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
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,