Friday, April 18, 2014

Victory News - Easter Sunday!


Last night, like I do almost every Thursday evening, I was hustling out the door after supper to go lead a Bible study group at Harris Bank on 76th and Rawson. I jumped in the van, started backing out of the garage, but then stopped. For some reason I thought, “Ben, you really need to bring an Easter postcard with you.” I can’t explain it. Somehow I just knew there was going to be somebody I could invite to our Easter service on Sunday. So I ran inside, grabbed a postcard, and drove to the bank.

The second I walked in the front door, the elevator door inside the lobby opened. I recognized the person coming out of the elevator. Her name is Janet. We’ve crossed paths there a couple times before. She’s the lady who cleans the bank after hours. She runs the vacuum down the hall past the room where we meet for Bible study.

When I saw Janet, I couldn’t help but smile at how God works. He orchestrated this meeting. I just asked Janet if she had a church home where she would be going on Easter. She said No. I handed her a postcard. I invited her to our church. I told her we’d love to have her come. And you know what? She was thankful. Happy actually. She smiled and said she wanted to come.


After class I happened to run across Janet again on my way out. We ended up talking for some time. She thanked me for inviting her. I learned her story. God then gave me the opportunity to share the gospel of Jesus with her and to pray out loud for her. It was easy. It was natural. It was fun. Sometimes it’s just that simple to share your faith and invite someone to church.
God willing you’ll get the opportunity to greet Janet on Sunday…and hopefully a handful of more people just like her!


Is God arranging things in your life today that you might have the opportunity to simply invite someone to join us on Easter?


Good Friday Worship -- "For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God" (1 Peter 3:18). Today we celebrate the day Jesus died. We celebrate and call it “good” not because we are good, but because he is and by his wounds we are healed.


If you don’t already have plans to attend a Good Friday worship service in the area I would highly recommend joining live in person (or watching live online) the special Tenebrae service at St Marcus led by the band Koine. To join the live stream, visit this link as the services start at either 5:00 PM or 7:30 PM.


Website Down – It seems like it was very poor timing (from my lower story perspective!), but our church website went down this week right as postcards have been landing in mailboxes all over our community promoting both our soccer camp and our Easter service. We knew it was only a matter of time before this would happen. We were just hoping we could get by a little longer. Basically when our friend Tim unexpectedly went home to heaven a couple months ago, he took access to his server and other pertinent website data with him.


So what does this mean? A couple things. We are not going to be able to get a version of our old site up and running again. We will want to accelerate our process now of getting a new website created. In the meantime however Mark Goodger has created a website with basic functionality that will still allow people to visit our familiar URL (www.victoryofthelamb.com) and get information about our church, watch the live stream, register for soccer camp, access CCB, give online, etc. I want to specially thank Mark for all the time he spent this week figuring things out. It should take about 24 hours for the internet to find its way to our interim site but hopefully it will be available by tomorrow.


Soccer Camp Registration – Even though our main website is down, the online community is not so you can still register for soccer camp using this direct link to the form. If you have any questions, please contact Cassy—our Children’s Ministry Director.


Operation Jesus Cares Spring Project – So far we have raised $2,400 towards our goal of $2,600 for the My Team Triumph running stroller. We’re very close to our goal! If you want to help us reach our goal you can use your OJC envelopes to make donations during Sunday’s offering. Otherwise you can also still donate online by designating to the OJC fund. Our giving site is unaffected by our main website being down. You just have to access it directly.


Things Moving and Shaking – Last Saturday our music team met with our building design task force to discuss our vision for worship. Wednesday afternoon our building design task force met with the architects from Korb-Tredo and folks from Catalyst Construction. We received preliminary cost estimates on the site plan and schematic drawings that we have so far. This information will help us to shape the size and scope of our project. Over the next couple weeks the building design task force will be meeting with our leadership team to hone in on our future vision for various areas of ministry.


Sharing Christ’s Victory,


Pastor Ben

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