Friday, October 31, 2014

Victory News - Legacy

Every single one of us is leaving behind a legacy. What’s yours going to be? That’s the big idea behind what we’re going to talk about over the next four weeks this November. You see, whether we’re intentional about it or not, we’re all passing on something to the next generation. And this isn’t about passing down money or stuff. More significantly, we pass on our hopes, our values, our beliefs—what is important to us and what is not. So join us as we start this new series and talk about some of those things that are most important that God wants us to pass on.

Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come. Psalm 71:18


Missions Conversation – As part of our upcoming capital campaign for our ministry center, we plan to include a significant Missions component. So next Sunday, November 9th, all of you are invited to join us before church for a 45 minute conversation regarding a couple different options for supporting Missions. So we will be choosing to support one specific Home Missions opportunity and one specific World Missions opportunity. You can help us decide.

We’ve been communicating with the Mission Boards of our national church body to get their input on some of the most exciting opportunities out there right now across our country and in our world that we’ll be talking about. So join us next Sunday before church in theater #6 at 8:09 am. I’ll present our options, talk about each one, and give you an opportunity to help decide which ones you would like us to support as a church to share Christ’s victory with people at home and around the world.

Thanksgiving Fellowship Meal –
Sunday, November 23rd. Y’all are invited. Join us for fun, music, and good food as we celebrate God’s blessings over the past year and look forward to his blessings in the next. Entertainment begins around 4 pm, and dinner will be served at 5. Suggested donation is $10 per adult and $6 per child (8 and under). RSVPs must be received by Monday, November 17th. To RSVP, or if you are interested in performing in the entertainment portion of the evening, bringing desserts to share, and/or donating door prizes, please contact Sammi Goodger / 414-731-3741. Quick note: There will be some big announcements and surprises…so join us and don’t miss out!

Bible Quest Christmas Pageant – Our 3rd annual BQ Christmas Pageant will be held Sunday, December 14th. Invitations will be sent home with the kids on Sunday and can be used to invite family and friends to the pageant. In addition, invitations will be available on the BQ Information Table in the lobby for anyone.

Operation Jesus Cares – Tuesday morning, December 16th will be our annual Christmas project with Christ-St Peter’s school. What’s this event all about? Basically we have the opportunity to raise $2,000 for putting together Christmas care packages for one of the lowest income neighborhoods on the Southside of Milwaukee. We work with the elementary school kids from Christ-St Peter’s school to put these packages together and then deliver them door to door in their neighborhood. So we get to show people that we care about them, and more importantly, that Jesus cares about them, as many of them struggle through another holiday season.  So please mark the date on your calendar, and consider volunteering for this event! If you have young kids, they are welcome to come as well.  To donate to the project, simply use your OJC envelope or make an online donation through the church website.

Good News Grants! – This week we received some very great news! First was the news that Thrivent Financial approved our joint grant with Kayla’s Krew as part of their Matthew 25—Neighbors in Need Grant Program. Our Victory of the Lamb portion is a $5,000 grant with another $5,000 eligible as a challenge grant for matching gifts. Stay tuned for more details on that soon!

Next was the extraordinary news regarding another grant request—this one from the Siebert Lutheran Foundation. We received word this week that at their board meeting they approved a $50,000 grant to be received at the groundbreaking of our ministry center with up to another $125,000 to be received as a matching gift to spur on and encourage other donations!
So God be praised for how he has been providing for us to help make a difference in our community for many years to come! I am grateful for the generosity and support from so many people that we are receiving to help make our ministry center plans a reality. I’m excited to see what else God has in store as we continue to plan, pray, work, and wait for the overflow of God’s blessings through generous giving.

Nathan’s series finale sermon from our Stuck? series last Sunday can be found here on our website. Enjoy and share!

Fall Back – Don’t forget to turn your clocks back an hour as you go to bed on Saturday night. Since this means you gain an hour of sleep… what a perfect Sunday to come at 8:09 for Bible study in theater #6! I’ll be teaching this week on the second half of Acts chapter 2.

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben





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