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Words of Faith, June 2012

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WORDS OF FAITH

A monthly newsletter for members and friends

Faith Lutheran Mission Church

1704 Hogeboom Ave

Eau Claire, WI  54701

(715) 514-2021

www.faithlutheranmc.org

June 3, 2012

 

The Pastor’s Message

By Rev. Nick Henseler

 

Colossians 3:1-2; “Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits at God's right hand in the place of honor and power. Let heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about things down here on earth.” (NLT)

 

It is so easy to just fill our thoughts with the stuff of this world, isn’t it? And that was the exact problem the Apostle Paul was dealing with when he wrote this Letter to the church of Colossae. The Colossians were filling their heads with rules and regulations of how each person in the church needed to be in order to be a good “church person.” And no doubt there were a few Colossians who thought that the only way for it to be a “good church” was to have the wine served in a particular way and that the floor of the sanctuary had to be a particular color.

 

So Paul says; “Let heaven fill your thoughts.” Paul is telling the Colossians, and us, that it’s not about what you think is important down here; the only thing that is important is what is important in heaven. It’s not about Lilac bushes; it’s about the Love of God. It’s not about what we think are holy things in our church; it’s about the holiness of Jesus. It’s not about the siding on the church; it’s about the Spirit of God. And it’s not about the carpet; it’s about Christ.

 

Let heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about things down here on earth.” All pilots when they fly make sure they have sunglasses that have an optical quality that brings clarity to their vision with no glare or color distortion. What kind of “lens” are you looking through? Are you seeing only some colors or maybe even only one color; the color you choose to see with? Is the glare of the world taking your focus off the things of heaven? The Apostle Paul tells us to get rid of the glare and color distortions we are looking through;

 

Let heaven fill your thoughts” and “Do not think only about things down here on earth.”

 

Have a blessed June everyone!!      

Pr. Nick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mission and Vision Forum for Congregation Set for June 10

While Faith Lutheran Mission Church has been waist-deep in ministry since its formation in 2010, we’ve been spending the past few months – through a series of congregational forums – thinking about our congregation’s strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for ministry.

 

Another step in that process comes Sunday, June 10 as the congregation is invited to discuss potential Mission and Vision Statements for Faith Lutheran Mission Church.  We’ll be invited to weigh in on some draft statements that have bubbled out of the work done in previous forums.  All members and interested friends are invited to take part in the discussion after our fellowship time following the service on Sunday morning.

 

Healing Service Proves Uplifting

Faith Lutheran Mission Church’s first healing service was held Wednesday, May 23.  Those in attendance enjoyed uplifting music and extended periods of prayer.  The service, led by Pastor Henseler, also included opportunities for individuals to come forward for specific prayers of healing for physical, spiritual, relational and emotional ailments.  Watch for another soon!

 

Summer Building Work Progressing at a Rapid Pace

The capital improvement project approved by the congregation in March is well underway.  The new windows have been installed, and the exterior sheathing is up awaiting installation of the new vinyl siding.  Watch for that work to move quickly during the month of June.  Interior painting and laying for the carpet will come later.

 

Important information regarding the carpet selection: Four color samples (red, beige with flecks of color, blue-grey and blue) for our sanctuary’s carpet will be available to review in the Fellowship Room beginning Sunday June 10 through Sunday June 17th.  There will be a written member opinion poll taken on June 17th during the fellowship time downstairs in which all members present will have a chance to write down their opinion on the color of the sanctuary carpet they would like to have installed. The opinions will shared with the church council, providing the council with guidance on making the final selection on Monday, June 18th at the church council meeting.

 

In other news regarding the facility, thanks to Laban Miller, who devised a temporary fix to our backroom water problems that was tested in a couple of late May gully-washers, and passed with flying colors.  The church council in May voted to use money in the building fund to make the repairs permanent, so that the backroom can be relied upon for education and meeting purposes in the future as well as storage.

 

Also relating to the church grounds, the council decided in May to remove the overgrown lilacs in the northwest corner of the church property and the bushes in the middle of the lawn, with the appropriate landscaping to make the area look nice.

 

Remember that donations are still welcome for the building project, even though the Capital Campaign reached its $10,092 goal in about a month.  Any donations that come in for the building project now will go to replenish the checking account funds of $20,000 that were committed as the seed money for the Capital Campaign.  These contributions will free up more funding for other ministries.

 

President’s Thoughts

Chuck Olson
 
So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness,
humility, gentleness and patience.  Colossians 3:12 NASB
 
We as a church have been blessed to have a place of worship that is filled with the Holy Spirit and the
Love of Jesus Christ.  Jesus' love overflows from one member to the other. We are blessed to love and care for our fellow members and friends that attend Faith Lutheran Mission Church. We should all continue to pray for the wisdom and guidance as we continue to do His work at Faith Lutheran Mission Church.
 
I pray that we continue to have the compassion to help others as this church has done since its inception through our mission giving.  I pray that our Heavenly Father will guide us out into our community and the world to spread the Good News of His Son Jesus Christ. I pray that our Heavenly Farther will gives each of us a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
May God Bless you and your family throughout the summer season!
God is Good!  Thanks and Praise Be To God!
Chuck Olson

 

Faith Library is Stocked and Ready for Reading!

Just a few weeks after its establishment, the Faith Lutheran Mission Church library has about 150 titles in stock, ranging from Bibles, studies and reference books to Christian fiction.  In addition to books, there are also audio and video recordings. 

 

Dick Buck has taken on the role of librarian, having catalogued each book that has come in.  A printed list is available near the books, which are on the shelves near the organ in the fellowship hall.  There is also a current list attached so that you might store it electronically, and search for books you might like to borrow.

 

There is no “check-out” process.  Simply take the materials you wish to borrow, and return them in two-to-three weeks.  When you return the book, just leave it on top of the book case.  Books are shelved alphabetically by title.

 

If you have books to loan or donate to the FLMC library, give them to Dick or to Katie Evans or Sylvia Miller for processing.  If you want the book back eventually, put your return address inside the front cover near the top.  Happy reading!
 

Hannah’s Hands Meets June 4

Hannah’s Hands Women’s Bible Study will meet Monday, June 4 at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  The study will continue with Session 3 on “Law and Reconciliation” based on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, with Betty Doenier leading.  All women are invited to attend, and bring a friend.

 

Grace Lutheran-Eau Claire Experiences Tumultuous Week

We continue to be in constant prayer for our brothers and sisters at Grace Lutheran Church in Eau Claire.  On May 30, they unanimously voted for the second time in three months to leave the ELCA to be solely affiliated with LCMC.  The following day, they were told by Judge Molly GaleWyrick that they remain rostered in the ELCA until the court case brought against them by a group of former members who broke away to start a new ELCA church is concluded. 

 

Despite the disappointing turn of events in the Eau Claire County Court, members of Grace continue to be optimistic, expecting that God has a plan for multiplied ministry somehow because of the court setback.  The judge meets with the parties in a phone conference later in June to determine next steps, which she indicated would likely involve some mediation.

 

Global Outreach for Christ & APPLE Pregnancy Care Clinic Share June Missions

Faith Lutheran Mission Church continues its plan of contributing 20% of all weekly offerings to mission projects.  In June, the recipients will be Global Outreach for Christ, and the APPLE Pregnancy Care Clinic in Eau Claire.

 

Global Outreach for Christ supports the translation of the Bible into the language of a tribe in West Africa who is getting the Word of God for the first time because of it.  
 

APPLE Pregnancy Care Center is about prevention, teaching, healing, resources, mentoring and encouragement from a Christian perspective for young women in the Chippewa Valley.

 

Mission Committee Invites Additional Members

Do you have a heart for mission?  Maybe you have some great ideas about ways to help our congregation “make disciples of all the nations.”  If you feel so called, the mission committee would welcome you to join. 

 

The committee has been meeting every two or three months.  Up to this point, we’ve been taking recommendations from the congregation regarding ministries we support with our monthly set-aside, but there is growing interest in exploring ways we might be more directly involved in sending and going.  If you’re interested in joining the Mission Committee, contact Dean Kallenbach at 715-214-8498 or deankallenbach@aol.com.

 

News from Other Mission Partners

Hmong Lutheran Mission of Eau Claire announced that last month’s spaghetti dinner fundraiser brought in enough money to pay Pastor Neal Xiong’s medical bills in full!  Connie Johnson, the Hmong Lutheran Mission Board representative, says “we are grateful for the Lord’s blessing and the generous response from all of our congregations, individuals, and Thrivent who supported the benefit.”

 

Good News Jail and Prison Ministry Chaplain Tom Herro offered a message at Faith Lutheran Mission Church’s Sunday worship on May 20 to fill in for Pastor Henseler, who was on vacation.  In sharing the message and the good work Good News is doing in our communities, Pastor Herro reminded us the “man’s extremity equals God’s opportunity.”

 

Sola Publishing, in a letter from general editor Steven King and general manager Tom Walker, thanked the congregation for its recent gift of $507.   “Your support is needed for Sola to build into the church publishing house we need.”  They mentioned that a new Bible study on Ecclesiastes titled “Through this Vain World” has just been released.  Details on this and all of Sola’s offerings can be found at solapublishing.org.

 

Chippewa Valley Free Clinic, has moved to its new location at 836 Richard Drive, according to Maribeth Woodford, the clinic’s executive director.  The new location provides an additional exam room, expanded patient advocate room, a larger medication dispensary and more labs.  The change means an additional two patients can be seen each hour.  The new site is also conveniently located near Sacred Heart Hospital, Mayo Clinic-Clairemont , Marshfield Clinic, Oakleaf Clinics and UW Health.  There will be an open house June 5 from 3-5 p.m.  Last year, the clinic provided more than 2,500 patient visits and filled nearly 7,000 prescriptions for limited income individuals and families.  Faith Lutheran Mission Church is among a number of organizations, businesses and individuals who support the clinic and its work.

 

New Hope Lutheran Church, Minong received support from Faith Lutheran Church last June as they were seeking and hoping to acquire a regular worship space.  Our contribution to their ministry was dedicated to moving New Hope forward, and to encourage their continued faithfulness in the Minong area. Marge Olson of New Hope writes to say “We are in our new building, though it is not done on the outside (painting to be done) and still a few things left on the inside.”  She says they are having their celebration Sunday on August 19 – details to come, but save the date!  While the Lord has blessed them with the money to pretty much finish everything, Marge says they are doing some fundraisers to finish the kitchen – they still need a dishwasher and a microwave.  She says they’ll be needing Bibles, preferably New International Version.  New Hope split from Calvary Lutheran in Minong when Calvary fell short in its vote to leave the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in the fall of 2009.  They joined Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) early in 2010, within a few days of our congregation joining LCMC.  The new location is at the corner of Old Highway 53 and Houston Avenue, across from Wendy’s Restaurant in Minong.

 

 

News and Notes…

·        In the answered prayer department, FLMC member Arrian Lundquist has completed his tour of duty in Afghanistan, and is now stationed in Okinawa, Japan.  Mother Karla Peterson, wife Kendra and brother Luke expect Arrian to return the US this summer for some time in Eau Claire before departing to North Carolina for his new assignment.

·        A memorial service was held May 26 for Vivian “Bette” Hadt, mother of Clarence.  Vivian had died in February at the age of 92.  Thanks to the Hadt family for asking that memorials be earmarked to the Faith Lutheran Mission Church building fund.

·        Member Care and Services Committee met May 18 and reports that 20 love baskets have been delivered!

·        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.

·        July 22, Faith Lutheran Mission Church will once again participate in the joint worship service for LCMC congregations in western Wisconsin at Stanfold Lutheran in Rice Lake.  There will be no 9 a.m. service at FLMC in Eau Claire that day.

·        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 (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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