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Words of Faith, November 3, 2013

posted Nov 3, 2013, 8:41 PM by Faith Lutheran

The Pastor’s Message

By Rev. Nick Henseler

 

Deuteronomy 8:10; “When you have eaten your fill, be sure to praise the LORD your God for the good land he has given you.”

 

The Hebrew word used here for “your fill” is the word “saba” which translates into meaning “to have abundantly to the point of being completely satisfied.” Yet, what is interesting is that the context of the word is not just in reference to dining at the supper table; the word actually also includes an expanded reference of “a peaceful enjoyment of receiving.”

 

And isn’t that what Thanksgiving is all about? Oh sure, we are definitely thankful for some good turkey (and the sandwiches in the days to follow!) with all the fixings with some yummy pie for dessert. But aren’t we also thankful for having family together to celebrate? Aren’t we also thankful that we have the resources provided to us by our awesome and loving God so that we can even have a celebration for Thanksgiving?

 

Let us this season “praise the Lord your God” for ALL of the good things He has given us! Have a blessed Thanksgiving everyone!                                                                      Pr. Nick

                                                                       

 

LCMC to Add Staff for 2014

The annual gathering of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) was held last month in Dearborn, Michigan.

 

The gathering passed a budget for LCMC that calls for a 16% increase in giving from member congregations, which includes the development of a new position.

 

“We remain committed to a horizontal structure and to finding ways to help the congregations, pastors and leaders carry out the work of ministry,” said Rev. Mark Vander Tuig, LCMC Service Coordinator.  “Our new position, Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry, replaces the former position of Coordinator for Pastoral Certification, and moves the position from ¾ time to full-time.”

 

Vander Tuig says the increase will amount to an average increase of $100 per year for each congregation.

 

“Some of us can do more, not all of us will be able to do that much,” Rev. Vander Tuig said.  “But this does not seem too great a challenge to support what God is doing in and through LCMC.”

 

For 2013, Faith Lutheran Mission Church has budgeted $2,160 to LCMC (2% of weekly offerings) to support the organization and its ministries.

 

Wisconsin-Upper Peninsula District Considers Church Plant

Pastor Tony Stoutenburg of Grace Lutheran Church in Hayward is calling interested churches  and individuals to a series of meetings designed to explore planting a new congregation in the district.

 

“Mark Vander Tuig renewed his call for LCMC to plant 1,000 churches in the next nine years,” Rev. Stoutenburg said.  “To that I respond, ‘If not here, where?  If not now, when?  If not us, who?’”

 

Interested individuals will meet Sunday, December 1 at Cornerstone Lutheran Church in Wausau at 4 p.m.  Pastor Stoutenburg says that meeting will be organizational, where a committee will be picked, support people will be named and a plan to contact district congregations will be developed.

 

Future meetings would include Pastor Dan Cites, LCMC’s new Ministry Coordinator to talk about the nuts and bolts, whens and wheres of a mission start.

 

If you are interested in attending the organizational meeting December 1, contact Pastor Nick, Chris Flaten, congregational president, or Dean Kallenbach, LCMC District Secretary.

 

Joint Thanksgiving Eve Service to be held at Saving Grace

The two Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ congregations in Eau Claire, Faith Lutheran Mission Church and Saving Grace Lutheran Church, will come together for a joint worship service Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, November 27 at 7 p.m.

 

The service will be held at Saving Grace’s worship facility in Eastridge Center.  Both congregations’ pastors will lead worship, and music will be provided by the choirs of both congregations.   

 

Prayer Group to Gather on Wednesday Afternoons

In an effort to move forward as individuals and as a congregation, a group is gathering Wednesday afternoons at 4 p.m. at the church for an hour of prayer.

 

Initially, the group will “pray the Scriptures,” using Bible verses to guide and direct prayer, but there will be opportunities for specific prayers for individuals, families, the congregation and other institutions. 

 

Anyone who would like to take part can just show up at the church around 4 p.m. on Wednesdays, starting November 6.

 

Pastor Henseler on Vacation

Pastor Nick is on vacation November 4-10.  That means there will be no evening text study or worship on Wednesday, November 6.  Pastor Orvin Bystol will lead worship and offer the sermon on Sunday, November 10.

 

Wednesday night text study will resume November 13 at 6 p.m., with a worship service to follow at 7 p.m. that evening a subsequent Wednesdays.

 

Thaneal Lundquist Baptized

Thaneal Lundquist was baptized Sunday, October 19 during the morning worship service.  His parents, Arrian and Kendra Lundquist, were surrounded by friends, family and members of the congregation to welcome Thaneal into God’s family.  He received a special baptismal cloth that was presented by Maddie DeVries on behalf of the Sunday School.

 

A large group gathered in the church basement following the service for fellowship and cake to celebrate the event.

 

Like Faith Lutheran Mission Church?  Here’s Your Chance Make it Official!

Faith Lutheran Mission Church has been pretty technology savvy since its inception.  We had a web page (www.faithlutheranmc.org) before we even had our first service.  Our services are available via that page to people throughout the world.  And now, we’re on Facebook!

 

FLMC member Katie DeVries has volunteered to manage the new Facebook page, which went online November 1st.  The page can be a handy way to spread the word to Facebook users about events here at the church, and another way to show the world what we’re about.  If you’re on Facebook, go “Like” the page today!

 

Church Council Nominations Being Sought

The nominating committee of Faith Lutheran Mission Church is seeking individuals who feel called to serve on the congregation council for a two-year term beginning in January.

 

There are five council positions which are up for election at the annual meeting in January.  Council members serve for two years (though they may run for re-election at the end of their terms).  The council generally meets once per month, and members serve on at least one committee of the congregation. 

 

If you are interested in service, please contact nominating committee members Chuck Olson, Vern Doenier or Dean Kallenbach.

 

Stuff a Shoebox for Children in Need

Faith Lutheran Mission Church is once again taking part in the Operation Christmas Child event organized by Samaritan’s Purse. 

 

To take part, you use an empty shoe box or a small plastic container.  You can also use the red and green fold-up boxes available in the church basement specifically for Operation Christmas Child.  Pray for the child who will receive your gift.  Decide if you want to pack a box for a boy or girl, and in what age category (2-4, 5-9 or 10-14 years old).  Then fill the box with a variety of gifts – toys, school supplies, hygiene items -- that will bring delight to a child.

 

The materials available at the church are full of ideas on what you can give, and how you can track the destination of your box to know where it goes.  We’ll be collecting through mid-November – please leave your box on the stack in the church basement near the bulletin board.

 

Ghana Land Fund and Salvation Army Carelink are November Missions

The fund to help the Potter’s Village purchase land in Ghana, and the fund that provides short-term relief to needy individuals in the Chippewa Valley are the November targets for mission work.

 

Collections have been coming in throughout the year to the land fund for Potter’s Village, and orphanage and rescue shelter for children in Dodowa, Africa.  We met the orphans last fall through a Skype conversation that was arranged by Jayne Kallenbach, daughter of Sandy and Dean Kallenbach, while Jayne was volunteering at the village.  The fund is designed to move the orphanage closer to its goal of purchasing its own land to make more room and develop more facilities for the orphans.  The fund, which entered November at $3,715, will receive 10% of November’s offerings.  At that point the total will be sent to Potter’s Village to help purchase the land and the fund will close.

 

Salvation Army Carelink, which will receive 11% of November’s offerings, 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.

 

Homeless Families Continue to be Blessed by FLMC at Beacon House

Food and friendliness provided by members of Faith Lutheran Mission Church has continued to benefit homeless families staying at Eau Claire Interfaith Hospitality Network’s Beacon House in downtown Eau Claire. 

 

We provided the evening meal on November 2, and we’re next up for November 17.  At this point, we’re still looking for someone to offer the main course, and one more person to serve on that date. 

 

Pencil in two December dates to help out as well -- December 22 and December 29.  Your assistance is always appreciated.

 

News and Notes

·         The harvest dinner October 18 drew a crowd of about 35 members of friends of Faith Lutheran Mission Church.

 

·         The church council will meet Monday, November 18 at 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall.

 

·         Men of Faith will meet on Monday, November 11 at 8:30 a.m. at Maple Manor Restaurant.

 

·         Hannah’s Hands will meet at the church Monday, November 11 at 7 p.m.

 

·         Thanks to Roy Christopherson for signing up for snow removal for the month of November.  If you can help other weeks this winter, please sign up on the sheet by the bulletin board.

 

·         Also on a signup sheet in the basement is the order for poinsettias to adorn the sanctuary during the Christmas season.  Cost is $10 apiece.

 

·         Mark your calendar for Wednesday, December 4 as volunteers gather to decorate the church for the Advent and Christmas seasons.  We’ll meet at 5 p.m.  After decorating, we’ll enjoy pizza and pop before the 7 p.m. worship service.

 

·         Christmas Eve service will be a candlelight service at 4 p.m. on December 24.

 

·         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 now cable-cast at a new day and time.  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 (563-676-1853).  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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