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WORDS OF FAITH

November 1, 2014

 

The Pastor’s Message

By Rev. Nick Henseler

 

Hebrews 12:28; “Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe.”

 

As we once again get ready for another Thanksgiving filled with family, food, and fun…all of which we are VERY thankful for…let’s also remember to be thankful for the one that will be giving the ultimate Thanksgiving celebration in heaven! Isaiah 25:6 tells us about this; “The LORD of Heaven’s Armies will spread a wonderful feast for all the people of the world.

 

Notice that word “feast.” You can’t have a “feast” without food! The Hebrew word for “feast” actually translates into meaning “a lavish banquet.” Sounds like a great Thanksgiving dinner to me! And we know that we will be reunited with all of our loved ones once again in heaven. I can’t imagine anything to be more thankful about then that promise of hope! And our Scripture passage from Hebrews tells us how we should respond to that thankfulness; “let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe.”

 

So be sure to put Wednesday, November 26th at 7pm on your calendars when we celebrate with our brothers and sisters at Saving Grace Lutheran Church our annual Thanksgiving Eve service where we will worship our Holy God!                                                                           Pr. Nick

                                               

 

Congregation Votes to Add Lift to Increase Physical Accessibility to FLMC

Faith Lutheran Mission Church voted on Sunday, October 19 to install a hydraulic lift at $32,000. The vote was 36 to 9 for the lift and its installation. The proposal was designed to allow and help our congregation and community to feel free to be in this building and worship.

 

Church Council met this Monday, October 20 and voted to contact the installer of the lift to proceed as soon as possible and to confirm the amount of money they would need to begin. This amount is half of the total at $16,000.

 

Discussion was then held on how to finance this project. A proposal was made to make the month of November “Lift Month” asking for initial contributions to be made during this month with hopes of raising at least the $16,000 – (or possibly the $32,000) . 

 

“We know we can count on God to do the impossible,” said council member Elaine Moore during a temple talk at the October 26 worship service.  “As it says in Matthew ‘All things are possible through Him.’ We also know that His timing isn't always our timing. If after November we do not have the $32,000, we will ask for short term pledges to be made.”

 

A non-member has pledged a matching gift of one dollar for every two dollars that is given up to $10,000.  Elaine announced that two additional gifts have been made by non-members belonging to other churches is support of FLMC. 

 

Elaine said that a poster, graph or thermometer as to our progress will be posted in the entry way and the drive will also be updated in the bulletin. 

 

“This whole project is a challenge,” said Elaine, “but also an opportunity in our need to give back of our resources that God has blessed us with. Faith Lutheran MISSION Church – you bet!”

 

Elaine concluded the talk by asking members and friends of Faith Lutheran Mission Church to pray, asking our Lord what He want us to give to this project beyond our tithes and offerings.

 

Charter Member Larrie Olson Goes Home to God

Larrie Olson, one of the original members of Faith Lutheran Mission Church, went home to meet his Lord and Savior on Friday, October 24, following complications from a long-term illness.

 

Larrie’s death touches all of us at Faith Lutheran Mission Church, and we rally to support our fellow members who survive him, including his wife of 59 years Bev, daughter Cindy Buckli and her husband Dale Johnson, and son Chuck Olson and his wife Kim, as well as his sister-in-law Marylin Howard. 

 

Larrie’s funeral service was held Thursday, October 30 at The Lutheran Church of St. Matthew, with Pastor Nick Henseler officiating.  Burial was at the Lutheran Church Cemetery.

 

Larrie was born on September 7, 1931, in Chimney Rock, WI, to William and Florence (Helgeson) Olson. On September 30, 1955, Larrie married Beverly Johnson at First Lutheran Church in Eau Claire. He drove bus while attending the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and later drove bus for the City of Eau Claire prior to beginning his teaching career. He taught Chemistry in Whitehall and Tomah High Schools and later taught chemistry and photography at Eau Claire Memorial and North High Schools for 31 years.  Larrie enjoyed singing in the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Choir while he was a student. He loved playing cards with his family, was an avid train hobbyist and cherished his two puppies, Mya and Tucker.

 

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Bev; four children, Ronda (Marc) Putzy of River Falls, David (Colleen) Olson of Oshkosh, Cindy (Dale Johnson) Buckli of Eau Claire and Chuck (Kim) Olson of Eau Claire; nine grandchildren, Tricia, Tara (Dane), Brian, Sarah, Emily (Jaime), Jake (Caitlin), Nate, Jennifer (Sergio) and Christy; and three greatgrandchildren, Adriana, Aiden and Aida; sister-in-law, Mary Howard; and two brothers-inlaw, Tom (Sandy) Johnson and Lyle Baker; and also by several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Larrie will be sadly missed by his family and all who knew him.

Larrie was preceded in death by his parents; mother and father-in-law, Jake and Hazel Johnson; brothers-in-law, Dick and Jerry Johnson; and sister-in-law, Millie Baker.

 

The family is asking that memorial gifts be directed to the Elevator-Lift Fund at Faith Lutheran

Mission Church.

 

Our prayers of comfort continue for Bev and the family.

 

LCMC Gathering in Des Moines is a Spirit-Filled Event

Last this month, 1,012 people from around the world came together in Des Moines, Iowa for the 14th Annual Gathering of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC). 

Throughout the year, the 833 congregations that make up LCMC, including Faith Lutheran Mission Church, raised a total of
$91,005.40 for the service project with Meals from the Heartland (13.75% more than the target of $80,000).  On the evening of Tuesday, October 7th, many of the people who attended the gathering met up at the convention center and assembled a total of 291,168 meals. 
A video of that work is available on the LCMC website, www.lcmc.net. 

Rev. Mark Vander Tuig announced the launch of the
LCMC Prayer Chain
, for which people are able to sign up to pray for all of the congregations in LCMC on a weekly basis.

During the Business Session of the gathering, Pastors Christopher Miller (Area 2) and Kenneth “Corky” Spitler (Area 5) were elected to the LCMC Board of Trustees.  Pastors Nathan Hanson and Stephan Turnbull were appointed to serve on the Ministry Board. 

It was also announced that the
15th Annual Gathering
will take place from October 4-7, 2015 in Frisco, TX, a suburb of Dallas.

Photo galleries from the Annual Gathering, downloadable copies of our 2014 Book, and presentation notes from our Keynote Speakers are now available at the website.  

Forum to Focus on Human Trafficking

The mission committee is presenting a forum on Sunday, November 2 featuring Madison Lovelien, a young Eau Claire woman who is raising support to go to Pattaya, Thailand in a mission designed to end human trafficking. 

 

Madison works through a local organization Fierce Freedom which works to end the kidnapping and enslavement of children.  Ten percent of Faith Lutheran Mission Church’s offerings for November will go to support Madision’s ministry, which will include her working at a safe-house for ex-slaves in Thailand. 

 

The forum will take place during the coffee hour after Sunday worship in the fellowship hall.

 

Salvation Army Carelink to Receive Local Mission Support for November

Faith Lutheran Mission Church has dedicated 21% of its offerings to missions outside this church.  As mentioned in the previous article, ten percent of November’s offering will go to Fierce Freedom and the mission work being done by Madison Lovelien.

 

The remaining 11% goes to a mission that serves the Chippewa Valley.  For November, the local mission is Salvation Army Carelink.  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.

 

FLMC to participate in Operation Christmas Child

For the third consecutive fall, Faith Lutheran Mission Church is encouraging its members and friends to participate in Operation Christmas Child.

 

The ministry, developed by Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse organization, encourages participates to fill a shoebox with small toys, hygiene items and school supplies.  The packages are sent to needy children throughout the world with the message the God loves them.  Boxes and labels are available in the church basement.  For more about this ministry, go to www.samaritanspurse.org. 

 

New Approach to Wednesday Evening Worship Cointinues

New programming for Wednesday evenings continues this month in response to the congregation’s answers to a survey earlier this fall.  Pastor Henseler is combining the worship service and the Bible study into one with a contemporary format of praise and worship song, a teaching lesson with discussion time right afterward to talk about the teaching, then closing with a time for prayers.  The service begins at 7 p.m. each Wednesday.  Come be part of it, and invite your friends!

 

Saving Grace Series Features Roy Harrisville III

Pastor Roy Harrisville III will be leading a workshop for interested Lutherans Saturday, November 8 at Saving Grace Lutheran Church in Eau Claire. 

 

Pastor Harrisville, who serves New Life Lutheran Church in Menomonie, will present Studies in Galatians.  He says the workshop will includes lessons on “how to ruin a good faith with all kinds of add-ons, extras and law.  The freedom of a Christian faith, works, and the Spirit will be addressed along with the Christian life, and why St. Paul wasn’t a nice guy.”

 

The workshop begins with coffee and check-in at 9:30, and continues until 2:30.  Cost for the workshop is $5, with an additional $3 if you want a box lunch.  For details, contact Saving Grace at 715- 514-3552.

 

News and Notes 

  • Church cleaning schedule includes Kyle and Katie DeVries November 7 and 14, and Karla Petersen and Luke Lundquist November 21 and 28. 

     

  • All women are welcome to start their day with fellowship and prayer on Tuesdays from 6:30 until 7:30 a.m. at the church.

     

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

     

  • When disposing of recyclable containers and bottles, please rinse them out before placing them in the bin.  That makes it easier and less messy for the DeVries family, who have volunteered to take or trash.

 

  • Are you on Facebook?  Don’t forget to “Like” Faith Lutheran Mission Church’s page!  And our Facebook page editor, Katie DeVries, is asking for some feedback on the page.

 

  • Have you been having trouble finding our TV broadcasts?  That’s because we’ve changed channels.  You can now find our worship services from the previous week on channel 994.  And you can still watch anytime at www.faithlutheranmc.org.

 

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

     

    The Last Word

    “Everything that is done in this world is done by hope.”                   Martin Luther

     

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