Friday, November 28, 2014

A Long Time Coming


If you’re like me, you’ve got an email inbox full of Black Friday offers right now. “Come today between 9-3.” “Use this promo code.” “Stock up on…” “Here are today’s deals.”

So in one respect this post by me, a pastor, might seem like just one more promotion you don’t have time for. On the other hand what I’m sharing today is an invitation for you to come enjoy a kingdom that money can’t buy.

This Sunday at 9:09 we’re starting a new series called A Long Time Coming. Join me at Showtime Cinema as we learn that what God really wants to give you this Christmas season is the gift of his peace.

Thanksgiving Fellowship Meal A big thank you to everyone who helped make our gathering last Sunday at the Oak Creek Community Center Sunday night a great time! Over 100 people joined us for music, food, and fun.

Operation Jesus Cares Christmas Project –Tuesday morning, December 16th. We’re raising $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 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. To volunteer please email project coordinator Ryan Solie.

Kayla’s Krew Design Day—This coming Thursday, December 4th Kayla’s Krew will be having their design day for their playground. The unveiling of their design will take place that evening starting with refreshments at 5:30 pm at Ben Franklin Elementary School here in Franklin. The whole community is invited to attend! Here’s a flyer with more info.

Bible Quest Christmas Pageant—On Sunday, December 14th the Bible Quest kids will produce a 35 minute pageant in place of the regular Sunday service for our whole church to attend. Afterwards I’ll be a preaching a 20 minute message as we continue our series A Long Time Coming.

More Than Bricks Make plans to attend church next Sunday, December 7th for a special presentation during the service on our plans to build our own permanent ministry center in 2015 and expand the Kingdom around the world.

Last week’s sermon on Sovereignty from last Sunday that Nathan preached can be found here on our website.

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

More Than Bricks



Dear Friends in Christ,

Whether it’s been with your prayers, your time, or your financial gifts over the years…thank you! There is no such thing as a prayer too simple or a gift too small when it comes from a heart filled to overflowing with God's grace.

This Day before Thanksgiving we want to share with you some of the recent blessings of God to Victory of the Lamb and some new opportunities He is putting before us.

Our Thanksgiving Fellowship Dinner last Sunday at the Oak Creek Community Center was a great success—with well over 100 people attending. The music and entertainment, dinner and fellowship were enjoyed by all!

Last Sunday’s worship folder had said that there would be a big announcement at the event. So we talked about the Path to Victory appeal and the blessings that we’ve received through it—namely the purchase of 15 acres of land on Loomis Rd, as well as detailed due diligence for our future Ministry Center. 

But in case you missed the big announcement, here you go...

Path to Victory was intended to go through next June, but with current giving projections, we will reach our goal by year end. Praise God!

Thank you so much for your prayers and support of our Path to Victory appeal. If you made a financial commitment and are still in the process of finishing that commitment, that is wonderful. We encourage you to continue to participate in the Path to Victory campaign through the end of this year to help push us over our goal. If you were intending on completing your commitment in 2015, please read on to see where you can put those commitments to good use and prayerfully consider adding to them.

So, what now? The Lord has continued to overwhelm us with blessings that are making our goal of a Christmas 2015 service in our new Ministry Center closer to reality. While there will be more specific details to come, please let me whet your appetites with how good our God is. We already have over $700,000 committed in anonymous donor gifts and grants specifically allocated to the new Ministry Center from various people/foundations. They are very excited about our mission, and see what is possible with God's blessings!

What can we do? We are looking forward to rolling out our MORE THAN BRICKS campaign information, which some of you will be receiving in the mail in the next few days. That will be followed by a short presentation and more information at church at Showtime Cinema on Sunday, December 7th, so please highlight that on your calendar and make plans to attend on the 7th. While building our permanent Ministry Center is a key component, we are excited to share with you how this campaign is about so much MORE THAN BRICKS. Opportunities for prayers, time and talents, and financial support for our ministry center project as well as mission projects around the world will provide an amazing canvas for the Holy Spirit to inspire radical generosity in our members and ministry supporters.

We look forward to sharing more information with you about the campaign and how we have the unique opportunity to share Christ's victory with Franklin and the whole world for generations to come through it.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving in Christ Jesus!

Jeff Guenther, More Than Bricks Campaign Team
Ben Kuerth, Pastor

Friday, November 21, 2014

Victory News

Hello Friends,

The last couple weeks we’ve been talking about the importance of passing down a legacy of faith. Join us this Sunday as we wrap up our Legacy series with a rich appreciation of God’s grace and just what it means that God is in control of our lives.

Thanksgiving Fellowship Meal A quick reminder for those of you who signed up that this Sunday evening is our annual Thanksgiving meal at the Oak Creek Community Center. Please note that there will also be a free will opportunity for you to donate to our Operation Jesus Cares Christmas Project.

Operation Jesus Cares Christmas Project –Tuesday morning, December 16th. We’re raising $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 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.

Create Your Own Personal/Family Crest Challenge – Don’t forget that during this Legacy series, you all are invited to create your own personal/family crest, or coat-of-arms, picturing the things that are most important to you and that you want to pass on. Details about the challenge as well as the coat-of-arms template can be found here. Please feel free to email me your family crest! And...everyone who submits an entry will be automatically entered into a drawing to win a restaurant gift card handed out after church on Sunday, November 23rd!

Thanksgiving Worship Options—Since we don’t have our own Thanksgiving services at Showtime Cinema here are a couple local options for you to worship this coming week:

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Muskego (Janesville Rd and Tess Corners)—Wednesday evening 11/26 at 6:30 pm or Thursday morning 11/27 at 9:30 am

St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Franklin (51st and Rawson)—Wednesday evening 11/26 at 6:30 pm or Thursday morning 11/27 at 10:00 am

St Jacobi Lutheran Church in Greenfield (84th and Forest Home)—Wednesday evening 11/26 at 7:00 pm or Thursday morning 11/27 at 9:30 am

Kayla’s Krew Design Day—On December 4th Kayla’s Krew will be having their design day for their playground. The unveiling of their design will take place that evening starting with refreshments at 5:30 pm at Ben Franklin Elementary School here in Franklin. The whole community is invited to attend! Here’s a flyer with more info.

My written sermon on Leaving a Legacy That Lasts For Eternity from last Sunday can be found here on our website. My apologies but we weren’t able to get the live stream running this past Sunday so we don’t have a recorded version.

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben


Friday, November 14, 2014

Victory News - Priority: Eternity

Gospel legacy: pass it on!
Preach the gospel, die, and be forgotten.

Someone once told me that this should be a pastor’s motto. After further reflection, I tend to agree.

But I’ve thought about that little motto quite a bit over the years because who doesn’t want to be remembered? Isn’t that why we’re spending a couple weeks talking about how to leave a legacy?

Not exactly. Recall that as Jesus was dying on the cross, there were two criminals crucified alongside him. One of them said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom” (Luke 23:42). Remember me, Jesus. Why? Because that man wanted at least one person on earth to remember him after he was dead? No. Rather that man believed that the legacy Jesus was going to leave would be an eternal one. Jesus’ saving legacy would clean up the mess of his sins and cause him to outlive death. That criminal believed that because of Jesus he would get to live in God’s eternal kingdom when he died!

Well when you put it that way, all of sudden this legacy series takes on both a sense of urgency and hope, doesn’t it? Eternity—I mean that’s kind of a big deal. Eternity—that’s an amazing hope! Imagine what a difference it would make if we lived our lives confident that we will outlive death! Imagine what it would look like if our top priority here on earth was to leave a legacy for others that lasts for an eternity in heaven.

So come this Sunday as we continue our Legacy series and learn more about what’s most important in life and in death. You will hear a message of HOPE as we study one of my favorite passages in the Bible from 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.

Missions – Last Sunday about 30 of you attended our pre-church conversation about supporting specific Home and World Missions as part of our upcoming ministry campaign. We also heard from a couple of you via email or otherwise who weren’t able to attend.

I’m super excited to announce that as our home mission we’ve decided to support Grace Lutheran Church in Minot, ND. And for our world missions we’ve decided to support Trinity Lutheran Church in Castries, St. Lucia as well as the incredible mission work being done in Nepal. We decided to spread out our support to these three (one home mission and two world missions) instead of just two because your support for these three was higher than all the other options. Especially for St. Lucia and Nepal, your support was equally strong. Much more on these opportunities to come!

With thanks to God I am mindful of this Bible verse: “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand” (1 Chronicles 29:14).

Things Moving and Shaking – Last Sunday during our conversation about missions I announced that last week VotL received an anonymous $200,000 donation that had been previously committed which will go directly towards our ministry center project. I’m mentioning it again here just to highlight a couple things.

First, God is so good, isn’t he!? He promises that if we put him first in our lives and seek his kingdom that he will always provide just what we need. And that’s what we’re doing with our ministry center building project. We’re seeking to not just build a building for ourselves so that we’re comfortable in it but a ministry center that will serve the people of our community and allow us to reach out with the Gospel to the unreached in our community and even around the world!

Second, I mention it to highlight just how excited a lot of people are about the unique and unprecedented opportunity we have to partner with a community group like Kayla’s Krew and to be a church that is part of the fabric of this community making a difference for generations to come. Certainly someone who gives a gift of $200,000 wants to leave a legacy. But this individual also wants to keep it anonymous to encourage all of us that ultimately our ministry center project isn’t about us. We’re just so blessed to get to be a part of something so much bigger than ourselves—sharing the love and victory of Jesus!
Thanksgiving Fellowship Meal – Next Sunday evening, November 23rd. 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 5:30. Suggested donation is $10 per adult and $6 per child (8 and under). RSVPs must be received by Monday, November 17th. To RSVP please contact Sammi Goodger / 414-731-3741.

Operation Jesus Cares – Remember that Tuesday morning, December 16th will be our annual Christmas project with Christ-St Peter’s school. We’re raising $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.

Create Your Own Personal/Family Crest Challenge – Don’t forget that during this Legacy series, you all are invited to create your own personal/family crest, or coat-of-arms, picturing the things that are most important to you and that you want to pass on. Details about the challenge as well as the coat-of-arms template can be found here. Please feel free to email me your family crest whenever you complete it! And...everyone who submits an entry will be automatically entered into a drawing to win a restaurant gift card handed out after church on Sunday, November 23rd!

My sermon on integrity last Sunday can be found here on our website. Leave a Gospel legacy…pass it on!

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

VotL Christmas Eve with The Bridge at St. Paul's

Hi Friends,

Here’s an amazing thought…you ready? Next year at this time, God willing, we’ll be getting ready to have Christmas Eve in our about-to-be-completed ministry center! For real.

Until then, as you know well, we are limited in terms of the days and times we can worship at the movie theater. Christmas Eve, Good Friday, anything later than 9:09 on Sundays, etc.…we haven’t been able to have those special services.

But this year I just don’t want to miss out on having Christmas Eve with you all. We’ve got just so much to be thankful for and so many reasons to worship our Savior God. So we’re going to do something kind of special. This year, on Christmas Eve, Victory of the Lamb is partnering with our friends from St Paul’s in Muskego, in particular, their team that serves at The Bridge which is their ministry that meets in their new school gym.

We had a VotL Christmas Eve service in the gym at St Paul’s a couple years ago, but that was before The Bridge launched this past year. So we’re going to team up with them to be able to invite you all for an extra special Christmas Eve service at 6 pm on December 24th at the Trinity Gym at St Paul’s in Muskego. It’s a big, spacious place and we’re going to get together as brothers and sisters in Christ for a very special service celebrating God’s love in Christ.

I’ll be preaching. I’m honored to have that opportunity. Pastor John Backus from St Paul’s will lead the worship team and plan the special music. We’ll be working together to coordinate the worship service. And I’ll be sending out more info to our music team and Victory CafĂ© team soon with invitations to serve on a completely voluntary, joyful basis depending on who is willing and able to serve.

There will be no extra pressure on any of our volunteers. St Paul’s will be taking the lead with most of the set-up and tech. There’s not going to be any Bible Quest or Kids Club programming. Basically you all are invited to come with your families and enjoy worshiping Jesus with us as God gives you the opportunity.

More info to come, but I just wanted to put that on your radar for Christmas Eve, 6 pm at the Trinity Gym at St Paul’s in Muskego.

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben

Friday, November 7, 2014

A Legacy of Integrity

Last Sunday was a great start to our Legacy series! I was super excited to get to preach to so many people because what we’re talking about is important. One family after church said, “Pastor Ben, I’m really glad we’re talking about these kinds of things. We need to be reminded what it’s really all about.”

So let’s keep it going this Sunday so that the legacy we pass on will be sound. This week we’ll be talking about integrity. What is it? What can you do when your integrity has been compromised? How can you yet leave a legacy of integrity? Join us Sunday for part 2 of our series!

*Special Missions Conversation This Sunday – As part of our upcoming capital campaign for our ministry center, we plan to include a significant Missions component. So this Sunday, November 9th, all of you are invited to join us in theater #6 before church at 8:09 am for a special 45 minute conversation regarding a couple different options for supporting Missions. We will be choosing to support one specific Home Missions opportunity and one specific World Missions opportunity. We’d like you to help us decide.

So here are the Home Missions options and here are the World Missions options that we will be talking about and choosing from. If you cannot make it Sunday, please take a look at these ahead of time and if you have any opinion, please express it to Jeff Guenther before Sunday morning.

Thanksgiving Fellowship Meal – Sunday evening, November 23rd. 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 please contact Sammi Goodger / 414-731-3741.

Operation Jesus Cares – Remember that Tuesday morning, December 16th will be our annual Christmas project with Christ-St Peter’s school. We’re raising $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.

Create Your Own Personal/Family Crest Challenge – Don’t forget that during this Legacy series, you all are invited to create your own persona/family crest, or coat-of-arms, picturing the things that are most important to you and that you want to pass on. Details about the challenge as well as the coat-of-arms template can be found here. Please feel free to email your family crest to Pastor Ben whenever you complete it! And...everyone who submits an entry will be automatically entered into a drawing to win a restaurant gift card handed out after church on Sunday, November 23rd!

My sermon from last Sunday can be found here on our website. Leave a Legacy…pass it on!

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben

PS - PDF attachments are included for the Home Mission opportunities, World Mission opportunities, and the Personal/Family Crest challenge