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Words of Faith, September 3, 2014

posted Sep 3, 2014, 9:50 PM by Faith Lutheran

The Pastor’s Message

By Rev. Nick Henseler

 

Nehemiah 4:20; “At whatever place you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us.”

 

This Sunday is Rally Sunday when we will start our Fall here at FLMC. And we “rally” in a fun way by having a worship and lunch outdoors!

 

But what does it mean to “rally” and what is the purpose? In our Old Testament text, Nehemiah called a “rally” to call everyone together to fortify a section of the newly constructed wall around Jerusalem to protect it from attacking enemies. The Hebrew word for “rally” is the word “qabats” which means “to assemble together for a specific purpose.”

 

So we know what it means to “rally” but what is our purpose today? What possible enemies do we have trying to break down our “walls?” Ephesians 6:11 says that we are to “put on the full armor of God so that you can take a stand against the devil’s schemes.” We do have an enemy and he is constantly trying to break down the “walls” of our faith. So we are to “rally” together as believers in Christ to protect our faith fortifications. And we do battle with a great and awesome God by our side! The next verse, Ephesians 6:12, tells us “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

 

Friends, our enemy is not those who don’t believe the same way we do; our enemy is Satan himself and all that he is trying to do to separate us from our Holy God. So let us “rally” together as a body of believers and stand strong this coming year in our ministries at Faith Lutheran Mission Church!                                                                                                            Pr. Nick

                                               

 

Rally Sunday Features Outdoor Service and Picnic Lunch September 7

Faith Lutheran Mission Church will hold an outdoor worship on the church lawn for the first time on Sunday, September 7th at a special Rally Sunday service.

 

The service will be held at a special time – 10 a.m. – under a large tent that will be erected on the lawn west of the church building.  Special music and other surprises await all members of the family.  Lunch will be served after the service. 

 

Don’t forget to hand out the special invitation cards to friends, colleagues and neighbors to invite them to attend our Rally Sunday service!

 

Future Planning Committee Seeking Input

The Future Planning Committee of Faith Lutheran Mission Church met August 13 to look over the surveys of members regarding the future direction of the congregation.

 

Committee member Bob Moore said there were three main themes to the survey responses.  Some said we should build onto the church.  Others said we should join with another church.  Others talked about the possibility of adding an elevator, with a split of those for and against an elevator.

 

The committee decided to take a number of action steps to gather more information, including: 

  • Get a needs assessment and a cost estimate for an elevator.

  • Get advice on what an addition would entail and what possibilities there might be for expanding.

  • Get information from the city regarding the possibilities of expansion at our current site.

 

Among the other suggestions in the survey were developing parking, doing more in partnership with Saving Grace Lutheran Church, promoting fellowship with new member and believers, speeding up hymns, establishing a second service when numbers warrant, and exploring a blended or contemporary service.

 

The next meeting of the committee will be Tuesday, September 9 at 6:30 p.m.  Any member of friend of the congregation is invited to attend.  

 

Sojourner House and Pioneer Bible Translators are September Mission Recipients

As usual, 23% of Faith Lutheran Mission Church’s weekly offerings will be dedicated to missions outside our church.

 

As a local mission, Sojourner House will receive 10% of our giving for the month.  Sojourner House offers faith-based shelter for single men and women facing homelessness at their facility in downtown Eau Claire.

 

The non-local mission will be Pioneer Bible Translators, specifically work being done in West Africa to bring the Bible to people in their native language.

 

Golf Scramble to Raise Money for Good News Jail Ministry

The twelfth annual Good News Jail and Prison Ministry Golf Scramble is scheduled for Tuesday, September 9 at the Wild Ridge Golf Course in Eau Claire. 

 

Men and women golfers are welcome to take part in the fundraiser event that represents a major portion of the annual budget of Good News, helping support the local jail ministry and allowing it to continue to reach inmates with the gospel of Christ.

 

Entry fee for the event is $100, which includes breakfast, 18 holes of golf with a cart, and a cookout afterward.  Details can be found by contacting Chaplain Brian Jahn at 715-839-6296 or via email at brian.jahn@goodnewsjail.org.

 

Saving Grace Hosts Continuing Christian Education Workshop September 13

Saving Grace Lutheran Church of Eau Claire has put together a spectacular monthly series of Saturday workshops designed to delve into deep issues for lay people.  Anyone interested in invited to attend.  Cost of each session is only $5, with another $3 if you want lunch (reservations requested about five days in advance for the lunch).  The topics are:

 

The first session in the series will be led by Pastor Rolf Nestingen of Saving Grace on the topic “Studies in Romans.”  Using the old adage, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do” as a key to understanding the Apostle Paul’s longest, best-organized and most theologically developed epistle, workshop attendees will survey together the familiar themes of this great letter.

 

Future workshops in the series include:

  • October 11:  The Reliability of the Scriptures with Brian Anderson, First Lutheran Church in Clear Lake

  • November 8:  Studies in Galatians with Roy Harrisville III, New Life Lutheran in Menomonie

  • January 10:  Personal Faith Formation with Jody Becker of Bethel Lutheran Church in Hawkins

  • February 14:  Connecting Sunday with the Rest of the Week with Tony Stoutenburg of Grace Lutheran in Hayward

  • March 14:  The Atonement:  The Meaning of Jesus' Death with Bruce Rimmereid of Christ Lutheran Church in Bloomer

  • April 11:  Luther on Scripture with Dwight Hanson of Hope Lutheran in Ladysmith

  • May 9:  Hebrew Roots of Our Christian Faith with Emory Johnson of New Hope Lutheran in Grantsburg

 

Sessions begin with check-in and coffee at 9:30, with the first 90-minute presentation followed by a 30 minute question and answer period at 10 a.m.  After a 30 minute lunch break, the second session begins at 12:30, wrapping up at 2:30 p.m.

 

Questions?  Call Saving Grace at 715-514-3552.

 

Hike for the Homeless to Benefit Beacon House

The Tenth Annual Hike for the Homeless benefiting Eau Claire Interfaith Hospitality Network and it homeless shelter Beacon House will be held Saturday, September 27th at Phoenix Park.

 

Beacon House is at its six family capacity nearly every day.  Last year 78 children and 57 adults received shelter, case management, assistance with employment needs, rental assistance, emergency food, bus passes and gas vouchers.  Eighty percent of families had stable housing within six months of leaving Beacon House. 

 

Of course, Faith Lutheran Mission Church is a sponsor of ECIHN and is supplying meals and overnight help the first week of September at Beacon House.

 

To participate in the Hike for the Homeless, registration begins at 8 a.m.  Adult registration is $20, with a $15 rate for students 12 and over, and $5 for children 11 and under.  Family registrations are $40.  Refreshments will be available.

 

More information and an entry form can be found at http://www.beacon-house.org/Fundraising-Events.html.

 

Afterlife Conference Set for Duluth in October

The Lake Superior Fellowship Group of LCMC/NALC is presenting an Afterlife Conference on Saturday, October 25.  Led by Rev. Steve King of Sola Publishing, the conference will look into Biblical revelation vs. popular myth when it comes to the Christian understanding of the afterlife.

 

Topics will include what happens to the believer between death and resurrection, what the state of our relationships with loved ones will be in the afterlife, and what to make of Heaven is for Real and the interprestation of near-death experiences.

 

The conference will be held Saturday, October 25 at New Life Lutheran Church, 4424 Venture Avenue, Duluth from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.  Cost is $10 per person of $50 per congregation suggested donation.  Lunch will be available for order.  Reservations may be made to New Life Lutheran by calling 218-740-3597.

 

 

News and Notes

  • The next new member service has been set for Sunday, September 21 at 9 a.m.  If you are interested in joining Faith Lutheran Mission Church, please contact Pastor Nick.

     

  • Hannah’s Hands Bible study “With a Touch” meets each 2nd Monday of the month through October, including Monday, September 8th at 1 p.m.  

     

  • Men’s Breakfast will take place September 8 at Maple Manor Café beginning at 8:30 a.m.

     

  • 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.

     

  • Church cleaning schedule includes Clarence and Janet Hadt September 5, Vern and Betty Doenier September 12 and 19, and Mark Strack and LaMoine Parkhurst September 26 and October 3.

     

  • 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

    6:30 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

    “I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.”              Martin Luther

     

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