Friday, July 18, 2014

Victory News!

It takes some nerve for a man to claim to be God. How would you answer if someone asked you the question, “Why do you believe Jesus is God?” That’s the next question I’ll try and help you answer this coming Sunday as we continue our series Good Questions – Honest Answers. I look forward to seeing you!




Building Design Task Force Presentation on Sunday August 3rd, at 8:09 am in theater #1 we will have a 45 minute session in which we, along with our architects from Korb-Tredo, will present our church site plan and designs up to this point. This will take the place of our regular Bible study before church that Sunday. There will be handouts available for you to take home as well. All are welcome to attend. We will also shorten the length of that Sunday’s worship service a little bit to have a secondary presentation for those who aren’t able to come early. Right now we are working on a plan for ongoing communication via our website and other means also after August 3rd.

Things Moving and Shaking –At this past Tuesday’s Common Council meeting, the City of Franklin voted unanimously to support a resolution that involves our church partnering with the community to help build a large all-accessible, all-inclusive playground on part of the 15 acres of land that our church purchased so that it will be nearby our future church ministry center that we are building. The plan also includes the City intending to create a nature center and all-accessible trail system on the 49 acres of land adjacent to our property just to the west, connecting it with the all-inclusive, all-accessible playground. This was very exciting news and the fruition of many conversations and meetings over the past year. Details of how this will work out amiably for all involved will be fleshed out over the next couple weeks. Stay tuned!

Pastor Ben has a Call to another church – I know that in light of all that’s going on right now this probably comes to many of you as surprising news. In fact as the Common Council meeting was taking place here in Franklin this past Tuesday evening, another meeting was taking place in Toronto, Canada. Hope Lutheran Church made a prayerful decision at this meeting to extend me the Call to move there and become their pastor. What this means is that I now have two calls from God to consider—my current one to Victory of the Lamb and one to Hope.

So over the next couple weeks I will therefore have the opportunity to prayerfully evaluate both my current call at Victory of the Lamb well as the call to serve as pastor at Hope. My prayer and goal is that this will be a healthy time for all of us to prayerfully discuss what’s best for Victory of the Lamb moving into the future and to help affirm for me where I can best serve in Christ’s kingdom to reach especially those who don’t know the victory Jesus won for them. So thank you for your prayers and whatever words of encouragement you’d like to share with me. I’d appreciate that very much.

Finally, what an opportunity God is giving us all to trust Him and to remember that Jesus, our Good Shepherd, continues to guide us, encourage us, and supply for each and every one of our needs!

Bible Quest Sabbath Next Sunday July 27th – Sabbath is a Bible word that means “rest.” Next Sunday, on July 27th we want to honor our many hard working kids’ ministry volunteers with a day of rest. So next Sunday we will not have full service Bible Quest as usual.

Next Sunday we welcome and encourage you all to bring your children with you into theater #1 for worship as a big church family. If your feel your kids are getting a little rowdy, that’s ok! We will set up an area in the lobby where you can take your small children if you wish. We will stream the service to the TV in the lobby as well. And I will incorporate the kids into the worship service with a special kids’ message.

We thank God for all the children in our church and all the people who volunteer throughout the year in our Bible Quest program!

New “Mix and March” Bible 101 — on Tuesday evenings (from 6:30-8:00 pm) and/or Saturday mornings (from 10-11:30 am) starting Tuesday August 12th and Saturday August 16th. For more info contact me or register online using this brief form.

Sermon Series Planning – Last week I spent the better part of three days hanging out with my friends who are pastors at St. Paul’s in Muskego working on sermon series planning for the next year starting in September. It’s really an amazing time with 5 pastors all sitting around for a couple days with Bibles open talking about what God has to say to His people. We’ve got a good year of solid, relevant series outlines planned out.

Sermon Resources from last Sunday can be found here on our website. One thing to note is that if you want to watch the whole service, you have until Tuesday or so to do it. After that we are trimming the service down to just the sermon portion since that is what people search for in the archives when looking for a message on a particular topic.

My VotL – On our new church website we’ve changed what used to be called the “Online Community” to “My VotL”. This is still our web based church database and directory. Please be reminded to upload a current picture of yourself and keep your contact info up to date. You will find the link to My VotL at top of our website homepage.

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben


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