Friday, August 8, 2014

Victory News - Updates Galore

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This summer we’ve been looking at some common questions people ask about God. Some of them are more, “I’m just sort of curious” kind of questions. Some of them are maybe more, “Hey, I’m really bothered by this” kind of questions.

This Sunday’s question might be one that’s more of the latter kind as we explore a good question a lot of people have today: “Don’t all paths lead to God?”

So whether this is just a curious question for you or a real sensitive one, I’m going to do my best to give you as honest an answer as I can from the Bible this week. Ultimately I hope to help you see how Jesus wants you to see him as the most uniquely all-inclusive Savior we could ever have, whose promises to us are more comforting than we could ever imagine!

So I welcome you to join me this Sunday at Showtime Cinema at just the right time…you got it, 9:09.

New “Mix and March” Bible 101 Starting This Week! Register Now! — 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.  If you intend to participate in this upcoming class please take a moment to register online. So basically the same material will be covered on the Tuesday and then the following Saturday of each week. The idea is you can pick from week to week which day/time works best for you.

Our Building Design Task Force Presentation was held last Sunday before and after church. By all accounts the feedback we’ve received so far has been extremely positive. And for that, God be praised! I have to say too how neat it was for me to basically just sit back and listen to our architects present because I think you’d all agree that they have pretty well heard, understood, and digested our church’s mission and vision. Much of the credit for that goes to our building task forces who have worked hard to distill our church’s vision and values to our architects. Over all I thought our architects articulated who we are and what we want to do as well as anyone. And I think our plans clearly show how we intend to be a church that continues to be outwardly focused on reaching unchurched people in our community with the love and message of Jesus.

In case you missed the presentation last Sunday, have no fear! You are still able to view our current design 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.

Call to Hope – By now you may be figuring that I should be pretty close to announcing a decision on my Call to Hope Lutheran Church in Toronto. And I am. There are still a few more conversations though I want to have with folks before I announce a decision—which at this time I’m planning to do on Sunday, August 17th. I had my first real good chance to talk about it at our VotL Leadership Team meeting this past week. Basically this Call to Toronto is just unique in that #1 it’s to another country and #2 it’s more like a world missions call than a home missions call in terms of it being a multicultural, immigrant, urban setting. What that means is that it all adds up for me that I want to take my time to honor everyone both from Victory and from Hope in this process as I deliberate. As usual my daily Bible reading from the One Year Bible this week seemed to provide timely wisdom and encouragement such as the closing verse of Psalm 27 where it says: “Wait for the LORD. Be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.” Always good advice, particularly when a pastor is holding another Call!

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!

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

Sermon Resources from last Sunday can be found here on our website. Think of someone you know who could use a little help with their daily struggle and share the message.

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben

1 comment:

  1. reaching the unchurched requires changing their mental picture of church...see the new book on this topic: "AMERICAN GOTHIC CHURCH: Changing the Way People See the Church." Available at Amazon and other online book retailers in softcover and ebook formats.

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