Friday, December 19, 2014

Victory News - More Than Bricks Commitment Sunday

Operation Jesus Cares - Delivering care packages and some Christmas hope on 22nd St
For over 400 years God remained silent…until a voice in the wilderness, a prophet sent by God, cried out, “Prepare the way for the Lord!” Sunday we’ll listen to this voice as God speaks to us through his word to clear away the obstacles in our hearts so that we too can celebrate Christmas with maximum joy and peace!

Remember that this Sunday is also our More Than Bricks commitment Sunday. At Christmas we remember that God, the greatest Giver, gave us the greatest gift in his Son Jesus. So this Sunday each of us has an opportunity with our More Than Bricks campaign to prayerfully consider how generous we can be as God has uniquely blessed each of us.

There will be an opportunity in the service for each of you to come forward with your commitment card pledging your prayers, support, and gifts over the next three years. No prayer is too insignificant. No gift is too small. Together we will celebrate God’s faithfulness and pray for his future blessings! If you don’t have a campaign packet which includes the commitment card you can pick up one at church on Sunday or view all the More Than Bricks campaign materials on our website. If you are unable to be with us Sunday, you’re welcome to bring your response card to worship the following weekend, or mail it to the church office.

Christmas Eve Service — On Christmas Eve at 6 pm we are having a joint Victory of the Lamb / The Bridge at St. Paul’s worship service at the gym of St. Paul’s in Muskego. I’ll be preaching. Pastor John Backus from St Paul’s will lead a band blended with musicians from both our churches. We look forward to celebrating God’s blessings together even as we anticipate having our own Christmas Eve service next year in our newly completed ministry center!

Operation Jesus Cares Christmas Project – Thank you to everyone who helped make our Christmas project helping kids and families on the south side a huge success this past Tuesday. We raised over $2,000 and had over 30 volunteers serving Jesus and letting his light shine. A special thank you to Ryan and Rebecca Solie for their efforts at coordinating the event including receiving generous donations from Aurora Health Care and Pick N Save whom we also thank.

VotL In the News (again!) The Franklin NOW published a great article about us this week. The article was also printed in the NOW newspaper which is included with the Thursday Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. If you have an extra copy of the printed version, please feel free to bring it Sunday to put in the church “archives” (aka my filing cabinet).

My sermon from last Sunday can be found here on our website.

Livestreaming ­–  Our apologies for the persistent crashing of the live service feed in the last couple weeks. The main issue is with the bandwith of the internet connection at the cinema. This is one area of our ministry that will greatly improve after we build our ministry center. Until then we’re trying to figure out whether we might be able to improve the experience—at least the best we can. So thanks for your patience. We want it to be a blessing and not a source of frustration.

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben


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