Message


By Rev. Nick Henseler


 


John 8:36; “So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.”


 


As we celebrated the Fourth of July because of the freedom and independence that was established by the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence this gives us the opportunity to take a good look at what it truly means to be “free.”


 


Verse 36 from John’s Gospel in Chapter 8 tells us that when Jesus “sets you free, you are truly free.” The Greek word used here for the word “free” is the word “eleutheros” which translates into meaning “unbound, unshackled, and delivered from obligation.” The word has a context of a slave that has been officially pronounced free and has had all of their chains broken away which had bound them.


 


However the Apostle John goes even further in this proclamation of freedom when he adds the word “truly” which comes from the Greek word “ontós” that means “certainly and properly true.” Scripture is telling us that through Jesus, and Jesus alone, we are certainly and properly set free from our sins. And that freedom is a freedom which has broken the shackles of sin which binds a person physically, mentally, and spiritually.


 


Now THAT’S a freedom worth celebrating every day!                                             Pr. Nick


                                               


 


Future Planning Committee Seeking Input


Seven volunteers have stepped forward to serve on a Future Planning Committee, which is gathering input from members and friends of the congregation on some next steps and new directions for our congregation.


 


A survey was placed in the bulletin Sunday, August 3 and will appear again August 10.  The survey is two simple questions: 


  • What changes would you like to see at Faith Lutheran Mission Church regarding our building and accessibility in the following year?

  • Any other suggestions you may have?


 


Members are asked to share their answers by Sunday, August 10.  Written answers may be placed in the offering basket on Sunday, or can be delivered to one of the committee members.


 


Jim Cristallo is chairing the group.  Other members are Mark Strack, Kim Olson, Bob Moore, Laban Miller, Marylin Howard and Sam Briggs.


 


Rally Sunday Features Outdoor Service and Picnic Lunch September 7


Faith Lutheran Mission Church will hold an outdoor worship on the church lawn for the first time on Sunday, September 7th at a special Rally Sunday service.


 


The service will be held at a special time – 10 a.m. – under a large tent that will be erected on the lawn west of the church building.  Special music and other surprises await for all members of the family.  Lunch will be served after the service. 


 


Don’t forget to hand out the special invitation cards to friends, colleagues and neighbors to invite them to attend our Rally Sunday service!


 


Beacon House Week is August 24-30


Faith Lutheran Mission Church is teaming again with Saving Grace Lutheran Church to host a week at Beacon House, the homeless shelter for families administered by Eau Claire Interfaith Hospitality Network the week of August 24.


 


FLMC will provide the evening meal and overnight oversight the nights of Sunday August 24, Tuesday August 26, Thursday August 28 and Saturday August 30.  There are signup sheets for all the needed tasks on the table near the bulletin board.  If you’d like to know more what goes into overnights, contact Mark Strack, Karla Petersen, Luke Lundquist or Dean Kallenbach, all of whom helped in that way when we took our week in May.


 


Four Missions Benefit from Mid-Summer Contributions


Good News Jail Ministry and Meals from the Heartland will receive 21% of the offerings collected in July, while the August recipients will be The Gideons and the Eastern European Missionary Network.


 


Good News Jail Ministry provides support to chaplains serving local jails and prisons to bring the word of God to inmates here in the Chippewa Valley. 


 


The contribution to Meals from the Heartland goes to support the $80,000 effort to package $400,000 meals at the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) Annual Gathering in Des Moines in October.


 


In August, the local branch of Gideon’s International will receive 11 % of offerings.  The organization works to bring the Holy Bible and New Testament into the hands of prisoners, students and travelers.


 


Another ten percent of August offerings will be directed to the ministry of EEMN missionaries Paul and Lea Eldred, who spoke at our church earlier this year about their work to spread the Gospel in Turkey.


 


Faith Lutheran Mission Church directs 23 percent of each week’s offerings outside of our congregation to serve humanity in Christ’s name.  Two percent is sent to the general work of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ, the orthodox Lutheran organization our church has aligned itself with.  Another ten percent goes to non-local ministries.  The remaining 11 percent goes to local missions. 


 


Birchwood Congregation Invites Women to Event


Women of FLMC are invited by the women of Trinity in Birchwood to attend a luncheon and to hear inspirational speaker, author, former Ms. Wheelchair U.S.A., and the 2012 recipient of the National Rehabilitation Champion Award, Tasha Schuh, on Thursday, August 21 at noon.


 


Tasha grew up in Ellsworth, and was a happy, normal teenager. She was involved in sports, music, work and theater.  After showcasing her talent as the lead in her high school’s production of Grease, she began to dream of a career in theater. No one knew that the stage itself would steal her dream—and almost her life—during a rehearsal for the next big show.

Just days before her opening night performance in The Wizard of Oz, sixteen-year-old Tasha took one step backward and fell sixteen feet through a trap door.  The fall broke her neck and her skull and crushed her spinal cord.  She would never walk again.


 


Her book “My Last Step Backward” chronicles her journey from loss and grief to self-discovery and achievement.  Tasha’s faith, resilience and honesty have allowed her to leave the old Tasha behind while she confronts the new Tasha’s life from a state of the art wheelchair. 

For the next three days, Tasha prepared for a surgery that would at best leave her a C-5 quadriplegic. Post-op complications turned Tasha’s struggle and ultimate triumph into an unbelievable journey. From loss and grief to self-discovery and achievement, Tasha’s faith, resilience, and honesty have allowed her to leave the old Tasha behind while she confronts the new Tasha’s life from a state of the art wheelchair.

Today, Tasha travels the country speaking and sharing her story of overcoming tragedy and living a life of purpose.

Here recent book release, "My Last Step Backward" chronicles her journey. From dreams lost to dreams fulfilled, readers are sure to find her story to be one of inspiration and hope.ing night performance in The Wizard of Oz, sixteen-year-old Tasha took one step backward and fell sixteen feet through a trap door. On that day, Nov. 11, 1997, she landed on the concrete floor of the historic Sheldon Theater, breaking her neck, crushing her spinal cord, and fracturing her skull. She would never walk again.

For the next three days, Tasha prepared for a surgery that would at best leave her a C-5 quadriplegic. Post-op complications turned Tasha’s struggle and ultimate triumph into an unbelievable journey. From loss and grief to self-discovery and achievement, Tasha’s faith, resilience, and honesty have allowed her to leave the old Tasha behind while she confronts the new Tasha’s life from a state of the art wheelchair.

Today, Tasha travels the country speaking and sharing her story of overcoming tragedy and living a life of purpose.

Here recent book release, "My Last Step Backward" chronicles her journey. From dreams lost to dreams fulfilled, readers are sure to find her story to be one of inspiration and hope.
Tasha lives in Ellsworth with her husband Doug Michaels, a former TV weathercaster from Eau Claire.


 


Please see the poster on the bulletin board in fellowship hall and for more information talk to Elaine Moore. Reservations for the luncheon need to be made before August 18.


 


Stanfold Music Festival Coming August 17


Fellow LCMC congregation Stanfold Lutheran Church invites members and friends of Faith Lutheran Mission Church to join them for its annual Music Festival on Sunday, August 17th beginning at noon.


 


The afternoon of music and fellowship opens with a chicken dinner that starts at noon and goes until the food lasts.  Craft vendors will be on site with great displays and lovely crafts for sale.  A free will offering will go to local non-profit organizations and missions.


 


Scheduled musicians include:


12:30   Kormann Family - the whole family gets involved in this act with multi-talented members. From young to old, they are sure to charm you as they entertain with singing and their beautiful instruments.  


 


1:20     Grace Abounds- Enjoy the beautiful songs of praise with this amazing group from Grace Lutheran Church in Hayward. They will lift your spirit with song!


 


2:05     Higher Vision-  Don't miss this astounding quartet from Northwest Wisconsin. Their voices blend in beautiful unity to bring contemporary praise and southern gospel favorites.


 


2:50     Chris Kroeze-  A local favorite and rising national musician.  As a solo artist, he can take a classic rock song and play it flawless, provide powerful vocals, while making the song his own.


 


3:40     Anything Goes- This Local Barbershop quartet has been singing together for years and have been members of the Barbershop Harmony Society for a combined total of almost 100 years. They'll share some of their favorite gospel tunes in their wonderful Barbersop style.


 


Twin Cities WordAlone/Lutheran CORE Chapter Plans “State of Lutheranism” Speaker


The Minneapolis and St. Paul Chapters of WordAlone/Lutheran CORE are inviting anyone interested to come hear Dr. Mark Granquist, and Associate Professor of Church History at Luther Seminary, as he speaks on the topic “Reflections on the Current State of American Lutheranism.”


 


He will speak at 7 p.m., Thursday August 28 at Calvary Lutheran Church, 7520 Golden Valley Road in Golden Valley, Minnesota.  If you would like to learn more, contact Karen Stack at 612-889-5709 or visit the organization’s web site at www.tcwordalone.org.


 


Hannah’s Hands Begins New Afternoon Study


Hannah’s Hands Bible study “With a Touch” meets each 2nd Monday of the month through October, including Monday, August 11th at 2 p.m.  


 


Participants will be introduced to “a certain woman” who has been struggling with an issue of blood for many years.  The woman’s name is not known, but the study is aimed to get to know her better and what she went through as passages recounting her tail from the books of Mark and Luke are explored. 


 


Janet Hadt will facilitate the “With a Touch” study.  Sign up for the free study so enough materials can be made.  Call Janet with any questions at 715-563-4521.


 


Golf Scramble to Raise Money for Good News Jail Ministry


The twelfth annual Good News Jail and Prison Ministry Golf Scramble is scheduled for Tuesday, September 9 at the Wild Ridge Golf Course in Eau Claire. 


 


Men and women golfers are welcome to take part in the fundraiser event that represents a major portion of the annual budget of Good News, helping support the local jail ministry and allowing it to continue to reach inmates with the gospel of Christ.


 


Entry fee for the event is $100, which includes breakfast, 18 holes of golf with a cart, and a cookout afterward.  Details can be found by contacting Chaplain Brian Jahn at 715-839-6296 or via email at brian.jahn@goodnewsjail.org.


 


 


Buck on Books


By FLMC Librarian Dick Buck


Sandy K. has given the book, Experiencing the Heart of Jesus, Max Lucado, 2003 to the library.  It is shelved by title in the Study Guide section.  The theme is this book is a question, Do you know Jesus?  Do you really know Him?


The book has ten lessons.  Each lesson is complete in itself and the lessons do not have to be studied in any order.  Each lesson has an introduction, leading questions, scripture quotations, etc.   Each lesson is divided into five parts and could be studied over five days, but one can go faster depending how much time a person wants to use each day. 


Titles of some of the lessons are: “Experiencing the Joy of Jesus,” “Experiencing the Freedom of Jesus” and “Experiencing the Forgiveness of Jesus.” 


This book could be used by a study group but is one that is easy to use alone and this may be the best way for some.  Sandy gave two copies and it is suggested to take a copy home and use it as you have time. 


 


News and Notes


  • Pastor Henseler is on vacation through August 8.  Pastor Orv Bystol will preach and lead worship on Sunday the 8th.

     

  • Wednesday evenings have moved to the summer schedule.  That means no text study at 6 p.m., and Wednesday worship will begin 30 minutes earlier at 6:30 p.m.

     

  • Men’s Breakfast will take place August 11 at Maple Manor Café beginning at 8:30 a.m.

     

  • All women are welcome to start their day with fellowship and prayer on Tuesdays from 6:30 until 7:30 a.m. at the church.

     

  • We’re seeing visitors at the church every week.  Please remember to wear your name tags to help them feel welcome.

     

  • If you are interested in becoming a member of Faith Lutheran Mission Church, you are invited to contact Pastor Nick and let him know.  We expect our next new member Sunday to take place in September.

     


  • Church cleaning schedule includes Roy and Mary Ann Christoperson through August 8, David and Sarah Seanor August 15 & 22, and Clarence and Janet Hadt August 29 and September 5.

     

  • When disposing of recyclable containers and bottles, please rinse them out before placing them in the bin.  That makes it easier and less messy for the DeVries family, who have volunteered to take or trash.


 


  • Are you on Facebook?  Don’t forget to “Like” Faith Lutheran Mission Church’s page!  And our Facebook page editor, Katie DeVries, is asking for some feedback on the page.


 


  • Have you been having trouble finding our TV broadcasts?  That’s because we’ve changed channels.  You can now find our worship services from the previous week on channel 994.  And you can still watch anytime at www.faithlutheranmc.org.


 


  • 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.

    General Weekly Calendar

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

    Sundays

    9:00     Worship

    10:00   Fellowship

    Monday-Tuesday

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

    Wednesday

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

    6:30 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 (952-484-5101).  You can also email pastornickhenseler@gmail.com.

     

    The Last Word


If God had not been on our side and had not come to aid us,
The foes with all their power and pride would surely have dismayed us;
For we, His flock, would have to fear the threat of men both far and near
Who rise in might against us.


Their furious wrath, did God permit, would surely have consumed us
And as a deep and yawning pit with life and limb entombed us.
Like men o’er whom dark waters roll their wrath would have engulfed our soul
And, like a flood, o’erwhelmed us.


Blest be the Lord, who foiled their threat that they could not devour us;
Our souls, like birds, escaped their net, they could not overpower us.
The snare is broken—we are free!  Our help is ever, Lord, in Thee,
Who madest earth and Heaven.


                                                                                                                        Martin Luther


 




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