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Words of Faith, July 1, 2013

posted Jul 1, 2013, 9:03 PM by Faith Lutheran

 

The Pastor’s Message

By Rev. Nick Henseler

 

2 Corinthians 3:17; Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

 

As we celebrate the Fourth of July as a time of establishing ourselves as an independent nation, we can also use this time to remember and celebrate our freedom that is through Jesus Christ!

 

The Greek word the Apostle Paul uses here for “freedom” is the word “eleutheria” which translates into meaning “a state of freedom from slavery.” By Jesus dying on the Cross as the propitiation of our sins, we have freedom from the bondage of sin! St. Paul emphasizes in this verse that the freedom we have is “where the Spirit of the Lord is.”

 

Now what is really important here is that the Greek verb structure of this verse is such that not only is our “freedom” dependent upon “where the Spirit of the Lord is” but also that our “freedom” is continuously being offered to us through the Holy Spirit as we rely on Him to help us defend ourselves against the darts of devil and all the temptations of sin that may be on our lives.

 

What this means is that we can be “independent” from sin when we are “in dependence” upon Jesus and His Holy Spirit. Now THAT’S something to celebrate!!

 

Have a blessed July everyone!!!                                                                                 Pr. Nick

                                                                       

 

Joint Outdoor Service with Saving Grace set for Phoenix Park

Eau Claire’s two Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) communities will join for worship at a special outdoor service Sunday, July 21 at Phoenix Park.

 

The joint service of Faith Lutheran Mission Church and Saving Grace Lutheran Church will begin at 10:30 a.m.  All those attending are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or something else on which to sit.

 

A pot luck lunch will follow the service, so bring a dish to pass and join in the fellowship!

 

A special joint choir will be formed with singers from both congregations for the worship.  All who would like to sing at the service are invited to take part.  The rehearsals will be the two Wednesday evenings before the service – July 10 and 17 – at 7 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Mission Church.  All are welcome!

 

July Brings Temporary Changes in Wednesday Evening Worship

The first three Wednesdays in July will mean some changes to the normal mid-week schedule of worship.

 

Due to Pastor Nick’s vacation, there will be no mid-week worship on July 3.  Pastor Nick returns to lead worship on the theme “What Do I Believe: A Discussion of the Apostles Creed” on July 10 and 17, but the services those weeks will begin at 6 p.m. instead of the normal 7 p.m. start in order to free the facility for choir rehearsal for the July 21 outdoor service.

 

Wednesday services on July 24 and 31 will return to their normal start time of 7 p.m.

 

Rev. Orvin Bystol to Preach July 7

With Pastor Nick on vacation July 1-8, FLMC member Rev. Orvin Bystol will lead worship on Sunday, July 7 at 9 a.m. 

 

Karen Marten will serve as guest organist for that service.

 

Four New Members Join Faith Lutheran Mission Church

The congregation said hello to four new members to Faith Lutheran Mission Church during a service of welcoming on June 16.

 

LaVerne Gleiter, Bill Ziel, Cindy Risty and Mark Strack asked to have their names added to the membership roster of the congregation, bringing the number of new members so far in 2013 to seven.

 

Vacation Bible School Brings Scriptural Basics

Seven Faith Lutheran Mission Church kids took part in a joint Vacation Bible School with Saving Grace Lutheran in June.

 

Bible Boot Camp included four two-hour sessions, including a fun night at Fairfax pool.  Check out some great photos of our kids doing basic training for the Lord on our web site – www.faithlutheranmc.org.

 

Interfaith Hospitality Network Opportunities Continue

Faith Lutheran Mission Church provided and served dinner June 1 and June 30 at Beacon House, the homeless shelter supported by Interfaith Hospitality Network. 

 

The congregation will be serving again on Saturday, July 6.  We’re still in need of people to sign up for preparing a main course, providing veggies, bringing bread, milk, or dessert, and we also need some volunteers to serve the meal.  If you have questions or would like to sign up, contact Karla Petersen at 715-828-9985.

 

Missions of the Month:  IHN & EEMN

Faith Lutheran Mission Church will dedicate eleven percent of its offerings in the month of July to the Eau Claire Interfaith Hospitality Network, which operates the Beacon House homeless shelter for families.  This consortium of churches provides 4,700 nights of shelter and 13,000 meals to 60 homeless families each year.

 

Another ten percent of FLMC regular July offerings will be dedicated to the Eastern European Mission Network.  EEMN is a Biblically-based, evangelical inter-Lutheran mission agency what supports missionaries in Belarus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Turkey and Ukraine.

 

Thanks from Some Mission Partners

We’ve received some thank you notes from recent mission recipients.

 

Patricia Stein, Executive Director of Bolton Refuge House, sent the following note:

Thank you, thank you!!  We offer you our sincere gratitude and appreciation for the generous donation of $1,312.55 from your March mission offering.  This contribution enables us to continue to assist women and children in the community.

 

Your gift will help address the immediate needs of our clients and their children.  Bolton Refuge House provides safe shelters, support groups, economic and legal advocacy, children’s programs, a transitional living program, and other services that would not be possible without the kindness and generosity of people like you.

 

We also heard from Rachel Keniston, Executive Director of The Community Table:

Thank you for the $1,457.62 donation and for your support of The Community Table.

 

For twenty years, The Community Table has been serving hot food and hospitality to those in need.  We offer daily, balanced meals on a no-questions asked basis.

 

The Community Table was built and is supported by our community.  It is a place where people come together over food, the most basic of needs, and quench their thirst for companionship, cooperation and a sense of commonality.  Each day, volunteers, staff and guests share a table, breaking down barriers and feeding not only bodies but also spirits. 

 

Thank you for being a part of our Community.  You are always welcome at our table.

 

Finally, a brief note from Pastor Steve King at Sola Publishing:

Thank you for your continued support of Sola Publishing.  We are very grateful for congregations like yours.

 

Hannah’s Hands and Men of Faith Meet July 8

Hannah’s Hands women’s group will continue its current study based on Max Lucado’s book “Facing Your Giants.”  The group meets again at the church on Monday, July 8 at 7 p.m.

 

Men of Faith will gather at the Maple Manor Restaurant in Eau Claire Monday, July 8.

Breakfast will be ordered at 8:30, with the Bible study beginning thereafter.  All men are welcome.  Just come to Maple Manor, 2507 South Hastings Way, and look for our group in the back room.

 

Fellowship Hall Floors to Shine – and You can Help!

At its June meeting, the congregation council decided to hire Maug Cleaning to strip and wax the basement floor, which will serve the purpose of protecting and beautifying the area. 

 

Cost of the procedure is expected to be about $1,000.  While the council authorized this expenditure from the general fund, any individuals wishing to direct gifts to this effort may do so by contacting the Pastor or any church council member.

 

Stanfold Music Festival Set for August 18

Stanfold Lutheran Church of rural Rice Lake will host its annual Music Festival on the church grounds Sunday, August 18th beginning with an outdoor worship service at 9:30. 

 

The music begins at noon and continues throughout the afternoon in Stanfold’s outdoor pavilion.  Grilled food will be available throughout the day, and crafters are invited to set up booths around the festival grounds.  Admission is free.

 

LCMC Annual Gathering Set in Michigan

Registrations are now being accepted for the 13th Annual Gathering of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ, set for October 6-9 at the Adoba Hotel in Dearborn, Michigan with the theme of the conference being “The Grace of Giving.” 

 

The four days of fellowship, networking, worship and music are designed to help attendees find out how we, as followers of Jesus, can learn to fund the Great Commission in our generation.

 

Keynote speakers include Pastor Kyle Idelman, author of the book, “Not a Fan,” Chuck Bentley, CEO of Crown Financial Ministries, and Pastor Enrique Estrada, executive director of Mission Mexico International and a member of the LCMC Board of Trustees.  The focus of the program will be 2 Corinthians 8:1-7.

 

Following the gathering will be an optional, additional two-day New Ministry Workshop.

 

Wanted – Book Reviewers!

Dick Buck, our church librarian, is taking this issue off from his regular book review column “Buck on Books,” but he encourages anyone interested in reviewing a book that is housed in the Faith Lutheran Mission Church library to draft a few paragraphs explaining what the book is about and why you found it helpful.  If you want to write a review, contact Dick or Pastor Henseler for more details.

 

News and Notes

·         The Fellowship Committee is planning a congregational picnic in Carson Park after church on a Sunday in August.  Watch the bulletin for specifics on the date and other details.

 

·         Mark your calendars for Rally Sunday September 8.  The next healing service will also take place in September.

 

·         Thanks to Hartwick Hanson and Margaret Norheim, who provided donations used to purchase two DVD players and a WiFi router for worship and educational use.

 

·         New solar shades have been purchased for the vestibule area in the front of the church.  In addition to privacy, the shades will keep heat from building up as quickly in the entryway.

 

·         Next church council meeting is set for July 15 at 7 p.m.

 

·         The church cleaning schedule for July is David and Sarah Seanor for July 10-13 and Katie Evans, Bob and Elaine Moore for July 24-27.  If you have questions, contact Elaine at 715-834-6735.

 

·         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—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)

Sundays

9:00     Worship

10:00   Fellowship & Sunday School

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

 

The Last Word

You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say.                                                                                                                                                Martin Luther

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