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Words of Faith, June 3, 2013

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June 3, 2013


The Pastor’s Message

By Rev. Nick Henseler


Acts 17:24-27; “"He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since he is Lord of heaven and earth, he doesn't live in man-made temples, and human hands can't serve his needs -- for he has no needs. He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need there is. From one man he created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand which should rise and fall, and he determined their boundaries. His purpose in all of this was that the nations should seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him -- though he is not far from any one of us.” (NLT)


Some time ago I read a bumper sticker which said, “Keep the Faith” printed in bold black letters. However, underneath was another line in smaller print that said, “If you have any left…”


We live in a very cynical and skeptical world, and many people are unsure of exactly what they are supposed to believe. In the midst of life’s uncertainties and trials, it’s important that you do know what you believe. For what you believe determines the kind of person you will be. What you believe determines how you feel emotionally. And it determines your attitude toward life and how you live your life.


Faith is not just psyching yourself out with spiritual nonsense; Faith searches for the truth and attaches itself to it. Faith is necessary because truth is not always obvious.


So you have to want the truth, and you have to seek the truth. So that’s why on Wednesday evenings we are going to take a close look at The Apostle’s Creed and study each and every point that profess our Christian faith. And let’s not just profess our faith, but live out our faith as well in our daily lives!


Have a blessed June everyone!                                                                         Pr. Nick


Wednesday Sermon Series Centers on the Creed

So, how many years since you were taking confirmation classes?   Feeling like you could use a refresher on the Apostles’ Creed?


Say no more!  This summer, Pastor Henseler is offering an in-depth look at our statement of faith, digging deeper into what it means for a Christian to say, “I believe in…”  Wednesday night services for the summer will be held in the fellowship hall, beginning at 7 p.m.

FLMC Continues to Reach Out to Saving Grace

Saving Grace Lutheran Church, the new Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) congregation that rose up from the disenfranchised members and pastors of Grace Lutheran Church, continues to thrive in the fifth week of its existence. 


The congregation has increased to two Sunday worship services to accommodate the large crowds in attendance.  They meet at 8:30 and 10:30 at the Stokes, Prock and Mundt Funeral Home on Hillcrest Parkway in Altoona.  They continue to hold their Saturday night service at Faith Lutheran Mission Church.  And the two LCMC congregations – Saving Grace and Faith – are sharing Wednesday night services at Faith Lutheran Mission Church.


Saving Grace continues to explore more long-term facilities.  Meanwhile, the members continue to seek judicial relief through an appeal of the April ruling which turned Grace Lutheran Church facilities and holdings over to the breakaway Amazing Grace group.


Vacation Bible School Planned for June

Faith Lutheran Mission Church will be partnering with Saving Grace Lutheran Church to stage Vacation Bible School in June.


Kristine Seanor-Behling, FLMC Sunday School Superintendent, says VBS will kick off Sunday, June 16 with a pool party at Fairfax Pool from 6 to 8 p.m.  Bible School will then take place Monday through Wednesday, June 17-19 between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.  The location has yet to be determined for the weeknight sessions.  Watch for announcement of the location at worship services, and check for updates on the website www.faithlutheranmc.org.


If you have any questions, you’re invited to cal Kristine at 715-878-4212.


Joint Outdoor Service and Potluck Planned for Owen Park July 21

Save the date for a special joint outdoor worship service for Saving Grace Lutheran Church and Faith Lutheran Mission Church at Eau Claire’s Owen Park Sunday, July 21 at 10:30 a.m., with a potluck fellowship meal to follow.  Watch the bulletins and July newsletter for further details.


New Member Sunday Set for June 16

Friends of Faith Lutheran Mission Church who would like to become official members of the congregation are asked to contact Pastor Henseler and then take part in a special New Member Sunday June 16.  The service will include a special welcome to those joining the congregation.


Pew Cushions Set for June Installation

The new pew cushions for the sanctuary of Faith Lutheran Mission Church will be delivered and installed Friday, June 7. 


The congregation council decided in April to order the cushions after the special Pew Cushion Fund took in enough contributions to fully fund the purchase.  The fund required no money for general offerings, as individuals contributed directly to the fund through targeted gifts and memorials.  Thanks to all who contributed.

Church Cleaners Sought for Second-Half of 2013
Church cleaners for June are Roy and Mary Ann Christopherson June 14 and Clarence and Janet Hadt June 28.


Helpers are being sought for church cleaning for the months of July through December.  We need volunteers twice a month who can straighten pews (hymn books, adding envelopes when needed), see that the bathrooms are clean, mop, vacuum and dust.  To sign up or learn more, contact Elaine Moore at 715-834-6735.


APPLE Pregnancy Care Center and Global Outreach for Christ are June Mission Targets

The mission focus for the month of June reaches from Eau Claire to Africa.


Eleven percent of the congregation’s Sunday offerings for the month will go to APPLE Pregnancy Care Center of Eau Claire.  The organization is about prevention, teaching, healing, resources, mentoring and encouragement from a Christian perspective for young women in the Chippewa Valley.


An additional ten percent of June offerings will go to Global Outreach for Christ.  The specific ministry being supported is the work of Bible-translation in west Africa.


Interfaith Hospitality Network Opportunities Continue

Faith Lutheran Mission Church provided and served dinner May 25, 26, 31 and June 1 at Beacon House, the homeless shelter supported by Interfaith Hospitality Network. 


The congregation will be serving again on Sunday, June 30 and Saturday, July 6.  Sign-up sheets will be available in the Fellowship Hall for a main course, veggies, bread, milk, dessert and serving.  If you have questions, contact Karla Petersen at 715-828-9985.


Lutheran Malaria Initiative Recognizes Gift

Becca Tumm, the philanthropic associate with Lutheran World Relief, sent a card of thanks for Faith Lutheran Mission Church’s gift of $720 to Lutheran Malaria Initiative from our February offerings.


“I want to personally thank you from the bottom of my heart,” Becca said.  “Faith Lutheran Mission Church is truly making a lasting impact on the lives of pregnant women, children and families in Mali, Kenya and Tanzania.  We are extremely grateful for you and your partnership in this important, life-saving ministry.”


The gift an provide 72 families with treated bed nets and education on how to use them, or provide malaria medication to 720 children and pregnant women, or train seven health care workers to properly diagnose and treat malaria.

Mid-Year Giving Statements Coming Next Month

Mary Ann Christopherson, treasurer of Faith Lutheran Mission Church, plans to provide six-month giving statements in July.  She asks that you make sure she has your correct address this month.


Men of Faith and Hannah’s Hands Meet June 10

Dean Kallenbach will lead a discussion at the gathering of Men of Faith at the Maple Manor Restaurant in Eau Claire.  We’ll gather (and order) at 8:30.  All men are welcome.  Just come to Maple Manor, 2507 South Hastings Way, and look for our group in the back room.


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, June 13 at 7 p.m.


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

·        Next church council meeting is set for June 17 at 7 p.m.


·        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)


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

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

The mad mob does not ask how it could be better, only that it be different. And when it then becomes worse, it must change again. Thus they get bees for flies, and at last hornets for bees.                                                                                                      Martin Luther