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Words of Faith, May 2014

posted May 8, 2014, 9:06 PM by Faith Lutheran


The Pastor’s Message

By Rev. Nick Henseler

 

Luke 8:5-8; “A farmer went out to plant his seed. As he scattered it across his field, some seed fell on a footpath, where it was stepped on, and the birds ate it. Other seed fell among rocks. It began to grow, but the plant soon wilted and died for lack of moisture. Other seed fell among thorns that grew up with it and choked out the tender plants. Still other seed fell on fertile soil. This seed grew and produced a crop that was a hundred times as much as had been planted!”

 

As we enter into another growing season whether that be crops or flowers the process for those plants to come out of the ground is still the same and it starts with getting the seed in the soil. In our Scripture text we see the results of what happens when the soil that the seed is sowed in is fertile or not; but yet, the seed STILL has to be sown regardless of the soil. The farmer in our Gospel verses wasn’t real concerned about where that seed was going…he spread it everywhere! The farmer knew that there was some bad soil where the seeds may not take; but he spread it there anywhere just as thick as where he knew there was a soil that would produce “a hundred times as much.”

 

That’s what God wants us to do with the seeds of the Gospel. Spread it around thick everywhere…and not just in the places where we think that it will grow well. These verses are a great example that it’s not about where the seed goes but to just get the seed out there and God will grow the plants from there! Have a blessed May everyone!                           Pr. Nick

                                               

 

Faith Lutheran’s Mission Commitment Touches Lives

From its very first service, Faith Lutheran Mission Church has made a strong commitment to sharing its resources beyond the walls of our congregation.  At present, we contribute 11% of our weekly offerings to a local mission project, and another 10% to a non-local need. 

 

For the month of May, the local mission receiving 11% is Western Wisconsin’s Inspirational Broadcaster, which is the parent organization of WWIB Radio.  It’s a non-profit broadcast ministry that reaches more than 20,000 individuals each week in the Chippewa Valley with family friendly entertainment, Christian teaching and Christian music.  The non-local mission for May is the Institute for Lutheran Theology, and online seminary based in Brookings, South Dakota that is training orthodox Lutheran pastors for service to congregations of the LCMC.

 

We’ve received letters of appreciation from many of our recent mission recipients.  One came in March from Jane Irina Adu, the founder and president of The Potter’s Village, an orphanage in Dodowa, Ghana that received $4,500 from Faith Lutheran Mission Church for their efforts to purchase land to both house and raise food for the young people in their care.

It is with great pleasure and deep respect that I write to acknowledge receipt of your kind donation.  Honestly, I am overwhelmed and do not even know how I can express my profound gratitude to the entire church.  I know that this connection is divine and that it will lead to greater things to bring glory to the Lord.

 

We are doing everything in our power to get the land paid fully, clear the land and start our building project.  I believe that God will continue to be on our so so that if the church decides one day to visit us in Ghana, which is our prayer, you will find something concrete on the ground to make you feel proud that your investment in us has not gone down the drain.

 

On behalf of the Board of Directors, Management, Mamas and the Children of the Potters Village, I would like to say a big thank you to the leadership of the church and the entire congregation for all that you are and have been to us.

 

Jane Irina Adu

 

Closer to home…in fact, just a few blocks away…the Hmong Lutheran Mission of Eau Claire received a gift from our congregation.  Pastor Neal Xiong sent the following note last month:

Thank you for your recent mission offering of $885.02 for the Hmong Lutheran Mission of Eau Claire.  Your financial support will help us continue to proclaim the Good News of Jesus to the Hmong community.

 

Every week I have contact with my people in this area as I visit with them and pray with them.  The message of Jesus is shared with over 30 of our mission members who attend tour worship services on Sundays at 2 p.m.  Several of those people study God’s Word with me every week.  Our mission continues to look for new ways to reach out to those who have not yet come to faith in Jesus.

 

Please keep this mission in your prayers as we share the Good News of Jesus with our neighbors!  We also encourage your continued support.  May the Lord of the Church continue to bless and guide us as we work together in His Kingdom.

 

Rev. Neal Xiong

 

Also last month, we heard from Patricia Stein, the executive director of Bolton Refuge House.

We offer you our sincere gratitude and appreciation for your donation of $1,220.01 as your mission offering.  This contribution enables us to assist abused women and children in the community.

 

We are going to designate this offering towards the addition of a transitional housing unit within the shelter, dedicated in memory of a client who lost her life to domestic violence.  It will appropriately be named “Shereen’s Room.” 

 

The Board members, Staff and Volunteers of Bolton Refuge House wish to thank you!

 

Patricia A. Stein

 

The contributions to local missions include not only cash.  The women of Faith Lutheran Mission Church made some baby blankets that were delivered to APPLE Pregnancy Care Center in Eau Claire.  Anita Kavanaugh in client services wrote:

On behalf of the clients we serve, that you so much for your recent donation to APPLE.  We appreciate you thinking of us.  That you again for the baby blankets, and God Bless!

 

Anita Kavanaugh

 

Marty, Tina, Heather and Laura Ganong with Pioneer Bible Translators have been regular recipients of our non-local offerings.  After their visit to our congregation in early March, they shared this note:

Thanks so much for a great visit together!  We’re so excited that we finally got to meet all of you.  We’ve so appreciated your prayers and giving for Boga Bible Translation.  Thanks also for your generous love offering that you collected for us.  You more than covered our travel expenses.  Yeah, God!

 

Blessings,

Marty, Tina, Heather and Laura

 

Each month, we dedicate mission offerings to different organizations both locally and throughout the world.  If you have an idea of a mission offering target you’d like to share, contact Dean Kallenbach, mission committee chair at deankallenbach@aol.com.

 

Transportation Survey

As we consider evangelism and outreach efforts, one factor that comes into play is transportation.  A person may wish to attend our church, but has no way to get here.  Please think about and respond to the following questions.  You can reply with your answers by either hitting “reply” to this newsletter, or by writing out the answers and dropping them off at church over the next two weeks (if you drop them off, include your name).

 

  1.  Would you be willing and able to provide a ride to church for others in need of transportation? ______________________________________________

  2. What parts of the community does your normal route to church pass though? ___________________________________________________________

  3. Would you yourself benefit from having someone pick you up for church? ___________________________________________________________

  4. Do you have any good ideas on ways to break down transportation barriers for those who might wish to attend church with us? _________________________________________

FLMC Takes another Step in Our Ministry to Homeless Families

Faith Lutheran Mission Church has supplied evening meals for a couple nights per month for the past several months.  In May, we up the ante a bit, teaming with our fellow LCMC congregation Saving Grace to manage a full week of volunteering for Beacon House May 25-31.

 

Our share of the week will be to staff the homeless shelter of Interfaith Hospitality Network on Monday, May 26, Wednesday, May 28 and Friday, May 30.  The staffing includes providing a severing the evening meals (much like we’ve been doing the past several months).  It also means providing overnight hosts from 8:15 p.m. to 7:30 a.m.  Sign-up sheets are available in the fellowship hall, and you can contact Karla Petersen if you have questions.

 

Another good resource for answers about Beacon House, our volunteering there, and its ministry will be a forum during our fellowship time Sunday, May 18 after church.  Beacon House Executive Director Kelly Christiansen will be with us to talk about the work of Interfaith Hospitality Network.

 

 

New Beginnings Women’s Conference a Success

The first of what is expected to be an annual conference of Wisconsin Lutheran Women took place May 3 at Saving Grace Lutheran Church.    About sixty women attended, including several from Faith Lutheran Mission Church.

 

The day was full of song, discovery and friendship, and included presentations by Dr. Nancy Koester on her book Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Spiritual Life; Pastor Bob Nordvall of the Eastern European Missions Network; and Brenda Kreyer of Hayward who shared her faith-life journey

 

A leadership team was elected to continue developing the women’s organization of the Wisconsin and Upper Peninsula of Michigan District.  They are:

Coordinator:  Barb Kleven, Trinity Lutheran, Birchwood

Vice Coordinator:  Deb Rice, Gloria Dei Lutheran, Tomah

Secretary:  Joanne Schilling, Trinity, Birchwood

Treasurer:  Gloria Aarness, Gloria Dei, Tomah

Officers at Large:  Jean Jastram, Trinity, Birchwood; Brenda Kreyer, New Hope, Minong; Shelly Volz, Saving Grace, Eau Claire

 

 

Library News

FLMC Librarian Dick Buck reports that the women’s devotional Lenten Journeys: Life at the Crossroads developed this year by the Wisconsin Lutheran Women (including several authors from our congregation) has been added to the library shelves in the Religious section.

 

Dick would like to thank all who have donated books, but is asking for a hiatus on donations for now.  There are currently five boxes of donated books waiting to be processed, but not enough shelving to house them.  The one area of donation that would be welcome at this time are study guides.

 

Adopt-A-Highway Care Set for Saturday, May 17

Our spring roadside cleanup on County II west of Wisconsin Highway 93 will take place Saturday, May 17.  We’ll meet at 10 a.m. at the Corner Store at 93 and II south of the city.  Trash bags and a safety vest will be provided for all “pickers.”  Depending on how many show up, we should finish in an hour or two. 

 

Travelers of the road will know we were there as they see the name of our church on the “Adopt a Highway” sign on II.

 

 

Garage Sale Set for May 17

Faith Lutheran Mission Church will participate in the Eastside Hill Neighborhood Garage Sale Saturday, May 17.  Anyone wishing to contribute items to the sale should bring them to the church on Thursday, May 15.  Details continue to be figured out, but if you have questions, you may contact Mary Ann Christopherson at 715-835-9238 or via email at mrohel630@gmail.com.

 

 

News and Notes

  • New Member Sunday is set for Sunday, May 11.  Please join us as we welcome these individuals who have decided to make Faith Lutheran Mission Church their church home.

     

  • We’re seeing visitors at the church every week.  Please remember to wear your name tags to help them feel welcome.

     

  • Pastor Nick will be on vacation from May 12 through 18.  Pastor Orv Bystol will deliver the sermon on the 18th in his stead.

     

  • The church council will meet Monday, May 19 at 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall. 

 

  • Hannah’s Hands will meet at the church Monday, May 12 at 7 p.m.

     

  • Men of Faith will meet for the monthly prayer breakfast at Maple Manor Café at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, May 12. 

     

  • Church cleaning schedule includes Clarence and Janet Hadt May 9 & 16, Katie Evans and Bob and Elaine Moore May 23 and 30, and the Kyle and Katie DeVries family June 6 & 13.   

     

  • 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

    Peace is more important than all justice; and peace was not made for the sake of justice, but justice for the sake of peace.                                                                       Martin Luther

     

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