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Chrstmas Eve -- You're Invited!

Dear Friends,

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, or so the old song goes. Yet it doesn’t always feel that way—the hectic holiday schedule, family pressures, and emotional wounds are just a few reasons. But we here at Victory of the Lamb Church see the Christmas season as one that offers a unique opportunity to experience God’s love and grace in the midst of real life. That is the reason for “The Light of Christmas” celebration—to experience the true gifts of Christmas hope and peace that Christ’s birth offers even today.

We will have candlelight worship services on Christmas Eve starting at 4:30 and 6:30 pm, each followed by cookies and refreshments. All are welcome!

And in case you didn’t hear, we’ve just recently moved! We’re now in our newly completed ministry center located at 11120 W Loomis Rd in Franklin.
That means our regular Sunday morning worship services and Victory Kids ministry also happen here at our new ministry center every Sunday starting at 9 and 10:45…

Victory News - We're Moving In!

Emergency lighting inspection – passed!

This means we’re officially good to go for having our first services this Sunday here at our new ministry center. Our first service Sunday begins at 9 am. The second will start at 10:45. A new era of sharing Christ’s victory begins!

Here’s what’s going on:

Friday - Calling All Helpers! There’s a lot still to do here at the ministry center to get ready for Sunday. We’ll be here Friday 12/18 from 9 am – 9 pm working. If you have any time during the day tomorrow we’d welcome help cleaning, washing, organizing, and putting stuff together. Please email Cassy or me if you can help, or just show up and pitch in. We’ll be happy to have you!

Donations – There are a couple items we’re looking for yet: new or gently used wash cloths. Two toasters (of the 4 slot variety). A pizza oven.

Operation Jesus Cares – We had a great crew of volunteers at Christ-St Peter school today. Together we helped the school kids pack 150 gift bags and then delivered …

Help Needed This Week - note a few tweaks

What a great day yesterday for our final Sunday at Showtime Cinema! The Kids Christmas Pageant was super. Caleb’s message about God’s faithfulness was encouraging. And the army of volunteers we had helping out before, during, and after the service was inspiring!

A couple things to know about this week:

Tonight at 6 pm is our emergency lighting inspection. Please pray this goes smoothly without any hitch.

Tonight at 7 pm - assuming that we pass the inspection we’ve learned that we can begin unloading the moving truck, trailer, and vans immediately afterwards. Therefore if you have some time this evening you are invited to join our church Leadership Team at the ministry center at 7 pm or shortly thereafter to unload. Our goal is to empty at least the moving truck so that we can use it Tuesday morning to go pick up all the office furniture at Jeff and Nissa’s house. I will post an update on our church Facebook page regarding the lighting inspection. (There is a chance the lightin…

Moving Help Needed

Dear Friends,

God-willing, December 20th will be our first services in our new ministry center. (We have one final inspection to pass this coming Monday night before receiving occupancy, on Tuesday morning.)

That means we have 10 days starting today to move in so that we’re ready for the 20th. There is cleaning, organizing, assembling, and yes…moving…that needs to get done in this process.

So I’m personally asking for some extra special help the next couple days in this already busy time of year. I’m even asking that perhaps you might consider taking a day off of work, or a half-day, to come and help us in this unique season of our church’s history.

Here’s how you can help:

Friday, 12/11 at 7am: Cassy and I will be at Showtime Cinema to begin moving out all the supplies not needed for church this Sunday. A 26 ft moving truck will arrive at 7:30 am at Showtime. We would appreciate all the help we can get tomorrow morning any time after 7 am to move things into the truck. After…

Victory News - Coming Soon

Coming soon...

After having church in a movie theater for many years, I’m used to hearing this phrase. The new Star Wars movie is “coming soon” for example (as if anybody needed to be reminded of this!).

Actually though this is a key message that Jesus Christ himself wants us to be reminded of and to take to heart. “Behold! I am coming soon” (Revelation 22:7). That’s what this season that Christians call Advent is all about. Jesus is coming soon. And that’s why the title of our current message series is Anticipation. We look ahead not only to celebrating Christmas when Jesus Christ came into this world the first time as one of us. We also look ahead to Christ’s second coming when he returns on the last day to rescue us once and for all from everything that causes sadness, pain, and death.

With this bigger picture in mind, I’m also of course anticipating being able to move into our new ministry center very soon. December 20th in fact is the day, God-willing, when we will be havin…

Victory News - Anticipation

What are you most looking forward to?

That’s a question I’ve been asked repeatedly the last couple weeks as our ministry center building project has been coming to a conclusion and we hope to have our first services there now on December 20th.

My answer, truthfully? Seeing more people fill the chairs (which you helped buy—thank you!) who might not yet know the victory that Jesus won for them. But also just seeing how God’s going to surprise us with blessings we didn’t plan for or necessarily expect because with God, I’ve come to expect the unexpected. I anticipate that God will bless us in ways we didn’t think of and in ways more abundantly than we could have hoped.

What are you most looking forward to?

Join us this Sunday at Showtime Cinema at 9:09 am as we start a new series this Advent season called “Anticipation.” It’s fitting as we look forward to so many blessings at our new ministry center that we also anticipate the blessings that we have through Jesus Christ—who …

Victory News - Change of Plans

1989, Domino Rally. I remember it well. I got it for Christmas that year. The cover of the box says it all: “It’s a chain reaction of surprising stunts and non-stop action.” Simply set up the plastic framework, place the dominoes one by one, and 3-2-1… domino powered rocket liftoff!

Except it was never that simple.

What I learned trying to set up those hundreds of dominoes is that often just one little nudge, one shaky finger, or one accidental encounter with our family kitten is all it took to set off that “chain reaction of surprising stunts and non-stop action.”

This week we had a domino fall like that with our ministry center building project. Nothing major. Just one domino really—a shipping delay on the sanctuary lights. Something beyond our control. What that means however is that some things can’t be completed until those lights arrive and get installed—not the least of which are our final inspections leading up to an occupancy permit. Otherwise everything is wra…

Victory News - Everything Sad Untrue

Upon waking up, after experiencing the horrors of Mt. Doom, Sam sees Gandalf and he says:

“Gandalf! I thought you were dead! But then I thought I was dead myself. Is everything sad going to come untrue? What's happened to the world?” 

“A great Shadow has departed,” said Gandalf, and then he laughed and the sound was like music, or like water in a parched land; and as he listened the thought came to Sam that he had not heard laughter, the pure sound of merriment, for days upon days without count.

I don’t know about you, but ever since I was a boy, this conversation recorded by author J.R.R. Tolkien in his book “The Return of the King” has resonated in the deepest parts of my soul.

Is everything sad going to come untrue?

Well as wonderful as Gandalf’s reply, the Gospel of Jesus Christ answers even more definitely, “Yes!” Yes because Jesus has conquered the grave. Yes because Jesus has won the victory over Satan. Yes because heaven is going to be our true and lasting home. F…

Victory News - One. More. Month.

Last Sunday was a fantastic start to our new series It’s the end of the world…and I feel fine! as well as the start to the end of our time at Showtime Cinema. I was amazed how full the movie theater felt with over 250 people in attendance between adults and kids. I’m so thankful that God has brought us to this point where in just a month we’ll be moving into our newly completed ministry center. There we’ll be able to not only fit more people but also start with two services so that we can share Christ’s victory with more people. Starting December 6th (one month from today in fact!) we’ll be holding two Sunday morning services. The first one will start at 9 am. The second one at 10:45 am.

Here’s a timeline of the next couple weeks:

November 27-29th: Worship Arts Team training and practice with new a/v/l equipment at new ministry center. Times TBA.

November 29th: Last Sunday church service at Showtime Cinema.

November 30th – December 5th: Move into new ministry center / train…

Victory News - It's the Final Countdown!

It’s the final countdown. (I can’t even say this without hearing the songin my head—one of my pep band favorites!)

God-willing, it now looks like November will be our last month as a church in a movie theater. That means 5 more Sundays at Showtime Cinema. Then on December 6th we hope to begin worshiping at our brand new ministry center just down the road at 11120 W Loomis Rd. On December 6th our plan is to begin with two regular Sunday services. The first service will begin at 9 am. The second at 10:45. We’ll be working hard to have a consistent 70 minute service length to leave enough time for a smooth transition in between. I will be regularly communicating with you over the next month as we look ahead to our big move!

So I suppose you could say that for every end there is a new beginning—which leads me to our new sermon series starting this Sunday. It’s called “It’s End of the World…and I Feel Fine!”

The big idea is that for God’s people, who live in the light of a resur…

Victory News - Generously Living

“I love my church.”

Next to “I love you, Dad/Mom” and “I love Jesus”…isn’t this just about the most fantastic thing you could ever hope to hear a kid say—especially when unprompted and unforced?

But this is exactly what was overhead this past Sunday as parents and kids got a special tour of the Victory Kids wing of our new ministry center. Cassy did a super job laying out our vision for Victory Kids—the name of our new Sunday morning kids’ ministry program. You could just see the excitement everyone has imagining what it will be like to be in our own space that is designed exactly for how we envision kids ministry taking shape there when it’s finished.

Have you considered helping out in our kids ministry? It is a great opportunity to impact lives for eternity. And there are so many different ways to volunteer—whether you’re married or single, have kids or not.

Here are the opportunities:

Teachers:  Each classroom (except nursery) has a teacher who is responsible for directi…

Victory News

“Fine words butter no parsnips.” – 17th Century Proverb

Not sure I’ve ever tasted a parsnip!, but I think we can all relate to what this old proverb’s trying to say. Just because someone promises something does not guarantee that they will do it. Or, in a spiritual sense, good intentions don’t always translate into God-pleasing actions.

Tomorrow in church we’ll take a look at how thankfully Jesus followed through on all his good intentions and how this changes everything when it comes to ours.

In case you missed it, click here to watch last Sunday’s sermon that Caleb Schultz preached based on 2 Corinthians 8:9-15.

Things Moving and Shaking: This past Thursday we had a VotL owner’s meeting with Catalyst Construction. Things are progressing well and it sounds like we’re still on track for occupancy mid-late November. God be praised! The parking lot has been completed. Electricity is running. Painting is ongoing. Interior finishes such as fixtures, cabinets, countertops, baseboa…

Victory News - True Riches

Can a poor person be rich?

Can a rich person be poor?

Absolutely. Because in God’s economy of grace, true wealth has nothing to do with how much material stuff you’ve accumulated in your life. It has everything to do with who is at the center of your spiritual life.

Come find out what this means and consider what this might look like in your life this Sunday as we continue our series Live Like No One Else.

“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9).

In case you missed it, click here to watch last Sunday’s sermon—“Only Jesus Can Give You a Surplus of Joy”
New Small Group Starting Tuesday, October 13th. Meet on Tuesdays, beginning Oct 13 through Nov 17, 6:30 PM- about 7:30 PM at Ron and Sue Takacs house, 7275 Foxcroft Crt, Franklin. Newcomers welcome! Contact Tim Johnson for more info / 414-322-5432

Opportunities To Serve  – Hospitality
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Victory News - Live Like No One Else

Welcome to October! For many of you this means you’ve gotten back into a Fall routine. Perhaps the busyness of life has come at you at full force. It has for me too. But don’t forget how important it is to take time to feed your faith! I was reminded of that this week as my family and I laid to rest Sarah’s dear Grandma Rusch whom God called to her eternal home to be with her Savior in heaven. She was 94! Her life and her death gave clear witness to her faith and the difference it makes to know Jesus and his victory over sin and death. Her faith was fed over a lifetime of regularly hearing God’s Word and making the time for worship. This is how God keeps us connected and growing in faith too.

If you’ve been away from church for a while or you’ve found yourself drifting away from Jesus, come join me this Sunday at Showtime Cinema. We’re still there…for a couple weeks anyway! This Sunday we’re starting a new series Live Like No One Else. It’s about the profound difference…

Victory News - Worship 1, Work 1 / New Bible 101

Sunday we’re continuing our series called Chiseled. It’s about learning how to deal with the reality of suffering in our lives and reconciling it with the presence of an all-powerful and enormously loving God. It’s about learning to see God’s purpose in the pain and suffering he allows us to experience in this world especially because we are his people. And I don’t mean to sort of just casually say that this is easy to do. It’s not. But what if our pain and suffering isn’t ever wasted in this broken world but in the hands of God it’s intended to actually bring us wonderful blessings? How would we know? How would we ever see this?

Come to Showtime Cinema this Sunday morning at 9:09 and discover along with me the wonderful answer that we hope to see clearly in Jesus Christ and his cross.

(Click here to watch last Sunday’s sermon—“Jesus always knows what he’s doing.”)

“Worship One, Work One.” Or “Work One, Worship One.”
Last week we said farewell to many of our Builders For C…