NEW! (PDF) Newsletter for March 20 - April 3, 2016

We're trying something new with the online newsletter. Let us know how you feel about having a PDF version available to print or simply browse online.  The blogs are still available for viewing.

Easter Greetings!

"This is our God; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation!" Isaiah 25:9 Dear friends of Spirit…

Celebrate Generosity!

Celebrate Generosity is the theme for the first Spirit Lutheran Annual Appeal which starts on March 30 and ends on Celebration Sunday, April 24. 

Men's Group

We would like to extend a warm welcome to any men in the church to join us for breakfast!  We…

New at Luther Park!

Spring is almost here, and with it comes clean-up at camp. The spring work retreat is scheduled for…

First Communion

On March 24, the congregation will participate in a traditional Seder Service as we remember that it was during the Passover that Jesus shared his last meal with his disciples. This service will move to the telling of the new covenant that is shared in Christ's body and blood.

Bishop Hoyme's Easter Message

Easter matters. Read why it does.

Making Worship Welcoming

In their book, The Godbearing Life, which has now become a youth ministry standard, Kenda…

If You Are Hospitalized...

Members of Spirit Lutheran are strongly encouraged to contact the church directly to let us know of your hospitalization.

Prayer Opportunity During Holy Week

During Holy Week, you are invited to spend some time in our Prayer Niche.

Palm Sunday Modern Worship Listening List

Hello, Church!  Here's a preview of the music we're preparing for worship at 10:45 a.m. on Palm Sunday, March 20, 2016.

Palm Sunday / Holy Week / Easter

Worship with us on Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter!  Here's our schedule.

Spirit Lutheran Lives Out Generosity

With the consolidation sale completed this past weekend, Spirit has collected just over $8,500 for a number of items that our former congregations had determined could be given, sold, or used by others.

Maundy Thursday Seder Service

The congregation is invited to participate in a Seder service on Maundy Thursday of Holy Week, March 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. 

Nominating Committee for Spirit Council

The Nominating Committee for Spirit Council is seeking three individuals who would be representative of the membership and wish to serve on the council.

Palm Sunday Breakfast - March 20, 2016

The youth and Post Grads will serve breakfast on Palm Sunday this year.

VBS is now called Spirit Camp!

We have changed the name of VBS (Vacation Bible School) to Spirit Camp! 

Thank You, Spirit Lutheran!

A Thank You from Robbie Joern.

A Glimpse at Our Chippewa Valley Free Clinic

Wondering about the work of the Chippewa Valley Free Clinic?-Read on!

Conversation With God

You are invited to a "Conversation With God" this coming Thursday, March 10 at 10:30 a.m. at The Meadows.

Free Community Foot & Nail Care Clinic

UW- Eau Claire Continuing Education offers Free foot and nail care clinics for the community two…

Cyberbullying Presentation to Help Teens and Parents!

Cyberbullying presentation to help all teens make responsible decisions onlineand help parents and…

Scrip Cards Available at Spirit!

Spirit Lutheran's youth are selling Scrip grocery and gas cards from Mega Holiday and Kwik Trip! These gift cards range in denomination from $10 to $100 and provide our youth with an opportunity to earn funding for their mission trips.

Malawi News!

Congratulations to all who helped achieve our goal for the 150th Anniversary of First Lutheran to fund the Chigumukire Clinic and Feeding Station.  As of this date $40,000 has been sent for this purpose and the last $5000 from the Foundation has been sent for famine relief.  Some preliminary work has been done on the building

Worship Song Links for Sunday, March 6, 2016

We've got some really great music lined up for worship this weekend. Take a listen!

Highlights from the Feb. 18 Council Meeting

Much of our meeting was spent reviewing the findings from the Holy Cow Report and the discussions on February 13 and 14, 2016 with Walkalong Consulting, the planning team and committee members. In total, over 60 people were involved with processing this information and beginning to make plans to move Spirit forward

Inn Towne Hotel Woodworking Shop - Spirit Lutheran's February Mission of the Month

Do you have old tools that could use a new home?  As our mission of the month, we wish to support the efforts of Inn Towne to create a woodworking shop for residents to use in productive ways in their spare time.

Spirit Lutheran Consolidation Sale!

The thrift sale of excess and duplicate items from our two church buildings will be open to Spirit…

Summer Stretch 2016 for Middle School and High School Youth and Adults

Summer Stretch is a faith-based service summer program for middle school and high school youth.  We come together to study, learn, serve, and have fun. Our daily schedule includes breakfast, a morning devotion, service projects, lunch, and an afternoon fun activity at a mystery location. 

Walking Together - A Congregational Resource Event

Join Spirit Lutheran and others from throughout the NW Synod of Wisconsin for a day of learning, sharing, renewing and connecting at the UW Eau Claire, Davies Center on Saturday, March 12.

Are you wondering what the Free Clinic does?

Learn how you can become more aware and involved in the work of the Free Clinic.

Take a Look at Our Parish Nurse Ministry!

What does our parish nurse do? How do I contact her?

Young Family Sharing Forum

We invite families with youth to attend this sharing and caring session. Join us on March 3 at 6 p.m. in the fellowship hall at Spirit.

A Note of Generosity

Spirit Lutheran has much to be thankful for as we work hard to 'settle in'. Particularly helpful in…

Modern Worship Song Links for Sunday, February 28

Welcome to this week's Modern Worship Preview List!  Enjoy these songs during your week, and then come to worship ready to sing with your whole heart.

Extravaganza 2016

Grateful and thankful to have had the opportunity  to attend the National ELCA Youth Workers…

NW Wisconsin Women's Synod Convention - April 29-30, 2016

You are all invited to come together to worship, sing, hear marvelous speakers, meet new friends and…

Women' Group - Day of Renewal - April 2, 2016

The Women of ELCA Chippewa Valley Conference will be hosting their "Day of Renewal" at Spirit…

Upcoming Events for Post Grad Group

The Post Grads group will be viewing and participating in a Bible study on the story of God.…

Spirit Lutheran Choir

The choir is evolving and we welcome more members! Please join us in the process preparing for Holy…

Worship Song Links for Sunday, February 21, 2016

Here's a preview of modern worship music you'll hear at Spirit Lutheran's 10:45 a.m. service on Sunday, February 21.  Take a listen now, and sing along with us on Sunday!

Thank You Spirit Lutheran!

Thank you for the energy and diligence in participating in the Congregational Assessment Tool - the C.A.T. We EXCEEDED our goal! Spirit Lutheran's consultant, Dr. Jim Pence, indicated that a strong completion figure would be at least 75% of weekly worship attendance.

Empty Bowls Fundraiser Event

Please join with Feed My People in serving our neighbors who struggle to put food on the table for their families.

Flowers for Worship!

It's back! You may signup to provide flowers for the altar on the flower chart hanging on the bulletin board in the office hallway. Flowers may be given in honor of or in memory of a loved one or a special occasion.

Foundation Forum

The Foundation provides long-standing support for several ministries. Two of those ministries featured in this article are the scholarships to post-high school student higher education and cab rides for the elderly and infirmed.

Become a Part of the Chippewa Valley Free Clinic Meal Ministry in February!

Support our Free Clinic Meal Ministry in February by providing food for our meal or preparing the meal.

Spirit Lutheran Serves!

We need your assistance as Spirit Lutheran takes our turn in reaching out to our neighbors served by Beacon House, the Eau Claire Interfaith Hospitality Network, Inc. Beacon House, a shelter for families and pregnant women who are temporarily homeless or at risk of homelessness, is located in downtown Eau Claire. Spirit Lutheran participates in the dedication and involvement of many churches who serve Eau Claire's homeless families.

Volunteer Needed!

We are looking for a Sunday School support person. This person would meet and greet new kids, assist teachers, organize supplies and help guide kids to their class rooms.

First Communion Class Scheduled

As Spirit Lutheran lives into our new life together, bringing two distinct cultures into one, there are some things that are bound to change and appear different to some of us. The age for instruction and receiving First Communion is one important cultural difference that we have experienced. First Communion often has deep tradition, ritual and practice, including the age which congregations feel children are ready to participate in this meal. Because there is no command from our Lord regarding the age which people should be first communed, the age at which baptized members of ELCA congregations receive their First Communion reflects a variety of practices and understandings.

Youth & Family Events - Driver's License Blessing, High School Lock-in, Living Wills and more!

Spirit Lutheran has many events coming up just for you! Driver's License Blessing, High School Lock-in, Lenten Happenings, Faith Chest Building Day, and more!!!

Lenten Happenings

A time to learn about Lent. There will be crafts, cooking/baking, stories, and games. (Something for everyone!)

The 2016 Luther Park Summer Camp brochures have arrived and are ready to go and registration is now open!

Find out more information about Luther Park Summer Camp and the Adult Ministry!

Faith Chest Building Day

No experience needed! High School age and above are welcome. (Men & Women) We are building Faith Chests for Spirit Lutheran baptisms. We need 20 peopl

Are you a Thrivent Member?

Thrivent members have until 3-31-2016 to direct their 2015 Thrivent Choice dollars. This can be done…

A Look at Our Parish Nurse Ministry

Parish nurses focus on the whole person, emphasizing disease prevention, health promotion and healthy spirituality. They help the congregation focus on the relationship of mind, body, and spirit, recognizing that a healthy well-being is not merely the absence of physical disease, but also includes a spiritual component.

Greetings from the Spirit Council!

Spirit's congregational survey is available now until February 7th. All members are asked to take this short survey to help determine where God is taking us. Please look for the instructions in the newsletter. Please participate and encourage others in your church family to do so too.

Organizing For Mission - The Congregational Assessment Tool

The first step in the creation of our strategic ministry plan is a congregational survey called the Congregational Assessment Tool©. By probing the perspectives, experiences, and aspirations of members, the CAT provides a powerful readout on the health and trajectory of our congregation. It generates a report called Vital Signs© that can help all of us learn more about peoples' dreams for Spirit and about challenges and opportunities that will shape our future.

Spirit Lutheran preschool - Rainbow World

Rainbow World will have an Open House on Sunday, February 7, between services. We will host fellowship in the preschool area from 9:45-10:45am. The Open House will continue from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm also in the preschool area. We are looking at this as an opportunity for the congregation to become familiar with the preschool and the ministry it provides to the church and the community.

Post Grad Dream Meeting – January 24

If you know of someone who is 18-28 years old, please invite them to come and check out the new group just for them.

The group will be meeting for a dream and planning session and pizza on January 24 in the overflow of the church sanctuary. They will meet following the second worship service.

AmeriCORPS celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 18 from noon to 4:00 p.m.

We will be gathering to continue the dream and help local organizations such as Hope Gospel Mission,…

Faith Night at Carson Park - June 5 at 5:00 PM

The Eau Claire Express are excited to provide local Church members with the opportunity to enjoy a…

The Chippewa Valley Habitat for Humanity presents: Valley Gospel Choir Concert at Trinity Lutheran Church

The Chippewa Valley Habitat for Humanity presents:Valley Gospel Choir Concert at Trinity Lutheran…

Joy Women's Group

We would like to open the Joy Women's Group to anyone interested. 

Participate in the Logo Selection for Spirit Lutheran!

The Spirit Council has narrowed the field down to three top contenders. Now we need your help as the congregation voices its opinion and chooses the final logo.

Thank you Robbie Joern!

After serving fifteen years as the former First Lutheran Director of Contemporary Music - and…

Christmas Worship Services

Come celebrate Christmas with us! 

The Gift of Christmas

You know when you're talking with small children, and it helps toget down to their height, to be able to look them in the eye? I guess that's what God discovered about us, too - that to talk to us and have us understand, God really needed to get down on our level, to be able to look us in the eye, to be able to take us by the hand. That's what the incarnation is all about.

Recharge at Luther Park

The Recharge theme is Breaking News: The Miracles of Jesus. Join Luther Park for a fun and faith…

Greetings from the First Lutheran Foundation

We are excited to announce the following gifts given to Spirit Lutheran from the…

Angel Tree

Buy an angel from the tree ($5.00/ea) in memory of someone, or for any other reason, and help others, too. Spirit Lutheran's high school youth are doing a service project in which they will research, learn about, and designate an organization to which the money raised will be donated

Help needed in the library

We need help putting the library back in order! We are looking for help organizing the library.…

Spirit Lutheran's presents our first Christmas Program - "The Best Gift Comes Unwrapped"

Mark your Calendars! You don't want to miss Spirit Lutheran's first Christmas program on December…

Carelink Links Us Together

No one can predict the twists and turns that life will present. Perhaps a downturn in one's health, a change in an important life relationship, a layoff at work. So, what happens when you suddenly find yourself with nowhere to turn for emergency assistance?

'Gifts for Kids' A Great Success!

Spirit Lutheran is just that - a Congregation filled with Generous SPIRIT! We were given 100 cards from the Salvation Army to take on our holiday shopping trips, to find just the right gift for infants all the way to 17 year old teens! 

We are moving...and we need your help!

The closing date for the Oxford campus is January 4, 2016. The Boys and Girls Club will be taking…

Save The Date

Important Opportunities for Oxford Avenue and Main Street Folks

The Season of Hope and Trust

Advent is the Season of HOPE and TRUST, which means relax - take a big deep breath amidst a culture already at the manger (or the Christmas tree.) Taking a big deep breath sounds pretty good for many of us. Spirit Lutheran has been going at light speed these past few months.

Support Our Chippewa Valley Free Clinic Meal Ministry in December!

Support our Free Clinic Meal Ministry for the volunteer Health Care Team at the Clinic by providing food for our December meal or preparing the meal on Tuesday, December 15.

Spirit Lutheran's Christmas Parade of Homes - Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

This is a great event to have fellowship with our Spirit Lutheran members at Christmas time. It's also a fundraiser for the 2016 post-graduate Mission Trip to Norway, Michigan. (Post-graduate is 18-28 years old).

Please Save These Dates! (Feed My People Food Bank)

Spirit Lutheran is getting a reputation of sending BIG NUMBERS for the Feed My People (FMP) packs on Wednesday night and it's a reputation I would like to see us maintain!

BEACON HOUSE - Eau Claire Interfaith Hospitality Network, (ECIHN) Inc.

Last night you probably slept in your own bed in your own home or apartment. Today you woke up, got dressed, ate breakfast and went about your day. Unfortunately, many families in the Eau Claire area don't have this luxury. For these families, "home" is a car, tent, or the floor or a couch of a friend.

Spirit Lutheran Christmas Program is under way!

We are in need of a few more things.We are looking for a few good men to be shepherds and wise men.

Advent Happenings - It's All About Advent

This event is for everyone! Come and prepare, learn about advent and take home projects for your family. 

Rainbow World Preschool News

Rainbow World will offer a second semester program for 2 ½ year olds.

Gifts For Kids - A Salvation Army Christmas Project for Children of Eau Claire County

As you walk in the 'link' - the hallway from the sanctuary to the council room here at 1310 Main Street - you will notice something new posted on the windows. Red and green cards have been hung with great care; cards containing Christmas gift ideas for children, ages 1 month to 17 years. Some are fun gifts and some are very practical requests. The common thread among them is that their parents or guardians have met the standards of the local Salvation Army's "Gifts for Kids" program.

Passing of "Peace" During Flu Season

Help prevent the spread of colds and influenza by being creative in sharing the "Peace" during…

WELCA Christmas Dinner

The women of Spirit Lutheran invite you to our Christmas Dinner on Tuesday, December 8 at 6:30 pm.

Scrip Gift Card Program with Kwik Trip and Mega Co-Op

Scrip is here! You can buy Mega cards or Kwik trip cards and help out your church at the same time.…

Baby's First Christmas

Do you know a baby who is celebrating a first Christmas this year?

Men's Group Christmas Gathering

Join Spirit Lutheran Men's Group on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. Yankee Jack's at Princeton Valley Golf Course. (2300 West Princeton Ave. Eau Claire, WI 54703)

November is the Month of Thanks Giving

November is a month of thanks giving. It's a great time to show and speak of the gratitude we have for others in our lives and to give God thanks for our many blessings. So let me start with a few of my own.

Scrip Gift Card Program with Kwik Trip and Mega Co-Op

As a fundraiser, Spirit Lutheran youth will be selling Kwik Trip and Mega Co-Op Gift cards.

A Word From Malawi

We have received communication from Bishop Joseph Bvumbwe of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi through our bishop, Bishop Rick Hoyme

ELCA presiding bishop encourages the support of refugee resettlement

 In response to the terrorism around the world and people displaced from their homes and seeking refuge, the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), issued a statement Nov. 18 to the 3.7 million member church. 

What's New at Luther Park?

Plan now for 2016! Now is the time to sign up for summer camp. The schedule is listed online and you can register at:

Global Mission Support- November's Mission of the Month - Lutheran Immigration & Refugee Service

For the 2015 - 2016 fiscal year, Spirit Lutheran has awarded financial support to Malawi (with a particular emphasis on the Chigumukire Village Clinic), Global Health Ministries, Cherish All Children and Lutheran Immigration & Refugee Service.

We Are Looking for a High School Co-leader for Connections

Interested in becoming a Co-leader for CONNECTIONS?

Having Difficulty Hearing in Worship?

Try a Personal Assistive Listening Device available at the back of the worship space.

Ecclesiastes 3 - A Time for Everything

"There is a time for everything,and a season for every activity under the heavens:a time to be born…

'Gifts' Christmas Program Tryouts

This years' theme is "Gifts". The program is intergenerational this year with parts for singing, acting, speaking and non speaking.

Men's Fellowship - Thanksgiving Food Drive

Again this year, our Men's Christian Fellowship Group will be selling "turkey feathers" for $10 each…

Meet the Staff of Spirit Lutheran

One of the great benefits of blending our resources as two congregations in becoming Spirit Lutheran is that we're able to provide terrific staff support to multiple day-to-day operations and ministry areas.

Celebration Sunday!

We hope you'll join us for the celebration as Spirit Lutheran is born! On Sunday, November 8th,…

You Are Invited to a “Conversation With God”!

You are invited to a "Conversation With God" on Thursday, October 22 at 10:30 a.m. at The Meadows  

Unity In Jesus Christ

And he reminds his audience that Christ, who is our peace, comes to bring unity by breaking down those dividing walls…"that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, 16and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross."

To all the friends of Jesus at Our Savior's and First Lutheran

I have been so blessed to share this ministry with you. We have taken daring steps to follow who God…

Women of Spirit Lutheran

Let's get together and talk about our future! Let's discuss where our Circles will meet, Circle…

Confirmation Faith Night #1- Holywood Faith Night

Confirmation students and parents, come for a night of exploring your faith together on Sunday,…

American Denial: Changing Course

JONAH (Joining Our Neighbors Advancing Hope) and Spirit Lutheran are collaborating on the third of three Community Conversations focusing on race issues.

Renew Sunday - 150th Anniversary

"The LORD himself will lead you and be with you. He will not fail you or abandon you, so do not lose…

A Message About Your Offering

Spirit Lutheran's budget was approved at our October 11th congregational meeting. The budget was prepared using a unified budget approach. This means that there are no separate checkbooks for various groups in the church.

Affirmation of Baptism (Confirmation)

 Affirmation of Baptism, commonly called "Confirmation," is a time for ninth grade students of Spirit Lutheran to affirm their faith after instruction focusing on the teachings of the church and experiencing what it means to be involved in worship, fellowship and service through the body of Christ.

Your Chance to Brighten A Day!

Halloween Treat Bags are on tables set on the stage of our Assembly today. They are designed to bring a smile and cure a sweet tooth for Spirit Lutheran's seniors that live in Nursing Homes or Assisted Living facilities.

Lyster Lutheran Church Lutefisk Dinner - Nov. 7, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.

Come enjoy a delicious Lutefisk dinner at Lyster Lutheran Church, W1771 County Road D Nelson, WI.…

What's New at Luther Park? - November 2015

Although it sounds like a long time away, the next Recharge for campers in grades 3 thru 12 is scheduled for January 9 & 10. Be sure to sign up soon because these events fill quickly.

If You Are Hospitalized...

Members of First Lutheran (Oxford Ave. campus) and Our Savior's Lutheran (Main St. campus) Churches are strongly encouraged to contact their congregation directly to let them know of a current hospitalization.  

150th Anniversary Task Force News

Your 150th Anniversary Task Force has been busy making plans for our Renew Sunday celebration on October 25, 2015.

Commissioners update for October 2015

The Commisioners report for the month of October 2015: A recap of the results from the October 11, Congregational meeting and more!

Godstock High School Youth Gathering

We invite you to attend Godstock High School Youth Gathering of the Northwest Synod of WI. The weekend will feature four keynote speakers and up-and-coming band, Boiling Point!

Strong Bones Strength Training Program Offered at the Oxford Ave. campus

In partnership with the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County, another Strong Bones Strength Training Program will be offered at First Lutheran Church beginning in the latter part of October. This exercise program is designed to help women and men become or stay strong.

Support our Chippewa Valley Free Clinic Meal Ministry in October!

Support our Free Clinic Meal Ministry for the volunteer Health Care Team at the Clinic by providing food for our October meal or preparing the meal on Tuesday, Oct. 20.

Chicken N'Biscuits Dinner - Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

The Fellowship Board at Our Savior's Lutheran will make and serve a Chicken N'Biscuits Dinner. There will be dressing, cranberries, assorted homemade salads and an ice cream bar! Carry outs are available.

Encourage Our Confirmation Students

Thank you for being part of the church body who cares for the youth of Spirit Lutheran.

Weekend Kids' Meals

Spirit Lutheran's September Mission of the Month

Congregational Meetings Scheduled for Sunday, October 11

This Sunday, October 11 please join us for spirit-filled worship beginning at 9:00 a.m. at First Lutheran Church on Oxford Avenue!  Following worship, eligible voters from the congregations of Our Savior's Lutheran and First Lutheran will register to vote in Spirit Lutheran's first Annual Meeting. 

What Is Family

What ties us together in faith - what makes us community within our congregation?

"What Do I do With All These Dwarfs??"

The Women's Ministry of the new Spirit Lutheran Church in Eau Claire, is hosting a relaxing evening for women of all ages.

Your Vision for Spirit Lutheran

I hope Spirit Lutheran looks with such anticipation and energy toward the questions "Who are we going to be?" and "How will the power of the Spirit be known through this new congregation?

Are You in Need of Foot Care?

Free Foot and Nail Care Clinics will be offered at First Lutheran Church (Oxford Ave. campus) on Thursday, October 15 and Friday, October 16.     

Commissioners Update - September 2015

As we move through this process, we are overwhelmed by the support you have given by providing comment and feedback, your willingness to assist in so many ways, and your confidence in the Holy Spirit working through us. We appreciate your continued prayers.

"The Love Jesus - Love Someone" Church

Being in the church changes people.  Our words restore people, sustain them, love them, challenge them, heal them through our living Scripture words.

Are You an Adult With an Ongoing Health Condition?

Gain control of your life by joining the Living Well with Chronic Conditions workshop that is being offered at The Meadows beginning Monday, September 21, 2015

Miracle Sale 2015

The date for the 2015 Miracle Sale has been set for Saturday, September 19 from 8 a.m. -4 p.m.

Unchanging Love and Grace

As Spirit Lutheran gets closer and closer to becoming a reality, there continues to be a variety of emotions shared and shown.

Support Our Chippewa Valley Free Clinic Meal Ministry in September

Support our Free Clinic Meal Ministry in September by providing food for our meal or preparing the meal on Tuesday, September 15.  

God's Work. Our Hands. -- August 16, 2015

Many were blessed. You made the difference!

Rally Day News - Sunday, September 13

Read everything you need to know about Rally Day, Sunday, September 13

Another Church Cookbook?

Who doesn't want to find a fantastic collection of recipes?  "Cooking with Friends" will not disappoint you.

Spirit Lutheran Education Programs Begin

The Education committee is busy working on upcoming plans for Wednesday night Connections and Sunday morning education.

Commissioners' Update - August 30, 2015

Here are the highlights of the work your Commissioners are doing:

Prayer Shawl Ministry Meetings Resume

Our first Prayer Shawl Ministry meeting of the Fall season will be the second Tuesday, September 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Assembly at the Oxford site.

What's New at Luther Park? - September 2015

September news from Luther Park!

Women's Ministry Collects School Kit Items for Lutheran World Relief

Spirit Lutheran's Women's Ministry and the Mercy/Faith Circle thank you in advance for helping with this year's collection of School Kit items for Lutheran World Relief.

Rainbow World Preschool News

Our fall semester is on the horizon.  We are looking for children who will turn 3 by September 1, 2015.

A Hopeful Horizon Before Us

We are always walking into the future with a key ingredient of the past -- ourselves.

We Serve, Because We Are Loved

Spirit Lutheran's 2nd Annual "God's Work. Our Hands."

Sunday, August 16

Commissioners' Update

We know many of you are wondering what the Commissioners are doing. We will continue to develop means of keeping you informed as we make this journey.

Summer Stretch Wraps Up

Summer Stretch ended this week with washing windows inside and out at the Main street location, washing toys for the church nursery, and weeding the church grounds.

Spirit Lutheran Women's Bible Study News

At this time of year, we would typically place a group order of Companion Bibles and Leader Guides to enhance the Bible studies of our Circles.

Welcome Bishop Eaton!

We continue to celebrate 150 years of God's faithfulness through the ministry of First Lutheran Church and we welcome our ELCA presiding bishop, The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, as we give God thanks through worship today.

Thank You for Your Anniversary Offering

Throughout our 150th year, we have been encouraging gifts to build a clinic, feeding center and a deep well for our partners within the Salima Parish in the village of Chigumukire.

Spirit Lutheran Needs You!

We are looking for your ideas again!  All congregation members of all ages are asked to share your creativity to design a logo to represent the new church.  

Day 6 Youth Gathering Blog

We started the day out by packing up the vans and took the shuttle from the hotel into Detroit!

Day 5 Youth Gathering Update

Read a message from First Lutheran's youth on their work day in Detroit.

2015 ELCA Youth Gathering Day 4 Update

Read Friday's blog update from First Lutheran Youth at the ELCA Youth Gatering - Detroit 2015

2015 ELCA National Youth Gathering Day 3 Update

Read the third update from First Lutheran youth at the ELCA Youth Gathering in Detroit!

ELCA Youth Build Relationships with Detroit Residents

Read this special message from the ELCA News Service.

Celebrate the Gifts Christ gives Spirit Lutheran!

Reveling in God-given strengths and playing to the Spirit's gifts is one of the surest ways to recognize and respond to God's mission for our new church.

Summer Stretch (for Middle School and High School Youth and Adults)

Summer Stretch is in full swing. This is a faith-based service summer program for middle-school and high-school youth.

VBS 2015 - Kingdom Rock - Stand up for God each day, we will stand strong!

Vacation Bible School 2015 was awesome!

Our August 16 "God's Work. Our Hands."

Our August 16 "God's Work. Our Hands." is less than a month away!

2015 ELCA National Youth Gathering Day 2 Update

Read the second update from First Lutheran youth at the ELCA Youth Gathering in Detroit!

2015 ELCA National Youth Gathering Day 1 Update

Read a Youth Gathering update from Cody, Aaron, and Kevin

And the Name Is...

God is calling us - Jesus has redeemed us - the Spirit moves us.  We're being made new!  Spirit Lutheran has been born!

Kayla (Wruck) Billings Accepts Call

Glyndon Lutheran Church in Glyndon, MN has extended a call to me to be their pastor. This is a church that has lots of exciting ministry opportunities and is a place that my husband, Eric and I are very excited about as well as the new opportunity.

A Special Message from Sarah Miller to First Lutheran

As another summer rolls along I wanted to take this opportunity to update you on where I am at, what I have been doing, and what is next for me.

Spirit Lutheran - Why "God's Work. Our Hands." Matters!

On Sunday, August 16 our congregation will come together as one to join in service to our community, our world, and our congregation's homebound.

Joining 30,000 at the ELCA Youth Gathering

In affirmation of their baptismal promise to "serve others and follow the example of Jesus," our high school youth and adult mentors will participate in the ELCA Youth Gathering July 14-19 in Detroit

Property Update

At its June 23 meeting, the First Lutheran council received a report from the Property Committee noting that the Youth Building roof membrane seams and seam sealants are deteriorating.

WELCA Retreat at Luther Park Bible Camp

August 26-27, 2015

Chigumukire Update: Thanking God for 150 Years

As part of the 150th celebration we are building a medical clinic, a feeding station and a well at Chigumukire in Salima Parish of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi.

A Letter of Encouragement from Grace Lutheran Church

"Grace Lutheran stands ready to support and assist your new venture in any way we can."

First Lutheran and Luther Park Bible Camp

How is First Lutheran living in ministry with Luther Park Bible Camp?  Look inside to find out!

Love - Potential - Story

Looking for the potential in one another helps us to see that we can be and we are a community of love and life that witnesses to God's presence among us.

Foundation Scholarships

The First Lutheran Foundation Board is pleased to announce the 2015-16 recipients of $700 scholarship grants from the Mabel Otteson Scholarship Grant Fund.

Thank You, Pastor Lowell Halvorson!

Celebrate and share your gratitude with us as we say, "Well done, good and faithful servant!" to Pastor Lowell as he retires from visitation ministry.

Congratulations Dale Rasmussen Award Winners

This award was created to acknowledge seniors in High School who have committed themselves to faithful discipleship during their middle school and high school years.

Welcome New Members!

We give God thanks that even as we are being changed, this community of faith continues to grow!

Treasurer's Report - June 2015

At this time, our general offering is not supporting the church's operating needs.  Thank you for making sure you are up to date in your giving.

Congratulations to Our Graduating Seniors!

On Sunday, June 7 we recognize the graduating High School Seniors who have been part of this faith community and who now will be heading toward exciting new ventures.

Need a Ride to Worship or other Church-related Event?

Limo Cab rides are provided at no-cost as part of the ministry of First Lutheran Foundation. 

Would Jesus Recognize Us as His Disciples?

People of First, we are courageously facing the future before we are smacked head-on with change that is culturally inevitable.

Drop Your Drawers Campaign - A Big Success!

Many hands and hearts, not to mention legs and feet went into a very successful NW Synod-wide Women's campaign to respond compassionately to the plight of teens crossing the Texas border from several Central American countries.

Change the Life of a Person with Dementia Through the Wisconsin Music & Memory Program!

The Wisconsin Music & Memory Programis part of a national program designed to help people with Alzheimer's and related dementias find renewed meaning and connection in their lives through the gift of personalized music.     

Trusting the Spirit

 Our June 7th vote is quickly approaching. I am so proud to be serving in ministry with a congregation who is courageous enough to put everything on the table...[b]ecause if we can do that, trusting in the power of the Holy Spirit fully, then we will have a sure future.

A Special Message from Rev. Lowell Halvorson

The time has come, though, now to retire "for real".  It is only after much deliberation and discernment and prayer that this conclusion has been reached.  And so, with much sadness, I will take leave of my active part-time ministry at First Lutheran Church on June 15, 2015.

Enough for Everyone

A statement from the Lutheran Office for Public Policy in Wisconsin (LOPPW)

Resolution 2015 - First Lutheran and Our Savior's Lutheran Churches

On June 7th, 2015, at First Lutheran Church there will be a congregational meeting following the one 9:30 a.m. worship service, for the specific purpose of voting on a Resolution presented by the Common Purpose Relationship Task Force (CPR) from First Lutheran Church and Our Savior's Lutheran Church. 

News & Thanks from Your 150th Anniversary Task Force

We are truly blessed to be a small part of this 150-year-old community of faith.  Thank you!

CARELink: Opportunities and Benefits

CARELink is an organization composed of Eau Claire area congregations working together to efficiently help those who need assistance.

Collaboration News: April 27, 2015

Stay informed with final reports from the CPR Dream Teams and a new Frequently Asked Questions!

Celebrating 150 Years of God's Faithfulness!

Join us for worship and participate in the first of four 150th Anniversary celebrations of First Lutheran Church on Sunday, May 3, 2015.

150th Anniversary News - Spring 2015

What's our task force been up to?  Look inside to find out!

We Need to Talk

As a church called to witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we must continue to listen deeply, to speak out about racial equity and inclusion, to respect and uplift the dignity and humanity of every person and to join with others in organizing for change.

Prayerfully Consider Becoming a Hospice Volunteer. . .

Home Hospice of HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital which serves Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls and surrounding communities is offering a free-of-charge Hospice Volunteer Training Program. 

Many, Many Thanks to the Blood Drive Donors and Volunteers on Good Friday!

Thank you to the many donors and volunteers who made the Good Friday Blood Drive at First Lutheran Church a success!

Collaboration Communication

Dream Teams made up of First Lutheran and Our Savior's members have worked together as they imagine ways that God could work through our partnering.  As teams have completed their work, a vision for ministry is emerging.

God's Passionate Love

Nothing separates you from the love of God in Jesus….not insults, not betrayal, not suffering, and as we see at Easter - not even death itself.

First Communion

We wish God's blessings upon the following young people who completed First Communion instruction and received the sacrament at the Seder service on Wednesday, April 1st:

Welcome New Members!

We give thanks for the gift of baptism and for the people who are welcomed into membership on Easter Sunday.

CPR and the Dream Teams Establish a Timeline

A vision for ministry is emerging, even as the teams will now go back for a final opportunity to refine that vision.

Beacon House Kitchen Shower

Thank You to all who contributed to the, "Spice up The Beacon House Kitchen Shower".

Voices Needed for Anniversary Choir

The Anniversary Choir will include voices from First Lutheran and from the congregations in town that First Lutheran has participated in starting or supporting over the years. You're invited to participate! 

Hope and Success

News from the Chippewa Valley Free Clinic

Anticipating and Celebrating

We thank God for you and for our rich history of mission and ministry over the past 150 years.  We look forward to our celebration and our future.

The Ongoing Need for Free Clinics

Your continued support of the Free Clinic's mission is always a blessing and is as important now as it has been in the past.

Be Observant

Even in our efforts to be a place of sanctuary and a House of Hope, we're often reminded that all of us live as humans on this earth - amongst real human problems and concerns. 

The Work Has Begun

We're living into God's vision of inter-dependence, where varieties of people and communities and institutions are free to partner with one another to care for this world that God loves so much

Gratitude from the Chippewa Valley Free Clinic

We are grateful to our community who supports the compassionate care given at the Free Clinic.

The Right Mission at the Right Time

The Anniversary Mission Project is this Village Clinic and Feeding Center in Chigumukire, Salima Parish, Malawi, Africa.

Fierce Freedom Raises Awareness

 The following article is written by the staff at Fierce Freedom, a local advocacy group fighting human trafficking and raising awareness as well as support for the victims of this heinous crime.

Thank You for Your Input and Talents!

The CPR team is hopeful that the many ideas that have already been shared between First Lutheran and Our Savior's can now offer a broader participation level in specific mission and ministry areas.

Everything for Christmas

All that we hoped for has been fulfilled in the person of the Christ Child.

Welcome New Members!

We give God thanks as this community of faith continues to grow! 


Congratulations Dennis and Weekend Kid's Meals volunteers! We celebrate your efforts! 

Thank you for Christmas Giving

Thank you for your generosity.

GODSTOCK: What is that?

For several years there has been an event called "Godstock" in the NW Synod, specially designed for High School youth and produced by High School youth.

Why it Matters:

Weekend Kids' Meals, Sherman Elementary and You!

Campus Harvest Food Pantry Makes a Difference

Last spring at UW-EC, students were encouraged to fill out a survey. The results revealed that a high percentage of students identified themselves as needing supplemental food assistance.



noun - the action of working with someone to produce or create something.

Thank You!

Have you noticed the new bistro tables in the Lounge - or did you spot them in the narthex last Sunday?

JONAH and Immigration Justice

Immigrants in this country face many challenges, such as that of transportation in their daily lives when they are unable to get a driver's license due to difficulties that originate in our current immigration laws.

Confirmation Sunday, October 26, 2014

We're proud of you, confirmands, and we are privileged to call you brothers and sisters in Christ!

Treasurer's Update through September 2014

Thank you for keeping current on your pledges and giving.

JONAH: People of Faith Gathered for the Common Good

This week's feature article continues to highlight the work of JONAH by quoting from their website on the work of three of their four task forces.

Meet Our Health and Healing Ministry Advisory Panel!

On Sunday, October 19, the 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. worship will have a theme of healing.  The Health and Healing Ministry Advisory Panel works with and supports our Health and Healing Ministry staff members.

Boiler Repair Summary

The Education/Administrative wing of First Lutheran has been very cold for the past two weeks while repairs have been made to First Lutheran's heating system. Thankfully, the heat is now back on!

Poverty Takes Center Stage at Local Event

September 26 Poverty Summit was an event where the conversation on poverty was expanded and deepened.

Why Aren't We Asking the Right Questions?

Why, after all these years of feeding the poor and hungry, are the numbers continuing to rise?

Miracle Sale a HUGE Success!

Thanks to everyone who made our Miracle Sale such a success!

Collaboration -- Gift and Trust

This is a new day. God is certainly stirring something in our presence and we all seem to be aware of a page turning.


First Lutheran has partnered with the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Eau Claire and NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness to present our fall Community Conversation on mental illness/mental health.

Treasurer's Recap of August 2014

Thank you for your generosity to the mission and ministry that God has entrusted to us.

Campus Harvest Food Pantry Targets Student Hunger

Student food pantry to open at UW-EC on Tuesday, September 2.

Frequently Asked Questions: Collaboration Between First Lutheran and Our Savior's Lutheran Churches

Our joint C.P.R. (Common Purpose Relationship) Task Force has compiled a Frequently Asked Questions fact sheet to help communicate clear and concise information about the collaboration between our congregations.

Words of Gratitude from UW-Eau Claire

Our local university expresses their gratitude as First Lutheran Church continues to serve as the site for free community Foot and Nail Care Clinics.    

First Lutheran Treasurer's Report-August 2014

As we begin the first month of fiscal year 2014-15, I can't help but think how it must have been 150…

A Brief History of Lutheran World Relief Ministry at Our Savior's Lutheran

Our thanks go to Becky Riewestahl of Our Savior's for sharing her thoughts and recollections.

When the Waves Seem Too High

Have you ever noticed that it's often in the most challenging times of life that we sense God's presence most clearly?

"God's Work. Our Hands." Sunday - A Wrap-up of July 27, 2014

We thank all the team leaders and team members, hosts at the work sites and the staffs of both Our Savior's and First Lutheran Churches for their invaluable support.


The Our Savior's and First Lutheran collaboration team, C.P.R., continues to meet and discern ways that our two congregations can work cooperatively together.

Be God's Presence!

Become a part of our Visitation Ministry by delivering our weekly newsletter to congregational members who are residents of a local care facility.    

It's a Great Time to Be The Church

First Lutheran and Our Savior's Lutheran are working together to imagine a new way of being the church.  We're putting our trust in the One who promises us new life and life abundant.

Collaboration Task Force Update

Keep the C.P.R. team in your prayers as we give God thanks for their commitment, dedication and openness to the Spirit's movement. 

Gratitude from the Aging and Disability Resource Center!

Thank you to First Lutheran Church for extending your gracious hospitality to the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County.  

Welcome Karen!

First Lutheran's council is happy to report that Karen Lionberger has been named as First Lutheran's new Director of Handbell Choir.

More About First Lutheran's Ministry Review

On May 16-18, First Lutheran underwent an extensive Comprehensive Ministry Review which was facilitated and overseen by a team from the Northwest Synod of Wisconsin.

For This, We Pray

Being in prayer and practicing prayer is a discipline that followers of Jesus engage in regularly and with intentionality.

The Traveling Prayer Shawl

This " traveling prayer shawl" was made by all the members of our prayer shawl group here at First Lutheran.

Linking Us Together with Care

In this world of increasing need, First Lutheran is proud to be a covenanted member of CARELink, taking care.

Thank You Norma!

After serving thirteen years as the First Lutheran Handbell Director, Norma Lionberger has indicated that she will retire effective May 31, 2014.

Business as Usual...

The following article is from Cherish All Children's Wednesday Prayer, a weekly on-line newsletter:

150th Anniversary Task Force News

Please be sure to mark your calendars for these 150th Anniversary Celebration events.

Comprehensive Ministry Review Underway

A Comprehensive Ministry Review entails appraisal of worship, education, the facility, outreach, finances, congregational life, and how First Lutheran responds to needs within the community of Eau Claire and beyond. 

Outreach Appeal - Gas Cards Needed

Any amount is welcome -  $10-$20 can go a long way for some who find themselves in a bind.

It Takes a Community!

Although "thank you" may not seem to cover the gratitude that we feel for one another, it is a good thing to show our thanks by naming people who deserve to be recognized.

Welcome New Members!

God is at work here at First Lutheran and our community of faith is growing!

A Weekend to Remember

The weekend of April 5-6, 2014 was particularly significant because of two events in the life of…

The Risk of Doing Nothing

In a world and culture that is changing rapidly, perhaps the greater risk is to remain static - the same.

God's Work, Our Hands - 3/28/14

This week we give our thanks to the volunteers who offer to serve on our congregational council.

Rev. Kathryn Ulrich Earns Chaplaincy Certification

The Rev. Kathryn A. Ulrich, has attained the distinction of board certified chaplain.

The Spirit Blows Where It Chooses

At the Congregational Meeting held on Sunday, March 16th, time allowed for discussion regarding the conversations that are currently happening between Grace and First Lutheran.

God's Work, Our Hands - 3/20/14

This week we give our thanks to the many volunteers who give of their time and abilities in preparing for worship and special services by serving on the Altar Guild and the Emmaus Worship Team.

The Road to Sustainability: Global Health Ministries (GHM)

In the journey of GHM's hospitals and health programs, there is an urgency to move from dependency to sustainability with their overseas partners.

God's Work, Our Hands - 3/9/14

We lift up those who share their gift of music through the Amazing Grace Choir.

From Dependency to Sustainability: A New Era in Mission

Global Health Ministries

God's Work, Our Hands - March 2

This week we give our thanks to the volunteers who have participated in Global Health Ministries.

God's Work, Our Hands - Chippewa Valley Free Clinic Meal Volunteers

This week we give our thanks to the many volunteers who donate food items and/or their time to prepare and deliver a meal each month to the Chippewa Valley Free Clinic.

Free Clinic Services Expand To Encompass Vision Care

The Chippewa Valley Free Clinic recently added a vision component to assist patients.  Please take a minute or two to read about this exciting development:

Comprehensive Care for Diabetes: More than "Just the Right Medications"

As promised, we'll be looking at the variety of health care options that are available at the Chippewa Valley Free Clinic.

A Success Story from The Chippewa Valley Free Clinic

First Lutheran's February Mission of the Month

God's Work, Our Hands - 02/02/14

This week we give our thanks to the volunteers who give of their time in assisting our Treasurer by counting financial gifts and offerings.

Off and Running

The best way to design a campaign for building a clinic in Chigumukire, Malawi is to ask questions.

God's Work, Our Hands - FLC Women's Ministry

As we continue to recognize those who share their gifts and talents for the ongoing mission and ministry of First Lutheran Church, we focus on our Women's Ministries this week.

God's Work, Our Hands

We give thanks for those who are generous with their time and commitment to the building and grounds of First Lutheran.

Where in the World is Chigumukire?

Over the course of the next two years, we will find exciting and educational ways to inspire all of you to support the efforts of the Children's Clinic in Chigumukire.

A Success, Despite Uncertainty

For all of you who made this Christmas special for others, thank you!

New Life is Born at Christmas

A recommendation is being made to each congregational council that First Lutheran and Grace Lutheran consolidate their ministries and become one - forming a new congregation.  Together, I pray that we will seek to know God's will for giving both First Lutheran and Grace Lutheran abundant life and a certain future.

Generous, Generous, GENEROUS LOVE!

For all of you who have made this time of year so very special for so many, we say, "THANK YOU" for sharing your Generous Love with others

Love Has Come!

This Christmas, we invite you to share in the joy and experience God's Generous Love as a light shines forth in the Bethlehem skies.

Welcome New Members!

We give thanks for the gift of baptism and for the 12 people who were welcomed into membership on December 8.

150th Anniversary Logo Unveiled

We are pleased and proud to announce that Debi Wing's design inspired the creation of our final product.

A Gift of Holiday Joy

On Thanksgiving Day at Beacon House I was privileged to hand out the monster stuffed toys made by our CONNECTIONS students.

The Chigumukire Village Clinic & Feeding Center

Today is the beginning of an important milestone for First Lutheran Church.

Chippewa Valley Free Clinic Gives Thanks for Our Amazing Volunteers at First Lutheran Church!

The Chippewa Valley Free Clinic staff expresses appreciation for the monthly meals that are supported by First Lutheran volunteers.  

Quiet Help from Family Video

The next time you're in Family Video, please say "Thanks!"

Generous Love, Generous Lives

"Generous Love, Generous Lives" is our stewardship theme for the coming year.

Thanking You and Praying for You!

We all need one another - and we need to remember that Jesus needs us for the sake of God's world.

"Thank You" from Sherman School

Blessings to all of you this holiday season, and thank you for the joy you have given our families.

Meet the Health and Healing Ministry Advisory Panel!

On Sunday, November 17, during 9 a.m. worship a special blessing for the Health and Healing Ministry Advisory Panel will be offered.

The Chapel is Transformed!

Take a walk to the chapel and look around - God is at work through all of the energy and hopefulness!

Saints Who Serve

I'm not suggesting that you do what they've done, but maybe this will trigger a thought that's unique to you.


Look inside to learn about our 150th Anniversary Logo Contest!

First Lutheran Connects with Faith Partners for Literacy

Recently the high school youth of First Lutheran Church organized a breakfast benefitting Faith Partners for Literacy.

It is Good to be Here!

After a full week under my belt, I am getting settled in and feeling at home here at First Lutheran.

Sherman STARS A' Rising!

First Lutheran is launching its fourth year of partnership with Sherman Creek Elementary School.

150th Anniversary Theme Announced

Your Anniversary Task Force wishes to thank everyone who submitted entries to the contest.

Thank You and Farewell

Live together in the Peace of the Holy Spirit.

We Pray for All of God's Creation

"I wonder if God hears these prayers as ludicrous..."

Humbled by WPR

The measure of our Christian growth is the movement of our response from what I want to how do we as a community respond to God's children in need today?

Running Away from Home

Read a special message from the books of First Lutheran's Library.