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Words of Faith, October 31, 2012

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A monthly newsletter for members and friends

Faith Lutheran Mission Church

October 31, 2012



The Pastor’s Message

By Rev. Nick Henseler


Ephesians 5:19-20;Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”


As we come closer to celebrating Thanksgiving Day, I can’t help but think over this past year. We are SO thankful for the blessings that our Lord has bestowed upon us this past year here at FLMC!


The Greek word used here for “giving thanks” is the word “eucharisteo” from where we get the word “Eucharist.” It is when we are celebrating the Lord’s Supper that we give thanks with contrite hearts for the sacrifice He has made on our behalf and welcome His very Real Presence that is the body and blood of our Lord Jesus in the bread and wine.


In v.19; The Apostle Paul tells us that we are to “sing and make music” in our hearts to the Lord. Why should we do this? To “give thanks.” What should we be thankful for? St. Paul tells us we should be thankful for “everything.”


However, the Apostle Paul is also telling us that we should be celebrating this thankfulness quite a bit more than just one day a year. Notice the word in v.20 before “giving thanks;” that very important word “always.” This word “always” comes from the Greek word “pantote” which actually translates into meaning “always and at all times.” St. Paul is telling us we should have a day of thanksgiving every day! Well, it may be a good idea to not have all that food every day though…unless we are giving it away for others to be blessed with!


So let’s “sing and make music” in our hearts to the Lord “always giving thanks to God the Father for everything” and make every day a thankful day to the Lord!                                      Pr. Nick



Ten New Members Welcomed

Faith Lutheran Mission Church added ten new members in October.  The members were welcomed during worship services October 14 and 21. 


The new members include Lila Brummund of Eau Claire, Orvin and Pam Bystol of Eau Claire, Carol Reynen and Rick Faanes of Eau Claire, and Kyle, Katie, Madeline, Caleb and Joshua DeVries of Elk Mound.  It’s great to have you along on our shared faith journey!


Special Services Planned for All Saints Sunday, Thanksgiving Eve

A special service will be help on Sunday, November 4 for All Saints Sunday.  The service will include a candle lighting ceremony in memory of those saints who have left this earth before us.


For Thanksgiving Eve, we will once again hold a joint service at Grace Lutheran Church in Eau Claire.  Pastor Henseler will deliver the sermon, and the Faith Lutheran Mission Church Choir will sing.  There will be a reception prior to the service at 6 p.m. with refreshments, and the service itself starts at 7 p.m.


The President’s Thoughts by Chuck Olson


“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”  John 3:16


As we move forward to All Saints Sunday and remember the loved ones who have gone home to the Lord before us, we remember God's promise of eternal life in the words He shared in John 3:16.


We as a church family remember the losses of Linda Buck, Jan Parkhurst and De Los Stoike. These were very difficult losses for this church family but what an incredible triumph for each of them. They have stood before their Lord and Savior with no more worries, complete peace in their hearts and everlasting life.


God's word reminds us that we need to spread the good news of Jesus Christ and His precious lifesaving blood so others will stand before Him and have the peace that passes all understanding as well. Linda, Jan and Delos all have the peace that passes all understanding because they loved, believed and accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior!


Let us go forward this year and share the good news of Jesus Christ in Linda, Jan and Delos's memory and change someone's life who needs the love and light of Jesus Christ in their life.                                                                                                     Chuck



Potter’s Village Orphans, meet Faith Lutheran Mission Church!

During fellowship time on Sunday, October 28, our congregation engaged in a live video conference with the Potter’s Village Orphanage in Dodowa, Ghana.  The congregation sent the orphanage $960 earlier this year, and several individuals in the congregation have donated personally to the ministry. 


Jayne Kallenbach, daughter of Sandy and Dean, is volunteering there for the third stint in the last two years, and coordinated the feed on the Africa end.  The congregation enjoyed the Skype meeting with Mama Jane Adu, who started the ministry that now serves 115 children.  Mama Jane shared her vision to rescue abused and abandoned children, and her desire to purchase land to develop a permanent facility to house the orphans, who are now gathered on ¼ acre of rented land.


The children sang a beautiful rendition of the hymn “Because He Lives” as they smiled and waved at our faces looking back.  They then did a joyous dance, featuring rhythms by drums that were purchased from funds provided through Jayne by the Eau Claire North band students last year.


Jayne explained that food continues to be the greatest immediate need.  She recognized that several individuals from Faith Lutheran Mission Church have contributed money since she arrived in mid-October, and she is using those funds to restock the empty larders so that the children may have something to eat other than white rice for every meal.


At the end of the conversation, Pastor Hensler shared a prayer, and then we closed with the Potter’s Village and our congregation saying the Lord’s Prayer together.  It was an amazing and humbling experience.


By the way, Jayne will be returning to her home in Minneapolis in early November, but hopes to return to volunteer at the orphanage in 2013.  Contributions can be made through Jayne’s blog site www.gettingtoghana.com, where you can also find updates and stories about individual children that Jayne has gotten to know during her time there.


Congregation Invited to Participate in Operation Shoe Box

Have an empty shoe box lying around?  How about filling that shoe box with some items that could change a child’s life somewhere in the world this Christmas season? 


Starting this month, we will start collecting shoe boxes as part of Operation Christmas Child, sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse (www.samaritanspurse.org/occ).  Information and resources are available at the information table in the Fellowship Area.  Make a difference in a child’s life this Christmas with just a simple shoe box.


Missions for November Focus on Lutheran Bible Translators and CareLink

Our missions for the month of November are the Salvation Army CareLink and Lutheran Bible Translators.


Dan and Kay Finley at LBT travel the world translating God’s Word.  Pastor Nick and Lori have been inspired by their commitment to bring God’s Word to several countries.


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 sets aside 20% of its weekly offerings for ministries outside of the congregation. 


Harvest House Haiti, October Mission Recipient, Hit by Storms

The heavy weather than as pounded the US East Coast has also had a strong effect in the Caribbean.  One of our October mission recipients, Harvest House Haiti, is no exception.


In a note to Pastor Nick last weekend, Judy Foster of Harvest House Haiti shared the following:

It would be a blessing if anyone at the church would like to donate money to help get food and water and perhaps roofing materials to help shelter people who have lost their roofs.  I am just starting to make assessments in the area I am working in.  Food and clean drinking water is urgent.  I am buying AQUA tabs today -- $100 purifies 10,000 gallons.


Judy says donations can be sent to Harvest House Haiti via PayPal or in care of C. Foster, Harvest House Haiti, 8375 NW 9th Ave, Ocala, FL 34475.


Portion:  Eat Less to Feed More

Speaking of Haiti, our brothers and sisters at Cedarcreek Community Church in Eau Claire are sponsoring an event on Sunday, November 4 between 5 and 8 p.m. called “Portion,” with the theme “Eat Less to Feed More.” 


The event, which will be held at the cafeteria in Memorial High School, will include a simple meal and a sale of Haitian and Haitian-inspired art, with all proceeds going to God’s Littlest Angels Orphanage in Petionville, Haiti.


Recommended donation is $5 for adults, $3 for children.  You can learn more online at www.portionec.com.


Congregation Invited to Participate in Operation Shoe Box

Have an empty shoe box lying around?  How about filling that shoe box with some items that could change a child’s life somewhere in the world this Christmas season? 


Starting this month, we will start collecting shoe boxes as part of Operation Christmas Child, sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse (www.samaritanspurse.org/occ).  Information and resources are available at the information table in the Fellowship Area.  Make a difference in a child’s life this Christmas with just a simple shoe box.


Hope Gospel Mission Planning Thanksgiving Dinner

Where do the hungry go for Thanksgiving?  Each year, more and more go to Hope Gospel Mission in Eau Claire, another mission partner of Faith Lutheran Mission Church.


Since opening their doors 13 years ago, Hope has grown to care for increasing numbers of people.


“This Thanksgiving we will serve up full plates of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and all the trimmings, followed by pie and coffee,” says John Ailie, Stewardship Director at the Mission.


Hope is seeking donations to help with the dinner.  Every $2.29 provides a Thanksgiving meal.  To donate or learn more, go to www.hopegospelmission.org.


Hannah’s Hands to Meet November 5

The final installment in Hannah’s Hands eight-session women’s Bible study “In Harmony with the Word,” based in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, will be held Monday, November 5 at the church.  The theme of the study will be “Life in Faith.”  It begins at 7 p.m.


“The Beauty of the Beatitudes” Continues on Wednesday Nights

Pastor Nick’s Wednesday night teaching sermon series “The Beauty of the Beatitudes” began in October and will conclude later this month.  The sermons of Jesus from the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter Five will be the topic of an in-depth study of the Sermon on the Mount, and look into how those verses can still have a powerful impact on our lives.  Those services begin at 7 p.m. each Wednesday.


If you’d like a little more Bible study, come an hour early as we dig through the previous week’s Gospel texts in an informal dive into the Word.


Jean Anderson Leads Altar Guild

Jean Anderson has volunteered to lead the Altar Guild.  The guild has the duty of taking care of the altar and front of the church for the various seasons of the church year, including ordering candles and communion supplies.  If you would like to help, contact Jean!



A Review from our Church Librarian Dick Buck

Last month Joanne Flaten wrote a review about To Heaven and Back.  The story of a woman who died, went to heaven, met angels and returned to earth.  This month continues with that theme with the story of a young boy who spent time in heaven and returned to talk about his experience.


Heaven is for Real: A Little boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back.  Written by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent,  2010.  Colton, a not-quite-four-year- old, had an emergency appendectomy and the doctors had no hope that he would survive.  The medical staff was cautioned not to tell the parents.  Meanwhile, a church friend begin making phones calls and a special prayer service was arranged to pray for Colton.  Immediately Colton begin to feel better and the next morning he was up and playing.


Colton became well and was sent home.  This was when he began talking about his trip to heaven.  When the family was discussing how to pay the medical bills, Colton remarked, “Dad, Jesus used Dr. O’Holleran help fix me.  You need to pay him.”  This was Colton first remark that something had happened that Colton’s parents could not explain.  It was weird.  As days went by, Colton made random remarks about heaven, usually when something would remind him of being in heaven.  One time he talked about meeting his mother’s father who had died before Colton was born.

After seven years the decision was made to write a book. The family was discussing what the title should be.  Cassie, Colton’s long-suffering older sister, suggests, “He’s back, but He’s no Angel.”  Colton inadvertently came up with the title when asked, “Colton, what do you want people to know from your story.”  Without hesitation Colton answered, “I want them to know that heaven is for real.”


What Joanne Flaten wrote last month in a review about To Heaven and Back also applies to Heaven is for Real.  This book will also “reacquaint you with the hope, wonder and promise of heaven while enriching your own faith and walk with God”.


News and Notes

·         Pastor Henseler will be on vacation November 5-11.  Pastor Orvin Bystol will lead worship on November 11 in his absence. 


·         Grace Lutheran Church in Eau Claire is holding its 13th Annual Bazaar and Bake Sale on Saturday, November 3.  Enjoy baked goods (including homemade caramel rolls), handcrafted items and a silent auction.  Breakfast and lunch will be served by The Men of Grace.  And, of course, there will be lefse!  It goes from 9 a.m. through 2 p.m. at the church at 202 West Grand Avenue.


·         Bell Ringers are needed for the Salvation Army of Eau Claire.  To sign up for the 2012 Christmas season November 17-December 24, call 715-834-1224 or go online at www.ringbells.org.


·         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.


·         Looking ahead, we will again have a candlelight service on Christmas Eve.  Our next healing service is scheduled for Wednesday, January 23.


·         The Property Committee is looking for members.  If you are interested in helping maintain and improve the physical facilities of Faith Lutheran Mission Church, contact Pastor Nick or committee chair LaMoine Parkhurst.


·         The Children’s Ministry area is in need of some children’s books.  If you have some at home you could share, or find some at a thrift store, please consider bringing one or two to the church.


·         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!


·         Speaking of the library, if you have the book “Mary Called Magdalene” (which Dick reviewed in the August edition of Words of Faith), please finish it and return it as soon as possible – there are others who would like to read it.


·         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

Thus we shall suffer our enemies to rage and be angry, doing what they can, and
we learn to calm our wrath, and to have a patient, gentle heart, especially toward those who give us cause to be angry, that is, our enemies.

                                                                                                                        Martin Luther