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Words of Faith, February 1, 2014

posted Feb 1, 2014, 9:04 PM by Faith Lutheran   [ updated Jun 4, 2015, 6:41 AM by Nick Henseler ]


A monthly newsletter for members and friends

Faith Lutheran Mission Church

1704 Hogeboom Ave

Eau Claire, WI  54701

(715) 514-2021


February 1, 2014


The Pastor’s Message

By Rev. Nick Henseler


Romans 15:13; “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.”


That word “hope” is such an amazing word; however it seems for many people to just be a concept that they are constantly searching for and always reaching towards but never actually having in their grasp. And yet the Apostle Paul says that we can actually be overflowing with a confident hope.


So how can we get some of this “confident hope” within us? Notice that word “then.” Whenever we see that word in Scripture we can know that what follows the word “then” is dependent upon what was stated previously. Verse 13 tells us that the “source of hope” is from God and that He “will fill you completely with joy and peace.” And why will God do this? The whole verse, and all of the blessings stated, is contingent upon those words “because you have trust in him.” That word “trust” comes from the Greek word “pisteuo” which means “to believe, have faith in, and have trust in.”


Think of it this way…even as cold out as it is now and is going to be for the next weeks, we still know that eventually Spring will come and bring some warmer temperatures. Folks, just as you can know that better days are coming for the weather you can also know that better days are coming “to fill you completely with joy and peace.” And if you can believe, have faith, and trust in Wisconsin weather you can definitely believe, have faith, and trust in God!


So believe in our loving God and have faith and trust that He loves You and wants to give you a “confident hope” that is through His Holy Spirit.


Have a blessed February everyone!                                                                Pr. Nick



New President Elected and Budget Passed at Annual Meeting

LaMoine Parkhurst was elected president of Faith Lutheran Mission Church at the Annual Congregational Meeting held Sunday, January 26.  He joins returning officers Jack Daniel (Vice-President), Mary Ann Christopherson (Treasurer) and Katie Evans (Secretary) on the executive committee.


Forty-five voting members were present as LaMoine and Chuck Olson were elected to two year terms on the council to replace outgoing members Chris Flaten and Dean Kallenbach.  Returning council members elected to two year terms were Katie Evans, Mary Ann Christopherson and Sarah Seanor.


The congregation approved a balanced budget of $117,657, with $24,510 planned for missions based on a dedication of 21% of general offerings.  In presenting the budget, Mary Ann announced that the mortgage on the church building is being refinanced, with an expected savings of $100 per month.


Other business at the annual meeting included the election of Chris Flaten, Dean Kallenbach and Kim Olson to the nominating committee, and Mark Strack, Kelly Spencer and Karla Petersen to the audit committee.


LCMC Congregational Workshop Coming to Eau Claire

The leadership and members of Faith Lutheran Mission Church have been invited to take part in a Congregational Workshop led by Rev. Mark Vander Tuig, the Service Coordinator for Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ on February 14 and 15 at Saving Grace Lutheran Church in Eau Claire’s Eastridge Center.


According to the LCMC website, the workshop is designed and offered to help as many members of local LCMC churches as possible to make the paradigm shift from membership to discipleship.  Further, the site says that this is not an easy transition, but it will be necessary for us to become effective again in reaching people who do not know Jesus. 


In the workshop, Rev Vander Tuig will present some Biblical concepts that will hopefully challenge, inspire and encourage our people to remember who we are as the Body of Christ and to whom we belong: Jesus. 


The Friday session February 14 is intended for members of the church council and the pastor.  The Saturday session will be a workshop for all members of the congregation beginning at 10 a.m. and lasting through 3:30 p.m. at Saving Grace February 15.  The session includes sessions titled “The Purpose of the Church,” “Leadership Development,” “You Have Been Drafted,” “Dealing with Conflict in Love,” and “The Next Step.”


The goal is to have at least 30% of our members attend the Saturday event.  Lunch will be provided.  A $5 donation is requested for the Saturday event, which will be contributed to Feed My People in Eau Claire.  No reservation is required for the Saturday event – just show up at Saving Grace Lutheran Church, 2124 Eastridge Center in Eau Claire!


LCMC Wisconsin Lutheran Women Announce Lenten Devotional

“Lenten Journeys: Life at the Crossroads,” a day-to-day women’s devotional written by LCMC women in Wisconsin, including several women from our congregation, is now available for sale.  Copies can be purchased by members of Faith Lutheran Mission Church for $2.15 each, the cost of publishing.


The devotional, edited by Pastor Gerald Hibbard of Chetek, is on sale by CreateSpace, an Amazon Company for $5 to the general public, and is also available for download on Kindle.  Proceeds from those sales will go to raise money for an LCMC Wisconsin Women’s retreat.  The link can be found at www.createspace.com/4629907.


To support this ministry of Wisconsin Women by purchasing women’s devotionals, contact Cindy Westphal at Trinity Lutheran Church in Birchwood at 715-354-3790 to place your order at cost.


Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 5.


Still Time to Sign Up for Mexico Mission Trip

There is still room for members of Faith Lutheran Mission Church to take part in an Easter-week mission trip to Rio Bravo, Mexico.


Larry Seever, a member of Stanfold Lutheran Church in Rice Lake is leading a group of adults and teens from Stanfold and Faith Lutheran Mission Church for a week of ministry to Mission Mexico International, LCMC in Rio Bravo, Mexico during Easter week, 2014.


Ten percent of our total weekly offerings from January and February will go to support the airfare of the Faith Lutheran Mission Church missionary travelers.  Any of that offering that exceeds the cost of the plane tickets will be given to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Rio Bravo, a mission congregation of Mission Mexcio International.


MMI is overseen by Pastor Enrique Estrada, a member of the LCMC board of trustees, and Larry is a member of the MMI board.  Pastor Victor Barbosa leads the Rio Bravo ministry with his wife Lucy, and they have done outreach in the community which includes providing food and teaching sewing.  Children’s ministry is a very important element of Good Shepherd’s work in Rio Bravo, providing food and a safe place for youngsters to gather.


Those going on the trip in April will specifically be combining physical labor to support the church facilities in the morning (perhaps laying ceramic tile in the sanctuary or painting the walls) and spiritual training to support the evangelistic work of Good Shepherd in Rio Bravo by helping with Vacation Bible School during the weekday afternoons.  No special skills or training are required – you just need a valid passport.


Travelers will fly out of Minneapolis the weekend of Palm Sunday.  They will be met at Harlington, Texas airport by Pastor Enrique (with the church van) and Larry (in his camper) to be transported to Rio Bravo.  In addition to the work on and for the church, there will be opportunities to worship with the congregation on Good Friday, and perhaps excursions to the beach or shopping.  Return will be Easter Sunday or the following day.


If you wish to learn more or sign up, please contact Pastor Henseler or Mission Committee Chair Dean Kallenbach soon.


Hmong Lutheran Congregation to Receive Local Mission Support for February

The Hmong Lutheran Congregation which meets at the Lutheran Church of St. Matthew in Eau Claire will receive the local split of our mission offering for the month of February.  The congregation provides Bible-based Christian worship targeting at Hmong refugees and their descendants living in the Chippewa Valley.  The congregation will receive 11% of weekly offerings to Faith Lutheran Mission Church in the month.


Past Mission Recipients Send Thanks

Time to catch up on the thank-you notes we’ve received from some of our mission recipients over the past few months:

  • From Morgan Jackson, Senior Vice President of Faith Comes By Hearing

    Thank you for your donation of $748.70 to provide Military BibleSticks for our troops.  Does it make a difference?  Read what these chaplains had to say:

    “Thank you for remembering us halfway around the world, in harm’s way, and far from loved ones.”

    “With technology moving at such a fast pace and our world becoming more and more secular, it’s nice to see an organization taking charge and equipping today’s Service Members with their most important piece of equipment, the spiritual armor of GOD!

  • From Scott, Deb, Darrell, Nikki and Chauncey Marrier of Hands Foundation

On behalf of our family and the brave veterans we are all trying to help, we thank you so much.  We would like to share the amazing things God has done just in the last few days.  We received a call asking us if we wanted 2,000 comforters for FREE!  Of course, we said yes.  Then the owner of Creekside Convenience in Owen said he was willing to pick up all the pallets of comforters and take them where we needed to store them for FREE!  The two semi-trucks were absolutely full and it was quite a job unloading it, but the driver and the fork lift driver wouldn’t take any money to help.  Then, in the mail, we were humbled and blessed to receive your most generous check.  Please know that every penny will go to help these homeless veterans.  Winter is a critical time for them.  We don’t want these veterans to feel as if they are forgotten.  Your generous help will let them know that God, and all of us, know they are there and we will do anything we can to help.

  • From Suzanne Becker, Assistant Director, Feed My People Food Bank, Eau Claire

    Thank you for your commitment to improving the lives of families in our community.  Your donation of $642.19 to Feed My People Food Bank will offer hope to many who struggle to put food on the table.  We believe hunger is a solvable problem.  By partnering with mover 100 hunger relief programs and generous donors like you, we hope to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors in need.  Thank hyoufor being a part of our team!

  • From Leon Glander, Gideons International

Thank you for your generosity in giving to the Gideon organization.  These funds will be used in their entirety to provide scriptures in the traffic lanes of life.  We consider your church to be partners with us in the work of missions.  I was overwhelmed by the reception Cindy and I received and admire your courage to stand for the truth of God’s Word.  Please continue to focus on our wonderful Lord!


Saving Grace Moves Into Expanded Space

In a congregational vote in late December, Saving Grace Lutheran Church, our sister congregation in Eau Claire, voted to expand its facility within the Eastridge Center.  Effective this month, the congregation has a new five-year lease which will expand its facility into the northeast corner and east side of Eastridge Center, including the old iPacesetters site.  The decision comes in response to continued growth and strong participation of the congregation which was ejected from Grace Lutheran Church via a court decision last year.


News and Notes

  • The next New Member Sunday is set for February 16.  If you or someone you know would like to become a member, please contact Pastor Nick.


  • The church council will meet Monday, February 17 at 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall. 

  • Hannah’s Hands will meet at the church Monday, February 10 at 7 p.m.


  • Men of Faith will meet on Monday, February 10 at 8:30 a.m. at Maple Manor Restaurant.


  • We need volunteers willing to remove snow from the church sidewalk.  If you can help other weeks this winter, please sign up on the sheet by the bulletin board.


  • Church cleaning schedule includes Roy and Mary Ann Christopherson for Februkary 4, Kristing Seanor-Behling and family February 14 and 21, and Lee Ann Beck with Pam and Orv Bystol for February 28 and March 7.


  • 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

    “Let us keep to Christ, and cling to Him, and hang on Him, so that no power canremove us.”                                                                                                                    Martin Luther