Friday, August 15, 2014

Victory News and Updates

This Sunday we’re wrapping up our current summer series with a very timely question, “Why is there so much evil in the world?” Or maybe to make it a little more personal, “If God is in control and if he loves us so much, why do we face so much pain and trouble in our lives?” Join me this Sunday as I humbly and honestly try and walk with you down a path to see how God has been good to us, even in a world gone bad.



Bible 101 Awesomeness – Tuesday night I began a new Bible 101 group and there were 17 people in attendance! We packed full the conference room at CESI. This Saturday morning is the other option for class this week and I expect another 5-6 people to show up. So…in case you forgot to register for this “mix and match” Bible 101 group, there’s still time to do so if you can make tomorrow’s class. The idea is people can pick Tuesday evening or Saturday morning each week depending on what works best for their schedule. Just let me know if you’d like to hop in with the group tomorrow morning from 10-11:30 am at CESI which is located at 9850 S 54th St in the Franklin Business District. I’d love to you have join us!

This Sunday we will be welcoming our new Student Assistant from the Seminary for the year, Nathan Loersch, along with his bride Becky. We will officially install Nate during the worship service. Nate will be involved in preaching, teaching catechism and Bible 101 class, small groups, and other ministries as time allows.

Building Design – Check out our plans and give us your feedback. Simply visit the page on our church’s website for our Ministry Center. The page includes our site plan and renderings as well as a form at the bottom of the page for you to submit your feedback or questions. Our design task force has been gathering everyone’s input for review as we go forward. The design task force has also been busy scheduling meetings to start getting input for the interior of the building from the various ministry groups in our church such as the worship team, the Bible Quest, the café team, etc. Contact Becky Grund with any questions.

Call to Hope – Today actually marks one month since I received the call to Hope in Toronto. I will be announcing my decision at church on Sunday. A big thank you to all of you for your prayers and words of encouragement the last couple weeks.

Last weekend I had the privilege of marrying Phil and Marissa Lambe. For the wedding service we borrowed the beautiful church across town at St Paul’s here in Franklin. God’s blessings to Phil and Marissa in their life together in Christ! I wonder who the first couple will be to get married in our new church???

This week I also had the privilege of sharing the comfort of the Gospel of Jesus at the funeral and committal service for a 2 month old little baby girl named Paige whom we’ve been praying for the last couple weeks. This was one of the more difficult things I’ve had to do as a pastor but I’m so thankful that I was able to help usher Paige into the kingdom of God through the gift of holy baptism and to be able to assure her many family members and friends of the promises we have in Christ. These are not idle words… Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!

VotL Brewers Game Outing on Sunday, Sept. 14th - 1:10 pm. Join us for a Brewers game as the Crew takes on the Cincinnati Reds. It is a Robin Yount bobblehead all-fan giveaway day and a Blue Bunny ice cream day (first 2,000 fans under 12), so you don't want to miss it! Because it is a Sunday afternoon game, you are encouraged to carpool and/or tailgate with other members who are attending the game.

Tickets are in left field Loge Bleachers and are $15 each (over 2 years old). You can email Sammi Goodger or talk to her at church to reserve your tickets. Checks should be made out to Victory of the Lamb. We hope you can join us for some fun, fellowship and baseball!

Suicide has been a huge topic of discussion this past week of course due to the recent sad news about comedian Robin Williams. Many perspectives have been shared online—some good, most not so good. Here’s a link to a blog post written by a pastor friend of mine that I think is one of the good ones that provides a thoughtful and biblical voice to this tough real world issue. I don’t want it to go without saying either that if any of you are struggling with thoughts of life and death, I welcome you to contact me about that and I know any of your Christian family members in our church would welcome the same. You are not alone in your struggle.

Sermon Resources from last Sunday can be found here on our website. Share the message and help someone you know see what Jesus so wonderfully unique!

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben

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