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Words of Faith, May 3, 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

May 3, 2012

The Pastor’s Message

By Rev. Nick Henseler

 

Luke 24:51-52; While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy

 

This is the hope and the promise that is within us! When Jesus died on the Cross, God proclaimed that the sin debt had been paid in full and all who believed in this gracious act of love and sacrifice of His Son Jesus could also one day be “taken up into heaven” and be with our Lord forever.

 

The disciples finally got this now, and v.52 says that they “worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy.” Not just “joy,” but with “great joy.” The Greek words used here are “megas chara” which mean an exceedingly great rejoicing.

 

Friends, we should all be megas chara! For everyone who believes in what Jesus accomplished by dying on the Cross for our sins there is that same hope and promise of completely healed and resurrected bodies in a place that has no sickness, pain, or death. That is why I wear the white stole on the Sundays between Easter and the Sunday when we celebrate the Ascension of our Lord to remind us of that promise.

 

Though we miss terribly those friends and loved ones who have gone before us to be with the Lord, we can be comforted knowing that they are fully healed and will be waiting with open arms with our Lord Jesus to welcome us home someday, too.

 

Spring is upon is! The burst of blooming flowers and new buds of leaves on the trees is just God’s way of reminding us of His promise to us that a new birth of Spring will ALWAYS follow the death of Winter! Blessings to all of you this month of May!!

     Pr. Nick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Healing Service Set for Wednesday, May 23

In the wake of the Easter Season, we continue to grasp God’s promises to do his work in our lives.  The first healing service conducted at Faith Lutheran Mission Church has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 23.  The service will include praise and prayer, including specific prayers of healing.  All are welcome.  If you know of a friend who needs physical or emotional healing, please invite that friend to join you for this service. 

 

Capital Campaign Reaches Goal in One Month

The thermometer in the entryway quickly shot to the top.  Faith Lutheran Mission Church has raised the $10,092 to complete the capital campaign project voted on at a special meeting March 25.  The funds will be used in addition to $20,000 from the checking account balance to replace the church buildings windows, add vinyl siding, paint the interior walls and install new carpet in the sanctuary.

 

President Chuck Olson’s monthly column provides an update on the project.

President’s Thoughts

Chuck Olson

 

“He granted their request because they trusted in Him.”  I Chronicles 5:20 HCSB                                                                  

 

We have reached our goal to raise the $10,092 to complete the entire Capital Campaign project voted upon at the special meeting on Sunday, March 25th. Please remember that we are taking $20,000 from our checking account balance besides the $10,092 we needed to raise above and beyond to pay the cost of siding, windows, carpet and paint updates. If you would still like to donate to the Capital Campaign Fund, any amount over the $10,092 goal will help to replenish the $20,000 we are using from the checking account. We still need to finish the ceiling in the back hallway downstairs and replace the flooring in the downstairs back room as well.

 

On behalf of all those who have given a donation to bring Faith Lutheran Mission Church’s worship building up to date, Thank You!! A special thank you to LaMoine and family for the memorials that were given in honor of and in memory of our dear friend in Christ, Jan Parkhurst. Jan’s love of our Heavenly Father, His Son, this church and its mission has continued even as Jan celebrates with our Triune God in heaven. Let us go forth with thanks and praise for all the blessings God has given us.

 

May we continue to pray during the remodeling phase that all goes well installing our windows, siding, painting and carpeting in our worship building.  We hope to get started in the upcoming weeks depending on when Hatleli Construction finishes the job he was committed to when we booked our remodel project with him.

 

We believed and trusted in God. God heard us and has answered our prayers. Praise Be to God!!!!!!!!!!                                                                                                     Chuck

 

Jail Ministry Chaplain Tom Herro to Preach May 20

Pastor Tom Herro, the senior chaplain for Good News Jail and Prison Ministry in western Wisconsin, will deliver the message at Faith Lutheran Mission Church’s May 20 Sunday morning worship service at 9 a.m.  Good News Jail and Prison Ministry is one of our congregation’s local mission partners, and Chaplain Tom will no doubt share a story or two about the miracles God is performing in the lives of those who find themselves free in Christ even when in a cell.

 

Connecting with Colossians Series Continues

Pastor Henseler’s series of studies on Colossians will be the message of the regular Wednesday evening services at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  The study will take place again May 9.  There will be no service May 16 due to Pastor Henseler’s vacation, and the May 23 service will be the Healing Service, meaning that the Colossians study will resume on May 30.

 

Hannah’s Hands Resumes May 7

Hannah’s Hands Women’s Bible Study will meet Monday, May 7 at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  The study will continue with Session 2 on “Law and Reconciliation” based on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.  All women are invited to attend, and bring a friend.

 

Military Bible Stick and CareLink Share May Missions

May mission giving by Faith Lutheran Mission Church will be split between Salvation Army CareLink of Eau Claire and Military Bible Stick, a ministry of Faith Comes by Hearing.

 

Military Bible Stick is a digital audio player about the size of a jackknife that is approved by the military to be carried with a service man or woman, even in deployed situations.  The “stick” contains a dramatized version of the New Testament, and is used to disciple and evangelize military personnel.  More than 200,000 of the sticks have been provided to more than 1,000 chaplains who distribute the Audio Bibles during pre-deployment briefings, counseling sessions, chapel services or upon direct request of the troops they serve.  Faith Comes By Hearing is an organization that spreads God’s Word throughout the world by making it available in audio form.  Learn more about the organization and the Military Bible Sticks at www.faithcomesbyhearing.com.

 

Salvation Army CareLink provides short-term relief for individuals in the Eau Claire area who come upon emergency financial needs.  Rather than each congregation having a “Good Samaritan” fund, CareLink pools those resources, which are administered by the Salvation Army, to provide vouchers for food, lodging and transportation to those in need.  Faith Lutheran Mission Church is a significant partner in the CareLink program.

 

By the way, the Church Council, at its April 16th meeting, voted to split the Lenten Service mission offering between The King’s Closet at 310 S. Barstow, which provides free clothing to individuals and families in need in the Chippewa Valley (www.thekingscloset.org), and Sola Publishing, which is developing instructional and worship materials for confessional Lutherans (www.solapublishing.org).

 

Faith Lutheran Mission Church donates 20% of its weekly offerings to missions outside the congregation.  After all, “Mission” is our middle name!

 

News from Other Mission Partners

Hmong Lutheran Mission of Eau Claire will hold a dinner Monday, May 7 at Lutheran Church of St. Matthew, 1915 Hogeboom Ave.  In additional to a spectacular dinner, you can hear about how you can become a part of mission outreach to the congregation.  Doors open at 5:30, with the meala  6 p.m.

 

Feed My People Food Bank, in a letter from assistant director Michelle Dingwall dated April 20, thanked the congregation for its recent $584.30 contribution, saying “every month, thousands of familie find relief at one of Feed My People’s 97 partner agencies.  With the rising costs of utilities and health care, many of our neighbors are struggling to make ends meet.  Knowing they can receive food from a local pantry or community kitchen not only provides them nourishment, it also eases their tight budgets and gives them peace of mind.”

 

Zion Lutheran Church of Bone Lake, a small congregation near Frederic that recently joined Faith Lutheran Misison Church as a member of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ, dropped us a note of thanks for the donation of $960.40 earlier this year.  Church secretary Sandy Hibbs writes, “Your generosity to us has encouraged our small congregation that has a large heart for the Lord.”  She reports that the church council has since met and decided to “re-gift” our gift to Luther Point Bible Camp in rural Grantsburg and to the Zion Campership Fund, which pays half the fees for each child of the congregation who attends the camp.  They also are giving money to a local country gospel team that volunteers at local nursing homes, and will be presenting a concert at Zion in August.

 

News and Notes…

·        Pastor Henseler has decided to delay continued discussion regarding the strategic ministry plan until June – watch for more details as we continue to explore the mission, vision and goals of this congregation.

·        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.

·        Pastor Henseler will be on vacation May 14-20.  If you have prayer concerns during that period, please share them with Katie and Sylvia.  Any church operational issues can be handled by contacting Chuck Olson, and building and property issues can go to LaMoine Parkhurst.  Pastor Nick says he would like to be called with any emergency issues.

·        By the way, congratulations to Pastor Nick and Lori on their successful purchase of a home!

·        The education committee is working on plans to develop a Sunday education curriculum for the fall.

·        The fellowship committee is exploring some fundraising and friend-raising events for the summer, including a possible ice cream social and spaghetti supper.

·        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.

·        Habitat for Humanity, with funds from Thrivent, is holding a fundraising Perennial Plant Sale Saturday, May 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Altoona City Park at the corner of 10th Street and Hayden Ave.  Donations are needed for the sale – if you ca help, contact Gloria at 715-514-1397.  All funds will go toward the home Habitat is building on Folsom Street.

·        The conference and annual meeting of Lutheran CORE of Wisconsin takes place Saturday, May 19 at St. John Lutheran Church in Phillips.  “Listening to the Laity” is billed as a conference “for inspiration, learning and mutual encouragement for all orthodox Lutherans in the NALC, LCMC, ELCA, LCMS and all other Lutheran Churches.  Details can be found at www.wisconsincore.org.

·        The leadership team of the Wisconsin and Upper Peninsula of Michigan District of LCMC meets in Clintonville Saturday, May 5 for a strategic planning discussion.  The team continues to work to develop the structures needed to provide information and support to our congregations.  Dean Kallenbach of Faith Lutheran Mission Church serves on that board as the secretary.  Please pray for that group that its ministry is effective.

·        We continue to look for funds to support Patrick Shoemaker’s Eagle Scout project to make some outside improvements to the church.  To help, use a special envelope and mark “Eagle Scout Project” on it.

·        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)

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

 

"It is not the religious act that makes the Christian, but participation in the sufferings of God in the secular life. That is metanoia (life-change through repentance): not in the first place thinking about one's own needs, problems, sins, and fear, but allowing oneself to be caught up into the way of Jesus Christ ... The church is the church only when it exists for others."

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, "Letters and Papers from Prison," 1944.

 

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