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Words of Faith, December 2014

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WORDS OF FAITH

December 7, 2014

 

The Pastor’s Message

By Rev. Nick Henseler

 

Isaiah 9:6; “For a child is born to us, a son is given to us…”

 

As we enter in to Advent season, for our Wednesday evening services we’ll be taking a look at how Christ the Messiah was prophesied and predicted long before Jesus was even born in that manger in Bethlehem. And it amazes me as I study these prophecies in Scripture how accurate many of these predictions ended up to be and only gives proof as to a divine influence.

 

To give you an idea of the incredible accuracy, the probability of just eight of the Old Testament prophecies being fulfilled is one chance in one hundred million billion. That is a number that is millions of times greater than the total number of people who have ever walked on this planet! Folks, that gives us a confidence that the Bible is inspired by God and is completely trustworthy. There is no way that a person could have made it up.

 

So the Old Testament actually points to the first Christmas. And the New Testament fulfills what the prophets of old were longing for. And remember, Scripture gives just as many prophecies and predictions about Christ when He will return again!

 

So this Advent season let’s be excited not only about the celebration of the birth of Jesus, but also let’s have a hopeful expectation and anticipation of when He will return again to bring all believers home with Him to heaven!

 

Have a blessed Advent everyone!                                                                                     Pr. Nick

                                               

 

Church Year Begins in Anticipation of Christmas

Advent marks the beginning of the church year as we anticipate the celebration of the birth of our Savior.  The season is being marked each Sunday morning by the traditional lighting of the advent candles. 

 

On Wednesdays, Pastor Henseler’s teachings have a focus on Christmas Before Christ.  The two remaining installments will take place at December 10 at 7 p.m. and December 17 at a special time of 11 a.m.

 

The Sunday School Christmas Program will take place during the Sunday 9 a.m. worship on December 21.  The Sunday Schoolers will rehearse the day before at Saturday December 20.

 

The birth of our Lord will be remembered at a special Christmas Eve service December 24 at 4 p.m.  The candlelight service will include special music by the choir.

 

There is a sign-up sheet in the basement for those who would like to purchase poinsettias that can be displayed in the sanctuary.

 

By the way, there will be no evening services December 31.

 

Annual Meeting Date Set for 2015

The annual congregational meeting for Faith Lutheran Mission Church has been set for Sunday, January 25 after Sunday worship.  Included on the agenda will be the election of new council members and congregational officers, and action on the 2015 congregational budget.  Congregation President LaMoine Parkhurst requests that all committees turn in their annual reports to the church office by January 10.

 

Lift Fund Fundraising Continues

Contributions continue to grow to support the construction of a lift designed to make Faith Lutheran Mission Church more accessible.  The congregation voted in October to raise funds for the lift, which will allow individuals to ride to the basement or the sanctuary from within the building or from outside.

 

Through November, $20,925.44 has been raised toward the project, which is expected to cost $32,000.  $14,925.44 has been raised through contributions from the congregation, with an additional $5,000 provided so far from an anonymous contributor who has pledged to provide a dollar for every $2 raised by members and friends of the congregation toward the project.

 

Members can track progress of the project on the thermometer poster in near the church entrance.  Special contributions to the project continue to be welcomed and encouraged.

 

FLMC to Offer Volunteers to Support Interfaith Homeless Shelter in January

Mark your calendars for Janaury 18-24 – it’s the first week of 2015 during which Faith Lutheran Mission Church will be offering volunteers and meals to support the mission of Eau Claire Interfaith Hospitality Network at the Beacon House Homeless Shelter downtown. 

 

We’ll share the week with our LCMC sister congregation Saving Grace.  We’ll be looking for sign-ups for preparing or serving meals, and also looking for some overnight hosts.  Sign-up sheets will be in the church fellowship hall. 

 

Contact Karla Petersen if you have questions.

 

December Mission Offerings to support Community Table and Bible translation in Africa

Faith Lutheran Mission Church dedicates 11% of its weekly offerings to support local missions, and another 10% to missions outside our community.

 

For the month of December, the local mission target is The Community Table, a collaborative effort of local churches, the area food bank and concerned organizations and individuals.  It serves one meal per day each day of the year on a no-questions-asked basis.  Anyone can join the table during mealtime.

 

The non-local support for December will go to support the ministry of Marty and Tina Ganong, who work in West Africa translating the Bible into the native language of a group of people from that area. 

 

Three Days of Prayer Coming in January

Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ has announced that its third annual Three Days of Prayer will take place from January 6th through 8th of 2015.

 

Rev. Mark Vander Tuig, Service Coordinator for LCMC is inviting all of the congregations in LCMC including Faith Lutheran Mission Church to dedicate one day each for confession, petition and vision. 

 

Day One, Tuesday January 6, is a day of confession, recognizing that we have sinned against God, against each other and ourselves.  We have been caught up in big arguments about small things when there are those we love who do not know Jesus, and not connected to his church.

 

Day Two, Wednesday, January 7, is a day of petition.  There are so many things, people and issues to pray for and about, this day is committed to bringing our petitions to God.  We know that He hears our prayers and is at work in ways that we can see, and ways that we will never know.

 

Day Three, Thursday, January 8, is a day of seeking God’s vision for our church and our association.  The church belongs to Jesus and we simply ask the Lord of the church to lead, guide and direct our mission and ministry.

 

“Prayer is the most effective tool in our toolbox and the most powerful piece of equipment in the arsenal,” said Rev. Vander Tuig.  “The church of Jesus Christ will not rise up until we first get to our knees.”

 

January 2015 is also the official start of the LCMC Prayer Chain.  Those who are interested in signing up to commit to praying for all of the congregations in LCMC each month may sign up at the website www.lcmc.net.

 

News and Notes 

  • Men of Faith gather and the Maple Manor Monday, December 8 for study, prayers and breakfast.  Join them at 8:30 a.m.

     

  • FLMC depends on volunteers to keep our sidewalks clear of snow.  Roy Christopherson has volunteers to keep things in shape from December 21 through January 3, but all other dates are still available.  Sign up in the fellowship hall.

 

  • Church cleaning schedule includes Chuck and Kim Olson December 5 & 12, and Katie Evans with Elaine & Bob Moore December 19 and 26.  The family of Kristine Seanor Behling will be taking the first two weeks of January. 

     

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

 

  • 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.

     

  • 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

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

     

    The Last Word

    “Nothing good ever comes of violence.”                                                        Martin Luther

     

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