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Words of Faith, March 8, 2014

posted Mar 8, 2014, 6:12 AM by Faith Lutheran

The Pastor’s Message

By Rev. Nick Henseler

 

Romans 12:1-2; “1 And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.   2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

 

As we enter into the season of Lent, there are many people who then ask themselves; “What should I give up for Lent this year?” Now this can be an honorable thing to do if the purpose for sacrificing something during those forty days is also a time of prayer and becoming closer to God. But if the only reason you are doing your sacrifice is because it’s the thing to do during Lent, your sacrifice will do you, and your relationship with our Living God, no good at all.

 

So the Apostle Paul tells us what can be a “good and pleasing and perfect” sacrifice for God…ourselves! God doesn’t want just the part of us that is willing to give up chocolate for Lent; God wants our whole being to be intentional about living our whole life towards doing His will for our lives.

 

And how do we do that? Take a look again at v.1; “…give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.” St. Paul then goes on to say how we can be “a living and holy sacrifice” in v.2; “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.”

 

Friends, the most important point about what separates Christianity from every other religion in the world is that being a Christian is about not what you have to do, but rather about what has already been DONE. So instead of using your own outside power to get closer to God on the inside this Lenten season, why not try letting the power of the Holy Spirit already inside of You help change what needs to be changed on the outside of you?  Let those words from v.2 penetrate your mind and your heart; “…but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

 

Have a blessed March everyone!                                                                                Pr. Nick

                                               

 

Lent is Underway

The Lenten season began with our Ash Wednesday service Wednesday evening, March 5.  Special services will continue each Wednesday night through April 9 at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary, with a soup supper in advance of the service in the fellowship hall beginning at 5:30 p.m.  You are encouraged to sign up if you plan to attend the suppers to help with planning the food.

 

Invite friends, neighbors and co-workers!

 

Bolton Refuge House to Receive Local Mission Support for February

The Bolton Refuge House in Eau Claire will receive the local split of our mission offering for the month of March.  The house provides safe shelter, support groups, economic and legal advocacy, children’s programs and transitional living for abused women and children in the Eu Claire community.

 

The organization will receive 11% of weekly offerings to Faith Lutheran Mission Church in the month.

 

LCMC Women’s Gathering Set for May 3 in Birchwood

The Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) Women will present a “New Beginnings” retreat at Trinity Lutheran Church in Birchwood on Saturday, May 3.

 

The schedule will begin with Continental Connections at 9 a.m. to get acquainted, with a convocation at 10.  Lunch will be served at noon, reconvening afterward for more learning and sharing in the afternoon.

 

Please put this on your spring agenda and plan to attend.  There will be time to share with one another what is working, what isn’t new ideas and fuel for the soul.  Speakers will be announced soon.

 


 

News and Notes

·         Thanks to Sam and Bev Briggs and to Lori Henseler for recent donations of books and videos to the church library.  Librarian Dick Buck encourages you to check out the new books on the east wall of the fellowship hall. 

 

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

 

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

 

·         Men of Faith will not meet in March, but will resume the morning prayer breakfast on the second Monday of April. 

 

·         Church cleaning schedule includes Chuck and Kim Olson March 14 & 21, and David and Sarah Seanor for March 28 and April 4. 

 

·         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)

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

6 p.m.  Text Study

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 (952-484-5101).  You can also email pastornickhenseler@gmail.com.

 

The Last Word

“To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.”                                                                                                              Martin Luther

 

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