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Words of Faith, August 3, 2012

posted Aug 3, 2012, 11:20 PM by Faith Lutheran


A monthly newsletter for members and friends

Faith Lutheran Mission Church

1704 Hogeboom Ave

Eau Claire, WI  54701

(715) 514-2021


August 3, 2012


The Pastor’s Message

By Rev. Nick Henseler


Luke 10:2; “He told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”


The past month we decided as a congregation, with much prayer, our mission and vision statement; “Sharing salvation from God our Father, through His Son Jesus Christ, by word and deed through the power of the Holy Spirit.”


Folks, this is who we are and this is what we are all about! It’s about sharing the love of God and the truth that is in His Word through all that we do here at Faith Lutheran Mission Church with the awesome power of the Holy Spirit.


I am so excited for what God is going to do here at FLMC! And there is much work to do as we know…Luke’s Gospel says that “the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.”


Let us continue to share the Good News of salvation of Jesus Christ that is in the Word of God of which we stand on as a church. We have been blessed here at FLMC so now let us use that blessing to be a blessing to others.  

Pr. Nick
























Faith Lutheran Mission Church Records First Baptisms!

Seven-year-old Ryan Lee Salemme and 8-month-old Rhea Marie Anderson were baptized Tuesday, July 31 in the church sanctuary by Pastor Henseler.


Mary Ann and Roy Christopherson’s daughter Jessica and son-in-law David were visiting from Texas, and their children were baptized while they were in town.  Congratulations!


Building Improvements Wrapping Up

The church remodeling project approved by congregational vote in March was completed last month. 


Congregation President Chuck Olson reported to the church council at its July 16th meeting that the siding on the church building is completed and paid in full.  Windows were installed and the interior was painted earlier in the summer, and the carpet was installed later in July.


The project, which had an estimated cost of $30,092, was funded from a $10,092 capital campaign and a $20,000 draw from the congregation’s fund balance.  Contributions to the building fund continue to be used to replenish the fund balance.



President’s Thoughts

Chuck Olson, Congregation President


"Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.”  Luke 22:42 NKJV


We give thanks and praise to our Triune God for all the blessings he has and continues to gives us at FLMC. We thank Him for the church remodeling project and for the children's ministry that is coming this fall to FLMC. We continue to pray that His will is always done in every decision that is made at FLMC.


The work God continues to do at FLMC in missions, evangelism, education and in worship is very exciting. May we continue to pray on a daily basis for his Holy Spirit to lift us up and help lead us to do His work here on earth.


May God Bless You and your Families Always!                                             Chuck Olson


Rally Sunday to include Open House

Faith Lutheran Mission Church’s first day of Sunday School is set for September 9th.  The Rally Day celebration will include registration of Sunday School students.  Kristine Seanor-Behling is leading the Sunday School planning, so if you’d like to help, contact Kristine.  The council has approved lawn signs advertising the children’s ministries.


The Fellowship Committee recommend, and the church council approved, an open house also on September 9th , which will be held to give interested community members an opportunity to come see what – and Who – we’re about.  Lemonade, coffee and cookies will be served, and the open house will last from 1:00 to 3:00.


More details will be coming out in the August announcements and in September’s Words of Faith.


Hannah’s Hands Bible Study Continues August 13

“Praying Together” is the focus of the August session of the Hannah’s Hands women’s Bible Study.


The next session will be held Monday, August 13 at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  Betty Doenier will lead the session.  All women are invited, and invited to bring a friend.


New Hope, Minong and Chippewa Valley Free Clinic are Missions of the Month

The mission support for August will go to the Chippewa Valley Free Clinic and New Hope Lutheran Church in Minong.


New Hope, which formed within a couple months of Faith Lutheran Mission Church, is planning a celebration Sunday to dedicate its new building August 19.  The congregation had been meeting in rented or borrowed spaces.  Through a series of miracles, the congregation was able to purchase an A-Frame building that meets their needs very well, according to New Hope member Marge Olson.  They have been worshipping in the new facility this summer as they put wrap up the remodeling and put the finishing coats of paint on the facility.  The gift to faith is to show our solidarity and support.


The Chippewa Valley Free Clinic provides medical examinations, tests, medications and treatment to individuals in the greater Eau Claire area who are uninsured or underinsured.


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


Buck on Books

A review from our Church Librarian Dick Buck


Mary Called Magdalene, a historical novel written by Margaret George.


Margaret George lived a short time in Israel and made six trips to Israel, the last to follow the footsteps of Mary in preparation for writing this book.  The author’s knowledge of Israel during the time of Christ is great. She knows the customs, the geography and the historical events during this period. She also did seven years of Bible study.  With this background Margaret George weaves the facts and fiction together in such a way that all that is written appears to be true.


The reader learns about:

            1.  A family’s pilgrimage to Jerusalem, walking and camping.

            2.  Growing up in a family that was observant to the Law.

            3.  The experience of having a demon.

            4.  What is your true family?

            5.  Insights into the disciples, Mary and Jesus though their                                        conversations with each other.

            6.  The relationship between Mary and Jesus.

            7.  Was Mary a disciple or apostle?


The book does not have maps.  The map of Jesus’ ministry in the back cover of the NIV Bible is helpful.  Several copies of this Bible are in the book case.  And maps and information about Magdala can be found on the internet.


In the back of the book there are four sections: Author’s Afterword, An Introduction to Mary Called Magdalene, A Conversation with Margaret George, and Questions for Discussion.                                                                                                             Dick


LCMC “Catch the Wave” Youth Event set for March 8-10, 2013

One of the first district-wide events held earlier this year was the youth event hosted by Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Tomah.  The dynamic youth leaders at Gloria Dei are already planning the 2013 event, and LCMC youth groups are invited and encouraged to come!


The 2013 “Catch the Wave” LCMC Youth Event takes place March 8-10, 2013 at Three Bears Lodge in Warrens.    The theme of the event is SWAG – Saved With Amazing Grace.  Speakers are being lined up, and popular Christian musician Peder Eide has committed to performing as he did this year. 


Registration materials will be arriving in congregations in August so youth groups can get their room reservations, which are bound to book up fast.


Anyone interested in helping plan the 2013 LCMC Youth Event may contact Lisa McCormick or Cyndy Hall at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church by phone – 608-372-4758 – or via email at gloriadeiministry@charter.net.


Stanfold, Rice Lake calls Kent Wallace as Pastor

Kent Wallace, president of the Iowa District of LCMC, returns to Wisconsin in August to begin his new call to serve as pastor of Stanfold Lutheran Church in Rice Lake. 


Pastor Kent has been serving Our Savior’s Lutheran in Callendar, Iowa for the past six years as parish pastor.  According to Stanfold’s Interim Pastor Gerald Hibbard, Pastor Kent has alerted the Stanfold congregation council that he is accepting its call to him as pastor. Pastor Kent and wife Rebecca are expected to be in Rice Lake at the beginning of August. 


Peter and Janelle Rimmereid have First Child

Last month, Pastor Peter Rimmereid, who served Faith Lutheran Mission Church as a supply pastor while he was attending seminary, returned from a week-long mission trip to Colorado with the youth of Bethesda Lutheran in Dresser.  However, flopping into bed at the end of a long trip was not in the cards for Pastor Peter.


“When I got home that night,” said Pastor Peter, “(my wife) Janelle had been experiencing some contractions for a few hours.  So, at 1:30 a.m. we headed for the hospital.  On Saturday at 12:04 p.m., Adelle Lynn Rimmereid was born weighing in at 7 pounds, 5 ounces.”


Congratulations to Pastor Peter and Janelle on the birth of their first child.  Adelle’s paternal grandparents are Christa and Pastor Bruce Rimmereid of Christ Lutheran Church of Bloomer (WI). 


News and Notes

·         Pastor Henseler will be on vacation August 6-12.  FLMC Member Rev. Orvin Bystol will preach in Pastor Henseler’s absence August 12.  Thanks to Orvin, and blessings to Pastor Nick and Lori as they take a break!


·         A Celebration of the Life of Mark Brunner, the son-in-law of LaVerne Gleiter, will be held Sunday, August 5 2-4 p.m. at Hobbsy & Me at 3620 Locust Lane in Eau Claire.  Mark died earlier this year


·         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!


·         There will be a new Bible study on Wednesday evenings at 6pm starting on September 12th. We will be Digging Deeper into the Gospel text that was preached about on the Sunday previous to the Bible study. Bring your Bibles and let's Dig Deep into what God has for us through conversation about the Gospel!


·         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!


·         The Third Annual Stanfold Music Festival is planned for Sunday, August 19 noon-4 p.m. at Stanfold Lutheran Church west of Rice Lake.  Seven to eight musical acts will perform praise, gospel and bluegrass music.  The men’s group at Stanfold will provide a food booth, and crafters will be displaying and selling items as well.


·         Lutheran CORE is sponsoring a conference, “Preaching and Teaching the Law and Gospel of God” at Calvary Lutheran Church in Golden Valley, Minnesota August 15-16.  If you would like to learn more, see the bulletin board 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)


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

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