Friday, June 27, 2014

Good Questions - Honest Answers

An angry judge, a doting grandfather, an attentive butler—these are all common caricatures of God. What is God really like? That’s the first question we’ll be answering starting this Sunday as we begin our series that will take us through the rest of the summer called Good Questions – Honest Answers.


Soccer Camp 2014 is officially in the history books! Attendance records were smashed. Songs were sung. Soccer skills were taught. Snacks were eaten. And most importantly, kids learned about Jesus. Thanks everyone who helped! If you haven’t seen them yet, I know you will enjoy checking out the fantastic pictures that were taken over the week. You can view them on our church Facebook page. (You don’t have to be on Facebook to view them.)

4th of July Parade:  Please join us for the Franklin 4th of July Parade next Friday, July 4th. Our VotL float will start on the east side of Loomis Road near the post office. (We will have a specific float number for you prior to the parade.) The VotL band will already be set up there practicing. This is where you will want to meet us by 10:30. Feel free to bring patriotic decorations to deck out your kids' bikes and strollers.

During the parade, we'll share postcards, candy, and smiles with those people sitting along the parade route. The parade ends on the north side of Lions Legend Park, just down from the fire station.

If you are able to donate candy (individually wrapped, non-chocolate), please email Sammi Goodger or just bring it to church on Sunday. We'll have a bin here to collect it.

End of the Year - This coming Sunday is the last Sunday in our fiscal year. So many of you have been blessed by the ministry here at Victory of the Lamb and so many people have given generously to support our ministry. We thank God and we thank you! If you would like to give a special gift as the year comes to an end, use the online giving option on our website. There are so many exciting opportunities for our church just around the corner to share the love of Jesus with even more people in our community!

Modern Family Resources Remember that on our new church website we are able to archive all the resources we produce for our sermon series. Use them to catch up or review on your own or share with others who need them!

Tuition Assistance for Lutheran Education Our vision for Victory of the Lamb does not include us operating our own school. We want to be a church that stays focused on our mission of reaching the lost in our community. We value and support strong public schools. As a church our vision is to equip families with the resources and training for Christian education not just at church but also at home. At the same time there are many excellent Lutheran schools in the area within in our fellowship and we value formal Christian education. Thus we have developed a tuition assistance program funded by gifts outside the church budget to help families in a small way offset the costs of a Lutheran parochial education. It also is intended to encourage those considering the preaching and teaching ministry in our Synod. For more information about the program and how to apply visit the Tuition Assistance page on our website. And in case you weren’t aware, St Jacobi Lutheran School (3K-8th grade) in Greenfield has partnered with us as a mission church by providing a special tuition rate for Victory of the Lamb member families. Here’s a link to a pdf with more details.

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben

Friday, June 20, 2014

Soccer Camp Sunday

For many of us, busyness makes the quest for balance in life challenging. Our busy routine can easily become a daily grind. But what if God became a part of our daily routine? Is that even possible?

That’s what we’ll be very practically exploring together this Sunday as we wrap up our series Modern Family. Join us in person or online! And if you haven’t had a chance yet, go ahead and check out the resources from the first couple messages in this series from our sermon series page.

Team Issachar - That's me in the back, tall goofy guy with the funny hat
Soccer Camp Sunday - This Sunday will also be special because it’s our soccer camp Sunday—which means the kids from soccer camp are all being invited to come and sing their soccer camp song, Christ Arose. Hopefully we’ll have a whole host of guests to welcome to church on Sunday!

By the way, soccer camp has been going very well this week despite the rain. We did have to cancel camp on Wednesday. Otherwise it’s been ok and the weather or soggy fields hasn’t done anything to dampen the fun we’ve all been having out there. The kids have been great and we have a top notch group of coaches and helpers. I particularly had fun getting to cross the Red Sea while being sprayed with water during our Bible story time on Tuesday.

"God is always with us...so TRUST GOD!"
I’m looking forward to the final day of camp today and the cookout afterwards which is always a lot of fun.  Thanks everyone for all your prayers and help to make our 7th soccer Bible successful!

You can check out pictures from this week's camp on our church Facebook page.

4th of July Parade:  Please join us for the Franklin 4th of July Parade on Friday, July 4th. This is a great outreach opportunity for Victory of the Lamb, and we can't do it without YOU!

The float will start on the east side of Loomis Road near the post office. (We will have a specific float number for you prior to the parade.) The VotL band will already be set up there practicing. This is where you will want to meet us by 10:30. Feel free to bring patriotic decorations to deck out your kids' bikes and strollers.

During the parade, we'll share postcards, candy, and smiles with those people sitting along the parade route. The parade ends on the north side of Lions Legend Park, just down from the fire station.

If you are able to donate candy (individually wrapped, non-chocolate), please email Sammi Goodger or just bring it to church on Sunday. We'll have a bin here to collect it.

Last week’s sermon resources are archived here on our church website.

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben

Friday, June 13, 2014

From Off-Center to Christ-Centered


Today with digital photography it’s fairly easy to make sure you get a family picture where everyone in the photo is properly centered and everyone is in focus. But it wasn’t always this way. Family selfies weren’t always easy! But they were real, that’s for sure.

This Sunday we’ll be talking about how children are a tremendous blessing as well as an important responsibility. Yet what happens when children become the center of the home? What happens when the family gets off-center or out of focus?

Well, just like in old family photos where you couldn’t see that the family was off-center until after the film was developed, sometimes with real life families today it’s easy to get off-center, yet not always evident until later when you see how things develop.

So this Sunday we’re turning a corner in our Modern Family series to spend some time talking about parenting. We’ll look at some examples of what it looks like when a family gets off-center—when children act like parents and when parents act like children. Once we’ve identified the problems of being off-center, then together we’ll focus in on some of God’s principles to help us move forward.

With God’s help, he’ll start moving our modern families from off-center to Christ-centered!

Big week ahead! Friends, this coming week is our 7th annual soccer Bible camp. This is big time, folks! We’ve got the most kids registered that we’ve ever had…by a lot. Please be sure and read Cassy’s request below for some opportunities to help out with donations.

But I’d also like to make a request specifically for two things. First of all, I’d ask for your prayers for God’s blessings to be upon our coaches, our helpers, and all the kids who we want to learn about Jesus. Second, Friday the 22nd is the final day of our camp. I’d like to welcome all of you from our church to stop by the Polonia Soccer Club to see what’s going on and especially starting around 3 pm to interact with all the families who will be there watching their kids scrimmage. Then at 4:30 pm we are having a cookout back behind Polonia and that’s a fantastic time to meet new people and encourage them to come check out our church if they don’t already have a church home.

Soccer Camp is almost here! A huge thank-you to everyone who has already signed up to donate items and to help at camp. Your generosity with your time and donations is greatly appreciated and critical to having a successful camp! And more importantly, to sharing the Gospel of Jesus with everyone who comes to camp.

We are still in need of a number of donations for daily snacks and cook-out food.  You can sign up here and click on the Needs tab. Please bring non-perishable donations to church. If you need to make arrangements to drop off donations, please e-mail Cassy. Perishable donations can be brought directly to camp on their assigned day or arrangements can be made to drop them off/pick them up.

     Tuesday-Bananas
     Wednesday-Apples
     Thursday-Oranges
     Friday-Watermelon and cook-out food

There are also a number of items we are hoping to borrow for Soccer Camp.  For Friday’s cook-out we are looking to borrow a few more coolers and 1 more Nesco.  For our Bible lesson series, Into the Wilderness, we are looking for some items to help us make the back of Polonia into the days of Moses. Specific items include:

     Tan or neutral colored sheets
     Woven blankets or mats
     Artificial Palm leaves / Palm Tree Decorations

If you have any items like this that we can borrow for the week, please e-mail Cassy.

Soccer Camp registration is now closed, as we have 130 kids signed up for camp!  If you are interested in volunteering, please sign-up here.

4th of July Parade:  We will once again have a float in the Franklin 4th of July Parade which takes place the morning of the 4th.  More details coming soon! If you can donate candy to hand out, please bring it to church.  There is a collection bucket in the lobby you can put it in.  Any kind of individually wrapped candy is great, except chocolate, which melts.  Thank-you!

Last week’s service and sermon are archived here on our church website.

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben

Friday, June 6, 2014

D-Day and Family Feuds


A piece of family history that I just recently learned is that one of my Grandpa’s cousins, Arthur Doebert, is buried in Normandy, France. He was a member of the 101st Airborne Division. He died on June 7, 1944, from wounds suffered on D-Day.

What a day that was 70 years ago to the day as brave, young Allied soldiers changed the course of World War II. Thousands, however, died to secure that beachhead in Normandy as they made their way through bursts of deadly German gunfire. And so we honor them today whose courage and sacrifice to save the world is not forgotten.

I am grateful to God and likewise to all those who have died on our behalf that I haven’t had to personally experience what it is like to be in a battle like D-Day or a dreadful war like World War II. Yet without wanting to diminish the sacrifice of those who fought and died in an actual war like that, what we’re going to talk about this Sunday at church is an experience more common to us all. Family fights. Family conflict. Family wars even.

James, a writer of the New Testament, asks, “What causes fights and quarrels among you?” (James 4:1) And the word James uses for “fights” is literally the same word in the Greek language of the New Testament that means “wars.” Have you ever had a family fight? It’s not a battle like D-Day where the bullets came from deadly German guns. It’s a war of a different kind where relationship killing words often come from the mouths of spouses, children, and siblings.

This Sunday as we continue our series Modern Family we’ll be looking at principles from God’s word to help all of us navigate the common experience of dealing with family conflict. My prayer is that what we learn from the Bible will enable you to not just survive as a family, but ultimately…to begin to thrive!

Soccer Camp is almost here! A huge thank-you to everyone who has already signed up to donate items and to help at camp. Your generosity with your time and donations is greatly appreciated and critical to having a successful camp! And more importantly, to sharing the Gospel of Jesus with everyone who comes to camp.

We are still in need of a number of donations for daily snacks and cook-out food.  You can sign up here and click on the Needs tab. Please bring non-perishable donations to church. If you need to make arrangements to drop off donations, please e-mail Cassy. Perishable donations can be brought directly to camp on their assigned day or arrangements can be made to drop them off/pick them up.

     Tuesday-Bananas
     Wednesday-Apples
     Thursday-Oranges
     Friday-Watermelon and cook-out food

There are also a number of items we are hoping to borrow for Soccer Camp. For Friday’s cook-out we are looking to borrow a few more coolers and 1 more Nesco. For our Bible lesson series, Into the Wilderness, we are looking for some items to help us make the back of Polonia into the days of Moses. Specific items include:

     Tan or neutral colored sheets
     Woven blankets or mats
     Artificial Palm leaves / Palm Tree Decorations

If you have any items like this that we can borrow for the week, please e-mail Cassy.

Soccer Camp registration is now closed, as we have 130  kids signed up for camp!  If you are interested in volunteering, please sign-up here.

Bible Study – Frosty’s out of town this week so I’ll be filling in to teach this Sunday. We’re picking it up at John 14:15 if you wanted to read ahead of time what we’ll be going through. Just show up and join us at 8:09 in theater #6!

Bible 301 – Meets next this coming Thursday. Meeting at Harris Bank on 76th and Rawson at 6:30pm. Lesson is on Prayer.

New Bible 101 – Ok, I’m definitely planning on doing a “mix and match” class coming up to make it possible for as many people as possible to participate. I’m just having a hard time figuring out how this is going to work over the next couple weeks which are jam packed already. The realities of life might mean I have to aim for a mid-July start, but please don’t give up if you’ve been waiting for a new Bible 101 to start. It’s going to happen! I’m going to work on having a schedule soon for all the dates available to mix and match.

Things Moving and Shaking – Had of number of meetings and conversations this week regarding our building plans. So many things are coming together right now. I hope to be able to make some exciting announcements in July and then we’ll be able to share our plans more broadly to get your feedback in time for submitting our plans to the City in the Fall. Our anticipated timeline is that we would be able to begin construction in Spring of next year. In the last couple weeks God has been making it clear that this is an attainable goal made possible by His grace and unexpected blessings!

Last week’s service and sermon are archived here on our new church website. You can watch the service or download and read a pdf of the sermon. AND you can also download Sheep Squads materials that go along with the sermon which you could use for a family devotion or a Bible study with a neighbor in connection with watching or listening to the sermon.

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben