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Words of Faith, September 1, 2013

posted Sep 2, 2013, 7:10 PM by Faith Lutheran

The Pastor’s Message

By Rev. Nick Henseler

 

Hebrews 2:1; “So we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it.”

 

The author of the Book of Hebrews is telling a group of believers that they need to listen to the words of truth that have been spoken to them and to not drift away from those truths. The Greek words used here for “listen very carefully” are the words “perissoteros prosechein.” The word “prosechein” translates into meaning “to pay careful attention to.”

 

However, it is the context of the word that is also important here and that is that this careful attention is an action that should be “devoted to.” And if that isn’t enough to get the reader’s attention to “listen very carefully” the author also precedes the word “prosechein” with the word “perissoteros” which translates into meaning “exceedingly, abundantly, and vehemently.”

 

Folks, we need to constantly and continually be getting into God’s Word; to pay very careful attention to what Scripture has to say to us, and to do this…A LOT!

 

Why do we need to do this? The author of Hebrews also gives the answer in v.1; “or we may drift away from it.” The context of this phrase has a nautical reference. The implication is that if a ship is not securely moored, the ship will drift off into unknown and dangerous waters. So true is the same for us! If we are not securely moored to the truths of Scripture, we also may drift away into the dangerous deceptions and mistruths of the world.

 

Thank You Lord for the anchor of our souls which is Your Holy Word!! Have a blessed September everyone!                                                                             Pr. Nick

                                                                       

 

Education Season Ramps Up for Fall

While summer still has three “official” weeks, Labor Day marks the unofficial start of fall, and that means the gears of congregational life will be moving a bit faster at Faith Lutheran Mission Church.  Here are the highlights:

 

Rally Sunday Set for September 8

Sunday School resumes September 8th with Rally Sunday.  Rally Sunday begins with the 9 a.m. worship service marking the return of the Faith Lutheran Mission Church Choir, followed by Sunday School at ten which includes face painting, and an appearance by Kevin the Balloon Man.  Let children in your neighborhood or within your influence know about this fun event!

 

Text Study Resumes September 11

The popular study on the previous Sunday’s gospel lesson comes back to the church schedule on Wednesday, September 11 at 6 p.m.  The informal but informative conversation led by Pastor Henseler gives participants an opportunity to share insights about the meaning of the text in its time and in our lives.  The study goes about 50 minute, then takes a small break before the regular 7 p.m. Wednesday night worship.  In September, Pastor Henseler is continuing his sermon series on the book of Hebrews during the 7 p.m. service.

 

Choir Gets Back in Voice

The Faith Lutheran Mission Church Choir, under the direction of Bob Lamont, resumes rehearsal on Thursday, September 5th at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary.  The choir will rehearse every other Thursday through the fall.  In September, the choir will sing at the September 8 and September 15 services.

 

New Member Sunday Set for September 15

Our next New Member welcoming is scheduled for Sunday, September 15.  It will include installation at the 9 a.m. worship, with a celebration after the service during our fellowship time in the basement.  If you would like to join, contact Pastor Henseler soon to be included in this event!

 

September 18 Service will Focus on Healing

The 7 p.m. service on Wednesday, September 19 will be a healing service.  Pastor Henseler has set aside one Wednesday service every quarter or so to allow the congregation and friends to gather to pray for one another’s needs, whether they be physical, emotional or spiritual.  The evening includes inspiring recorded music and inspiration.  Whether you have a specific need, or wish to support those who do, you are welcome!

 

Fall Harvest Dinner Scheduled for October 19

A special fellowship dinner has been set for Saturday, October 19th at 5:30 p.m. in the church basement.  If you’re planning to attend, please sign up on the sheets provided in the fellowship hall downstairs.

 

Men of Faith and Hannah’s Hands Meet September 9

Men of Faith will gather at the Maple Manor Restaurant in Eau Claire Monday, September 9.

Breakfast will be ordered at 8:30, with the Bible study beginning thereafter (at least, sometime after an analysis of the Packer-49er game the afternoon before).  All men are welcome.  Just come to Maple Manor, 2507 South Hastings Way, and look for our group in the back room.

 

Hannah’s Hands women’s group will continue its current study based on Max Lucado’s book “Facing Your Giants.”  The group meets again at the church on Monday, September 9 at 7 p.m.

 

Missions of the Month:  Good News Jail Ministry, Global Outreach for Christ & Gideons

Faith Lutheran Mission Church dedicates 21% of its weekly offering to missions outside our congregation.  For the first four Sundays in September, that mission designation will be split between Good News Jail Ministry of the Chippewa Valley (11%) and Global Outreach for Christ and its work in West Africa (10%).  On the fifth Sunday of the month, the entire 21% mission set-aside will go to the Gideons.

 

Our contribution to Good News Jail Ministry provides support to chaplains serving local jails and prisons, to bring the word of God to inmates.  September’s giving is dedicated to the honor of long-time local director of Good News Jail Ministry Tom Herro and his recently appointed successor Brian Jahn.  The mission committee is hoping to have Chaplain Jahn come speak during a Sunday yet this fall.

 

The specific ministry being supported within Global Outreach for Christ is the work of Bible-translators connected to this congregation who are making the Word of God available for the first time in the language of the people native to a particular part of western Africa.

 

The Gideons International is a group that is dedicated to winning the lost for Christ, with their unique method being the distribution of Bibles and New testaments in selected streams of life.  So far, Gideons have placed more than 1.7 billion complete Bibles and New Testaments in more than 190 countries around the world, and are at work right in this community to connect with students, prisoners and others.  On the 29th, we’ll welcome a special speaker who will tell us more about the Gideon’s and their ministry.

 

Wonderful Walk for Life Comes to Eau Claire September 14

Melinda Gardner, the Executive Director of APPLE Pregnancy Care Center of Eau Claire, has invited the members of Faith Lutheran Mission Church to take part in an event September 14 called “A Wonderful Walk for Life” at Owen Park in Eau Claire.  Registration begins at 9 a.m., with the walk starting at 10.  Details about the event and how you can help raise funds for it are available at www.friendsofapple.org.

 

By the way, Melinda sent a thank-you letter last month for FLMC’s recent gift to APPLE, and shared this story:

Yesterday we received an announcement in the mail from a couple who came to APPLE this spring and have now returned to their home state.  This announcement was telling their friends and family about the baby they were expecting.  It was unusual and wonderful because of this – this woman was incredibly scared and upset when she learned that she was pregnant.  But she called APPLE, and came to see us.  She was calmed and encouraged.  She and her fiancé are carrying this baby to term.  Before they left Eau Claire, she told me that calling APPLE was “the most important phone call I ever made.”

 

Other Mission Recipients Send Thanks

In the past couple of months, we’ve received several thank-you letters for recent mission gifts offered by the congregation of Faith Lutheran Mission Church.  Here are excerpts from several of them:

 

From Dr. Mrs. Jane Irina Adu, Founder and President, The Potter’s Village, Dodowa, Ghana

I wish to express my heartfelt gratitude to you and your church for your kind donation of $1,500 which you made through Miss Jayne Kallenbach whose parents fellowship in your church.  Your kind gesture is truly appreciated.  On behalf of the Board of Directors, management, mamas and the children, I would like to say a very big thank you to you all.  We pledge that this donation will be used judiciously.  God bless you all!

 

From Major Dan Jennings, Divisional Commander, The Salvation Army

I am writing to thank you for your recent gift of $816.09 to The Salvation Army.  Your donation is already at work, helping the folks of our community with food, shelter, and clothing – and something more, too.  Your compassion helps them discover hope in the midst of a crisis.  Every day, another person or family is faced with devastating news.  Your support shows them that a life crisis doesn’t need to be a hopeless one.  None of the programs or services we offer would be possible without faithful friends like you who make the needs of others a priority in their lives.  Those in need can – and will – be served because of you.

 

From Pastor Steve King, General Editor, Sola Publishing/Word Alone Ministries

The staff and board of Sola Publishing thank you so much for your recent gift of $741.90.  Sola Publishing materials reflect our faith in Jesus Christ, found in the integrity of the Scriptures as the Word of God and the theological perspective of the Lutheran Confessions.  Sola Publishing is a non-profit educational ministry dedicated to serving those affiliated with LCMC, NALC, CALC and Lutheran CORE.  We intentionally keep the cost of our materials low, and relay on faithful donors and benevolence to develop and continue to release new materials.  We are deeply thankful for your gracious gift.”

 

From Patrician Stein, Executive Director, Bolton Refuge House of Eau Claire

We offer you our sincere gratitude and appreciation for the generous donation of $1,312.55 from your March mission offering.  This contribution enables us to continue to assist abused women and children in the community.  Your gift will help address the immediate needs of our clients and their children.  Bolton Refuge House provides safe shelter, support groups, economic and legal advocacy, children’s programs, a transitional living program, and other services that would not be possible without the kindness and generosity of people like you. 

 

From Becca Timm, Lutheran World Relief and the Lutheran Malaria Initiative

On behalf of Lutheran World Relief and the Lutheran Malaria Initiative, I want to personally thank you from the bottom of my heart!  Faith Lutheran Mission Church is truly making a lasting impact on the lives of pregnant women, children and families in Mali, Kenya and Tanzania!  We’re extremely grateful for you and your partnership in this important, life-saving ministry.

 

A Note from Jean Anderson

Jean Anderson asked us to share this note with you:

I would like to thank Pastor Henseler and all my FL Church family for all their thoughts, prayers, hugs and kind words at this difficult time.  Thanks to all FL Church friends that were able to attend my sister’s funeral.  Your presence was greatly appreciated.  I have enjoyed reading all the beautiful cards, letters and memorials given in memory of my twin sister Jane, and also my brother John Gustavson.  I am so very grateful to all.  Love in Christ, Jean Anderson.

 

LCMC Annual Gathering Set in Michigan

Registrations are now being accepted for the 13th Annual Gathering of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ, set for October 6-9 at the Adoba Hotel in Dearborn, Michigan with the theme of the conference being “The Grace of Giving.” 

 

The four days of fellowship, networking, worship and music are designed to help attendees find out how we, as followers of Jesus, can learn to fund the Great Commission in our generation.

 

Keynote speakers include Pastor Kyle Idelman, author of the book, “Not a Fan,” Chuck Bentley, CEO of Crown Financial Ministries, and Pastor Enrique Estrada, executive director of Mission Mexico International and a member of the LCMC Board of Trustees.  The focus of the program will be 2 Corinthians 8:1-7.

 

Following the gathering will be an optional, additional two-day New Ministry Workshop.

 

News and Notes

·         Pastor Nick and Lori Henseler, Jean Anderson and Hartwick Hanson represented Faith Lutheran Mission Church at the dedication of the new church facility of First Lutheran Church in Clear Lake on Sunday, August 25.  Pastor Bryan Hanson, who is Jean’s son and was a critical supporter in the founding of Faith Lutheran Mission Church, presided over the dedication ceremony for the new building of our fellow LCMC congregation.

 

·         The church council will meet Monday, September 16 at 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall.

 

·         Beginning in this month, we will begin using the New Living Translation bible for our text readings in church, replacing the New International Version.

 

·         The church cleaning schedule for August is Clarence and Janet Hadt for September 13 and Chuck and Kim Olson for September 27.  If you have questions, contact Elaine at 715-834-6735.

 

·         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

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

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

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