Thursday, October 12, 2017

Victory News - Seeking Certainty



Dear Friends,

When we started Victory of the Lamb 11 years ago, we had many dreams. One of them was that our church might become a place where anyone could come no matter what their religious background, feel welcome, and ultimately discover the uniquely wonderful joy of knowing that Jesus Christ did everything to save them!

Before we ever held a worship service as a new church, something blew me away. As a group of us began going door to door to meet people in our Franklin community, about 80% of the people we surveyed said they didn’t think they could ever be sure they were going to “heaven”. We found this to be a fairly consistent response whether a person claimed to belong to Gesu church near the Marquette campus, the Hindu temple in Pewaukee, the Mosque on 27th St, or the local Kingdom Hall.

As we asked more questions their reasons came out. “I don’t think anyone can know for certain.” “I just hope that I’ve been a good enough person.” “Eventually if I store up enough positive karma maybe I’ll be reincarnated with better circumstances in the next life.” “I’m hoping that if I keep going to mass and keep trying to do good to others then Jesus and Mary will have mercy on me.” “We are being tested until the Day of Judgment when we will find out if we’ve been good enough to be rewarded with Paradise.” “Our salvation is a gift when we truly repent of our sins and live faithfully according to God’s moral requirements.”

Friends, what do you hear behind each of those statements? I hear uncertainty. I hear worry. I hear fear. Ultimately, that’s what you’ll always find in any human attempt to seek God’s favor until a person discovers the certainty of knowing Christ’s victory.

500 years ago, that’s what Martin Luther rediscovered when he encouraged people to dig into the Bible for themselves. He found the secret to be able to have certainty about eternal life. He found the sure source of lasting peace with God. He found the good news of Jesus Christ! He found pure, undiluted, full-strength grace. And the Reformation that began when he challenged the false religious ideas of his day, continues to be as much needed and as relevant as ever in our generation today.

That’s why we would love to have you join us at Victory of the Lamb the next four Sundays for our series called Seeking Certainty. This series is built around four key truths of the Lutheran Reformation that together provide us a sure foundation of hope on which to build our lives and our futures. In this series we will seek these truths together and then celebrate how they apply so practically to our lives today. This series is designed for anyone—whether you consider yourself a church person or not. We’re all seeking certainty. Come along for the journey! Invite a friend.

Your worldview matters. A lot. Be sure and watch the messages you may have missed in our Soul Searching series to understand why. 

Country Dale Elementary – Thank you for your swift and generous response in donating all the items needed for the Victory Kids Kit. Awesome job! I am looking forward to taking it over to the school today.

Praise and Proclaim 64 people are signed up to participate in our evangelism training tomorrow night. I get excited to think about the gospel seeds we’ll collectively be able to plant and what God is going to do through it!

Family Movie Night – SING! Friday, Oct 20 at 6 pm. Invite your friends to bring their families to the animated hit SING! Join us for a sanctuary showing complete with pop­corn, snacks and a few surprises. What a fun way to introduce your friends to Victory of the Lamb!

Tenth Avenue North Concert – On Friday, October 27 at 7:30 pm Wisconsin Lutheran College is hosting Tenth Avenue North’s “I Have This Hope” concert with Brandon Heath and Jon McLaughlin. General Admission Tickets are $17. For Tickets go to www.itickets.com or contact the college at 414-443-8800.

Rake and Run – On Saturday, October 21st our student groups, Quest (grades 9-12) and Confirmation students (grades 6-8) will join forces to help homeowners in our community with fall yard work. From 9am-noon the teens will rake leaves for homeowners who may have difficulty doing this chore on their own. This is a great opportunity to show love for our neighbors. Contact Sammi with questions.

Ministry Day – Wednesday I was privileged to speak to 4 different classrooms full of sophomores from Luther Prep School in Watertown to talk about the importance of empathy and the joy of sharing Christ’s victory. Hopefully I was also able to provide some encouragement to consider full-time ministry in the church one day for some.

More Than Bricks – 3 months to go. Thank you for overflowing with generosity and love! Read the September update posted on our website. Check out a Thank-You letter and update from Pastor Nate Walther in Minot, ND—one of our MTB mission partners.

Reformation 500 Festival Service – Sunday, Nov 5, 3:30 pm. Celebrate the Lutheran Reformation at a special Festival Service. The service will be held at the Miller High Life Theater, 500 West Kilbourn Avenue,  Milwaukee.

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben

Friday, September 29, 2017

Victory News - What is Good?


Dear Friends,

This week I asked somebody via email if there was anything I could be praying about for them. I received this reply: “It seems like no matter where I turn there is a lot of hate, negativity, or divisiveness around. It feels as if some people wake up in the morning just looking for something or someone to be angry with.”

Might that also be a fair assessment of how you’re feeling too? It seems to me that in an absurd kind of way this might be the one thing everyone can agree on right now: People are so mean!

But how did we get here? How did we end up in a world where we think everybody should love each other and yet we feel like everybody else is so angry and mean? Why do we find ourselves in a world where so many people want to express unity only to end up feeling like we’re more divided than ever?

These are worldview questions. More specifically, these are morality questions. That’s what we’ll be talking about this Sunday as Pastor Bill continues where I left off last week in our timely and relevant Soul Searching series. Week one of the series was about Origin—Where did we come from? Last week I talked about Meaning—Why are we here? This Sunday Pastor Bill will be exploring the topic of Morality—What is good? We hope you can join us at either 8:30 or 10:15 at Victory of the Lamb as we look at this both from a Christian worldview perspective and from a worldview perspective without God in the picture. Invite a friend!

Partnership With Country Dale Elementary – We are starting a partnership with Country Dale elementa­ry school in Franklin. Our first project will be to provide items that are often needed by kids throughout the school year. In the past, where possible, teachers and staff would purchase and provide necessary items by themselves, just out of the kindness of their hearts. We will help them by providing the needed items for what they are going to call the “Victory Kids Kit”. Please use this link to check off what you would like to purchase and then simply bring those items to be placed in a box in the lobby marked Country Dale Elementary. Items that aren’t donated by October 8th we will purchase so that we can deliver the items to the school the following week.

Outreach Initiative, October 13 and 14 Would you like to be able to share your faith confidently and comfortably with others? On Friday evening, Oct 13, we will host an outreach training at our ministry center. The next day, you can put that training into practice. Meals and childcare will be provided. Find out more on the event page on our website where you can also find a link to sign up. FYI – You can choose to do a Friday Only option where you receive the outreach training but don’t go out with us on Saturday.

Family Movie Night – Sing! Friday, Oct 20 at 6 pm. Invite your friends to bring their families to the animated hit SING! Join us for a sanctuary showing complete with pop­corn, snacks and a few surprises. What a fun way to introduce your friends to Victory of the Lamb!

The Hymns of Martin Luther — In this Reformation 500 year, three notable choirs are joining forces to celebrate Martin Luther’s legacy as poet and composer. Join the Wisconsin Lutheran College Choir, the Lutheran Chorale of Milwaukee, and the Seminary Chorus—200 voices accompanied by organist Aaron Christie and instruments–to sing and rejoice in 15 of Luther’s greatest and most enduring hymns. October 1, 2017 – 7:30 pm – Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary Auditorium in Mequon.

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Soul Searching - You're Invited!


Hello Friends,

It’s not as well-known as the 4th of July or Labor Day. It’s perhaps not as anticipated in stores like Halloween. But did you know? It’s National Back to Church Sunday this coming Sunday, September 17! (It’s true. You can’t make this stuff up!)

But that’s not the only reason I’m inviting you to join me at Victory of the Lamb Church this Sunday. We’re starting a new message series that I believe God’s going to use to have a big impact on our lives. It’s called Soul Searching.

We’re going to explore together some of the natural, inherent, deeply rooted, and almost irresistible longings inside human beings. After all, we all yearn to know answers to questions like: Where have I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going? What is the point and purpose of life? Does my life mean anything? What happens when I die? Is there a God out there? And if so, so what? These are some of the questions we’re going to explore in our series, Soul Searching, starting this Sunday, September 17.

So please join me this Sunday for National Back to Church Sunday! Our church, Victory of the Lamb, is a church for everyone—including those who feel like they’ve given up on church but haven’t given up on God. Maybe that’s you. We would love to meet you.

For more info about our church, please visit our website. Worship services are at 8:30 and 10:15 am at our ministry center here in Franklin located at 11120 W Loomis Rd.

Come early and enjoy some free breakfast goodies and coffee at our Victory Café in the lobby!

Wondering about the kids? You’re welcome to bring them early to register for Victory Kids—our safe, secure Sunday morning kids program for kids ages infant—fifth grade where kids can connect with God at their level while adults gather in the sanctuary. Your kids are also welcome with you in worship. It’s up to you.

Don’t feel comfortable coming in person just yet? Totally fine. Check us out Sunday morning online watching live via the internet from the comfort of your living room.

Or catch up anytime on messages from any of our previous sermon series by streaming the video from the archives.

And if you can’t make it this Sunday, no worries. You’re always welcome, any Sunday, to come back to church…or to check out church for the first time.

Sincerely,

Pastor Ben

Lead Pastor
Victory of the Lamb Lutheran Church
Services at 8:30 and 10:15
www.victoryofthelamb.com

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Victory News - God Cares About Islands


Dear Friends,

In the Caribbean there’s a small island called Barbuda. It’s just north of Antigua where we have a church and a school. God be praised, Antigua was just south of Hurricane Irma’s eye. Antigua was thus largely spared the most devastating winds. However, many Antiguans have relatives on Barbuda which, sadly, didn’t fare as well as Antigua. It was nearly obliterated by Hurricane Irma yesterday. The pictures from Barbuda are devastating. The losses are just beginning to be counted at this point. Please join me in praying for the people of Barbuda and all those in the hurricane’s path.

Each morning this week after reading my Bible, I’ve checked social media to see some of the 1st hand accounts and reports of places along the hurricane’s path to help shape my prayers throughout the rest of my day. Otherwise I find it’s easy not to notice sometimes, you know what I mean? On the one hand, sometimes we might feel like we are bombarded with tragic news from all over the world. It just keeps on coming. And it’s overwhelming. We weren’t meant to process it all. We can’t. We’re not God. On the other hand, sometimes it’s awfully easy and comfortable to think, “What’s one tiny island so far away among so many larger islands and countries and continents on this planet?” But if we go to this extreme we become callused. We stop being human.

And yet God notices. He cares. Even in the midst of devastation, he still cares. And he is unlimited in his capacity to keep on caring. We have this consolation because there was Jesus once, God wrapped in our very mortal human flesh and blood, and he was alone. His island was the cross where he suffered the ravages of our world’s sin and death. Our sin and death. He did that because he cared even when we didn’t. He cared so that he could accomplish sin’s ultimate undoing that will culminate one day in the undoing of death itself when Jesus makes all things new. Sin’s devastation will be undone!

And so we know that God cares about human islands too. I’m talking about when we human beings, whether intentionally or inadvertently, become isolated or alone. When we get disconnected from what’s going on in the lives of others and others don’t have a window into ours.

The thing is God didn’t design us to be little islands, each one of us unto ourselves. He made us to be connected to each other in healthy, meaningful relationships. That’s one of the blessings of the church. Jesus calls us out of the darkness of unbelief and despair into the light of a hopeful, forgiveness based relationship with God. He also brings us into a new relationship with each other as full-fledged brothers and sisters in God’s family.

This Sunday, that’s what Pastor Bill is going to be talking about as he, as our discipleship pastor, begins to lay out a basis for a vision for us to be connected and caring for each other in small groups—where we can learn, love, and live out the victory of Jesus! If you're around I hope you can join us this Sunday at 8:30 or 10:15 for worship. Victory Kids is also in full swing right along with the start of a new school year.

“In his teaching the islands will put their hope” (A prophecy referring to Jesus, Isaiah 42:4)

Sunday Leftovers – What does it mean to follow Jesus? It won’t be easy. It won’t always be comfortable or convenient. Jesus himself declared that it will involve taking up our own cross in life. The alternative is we could end up losing our souls in exchange for the “fool’s gold” of the world. In American culture today, we often overlook or ignore what this actually means. In the process we miss a deeper understanding of Christ’s own cross and the comfort it brings. That’s why if you missed any of the messages in our 3 part summer ending series called Take Up Your Cross, check them out online in our website archives. Here’s a link. In particular if you were out of town for Labor Day weekend, catch up with my message from this past Sunday on how to keep your soul safe even as the seasons of life change.

Please Save the Date God uses ordinary people like us to bring the hope of Jesus to others when we share our faith. Wouldn’t you love to be able to do that confidently and comfortably with anybody? That’s why on Friday evening, October 13th we’ll be hosting a special weekend training event at our ministry center with that purpose. It’s called Praise and Proclaim. The next day, Saturday morning and afternoon, October 14th you’ll have an opportunity to put that training into practice. Meals will be provided. Childcare will be provided. We are praying even now that a great many of you who are our members will participate! Stay tuned for more info in the weeks ahead. Sign-up will begin on September 17th.

Bible 201 – A new “mix and match” opportunity begins this Saturday for anyone who has completed Bible 101 and is looking to continue their faith journey and/or work towards membership in our church. Classes will be on 3 consecutive Saturday mornings (9/9, 9/16, 9/23 from 9:30-noon) and 3 consecutive Wednesday evenings (9/13, 9/20, 9/27 from 6:30-8:30pm) so that you can choose to go to either the Saturday morning option or Wednesday evening option each week as suits your schedule. More time for discussion is allotted for the Saturday morning class. Please register online using this form to attend. Quick note: We moved the previously scheduled 9/6 class to the back end…9/27. Let me know if you have any questions.

Quest (Teen Group) – We are having our back to school night on Sunday 9/10 from 6-8pm at the ministry center. We’ll play some games and have some pizza with a short devotion and enjoy a fire around our new fire pit!

Jr High Confirmation Class (6th-8th grade) – Begins this Sunday evening from 6-8 pm at the ministry center. To register yet for confirmation class, please complete the registration form. Got questions? Please contact Pastor Bill.

Christian Aid and Relief – Pastor Bill said it well in the blog last week. There are lots of ways to donate. Here’s one you can trust. Christian Aid and Relief is our national church body’s arm that helps us show Christ’s live to those impacted by natural disasters like hurricanes, floods, and wildfires. Here’s a video made of phase help that Christian Aid and Relief provided to bring people together in the Houston area after Hurricane Harvey. To donate please visit this link.

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben

Friday, August 25, 2017

Victory News - Take Up Your Cross Part 2



Dear Friends,

Last Sunday we began a three-part series to end the summer that I pray will help all of us from every generation see that we have much more in common with each other than we might think. In this series we’re getting at the heart of what Jesus meant when he said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24).

We started by looking at what this means especially for our young people—those heading out the door for school, our teens, our college age students and young adults. We learned how none of us is in this cross-carrying struggle alone. We also learned how to lean on God and each other for strength as we live our lives under the cross. In case you missed it be sure and catch up by watching it online.

This Sunday Pastor Bill will pick up where I left off by talking about the crosses we carry from the perspective of our middle ages years. How do we stay focused on what’s most important when the business of making a living, of getting ahead, of accomplishing goals, or even just surviving from day to day can so easily turn our eyes away from the cross? And where do you find your true sense of self?

So please join us this Sunday at Victory of the Lamb at 8:30 or 10:15 as we come together as a growing family of people from all kinds of different backgrounds to grow and support each other. Come discover how your life is part of God’s bigger story, in a place where you can truly belong.

FYI - If you want to take a deep dive into the truths we’re exploring in our current series, check out this book called “Theology of the Cross” by one of my college professors. I highly recommend it for those of you who love deepening your faith by studying theology.

Please Save the Date God uses ordinary people like us to bring the hope of Jesus to others when we share our faith. Wouldn’t you love to be able to do that confidently and comfortably with anybody? That’s why on Friday evening, October 13th we’ll be hosting a special weekend training event at our ministry center with that purpose. It’s called Praise and Proclaim. The next day, Saturday morning and afternoon, October 14th you’ll have an opportunity to put that training into practice. Meals will be provided. Childcare will be provided. We are praying even now that a great many of you who are our members will participate! Stay tuned for more info in the weeks ahead. Sign-up will begin on September 17th.

Logo Refreshed – After a summer of working with us, our resident artist Naomi Scheel has nearly finished the project of refreshing our church logo so that it resonates with our target audience of unchurched millennials and their friends, so that it works well on various social media platforms, and it communicates the vibrant, welcoming, refreshing feelings of our church. One more week and we’ll be able to share!

Bible 201 – A new “mix and match” opportunity is coming up in September for anyone who has completed Bible 101 and is looking to continue their faith journey and/or work towards membership in our church. Classes will be on 3 consecutive Wednesday evenings (9/6, 9/13, 9/20 from 6:30-8:30pm) and Saturday mornings (9/9, 9/16, 9/23 from 9:30-noon) so that you can choose to go to either the Wednesday option or the Saturday morning option each week as suits your schedule. More time for discussion is allotted for the Saturday morning class. Please register online using this form to attend.

Faith Unleashed – On Wednesday this week Pastor Bill and I were able to attend a special event put on by Faith Unleashed at Northwestern Publishing House in Milwaukee on how to engage and equip lay members like you for doing ministry. This was a timely and helpful presentation because we want to help all of you discover your God-given potential and the joy of serving others. We’re working at incorporate this more specifically into our membership path.

Attention Mothers-To-Be (and those who know a mother-to-be!): WELS Lutherans for Life is seeking pregnant women interested in a FREE limited obstetrical ultrasound. We are becoming a medical clinic to provide sonograms to clients seeking pregnancy related services. Our sonographers will be receiving training and need pregnant women to practice their sonography skills. Service hours for this activity will be from 9AM-5PM from Tuesday through Friday, September 19-22 and again September 26-29 in West Allis. Please call 414-727-8176 to ask questions and/or to schedule an appointment.

St. Paul's School of Early Learning (SOEL) is a childcare and Early Educational Ministry of St. Paul's Lutheran Church located in Muskego. We are in need of an outgoing, energetic person who loves to make a difference in the lives of young children. We are looking for a year-round Teacher’s Aide. Days and hours would be Monday thru Friday 7:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.. Experience in childcare or a related field is preferred. We offer a competitive hourly wage and a pleasant working environment. If you are interested please call Kim Neubauer at 414-422-0320 ext.200, Cell-262-470-0465 or e-mail at kneubauer@stpaulmuskego.org for more information. You can also stop by the SOEL office for an application (S66 W14325 Janesville Road, Muskego. We’re located off of the east entrance of the church)

You’re Invited! WELS Lutherans for Life will be holding 2 fundraising events on Friday, October 13 at Country Springs Hotel in Pewaukee. Both the luncheon and the dinner have been paid in full by generous underwriters. While there will be no cost to attend, there will be an opportunity to support the ministry financially. All funds raised will directly support life-affirming help for abortion-vulnerable mothers, people suffering post-abortion trauma, and a youth development program. Pre-registration is required and seats are limited, so don’t delay. Learn more and register at EveningForLife.org, email Contact@ALife2.com, or call 414-727-8176.

Sharing Christ’s Victory,           
      
Pastor Ben

Friday, August 18, 2017

Victory News - New Series Starting


Dear Friends,

It’s a tough, lonely thing to grow up in a world filled with high expectations and endless temptations. Young people need to understand that they are not alone—everyone faces the same struggles. How can we come up alongside our youth, our teens, let them know that we love them, we care about them, we’re ready to listen without judgement?

This Sunday we’re starting a new series that I pray will help us to do just that. It’s called “Take Up Your Cross” and it has to do with the struggles and challenges that we face as we follow Jesus in every generation. Over the next three weeks we’ll take a look at some of the crosses that are unique to different seasons of life—in youth (this Sunday), in middle age (next Sunday), and in our golden years (9/3).

At the same time we’ll all find common ground at the foot of the only, truly unique cross—Christ’s cross. There we will find what brings us all together—forgiveness and renewed strength through God’s Holy Spirit to say “no” to sin and “yes” to God.

I would be honored to have you join us this Sunday as we start this new message series. And in case you missed the grand finale to our series “Prayer is Powerful”, remember you can always catch up by watching it online. Your whole perspective on prayer will change when you understand that you are actually in your Savior’s thoughts and prayers!

If you want to take a deep dive into the truths we’ll be exploring in our new series coming up, check out this book called “Theology of the Cross” by one of my college professors. I highly recommend it.

Save the Date Our church’s mission is to share the message of Christ’s victory with today’s people. We want to help every one of you be able to do that confidently and comfortably with anybody. That’s why on Friday evening, October 13th we’ll be hosting a special weekend training event at our ministry center with that purpose. It’s called Praise and Proclaim. The next day, Saturday morning and afternoon, October 14th you’ll have an opportunity to put that training into practice. Meals will be provided. Childcare will be provided. We are praying even now that a great many of you who are our members will participate. Stay tuned for more info in the weeks ahead.

Logo Refreshed – After a summer of working with us, our resident artist Naomi Scheel has nearly finished the project of refreshing our church logo so that it resonates with our target audience of unchurched millennials and their friends, so that it works well on various social media platforms, and it communicates the vibrant, welcoming, refreshing feelings of our church. Look forward next week to seeing the finished results!

FY 2017 Year End Financial Communication – With sincere thanks and appreciation to our church treasurer Jim Vogel and to Jayne George and Candy Johnson our accountants who have worked together to keep the books, here is a link to a report on the tremendous generosity and blessings of you, God’s people, over this past fiscal year. Thank you for your support of our important work together of sharing Christ’s victory with today’s people! Through your gifts and giving, God is setting us up to have an even bigger impact in the future!

Attention Mothers-To-Be (and those who know a mother-to-be!): WELS Lutherans for Life is seeking pregnant women interested in a FREE limited obstetrical ultrasound. We are becoming a medical clinic to provide sonograms to clients seeking pregnancy related services. Our sonographers will be receiving training and need pregnant women to practice their sonography skills. Service hours for this activity will be from 9AM-5PM from Tuesday through Friday, September 19-22 and again September 26-29 in West Allis. Please call 414-727-8176 to ask questions and/or to schedule an appointment.

Sharing Christ’s Victory,                      

Pastor Ben

Friday, July 21, 2017

Victory News - Saturated With Prayer



Dear Friends,

To be honest, I’ve never considered myself an accomplished pray-er. I’ve always felt that other people probably pray more frequently, more naturally and more insightfully. So it’s been really healthy for me personally to spend a whole summer saturated with a sermon series on prayer. I hope you’ve felt that way too as we’ve been working through some tremendous examples of prayer in the Bible and seeing how we too can pray with the confidence that our prayers are powerful!

For example, this past Sunday we learned to confidently go to God and ask him to do in you what only God can do. We looked at how this can be as easy as using a one-liner prayer.

Cleanse…  Create…  Cultivate…

Those were a couple of my one-liners based on Psalm 51 in the Bible. What were some of yours? Did you get an opportunity to craft your own one-liner prayers for God’s unlimited power?

In case you missed last weekend’s message, be sure and catch up by watching it online. And join us this Sunday at 8:30 or 10:15 as Pastor Bill will continue our series Prayer Is Powerful with an amazing lesson from the life of King Hezekiah. If you’ve got a couple minutes, check out the background in 2 Kings 18 and 19 before Sunday.

Worship Planning Getaway – Pastor Bill and I will be away Sunday night through Tuesday along with the pastors from St Paul’s in Muskego to plan out our worship series for the next year. We get together to discuss culture and our congregations. We study the Christian church year calendar. We search the Scriptures. We pray. We work hard to develop series outlines, themes and Scripture lessons that then become the basis for our preaching and worship throughout the year as we dig even more deeply into God’s Word. So please feel free to send me any thoughts, suggestions, or creative ideas. Also I invite your prayers for God to bless our planning efforts!

Evening Concert – Friday evening August 11th at 7pm at our ministry center, Chris Driesbach will be sharing his faith through song by putting on a concert and sharing his story of his journey from atheism to Christianity. At 6 pm before the concert I’ll have brats and hot dogs on the grill for anyone who wants to come early and enjoy some yummy food out in the parking lot with me. Read more about Chris Driesbach’s story here on the event page.

Praise and Proclaim – helps Christians and congregations by training them on how to confidently and joyfully proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ with their community. I’m excited to share that we’ll be inviting Praise and Proclaim to VotL in October! You will all be invited to a training event on Friday evening, October 13th followed by a day of putting your training into practice on Saturday, October 14th. I’m sharing this now because it is my prayer that as many of you as possible would be able to attend and find joy in being equipped to share Christ’s victory! Stay tuned for more info over the next couple months.

From Another Mother Sale – St. Marcus is having a Baby Rummage Sale August 4 -from 12:00 pm to 6 pm and August 5 from 9 am. to 2 pm. We are seeking donations of clean and gently used Baby, Kid, and Maternity, Clothes & Shoes, Toys, Books, and Baby Accessories (no mattresses or car seats please.) 100% of proceeds are benefiting Lutherans for Life. We are collecting donations at St. Marcus on July 29 and 30 from 9 am to 2 pm. Have questions or need help donating? Contact Meta at 920 284-0658 or email Lutherans4LifeRummage@gmail.com.

Get Some Exercise, Love Our Neighbors – Partnering with My Team Triumph, the Coventry group home we serve here in Franklin has become an official training site where people can come over and push the ladies in our special jogging strollers around the neighborhood. Every Wednesday at 5:30 pm from now through September and you are invited to participate by coming over to run or walk as we push the ladies around a one mile loop in the neighborhood. Find out more and sign up here on our website. Give it a try! You can go at your own pace. It’s a wonderful way also for a family to get some exercise together while loving and serving our neighbors.

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben