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Words of Faith, July 2, 2012

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A monthly newsletter for members and friends

Faith Lutheran Mission Church

1704 Hogeboom Ave

Eau Claire, WI  54701

(715) 514-2021


July 2, 2012


The Pastor’s Message

By Rev. Nick Henseler


Galatians 5:1; It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.  Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”


As we celebrate the freedom we have as a country on July 4th, this is also a good time to think about, and also celebrate, the freedom we have because of Jesus.


Just as many patriots died for the freedom we have in America now, so also Jesus died for the freedom we now have as forgiven sinners with a promise of eternal life in heaven!  The Apostle Paul also tells to “stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened by a yoke of slavery.” As believers in the saving grace of Jesus, we are no longer slaves to any burden of sin! The sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross broke any and all chains of bondage to sin.


The Greek word for “burdened” is the word “enecho” which has a meaning of being ensnared as in a trap that we can’t seem to break loose from.  Paul is telling us that we are truly free from this burden.  So then, we need to “stand firm” against the manipulations and deceptions that the devil may try and sway us from this truth and know, deep inside of our hearts and souls, the truth of the great words from John 8:36; “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”


Now that’s a freedom to celebrate! Have a safe and Happy Fourth of July everyone!! 


Pr. Nick


























Founding Member of Faith DeLos Stoike Dies at 98; Services Set for Saturday


DeLos Stoike, one of the prominent voices in the formation of Faith Lutheran Mission Church, died Friday, June 29 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire after a brief battle with pneumonia.


Though he stood strong to defend the Gospel against heresy and erosion of moral standards, DeLos had a razor-sharp sense of humor, and was quick with a good  joke.

DeLos was the oldest person to sign on as a charter member of Faith Lutheran Mission Church, and often stepped up in those formative months to remind the congregation that God’s Word must be defended as the source and norm for our faith. 


DeLos often quoted from a book entitled “What’s Going on Among the Lutherans?” and purchased several copies so that members could read for themselves.  In honor of DeLos and his leadership at Faith Lutheran Mission Church, that book will be the focus of the first in a regular series of book reviews by the caretaker of our church library, Dick Buck.  You can read that review later in this newsletter.


The funeral service for DeLos will be Saturday, July 7 at Evergreen Funeral Home at 4611 Commerce Valley Road in Eau Claire, with Pastor Nick presiding.  Visitation will take place one hour before the service at the funeral home, with burial in Forest Hill Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorial gifts be given.


Following is the official obituary for DeLos:


DeLos C. Stoike, age 98, of Eau Claire died on Friday, June 29, 2012 at Sacred Heart Hospital surrounded by family.


On February 28, 1914, DeLos was born to the late Gus and Ida (Peterson) Stoike in Eau Claire where he was a lifelong resident. DeLos was united in marriage to Janet Krause on April 5, 1941. He proudly served our country during WWII in the S.W. Pacific with the 84th SeaBees Naval division. In 1978, DeLos retired from the Eau Claire City Parks and Recreation Department as Maintenance Supervisor. One of his big joys was being associated with the building of Gelein Field, Riverview and Mt. Simon Parks as he had such an enjoyable and efficient crew to work with.


DeLos is survived by his granddaughters, Michelle Jarvie (Brian) Eggart of Gwinn, MI and Elizabeth Jarvie; great granddaughter, Angela Jarvie; son-in-law, Robert Jarvie all of Green Bay; sister-in-law, Mildred Krause; niece, Nancy (John) Logan; and nephew, Billy (Margie) Krause all of Eau Claire; several great nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his wife Janet; daughter, Renee Jarvie; brothers, Gus and Oscar Stoike; brothers-in-law, Robert and Glenn Krause.


Harrisville to Preach at Annual Joint Worship at Stanfold in Rice Lake

Members of Faith Lutheran Mission Church are invited to take part in the annual summer gathering of orthodox Lutheran congregations at Stanfold Lutheran Church near Rice Lake at 11 a.m. Sunday, July 22.


Rev. Roy Harrisville III of New Life Lutheran Church in Menomonie will preach at the service, set for the shady outdoor pavilion on the edge of the woods on church property.  Congregations from the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC), North American Lutheran Church (NALC) and independent Lutheran congregations from northwestern Wisconsin have been invited to take part in the worship, which is followed by a potluck meal and fellowship period.  Bring a main dish, hot dish or dessert to share.


There will be no worship service the morning of July 22 at Faith Lutheran Mission Church to allow members of the congregation to take part in the joint worship at Stanfold, located four miles west of Rice Lake on Wisconsin 48.  Anyone needing a ride or further directions may reply to this newsletter or contact Pastor Henseler at the church office.


Building Work Continues to Progress

While the blessing, fellowship, prayer and teaching continue inside Faith Lutheran Mission Church, upgrades to the physical plant both inside and out are also moving positively.  A number of the scrub trees and bushes on the property have been cleaned out, and the church siding is in its final stages.  Congregation President Chuck Olson offers more on the building upgrades in his monthly column:


President’s Thoughts

Chuck Olson


The remodeling of the church is going well. The new back door will be installed and the front window above the front doors will have been refinished.  I believe if all goes well the siding portion of the remodeling project should be done in the next two weeks. As I write this for the newsletter the windows have been stained and the interior of the church is being painted.  I am assuming the carpeting will be installed by the end of July or sooner.  It is an exciting time.


There are a number of other projects that will be started once the siding, paint and carpet are installed and finished. We have to finish the downstairs hallway and backroom in time for Sunday school to start in the fall along with making sure the water problem in the back room is corrected.  We think we have found the problem that allowed water to come into the backroom.  LaMoine plans on doing a number of things to fix the water issues we have had.


I cannot thank LaMoine enough for overseeing the majority of the remodeling project.  To everyone who has helped with their time or made a donation to help make these repairs possible, Thank You!!!  God has blessed us all greatly.


May God continue to bless FLMC as we help do God's work in our community, country and around the entire world,


“For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” 

                                       Matthew 18:20 NIV


Chuck Olson


Mission and Vision Discussion Continues

A June 10 forum to discuss a mission statement for the congregation resulted in 40 minutes of give and take, and a couple of possible statements bubbled up from the discussion.  Those suggested statements are as follows:


1.  Empowered by the Holy Spirit, we will share the Word of God in love through Jesus Christ in truth and purity as rooted in Scripture to make disciples to the community and beyond.


2.  Empowered by the Holy Spirit and rooted in scripture, we demonstrate God's love through our ministries to our community, nation, and the world by sharing the truth of the Word of God and the salvation of Jesus Christ.


It was decided the congregation should percolate on those two statements for a while.  In the meantime, several people have responded that a more concise statement might be more effective.  Rev. Bill Christiansen, who helped lead a forum on strategic thinking during Faith Lutheran Mission Church’s first few months, offered the following as food for thought:


Faith Lutheran Mission Church:  Sharing salvation through Jesus Christ in word and deed by the power of the Holy Spirit.”


Further discussion on the mission is set for Sunday, July 15 during the fellowship period.  Pray about what statement will best direct us in our future ministry.


Wednesday Bible Studies in July to Focus on Islam, then Nehemiah

The study of Colossians has concluded, and now the Wednesday evening series will be shifting focus the book of Nehemiah.


Due to the holiday, there will be no study on July 4.  The July 11 service will feature a video on Islam and its impact on Christianity.  Then, Pastor Henseler will begin a new series of Bible studies on the first-person memoir of Nehemiah, who led the effort to rebuild Jerusalem and reform the Jewish nation.  While the story is thousands of years old, the problems of a rebellious people and the gracious God who solves them is current.


The casual Wednesday evening services are held in the basement fellowship hall, and begin at 7 p.m.


Hannah’s Hands Moves to 2nd Monday for a While

The women’s Bible study of Hannah’s Hands will be meeting on the second Monday evening of the month for July, August and September, rather than the first Monday as has been past practice.


Betty Doenier is leading the study series based on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.  On July 9, the focus will be “Forgiveness.”  The study begins at 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall, and all women are invited and encouraged to bring guests.


Grace Lutheran-Eau Claire and Interfaith Hospitality Network are July Missions

Upon recommendation of the Missions Committee, the Faith Lutheran Mission Church council voted in June to include Interfaith Hospitality Network-Beacon House and Grace Lutheran Church of Eau Claire as the recipients of July mission offerings. 


Normally, the committee recommends one local mission and one recipient outside of the immediate geographic area.  However, due to the growing expenses Grace Lutheran faces defending itself in a lawsuit brought by former members fighting the congregation’s decision to affiliate with LCMC, the committee and the council felt it was fitting to give 10% of the congregation’s weekly offerings for July to Grace.  It is hoped that the contribution will not only ease the congregation’s financial burden, but will also demonstrate solidarity to its leadership and members, and let them know they are not alone as they defend the Gospel and the right of a congregation to determine its own affiliations.


Also receiving 10% of July’s offerings will be IHN-Beacon House, a consortium of churches providing 4,700 nights of shelter and 13,000 meals to 60 homeless families each year.


Sunday School is Coming!

Faith Lutheran Mission Church’s first Rally Sunday, a day for enrollment of students into Sunday School, has been set for September 9th.  Kristine Behling has stepped forward to develop and spearhead the Sunday School program for the fall.  Let her know if you would like to help!


Please keep Kristine and all those in the education program in your prayers as they develop curriculum, and be on the lookout for children and families to invite to join this exciting, historic moment in our congregation’s history.


St. Matthew’s Seeks Youth Leader

Our friends and neighbors at The Lutheran Church of St. Matthew have shared the following position opening.  If you know of someone who may be called to this position, please prayerfully approach them and share this posting:


St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 1915 Hogeboom Ave, Eau Claire, WI 54701, is looking to hire someone for a 15-hour per week position as the Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries. Formal Children/Youth/Family Ministry training helpful. Proven ability to grow youth ministry a plus. Qualified applicants may send a resume to the above address. St. Matthew Lutheran Church is part of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.


FLMC Library Book Review by Dick Buck


What’s Going On Among the Lutherans?  A Comparison of Beliefs.  Patsy A. Leppient and J. Kincaid Smith.  Northwestern Publishing House,  Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  1992.


In 2009 the ELCA voted to affirm same-sex unions and lower the sexual standards of clergy.  This is just one example of how ELCA has strayed from the authority of Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions and is probably the main reason that many have left ELCA churches.  However, be aware, that this is only the tip of the iceberg.  


Chapter one in this book lists nineteen liberal positions being taught in ELCA seminaries.  For each liberal position a conservative position if given.  Some examples of liberal positions:

            1.  Adam and Eve are not real people.

            2.  Jesus Christ was not born of a virgin.

            3.  The doctrine of the Trinity is not taught in the Bible.

Chapter one states the conservative position first and then the liberal position in short statements.   In later chapters these positions are discussed in detail.


A quote from page 52 indicates how serious this situation is.


“As liberals in the ALC-LCA seminaries we were trained to be careful how we talked around conservative lay people.  We knew of pastors who were getting themselves into trouble because lay people were finding what they really believed . . . .”  In other words the professors in seminaries were teaching their students to be censors.


In addition to the section on the conservative and liberal positions there are two other sections; Section II, The Great Strengths of Lutheranism and Section III, American Lutheranism’s Drift into the New Thinking.  Both of these sections provide history and background information of the Lutheran Church and are interesting to read.


Several copies of book was donated to Faith Lutheran Mission Church from DeLos Stoike.   They are on the top shelf of the Faith Lutheran Mission Church library.


A new addition to the library is “The Nativity Story,” a one hour and 41 minute move on DVD.  It was the cruelest of times.  Under Herod’s torturous reign, families struggle to survive and yet, in the midst of utter turmoil, a young woman’s faith was put to the test.  Powerful, timeless and visually magnificent, this movie is a beautiful telling of one of the world’s most familiar stories.


By the way, an updated listing of the books and other materials available through the library is available in paper form on the shelves, or online at www.faithlutheranmc.org.


Dick Buck


Salvation Army Seeks Contributions to New Hygiene Center

Amanda Radle, the social services director for the Salvation Army’s new Eau Claire-based Hygiene Center, says the following items are needed:  diapers, wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, facial tissue, laundry soap, bar soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothpaste, dental floss, toothbrushes, cleaning supplies and feminine hygiene products.   They can be delivered to The Salvation Army at 2211 S. Hastings Way in Eau Claire.


News and Notes…

·        Thanks to Mary Ann Christopherson, who has taken over the writing and printing of the bulletins.  Thanks also Dale Johnson who had been carrying that task since the first few weeks of this congregation’s existence.  One nice new feature is the listing of the following Sunday’s readings, to help us be prepared for the sermon!

·        Our friends at Stanfold in Rice Lake are not only preparing for the join worship mentioned earlier in this newsletter, but also are busy getting ready for their 4th Annual Music Festival and Crafts Fair.  They are looking for musicians to perform during 30-minute time slots throughout the afternoon of August  19th.  Unlimited space is available for crafters to spend the afternoon showing and selling their crafts, and the Stanfold men will have a food booth.  Musicians receive their meals free of charge.  For details, contact Kerri Ashlin (kerriashlin2000@yahoo.com or 715-234-4762).

·        Worship Committee will meet Monday, July 16 at 6 p.m. at the church.

·        Congregation Council will have its regular meeting at 7 p.m., Monday July 16 in the fellowship hall.  All are welcome.

·        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.


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

We are saved by faith alone, but the faith that saves is never alone.
Martin Luther