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Words of Faith, November 30, 2012

posted Nov 30, 2012, 12:33 PM by Faith Lutheran


The Pastor’s Message

By Rev. Nick Henseler


Isaiah 7:14;Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”


These words from the prophet Isaiah were spoken some 700 years before our Lord Jesus was born. Sometimes we fail to remember during the Christmas season that Jesus was born as an answered promise from God that He would save His people. I encourage you to join us on Wednesday evenings during the Advent season because I am going to focus on how Jesus was the answered prophecy and promise spoken of in the Old Testament.


These studies will enrich your understanding of why we celebrate Christmas and also help you to keep the Christ in Christmas as you struggle with the usual culture’s call to consume the clutter that has abounded in Christmas of society today. Remember the reason for the season!


Have a blessed Christmas season everyone!                                                               Pr. Nick



Happy New (Church) Year!  Time to …

While our wall calendars still have a month left before expiring, the church year renews with the beginning of Advent Sunday December 2.



We will once again decorate the church for Advent and Christmas as a church family on Saturday, December 1st at 2:30 p.m. for all who can make it.  Around 4:30, when the decorating is done, those helping will enjoy barbeques, chips, pickles, pumpkin bars, coffee and milk (food will be provided – no need to bring anything).  Even if you can’t help with the decorating, come for the fellowship and meal!



As Pastor Nick mentioned in his column, “Advent Anticipation” is the title of a new sermon series he is delivering during the Wednesday nights leading to Christmas.  While the historical descriptions of the events leading to the birth of the Christ child are detailed in the Gospels, Pastor Henseler’s focus during the “Advent Anticipation” series will be to see what the Old Testament has to say about the coming of the Messiah.  The informal services will be held Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. in the basement fellowship hall.  Invite your friends. 



Sunday morning services December 2 through 23 will commemorate the Advent season, with the Faith Lutheran Mission Church choir presenting a music offering on the 2nd, 9th and 23rd.  The services will be at our normal 9 a.m. time, with Sunday School and fellowship to follow.


On Christmas Eve, Monday December 24th, a candlelight worship service will be held in the church sanctuary.  Once again, the choir will be a part of the celebration of the birth of Jesus.


The President’s Thoughts by Chuck Olson


For unto us a child is born, Unto us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder. And His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”  Isaiah 9:6


We all had a chance to give thanks to our Triune God in a moving and Holy Spirit filled Thanksgiving Eve service at Grace Lutheran Church.


We at FLMC have so much to be thankful for. I am so grateful for a church family that fills my heart with love and care and brings me closer to my Lord and Savior every time we gather for worship or fellowship time.   


As we move forward into the season of Advent let us continue to give thanks for a little child born in a manger. Jesus was born to die that we all might have everlasting life. What an incredible gift!  I can only imagine what it would have been like to be there in person, like the three wise men. The wise men traveled far to bring gifts and to see the new born King.


This Christmas season let us reflect and remember our Lord and Savior's birth. It is the most important and priceless gift we all will ever receive.  Let us lift our voices to sing Him praise and glory this Christmas season and every day of our lives.  Let us call Him Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace!


Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!


God's Blessing, Chuck



Council Establishes Potter’s Village Land Fund

On the recommendation of the Mission Committee, the Church Council voted November 19th to establish a new special fund dedicated to collecting money for a down payment and eventual purchase of land for the Potter’s Village Orphanage in Dodowa, Ghana, Africa.


The motion leading to the establishment of the fund came based on requests by members of the congregation that they could like to have a means of contributing to the land purchase.  During fellowship time on Sunday, October 28, our congregation engaged in a live video conference with volunteer Jayne Kallenbach (daughter of Sandy and Dean) and leaders and children of the Potter’s Village. 


During that conference, orphanage founder Mama Jane Adu shared her vision to rescue abused and abandoned children, and her desire to purchase land to develop a permanent facility to house the 115 orphans, who are now gathered on ¼ acre of rented land.  Estimated cost of the land needed is $12,000, and Mama Jane said the land could be secured with a down payment of $6,000.  According to Mama Jane, other charitable organizations are willing to donate materials and skills to build on the land once it is acquired.


As a special dedicated fund, the Ghana Land fund is set aside from the regular budget so that individuals can contribute above and beyond their normal offering if they so desire.  The fund will also serve as a holding place for other congregations or non-members to make a contribution.  The tentative plan is to disburse the funds when they get up to $6,000 to allow for the down-payment, and then again when the full amount is reached.


Details and promotion of the fund’s existence will be forthcoming later in the month.  Jayne, who has returned to her home in Minneapolis after her latest volunteer trip to Ghana, has been invited to come and share her experiences and stories about the needs of the orphanage early next year.


Anyone wishing to make a donation to the special fund may designate “Ghana Land Fund” on the memo section of their check, or by placing it in a special offering envelope marked “Ghana Land Fund.”  Donations may also be sent to the Faith Lutheran Mission Church at 1704 Hogeboom Ave, Eau Claire, 54701.


Missions Set for December

Faith Lutheran Mission Church gives 20% of its weekly offerings to missions outside the congregation.  In December, those missions are the Feed My People Food Bank in Eau Claire and Global Outreach for Christ.


Global Outreach for Christ supports the work of LaMoine Parkhurst’s nephew Marty Ganong and his wife Tina, who serve as missionaries to the Baga people in Guinea, West Africa.  They have been working for the past 17 years on the translation of the Bible for the Bagas, a process slowed by the fact that the Ganongs also have to create a written language for those people who did not previously have one.


Feed My People serves a multi-county area based in Eau Claire to provide nourishment and hope to thousands of our hungry neighbors each month.


Future Chad Missionaries to Speak January 13

Zachary and Alissa Schroer, who are preparing to leave for a long-term medical and spiritual mission to Chad, Africa in 2013, are scheduled to share their story and their plans during our fellowship time after church on Sunday, January 13.


Zachary is a 201l graduate of Lutheran Brethren Seminary, and Alissa is a nurse.  They expect to leave for their new life in Chad in the summer of 2013 and are currently building financial and prayer support for their mission.  Faith Lutheran Mission Church plans to offer the Schroers 10% of the congregation’s weekly offerings in January to support their mission.


Hannah’s Hands Prepares for New Study in 2013

After taking December off, Hannah’s Hands, our women's Bible study group at Faith Lutheran Mission Church, will begin again the second Monday on January 14 at 7 p.m. at the church. Members will be stretching themselves with the study of the book of Daniel using Beth Moore's book, "Daniel: Lives of Integrity".


Beth Moore, born in Green Bay in 1957, has written many books and Bible studies and has spoken to many women throughout the US and the world. She has founded "Living Proof Ministries" in 1994 with the purpose of teaching women how to love and live on God's Word.


Her book, "Daniel: Lives of Integrity" is a faith-building study of prophecy teaching us how to shine for Christ in our modern culture and will show us how we can live with integrity in today's self-absorbed society. The prophet Daniel faced unbelievable pressures to compromise his faith, to live in a hostile culture and to confront temptations and threats. We, too, as believers in Jesus Christ face many of the same trials.


Women of FLMC are encouraged to challenge themselves with this new study. Put this on your calendar - second Monday of the month - to study His Word.  A sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board. More information and cost of book will be announced in the bulletin.


Pastor Nick Ministers at Eau Claire Academy

For the past few months, Pastor Nick has spent some Tuesday evenings each month working with students at the Eau Claire Academy. The Eau Claire Academy is a co-ed campus that provides therapeutic treatment for young people ages 10-17 who are experiencing emotional and psychiatric disorders, behavioral disturbances, and drug or alcohol abuse.


Eau Claire Academy has accomplished wonders in young adults’ lives. Treatment and education are all part of the curriculum as the students reside there during their stay. Pastor Nick has a discipling and mentoring session that includes Bible study on Tuesday evenings that he rotates with Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod pastors in the Eau Claire area.


Be sure to keep Pastor Nick, the other pastors, and the Eau Claire Academy in your prayers for a continued blessing to all those involved in this important part of providing spiritual healing to all the students!



A Review from our Church Librarian Dick Buck

This month, Dick tells the story behind the latest NIV translation of The Holy Bible.


This Bible is considered by many as the most accurate and readable Bible available today.  Faith Lutheran Mission Church uses this Bible for scripture and gospel reading.  There are several copies in the church library of which one is in large print. 
The Bible was first copyrighted in 1973 and there have been three major revisions.  The information below was written by The Committee for Bible Translation.  In addition to this information there is a 29 page document listing the changes made for the 2011 copyright.
The New International Version (NIV) is a completely original translation of the Bible developed by more than one hundred scholars working from the best available Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek texts.
The initial vision for the project was provided by a single individual – an engineer working with General Electric in Seattle by the name of Howard Long. Long was a lifelong devotee of the King James Version, but when he shared it with his friends he was distressed to find that it just didn’t connect. Long saw the need for a translation that captured the truths he loved in the language that his contemporaries spoke.
For 10 years, Long and a growing group of like-minded supporters drove this idea. The passion of one man became the passion of a church, and ultimately the passion of a whole group of denominations. And finally, in 1965, after several years of preparatory study, a trans-denominational and international group of scholars met in Palos Heights, Illinois, and agreed to begin work on the project – determining to not simply adapt an existing English version of the Bible but to start from scratch with the best available manuscripts in the original languages. Their conclusion was endorsed by a large number of church leaders who met in Chicago in 1966.
A self-governing body of fifteen biblical scholars, the Committee on Bible Translation (CBT) was formed and charged with responsibility for the version, and in 1968 the New York Bible Society (which subsequently became the International Bible Society and then Biblica) generously undertook the financial sponsorship of the project. The translation of each book was assigned to translation teams, each made up of two lead translators, two translation consultants, and a stylistic consultant where necessary.
The initial translations produced by these teams were carefully scrutinized and revised by intermediate editorial committees of five biblical scholars to check them against the source texts and assess them for comprehensibility. Each edited text was then submitted to a general committee of eight to twelve members before being distributed to selected outside critics and to all members of the CBT in preparation for a final review.
Samples of the translation were tested for clarity and ease of reading with pastors, students, scholars, and lay people across the full breadth of the intended audience. Perhaps no other translation has undergone a more thorough process of review and revision. From the very start, the NIV sought to bring modern Bible readers as close as possible to the experience of the very first Bible readers: providing the best possible blend of transparency to the original documents and comprehension of the original meaning in every verse.
With this clarity of focus, however, came the realization that the work of translating the NIV would never be truly complete. As new discoveries were made about the biblical world and its languages, and as the norms of English usage developed and changed over time, the NIV would also need to change to hold true to its original vision.
And so in the original NIV charter, provision was made not just to issue periodic updates to the text but also to create a mechanism for constant monitoring of changes in biblical scholarship and English usage. The CBT was charged to meet every year to review, maintain, and strengthen the NIV’s ability to accurately and faithfully render God’s unchanging Word in modern English.

The 2011 update to the NIV is the latest fruit of this process. By working with input from pastors and Bible scholars, by grappling with the latest discoveries about biblical languages and the biblical world, and by using cutting-edge research on English usage, the Committee on Bible Translation has updated the text to ensure that the New International Version of the Bible remains faithful to Howard Long’s original inspiration.

News and Notes


·         Mark your calendars for the 2013 Annual Congregational Meeting scheduled for Sunday, January 20 after church.  Committee chairs are reminded to turn in their annual reports to Chuck Olson by December 17.


·         In the first year of involvement in Operation Christmas Child, Faith Lutheran Mission Church delivered 30 shoeboxes filled with gifts that will be distributed to children throughout the world by Samaritan’s Purse ministries.


·         The Salvation Army is requesting volunteers to sort toys at the Eau Claire office.  Helpers are needed from 9 a.m. to noon, and from 1 until 5 p.m.  December 10-19.  Contact Abby at Salvation Army to learn more – 816-834-1224.


·         A new TV monitor has been purchased for the Sunday School room.  Christian children’s videos and books are still wanted for the education area.


·         Though the congregation has now employed a janitorial service to clean the church twice a month, there is still need for volunteer cleaners to touch up between the professional cleanings.  If you’re willing to help, please contact Elaine Moore.


·         Speaking of signing up to help, it’s that time of year again to gather volunteers for snow removal at the church.  It means cleaning the sidewalks and the steps in time for services.  Watch for a sign-up sheet in the basement.


·         Our next healing service is scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, January 23 at 7 p.m.


·         We are looking for a new chair for the Fellowship Committee.  If you’re feeling called to take this on, contact current chair Bev Olson.


·         The Property Committee is also seeking a chair.  Contact committee members LaMoine Parkhurst or Gene Fischer to learn more.


·         We continue to have a number of contributions of new books for the church library.  If you bring books to lend or donate, please make sure to give them to Katie Evans or Dick Buck.  They’ll catalogue and file them.  Thanks!


·         The Baskets of Love ministry could use more items for men’s baskets.  To learn more, look at the lists available at the information table in the fellowship hall.


·         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.


·         All are welcome to join a brief prayer time that is held five to ten minutes prior to each Sunday morning worship service in the front of the church.


·         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

6 p.m. Bible Study, 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

"In the midst of all life's tragedies and torments, this truth is forever sure: Christ died and Christ rose; Christ reigns to bring us through joys and sorrows, through death itself to himself in glory. He will not allow anything in history to prevent his chosen from reaching the goal of heaven. Instead, he will use all of history to further his gracious choice and purpose. ... He is in control, and that's what matters.”

                                                                                                            Daniel M. Deutschlander