Tuesday, December 22, 2015

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 am.

For more info about our church, please visit our website or our church Facebook page.

With joy in Christ,

Pastor Ben

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Victory News - We're Moving In!

The cross will be a lighted beacon of hope along Loomis Rd
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 them to their neighbors with a message of God’s love in Christ and an invitation to their Christmas services. Thank you to all who donated for the event or volunteered. Check out our church Facebook page for pics.

I got to walk along with a great group of 4th graders
Join Us Christmas Eve – for a very special first Christmas in our new church—celebrating the greatest Gift we’ve ever been given! There will be two services on Christmas Eve: 4:30 and 6:30 pm.

Temporarily No Livestreaming – Unfortunately it’s been a challenge getting internet out to our site across Loomis Rd. But we’re used to overcoming challenges! We hope to have internet up and running soon thanks to AT&T. In the meantime however what this means is we won’t be able to livestream our services. We hope to have our video system set up to record the service to upload to the livestream website, but as far as this Sunday it’s going to be wait and see as to whether we’ll be able to have the service recorded. We’ll continue to do our best and let God take care of the rest!

Temporarily No Sunday morning Bible class – Stay tuned for info in the New Year about regular opportunities for Bible study at our new ministry center.

Big Time Thanks! For your prayers this week, for your willingness to serve, and for your patience in dealing with all the changes. To God be the glory, great things he has done! I’m looking forward to a joyful week ahead worshiping God for the gift of his Son—our Savior Jesus Christ.


In case you missed it, click here to watch the Kids’ Christmas Pageant and Vicar Caleb’s sermon from our final Sunday at Showtime Cinema. 

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben 
Farewell Showtime Cinema...you've been good to us


Monday, December 14, 2015

Help Needed This Week - note a few tweaks

Kids Christmas Pageant - "Operation Baby King"

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 lighting inspection will go past 7 pm so we may have to play it by ear).

At the ministry center - Tuesday 12/15 anytime starting at 7am: We need help putting things away, organizing, cleaning, doing some light furniture assembly, and basically just working with directions on where to put stuff. Any help arriving Tuesday morning would be greatly appreciated. Lunch and refreshments will be provided! Our Children's Ministry Director, Cassy, will be on site helping to provide direction.

Chrissy will also be there 9 am – noon to help watch kids in the toddler room. Thank you, Chrissy, for volunteering to do that!

On the move - Tuesday 12/15 starting at 7 am: We need at least 5-6 strong people to follow the empty moving truck from the ministry center to meet up at Jeff and Nissa Guenther’s house in New Berlin to move all our office furniture which is being stored in their garage. Once loaded we’ll head back to the ministry center to unload. I’m not sure how long this will take. It depends on how many people can help. There is a lot of heavy stuff to move. Please let me know and I can certainly text you where we’re at even if you’ve just got an hour or two to help during the morning. Once we unload the office furniture there is quite a bit of arranging and we could use some experience in cabinet hanging if we time to get to that.

Anytime Tuesday-Friday: There will be lots to do as far as cleaning, organizing, and putting stuff away. Can you help for a morning, an afternoon, or an evening? Any help Tuesday-Friday would be huge. Kids are welcome. We’ve got the toddler room available with toys in the toddler corner. And if you’ve got some cleaning rags, Norwex cloths, etc those things could help. Reach out to Cassy and let her know when you can come even if it’s just for an hour or two on one day.

Thursday morning, December 17th – is our Operation Jesus Cares Christmas Project with Christ-St Peter. We’ll take a break from working in Franklin to help our brothers and sisters on the southside from 8am - 12:30 pm. Remember to email Ryan Solie or me if you can help with this. We still have need for at least 10 volunteers.

Please email me and/or Cassy if and when you can help at any time on any of these days so that we have a sense how many people we’ll have each day.

Thanks for rolling with all these changing timelines and helping out however you can!

I'm looking forward to our first services in our new ministry center this coming Sunday, God-willing.

In Christ,

Pastor Ben

Thursday, December 10, 2015

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. Afterwards, we’ll follow the truck to our storage unit on Hwy 100 and Layton, Cassy’s apartment, and the church parsonage to continue filling it will stuff that is being stored for our ministry center. I will personally buy lunch for all who can come and help tomorrow! We will be parking the truck at our ministry center in the parking lot over the weekend.

Sunday 12/13:  We want to fill the moving truck with any remaining things left at Showtime Cinema so that we are completely moved out on Sunday after the pageant. We need some help to do this.

Tuesday 12/15 at 7am: We will begin unloading the moving truck into the ministry center. We need help unloading the truck, putting things away, organizing, cleaning, doing some light furniture assembly, and basically just working with directions on where to put stuff. Any help Tuesday morning would be greatly appreciated. Lunch will be provided!

Tuesday 12/15 at 12pm: We need some strong people to follow the moving truck to Jeff and Nissa Guenther’s house in New Berlin to move all our office furniture. I expect this to take the entire afternoon and we really need at least 5-6 strong people to help but the more the merrier. I will be a part of this but I sure can’t do it alone. Meanwhile during Tuesday afternoon a crew can be at the ministry center helping to put away all the kids’ ministry things that we unloaded in the morning.

Tuesday-Friday: There will be lots to do as far as cleaning, organizing, and putting stuff away. Can you help for a morning, an afternoon, or an evening? Any help Tuesday-Friday would be huge. Kids are welcome. We’ve got the toddler room available with toys in the toddler corner. And if you’ve got some cleaning rags, Norwex cloths, etc those things could help. Reach out to Cassy and let her know when you can come if it’s just for an hour or two on one day.

Thursday morning, December 17th – is our Operation Jesus Cares Christmas Project with Christ-St Peter. We’ll take a break from working in Franklin to help our brothers and sisters on the southside from 8am - 12:30 pm. Remember to email Ryan Solie if you can help with this.

Prayer – Please pray for a successful final inspection on Monday evening as well as the Lord’s peace for everyone during this moving process. Please pray for safety and protection for all in the moving process. But also please pray that through it all God is glorified and our house of worship is made ready for the Gospel of our dear Savior to be shared this Christmas!

Please email me and/or Cassy if and when you can help at any time on any of these days so that we have a sense how many people we’ll have each day.

Thank you so much!!!

In Christ,

Pastor Ben

Friday, December 4, 2015

Victory News - Coming Soon

Soon... our new sanctuary will be filled with chairs... and people! 1st services on December 20th at 9 and 10:45 am
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 having our first services there, just down the road from the movie theater. Until then though, for two more weeks, we’ll be meeting at Showtime Cinema at 9:09 am.

Updated Timeline – Starting December 20th we will be having two services on Sunday mornings at our new ministry center which is located at 11120 W Loomis Rd. The first service will start at 9 am. The second one at 10:45 am.

Here’s an updated timeline of the next couple weeks:

December 6th: Worship and Bible Quest at Showtime Cinema at 9:09
December 13th: Bible Quest Kids Christmas Pageant followed by a sermon at Showtime Cinema at 9:09 am. Last Sunday at Showtime!
December 20th: First services at our new ministry center at 9 am and 10:45 am
December 24th: Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship Services at 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm
December 25th: No special Christmas Day service this year
December 31st –January 1st: No special New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day service this year
January 3rd: First Sunday services in 2016.
January 10th:  Special “Thank-you, contractors!” Sunday morning services followed by 2 pm special Dedication service.
February 10th: Special Ash Wednesday service with guest worship band Koine presenting Footsteps to the Cross. Time TBA.
February 21st: Special “Worship at the Cross” service at both Sunday services led by National Director of Jesus’ Cares Ministry (JCM), Pastor Joel Gaertner.
March 20th: Grand Opening services on Palm Sunday. Community outreach.
March 24th: Maundy Thursday service Time TBA.
March 25th: Good Friday service(s). Time(s) TBA.
March 27th: Easter! Community outreach.

Operation Jesus Cares – Christmas Project: Volunteers needed on Tuesday morning, December 17th to partner with us helping school kids reach out to their neighborhood with the kindness of Christ. To volunteer, or if you have any questions, please contact Ryan Solie / 414.828.7425
Watch last year’s celebration video on our YouTube channel here.

Mr. Bill’s Christmas Ornaments – During November, you were given the opportunity to bid on Christmas ornaments that Mr. Bill from Builders for Christ made and which were on display in the Victory Café.  We raised $459 through the auction, all of which will go to helping people in need. Praise God!  If you placed a bid and are wondering if you won, email Jim Guenther and he'll happily let you know.

Bible 101Want to be part of my first class in our new ministry center? Let me know if you’re interested so I can keep you in the loop. I anticipate starting a new class in January once the holidays are over and we’ve moved into our new ministry center.

Bible 101 is the starting point in our church for anyone who would like to learn more about God, anyone who wants to see for themselves what the Bible says, or anyone who would like to receive the sacrament of holy communion in our fellowship.

It’s also a great refresher for anyone who’d like to review the Bible’s basic teachings or who who’d like to grow beyond knowing a bunch of religious sounding clichés to know actual Bible truth.

Advent Devotions – Our synod’s college of ministry, Martin Luther College (MLC), has prepared a special devotional booklet that you can download and use for free. The 25 devotions in this booklet were authored by current students at MLC, as well as pastors, teachers, staff ministers, and lay leaders who have studied at MLC. They are intended for use December 1-25. Download the free pdf here.

Marriage Enrichment Weekend: January 29-31 - Christmas is fast approaching. Are you looking for a great gift idea for your husband or wife - a gift that keeps on giving? Consider giving the gift of a Marriage Enrichment weekend January 29-31, 2016 at the Green Lake Conference Center. The cost is $285 per couple and includes lodging and all meals. Spend your weekend learning how to build on your strengths and conquer weaknesses, improve communication, move through conflict, grow in intimacy and improve your financial relationship – all in the light of God’s grace. The result? A richer marriage. Visit www.wels.net/adult-discipleship for more information and to register.

In case you missed it, click here to watch Vicar Caleb’s sermon from this past Sunday: “When the world is darkest, God shines brightest.”

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben

Saturday, November 28, 2015

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 came into this world on that first Christmas and who’s coming back at the end of time.

Thank you, chair movers!
Updated Timeline – Starting December 20th we will be having two services on Sunday mornings at our new ministry center which is located at 11120 W Loomis Rd. The first service will start at 9 am. The second one at 10:45 am.

Here’s an updated timeline of the next couple weeks:

December 6th: Worship and Bible Quest at Showtime Cinema at 9:09
December 13th: Bible Quest Kids Christmas Pageant followed by a sermon at Showtime Cinema at 9:09 am. Last Sunday at Showtime!
December 20th: First services at our new ministry center at 9 am and 10:45 am
December 24th: Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship Services at 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm
December 25th: No special Christmas Day service this year
December 31st –January 1st: No special New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day service this year
January 3rd: First Sunday services in 2016.
January 10th:  Special “Thank-you, contractors!” Sunday morning services followed by 2 pm special Dedication service.
February 10th: Special Ash Wednesday service with guest worship band Koine presenting Footsteps to the Cross. Time TBA.
February 21st: Special “Worship at the Cross” service at both Sunday services led by National Director of Jesus’ Cares Ministry (JCM), Pastor Joel Gaertner.
March 20th: Grand Opening services on Palm Sunday. Community outreach.
March 24th: Maundy Thursday service Time TBA.
March 25th: Good Friday service(s). Time(s) TBA.
March 27th: Easter! Community outreach.

Steve doing a great job on the cedar entryway.
Operation Jesus Cares – Christmas Project: On December 17th we will be partnering once again with Christ-St Peter’s School in Milwaukee for an outreach Christmas service project. We will be raising money that will go towards purchasing items for care packages, and the students at Christ-St Peter’s will assemble the care packages and deliver them to neighbors near the school along with helpers from our church. Make an online donation through the church website.

Then on Thursday, December 17th, we will be meeting at Christ-St Peter’s School in the morning to assist the students in assembling their care packages, and walking with the students in the neighborhood as they deliver their care packages. The event will last roughly from 8AM-noon, and ends with a special lunch/celebration with the students in their lunchroom. If you would like to volunteer, please respond give us your name and phone number. Young children are welcome to the event! This is a really fun, great way to give back this season and show the love of Jesus.

To volunteer or if you have any questions, please contact Ryan Solie / 414.828.7425

Watch last year’s celebration video on our YouTube channel here.

Mr. Bill’s Christmas Ornaments (all silent auction proceeds go to supporting our OJC Christmas Project to help people in need)

The sheet of bids is available right on the display table with the ornaments in the lobby. We will continue to receive bids today until 11 am after church. Each winning bidder will be contacted the week of November 29th-December 5th and winners will be invited to pick up their ornament December 6th or 13th with a check made out to Victory of the Lamb for the amount of the winning bid. Take note of the # for any particular ornaments that you would really like. If you don’t have the winning bid on November 29th, Mr. Bill has offered to make duplicates for the amount of the winning bid.

Bible 101Want to be part of my first class in our new ministry center? Let me know if you’re interested so I can keep you in the loop. I anticipate starting a new class in January once the holidays are over and we’ve moved into our new church.

Bible 101 is the starting point in our church for anyone who would like to learn more about God, anyone who wants to see for themselves what the Bible says, or anyone who would like to receive the sacrament of holy communion in our fellowship.

It’s also a great refresher for anyone who’d like to review the Bible’s basic teachings or who who’d like to grow beyond knowing a bunch of religious sounding clichés to know actual Bible truth.

Advent Devotions – Our synod’s college of ministry, Martin Luther College (MLC), has prepared a special devotional booklet that you can download and use for free. The 25 devotions in this booklet were authored by current students at MLC, as well as pastors, teachers, staff ministers, and lay leaders who have studied at MLC. They are intended for use December 1-25. Download the free pdf here.

In case you missed it, click here to watch my sermon from this past Sunday: “Relinquish control to the One who is really in control!”

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben

Friday, November 20, 2015

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 wrapping up wonderfully on site and I can’t wait for you all to be able to see it completed and get to worship our Savior there together!

So that being the case, we now anticipate, prayerfully and God-willing as always, that December 20th will be our first Sunday holding services in our new ministry center followed by a special Christmas Eve later that week.

The way I look at it is that God is reminding us once again that he is in control and all our future plans are in his hands—short term and long term. The good news is that there is no safer and better place for them to be!

The other good news for which I’m thankful is that Showtime Cinema is willing and able to be flexible with us, graciously allowing us to still meet there as usual on December 6th and 13th.

So all things considered…I feel fine. In fact this Sunday we’ll be talking about what it means for our lives that Christ is our King who is in control. What better way to celebrate the conclusion to our series “It’s the End of the World…and I Feel Fine!” I invite you to come alongside me on this journey of faith again this Sunday at Showtime Cinema at 9:09 for some timely, important gospel truth.

Beautiful sunsets this week

Updated Timeline – Starting December 20th we will be having two services on Sunday mornings at our new ministry center. The first service will start at 9 am. The second one at 10:45 am.

Here’s an updated timeline of the next couple weeks:

December 6th: Worship and Bible Quest at Showtime Cinema at 9:09
December 13th: Bible Quest Kids Christmas Pageant followed by a sermon at Showtime Cinema at 9:09. Last Sunday at Showtime!
December 20th: First services at our new ministry center at 9 am and 10:45 am
December 24th: Christmas Eve Worship Services at 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm
December 25th: No special Christmas Day service this year
December 31st –January 1st: No special New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day service this year
January 3rd: First Sunday services in 2016. Sermon series: “All Things New”
January 10th: Regular Sunday morning services followed by 2 pm special Dedication service.
February 10th: Special Ash Wednesday service with guest worship band Koine presenting Footsteps to the Cross. Time TBA.
February 21st: Special “Worship at the Cross” service at both Sunday services led by National Director of Jesus’ Cares Ministry (JCM), Pastor Joel Gaertner.
March 20th: Grand Opening services on Palm Sunday. Community outreach.
March 24th: Maundy Thursday service Time TBA.
March 25th: Good Friday service(s). Time(s) TBA.
March 27th: Easter! Community outreach.

Buy a Chair Update –  We did it!!! This week we received a number of gifts in the mail from family members of people in our church expressing their thankfulness to God. I also received a joyful email from our brothers and sisters at St. Paul’s in Muskego with the encouraging news that they’ve been gathering gifts to send us for our chairs as well. And with that news…once those checks have all arrived, we’ll have hit our goal of raising $20,000 to cover the costs of having 300 chairs in our sanctuary. I can’t thank you all enough for your joyful generosity! Any further gifts given via our text-to-give campaign will go to helping us furnish the rest of our ministry center including the welcome room, lobby, and multi-purpose room.

Operation Jesus Cares – Christmas Project: On December 17th we will be partnering once again with Christ-St Peter’s School in Milwaukee for an outreach Christmas service project. We will be raising money that will go towards purchasing items for care packages, and the students at Christ-St Peter’s will assemble the care packages and deliver them to neighbors near the school along with helpers from our church. You can donate to the project through your OJC envelope if you’re a Victory of the Lamb member, or make an online donation through the church website.

Then on Thursday, December 17th, we will be meeting at Christ-St Peter’s School in the morning to assist the students in assembling their care packages, and walking with the students in the neighborhood as they deliver their care packages. The event will last roughly from 8AM-noon, and ends with a special lunch/celebration with the students in their lunchroom. If you would like to volunteer, please respond give us your name and phone number. Young children are welcome to the event! This is a really fun, great way to give back this season and show the love of Jesus.

To volunteer or if you have any questions, please contact Ryan Solie / 414.828.7425
Watch last year’s celebration video on our YouTube channel here.
Mr. Bill’s Christmas Ornaments (all silent auction proceeds go to supporting our OJC Christmas Project)

About 2/3 of the ornaments made and donated by Mr. Bill have been bid on. We will continue to receive bids through next Sunday, November 29th at 11 am. The sheet of bids is available right on the display table with the ornaments in the lobby at Showtime. Each winning bidder will be contacted the week of November 29th-December 5th and winners will be invited to pick up their ornament December 6th or 13th with a check made out to Victory of the Lamb for the amount of the winning bid. Take note of the # for any particular ornaments that you would really like. If you don’t have the winning bid on November 29th, Mr. Bill has offered to make duplicates for the amount of the winning bid.

In case you missed it, click here to watch my sermon from this past Sunday: “The Best Is Yet to Come!”
Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben 

Friday, November 13, 2015

Victory News - Everything Sad Untrue

Picture from the book "The Jesus Storybook Bible" depicting Revelation chapter 21
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. For all those who trust in Jesus Christ alone, everything sad really is going to come untrue!

Join me this Sunday at Showtime Cinema at 9:09 as I eagerly look forward to sharing with you the beautiful comfort of one of my favorite chapters in the Bible on what is known as “Saints Triumphant” Sunday.

We’re On the Move! – This Sunday begins our 3-2-1 countdown to moving into our newly completed ministry center at 11120 W Loomis Rd. In other words, just 3 Sundays left at Showtime until our first services on December 6th in our very own place! Starting December 6th we will be having two services on Sunday mornings. 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 29th: Last Sunday at Showtime Cinema.
December 6th: First services at new ministry center! First service at 9 am. Second service at 10:45.
December 13th: Kids Christmas Pageant at 10:45 service.
December 24th: Christmas Eve Worship Services at 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm
December 25th: No special Christmas Day service this year
December 31st –January 1st: No special New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day service this year
January 3rd: First Sunday services in 2016. Sermon series: “All Things New”
January 10th: Regular Sunday morning services followed by 2 pm special Dedication service.
February 10th: Special Ash Wednesday service with guest worship band Koine presenting Footsteps to the Cross. Time TBA.
February 21st: Special “Worship at the Cross” service at both Sunday services led by National Director of Jesus’ Cares Ministry (JCM), Pastor Joel Gaertner.
March 20th: Grand Opening services on Palm Sunday. Community outreach.
March 24th: Maundy Thursday service Time TBA.
March 25th: Good Friday service(s). Time(s) TBA.
March 27th: Easter! Community outreach.


Buy a Chair – THANK YOU, everyone! In just over two weeks, we've reached $8,350 in our matching gift campaign to buy chairs for our sanctuary! This is great news because it gets us close to having the number of chairs we’d like to have right off the bat when we have our first service in our new ministry center, God-willing, on December 6th. Just $1,650 more to go to meet our goal so we can have 300 chairs on day one. Please share with anyone you think would cheerfully help make sure we have a seat for everyone who wants to come learn about our gracious God! You can find more info on how to do this on our website as well.


Sign Up To Serve Online: Visit this page on our website where you can learn about the different opportunities to serve as we move into our new ministry center. You can then fill out an online form according to your interests and be contacted with more information about training opportunities. Thank you to everyone who already signed up! If you didn’t sign up and you’re a member of our church, someone will be calling you in the next week to check in and see if we can help you find your fit and serve with joy.

Operation Jesus Cares – Christmas Project: Even though we’re a church in the suburbs we also have a heart for the sharing Christ’s victory in the City. Therefore once again we will be working with Christ-St Peter’s School in Milwaukee for our outreach Christmas project. We will be raising money that will go towards purchasing items for care packages, and the students at Christ-St Peter’s will assemble the care packages and deliver them to neighbors near the school along with helpers from our church.

You can donate to the project through your OJC envelope if you’re a Victory of the Lamb member, or make an online donation through the church website.

On Thursday, December 17th, we will be meeting at Christ-St Peter’s School to assist the students in assembling their care packages, and walking with the students in the neighborhood as they deliver their care packages. The event will last roughly from 8AM-noon, and ends with a special lunch/celebration with the students in their lunchroom. If you would like to volunteer, please respond give us your name and phone number. Young children are welcome to the event!
To volunteer or if you have any questions, please contact Ryan Solie / 414.828.7425
Watch last year’s celebration video on our YouTube channel here.
Christmas Ornaments : Mr. Bill, one of our Builders For Christ volunteers, has generously donated 49 hand crafted ornaments. Look for them at church the next couple Sundays. We’re selling them via a silent auction (simply sign up at the table in the lobby) with all proceeds being donated to our Operation Jesus Cares Christmas project to help poor people on the southside of Milwaukee. Thank you, Mr. Bill! And by the way, if you don’t get the one you want…please take note of what number is on the tag. Mr. Bill can always make you another one just like if he knows which one you’d like. Here’s Mr. Bill’s email if you’d like to contact him directly.

In case you missed it, click here to watch Caleb Schultz’s sermon from this past Sunday.

Also, here’s the message I preached for the mission festival at Goodview Trinity in Winona.

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben

Friday, November 6, 2015

Victory News - One. More. Month.

Our audio / video / lighting crew has arrived

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 / training opportunities for volunteers / set-up and practice for first services. Times TBA.

December 6th: First service at new ministry center at 9 am. Second service at 10:45.

December 13th: Kids Christmas Pageant at 10:45 service.

December 24th: Christmas Eve Worship Service(s) TBA

December 25th: No special Christmas Day service this year

December 31st: No special New Year’s Eve service this year

January 3rd: First Sunday services in 2016. Sermon series: “All Things New”

January 10th: Special afternoon Dedication service—invitation to all area WELS churches, District Mission Board representatives, Builders For Christ volunteers, Contractors, Sub-contractors, etc. Exact time TBA next week.

February 10th: Special Ash Wednesday service with guest worship band Koine presenting Footsteps to the Cross. Time TBA.

February 21st: Special “Worship at the Cross” service at both Sunday services led by National Director of Jesus’ Cares Ministry (JCM), Pastor Joel Gaertner. Information about upcoming opportunities to expand our JCM ministry to special needs members of our community.

March 20th: Grand Opening services on Palm Sunday. Will be working on plan to host community open house events leading up this Sunday. Send postcards, special banners and publicity, canvass, invite, invite, invite! Have welcome center information and gifts designed and ready.

March 24th: Maundy Thursday service focusing on the meaning and celebration of Holy Communion. Time TBA.

March 25th: Good Friday service(s). Time(s) TBA.

March 27th: Easter! - In connection with Easter we’d like to plan some kind of kids’ related or community related event: e.g. Easter For Kids, an Easter Egg Hunt, community service project, etc.

Buy a Chair – THANK YOU, everyone! In just over two weeks, we've reached $8,350 in our matching gift campaign to buy chairs for our sanctuary! This is great news because it gets us close to having the number of chairs we'd like to have right off the bat when we have our first service in our new ministry center, God-willing, on December 6th. Just $1,650 more to go to meet our goal so we can have 300 chairs on day one. Please share with anyone you think would cheerfully help make sure we have a seat for everyone who wants to come learn about our gracious God! You can find more info on how to do this on our website as well.


Sign Up To Serve Online: Visit this page on our website where you can learn about the different opportunities to serve as we move into our new ministry center. You can then fill out an online form according to your interests and be contacted with more information about future training opportunities and getting connected.  Thank you to everyone who already signed up. Please be patient with us as we work together to communicate next steps as we get ready for our big move in to our ministry center.


Operation Jesus Cares – Christmas Project: Even though we’re a church in the suburbs we also have a heart for the sharing Christ’s victory in the City. Therefore once again we will be working with Christ-St Peter’s School in Milwaukee for our outreach Christmas project. We will be raising money that will go towards purchasing items for care packages, and the students at Christ-St Peter’s will assemble the care packages and deliver them to neighbors near the school along with helpers from our church.

You can donate to the project through your OJC envelope if you’re a Victory of the Lamb member, or make an online donation through the church website.

On Thursday, December 17th, we will be meeting at Christ-St Peter’s School to assist the students in assembling their care packages, and walking with the students in the neighborhood as they deliver their care packages. The event will last roughly from 8AM-noon, and ends with a special lunch/celebration with the students in their lunchroom. If you would like to volunteer, please respond give us your name and phone number. Young children are welcome to the event!
To volunteer or if you have any questions, please contact Ryan Solie / 414.828.7425

Watch last year’s celebration video on our YouTube channel here.

Christmas Ornaments : Mr. Bill, one of our Builders For Christ volunteers, has generously donated 49 hand crafted ornaments. Look for them at church the next couple Sundays. We’re selling them via a silent auction (simply sign up at the table in the lobby) with all proceeds being donated to our Operation Jesus Cares Christmas project to help poor people on the southside of Milwaukee. Thank you, Mr. Bill! And by the way, if you don’t get the one you want…please take note of what number is on the tag. Mr. Bill can always make you another one just like if he knows which one you’d like. Here’s Mr. Bill’s email if you’d like to contact him directly.

In case you missed it, click here to watch last Sunday’s sermon: “Stick with the word of God”

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben 

Friday, October 30, 2015

Victory News - It's the Final Countdown!


It’s the final countdown. (I can’t even say this without hearing the song in 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 resurrected Savior, there are only better tomorrows and an end to this world that will usher in the life that our hearts have always longed for. In this series we will find joy and peace in the promises of God that he will uphold us and carry us, that he will be our sunshine through the last dark days of this world and that, in the end, a true paradise awaits us!

Fall Back This Weekend – Don’t  forget to set your clocks back an hour this Saturday night as Daylight Savings Time is once again coming to an end. And since you’ll be gaining an extra hour, might I suggest using it to join me for Bible study in theater #6 at 8:09 before worship? Everyone is welcome! Just come on in.

Buy a Chair – THANK YOU, everyone! In just one week, we've reached $5,000 in our matching gift campaign to buy chairs for our sanctuary! This is great news because it gets us halfway to the number of chairs we'd like to have when we have our first service in our new ministry center, God-willing, on December 6th. Still time to give as there is another $5,000 to be matched if we can reach that goal so that we can have 300 chairs. Please share with anyone you think would cheerfully help make sure we have a seat for everyone who wants to come learn about our gracious God! You can find more info on how to do this on our website as well.



Sign Up To Serve Online: Visit this page on our website where you can learn about the different opportunities to serve as we move into our new ministry center. You can then fill out an online form according to your interests and be contacted with more information about future training opportunities and getting connected. Thank you to everyone who already signed up. Please be patient with us as we work together to communicate next steps as we get ready for our big move in to our ministry center. Also, in case you weren't at church Sunday, I've attached a form that you could fill out, print off, and bring to church to hand in.

Suitcase for St Lucia: Next week, members from our church will be going down to St Lucia and visiting Trinity Lutheran Church, one of our More Than Bricks mission partners. They’re able to take an extra suitcase filled with school supplies for the preschool at Trinity. Here’s a list of things they need: Sticky tac, Paint, Tape, Thumb tac, White out, Play dough, Laminating sheets, Outdoor chalk, Liquid glue, Stick glue, Coloured pens, Folders ( ones with the tack), Sticky note, Hand sanitizer, Hand tissue. If you’d like to help fill the suitcase simply bring any of these items to church this Sunday or contact Jim Guenther to ask how you can help. 


Operation Jesus Cares – Christmas Project: Even though we’re a church in the suburbs we also have a heart for the sharing Christ’s victory in the City. Therefore once again we will be working with Christ-St Peter’s School in Milwaukee for our outreach Christmas project. We will be raising money that will go towards purchasing items for care packages, and the students at Christ-St Peter’s will assemble the care packages and deliver them to neighbors near the school along with helpers from our church.

We are looking to raise $2,000 for the project this year. The money will go towards purchasing food items for a nice meal, winter hats/gloves, sanitary items, and a children’s toy/coloring book. We will again be working with the Pick N Save off of 18th/National for the purchase of the food items. We will need enough items to make 130 care packages (one care package per student). You can donate to the project through your OJC envelope if you’re a Victory of the Lamb member, or make an online donation through the church website.  

On Thursday, December 17th, we will be meeting at Christ-St Peter’s School to assist the students in assembling their care packages, and walking with the students in the neighborhood as they deliver their care packages. The event will last roughly from 8AM-noon, and ends with a special lunch/celebration with the students in their lunchroom. If you would like to volunteer, please respond give us your name and phone number. Young children are welcome to the event!
Please consider donating and volunteering for this event, as we are having a positive impact on a struggling community in the Milwaukee area! To volunteer or if you have any questions, please contact Ryan Solie / 414.828.7425

Watch last year’s celebration video on our YouTube channel here.

In case you missed it, click here to read last Sunday’s sermon that I preached based on 2 Corinthians 9:6-15. “Generosity Prompts Praise!” Our apologies to all of you who were trying to watch online. Our Livestream provider went down during the service and we weren’t able to stream the sermon.

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben

Friday, October 23, 2015

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 directing activities, teaching the lesson from purchased curriculum, and being in charge in the room. All materials are provided and training is provided. You do not need to be a trained teacher for this position, we will provide all the training you need. You just need to love kids and want to teach them.

Helpers:  The toddler and kindergarten rooms have helpers in them. Helpers do activities with kids, help the teacher get supplies and clean up, and assist the teacher. This position does not require any prep work outside of Sunday morning.

Nursery Staff:  The nursery is staffed by two adults each service who care for kids up to 24 months old.  Nursery staff cares for babies and 1 year olds, feeds them, plays with them, reads stories, and take care of our youngest friends.

Hallway Security:  Since we will have a secure kids wing in the Ministry Center, we will have a staff member assigned to maintain that security. This person will check-in anyone coming to Victory Kids late, check-in parents visiting the nursery, supporting teaching staff by getting materials from the workroom as needed, and greet visitors entering Victory Kids and direct them to the proper place. This support role will increase the safety of our kids and effectiveness of our teaching staff by allowing them to stay in their rooms.

Registration:  This is a great position for friendly people who want to welcome families.  You would greet families as they arrive, help troubleshoot technology problems, and enter new families into our system. Training and printed reference manuals provided for all technology items!

Mid-Week Support:  If you want to be part of reaching kids, but working with kids on Sunday morning isn’t for you, then you may be right as a mid-week support volunteer. This person comes to the Ministry Center during the week and completes jobs that are required for the following week, such as photocopying, prepping projects, pulling curriculum supplies, and setting up classrooms.

What are the Required Qualifications?
The two most important qualifications are:  Love Kids and Love God! Additionally, you need to be in at least 6th grade and pass a criminal background check. If you are interested in teaching the kindergarten or elementary rooms, you also need to be a member of a WELS church or have completed Pastor Ben’s Bible 301.

Sign Up To Serve Online: We now have a page on our website where you can learn about the different opportunities to serve that we’ve been talking about the last couple weeks. You can then fill out an online form according to your interests and be contacted with more information about future training opportunities and getting connected.

Buy a Chair! – As you may know we’re only a month or so away from being able to move into our brand new ministry center. Almost 10 years of reaching out to our community has brought us to this point on our journey. But now we would really like to have chairs for people when they come! Would you consider helping us fill the sanctuary by matching the other half of a chair to help provide a seat for someone to come hear about the victory that Jesus has won for them? See the picture below for how to donate via text. Basically $35 buys a chair because generous donors have stepped up to cover the other half for every gift given. You can find more info on how to do this on our website as well. And if you’re on social media, please consider sharing the request with family and friends. I just heard a story this week about someone’s business attorney who asked how he could give more than $35 to help get more than a single chair! He just needed to be asked to have an opportunity to be generous.

Suitcase for St Lucia: In early November, members from our church will be going down to St Lucia and visiting Trinity Lutheran Church, one of our More Than Bricks mission partners. They’re able to take an extra suitcase filled with school supplies for the preschool at Trinity. Here’s a list of things they need: Sticky tac, Paint, Tape, Thumb tac, White out, Play dough, Laminating sheets, Outdoor chalk, Liquid glue, Stick glue, Coloured pens, Folders ( ones with the tack), Sticky note, Hand sanitizer, Hand tissue. If you’d like to help fill the suitcase simply bring any of these items to church the next 2 Sundays or contact Jim Guenther to ask how you can help.

New Bible 201 Class Starting TuesdayNew group beginning this Tuesday evening at CESI which is located at 9850 S 54th St in the Franklin Business District for anyone who has completed Bible 101 with Pastor Ben. 6:30-8:00 pm. Bible 201 explores the topics of the Bible, who is God, creation, who is Jesus, Baptism, and Holy Communion. Contact me if you’d like to jump in with this new Bible 201 class and I’ll have materials for you.

In case you missed it, click here to watch last Sunday’s sermon that I preached based on 2 Corinthians 8:16-9:5. “A promise kept shows the proof of love.” 

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben


Saturday, October 17, 2015

Victory News

Sanctuary stage. Amazing woodwork being done by our Builders For Christ friends!
“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, baseboards, and trim are being installed. Builders For Christ volunteers have continued to come and help over and above what was committed. They have done outstanding work building the stage for the worship space and the large kids’ room, the av deck in the worship space, custom benches in the lobby, and countless other detail kinds of things like that. We are truly thankful for their dedication!

Victory Cafe and main lobby coming together
Tuesday Evening Small Group, Newcomers welcome! Meeting 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. Contact Tim Johnson for more info / 414-322-5432

Opportunities To Serve  – Worship Arts
The last couple weeks at church we’ve talked about the “Worship One, Work One” culture that we want to create so that in our new ministry center everyone will have an opportunity to worship an entire service while at the same time being able to volunteer and serve others during a second service. To make this possible we plan on starting with two services right away on Sunday mornings. The first service will start at 9:00 am. The second service will start at 10:45 am.
Here’s what we highlighted this past Sunday:

Music Team:  Musicians and vocalists. Do you play an instrument? Do you want to play an instrument? If so, what would it be? Have you ever considered vocal lessons? We want to continue to grow our music team, mentor young musicians, gradually grow our capacity for doing multiple services, and perhaps also develop our own youth band to work with kids’ ministry. Necessary traits are a desire to honor Jesus through music, humility, and a willingness to work together with other musicians of different abilities on a team to give glory to God. Who to contact? Sarah Kuerth / 414-433-4970

Production Team: Audio / Visual / Lighting / Livestreaming — The technical side of sharing Christ’s victory is mostly behind the scenes. Would you like to be part of creating an excellent, distraction free worship environment for our new ministry center as well as online? We will have new equipment and technology to learn how to use - we’ll all be learning together how to use it as we expand our capabilities and try some new things. We’re looking for people willing to learn how to operate the sound board, control the house and stage lights, build the worship services for the screen, run lyrics...any of those kinds of things. Also we will need people to operate a video camera for live recording of the service, to run the live stream of our service over the internet, and to interact with our online guests. Experience not necessary. Passion to share God’s word through technology required. Ongoing resources and training will be provided. Interested? Please contact Nancy Thompson / 414-559-1391 (cell)

Sign Up To Serve Online: We now have a page on our website where you can learn about the different opportunities to serve that we’ve been talking about the last couple weeks. You can then fill out an online form according to your interests and be contacted with more information about future training opportunities and getting connected.

Suitcase for St Lucia: In early November, members from our church will be going down to St Lucia and visiting Trinity Lutheran Church, one of our More Than Bricks mission partners. They’re able to take an extra suitcase filled with school supplies for the preschool at Trinity. Here’s a list of things they need: Sticky tac, Paint, Tape, Thumb tac, White out, Play dough, Laminating sheets, Outdoor chalk, Liquid glue, Stick glue, Coloured pens, Folders ( ones with the tack), Sticky note, Hand sanitizer, Hand tissue. If you’d like to help fill the suitcase simply bring any of these items to church the next 3 Sundays or contact Jim Guenther to ask how you can help.

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben  

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Victory News - True Riches

This week we got a parking lot!

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
Many people form an opinion about their church experience soon after they arrive in the parking lot, most often before the first song or sermon is heard. This means we want to be intentional about making people feel as comfortable and welcome as possible.

The last couple weeks at church we’ve talked about the “Worship One, Work One” culture that we want to create so that in our new ministry center everyone will have an opportunity to worship an entire service while at the same time being able to volunteer and serve others during a second service. To make this possible we plan on starting with two services right away on Sunday mornings. The first service will start at 9:00 am. The second service will start at 10:45 am.
Here’s what we highlighted this past Sunday. Please contact our team leaders for future info and training opportunities.

Host Team: Our Host Team exists to make great first impressions with guests whether it’s in the parking lot, the lobby, alongside the Victory Café, or in our new ministry center’s welcome room. Who to contact? Christie Mike / 414.218.6002

Victory Cafe:  Make people feel welcome by offering them food and drink.
Whether you want to sign up to bring food, go shopping, or simply show up to help serve there are lots of different ways to help. In our new ministry center the Victory Café will be the front and center hub of fellowship where new connections are made, friendships are strengthened, and people find encouragement by talking with each other.  Who to contact? Cindy Bergner / 262.881.1930

Ushers: In our ministry center, ushers will go back to being their own team. Ushers make sure everyone gets a worship folder, a connection card, and a smile. They help people find open seats, gather the offering, receive prayer request cards, and guide people through communion flow. Who to contact? Karl Freund / 414.423.8986

Kayla’s Playground Open!  – Last night will always be an unforgettable experience for me. It was my great honor and privilege to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony and be asked to speak words of blessing. Hundreds of people from our community were there and it was absolutely incredible to watch all the kids flood into the playground after the ceremony to play for hours into the night! Thank you to all of you from our church who supported Kayla’s Krew in their mission, let your light shine along the journey, and continued to pray or volunteer right up to the end. May our gracious God bless all who gather there!

Kayla's Playground just south of Puetz Rd around 37th St
Conference  - This week Jim Guenther and I attended a conference on Money, Millennials & Ministry Leadership sponsored by the Siebert Lutheran Foundation. Especially interesting was a discussion of an in-depth study on “Engaging Millennials In Ministry.” It identified who millennials are, how they engage in spirituality and worship communities, best practices from other ministry models, and practical applications for ministry to millennials. I’ll be sharing the report with our church Leadership Team for study and discussion over the coming months. If you’re interested in seeing the research report, just let me know and I’d be happy to share it with you too.

Evening For Life – Thursday night my wife and I were privileged to host a table at the Evening For Life banquet. We heard one of the most incredible stories of God’s power and grace that I’ve ever heard by abortion survivor Melissa Ohden. We were all reminded how much God loves each of us and how much our world needs to hear the message of Jesus. I was personally convicted to speak with as much courage and strength about our awesome God who loves us!

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben  

Friday, October 2, 2015

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 that knowing Jesus makes in every aspect of our lives so that we can overflow with joyful generosity to those who are in need.

(In case you missed it, click here to watch last Sunday’s sermon—“God Shapes Us to Serve Others.”)

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  – The last couple weeks at church we’ve talked about the “Worship One, Work One” culture that we want to create so that in our new ministry center everyone will have an opportunity to worship an entire service while at the same time being able to volunteer and serve others during a second service. To make this possible we plan on starting with two services right away on Sunday mornings. The first service will start at 9:00 am. The second service will start at 10:45 am.
Over the next couple weeks we will be highlighting the various aspects of our ministry for which we will need more volunteers. The more people who volunteer, the more rotations we can build into a schedule so that serving will be a joy for everyone and not a burden for anyone.

Here’s what we highlighted this past Sunday and what’s coming up the next couple weeks:

Office Support Team: Opportunities to serve during the week at our ministry center doing things like helping with the worship folders, sorting postcards for bulk mailings, doing light cleaning, answering phones, welcoming visitors, and helping out with miscellaneous projects as needed. This team will help free up Pastor Ben and other staff to do the things only they can do. No experience needed. Training provided. Who to contact? Cassy Robbert / 414-899-4984

Grounds and Maintenance Team: Opportunities to help fix things, perform regular maintenance, mow the grass, weed the flower beds, etc. Handyman skills helpful but not required for everything. Who to contact? Jim Prusinski / 414-690-9711

Coming Up...
October 4th—Host Team, Victory Café, Ushers
October 11th—Worship Arts, Music Team, AV and Tech
October 18th—Kids Ministry
October 25th—Ministry Fair with special sign up opportunity to get involved

Early November—Receive training
Late November—Move into our ministry center!

Sharing Christ's Victory,

Pastor Ben

Friday, September 18, 2015

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 Christ volunteers who’ve worked all summer building our ministry center. It’s hard to believe but this means the end of our first church building project is in sight!

What does this mean?

Friends, it means change is just ahead!

Of course we all naturally resist change somewhat. We humans are creatures of habit after all. And change means some things will be different. Change means there will be some unknowns. But that doesn’t mean change is bad. In fact some change is good. It’s healthy. It’s necessary. And so over the next couple weeks we’re going to communicate some of the changes that we’ll be making as a church about to move into our first permanent ministry center towards the end of November.

When we move into our ministry center, we plan on starting with two services right away on Sunday mornings. The first service will start at 9:00 am. The second service will start at 10:45 am.

Going to two services will be a big change. But it will allow us to reach more people. And what this change will do is allow us to develop a “Worship One, Work One” church culture. In other words everyone now will have the opportunity to attend an entire worship service while also playing a key role in serving others. For example, one of our  kids’ ministry volunteers will now be able to actually attend a worship service while at the same time still be able to help out with kids’ ministry during the other service. Thus they will be able to “Worship One, Work One.”

What will this mean for you? Volunteerism has always been one our church’s core values (see p. 16!). This change simply means we will be asking many more of you to volunteer in different roles to help on Sunday mornings than are currently serving.

What won’t this mean for you? It won’t mean that you’re always needed for serving every single Sunday. The more people who start volunteering and serving, the more rotations we can build into a schedule so that serving will be a joy for everyone and not a burden for anyone.

New Bible 101 Class Starting – What is it? Bible 101 is your opportunity to explore the greatest story ever told. It’s the starting point in our church for anyone who would like to learn more about God, anyone who wants to see for themselves what the Bible says, or anyone who has spiritual questions on their mind. It’s also a great refresher for anyone who’d like to review the Bible’s basic teachings or who who’d like to grow beyond knowing just a bunch of religious sounding clichés.

No previous Bible knowledge needed or expected!
Here’s the scoop: Starting September 22nd, over the course of 4 consecutive Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:00 pm we’ll meet in the conference room at CESI (Competitive Edge Software, Inc.) which is located at 9850 S 54th St in the Franklin Business District.

Just contact me to register or feel free to ask if you have any questions. All materials provided free of charge.

Sharing Christ's Victory,

Pastor Ben