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Words of Faith, August 31, 2012

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A monthly newsletter for members and friends

August 31, 2012


The Pastor’s Message

By Rev. Nick Henseler


Nehemiah 4:20; “At whatever place you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us.” (NASB) 


Rally Sunday has always traditionally been the kick-off date for the fall ministries to start in a church. But what does it mean to “rally” and what is the purpose?


In our Old Testament text, Nehemiah called a “rally” to call everyone together to fortify a section of the newly constructed wall around Jerusalem to protect it from attacking enemies. The Hebrew word for “rally” is the word “qabats” which means “to assemble together for a specific purpose.”


So we know what it means to “rally” but what is our purpose today? What possible enemies do we have trying to break down our “walls?” Ephesians 6:11 says that we are to “put on the full armor of God so that you can take a stand against the devil’s schemes.” We do have an enemy and he is constantly trying to break down the “walls” of our faith. So we are to “rally” together as believers in Christ to protect our faith fortifications.


And we do battle with a great and awesome God! The next verse, Ephesians 6:12, tells us “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”


Friends, our enemy is not those who don’t believe the same way we do; our enemy is Satan himself and all that he is trying to do to separate us from our Holy God. So let us “rally” together as a body of believers and stand strong this coming year in our ministries at Faith Lutheran Mission Church!                                                 Pr. Nick






























Rally Sunday September 9 Marks Milestone

After 31 months as a congregation, Faith Lutheran Mission Church begins a new chapter in its history with the commencement of its youth education program on Sunday September 9.  Rally Sunday will mark the start of the Sunday School program.


Congregation members have been working hard in recent days to prepare the backroom for education activities.  The walls are painted, new carpeting is in place, and the education room is being decorated for the first group of Sunday School students.


Kristing Seanor-Behling has agreed to lead the Sunday School.  We asked her some questions about the start of Sunday School at Faith Lutheran Mission Church:


What was your motivation for taking on development of the Sunday School program?

“I was motivated to take on the Faith Lutheran Mission Sunday School program for several reasons.  I was a Sunday School teacher at the church I left.  The kids I left had been my students for a long time and I was very sad that I wouldn't continue to be their teacher.  I loved being able to share my faith and teach the kids about the bible.  They seemed to really enjoy my lessons and care about coming to class every week.  I knew Faith was going to start a Sunday School and I thought I would offer to help since I had already been a teacher.  I am very excited about getting Faith Sunday School started.”


What will FLMC’s first Sunday School look like? 

“Our first Sunday School will be a class of several ages and we will learn together new Bible stories and life lessons.  I will gear activities for each age to keep their attention and enthusiasm.   I hope each child will look forward to coming to class every week.  I am envisioning our room to be colorful and cheerful, (in order to) have them feel that the Sunday School room is a special place for just them.”


Who is helping you, and what further help do you need?

My daughter Kayla will be helping me along with Kelly Spencer.  I am not really sure what help I need at this time but once I get going I am sure I will have a list.  Everyone has been so eager to help get this exciting Sunday School off the ground.  I am very thankful to Pastor Nick for his continued support and encouragement.”


The Sunday School will take place at 10 a.m., right after the 9 a.m. Sunday morning worship service (which will include the installation of the teachers).  Some advertising in the Leader-Telegram is being done to let people know about this new opportunity at Faith Lutheran Mission Church.  Your word of mouth advertising and invitations will be most effective.  Please pray that the children and the staff will be blessed!


Open House Set for Rally Sunday Afternoon

The festivities of Rally Sunday will continue into the afternoon of September 9 with an Open House from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.  After a year of roofing, insulating, siding, window-intalling, painting, landscaping and carpeting, we’re ready for company!  The event is an opportunity for curious community members and those seeking a church to come see what we’re all about.  The day will include a balloon artist, not to mention homemade cookies, lemonade and coffee.  Help spread the word, and come!


Sunday School Fund Established

In light of the development of the Christian education program, the Faith Lutheran Mission Church congregation council decided at its August 20 meeting to create a Sunday School Fund.  Gifts and memorials can be contributed to the fund, which can then be used by the education committee to provide materials and supplies for Sunday School. 


The council also voted to dissolve the Eagle Scout Fund now that Patrick Shoemaker’s church beautification project has concluded, and voted that the $225.56 left in the fund be shifted to the Sunday School fund.


President’s Thoughts

Chuck Olson, Congregation President


With God's power working in us, God can do much, much more than anything we can ask or imagine.                                                                                    Ephesians 3:20 NCV


Rally Sunday!! September 9th!! Our historic first Sunday school class will take place at 10:00am!!


Oh, how true this verse is from Ephesians 3:20. God's Holy Spirit has worked through FLMC and we have been blessed beyond measure. It is beyond exciting that we are beginning our youth education at FLMC. We pray for Kristine, Kayla and Kelly and all who will help in the teaching of our children. We are excited they will be taught about the love and salvation of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We hold our children, their families and teachers in prayer that a seed will be planted and it will grow every day of their lives.


Praise be to God that our backroom is being finished as I write this message. The backroom will be ready for Rally Sunday and our Open House on September 9th from 1to3pm. The ceiling is being installed and the carpet is being laid. I cannot thank all who have donated their time or who have donated gifts toward the remodeling of our church home. THANK YOU!!!


May God continue to guide as we go forward as a congregation. Let us continue to pray that He will give us wisdom and that his will, will always be done.


God's Blessings to all,                                                                                     Chuck Olson



New Adult Study to begin September 12

Excited as we are about our new Sunday School, Christian education isn’t only for the kids!


Beginning Wednesday, September 12, Pastor Henseler will lead a mid-week Bible study focusing on the texts that are due to be read at worship the following Sunday.  Those attending the Digging Deeper text study will have the opportunity to gain some more depth of knowledge that should add meaning and understanding to the Sunday sermon and worship experience.


Beginning the 12th, the Wednesday study will begin at 6 p.m., followed at 7 p.m. by Wednesday Worship.


Hannah’s Hands Bible Study Continues September 10

“Anxiety and Trust” is the focus of the September session of the Hannah’s Hands women’s Bible Study.


The next session will be held Monday, September 10 at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  Janet Hadt will lead the session.  All women are invited, and invited to bring a friend.


Healing Service Set for September 19

The next healing service at Faith Lutheran Mission Church is scheduled for Wednesday, September 19 at the 7 p.m. worship.


All are welcome to receive prayers and to pray for others in need of physical, emotional or spiritual healing.  We claim God’s promise in Matthew that “where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”  Please join us, and bring friends who may not be members but are in need of healing.  God works miracles!


African Mission, Local Homeless Shelter are Missions of the Month

The mission support for September will go to Ruth House and to Marty and Tina Ganong, missionaries in Africa for Global Outreach for Christ.


Ruth House is Hope Gospel Mission’s homeless shelter for women.  The mission of the house is to allow its residents to heal in a Christian surrounding, while allowing them to take part in Hope Gospel Mission’s services which are designed to rescue, renew and rebuild their lives.


The specific Global Mission for Christ ministry being supported is the work of a Bible-translator who is making the Word of God available for the first time in the language of the people native to that area of West Africa. 


Faith Lutheran Mission Church contributes 20% of its weekly offerings to missions, which are split between the Missions of the Month.


Choir Resumes Rehearsals and Regular Contributions to Worship

The Faith Lutheran Mission Church Choir, under the direction of Bob La Mont, will begin rehearsals Thursday, September 6th at 7 p.m. at the church.  The other rehearsal for September will be the 13th at 7 p.m.  The choir will sing at the 9 a.m. Sunday worship service on the 9th and the 23rd.


Those wishing to sing are welcome to come to rehearsals!


Roadside Cleanup Set for September 29

While every believer at Faith Lutheran Mission Church has been adopted into the family of Christ, did you know we are also adopt-ers?  We have adopted – a highway!


Members and friends of Faith Lutheran Mission Church are invited to help clean up a two mile section of County Trunk Highway I south of Eau Claire on Saturday, September 29th.  Gather by 10 a.m. at the Corner Store at I and 93 ready to clean trash from ditches!


Buck on Books

A review from our Church Librarian Dick Buck

This month’s review is actually of a video, rather than a book. 

King of Kings. A Musical and Picture Celebration and of the Life and Land of Jesus.  A pamphlet provides a guide to the video.  It has wonderful music appropriate for the pictures of the country Jesus lived in.  Because of the length, 120 minutes, I suggest the viewing divided into two showings.         

This program is on a video cassette and a cassette player is available. 

Readers Digest.  120 minutes, 19999.                                                                         Dick

Hike for the Homeless Comes September 22 in Carson Park

A fundraiser for one of Faith Lutheran Mission Church’s mission targets – Interfaith Hospitality Network – will be held September 22.  The “Hike for the Homeless” walk, sponsored by Interfaith, will be held on Saturday, September 22 at Carson Park in Eau Claire.


Participants will walk one, two or three miles on the course, with proceeds going to the Beacon House homeless shelter and related programs.  The entry fee is $20, and includes a t-shirt.  Children between the ages of 4 and 9 are $5, and kids 3 and under are free. 


Entry forms can be found at www.beacon-house.org, or can be filled out the day of the walk at Carson Park.


St. Matthew’s Invites Sponsorship of Hmong Lutherans Activities

The Hmong Lutheran Mission of Eau Claire, based just two blocks east of Faith Lutheran Mission Church at the Lutheran Church of St. Matthew, continues to plan activities to bring more Hmong people to Jesus Christ.  The Thanksgiving dinner draws many Hmong together where the Lord’s Word is shared.  Then, on December 31, the New Year’s dinner, a large event which brings many un-churched to the door, takes place.


You could be a sponsor for one of these events.  For more information about the mission and how you can help, contact Rev. Joe Schultz at 715-833-2424.


News and Notes

·         The Property Committee is looking for members.  If you are interested in helping maintain and improve the physical facilities of Faith Lutheran Mission Church, contact Pastor Nick or committee chair LaMoine Parkhurst.


·         A Koala brand baby changing table has been installed in the women’s rest room off the fellowship hall.


·         We continue to have a number of contributions of new books for the church library.  If you bring books to lend or donate, please make sure to give them to Katie Evans or Dick Buck.  They’ll catalogue and file them.  Thanks!


·         Our next New Member Celebration will be on the Sunday, October 19th, worship service. If you would like to become a member of Faith Lutheran Mission Church please contact Pastor Nick. We would love to welcome you into our church family!


·         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)


9:00     Worship

10:00   Fellowship


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


10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.     Office Hours

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 (563-676-1853).  You can also email pastornickhenseler@gmail.com.


The Last Word

Faith is a living, daring confidence in God's grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times.”                                                    Martin Luther