After Jesus was born in Bethlehem, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born King of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.”

Matthew 2:1-2

Further Instruction Required

It is easy to marvel at the journey of the Magi. They went to great lengths, faced many challenges, and endured many hardships. Even after all of that, upon their arrival in Jerusalem they didn’t achieve their goal. They still had to ask, “Where is the one who has been born King of the Jews?” They required further instruction to find the answer to their quest.

Like the wise men, I too search for the one who is born King of the Jews. While my journey is noble and sincere, if I rely only on my own efforts and knowledge I will fail to find him. Further instruction is required.

In my search I need to avoid the temptation to be satisfied with a king and god of my own making. This kind of deity and ruler would delight my sinful flesh, but it would accomplish nothing to bring me closer to the true God. Once again, further instruction is required.

The only way I can find the true God and his Son is to go directly to the Scriptures. In the Bible, God’s inspired book for instruction, I come to know who God truly is. I also come to understand what he has done for me. He sent his Son to this earth to be more than a king of one nation of people. God sent Jesus to be the King of kings and Lord of lords, “so that every knee should bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord” (Philippians 2:10,11). What is even more important is that through the instruction of God’s Word I come to know what Jesus has done for me. His unquestioning obedience to fulfill his Father’s will in my place. His sinless sacrifice on the cross to secure my release from guilt. His innocent death to rescue me from the power of the devil. His victorious resurrection to proclaim my freedom from death and the grave. He did all of this so that I could come to him and worship him.

In order to know Jesus as my Savior I need to be guided to him. Without the instruction God the Father has provided in his Word, I would remain lost and condemned to a fruitless and futile search. This is why I rejoice, because God has provided all the instruction I required.

Prayer: O gracious Lord, heavenly Father, I rejoice in your Word of Truth. Through that Word I receive the instruction I need to know that Jesus is my Lord and my Savior. Amen.

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Membership Changes:

- Confirmations: Riess Collins, AJ Sarnstrom, Anna Schmenk, Wyatt Stehr

Education: Confirmation service was Sunday, December 16th.

Elders: Confirmation exam was Saturday, December 15th.

Evangelism: Church Leaders Workshop will be held the first Saturday in March.

Trustees: The board will do an inspection of the parsonage in early January.

Pastor: Our vacancy pastor is Timothy Rosenau of St. Paul’s Prescott.

President: The second pastoral call meeting was January 13th.

New Business: None

Old Business: None



Membership Changes:

Transfer In - Ted & Natalie Johnston: Katie, Grace, Anna, & Ben, from Salem Lutheran

Stillwater, MN - Dec 11

Transfer Out - Pastor Clayton & Danielle Welch; Anne, Elijah, Jane, & Matthew to Bethlehem

Lutheran in Manassas, VA - Dec 26

Confirmations - Reese Collins, AJ Sarnstrom, Anna Schmenk, Wyatt Stehr - Dec 16



33 Sunday School Students

14 Preschool Students (no congregational financial support needed)

10 Confirmation Students (4 students confirmed by Pastor Welch in December)

11 WELS School Tuition Scholarship Students


Our vacancy Pastor is Timothy Rosenau from St. Paul’s in Prescott, WI


Visitor register is being changed to individual pew registers.


Parsonage is being repaired and updated during the pastoral vacancy.


Pastor Rosenau’s goal is to keep things steady during the vacancy.


Council meeting time has been moved to the 3rd Tuesday of the month during the vacancy to accommodate pastor Rosenau’s schedule.

A Divine Call was extended to Pastor Aaron T. Weber of Zion Lutheran in South Milwaukee, WI on Jan 13th.


The church secretary salary was increased to compensate for the extra workload during the vacancy, after which the secretary duties and salary will be reevaluated.



Families, adults, youth of Faith Lutheran, you are invited to play games or cards with residents of Wellhaven Assisted Living of River Falls, WI every month on the third Saturday from 2 - 4 pm. It starts off this month with the third Saturday being February 16. Bring your own board games or cards, or come to play with residents the games that Wellhaven has, such as Rummikub, dominoes, Scrabble and cards. Bring snacks. Lemonade and coffee will be provided. This would be an opportunity for connecting people to Christ's love as you build relationships and visit. Please sign a sign-up sheet on the ledger in our church entrance if you can make it, so that Wellhaven has an idea of how many are coming. When members of Faith have come to sing Thanksgiving hymns and Christmas carols at Wellhaven before Thanksgiving, we have been invited to stay after singing in order to play games with residents. This now would be a monthly invitation to come and play games. Wellhaven is at 119 Union Street in River Falls, across from the River Falls Public Library.



  • Retired WELS pastor, James Humann, invites you to join him in 2020 as he hosts his sixth tour to the world-famous Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany. The Oberammergau Passion Play depicts the life of Christ from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. This afternoon and evening long performance is presented only once every ten years, in keeping with a promise the people of Oberammergau made in 1634 AD during the Black Plague.

    Two different opportunities to see the Oberammergau Passion Play will be offered. The first tour is an eleven day tour, June 12 - 22, 2020. It includes the Rhine Valley, Heidelberg, Rothenburg, Oberammergau and Munich in Germany, plus Lucerne in Switzerland and Paris in France.

    The second tour is an eleven day tour, September 23 - October 3, 2020. It includes Athens and Corinth in Greece, a three day Greek Isles cruise visiting Mykonos, Ephesus, Patmos, Crete and Sontorini, plus Oberammergau and Munich in Germany and Salzburg in Austria.

    The Passion Play in Oberammergau is very popular and sells out quickly. For the price and daily itinerary, e-mail Pastor Humann at Jhumann383@aol.com. If you would prefer a hard copy, be sure to include your name and mailing address.

  • WLCFS-Christian Family Solutions is looking to hire In-Home Therapists and Mental Health Practitioners for their Lakeville and Mankato counseling clinics. They are seeking individuals who can integrate scriptural truths into their evidenced-based counseling. For detailed information, visit www.ChristianFamilySolutions.org and click on the Employment tab. Questions? Please contact Cheryl Hoelz, Director of Human Resources, at 262.345.5530 or choelz@wlcfs.org.